The Italian supercar company that prefers to wear a tux rather than a racing outfit, Maserati is the sophisticated side of the country’s adrenalin-fuelled race car industry. Yet, they haven’t sacrificed speed for elegance.
Maserati South Africa offers five models ranging from a luxurious SUV, to a sedan, to a grand touring cabriolet. Their latest offering, the Levante, is named after the warm Mediterranean wind and is set to blow away the competition. Hand-built in Italy, each model is truly unique and aims to ensure the driver gets noticed.
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Few brands in South Africa have as loyal a following as Mazda does. Internationally known for producing the rotary engine, Mazda cars are as unique as their engines.
Their current range features just six vehicles, but each has a tempting value-for-money price point. From the nimble MX-5 Convertible, to the compact Mazda2 and robust BT-50, a Mazda car makes a bold statement.
In 2018, the dynamic CX-5 model finished in the top three for the World Car for the Year Award, issued by cars.co.za.
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Front side view of a blue McLaren with the left front door open in a showroom.
Born in the mix of racing’s toughest challenges, McLaren emerged as giant in the supercar manufacturer segment that competes with elites such as Ferrari and Lamborghini on and off the racetrack.
McLaren offers 6 models in South Africa, all designed to extract the best from both the driver’s performance and ability, while drawing the attention of onlookers.
Fast, powerful, precise and luxurious, McLaren models are aimed at clientele who expect the best from a car. Have they delivered?
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Among the German automotive giants stands Mercedes-Benz, a brand with a rich history dating back to the creation of, arguably, the first internal combustion-engine automobile.
The C-Class is the best-selling Mercedes-Benz model in South Africa, out of a range of an impressive 26 models.
Mercedes-Benz South Africa also offers heavy-duty commercial vehicles alongside their passenger range and performance-focused AMG series.
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The nippy little getaway vehicles in The Italian Job was able to steal more than gold, they stole the hearts of people all over the world. One of England’s most famous exports, Mini vehicles are the answer to anyone looking to maximise space and excitement during their daily drive.
Mini South Africa have 5 models for people to choose from with each model available in an array of specification.
Fast, nippy, funky and exciting, Mini cars are roaring from the movie screens and racetracks of the world onto our roads.
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Forged on the back roads of forests located in Europe and South America, Mitsubishi is a Japanese brand with a rich history in building excellent rally vehicles, which won on the international stage.
Mitsubishi South Africa offers seven models to the local market, with most focused on being quality alternatives to the rivals in their segments.
Sturdy, durable, and simplistic with a unique design, Mitsubishi certainly made a cosy little corner for itself in the market.
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Front side view of a grey Mitsubishi Pajero Sport.
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Historically, Nissan had a good reputation for producing sensible and affordable vehicles, with a focus on reliability.
Nissans are often viewed as a sensible choice, but they’re far from boring, having created cultural icons in the GT-R and Z-series models.
Their best-selling model is the efficient NP200 bakkie, an affordable and compact vehicle in the commercial segment.
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It’s been over 100 years since Opel built their first car, and it’s that long history of expertise that has made them a one-stop-shop for Opel-owners’ modern vehicle needs. Opel South Africa offers six models across the SUV and hatchback categories and has remained a firm favourite following the departure of their parent company, General Motors, from South Africa.
Designed in Germany, Opel models are renowned for their great build quality, durability, affordability, and pure driving enjoyment. It’s no surprise that Opel has won the coveted South African Car of the Year and World Car of the Year awards several times.
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Red Peugeot 407 parked sideways on untarred road, with trees in background.
Known for building sensible hatchbacks and compact SUVs, Peugeot might not appear to be the most adventurous manufacturer. Delve into their history, however, and you’ll find a pioneering brand. Peugeot continues to dominate parts of the automotive world, having won the 2017 European Car of the Year trophy for the 3008 SUV.
Peugeot South Africa offers six models, from a budget-friendly hatchback to an innovative SUV. The French manufacturer has come a long way since its days of building sewing machines, strongly competing to be one of Europe’s leading automotive manufacturers.
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Sleek, stylish, and an evolutionary approach to design, Porsche cars stand out on the road.
The iconic 911 series joins the list of Porsche’s six models on offer in South Africa.
With four dealerships located across the country and millions of brand supporters, this car company has a big presence.
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Renault was founded in 1898 in France by Louis Renault and his brothers. After years of success with new production lines, Renault was nationalised in 1945 to become Régie Nationale des Usines Renault (RNUR). Today, the French brand is a leading international automaker with several models in South Africa, including the extremely popular Clio.
Their budget-friendly SUVs come standard with some great practical features and are considered good value for money.
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As elegant and fitting as a tailored suit in Covent Garden, this British brand brings exclusivity to the automotive world. The luxury brand is so set on showing the world that the sky is the limit for them, they even brought the sky into their cars – in the form of LED lights made to look like a starry night.
Rolls-Royce offers five unique models to the South African market and gives owners the option to customise their vehicles and turn their car fantasies into reality.
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Blue and silver Rolls Royce Ghost, parked and on display on white platform
Front side view of a grey Subaru Outback.
Famous for building rally cars that took Colin McRae to consecutive World Rally Championships, Subaru has a great history and legacy behind its name.
Subaru offers six models to the South African market with most aimed at the SUV and sedan segments. All the models keep with their tradition of building solid and sturdy vehicles with great driving capability.
The new Subaru Legacy SUV already started impressing with advanced technology and features highlighting it in a competitive segment.
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The little brand with big ambition, Suzuki has carved out a niche for itself in the South African market with its stylish but practical off-road vehicles.
Suzuki may be more well-known for their motorcycles, but their cars have a reputation for being just as reliable. They’re seen as affordable and excellent value-for-money. Suzuki owners made their appreciation known when the brand was voted Brand of the Year in the cars.co.za Consumer Awards in 2017 and 2018.
Suzuki manufactures cars in various segments, including compact SUV, hatchback, and sedan.
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Front side view of a white Tata Ace.
This brand might seem small to onlookers as they are relatively unknown in the automotive world, but Tata is certainly not what it seems. The steel manufacturing giant from India is using its financial power to enter the auto market and already have names such as Land Rover and Aston Martin on their portfolio.
Tata offers two models in South Africa with each focused on being budget-friendly alternatives in their respective segments.
Will the brand succeed in becoming an automotive giant?
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The American automotive brand is on the forefront of auto technological development as their entire line up is fully electric.
Owned and operated by South African-born billionaire Elon Musk, the brand is making huge strides in the automotive world.
Although the brand is not established in South Africa, it certainly is one to keep an eye on for the future.
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Blue Tesla driving on a freeway with city in the background
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Toyota South Africa has enjoyed years of success with a large and extremely loyal customer base.
Offering highly affordable and durable vehicles, Toyota can regularly be found at the top of various lists and rankings measuring South Africa’s best-selling cars and customer satisfaction surveys.
Their Hilux bakkie and Etios compact hatchback models do well in our local market.
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Volkswagen South Africa is one of the largest automotive brands in South Africa, with a range of passenger and truck models.
They boast an excellent sales record with their Polo and Polo Vivo models. VW doesn’t shy away from competing in multiple segments; their Up! model and their Amarok model are strong contenders in their respective segments. Volkswagen is seen as one of the most reliable brands in South Africa with an extensive range of products, service options, and warranties.