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2017-12-31 13:11

Charlen Raymond

With the 2017 coming to a close, Wheels24 correspondent Charlen Raymond reflects on some of the best vehicles launched locally.

Cape Town - From bakkies and SUVs to sedans and fast hatchbacks, 2017 has been a busy year for many automakers in SA, resulting in a great year for test drives.

Charlen Raymond shares his favourite cars of 2017: "From the all-round capable Audi S3 to the new Nissan Navara with its fancy suspension setup, check out my list of vehicles that made 2017 worthwhile."

1 Audi S3

'The S3 sedan is predictable but you're purchasing the David Foster of the current A3 range,' writes Wheels24's Charlen Raymond.

Read: Audi's facelifted S3 sedan: The balance in A3 range

2 Jaguar F-Type 400 Sport

"Without verging on being technically perfect, the 400 Sport still allows the driver to be in charge and to take charge. And in the process you still manage to feel alive after every drive," says Ramond.

Read: Jaguar ups the ante with F-Type 400 Sport

3 Maserati Levante

Charlen Raymond goes for a drive in the all-new Maserati Levante and says the 'SUV was made to entertain in pure Maserati fashion'.

Read: We drive Maserati's Levante in SA: Luxury R1.65-million SUV

4 Mercedes-Benz S500 Cabriolet 

5 Mini Clubman

JCW 'It may have shortcomings in terms of practicality and be slightly less inclined towards a family orientated nature, but it is a fun car of note,' writes Charlen Raymond about the Mini Clubman JCW.

Read: Mr Bean’s Mini lives on in the Clubman JCW

6 Mitsubishi Triton

'The battle for bakkie supremacy is about to go into overdrive as Mitsubishi's new Triton joins the fray,' writes Raymond.

Read: Will Mitsubishi's new Triton give Hilux, Ranger sleepless nights?

7 Nissan Navara

The Nissan Navara "shows that bakkies can be proper leisure vehicles," writes Raymond.

Read: New Nissan Navara ready to fist-fight Ranger, Hilux

8 Porsche 911 GTS

'This is what a driver’s car is all about. And this is the best sports car money can buy for under R2-million', writes Raymond as he reviews the Porsche 911 GTS.

9 Suzuki Swift Sport

This Suzuki Swift Sport 'churns out buckets of fun', says Raymond as he exits Suzuki's new hatch with a grin.

Read: Here's why this Suzuki Swift Sport should be on a poster


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