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Ray Leathern

Ray Leathern

    The new BMW 1-series: Still a Marmite car?
    The new BMW 1-series: Still a Marmite car?
    BMW sold 1.2-million 1-series's, which is a lot. But this is bizarre when almost every single person you quiz on the matter will say they don't...
    Polo GTI: Something like a phenomenon
    Polo GTI: Something like a phenomenon
    I should probably admit my unerring fondness for the current VW Polo. When it launched at the beginning of 2010, I unashamedly pronounced on the...
    Ten years of Mini Cooper
    Ten years of Mini Cooper
    It's funny to recall that the modern Mini we all know and love was actually gifted to us out of political and economic recrimination a decade-and-a-half ago. In 1994, BMW's takeover of the British Rover Group was something akin to a conquest of the mid-Atlantic island. BMW held...
    Built to blend
    Built to blend
    Ray Leathern believes the new Ford Fiesta deserves a little more scrutiny than is afforded most small cars.
    Bright Spark
    Bright Spark
    General Motors had the good grace to loan me a R125 495 Chevy Spark LS for the Christmas holidays while the car biz closed up shop.
    Making amends
    Making amends
    Subaru's best efforts, three years ago, to move the Impreza away from boy-racer types, towards a more premium customer, failed. A radical restyle,...
    More regal than ever
    More regal than ever
    When you climb up into the cabin of a Range Rover Vogue you immediately feel an air of invincibility wash over you.
    Geely versus Volvo: Is this the end?
    Geely versus Volvo: Is this the end?
    Chinese car-maker Geely has bought Volvo and Ray Leathern has been driving a C70 wondering if this is the beginning of the end for Volvo....
    Lights, camera, action Audi A8
    Lights, camera, action Audi A8
    The previous Audi A8 was a bonafide movie star and lived life at the end of a thousand red carpets. Now Ray Leathern has spent a...
    Pick of the crop
    Pick of the crop
    Buying your first new car should be a carefully orchestrated exercise in balancing value for money with your thirst for personal independence.
    Chasing Chevy's new Corsa bakkie
    Chasing Chevy's new Corsa bakkie
    Spending time testing a class-leading vehicle can be tedious. Class leaders are often a factory white, plastic hubcap, liquid crystal display sort...
    A curious case of the Honda Accord Tourer
    A curious case of the Honda Accord Tourer
    For several years now I've been dying to drive the Honda Accord Tourer. Viewed from the frame of other cars windscreens it's always looked so...