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  • Apr 22, 2014 News

    FCA rethinks Alfa Romeo

    With the emergence of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, one subject that has come to the surface is the need to restore the Alfa Romeo brand to its former glory. Before the merger was completely put to bed, Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A had made some… more...
    Frank Beeton 33
  • Opinion Piece: Lowering the transportation sectors risk with sophisticated industrial breathalyser equipment
    Apr 22, 2014 aBr Move

    Lowering transportation sector risk

    Drunken driving causes thousands of deaths every year in South Africa, and the statistics around this problem are frightening. Driving under the influence of alcohol endangers the life of the driver, any passengers, and all other road users. South… more...
    Editor 14
  • South Africa ahead of the curve with new vehicle sales
    Apr 22, 2014 aBr Motoring

    South Africa ahead of the curve with new vehicle…

    According to the National Association of Auto Manufacturers in South Africa (NAAMSA), new vehicle sales have nearly doubled in the last five years, from 395, 222 in 2009 to more than 650,000 in 2013. This can, according to Jeff Osborne of Gumtree… more...
    Jeff Osborne 16
  • Driving Do's & Don'ts
    Apr 22, 2014 aBr Motoring

    Driving Do's & Don'ts

    HI Folks... And so starts another period in which work is interrupted by public holidays and extended vacations. Along with that sadly, comes the inevitable fatalities and trauma associated with bad driving and probable reckless actions of other… more...
    Eugene Herbert 11
  • Kgothatso Masekela Corporate Comm Mngr Atlas Copco SA , Hercules McDonald trustee - Atlas Copco Transformation Trust & Michelle Immelman Director - Vita Nova
    Apr 16, 2014 aBr Move

    Atlas Copco Transformation Trust Fund gives New…

    Atlas Copco South Africa’s support of the Vita Nova Cerebral Palsy Centre over the past six years has greatly assisted the facility with upgrades and extensions which has improved the quality of life of their patients. A subsidiary of the global… more...
    Editor 18
  • Clare Vale Heats Up Cape Town
    Apr 16, 2014 Motorsport

    Clare Vale Heats Up Cape Town

    Cape Town – This weekend saw the national SupaDrift drifting series travel to Cape Town for the first time. Making the event even more unique was that it was held at the Grand West Casino, another first for the series. The arena track made for… more...
    Editor 168
  • Apr 15, 2014 News

    VM Motori the hidden diesel force

    The name VM Motori S.p.A. is probably not very well known outside of the corridors of the motor industry, but the company, which is located in Cento, Italy, has occupied a very substantial position as a supplier of diesel engines to major brands… more...
    Frank Beeton 61
  • Kelvin van der Linde is 2013 Bridgestone SA /SA Guild of Motoring Journalists Motor Sportsman of the Year
    Apr 14, 2014 Motorsport

    Kelvin van der Linde wins BridgestoneSA/SAGMJ…

    Image: Ken Oyama (Bridgestone SA Vice President Sales and Marketing), Etienne van der Linde, Bernadine van der Line, Kelvin van der Linde, Christo Valentyn (SAGMJ Chairman) Kelvin van der Linde, 17, who won the 2013 International VW Scirocco R-Cup… more...
    Editor 46
    Apr 14, 2014 aBr Motoring


    Hi Folks... When considering your next vehicle purchase it may be worthwhile – particularly if you have young children in the family – to reflect on the value of new vehicle technology. See the section highlighted in yellow below. While the… more...
    Eugene Herbert 42
  • Apr 10, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Goodyear unwraps new blimp

    Goodyear has unveiled an all-new, state-of-the-art version of its world-famous icon, the Goodyear Blimp. The new airship is larger, faster and more maneuverable than its fleet of predecessors and builds on the tyre manufacturer's legacy as the… more...
    Motoring staff 264
  • Apr 10, 2014 aBr Buzz

    New innovation at VWSA plant

    Volkswagen Group South Africa has installed a new cutting-edge technology that is a first for its Uitenhage-based manufacturing plant. The Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) system replaced the old traditional roller conveyor and has dramatically… more...
    Motoring staff 59
  • Apr 09, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Project 2002: Time to panic

    I’m a worried man: with less than three months to go we aren’t nearly halfway done and on current form we’re unlikely to have a finished product for James Burford to drive off in come his 18th birthday… But there’s a man with a plan, and that man is… more...
    Adrian Burford 32
  • Boeredag/Farmers' Day
    Apr 09, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Boeredag/Farmers' Day

    I have found that when you draw a north-south line through the middle of SA, speeches made to the east thereof, in the Far Western Transvaal, northern Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Gauteng, Free State, far Eastern Cape, anywhere in Kwazulu-Natal, there is an… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 26
  • Mistakes first time drivers make
    Apr 09, 2014 aBr Motoring

    Mistakes first time drivers make

    Your first car symbolises freedom, independence…and also, sleepless nights for worried parents. It’s common knowledge that younger and more inexperienced drivers are at greater risk, and it’s up to parents and guardians to make sure that they are… more...
    Edna de Sousa 28
  • Treat Pedestrians As Vulnerable
    Apr 09, 2014 aBr Motoring

    Treat Pedestrians As Vulnerable

    Just 18% of South Africans have a driving licence. This; from the Automobile Association, which has compared the population data for 2011 to the number of driving licences in circulation for the same year. “According to the 2011 census, South… more...
    Editor 36
  • Jeff Osborne - The art of photographing your car so that it will sell
    Apr 09, 2014 aBr Motoring

    The art of photographing your car so that it will…

    Driving around from dealer to dealer looking for the right car and the right price has become a thing of the past, with increasing numbers of South Africans turning to online platforms to do their new and used vehicle shopping. Which is why both… more...
    Editor 26
  • Tiger Wheel & Tyre's Top Tips to Deal with Bullying on our Roads
    Apr 09, 2014 aBr Motoring

    Tiger Wheel & Tyre's Top Tips to Deal with…

    If you ask South Africans to describe their countrymen in general, most will respond with adjectives like "easygoing" and "friendly." Yet one glance at any newspaper will tell you that when we get on the roads, we are anything but laid back. It's… more...
    Editor 32
  • Apr 09, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Improving my Toyota Prius - part two

    Converting my Toyota Prius into something even more fuel efficient was a first for me (in general I like cars to remain standard), but turned out to be a hugely interesting experience. I am very lucky to know a person like Antony English that has… more...
    Editor 148
  • Apr 09, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Monroe advises fitment centres

    Shock absorbers are often overlooked when evaluating the safety or roadworthiness of a vehicle because they cannot be easily seen, and are therefore difficult to check for signs of damage or wear. And because they wear out gradually, motorists often… more...
    Motoring staff 112
  • Is the worst over for EM/SA?
    Apr 08, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Is the worst over for EM/SA?

    It is now a week ago that Brian Dames exited as Eskom CEO. And the more distance one takes, the more it would seem that our electricity challenges are far from over. They may only be really beginning, however challenging that may be. Can the same be… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 27
  • A World Setting New Records
    Apr 08, 2014 aBr Buzz

    A World Setting New Records

    The Dutch have their share of peculiarities, one of which is the Spring Ritual. Although not officially named or recognized as such, its very informality and universality is all the more charming. The Dutch climate knows long spells of cloudy,… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 33
  • Apr 07, 2014 Motorsport

    Emerging talent in F1’s new era

    New regulations, with the most technical changes in more than two decades, have brought a slew of new challenges to the Formula One paddock - and some criticism from the sidelines. Yes, the cars sound noticeably different thanks to their more muted… more...
    Graham Duxbury 62
    Apr 07, 2014 aBr Motoring


    Hi Folks… We recently launched a new on line program for testing the mental health - that’s right, mental health – of drivers. The research uncovered information on studies undertaken, particularly in the US, with regard to various risk factors for… more...
    Eugene Herbert 38
  • Apr 03, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Auto Enhance Launched In Midrand

    The Autovest Group of companies launched its first ever Auto Enhance Fitment Centre franchise in Gauteng in early April at a launch event attended by industry role players and emceed by Isidingo actor, Jack Devnarain. Auto Enhance is a new… more...
    Editor 127
    Apr 03, 2014 aBr Motoring


    Hi Folks… Reading what happens in other “first world” countries often gives one reason to reflect on what the true state of affairs is on our roads in South Africa. The subject under discussion relates to what is happening in the UK - where… more...
    Eugene Herbert 86
  • Apr 01, 2014 Reviews

    Peugeot 3008 2.0 HDi Allure

    Peugeot updated its crossover 3008 range early this year and aBr was lucky enough to sample the vehicle in top-of-the-range Allure trim recently. EngineThis particular model boasts Peugeots very refined 2.0-litre diesel engine, which is mated to a… more...
    Tristan Wiggil 56
  • Apr 01, 2014 Reviews

    Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost PowerShift Trend

    Late last year Ford South Africa announced that the Ford Fiesta would be offered with a PowerShift automatic transmission in combination with its acclaimed 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine. I drove this very car for a week in March. InteriorThe Fiesta’s… more...
    Tristan Wiggil 124
  • Première of Automechanika Kiev postponed until 2015
    Mar 31, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Première of Automechanika Kiev postponed

    In view of the current political situation in the Ukraine, the première of Automechanika Kiev, which was scheduled to have been held at KyivExpoPlaza Kiev from 21 to 23 May 2014, has been postponed. The fair will now be held in Kiev in June 2015.… more...
    Editor 55
  • Mar 28, 2014 aBr Buzz

    OE vs matching quality

    Over the past year, aBr has been running quite a few articles around the issue of Right to Repair. Most of these have been around the push for legislation to allow consumers more choice when repairing their much loved vehicles. But there are many… more...
    Editor 228
  • Mar 28, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Right to repair: mutual co-operation needed

    The OEMs and the independent aftermarket have been going at it hammer and tongs for years, with the OEMs trying to block the independent workshops’ access to the OEMs’ proprietary information, while the independents desperately need access to this… more...
    Austin Gamble 168
  • Gordhan passed the baton – are businesses taking it?
    Mar 28, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Gordhan passed the baton – are businesses taking…

    Local industry experts share their thoughts on the latest Budget Speech 25th March 2014 – The 2014 National Budget Address echoed a resounding endorsement of the National Development Plan (NDP), viewed by business as a blueprint for faster growth,… more...
    Editor 57
  • Mar 27, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Technical: Carburettors and Throttle Valves

    This month we discuss the workings of the throttle valve, which gives the driver control over engine speed in vehicles equipped with carburettors. In older cars, a carburettor is used to create the required fuel mixture, which takes place in the… more...
    Motoring staff 97
  • Why haven't we been sunk yet?
    Mar 27, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Why haven't we been sunk yet?

    There is something very intriguing about our condition. Why with so many severe headwinds haven't we been more properly sunk yet? Why do we keep showing growth of 2% with inclinations of wanting to talk it up to 2.5%-3% while a more appropriate… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 65
  • Mar 26, 2014 aBr Motoring

    Are global car sales approaching their Zenith?

    There is a body of opinion in the United States that the Global market for motor vehicles may reach its upper limit within the next decade. The total market in 2013 ended at 82 million, but some observers think that the turnaround may come somewhere… more...
    Frank Beeton 61
  • Mar 25, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Project 2002: Red and ready for assembly

    Man, but there are a lot of parts in a car, even a simple one like a BMW 2002… This is one of the first discoveries we made when we got ours home from Cornrights and started assembling it – a process which we’ve been looking forward to for months!… more...
    Adrian Burford 99
  • EM and the Unknown
    Mar 25, 2014 aBr Buzz

    EM and the Unknown

    It is a simple enough proposition. During May-December 2013 the world faced a particularly challenging Unknown linked to the start of Fed policy normalisation (ending bond purchases followed by raising US interest rates to more normal levels) after… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 63
  • The Rand Revisited
    Mar 24, 2014 aBr Motoring

    The Rand Revisited

    In an article earlier this year ("Off-the-wall forecasts"), I looked at what the Rand was potentially facing, especially domestically, and concluded that these events could possibly lead to outsized Rand undervaluation, even well beyond 13:$. So far… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 64
  • Suspending the Rules of Engagement
    Mar 24, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Suspending the Rules of Engagement

    We all hopefully know the Ten Commandments. You are not supposed to do this, that and the other thing. These essentially good survival rules were handed down in ancient times, many millenniums ago. The 11th Commandment was agreed upon as recently as… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 60
  • A future feeding off hubs
    Mar 24, 2014 aBr Buzz

    A future feeding off hubs

    Some 10 years ago I wrote "South Africa's Modern Post-Industrial Gentrification". In January I published an article entitled "The Successful Economy", in which I analysed the more successful aspects that keep carrying the SA economy even when… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 77
  • Mar 24, 2014 News

    The “Ute” is 80

    Ford Australia recently celebrated the 80th Anniversary of its first “Ute” model (“Ute” is a fairly close Australian equivalent of South Africa’s “Bakkie”). The 1933 product initiative was sparked by a letter from a farmer’s wife in Victoria, who… more...
    Frank Beeton 60
  • Quartering the SA economy
    Mar 24, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Quartering the SA economy

    by Cees Bruggemans Do you also perhaps feel at times as if something wants to pull you apart (indeed tear you limb from limb)? There may be some truth in it, seeing it also seems to be happening to the larger economy. In our personal circumstances… more...
    Editor 67
  • Crashing the company car
    Mar 24, 2014 aBr Motoring

    Crashing the company car

    Hi Folks … Do you face more risks on work-related car trips as opposed to driving within your personal time? While this may have been of academic interest to many employers in the past, this could now be re-assessed in the light of research… more...
    Eugene Herbert 70
  • Mar 20, 2014 News

    Jeep’s International Renegade

    With Fiat Chrysler Automobiles now an established fact, the automotive world has been looking on with great interest for early signs of just how the two partners would work together, now that all the structural impediments have been removed. They… more...
    Frank Beeton 88
  • Mar 18, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Report: National e-CAR Indaba 2014

    The highly successful e-CAR 2014 Indaba, held at the Wanderers Club, Illovo, Johannesburg, on Saturday 15 March 2014, attracted 130 delegates who were treated to a series of inspiring topics. The message of the Indaba was all about being different,… more...
    Howard Keeg 157
  • Mar 17, 2014 aBr Move

    Price Pressure and Good Business

    Burdened by the multiple hits - like hiking petrol and food prices, and E-tolls - which have been reining in consumer spend for some time, businesses are now starting to behave in similar patterns, says Steve Sutherland, MiXTelematics Director… more...
    Editor 116
  • 5 Wet Weather Driving Mistakes to Avoid
    Mar 17, 2014 aBr Motoring

    5 Wet Weather Driving Mistakes to Avoid

    No doubt every Gauteng driver is by now an “expert” wet weather driver and will be able to deal with any and every challenge associated with our current situation – Ok, stop laughing!!! Clearly, judging by the number and frequency of collisions,… more...
    Eugene Herbert 51
  • Mar 17, 2014 aBr Move

    New Dynamics enter the Truck Market

    Earlier this year we commented on the performance of the South African truck market during calendar year 2013. At a final audited volume of 30 922 units, this market for all vehicles over 3,5 tons Gross Vehicle Mass grew by 11,1% over the equivalent… more...
    Frank Beeton 99
  • Mar 17, 2014 News

    Mini – Where is it headed?

    There can be no denying that BMW’s stewardship of the Mini brand since 2001 has been a great success. By the end of 2012, 2½ million of the radically redesigned car had been sold, joined by a further 305 000 in 2013, which was also an individual… more...
    Frank Beeton 154
  • Mar 13, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Shell avails new Helix Ultra range

    Shell unveiled its new Shell Helix Ultra range of fully synthetic motor oils, formulated with Shell’s PurePlus Technology for both petrol and diesel passenger cars, at a Johannesburg launch event this week. The company says the Gas To Liquids (GTL)… more...
    Motoring staff 164
  • Mar 11, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Capricorn Society Ceases SA Operations

    Capricorn Society has announced it is ceasing its operations in the Republic of South Africa (RSA) and trade credit will not be provided beyond 14 March 2014. All affected Capricorn members, suppliers and employees in South Africa have been told of… more...
    Motoring staff 163
    Mar 11, 2014 aBr Buzz


    Fuchs’ TITAN GT1 EVO SAE 0W-20 has become one of the world's first engine oils to be approved for the new BMW specification Longlife-14 FE+. As a pioneer of 0W-20 engine oils with the world's first zinc-free 0W-20, Fuchs has consistently developed… more...
    Editor 142
  • Mar 10, 2014 aBr Move

    G.U.D Holdings invests, expands

    G.U.D Filters invited aBr’s editorial team to its world-class manufacturing facilities in Pietermaritzburg (PMB) and Durban and to the G.U.D Holdings head office in Prospecton, as the company revealed its ambitious manufacturing plans for the… more...
    Tristan Wiggil 175
  • Preventing Aggressive Driving
    Mar 10, 2014 aBr Motoring

    Preventing Aggressive Driving

    Hi Folks... An incident several weeks back in which a motorcyclist was “killed” is no doubt still fresh in our minds. The follow on (which includes grief, remorse, possibly many more emotions) no doubt being analysed by many people and or… more...
    Eugene Herbert 120
    Mar 10, 2014 aBr Buzz


    With Gauteng experiencing unprecedented and relentless rain, many motorists are struggling to navigate the multitude of pot holes that have opened up on the road networks. Driving over hidden or unknown potholes can cause damage to vehicles of all… more...
    Motor Industry Workshop Association 85
  • Mar 06, 2014 aBr Buzz

    3D printer expediates part manufacturing

    DemaPlasTech Rapid Prototyping and Stratasys invited aBr to an open day and a “Tour In 3D Printing” in early March. Stratasys is a manufacturer of 3D printers and materials for personal use, prototyping and production. During the event we saw both… more...
    Tristan Wiggil 1085
  • Mar 05, 2014 aBr Move

    ZF brings Eco transmission to life

    Transmission experts ZF Friedrichshafen introduced the media and its customers to its fancy Eco Life transmission during its Eco Life Customer Day held at Zwartkops Raceway in February. Eco Life is a six-speed automatic transmission that is designed… more...
    Tristan Wiggil 136
  • Mar 03, 2014 Motorsport

    The ghost of Newey’s past?

    Adrian Newey is recognised as a genius and considered one of the best engineers in motorsport. He is currently Red Bull's chief technical officer and the brains behind Sebastian Vettel's recent dominance of the sport. He has worked in various… more...
    Graham Duxbury 161
    Mar 03, 2014 aBr Buzz


    Easy-to-remember, practical and essential steps to take when caring for your vehicle For many of us, the prospect of buying a new car every couple of years to avoid the mechanical issues when they start cropping up, or the costs of more frequent… more...
    Editor 162
    Mar 03, 2014 aBr Motoring


    A total of 58 percent of survey respondents wanted a backup camera in their next vehicle. Consumer Reports National Research Center recently surveyed consumers about which high-tech safety and infotainment features top their must-have list for their… more...
    Eugene Herbert 76
  • Beware incorrect jumpstarting can damage your car's computer
    Mar 02, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Incorrect jumpstarting can damage ECU's

    When an Electronic Control Unit (ECU) - also known as the 'computer' - of a vehicle needs to be repaired or replaced, motorists are often confronted with a hefty repair bill. This makes sense as an ECU is a very powerful control system capable of… more...
    Motor Industry Workshop Association 143
  • Feb 28, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Consolidating Project 2002

    It has been a month of consolidation on Project 2002, with a lot of work going on behind the scenes. The body is still a long way from getting anywhere near a spraybooth, but progress is being made and most of the old paint is off and one good… more...
    Adrian Burford 239
  • My pick of the bunch is the 1.2 litre GL DZire.
    Feb 26, 2014 Launches

    Suzuki Swift given the boot

    Suzuki Auto South Africa has plugged the price gap between its newly updated Swift and entry-level Alto range with the 1.2 litre Swift hatch and 1.2 litre Swift sedan, the booted version otherwise known as the DZire.Neither of the two newcomers… more...
    Tristan Wiggil 147
  • Children prove to be a major Driver distraction
    Feb 24, 2014 aBr Motoring

    Children prove to be a major Driver distraction

    Hi Folks… Ask me what I dislike most about motorists and I will unequivocally answer – drivers who allow their children to travel in a vehicle while standing on the seat (front particularly, but equally as bad in the rear). The driver ( as apparent… more...
    Eugene Herbert 220
  • Feb 23, 2014 News

    Ford Puts Ally into the F-150

    Last August, Auto Alert took time out to take a closer look at a class of vehicles known in America as “full-size pickups”. This vehicle type has been firmly rooted in the psyche of its home country since Henry Ford put a loadbox on his Model T in… more...
    Frank Beeton 165
  • Feb 21, 2014 Reviews

    Nissan NV200 Highly recommended

    We needed a small workhorse in a hurry. A people carrier with enough space to take four/five people and our trade show paraphernalia, plus quite a few magazines, to Bethlehem for the Partinform roadshow. Nissan SA came to our rescue with an NV200… more...
    Howard Keeg 145
  • Feb 21, 2014 News

    Demise of Australia’s Motor industry a wake up…

    South Africa’s motor industry is one of the most important elements of the country’s industrial patchwork. According to Dr Johan Van Zyl, President of the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA), the vehicle and… more...
    Frank Beeton 213
  • Feb 20, 2014 News

    Fiat and Chrysler are now FCA

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is the name that has been adopted by the now completely merged global vehicle manufacturer. The final merger took effect on January 2nd, 2014, when Fiat SpA paid $US 4,35 billion to acquire 41,5% of Chrysler Group LLC’s… more...
    Frank Beeton 223
  • Feb 20, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Midas taxi makeover winner announced

    MV Rabushaga from Bochum in Limpopo is the winner of the Midas “Win a Taxi makeover to the value of R20 000” competition. The competition was run through 53 Midas stores in the Northern regions of Gauteng and Limpopo. “We had requests from a few… more...
    Motoring staff 202
  • Feb 18, 2014 News

    Toyota is Top of the World (again)

    According to the authoritative Wardsauto website, Toyota retained its crown as the world’s Number One vehicle manufacturer in 2013, with global total sales of 9,9 million vehicles in the calendar year. The runner-up berth, however, has changed… more...
    Frank Beeton 223
  • Thegandra Naidoo: Mea Culpa
    Feb 17, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Thegandra Naidoo Update

    Yesterday I announced that I would come to decision about Mr Thegandra Naidoo’s future at Automotive Business Review (aBr). After a day of reflection and consultation, and further investigation into the events around a most unfortunate and… more...
    Editor 907
  • Taxi Cabs:  How's My Driving? New project aims to make roads safer for Pedestrians
    Feb 17, 2014 aBr Motoring

    Taxi Cabs: How's My Driving?

    Hi Folks… Most drivers would probably welcome a project that would control Taxi’s – more so their drivers – but would also probably recognize the challenges associated therewith. In reading the report below there are a few points highlighted that… more...
    Eugene Herbert 183
  • Feb 16, 2014 Motorsport

    Shell brings F1 to local streets

    Shell hosted the Shell V-Power Nitro+ Festival in Johannesburg on 15 February to celebrate Shell’s latest performance fuel to power South African motorists. Local Ferrari fans turned out to cheer on Scuderia Ferrari test driver Marc Gené as he put… more...
    Press Release 181
  • Brett Liebenberg of Hi Performance Vanderbijlpark Midas with Cannon Kunene District manager Monroe
    Feb 14, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Monroe/PIA announce bike promo winners

    Monroe Shocks South Africa and Parts Incorporated Africa (PIA) have announced the winners of their joint Win a Delivery Bike Promotion. The tiered promotion involved individual PIA branch managers and trade customers. Also given away during the… more...
    Editor 263
  • Feb 14, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Robinair Day lucky draw winners announced

    Walter Gale from Auto Expedi8 (Johannesburg) and Mark Rowe from Super Synergy (Cape Town) have been drawn as winners of the MACSauto and Robinair Day competition. They each win a Robinair ACM-3000 refrigerant management station. The competition… more...
    Thegandra Naidoo 218
  • Feb 13, 2014 Reviews

    Mitsubishi’s Triton given a nip/tuck

    It’s been a long haul for Mitsubishi. Over the last decade, the marque lost much of it’s following in South Africa due to a limited number of models. Sealing Mitsubishi’s fate was the high cost of ownership and lack of aftermarket support. Not… more...
    Thegandra Naidoo 204
  • Feb 11, 2014 Launches

    Toyota Corolla Marches On

    With the intense competition that is now all pervasive in the South African automotive scene, the marketers at the motor manufacturers have their work cut out when introducing a new model, and sometimes the sales predictions come a little unstuck.… more...
    Howard Keeg 287
    Feb 11, 2014 aBr Move


    Hi Folks... No doubt many have their own opinions as to why so many crashes occur on our roads in South Africa. Vehicle condition (un-road worthiness) probably being one of the main contributory factors. So, if that was eradicated would the… more...
    Eugene Herbert 284
  • Feb 08, 2014 Launches

    Nissan Impendulo the answer - or is it?

    Nissan South Africa unveiled its E20 minibus taxi successor, the NV350 taxi or Impendulo in isiZulu, at a high-energy Kyalami, Midrand launch function on Friday evening. Transport industry stakeholders, including those from various taxi… more...
    Tristan Wiggil 561
  • Feb 07, 2014 aBr Buzz

    BMW 2002: Body of evidence

    The concept of Project 2002 is gathering steam and interest from old car enthusiasts…let’s hope our rusty and dented donor car doesn’t slow things down too much. Peter Corna doesn’t mince his words – a characteristic he gets from his father, Aldo,… more...
    Adrian Burford 365
  • Going green means more efficient and cost-effective vehicle fleets, says Standard Bank
    Feb 07, 2014 aBr Move

    Going green means more efficient and…

    Talk to the average fleet manager on going green, and he or she will probably immediately think about the costs of meeting emission requirements and using a specialised fleet management product to do so. “The truth is that going green can reduce… more...
    Dr David Molapo 199
  • Feb 06, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Souping up my Toyota Prius

    Caption 1: Panels removed with existing battery visible and charger sitting in spare wheel well Caption 2: Battery cells imported from China Caption 3: Battery box built and wired up – ready for installation Caption 4: Stefan figuring out where to… more...
    Editor 530
  • Feb 06, 2014 News

    FMCSA starts 2014 at a gallop

    Despite a sedate start for the South African motor industry, FMCSA bucked the sales trend in January with a 48% increase against its January 2013 results. More impressively, the sharp increase comes on the back of a successful 2013 for FMCSA. “Last… more...
    Motoring staff 246
  • Feb 06, 2014 News

    Toyota renews Prospecton vows

    As I watched the first examples of Toyota’s 11th generation Corolla, produced in left and right-hand drive for local and international markets, roll off the company’s Prospecton production line this week in Durban, I was left with a feeling of… more...
    Tristan Wiggil 282
  • Feb 06, 2014 Reviews

    Subaru Forester - best SUV in its segment?

    The Subaru Forester has been around since 1997. But while the SUV market has grown eight-fold in South Africa since then - thanks to the arrival of cars like the Land Rover Freelander, Audi Q5 and Mazda CX-5 - the Forester has remained a niche… more...
    Thegandra Naidoo 272
  • Be cautious when buying group deals for car services
    Feb 05, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Be cautious when buying group deals for car…

    There is no end to the number of sites you can join offering group deals, but, cautions Les Mc Master, Chairman of the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA), be aware that some group deals, especially relating to car servicing, may not be all… more...
    Motor Industry Workshop Association 276
  • Feb 04, 2014 Motorsport

    Coming to terms with Formula One’s new face

    “A total farce” is how Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone branded the globe’s premier racing category after the first test of the new-generation turbocharged cars at the Jerez circuit in southern Spain. He made his feelings abundantly clear in an… more...
    Graham Duxbury 253
  • Feb 03, 2014 Motorsport

    Zwartkops festival a passion for speed

    Speed is a street term for amphetamines. Amphetamines, if taken in small doses, can really cause a buzz, both emotionally and cognitively. Take a little more and you get euphoria, an increase in libido, increased arousal, and improved cognitive… more...
    Howard Keeg 253
  • Risk to Children
    Feb 03, 2014 aBr Motoring

    Drivers a risk to school-going children

    Hi Folks... With the school term having started a few days ago it is evident that many parents don’t know how to drive when in the vicinity of a school. In the 1970s around 25 percent of kids were transported to school by car.Today a staggering 70… more...
    Eugene Herbert 196
  • Feb 02, 2014 News

    Emerging economies want in-car tech

    Drivers in emerging economies have a pronounced interest in next-generation in-car technologies, an Accenture survey on the subject has found. Those in the business of selling new cars will welcome the survey's assumption that future sales demand… more...
    Editor 319
  • Jan 30, 2014 News

    It's time for VDUB Camp Festival 2014

    The 2014 VDUB Camp Festival takes place at Abrahamsrust Pleasure Resort in Sasolburg on 01/02 February 2014. The event, now running for the sixth consecutive year, is widely regarded as the largest Volkswagen show of its kind in the country. The… more...
    Thegandra Naidoo 302
  • Jan 30, 2014 Reviews

    Ballistic missile - Merc's E63 AMG

    Anyone can buy AMG wheels these days, a fair few come with similar body kits and you can't hear yourself think as the non-standard exhaust systems drone around the neighbourhood on a Saturday night. What you don't usually get on those fakers is a… more...
    Thegandra Naidoo 295
  • Jan 29, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Car spares prices make little sense

    Is it always a good idea to buy a new small, inexpensive car, because maintenance and repair costs will be lower than on a more upmarket used vehicle? Sadly, not. My epiphany came about when my Daihatsu Sirion 1,3’s air-conditioning packed up in… more...
    Gavin Foster 318
  • Jan 28, 2014 Reviews

    Ford Fiesta ST put to the test

    My dad’s first car was a humble Ford Escort 1600 Sport. Back in its day, it was a raucous car with plenty of oomph and character to take on the likes of the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Renault T5. My dad loved it to bits and often spoke about his daring… more...
    Thegandra Naidoo 378
  • Jan 28, 2014 aBr Buzz

    An ode to the BMW 2002

    Last year we embarked on a project to build a classic car with a difference: a Modern Classic, with a later-generation drivetrain, ABS brakes, and hopefully all the qualities to make it suitable as both a daily drive and a starter car for a… more...
    Adrian Burford 444
  • Jan 23, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Incest in the motor industry

    So poor old Sydney Gordon (65) of Johannesburg is suing Nissan South Africa because he bought a Nissan NP 200 from them for R131 342 on 22 February 2012 and a year later discovered that it had “Renault” stamped all over it. He must have gone to a… more...
    Gavin Foster 474
  • Jan 23, 2014 aBr Move

    Setting the Record Straight

    Last November, Moving Matters contained an article which suggested that the Volvo Group had missed an important opportunity to communicate its future product strategy to a wider audience by not participating in the Johannesburg International Motor… more...
    Frank Beeton 248
  • Jan 22, 2014 aBr Move

    Transnet’s Chinese Locomotives

    During November, 2013, it was announced that the first two of an order of 95 Class 20E electric locomotives procured by Transnet Freight Rail from China South Locomotive and Rolling Stock Corporation subsidiary CSR Zhuzhou had arrived in Durban.… more...
    Frank Beeton 304
  • Jan 21, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Future Trends in (Basic) Car Design

    With so much attention directed these days towards hybrids, all-electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cells, it is easy to overlook developing trends in the design of basic, down-to-earth motor cars. In some respects, the new technological directions… more...
    Frank Beeton 318
  • Jan 21, 2014 News

    The General’s World is Changing

    The early weeks of December, 2013 were witness to an astonishing number of highly significant events in the universe of General Motors Company. It was probably not a coincidence that these events took place at around the same time that the United… more...
    Frank Beeton 369
  • Jan 13, 2014 Reviews

    Road test: Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

    The eighties marked a revolution for Mitsubishi - they introduced the Pajero and joined the rat race 4x4 market. It was well received by customers, despite its quirky lines and weak diesel engines, with many favouring it over Toyota Land Cruiser and… more...
    Thegandra Naidoo 276