HOW WOULD mzansi survive without the brand Suzuki and how would Japan live to see another day without SA?
Well, it’s a matter of a ‘friendship’ not ‘cordial relationship’
depending which side of the fence one is seated- to borrow from the
State Capture Commission were former President Jacob Gedleyehlekisa
Zuma has submitted a legal documentation for the recusal of chief acting
Judge Raymond Zondo. Oh, the outcome hopefully will be made today
Talk of Japan, they’re known for producing top brands and one of them is
Suzuki, whose latest SUV Vitara is making inroads in SA for its
affordability, economical on fuel and durability.
Recently, we had a chance to fiddle with it and investigate what’s the
fuss around this Vitara 1.4 Turbo GLX, that boast a bonnet of 1.4 litre
Boosterjet engine and delivers 103kW and 220Nm et al?
One can safely comment that the team at Suzuki are now used to ‘popping
bottles’ considering how magnificent the brand performs in South Africa,
in terms of sales. It outstrips its competitor’s year on year.
The feature that caught my attention upon delivery is the colour- ‘gold’
and black. No, no it has nothing to do with poor-performing Kaizer
Chiefs. How I got myself into this beats the hell out me…stru!
Back to worthy news- Vitara is equipped with LED daytime running lights,
automatic LED headlamps, a set of silver roof rails and chrome detailing
in the front grille and under the fog lamps coupled with 17-inch alloy
wheels, lends the exterior a stylish appearance. It continues with the
luxury list in the technology department with the 7-inch touchscreen
infotainment system incorporating smartphone connectivity, reverse
camera, Bluetooth connectivity, built-in Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and
On safety features you come across a commendable seven airbags,
electronic stability control with traction control, ABS brakes,
electronic brake distribution and brake assist. So, cows, donkeys and
goats were safe from the Vitara head-turner.
It was complemented by the ‘psychedelic opening rooftop glass’ to make
the appearance more attractive. It claimed a petrol consumption figure
of 5.8l/100km for auto, as we experienced when driving to and fro NW
Technically, the Vitara falls into the SUV segment, therefore 5 or six
children can be easily accommodated without a complaint about leg or
head room and you can also fold the rear seats down and voila enough
space is available.
An embodiment having relaunched in 2015, the Vitara ticks all the boxes-
except the boot carriage isn’t worth writing home about. Return of the
legend, why NOT?
The Vitara Turbo GLX is sold with a 5-year/200 000km warranty, a
4-year/60 000km service plan and 24/7 roadside assistance.
It retails for R310 900 (you see why it outperforms its competitors)
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