It's convergent evolution. Carmakers are trying to solve the same problems - aerodynamics, weight, safety rules, visual appeal and fashion (ie. LEDs), and so on. So, cars trying to fit similar niches will often look similar, unless the carmaker deliberately adds extra styling which sets it apart in some way. » 8/30/14 11:55am Saturday 11:55am

Vans don't have a reputation for high performance - because the vast majority of buyers just want something with low cost per mile - but Sprinters do have the option of Mercedes' 3.0 V6 diesel. This has already made them popular with the kind of fleet buyer that installs flashing blue lights.

Brabus already offer an… » 8/27/14 12:15pm Wednesday 12:15pm

Yes. There are great driving roads in South Africa. You have to ask?

The Cape is the obvious answer but there are so many awesome roads in KZN, everything from twisty mountain passes to sweeping wilderness

Of course, you have to do a little offroad too; arrange your own impromptu safari, somewhere like Mkuze or… » 8/22/14 3:31pm 8/22/14 3:31pm


If you buy expensive, specialist kit you can make an expedition easier; it's possible to cross any mountain range comfortably in an airconditioned Landcruiser. But if you do that, it's not a challenge any more - you might as well fly over and book a few extra nights in a hotel.

A real adventure requires a… » 8/22/14 12:42pm 8/22/14 12:42pm

It's trying too hard. It's just a design study, although it does a great job of anticipating the current fashion for oversized wheels (like horse-drawn carts), and it anticipates the pressure to raise beltlines in order to meet safety standards. The tail looks like an Audi A7 - not very pretty, but it's aerodynamic. » 8/13/14 7:44pm 8/13/14 7:44pm

It looks pretty. It would be nice, if true. But Autoexpress say "Our exclusive image..." which basically means that the intern at Autoexpress got bored and spent a day playing with Photoshop instead of doing SEO for the latest Audi A4 review like they were supposed to.

Alfa now sells small Fiat hatchbacks with slightly… » 8/13/14 7:33pm 8/13/14 7:33pm

"Hidden from top Audi bosses"? I'm sure that makes a good yarn, so there are probably sources which say it, but I doubt it's entirely true. A new car is a big investment; an entirely new car with radically different technology, hand in hand with a plan to compete in a completely new racing series, is very expensive… » 8/12/14 3:26pm 8/12/14 3:26pm