TheMotorist Team

About TheMotorist Team
Articles from TheMotorist

What 2022 holds for the South African car market

While 2021 kicked off without much affair, albeit with mild hesitation and looming uncertainty for event planning due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it eventually gathered momentum into what many industries would deem as normal. Despite a contagious wave of Omicron ravaging the world in the last quarter, this year has commenced in a confident and assured manner which has us holding thumbs that normality will soon return. Secondary effects from the pandemic are still hampering supply chains with the automotive industry struggling to meet the demand of the semiconductor microchips needed in the increasingly technologically-oriented vehicles but despite this, new vehicles are scheduled to be introduced to our shores with launch events being planned on our local roads. Here is what Mzansi has to look forward to in 2022!...

Is the updated Renault Koleos the right family pairing for the holiday season

Renault has increased their SUV portfolio extensively in the past few years, this experience has put them in good stead with the highly contentious segment. While offerings scattering the price range such as the Kiger, Captur, Kadjar and Duster compete well in their segments, Renault were in need of their own entry into the premium SUV C market. This is where their Koleos fits into the equation. After being on sale in our market for only 2 years with mediocre sales, minor updates to the vehicle have been implemented in the hopes of compelling consumers for what can be described as a handsome, spacious and comfortable option. ...

The NEW Polo GTI is coming and we have pricing!

Did you know that South Africa is the second largest market in the world for sales of the Polo GTI? Although we trail Germany in sales, if that doesn't prove that we are die-hard GTI fans then i'm not sure what will! ...

Defining ludicrous in the BMW M4 Competition

The polarizing BMW G80 M3 and G82 M4 have been in the market for quite some time now. Originally stirring the automotive world at their initial unveiling with what BMW considers a bold choice in design, their imposing aesthetics have become subdued over an overwhelmingly positive reception for their superfluous ability on the road. We spent a few days with the impressively quick M4 Competition model so we could understand just how ludicrous the new range really is. ...

China’s real Great Leap Forward with the Chery Tiggo 4 Pro

The motoring world has undergone a complete transformation over the past few years with the emergence of the subcompact SUV. In this time, Chery has become somewhat anonymous with introducing new vehicles to the market, selling their last new car as long ago as 2018. Instead of rushing a lacklustre option into our market (which has been done in bygone times) to appease the demand of this new segment, the Chinese manufacturer has taken its time to refine its offerings for an affordable yet premium experience. Say hello to the rebirth of Chery in South Africa with their launch of the new Tiggo 4 Pro. ...

Is bigger better? The new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Automotive brands are no strangers to pulling at the heartstrings of buyers. One such method is to revive a revered nameplate as a more commercially viable vehicle. The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross does exactly this. While it may have been reincarnated as a coupe SUV in 2017 to entice younger buyers who were familiar with the Eclipse of the 90’s, three years on and it has already received a facelift. The extra length and updated looks are intended to make it a more approachable option for buyers with an itch to explore. We spent a few days with it in the Lowveld to find out if the updates have allowed it to grow into what it was intended to be. ...

A Short and Sweet Taste of the Chery Tiggo 4 Pro

The one piece of intel that we do have is that under the bonnet is a 1.5-litre turbocharged engine that produces 108kW and 210Nm. A naturally aspirated version will also be available with just 85kW and 141Nm....

Living with the legacy of a local legend; the Golf 8 GTI

It takes generations to build up a near-immortal legacy with an adoring customer base at the core. In Mzanzi, there are staples for different types of mobility where everything else in the segment becomes an outlier. Our go-to bakkie is the Hilux while the Golf GTI is glorified in its hot hatch segment. We lived with the 8th generation of the beloved German derivative to see if the recipe has deviated from its predecessors....

Some are made while others are created, the 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio

Alfa Romeo is a marquee that needs no introduction, with an impressive 111 year lifespan their legacy has been cemented into the halls of fame with pedigree racers and breathtaking designs...

Welcoming the sweetness of summer with the Fiat 500C Dolce Vita

Italians know a thing or two about style, longevity and tradition and the Fiat 500 is a modern day epitome of exactly that. We dropped the top on the new Fiat 500C Dolce Vita for a few days to see if it's fresh and funky attitude was a step forward for stylishness....