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14 WOEMA Thursday, February 8 2018 | NEW ERA Read this if worried about Toyota recall If you are worried about your Toyota after the company recalled some 730,000 vehicles over potentially faulty airbags‚ this is how to check whether your car is in the clear. One is to enter your VIN website or one can call the Toyota Call Centre on 0800 139 111 or e-mail MyToyota app if the licence disc is scanned using the app or if the vehicle is registered on the app. that it was recalling more than 730,000 vehicles because of of the affected models date back more than 15 years. The recall is to replace the front airbag Takata. Moisture intrusion could “Depending on the circumstances‚ this could create excessive internal pressure when the airbag is deployed and cause fragment could pass through the airbag cushion material‚ striking and possibly injuring the occupants in the event of an said in a statement on their website. The company said no-one has Witbooi told Chinese news website Xinhuanet that other motor manufacturers might recall vehicles for defective Here is the full list of models affected by the Toyota recall: spokesperson Clynton Yon said the Lexus models were “negligible in number”. The company will contact Toyota owners and ask them to bring in their vehicles to service stations. Components will be replaced within one to two hours and will be done for free. Takata airbag inflators are causing the problems. “Globally‚ there are close to 100 million vehicles affected across several brands.” spokesperson Clynton Yon said an ongoing campaign that started Lexus models produced between He added that airbags were not standard on all Toyota models produced during this period. would like to sincerely apologise for the inconvenience this has caused but we feel that this proactive measure is the right thing to do as prevention is always better than cure.” recalled more than three million cars globally because of concerns over airbags linked to eight deaths worldwide. The airbags were made by Takata. - TimesLive Subaru recalls all Impreza and WRX models from 2004 to 2014 The decision to recall these vehicles is part of a global recall that involves a number of car manufacturers. Deon Van Heerden, technical manager customers to start the process of getting their vehicles seen to, even though there have been This recall only relates to the passenger front airbag, and does not affect any other vehicles that were not equipped with a Customers are encouraged to visit the, where they have of this recall. If it is, customers will be directed to a form asking for their contact information and their preferred dealership, after which to book their vehicles in for a service. Making dizzy… Photo: Donna Collins Spinners support Cancer T held in conjunction with the Cancer City track, despite only a few cars showing up for this fundraising event. said that even though a disappointing fewer cars turned up than expected, the guys entertained the spectators from start manoeuvres, burnouts and stunts. “We gave the people a good show and worked really hard entertaining our supporters, with little time to rest in “The guys were smoking hot and our cars worked overtime, with many tyre changes and engine tweaks needed to see the day through,” he said, adding that this was all for a good cause.” The event was organised by the Cancer demographic, and according to co- received from the gate money was over N,000. Meanwhile, a few big spinning names were present, which included Jonathan He showed off some of his slick driving skills with a nail-biting synchronized duo spin demonstration between himself and a collision as they spun wildly around manoeuvres. is bursting at the seams with dates set country, and organised by the different spinning clubs. The spin showdown is expected to draw some major spinning names to the track, which will include Peter Opali ‘Most Opali, who says he will be hand-picking his events this year, as he is also tied up is also upgrading his new spin car for the event to perform some exciting new stunts. well as many other spinners from around their cars out to play.

Thursday, February 8 2018 | NEW ERA WOEMA 15 VW unveils the new Polo The new Polo has completely been redesigned and is now offering more interior room, more efficient engines and pioneering driver assistance systems. The engine starts from the 1-litre three-cylinder engine with power output of 70kW, and the top of the range and the most powerful 1.0 TSI three-cylinder engine with 85 kW of power. This engine will be launched with a 6-speed gearbox as standard and optionally with a 7-speed DSG. The new Polo also has new technological features such as the blind spot monitors, rear system, park assist, and multi collision braking. The sixth generation Polo has a new exterior design, which makes the car appear sportier and more grown up. The new generation Polo is one of the world’s most advanced compact features such as the multitude of driver assistance systems that were previously reserved for the Golf and Passat class. The new Polo is also bigger than its predecessor in every dimension and offers more space for the driver and passengers, as well Sportier... Volkswagen has redesigned the VW Polo. volume, which increased from 280 to 350 litres. In addition to the three standard Trendline, Comfortline and Highline trim lines, the special edition Polo beats (with features including a 300-watt sound system), R-Line package (with a sporty exterior featuring C-shaped front air curtains, side sills, boot spoiler, rear diffuser and 17-inch Bonneville alloy wheels). The performance focused halo model, the Polo GTI, (available in South Africa in the second quarter), provide added variety. Like the Golf, Touran, Tiguan, Charisma… The interior of the VW Polo has also been completely redesigned. Passat and Arteon, the Polo is now also based on the modular transverse matrix (MQB). As a result the new Polo has become a more ‘masculine’ car, which generates a unique charisma from all perspectives with its new longer and therefore more elegant and also transitions into a roof the side body runs parallel to the centre of gravity. One of the most striking individualisation features is the instrument panel with the dash pad. New for this generation of Polo, this dash pad is offered with different coloured trims. Two dash pad coloured trims are available; Limestone Grey Metallic on the Trendline and Comfortline and Deep Iron Metallic on Highline. Further, the new generation of the Active Info Display makes its debut in the Polo. The combines the new Active Info Display and the new 8-inch touchscreen to form a modern, glass-encased functional unit that creates an elegant appearance combined with simple controls similar to a high-end smartphone. The price starts from N6,000 and tops at just above N0,000 for the Polo Highline DSG. The new Volkswagen Polo models come standard with a 3 year/45,000km Service Plan, 3 year/120,000km warranty and a 12 year anti-corrosion warranty. Service Interval is 15,000km. International launch review of the BMW X2 The eagerly anticipated BMW X2 was launched in Portugal. Better known for its delicious rolls and spicy chicken, Portugal also offers some of the world’s twistier tarmac and it’s a perfect location to sample the Bavarian newcomer. Calvin Fisher was in attendance. The hills above Sintra and Lisboa are real drivers’ roads. You know the type I’m talking about, real asphalt spaghetti that winds its way around the spectacular countryside. Our launch route for the BMW X2 is made up completely of the sort of driving you’d test a sportscar with. The clue is in the even-numbered moniker, the X2. Much as the X4 and X6 are sportier plays on their X3 and X5 (respectively) donor siblings, the X2 is a shorter, squatter X1 with a sitting position low in the tub more akin to a 1 or 2 series. But you’ve most likely read all this in last week’s scene-setting article. AND you’re really just here since the embargo on the driving I made my way straight to the Gold and blessed with the xDrive20d 8-speed sport-automatic drivetrain and kitted to the hilt with the M Sport X addenda – what a looker! Immediately I can testify to the lower seating position, dropping Stunner … The BMW X2 2018. cloth and Dakota leather. The cabin is typical BMW fare, which is no bad thing, but in the vein of a lower end M car rather than an X car. In terms of spaciousness, the X2 almost matches the roomier X1 even the luggage capacity survives almost unscathed. The biggest hindrance now is the lack of the 30 mm adjustability of the rear seats so the luggage space can’t grow from the standard 470 litres unless you fold the rear seatback forward. So, to summarise, there are traces of X1 here (as there should be), but it’s a convincing graft job and besides I’m really here to turn that turbo diesel mill into life and wring its bloody neck. It starts with the muted burble of a diesel engine pretending it’s a petrol burner, which is oh so 2018. Revving it up reveals more of the same, a hollow boomy noise escaping from a pair of 90mm diameter pipes identical to the items on the X6. Notch it into D for drive and we’re off. Acceleration and performance, in general, is more-orless on par with the X1 since they share the same 2.0-litre TwinTurbo engine (peak outputs of 140kW and 400Nm), but stick it into a bend and that lower centre of gravity and helm conspire to engage you. The X2 BMW X2 xDrive20d M Sport X Steptronic Power: 140 kW Torque: 400 Nm Top speed: 221kph 0-100kph: 7.7 seconds Fuel consumption combined: 4.8 L/ 100km makes rhythmic progress with the demeanour of a sweetly balanced front-wheel-driven hatchback. There are traces of Mini Countryman JCW in these underpinnings, especially across the stabilisers and bearings. Steering back onto the highway or via the suspension goes from racetracksupple to real-world suffering. You wanted those 20-inch alloys! In truth, it didn’t bother me much at all, but this is no gravel-traveller, unless it absolutely has to be. If BMW meant to deliver an engaging steering setup in the X2 truly nailed the brief, to also expect it to bash a bundu however would be reaching. As a one-car household ownership prospect, however, it’s commendable especially if you’re otherwise known as the intended demographic. The BMW X2 is not exactly on the kind end of the affordability spectrum, but in its defence the standard equipment roster is extensive. You get Apple Car Play, Business Navigation, BMW Information (RTTI), Metallic Paint, Wireless Charging, TeleServices, Intelligent Emergency Services and Cruise Control with Brake Function. This particular one costs N5k, which is well dearer than the X1, in fact, it competes in price (alone) with some of the bigger X cars and compact SUVs including the new Jaguar E-PACE and Volvo XC40. This segment has become contentious and, as a result, I striking looks and arresting paintjob. But I’ll wager there’ll be no shortage of entry-level sDrive20i Steptronic autos, more sensible [from] N0,000, in your local mall and gym parking lots. –

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