At the end of 2020, the Competition Commission released new regulations which concerned the servicing and maintenance of vehicles. Known as the Right to Repair, car owners will be allowed to use any service provider as well as non-original parts without the risk of losing the manufacturer warranty.
The restrictions that are currently enforced surrounding the servicing and the buying of vehicle parts will soon be lifted, which means you can save money on your car ownership. 2020 was a tough year and 2021 won’t be much different as many of us are feeling the pinch after the devastating effects COVID-19 had on the economy.
In six months, data captured after 276 million searches by AutoTrader, ending in December 2020, showed that average mileage, model and price for pre-owned cars sold were 70 429km, 2016 and R312 794 respectively.
The AA has been highly critical of the government’s plans to bring in a zero tolerance on drink driving. The proposed changes are being considered by parliament currently. The proposed changes will mean that the legal blood alcohol limit will now be 0.00g per 100ml instead of 0.05g per 110ml. The breath alcohol concentration will also change to 0.
The My BMW app can be used on Android and iOS smartphones and has now launched in South Africa. With the new My BMW app, consumers will be able to find vehicle status information.
FlexClub is a vehicle subscription marketplace that has recently launched in South Africa. FlexClub will change the way we buy and use cars and consumers can access several popular cars like the Suzuki Swift and Polo Vivo for a monthly fee.
Mercedes may have been a bit slower coming to the EV market, which they have been criticised for, but they are following through on their pledge with the EQS, which is set to deliver a leading battery range. The EQS will be making its debut on April 15th and is the first Mercedes to be built on dedicated electric car underpinnings.
Nowadays, there is more emphasis on hygiene and safety like never before. Many of us believe that our vehicle is a safe haven, which is why it is now vital that they offer us as much protection as possible. Jaguar Land Rover has taken note and in response to this new and greater need, they have created a prototype air filtration system that has shown to inhibit bacteria and viruses by 97%.
More and more vehicle manufactures are making the change to electric and many are aiming to be a fully electric brand within the next decade or so and one such brand is BMW AG’s Mini brand. The Mini brand is intensifying their switch to battery-powered vehicles and the brand is aiming to go fully electric by 2030 according to those that are familiar with this.
As with any industry, the motoring industry has had to change with the changing demands of the consumer. The way that consumers buy has changed and even though the traditional way of buying cars is still being offered, this could change in the future to subscription packages and pay for use.
At the end of March, the Automobile Association has said that there will be a huge increase in fuel prices due to fuel levy increases. AA commented on fuel price data from the Central Energy Fund, which is unaudited mid-month and noted that due to the rise in international oil prices and the dipping rand/US Dollar, petrol prices will be increasing.
Over the years, SUVs have changed and have become very popular. You are now able to get SUVs ranging from inexpensive subcompact utility vehicles to three-row SUVs that have amazing off-road capabilities to all-electric power. There are three SUVs you should know about that will be hitting the SA market this year.
The Land Rover came out top at the Women’s World Car of the Year awards 2021, which is the first time that the manufacturer has ever received this honour. Touted as the most competent vehicle from Land Rover, the all-women jury from 38 countries comprising of 50 motoring journalists, named it the best medium SUV 2021. This is the only car awards in the world that is all-women.
Did you know the FordPass Connect is in South Africa? The FordPass Connect is a nifty new feature that will be able to tell you plenty about your vehicle. Going forward, this feature will be available on all Ford models like the Raptor, FX4, Wildtrack and XLS, XL and XLT. Through an embedded modem in the vehicle, Ford owners will be able to connect using their Android or iOS smartphones.
It has been confirmed by Volvo Car South Africa that the XC40 Recharge will be launching in SA this year. The Volvo XC40 is the first fully electric vehicle with a supreme driving experience and a heated steering wheel.
The breakdown for new vehicle sales for February 2021 has been released by NAAMSA, which represents the combined interests of 43 new vehicle brands in SA, which are part of the importation, production and distribution of new vehicles within SA.
The Morris Mini-Minor was the first Mini to launch in 1959 and became an instant hit due to the affordable price, small body and quirky design. The Rover group, which included the Mini was taken over by BMW in 1994. With Mini under the control of BMW, it went through some modernisation, but the compact and rounded design remained. Mini Cooper is now a best seller and the Cooper S version isn’t too far behind.
Fikile Mbalula, Transport Minister said that there will be a complete prohibition introduced by the National Road Traffic Amendment Act on the use and consumption of alcohol by all motor vehicle drivers on SA roads. You will then need to be 100% sober when you drive and get into a vehicle said Fikile Mbalula. This means that alcohol blood concentration must be 0.00 gram per 100 ml.
Volvo has announced its plans over the next nine years and this plan includes being fully electric by2030. Volvo said that by then they intend to only have fully electric cars for sale and have their internal combustion engines phased out from their global portfolio.