As interesting as the monthly Naamsa sales figures are, they often paint a disappointing and even worrying picture for many manufactures wanting a slice of the local market pie.
You might have seen them around Joburg. They are big, pimped out to the brim and have serious personality disorders.
Honda Motor Southern Africa recently announced a series of improvements and upgrades to its Civic range. We spent some time in the tried and tested 1.8-litre naturally aspirated Elegance, middle-of-the-road, model derivative in the range.
When the subject of electric cars comes up, it’s not a case of addressing the elephant in the room because this ellie is way bigger than the room and pretty much fills up the whole house.
The Opel Astra, if you include the nameplate’s use by sister brand Vauxhall for the Kadett in the UK, has been around since 1979 and despite the obvious changes with each passing generation, one element that remained constant was that all were conceived under the ownership of General Motors (GM).
Life, this writer has painfully found over the last six-and-a-half decades, comes with compromises. About 47 years ago, I thought my life would be perfect if I could just pass matric.

Audi Q8 is a ‘luxury lounge’ on wheels

It might have taken Audi quite a while, but it finally followed its fellow German manufacturers into the crossover coupe segment with the Q8.

Nissan hits six with Stealth

When South Africans were still excited about the Cricket World Cup some weeks ago, the pay channel’s television broadcast of the Proteas’ matches started off with former national captain Shaun Pollock advertising the new Nissan Navara Stealth.

JMC Landwind 5: Solid, if not a rocket ship

This writer does not often sample test vehicles’ safety gear, for good reason. My mandate is to drive test cars like their probable buyers would, and things like panic braking and sideways sliding do not fit.

Renault Sandero Stepway: Getting bang for your buck

Along with the Volkswagen Cross Polo, Renault Sandero Stepway helped establish a crossover-inspired hatchback niche that has become a favourite among South Africans in recent years.

Opel jazzes up old favourite

Back in the day, there was a joke about those distinctive purple three-door Opel Corsas. It went like this: Why are purple Corsas not allowed in the Kruger National Park? Because they make the tortoises … oh wait, this is a family newspaper, so let’s just say the answer rhymes with dandy.

Changan Star: Going right back to basics

I thought the electronic “jamming” of car locks by thieves was an urban legend – until it happened to me. When in Cape Town recently, I stopped a Toyota Corolla hire car next to a main road in Wynberg, locked it with the electronic key fob and rushed into a cafe to buy a cold drink.

Mini Cooper: Fun never goes out of fashion

This year marks the anniversaries of two things very dear to me. The one is the iconic Mini, which turns 60, and the other the original silver screen classic The Italian Job, who made the car famous to a large extent, which celebrates it’s golden anniversary.

Ford Ranger 2.0 SiT XLT: This two-litre is no joke

After Volkswagen introduced their 2.0-litre TSI and 2.0-litre TDI Amarok a number of years ago, there can’t be a bakkie person in South Africa who hasn’t come across the “only thing that comes in two litres are milk and Coke” jokes.

This Jaguar is the cat’s whiskers

Yip, it’s me again and we are talking SUVs again. I told you they are going to keep on coming and the Jaguar F-Pace SVR is a compact and seriously fast SUV. And not just fast in a straight-line, but unbelievably fast around corners too.

Suzuki Vitara: Small things can make a big difference

The compact SUV segment in South Africa has become a battleground of note. As basically the only segment that has shown growth over the last couple of years, the gloves are off among competitors.

WATCH: Four-star progress but poor child protection in latest #SaferCarsforAfrica results

The chairperson of AA South Africa says that while achieving the minimum safety standard is appreciated, it’s not good enough.

DRIVEN: Volvo XC40 T3 manual is for the ladies

Volvo has become the benchmark in safety. Now add unbeatable design.

Volkswagen GTD lets you be a bit of a racer

XDS electronic diff lock up front and constantly adapting suspension do trick.

DRIVEN: Refreshed Kia Sportage is really rewarding

An extremely driveable vehicle at an extremely reasonable price.

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