The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - PHO­TOS: QUICKPIC

VOLK­SWA­GEN has in­tro­duced its top pas­sen­ger model, the Ar­teon. Fully im­ported from the Em­den plant in Ger­many, the 4,8m-long sedan is pow­ered by VW’s 2.0 TDI paired to a DSG trans­mis­sion. Three mod­els are on sale, with the en­gine mapped to make 130kW in the El­e­gance and R-Line, but 206 kW in the RLine 4Mo­tion. Prices start at R599 900 and top out at R699 900, and in­clude a five-year or 90 000km main­te­nance plan, a three­year or 120 000 km war­ranty. Ser­vice in­ter­vals are 15 000 km. The only thing not to like is the space-saver spare wheel, which sim­ply is not safe on SA’s long roads.

ISUZU Mo­tors South Africa has mean­while an­nounced prices for the highly an­tic­i­pated, seven-seater mu-X — the first ve­hi­cle to be launched un­der the newly es­tab­lished Isuzu Mo­tors South Africa. Isuzu’s proven 3.0-litre four-cylin­der in­ter­cooled tur­bod­iesel diesel en­gine that pro­duces 130 kW of power and 380 Nm of torque. It is mated to a six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion which has a se­quen­tial sport mode. An im­pres­sive three-tonne tow­ing ca­pac­ity makes it a great choice for tow­ing trail­ers or car­a­vans. The 4x2 sells for R568 000, while the 4x4 sells for R629 100, in­clud­ing a five-year or 120 000km war­ranty and Isuzu Road­side As­sis­tance and a five-year or 90 000km ser­vice plan. Ser­vice in­ter­vals are ev­ery 15 000km or 12 months.

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