New Sasol GTC cars set for thrills

The iconic Grand Prix Circuit will present a new challenge to the GTC drivers as they tackle the country’s fastest racetrack on June 16.

Suzuki’s new Swift hatch and sedan in SA

Suzuki kicks off its new model assault with an all new Swift hatchback and standalone sedan called the Dzire.

Ford's budget sedan here

2007-09-14 07:24
Ford's Fiesta range of hatchbacks has been widely received, but the practicality of a four-door sedan has been missed -until now.

The new Ikon sedan is based on the Fiesta and sourced from Ford's Indian operation.

Latest generation Ikon is available in three derivatives with two trim levels - 1.4 Ambiente and 1.6 and 1.4 TDCi Trends.

Of the petrol units, the 1.4-litre produces 61 kW at 6 000 r/min and 125 Nm of torque at 4 000 r/min, while the 1.6 develops 74 kW and peak torque of 143 Nm at 6 500 and 4 000 r/min respectively.

New turbodiesel

The new Duratorq unit uses an all-aluminium construction and with common rail technology. The turbodiesel unit produces 50 kW at 4 000 r/min and 160 Nm of torque at 2 000 r/min.

Ford claims this is one of the smoothest and quietest turbodiesel units, promising more responsive acceleration and reduced emissions.

A five-speed manual gearbox is standard across the range.


All models come with standard with airbags for the front occupants as well as ABS brakes and pretension safety belts.

Features on the entry-level Ambiente include power windows all round, wipers with intermittent function wash-wipe function, heated rear window, remote boot lid release and a CD player.

Convenience items include sun visors with vanities, bottle holders in the door panels and passenger seat back pockets.

Ambiente is fitted with 14-inch steel wheels and comes with a full-sized spare wheel.

Air conditioning, power steering and ABS brakes are standard features too.

Trend models add front and rear reading lights, a front ashtray and lighter and a folding rear seat back.

Fog lamps and body coloured bumpers and door mirrors set it apart from the Ambiente model.

All models feature a three-year/100 000 km warranty and a three-year roadside assistance plan. A four year/60 000 km service plan is standard on all models. Service intervals are 15 000 km.


1.4 Ambiente - R 125 990
1.6 Trend - R 138 990
1.4 TDCi Trend - R 144 990

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