Tweaks for Suzuki Vitara

There is a completely new look – but same price – for the Suzuki Vitara for 2019 with new headlamps and a redesigned grille contributing to a fresh a more modernised look for the off-roader that has sold some 1 700 units locally since its introduction in 2015.

In front, new clear headlamp clusters flank a redesigned grille with horizontal slats and a large Suzuki S badge. Lower down, the bumper features a trapezoidal air intake with deep-set fog lamps (on certain models). For the GLX specification level, the main driving lights are LED.

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The vertical LED daytime running lights are enclosed in a new J-shaped chrome insert (black on the GL spec level), which extends from the edges of the black number plate housing to the top of the fog lamps and the optional silver scuff plate and side mouldings now integrate with the new bumper design, both in front and at the rear.

At the rear, the new combination lamp is fitted with LED lights that mimic the daytime running lights in the front and on the GLX, the front and rear bumpers are fitted with flush mounted parking sensors.

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Inside, the upper instrument panel is now made from soft touch materials and on the GLX specification level there is a new seat trim material that is both more luxurious and hardy. On the GL+ model, the designers have replaced the black stitching on all seats with contrasting white stitching and on the GLX specification level, the seats are covered with a combination of luxury suede and synthetic leather.

For the driver, Suzuki has fitted the GL+ and GLX models with a new 4,2-inch full colour LCD information display and a 3,5-inch monochrome LCD on the GL specification level. This screen displays information such as driving range, average speed, outside temperature, a gear shift indicator and, on AllGrip models, the selected Driving Mode.

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Suzuki added a second large screen in its new Smart Linkage Display Audio system, which replaces the more traditional analogue system on the GL+ and GLX models. This new touchscreen system features smartphone integration, built-in Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth connectivity. It will display the reverse camera image in full colour.

Standard features include power windows (front only on the GL model), central locking, air-conditioner with pollen filter, power steering and foldable rear seats.

For the GL+ and GLX spec levels, Suzuki added climate control, cruise control, a multifunction steering, all-round power windows and chrome detailing. The GLX model gets a unique instrument panel trim, keyless access with push-button Start/Stop and an electric tilt and sliding panoramic sunroof flanked by chromed roof rails.

All models come with seven crash bags (including one for the driver’s knees), electronic stability control (ESP) and anti-lock brakes with emergency brake assistance.


Powering the Suzuki Vitara is the 1.6 VVT petrol engine, which delivers 86 kW at 6 000 r/min and 156 Nm at 4 400 r/min and it is mated to the choice of a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox and offered either as front-wheel drive or with the AllGrip all-wheel drive system.

The refreshed Vitara will be sold with Suzuki’s promotional 200 000 km / 5-year vehicle warranty. It also has a 4-year / 60 000 km service plan and roadside assistance for the duration of the vehicle warranty.


Suzuki Vitara GL (manual): R281 900
Suzuki Vitara GL+ (man): R318 900
Suzuki Vitara GL+ (auto): R337 900
Suzuki Vitara GLX (auto): R359 900
Suzuki Vitara GLX AllGrip (man): R374 900


Cape Town show revs up

It is motor show time again with the Cape Town Motor Show (CTMS) ready to open its doors at GrandWest Casino and Entertainment Worl from March 2 to March 3.

Here are just 10 of the awesome reasons to get to the Cape Town Motor Show.

1. Dare a Drift flip or Go With a Pro at Driftkhana
The highly-specialised skill of drifting will be on full-throttle display with all the spectacular action hosted by XS Promotions. For those who want to do more than to simply watch the wheel-spinning and tyre-smoking, there’s the opportunity to take a drift flip, or even go with a pro as passenger at the Driftkhana event, where obstacles are added into the mix. Tickets to both can be purchased separately via Computicket or at the show.

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2. View and Test the New Models in The Grand Arena
The Grand Arena is the place to see the very best new models and concepts from the top manufacturers in South Africa. Joining us this year are Maserati, BMW, Shelby, Lexus, Mazda, Toyota, Suzuki, amongst others. Best of all, several of the brands will offer test drives on-site. What are you still even thinking about?

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3. Rock with Dusty Rebels and The Bombshells and The Miss Bombshell Betty Pageant
After their wildly popular debut at CTMS last year, Dusty Rebels and the Bombshells will be back, offering visitors an experience of the good old days of vintage 40s, 50s and 60s Rock n Roll style. Check out the cars, the fashion and the music of the era, and make a point of attending the Miss Bombshell Betty pageant, hosted by the always-delightful Blue Haired Betty on Sunday 3 March at 2pm.

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4. Challenge the 4×4 Challenge Tracks
The Wildebeest 4×4 Challenge Club hosts the ever-popular 4×4 track on both Saturday and Sunday, built for all classes of vehicles to challenge technical skills as well as different vehicle capabilities. Saturday’s highlight will be the Extreme 4×4 Challenge, so come and see how these extraordinary 4x4s ramp and jump their way through the highly technical course, or join as a passenger to experience the thrill first-hand.

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5. Kit up in The Sun Exhibits Hall
There are lots of extras that go with being a car owner. And it will pay to visit the Sun Exhibits Hall, where all the dealers and suppliers that make motoring such a personal pleasure will be offering deals and discounts on products like insurance, parts, accessories, apparel, collectors’ items and gear.

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6. Get the Full VIP Zone Experience
The much-desired VIP ticket gets you some special treatment this year. Besides access to the exclusive VIP area in the Sun Park, you receive a light lunch, drinks vouchers, a drift ride from the folks at XS promotions, a 4×4 drive experience from the Wildebeest Challenge Club, a CTMS cap and shirt, with an entry to win the amazing custom MG build by Cape Kustoms. A great all-round CTMS experience for just R950 via Computicket.

7. Enter the Show & Shine Stancewars
Leading audio experts Soundmatch will deliver a world class Show & Shine event called Stancewars on Sunday 3 March, with a wide range of the finest cars showcasing custom builds. Anyone can enter their pride and joy at any Soundmatch branch around the city. Prizes on offer include Best Wheel, Best Classic Car, Best Interior, Best Race Theme, and others.

8. Join the Sound Off Competition and World Record Attempt
Soundmatch will also host an internationally recognised Sound Off audio competition in association with IASCA (the standard by which mobile electronics performance is measured). The louder the sound, the greater the chance to win, and the aim this year is to beat the world record for collective volume. There are limited entries, though, at R200 per car. Enter at any Soundmatch branch around Cape Town.

9. Time Travel in the Market Hall Nostalgia Zone
The Nostalgia Zone has been so popular with visitors, it has been given the entire Market Hall this year. Join the Crankhandle Club for a trip down automotive memory lane, with its vehicles dating as far back as the early 1900s. Check out some of the most rare and unique motor vehicles in the world, including beautifully restored models and the products that make it possible for these classics to be brought back to their original or showroom conditions.

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10. Enter the Ultimate Classic Car Giveaway
A highlight for true classic fans is the opportunity to drive away with a custom rebuild of a 1970s era MGB GT. This special project boasts a complete rebuild, some unique Cape Kustoms elements and a 3,9-litre Rover V8 motor. Enter to win by purchasing some CTMS merchandise at the MG display, and look out for the additional bike giveaway, details of which are yet to be revealed.

10. MG build by Cape Kustoms

Opel celebrates 120 years

To help celebrate 120 years of Opel production, Unitrans (the Opel distributors in South Africa) is bringing the Opel Corsa Special Edition to market in March.

The Opel Corsa 120Y Special Edition is based on the Corsa Enjoy but boasts many extra styling and specification features including the New Tech Pack III with Front/Rear Park-Assist and Rear-View Camera; Window Side Lower Beltline with Chrome Moulding; ‘Opel’ Door Sill Plate; Up-market ‘Allure’ Jet Black Cloth Trim and Velour Floor Mats (Black with ‘120 Years’ Stitching).


The Opel brand has a reputation spanning well over a century of pioneering high-tech advancements and quickly bringing them to series production. This approach to vehicle manufacturing makes mobility affordable for many and Opel cars safer, cleaner, more comfortable and more practical.

The 120 years advertising campaign, ‘Opel. Born in Germany. Made for everyone’ is based on this philosophy. Today this philosophy matches the Opel Corsa more than any other model in its category.

More than 13,5-million Corsas have been produced worldwide since 1982. The Opel Corsa thus plays a leading role in Opel’s 120 year anniversary.

The Opel Corsa in general and the Corsa ‘120 Years’ in particular, show it is a core Opel brand characteristic to always offer customers more than they expect in the respective vehicle categories in which Opel competes.


Opel has been in South Africa for more than 80 years and has the positive reputation of always offering luxury level specifications that stamps a German-engineered punch high above their price category.

Tech heavy Micra added to range

Nissan has tweaked its Micra offering with the addition of the Acenta Plus Tech that incorporates Nissan Intelligent Mobility (NIM) technology.

One of the features are the four 360-degree cameras around the car connected to the large screen on the dashboard, giving an Intelligent Around view monitor.


There is also Moving Object Detection which keeps an eye around the car and warns about moving things – trolleys, pedestrians – detected nearby.

Blind Spot Warning boosts vision by alerting the driver if there are vehicles in the blind spots diagonally behind the car, while Intelligent Forward Emergency Braking monitors the vehicle in front and beeps loudly if the gap narrows too much. If the driver does not react to that, it will slow the car down to avoid collision.

The new Nissan Micra Acenta Plus Tech model is compatible with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, and, once connected, allows access to maps with turn-by-turn navigation, music, telephone services and other apps such as Audiobooks and Spotify – and, it comes with a dedicated Siri button on the steering wheel.


Driving tech includes Hill Start Assist which holds the vehicle when stationary, Intelligent Trace Control which delivers confident handling around corners as it adjusts the brake pressure on individual wheels to help keep an optimal line through turns and Intelligent Ride Control, which applies subtle braking to prevent unpleasant upper body motion over bumps and enhance the overall comfort of the ride.


The Nissan Micra Acenta Plus Tech comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, a leather steering wheel and an Energy Orange interior. It also includes, like the rest of the Micra vehicles in the new range, daytime running lights, front power windows, a manual air-conditioner, cruise control, automatic headlights, six crash bags and much more.

As with all other Nissan vehicles, the Nissan Micra is covered by Nissan Assured and comes with a 6-year/150 000 km warranty; a 3-year/90 000 km service plan; and 24/7 roadside assistance.

Nissan Micra Acenta Plus Tech: R299, 900

Superstar performer for Bike Fest

While the bikes and bands may be the acknowledged superstars of the annual South Coast Bike Fest in Margate – another superstar performer will be hard at work during the three-day event in Margate from April 26 to 28.

This superstar is the Margate branch of the South Africa Police Service (SAPS), voted as the best-performing police station in country for 2018.

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Margate SAPS received this prestigious award – out of 1 164 stations nationally – at the SAPS National Service Awards held in November. The station was awarded for – among other things – its impeccable service delivery, corporate image and strong partnerships with community-based organisations.

Station Commander, Brigadier William Slabbert, has proved an immensely impactful leader after taking up the post 18 months ago. Through effective community partnerships, Margate SAPS has already seen a 30% drop in house break-ins, with more focus on the enforcement of bylaws.

“We always work closely with the security at every South Coast Bike Fest to ensure all visitors are kept safe for the duration of the event,” says Slabbert. “This is of great importance to us and our track record shows the partnership works well.”

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“It is no surprise that Margate SAPS was named best-performing station, “says organiser Vicky Wentzel. “All our interaction with the police, which includes security risk analysis and on-site security measures, has been hugely productive and we look forward to another successful partnership at this year’s event. South Coast Bike Fest is all about family fun in a completely secure festival arena.”

UGU South Coast Tourism CEO, Phelisa Mangcu, said she looked forward to welcoming visitors to the country’s biggest biking festival:

“Tourism is a vital contributor to this region’s economy, and for good reason. We offer visitors a truly diverse experience that includes incredible cultural and heritage sites, outdoor adventure and leisure activities, as well as quality retail offerings, all within one of the country’s most captivatingly beautiful regions. Those coming to this year’s South Coast Bike Fest will not only get to enjoy high-end biking and musical entertainment, but also take advantage of the many tourist sightseeing and recreational activities on offer.”

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In addition to the police presence, the entire beachfront festival precinct will be fenced off and overseen by private security, with the new Quicket system pre-registration ensuring stricter admission and, therefore, stricter safety measures are in place.

Herman Coetser, Event Safety Officer for the South Coast Bike Fest, outlined the extensive security measures in place including 24/7 CCTV camera monitoring and reaction by the event’s security partner, Wolf Security.

“There is 24-hour security operating for the event with managers, section supervisors and event stewards deployed to strategic zones within the secure event precinct,” explained Coetser. “The personnel are in constant communication via two-way radios with relevant security information relayed directly to various law enforcement agencies and municipal representatives.”

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In the third year as Event Safety Officer working with Wolf Security, Coetser said they are ready for any eventuality and will ensure the safety of all festival-goers.

“Any incidents can be directly reported to any security member wearing a high-visibility bib. Myself and the Event Director, Louis Louw, will be on hand to monitor the operational running of the event,” he says. “There will be allocated areas within the festival precinct for general spectator information and where incidents can be reported.”

Visitors to the South Coast Bike Fest 2019 can look forward to, among other things:

· Entertainment at the Budweiser Beach Stage, Full Throttle Rock Stage & Zuri Beach Stage
· 6 Beachfront Boulevard-Themed Bars
· Street Busking Entertainment
· Demo Rides
· Village Market and Expo Zones
· Stunt Shows
· Food Courts
· Full Throttle Entertainment Zone
· EnduroX Staging Arenas
· 9 On-site Restaurants and Pubs
· The Mass Ride
· Outreach Biking Projects
· The Soweto School of Riding

Bikers and pillions wanting to access any of the bars or stages (Budweiser Beach Stage, Village Pier Rock Stage, Zuri Beach Stage, Full Throttle Entertainment Zone, Reggae Bar and Jazz Bar) must pre-register online ( and purchase a South Coast Bike Fest 2019 pin for R35. Bikers and pillions will need to purchase a pin each. Bikers must be accompanied by their pillion to collect the pre-purchased pin at the Sasol Garage, Margate – bike licences must be shown.

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Ticket prices for #SCBF19 are:

Beachfront Bouelevard: Zuri Stage, Budweiser Stage and Full Throttle Rock Stage – R80
Pedestrian Zuri Beach Stage only – R50
Children (4 to 12 years, accompanied by an adult) – R40
Children under 4 years – free
Pensioner Zuri Stage, Budweiser Stage and Full Throttle Stage – R60

Beachfront Bouelevard: Zuri Stage, Budweiser Stage and Full Throttle Rock Stage – R200
Pedestrian Zuri Beach Stage only – R130
Children (4 to 12 years, accompanied by an adult) – R100
Children under 4 years – free
Pensioner Zuri Stage, Budweiser Stage and Full Throttle Rock Stage – R180

Day Pass: Budweiser Stage golden circle, Full Throttle Rock Stage, VIP Pool Bar and Zuri Beach General Stage – R150
VIP 3-Day Pass: Budweiser Stage golden circle, Full Throttle Rock Stage, VIP Pool Bar and Zuri Beach General Stage – R450

Zuri Beach Day Pass: Zuri Beach VVIP Deck, Budweiser Stage golden circle, Full Throttle Rock Stage and VIP Pool Bar – R250
Zuri Beach 3-Day Pass: Zuri Beach VVIP Deck, Budweiser Stage golden circle, Full Throttle Rock Stage and VIP Pool Bar – R600

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Penta backs SAGMJ

With less than a month to go to the final evaluation of the models nominated for the 2019 AutoTrader South African Car Of The Year competition, the Penta Motor Group has joined as a second-tier sponsor.

The South African Car Of The Year has never had any restrictions other than that no second tier sponsorship must clash with the headline sponsor regarding the sponsorship of the competition. The South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ) welcomes Penta, the first sponsorship by a multi-franchise dealership.

The Penta Motor Group had humble beginnings when Philip Botha and Roelof Janse van Vuuren decided they wanted to strike out on their own in 2011. In 2012 Penta started off with a Suzuki dealership in Rustenburg with Suzuki Klerksdorp being added in 2013.

This was followed by a Suzuki and Mahindra dealership Montana and in 2014 Mahindra Klerksdorp was completed. By 2016 Nissan Standerton joined and the official name was changed from North West Motor Group to Penta Motor Group.

In 2017 Suzuki Menlyn became the newest member and in 2018 Penta has grown into Limpopo with Mahindra Polokwane that encompasses Volvo, Peugeot and Mahindra Mokopane.

Penta motor Group has a number of brands in itrs stable being: Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Jeep, Suzuki, Nissan, Datsun, Peugeot and Mahindra.

“We look forward to a fruitful relationship between Penta, the SAGMJ and 2019 AutoTrader South African Car Of The Year,” says Guild Chairman, Rubin van Niekerk.

New Koleos makes its mark

The look is decidedly different to its predecessor and the new Renault Koleos reflects the worldwide reshaping of the SUV to being more than merely functional to being the premier brand statement for the company.

“New Koleos completes the styling renaissance of the Renault range that began with Clio in 2012. As a designer, the challenge was to imagine an SUV that was not only elegant, but also dynamic and modern,” says Laurens van den Acker, Senior Vice President, Corporate Design.


“To achieve this, instead of diluting the traits traditionally associated with SUVs, we accentuated the segment’s familiar cues thanks to taut, powerful, horizontal lines, along with muscular haunches and high ground clearance. New Koleos subsequently exudes an inner strength. It is every inch an SUV and every inch a Renault.”

Visual design features include bright chrome front-end embellishments extending from the headlight across the full length of the wing to visually lengthen the bonnet and ensure that New Koleos stands out, narrower body fitting and sharp creases, tail lights that wrap over the rear wings and the chrome insert set into the lower part of the rear bumper.

The front and rear lights of the Koleos replicate the full LED lighting signature, that is now instantly distinguishable as part of the new Renault design language. The C-shaped Daytime Running Lights extend beyond the headlight units themselves and, dependent on the version, it is available with Pure Vision Full LED main and dipped beam lights.


The driving position ensures excellent visibility, an important feature for SUV buyers andt he large, vertical, centrally-positioned dashboard display (up to 8,7-inch) is fully integrated and the leather upholstery and leather-trimmed armrests feature contrasting top stitching.

In addition to having one of the longest wheelbases in its class, its wheelbase (2,710 mm/ overall length: 4,670 mm) frees up record roominess for all occupants. Rear passengers benefit from 289 mm knee room plus extremely generous head room, shoulder room and elbow room,

With a 5-star Euro NCAP Safety rating. Renault Koleos offers six crash bags, satellite sensors to detect lateral impact early, G Sensors – 2 on the side, and 1 on the front.

Passive Safety is provided anti-lock braking with EBD, cornering fog lights, blind spot warning and park assist.

The ALL MODE 4×4-i transmission available for New Koleos features technology that has been proved on millions of Renault’s Alliance vehicles worldwide. This all-wheel drive system permanently monitors grip levels to guarantee optimal traction whatever the conditions.

Unlike many competitor models, New Koleos continues to feature a control switch that allows drivers to choose the transmission mode. Very easy to use, it is situated to the right of the steering wheel and enables the driver to select one of three modes, namely 2WD, 4WD AUTO or the exclusive 4WS LOCK.


Unlike former CVT transmissions, New Koleos’s X-Tronic transmission performs more like a multi-ratio automatic whenever the driver needs to accelerate quickly. Thanks to its variable ratios, X-Tronic transmission proposes an infinite number of gears to ensure engine revs and load are constantly optimised for efficient fuel consumption and low noise levels.

Koleos is available in two trim levels – Expression and Dynamique – and is powered by a 2,5-litre petrol engine with a power output of 126 kW, 233Nm of Torque, CO2 emissions of 188g/100km and controlled fuel consumption from 8,8 l/100km.

As is the case across Renault’s entire product range, the New Renault Koleos comes standard with a 5-year/150 000 km mechanical warranty; plus a 5-year/ 90 000 km service plan and a 6-year anti-corrosion warranty, with service intervals at 15 000 km.


Koleos Expression 2.5 CVT 4×2 R 399 900
Koleos Dynamique 2.5 CVT 4×2 R 439 900
Koleos Dynamique 2.5 CVT 4×4 R 479 900