At sixes and sevens
Those who value refinement and power over economy will find Dodge’s 2012 Journey right up their street. The 206 kW 3,6-litre V6 that powers the Journey is the only six-cylinder in its market segment.
But that’s not, of course, the end of the story. Chrysler’s vans have long been renowned for their storage flexibility, and the Journey is no exception: the list runs to fold-flat front passenger seat, in-seat storage and second-row in-floor storage. In addition to that, it provides seating for seven.
The vehicle has been thoroughly reworked for 2012. Key features are a suspension redesign, new engine mated with a 6-speed auto box, and a host of new tech that includes Uconnect Touch media centre with 213 mm touchscreen display.
Price: from R320 990.
SRT All we know about the next Dodge Viper, except that it will be ludicrously fast and built in Detroit, is that it won’t be a Dodge. It’ll be the first vehicle of the new SRT brand and simply dubbed the SRT Viper. More SRT models will follow.
560°C The temperature at which GM bakes a coating of nitrogen and carbon on to brake rotors. The layer reduces surface rust, which lessens the chance of brake-disc shudder and increases rotor life. The new rotors are standard on a handful of new GM models.