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The disruption of the new-car sales market
The disruption of the new-car sales market

Digital disruption in the automotive market is transforming the dealership model into a more customer-centered model...

By Marius du Toit 22 Aug 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

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

SOUTH AFRICA

#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

SOUTH AFRICA

Photo by Emil Vilsek on Unsplash
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

SOUTH AFRICA

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

SOUTH AFRICA

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

SOUTH AFRICA

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

SOUTH AFRICA

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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

SOUTH AFRICA

TransUnion releases Digital Dealers Guide
TransUnion releases Digital Dealers Guide

After 55 years of automotive dealers relying on a physical dealers guidebook for car valuation numbers, TransUnion has released its Digital Dealers Guide...

By Ilse van den Berg 6 Oct 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

McLaren to part ways with Honda, shifts to Renault
McLaren to part ways with Honda, shifts to Renault

NEWSWATCH: After months of speculation, the McLaren team has confirmed that it will split ways with Honda and has also announced that it has signed a three-year partnership with Renault...

By Ilse van den Berg 19 Sep 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

#RideRoundup: Volvo S90 gets sporty, new Range Rover Velar, Peugeot 3008 SUV
#RideRoundup: Volvo S90 gets sporty, new Range Rover Velar, Peugeot 3008 SUV

In our #RideRoundup this week, we take a quick look at the sporty Volvo S90 R-Design, the new Range Rover Velar, as well as the Peugeot 3008 SUV...

By Ilse van den Berg 4 Aug 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

Ipsos survey shows Audi, VW top customer pleasers
Ipsos survey shows Audi, VW top customer pleasers

Audi and Volkswagen have won Gold awards for customer purchasing satisfaction for the fifth consecutive year in the prestigious Annual Ipsos Survey...

By Henrie Geyser 29 Jul 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

#RideRoundup: All-new Audi Q5, new S-Class, Mazda CX-8, Jaguar XJ
#RideRoundup: All-new Audi Q5, new S-Class, Mazda CX-8, Jaguar XJ

In this week's #RideRoundup bulletin we have a glance at the all-new Audi Q5, the new Mercedez-Benz S-Class, the Mazda CX-8 Crossover SUV, and the new Jaguar XJR575 performance flagship model...

By Ilse van den Berg 27 Jul 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

Boris Dzhingarov
How is Uber for Business affecting both the car hire industry and taxi industry

Launched in July 2014, Uber for Business is a travel management platform designed for corporate customers. It takes the traditional Uber format and uses it to enable companies to deal with employee travel...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 25 Jul 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

24 hours of Nissan and Datsun in the Free State
24 hours of Nissan and Datsun in the Free State

Nampo is not a word unfamiliar to me. As a student at NWU, my friends and I used to frequent this (then not-so-big) agri festival almost every year, funnily enough....

By Ilse van den Berg 17 May 2017

AFRICA

Mike Whitfield
Want to become a winning auto company in Africa? Here's how

Almost four years after Nissan ventured into auto assembly in Nigeria, it fills me with pride when I comment on our success as an auto company operating in Africa...

By Mike Whitfield 20 Apr 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

New car? Things to avoid for engine longevity
New car? Things to avoid for engine longevity

So, you've made the big decision, put down your deposit, and you finally get to drive that brand-new car home. But did you know that even the slightest early ‘mistreatment' can lead to engine problems...

By Ané Theron 13 Apr 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

Tesla now worth more than 100-year-old Ford
Tesla now worth more than 100-year-old Ford

NEWSWATCH: Last week saw Elon Musk's clean transportation and power company, Tesla, reach $298.56 in Nasdaq trading (a 7.3% increase)...

By Ilse van den Berg 4 Apr 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

Francesca Berta
#BrandManagerMonth: Francesca Berta on CarZar disrupting the auto-trade industry

We recently chatted to Francesca Berta, CMO of tech startup, CarZar, which aims to streamline the often onerous task of buying or selling a second-hand car...

By Ilse van den Berg 29 Mar 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

The sub-240k seven-seater club
The sub-240k seven-seater club

While we'd all prefer to drive a luxury seven-seater SUV, most of us are not in a financial position to do so. Here's a list of the least expensive choices on offer in South Africa...

By Ané Theron 21 Feb 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

Robin van Rensburg
Meet Fiat Chrysler's new SA head

Robin van Rensburg has been appointed CEO and MD of Fiat Group Automobiles South Africa, the importer of Fiat, Fiat Professional, Abarth and Alfa Romeo brands...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 25 Jan 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

Black Badge revealed at new Rolls-Royce pop-up
Black Badge revealed at new Rolls-Royce pop-up

There's a new pop-up shop in the Mother City and the brand in question is as premium as they come...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 20 Jan 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

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

SOUTH AFRICA

#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

SOUTH AFRICA

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

SOUTH AFRICA

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

SOUTH AFRICA

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

SOUTH AFRICA

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

SOUTH AFRICA

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

SOUTH AFRICA

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

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