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#TriedAndTested: New nippy Figo has added features and benefits
#TriedAndTested: New nippy Figo has added features and benefits

The updated Ford Figo has a substantially more modern and attractive outer appearance. The interior and driving experience follows suit...

By Angie White 13 Jul 2018

Mini Cooper S three-door
#TriedAndTested: New Mini Cooper and Mini Cooper S

The Mini Cooper has always been one of my secret favourites. Secret because, well, I didn't want to hurt my little trusty steed's feelings. But now that I've driven two of the new facelifted Mini Coopers, I am in a pickle... I want one!

By Ilse van den Berg 9 Jul 2018

Online selling is a growing market for car dealers
Online selling is a growing market for car dealers

Just as online shopping is the future for other industries, online platforms and new revenue models offer car dealers the opportunity to increase sales and manage stock more efficiently...

By Marius du Toit 21 Jun 2018

And the Kuga reputation once more goes up in flames...
And the Kuga reputation once more goes up in flames...

NEWSWATCH: The N3 south, near the London Road off-ramp near Sandton, saw some fireworks yesterday as another Ford Kuga burst into flames...

By Ilse van den Berg 19 Jun 2018

#RoadTest: Renault's self-shifting Kwid 1.0 Dynamique AMT
#RoadTest: Renault's self-shifting Kwid 1.0 Dynamique AMT

The French are an ingenious bunch. Responsible for modern marvels such as the Eiffel Tower and gastronomic delights like Coq au Vin, they've certainly made their mark in the automotive world as well...

By Ané Theron 7 Jun 2018

#TriedAndTested: Renault Clio R.S. 18 F1
#TriedAndTested: Renault Clio R.S. 18 F1

We recently had the opportunity to test Renault's new collector's edition, the Clio R.S. 18 F1, at Zwartkops Raceway in Gauteng...

By Ilse van den Berg 4 Jun 2018

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A long golden run for used vehicle sales is slowing down

The second-hand market has been a "buy-at-any-price" space for quite some time due to macro-economic pressures on consumers, over-priced new cars and online trading sites developing an increasingly accessible marketplace for used vehicles...

By Jeff Osborne 1 Jun 2018

#AfricaMonth: How Africa's auto industry is faring on the digitisation front
#AfricaMonth: How Africa's auto industry is faring on the digitisation front

Digital transformation is affecting and reshaping the entire automotive business model - from design and production to distribution and retail. We find out more from Lee Naik, CEO of TransUnion...

By Ilse van den Berg 1 Jun 2018

Could this be the end of Chrysler?
Could this be the end of Chrysler?

NEWSWATCH: Rumours have been circulating this week that Sergio Machionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), could announce the closure of one of America's oldest remaining automakers...

By Ilse van den Berg 1 Jun 2018

Importing that dream car is easier said than done - but possible
Importing that dream car is easier said than done - but possible

One can import just about anything to South Africa, including cars, but that doesn't mean it's going to be easy...

By Jeff Osborne 9 May 2018

Michael Zahariev
#AfricaMonth: Tech in the African automotive market

The African continent is the last frontier for the global car sales industry. According to the 2015 International Organisation of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers' report Vehicles in Use, an estimated 44.8 million cars were in use across the continent that year...

By Michael Zahariev 8 May 2018

Musk cuts off questions about Tesla's first quarter losses
Musk cuts off questions about Tesla's first quarter losses

NEWSWATCH: On Wednesday's quarterly conference call with analysts, Elon Musk didn't seem too keen to talk about Tesla burning through about $1bn during the first quarter as the Model 3 sedan production struggles continue...

By Ilse van den Berg 3 May 2018

#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 19 Apr 2018

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

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

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

Geely buys $9bn stake in Daimler, now biggest investor
Geely buys $9bn stake in Daimler, now biggest investor

Chinese manufacturer, Geely, is buying a $9.2bn stake in German automaker, Daimler - which will effectively make it Daimler's biggest shareholder...

By Ilse van den Berg 28 Feb 2018

Will Imperial Holdings unbundle logistics, automotive arms?
Will Imperial Holdings unbundle logistics, automotive arms?

NEWSWATCH: Imperial Holdings' plans to unbundle Motus, its automotive arm, and Imperial Logistics - which entails transport, warehousing, and distribution management - is still unconfirmed...

By Ilse van den Berg 21 Feb 2018

Liz Segal
Women in the motoring industry

Manufacturers across the world are embarking on radical transformation in all areas of their business and automotive companies looking to develop a competitive advantage would do well to embrace diversity, taking advantage of the opportunity to foster disruption and innovation...

By Liz Segal 2 Feb 2018

Photo by Alessio Lin on Unsplash
#BizTrends2018: Less torque talk, more tech talk

According to McKinsey, technology-driven trends will revolutionise how industry players respond to changing consumer behaviour, develop partnerships, and drive transformational change...

By Ilse van den Berg 30 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: A wave of change
#BizTrends2018: A wave of change

I foresee three major trends for the automotive industry that will challenge the status quo and bring about noticeable change.

By Pieter Niemand 10 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: New products will drive growth in the automotive sector
#BizTrends2018: New products will drive growth in the automotive sector

It remains highly unlikely that the broader automotive market will attract meaningful new investment until economic growth and an unstable rand are adequately addressed...

By Trevor Hill 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: The year of the millennial car buyer
#BizTrends2018: The year of the millennial car buyer

When it comes to buying cars in South Africa, 2018 may be the year of accelerated digital transformation for the auto sector...

By Kriben Reddy 8 Jan 2018

Mike Whitfield, managing director of Nissan South Africa
#BizTrends2018: Automotive industry to move towards consolidation

The automotive industry is set to have little change going into 2018. Manufacturers and import brands alike can anticipate an interesting year driven by an economy that is expected to remain stagnant...

By Mike Whitfield 8 Jan 2018

Smooth sailing over tough terrain in the new Nissan Patrol
Smooth sailing over tough terrain in the new Nissan Patrol

With 66 years of the Patrol brand history, it is understandable that the Patrol has an almost cult-like following. Believe me, I've met a couple of them...

By Ilse van den Berg 14 Dec 2017

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NEWSWATCH: Ferrari ups production, Audi to keep Ducati

Ferrari has announced that it may raise its production output to 9,000 cars in 2018 and Audi has announced that it plans to keep Italian motorcycle brand, Ducati...

By Ilse van den Berg 13 Dec 2017

This is why Transport Month matters
This is why Transport Month matters

Since 2005, South Africa has been celebrating October as Transport Month and 12 years later, we may have forgotten just how vital the transportation sector is to our economy and our growing nation...

By Mike Whitfield 30 Oct 2017

Audi Q5 is the new pace-setter
Audi Q5 is the new pace-setter

The second generation of Audi's Q5 has been given a generous helping of refinement and sporty looks which will further strengthen this popular people-hauler's grip on a highly competitive segment...

By Henrie Geyser 30 Oct 2017

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New Code of Ethics for auto industry a "stop-gap solution"

Last month, the Department of Economic Development published a draft code of conduct for competition in the local automotive industry in order to address "anti-competitive behaviour" and promote "transformation to foster inclusive growth"...

By Jeff Osborne 27 Oct 2017

Five quality Korean cars
Five quality Korean cars

As life in SA becomes more and more expensive, these five quality Korean cars are worthy of your attention, if you're thinking of foregoing the expensive German luxury brands...

By Ané Theron 18 Oct 2017

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