Sadly, VW’s Golf GTI Clubsport is not coming to South Africa – here’s why

  JOHANNESBURG – When Volkswagen revealed its new Golf 8 GTI Clubsport on Wednesday, we reached out to VWSA for information on when it could be expected to hit local streets, but the answer we got is not what fans want to hear. “We will not get the Golf 8 GTI Clubsport in South Africa as it is only available for the European fuel emission levels,” a VWSA spokesperson confirmed to IOL. South Africa is still on Euro 2 fuel, and although the country intends to move to Euro 5…

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Women in Wheels | How Liz Gorbunov made an impact at Nissan SA and what drives her ambition

• Liz Gorbunov joined Nissan South Africa in 2016. • In 2021, she’ll be responsible for commercialising the new Nissan Navara. • Liz believes that women are just as capable as their male counterparts. • For more motoring stories, go to www.Wheels24.co.za Nissan celebrates the production of the 500 000th Leaf Nissan’s all-electric car, the Leaf, saw the 500 000th unit being built. In 2016, Nissan South Africa gained a gem in Liz Gorbunov. The dynamic lady took on the role of the general manager for sales and aftersales operations for Sub-Saharan Africa. While stimulating, Liz…

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Home-grown hero: Year of ‘continuous improvement’ for Isuzu SA

With “continuous improvement” a deeply ingrained philosophy that has underpinned its operations for more than four decades, Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSA) has made productive use of the COVID-19 lockdown period. The Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth-based bakkie and truck company said on Tuesday 22 September that it had been a busy year at its Struandale facilities where Isuzu had occupied itself with introducing many changes to its most popular models. Speaking at a virtual media briefing earlier this week, senior vice-president technical operations Dominic Rimmer said key updates, engineering…

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Now this is a bakkie! Bloemfontein-built Brandt BRV could be SA’s best-kept secret

• Brandt BRV has been in business for the last 18 years. • The design of their single cab bakkie takes inspiration from the first-generation Defender. • A 2.8-litre Cummins diesel engine powers this vehicle.     Now this is a bakkie! Bloemfontein-built Brandt BRV could be SA’s best-kept secret dier’. No, the company has no relation to Honda, nor has the name anything to do with Bloemfontein. Instead, it stands for Brandt Radical Vehicles, a family-owned business from our own South African Middle Earth in the Free State Province. Brandt BRV (Ryan…

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Bridgestone plans PE plant closure, issues Section 189 notices

      Tyre manufacturer Bridgestone has proposed the closure of its 84-year-old manufacturing plant in Port Elizabeth and on Thursday issued Section 189 retrenchment notices to around 250 employees at the facility. In another blow to South Africa’s industrial manufacturing capacity and the coastal city’s economy, the group announced the proposed closure in a statement issued on Thursday. It claimed the move is due to declining demand in “older bias tyres” that are made at the plant. Bridgestone Southern Africa (BSAF) noted that adapting the plant to radial tyre…

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Electric Vehicle Road Trip (EVRT) Africa sees government and industry work together in electrification, automation and connectivity

ROSSLYN, South Africa (October, 2019) As technology continues to shape and reshape our everyday lives, new trends cause shifting customer expectations to place new demands on the automotive sector as well as on government. The two both have a role to play in paving the way for a new era of electrification, automation and connectivity, says Kabelo Rabotho, Marketing Director, Nissan South Africa. Nissan South Africa and Generation.e in conjunction with the Department of Transport and Gauteng Provincial Government, will be embarking on the trip between Johannesburg and Cape Town.…

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SA ready for its first electric vehicle road trip

CAPE TOWN –  GENERATION.e is set to roll out South Africa’s first electric vehicle (EV) road trip from Johannesburg to Cape Town next month. Chief executive Ben Pullen said the trip would involve establishing charging stations at eight locations. Some of the charging stations will be at Travel Inn at Shell Ultra City, Kroonstad; de Stijl Gariep Hotel, Gariep Dam; Wolwefontein Hotel, Wolwefontein; and The Vineyard, Newlands, Cape Town. The charging stations will be powered by ACDC Dynamics. Mario Maio, chief executive at ACDC Dynamics said the network would lay the…

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Fiat still on the lookout for merger partner. Could it be Hyundai?

Rome – In the wake of collapsed merger talks with French rival Renault, options for Italian-American carmaker Fiat-Chrysler to jump to the top tier of global automobile manufacturers are limited. Analysts said Fiat-Chrysler’s dramatic merger proposal with Renault last month had the potential to reshape the worldwide motor industry. It would have created the sector’s third largest company in terms of vehicle production and revenue, a company with a significant presence in every vehicle category and in almost every major car market. The planned “merger of equals” could have created…

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New Mitsubishi Triton toughens up

Engineered beyond tough, the new muscular-styled Triton makes its local debut less than six months after the world launch and is sure to keep the heads turning. Celebrating four decades with a tough new look and a host of enhanced exterior and interior features, the 2019 Triton also has an all-new 6-speed automatic transmission. “The new tough-looking Triton is significantly more competitive and meets the diverse needs of bakkie customers around the world,” says Nic Campbell, General Manager of Mitsubishi Motors South Africa. “Mitsubishi Motors is celebrating its 40th year…

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Ford unveils next-gen Kuga for SA: New hybrid SUV, drive modes, improved tech

• Sleek, spacious all-new Ford Kuga unveiled • Mild-, full- and plug-in hybrid powertrains • Based on Ford’s new global C2 architecture • FordPass Connect, 12.3″ digital cluster, wireless charging, SYNC 3 with 8″ touchscreen, B&O Sound System • Distinctive all-new Kuga variants including Titanium, ST-Line and Vignale Ford has unveiled its stylish and distinctive range of new Kuga SUVs. Ford says: “The Kuga Titanium, sporty ST Line and upscale Vignale will offer an advanced range of hybrid powertrains for unprecedented SUV fuel-efficiency.” The comprehensive line-up includes Kuga Plug-In Hybrid,…

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