This Week in Automotive News: August 1 – 5, 2022

During the work week, we post a ton of automotive news, and it can be hard to keep up with it all – that’s why we’ve created this weekend list.

In summary, here are our Top 10 automotive news of the week, in case you missed them then.

1. Best-selling bakkies in South Africa in July 2022

Ford enjoyed a third consecutive month as South Africa’s best-selling bakkie after beating Isuzu’s D-Max and Nissan’s NP200.

WHOLE STORY : Top selling bakkies in South Africa in July 2022

2. Toyota back on top

GX-R cover

Toyota led total vehicle sales in July 2022 with a total of 7,110 units sold, while the rest of the new car market is on an upward trend compared to the same period last year.

WHOLE STORY : Who topped the sales chart in July 2022 – a detailed look

3. South Africa will get its first look at the new Golf R in early October

8 R before 3/4
Appearances can be subjective, but there’s no denying that this is a stylish piece of kit.

The Tiguan R, which shares a platform with the Golf R, will arrive in Mzanzi in less than two months, with Volkswagen’s hot hatch.

WHOLE STORY : Golf R will land in South Africa in early October

4. South African motorists finally get relief on fuel prices

Fuel tax reduction

The August 2022 fuel price revisions are official and motorists will finally see a drop in fuel prices after a long period of steep price increases. Fuel prices in South Africa soared in the first half of 2022, straining household budgets while driving down commodity prices.

WHOLE STORY : Fuel prices: SA motorists finally get relief

5. Sebastian Vettel will retire at the end of the 2022 season

Hungarian Grand Prix: Vettel wins his second victory of the season.

With his Aston Martin contract expiring at the end of the 2022 season, the 35-year-old German driver has decided to retire from the top level of motorsport for personal reasons, which he explains in the video embedded below.

WHOLE STORY : Sebastian Vettel will retire at the end of the 2022 season

6. The second batch of the mighty GR Yaris is on its way to South Africa

powerful GR Yaris
Photo: Toyota

It has been confirmed that Toyota’s GR Yaris will continue to sell in South Africa as a one-off grade aimed at enthusiasts in a second limited allocation.

WHOLE STORY : Second batch of the powerful GR Yaris on the way to SA – we have prices

7. Another record is set by Suzuki

Suzuki Brezza
Source: Motor Press

Suzuki Auto South Africa reports that the Japanese maker of fuel-efficient small cars sold 4,734 units in July, beating its own sales record and moving into third place. It’s after Toyota and Volkswagen. It also set a new market share record of 14.87% for passenger vehicles.

WHOLE STORY : Suzuki breaks another record

8. The 2022 Automobile Festival is back

Festival 2022
Image: Automobile Festival

If you haven’t already, mark your calendars for August 26-28, 2022, when the Kyalami Grand Prix circuit hosts the Festival of Motoring. This is what you can expect.

WHOLE STORY : The Festival de l’Automobile 2022 is back this month – here are more details!

9. New body fitted at Ford Silverton

body shop
Picture: Ford

The Silverton assembly plant will receive a new 44,000m2 body shop as well as the arrival of the iconic local Ford bakkie. It includes a high level of automation, ensuring the best quality ever produced with the next generation Ranger.

WHOLE STORY : New body shop outfitted at Ford’s Silverton plant for the Next Generation Ranger

10. Toyota African Parts Center becomes the largest in the southern hemisphere

Photo: Toyota

Save the date if you haven’t already, as the 2022 Festival of Motoring will take place at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit from August 26-28. Here’s what to expect.

WHOLE STORY : Toyota African Parts Center becomes the largest in the southern hemisphere

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