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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.

New engine confirmed for VW Amarok in South Africa

VW is making plans to introduce a new petrol engine to the Amarok bakkie in South Africa this year.

The powertrain is expected to arrive in the second half of 2024 and will take the form of a turbocharged 2.3-litre block.

The company has said the new engine is intended to widen the appeal of the bakkie to the increasingly popular high-performance 4×4 segment.

Driver’s licence renewals will become a lot faster in South Africa in 2024

The Driving Licence Card Account Entity (DLCA) is planning to install new 900 Smart Enrollment Units (SEU) in South Africa in Q1 2024 which should speed up the turnaround time for licence applications and renewals.

The SEUs will be installed at various driver’s licence testing centres (DLTC) over the next three months, following the appointment of 300 SEUs in the last quarter of 2023.

The DLCA is also trying to procure a new card printing machine that should cut the production time of new licence cards by 64%.

Facelifted Toyota Corolla Cross – When to expect it in South Africa

Toyota has updated the Corolla Cross in Thailand, giving an idea of what South Africa can expect when the car is eventually enhanced locally.

Thailand was the first country to receive the crossover, and by following a similar timeline, the tip of Africa should hopefully expect a facelift around mid-2025.

The revised car is shown to have a subtly restyled exterior and several new features inside such as a new fully-digital 12.3-inch driver display.

New Hyundai cars coming to South Africa in 2024

Hyundai has announced that at least four new models are coming to South Africa this year.

This includes the new Santa Fe, as well as the facelifted i20, i30, and Tucson.

The company has also announced that the new Creta is on its way to our roads but that it will only be making landfall next year at the earliest.

2024 South African Car of the Year semi-finalists revealed

The South African Guild of Mobility Journalists (SAGMJ) has announced the semi-finalists for the 38th Car of the Year (COTY) competition.

Having started with 80 contenders, the list is now down to 25 models which are divided into eight different categories

The Awards have also seen a few changes with the abandoning of the new-energy vehicle category as electric and hybrid cars have become much more common in recent years.

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