‘’Vorsprung Durch Technik’’ is more than a slogan; it’s a lifestyle. This iconic car brand has been made cool by playing starring roles in a number of films, including the Transporter and Iron Man, rallying through the forests of Europe.
The Audi A4 is their best-selling vehicle in South Africa, out of a range of 14 models and variants.
Audis feature state-of-the-art technology, presented in an elegant design, with their flagship model – the A8 – showcasing the way forward for the brand.
Fun to drive, luxurious, and sporty – these are just some of the traits South Africans associate with BMW cars.
The 3 Series is the best-selling product of their full 18-model range, but it’s their M range that gets the attention for being fast, high-performing, and desirable.
BMW South Africa also has a popular motorcycle division, named BMW Motorrad, which offers 17 motorbikes for various segments.
Datsun is not new to South Africa, but South Africa has never seen Datsun like this before. Following an international brand relaunch, Datsun positioned its cars as affordable alternatives.
Owned by Nissan, Datsun models follow the same principle of effective and functional design, wrapped up in an affordable package. However, after failing the Euro NCAP Safety Test, the company has had to go back to the drawing board for its controversial Go model.
Datsun currently offers three models, two of which are actually segment variants of the same model.
Ford was founded by one of the most popular businessman in history, Henry Ford. An American automotive powerhouse, Ford is an iconic brand with a rich and successful history in production and racing.
Their current range offers various models in almost all market segments in South Africa. From small city runners to pocket rocket-performance hatchbacks, Fords are beloved by many. They also boast two of the most iconic vehicles in history, namely the Mustang and GT40.
The Ford Ranger is one of South Africa’s best-selling vehicles, regularly competing for best-selling car in the country.
A rising force in the South African automotive market, Hyundai is a South Korean brand that has made great strides locally. Like its affiliate, Kia, Hyundai is relatively new to South Africa, but it didn’t take long to become a strong competitor in the automotive market.
The i10 (pictured) might be their current best-selling model, but it’s their old Getz model that helped cement Hyundai’s success in South Africa. Their current range might be lean but each model packs a punch.
Hyundai models are priced competitively in relation to their market segment, with each model boasting numerous segment-leading features.
Kia is a South Korean automotive brand with a noticeable presence in South Africa. After settling into the country, Kia established a strong and loyal customer base with their funky, reliable, and affordable vehicles.
The compact Picanto is their best-selling model, with thousands sold each year in South Africa. They also compete in several segments with their SUV and sedan models.
Kia also has a commercial offering in the K2700, a sturdy and affordable solution for businesses.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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