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#TriedAndTested: Volvo XC40 T5 Geartronic Momentum
#TriedAndTested: Volvo XC40 T5 Geartronic Momentum

Earlier this week, I headed up to Johannesburg for the local launch of Volvo's first premium compact SUV, the XC40 which was also recently named the 2018 European Car of the Year...

By Ilse van den Berg 1 day ago

Kia Stinger to debut in SA in August
Kia Stinger to debut in SA in August

Kia Motors South Africa has announced that a limited number of the Stinger is set to arrive on South African shores in August 2018...

2 days ago

Data shows Ford Mustang as best-selling sports coupe
Data shows Ford Mustang as best-selling sports coupe

The Ford Mustang is the world's best-selling sports coupe for a third consecutive year, according to IHS Markit light vehicle registration data...

1 day ago

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VW to set up software development centre in Lisbon

Volkswagen Group is creating a software development centre for Volkswagen Group IT and Mand Truck and Bus AG in Lisbon, Portugal...

2 days ago

A South African roadmap to premium electric mobility
A South African roadmap to premium electric mobility

South Africa can do more to create market access and deliver on an operating environment which makes for good business...

By Trevor Hill 16 Apr 2018

AutoTrader surges ahead after migrating print
AutoTrader surges ahead after migrating print

In April of 2017 AutoTrader took a leap forward, saying #ByeByePrint to the AutoTrader classifieds magazine that had been the staple of the South African auto industry for 25 years...

Issued by AutoTrader 13 Apr 2018

#RideRoundup: New VW Tiguan Allspace, new Audi A6 Avant
#RideRoundup: New VW Tiguan Allspace, new Audi A6 Avant

In this week's #RideRoundup, we take a look at the new VW Tiguan Allspace as well as the new Audi A6 Avant...

13 Apr 2018

Ford's New Focus ST, Active, Titanium and Vignale represent the first fruits of a new design philosophy (Credit: Ford)
Ford throws the kitchen sink at new Focus, claiming it's "the best car in our 114-year history"

Ford isn't mincing words at the launch of its all-new Focus lineup, claiming it's "quite simply, the best car in our 114-year history."

By Loz Blain 12 Apr 2018

Rajesh Gupta
Rajesh Gupta new CEO of Mahindra South Africa

Rajesh Gupta has been appointed as the new chief executive officer (CEO) of Mahindra South Africa...

11 Apr 2018

After nearly a decade, why are electric cars still an anomaly?
After nearly a decade, why are electric cars still an anomaly?

Tesla unveiled the world's first mass-produced electric car nine years ago - why aren't more people driving them?

By Jeff Osborne 6 Apr 2018

New vehicle industry sees upward swing
New vehicle industry sees upward swing

The new vehicle industry made an upward swing, with a total of 49,233 new vehicles sold reflecting a growth of 1.1% year-on-year...

4 Apr 2018

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Higher VAT challenges car buyers

Cyril Zhungu, head: dealer automotive retail at Standard Bank Vehicle and Asset Finance (VAF) says while the increased VAT rate will have an impact on pricing, it will vary depending on purchase value...

4 Apr 2018

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All the World Car of the Year winners!

The Volvo XC60 has been crowned the 2018 World Car of the Year at the New York International Auto Show...

4 Apr 2018

Daimler, BMW to merge car-sharing services
Daimler, BMW to merge car-sharing services

FRANKFURT, Germany - German carmakers Daimler and BMW said on Wednesday they would merge their car-sharing services Car2Go and DriveNow, creating a European giant with around four million users to take on challengers like Uber...

30 Mar 2018

Waymo and Jaguar team up on self-driving luxury ride
Waymo and Jaguar team up on self-driving luxury ride

SAN FRANCISCO, US - Waymo and Jaguar Land Rover have joined forces on a posh, self-driving electric car tailored for a ride-hailing service run by the Google-owned firm...

28 Mar 2018

Toyota is building a miniature replica of parts of the Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit in Japan (Credit: )
Toyota building mini Nurburgring in Japan

Briefly the world's largest car company during Volkswagen's dieselgate emissions scandal revelations, Toyota is working harder than ever to reclaim the top spot it covets so greatly, and the latest news from Japan indicates that it is investing heavily to do so...

By Mike Hanlon 27 Mar 2018

BMW warns on cutting incentives
BMW warns on cutting incentives

BMW investment in its subsidiary in SA has peaked and the German car maker is unlikely to increase manufacturing capacity beyond current levels, global production head Oliver Zipse said...

26 Mar 2018

Porsche workers snap up bonuses of nearly €10,000
Porsche workers snap up bonuses of nearly €10,000

FRANKFURT, Germany - German luxury carmaker Porsche on Wednesday said it would pay workers a special bonus of up to €9,656 ($11,800) each to celebrate a record year...

23 Mar 2018

BMW X2 arrives in Mzansi
BMW X2 arrives in Mzansi

The latest member of the X series, the BMW X2 sports activity coupe, was launched last week in Mzansi...

22 Mar 2018

Kia wins bid to provide UN with vehicles
Kia wins bid to provide UN with vehicles

Kia Motors has succeeded against competition from various leading global automakers to provide vehicles to the UN and UN Entities...

22 Mar 2018

#GIMS2018: What you need to know about the Audi e-tron prototype
#GIMS2018: What you need to know about the Audi e-tron prototype

Prior to the world premiere, the Audi e-tron prototypes were recently on display at the Geneva International Motor Show. The e-tron prototype offers a preview of the first all-electric model from the Audi brand...

19 Mar 2018

Record results for AutoTrader, SA's leading online vehicle marketplace
Record results for AutoTrader, SA's leading online vehicle marketplace

Latest web traffic statistics from Effective Measure reveals that AutoTrader has retained its position as South Africa's favourite online marketplace for new and used vehicles...

Issued by AutoTrader 16 Mar 2018

Porsche Panamera scoops 2018 WesBank SA Car Of The Year title
Porsche Panamera scoops 2018 WesBank SA Car Of The Year title

At the 2018 WesBank South African Car of the Year event, the Porsche Panamera took the top honours. Porsche is the only manufacturer to win the title for three consecutive years, and has won the competition four times...

14 Mar 2018

Now on! Don't miss South Africa's only virtual drag race
Now on! Don't miss South Africa's only virtual drag race

To take part in the annual AutoTrader virtual drag race, simply tweet your favourite semi-finalists in the South African Car Of The Year brought to you by WesBank competition...

Issued by AutoTrader 12 Mar 2018

When not tapping into the turbocharged 3.0-liter V6, the Bentayga Hybrid offers 31-mi (50-km) electric-only range (Credit: C.C. Weiss/New Atlas)
#GIMS2018: Bentley's Bentayga V6 hybrid is its greenest vehicle yet

Bentley continues to build out the powertrain options for its Bentayga SUV, introducing a hybrid version at this week's Geneva International Motor Show. The Bentayga Hybrid signals Bentley's shift toward full electrification...

By Nick Lavars 9 Mar 2018

Capable, fun, practical and surprising. The 2018 Yamaha TMAX scooter now gets its own Sports Edition.(Credit: Yamaha)
Yamaha announces SX Sport Edition of its mega-seller TMAX maxi-scooter

Many years ago, I had the chance to interview Jeffry de Vries, an ex-World Superbike racer who, at the time, was the chief motorcycle tester for Yamaha Europe...

By Loz Blain 9 Mar 2018

#GIMS2018: World Car of the Year finalists announced
#GIMS2018: World Car of the Year finalists announced

The finalists of the 2018 World Car of the Year Award was announced at the Geneva International Motor Show...

8 Mar 2018

Mazda's Vision Coupe
#GIMS2018: Concept Car of the Year goes to Mazda

This year's Geneva International Motor Show saw Mazda's Vision Coupe win the Concept Car of the Year title at the Car Design Night Geneva...

By Ilse van den Berg 8 Mar 2018

'Moving Rwanda' digital mobility concept kicks off
'Moving Rwanda' digital mobility concept kicks off

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) kicked off the 'Moving Rwanda' digital mobility concept in Kigali together with key players from the private sector...

7 Mar 2018

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