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BMW 1 Series & 2 Series Gran Coupé Mzansi Edition lands in SA

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Remember the 3 Series Mzansi Edition and X3 Manzi Edition BMW South Africa revealed in 2021? Well, this week, the local arm of the German marque made motoring news headlines when announcing the introduction of the 1 Series Mzansi Edition and 2 Series Gran Coupé Mzansi Edition models. 

Available in two flavours, the Mzansi Edition package can be had with the 118i and 128ti. These models are priced at R763 872 and R838 160, respectively. 

As standard, the package includes the Bavarian brand’s M Sport package. High-gloss Shadow Line treatment has been added to the kidney grille and grille surround, front spoiler attachment, side sill details and the roof-mounted rear spoiler. M Carbon side mirror caps are also present. The same treatment has been handed to the 2 Series Gran Coupé Mzansi Edition, only available in 218i guise. The 218i Gran Coupé Mzansi Edition is priced at R781 972. 

New Range Rover Sport V8 headed to SA in limited numbers

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Making motoring news headlines this week, Land Rover South Africa has announced pricing and specifications for the new-generation (P530-badged) Range Rover Sport V8. Available in only limited numbers (“fewer” than 60, to be exact), the V8-powered model is available with only First Edition trim. Sitting at the top of the range, which kicks off at R2 001 200 for the D350 Dynamic S variant, the P530 is priced at R3 011 600, excluding CO2 tax. 

As a reminder, the P530’s twin-turbocharged V8 powertrain produces 390 kW. Land Rover claims the V8 version sprints to the three-figure marker from a standstill in “just” 4.5 seconds when ‘Dynamic Launch’ is engaged. See pricing and spec for the full line-up here. 

Toyota SA awarded top honours at the Dealer Satisfaction Index awards

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Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has announced that it has been handed platinum awards across all three of its automotive brands (Toyota, Hino and Lexus) at this year’s National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI) Awards.

Now in its 27th year, the DSI Awards measure dealers’ satisfaction with various automotive brands across the country. According to TSAM, “The company’s stellar performance is indicative of the relationships it has built with its dealer network.”

“We work tirelessly to ensure our relationships are based on listening to their concerns and acting where appropriate. We believe that the work we have done over the last year is reflected in the results of the Dealers Satisfaction Index,” said Leon Theron, senior vice president of sales and marketing at TSAM.

Ringbrothers reveal Ford Mustang ‘CAGED’ as modernised classic

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Ringbrothers has whipped the wraps off a custom-built 1964.5 Ford Mustang convertible, with the world-renowned custom car builder and parts manufacturer saying the objective of building the “CAGED” — as it is called — was to subtly evolve and modernise the original Mustang’s lines and proportions while honouring the aesthetic of Ford’s original pony car.

Based on an original 1964.5 Mustang convertible, nearly every component of the reimagined model is a Ringbrothers-built one-off piece. The only factory Mustang parts are the wheels’ centre caps. The company says its team extensively converted the metalwork of the original. The original chassis has been converted into a unibody.

The redesigned front grille is set back by two inches (50.8 mm), feeding air to the Ford Performance Coyote engine. The V8 petrol mill is coupled with the Blue Oval brand’s 10-speed automatic transmission. A Flowmaster exhaust system provides the soundtrack.

MINI Recharged Lakwena revealed as ‘electrified work of art’

MINI made this week’s motoring news with the reveal of a brand-new MINI Recharged. Billed as an electrified (remember, the Recharged ditches the classic model’s internal combustion engine for an electric motor) work of art, the Lakwena model was, as its name suggests, designed by London-based artist Lakwena Maciver. 

Based on a 1986 model, this “colourful, loud and bright” recreation “transforms” the classic into an ambassador for the MINI Recharge project. “I hope this MINI Recharged will make people feel good and put a smile on their faces. This MINI is a colour festival of cultures,” said the artist.

Ford celebrates the original Bronco with new special editions

Paying homage to the original 1966 Bronco, Ford has whipped the wraps off a series of new special-edition models. The Heritage and Heritage Limited packages have been applied to the two- and four-door Bronco models and the Bronco Sport variant. 

The special editions feature an array of heritage-inspired design cues. Oxford White paint has been applied to the front grille, featuring Race Red “Ford” lettering, and several other exterior trim pieces. Bronco Heritage models and Sport Heritage models feature white wheels, while the Bronco Heritage Limited gains black wheels with white detailing. “Exclusive” interior fitment is also present.