New vehicle sales growth slow down, trend remains positive in February

  Toyota top seller in all external vehicle sales channels Strong export growth spearheaded by Toyota Hilux returns to top spot as best-selling vehicle in South Africa   Market segment 2012 2013 % change Passenger vehicles 36 362 36 666 0.8% Light commercial vehicles 13 554 14 190 4.7% Medium commercial vehicles 939 868 -7.6%…

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Can Traffic register number certificates be acceptable identification for foreigners?

Question: Could somebody please contact me, either Alta or Jody to explain to me about traffic register numbers? I have been advised by a driving school in Johannesburg that they use traffic register numbers for those foreign nationals who wish to apply for either learners permits, licences or who want to register a motor vehicle.…

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Toyota Racing unveils 2013 Le Mans Hybrid Challenger

Toyota Racing unveils 2013 TS030 Hybrid World Endurance Championship (WEC) contender  Toyota Racing to run two cars throughout 2013 WEC season  Alex Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre and Kazuki Nakajima to drive TS030 Hybrid (no. 7)  Anthony Davidson confirmed to run in TS030 Hybrid (no. 8) with Stéphane Sarrazin and Sébastien Buemi  Improvements made to powertrain, chassis…

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Fleet management and vehicle tracking solutions company DigiCore releases interim results

Fleet management and vehicle tracking solutions company, JSE listed DigiCore Holdings Limited, grew its interim revenue by 12% to R448.5 million for the half year ended 31 December 2012.  Gross profit improved by 7% to R299.2 million over the comparative reporting period.  Future annuity subscriptions and service revenue streams were secured with an additional 41,000…

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Toyota takes top honours in latest JD Powers Survey

Seven Toyota, Lexus and Scion (Toyota nameplate in the USA) models captured segment awards in the 2013 American J.D. Power and Associates Vehicle Dependability Study, more than any other automaker. Each year, the research firm determines which are the most reliable vehicles on American roads and publishes the list in its Vehicle Dependability Study. Reliability…

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May I drive in South Africa with a Zimbabwean driving licence or is a international driving licence required?

Question: May I drive in South Africa with a Zimbabwean driving licence or is a international driving licence required? Answer: In terms of the law, a driving licence that has been issued in a foreign country, is recognised as a valid driving licence in respect of the class of motor vehicle to which that licence…

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Road Traffic Legislation Update – AARTO & Criminal Procedure Act

Please note that an extensive amendment bill to the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act, 1998 was published for comment in Government Gazette 36173, dated 20 February 2013.  A memorandum explaining the amendments form part of the gazette (p 24). The gazette is available on our website (See presentations). Comments may be made until…

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Point S Names Gabriel as Preferred Shock Absorber Supplier

Point S South Africa, part of the French-based international independent tyre dealer network operating across 27 countries with over 2500 outlets, has selected Gabriel as its preferred shock absorber supplier. “As the world’s largest independent tyre retail chain, we have an obligation to our customers to only select high-quality products complemented by excellent aftersales service,”…

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BMW recalls 570,000 vehicles in US and Canada on issue with battery cable connector

BMW is recalling almost 570,000 cars in the U.S. and Canada because a battery cable connector can fail and cause the engines to stall. The recall affects the popular 3-Series sedans, wagons, convertibles and coupes from the 2007 through 2011 model years. Also included are 1-Series coupes and convertibles from 2008 through 2012, and the…

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