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Most fuel-efficient SUV in South Africa

The most frugal car to not feature any form of hybrid assistance is the new Kia Sportage diesel, which boasts a usage of 4.9l/100km.

World’s 4th-largest car manufacturer launches spare parts shop in South Africa

Stellantis, the world’s fourth-largest automotive manufacturer, this weekend announced the official entry of Eurorepar into the South African automotive spare parts industry. Eurorepar already operates in over 50 countries offering an array of over 15,000 part numbers for various automotive brands.

Stellantis has intentions to become a major player in the local automotive landscape after confirming a R3 billion plan to establish their state-of-the-art Coega Automotive Plant in South Africa and begin production of a bakkie.

“It is a wonderful day for all South Africans when a global company of Stellantis’ proportions decides to expand its manufacturing footprint in South Africa, to assemble completely knocked down units,” said Mr. Ebrahim Patel, Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition.

Ford Puma Pricing and Specification Confirmed for South Africa

Ford Puma pricing (incl. VAT)
Puma Titanium – R569 900
Puma ST-Line Vignale – R613 900
Included as standard is Ford Protect comprising a 4 year/120 000km warranty with 15 000 km service intervals.

Ford Puma

Cause a crash and you pay for the other car: how being uninsured could bankrupt you

Owners who don’t insure their vehicles don’t just risk having to pay to fix their own cars after an accident, but the other vehicles too. According to the Automobile Association estimates that about 65% of motorists in South Africa are uninsured, and there are about one million road crashes per year, meaning the odds are not in favour of those who remain uninsured.

Motorists should at the very least consider having third-party cover on their vehicles, as this would cover the costs of compensating another motorist. After all, hitting an expensive car could mean paying it off for the rest of your life.

0-100km/h in under one second! Students reset world record

A group of students from ETH Zurich and Lucerne University in Switzerland have reset the 0-100km/h world record. The group entered the Guinness World Record listings for acceleration of electric vehicles in a single-seater open-cockpit car.

The students took roughly a year to develop a car that can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 0.956 seconds. In the process they have shattered the previous world record of 1.461 seconds set in September 2022 by a University of Stuttgart team.

Kate Maggetti, who weighs a scant 40kg, was behind the wheel.

NEW adjusted COST to renew your vehicle license?

The good news is government did reduce vehicle license renewal fees for users on its eNATIS website earlier in the year, so that’s one thing to smile about at least. And the portal now services all provinces in the country for vehicle license renewals. Nevertheless, here’s what you can expect to pay after adjustments  when it comes time to renew your vehicle license.

750 kg     1 000 kg     R384,00     R336,00     R456,00
1 000 kg     1 250 kg     R432,00     R408,00     R516,00
1 250 kg     1 500 kg     R600,00     R558,00     R648,00
1 500 kg     1 750 kg     R708,00     R624,00     R780,00
1 750 kg     2 000 kg     R900,00     R708,00     R912,00
2 000 kg     2 250 kg     R1 044,00     R966,00     R1 092,00
2 250 kg     2 500 kg     R1 260,00     R1 128,00     R1 296,00
2 500 kg     2 750 kg     R1 416,00     R1 272,00     R1 506,00