Toyota, which made a late entry to the SA light car market with the Yaris hatchback late last year, has added a four-door version to the mix. Prices for the Yaris Sedan, which will compete with VW’s Polo- and Opel’s Corsa Classic ranges, start at R121 120.
The dramatic collapse of MG Rover last year did not signal the end of the iconic MG sports car. A UK-based consortium has vowed to release two new models, including one unveiling at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show.
Land Rover’s Freelander has not always been the perfect poster boy for its “go anywhere” image, but the next generation, which mimics is big brother Discovery 3 in many ways, should spark some change.
Volkswagen head Wolfgang Bernhard plans to launch 20 new vehicles in the next five years, including production versions of the breath-taking Concept R and a large four-door coupé dubbed the C1.
When CAR sampled Hyundai’s new flagship in South Korea last year, we were told the Azera would arrive in SA in March and cost “around R300 000”. Sure enough, the R299 900 saloon has just hit the market, and offers an alternative option for buyers in the entry-level executive saloon market.
It is doubtful that SsangYong will ever produce a beauty pageant-winning vehicle, though its new Rexton II flagship SUV could come close enough… Look out for it later this year.
GM Europe boss Carl-Peter Forster recently said the next-generation Corsa was one of “three important new products” that Opel/Vauxhall would launch in 2006, but didn’t reveal when the light car would make its début. But, the wait will soon be over…
Tata’s cut-price vehicle line-up has been stepped up with the addition of diesel-powered derivatives to its passenger car range.
Toyota’s award winning Prius hybrid vehicle has received an update, which includes some snazzy new features, barely a year after its launch.
Nissan has recently been made to endure some stiff criticism about the lack of variety in its local passenger car line-up, though we expect this is all about to change with the addition of the pretty Tiida to its stable.