Suzuki’s David, the new Swift, and AMG’s Goliath, the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4MATIC+

First published in the Daily Maverick 168 weekly newspaper.

The modern habit of shielding our delicate eyes from jarring scenes of poverty with the use of anodyne allegorical Nivea cream is noteworthy but not important. Where people are rich, emissions standards and crash safety standards are rigorous, modern and enforced.

In the Global South – sorry – where people are generally poor and live in crappy conditions, automotive products are designed around affordability and automotive regulations that are weak and poorly enforced, if at all.

This means that cars developed for poorer countries are often unsellable in rich countries because they do not meet emissions and crash safety standards.

Usefully for us in South Africa, that global inequality is represented on our own roads. That’s because South Africa is a poor country, rotten with corruption, that happens to have a few super-wealthy enclaves with historical infrastructure that connects them. If

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David Brown Automotive’s Mini Remastered Oselli Edition is packing a 125HP engine

British automaker David Brown Automotive (DBA) is riding the retro bandwagon with its latest masterpiece. The Mini Remastered Oselli Edition is a restomod version of the original Mini from the 1960s. Created in collaboration with performance vehicle specialist Oselli, the newest Mini Remastered gains a new and more powerful engine and a healthy dose of performance-enhancing updates.

The Mini Remastered has a newly-developed 1.5-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine with twin carburetors, pumping out a healthy 125 horsepower and 113 pound-feet of torque. For context, the original Mini has a tiny 848cc four-banger with only 34 horsepower, while a 2022 Mini Hardtop has a turbocharged three-cylinder engine with 134 horsepower.

So yeah, DBA and Oselli’s Mini Remastered is a vibrant classic car. DBA claims zero to 60 mph in 7.8-seconds courtesy of redesigned five-speed manual transmission turning the front wheels. It has four-piston AP racing front calipers and aluminum drums in

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