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Ford everest vs. Toyota fortuner – clash of the pick-up based titans

Historically, manufacturers have played it quite safe in terms of the styling and packaging of their pick-up-based SUVs. As a result, offerings in this segment tend focus on practical- ity, ruggedness and off-road capa- bility. These two models, however, incorporate a raft of modern styling cues while retaining the off-road capability you would expect from vehicles built on ladder frames. ...

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Subaru XV – tweaked and improved

Subaru sells the XV as a crossover, but it is really more like a car with SUV- like attributes. Similar in concept to Subaru’s Outback wagon, the smaller XV hatchback features an elevated ride height, an off-road- ready suspension and rugged looks. The Subaru XV also comes with a four-cylinder “boxer” engine mated to an available continuously variable automatic transmission ...

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Mazda CX-3 – classy, compact and appealing

The Mazda CX-3 offers a design of the finest quality and style thanks to the KODO – Soul of Motion design language. It adopts the full suite of SKYACTIV Technologies to deliver performance that can be enjoyed without reservation. A fifth model in that can be enjoyed without reservation. A fifth model in Mazda’s line-up of new-generation vehicles, its size ...

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Driverless cars won’t deliver a transport revolution

The breathless hype around driverless electric vehicles once promised an urban transport “revolution”, with claims that new technologies would cease congestion and eliminate harm- ful emissions. The potential benefits of these new technologies are stim- ulating both activity and anxiety in the auto industry – specifically around whether the cost of invest- ment will be justified by profits from sales ...

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Nissan unveils ariya concept at tokyo Motor show

Nissan unveiled the Ariya Concept, a crossover EV with twin electric motors, powerful acceleration, Award winning driver assistance technology and a look that signals a complete reinvention of the brand’s design. The new Nissan Ariya Concept, introduced at the 46th Tokyo Motor Show, signals the dawn of a new era for Nissan as the company embarks to redefine its brand ...

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We must go beyond singular responses in the fight against child poverty

Two-thirds of children in sub-Saharan Africa face all manners of hardship. These include poor living condi- tions, low educational outcomes, high levels of malnutrition and often high risks of exposure to different forms of violence. One in five chil- dren in sub-Saharan Africa are esti- mated to grow up in extreme “mon etary” poverty, meaning they live in families without ...

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Health check: six tips for losing weight without fad diets

Monday – start diet. Tuesday – break diet! Wednesday – plan to start again next Monday. If this is you, it’s probably time to get off the diet roller coaster and make some bigger changes to the way you eat, drink and think about food. Here are six tips to help you get started. Improve your diet quality score When ...

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How elites and corruption have played havoc with Nairobi’s housing

Following a heavy downpour and severe flooding, a build- ing collapsed in the crowded Huruma neighbourhood of Nairobi, Kenya, killing at least 52 tenants. Sixteen months earlier, a building in the very same neighbour- hood collapsed and killed at least two people. In both instances, many more were injured. Nairobi is rapidly urbanising, as the city is poised to grow ...

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Affordable housing proves life-changing, but poses unexpected risks for women

South Africa is known around the world for its significant housing pro- gramme, and India has made substantial efforts to develop its cities. Providing free or affordable housing brings obvious benefits to residents who have lived in desperately poor conditions with no water, electricity or sanitation, in precarious informal structures. But research in these two con- texts has found that ...

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