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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.

Big drop in petrol prices expected for South Africa in November

South Africans can potentially look forward to a substantial drop in fuel prices this November.

According to the latest data from the Central Energy Fund, petrol is expected to see a big reduction, with diesel seeing a smaller but still appreciable decline.

The current predictions are based on the reductions in the price of crude oil that occurred in October.

Illegal tyres the new target for traffic officers in South Africa

The Road Accident Fund (RAF) has partnered with the South African Tyre Manufacturers Conference (SATMC) to educate law enforcement officials in South Africa to identify unsafe and unlawful tyres on the roads.

The workshop is part of an ongoing effort to crack down on illegal tyres in the country, as it was recently found that up to 63% of the second-hand tyres in use were not roadworthy but were in fact illegal waste.

Tyres account for a significant portion of the road accidents in South Africa, with a 2021 report from the Road Traffic Management Corporation’s showing that 41% of crashes that year occurred due to a burst tyre.

“E-tolls are history” – But you’ll have to keep paying

Gauteng’s Premier Panyaza Lesufi recently announced at the 2023 South Africa Auto Week that the province’s controversial e-toll scheme was “history.”

However, the electronic toll collection process is still billing motorists, and is expected to do so until the end of the year.

The e-toll system was supposed to shut down in 31 December 2023, but has since been delayed several times.

Facelifted Isuzu D-Max confirmed South Africa

Isuzu has officially unveiled the updated Isuzu D-Max, and it is coming to South Africa.

The manufacturer confirmed to TopAuto that the new bakkie will be sold here, but that its launch date has yet to be determined.

The 4×4 has seen an extensive overhaul to both the exterior and cabin, and will still be sold with one of two turbocharged diesel engines.

New Opel Corsa confirmed for South Africa

Opel has confirmed to TopAuto that the new Opel Corsa will be brought to South Africa.

The updated hatchback is currently expected to go on sale towards the middle of 2024.

It will retain the same engine as the current line-up, but with several new features and a revised exterior that displays the brand’s new logo.

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