[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] The new Lexus IS 350 is a real good-looking, comfortable family cruiser with enough muscle under the bonnet to put a smile on the face of any enthusiastic driver and enough smart and safety features to make it an attractive alternative to the Big Three Germans.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] 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.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] The heated battle for the hearts and wallets of the South African car-buying public is an on-going feud between Audi, Mercedes-Benz and BMW.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] The iconic Fiat 500 which has been one of the world's most favourite playthings in the automotive galz-and-boyz-toyz segment of the market.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] In another blast from the past Nissan has now also unwrapped a reborn Sentra which joins the recently re-launched Almera and together they will lead the Japanese carmaker's two-pronged attack on the local passenger car market.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] You don't try to re-invent the wheel and you certainly don't mess around with a many-million dollar winning recipe such as the BMW 5 Series.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] 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.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] 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.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] The new 3 Series Grand Turismo is the newest addition to BMW's popular 3-Series range and besides the fact that is more spacious than the rest of the clan it also comes in a rather peculiarly striking wrapping not unlike that of the rather weird-looking X6.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] Tata is strengthening its grip on the local market with seriously spruced up versions of its Xenon bakkies which the Indian manufacturer will be beaming at a wider audience, including the growing leisure-wheels segment.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] 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.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] General Motors SA have pulled a few pleasant surprises out of the hat for its passenger cars, including some impressive specification upgrades, fresh cosmetics, changes in model line-ups, the addition of a new engine, a hot limited edition scorcher - and an all-new Astra four-door sedan.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] The name might remind you of that old-fashioned stick with a bunch of feathers attached to the end which granny used twice a week to brush the dust off the grand piano but the latest Duster is actually Renault's funky new alternative to ho-hum family transport.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] A few years back the Nissan Almera was the Dependable Dora of local car rental companies, fleet managers, civil servants, and budget-strapped families and it sold in copious quantities until it was gradually nudged aside by Toyota.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] Clio has been an international best-seller and brand-builder for Renault for the past 23 years and the latest model strides with all the cockiness befitting a little champion that has won a string of international accolades that other manufacturers can only envy.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] 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.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] Volvo has done a complete design revamp of its popular S60, V60 and XC60 range and added a long list of standard and optional luxuries, safety features and driver aids so that buyers can now personalise their Swedish chariots by cherry picking from three models, two specification levels and no less than 54 derivatives.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] The quite popular but rather ho-hum Mercedes-Benz A-Class has undergone a major make-over which has changed its looks, personality and marketing appeal completely.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] Driving licence corruption is no longer just a road safety issue, but a social problem according to the Automobile Association of South Africa (AA).
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] After riding the crest of the popularity wave virtually since 1994 when it became the world's first light sports utility vehicle with four-wheel drive the Toyota RAV4 has been losing ground as more and more brands muscle in on its territory - and if anything, the competition is getting stronger.
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