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Posted by on Jan 15, 2015 in CAR REVIEWS, Features, The Wheel's I'm In | 0 comments

C1 WIPED

C1 WIPED

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Driving around Joburg in a heavy summer storm can be pretty hazardous, even in a large SUV. So when I was handed the keys of the teeny Citröen C1 on Tuesday and the lightning split the sky 20 minutes later, I paled. In fact the flood of rain got so heavy, that my hand reached out for Uber on speed dial. But little should I have worried because my mini (and yes she has a bit of an echo of one ) steed came through Noah’s tea party, shining. I know it’s weird to talk about a car’s wind screen wipers but bear with me.  A single blade sweeps across the front widescreen with such precision and effectiveness, that I found myself simply driving aimlessly in the rain , and stopping in side streets to watch this poetry in motion. But that’s not all she’s got. First debuted in March 2014 at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show , C1 landed in the latter part of last year on local shores and immediately made a mark here because of her cute, stunning looks and respectable price and performance.

 

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There’s a lot of improvement from her predecessor in the aesthetic department – she’s far more funky and colour coded and you know how important colour is for us girls.
There are eight body colours to confuse yourself with, including black, grey, brown white, blue and red and I have to say for me it’s a toss up between the black and red. Her wheels are super sexy too, coming in 14-inch or 15-inch wheel covers and 15-inch alloys.

The colour theme goes further with funky interiors like door panel colored inserts, giving the C1 a totally unique character – perfect for a modern urban fashionista. I have to say, although I really loved the wipers, the reverse park camera came in a very close second. HI teched and specced, the French just know how to make a girl happy.

imageBy the way, if you want to actually know how the car will DRIVE, there’s a choice of two petrol engines including a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder petrol VTi 82 unit with 61 kW/118 Nm and a claimed fuel consumption of 4.3-litres/100km and 99g/km CO2 emissions.

In a highly competitive entry level class, at logger heads with  the Kia Picanto and Peugeot 107, I think the C1’s wipers decide it for me.

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Posted by on Nov 7, 2013 in CAR REVIEWS, Features | 2 comments

JOY RIDING the all new 4-series

JOY RIDING the all new 4-series

imageWho would have thought …in a world obsessed with skinny supermodel proportions,  that longer and wider would

work so well…The all new BMW 4 series revs in, in all it’s lower, wider and longer  glory, heralding a brand new class for the top German manufacturer.

Launched this week in South Africa in the Western Cape to local  motoring media,  catch Mel’s exclusive review on The Joy Ride tonight, on Kaya FM 95.9.  image

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Posted by on Nov 6, 2013 in CAR REVIEWS, Features | 0 comments

4-series sharpens up the segment

4-series sharpens up the segment

imageThe BMW 4series coupe is here and what a debut it’s made on a scenic launch in the beautiful surrounds of Franschhoek

Sportier, Sharper, Sexier than its 3-series predecessor, BMW keeps pushing the envelope by knocking us out with dynamic, innovative design and ride.

This is the first time I have perched on a red ride since….well you know that “other red” car.image

 

 

 

 

 

I will be doing a more INDEPTH review of the stunning 4series  on The Joy RIDE tomorrow night, Thursday 8pm on KAYA FM 95.9 . See you there. image

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Posted by on Oct 28, 2013 in JOURNEYS INBETWEEN, Profile, The Wheel's I'm In | 0 comments

JOY RIDE

JOY RIDE

I would be lying to say that the crash in the red car hasn’t caused all sorts of problems and at times mayhem for me since it all went down exactly two months ago. But taking it all one day at a time, staying image

clean and sober and going back to Narcotics c Anonymous meetings has given me the inner strength I have needed and am needing to navigate my

way through all this. And now for some fantastic news. On  Thursday after long negotiations

with the station – the one and only

Sagie Moodley ( he from the hugely popular A word on cars ) and I will be kicking off with the fastest show in the airwaves THE JOY RIDE  on Kaya FM 95.9 between 8-9pm. As they say as one boot slams another bonnet opens. Can’t wait to see you there.

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Posted by on Oct 24, 2013 in CAR REVIEWS, Features | 0 comments

CAR OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST

CAR OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST

Hello hello hello, have been hectic .. Writing new book, getting end of year mags together, and am about to be part of such an exciting new show that I can hardly contain myself …but more about that  soon…for now the most exciting news around on the petrol front is the announcement of the 9 Car of the Year Finalists at JIMS recently.

Beautiful wheels. Here they are 4 of the 9 , the rest will follow

2013 Audi Sportback 1.4T FSI Manual

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2013 Jaguar F-TYPE 3.0 V6 S

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2013 Lexus IS 350 F-Sport

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2013 Peugeot 208 GTI

 

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Posted by on Oct 16, 2013 in CAR REVIEWS, Features | 0 comments

EXCITEMENT MOUNTS S-Class at JIMS

EXCITEMENT MOUNTS S-Class at JIMS

imageI had a motor sox blessing last night when the all new mighty  S-Class was unveiled at a dinner  at the rather fabulous Casalinga in Honeydew.  Dubbed The Best Automobile in the World it’s easy to see why the Germans are so excited.

It will be unveiled to the public at the Johannesburg Motor show that runs from 18-27 at NASREC . Media get to see it at 8am this morning… Mercedes Benz says:

As with every generation, the new S-Class will set standards across the board to retain its accolade as “the best automobile in the world”.  Perfection down to the last detail results in “The Essence of Luxury”. This pursuit of the best or nothing is particularly noticeable in the interior: whether it is the seats or the air coditioning, the controls or the design, the infotainment or the comfort and safety in the rear – new ideas, their painstaking realisation, and highest perceived quality underpin the high standards that the engineers have set for the new S-Class.image

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