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Cars: Swap red roses for matching wheels

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While we don’t all have pockets deep enough to splurge on new wheels, it’s still worth dreaming, right? Especially during this time of the year when red roses (or red cars) are at the order of the day. And, while we’re dreaming, why not go all matchy-matchy with a car for him and a car for her?  

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Ford Puma for urban couples

Towards the end of last year, everyone was raving about the SUV-inspired Ford Puma’s launch. The compact crossover’s unmissable silhouette comes with charismatic styling cues, distinctive wing-top-mounted headlamps and athletic, aerodynamic lines. It’s a modern choice for ambitious, sophisticated urban couples and it comes in two distinctive personalities: The sporty puma Titanium and the stylish, range-topping Puma ST-Line Vignale. The latter reflects individual buyers’ preferences – perfect for power couples wanting to elevate their relationship. Imagine parking your Puma next to your partner’s as you arrive back home after a long day of work. Now, that’s what we call passion. Whether it’s passion for Ford or passion for your partner – you can decide.  

Worth knowing about the Ford Puma:

Powered by multiple award-winning 1.0L EcoBoost engine, the feisty Ford delivers 92KW and 170Nm, matched to seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.

The boot boasts 80 Litres storage space with a lid that can hide your duffle bag.

ABS, Electronic Brake Assist, Electronic Stability Control, Hill Launch Assist, Tyre Pressure Monitoring, Auto High Beam headlight activation and Lane-Keeping System.

From R569 900 for the Puma Titanium, while the Puma ST-Line Vignale starts at R613 900.

Rough it with rugged wheels for him

Toyota Land Cruiser Prado

With many parents fulfilling different roles in the family, it’s inevitable that dad will have different needs to mom’s when it comes to their modes of transport. The Toyota Land Cruiser and the Prado have both always been firm favourites and in August last year, the all-new Land Cruiser Prado was unveiled. Apart from this new version of the Prado featuring rougher lines, it certainly has a soft side too – like a dad. The large SUV’s design fuses traditional and contemporary (much like modern families), employing almost nostalgic, horizontal lines inspired by Land Cruisers of old, delivering a theme of functional beauty. Still, the muscular wheel arches and strong lines epitomise a sense of strength and subtle ruggedness.  

Worth knowing about the Land Cruiser Prado:

It shares its underpinnings with the Land Cruiser 300, with a TNGA-F ladder-frame chassis, 50% more rigid that the current generation Prado.

Catering to various global markets, it will employ a variety of turbocharged petrol and diesel-based powertrains.

The interior will feature dual digital screens for the instrument cluster and multimedia system.

Due to be introduced in South Africa in the second quarter of 2024.

Run the household with wheels for her

For mom, who is usually the one running errands, running the household and driving the kids around, the Toyota Corolla Cross is the perfect match. Last year, it proved itself as Toyota’s most popular passenger vehicle. The bonus: It is locally produced. The Toyota Corolla is a brilliant blend of business and pleasure, off-road and on-road, space and styling, comfort and convenience – a vehicle for moms that do it all.  

Wouldn’t you agree that cars say so much more than the traditional bunch of red roses  

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