2020 AA-Kinsey Report

This is the 30th year of the Kinsey Report and it’s second as the AA-Kinsey Report and inevitably a few changes were forced to be made including how the figures were collected.
“Motoring has become more expensive, certainly from a parts perspective, and the results for 2020 show that. Although there may be similar alternative parts from non-franchise outlets – the durability of which cannot be vouched for – prices for original equipment are rising,” notes Malcolm Kinsey, author of the AA-Kinsey Report. All the figures in the AA-Kinsey Report were collected in September. Vehicle sales for August and September show large declines of approximately 30% over the corresponding months in 2019.

The 2020 AA-Kinsey Report again includes the SA Guild of Motoring Journalists “Car of the Year” entries. These represent the latest vehicles on the market, launched during the last 12 months, and hopefully introducing new cutting-edge features. There are 14 in this survey.

City Cars and Entry-level Vehicles Category

The first three places in this category are:

The Renault Kwid with a total basket price of R62,990, followed by the Ford Figo at R63,866, and the Hyundai Atoz at R66,189 in third place.

Service parts:

  1. Kwid R3,048
  2. Figo R3,168
  3. Honda Amaze at R3,455

Repair parts:

  1. Figo at R6,187
  2. Honda Amaze at R7,033
  3. Atoz at R7,560

Crash parts prices:

  1. Kwid at R50,490
  2. Figo at R54,510
  3. Atoz at R54,572

Super Mini Category

The winner here is the Hyundai i20, with a parts basket price of R90,065, about R2,500 less expensive than the 2019 class winner, the Renault Sandero. Second place goes to Toyota’s newly launched Starlet at R90,826 and the Ford Fiesta at R 91,275 in third.

Service parts:

  1. Toyota Starlet at R3,150
  2. Toyota Yaris at R3,543
  3. Renault Sandero at R3,968 (last year’s winner)

Repair parts:

  1. Suzuki Swift at R7,285
  2. VW Polo at R7,348
  3. Toyota Starlet at R8,256

Crash parts prices:

  1. Hyundai i20 at R72,590
  2. Ford Fiesta at R74,699
  3. Toyota Starlet at R79,419

Family Favourites Category

The Toyota Quest follows up last year’s success with another overall victory with a total parts basket cost of R85,031 – though quite a substantial increase over the 2019 figure; second is the Nissan Almera (R86,488 – just about R1,000 more than its 2019 total). Third is another Toyota, the Corolla Hatch with a total of R131, 294 – quite a leap from the first two. The Hatch was a finalist in the COTY competition which is quite a departure from the traditional 4-door Toyotas.

Service Parts:

  1. Nissan Almera at R2,827
  2. Toyota Corolla Hatch at R4,934
  3. Toyota Quest at R5,344

Repair Parts:

  1. Toyota Quest at R9,088
  2. Nissan Almera at R9,920
  3. Toyota Corolla Hatch at R10,504

Crash Parts Prices:

  1. Toyota Quest at R70,598
  2. Nissan Almera at R73,741
  3. Toyota Corolla Hatch R115,855

Crossovers Categories

Crossovers are without doubt the most popular family vehicles, and their size and versatility make them ideal for a multitude of purposes. They range from small SUVs to large, sophisticated and extremely expensive models. We have three categories based on size and to a degree price. They are Compact Crossover, Crossover, and Executive Crossover.

Compact Cross Category

The Mahindra KUV 100 wins this class with a parts basket price of R81,776. Second is the Haval H2 with its parts amounting to R93,860 – some R2,800 increase over last year. COTY nominee the Citroen C3 Aircross comes in third with a parts basket total of R102,249.

Service Parts:

  1. Haval H2 at R3,741
  2. Mahindra KUV 100 at R3,781
  3. Renault Duster at R3,873

Repair Costs:

  1. Honda HR-V at R8,814
  2. Citroen C3 at R9,392
  3. Mahindra KUV 100 at R10,012

Crash Parts Prices:

  1. Mahindra KUV 100 at R67,982
  2. Haval at R79,797
  3. Ford Eco Sport at R88,016

Crossover Category

The most fiercely contested category with 12 contestants and three COTY nominated vehicles. The Toyota Fortuner again wins the class with its total parts basket amounting to R100,429, with the Nissan X-Trail in second place at R115,921 and COTY nominee, the VW T Cross, third at R119,852.

Service Parts:

  1. Nissan X Trail at R3,556
  2. Hyundai Tucson at R4,283
  3. Nissan Qashqai at R4,629

Repair Parts:

  1. Peugeot 5008 at R8,961
  2. Toyota Rav 4 at R9,066
  3. Nissan X-Trail at R9,367

Crash Parts Prices:

  1. Toyota Fortuna at R83,049
  2. VW T-Cross at R102,141
  3. Nissan X Trail – R102,997

Executive Crossover Category

There are another three COTY nominees in this category with the best parts basket being scored by the Volvo XC 60 at R242,070. The second, two places higher than in 2019, is the Audi Q5 with an overall parts basket cost of R251,288 and in third, a COTY entrant, the Mercedes GLE at R328,211.

Service Parts:

  1. Volvo XC 60 at R8,964
  2. Audi Q5 at R9,907
  3. Range Rover Sport at R10,822

Repairs Parts:

  1. Jaguar I Pace at R16,336*
  2. Audi Q5 at R17,486
  3. Volvo XC 60 at R17,964

Crash Parts Prices:

  1. Volvo XC 60 at R215,142
  2. Audi Q5 at R223,894
  3. Mercedes GLE at R243,383
  • NOTE ON THE JAGUAR “I” PACE

This is a fully electric MPV with a range of some 400kms. It does not really fit into any current classification, but for its luxury features and sophistication, it does need a mention. We have shown the cost of the home charger and replacement battery. The battery has a warranty of eight years, so is not a part that requires short term replacement. An 80% charge can be achieved in about one hour at a quick charge station or about ten hours from the home charger.

Double Cabs Category

The Ford Ranger 2.0 D XLT is included in the double cab section because the COTY competitor, the Ford Ranger Raptor – which is included here as it’s a COTY finalist – is another vehicle which should really be in a performance class of its own, and is not really comparable to the other four double cabs. The Ford Ranger XLT wins the category with a total parts basket price of R79,796. Second place is the GWM Steed 6, one place up from last year and boasting a lower price parts basket of R86,105. Third is the Toyota Hilux at R90,189.

Service Parts:

  1. GWM Steed 6 at R3,443
  2. Nissan Navarra at R3,669
  3. Toyota Hilux at R5,059

Repair Parts:

  1. Isuzu at R5,837
  2. Ranger XLT at R7274
  3. GWM Steed 6 at R7,645

Crash Parts Prices:

  1. Ranger XLT R67,456
  2. GWM Steed 6 at R75,016
  3. Toyota Hilux at R76,573

Single Cabs Category

There are no COTY contestants in this category. The Nissan NP200 and the Nissan NP300 fill the top two placings; the NP 200 the least expensive, at R42,529 with the Nissan NP300 in second, at R48,611, and the Toyota Hilux is third at R58,747.

Service Parts:

  1. Nissan NP 200 at R2,404
  2. Isuzu at R3,904
  3. Nissan NP 300 at R4,326

Repair Parts:

  1. Isuzu at R5,427
  2. Nissan NP300 R6,204
  3. Mahindra Scorpio at R6,389

Crash Parts Prices:

  1. Nissan NP200 at R29,685
  2. Nissan NP300 at R38,080
  3. Toyota Hilux at R46,486

Executive Saloons Category

The Alfa Giulia takes a resounding win in all three categories. The overall parts basket cost is R86,570 and there’s a big jump to the second car, the Audi A3 at R178,710, and the Toyota Supra (another COTY contestant) at R217,634.

Service Parts:

  1. Alfa Giulia least at R5,961
  2. Audi A3 at R6,406
  3. Mercedes A200 at R6,520

Repair Parts:

  1. Alfa Giulia at R6,361
  2. Audi A3 at R9,964
  3. BMW 330i at R18,073

Crash Parts Prices:

  1. Alfa Giulia at R74,246
  2. Audi A3 at R162,339
  3. Toyota Supra at R177,963

The AA-Kinsey Parts Breakdown Report is available online at https://www.aa.co.za/sites/default/files/aa-kinsey_report_2020_parts_list.pdf and may be printed for free in its entirety or in sections.

Car of the Year 2020

The 2020 Auto Trader Car of the Year (SA COTY) winners have been announced.

As is usual the winner is out pf reach of 95% of the car buying public. But it is a deserving winner by all accounts. Although I have not driven it I saw it perform at the Simola Hill Climb last year. And what a performance.Yes, it is a SUV. Yes it is a luxury car. Yes, it is expensive. But it really does advance motoring in SA. It is ground breaking. It does point to a possible future for cars, or at least some of them.

The winner is the Jaguar I-PACE EV400 AWD SE. It won the 2019 World Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year and World Green Car awards. So worldwide a winner. The Mercedes-Benz GLE400d 4Matic was placed second.

To balance things out and make it more real Toyota’s three contenders; (Corolla Hatch, RAV4 and GR Supra) stood tall among a variety of candidates -ranging from small city cars to large-SUV and double-cab bakkies.

Toyota won the following:

Family category winner: Corolla Hatch 1.2T XR CVT

Sports/Performance category winner: GR Supra 3.0T

Third place overall: GR Supra 3.0T

Quite a haul. Well done Toyota.

Other winners were:

Urban Category: Hyundai Atos 1.1 Motion

Leisure Category: Volkswagen T-Cross 1.0 TSI Comfortline 85kW DSG

Lifestyle Utility Vehicles Category: Ford Ranger Raptor

All of the winners this year are deserving, in my opinion.

Next year will be fun with the new Suzuki sPresso and Isuzu and GWM bakkies set to put the cat among the pigeons.

Suzuki S-Presso freshly brewed

The S-Presso is a compact and affordable urban mini SUV with a choice of five model derivatives and two transmission options in SA. Its either a 5-speed manual or AMT (the latter using Suzuki’s Automated Gear Selection (AGS) technology for smooth shifts using a manual transmission with self-actuating clutch) transmission, GL, GL+ or S-edition trim level.

Suzuki S-Presso-180

“We are very excited to introduce the new Suzuki S-Presso in South Africa. It combines many of our most advanced technologies, such as our HEARTECT platform, with our compact SUV expertise to offer a compact, but roomy and well-specified new urban SUV that is truly within everyone’s reach,” says André Venter, divisional manager for sales and marketing at Suzuki Auto South Africa.

The new Suzuki S-Presso shares its 998cc engine with the established Suzuki Celerio. This three-cylinder engine is code-named K10B and offers 50kW at 5 500 r/min and 90Nm of torque at 3 500 r/min and consumption of around 5L/100km.

It is a small car and in a way replaces the rather mundane Alto with a much more funky and practical product.

All versions of the S-Presso are very well equipped and feature electric windows for the front occupants, rear parking sensors, air conditioning, power steering and a multi-information display, which includes information such as distance to empty, trip duration and distance travelled.

On the GL+ model, Suzuki has bumped up the specification with its easy-to-use functional infotainment system. This system is touch sensitive and includes full integration for most smartphones through the in-built Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems.

This  system also offers USB and auxiliary ports and Bluetooth connectivity as standard and will display the image from the in-built reverse camera on the screen.

S-Edition models retain the infotainment system and mirror the silver detailing on the exterior with similar highlights on the centre console, air conditioning louvres and side door panels.

The range starts at R134 900 for the GL manual and tops off at R160 900 for the S-edition AMT.

It comes with a 5-year / 200 000 km mechanical warranty, one year insurance and two year service plan.

The Renault Kwid is the most obvious alternative, but also look at the Mahindra KUV100, Fiat Panda and Haval H1.

#Doyou #Suzuki #S-Presso

Hyundai i30N launched

Hyundai’s i30 N performance hatchback has been developed with the the theme “Fun to Drive”: Cornering, Race-track Capability and Everyday Sports Car.

Hyundai i30N

Based on the i30 five-door, the i30 N is a very different beast with i’ts own unique design.

The ‘N’ stands for Namyang, Hyundai Motor’s global Research and Development Centre in Korea, and for the world-famous Nürburgring motor racing complex in Germany, home to Hyundai’s European Test Centre where the manufacturer’s models built on the European continent are developed and tested.

The i30 N underwent 10 000 km of driving on the Nordschleife circuit at the Nürburgring to test its durability.

“We aren’t afraid to do things differently here. Our N cars balance performance and practicality so that they are fun to drive every day. Every N car loves cornering, hence the nickname we have given to their character: ‘Corner Rascal.’ Whether it’s urban commuting or track driving, N handles it beautifully,” says Albert Biermann president and head of the Vehicle Performance Division.

The South African version is equipped with a Performance Package that – apart from the other N-features – include the high-output 202 kW turbocharged engine, an Electronically Controlled Limited Slip Differential, a variable exhaust valve system and 19-inch alloy wheels with 19-inch wheels with 235/35R19 Pirelli P-Zero high-performance tyres.

Buttons on the steering wheel alternate the i30 N’s five drive modes: Eco, Normal, Sport, N and N Custom. Each mode changes the car’s character, adjusting the high-performance parameters of the vehicle, including its engine and rev matching.

To help performance the n is equipped with electronically controlled suspension (ECS) and an electronically controlled limited slip differential
Hyundai claim a top speed of 250 km/h and acceleration from 0-100 km/h in just 6.1 seconds. That is all thanks to the powerful T-GDi engine, generating 353 Nm torque from 1 500-4 700 rpm, reaching a maximum of 378 Nm for a brief period when in overboost.

The South African i30 N dealerships are: Belville, Somerset West, Port Elizabeth, Durban South, Pinetown, Umhlanga, Richard’s Bay, East Rand, The Glen, Sandton, Roodepoort, Centurion, Wonderboom and Polokwane.

The i30 N can be serviced at all Hyundai dealerships in South Africa, Botswana Namibia and Eswatini.
Price

The Hyundai i30 N goes on sale at a suggested retail price of R 679 900, which includes a 7-year/200 000 km warranty, roadside assistance for 7-years or 150 000 km, and 5-year/75 000 km service plan. Service intervals are 15 000 km or once a year.

PEUGEOT LANDTREK entering the One ton Pick-up segment later this year

Peugeot is entering the One ton Pick-up segment with the Landtrack later this year, just as Mercedes Benz is exiting with tail between the legs. Hopefully the French learnt a thing or two.

Peugeot Landtrack

It is based on the fundamentals of the segment says Peugeot: 3.5 t towing capacity, versatility, different body shapes, real off-road and overtaking capabilities with unbeatable robustness and ease of repair.

They say sub-sahara Africa is one of the initial launch areas, but give no indication of pricing.

I think the engines are borderline powerful enough for our market.

Diesel : 1.9L displacement and 111kW thanks to a variable geometry 16-valve turbocharger. Its torque of 350 Nm and 6-speed Getrag manual gearbox . It has chain timing to optimise maintenance costs. Roller rocker arms reduce noise, have higher speeds and less friction for less wear. This engine has a combined fuel consumption of 7.8L/100km,
Petrol : turbocharged with 2.4L displacement and a comfortable power output of 156kW and 320 Nm of torque combined with a 6-speed Getrag manual gearbox or a 6-speed Punch automatic gearbox with sequential, Sport or Eco modes.

The vehicle has a length of 5.33m for the double cab version and 5.39m for the single cab versions, all with a width of 1.92m.

The size of the cargo box is a central design element of the architecture and makes it possible to load:

2 “Euro-pallets” in Double Cab versions (1.63m x 1.60m x 500mm body and 1.22m wheel width),
3 “Euro-pallets” in Single Cab versions (2.43m x 1.60m x 500mm tipper and 1.22m wheel width).

For 4×4 versions, the front transmission is engaged using a dedicated thumbwheel to transmit some of the power to the front axle. This allows the driver to choose between 2 modes:

  • 4H (4 High speed) : for standard 4×4 use,
  • 4L (4 Low speed) short gear mode : thanks to a 2.7 to 1 reduction gearbox, an increase in torque at reduced speeds for driving in low-adhesion terrain or on steep slopes.

Finally, the rear differential is equipped with the eLocker system with automatic disengagement and provides extra traction when one wheel spins.

According to archywordlys Peugeot Landtrek is also not a completely independent design. It is based on the modern Changan F70 pickup truck introduced last year (Changan and PSA have a joint venture in China). The development of machines under the Chinese and French brands went in parallel, but the PSA joined the project later.

Renault Triber arrives

The Triber is a completely new car in South Africa.

It is a budget crossover 5-seater with an extra third row to make it a 7-seater if needed. You lose your boot though. The boot space is 625L in 5-seater mode. EasyFix seats allow for the 2 rear seats of the 3rd row to be completely removed to make a big boot. Interestingly there are separate aircon vent controls for the 2nd and 3rd rows.

The base or Expression model is quite basic and lacks the 8” touchscreen, rear speakers, side airbags, keyless entry, rear power widows, ECO mode, smartphone replication, LED headlights, electrical mirrors, and reverse parking camera which the other models have.

The Prestige enjoys an 8″ MediaNav Evolution touchscreen integrated with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Voice Command button and video playback on the screen, while a Smart Access Card for Keyless Entry and Stop/ Start functionality enable an easier driving experience.

The Triber is powered by the Renault 1.0 litre 3-cylinder turbo-petrol unit which generates 52kW with 96Nm torque. So do not expect much performance. Renault claims fuel consumption of 5,5L /100km. I think the Triber may battle a bit with seven up, especially up hills and at altitude. It appears that Renault is promoting the car as a five-seater and not as a seven seater, possibly because of the power to weight issue.

Pricing at launch is pretty good. The base Expression costs R164 900, the mid-range Dynamique is R174 900, while the ‘fancy’ Prestige is R189 900.

VW Amarok Canyon the most fun Leisure Bakkie

VW Amarok Canyon

The VW Amarok 3.0TDI V6 4Motion Canyon is Leisure Wheels magazine’s Bakkie of the Year.

The German bakkie, up against nine other double cab bakkies for the crown, scored 90.5% ahead of Ford’s Ranger Raptor (86.3%) and Toyota’s Hilux 2.8GD-6 Legend 50 (85.4%). The new competition format revolves around Average Joe’s bakkie requirements, and not flippant matters such as 0–100km/h acceleration times.

Instead, the competition focused on real-world issues such as fuel consumption, load carrying ability, towing, safety, handling, 4×4 ability, interior, long-term ownership and, counting 20% of the overall score, a subjective driving test score, as adjudged by five industry experts and professional drivers.

The Leisure Wheels test lab.

The results are:
1) Volkswagen Amarok 3.0TDI 4Motion Canyon AT 90.5%
2) Ford Ranger Raptor 86.3%
3) Toyota Hilux 2.8GD-6 4×4 Legend 50 (manual) 85.4%
4) Ford Ranger 2.0 Bi-Turbo 4×4 Wildtrak AT 83.4%
5) Mercedes-Benz X350d 4Matic 81.6%
6) Isuzu D-Max 3.0DT 4×4 LX (manual) 78.9%
7) Nissan Navara 2.3D 4×4 Stealth AT 78.8%
8) Mitsubishi Triton 2.4Di-D 4×4 AT 75.9%
9) Mahindra Pik Up 2.2CRDe 4×4 Karoo 70.4%
10) Toyota Land Cruiser 79 Namib 64.2%

The Raptor is wide and has an almost mean stance.

“Our aim with this test was to focus on real-world factors that affect real bakkie owners, and to go the full nine yards establishing those results. For the fuel consumption test, conducted on Gerotek’s high speed oval, we devised a set route that included stop-and-pull-off simulations, full throttle overtaking simulations, as well as slow and high speed laps. We also added 190kg to the bak, so the results are what consumers can realistically expect to achieve, on a daily basis,” explains Leisure Wheels’ Danie Botha.

And what is it about the Amarok that set it apart from the rest of the pack? Is it really perfect in every which way?

“It’s certainly not perfect,” says Botha. “It didn’t score well in the 4×4 ability, long-term ownership and safety segments. But for the rest, it really is a solid, classy package. It seems VW’s engineers worked some kind of magic with the leaf-sprung rear suspension, offering an SUV-like ride on all surfaces. And that V6 engine… here’s a bakkie that will outrun many hot hatches between traffic lights, yet it can carry nearly a ton on the bak.”

The March issue, featuring the comprehensive Bakkie of the Year report, goes on sale on Monday, 17 February. More detailed results in the respective segments will be published on leisurewheels.co.za.

2019/20 #CarsAwards – powered by WesBank

Category winners: 2019/20 #CarsAwards – powered by WesBank

Adventure SUV: Toyota Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 4×4 Auto

Budget Car: Suzuki        Swift 1.2 GLX

Business Class:               Volkswagen Arteon 2.0TSI 4Motion R-Line

Compact Family Car:      Volkswagen T-Cross 1.0 TSI Highline R-Line

Compact Hatch:              Volkswagen Polo 1.0TSI Comfortline Auto

Crossover:                       Audi Q3 35 TFSI S Line

Executive SUV:                BMW X3 xDrive20d M Sport

Family Car:                      Mazda CX-5 2.0 Dynamic Auto

Fun Hatch:                     Volkswagen Polo GTI

Leisure Double-Cab:      Volkswagen Amarok 3.0 V6 TDI Highline 4Motion

Performance Car:           Toyota GR Supra 3.0T

Premium Hatch:             Volkswagen Golf GTI

Premium SUV:               BMW X5 xDrive30d M-Sport

Volkswagen Amarok and Toyota Fortuner have now won the categories Leisure Double-Cab and Adventure SUV ­respectively – for three consecutive years. Suzuki won the Budget Car category with a Swift  for four years in a row.

In no fewer than five of the 13 categories the judges’ favourites did not win, due to the impact of data from the Cars.co.za Ownership Satisfaction Survey. Fifty per cent of the final scores of the #CarsAwards category finalists was determined by the rankings the vehicles’ respective brands achieved in the Cars.co.za Ownership Satisfaction Survey

The Toyota Fortuner (Adventure SUV), Volkswagen Amarok, Arteon and T-Cross (Leisure Double-Cab, Business Class and Compact Family Car) and BMW X3 (Executive SUV) did not score the highest marks from the panel of judges following evaluation, yet emerged victorious because consumers rated their brands’ experiences higher than those of their competitors.

Volkswagen – the only brand to have won at least one #CarsAwards category every year since the programme began in 2015/16 – walked away with the most prestigious accolade. Having won six of the 13 #CarsAwards categories in 2019/20, Volkswagen is comfortably the most prolific category winner (with 16 trophies) in the history of the #CarsAwards programme.

#CarsAwards was conceived to be South Africa’s definitive automotive awards programme; the list of vehicles it recognises is meant to guide car buyers to make the best-informed purchasing decisions… Cars are judged directly against their peers in specific categories, each of which has distinct requirements. What’s more, 50% of the final scores is based on brand-specific after-sales data that incorporate customer feedback from thousands of South African vehicle owners.

Haval Helderberg ups their game

The new home of Haval in the Helderberg is at 133 Main Road, Strand on the left going from Broadway, across the way of Battery World. The showroom is quite big, befitting a top ten brand which is now selling in excess of a thousand units a month and growing.

Lindela Betya, Ian Richards (Sales Manager), Steven Brits and Maree Volschenk proudly showing off their cars in front of the branch.

Last year for example the brand enjoyed 300% growth in Australia. The workshop is also a fully fledged Bosch service centre.

Haval is part of the Great Wall Motors group (GWM) which has now been selling Steed bakkies for a decade in this country. They are starting to see bakkies being serviced with 350 000 to 400 000 km on the clock and still going strong. The Steed bakkies carry a 5-year or 100 000 warranty as do all Haval SUVs. Later this year the bigger Steed 7 model will join the Steed 6 on the sales floor. It is about the same size as a Hi Lux and is designed to take the larger double cab bakkies on, and will also have 4×4 and an auto box in the line up.
The best selling mid-sized SUV, the H2, which gets about 400 new owners each month has recently been facelifted and upgraded. It together with the smallish H1 are the best sellers in the Helderberg. The larger H6 C is suitable for families while the H9 is like a Pajero offering full 4×4 and an auto box and seems to be very off-road capable. I drove a H9 in the dunes and can confirm that a little sand does not bother it.

So confident are Haval about their SUVs, they offer a full five year warranty, a five year or 60 000 km service plan and roadside assistance for five years on all models except for a slightly reduced three year or 45 000 km service plan for the H1. The warranty of the H1 is also five years.

Speaking to Ian Richards, the Sales Manager at Haval Helderbeg you can feel the excitement he and his sales team of six have for the Haval brand and about their newly refurbished dealership.

To make it easy for you to view the Havals there will be a display in the Somerset Mall from 25 February to 2 April. So go along and get a feel for the newcomer (locally) on the block, which is already making waves and disrupting the market.

Jessie Mupazviriwo, Liezel Coleridge, Maree Voschenk, Steven Brits, Lindela Betya and Sales Manager Ian Richards with a gaggle of H1 and H2 SUVs.

Citroën is back in 2020

Just when you thought the car market was settling down to enjoy burning fossil fuels for the last lap before the new technology takes over a beloved old marque returns to our shores for a third time. The Citroën brand has officially re-launched in South Africa after exiting the country at the end of 2016. This may have something to do with the new assembly plant in Namibia or with Brexit, or both. Time will tell.

This time as part of the PSA group and as a sister brand to Peugeot and as such will be serviced at any Peugeot Accredited Dealership nationwide.

Style and space seem to be the cornerstones of the new range. The cars certainly look a little different.
The range initially includes three model lines: the C3 hatchback, C3 Aircross and C5 Aircross.

For peace of mind a five-year/100 000 km service plan is included across the range, along with a warranty of the same length. Citroën will share dealership space with its sister brand, Peugeot.

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C3 hatchback

“With its unique body style, personalised features and connectivity, the new C3 is a bold, fresh, modern car. It illustrates the ongoing Citroën product offensive!” said Xavier Peugeot, Citroën Brand Product Director

The C3 is built on the PSA Group A platform and includes a lot of tech like advanced driver assistance systems for lane departure alert and driver attention alert as well as a coffee break alert.

Mirror screen technology duplicates the driver’s smartphone screen directly on the vehicle’s central screen, whether Android or Apple.

The C3 line-up has a pair of 1,2-litre three-cylinder petrol engines, the first offering a naturally aspirated flavoured 60 kW and118 Nm linked to a five-speed manual gearbox and the other a turbocharged engine with 81 kW and 205 Nm mated with a six-speed automatic box.

The manual comes in Feel specification for R239 900, while the automatic is offered in Shine trim (for R289 900). Three body colours will be available – White, Platinum Grey and Sand – each in combination with a red roof.

C3 Aircross

The C3 Aircross, also comes in a choice of three colours: Platinum Grey, Soft Sand and Natural White, complete with “Spicy Orange” trim. There are two variants: Feel and Shine, both using the turbocharged 81 kW version of the 1,2-litre petrol engine linked to a six-speed auto box as standard.

Citroën’s Advanced Comfort® programme for enhanced spaciousness, modular design and brightness is a key element of the Aircross.

The C3 Aircross will cost you R339 900 in Feel trim and R359 900 in Shine.

C5 Aircross

The C5 Aircross SUV is Citroën’s new flagship and a key lever for the international growth of the brand,” says Linda Jackson, Citroën CEO.

The C5 Aircross, which comes in two forms and in three colours, Arctic Steel, Pearlescent White or Platinum Grey). The base model Feel costs R469 900 while the flagship Shine costs R509 900. Both employ the PSA 1,6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine delivering 121 kW and 240 Nm via a six-speed automatic transmission to the front wheels.

Citroën claims the new C5 Aircross SUV is the most comfortable model in its segment, thanks to the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme, Progressive Hydraulic Cushions® suspension and Advanced Comfort seats. Hydraulic buffers at either end of the suspension setup have all but eliminated bounce from the car’s drive, they say. This could be quite a big deal.

Aircross is highly modular with three individual sliding, folding and reclining rear seats, and best-in-class boot space. With the seats folded down there is 1 630 L, up from the 520 litres of space with seats and as far back as possible. Citroen says it has aimed for maximum practicality, building in cubby holes and stowage spaces all around the cabin.
There’s space inside for five adults.

The Citroën brand has always stood for technical and design innovation and quirky looks. It is the brand for someone who wants something a little different, a little chic.
Vive le difference!