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Review: 2019 Isuzu D-MAX 3.0 LX 4X4

2019 Isuzu D-MAX 3.0 LX 4X4

When it comes to off-road power and capability, Isuzu’s two-door D-MAX Extended Cab 4×4 bakkie certainly delivers. Tourism Tattler put an Isuzu B-Max through its paces along the KwaNzimakwe Multi-Trail Park in KwaZulu-Natal’s South Coast. This newly launched multi-trail park ...

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8 Ways to Keep Your Car Well Maintained

wet hand with cloth washing car

Keeping your car well-maintained makes sense. Not only because of the substantial investment you’ve made in the vehicle and its potential resale or trade-in value but because your car is an outward expression of your character. First impressions count. How ...

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Review: New Ford Everest XLT 4WD SUV

2019 Ford Everest SUV

Cape Town, 18 February 2020 – Ford has made its sophisticated Everest seven-seater sport utility vehicle (SUV) more appealing and upmarket than ever with a range of styling, suspension and feature upgrades, complemented by the introduction of the advanced new ...

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Review: Ford Ranger Raptor

2019 Ford Ranger Raptor 4x4

Built for discerning truck lovers who want their ride to deliver more top-end power and bottom-end torque, with quick acceleration and smooth gear changes, the all-new Ford Ranger Raptor 4×4 delivers on all counts. Under the hood Under the hood ...

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Review: Ford Mustang 2.3 EcoBoost

Ford Mustang 2.3 EcoBoost Convertible

The eye-pulling visual appeal of the 2019 Ford Mustang 2.3L EcoBoost Convertible is equally matched with power and performance appeal. By Des Langkilde. When we last reviewed the Mustang back in 2015 (see Mustang GT 5.0L V8 review), we mentioned ...

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Free Recharge Electricity for a Year

A Volvo plug-in hybrid car driving along the coastline

Good news for South African motorists is that Volvo Cars’ Recharge campaign is also being rolled out in South Africa – meaning a year of free electricity! This follows an announcement by Volvo Cars that their ground-breaking global incentive scheme, ...

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Mercedes-Benz V-Class Facelift

Mercedes-Benz 2019 V-Class

The Mercedes-Benz V-Class facelift has made the 2019 model now even more attractive Restyled and striking front-end designRefreshed interior: sportier air vents and updated upholsteryAdditional luxury styling and comfort optionsExemplary safety enhanced: Active Brake Assist and Highbeam Assist PlusMore than ...

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Car Accident Risks in Kentucky

Car driver distracted by smartphone while on the road

Tourism is the 3rd largest industry in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, home of the legendary Kentucky Derby horse race and bluegrass music. Like anywhere else in the world, car accidents do occur, however, knowing what makes Kentucky unique and how most accidents ...

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Off-Road 4×4 Driving Guide

offroad vehicle crossing a river bed

The following off-road driving guide is provided as an educational resource and is reproduced with acknowledgement to Nissan South Africa. This Off-Road 4×4 Driving Guide is published in four parts: PART 1: General 4×4 Terminology, Critical Angles and Dimensions, Power ...

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The All New Sprinter Spirit For You

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Tour Van

Johannesburg, 26 March 2019 – Living up to its claim “100% For You”, the all-new third-generation Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has been taken to the next level with a €2.5 billion worldwide investment in development, production network, sales and after-sales support. By ...

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Mercedes-Benz Launches ZOETROPE EQ

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA at ZOETROPE

CAPE TOWN. Launched on 1 November 2018, ZOETROPE – a public pavilion inspired by Mercedes-Benz EQ and situated on Silo Square at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront – is an interactive installation aimed at igniting the public imagination around the exciting future offered ...

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Peugeot 3008 SUV Review

Peugeot 3008 SUV

When it comes to driver comfort, safety and convenience on the long road, the all-new PEUGEOT 3008 Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) is in a class of its own. By Des Langkilde. Nowadays, most new vehicles come with the latest tech ...

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Mercedes-Benz Launches New C-Class

2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

JOHANNESBURG, 31 July 2018 – Mercedes-Benz South Africa launched the new edition of its highly successful C-Class range to the local market at an event in Johannesburg’s inner city, celebrating its strong links to South Africa amidst themes of improvement and ...

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The All New Mercedes-Benz X-Class

Mercedes-Benz X-Class 2018

Mercedes-Benz never does things in half measure.  In keeping with the brands’ prestige image, the launch of their new X-Class  – a contender in the upper-end of the South African double-cab bakkie segment – was a two-day extravaganza of epic ...

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The New Nissan LEAF Electric Vehicle

Tenerife, Canary Islands (January 15, 2018) – In just three months since the new Nissan LEAF was announced, Nissan today revealed that it has already received over 12,000 orders for the latest model. That is one sold every 12 minutes in ...

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Travelogue: Exploring the New Ford Kuga

A ‘travelogue’ is not usually associated with a vehicle review, so when Ford South Africa invited TourismTattler to join a group of journalists, bloggers and photographers on a 3-day journey driving the new Ford Kuga from the Eastern Cape, through ...

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Vehicle Review: Suzuki Ignis 1.2 GLX

I’ve always been fascinated by the names that vehicle manufacturers bestow on their cars, and test driving fiery new Suzuki Ignis, this SUV certainly lives up to its chosen epithet. By Des Langkilde. The meaning of the Latin noun Ignis ...

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The Awesome Mazda CX-5 Akera AWD Auto

With kerb appeal to satisfy even the most sophisticated of motorists, one wouldn’t be surprised if this SUV’s ‘off-road’ abilities were somewhat limited. When Mazda gave Tourism Tattler an opportunity to review the CX-5 2.2L DE Akera AWD Auto – ...

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Vehicle Review: Mazda2 Hazumi

Mazda2 Auto 1.5L DE

If you’re looking for a ‘not so little’ little car that packs a whole lot of punch, then the Mazda2 Hazumi Auto 1.5L DE is the car for you. By Tessa Buhrmann. I was pleasantly surprised at how spacious and luxurious ...

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Mercedes-Benz Vision Van

Unveiled at the IAA Commercial Vehicles 2016, Mercedes-Benz Vans shows a revolutionary van study for the urban environment with the Vision Van. The Vision Van evolved as part of the strategic future initiative adVANce. With adVANce, Mercedes-Benz Vans is developing ...

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City Bus of the Future

A Mercedes-Benz Future Bus with CityPilot has driven autonomously for the first time on a route of approximately 20 kilometres in Amsterdam. On a section of the longest bus rapid transit (BRT) line in Europe, the bus drives at speeds ...

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Vehicle Review: Ford Mustang GT

There is nothing that sounds quite like the grunt of Ford Mustang 5.0L V8. Although the models have changed over the years that sound has remained a hallmark. It’s probably not as loud as it’s predecessors but Ford has ensured ...

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Overland Tour Vehicle Of Choice

The “relevant technology for purpose” principle employed by Hino in designing, engineering and building its range of 500-Series trucks has found favour with Drifters, a division of Tourvest Holdings. What this means is that these Hino 1626 truck chassis-cabs, which ...

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Mercedes Sprinter Sets the Standard

The success story of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans is difficult to beat, especially considering that more than 25 000 Sprinters have been sold to South African customers since the year 2000. One should always be cautious in using superlatives. Nevertheless, the ...

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Mercedes-Benz V-Class: Large as Life

Mercedes-Benz is redefining the Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) segment with the new V-Class. As the youngest and largest member of the passenger car family from Mercedes-Benz, the V-Class sets new benchmarks in its segment with its design and host of innovations. ...

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Ford: A Shuttle Vehicle for all Reasons

Road Test: New Ford Tourneo Connect 1.6 EcoBoost Grand Titanium What requirements do Tour and Airport Shuttle Service Operators have for an ideal tour vehicle? In this article Des Langkilde finds out and matches these requirements to the Ford Tourneo ...

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Ford Expands Commercial Vehicle Range

With the recent introduction of the all-new Ford Transit into the South African and Sub-Sahara African markets, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is continuing its plan to expand its commercial vehicle presence on the African continent. The Ford ...

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New Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

After over eight million kilometers of test drives, and an investment of €25 million in the German van plants, the first new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter rolled off the assembly line in Düsseldorf during July last year and will be on display ...

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Bus Rapid Transit in South Africa

October was transport month and the debate over public passenger transport in South Africa has been long and hard, and is still continuing. Most people agree that the country needs vastly improved services, and that the present situation is far ...

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Luxury Ground Transport gets a raw deal

The luxury ground transport sector in South Africa is battling to survive in the current economic climate and if tour buyers continue to squeeze coach hire prices, many operators will fall by the wayside. By Fanie van Zyl. The luxury ...

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Are your guests travelling in a legal vehicle?

Although the traditional forms of contracted transport such as commercial coaches, minibuses and taxis are constantly under the spotlight for Operating Licence Board compliance, more and more transport providers are entering the market offering outings and transfers on unconventional vehicles, ...

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Red Buses enhance Joburg sightseeing

The inner city of South Africa’s economic hub, Johannesburg, now provides tourists with a hop-on, hop-off city sighteeing transport solution, which aims to benefit local businesses and the travel trade. City Sightseeing, the brand that operates the iconic open-top red ...

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