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Renault Debut in Zimbabwe
with the KWID
Editor’s Note
Fact Jeke
elcome to the first 2017 issue of the Motor Trend in the
Financial Gazette. We are an
elite auto section which is published bi
-monthly to sensitize, inform and give
discerning auto enthusiast, executive
buyer and the general masses the right
news on the industry. Our aim is to
provide our readers with cutting edge
writing infused with wit and irreverence, top-notch photography and an
approach that is entirely different from
any other auto magazine. We aim to
give you regular articles on all things
auto related from vintage wheels, classic
collection, new launches and test drives
and motor sport.
In this issue we lead with a brand
which hails from France, the Renault.
In the next few months you will see
the launch of various models from the
French car makers which have a price
tag for every buyer from budget to high
end luxury. Emma Borerwe gets to cruise
in the Nissan Patrol courtesy of Nissan
Clover Leaf motors and gives us her take
on the flag ship from the brand. As a
regular, we give you car news, comparisons and also take a look at what top
drop into your Toyota, Jeep and compact SUV shopping bag.
When it comes to motor sport, we as
Zimbabweans have one man to shout
about, Conrad Rautenbach who defied
all odds racing a Toyota at the recently
ended Dakar Rally. A rouke who conquered untamed territory and put our
nation on the map by achieving a great
General Motors has also had some
exciting stuff loading into this year with
the new Isuzu KB range and the new
Chevrolet Trailblazer, so buckle up and
enjoy this issue of Motor Trend.
Till next month ciao!
Packaged by Kudzai Rushambwa
Stepping up in compact SUVs
Fact Jeke
his is a vehicle similar to a station wagon or estate car, usually
equipped with four-wheel drive for on- or off-road ability. Some
SUVs include the towing capacity of a pickup truck with the passenger-carrying space of a minivan or large sedan. Compact Sports
utility vehicles and crossovers are a multitalented bunch, a force to
reckon with in the automotive world. We have compiled a few of these
vehicles which can do almost anything on and off road with ease and
still maintain their good looks. In our list, you will breeze through the
safest SUVs around, which are ideal for the business executive, the
pratical mum and any professional who enjoys driving a multitasker.
contender in its segment. Numerous awards spell out the status of the
Nissan Qashqai available at AMC, AMTEC, Croco Nissan and Nissan
Clover Leaf Motors
For the trendy and stylish Range Rover Evoque
The sleek and affordable SUV –Nissan Qashqai
A versatile nippy Ford Ecosport.
Over the last six years since its introduction onto the market, this vehicle has on numerous occasions bagged over 200 awards and sill
counting. The awards alone makes it something of a novelty. It has
all the features you want and even has room for the kids. If you are
looking for a stylish head turner then indulge. Last year an addition
was put of a convertible which has simiar capabilities. Available in the
four door, two door coupe and convertible with a choice of derivatives
to suit any customer at Premier Auto Services.
Take on whatever the road throws at you with the next generation
of crossover design. Introducing advanced technology, state-of-the-art
connected features and dynamic handling that puts the driver in total
control. The Nissan Qashqai – the ultimate urban crossover second
generation with a lot to offer. It’s longer and sleeker than the first
generation and the name itself leaves you wondering. Besides Nissans
host of active safety features. This vehicles comes in with the petrol
and diesel option both offering generous fuel efficiency. Priced under
$50 000 it’s a bang for your buck, practical yet dynamic and a strong
The six speed thoughtful Jeep Compass
Most of us like rugged and tugh too, but the Jeep Compass is two of
those things plus thoughtful. The Jeeps combination of these factors
and the added pleasures of improved comfort features mean you just
have found the vehicle you are looking for. Its more responsive and
more responsible, easy on the fuel and light on maintanance. It offers
full protection and greater stability, adaptable to any environment and
its quiet too… no unnecessary noises. For pricing nd availability get in
touch with ZIMOCO in Harare.
When the Ford EcoSport was launched almost five years ago, it
brought a freshness to the segment all wrapped up in a stylish and
dynamic small SUV to a new generation of customers. The urban sport
utility vehicle combines the agility, affordability and fuel efficiency of a
compact car with the versatility and spaciousness of an SUV. If you are
a lover of adventure with a small family or just because you can afford
it, this is the perfect mate. With the blue Ford blood running in every
piece of steel and component in this car, it will surprise you with great
performance. Contact Croco Motors or Dulys.
Renault Debut in Zimbabwe
with the KWID
Fact Jeke
fter years of being absent on the Zimbabwean market , the all-French Renault
brand is making a comeback. Renault
Zimbabwe has put up a state-of-the -art showroom at corner Third Street and Speke Avenue
which will be home to the brand housing a
number of models.
A vehicle of note which is bound to shake
the entry segment budget market is the nippy
KWID. An innovative and affordable vehicle
which will be a definite bang for your buck, is
an SUV inspired hatch. The new Renault KWID
is positioned as the entry-point into Renault’s
product line-up. It overturns established entry segment design cues, thanks to its robust,
stylish exterior plus a modern and welcoming
interior equipped with generous cabin space
as well as features and fitments normally unattainable in its class.
Meticulously designed, the new KWID
hatchback is sure to meet the needs of anyone
looking to buy an entry-level car. The KWID offers a modern, intuitive interior which includes
technologies that not only meet drivers’ needs
but also make driving simpler and safer. When
it comes to tech, the KWID is loaded with so
much technology from navigation to touch
screens and Bluetooth connectivity.
This eminently modern newcomer features
SUV styling and construction. Its high stance
and durable design underscore a sense of security while its longer wheelbase (2 422mm)
allows for a spacious comfortable cabin plus
more rear leg room. Boot space of 300 litres
puts the new Renault KWID on par with an upper segment vehicle.
The two derivatives are powered by a new
999cc Smart Control efficiency (SCe) engine
mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. What
this means for any buyer is that you will literally be driving for the fraction of fuel you normally use, more kilometres for your tank.
With its distinctive SUV-like design and high
ground clearance (at 180mm, more than any
of its competitors) KWID offers a high driving
position and greater visibility making it ideal
for zipping around in urban traffic or cruising
down the open highway.
Entry-level KWID is modern, smart and stylish inside and out. It combines the comfort and
functional user-friendliness of a city car with a
spacious interior and a raft of stowage solutions.
With the introduction of the new KWID, Renault has gone a considerable step further in
designing a new breed of vehicle in the growing small-car segment. Its class-leading ground
clearance combined with short front and rear
overhangs exude an impression of strength,
reliability and the look associated with SUVs.
The boldly structured front grille design highlights Renault’s trademark diamond-shaped
logo while its C-shaped headlights incorporate
the brand’s new lighting signature.
KWID’s slightly sculpted sides provide a fluid, dynamic touch, with the rectangular forms
of the black cladded and flared wheel arches
a further pointer to its SUV breeding while
also affording additional protection. While the
lower door decor underlines the KWID’s robust
character, the steeply-raked, forward-positioned windscreen lends a sense of movement
and fluidity to the high waistline which rises
slightly at the rear. The large windows ensure
good visibility for the driver and play a big part
in travelling comfort while the sharp creases
on the bonnet give it a muscular look.
At the rear, the lower part of the bumper
comes with a black trim - another SUV cue and the body-coloured tailgate spoiler adds to
the car’s dynamic stance.
The interior carries over the same bold and
confidence-inspiring styling as the outside. The
horizontal, uncluttered lines of the dashboard
convey an impression of width and refinement.
The digital instrument cluster and piano black
centre fascia which houses the centrally-positioned MediaNAV system creates a contemporary high-quality feel that combines practicality and style (Dynamique only).
The height adjustable front seats are generously sized offering superior comfort while
the electric power steering and one-touch lane
change indicator make driving a breeze.
Electric front windows add to driver and
front passenger convenience while the powerful air-conditioning with heater ensures driving
pleasure irrespective of the weather. All controls are easy to reach from both driver and
passenger sides. The open storage space fac-
ing the front passenger, lower glove box (plus
upper glove box in Dynamique variant), driver
and passenger in-door storage space with 1-litre bottle holder and rear parcel tray translate
to practical and convenient stowage space.
The compact 1.0- litre three-cylinder Smart
Control efficiency (SCe) engine powering both
KWID models has been optimised for power
and performance and pushes out peak power
of 50kW @ 5 500 rpm and maximum torque
of 91Nm @ 4 250 rpm. Drivers will enjoy its
good responsiveness and drivability at low
revs and wide torque band across the rpm
range. An extremely fuel efficient petrol powered engine, it’s paired to a five-speed manual gearbox and delivers an incredible 4.71
litres/100 km. The fuel tank holds 28 litres.
Key features include:
• One of the lightest engines in the 1 litre
range with aluminium cylinder block and
head. Optimized usage of composite materials for weight reduction.
• Low friction design: Features include steel
forged crankshaft with optimized bearing
• Stainless steel close coupled catalytic converter for quick warm-up and best emission
/ consumption balance.
• F1-inspired state-of-the-art technology:
Double loop Lambda monitoring and electrical controlled throttle body for accurate
air / fuel ratio monitoring; knock sensor for
automatic spark advance adjustment to fuel
• Optimized valve timing for increased volumetric efficiency in order to achieve a flatter
torque band.
• One of best-in-class power-to-weight ratios.
• Priced from just under US$14 000.
• Available at the following stockists:
• Mutare- Dulys
• Harare-Dulys
• Croco - Harare
• Gweru- Dulys
• Bulawayo- Croco
• Masvingo- Croco
• Chiredzi- Croco.
The New Ford Everest: Luxury & exclusivity
Mada Borerwe
US$26 900
ord has recently commissioned a 2.5
billion rand Ford Silverton Plant in South
Africa which produces the Ford Wild
Track and the Ford Everest. Production of
the Everest in South Africa has enabled Ford
to significantly expand the line-up, which is
now on sale in South Africa, and is now being exported to markets across sub-Saharan
Africa which include Zimbabwe.
The new Ford Everest has created a
huge stir in the SUV segment when it was
launched in September last year, delivering
outstanding levels of sophistication, luxury, all-terrain performance and versatility.
Along with the two original high-spec 3.2
XLT and Limited 4x4 models (originally built
in Thailand), regionalised assembly sees the
addition of a further six derivatives, all built
to Ford’s stringent global quality standards.
This includes five all-new 2.2-litre versions
in XLS or XLT trim, as well as the option of a
new 3.2 XLT 4x2.
“Our new and much broader line-up
for the Ford Everest meets the need for
high-value mid-range models, which dominate the sales in this segment,” said Hope
Kemadjou head marketing- Dulys Holdings
Limited. “Buyers now also have the option
of manual or automatic transmissions, as
well as 4x2 or 4x4 models to suit their specific needs”.
The Ford 2.2 XLS offers the practicality
of a seven seater configuration, impressive
levels of standard specification, great performance and outstanding value for money.
The 2.2 XLS is available in three versions,
comprising a two-wheel drive derivative
with six-speed manual gearbox, along
with an automatic model that uses Ford’s
smooth-shifting Select Shift six-speed transmission to deliver seamless power and refinement, with the added benefit of sport
and manual modes for ultimate control.
For drivers that intend heading far off the
beaten track, there’s the Everest 2.2 XLS
4x4, equipped with a manual transmission.
The intelligent four-wheel drive system provides permanent drive to all four wheels,
using an active transfer case with high
and low range, a rear differential lock and
Torque on Demand to deliver optimum performance and traction in all conditions. This
is bolstered by the 225mm ground clearance and substantial 800mm water wading
depth. Common to all 4x4 models is Ford’s
innovative Terrain Management System that
boasts four driving modes: Normal, mud,
sand and rock crawl.
In line with its sophisticated character,
the Ford Everest boasts a high level of standard comfort, convenience and safety features that make it one of the smartest and
most advanced SUVs on the market. One of
the most exciting new technologies, available for the first time in Sub-Saharan Africa,
is Ford’s latest-generation integrated communications and entertainment system, fitted as standard on all XLT and Limited models. It includes a total of 10 speakers and
two USB ports for multimedia connectivity.
Numerous other sophisticated technologies
fitted as standard on the Ford Everest include Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)
with Traction Control, Hill Launch Assist and
Trailer Sway Control. Further safety features
encompass dual front, side and full-length
curtain airbags. A driver’s knee airbag is
standard on the XLT and Limited, and optional on the XLS. All three specification
grades include rear parking sensors linked
to a full colour rear view parking camera
on the four-inch display for the XLS or the
8-inch touch screen for XLT and Limited –
the latter also featuring front parking sensors
New to the Everest line-up is the refined
and extremely capable 2.2-litre four-cylinder unit, which produces a maximum power
output of 118kW at 3 700r/min, linked to
a torque peak of 385Nm from 1 500 to 2
500r/min – thus ensuring impressive performance in all conditions. The mighty 3.2-litre
five-cylinder turbodiesel engine remains the
range-topping choice, delivering 147kW
and a massive 470Nm for superlative allround performance. Both versions are rated
for a maximum towing capacity of 3 000kg,
reinforcing the Everest’s exceptional allround capabilities – particularly as a lifestyle vehicle.
The New Ford Everest is available for sale
in Zimbabwe. For Pricing or to book a test
drive call Dulys Holdings or Croco Motors
your authorised Ford Dealers.
Two practical options from Jeep
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Jeep Wrangler
Andrew Gaza
eep is an American brand of vehicles and its product
range consists of SUVs and off- road vehicles. Initially
the Jeep was designed for the US military and was the
most common vehicle used during World War II as well as
the post war period. However the Jeep has evolved over
the years and has had major structural and DNA changes.
It’s a brand which exudes a persona of glamour and sophistication when you start driving the Jeep you will be
hooked for life! This review is a rough shopping guide of
what you can expect when you buy a Jeep, I hope these
will be helpful. Happy shopping!
The Jeep Grand Cherokee
The premium large SUV of the Jeep line-up, the Grand
Cherokee represents the standard in terms of power, comfort, innovation and craftsmanship. The Grand Cherokee
is the most awarded large SUV ever and it continues to
evolve and features a new exterior and interior design,
new advanced technological contents and enhanced onroad and off-road manners thanks to its all-new eightspeed automatic transmission.
Salient features include new bi-xenon headlamps with
LED daytime running lights (DRLs), new wheel designs
and new interior/exterior colour combinations. Handcrafted interiors now deliver even more refinement to the
Jeep flagship thanks to the use of premium leather and
high-quality wood. The introduction of a new three-spoke
steering-wheel adds to the exclusive character of the cabin. The Jeep Grand Cherokee offers the most advanced
safety features, including updated Forward Collision
Warning with Crash Mitigation and all-new Select-Speed
Control: both complement the vehicle's already rich array
of standard active and passive safety systems. Grand Cherokee’s new eight-speed automatic transmission is paired
with all engine variants. The new eight-speed transmission ensures reduced consumption and emissions, while
delivering quicker acceleration and a more precise and
smooth shifting.
The Jeep Wrangler
Jeep Wrangler is a vehicle renowned for its on- and offroad capabilities, courtesy of an all-new, more fuel-efficient and more powerful 3.6-litre V-6 petrol engine and a
five-speed automatic transmission. Highlights include upgraded materials, automatic temperature controls, power
mirrors and steering-wheel-mounted controls for vehicle
systems. Larger rear windows are engineered for greater
visibility, and a USB port connects to the media centre.
Jeep Wrangler’s signature features include classic round
headlamps, seven-slot grille, trapezoid wheel flares, removable doors, exposed hinges, a fold-down windshield
and innovative removable and convertible tops and halfdoors that allow Wrangler to retain the brand’s iconic appearance and function. New Wrangler Sahara model now
features a body colour hardtop option, offering a premium
appearance. The Wrangler is equipped with an all-new
3.6-litre Penta star V-6 engine and automatic transmission
which enhance the Jeep Wrangler’s on-road driving performance – delivering 43 percent more power, 10 percent
more torque and reduced fuel consumption – while also
taking the vehicle’s legendary off road capability to a new
level. The Limited Edition of the Jeep Wrangler is available
on the Jeep Rubicon. Both the Wrangler and the Rubicon
were voted the best 4x4 vehicles of the decade.
The Jeep brand continues to achieve milestones both in
Zimbabwe and internationally. For Pricing and availability
contact ZIMOCO your authorised Jeep dealer.
A Boundless Source of pure energy. Harness
the engine power, petrol or diesel with a specially
designed transmission, the most advanced
4WD system; plus minimal impact on the environment.
The best of both worlds – Leisure and workhorse combined
Fidelis Munetsi
akkies have over the years evolved with the introduction of more
innovation which makes life easier and the vehicle a fun drive. Below are a few vehicles which of late now combine a bit of luxury
and practicallty and still delivering as they cruise through the cities and
rough terrains. Mining, construction and the agriculture industries are
literally spoilt for choice with these additions.
The Tough Isuzu KB-series
As the new Isuzu Pick-up continues its engagement in key African
markets, ongoing processes of quality management and engineering
development ensure that the new Pick-up is built in Africa, for Africa.
With the harsh environments of the African continent dictating vehicle specifications and design – including fuel quality, road conditions,
consumer demands and vehicle versatility – Isuzu engineers not only
had to design and develop specific elements of the Isuzu Pick-up to
cope on a long-term basis, but also ensure the quality of each and
every aspect that goes into the production of an internationally renowned pick-up – to ensure complete peace of mind and trouble-free
motoring for the customer.
As a result, the new Isuzu Pick-up features a number of uniquely
African solutions to the problems and challenges that were identified.
For example, a larger radiator is fitted to assist in improved cooling,
and the radiator fan is indeed placed behind the radiator to remove the
risk of fan blade damage when entering water at speed. The high-ride
suspension design which allows for ground clearance of up to 224 mm
(linked to high profile tyres) enables for enhanced peace of mind when
driving on particularly bad roads.
With certain derivatives available with four-wheel drive, traversing even the toughest of environments becomes an easy and enjoyable task thanks to great ground clearance, all-terrain tyres and an
advanced 4x4 system with an electronic configuration switch which
allows for easy transition between 2-Hi, 4-Hi and 4-Lo driving modes.
The result of customised design, development, engineering and production done in Africa, for Africa. On the downside the ride is not as
comfortable on rough terrain, but then again it’s a bakkie, its meant
to do rough hard work. Autoworld has stock available in Harare and
More Powerful Single Cab 3.2-litre Duratorq TDCi
Ford Ranger
The current Ranger is one of the toughest, most capable trucks out
there and offer and delivers more than its competitors. When it comes
to style and comfort it stands tops and also size does matter, giving
you bigger and better performance. These two powerful Single Cab
derivatives powered by Ford’s 3.2-litre diesel powertrain will have
your foot trembling on the accelerator. The 3.2TDCi models is available in either 4x2 or 4x4 guise with both offered in XLS specification
and mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. Manual never kills the
joys of driving especially in a truck with our near to no tar roads these
models will add the funk and fun into your fleet.
The 3.2-litre Duratorq TDCi five-cylinder diesel engine offers a substantial 470Nm of torque and power rated at 147kW. The impressive
performance does not come at the expense of frugality with both models utilising only 9.3l/100km of fuel on a combined cycle route. Emissions are measured at 245g/100km on both the 4x2 and 4x4 models.
Move over Toyota Hilux, there is a new king on the reigns with more
to offer.
The Ranger also offers notable towing capabilities with the 4x4
model able to tow up to 3 350kg when fitted with the range topping
diesel engine. For farmers and logistic business owners, this will save
you time as you can ferry spare parts and tyres without a glitch.
The Ranger has been designed to cater to a wide spectrum of customers. If it’s an addition to your fleet you are looking for, the Ranger
is reputable and capable and available in many derivatives either on
double cab, king cab or single cab. For pricing, finance options and
aftersales service visit the Croco Motors or Dulys showroom.
Rugged new Nissan Patrol Pick-up
For those not familiar with the Patrol Pick-up, over six decades on, this
has been a legend from the Nissan brand. Sporting a sharp new look
with rugged overtones, a new diesel engine and upgraded features.
The Patrol nameplate has been running strongly for over 60 years
and the new Patrol pickup builds on this heritage. It is an authentic 4x4
which represents Nissan’s commitment to the large pickup segment in
sub-Saharan Africa with a bakkie that expresses the brand’s ultimate
‘do-anything’ attitude, especially in the roughest and toughest environments.
Up for any challenge, the new Patrol Pick-up has the perfect mix
of brawny good looks and brute performance to make light work of
even the most daunting terrain. Its all-terrain suspension, impressive
torque delivery and superior off-road performance makes traversing
any terrain for any purpose easy and reassuring. Couple these factors
with its low cost of ownership and the Patrol Pick-up is easily identified
as the best workhorse and status symbol – the ultimate 4x4 that gets
the job done, comfortably.
The new Patrol Pickup looks tough, and is tough. Available in single-cab configuration and with a diesel-powered 4x4 drivetrain, the
new Nissan Patrol Pickup 3.0DTi 4x4 5-speed manual is powered by a
turbocharged and intercooled new-age 16-valve diesel engine which
features common rail fuel injection for improved filtration, greater efficiency, enhanced durability and improved power output. Producing
110 kW at 3 600 rpm and 371 Nm of torque between 1 800 and 2
400 rpm, drivability is exceptionally refined especially due to the low
and widespread torque availability. Coupled to this, a class-leading
towing capacity of 2 500 kg emphasises the Patrol Pickup’s abilities as
an all-rounder for work and leisure purposes.
It realises average fuel economy of 10.9-litres per 100 km on the
combined cycle and, with two fuel tanks totalling 175 litres, a range of
over 1 600 km between fill-ups is easily achievable.
The new Nissan Patrol Pickup is available at Nissan Clover Leaf
Motors and other authorised Nissan dealers nationwide, which also
has access to a full range of accessories including spot lights, cattle
rails, replacement bumper, winch, snorkels and audio system along
with many others, allowing owners to customise their Patrol Pick-up
to perfectly suit their requirements. They will assist with pricing and
The boldly styled new-look front end is just one of the many
enhancements made to the legendary Isuzu KB range. So you’ll
be sure to turn some heads, without turning a blind eye to
performance. Because with Isuzu, good looks mean nothing if it
can’t get the job done.
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The Toyota Land Cruiser: King of the road
he Toyota Land Cruiser currently holds the longest running history in all the vehicles produced by Toyota with production of the
vehicle dating back to 60 years. The Land Cruiser originally came
from the Toyota Jeep BJ which was produced in 1951, the name “Land
Cruiser” was later adopted in 1954 and the Land Cruiser has been
known by that name ever since.
Brief History of the birth of the Land Cruiser
In 1950 North Korea Invaded South Korea, the United States and
the United Nations quickly went to rescue South Korea. At that time
Japan was still under American occupation so it was used as a supply
base by these special -forces. The US government commissioned car
manufacturers in Japan to supply compact four wheel drive trucks to
the US military. The specifications of the vehicle required was a four
wheel drive vehicle similar to the Willis “Jeep”, however it had to be
built in Japan using domestically sourced raw materials. Toyota was
selected and got a lot of purchase orders because it had initially
supplied the Japanese forces with trucks in the 1940s.
Toyota began designing the vehicles and in August 1951 the car
manufacturer produced a prototype with a B Type gasoline engine
powered water cooled in line 6 cylinder 3.386cc engine installed
on a SB type 1 tonne truck chassis. At that time there were a lot
of Jeeps being driven in Japan and the Jeep had become a symbol
of the 4x4, therefore Toyota decided to call its Prototype the Toyota
Jeep BJ. It took about 2 years for the prototype to be approved and
large scale production of the Toyota Jeep BJ began in the second
half of 1953. The following year the car manufacturer had to remove the Jeep tags from their vehicle because the name Jeep had
been trademarked by the Willis Company. The technology director
then Mr. Hanji Umehara decided to rename the vehicle to “Land
The Toyota Land Cruiser 200 Series
The rich history of the Land Cruiser exhibits the reason why the
Japanese car manufacturer is confident about this vehicle brand. When
you buy a land cruiser you will never be disappointed as it is a car that
is built to do the Job and most importantly give you your money’s
worth. I had the pleasure of driving the new Land Cruiser and yes it
is “The King” of the road. As I approached a road Block on my way
to Chinhoyi I could just see that the vehicle itself commanded a lot of
respect. The car was being driven by yours truly and the policemen
just saluted and made me pass! I felt very important and I made up
my mind that one day (in the near future of course!) I would own a
Land Cruiser.
What I liked about the new 200 Series is its sophisticated styling with a lot of interior space.
The new model comes with a new look especially the grille, headlights, the scalloped bonnet and LED tail lights.
On the road the 200 Series is
very quiet and refined
making it
easy to drive especially on long distances.
The 4,5 Twin turbo engine has been tweaked on this new model
with new fuel injectors. Fuel use also has come down slightly in the
diesel to 9.5 litres per 100km from the previous model which was 13
litres per 100km.The cabin has numerous upgraded features such as
a wireless smart phone charger (if your phone is compatible), multi
terrain monitor, a cool box, heated front and second row seats, ventilated front seats and screens mounted at the back of the front seats to
entertain the passengers.
The 200 series’ full time 4- wheel drive is very capable even in high
range and beautifully adds extra control in low range. It can tow up
to 3 500kg and up to 200kg on the roof. The 200 Series remains a
mighty machine and one that continues to deliver supreme on-road
refinement and comfort as well as excellent off-road capability. The
Land Cruiser 200 Series is available on the Toyota Zimbabwe show
room floors.
For pricing contact Toyota Zimbabwe your authorised
Toyota dealer.
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Motor Sport News
egularly servicing your car can make
the difference between it running
smoothly and fuel efficiently, and the
risk of it breaking down and incurring an
expensive and unexpected repair. It can be
a false economy to avoid regular car servicing, since expected wear and tear requiring
minor maintenance, can fast become a costly
major repair or replacement.
The service schedule for your vehicle will
depend on the manufacturer and also depend on the car’s mileage and age.
Well this past December I experienced first
class service when I took my car into PitStop
service centre in Workington. My trusted VW
Bettle being bought used and exJap has become too needy when it comes to aftercare
hence the need for an experienced professional service centre. I had a minor service
done which meant that the whole festive
season my vehicle was in tip top shape. PitStop, does car service and automotive me-
chanics on the go with state of the art equipment and well trained mechanics using only
Motul lubricants. Motul is a primary partner
as they have a wealth of experience when It
comes to good quality lubricants.
They have your vehicle servicing and car
repairs covered at an affordable price which
left me with sizeable change for the festive
season. From servicing, car repairs, warrant
of fitness, brakes, exhausts and mufflers,
shock absorbers and tyres, and more, you
know you've come to the right place when
you visit PitStop!
My minor service consisted of the following action points including, four changes and
four top-ups.
The changes included engine oil, oil filter
and wheel nut torque (depending on the vehicle’s mileage and manufacturer specification). The garage also checked and changed
the tyre pressure and top up the clutch fluid,
power steering reservoir, brake fluid level
and windscreen washer.
What made this service different is that
when they did diagnostics, they also did a
full report on my suspension, shocks and
every other major element they felt I should
attend to this I found very helpful and a cut
above the rest as it enabled me to plan for
my major service and save up for it in time.
Parts don’t come cheap especially when you
have to change so many things so planning
is important.
The garage also performed checks on
other parts of the vehicle and if these parts
need changing they will communicate this
with you in advance before carrying out the
work to make sure you are aware of what
additional work is required and whether any
further costs may be incurred.
PitStop offers a FREE SAFETY check to all
customers, so if you are looking for peace
of mind and service you can trust, you may
want to give them a try.
Conrad Rautenbach
excels at the Dakar Rally
he 2017 Historical Dakar Rally was the 38th edition
of the event and the ninth successive year that the
event was held in South America. The event started in
Asunción, Paraguay on January 2, then ran through Bolivia
and Argentina, before returning to Buenos Aires on January 14 after 12 stages of competition. The race covered
approximately 9000km in 13 days over the highest altitude
of 4895m. Toyota was the most chosen brand and finisher
with 36 of the 79 competing vehicles and 28 of the 57 finishers.
Zimbabwe for the very first time at this rally shone brightly with one of our fellow countryman Conrad Rautenbach
finishing 9th overall. He is the first roukey ever to go thus far
and excel like that. The results and positions below.
1st Production Vehicle Winner:
Team Landcruiser Auto Body
#327 – C. Lavieille/J. P. Garcin
2nd Production Vehicle Winner:
Team Landcruiser Auto Body
#322 – A. Miural/L. Lichtleuter
4th Overall:
Overdrive Toyota
#305 – N. Roma/A. H. Bravo
5th Overall:
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing South Africa
#302 – G. D. Villiers/D. V. Zitzewitz
9th Overall:
Overdrive Toyota
#320 - Zimbabwe’s very own C. Rautenbach/R/Howie
Winner Truck Under 10L:
Hino Team Sugawara
#516 – T. Sugawara/S. Sigiura
About Conrad Rautenbach
For Conrad Rautenbach, the perfect racing driver has to be
able to master WRC races and the Dakar. The first part is a
major chapter in his life. The Zimbabwean has indeed over
50 WRC rallies under the belt and his dream was to one day
come and discover the Dakar. Son of a rally driver, he started
competing just after getting his driving licence at the age of
16. His first co-driver was actually his dad.
The Nissan PatrolInnovation at every turn
Andrew Gaza
he Nissan Patrol has a proud history and reputation
of versatility, capability and extreme performance.
This history has been carried forward into the new
model adding a distinct sense of refinement, ground
breaking technology and exceptional comfort.
The Nissan Patrol is a luxurious full size 4x4 wagon
with a seating capacity of seven. From the driver’s seat
the Patrol feels big, but the relatively high seating position and low window lines mean that vision out front and
off to the sides is good. That helps when parking, often a
challenge given the sheer size of the car. It has so much
comfort and very little road noise and on smooth roads
you can hardly hear the engine, it is like being in an air
craft the only difference is that you will be on the ground.
It is equipped with a very light steering wheel which offers good feel. The big car steers steadily even on bumpy
roads and is just the ideal vehicle for Zimbabwean roads.
The Body Motion Control (HBMC) suspension system acts
as both shock absorbers and stabiliser bars, the HBMC
system ensures you stay on the ground, even when you
are driving on a rugged road. That same suspension system allows the car to do some off road tricks, allowing
each wheel to lift over a bump or drop right down when
there is a deep hole.
The new Patrol has been given a facelift from the
previous model, you will quickly notice the new chunky
grille, the head lights and the bumper. The following features make the patrol a cut above the rest:
• Proximity key entry and start, which means you can
unlock the car and drive away without handling
the key (provided you have it nearby in a pocket
or bag).
• To start the engine, you push a button.
• Sidesteps, to help you get in and out of the car.
• A reversing camera, and cruise control.
• Tilt and reach steering wheel adjustment.
• Bluetooth phone connectivity, and controls on the
steering wheel for your phone and the sound system.
• An eight-inch touchscreen display, with satellite
• An audio system with a hard drive (for music storage) and USB and iPod ports.
• Three-zone climate control, so that the driver, frontseat passenger and rear passengers can individually set their desired cabin temperatures. A sunroof.
• Three rows of seats, all trimmed partly in leather.
• Eight-way powered adjustment for the front seats.
• Headlights that switch on automatically when it
gets dark, and windscreen wipers that operate automatically when it rains.
• Shiny 18-inch alloy wheels, a full-size spare, and
tyres with notably high sidewalls (tall sidewalls are
less fashionable and sporty looking, but they are
more suitable for off-road driving than the low-profile tyres commonly fitted to expensive 4WD vehicles). There is also a system that warns you if one or
more of the tyres is losing air pressure.
The Patrol is equipped with the VK56VD 5.6 litre V8
engine, backed by a seven speed automatic transmission
which can be put in manual mode and adaptive shift control. The powerful engine is attributed to its massive fuel
consumption which is about 16.8 litres per 100km.
To book a test drive or for pricing contact Nissan Clover Leaf Motors.
2017 Trailblazer: Safety, refinement
Shirley Mhuru
fter a few years on the market Chevrolet has come out swinging in the
seven-seater SUV market once again,
with a revised Trailblazer line-up that represents even better value for money and
gives buyers more options in terms of drivetrains and specification.
The 2017 model year range now comprises five manual and automatic versions of the
rear-wheel-drive 2.5-litre LT, rear and fourwheel-drive auto and manual versions of
the 2.8 LTZ and a new flagship in the shape
of the Z71, which is based on the LTZ 4x4.
The new Trailblazer brings together superior levels of refinement, styling, comfort and
technology with class-leading performance
and drivability to meet the versatile needs of
increasingly discerning customers.
Chevrolet Trailblazer buyers can now opt
for an uprated 2.5-litre turbodiesel engine
(VGT – Variable Geometry Turbo) with a sixspeed automatic transmission in the LT trim
level. This 132kW/440Nm combination is
unique to models equipped with automatic transmissions
and gives it impressive punch exactly where it is needed, irrespective of load. Combined fuel consumption for the 2.5L
Automatic models is rated at 8.6 l/100 km with 226 g/km of
CO2 emissions. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h takes 11.0
seconds with a top speed limited to 180 km/h.
The familiar 2.5L Duramax four-cylinder turbo-diesel (FGT
– Fixed Geometry Turbo) engine continues to do duty in the
2.5 LT when matched with the six speed manual transmission. Power is rated at 120 kW, with 380 Nm of torque.
Combined fuel consumption is 7.6 l/100 km, CO2 198 g/km.
Acceleration form 0 to 100 km/h takes 11.8 seconds with a
top speed limited to 180 km/h.
Top of the range models come equipped with the proven
2.8 litre Duramax Turbo-diesel (VGT) engine which boasts
144 kW, and a class leading 500 Nm of torque. No other
body-on-frame SUV on the market can match this proven
powerplant when it comes to torque output, which makes
tackling even the toughest on-road as well as off-road challenges a walk in the park for the Trailblazer.
The combined fuel consumption figure for models with
this engine is 9.5 l/100 km, CO2 is 249 g/km. Acceleration
from 0 to 100 km/h takes 10.4 seconds with a top speed
limited to 180 km/h. All models have a 76 litre fuel tank.
All Trailblazer models (bar the 2.5 manual – 2515 kg) can
legally pull a braked trailer weighing 2 965 kilograms.
LTZ models are available with optional four wheel drive
with low range, which is the default set-up on the Z71.
Changing between the two-high, four-high, and four-low
drive modes is just a turn of a dial away.
Brakes are equipped with four channel ABS with electronic Brake Force Distribution on all models. Brakes are 300
mm ventilated discs in front and 295 mm discs at the rear.
The new Trailblazer is now fitted with an all new Electronic Power Steering (EPS) system. The new EPS system
features Active Pull and Smooth Road Shake Compensation
which all add to a smoother more refined driving experience.
The Trailblazer’s power steering control module employs
active controls to sense and reduce the periodic torque component applied to the steering wheel caused by front wheel
imbalance. This software feature will compensate for a specific range of imbalance. If the imbalance is above a certain
level, the power steering control module will disable the
smooth road shake compensation software feature.
Inside, the trailblazer boasts a newly designed dashboard
and front console with a contemporary upmarket feel, enhanced by soft-touch materials and contrast stitching.
The Trailblazer is well suited to both the urban commute
as well as long cross country adventures. It has all the comfort and convenience features expected from a luxury SUV
of this size including no fewer than five points for charging
devices and eight cup holders.
A unique feature of the Trailblazer is the provision of adjustable air conditioning for passengers in all three rows.
Fold-flat third row seating is also a key defining feature
of this thoughtfully-designed family SUV. The new Trailblazer offers a more hushed ambience in the cabin thanks to
a revised sound-deadening package and a more premium
look and feel has been achieved with more widespread use
of soft-touch materials and updated satellite controls on the
leather-rimmed steering wheel. Leather upholstery is fitted
as standard irrespective of the model.
Another unique feature available on 2.8 LTZ models is
Remote Vehicle Start which allows the vehicle to be started
from outside using the buttons on the key fob. This functionality allows for additional driver and passenger comfort
by activating the climate control system and rear demister
depending on ambient conditions. In this mode, the vehicle
remains locked and cannot be driven until the key is inserted into the ignition slot.
Safety equipment across the range still includes ABS with
EBD, PBA (Panic Brake Assist), HBFA (Hydraulic Brake Fade
Assist), seven airbags (including full-length curtain airbags)
- the Trailblazer also picks up a driver’s knee airbag for added protection, pre-tensioning seatbelts, ISOFIX child seat
anchors and front park assist.
LTZ models benefit from the addition of Stabilitrak electronic stability/traction control, HDC (Hill Descent Control),
and TSC (Trailer Sway Control). A rear mounted camera
parking assistance system with cross traffic alert is also fitted.
Technology added to LTZ models for the 2017 model
year are forward collision alert, lane departure warning,
side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert and tyre pressure
monitoring; giving it one of the most comprehensive driver
aid packages available at this level.
The Trailblazer is a very attractive proposition in this segment with its intelligent tumble flat seven-seat configuration, generous equipment, excellent safety levels and established engines backed up by Chevrolet’s Complete Care
after sales package. For pricing and availability contact
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