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`Baby` Kia Seltos on cards for SA?
2020/01/21 9:23:14 AM
 
Could Kia launch the Sonet – a sub-Seltos small SUV in South Africa in 2020 – one that would compete directly with the recently-released Hyundai Venue? Well, a pre-production car is expected to be exhibited at India`s Auto Expo next month…
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DRIVEN | Mahindra`s new Pik Up put through its paces at SA launch
2020/01/20 11:16:49 AM
 
There are a few great things to come from India.
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New entry-level BMW 3 Series confirmed for South Africa
2020/01/17 10:04:40 AM
 
BMW’s 318i badge is returning to the 3 Series line-up, with the entry-level model set to hit South African showrooms during the second quarter of this year, the local division said.
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Hyundai`s Genesis reveals tech-laden flagship SUV
2020/01/16 10:36:34 AM
 
We don’t get the Genesis brand in South Africa but it is essentially Hyundai’s answer to Lexus and Infiniti, and now the premium division has unleashed its first SUV, which is badged GV80.
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Tested: Citroen`s C3 Aircross is a quirky and comfortable option
2020/01/15 11:01:10 AM
 
From two hour lunch breaks with escargot starters, to streets with roundabouts at just about every intersection, the French have always insisted on doing things a little differently, and the car brand that has epitomised this the most is Citroen.
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Here’s when you are allowed to drive in the emergency lane in South Africa
2019/12/24 11:05:10 AM
 
There is a common perception amongst motorists that cars have right of way over trucks, and many motorists expect truck drivers to immediately move aside for faster vehicles without considering that the truck driver might have a good reason for deciding it is too risky.
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Quick spin: Legend 50 adds a dash of colour to Hilux range
2019/12/23 9:29:01 AM
 
Since it was first introduced to the South African market in 1969, the Toyota Hilux has, quite rightly, earned the title of Legend.
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Six coolest cars of the last decade
2019/12/20 10:52:19 AM
 
It`s the end of another decade, and it has certainly been an eventful one. The motor industry has embarked on a rapid shift in an attempt to meet society`s growing expectations for less polluting modes of transport, and it`s looking quite likely that the next decade will see as much change as we`ve seen in the last 100 years.
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Here`s how safe the VW Golf 8 is, according to Euro NCAP
2019/12/19 10:31:48 AM
 
The Volkswagen Golf is one of the most eagerly anticipated cars of 2020 and while the vehicle is expected to make strides in terms of user-interface technology and all-round sophistication, a vehicle at this level should be as safe as the best in its class too.
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Porsche Macan GTS returns with more power
2019/12/17 10:41:37 AM
 
Porsche’s facelifted Macan line-up is now complete with the reveal of the new GTS version. As before, this model serves as the `performance deputy` of the range, slotting between the Macan S and Turbo derivatives.
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Suzuki Swift goes Extreme
2019/12/13 11:14:21 AM
 
Urban racer bits for the Suzuki Swift Sport
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Chevrolet’s iconic large(r) Tahoe and Suburban step-in
2019/12/12 9:58:37 AM
 
Both models are longer and wider than their predecessors with the Tahoe measuring 170 mm longer for an overall length of 5 334 mm, while Suburban measures a mere 33 mm longer for a total overall length of 5 732 mm
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Updated Nissan Qashqai in SA (2019) Specs & Pricing
2019/12/11 9:32:58 AM
 
Nissan has updated its popular Qashqai compact family car and it’s now available in South Africa. See specification and pricing details below…
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5 Safety checks for your car this holiday season
2019/12/10 9:20:39 AM
 
The end-of-year holidays mean long road trips for many South Africans. Sadly, this festive time also brings an alarming increase in traffic accidents and fatalities.
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5 Power SUVs for SA in 2020
2019/12/09 9:31:12 AM
 
There are some potent SUVs destined for South Africa and these 5 Power SUVs are coming to rock your world in the new year.
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A step-by-step on how to renew your car licence via WhatsApp
2019/12/06 10:54:00 AM
 
A new service called ChatBack allows South African car owners to renew their car licence on WhatsApp in a few simple steps.
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Beware of vehicle recall scam
2019/12/05 2:30:07 PM
 
Criminals claiming to be vehicle dealership representatives have in November alone scammed four vehicle owners in Gauteng into handing over their vehicles as part of a purported recall exercise. When the victims contacted the dealerships they had no knowledge of any such recall being actioned.
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These are the 14 finalists for South African Car of the Year
2019/12/05 11:25:01 AM
 
The top 14 finalists for the 2020 AutoTrader South African Car of the Year have been announced.
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Hyundai Venue lands in SA to rival EcoSport, T-Cross
2019/12/04 12:37:50 PM
 
Hyundai is getting in on the burgeoning compact SUV market with a brand new creation called the Venue.
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New vehicle sales took another hit this November
2019/12/03 9:35:46 AM
 
The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) said that the overall new vehicle market declined further in November 2019. Domestic sales figures, particularly in commercial vehicle sales, had been disappointing.
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Range Rover Sport gets more presence with new edition for SA
2019/12/02 10:17:52 AM
 
Are you looking for a Range Rover with a bit more presence? Take a look at the new Range Rover Sport limited edition, which is fitted with a selection of options hand-picked by Land Rover South Africa to give the vehicle a more sinister appearance.
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The new tactic criminals are using to steal cars in South Africa
2019/11/29 12:24:51 PM
 
Criminals claiming to be vehicle dealership representatives have scammed four vehicle owners in Gauteng over the course of November 2019 alone, says vehicle tracking company Netstar.
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10 major traffic changes proposed for South Africa – including annual car roadworthy tests
2019/11/28 9:44:23 AM
 
The Traffic Law Enforcement Review Committee (TLERC) has published a review of traffic enforcement in South Africa outlining a number of proposals it believes will make the country’s roads safer.
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Tested: Audi Q5 2.0 TDI is all the car you`ll ever need
2019/11/27 10:00:45 AM
 
Two months into my life with a new daily drive, the Audi Q5 has highlighted several reasons why I just can’t see myself jumping back into a sedan. Don’t get me wrong, I love sedans, large ones and small ones, but after putting on around 4000km in the past few months with a trip to the coast and back, I have been severely bitten by the sports-utility-bug.
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Quick spin: Nissan`s Micra gets welcome boost with 86kW 1-litre
2019/11/26 11:42:03 AM
 
Nissan has expanded its Micra range in South Africa with a more powerful (and much-needed) 1-litre turbo engine derivative.
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Four of the best cars for students (and graduates)
2019/11/25 10:19:25 AM
 
Owning a reliable car is no longer a luxury – it’s a necessity, especially as more employers need graduates to have a reliable mode of transport.
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Tesla’s new Cybertruck has arrived
2019/11/22 11:18:43 AM
 
Elon Musk has unveiled Tesla’s new Cybertruck – an electric pickup truck which will retail from $39,900 (R588,332).
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Sexy Lexus LC500 Convertible Coming to SA in 2020
2019/11/21 12:23:35 PM
 
The Lexus LC 500 sports car has gone topless and it`s coming to seduce you in 2020!
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New 225kW John Cooper Works GP is the fastest Mini ever
2019/11/20 11:49:18 AM
 
BMW’s most powerful four-cylinder engine ever has already found homes under the bonnets of models like the X2 M35i and M135i as well as Mini’s Countryman John Cooper Works, which was recently launched in South Africa, but the engine is now finding its most enthralling application ever in the engine bay of the new Mini John Cooper Works GP hatchback.
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New Renault Kwid is here: South African pricing & specs
2019/11/19 10:56:21 AM
 
Renault’s facelifted Kwid has hit South African streets, starting at R144 900 and sporting a fresh look, improved safety and new cabin electronics.
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It`s back! The new Hyundai Atos
2019/11/18 10:54:37 AM
 
The Hyundai Atos is back in South Africa - with a new, modern look and styling, impressive standard features and a solid road performance that promises to make this entry-level model in the Korean manufacturer`s local range a top-seller.
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Lexus RX gets a new look, improved cabin tech
2019/11/15 10:47:27 AM
 
You don’t see a lot of these on the road, but the Lexus RX continues to offer a distinctive option to those that want something a little different from the German norm. And now there’s an improved version, sporting some visual and under-the-skin refinements as well as a much needed infotainment upgrade.
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Datsun now has an automatic GO model in its local line-up
2019/11/14 2:57:47 PM
 
Datsun has introduced new CVT transmissions that will form part of the GO and Go+ models.
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Man hands himself over after allegedly shooting Klerksdorp car dealership owner
2019/11/12 8:58:49 AM
 
A 37-year-old man has handed himself over to the police after he allegedly shot and killed a man following an argument at Speedy Car Sales in Klerksdorp on Monday, North West police said.
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5 Road safety tips ahead of the festive season
2019/11/11 11:55:00 AM
 
There`s nothing like a long drive on an open road with the wind in your hair...and none in your tyres. Simple vehicle maintenance checks before each trip, can avoid travel faux pas like running out of fuel in the middle of a long stretch of road or an overheating engine because you forgot to replenish the water.
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DRIVEN | C3, C3 Aircross - Can Citroen win back the hearts of South Africans?
2019/11/08 1:02:18 PM
 
Three years ago, Citroen South Africa exited the local car market, along with General Motors. Peugeot remained from the French automaker Group, and Isuzu and Opel became independent entities - the latter two are growing again, albeit slowly, but things are on an upward trend for these brands as customers find their faith in them again.
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Honey, I shrunk the Rav4: Toyota Raize to take on EcoSport
2019/11/07 10:09:46 AM
 
What you see here is Toyota’s answer to the baby SUV market, and it’s essentially a twin to the Rocky that`s made by Daihatsu, the Toyota-owned subsidiary that will also build both vehicles.
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New vehicle sales take upturn in October in SA
2019/11/06 10:21:55 AM
 
The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) welcomed the uptick in new vehicle sales during October 2019. The car rental industry continued to provide substantial support to new vehicle sales volumes during the month.
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Kia Seltos (2019) International Launch Review
2019/11/05 10:10:38 AM
 
After the departure of the Soul, Kia Motors SA hasn’t offered a product in the bustling compact family car segment. But that`s about to change with the arrival of the new Seltos. We travelled to Bangalore, India to watch it being built and get a quick feel for the newcomer, which will be released in Mzansi in the second half of November 2019...
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SA car sales | VW, Toyota trade punches in October
2019/11/04 1:55:59 PM
 
Continuing the customary trend, the Volkswagen Polo Vivo was again the best-selling vehicle in October 2019. VW managed to sell a stellar 2937 units last month, well clear of the bigger Polo on 2098 units.
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Tested: Suzuki`s new Swift Sport is much swifter (and still fun)
2019/10/31 11:30:26 AM
 
Must admit I was quite intrigued by the latest generation Suzuki Swift Sport when I first read about its switchover to turbo power, and even a little nervous on its behalf…
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South African fuel prices set to ease in November
2019/10/30 9:59:16 AM
 
South African motorists can look forward to a small fuel price decrease from next week, regardless of what type of fuel they use.
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Fully autonomous cars still a long way off, carmakers agree
2019/10/29 9:50:31 AM
 
When Toyota launches its first fully-electric Lexus product next year, the vehicle will be able to drive autonomously on highways, a big step for the Japanese carmaker, which has so far trailed rivals in bringing self-driving cars to market.
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Audi TT`s replacement will be an electric SUV - report
2019/10/28 1:45:51 PM
 
Audi already announced earlier this year that its TT sports car would face the axe at the end of its current generation, making way for another ‘emotive’ model featuring an electric drivetrain.
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A look at the new Citroën C3
2019/10/25 2:25:09 PM
 
What are your impressions when one talks about Citroën? Well, mine is pretty straight forward
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This is how South Africa’s new demerit system will hit your insurance
2019/10/24 9:38:16 AM
 
President Cyril Ramaphosa signed the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Act into law in August 2019, introducing a new demerit system for South African drivers,
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Honda reveals new Jazz with fresh tech, crossover variant
2019/10/23 11:35:33 AM
 
Honda’s fourth-generation Jazz, revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show on Wednesday, follows the same space-efficient formula as its predecessors, but makes key improvements in a number of areas.
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Motorists could face R100 `stealth tax` on future fines, says AA
2019/10/22 9:18:14 AM
 
Receiving a fine after the implementation of the upcoming Aarto demerit system won’t only mean losing points against your licence, but you might also find yourself liable for an additional R100 in taxes, according to the Automobile Association.
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Hummer brand could make a comeback, with battery power
2019/10/21 11:20:02 AM
 
Hummer, the automotive nameplate that once epitomised wasteful gas-guzzling SUVs, could be poised to make a comeback - as a green brand!
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Toyota reveals all-new Yaris hatchback
2019/10/17 9:49:52 AM
 
Toyota has lifted the lid on its fourth-generation Yaris hatchback, sporting a more daring design and brand new platform, but don’t expect to see it in South Africa any time soon.
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November fuel price prediction - a mixed bag for motorists
2019/10/16 9:47:31 AM
 
The price gap between 93 and 95 Unleaded petrol could widen even further in November, according to the latest prediction, which is based on mid-month data released by the Central Energy Fund.
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Hyundai`s Atos is back: South African pricing & specs
2019/10/15 9:46:06 AM
 
Hyundai has reincarnated the Atos, and the new-generation budget hatch has just landed in South Africa, priced at R159 900 for the 1.1 Motion, which is the only derivative available at present.
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Isuzu reveals all-new D-Max bakkie
2019/10/14 10:42:36 AM
 
Isuzu’s D-Max has been given its first redesign in eight years, and the bakkie gets a bold new look for 2020 as well as revised engines and improved overall refinement.
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Toyota gunning for Tesla with reinvented Miura hydrogen car
2019/10/11 11:00:49 AM
 
Toyota`s Mirai hydrogen car is undergoing something of an ugly duckling to swan transformation, and chasing Tesla in the process, with this second generation model.
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Refreshed Mercedes GLC and GLC Coupe touch down in SA
2019/10/10 9:29:10 AM
 
The Mercedes-Benz GLC and GLC Coupe are the final members of the ‘C’ family to get their mid-life makeover, and the new models are now on sale in South Africa, starting at R786 100 and offering three engine options.
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Polo vs Corolla vs Elantra - which sedan has the best resale value?
2019/10/09 10:55:24 AM
 
The sedan market as a whole might be shrinking, but a few of the more affordable four-doors are still selling up a storm as there remains a strong demand for this type of vehicle among Uber drivers, company car fleets and even private buyers seeking a family car with a secure boot.
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A duo for your dream garage: Aston Martin’s R110m DBZ Collection
2019/10/08 9:27:01 AM
 
Got R110 million burning a hole in your pocket? You could become one of the few lucky collectors in the world to put this curvaceous duo to your dream garage.
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All-new SA-bound Isuzu D-Max to be revealed on Thursday
2019/10/07 1:03:19 PM
 
Isuzu’s Thai division has released a teaser video of the next-generation D-Max bakkie ahead of its official reveal, which is scheduled to take place this Thursday, October 11.
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South Africa`s 50 top selling vehicles: September 2019
2019/10/03 10:37:49 AM
 
Despite the presence of a few green shoots, South Africa’s new vehicle market is still in the midst of a dry spell, and September’s sales figures did little to uplift industry sentiments.
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Now available in SA: the all new VW T-Cross
2019/10/02 12:06:57 PM
 
The VW T-Cross was first shown to the media a few weeks ago at the Festival of Motoring at Kyalami. Before that, there was much talk of the T-Cross and this created a real buzz of excitement in the SUV industry. Now, after months of waiting, we were recently introduced to the T-Cross in George.
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Tested: Range Rover Evoque is big on style and tech
2019/10/01 9:36:51 AM
 
It’s been 12 years since Land Rover wowed the world with its bold LRX concept and then turned even more heads three years later by presenting the Range Rover Evoque production model that looked almost identical.
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South Africa’s new demerit system is now law – this is what you earn points for
2019/09/30 10:19:13 AM
 
The Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Bill has been signed into law by president Cyril Ramaphosa.
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Here’s what the first Toyota Landcruiser looked like 68 years ago – and how it has changed
2019/09/27 9:48:01 AM
 
Toyota has announced that global sales of its Land Cruiser series have surpassed 10 million units.
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Driven: Peugeot`s new 5008 is a smart package
2019/09/26 3:11:41 PM
 
There’s a new breeze sweeping through Peugeot South Africa, with an aggressive brand relaunch that includes realigning dealerships, customer relationships, and spare parts turnaround times.
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Here are 10 of the greenest cars in SA
2019/09/20 9:30:51 AM
 
Our oceans and our planet are polluted with plastic and rubbish, killing our environment much faster than we realise. We might not all be able to physically help tidy up, but we can contribute by driving less harmful cars.
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No headbanging in here: Hyundai announces central airbag
2019/09/19 9:20:05 AM
 
You might think the modern car was already much cushier in a crash than those of yesteryear, given the gradual proliferation of airbags, with many (but sadly not all) now coming with front, side and curtain bags, and some even offering one for the driver’s knees.
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Fuel Price Prediction for October
2019/09/18 10:41:53 AM
 
The Rand has been steadily improving against the Dollar but the recent drone strike in Saudi Arabia has cut potential price reductions.
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Africa`s new car brand Mureza to assemble vehicles in SA
2019/09/17 10:53:56 AM
 
To design and build affordable cars in Africa, for African drivers - that’s the aim of a new car company called Mureza.
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History in motion: 109-year-old Ford Model T for sale
2019/09/16 9:25:12 AM
 
If ever there was a car that changed the course of history, it’s the Model T Ford.
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Volvo XC40 electrified, now with 195kW!
2019/09/13 12:43:29 PM
 
Volvo says it reached an important milestone in its powertrain electrification programme with the debut of the new T5 Twin Engine hybrid system in the XC40 SUV.
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These are South Africa’s best cars in 13 major categories
2019/09/12 9:47:22 AM
 
Online motoring portal Cars.co.za has announced the semi-finalists of the 2019/20 Cars.co.za Consumer Awards – powered by WesBank.
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New SA-bound Land Rover Defender unveiled at Frankfurt - An icon reimagined for the 21st century
2019/09/11 10:51:45 AM
 
The new Land Rover Defender has been unveiled at the 2019 Frankfurt International Motor Show and its automaker says the new vehicle is designed with purpose, and engineered to excite. Its clever and instantly recognisable silhouette that features signature Defender elements including short front and rear overhangs.
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Volkswagen all-new ID.3 electric car breaks cover at Frankfurt
2019/09/10 1:55:28 PM
 
The ID.3 from Volkswagen opens a new era of climate-friendly mobility.
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Suzuki upgrades the Ertiga range with a luxury GLX trim
2019/09/09 10:42:43 AM
 
Seven-seaters are usually just in premium SUVs, and you often find that you have to dig deep in those pockets tot afford one. Suzuki has now launched a luxury GLX offering to make this idea in reach for those looking for a `fancy` people mover.
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2019 Renault Kwid 1.0-litre Dynamique
2019/09/06 10:34:44 AM
 
South African motorists love small vehicles as much as they love SUVs and bakkies, this basically gives an answer as to why Renault decided to design the Kwid as a mini-SUV looking vehicle.
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New Audi A1 lands in SA - here`s what you get for your money
2019/09/05 1:30:10 PM
 
Now offering more space, a digitised cabin and a new array of trim lines and package structures, Audi’s second generation A1 hatchback has landed in South Africa, and is priced from R359 900 to R488 000.
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Nissan celebrates Godzilla with GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition
2019/09/04 10:43:11 AM
 
In a few weeks time, South Africans will celebrate Heritage Day (September 24). The aim is to celebrate our different cultures and traditions and in that process learn more about each other.
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SA car sales | Bad month for new cars, exports and bakkies on the rise August
2019/09/03 11:39:20 AM
 
The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA) said that declining trend in new vehicle sales continued into July 2019 with lower passenger car sales again being offset by growth in all commercial vehicle segments.
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SA pricing: Porsche Macan Turbo returns with even more power
2019/09/02 9:33:07 AM
 
Porsche’s Macan Turbo is making a comeback in facelifted form, and it follows the modern trend of downsized capacity and upsized potency.
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All Toyotas sold in South Africa to come with in-car Wi-Fi
2019/08/30 12:27:42 PM
 
Toyota South Africa has announced that it will be rolling out in-car Wi-Fi and other connectivity features on all new Toyota and Lexus vehicles sold from the beginning of September 2019.
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Motorists to brace for fuel price hikes in September - AA
2019/08/29 11:54:29 AM
 
Weakness in the Rand is expected to drive fuel prices higher in September, this is according to the Automobile Association (AA), which was commenting on unaudited month-end fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund.
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Here`s where South Africans are buying cars
2019/08/28 9:47:59 AM
 
We take a look at the most popular provinces for car-buyers in South Africa. Gauteng leads the way with 73 622 sales during July 2019, followed by Kwa-Zulu-Natal (26 482) and the Western Cape (20 552).
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Refreshed Volvo XC90 brings a new dimension of safety
2019/08/27 10:19:01 AM
 
The Volvo CX90 is refreshed and is here in South Africa. It`s a visually striking SUV that brags world-leading safety features an efficient yet effective powertrain with a superlative ride and a plush interior.
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The second-hand cars South Africans are buying right now and how much they are paying
2019/08/26 11:23:02 AM
 
Motoring marketplace Autotrader has published its car industry report for 2019, outlining the cars that South Africans are buying right now and how much they pay.
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It’s official: the Citroën brand is returning to South Africa...
2019/08/23 12:00:10 PM
 
Peugeot-Citroën South Africa has confirmed Citroën will return to South Africa after exiting the country at the end of 2016.
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All-new Hyundai Tucson Sport is a Winner
2019/08/22 10:17:45 AM
 
It really is amazing what a few tweaks here and there can do for the looks and power of a vehicle. The recently launched Hyundai Tucson Sport is a typical example of this.
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Volkswagen`s Polo Vivo gets a special edition model
2019/08/21 9:49:01 AM
 
The Polo Vivo Sound Edition, which made its debut at the Vivonation Music Festival in April, retails at the beginning of September.
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The all-new BMW X7 is bigger, better and bolder
2019/08/20 9:26:38 AM
 
It`s the flagship of the BMW stable and it just had to be big, very big. The all-new BMW X7 flexes its muscle in more ways than one. Everything about this SAV is large.
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