[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] Suzuki has given its popular Swift the go-faster, go-cleaner and go-pull-some-looks treatment and have come up a natty little fun to drive version it calls the Swift Sport which is good enough to give the Fiat Abarth, Ford Fiesta, Citroen DS3 and the Renault Twingo a good dice for their money.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] The Mercedes-Benz M-Class, South Africa's top-selling snooty SUV, has been substantially upgraded so that it looks prettier, feels classier and is now even safer, considerably less thirsty and more fun to drive.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] Like many other carmakers Citroen has now also waltzed on to the rapidly growing SUV market enticed by the sweet tunes of the Jewish Harp and confident that its new three-model Aircross range is sexy enough to lure SUV-addicted South Africans away from the brands that dominate this lucrative market segment.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] Mazda's trail-blazing new CX-5 has arrived in South Africa just few months after its international debut and it's easy to understand why it has ignited such a world-wide frenzy of debate, praise and enthusiasm, most of it about its pace-setting new Skyactive technology.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] Lexus has always been a leading stalker of the dominant German three-brand gang but now that it has unwrapped its new GS range its status has moved from amber threat to red attack alert because for the very first time Lexus has the weapons to take on the enemy on all fronts - and to outclass and beat them.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] Volkswagen has prettied up and added more glitter to its already good-looking four-door coupé range and this time round the CC might just rattle the comfort zone cages of the Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 3 Series in key departments such as ride quality, comfort, performance and looks.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] BMW has taken its first major step into twin-engine technology in South Africa with the introduction of the ActiveHybrid 5 whose green credentials immediately elevate it to the top of its class, not only for its kindness to Mother Nature but also in terms of looks, impressive features, comfort, ride and safety.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] To true Alfisti just the thought of sticking an automatic transmission into the much-revered Giulietta would be as incomprehensible as adding coke to grappa or garam masala to polenta - but that's exactly what the white coats in Italy have done to its latest model, which has just landed on local shores.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] House husbands have become a common phenomena ever since international belt-tightening sparked off job losses and unemployment with more and more men forced to work from home and take on school run duties, household chores and don aprons while their wives stuffed their iPads and fancy phones into their Gucci bags and headed off to their executive jobs to earn the household's main income.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] In this day and age of impersonal "likes" and distant Facebook "friends", light beer, political correctness and over-enthusiastic environment prophets it is a real treat to come across something real for a change - a car that loves to rip off its Ralph Lauren Blue Label suit and to slip on a pair of tatty jeans and T-shirt to party big time.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] Citroën's new ooh la la flagship DS5 has just strutted onto the local market and its stylish and controversial looks have already set the tongues wagging with the same enthusiasm as any latest haute couture unveiling in Paris.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] Some of the best off-road jockeys in the country have saddled up Volkswagen Amarok 2.0 TDi steeds and battle has commenced for top honours in the Spirit of Africa 4x4 competition - one of the toughest competitions of its kind on the continent.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] Opel has just moved into the Number One slot in the small MPV class with its neat and extremely practical Meriva - in spite of little barbed arrows such as "perambulating toilet" and "mobile wardrobe" being fired at it, more in jest (and a tad of envy, methinks) than in serious slander.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] Potential buyers who fancy cars that look trendy and sporty might like to consider adding the latest Renault Megane1.4-litre GT-Line coupé to their test-drive bucket list because not only is it a real fun-to-drive, head-turning cutie but it's also remarkably well kitted out and has price-tag numbers of way below credit card meltdown.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] Korean car maker Kia is cleverly wriggling deeper into the hearts and wallets of the South African motoring public with model after model of stylish, family-friendly, light on the pocket and wall-to-wall high-tech vehicles.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] With over 56 000 units sold since its launch in March 2010, Volkswagen's Polo Vivo continues to be the dominant brand in the passenger car market - a success story that is further enhanced by the fact that it is the only locally produced entry-level volume car on the market.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] For a cloning exercise to be successful it has to create something which is at least as good, or better, than the original - and Kia has just shown that it can be done with remarkable success when they unwrapped the new Kia Optima in South Africa.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] It might not have the sleek and awesome beauty of an Audi R8 V10 or the stream-lined sexiness of a Ferrari or the historical racing pedigree of a Porsche 911 but the ballistic bullet looks of the Nissan GT-R and its blistering performance make it the Alpha dog amongst super sportscars.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] For the first time in its long history the iconic Mini has chopped off its roof, thrown away its back seats, acquired a fold-down cloth top and adopted the name of Roadster - a metamorphosis which has turned a cute and trendy city car into a fully-fledged little sports car.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] Mercedes-Benz has fed its chubby B-Class a good dose of pep tablets, sent it to the gym and then handed it over to a team of clever high-tech wizards and make-up artists who between them came up with a much rejuvenated car the German car maker calls a Compact Sport Tourer.