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Ford Mustang California Special arrives in South Africa

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This was arguably the biggest local motoring news story of the week… The Ford Mustang California Special has launched in South Africa! (Read our launch review here.) Channelling the spirit of the iconic 1968 model, the new model is limited to only 100 units locally, each priced at R1 154 900. According to Ford SA, the special-edition model is “built for enthusiasts”.

Available in only Fastback format, the new Mustang California Special is equipped with Ford’s 5.0-litre V8. Coupled with the firm’s familiar 10-speed automatic transmission, the naturally aspirated petrol unit directs 330 kW and 529 Nm of torque exclusively to the rear (19-inch) wheels.

Kia unveils the refreshed Seltos

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Thoroughly refreshed, the updated Kia Seltos sports a more striking design language, a revised cabin and upgraded tech. The most notable exterior revisions come in the shape of newly designed headlamps, complete with new LED daytime-running lights, flanking a seemingly larger front grille.

The upgraded interior boasts a dual-display cluster incorporating a 10.25-inch digital instruments and touchscreen infotainment system. Ambient lighting is present, too. A rotary switch is used to select gears.

Suzuki unwraps the all-new Brezza


Suzuki has whipped the wraps off the box-fresh Brezza, with the new model sporting an “energetic” design and “next-gen” tech. The Japanese firm says, “The all-new hot and techy Brezza isn’t for those who don’t like attention; it’s for those who thrive on it. Its masculine upright stance with geometric fenders are impossible to ignore.”

Dual-LED projector headlamps flank the grille. LED DRLs are present, too. The rear lamps are also of the LED variety. The Brezza boasts “bold” geometric alloy wheels.

The new iteration’s cabin is reminiscent of the recently-launched (in South Africa) new Baleno. The interior features a multi-function steering wheel, a touchscreen infotainment system, a head-up display and an electric sunroof. A 360-degree surround-view camera system is also present.

The “city-bred” SUV is equipped with Suzuki’s 1.5-litre engine. The internal combustion powertrain incorporates mild-hybrid technology. Coupled with a six-speed automatic (or five-speed manual) transmission, the power unit produces 76 kW and 137 Nm of torque.

Volkswagen reveals ID. Aero concept

Following a quick teaser, Volkswagen has finally whipped the wraps off the ID. Aero, the future sixth member in the German marque’s ID. family.

“With the ID. AERO show car, we are revealing a preview of the next member of the ID. family. A car with an emotional and at the same time extremely aerodynamic design, a range of over 600 km, an extraordinary amount of space and a premium interior,” said Ralf Brandstätter, CEO of Volkswagen Passenger Cars.

The ID. Aero has a 77 kWh lithium-ion battery and an “efficient” drive system. Thanks to this set-up, and the car’s aerodynamic design, VW claims an all-electric range of “up to” 620 km on the WLTP cycle.

Mahindra Scorpio-N confirmed for South Africa


Mahindra has announced that the recently revealed Scorpio-N is headed to South Africa, with the local arm of the car manufacturer saying the “go-anywhere” SUV will be available from 2023. 

The Scorpio-N will be available with two engine options, a petrol powertrain and an oil-burner. The former unit produces 149 kW and 380 Nm of torque. The mHawk diesel motor produces 129 kW and 400 Nm. Two transmission options are on offer, a six-speed manual gearbox and an automatic with a similar number of cogs. Four-wheel drive is also available. 

Hyundai Ioniq 6 unveiled as ‘electrified streamliner’

Inspired by the Prophecy EV concept, the Hyundai Ioniq 6 has made its global premiere! The South Korean carmaker says the second model in its dedicated all-electric vehicle line-up realises “streamlined” aesthetics and functional efficiency under the theme of ‘Ethical Uniqueness’. 

The firm says the Ioniq 6’s “streamlined” and “timeless” design has been aerodynamically sculpted and makes “innovative” use of sustainable materials to reflect today’s EV customers’ values. The emissions-free sedan is “characterised” by “clean” and “simple” lines and a “pure” aerodynamic form. Thanks to its sleek, single-curved profile, the Ioniq 6 boasts a drag coefficient of 0.21, the lowest drag coefficient of any Hyundai motor car. 

The interior features a 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a digital instrument cluster of similar measurements. Also, dual-colour ambient lighting is present and offers a spectrum of 64 hues and six colour themes. 

Volkswagen continues to tease the new-generation Amarok

And so the teaser campaign of the soon-to-be-revealed new-generation Amarok continues, with Volkswagen releasing several new teasers during the past week. Watch the new footage here.

Toyota South Africa announced as Springboks’ new vehicle sponsor


Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) made the motoring news headlines with the announcement that it has signed a three-year agreement with SA Rugby as the Springboks’ new vehicle sponsor.

Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby, said, “It gives me great pleasure to welcome an iconic brand such as Toyota to the family … For many, many years, Toyota has been one of the most trusted motoring brands in South Africa, and to have them on board as one of our new sponsors is a great moment.”

“When the chance to get involved with the Springboks came about, it was a no-brainer for us. Toyota’s culture is shaped around positive contributions to the country we love. It’s how we strive to lead the way,” said Leon Theron, senior VP of sales and marketing for TSAM. “The future of South African rugby is bright both domestically and internationally, and we are honoured to drive forward this new chapter in this amazing story.”