Andrew Leopold

  • The 2017 Mazda3 Astina 2.0, More than just looks?

    Featuring minor cosmetic changes, the face-lifted Mazda3 Astina is as attractive as it’s always been. Stylish and understated, the proportions of the Mazda made more and more sense as I parked and glanced back at the 4-door hatchback. Riding on new 18 inch wheels, Mazda3 also has other cosmetic...
  • Mercedes doubles down on compact segment

    With sales of Mercedes compact cars doubling each year, it makes sense that the manufacturer has shirked its image of only driving older owners around in comfort, and taken on the role of catering for the younger, first-time Mercedes owner.  A minor facelift has been implemented to its compact...
  • Volvo Finance Offer

    As budgets tighten, the exchange rate continues to squeeze us with its deathly grip, and the rand leaches all value out of European imports, there’s never been a better time for a manufacturer to offer salvation; provide some form of guarantee that when the time comes to settle up...
  • Volvo’s Pilot Assist gives time back to you

    Could you trust your car to drive itself at speeds up to 130kph? We’re not just talking Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) that’ll brake, accelerate and keep pace with a ‘lead’ car; we’re talking level two (out of five) autonomous capability – that ensures full semi-autonomy on the throttle, brakes...
  • Volvo S90: Trust us, you can take this Volvo’s pulse

    There’s a new premium sedan in town, one that can truly stand wheel-to-wheel with the Germans as far as desirability, looks and quality goes, but what about the all-important performance factor? This is traditionally where Volvos have faltered against their sportier German counterparts. But the latest S90 appears to...
  • Break the mould in Volvo’s plush new S90

    The stakes are particularly high for Volvo at the moment. Not just because the XC90 was so well received that it ousted all-comers to claim the 2016 Wesbank/SAGMJ SA COTY title – and the much-anticipated follow-up S90 is always more challenging following a big success – but also because...
  • Latest Hyundai CRETA bears many Tucson traits

    Everyone is calling the new Hyundai CRETA the baby Tucson. Considering that the Tucson is a 2017 South Africa Car of the Year finalist, not to mention strikingly styled, this is a favourable association to be made, stirring up the next wave of momentum from the Korean manufacturer. Outside...
  • Mitsubishi expands modern 2017 ASX range

    The 2017 Mitsubishi ASX is the first model in South Africa to feature Mitsubishi’s new Dynamic Shield design language. What this means is a notably more prominent front grille surrounded by a striking new design which will soon be seen on a few other Mitsubishi models. In addition – the...
  • Quickco: People search for Toyotas, not supercars

    It’s been a question we ask ourselves with tears in our eyes, ‘what are car people searching for on the internet?’ Do they want the meanest Lamborghini Aventador ever made, or a frugal Toyota Corolla? A new study done by Quickco collected data from 193 countries worldwide revealed that...