WEEK­END WHEELS

Ad­vanced elec­tric mo­tor­cy­cle launched Opel drives ahead with woman at wheel VW brings the beach to Sand­ton City

Saturday Star - - LIFESTYLE -

It hardly drives like a bakkie on a lad­der-frame chas­sis with good road­hold­ing and grip around the cor­ners thanks largely to a coil spring five-link rear sus­pen­sion, the first in a main­stream bakkie. Road and wind noise is mostly non-ex­is­tent and only a purr in the cabin re­minds you that there’s an oil burner un­der the bon­net.

Also, the in­te­rior adds to the en­hanced more Suv-than-bakkie feel with a range of stan­dard items such as re­verse cam­eras with im­ages broad­cast on the touch­screen, cruise con­trol, Blue­tooth and nav­i­ga­tion with live traf­fic up­dates. Sound and in­fo­tain­ment in­cludes video in DVD, VCD, CD, MP3 or MPEG4 for­mat. It’s not of­ten that you get all th­ese op­tions and it’s re­fresh­ing for those who still have cut CDS with “road trip” writ­ten on the disc to be a bit nos­tal­gic.

Ob­vi­ously it’s not a 4x4 but it does have 229mm of ground clear­ance, an ap­proach an­gle of 33 de­grees, a de­par­ture an­gle of 27.9 de­grees and a breakover an­gle of 25.2 de­grees – all enough to get you not too far off the beaten track but enough to al­low you some quiet time up a dif­fi­cult road to the top of a moun­tain pass.

Get­ting in and out of the back of dou­ble cabs hasn’t al­ways been the most el­e­gant of ma­noeu­vres but, hav­ing made the rear doors big­ger, this is not so much an is­sue but I’d cau­tion against wear­ing a short skirt. I used my young­ster to do a com­par­a­tive test be­tween the Navara and an­other dou­ble cab and he found get­ting in and out eas­ier and also com­mented that there was more le­groom for his ever-in­creas­ing height.

Over­all the Navara looks and feels the part with qual­ity fin­ishes and de­cent ride qual­ity, although it does lean to­wards the up­per-end of af­ford­abil­ity – and in a mar­ket with so many op­tions pric­ing plays a cru­cial part.

Nis­san As­sured of­fers a war­ranty of 6-year/150 000km and a 3-year/90 000km ser­vice plan. Pric­ing

Nis­san Navara 2.3 4x2 SE DC MT – R457 900 (incl. VAT)

Nis­san Navara 2.3 4x2 SE DC AT – R471 900 (incl. VAT)

Nis­san Navara 2.3 4x2 LE DC – R519 900 (incl. VAT) Nis­san Navara 2.3 4x2 LE DC + leather seats – R532 900 (incl. VAT)

Nis­san Navara 2.3 4x2 LE DC AT – R538 900 (incl. VAT)

Nis­san Navara 2.3 4x2 LE DC AT + leather seats – R551 900 (incl. VAT)

Nis­san Navara 2.3 4x4 SE DC MT – R523 900 (incl. VAT)

Nis­san Navara 2.3 4x4 LE DC MT – R573 500 (incl. VAT)

Nis­san Navara 2.3 4x4 LE DC MT + leather seats – R586 500 (incl. VAT)

Nis­san Navara 2.3 4x4 LE DC AT – R594 900 (incl. VAT)

Nis­san Navara 2.3 4x4 LE DC AT + leather seats – R605 900 (incl. VAT). WHEN South African hol­i­day­mak­ers go in search of wide-open spa­ces next month, Thule’s ex­pan­sive range of lug­gage boxes can en­sure that they have plenty of space up-close too, en route to their cho­sen des­ti­na­tion.

The Thule Force XT cargo box is a new ad­di­tion to the range and avail­able from Thule Part­ner stores this De­cem­ber. Un­veiled at the Au­tomechanika Show in Frank­furt in Septem­ber, the Thule Force XT is a ver­sa­tile and ro­bust roof-mounted cargo box for ev­ery­day use and is ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing bulky loads of all sizes. INMOTION Ven­tures, Jaguar Land Rover’s ven­ture cap­i­tal fund, has an­nounced its in­vest­ment in Arc, which un­veiled “Vec­tor” – the world’s first fully-elec­tric mo­tor­cy­cle with Hu­man Ma­chine In­ter­face (HMI).

Arc Vec­tor is the most ad­vanced elec­tric mo­tor­cy­cle ever brought to mar­ket.

It uses ex­otic ma­te­ri­als, thor­ough­bred com­po­nen­try and cut­ting-edge ar­chi­tec­ture, wrapped in a fu­tur­is­tic body. FOUR years af­ter the death of her hus­band (Adam Opel) in 1895, So­phie Opel de­cided to start pro­duc­ing cars af­ter lis­ten­ing to the opin­ions of her sons Carl, Wil­helm and Friedrich Opel.

Be­fore this, the Opel fam­ily spe­cialised in the man­u­fac­tur­ing of bi­cy­cles.

What started with a dy­namic woman at the helm in a garage in Rüs­selsheim am Main with a few hand­made “Opel Pa­tent­mo­tor­wa­gen”, be­came the Opel ve­hi­cle empire we know to­day – a re­mark­able phe­nom­e­non with more than 70 mil­lion Opel ve­hi­cles built to date. AS THE proud sup­port­ers of the 2018 City Surf Se­ries, the Volk­swa­gen SA Open of Surf­ing and The Dyer Is­land Con­ser­va­tion Trust, Volk­swa­gen SA is bring­ing the beach in­land.

As part of the beach cul­ture of the 1960s, Volk­swa­gen and the Kombi in par­tic­u­lar have al­ways been about free­dom, the out­doors and the open road.

It in­vokes thoughts of surf­ing, travel, camp­ing and good times.

So just be­fore Joburg­ers flock to the beaches for the Fes­tive Sea­son, VW is high­light­ing the im­por­tance of pro­tect­ing our oceans and sup­port­ing the lo­cal surf­ing com­mu­nity through a fun fam­ily ex­pe­ri­ence at Sand­ton City this week­end.

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