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Big changes for driver licences in South Africa – including simulators and online renewals
1/19/2022 8:59:56 AM
Transport minister Fikile Mbalula says this department will officially launch online services at Driving Licence Testing Centres (DLTCs) in February 2022 as part of a massive revamp of the country’s licensing system.
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Driver’s licence chaos will cost motorists in 2022
1/4/2022 11:53:01 AM
Hundreds of thousands of South African motorists will be stuck with expired driving licence cards in the early months of 2022 because the twenty-year-old machine that prints them all has been out of order since November.
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How to renew your car licence faster in South Africa
12/7/2021 12:05:04 PM
The South African Post Office (SAPO) says motorists can significantly reduce transaction times to renew motor vehicle licences at post offices by registering on the national traffic information system website (NATIS).
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Are green cars still in the red? A look at the market share of fuel types in SA
11/18/2021 10:54:14 AM
The share of hybrid and electric vehicles in the South African passenger vehicle market is growing at a rather slow pace.
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2/27/2021 12:21:33 PM
The sale is enticing, it comes with a generous commission and would elevate ‘Frank the salesman’ to the top of the monthly leader board for new car sales. But something does not feel right about this deal.
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Here’s what to do if you get into a car accident in South Africa
3/24/2020 9:47:22 AM
It doesn’t matter how old, experienced or how careful you think you are; car accidents can happen to anyone and you should be prepared for the subsequent insurance claims and paperwork.
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April fuel price cut to be even bigger than expected
3/23/2020 9:15:58 AM
If there is one silver lining in the current Covid-19 crisis, it’s that international oil prices have plummeted, and despite the rand’s losses, this is set to result in massive savings at the pumps from April. Of course, those who are able to will already be saving money through self-isolation.
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Driven: Land Rover`s new Discovery Sport is posh and capable
3/20/2020 10:50:33 AM
Sometimes you have to wonder what manufacturers think when they sit with the bean counters on one side of the table and the ponytail millennial pleasers on the other side.
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Kia`s Sportage gets an infotainment upgrade
3/19/2020 9:49:23 AM
Touchscreen infotainment is now a standard feature in the Kia Sportage range with the latest upgrade to the midsize SUV model, but there’s no need for any FOMO if you bought the pre-update model as the unit can be easily retrofitted, says Kia.
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Toyota Corolla Hatch gets new features for 2020
3/18/2020 2:23:32 PM
Toyota’s latest Corolla Hatch has only been on the market for a year but it’s already getting a specification upgrade, with the TSA adding new features and two-tone colour options to the mix.
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South Africa`s cheapest new car: Suzuki S-Presso is here
3/17/2020 10:28:28 AM
Suzuki is aiming to shake up South Africa’s entry-level car market with its new S-Presso, which will have the honour of being the country’s cheapest car.
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April fuel price likely to drop by more than R1, even with tax hike
3/16/2020 9:16:40 AM
Although it’s too early to predict next month’s fuel prices with a great degree of accuracy, a significant reduction is looking certain for April, and it’s likely to be more than a rand per litre, even with the looming fuel tax increases coming into play.
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Strict new driving laws for South African motorists gets the green light
3/13/2020 10:14:35 AM
Cabinet has approved the submission of the National Road Traffic Amendment Bill of 2019 to Parliament, with the proposed legislation set to introduce a number of changes for South African motorists.
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`Extended warranties have become a necessity` - AA warns motorists of escalating maintenance costs
3/12/2020 9:10:19 AM
One can often be caught off-guard when having to replace a part on your vehicle - whether it be major or minor. And worse, it’s not always considered that the cost for a part excludes the labour costs.
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Toyota launches upmarket Corolla in South Africa – pricing
3/11/2020 10:06:57 AM
Toyota has launched a more upmarket 12-generation Corolla model in South Africa, offering a range of new specifications and features.
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Here are 6 driving habits that could be damaging your car
3/10/2020 9:13:32 AM
Your driving style could have huge benefits, or disadvantages to your vehicle, and you might not even be aware of it.
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New ‘rule changes’ South African drivers should know about
3/9/2020 1:40:56 PM
The Competition Commission has published Draft Guidelines for the Automotive Aftermarket Industry.
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Here’s how dodgy tow trucks are targeting South African drivers
3/9/2020 11:07:26 AM
The office of the Consumer Goods and Services Ombudsman (CGSO) says it has received an influx of complaints about towing companies targeting South African drivers.
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Cinquecento electrified: Fiat reveals all-new 500
3/6/2020 10:47:12 AM
First reincarnated in 2007 as a modern but retro hatchback paying hommage to the 1957 original, the Fiat 500 has been reinvented once again, this time as an electric car with ‘Level 2’ semi-autonomous driving capability.
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Volkswagen`s ID.4 electric SUV is coming to South Africa
3/4/2020 12:25:18 PM
Volkswagen is expanding its ‘ID’ electric vehicle family with this new compact crossover called the ID.4 and it’s coming to South Africa in 2022.
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New Car Sales in SA: February 2020
3/3/2020 9:32:36 AM
While the declining car sales slump is set to continue, February 2020 sales numbers reflected a sliver of positivity against the backdrop of a struggling economy.
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Mitsubishi`s new Outlander now standard with plenty of tech and a substantially revised package
3/2/2020 9:47:46 AM
Mitsubishi South Africa have launched their third new model for 2020.
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March fuel price relief - here`s what to expect
2/28/2020 11:50:50 AM
There was more bad news for motorists in the Budget Speech earlier this week when Finance Minister Tito Mboweni announced a 25 cent hike in fuel taxes that will come into effect at the beginning of April, but the good news is that there is a temporary reprieve for March.
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Eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf GTI, GTD and GTE revealed
2/27/2020 10:05:45 AM
This is it, folks. The eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf GTI has been fully revealed, along with its two cousins, the GTD and the plug-in-hybrid GTE.
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New Toyota Corolla Quest - the model range in detail
2/26/2020 2:49:27 PM
Toyota introduced its new Corolla Quest to local media at the end of January ahead of it hitting South African showrooms in March, but until now only the range-topping Exclusive model has been on display.
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Click-click! Download the K53 learner`s handbook in SA, free of charge
2/25/2020 9:35:57 AM
AutoTrader, South Africa’s largest and most trusted motoring marketplace, has invested in making the K53 learner’s book available free of charge to all South Africans via Help Guides.
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Toyota C-HR Facelift (2020) Specs & Price
2/24/2020 9:53:39 AM
The updated Toyota C-HR arrives in South Africa this week. Take a look at what`s changed and how much the latest C-HR costs...
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A look at the new Peugeot Landtrek bakkie
2/21/2020 12:01:02 PM
Car maker Peugeot has announced plans to enter the one-ton pick-up segment with the introduction of its new Landtrek bakkie.
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New Kia Sorento breaks cover ahead of 2020 Geneva Motor Show
2/19/2020 10:51:27 AM
The first images of Kia’s new Sorento was revealed by the automaker ahead of the vehicle’s first public appearance.
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More hijackers are using this scam to steal cars in South Africa
2/18/2020 11:06:45 AM
The Insurance Crime Bureau (ICB) has issued a vehicle recall scam alert following a significant increase in the number of cases, says insurance company Dialdirect.
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Fuel relief! Here`s how much you`ll be saving at the pumps next month
2/17/2020 1:40:38 PM
Steady declines in international oil prices have got the upper hand over a weakening Rand, setting the stage for fuel price reductions at month end.
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Renault`s budget seven-seater: Triber hits SA starting at R164 900
2/14/2020 12:22:47 PM
Renault South Africa is hoping to take the mini-people-mover market by storm with the new Triber, which brings seven-seat motoring to the masses with its starting price of just R164 900.
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The best bakkie in South Africa – based on Average Joe’s needs
2/13/2020 10:12:55 AM
The VW Amarok 3.0TDI V6 4Motion Canyon has been voted bakkie of the year, by Leisure Wheels magazine.
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Aston Martin Vantage Roadster officially revealed
2/12/2020 11:56:56 AM
Aston Martin has finally taken the wraps off the Roadster variant of its Vantage sportscar. Not only is this AMG-powered newcomer capable of dashing from 0 to 100 kph in 3.7 seconds – its automatic soft-top is said to be able to retract fully in a “record-setting” 6.7 seconds!
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New toll prices for South Africa – including e-tolls
2/11/2020 2:03:54 PM
Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula, has gazetted the new toll tariffs for 2020. The gazette outlines the fees for toll roads across the country which are set to come into effect on 1 March 2020.
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Hyundai i30N Finally in SA
2/10/2020 10:01:48 AM
Hot-hatch enthusiasts are in for a treat as Hyundai prepares to launch it’s highly anticipated i30N in South Africa!
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These are the best cars in South Africa across 13 major categories
2/7/2020 2:24:20 PM
Online motoring portal has announced the winners of its 2019/20 consumer awards, in conjunction with WesBank – including winners in 13 major categories.
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More reasons to get in. Meet the 2020 KIA Picanto
2/6/2020 11:54:38 AM
KIA Motors South Africa has revised its local Picanto line-up to include more features, and even more value for money, in its evergreen city car. A perennial favourite among the young and young at heart since the first-generation model debuted in 2003, the current, third-generation model made its South African debut in July 2017. Along with the KIA Sportage, Picanto remains one of KIA’s most popular models globally and in South Africa.
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Suzuki`s Ignis gets a midlife nip and tuck
2/5/2020 3:11:02 PM
Suzuki has revealed the facelifted version of its plucky little Ignis crossover hatch.
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New Car Sales Summary: January 2020
2/4/2020 11:28:06 AM
It’s been a slow start to the year as new car sales numbers for January 2020 reflect weakening decline. See the sales summary below for the details…
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New Toyota Corolla Quest – South African pricing
2/3/2020 11:41:23 AM
Toyota has launched its revamped Corolla Quest in South Africa, boasting a facelift as well as a number of improvements in the cabin and under the hood.
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Datsun Go 1.2 Lux CVT (2020) Review
1/28/2020 10:02:32 AM
In an effort to make its popular budget-car offering better suited for commuting in congested traffic, Datsun has equipped its Go hatchback (as well as the Go+ MPV) with a continuously variable (automatic) transmission. We spent a week with the 1.2 Lux CVT to find out if it`s worthy of your attention. Might it be better to "stick" with the manual? Let`s find out...
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5 Cheapest New Cars in South Africa (2020)
1/27/2020 10:44:10 AM
Are you shopping for a new car on a tight budget of less than R160k? These are the 5 cheapest new cars currently available in South Africa…
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Lexus launches less expensive ES300h model
1/24/2020 12:11:17 PM
Lexus is hoping to get more luxury sedan buyers into hybrids with the launch of the ES300h EX model, which slots neatly between the current ES250 EX and ES300h SE.
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White, red or black? These were SA`s most popular colours for your car in 2019
1/23/2020 11:07:33 AM
Henry Ford famously said that “any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants, so long as it is black”.
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All you need to know about Haval’s all-new H2
1/22/2020 8:48:21 AM
Since coming to market in May 2017, Haval South Africa has been a fresh, new offering in the mid-size SUV market. Leading the charge back then was the H2.
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`Baby` Kia Seltos on cards for SA?
1/21/2020 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
1/20/2020 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
1/17/2020 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
1/16/2020 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
1/15/2020 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
12/24/2019 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
12/23/2019 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
12/20/2019 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
12/19/2019 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
12/17/2019 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
12/13/2019 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
12/12/2019 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
12/11/2019 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
12/10/2019 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
12/9/2019 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
12/6/2019 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
12/5/2019 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
12/5/2019 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
12/4/2019 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
12/3/2019 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
12/2/2019 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
11/29/2019 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
11/28/2019 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
11/27/2019 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
11/26/2019 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)
11/25/2019 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
11/22/2019 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
11/21/2019 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
11/20/2019 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
11/19/2019 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
11/18/2019 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
11/15/2019 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
11/14/2019 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
11/12/2019 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
11/11/2019 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?
11/8/2019 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.<