Top News Stories of the Month

South African Roads Pose the Same Problems Every Year

The festive season has almost come and gone with a fair amount of travellers still making their way back home before the schools open.But have we learnt our lessons from previous years? Every year South Africans are faced with challenges over the December holiday period that relate to road accidents and death. And every year the culprits are drunk drivers, speedsters,and law breakers.

A survey done by the Automobile Association (AA) show that 60% of motorists believe their safety is reliant on the attitude of other road users.

Citroën Pulls Out of the South African Market

Peugeot Citroën South Africa (PCSA) announced last month that from this year (2017) onward their focus would lie solely with the Peugeot brand, involving a relaunch as Peugeot South Africa. The company only sold57 passenger vehicles during November 2016, compared to Porsche with 125.

Citroën say that a full after sales and parts delivery service to Citroën customers will continue and will remain a priority.

Second Hand Hatchbacks - Motoring Experts Pick of the Best

The best motoring journalists in the Times Media Group carefully assessed all the vehicles in each segment and put together a handy guide to the best-value pre-owned hot, small and family hatchbacks.

They winner of the pre-owned hot hatches for best value is the Volkswagen Golf VIGTI with the Ford Fiesta ST as runner up. 

In the small hatches category for best value, the FordFiesta 1.6 Ambiente takes winning position while the perennial favourite, the Honda Jazz comes in second.

South Africans are Turning to Used Cars and Buying Local

The latest aggregated sales data from the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) show a continued drop in new vehicle sales with a year-on-year decline of 9.6%.

Despite this, according to Wesbank, locally manufactured vehicles continue to top sales charts. Year-to-date sales indicate that the most popular vehicles are volume sellers from mainstream brands, while the five top-selling vehicles for the year are all built in South Africa.