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March 2, 2018

Volkswagen’s attractive T-Roc to go topless

Volkswagen has announced it will introduce a drop-top version of its attractive new T-Roc compact SUV.

To be launched in the first half of 2020, it will be VW’s first convertible SUV and continues the German firm’s major model offensive into the sports utility market.

“Volkswagen is evolving into an SUV brand,” said Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO of the Volkswagen brand. “The T-Roc is already setting new standards in the compact SUV segment. With the cabriolet based on the T-Roc, we will be adding a highly emotional model to the range.”

The German automaker hasn’t revealed whether the T-Roc cabriolet will have a hard or soft folding roof, and the single design sketch VW [...]

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February 26, 2018

Another fuel price cut on the cards for March

While the recent political changes have inspired a more jubilant mood among many South Africans, motorists will have even more reason to smile at the beginning of March, with current data indicating that a fuel price reduction is on the cards.

Mid-month data is pointing towards a petrol price decrease of around 30 cents a litre while the cost of diesel is likely to fall by approximately 40 cents and illuminating paraffin by 21 cents.

This would bring the price of 95 Unleaded down to R13.82 in Gauteng and R13.33 at the coast.

However, current trends indicate that an even bigger decrease is possible – depending on how oil prices and the currency play along [...]

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January 19, 2018

I was not drunk – motorist charged with killing two cyclists.

Durban – Omesh Ramnarain, the motorist charged with crashing into and killing two cyclists on the M4 Highway leading out of Durban almost two years ago, says he was not drunk on the morning of the accident.

The Durban Regional Court on Monday heard his version that he had only consumed four cider drinks during that evening although at one stage “other patrons” at the bar had split drinks on him.

He also denied any negligence claiming that he was driving home at about 05:00 when he heard a “loud bang” and his windscreen shattered.

“I braked and moved towards the left in order to stop and moments later heard another bang. I could [...]

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January 18, 2018

Defective airbags: Bakkies, cars to be recalled in SA

The South African auto industry is affected by ongoing defective Takata airbag recalls.

One of the automakers affected is Toyota with models such as its previous generation Hilux bakkie.

The safety recall is to replace defective and potentially deadly Takata airbag inflators. Toyota SA issued a recall and special service campaign in July 2017.

In 2015, Toyota SA said it would replace airbag inflators in its Corolla, RunX and Yaris models (built from 2002 to 2007) and in its Rav4, Hilux and Fortuners (from July 2003 to December 2005).

Recall notice to local Hilux owners 

In a letter to customers, sent to us via a reader, Toyota said: “Our [...]

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