Hyundai H1 Multicab 2.5 VGTi 6 Seater Diesel 5-spd automatic van review

Hyundai H1 Multicab 2.5 TDi

As Hyundai says: Big on Space. Big on comfort. Big on features.

All the H1 models drive and handle like a car. My wife raves about driving them. She says they are so very easy to drive. Not intimidating at all. The Multicab is a kind of blend of a van and a minibus. Almost a doublecab, on steroids.

There is a solid firmly mounted bulkhead with a large window between the cargo area and the passenger area. The front, or passenger area will seat 5 adults in comfort although the front row can theoretically seat a sixth passenger.

The step and grab handles make it easy to get into and to exit. It has sliding doors on both sides for the rear seats.

The cargo area of 2.5m² has a robust rubbery finish on most surfaces with burglar bars on the windows for added security. Dimensions are 1 585(l) x 1620(w) x 1350(h). Four bicycles fit in the back with ease.

The H1 has airbags upfront, ventilated disc brakes with ABS, EBD and ESC, together with the solid bulkhead ensures  safety is looked after.

I can see why the H1 is enjoying very good sales, and why the Multicab should also do so.

The good

As with all the H1’s we have tested the build quality is excellent. No rattles or squeaks and doors close with a satisfying solid sounding klunk.

The interior has a variety of cup holders, two glove boxes, electric windows, excellent air-conditioner with under seat vents, courtesy lights for the doors and at the back, a good sound system and an easy to use effective sound system which is MP3/USB/Aux/iPod compatible.

Visibility is especially good. The seats are comfortable and the drivers position is highly adjustable. Not only is their a lot of space but there is a feeling of space too. The H1 will be a very good touring vehicle.

The switchgear and controls feel solid and work well, being very intuitive.

The exterior styling is very clean and pleasing to the eye. The H1 looks solidly planted on the road.

The bad

Some interior finishes are a little hard.

The bulkhead cannot be removed quickly to accommodate longer loads so the longest effective length that can be put into the cargo area is about 1.8m.

Driving impression

The H1 drives like a big car. It is easy to park because you can see all 4 corners and the steering is light. The 2.5 diesel engine is both frugal and responsive with 125kW of power and 392Nm of torque at 2 000 giving  a top speed of 180km/h and easy cruising at the legal limit. Hyundai claims a 0 to 100 time of 14.9 seconds and 60 to 100km/h of 8.7 seconds, which is quite nippy. Fuel consumption is around 9.8litre/km in general use, but drops on the open road to 8.

Their is relatively little body roll for a car of this size and height. The brakes work well and are predictable.

Both my wife and I enjoyed driving the H1. Although it is a big vehicle, it is urban friendly.

Conclusion

The H1 Multicab is a winner, waiting to be discovered. It is one of the most practical pleasant cars I have tested. I recommend the diesel version.

The H1 comes with a 5 Year / 150 000 km Manufacturer’s Warranty, 5 year / 90 000 km service plan and 5 Year / 150 000 km roadside assistance.

Prices

The automatic diesel model as tested costs R 339 900.00. The petrol model is cheaper at R 279 900.00 and is a manual only.

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Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet

The introduction of the Golf Cabriolet, which was unveiled at the Johannesburg International Motorshow in October 2011, completes the Volkswagen Golf model range in South Africa.

The Golf Cabriolet is one of the quietest of cabriolets on the market. Its quiet ride is attributable to the sophisticated design of the fabric roof as well as new window and door seals.

Styling of the Golf Cabriolet

Front end: Viewed from the front, the cabriolet looks like other Golf models. The cabriolet however, has a sportier image from this perspective because of its swept-back windscreen. When the Golf Cabriolet is ordered with optional Bi-Xenon headlights, it creates a dynamic image. The Bi-Xenon headlights have an integrated daytime running light formed by 15 LEDs in the dual headlight housing.

Rear: The rear has smoked LED rear lights. The Golf Cabriolet’s rear has been redesigned. The bootlid extends low into the bumper and it swings far upward when opened making it easy to stow suitcases or shopping items. An elegant chrome trim strip forms a visual contrast between the lower edge of the soft top and the bootlid; this continuous chrome stripe extends up to the A-pillars.

Side profile: In side profile, three styling characteristics of the cabriolet are especially appealing to the eye, the more swept-back windscreen, the visually short boot and the soft top integrated in these style lines. When the roof is down, the Golf Cabriolet has an elegant, extended look. With the roof up, the compact and crisp styling lines around the imaginary C-pillars and the boot reflect the unmistakable character of the previous model and transfer it to contemporary times – spanning over an entire decade.

Interior of the Golf Cabriolet

Very clearly – the cabriolet version of the Golf follows the high styling and material quality standards of the five-door Golf 1:1 in its interior. This results in a level of sophistication that is otherwise only offered in significantly more expensive cabriolets. The Golf Cabriolet sets itself apart from other cabriolets in the compact class in one key aspect of its interior. The windscreen frame is refreshingly short, optimising the cabriolet feeling.

In addition, the Golf Cabriolet offers the largest interior length in its class. Passengers in the rear seats benefit from 833 mm of legroom. The top activation switch is integrated in the centre console between the driver and passenger seats. The Golf Cabriolet also has a practical Easy Entry function of the front seats that makes it easier for rear passengers to enter and exit the car.

There are practical bag hooks in the side panels of the 250 litre boot; located right next to the hooks are the remote latch release mechanisms for folding the 50:50 split rear seatback. When the seatback is folded, it increases the stowing capacity.

The top of the Golf Cabriolet

The soft top itself consists of a linkage, a roofliner, insulating filler layer throughout and exterior cover.

Perfection in everyday practicality: The development team designed the joints of the longitudinal seams of the exterior cover fabrics (centre panel and two side panels) so that they serve as an additional drip rail.

Perfection in aerodynamics: Mounted between the longitudinal frames of the top linkage are four roof crossbows and the front roof bow (the first large transverse element behind the windscreen frame). In turn, the soft top is joined to the roof bows by fabric retention strips. Even at higher speeds, the fabric roof does not fill up with air and that has a positive effect on aerodynamics.

When the roof is stowed, the upper surface of the front roof bow covers the top surface of the storage box. This eliminates the need for a separate cover. As a result, the standard fully-automatic electro-hydraulic top opens in just 9.0 seconds and closes in 11.0 seconds. In addition, it does not descend deeply into the larger bootspace (250 litres with roof up or down).

The top is operated from a central switch on the centre console. The roof can open and close while driving at speeds of up to 30 km/h. Two hydraulic pumps activated by a central switch generate the necessary pressure. Even in this area, special care was taken to ensure that the least possible noise is generated as the hydraulic unit is insulated. Unlatching and latching of the Golf Cabriolet’s soft top is handled by an electromechanical locking system that operates automatically. The system senses, via two microswitches, whether the roof is completely opened or closed, and it informs the driver of the ‘OK’ status by an acoustic signal and a visual message (in the multifunction display).

For a good rear view, the roof top’s large heated rear glass window has been especially designed for a cabriolet. It is joined to the soft top by high-frequency welding.

Safety in the Golf Cabriolet

Rollover protection: All Golf Cabriolet generations have had a roll bar since the first model was introduced in 1979. In the early years of the Golf Cabriolet automatically deploying rollover protection systems were not on the market. When the first such systems were introduced late in the 1980s, they were hardly suitable for affordable cars such as a Golf Cabriolet. This changed in 2003, when Volkswagen presented the New Beetle Cabriolet with rollover protection that could be deployed from behind the rear seats.The system was improved in the Eos and now it protects occupants of the new Golf Cabriolet.

For the first time on a Volkswagen cabriolet with deployable rollover protection, it was possible to implement a cargo pass-through with a width of 526 mmand a height of 381 mm, including a folding rear seatback.

Body reinforcements: The Golf Cabriolet offers maximum all-round safety thanks to its rollover protection system, a reinforced windscreen frame and numerous other structural modifications (underbody, sidepanels, crossmembers, doors).

Due to its numerous reinforcements,the 4.25 metre long, 1.78 metre wide and (top up) 1.42 metre tall Golf Cabriolet also exhibits extreme torsional rigidity. Some of these reinforcements are visible when the cabriolet is viewed from below,such as when the Cabrio and a four-door Golf stand side by side on a raised platform. The observer can see significant differences in the underbody of the two models.

In front, the cabriolet has an engine enclosure made of aluminium which together with its mounting brackets increases rigidity. In addition, the engine mount that acts as a vibration damper, adds refinement at the front end.

On each side, two lateral reinforcements in the sill area and two diagonal braces, front and rear, as well as the reinforced rear subframe joint lead to further gains in rigidity and a significant reduction in resonant body vibrations.

What is referred to as the coefficient of static torsional rigidity reaches a value of over 13,500 Newton metres per degree. The first resonant torsional frequency lies above 17.5 Hz – first-class for a cabriolet. And this rigidity, which is also a crucial factor for optimal driving stability and driving comfort, is quite noticeable.

Cabriolet-specific airbags: The protective systems on the Golf Cabriolet are completed by reinforcements in the doors and standard front and side head-thorax airbags. The latter are specially designed for a cabriolet, since it is impossible to mount side-head airbags in the roof area. The head-thorax airbags integrated in the lateral sections of the seatbacks therefore deploy next to the driver andfront passenger over the entire interior height of the Golf Cabriolet.

A standard knee airbag has also been incorporated on the driver’s side. In conjunction with the safety belt, this airbag absorbs energy from the pelvic area and the legs, which leads to reduced occupant loading.

Performance
Golf Cabriolet is available with an option of award-winning 1.4 TSI engines, 90kW and 118kW. Both engines are mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.

1.4 TSI with 90 kW: The four cylinder engine develops its maximum torque of 200 Newton metres between 1,500 and 4,000 rpm. It has a top speed of 197 km/h and sprints from 0-100km/h in 10.5 seconds.This engine can be combined with an optional 7-speed DSG transmission.

With a combined fuel consumption of 6.4 l/100 km (149 g/km of CO2) for manual and 6.3l/100km (147g/km of CO2) for DSG, the turbocharged engine makes the Golf cabriolet one of the most fuel-efficient cars in its class.

1.4 TSI with 118 kW: The 118kW engine is boosted by both turbocharging and supercharging. It can also be ordered with an optional 7-speed DSG transmission.

It is as fuel efficient as the smaller 1.4 TSI 90kW engine. The combined fuel consumption with a manual transmission is 6.4 l/100 km (150 g/km of CO2) and with DSG transmission, the consumption is reduced to 6.3 l/100 km (148 g/km of CO2).

The 1.4 TSI 118kW engine develops a maximum torque of 240 Newton metres between 1,500 and 4,500 rpm. It reaches 0-100 km/h in 8.4 seconds and its top speed is 216 km/h.

Standard features of the Golf Cabriolet

The Golf Cabriolet comes standard with a number of convenience and safety (passive and active) features. These include as cruise control, auto-dimming rear view mirror, adjustable steering column, climate control system, multi-function computer, electric door mirrors, RCD 310 radio/CD with MP3 and 8-speakers, height-adjustable comfort seats (in front) in “Scout” upholstery, lights in front foot wells, decorative chrome bezels around the instruments and air vents, rain sensor, easy entry for rear passengers, 3-spoke leather steering wheel with multi-function steering controls,driver and front passenger airbags (driver knee airbag), automatic roll-over protection, ESP including Hill-hold Assist and daytime running lights. In the 118kW derivative, standard interior features include “Vienna” leather seats, high beam “Light Assist” and stainless steel pedals.

Standard exterior features: In front, the Golf Cabriolet is fitted with stylish chrome trim strips on the radiator grille fins. At the rear it features smoked LED rear lights and a sports-style bumper. Running from A-pillar to A-pillar, a chrome band encircles the side windows and the soft top. Also standard are green-tinted thermal insulating glass, front foglights and 16-inch alloy wheels. Park distance control, sport suspension and 17-inch alloy wheels are additional standard features in the 118kW derivative.

Optional features

Customers that want to individualise their Golf Cabriolets have a number of optional features to choose from.

The available optional features include:

Bi-Xenon Headlights with LED Daytime running lights
Removable Towbar
Park Distance Control (Rear and Front) (standard in 118Kw)
Parallel Park Assist
Climatronic 2-zone climate control system
RCD 510 Radio/CD with MP3, touch screen and 8-speakers
RNS510 (including DVD drive, 30-GB hard drive, touchscreen)
Bluetooth cellphone preparation
“Vienna” Leather Trim interior (standard in 118kW)
Rearview Camera “Rear Assist”

Colours

Golf Cabriolet is offered in nine exterior colours. They are Pure White (base), Dark Purple metallic, Shark Blue metallic,Sunset Red metallic,Reflex Silver metallic, Tungsten Silver metallic, United Grey metallic, Night Blue metallic and pearl effect Deep Black.

Retail Prices (VAT and Emissions Tax included)
1.4 TSI 90kW Manual R283 400
1.4 TSI 90kW DSG R297900
1.4 TSI 118kW Manual R324000
1.4 TSI 118kW DSG R338 500

The Golf Cabriolet comes standard with a 5 year/90 000km Service Plan, 3 year/120 000km warranty and a 12 year anti-corrosion warranty. Service Intervals are at 15 000km.

Chevrolet Cruze review

Chevrolet Cruze

The Chevrolet Cruze is positioned as the quintessential family car. It takes its place in a long mine of Chevrolet cars in South Africa. Think Bel Air, Biacayne, Impala, Kommando, 3800/4100, Lumina. Chevrolet was at the centre of the car business and had the jingle  “braaivleis, rugby, sunny skies and Chevrolet”, to establish its position.

When GM left the country, Delta took over, concentrating on Opel, Suzuki and Isuzu. But now Chevvy is back.

The Cruze completes the basic line-up of the Chevrolet range in SA. From the small Spark, to the Aveo, Sonic, Optra, the SUV Captiva, Cruze sister Orlando and big car, the Lumina. Watch out for the hatchback version, which is on its way.

The Cuze comes with ABS and 4 or 6 airbags, remote keyless entry, air-con, power steering and so on.

The good

The Cruze does what it sets out to do. It provides spacious, comfortable, safe and pleasant transport for a family, with a touch of style. It’s a great car, in its context. It is just a little bigger than the Corolla, which is a good thing, because it does not feel like a small car.

GM have tried hard to get it right, and I think they have succeeded. It is a smart looking car, with clean lines and an uncluttered appearance. The same is true of the interior. The cabin is a pleasant place to be. It is well laid out and well put together. It is slightly let down by some hard plastics.

It has a slightly narrow but biggish 450 litre boot.

Prices of the Cruze range are really good as standard specification is comprehensive.

The bad

GM have made a mistake with the 1.8 automatic model. It is not a happy combination. The box is slow and the set-up is somehow not right. The manual cars are all fine.

Although the overall impression of the interior is good, there are a few bits that disappoint.

Driving impressions

In spite of the reservations about the 1.8 auto the Cruze actually behaves very well on the road. It is set up for comfort so there is a bit of body roll if you push her along but she has no obvious vices. Steering is responsive, brakes work well and the drive is smooth.

Prices

The Cruze starts from R197 400 for the 1.6L manual petrol model to R280 100 for the 2.0 diesel. The 1.8 automatic in LT trim is R266 500. There are 5 models to choose from.

Warranty & Roadside Assistance – 5 years/120 000km

Service Intervals – 1 Year/15 000km
Service Plan – 3 Years/60 000km
Anti-Corrosion – 5 Years/Unlimited km

New BMW 3 series plant hatched

New BMW 3 series

The BMW Group has invested R2.2bn between 2009 and 2012 in building the new BMW 3 Series at BMW Plant Rosslyn, where series production launched yesterday.

“The BMW 3 Series is the most important volume-produced model by the BMW Group as well as the biggest-selling model in the entire premium segment. At the same time, every generation of the 3 Series Sedan has been built in Rosslyn and since 1999 this plant has been responsible for production for important export markets such as the USA, Canada, Japan, Singapore and Australasia to name but a few. In 2009 – when the economic crisis reached its peak – we decided to invest R2.2bn to increase production capacity here in South Africa in order to produce the new BMW 3 Series Sedan. This was the clearest statement we could make at the time,” said Frank-Peter Arndt, Member of the BMW AG Board of Management responsible for production, in Rosslyn on Monday.

Speaking at an event to commemorate the official start of production of the new model, Mr. Arndt, who is also Chair of BMW South Africa, explained that while this investment safeguarded around 2 500 jobs in the middle of the recession it will ultimately lead to significant increases in production, export and employment in the years to come.

“In 1973, Plant Rosslyn became the first BMW production facility to be established outside of Germany,” Mr. Arndt pointed out, “so it is fitting that, almost forty years later, production of this new model signals the beginning of a new era of innovation, passion and commitment for the BMW Group in South Africa.

“Even though the global economic outlook remains uncertain, we remain true to our commitment to this production location. By the end of this year, we plan to introduce a third shift. This will significantly increase the installed production capacity above 90,000 units. It will more than double BMW 3 Series exports from South Africa. And it will create 600 new jobs here at Plant Rosslyn. This is again a strong signal – for our staff, our suppliers and South Africa as an industrial location,” said Arndt.

As series production of the new BMW 3 Series Sedan got under way, the Minister of Economic Development, Mr. Ebrahim Patel also spoke before a large gathering of employees at the BMW plant in Rosslyn.

The production launch of the sixth-generation BMW 3 Series marks the start of a new era at the Rosslyn plant. The investments have flowed, among other areas, into innovative production equipment and state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies.

The start of production of the new BMW 3 Series at BMW Plant Rosslyn, with significant increases in production, export and employment, further entrenches the position of the BMW Group as South Africa’s leading premium vehicle company.

Latest-generation robots are at work in the body shop and paintshop.
For the production of the BMW 3 Series, the old, low-rise body shop had to be completely refurbished to make way for a completely new Body-in-White facility. At the same time, numerous new robots were installed taking the total number of robots from 99 with the previous vehicle to 149 with the new car. In addition, latest-generation laser robots and advanced bonding robots are being used.

This modern, low-temperature process is now being used on the BMW 3 Series for around twice as many operations compared to its predecessor, in part replacing conventional spot welding. The innovative technique significantly improves sealing and corrosion prevention.

The stiffer body of the new BMW 3 Series offers significantly enhanced driving dynamics, comfort and safety, even though it is up to 45 kilograms lighter than its predecessor.

In the paintshop, new robot facilities have also been installed for seam sealing, flange sealing and undersealing. There is also a new foaming machine for firewall sound insulation. This feeds the sound-insulating material into the cavity, where it is foamed. The result is significantly improved sound insulation between the engine compartment and the passenger cell, making for a noticeable enhancement of interior comfort.

High production efficiency thanks to modular product and process architecture.
In the assembly shop, meanwhile, standardised modular product and process architectures ensure high productivity and variability. The production process of the new BMW 3 Series systematically applies the BMW Group strategy of multi-version production on the same main assembly line. In other words, different variants of a model series are simultaneously built on the same production line. With these innovative production processes, new manufacturing facilities and cutting-edge technologies, the Rosslyn plant sets exemplary standards for sustainable and eco-friendly production.

Clean production: manufacturing processes now virtually free of non-recyclable waste.
With the new BMW 3 Series, BMW has succeeded in implementing production processes that dramatically reduce non-recyclable waste and the generation of solid waste, wastewater and emissions, as well as cutting noise and vibration to a minimum.

Through such highly efficient resource management, the Rosslyn plant has already accomplished a great deal by implementing sustainable measures throughout the value chain. In the last five years alone, Plant Rosslyn has reduced resources utilised in production considerably. The production process now uses 25 percent less energy, 50 percent less water and 50 percent less waste, all while producing 25 percent less carbon emissions per car produced.

When combined with the energy reductions made at the BMW Group’s South African head-office in Midrand this amounts to more than R50-million in energy savings since 2006.

However, the company believes it can still do more and has investigated the technical and economic feasibility of supplying Plant Rosslyn solely by means of renewable energy, or in combination with the existing power supply.

Following the outcomes of this investigation, the BMW Group announced late last year that it will partner with the City of Tshwane on a waste-to-energy project. The project is similar to a landfill gas programme which is responsible for providing BMW Plant Spartanburg in South Carolina, USA with around half of its energy requirements.

Methane gas – converted from unusable organic waste at a landfill site in Onderstepoort – will be piped approximately 8km to BMW Plant Rosslyn. Depending on the quantity supplied, the gas will be used to either produce electricity via gas generators or supplement the usage of natural gas in the production process, a resource which contributes approximately 50% to the company’s energy consumption.

Initial indications are that there is enough green waste at the site to cater for approximately 40% of Plant Rosslyn’s gas requirements.

Plant Rosslyn is the heart of the BMW Group in South Africa.
Production at BMW Plant Rosslyn goes all the way back to 1968, when Praetor Monteerders began assembling cars, utilising BMW engines and drive-trains fitted to Hans Glas sheet metal pressed and shipped from Dingolfing in Germany at Plant Rosslyn.

Plant Rosslyn’s production of the BMW 3 Series and the BMW Group’s investment in South Africa has increased substantially with each new generation as well.

This is especially true after the introduction of a fully-fledged export programme in 1999:

  • With the third generation BMW 3 Series (E36), Plant Rosslyn produced around 92,000 units from 1994 to 1998 or around 19,000 cars per year.
  • The fourth generation BMW 3 Series (E46) was built between 1998 and 2005 and Plant Rosslyn was responsible for approximately 269,000 units or around 38,500 cars per year.
  • The fifth generation BMW 3 Series (E90) ended production with around 342,000 units or around 49,000 cars per year, having been built from 2005 to 2012.

In fact, since 1999 the BMW Group has grown its overall production volume in South Africa by more than 220% while its production of cars for export markets has quadrupled.

Ford Ranger 2.2 HP XL 6MT double cab review

Ford Ranger 2.2 HP XL 6MT Duratec double cab

This new Ranger takes the fight for best bakkie straight to the likes of the VW Amarok, Toyota HiLux and Nissan Navarra. I have left the KB out, even though I am a big fan, because Isuzu is launching their new bakkie in six months.

I think Ford have got it right. Right size, right looks, right engines. They have what looks like a winning package. In the looks department the Ford wins hand down. No contest.

The good

The new Ranger is the best Ford bakkie ever sold in South Africa. It really ticks all the right boxes.

In the looks department the Ford wins hand down. No contest. It looks big and bold. Like a bakkie, built tough.

The interior is excellent too. The rear doors are large and shoulder and knee room is best in class. There is enough space to carry five adults in comfort. The interior has three power points, 20 storage spaces, including a large cubby hole and space under the rear seat. In the centre console six cooldrinks can be kept and cooled, in the top of the range models.

The bakkie comes with air-con, a good sound system with several connection types, power steering and windows.

Safety is good, with several airbags, ABS, EBD and in the top models hill descent control ESP and DSC.

The driving position is very good, with both adjustable steering wheel and seats.

Even the basic workhorse double cab is comprehensively equipped.

The Bad 

Because it is a little bigger than previous Ford bakkies it might not fit into your garage. And because it is a little bigger it uses a bit more fuel than we would like, but is still miserly compared to light trucks of yesteryear.

The fairer sex and people with short legs may find the hoist up into the cab quite a mission. But that is a small price to pay for a wading depth of 800mm.

Driving impression

I drove the 2.2 HP XL 6MT, double cab 6 speed manual and can assure you that it is more than up to the task. It is easy to drive with a very smooth gearbox and a responsive clutch. Road manners are excellent, even unladen. With 200kgs on the back it is awesome to drive on tar and gravel.

Conclusion

You will only need the 3.2 5 cylinder turbodiesel if you have to have 147kW of power and 470Nm of torque to pull a heavy boat or trailer or you are going to spend a lot of time in heavy sand.

Prices

Prices start from R188 450 for the 4×2 single cab 2.2 MP Base LR 5MT Diesel, to R282 560 for the base 4×4 doublecab  2.2 HP XL 6MT Diesel I tested. The top of the range 3.2 XLT 4×4 6AT Diesel costs R447 800.

The standard warranty is 4 yr/120 000km.

Chev Trailblazer on it’s way

General Motors South Africa has announced that it will be launching the new Trailblazer into the South African market before the end of this year.

The Trailblazer will be an all new entry for General Motors South Africa in the large Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) segment of the market, says Malcolm Gauld, Vice-President of Sales and Marketing for General Motors South Africa. “This great product will further strengthen our Chevrolet product portfolio offering which has rapidly expanded over the past two years. The response from customers has been very favourable with our Chevrolet sales volumes growing by over 50% in 2011 versus 2010.”

The Trailblazer, which is Chevrolet’s toughest and most refined SUV, made its global debut last year at the opening of the Dubai International Motor Show in the Middle East. “We are very excited about the addition of the Trailblazer into our already strong line up of Chevrolet products in the South African market.”

The Trailblazer is a robust seven-seater SUV, providing superior third row seating, exceptional ride comfort and a modern and fresh design.
The vehicle combines the hauling and towing capability of a body-on-frame SUV with the ride comfort and efficiency of a crossover.

Gauld said that the Trailblazer model line-up and pricing would be announced closer to the time of launch.

Chevrolet has recently launched a string of new products, namely the third generation Chevrolet Utility, the Sonic Hatchback (including a diesel model), Sonic Sedan and Captiva Diesel model. “Since its launch in July last year, the Chevrolet Orlando, has already gained a 24% share of the MPV segment,” emphasised Gauld.