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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 automotive industry this week.

Ineos reveals Grenadier pre-order numbers

Ineos has revealed to TopAuto how many of its Grenadier SUVs have been pre-ordered for South Africa.

The high-end 4×4 has already gone on sale in Namibia and Kenya, and deliveries to other markets, including South Africa, Botswana, and Tanzania, are expected to take place before the end of this month.

The Grenadier starts at over R1.4 million, but the most popular model is the range-topping turbo-diesel Trialmaster which goes for a smidge over R1.6 million.

The company also said the uptake of optional extras has been “very high” which significantly increases the final price of every unit.

New Alfa Romeo Stelvio launched in South Africa

This week saw the launch of a handful of new models, including the updated Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

The Italian SUV has seen a visual overhaul to match the styling of Alfa’s other high-rider, the Tonale, while also receiving a number of exciting new features and a sporty engine.

Facelifted Mazda 2 coming to South Africa

The long-running Mazda 2 will be receiving an update in the near future, giving it a new look to bring it in line with its recently-updated competitors.

The immediate distinction with the new models is a redesigned grille, which is now closed off in a manner resembling the look of electric cars.

Cosmetic changes have been afforded to the interior, too, and there are also a few new features that fans of the brand are sure to appreciate.

South Africa is getting a new driver’s licence

South Africa will be receiving a new driver’s licence, and much sooner than expected.

The Department of Transport brought forward the initiation date of the new cards, which was initially set for 1 April 2024, which will then run for a four-month trial period to assess whether they function as intended.

The transition period from the old to new cards is expected to take approximately five years.

Renault reveals a new flagship

Renault has revealed its new flagship vehicle in the form of the Rafale.

The French SUV Coupe is under consideration for a South African launch and is slated to go on sale in select markets within the first half of 2024.

The Rafale is a showcase for the brand’s new design principles, with a stylish new LED grille, modern interior, and hybrid powertrain.

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