This week in motoring saw an array of local releases of brand-new models, with Opel launching the box-fresh Zafira in South Africa, Hyundai the fourth-generation Tucson and Volvo the plug-in hybrid XC90 T8 Recharge. Overseas, the long-awaited Volkswagen ID. Buzz made its global debut. The headlines were, however, not only dominated by news of local and international launches but also in the motoring industry, with BMW Group acquiring the ALPINA brand. Here’s the breakdown of this week in motoring…

1. Box-fresh Opel Zafira arrives in South Africa


The new-generation Opel Zafira has touched down on South African shores. Available in two guises – Edition and Elegance – the Zafira is priced from R749 900. One engine option – a 2.0-litre turbodiesel – is employed across the range. See specification here. 

2. Fourth-generation Hyundai Tucson launched in South Africa

Available from R519 900 to R699 900, the fourth-generation Hyundai Tucson has made its local debut. Two engine options – petrol and diesel – are on offer. See full pricing and specification for the four-strong line-up here. 

3. New Suzuki Celerio lands on South African shores

Priced from R174 900, the all-new Suzuki Celerio has arrived in South Africa as the most affordable car equipped with ESP and, in AMT guise, the most fuel-efficient. Suzuki’s budget hatch is powered by the firm’s K10C DuelJet engine. The 1.0-litre unit produces 49 kW and 89 Nm. See pricing and specification here. 

4. Volkswagen ID. Buzz unveiled as electrified Kombi


Volkswagen has finally unboxed the ID. Buzz. Powered by an electric motor, coupled to a 77 kWh battery, the electrified Kombi picks up on the lifestyle cultivated by the original and transfers it into a new era of sustainable, emissions-free motoring. 

5. Volvo XC90 T8 Recharge arrives in South Africa as most powerful XC90 yet


Following the February 2022 launch of the flagship Volvo XC60 T8 Recharge, Volvo South Africa has now introduced the XC90 T8 Recharge to local shores. Billed as the most powerful XC90 yet, the flagship variant’s PHEV powertrain is endowed with 340 kW and 709 Nm. See pricing here.

6. BMW Group acquires ALPINA brand


BMW Group has announced it has acquired the ALPINA brand. Said Pieter Nota, member of the board of management responsible for customer, brands and sales, “The automotive industry is in the midst of a far-reaching transformation towards sustainable mobility. For that reason, existing business models need to be re-examined on a regular basis. For over fifty years, ALPINA has demon­strated how to deliver top-quality car cachet through meticulous attention to detail.

“The BMW Group is also driven by this same passion for cars that capture the imagination. That is why we are now embarking on a new chapter in our long-standing partnership. Acquiring the trademark rights will allow us to shape the long-term course of this brand steeped in tradition. We are delighted to welcome the ALPINA brand to the BMW family.”