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#BizTrends2017: Local franchise trends for 2017
#BizTrends2017: Local franchise trends for 2017

South Africa's economy is under significant pressure and does not promise a great deal of progress for business or consumers – with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicting only 0.8% growth in 2017. Franchising, however, is one sector that has consistently shown its resilience by performing well and this trend is expected to continue in 2017...

By Dumisani Bengu 11 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Five steps to improve your lead conversion
#BizTrends2017: Five steps to improve your lead conversion

The inability for the automotive industry to embrace change is staggering. It's almost as if the only positive movement comes in the face of insurmountable evidence...

By David Sieff 11 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Key challenges for OEMs to tackle in 2017
#BizTrends2017: Key challenges for OEMs to tackle in 2017

I'm sure that everyone would agree that 2016 was a tough year as a result of our slow economic growth. Although we saw a definite decline in vehicle sales...

By Ricardo Coetzee 11 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Carmakers primed to tackle new year challenges
#BizTrends2017: Carmakers primed to tackle new year challenges

Despite another difficult year for the automotive industry, car manufacturers are on top of the challenges and ready for 2017's expected trends...

By Mike Whitfield 10 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: The auto industry will face its biggest disruption yet
#BizTrends2017: The auto industry will face its biggest disruption yet

The auto industry has always faced massive disruption. The heart of the industry has always been engineering, and advances have shifted the balance...

By Jeff Osborne 10 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Tech trends transforming the automotive sector
#BizTrends2017: Tech trends transforming the automotive sector

2017 is the Chinese year of the Rooster. The Rooster (literally) signals the start of a new day, and for many it would be great to get rid of the 'Monkey' on the back...

By Michael Frans 9 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Practical, efficient and affordable cars are here to stay
#BizTrends2017: Practical, efficient and affordable cars are here to stay

In many ways 2016 was a watershed year for the global automotive industry and technology. Discussion swirled around mega-trends involving digital showrooms...

By Des Fenner 9 Jan 2017

Tucson is top of its class
Tucson is top of its class

Tucson built its popularity on practicality, reliability, competitive pricing, chunky good looks and the backing of a class-leading service plan - all of which have been retained in the all-new model...

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 3 Jan 2017

Uber-Wesbank deal a boon to transport entrepreneurs
Uber-Wesbank deal a boon to transport entrepreneurs

It's been just over one year since Uber partnered with Wesbank in a R200m car rental deal, with the aim to fuel growth in the passenger transport industry...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 15 Dec 2016

The new smart car and Zando #UnfollowTheNorm campaign creates intrigue
The new smart car and Zando #UnfollowTheNorm campaign creates intrigue

In a first for South Africa, the new smart forfour is being introduced directly onto the pages of Africa's largest online retailer, Zando...

By Angie White 12 Dec 2016

Keeping the automotive show on the road amid declining new vehicle sales
Keeping the automotive show on the road amid declining new vehicle sales

Those of us in the auto industry haven't been surprised by the drop in new vehicle sales. We knew that 2016 would follow the downward trend of 2015...

By Mike Whitfield 12 Dec 2016

Baby Opel with the X factor
Baby Opel with the X factor

Opel is stepping up its onslaught on the local compact SUV market with the pre-Christmas unwrapping of the latest version of its popular Mokka...

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 8 Dec 2016

However you word it, Uber is a taxi company... UK ruling says
However you word it, Uber is a taxi company... UK ruling says

New technology has been disrupting traditional models of doing business for many years and legislation has struggled to keep up...

By Sharon Snell 8 Dec 2016

Pajero Legend 11 is formidable
Pajero Legend 11 is formidable

Whenever Mitsubishi South Africa produces a Limited Edition vehicle it is guaranteed to become a sell-out, as proved yet again by the Pajero Legend 11...

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 25 Nov 2016

Budget Kwid priced to please
Budget Kwid priced to please

Like an astute fly-half, Renault spotted a gap in the entry-level car market and took the opening with its new teeny, funky-looking SUV-styled Kwid...

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 17 Nov 2016

#EntrepreneurMonth: Michael Zahariev and his successful foray into the car industry
#EntrepreneurMonth: Michael Zahariev and his successful foray into the car industry

As a means to tackle inefficiencies in the second-hand vehicle industry, Michael Zahariev founded HiCarByeCar...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 16 Nov 2016

H-1 is a talented multi-tasker
H-1 is a talented multi-tasker

Hyundai's versatile H-1 people-carrier is a master of multi-tasking and talented enough to effortlessly cope with the demands...

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 2 Nov 2016

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VW no. 1 in customer service

VW took the number one spot in the Ask Afrika Orange Index 2016/17 Top 10, at a chic cocktail function at the Wanderers Club in Gauteng. The Index measures and recognises customer service benchmarking and social profiling...

By Danette Breitenbach 2 Nov 2016

The auto industry's state of flux - autonomous, electric, connected
The auto industry's state of flux - autonomous, electric, connected

"It appears that 'tomorrow' is coming sooner than many think." This is how influencer Carlos Ghosn describes the dramatic change...

By Mike Whitfield 2 Nov 2016

Nissan workhorse scores a cool-as-ICE update
Nissan workhorse scores a cool-as-ICE update

Nissan SA revealed a special edition of its well-loved NP200 half-ton bakkie last week. Locally produced at the Rosslyn plant...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 1 Nov 2016

Magnificent Mazda MX-5 RF headed for Mzanzi
Magnificent Mazda MX-5 RF headed for Mzanzi

The Mazda MX-5, also known as the Miata overseas, is Mazda's greatest success story, and the best-selling roadster of all time...

By Ané Theron 31 Oct 2016

Sportage fleet sets new world record
Sportage fleet sets new world record

To celebrate the launch of the new Kia Sportage, a fleet of them traversed the roads of six South African provinces with an aim to set an official record...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 25 Oct 2016

Five value-for-money SUVs
Five value-for-money SUVs

Manufacturers are pulling out all the stops to ensure that people keep on buying cars, because the customer wants a car that can do it all...

By Ané Theron 25 Oct 2016

Hyundai Tucson, the WOW car of the year
Hyundai Tucson, the WOW car of the year

Women deem things such as value-for-money, efficiency, safety, reliability, and practicality a lot more important than the brand name...

By Ané Theron 22 Aug 2016

Limited edition funky Captur
Limited edition funky Captur

Renault has extended its popular Captur range with the addition of a funky Sunset Limited Edition turbo diesel model of which only 100 will be sold in South Africa...

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 22 Aug 2016

A-segment to retain competitive edge in local motor industry
A-segment to retain competitive edge in local motor industry

The automotive industry in South Africa has always been used as a barometer of economic progress and decline. It is therefore no surprise...

By Des Fenner 17 Aug 2016

Nissan introduces world's first solid-oxide fuel cell vehicle
Nissan introduces world's first solid-oxide fuel cell vehicle

Nissan Motor Co. has revealed a new EV prototype that may hold the key to sustainable, cost-effective and clean driving...

By Ané Theron 15 Aug 2016

Car prices rise as rand plummets
Car prices rise as rand plummets

As our currency further loses value, car prices are on the rise and South African car buyers are feeling the financial pinch...

By Ané Theron 1 Aug 2016

Maserati expands SA footprint with new Cape Town showroom
Maserati expands SA footprint with new Cape Town showroom

It was only in September 2015 that celebrations took place for the official return of Maserati to South Africa, with the soft-opening...

By Ané Theron 1 Jul 2016

Fortuner is a capable good-looker
Fortuner is a capable good-looker

The much improved new Toyota Fortuner is destined to strengthen its position as South Africa's favourite family SUV with predicted sales of more than 1,000 a month...

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 24 Jun 2016

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