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Top fea­tures: There’s much to ride home about when it comes to this ex­cel­lently priced SUV, in­clud­ing seven air bags, 16-inch al­loy wheel rims, USB and Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity, cruise con­trol, auto air-con and pro­jec­tor head­lamps. In­ter­est­ing facts: In 1909, Mi­chio Suzuki founded the Suzuki Loom silk works in the small Ja­panese coastal vil­lage of Ha­ma­matsu. In 1937, he di­ver­si­fied and be­gan de­sign­ing small cars, but it was only in 1961 that Suzuki of­fi­cially launched its au­to­mo­bile di­vi­sion. In 1988, the first Vi­tara was pro­duced. Ef­fi­ciency: From 5.8 litres/100km Price: R525 000 The car: Launched lo­cally in Fe­bru­ary, the bat­tery-charged i3 re­de­fines ur­ban mo­bil­ity. With 125kW of power and 250Nm of torque, you won’t be left in the slow lane. Top fea­tures: With BMW eDrive Power Train and Ef­fi­cien­tDy­nam­ics tech­nol­ogy, the i3 makes go­ing to the petrol sta­tion a thing of the past. If Eskom blacks you out, how­ever, the re­serve 9-litre fuel tank kicks in to get you to the church on time. In­ter­est­ing facts: The i3 is not just en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly to drive, elec­tric­ity for pro­duc­tion of the BMW i3 and i8 at the Ger­man Leipzig plant also comes Price: XE 2.0 Tur­bocharged Diesel Pure – R534 800, XE 3.0 V6 Su­per­charged S – R908 100 The car: There are five mod­els to feast on, start­ing with the XE R-Sport, while the highly de­sir­able XE Port­fo­lio tops the car’s rear-wheel drive range. Top fea­tures: With as­ton­ish­ing brakes, top­class han­dling and su­perb sporty looks, the 3-litre V6’s 8-speed ZF trans­mis­sion and ad­dic­tive growl make this a driver’s dream car. In­ter­est­ing facts: The XE’s “In­ge­nium” en­gine range gets its name from com­bin­ing the word ‘in­ge­nious’ with the word ‘per­ineum’. The sporty cat’s body is made al­most en­tirely from alu­minium, aside from the win­dows, which are made from glass for what Jaguar calls “safety rea­sons”. Speed: 0-100km/h in 5.1 sec­onds Ef­fi­ciency: From 4.2 litres/100km

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