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SA pricing for Lamborghini Urus Performante unearthed

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At the start of the week, we unearthed local pricing for Lamborghini’s pinnacle Urus, the Performante. Thanks to the folks over at duoporta, we can confirm that the Urus Performante is priced from R4 495 000. 

As a reminder, for the Urus Performante, the Raging Bull brand has increased the outputs of the standard model’s 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 by 12 kW to a devilish 666 CV … or 490 kW! Torque is rated at 850 Nm (available from 2 300 r/min to 4 500 r/min). Lamborghini says this allows its new apex SUV to sprint to the three-figure marker from a standstill in 3.3 seconds.

New Honda BR-V lands in SA

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The all-new Honda BR-V has launched in South Africa. Priced from R379 900 for the entry-level Trend model, the latest iteration of the Japanese automaker’s compact seven-seater boasts bolder looks and upgraded convenience and safety features. The mid-tier six-speed manual-equipped Comfort variant is priced at R409 900. The CVT-equipped Comfort is priced at R434 900. Available with only a CVT, the top-spec Elegance is priced at R459 900. See specifications here.

New Nissan X-Trail breaks cover

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This week, Nissan made the global motoring news headlines with the reveal of the new-generation X-Trail, which, the Japanese automaker says, “Will again raise the bar in the crossover segment.” Drawn from the “well-established” DNA of its forebears, Nissan says the new X-Trail offers a “unique” combination of “rugged” design language, comfort and onboard convenience, and an “effortless” drive. 

The latest X-Trail was launched with the option of three powertrains, the first of which is a 1.5-litre petrol-electric unit producing 150 kW. The second option is a mild-hybrid engine producing 120 kW and 300 Nm of torque. Equipped with the company’s e-4ORCE all-wheel-drive system, the dual-motor X-Trail has a total power output of 147 kW. 

Box-fresh Mercedes-Benz GLC revealed

“Embodying modern, sporty luxury”, Mercedes-Benz has whipped the wraps off the new GLC. The box-fresh GLC’s most notable exterior elements are the revised head- and taillamps and fresh radiator grille. As standard, the GLC ships with Benz’s Avantgarde package. The interior features a 12.3-inch digital instrument binnacle and an 11.9-inch MBUX touchscreen infotainment system. 

The new GLC was launched with seven 2.0-litre four-cylinder powertrain options. Four are (48 V) mild-hybrid units, while the remaining three are plug-in hybrids. All models feature Merc’s nine-speed automatic transmission and 4Matic all-wheel drive. 

The mild hybrids are the 150 kW/320 Nm GLC 200 4Matic, 190 kW/400 Nm GLC 300 4Matic, 145 kW/440 Nm GLC 220d 4Matic, and 198 kW/550 Nm GLC 300d 4Matic. These models offer a boost of an extra 17 kW and 200 Nm for short durations. 

The PHEV models are the 230 kW/550 Nm GLC 300e 4Matic, 280 kW/650 Nm GLC 400e 4Matic, and 245 kW/750 Nm GLC 300de 4Matic. Running on only electric power, these models offer an electric-only range of up to 100 km. 

Updated Chery Tiggo 4 Pro models headed to SA

This week, Chery South Africa made the local motoring news headlines when announcing that three new Tiggo 4 Pro models are heading to South Africa, with the local arm of the Chinese carmaker saying the trio of additional variants (under the MY2022 model code) features a higher level of standard specification. In addition, it’s worth noting that Chery mentions these derivatives will soon phase out any existing Urban, Comfort and Elite SE (read our in-depth review of the latter here) versions.

  • MY22 Tiggo 4 Pro 1.5L Urban 5MT – R299 900
  • MY22 Tiggo 4 Pro 1.5L Comfort CVT – R336 900
  • MY22 Tiggo 4 Pro 1.5T Elite SE CVT (ADAS) – R399 900

SA’s 10 best-selling car brands in August 2022

naamsa has released the new-vehicle sales statistics for August 2022. In the eighth month of this year, the aggregate domestic new-vehicle sales amounted to 47 420 units, an increase of 5 887 new vehicles compared to August last year.

So, which manufacturer reported the highest number of new-car sales in SA during August 2022? Well, for starters, compared to July 2022, there were some changes to the list. The top seven remained the same, with Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) again topping the list. With production at the latter firm’s Prospecton Plant back in full swing, the company registered a sales figure of 4 028 more cars in August 2022 compared to July 2022. Here’s the list…

  1. Toyota — 11 138
  2. VW Group SA — 6 693
  3. Suzuki Auto SA — 4 164
  4. Hyundai — 3 129
  5. Nissan — 2 644
  6. Renault — 2 350
  7. Ford — 2 341
  8. Isuzu — 2 122
  9. Kia — 2 035
  10. Haval — 1 797