[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] The race is on as the 11 finalists head down the main straight towards the chequered flag to decide the winner of the coveted title of 2015 South African Car of the Year.
[Michael Frans] The automotive industry has become increasingly competitive in the past few years with manufacturers and brands jostling for a leadership position in both international and local markets.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] South African new vehicle sales accelerated out of its slump last month with a huge jump in exports and a substantial increase over last year's local sales, according to figures released by NAAMSA.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] The Volkswagen Polo Vivo, South Africa's best-selling passenger car with close on 150,000 sales to its name since introduced four years ago, has had a midlife makeover with some pretty new cosmetic and interior touches.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] It's as graceful and as fast as any member of the cat family, gentle and adorable when in purring mood and quick to show its claws when provoked -- all of which makes the new XF Jaguar the classy cat it is.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] The iconic Land Rover brand has come a long way from the days when its boxy, bone-shaking "Landies" were the undisputed bushwhacking conquerors of Africa and the preferred mode of transport for numerous armies across the globe, to its current elevated status of snobmobile of choice for rappers, WAGS, gangsters, A-listers and upper crust residents of sea-view suburbs.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] Megane has been flying the Renault colours for a number of years so it comes as no surprise that the French car maker served up some of the same potent abracadabra it has brought to Formula 1 racing when it recently unveiled its latest flagship three-model range destined for local shores.
[Mbongeleni Hlomuka] Since graduating in media and specialising in marketing, I have attended a few interviews with SMMEs, not finding what promises to please me both professionally and personally...
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] Although traditionally known in this country for its 'breker' bakkies, Japanese carmaker Mitsubishi has joined the growing band of manufacturers by dipping into the easier selling budget-passenger-car segment where funky fuel-sipping city cars are becoming as popular as red berets at an EFF gathering.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] In their ongoing showroom war for the hearts, minds and wallets of the South African motoring public the three luxury German carmakers between have nearly 400 different models on the battle ground trying to out-pace and out-grace their opponents.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] Hyundai has given its popular Elantra a cosmetic make-over to make it look prettier inside and out, tweaked a few things under the skin, improved its ride quality and added a few fancy goodies to sharpen its competitive edge.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] The Honda Accord may be the seventh biggest-selling car model in history but it has taken the Japanese carmaker 38 years and nine-generations to come up with a range flagship that truly deserves to wear the crown.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] Citroen has always been enthusiastic about hoisting the avant garde flag when unwrapping a new model and its latest C4 Picasso people-mover certainly again lifts the bar a good few notches higher than just about everything else in its class and price range.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] 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.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] Don't be fooled by the stylish Hugo Boss looks of the new Subaru WRX. See those black rimmed alloys, quad exhaust outlets and gaping air scoop on the bonnet? They are tattoos of the hooligan that hides just below the car's classy, grown-up veneer.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] The newly launched third generation Mini Cooper has been kitted out with even more fancy a la BMW specifications and has also grown more techno-mature - but deep down it still has the character and soul of a mischievous, playful lion cub.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] Anybody with a passion for anything on four wheels powered by a combustion engine will by now have heard and read about the new Mercedes-Benz S Class, described by Mercedes-Benz and numerous motoring scribes all over the world over as 'the best car in the world'.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] Anybody shopping around on the local market for a new hot and cocky-looking small hatch that won't break the bank really only has two choices - a Suzuki Swift Sport or a Chevrolet Sonic RS, both costing less than R230,000.