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Self-driving cars: Many questions left unanswered
2018/01/15 09:56:55 AM
Autonomous driving is generating talk at this year`s Detroit Auto Show after being a star at last week`s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
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We drive Ford’s new EcoSport, due here soon
2018/01/12 11:25:11 AM
Ford has made some serious nip and tuck changes to its ever-popular EcoSport which was introduced to South Africa in 2013.
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`Take pressure off overburdened taxpayers` - What 2018 could mean for SA car sales
2018/01/11 10:09:46 AM
Despite a decline in vehicle sales in December, overall 2017 saw the first year-on-year increase, albeit a modest 1.8%, in four years.
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SA car market sees first annual growth in four years
2018/01/10 09:42:16 AM
Johannesburg - South African new vehicle sales grew for the first time in four years in 2017, albeit by a modest 1.8 percent over the previous year.
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New VW Polo: SA indicative pricing
2018/01/09 10:08:37 AM
Volkswagen’s all-new and highly anticipated Polo will be launched in South Africa at the end of January and it promises to set new benchmarks in the compact hatch segment.
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This reader built up a Ford Model T and uses it as a daily drive to work
2018/01/08 09:45:26 AM
Classic car enthusiast and chartered accountant, Paul Koski of Johannesburg is so passionate about his Ford Model T that it has become his daily mode of transport to and from work.
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2018 Mercedes-Benz G-Class exterior leaked
2018/01/05 02:12:53 PM
Photos of the new Mercedes-Benz G-Class have been leaked ahead of its debut later this month.
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Brain-to-Vehicle tech: Control your car with your mind?
2018/01/04 10:46:59 AM
Nissan has unveiled research that will enable vehicles to interpret signals from the driver’s brain, redefining how people interact with their cars.
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New models for SA: January to be a great month for car lovers
2018/01/03 09:50:41 AM
There`s no letting up on the number of new models being launched in Mzansi this year, in fact January could see at least four new models making their local debut.
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SA fuel price drop: Here`s how much petrol and diesel will cost in January
2018/01/02 12:32:40 PM
Motorists can look forward to some relief as the Department of Energy announced a drop of up to 34 cents a litre in fuel prices.
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Motorists urged to drive safely as road volumes peak
2017/12/22 10:00:34 AM
The Road Traffic Management Corporation says traffic volumes are expected to peak from Friday as motorists made their way to various holiday destinations for the Christmas period.
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‘Big on opulence’ Nissan’s next-gen luxury Patrol SUV arrives in SA
2017/12/21 09:37:15 AM
Nissan South Africa has launched its next-generation Patrol SUV locally.
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RoadTrip: Toyota C-HR on the Diamond Route
2017/12/20 09:53:15 AM
To celebrate the discovery of diamonds in South Africa 150 years ago, Ferdi de Vos undertook a journey on the byways of the country’s Diamond Route. His road trip companion? Toyota’s C-HR crossover with its diamond-inspired design…
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10 simple tricks to maintain the value of your used car
2017/12/19 09:19:00 AM
Whether you’re planning to sell or hold on to your car, keeping it in tip-top shape will ensure it stays reliable, attractive and above all – valuable. Here’s how.
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Slight petrol price relief expected for new year
2017/12/18 02:26:36 PM
Motorists could expect some relief at the petrol pumps in the new year, with the news that the price of petrol could drop by about 7,8 cents per litre while the diesel price could come down by around 7,1 cents per litre in January.
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`What a way to say goodbye` - VW Beetle R-line driven
2017/12/01 10:59:19 AM
I must admit, I had no idea what to expect from the Volkswagen Beetle R-line.
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Limited edition Mitsubishi Triton: Xtreme bakkie for SA
2017/11/30 11:22:21 AM
Mitsubishi South Africa says it has listened to local customer feedback to produce a special edition Triton bakkie with a host of additional practical equipment - the new Xtreme Limited Edition.
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`Just let it go` - 10 tips to help avoid road rage in SA
2017/11/29 09:38:46 AM
How many of us can admit to losing our cool in traffic?
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Sexy Aygo goes topless
2017/11/28 10:06:07 AM
The funky Aygo range, which already brags with a Father Christmas bag full of way-out looks, has been given a further helping of chutzpah with the addition of the Aygo X-Cite which has a retractable black canvas roof.
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Can Bosch put brakes on city car pollution?
2017/11/27 11:48:31 AM
Leading global automotive supplier Bosch has developed a new type of brake that can cut air pollution as well as road accidents.
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`Pure driving fun` - driving Nissan`s soulful 370Z
2017/11/24 09:28:12 AM
I`m a die-hard Nissan GT-R fan, though the 370Z has a rather a special place in my heart too.
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How safe are they? 5 SA budget cars crash tested
2017/11/23 08:59:33 AM
Global NCAP has thrust entry level car safety into the spotlight by crash testing five South African spec budget hatchbacks.
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Here`s how much the locally-built BMW X3 will cost
2017/11/22 09:52:31 AM
MW has launched the new X3 this week and it is available as of November. The third-generation vehicle will be built at the BMW Plant Roslyn in the first half of 2018.
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Voice activation the smart way to safer driving.
2017/11/21 09:23:21 AM
We`re getting ever closer to living our lives like they used to do only in sci-fi movies. In a ‘smart’ world where our cars and smartphones are getting ever more interconnected, we’re needing to find ways of communicating with all these gadgets more intuitively.
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Tested: EWizz Lightning 9 electric scooter
2017/11/20 09:56:51 AM
The Lightning 9 is the flagship of the EWizz electric scooter range range, produced in China but locally assembled with sophisticated electronics and control systems developed in South Africa.
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MAP: SA passenger car sales by province for 2017
2017/11/17 11:08:55 AM
The SA vehicle market shows a positive trend despite the weak economy; 35 316 new cars were sold in October 2017, an improvement of 2594 cars or 7.9% compared to the 32 722 models sold in the same period in 2016.
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Get ready for a steep fuel price hike in December
2017/11/16 09:20:15 AM
There will be less holiday cheer for South African motorists this year, with a steep fuel price increase predicted for December.
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More powerful than ever - new Audi TT RS Coupe unleashed in SA
2017/11/15 11:48:04 AM
Audi has launched its most powerful TT yet – the new TT RS Coupe.
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Six user-friendly bikes for your daily commute
2017/11/14 09:08:12 AM
In the world of motorcycles a great deal of attention is given to the fast and the loud, but often people just require a compact,
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Toyota refreshes Land Cruiser Prado: We have prices, details of the enhanced SUV
2017/11/13 10:04:05 AM
With an off-road heritage spanning more than 65 years, Toyota`s Land Cruiser remains unique in its segment for its ability to combine durability and reliability with off-road performance.
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SA`s dirty fuel is costing motorists dearly
2017/11/10 01:34:27 PM
South Africa is falling further behind the world in fuel quality, and it’s hitting SA motorists where it hurts most: their pockets and their health.
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All-new VW Polo bags five-star safety rating
2017/11/09 11:05:55 AM
Volkswagen’s all-new Polo hatchback, which is due in South Africa early next year and almost certain to become one of the country`s best selling cars, has achieved a five-star EuroNCAP safety rating.
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#SirLowrysPassFire: 12 ways to be safe on our roads
2017/11/08 10:18:36 AM
Huge fires, fanned by high winds, are sweeping through Sir Lowry`s Pass, outside Somerset West in the Western Cape.
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Takata recall extended to Pajero passenger airbags
2017/11/07 09:52:15 AM
Mitsubishi has extended its recall of vehicles fitted with Takata airbags to include the front passenger airbag on Pajero SUVs made from 2007 to 2013.
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Sports cars in SA: Mustang, F-Type lead the way
2017/11/06 11:43:04 AM
The Ford Mustang remains South Africa’s favourite *sports car for the tenth consecutive month in 2017, reports Naamsa.
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DRIVEN: Nissan`s refreshed X-Trail in SA
2017/10/31 11:05:33 AM
`Get inside. Go out there.` - that`s Nissan South Africa`s newly adopted tagline for the #TheNextX - X-Trail crossover SUV. And, that`s exactly what we did during its launch in and around Port Elizabeth and Jefferey`s Bay on earlier this week.
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Be wary of `rent-to-own` car financing deals
2017/10/30 09:50:37 AM
Bank declined? Low credit score? Blacklisted or under debt review? None of those are reason enough to bar you from buying a new vehicle - provided you can afford it.
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Tokyo Motor Show 2017: How about a car with airbags outside, like the Flesby II concept? [PHOTOS]
2017/10/27 09:53:55 AM
Airbags outside, you may be tempted to ask! Seriously that is what the ultra-compact vehicle called Flesby II showcased.
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Hijacking hotspots in Johannesburg
2017/10/26 11:17:29 AM
Hijacking is at its most rampant in the past 10 years, with a 14.5 percent increase in this kind of crime since the 2015/16 annual crime statistics report.
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VW credit arm told to repay illegal deductions
2017/10/25 09:20:48 AM
The National Credit Regulator has ordered Volkswagen Financial Services SA to repay consumers amounts it had illegally deducted for vehicle purchases.
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Code of ethics for SA Car industry: automakers, dealers to `play nice` or else
2017/10/24 10:17:22 AM
Earlier in September, the Department of Economic Development published a draft code of conduct for competition in the South African automotive industry for public comment by no later than November 3, 2017.
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Here`s how much the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet costs in SA
2017/10/23 11:42:57 AM
Mercedes-Benz is completing its E-Class family with the new E-Class Cabriolet, it joins the sedan and coupe versions already on sale locally.
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Five quality Korean cars
2017/10/20 11:55:05 AM
Korean cars are more distinguished than ever. As life in SA becomes more and more expensive, these five quality cars are worthy of your attention, if you`re thinking of foregoing the expensive German luxury brands.
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Should you Dodge Chryslers or not in SA?
2017/10/17 12:17:56 PM
We all know that driving on the left is better but unfortunately right-hand drive (RHD) is a minority market globally.
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New Mahindra bakkie: Next-generation Pik Up arrives in SA
2017/10/16 10:22:24 AM
Mahindra South Africa has launched its latest Pik Up in Gauteng.
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Tested: Audi SQ5 is a complete package
2017/10/13 11:32:10 AM
South Africans will remember the first SQ5 as Audi’s oddball “S” model, the first and only diesel-powered vehicle in our market to wear the sporting sub-brand’s signature silver mirrors. Despite drinking from the dark side of the pump, it was a true high-performance SUV we commended for its lag-free and luscious torque curve, sharp handling and rumbly exhaust note.
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Nissan unleashes the ultimate radio-control car
2017/10/12 08:59:47 AM
Nissan found a unique way to celebrating the release of Gran Turismo Sport, out in Europe next week, and its 20 years of involvement in the series; it built the ultimate radio-control car.
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What to do when caught in a flash flood
2017/10/11 11:02:22 AM
With KwaZulu-Natal having experienced flash floods on Tuesday, and Gauteng having been beaten down by severe storms on Monday, with more sure to follow as the rainy season commences, it`s certainly worth brushing up on your wet weather driving skills and knowing what to do when caught in that unexpected flash flood.
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SA motorists to pay more for licence renewals
2017/10/10 11:14:18 AM
Every time you renew a vehicle licence, you pay the local registering authority a fee for permission to drive on their roads.
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Chrysler, Dodge will `no longer be available locally`
2017/10/09 10:23:05 AM
Earlier in 2016, Wheels24 reported that Citroen would no longer be selling vehicles locally. In May 2017, Chevrolet announced its exit from SA.
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SA’s most popular homegrown cars
2017/10/06 12:58:13 PM
September was a good sales month for the industry especially for *locally-built models.
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Raw and unfiltered - new 911 GT3 howls into SA
2017/10/05 11:33:27 AM
Porsche, those purveyors of sportscars for the masses (relatively speaking) have released their very non mass market 911 GT3 in South Africa.
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5 Ways to Ensure Car Loan Approval
2017/10/04 11:32:49 AM
Buying a car, whether it be new or used, is one of the most expensive purchases you will make in your life. Obtaining a car loan is the easiest way to purchase a car, but getting car loan approval can be difficult, especially if you have a poor credit rating or are in debt due to excessive credit reliance.
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SA car sales dashboard: Another positive month for local auto market
2017/10/03 09:19:03 AM
"A total of 50 322 new vehicles were sold across all segments representing year-on-year sales growth of 6.3%," reports the National Automobile Association of South Africa (Naamsa).
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SA`s cheapest cars, bakkies to service and repair revealed
2017/10/02 09:49:13 AM
So, if you drive a Toyota Corolla Quest, Fortuner or Prado, or a Nissan NP200, Datsun GO or Volvo S60, we have some good news for you…
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Double blow to hit fuel users
2017/09/29 11:30:58 AM
According to the Automobile Association (AA), stronger international oil prices and a weakening Rand will combine to drive fuel prices higher at the end of September.
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Participate in our Ownership Satisfaction Survey: Great prizes up for grabs
2017/09/28 11:11:44 AM
Which car brands provide the best after-sales service to their customers? And, which cars are most likely to be recommended by their owners? These are questions that the Ownership Satisfaction Survey answers – however, ongoing public participation in the survey enables to deliver the most relevant and accurate data-driven insights to consumers PLUS the findings have a whopping 50% impact on the outcomes of the #CarsAwards.
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Compact crossover/SUV: Ford EcoSport leaving all in the dust
2017/09/27 11:51:36 AM
The Ford EcoSport headlines the category for the compact crossover and SUVs in August 2017, with a sales figure of 1071 units.
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The Ford Ranger FX4 is a foxy lady
2017/09/26 02:08:02 PM
She turns heads, that`s for sure. Especially the little (or shall I rather say big) black number I had. Ford introduced its limited-edition Ford Ranger FX4, based on its 3.2 TDCi Double Cab 4x4 models earlier this year and I recently had the chance to drive around in one for a week.
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Checked your windscreen wipers? Summer rains are on their way
2017/09/22 09:20:10 AM
Summer is just on the horizon and now is the perfect time to get your car summer-ready, says Pieter Niemand, Director of the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA).
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Budget beater: Nissan launches Micra Active in SA
2017/09/21 02:01:56 PM
The Nissan Micra has been on South African roads for the better part of the last decade. Since the first generation came to market in 2004 it became a popular buy for budget-conscious consumers
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#IAA2017: 7 new cars on their way to SA
2017/09/20 11:11:25 AM
The world`s motoring media descended on Frankfurt earlier in September for the largest car show on the calendar.
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Renault’s new Ranger-fighter: Alaskan bakkie headed for SA
2017/09/19 11:05:58 AM
It’s named after a North American state. Its family name is French yet it’s manufactured in Mexico, Argentina and Spain.
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Ford Kuga’s 3rd recall in just eight months
2017/09/18 10:00:06 AM
Ford SA is treading hot water as they recall one of their luxury vehicles for the third time.
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Driving in SA: Morning traffic a `waste of time` for Cape Town, Sandton drivers
2017/09/15 11:04:56 AM
Lightstone has released analysis on how the population density in Johannesburg and Cape Town suburbs affects travel times during peak hours.
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Cruising downhill in neutral will save you petrol? 5 fuel-saving myths
2017/09/14 11:02:03 AM
Cash-strapped motorists faced yet another increase in the fuel price in September 2017.
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#InnovationMonth: How AI will change the automotive game for the better
2017/09/12 09:01:19 AM
As the “fourth industrial revolution”, championed by the World Economic Forum`s Klaus Schwab, gains momentum, it`s thrilling to anticipate what this means for the automotive industry - and as a result, cities of the future.
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Gallery: Toyota Hilux Raider Black Edition
2017/09/11 09:24:17 AM
The Toyota Hilux Raider Black 2.8 is the most recent special edition bakkie to be launched in South Africa.
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2018 SA Car of the Year: Here are the semi-finalists!
2017/09/08 09:50:08 AM
The semi-finalists in the 2018 South African Car of the Year (CoTY) competition has been revealed.
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Tucson Sport ticks the right boxes
2017/09/07 11:28:01 AM
Dressed in go-faster sporty gear, the latest addition to Hyundai`s popular Tucson range must rank as one of the sexiest-looking and best-equipped SUVs in its class.
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New driver demerit system: 6 things SA motorist should know
2017/09/06 11:13:45 AM
The controversial Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Bill moves a step closer to implementation in South Africa.
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Another good month for SA car sales: `Encouraging gains` in August 2017
2017/09/04 10:10:22 AM
"New vehicle sales recorded encouraging gains for the second consecutive month," reports National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa).
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Turning the smartphone into a smart car key
2017/08/29 10:14:41 AM
When the Frankfurt International auto show opens its doors to the public on September 14, leading automotive equipment and tech provider Bosch will be demonstrating a new digital feature called Perfectly Keyless, that can turn any driver`s smartphone into a hands-free car key for opening and closing doors.
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E-tolls a failure, so Sanral proposes `Plan B`
2017/08/28 09:59:58 AM
The government has proposed new laws following the dismal failure of e-tolling revenue collection from Gauteng motorists, who owe more than R6 billion in unpaid tolls.
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Twin Peaks signed into law
2017/08/24 02:40:01 PM
News 24 reported that President Jacob Zuma signed into law the Financial Sector Regulation Act 2017 on 21 August.
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WATCH: VW debuts new T-Roc crossover
2017/08/24 10:34:04 AM
As part of its biggest model offensive yet, Volkswagen is expanding its range with the addition of a new compact crossover - the T-Roc.
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#FordKuga fire threat: More than 7000 affected in recall for SA
2017/08/23 09:04:38 AM
Late in July 2017, Ford South Africa announced "Phase 2" of its local Kuga recall. A week later, a Kuga SUV caught fire along the N12 East in Jet Park, Boksburg.
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‘Hippie Kombi’ coming back: VW to build ID Buzz
2017/08/22 10:13:20 AM
Volkswagen has officially given the green light to its ID Buzz concept vehicle, although it’ll be another five years before the production vehicle actually arrives in showrooms.
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Renault’s updated crossover range: Will it Captur new owners?
2017/08/21 09:42:57 AM
Renault has enhanced its local Captur crossover range which now boasts refreshed styling, new technology and a more diverse model line-up.
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Cold snap grips SA: How to drive in ice and snow
2017/08/18 10:37:27 AM
A weather warning has been issued across parts of South Africa cautioning drivers to be aware of icy conditions and even snow.
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Fiat Panda is back, and improved: We take a spin
2017/08/17 10:47:58 AM
Fiat’s quirky little A segment Panda is back in South Africa, this time with a grunty little 875cc TwinAir turbopetrol prime mover, shared with the Fiat 500, that not only enables it to escape import duty and make some impressive emissions claims, but also adds an extra dimension to the car’s persona.
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Big fuel price hike likely for September
2017/08/16 10:46:47 AM
South African motorists can expect more pain at the fuel pumps from the beginning of September, with mid-month fuel price data pointing towards a rather hefty price increase.
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Pay fines before renewing your licence?
2017/08/15 11:37:26 AM
Is There Any Way Around It?
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Toyota launches special edition Hilux: Tough is the new black
2017/08/14 10:04:11 AM
South Africa’s most popular bakkie, the Toyota Hilux, is now available in special-edition `Black` guise, according to the automaker.
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Review: Fiat`s Tipo modestly ticking all the boxes
2017/08/11 01:27:40 PM
Family sedans are all about practicality, convenience and good fuel consumption.
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Buying a car? Here`s how to test-drive a new or second-hand vehicle
2017/08/10 09:54:26 AM
Perhaps you regard test-driving a car, as a spontaneous, carefree adventure where you get the chance to take your desired and potentially new ‘ride’ for a spin around the block.
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DRIVEN: VW`s hottest hatch in SA - halo Golf R
2017/08/08 09:23:05 AM
Clarence Drive is one of the most beautiful and thrilling roads in the Western Cape. It also makes for the perfect route to drive Volkswagen`s hottest hatchback yet in South Africa.
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These are the 10 cheapest cars for sale in South Africa right now
2017/08/07 09:22:37 AM
With vehicle prices having increased substantially over the past few years, it has become almost impossible to find a new car in the sub-R100,000 range.
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A Hyundai Elantra with real sporting ambitions
2017/08/04 10:31:23 AM
It doesn`t take long to figure out that the all-new Hyundai Elantra wants to do more than just beat the Corolla and its C-Segment buddies at the sensible sedan gig, with all its Uber journeys, family commutes and schmoozy repping.
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Diesel vs. petrol? Here are eight critical things to consider
2017/08/03 09:24:19 AM
When it comes to selecting your new car there are many things to consider.
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Good news for SA! Car sales rise, `massive` increase in exports - Naamsa
2017/08/02 08:57:05 AM
South Africa’s new vehicle sales grew 4.1% in July with a total of 46 719 units sold, reports the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa).
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SUV sales in SA: Crossovers and uber luxury vehicles
2017/08/01 10:22:55 AM
Traditional passenger car volumes might still be declining, as South African consumers adjust to disposable incomes affected by the country’s technical recession but there’s one market segment which is immune to local economic issues.
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Pressure is on for South African motor dealers
2017/07/31 09:53:20 AM
At the recent Gauteng leg of the Business of the Year (Boty) roadshow, Gary McCraw, director of the National Automobile Dealers` Association (Nada), noted that, apart from having to operate in tough economic conditions, motor dealers in South Africa are under increasing business management pressure.
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2017/07/28 09:10:51 AM
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Ford begins phase 2 of Kuga recall
2017/07/27 09:44:51 AM
Ford South Africa has commenced with phase 2 of its safety recall action for all affected Kuga 1.6 models, it announced in a statement on Wednesday.
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How much more you need to earn in 2017 to afford the same car you could last year
2017/07/26 10:11:42 AM
Research by analytics group Lightstone in 2016 showed the value of the car you could afford on your monthly salary in South Africa – this is how much more you would need to earn now to afford the same vehicles.
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Renault Duster EDC Automatic (2017) Launch Review
2017/07/25 10:20:19 AM
Renault has bolstered its (already extensive) compact family car line-up with the introduction of a dual-clutch automatic derivative of the Duster. We attended the local launch in Johannesburg to drive the French marque`s new addition and these are our conclusions:
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Cost of motoring continues to increase
2017/07/24 10:47:40 AM
The overall cost of motoring is on the rise despite recent cuts to interest rates and fuel prices, as well as a slowdown in vehicle price inflation. The monthly mobility basket - which comprises instalments, fuel, insurance, and maintenance fees - has increased 24.2% since July 2013.
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`Significant drop` in SA car price inflation - TransUnion
2017/07/21 10:48:18 AM
TransUnion says its latest Vehicle Pricing Index "should be music to the ears of consumers who’ve been itching to buy a new vehicle".
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Takata yet to prove new airbag inflators are safe
2017/07/20 11:34:05 AM
Takata`s bankruptcy filing in June was meant to draw a line under the auto industry`s biggest safety recall, but last week`s announcement of more air bag inflator recalls suggests automakers could face fresh liabilities in the future.
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Here it is! Mercedes reveals X-Class bakkie
2017/07/19 09:40:47 AM
The next big step in the gentrification of the once-humble pick-up is upon us.
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Subaru`s next-gen XV for SA: Prices and details
2017/07/18 09:23:19 AM
Just two months after its world premiere at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show, the all-new Subaru XV is available in South Africa.
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How to deal with tow-truck cowboys
2017/07/17 10:47:31 AM
First on the scene, competent, mightily enthusiastic for the business, professional and a godsend when you’re vulnerable: tow-truck drivers often get a bad rap but that doesn’t mean the entire industry should be tarnished by a few rotters.
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12 life-saving tips for driving at night
2017/07/14 10:53:53 AM
More than half of all road crashes happen at night, even though traffic density is far higher during the day, according to statistics from the Road Transport Management Corporation.
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Next-gen Disco driven: Luxury meets off-road in SA
2017/07/13 10:55:18 AM
While submerged in a river about a metre deep in the latest Land Rover Discovery it dawned on me how detached I felt from the experience.
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South Africans love bakkies, 2017 sales reveal why
2017/07/12 09:15:46 AM
Low growth, rampant state expenditure and credit downgrades have delivered South Africa into a technical recession.
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Creating `competent drivers`: 8 tips for choosing a driving school in SA
2017/07/11 08:51:24 AM
he Automobile Association (AA) urges parents, guardians, and businesses with learner drivers, to ensure these new motorists are not only trained to pass driving tests, but are actually qualified behind the wheel.
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Grand i10 is a pack leader
2017/07/10 09:01:51 AM
The Hyundai`s Grand i10 might well be a little tyke in the heavily populated hatchback gene pool but it more than makes up for its size with lots of appealing features, cheeky looks, and perky ride.
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5 things you should know about the SA car industry
2017/07/07 10:43:27 AM
The South African motor industry is holding up surprisingly well in a tough economic environment that is being exacerbated by political turmoil, says economist Dr Azar Jammine, Director and chief economist at Econometrix.
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When and how to contest traffic fines
2017/07/06 11:02:50 AM
No one likes receiving a fine in the mail – they are usually expensive and often unexpected. But what do you do when you shouldn’t have gotten a fine in the first place?
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Opel SA revises Corsa line-up: `Price drops across the range`
2017/07/05 12:52:06 PM
Opel has revised its local Corsa range, with improved specifications for some variants and reduced prices across the range.
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SA car sales: `Mixed results` for June 2017
2017/07/04 08:55:04 AM
New vehicle sales for June reflect a mixed picture of the industry, says the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa).
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Everest is hard to beat
2017/07/03 09:52:27 AM
The Toyota Hilux bakkie was well-entrenched as South Africa`s most popular bakkie until along came the Ford Ranger to erode its popularity.
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This 700-Horsepower 3D-Printed Supercar Is the Future of Car-Making
2017/06/30 11:13:11 AM
The Divergent 3D Blade demonstrates how 3D printing will make future supercars even cooler.
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Dealing with roadblocks in SA: Know your rights
2017/06/29 09:50:09 AM
As inconvenient as they may seem, roadblocks exist to ensure the safety and well-being of all road users, especially during peak traffic hours, holiday periods and over weekends.
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Isuzu KB 250 X-Rider 4x2 Double Cab (2017) Quick Review
2017/06/28 09:43:39 AM
The Isuzu KB X-Rider was initially offered as a limited edition model but after experiencing sales success in the local market, this spruced-up double cab is now a permanent fixture in the KB lineup. Should you consider the KB X-Rider? This quick review will help you decide.
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2017 motor dealer labour rate report
2017/06/27 10:45:30 AM
Lightstone Consumer has conducted an independent study among the dealerships of all major automotive manufacturers in South Africa to determine the current labour rates charged at dealership level.
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Economists predict big fuel price drop in July
2017/06/27 09:28:10 AM
Economists have predicted a large drop in fuel prices by July as the international oil price remains depressed.
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Car sounds and smells you should definitely investigate
2017/06/26 01:18:49 PM
Modern vehicles are miracles of packaging and engineering, with one model after the other becoming ever more efficient and quiet.
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Opel announces future plans for SA
2017/06/15 12:13:14 PM
Opel owners and fans can breathe a sigh of relief: the future of the brand in South Africa is assured with Wednesday`s announcement that the Williams Hunt group will take over as the dedicated distributor of the German brand.
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Robbed in seconds: Car-jammers in SA
2017/06/14 10:09:00 AM
South Africa is one of the world`s hot spots for hijacking and vehicle theft.
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Dealership Labour Rates: How Much Brands Charge in SA
2017/06/13 10:11:03 AM
Data specialists Lightstone Consumer have conducted an independent study among all major automotive manufacturers in South Africa to determine the current labour rates charged at franchised dealers. Consumers should find the results both interesting and insightful, take a look!
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Driven: 2017 Kia Rio 1.4 Tec
2017/06/12 10:07:05 AM
Kia`s Rio hatch has been updated for 2017 with an all-new model locally. The new model features a redesigned but familiar front-end.
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Balancing cars and wealth: The cost of a vehicle over time
2017/06/12 10:05:00 AM
Owning a vehicle is costly, but with a different approach, it could make a huge difference to one`s wealth over a lifetime.
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Heavy storm batters Cape Town: Here`s 12 items you`ll need in an emergency
2017/06/08 10:29:45 AM
A huge storm front is lashing South Africa, causing flooded roads and damage to vehicles. Here`s a DIY emergency kit for your car.
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Pimped-out Hyundai: New Tucson Sport in SA
2017/06/07 11:07:19 AM
Hyundai has added yet another derivative to its Tucson range - it`s called the Sport.
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Heavy storm to hit SA: Here`s what motorists should do
2017/06/06 12:31:49 PM
Storm warnings have been issued for the Western Cape this week. Do you know how to drive in extreme wet weather?
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Hyundai`s new Elantra arrives in SA: Prices, specs and rivals
2017/06/05 11:33:35 AM
Hyundai tapped into its `fluidic design` philosophy for the styling of the new Elantra
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New number plates for SA: 5 things you need to know
2017/06/02 10:27:46 AM
With talk of new number plate laws in South Africa set to come into effect later in 2017 (no official roll-out date has been set), it’s best to know how this will affect motorists.
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Toyota’s refreshed Yaris arrives in SA: Feel the Pulse
2017/06/01 09:57:45 AM
Toyota SA has launched its refreshed Yaris Pulse.
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Five tips to help get your car loan approved
2017/05/31 10:40:44 AM
Very few of us are ever lucky enough to buy a new car for cash; almost every new-vehicle purchase goes hand in hand with an application for finance. And that’s always the scariest part of the deal.
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Fuel relief beckons for SA motorists - AA
2017/05/30 10:31:50 AM
South African motorists are in for some fuel price relief in June 2017,
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Suzuki’s cheeky, keenly priced Ignis hits SA
2017/05/29 11:13:41 AM
Suzuki is hoping to make some waves in the sub-R200 000 market with this cheeky-looking and decidedly compact crossover called the Ignis, which is now on sale in South Africa.
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Fuel shocks! SA prices deciphered: how it fluctuated the last 10 years
2017/05/26 03:37:11 PM
Nearly 900 000 drivers are left stranded each year because they ignore their fuel warning light.
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An Up! GTI? Yes, Volkswagen confirms 2018 introduction
2017/05/23 10:04:22 AM
The 85kW Up GTi is powered by a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder direct injection petrol engine.
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Ford`s limited edition Fiesta ST 200 is available in SA
2017/05/22 10:51:00 AM
Only 160 Ford Fiesta ST200s will be available in South Africa.
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General Motors bids adieu to SA
2017/05/19 10:34:49 AM
General Motors (GM) plans to cease the production and sale of its vehicles in South Africa by the end of 2017, a move that has sparked jitters over job losses.
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SA`s car crime capital is.. (and it`s not Joburg)
2017/05/18 10:11:17 AM
The administrative capital of South Africa also happens to be the car crime capital, with the heart of the Pretoria CBD having recorded the highest number of vehicle-related crimes, followed by Sunnyside.
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Here`s how negligent drivers leave road users liable for damages
2017/05/17 09:46:06 AM
It`s important to know that even though negligent drivers might cause a collision, you could still be held liable to pay for damages.
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12 tips to avoid becoming a hijacking statistic
2017/05/16 09:22:56 AM
According to statistics released by the SAPS at the beginning of March, a total of 12 743 vehicles were hijacked in South Africa between April and December 2016 – that’s 14.9% more than in the 2015/16 financial year.
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The future is ELECTRIFYING
2017/05/15 11:17:56 AM
It’s the future, and it’s sexy.
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Driven: Mazda`s bold new CX-5 lands in SA
2017/05/12 11:55:25 AM
Mazda’s CX-5 has been around for a mere five years, yet it already accounts for around a quarter of Mazda’s global sales. With so much riding on this mid-sized SUV, it’s not surprising that Mazda would want to shorten the original’s life cycle a bit and keep it fresh, especially given how the competition is getting so much better.
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We have prices for Volkswagen`s Golf `7.5` and GTI in SA
2017/05/11 09:29:50 AM
Volkswagen`s popular GTI has received a fresher face and more power in 2017.
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Unpacking South Africa’s new bakkie laws: 5 things you should know
2017/05/09 10:09:21 AM
New road laws for SA will prohibit the transportation of school children, carried within the load-bay of a bakkie, for profit.
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New Suzuki Swift (2017) First Drive
2017/05/08 11:27:31 AM
Suzuki has finally built an all-new Swift, which is the successor to the Japanese brand`s best-selling product in South Africa. We sent our UK correspondent Wayne Gorrett to the South of France to drive it before the newcomer arrives on the local market later this year.
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Kia launches its new Soul in South Africa
2017/05/05 02:24:53 PM
Following its unveiling at the Paris Motors Show in September 2016, the enhanced KIA Soul this week makes its arrival on South African shores.
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Calling all dealers to join the revolution
2017/05/04 09:32:52 AM
In conversation with Dirk van der Walt, WeBuyCars director Commented on by dealers (Seen in article under: From a dealer`s point of view) Inspired by Dale Pollak
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SA`s new vehicle sales: Huge slump in April 2017
2017/05/03 10:01:37 AM
Naamsa recorded a drop in new vehicle sales during April 2017.
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2017 V90 Cross Country in SA: Prices, details and gallery!
2017/05/02 10:39:08 AM
Volvo is now offering its plush V90 CC in South Africa.
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Guaranteed jail time on the cards for drunk drivers in South Africa
2017/04/26 09:56:59 AM
The South African traffic department says that it is at an advanced stage in discussions with the justice department to institute harsher punishments for motorists who drink and drive – including a mandatory 2-year jail sentence with no bail.
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How much it cost to buy a second-hand car in South Africa in 1992
2017/04/25 09:40:37 AM
AutoTrader recently announced that it was shutting down its print magazine after 25 years of circulation.
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Here`s how much the 2017 VW Amarok bakkie will cost in SA
2017/04/24 09:26:13 AM
Volkswagen`s updated Amarok will arrive in South Africa later in April. Here`s how much the automaker`s flagship bakkie will cost as well as details on the 3.0-litre TDI V6.
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Renault launches updated Clio, GT-line in SA
2017/04/21 09:32:33 AM
Renault gives its popular Clio hatchback an update with the introduction of the new GT-Line.
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Rehab for bad drivers?
2017/04/20 09:38:01 AM
Parliament has heard about a proposed rehabilitation programme to be launched at the same time as the new demerit system.
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Infinti QX80 Monograph to showcase ‘luxury and presence’
2017/04/18 11:53:49 AM
Infinti has unveiled the QX80 Monograph, signalling Infinti`s intention to further develop its standing in the large SUV segment.
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What junk status means for car owners
2017/04/13 10:43:26 AM
South Africa has been downgraded to junk status by Standard & Poor`s and Fitch Ratings. As this may not have short-term effects on the average South African, the long-term effects of being downgraded will lead to higher interest rates and will make life a lot more expensive.
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Chinese D20 lands in SA to take on the Polo Vivo
2017/04/12 10:43:38 AM
Chinese car brands generally haven`t had a very successful run in South Africa despite typically offering major price savings over established makes.
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Have you checked your car: Happy Holiday or highway to hell?
2017/04/11 09:06:48 AM
Clare Vale urges motorists to check their vehicles before embarking on busy roads for the Easter holidays.
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Jeep`s most powerful SUV yet: Meet the 527kW Trackhawk!
2017/04/10 09:30:48 AM
According to Jeep, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is the world`s fastest SUV ever.
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Volkswagen Move up! (2017) Review
2017/04/07 09:01:56 AM
Not long after the 2015 launch of the original Volkswagen Up! in South Africa, a facelifted model was announced.
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Mazda CX-3 is a cross-over with style
2017/04/06 10:08:55 AM
The recently spruced-up Mazda CX-3 is a multi-role pleaser and the latest shining star in the fold of the once strong brand which is rapidly regaining individual market traction since moving out of the shadow of the Ford stable.
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This is how much the 2017 Toyota 86 will cost in SA
2017/04/05 10:52:12 AM
Toyota`s back-to-basics rear-drive, front-engined sports car: the 86 has undergone a mid-life facelift.
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March shows growth in new vehicle sales
2017/04/04 09:42:07 AM
Amidst uncertainty, South Africa`s new vehicle industry grew 2.1% in March, with total sales of 48,534 vehicles according to the latest data from the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa).
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Driven in SA: The new Mini Countryman has grown up
2017/04/03 09:13:19 AM
Mini`s new Cooper Countryman is definitely a lot bigger than the outgoing model.
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How to photograph your car and make it look flawless
2017/03/31 09:38:11 AM
Photography is much like a science of its own and much more so when the subject of the experiment is your vehicle.
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Ford SA expands safety recall to include Fiesta ST
2017/03/30 10:34:35 AM
Ford has expanded its safety recall, issued earlier in 2017 for affected Kuga SUVs, to include more than 1000 Fiesta ST models produced from September 2012 to December 2014.
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You`ll never guess how many vehicles are registered in SA
2017/03/29 10:09:59 AM
According to eNatis, there are more than 12-million vehicles registered in South Africa.
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Mazda BT-50 is designed for fun
2017/03/27 09:35:24 AM
Smartened up for the city, cool enough to be enjoyed and admired by the leisure crowd, and tough enough for the rough and tumble of a challenging off-road meander – that`s the face-lifted Mazda BT-50.
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AARTO: Rehabilitation school for SA road traffic offenders?
2017/03/24 09:39:29 AM
Those found guilty of breaking road rules by a court of law will have to complete a mandatory rehabilitation programme under the new proposed demerit system, Parliament has heard.
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