New Mercedes Benz GLC SUV released for 2023

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Moving forward with a range of SUV vehicles, Mercedes Benz is putting its money behind the GLC model. Luxury lifestyle with bold appearance and plenty of digitalisation and driving performance. For the South African market, we will start with the GLC 220d, GLC 300d and the GLC 300, all enhanced by mild-hybrid technology. The Avantgarde exterior is fitted with the chrome package including chrome window surrounds and chrome under guard. New radiator grille with headlamp connected directly to the grille to emphasise the vehicles width. 18-inch to 20-inch wheels with…

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VW Golf 8R ready to go end April 2023

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At last, following many delays in the official launch, the new VW Golf 8R is ready for sale in South Africa at the end of April 2023. Production constraints and parts shortages have severely derailed the heavily anticipated launch plans, but buyers can now purchase from your local dealer from 25th April 2023. The most powerful production series Golf R hatch (and maybe even the last) develops 235kW of power and 400Nm of torque.  First introduced to SA in 2007, the Golf R has sold 6 000 units and is considered…

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Suzuki Eeco bound for South Africa

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The Suzuki Auto company has made massive gains into the South African passenger market since opening a head office in Johannesburg in 2007. Every year the business consistently increases its vehicle sales and in February 2023 the Suzuki brand held 14% of the passenger vehicle sales in the country. As the  company continues to expand through dealer network and introducing new models to its line-up, it has now spotted an opportunity to fill a gap in the commercial vehicle sector. The more on-line shopping grows in South Africa the more…

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Toyota Fortuner updated for 2023, here’s the details!

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Toyota in an effort to counter the launch of the all new Ford Everest has introduced a pile of enhancements to its best selling Fortuner. It will maybe not have the desired impact as the Everest it’s competing with is not just a simple facelift, it’s a completely new modern vehicle bursting with design and technical features.  Let’s have a look at the main areas Toyota have improved the current Fortuner.  The exterior design styling projects a bolder more aggressive look with catamaran-inspired looks mimicking catamaran’s twin hulls. The all-new…

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Kia EV9 – Superior design and technology

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Over the last few years, we have seen many automobile manufactures show their intentions in the race to dominate the fully electric driven cars of the future. It was only a matter of time before one such manufacturer sprinted ahead with a winner in this market. Kia is definitely going for this trophy and has seriously put its cards on the table with the all new Kia EV9, a vehicle considered to have exceptional qualities in both design and technology. A first in offering a three-row seat electric EUV, based…

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Toyota Corolla GR confirmed for SA

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When you travel the world, one car you are likely to see on the roads wherever you go, is the popular Toyota Corolla. Ideal vehicle for the family and very suitable as a work-horse for your business, as a taxi or Uber or company vehicle for use by your employees. So when you dream of Toyota taking this icon and adding a bit more grunt and style, you are over the moon when you learn the GR Corolla is definitely happening and will be in South Africa very soon. Especially…

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Toyota Corolla Cross Range Expansion

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The GR-S Hybrid joins the Corolla Cross range and more specifications are added to the X1 and Xs models.  Following the introduction of the Cross GR Sport in 2022, its Hybrid sibling is the latest model to receive the GR-S touch. This package sharpens the aesthetics and adds improved driving dynamics. The Hybrid features; Revised front grille design finished in gloss black. Gloss black lower apron with signature GR Mesh. Vertical air ducts incorporating fog lamps. Black exterior mirrors paired with black roof and black roof rails. Black roof spoiler,…

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Volvo C40 Recharge.

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Volvo continues its charge into the future with fully electric vehicles, in its race to only sell electric vehicles by 2030, opening its order books in South Africa for the C40 at a retail price from R1 285 000 with only 50 units allocated, estimated delivery in June 2023.  Buyers need to bear in mind the purchase price includes the Volvo Care package, which comprises a five-year maintenance plan and warranty (with the battery pack covered for eight years or 160 000km), a home charging wall-box and a public charging cable. The C40…

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Mercedes-Benz Cars South Africa confirms EQE line-up ahead of local introduction

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We’re excited to announce that the new Mercedes-EQE saloon will be launched in South Africa soon. The EQE is a sporty business saloon that offers all the essential functions of the EQS in a slightly more compact format. At market launch, the local model range initially comprises two variants: the EQE 350+ with 215 kW and 565 Nm, as well as the Mercedes-AMG EQE 43 4MATIC with 350 kW and 858 Nm. With a WLTP driving range of up to 645 km, the EQE offers customers the best of all…

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Suzuki Jimny 5-Door Fun

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Car and Bike SA had the pleasure to test drive the Suzuki Jimny a few years ago which left us impressed by the all-round performance of this funky vehicle especially when taken off-road. Today we are excited to learn the popular Jimny will soon be available in a five-door version. Revealed at the Auto Expo in India yesterday the five door variant is currently in production and will be heading to SA as soon as available. Keeping the 1.5 petrol engine and choice of five-speed automatic transmission the engineers have…

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Suzuki Electric Concept Car

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The all new 4×4 SUV all-electric Suzuki has been shown in concept form at the 12th annual Auto Expo in India, with an expected global launch in 2025. The new Suzuki eVX is a concept SUV that combines 4×4 DNA with the latest advanced features currently available in electric vehicles. From an exterior design point of view the model is instantly recognisable as a Suzuki SUV joining the current line-up which includes the Grand Vitara which offers both traditional combustion engines and a modern hybrid option.  The concept design has…

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The new Suzuki Fronx is a true cross over vehicle, combining the comfort and luxury of an SUV with the fun and maneuverability of a hatchback

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Over the past decade the Suzuki Auto company has consistently made year on year progression into the South African market. If you just look at the top three best-selling manufacturers in SA for last month, December 2022, you may be surprised to realise……………. No 1: Toyota          11 250 units sold N0 2: Volkswagen    5 331 units sold No 3: Suzuki              3 058 units sold (It is also interesting to note BMW or Mercedes do not feature anywhere in the top ten for…

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New Mercedes S-Class AMG

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Mercedes Benz has a history of introducing innovative technology into its flagship S-Class then later rolling down this Tech to its E-Class, C-Class, and other ranges. This philosophy has always elevated the S-Class to play a significant role in the development of Mercedes Benz over the past twenty years. In 1971 the 300 SEL 6.8 AMG was launched and today the new AMG S 63 E PERFORMANCE with hybrid technology has once again set the benchmark in the segment. This model combines the AMG 4.0 – litre V8 biturbo engine…

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New Maserati Grecale

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Maserati have introduced a new model to compete in the smaller SUV segment taking on the likes of the Porsche Macan. Versatile, spacious, smart fast and fun sums up this elegant everyday SUV. Grecale takes the name of a wind and is a range within a range. It offers a conventional combustion engine; a hybrid and a full electric option will be arriving soon and will be the first 100% electric SUV in Maserati history. For the launch three versions will be available, the GT, the Modena and the Trofeo…

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Sporty new Toyota Hilux GR-S

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In South Africa, the “Bakkie” is held in high regard, and you will find them being used as a business work horse, private recreational vehicle, Mum’s Taxi, and a popular choice as a mode of transport for senior executives.  This is a lucrative market for car manufacturers with locally built Toyota Hilux the dominate player in the sector. Month after month, year after year the Hilux Pick-up sells more units than any of its competitors. Next in line is the Ford Ranger which has its own loyal fan base but…

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Nissan Magnite Red Edition upgrade

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The South African market will soon be offered the new Red Edition upgrade to the Magnite range. The Red Edition will mainly be additional red accents on the exterior and interior along with a few more features. Let us start with the outside, red accents are tactfully placed to enhance the distinctive curves and edges. Sporty red brake calipers, exclusive badges, graphics, and chrome garnish on the tail door are all extra accents. Inside the ergonomic cockpit is amplified by stylish red accents, a red-themed dashboard and LED scuff plates.…

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Maserati FTributo Special Edition(2023)

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Maria Teresa De Filippis was the first woman to qualify for a formula 1 Grand Prix having done so aboard a Maserati 250F. To pay tribute to both Maria Teresa and the racing world Maserati have released a limited series FTributo Special Edition in the Ghibli and Levante models offering two very exclusive colours, Arancio Devil and Grigio Lamiera. The Arancio Devil is a special saturated orange, a combination of vibrant energy and audacity to recall Maria Teresa’s nickname “The She Devil.” Conversely the grey Grigio Lamiera is inspired by…

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F-TYPE and 75 years of Jaguars sports cars in 2023

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To celebrate the final model year of the F-TYPE and 75 years of Jaguars sports cars in 2023, customers can choose the F-TYPE 75 or F-TYPE R 75 special editions powered by Jaguars supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine in 331 kW and 423 kW forms respectively in both Coupe and Convertible body styles. Both models will feature unique interior and exterior design elements including an option to have the Giola Green metallic exterior paintwork. 20-inch wheels in gloss black, five spoke or gloss black diamond-turned 10 spoke design will be standard…

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New ALL-ELECTRIC LEXUS UX 300e

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Time to evolve the electrification of Lexus with the introduction of the UX 300e launched with a newly developed battery pack capable of a cruising range of 450 kms and offering a host of performance and safety features. With cumulative sales of Lexus electrified vehicles of 2.3 million units since introduction to the global market, the brand is accelerating their development of electric models to ensure the company contributes to a carbon free society.   The new battery pack increases capacity from 54.4 kWh to 72.8 kWh resulting in a…

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New Land Rover Defender 75th Limited Edition

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The first Land Rover Defender was introduced to the world in 1948 at the Amsterdam Motor Show. Its now time to honor the 75-year anniversary of the Defender by offering its fans and followers a Limited-Edition exclusive design themed Defender. To identify this limited edition, model the exterior finish will be Grasmere Green sporting 20-inch alloy wheels also in Grasmere Green with matching center caps. Ceres Silver bumpers and Privacy Glass completes the 75th  Limited Editions exterior styling. Moving inside, the Cross Car Beam will be finished in the Grasmere…

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