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OPEL As­tra sold more than 250,000 times

A "Golden Steer­ing Wheel" win­ner, "Most Sen­si­ble Car" and ul­ti­mately "Car of the Year 2016" - since its pre­miere last year, the new Opel As­tra has been win­ning over ex­perts and the pub­lic alike. But not only them: cus­tomers love the youngest gen­er­a­tion of the com­pact class suc­cess story. To date, al­ready more than 250,000 or­ders have been re­ceived across Europe for the As­tra five- door and Sports Tourer vari­ants.

HONDA Motor South Africa’s new Pres­i­dent

From April this year, Toshi­aki Kon­aka be­came pres­i­dent for Honda Motor Southern Africa. Join­ing the com­pany in 1984, Toshi­aki Kon­aka has held a num­ber of se­nior au­to­mo­tive and sales roles in­clud­ing 16 years at Honda's Euro­pean op­er­a­tions. Honda Motor Southern Africa op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor, Gra­ham Ea­gle has been pro­moted to vice pres­i­dent and sup­ports Kon­aka in the tran­si­tion to the new po­si­tion.

PEU­GEOT gets the lion’s share

Peu­geot con­tin­ues its good form in the (South African) Kin­sey Report which looks at ve­hi­cle parts pric­ing. The tal­ented 208 once again played a star­ring role for the French brand as the pop­u­lar B-seg­ment hatch fin­ished at the front of a tough field of su­per­mi­nis. The record showed that a bas­ket of parts for a Peu­geot 208 1.2 Ac­tive cost less than the same se­lec­tion of parts for sim­i­lar cars.

LEXUS un­veils spi­der-web seat

Lexus un­veiled a new ki­netic seat con­cept that show­cases a raft of ad­vanced features. Ro­ta­tional move­ment of the seat cush­ion and its back­rest sim­u­lates the fun­da­men­tal spinal move­ments of hu­man mo­bil­ity to help sta­bilise the oc­cu­pant's head. The in­no­va­tive spi­der web­pat­tern flex­i­ble net closely fits body shapes, dis­pers­ing the load for pro­longed seat com­fort and op­ti­mal body sup­port.

TUC­SON awarded by Women on Wheels

The new Hyundai Tuc­son has won the 2016 (South African) Women on Wheels Car of the Year Award. Tuc­son took the top spot due to its af­ford­abil­ity, prac­ti­cal­ity and over­all value for money. Thou­sands of votes were cast and the even­tual win­ners in 11 cat­e­gories were cho­sen from 120 fi­nal­ists (over and above the over­all win­ners). The Range Rover Sport won the over­all Reader's Choice Award.

SUZUKI Su­per Carry beats the odds

The chal­lenge - drive 750km with 750kg on R750 of fuel with a Suzuki Su­per Carry. # Su­per­carry750 chal­lenge was con­ceived when the team at Suzuki Auto South Africa de­cided to test their new­est work­horse and help some­one in need at the same time. A large load, in­clud­ing a few dish­wash­ers and fresh paint, was driven to Hos­pice in Port Shep­stone ( Kwazulu- Natal) us­ing only R750 of petrol. The Su­per Carry eas­ily made its tar­get (trav­el­ling another 156km be­fore re­fu­el­ing) and achieved an av­er­age fuel use of just 6.7L/ 100km for the en­tire trip, most of it with a full load. Leg­endary stuff !

KINGS­LEY HOL­GATE Liv­ing Tra­di­tions

Kings­ley Hol­gate, his son Ross and a hardy team of modern- day ex­plor­ers have re­turned f rom their f i rst Liv­ing Tra­di­tions ex­pe­di­tion. Over 66 days the leg­endary ex­plorer and his sup­port crew tra­versed 12 coun­tries and im­proved over 38,000 lives, be­fore reach­ing the South Omore­gion in Ethiopia. Ndhlovukasi – the De­fender 130 that reached the Heart of Africa – lead two Dis­cov­erys, Phokot and Turkana, with some ex­pe­di­tion mem­bers in land yachts and on moun­tain bikes. Kings­ley crossed the Chew Bahir salt ocean as well as North­ern Kenya’s Chalbi and Karoli deserts.

MAZDA SKYAC­TIV Ve­hi­cle Dy­nam­ics

Con­tin­u­ing the roll­out of their SKYAC­TIV Tech­nol­ogy, Mazda has just in­tro­duced SKYAC­TIV-VE­HI­CLE Dy­nam­ics. This forms a se­ries of new­gen­er­a­tion ve­hi­cle mo­tion con­trol tech­nolo­gies which pro­vide in­te­grated con­trol of the en­gine and trans­mis­sion, chas­sis and body to en­hance the ve­hi­cle's “Jinba-it­tai”; the sen­sa­tion of con­nect­ed­ness be­tween car and driver that dis­tin­guishes Mazda ve­hi­cles.

VOLK­SWA­GEN helps to pro­tect rhi­nos

Six Volk­swa­gen Amaroks are help­ing to pro­tect rhi­nos in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency. The staff fo­cus on ar­eas like law en­force­ment, en­sur­ing that the in­fra­struc­ture keeps poach­ers at bay. "Rhi­nos are cru­cial for our ecosys­tem and tourism as they form part of the Big 5. We’re proud that our ve­hi­cles are used to safe­guard a most vul­ner­a­ble wildlife species," Thomas Schae­fer, Chair­man and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of the Volk­swa­gen Group S.A. The Amaroks are used in an­tipoach­ing ini­tia­tives like rhino notch­ing and mon­i­tor­ing and also train­ing of field rangers.

CON­COURSE South Africa a huge suc­cess

Held at Sun City in Septem­ber, the in­au­gu­ral Con­cours South Africa was an over­whelm­ing suc­cess. The event drew close to fifty en­tries, an amaz­ing ar­ray of di­ver­sity and high qual­ity cars en­tered in six cat­e­gories. The over­all win­ner was a De To­maso Pan­tera GT5, hail­ing from Botswana and owned by Fa­tima de Abreu, and lov­ingly re­stored by her hus­band Car­los. The De Abreus had a red-let­ter week­end, as their 1990 Fer­rari Tes­tarossa claimed se­cond place over­all, fol­lowed by the re­mark­ably un­der­stated, mint- orig­i­nal Pon­tiac GTO owned by Basil Pa­pagor­gio.

MERCEDES-BENZ and ex­plorer Mike Horn

Mike Horn is cur­rently on his “Pole2pole” ex­pe­di­tion to cir­cum­nav­i­gate the world from Pole to Pole, across six con­ti­nents, by al­ter­nat­ing be­tween boat, skis, kayak and the Mercedes-benz G-class. He first sailed from Monaco to Namibia, crossed the world’s old­est desert and passed through the Okavango delta in Botswana and then on to Cape Town, where he was born.

NAMIBIA wins sil­ver in Spirit of Amarok

Team S. A. suc­cess­fully de­fended its In­ter­na­tional Spirit of Amarok Tro­phy. The com­pe­ti­tion took place north of Upington in the dunes and pans of the Kala­hari. 14 teams from Aus­tralia, Botswana, Namibia, Rus­sia and South Africa par­tic­i­pated this year. The par­tic­i­pants con­tested 30 stages over five days in Amarok Dou­ble Cabs. This year's com­pe­ti­tion also in­cluded night stages. Team South Africa amassed 4,890 points, fol­lowed by Namibia with 4,263 points. Aus­tralia and Botswana were third and fourth, with new­comer Rus­sia end­ing fifth on 1,125 points.

TOY­OTA leads the sales charts again

Toy­ota once again lead newve­hi­cle sales in Septem­ber 2016 with the ever-pop­u­lar Hilux in the top spot. Achiev­ing 3,063 sales, Hilux was 626 units ahead of its near­est seg­ment ri­val, at the same time out­selling South Africa’s lead­ing en­try- level hatch­back by 241 units. This, to­gether with laud­able per­for­mances from Corolla / Quest (2,061), the Quan­tum ( 1,329), For­tuner ( 1,180), Etios (947) and Avanza (572) saw Toy­ota surge to the top of the leader board for the ninth con­sec­u­tive month this year, record­ing a to­tal of 10,837 sales across the Toy­ota, Lexus and Hino brands.

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