Launches Galore At AMH’s Drive Day

AMH have been making crazy inroads into the Namibian market, their mix of affordable, yet exciting car brands are prying customers loose from the the European old guard.

This Saturday they will be having a Drive Day at their showrooms on Mandume Ndemufayo Avenue, where the public can enjoy a day filled with family friendly entertainment and get a first look and feel of the exciting new models to be launched.

These include the oh-oh-oh so sexy new Cerato Koup, the glorious F1 inspired Clio RS (OMG!), the super well appointed Sportage update and the sturdy Cummins powered Foton Tunland single cab.

Cerato Koup

The Koup is the third prong in the Cerato trident, which also includes the sedan and the five-door hatch. The Cerato is also Kia’s best-selling range worldwide.

Created at the company’s design centre in California, every exterior panel on the Cerato Koup, except the bonnet and front fenders, is new. The theme is “dynamic muscularity” and the Koup gets a cab-forward focus, a rising beltline, swooping C pillars and stylish, frameless doors. The ‘tiger nose’ front grille is slimmer and deeper, the air intake wider and lower, and the badge has been moved.

Sporty Theme

The new Cerato Koup also gets a two-tone rear bumper with diffuser, and a boot-lid with LED tail lights and an aerodynamic shape.

The sporty theme continues inside the cabin, with sweeping soft-touch and carbon fibre-look surfaces. Space at the rear is ample, with enough head, leg and shoulder room to seat two of your biggest bru’s comfortably.

Stiffer Structure

Powering the new Koup will be one petrol engine offering, a 150kW/265Nm 1.6-litre turbo, or T-GDI (Turbo-Gasoline Direct Injection) paired with a six-speed manual or six-speed auto box.

At a glance it certainly looks the part of a hot-hatch with its unique darker body finishes, more aggressive body kit and wheels.

The maker claims 7.4 seconds for the manual, and 7.7 for the auto over the 0-100km/h sprint.

The newcomer is very well built, offering a plush and quiet ride and is confident in handling terms, thanks to gas-filled dampers and a tweaked suspension set-up.

The last hurdle in the turbo Koup’s path may it’s pricing, with Kia slapping a N$342 000 sticker on this latest model, though TopRevs thinks it’s easily worth it, even if just to look at.

Renault Clio RS

Renault’s RS (Renault Sport) brand carries plenty of clout among those who know their cars. It’s pretty much the Frenchman’s AMG with Renault Sport’s links with Formula 1 racing trickling tech down into their road cars. This is clearly evident in the latest offering from Renault, the thrilling new Clio RS 200 EDC.

Bristling with clever go-fast technology as well as luxury and infotainment kit, Clio RS enters a growing light hot hatch segment with perhaps half a dozen competitors including the VW Polo GTi, Ford Fiesta ST, Peugeot 208 Gti.

Features

The body has numerous detail changes over ‘normal’ Clios, getting an under-bumper front blade, gloss black bodypanels, LED driving lights, twin wide spaced exhausts, rear diffuser and up to 18-inch wheels.

The interior is highlighted in red stitching and contains driving telemetry, sports seats, comprehensive infotainment connectivity, a premium audio set up, cruise, climate control and a host of other goodies. It also boasts a five star NCA safety rating.

Engine and Transmission

The 1.6-litre turbo is a new generation engine from Renault and features direct fuel injection, variable cam timing both sides, a low inertia turbo, optimised inlet and exhaust tracts and even an acoustic pitch tune to make it sound extra desirable. Output is a handy 147kW and 240Nm from 1750rpm.

The six speed dual clutch transmission has been fiddled with by Renault Sport for crisper operation. It propels the Clio RS from 0-100kmh in around 6.0 seconds with the launch control in use and consumes as little as 6.3-litres/100km.

The chassis is all Renault Sport’s work, so you’re in good hands there.

Versatility

The Clio RS is more versatile than previous models, it’s all grown up and is more of an everyday driver than before. Its racing pedigree really comes to the fore when you drive it, the engine and chasis are mated into a thing of beauty. As expected the drive is RS, so almost bordering on scary with it’s stupendous acceleration and nailed to the ground cornering.

Come down to Renault on Saturday and have a spin in this beast and then call the bank to clear the N$323 860 you’ll need for the 5 door Cup model. If you’re still thinking it over, call Maryke at 081 293 2997 or Pierre on 081 257 7145 and they’ll help convince you.

KIA’s 2014 Sportage

Kia has introduced the 2014 model of the Sportage which was first launched back in 1993. The complete restyle for 2014 features design touch ups and additional standard equipment.

Refined and Sophisticated Design Features

Minor changes to the 2014 Kia Sportage include a revised grille, restyled fog lamps, as well as optional HID headlights and LED taillights, while interior changes are limited to just additional standard equipment.

That includes a tilt and telescopic steering column (standard) and rear ventilation. The model can also be equipped with leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, a panoramic sunroof and power-folding outside mirrors.

The 2.0 litre petrol engine generates 116kW at 6 200rpm with 192Nm of Torque at 4 000rpm.

The R2.0 VGT diesel engine kicks out 382Nm of torque between 1 800 and 2 500rpm and has 130kW at 4 000rpm.

Come to the AMH Drive Day to see how this quality family vehicle has grown up into a well respected and well loved package. The 9 model range starts at N$346 681.76 for the 2×4 2.0 Manual Ignite and tops out at N$ 416 550.17 for the 4×4 CRDi 2.0 Auto.