Mazda’s all-new compact SUV spearheads a whole new generation of Mazda design. The new CX-5 is sleeker, safer, and also better-looking, thanks to new colours and styling. With options between three engines, auto/manual transmissions, and FWD/AWD, the new CX-5 covers all its bases. The Only AWD model in the line-up, the CX-5 2.2L DE Akera AWD Auto, starts at R557 500, which puts it in line with top-end models from VW’s Tiguan to the Hyundai Tucson. AWD CX-5s all get the potent 129kW, 420Nm turbodiesel mill, mated to a six-speed automatic box.
The Mazda CX-5 comes with a 3-year unlimited-kilometre service plan, a 3-year factory warranty, 3-year roadside assistance and a 5-year corrosion warranty.
Wins top value accolade
According to the Kelly Blue Book or kbb.com, a California-based vehicle evaluation and research company, the Mitsubishi Outlander is the best value for money in a seven-seater SUV. The accolade was awarded thanks to the Outlander’s off-road capability, powerful 2.4-litre MIVEC engine, well-built cabin and host of luxury features. Of course, the impressive 3-year 100 000km warranty and 5-year/90 000km service plan were also taken into account. The Outlander (priced in SA at R549 900 for the GLS model) continues to offer extremely good value for its size and practicality.
Leaves SA soil
In a shock move, General Motors announced in May that they would cease all investment and manufacturing of Chevrolet products in South Africa by the end of 2017. Isuzu is set to take over Chevrolet dealer networks, and will purchase the GM’s light commercial manufacturing plant in Struandale, Port Elizabeth.
In a press statement, GM executive vice president Stefan Jacoby said that “…continued or increased investment in manufacturing in South Africa would not provide GM the expected returns of other global investment opportunities.” With this in mind, investments in SA will move over to the USA and other regions. What this means for current Chevrolet owners is that all local operations will be transferred to Isuzu, who will take care of servicing and parts − which will be available for “at least 10 years after production has ceased”. All existing warranties and service plans remain in place and will be honoured until the end of 2017, at which point Isuzu dealers will provide after-sales service for Chevrolet customers.
Isuzu has announced that it intends to purchase General Motors’ Port Elizabeth manufacturing facility and GMSA’s shares in Isuzu Truck South Africa. This move will increase Isuzu’s manufacturing capability across their range of light, medium and heavy-duty commercial vehicles.