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Alan Duggan was the founding editor of Popular Mechanics in South Africa and is a former motoring correspondent for the Sunday Times and other publications.
Toyota Corolla Cross 1.8 XS CVT HV: Save the planet, enjoy the ride
Toyota Corolla Cross 1.8 XS CVT HV: Save the planet, enjoy the ride

Recently, I spent a week with Toyota's Corolla Cross hybrid - and it was a revelation...

Alan DugganBy Alan Duggan 1 Dec 2021

Honda FIT Hybrid eCVT: How to fit in
Honda FIT Hybrid eCVT: How to fit in

I'll take the unusual step of providing my overall impression of the Honda FIT Hybrid eCVT before getting into the nitty-gritty of my review: it's a lovely little car...

Alan DugganBy Alan Duggan 28 Oct 2021

Mercedes-AMG A45 S 4Matic+: So much muscle, but where to flex it?
Mercedes-AMG A45 S 4Matic+: So much muscle, but where to flex it?

Thee rip-snorting Mercedes-AMG A45 S - South Africa's quickest and most expensive hatchback. With a claimed 0-100km/h acceleration time of 3,9 seconds...

Alan DugganBy Alan Duggan 10 Sep 2021

Toyota Starlet 1.4L XR MT: Low-slung and planted
Toyota Starlet 1.4L XR MT: Low-slung and planted

In case you missed it, Toyota's Starlet is more or less the same car as Suzuki's Baleno, albeit with differences in pricing, warranties and service plan offerings...

Alan DugganBy Alan Duggan 1 Sep 2021

Hyundai Santa Fe R2.2 Elite AWD: It's all you need, really
Hyundai Santa Fe R2.2 Elite AWD: It's all you need, really

This is a thoroughly facelifted and markedly improved version of the previous model, which has been around for a few years and was pretty good to start with...

Alan DugganBy Alan Duggan 20 Aug 2021

Toyota Urban Cruiser 1.5XR MT: Brand loyalty reinforced

Brand loyalty is a funny thing, it informs our purchase choices, our peace of mind and perhaps even our sense of belonging...

Alan DugganBy Alan Duggan 11 Aug 2021

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