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5 important things that happened in South Africa’s car industry this week

These were the five biggest stories in South Africa’s transport industry this week.

Popular fuel pulled from petrol stations in South Africa over quality concerns

Petrol stations in the Southern Cape and Gqeberha have been instructed to stop selling petrol 95 due to quality concerns.

Since October 2023, motorists have been reporting that the petrol is staining their cars when it comes into contact with the paint during a fill-up.

The fuel has been pulled from select service stations supplied via Mossel Bay until the cause is determined.

Petrol price changes expected for South Africa in May

The Central Energy Fund (CEF) has published the latest fuel price data, showing that petrol prices are expected to go up in May while diesel prices should come down.

Current data projects that petrol could rise by at least 30c per litre across the board, while diesel could see a drop of 26c per litre.

These adjustments are attributed to a rise in the international cost of oil, which has gone up by roughly US$4 per barrel over the last few weeks.

Next-generation Toyota Hilux – New details go public

New details have emerged regarding the highly-anticipated next-gen Toyota Hilux, which will be revealed in 2025.

The bakkie will reportedly feature several different powertrains including a new battery-electric and plug-in hybrid option, and possibly even one running on hydrogen.

It is also expected to be larger than the outgoing generation, and will share many design elements with the Tacoma pickup sold in the USA.

Suzuki’s newest record in South Africa

Suzuki has broken yet another record in South Africa, which is selling more than 50,000 units in a single year.

Released last week, the automaker’s latest financial records show that it sold a total of 51,969 new cars in our market between April 2023 and March 2024.

The sales success is attributed to the launch of several new models launched in the last year, from the flagship Grand Vitara to the Fronx and Jimny five-door.

New Jaecoo J7 launches in South Africa

Jaecoo has finally launched in South Africa with its first vehicle, the J7 SUV.

The J7 is available in three flavours across two front-wheel-drive and one all-wheel-drive specifications, with prices starting at R549,999.

All three units are powered by the same 1.6-litre, turbocharged petrol engine in partnership with a seven-speed auto-box.

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