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Independents are fuelling Africa

Independent petrol retailers are making impressive gains across Africa, presenting a challenge to franchise operators for oil giants that have monopolised the continent's markets for decades.

By John Harvey 14 Jul 2014 09:24

Checking your cell... for a car

South Africans are following global trends when it comes to buying cars online, including younger motorists increasingly using their cellphones to browse for the most suitable vehicle.

By John Harvey 3 Jul 2014 09:02

Jaguar claws its way to the top
Jaguar claws its way to the top

Temperatures may be plummeting all over the country, but Jaguar F-Type sales are red-hot, having roared and clawed its way to the top of South Africa's prestigious open-top sports car market.

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 12 Jun 2014 08:24

New vehicle sales face steep uphill
New vehicle sales face steep uphill

New vehicle sales in South Africa are slowly grinding up an increasingly steep hill as sales continue to drop.

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 3 Jun 2014 07:21

Tweaks add to Sportage appeal
Tweaks add to Sportage appeal

Kia has updated its popular Sportage range and smartened it up with bits of fancy make-up, exterior and inside enhancements, engine refinements, transmission changes and cabin comforts that are likely to push up sales, which already stand at more than 9,000 units since it was introduced to the local market three years ago.

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 3 Apr 2014 08:50

Magical world of bucket list destinations

After more than 10 years of criss-crossing Southern Africa as the Bush Editor of SA4x4 magazine Patrick Cruywagen has produced a fascinating collection of 150 'must-do-at-least-once-in-your-lifetime' destinations and activities that throws down the gauntlet to everybody with a love for travel and new experiences.

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 2 Apr 2014 09:01

Porsche scoops SA Car of the Year title
Porsche scoops SA Car of the Year title

For the second year in a row German sports car manufacturer Porsche has scooped the coveted South African Car of the Year title with the Cayman S.

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 24 Feb 2014 07:54

New vehicles sales slow off the mark
New vehicles sales slow off the mark

New vehicle sales got off in low gear at the start of 2014 with overall local sales in January of only 53,025 units, which is down more than 6% on the same month the previous year.

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 4 Feb 2014 11:39

Corolla scores one million for Toyota
Corolla scores one million for Toyota

Toyota South Africa Motors last week celebrated as the one millionth locally produced Corolla rolled of the production line at the company's Prospecton Plant in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 27 Nov 2013 08:26

Guidelines to avoid road accidents
Guidelines to avoid road accidents

The Festive season is almost upon us and while it a time to be happy and relax with friends and family, it is sadly also the one time of the year when many South African motorists are injured or killed in car accidents, many of which could have been avoided.

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 14 Nov 2013 13:21

Battle for SA Car of the Year title
Battle for SA Car of the Year title

The nine finalists for the coveted title of 2014 South African Car of the Year finalists include no real surprises with German brands once again dominating with four nominations.

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 21 Oct 2013 08:11

Motor show crammed with latest exotics
Motor show crammed with latest exotics

The Johannesburg International Motor Show kicks off this week and thousands of visitors are expected to stream through the exhibition halls of the Johannesburg Expo Centre between 18 and 27 October to view some of the latest and most exciting vehicles yet seen in this country.

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 14 Oct 2013 12:13

How internet marketing can be used to sell your automobile

It is important to use the best marketing plans and strategies to be able to sell your vehicle for top profit.

By Rachel Smith 4 Oct 2013 11:29

Strikes cripple vehicle exports
Strikes cripple vehicle exports

Ongoing strike action at seven major South African vehicle manufacturing plants as well as industrial action in the automotive component industry resulted in a decline of 75.1% in vehicle exports during September.

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 2 Oct 2013 06:08

Super small town info guide
Super small town info guide

Grab a copy of Things to do in a Dorp - a highly informative and entertaining guide to 150 favourite local small towns.

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 25 Sep 2013 06:28

Nissan GT-R is ladies' Dream Drive
Nissan GT-R is ladies' Dream Drive

The scorchingly fast Nissan GT-R super sportscar has won the 'Dream Drives' category in the 2013 Women's Car of the Year (WCOTY) awards.

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 28 Aug 2013 07:18

False driving licenses now social problem
False driving licenses now social problem

Driving licence corruption is no longer just a road safety issue, but a social problem according to the Automobile Association of South Africa (AA).

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 22 Aug 2013 06:11

New vehicle sales accelerate slightly
New vehicle sales accelerate slightly

New vehicle sales have grown steadily in South Africa for the past four years and in July 58,140 vehicles were sold to reflect a year on year growth of 7,5%, although exports dipped by 3,6%.

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 2 Aug 2013 11:22

Women of the world choose Fiesta
Women of the world choose Fiesta

The Women's World Car of the Year awards are designed primarily to reflect the preferences of women buyers through the ballot box of women motoring writers from around the world - and here's the winner for 2013...

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 11 Jul 2013 06:34

Step carefully when buying a car
Step carefully when buying a car

The Consumer Protection Act (CPA), which came into effect in April 2008, has far-reaching implications for vehicle buyers, particularly those interested in acquiring a used vehicle, yet there is still a lot of ignorance around with buyers being taken for a ride because they don't know their own rights.

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 22 May 2013 09:26

Big jump in new vehicle sales
Big jump in new vehicle sales

Local new vehicle sales showed a surprisingly high jump of 19,5% during April with 8,312 more units sold than during the same month last year. Exports also continued to register another strong performance reflecting an improvement of 29,7%.

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 6 May 2013 06:28

Boxster crowned SA Car of the Year
Boxster crowned SA Car of the Year

The Porsche Boxster has won the coveted title of South African Car of the Year by scoring 40 points more than it nearest contender, the Range Rover Evoque.

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 7 Mar 2013 12:52

New vehicle sales idling along
New vehicle sales idling along

Local new vehicle sales lost some momentum in February with a gain of only 1.6% over February last year but exports rocketed 22.4% higher than the previous year. While local sales were only up 832 vehicles to 53,220, exports increased by 5,057 to 27,611.

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 4 Mar 2013 10:27

Fortune cookie says new car for R99,990
Fortune cookie says new car for R99,990

A good few years ago Chinese carmaker Geely rattled the entry-level car market in this country by offering an entry level city car for only R9,999. Now they have done it again by adding a zero to that figure and by putting its small, rather well-specced sedan on dealer floors for just R99,990.

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 14 Feb 2013 05:38

Vehicle sales off to a good start
Vehicle sales off to a good start

New vehicle sales jumped 6,805 in January to record a 14.1% gain over the same month in 2012. Sales of 55,007 units represent increases across all segments of the vehicle market.

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 5 Feb 2013 06:41

New vehicle sales beat forecast in 2012
New vehicle sales beat forecast in 2012

New vehicle sales increased to 623,914 units last year which is a growth of 9.2% over 2012 and 2% more than expected by automobile industry body NAAMSA. The 2012 total does not include 7,794 units sold by Great Wall Motors.

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 10 Jan 2013 05:44

New double cab joins Land Cruiser range
New double cab joins Land Cruiser range

Toyota's Africa-conquering Land Cruiser 70 has undergone a number of cosmetic changes and mechanical improvements and for the first time it is now also available as a double cab.

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 8 Jan 2013 11:50

Audi leads the premium sales race
Audi leads the premium sales race

Audi sold 15,552 vehicles in South Africa this year and by the end of November it was leading the German premium brands in year to date growth after eight consecutive record months.

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 20 Dec 2012 07:10

Volkswagen's blue is the new green
Volkswagen's blue is the new green

Thanks to a technological magic wand that turns blue into green I recently drove a sexy four-door coupe at a less then leisurely pace from Gansbaai to Hout Bay using an average of just 5.8 litres/100km of costly juice for the journey.

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 4 Dec 2012 08:52

New vehicle sales still in top gear
New vehicle sales still in top gear

In spite of the impact of the transport sector's strikes and disruptions on local manufacturing plants local sales of new vehicles for October increased by 10.1% compared to the corresponding months in 2011. Sales were up by 5,519 units to 57,845 compared to the 52,326 units in October last year.

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 2 Nov 2012 12:04

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