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Ha-ikon-a, it's a bit of a bore

By unknown | May 20, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bruce Fraser

Bruce Fraser

When IFP president Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi stood before the KwaZulu-Natal legislative assembly on a Friday in 1993 to deliver a speech, I can imagine most of those present would have been hoping he gets it over and done with quickly.

Many would have been making plans for the coming weekend - a visit to the beach and perhaps a braai with friends.

Buthelezi had other plans.

Five days later he was still delivering his speech, which astonishingly saw him earn a place in The Guinness Book of World Records for the longest speech in history.

Now, I have no idea what he was speaking about for those five days but if any of the assembly managed to sit through that lot, they deserved a medal for sheer perseverance!

Five days! I keep thinking to myself. If that didn't bring on a heavy dose of boredom then I don't know what would.

Actually I do, the new Ford Ikon! Having recently tested both the Ford Focus ST (fast and furious) and the Fiesta (fun and funky) I was looking forward to the new-look Ikon.

Design-wise the previous generation had about as much panache as a dead fish. Surely this time round it will have some flair, I thought to myself. Wrong. After a week behind the wheel it left me about as excited as having watched back-to-back episodes of Noot vir Noot.

Let me contradict myself, though, by saying the Ford Ikon is actually a super little car with all the ticks in the right boxes when it comes to comfort, safety, economy and pricing.

But it's just so boring! The only time the car elicited any comment from the public was when I popped along to the roadhouse in Randfontein for a bite to eat.

Having ordered a Dagwood to cure the munchies, I could see in the side mirror a couple admiring the Ikon. "Lekker kar," said the young guy.

I showed my new "friend" what the Ikon had to offer. CD player, electric windows (front and back), power steering, a nicely laid out and clutter-free dashboard and an astonishingly large boot for a vehicle of its size.

The Ikon starts at R141550 and comes with a 4-year 120000km warranty and a 4-year 60000km service plan.


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