Suzuki Auto beats odds for October sales record

JOHANNESBURG, South AfricA – Suzuki Auto SA says it is riding a wave of popularity thanks to recording its best-yet sales month in October 2019. The Japanese brand sold 1629 vehicles that month, beating its best by 48 units or three percent  and ranking it in the nine top-selling OEMs in South Africa. Suzuki also…

Buying a car? Watch out – and act on – these danger signs

BUYING a used vehicle is a dodgy business. ”Scammers” abound and have no conscience about taking you money for a stolen, fraudulent or damaged set of wheels. So, take five to read this sensible advice – even though it is from the UK. HPI CHECK is a company that identifies that there is a one-in-three…

Uber Eats, Mr D, showing auto trade how to sell better

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – The South African motor industry has new competition… not from each others’ products but from the likes of Google, Netflix, AirBnB, Amazon, Uber Eats and Mr D Food. That is, at least, the view of Ghana Msibi, CEO of WesBank Motor Division (pictured) and he expounded it while addressing an August 2019…

Take an Audi test drive even without a driving licence

First introduction of Audi virtual reality experience Customer lounge open at Audi Centre Centurion VR headset allows digitally detailed ‘demo drives’ PRETORIA, Gauteng – Audi, in what claims to be a first for the South African motor industry, has launched a virtual reality-enabled lounge in the suburb of Centurion to house a digital retail operation…

Expert data: How to cut your petrol/diesel spend

How to choose best price, litres/100km Top-eight pick from an industry expert Prices based on late-model auctions JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – The petrol price is set to drop by 95c a litre during July (2019) and diesel by 75c but, say some folk, South Africans are still reeling from fuel prices. One way of dealing with this…

SA’s May vehicle sales pop bubble of improved market

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – April’s glimmer of hope for new vehicle sales was short-lived as the month of May resumed the slump and status quo of steady decline. The National Automobile Association of South Africa has reported Industry sales for May down by 5.7% to 40 506 compared to May 2018. WesBank’s Ghana Msibi told…

Nissan to produce award-winning Navara bakkie in SA

Major investment in plant, equipment, training LCV export hub for Navara, NP200 and NP300 bakkies Significant job creation at plant and parts supply chain PRETORIA, South Africa – Nissan has announced a R3-billion investment in its facility in Pretoria to prepare for assembly of the next-generation Nissan Navara bakkie. The plan involves nearly doubling production…

SA’s credit regulator clamps down on ‘illegal’ vehicle credit charges

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – The National Credit Regulator has ordered VW Financial Services SA to refund illegal charges made on customers before vehicle delivery. An NCR tribunal has found against VW, saying the charges for ”on road fee”, administration and handling were unlawful on credit sale agreements as they were not permitted by the National Credit…

Trading in? Check here for the best vehicle re-sale stars

  Buying used? Take some advice from an expert Here’s why these are the top 10 resellers 10 of the best according to auction data JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – In the market for a (new) car but worried about its resale/trade-in value a few years down the road? Well, here’s a guide, and for starters here’s…

Brexit bargaining bites harder into UK car-purchase plans

LONDON, England – Brexit, the British plan to quit the European Union trade grouping, is suddenly biting harder into potential car-buyers’ confidence with almost half now delaying the purchase for at least two years. The number of people in the UK planning to change their car sooner has plunged to a record low. Motor retail…

Driving a new car: Do you really know what you’re signing for?

At last, an alternative to buying a car This deal lets you take a usage holiday Brand-new car, delivered to your door LONDON, England – Some form of credit is used by most people to ”own” a car yet research* Europcar Mobility UK showed drivers who had taken a loan, only 53% admitted to fully…

Suzuki a market leader through 2018 – now comes Boosterjet

Brand now member of 1000-a-month club Boosterjet engines green-lighted for 2019 Suzuki sales soar, by Jiminy (and others!) JOHANNESBURG, South Africa- After a decade back in South Africa and with the success of the Jimny, Ignis and Swift, Suzuki is now officially part of the 1000-sales-a-month club and a Top 10 brand to boot. Official…