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GUD Filters celebrates 70th anniversary

2019 marks 70 years since GUD Filters began manufacturing premium automotive filters for the local market.

From  humble beginnings in 1949, the iconic filter manufacturer has cemented its reputation as a reliable, trusted, home-grown brand that strives to ensure great engine protection for customers every step of the way.

As the industry leader celebrates this milestone anniversary, Chris Haworth, CEO, G.U.D. Holdings proudly shares the South African brand’s secret to continued success... more


Aftermarket Buzz

A Roaring Time With Gumtree Auto’s

And Just like the roar of an engine was the excitement and buzz around an industry as we handed out the pre-owned auto awards for 2019. The awards evening was held at a stunning venue in Sandton, with local comedian Jason Goliath as the events… more

What happens when your car is written off

Being involved in a car accident is a traumatic event in itself, so the news that your vehicle is damaged beyond repair is never going to be an easy pill to swallow. While insurance will undeniably soften this blow, the reality is that there… more

Outlook positive for small enterprises in automotive sector

The outlook for SMEs in the component automotive space – a sector which has historically been highly concentrated – is today relatively good. Apart from the big seven OEM auto manufacturers, in recent years there has been a number of new… more

Mobility Beat

Toyota announces production-ready battery-electric vehicle

*Late 2020 target for release in Japan* *Mobility solution that limits environmental impact* *New business model to popularise battery-electric vehicles* Toyota has revealed details of a new, production-ready ultra-compact battery-electric… more

Suzuki to enter 7 cars in SA Fuel Economy Tour

Suzuki Auto, the go-getter car brand in South Africa these days, is throwing its full support into the upcoming WesBank Fuel Economy Tour in partnership with FNB, by entering seven cars in the event. The Tour will start in Johannesburg on… more

The equivalent of 30 jumbo jets crash in South Africa every year

SA Road Federation calls for a coordinated national effort to address road crash crisis President of the South African Road Federation (SARF), Saied Solomons, has called for a nation-building programme that underscores road behaviour and which… more


SA Car Industry Remains Under Pressure In Face Of Low Confidence

The South African car market remained under significant pressure in the third quarter of 2019, with vehicle sales continuing their steady decline,despite new vehicle price increases staying under inflation for the past two years... more

Hyundai Atos is back with style - and a price to shout about

The Hyundai Atos is back in South Africa - with a new, modern look and styling, impressive standard features and a solid road performance that promises to make this entry-level model in the Korean manufacturer's local range a top-seller… more

The Award-winning Opel Combo Van - Chosen by Industroclean as their business partner!

Why did Industroclean choose the Opel Combo Van to be their business partner? Industroclean is a Level 4 BBBEE business that was looking for the complete package in a vehicle in order to complement their business requirements. They provide… more


A brief, bright shooting star

By Graham Duxbury @TheRealDux


Undoubtedly, this season’s crop of F1 rookie drivers – Lando Norris, Pierre Gasly, Alex Albon, George Russel and Charles Leclerc – are talented, fast and poised to pose serious future challenges to the established stars.

Back in the 1980s a young German driver emerged who, in the worlds of Martin Brundle, was “as quick a driver as I've ever seen”. The renowned Sky TV pundit is referring to Stefan Bellof who flashed across the F1 firmament as a brief but bright shooting star.

Bellof shared a podium with Ayrton Senna at Monaco in 1984, but while Senna would score many more podiums, it was Bellof’s last as the promising F1 rookie was killed in a sports car at the Spa Francorchamps circuit in Belgium the following year.

Similar to another German champion, Michael Schumacher, Bellof starred in sports car races. In 1984, the year before he lost his life, he won the World Endurance Championship driving for the factory Porsche team. His amazingly fast lap record on the famous and feared Nurburgring Nordschleife was established in ’84 and stood for 35 years before it was beaten in 2018.

Today, Bellof (pictured in his Tyrrell at the SA GP at Kyalami) is a 2019 Motor Sport Hall of Fame nominee. He could – and should – be posthumously celebrated, along with the sport’s other great legends.

Photo credit: MotorSport

Toyota Gazoo Racing announces 2020 Dakar rally team

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing today announced an all-star line-up for the Dakar Rally scheduled to take place for the first time in Saudi Arabia in January 2020. The works team features four crews consisting of Nasser Al-Attiyah and navigator Mathieu… more

Victory for Volkswagen as they claim quadruple gold at GTC season finale

Keagan Masters claims GTC Driver's title Bradley Liebenberg crowned GTC2 champion Volkswagen takes both GTC and GTC2 Manufacturers titles The Red Star Raceway near Delmas played host to the final and eighth round of the 2019 Global Touring Cars… more

All Power Audi ends 2019 GTC on a positive note

Simon Moss wins the most races and most pole positions in 2019 Maiden victory for Tschops Sipuka in 2019 All Power Audi achieves third place in the GTC Manufacturers Championship All Power Audi's title fight of the 2019 Global Touring Cars… more

Automotive Business Review September / October 2019

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