This Week In The News
Smartgrowth Investment Proprietary Limited acquires Scuderia South Africa
Scuderia South Africa, the official Ferrari distributor in Southern Africa, is pleased to announce that Smartgrowth Investments Proprietary Limited, with André Rossouw as the Chief Executive Officer, has acquired all the equity of the group. This follows the successful conclusion of negotiations that commenced in November 2022 for the purchase of shares from the company's previous shareholders.
The next Suzuki coming to South Africa
Now that the new Fronx has reached South African soil, the next Suzuki local fans can look forward to is the XL6, which is set to make landfall within the next few weeks. Suzuki South Africa previously confirmed to TopAuto that it has three models scheduled for a domestic debut in the near future, the final one being the five-door Jimny and the first one the Fronx.
As such, by process of elimination, next in line is the XL6, a six-seater multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) with SUV-like styling and generous levels of equipment.
Coupe-styled Suzuki Fronx South African pricing revealed
Fronx takes over from the discontinued Vitara Brezza as Suzuki South Africa's smallest and newest SUV model. Standard across the four model range is a five-year/200 000 km warranty as well as a fouryear/ 60 000 km service plan.
Fronx 1.5 GL – R279 900
Fronx 1.5 GL AT – R299 900
Fronx 1.5 GLX – R315 900
Fronx 1.5 GLX AT – R355 900
Brace yourself for big fuel price hikes in September
Based on the current data, ULP95 petrol is showing an increase of about R1.39 a litre, with regular ULP93 expected to rise by R1.36 a litre. It's bad news for owners of diesel-powered vehicles too, with the price of 0.05% sulphur looking set to go up by a whopping R2.60 a litre, while 0.005% sulphur diesel could cost motorists an additional R2.59 a litre.
These substantial increases can be attributed to a weakening rand and rising international oil prices; a combination that will leave the country's already cash-strapped consumers reeling.