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Mercedes-Benz scoops the title at the 2019 AutoTrader SA Car of the Year

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class is the 2019 AutoTrader South African Car of the Year and won by a healthy margin! The sought-after award was presented at a spectacular function at Shepstone Gardens in Johannesburg on April 4.

Much like the actual venue (which was top secret, guests were shuttled there at the very last minute), the identity of the winner was a closely-guarded secret. So too were the runners-up, namely the Porsche Cayenne and Volvo XC40.

George Mienie, AutoTrader CEO, believes that the A-Class is a truly deserving winner. “The AutoTrader South African Car of the Year has to represent innovation and ingenuity, while setting new benchmarks in its market segment. There is absolutely no doubt that the A-Class does this,” he notes... more

Aftermarket Buzz

The Squeaky Wheel

New at Wheel Well In our own experience, 8 out of 10 car seats are incorrectly installed, incorrectly adjusted or the wrong seat for the child altogether. Through our Car Seat Clinic we will check the following: Correct installation Correct harness… more

DENSO to Invest $1.6 Billion to Strengthen development and production of automotive electrification products and systems

Investment, new Electrification Innovation Center and Hirose Plant will shape the future of mobility – DENSO, the world’s second largest mobility supplier, today announced it will invest approximately 180 billion yen (US$1.6 billion) over the next… more

Carmakers will look to 'pool' ahead of tough CO2 emission rules in Europe says GlobalData

As average vehicle CO2 emissions trend upwards in Europe, carmakers are looking to form 'pools' that can help avoid large fines under new tighter EU CO2 emission rules that come into force in 2021. Dave Leggett, Automotive Editor at GlobalData… more

Mobility Beat

E-mobility: Continental launches first tire optimized for electric buses in city traffic

Tires for electric buses need to support a usually high overall vehicle weight due to the heavy electric battery and stand instant torque delivery. To master these challenges, they need to combine grip, robustness, and above-average load carrying… more

CERN unveils its Science Gateway project

CERN is launching the Science Gateway, a new scientific education and outreach centre targeting the general public of all ages. The building will be designed by world-renowned architects, Renzo Piano Building Workshop. The project will be funded… more

Safe driving tips for the easter holidays

South African roads are unsafe spaces. The festive season death toll in 2018/19 rose by 5% to more than 1600 from an already appalling level. And this Easter, hundreds of thousands of holiday makers will be on the roads again. more

Motoring

Iceland Comes to Africa with Limited Edition Isuzu D-MAX Arctic Truck

The Isuzu D-MAX range has an exciting and very exclusive new limited-edition flagship, and it is a derivative which takes off-road prowess to new heights - both literally and figuratively! Set for local launch in May 2019, the Isuzu D-MAX Arctic AT… more

Maserati at the Shanghai Auto Show 2019

Chinese market debut for Levante, Ghibli and Quattroporte MY19 New Zegna PELLETESSUTA™ interiors for the Quattroporte S Q4 GranLusso The Maserati stand boasts an interactive experience featuring virtuous Italian solutions for customization Maserati… more

New Ford Ranger Raises the Bar Further in LCV segment

New Ranger builds on its 'tough truck' character with detail changes for exterior and interior Advanced all-new 2.0 Bi-Turbo and Single Turbo engines introduced in conjunction with sophisticated 10-speed automatic transmission. Proven 2.2 and 3.2… more

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Volkswagen Motorsport extends manufacturer's points lead at round 2 of the GTC series

Second position overall for Keagan Masters Sixth overall for Daniel Rowe Domination of GTC 2 category continues Zwartkops Raceway - Pretoria. It was a mixed bag as far as the overall results were concerned for Volkswagen Motorsport's Global Touring… more

Audi holds on to 2019 GTC Championship lead

Pole position, race one win and fastest lap of the weekend for Simon Moss Simon Moss leaves as championship leader Tschops Sipuka impresses with resilient driving performance at Zwartkops Round 2 of the Global Touring Cars Africa Championship (GTC)… more

Welcome to Alfa Romeo Racing, Mick!

*Herzlich willkommen, Mick!* Mick Schumacher took over the cockpit of the Alfa Romeo Racing C38, completing a successful testing session at the Bahrain International Circuit. Alfa Romeo Racing focused on aerodynamic tests in the morning, followed by… more

Automotive Business Review March / April 2019

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