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After Honda failed to redesign one of their greatest ideas: the Honda CRX Si; Hyundai took it upon themselves and came up with the 2012 Hyundai Veloster which looks similar to the Honda CRX Si.
People are drawing the comparison between the Hyundai Veloster and the Honda CRX Si due to its shape and size. However, Hyundai’s Lloyd Bentsen said that the Hyundai Veloster is not the replacement of the CRX Si. They knew the car as a friend of theirs, but the Veloster is no CRX Si.
The Hyundai Veloster can be seen a Saturn coupe with the three-door option. In its three-door-ness, it also has a rear-hinged, door-opening extender added aft of a conventional door. However, the Hyundai Veloster has a front-hinged rear door that is at least as useful as a proper port instead of a silly half-door.
Because of the Veloster’s tight rear quarters, the passenger side is curbed. This subconsciously expels rear passengers, meaning that you either have children or people you don’t like as your passengers.
The Hyundai Veloster comes with a new-for-Hyundai six-speed dual-clutch automatic or a six-speed manual. The clutch take-up is smooth and the shifter is perfectly pleasant to use. The sad part though is that you will have to work hard to get this machine going fast. Its 1.6-liter direct-injection engine is not enough. It is small and has low peak torque—123 lb-ft—at a high 4850 rpm. 8.5 seconds is what you need to get to 100km/h. Nevertheless, a turbo is on the way within a year’s time.
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Over a quarter of a century since it first rolled off Ford’s production line in Port Elizabeth, the Bantam bakkie remains unique to South Africa. It isn’t made anywhere else in the world, and being locally manufactured means lower purchase prices for Cars for sale and more readily available, more easily-affordable parts for this half-ton pick-up.
Available from just under R102 000 to just over R141 000 (including VAT), the Bantam options include a choice of three engines – 1.3i and 1.6.i petrol and the 1.4 TDCi – with air-conditioning and an audio system standard with three of the four models. Services every 15 000km cost around a grand each…
It’s not going to break any records in the 0-to-100km acceleration stakes. Top speed is way under 200km/hr. But fuel economy and range is good, as is the torque. And it’s a reliable little car… sorry, bakkie. Actually, many buy the Bantam instead of a car in the 110-to-150K price range, particularly given its versatility and especially if you buy a canopy and one or two other accessories such as a roof rack for the surfboards and bike rack for the, er, bikes…
The turbo-charger and fuel injection system of the 1.4T DCi combine to make for 50kW at 4000rpm – read pretty powerful for its size – while still returning good figures when it comes to average fuel consumption. And the top-of the range five-speed manual Bantam 1.6i XLT comes with alloy wheels, colour-coded front bumber, radio/CD, air-con, immobiliser, power steering, central locking, sliding rear window, 14-inch alloy wheels, power mirrors, electric windows – and Accelerometer Pilot Control, which makes for low engine noise.