A good habit forms

Some habits are good and some are bad and, if doing the same thing twice is the lead-in to a habit, then Hyundai Automotive South Africa has a good one forming with the launch of the second variation of the Hyundai Tucson Sport.

The first iteration was launched in 2017, just a year before the entire range had a design facelift.


“After the midlife upgrade of the Tucson, the time was ripe to create another Sport derivative, with mainly the same treatment as before, but with the attractive looks that came with the upgrade to the Tucson,” says Stanley Anderson, sales and operations director at Hyundai Automotive South Africa.

“We have again fitted the Tucson with bespoke black rims and a body kit that gives it a very sporty look without being overbearing. Tucson customers have really taken to the Sport after our first ‘experiment’, so we could confidently repeat the exercise this time,” says Anderson.

The Sport is available in two derivatives: The petrol version with a 1,6-litre turbo-charged engine and a diesel version with a 2,0-litre turbo-charged engine.

The 1,6-litre petrol turbo delivers 150 kW at 5 500 r/min. and maximum torque of 300 Nm at 4 500 r/min. Power is fed to the front wheels through an automatic 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), with the option of manual shift override.


The 2,0-litre turbo-diesel also delivers 150 kW, but at lower engine revolutions of 4 000 r/min. Torque delivery from the turbo-diesel is 460 Nm in an engine speed range of 1 750 r/min to 2 750 r/min. This engine, also delivering power to the front wheels, is coupled with an 8-speed automatic transmission, which also offers a manual shift option.

The Tucson Sport’s interior is similar to the other derivatives in the range, sporting a dashboard with a floating 7-inch screen for its infotainment system that offers features such as linkage to Apple’s CarPlay or the Android Auto application on smartphones.

In the case of the Sport derivative, the top specification level was chosen, including features such as electric seat adjustment for the driver and passenger, dual climate control, rear air vents, rear parking assist cameras and a rear-view camera with a display on the infotainment screen, and a panoramic sunroof.


The Tucson’s upper dashboard features high-quality soft-touch material with a double stitching line for a high-quality feeling in the interior. The focal point of the centre console is the floating audio system screen, which has an ergonomic position to allow drivers to stay focused on the road. The infotainment system in the Tucson offers a satellite navigation function when used with one’s Apple cell phone and CarPlay, or the Android Auto application.

With the addition of the Sport, the Tucson range in South Africa now consists of nine derivatives with a choice between three engines – a naturally aspirated 2,0-litre petrol engine; the turbo-charged 1,6-litre petrol engine and the 2,0-litre turbo-charged diesel – and three specification levels. All derivatives are front-wheel driven.

Apart from the Blind Spot Detection and Cross Traffic Alert (in the Executive, Elite and Sport versions), the Tucson is equipped with passive safety features such as dual front and side crash bags (driver and front passenger) and curtain crash bags that offer protection for rear passengers as well in all derivatives. Isofix latching points for child safety seats are also fitted to all Tucson derivatives.


Executive, Elite and Sport derivatives of the Tucson are also equipped with Vehicle Stability Management that keeps the car stable on wet, slippery or rough roads, as well as Hill-start Assist Control to prevent roll-back when pulling off against an incline.


Tucson 1.6 TGDI Sport (Dual Clutch Transmission) R654 900
Tucson R2.0 Sport Turbodiesel (automatic) R664 900

All prices include:
• A 5 year/90 000 km service plan;
• A 7-year/200 000 km warranty; and
• Roadside assistance for 7 years or 150 000.

All service intervals are 15 000 km, with a mandatory initial 5 000 km service for the Tucson 1.6 TGDI Elite and Sport derivatives.

Top speakers for NAAMSA conference

The South African auto industry is united in its willingness to ensure ‘South Africa is open for business’ and to drive transformation and job creation to help overturn the greed, graft, corruption and theft that characterised the Zuma years and decimated the economy.

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Ebrahim Patel is expected to head a list of qualified speakers at the NAAMSA Automotive Conference, which takes place on Thursday, August 22 as part of the South African Festival of Motoring at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit and Conference Centre.


This year’s Conference under the theme, ‘Reimagining the Future Together’, is hosted at the back of the multi-sectoral adoption of the South African Automotive Masterplan – 2035, which President Cyril Ramaphosa spoke about during his State of the Nation Address recently.

Minister Patel will open the Conference and share his thoughts on how Government, the private sector and other social partners can collaborate differently to embrace innovation as an indispensable catalyst for prosperity and sustainable growth.  He will talk about Government’s readiness as an enabler to drive the required change in providing policy framework and policy certainty in order for the automotive industry to thrive.


The conference programme is structured to accommodate keynote presentations by NAAMSA President, Andrew Kirby, who will address the subject of how localisation and transformation will create joint prosperity and unlock growth in South Africa.

Douglas Comrie, Managing Director of B&M Analysts, will give his views on whether the current Automotive Masterplan is robust enough to insulate further changes.

There is also an international speaker, Bruno Grippay, Nissan’s Regional Director Africa-Middle East-India for Connected Cars and Intelligent Mobility coordination.  He will make a significant contribution to the overall conference theme of ‘Reimagining the Future Together’ as he paints a picture of the manner in which the future of global mobility is changing the way we view transport, as well as the adaptations required by consumers and the motor industry, both global and regional.


The international keynote address will be followed by a panel discussion which will look at the readiness of the South African automotive industry to lead the innovation charge. The panel will be hosted by Mike Vincent, a Director of Deloitte. Panel members will be Bruno Grippay, Mkhululi Mlota, Chief Director Auto Desk at the DTI, Hiten Parmar, a Director of uYilo e-Mobility; Craig Parker, Research Director and Associate Fellow of Frost and Sullivan and George Mienie, CEO of AutoTrader.

The final two speakers will be Ghana Msibi, Executive Head of the Motor Division of WesBank, and Mike Mabasa, the CEO of NAAMSA. Msibi will talk about the consumer of tomorrow, the impact of changing buying behaviour and the role of dealerships, while Mabasa will discuss the automotive industry roadmap for the future.

Around 400 delegates are expected to attend this year’s conference, representing OEMs, vehicle importers and distributors, bus and truck companies, component manufacturing firms, vehicle funding and insurance companies, government and other automotive regulatory authorities; automotive supply chain and logistics organisations as well as automotive service providers, researchers and consultants.

The conference is organised by Messe Frankfurt South Africa in association with the Innovation Group and AutoTrader.


 BOOK NOW: There is limited seating for this important conference which is ‘must attend’ for those involved in all aspects of the South African motor industry. You can book online by going to: https://eventsrsvp.co.za/eventlogic/paylogic/pay.aspx?refno=Naam

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Transport and logistics need to change

The way in which the world does business is changing dramatically and fast, affecting a wide range of spheres, not the least of which is the transport and logistics industry that needs to adapt swiftly to stay in contention.

A very simple example of this change is the switch by consumers to online shopping, necessitating a whole industry revision of warehousing, packaging, labelling and delivery.


The logistics and transport industry is currently on the verge of a digital shakeup, which will dramatically transform it. With the evolution of digitisation, platform-based business models will connect new entrants, eliminate inefficient old ones and harness the cloud.

According to a recent report by Transparency Market Research, the rising volume of global trade will increase existing supply chain pressure. The logistics services sector is estimated to reach a value of $16 445-billion by 2026, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 7%.

Digitisation is needed to offer more streamlined end-to-end services, in order to steer the logistics industry into the direction of becoming more resource efficient, faster, and more responsive to customer needs.


The annual FIATA World Congress 2019 will take place in Cape Town from October 1-5, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).

The event will bring together the international freight logistics and transport industry, it will be an occasion for industry leaders from across the globe, to gain insights into industry challenges and present sustainable solutions.

FIATA President, Babar Badat says the event will host more than 1 200 industry stakeholders and decisionmakers for discussions on issues in the logistics industry, the developments, the possibilities, new technologies and its influence on the industry.

Babar Badat

The meetings will also provide thought provoking ideas as well as opportunities for the sharing of best practices from international industry heavyweights.

“We are hosting this year’s event jointly with our Member, the South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) and this year’s theme is ‘Where Technology and Logistics Meet.’

The Congress programme will focus on new technology, disruptive innovation and how this affects the logistics and freight forwarding industry worldwide,” Badat adds.


He explains exciting new concepts, such as artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, blockchain and big data all give people a closer look at life in the future.

“The rise of technology start-ups is redefining the industry’s business models, pushing traditional practitioners to rethink what they have become used to in the past and what to change in the future.”

More than 90% of experts are convinced digitisation will add value for the international logistics industry, however, Badat says as with everything, digitisation comes with both pros and cons.

“Businesses have to ensure they have wireless networks and digital support infrastructures in place, there is cyber security and data protection. Good examples of this are the recent cases of cyber pirates targeting logistics and transportation companies.”

Badat is confident the existing supply and value chain, along with international logistics service providers, will rise to these challenges, saying: “The logistics industry continues to prepare itself, together with its customers, for digital transformation.

“Some leading enterprises have been testing and commercialising various kinds of autonomous vehicles, driverless robots, blockchain platforms, digital trade documents, and so on.”

He adds small and medium-sized enterprises with limited resources should embrace these changes instead of fearing them and advises they start upgrading their operational systems gradually with new technology, while keeping an eye on advancements in the industry.

According to Badat, participation from Africa has been on the increase in FIATA and the global logistics and freight forwarding industry, which signals positive economic growth and increased international connectivity.

“The annual FIATA World Congresses continue to be platforms which showcases our commitment to update our members on technological developments in the industry and to help prepare them for new changes,” Badat concludes.

Hectic action expected

It is ‘even stevens’ in the Falken Polo Cup as South Africa’s most robust form of track racing gears up for another two races this weekend at Zwartkops Raceway, Pretoria with Jeffrey Kruger and Bradley Liebenberg equal on 125 championship points.

Current champion Kruger was the first to show his cards when he took three race wins in the first five races of the year held at Dezzi Raceway and Zwartkops.


His good form also included two more podium finishes as well as the additional points that a driver earns for pole position during qualifying and setting the fastest lap during a race. After those first two events that included the five races at Dezzi Raceway and Pretoria’s Zwartkops Raceway, the momentum swung in the direction of young Liebenberg who qualified on pole and won a race in Cape Town.

He followed it up with a clean sweep in Port Elizabeth that consisted of pole position, three race wins and points for fastest laps in two of them. The result is a tie at the top of the championship points table with 125 points each.

“I can’t wait for Zwartkops,” says Liebenberg. “Jeffrey is very strong there but I love the circuit and we have done some testing that was very positive. We will not know until we get there, but I am expecting a tight race on Saturday.”


Defending champion Kruger had a similar view: “Zwartkops is the home circuit for most drivers in the field so I expect a number of them to be very quick. Having said that, we will also do our homework to ensure we have good pace. It is going to be a great fight with the whole field including Bradley.”

The duel between Kruger and Liebenberg is by no means the only exciting battle in the Falken Polo Cup field. Behind them, four drivers are separated by only seven championship points, with a further four drivers also still within striking distance just a few points back.

Third on the standings is Capetonian Jurie Swart (74 points) thanks to a popular victory at his home track earlier this year. He is closely followed by Chris Shorter (73) points with young Natalian Clinton Bezuidenhout (70 points) a further three points adrift with Keegan Campos (67 points) occupying sixth at the season’s halfway mark.

There is not much daylight between the top six and the next group that consists of Jason Campos (54 points), Volkswagen Motorsport’s Jonathan Mogotsi (49 points), Matt Shorter (46 points) and Capetonian Dario Busi (44 points).


“Just looking at that crowded championship points table tells a story,” says Mike Rowe, head of Volkswagen Motorsport. “It is a very good reflection of what happens on the racetracks when a field of 20 identical cars all fight for the same piece of tarmac. The result is a crowded racetrack and an equally crowded points table which is exactly what people want to see and one of the reasons that the Falken Polo Cup is so successful.”

The fight between Liebenberg and Kruger, as well as 20 other equally determined and talented drivers is set to commence on Friday, July 26. The all-important qualifying session as well as two races are scheduled for the Saturday of the event.

GTC points chase hots up

The Global Touring Car (GTC) series heads into the downhill half of the season with the championship chase still wide open and the tight Zwartkops Raceway, Pretoria beckoning this weekend.

Multiple GTC2 champion, Keagan Masters currently has 153 championship points to his name after swapping his Volkswagen Golf GTi for the flagship GTC Jetta at the beginning of the 2019 season.


Volkswagen’s Daniel Rowe, himself a multiple GTC2 champion is only a further eight points back, but more importantly, both are still well within striking distance of the Audi-mounted points leader Simon Moss who is currently sitting on 160 points.

“We have had a very exciting season to date that included race victories and a number of podium finishes as well as few results that we were not completely satisfied with,” says Mike Rowe, head of Volkswagen Motorsport.

“Yet, we find ourselves in the perfect position to attack over the second half of the season in our quest to win as many titles as possible.”

The title that every driver is after is the overall Drivers’ championship and with 20 points up for grab for a race victory, there is certainly more than enough time for both Daniel and Keagan to close the gap and climb to the top of the overall standings.

“So far, every circuit we have been to this year was new for me from behind the wheel of the GTC Jetta,” says Masters. “We now return to Zwartkops after racing there in April so I know exactly what to expect and I’m looking forward to fighting for a win.”


Teammate Daniel Rowe has tasted victory at Zwartkops before and is also looking forward to the challenge.

“In a way, Zwartkops is almost like a home race for us. I like the circuit and I think we stand a good chance of winning races and closing the gap to the points leader in the process,” says Rowe. “Since the last round in Port Elizabeth in June, the team worked hard to optimise the performance of the Jetta and to find those extra few fractions of seconds needed to be competive.”

A spanner in both the Volkswagen and Audi works could come from the Toyota Gazoo Racing Corolla of Michael van Rooyen.


The Rustenburg Rocket, as he is also known, has already completed his pre-race testing and described the car as ‘flawless’.

“We ran the car for quite a long test session, in order to ensure everything is in perfect condition for the race,” he says. “The car is better than ever, and we have invested a fair amount of track time in setup for Zwartkops, which is always a furious affair.”

“I wouldd like to score as many points as possible this weekend,” continued Van Rooyen, who is currently tied with Johan Fourie (BMW) for fourth place on the log, just five points behind Volkswagen’s Daniel Rowe, in third.

“We have every reason to be confident for the next round, but regardless of what happens, fans need to attend the race.”

In the GTC2 category, Volkswagen continues to dominate with youngster Bradley Liebenberg leading the way on 180 points thanks to six victories from eight race starts. The sister car piloted by Adrian Wood has accumulated 153 points, but the Kyocera-backed driver managed to take his maiden victory at the last race making his intentions clear for the second half of the season.


“Our season has been very close to perfect,” said Liebenberg in the week before the Zwartkops race. “The GTi runs perfectly week in and week out and with a great team behind us I can’t see why we should not be able to continue with that kind of form. And at the same time I am also looking forward to fighting it out with my teammate.”

The action at the Zwartkops Raceway will include a number of practice sessions, qualifying and two races.

Kyalami 9-Hour returns

It seriously is happening.


After a 37-year hiatus there will be a 9-Hour race at Kyalami in November this year.

The historic Kyalami 9-Hour makes a welcome return to motor sport when it joins the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12-Hour, California 8-Hour, Total 24 Hours of Spa and Suzuka 10-Hour on 2019’s Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli schedule.



It kicks off in Johannesburg from November 21-23 and, besides a dazzling array of roaring machines, includes live music, DJs, food trucks, a dedicated kids’ zone and more, making it the must-see family event of the year.

SRO Motorsports Group Founder and CEO, Stéphane Ratel, believes the addition of Kyalami to the other prestigious GT3 races on the calendar is ‘a dream come true’.

“I’ve spent years trying to get this African leg of the series off the ground. To finally have it all locked in is a massive achievement and one I am absolutely delighted about having an African part of this championship that means we are now across five continents. We are truly a global event and we look forward to November when the thrilling sounds of the vehicles light up Kyalami for nine hours.”

While the Intercontinental GT Challenge is reserved for FIA GT3 specification supercars, many of its events – including the Kyalami 9-Hour – also feature local championships and cars competing for class honours simultaneously.

They will share the track with #IntGTC’s eight full-season manufacturers – Audi, Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, Honda, Mercedes-AMG, Nissan and Porsche – plus South Africa’s international GT stars Kelvin van der Linde and Jordan Pepper, who are both battling for outright victory.


The Kyalami 9 Hour dates back to the 1960s, 70s and 80s. It was hotly contested by classic Porsche racers such as the 550 Spider, 908, 917 and 956, as well as the Ferrari 250 GTO and 512M. Back then champions such as Jacky Ickx, Jochen Mass and David Piper raced fearlessly to victory. The new event promises to be a thrilling return to former glory.

This family-oriented event would not be possible without the enthusiastic co-operation of Toby Venter who is the owner of the Kyalami raceway.

“When Stéphane came to me with this suggestion, I did not hesitate in letting him know I was keen to get involved,” says Venter. “Kyalami has always been the stage for iconic motorsport events, and to have the Kyalami 9 Hour return here is truly special. It also adds a wonderful international event to the calendar that local families can come and enjoy.”


‘Early bird’ tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased from http://www.kyalami9hour.com.

Road Review – Peugeot 2008 GT Line 1.2 PureTech Automatic

The ‘mid-life’ updated Peugeot 2008 was launched locally in mid-2017, so this review is not of a new car – far from it since the replacement for this due sometime next year has already gained some media traction especially as it will offer full electric as a motive option.

Rather the intention was simply to enjoy some French styling – and it is different to any other automaker and very often in ways so subtle, they are not immediately visible.

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Some are more obvious and for me this is epitomised by the steering wheel. It may not look all that different but it has a size, feel, shape and thickness that combine into, for me, the perfect tool for the job.

It is a fun car to drive and the little 1,2-litre engine is more than willing – enough to propel it beyond legal speed limits quite quickly and easily unnoticeable until the man in brown steps into the road and waves you down.

In June this year Peugeot Citroën South Africa (PCSA) announced a significant involvement directly into the operation of a new partner venture in Namibia, full details of which are not yet disclosed but intriguing enough to provide for some speculation. . . and I stress, speculation.

Using the investment of Dongfeng into Groupe PSA the direction it has already announced in terms of greater levels of technology, electrification and overall vehicle complexity, the next generation of both Peugeot and Citroën cars could require even more in the way of specialised tools, computer systems and workshop training to manage them.

Current economic restraints mean the full potential of the South African market is not being realised but this is likely a temporary scenario. Equally, the rest of Africa – which holds great appeal for most automakers – lags behind where sales numbers should be.

Again, potentially temporary as some African economies are showing good growth statistics.

Citroën cars are returning (again) to SA, most likely towards the end of the year or early in 2020, having withdrawn in 2016 following dwindling sales numbers.

Control of PCSA has been returned to Peugeot-Citroën’s French parent company Groupe PSA.

Citroën, on its own, is a strange animal and has never quite realised the acclaim it should have for the innovations it has introduced to automobiles over the years and even for the fact it has produced some of the quirkiest, left of centre designs – the Deux Cheveaux, DS21 Pallas and Traction Avant spring to mind alongside the Cactus, the last Citroën model to be launched in South Africa.

With technology racing forward at speed and geared heavily to European requirements, there is a strong case for a generation hold to service emerging economies both in terms of keeping the tech within current boundaries and, importantly, keeping costs as low as possible.

Thus, my speculation is a SKD assembly operation arising in Namibia to keep selected models such as the 208 and 308 along with suitable Citroën counterparts alive in their current format beyond their European life spans.

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The mid-life update for the 2008 SUV strengthened its all-terrain DNA, making it eminently more suitable for local and African road conditions.

The interior was been upgraded to be comparable with the latest generation 308 hatchback and the i-Cockpit gained an 18 cm colour touch-screen display, with latest-generation connectivity and ergonomics.

The flagship, in GT Line trim was given a crimson-themed execution inside and out, and an even more extensive list of features, to Peugeot’s advanced PureTech turbo petrol engine and six-speed auto. The technical specification is identical to that of the Allure 1.2 PureTech Auto version.

However, it was not only aesthetics that were improved and the car saw the fitment of a bolder, more upright front grille and prominent lion emblem, emphasised by the elongated black and chrome headlight design.

The raised bonnet was also new, while the front and rear bumpers, sill protectors and wheel arch surrounds got a contrasting black finish.

The infotainment system, centrally located in the dash, includes integrated support for Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink, which allow selected smartphone features to be displayed on the touchscreen display and navigation is standard.

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Standard equipment includes remote central locking, power windows and side-mirrors; climate control, rear park assist and hill start assistance.

There is a 410 litre luggage compartment, which can be extended to 1 400 litres by folding the split rear bench seat flat. A low loading sill and wide-opening tailgate ensure convenient access to the boot, which houses a full-sized spare wheel.

Competitively priced in its segment, the 2008 is a practical solution for modern mobility. The various modes it offers for driving situations – mud, sand, snow and rocks – cover most road conditions likely to be experienced and it is capable in all of these.

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Safety equipment includes the obligatory anti-lock braking and assorted crash bags and it carries a 5-star rating from Euro NCAP.

It simply does make sense in my speculative scenario to keep a car like this active and alive in markets where levels of technology in terms of dealer and service infrastructure are yet at those required for what is expected of the new generation of cars.

Even if this is ‘wild’ speculation, it is worth thinking about, I think.