Anton Willemse Jnr

Adding oomph to your ride

There are many misconceptions about vehicle mapping or, to use the more common term, chipping. So, we headed to Dastek in Pretoria to learn more about the popular Unichip solution for those owners wanting to add a tad more oomph to their rides. Anton Willemse Jnr reports.

Ain’t no Mountain high enough…

Back in the 1940s, during World War II, General Patton declared that the USA’s single biggest contribution to the war effort was the introduction of the Willys Overland. Many still regard it as the first-ever off-roader, able to get you wherever you want to go… come hell or high water. That is precisely the mission of the DVR Xtreme 4×4 Rowwe Blixem off-road trip. The goal is simply to find an obscure destination and follow the most challenging route to get there. Anton Willemse Jnr went along for the rather rough ride.

In your face: New Models Ford Ranger

The beginning of December marked the launch of the highly anticipated next-gen Ford Ranger. Even during the run-up to the event, it was clear that this was not going to be just a facelift, but a new product to revolutionise the market. Anton Willemse Jnr had the opportunity to see if it had achieved that daunting goal.

With a heart like a lion

Peter Aigner has been bitten by the Africa bug. However, being a German living in Munich, means that there’s a fair bit of water and land between him and the wide-open plains of southern Africa. However, in 2013 he took the leap to heed the call of adventure. He started exploring our beautiful country in standard rental cars, but very soon he was called to the bush and ascended into the realm of African overlanding.

Toyota Corolla Cross Review:

The crossover revolution isn’t the only one taking place in the automotive world. Electric (EV) and hybrid technologies are becoming increasingly popular. For various reasons EVs aren’t really considered to be a completely viable option for the South African market. Toyota realised that hybrid tech can be and introduced the first-ever hybrid to be manufactured on this continent: the Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid. And being a hybrid makes it a bit of an outlier.

Hyundai Grand Creta Review:

Hyundai has started the first half of the year on a high note with the introduction of a multitude of new products. The new Grand Creta might look a bit familiar, and you might even mistake it for a facelift of the current Creta, but it is an entirely new product.

Kia Seltos Review:

Kia has been experiencing a bit of a Renaissance in recent years. It has pushed out a bunch of new products while updating some of its existing nameplates, and even changed its logo. The Seltos was one of Kia’s first new models at the start of this Renaissance back in 2019. It was envisioned to be an affordable compact crossover SUV for the middle class, and it quickly became one of the brand’s most popular offerings. And with good reason!

Nissan Magnite Review:

Some older readers might recall a humble little car brand named Datsun. It became known for its little 1400 bakkie, which replaced the big American gas guzzlers during the fuel crisis of the 1970s. Now fast forward to 2022, and we find ourselves amidst another fuel crisis. And here to save us from the large gas guzzlers yet again is another humble little Japanese vehicle, the Nissan Magnite.

Suzuki Vitara Brezza Review:

Suzuki is making great strides on the sales charts, its continued success boosted by a great model line-up that includes the extremely popular Vitara Brezza.