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AutoMatrix has once again organized and hosted their 2ndannual Industry Conference cruise to Mozambique island. Focused on the Motor Body Repair (MBR) sector, the 340 delegates participated in interactive presentations and discussions tackling industry issues, with an impressive array of speakers from NAAMSA, RMI, SAIA, Honda South Africa, Isuzu Motors South Africa, Suzuki Auto South Africa, Lightstone, Axalta and Marouns Group.

SA vehicle sales: Here's a look at which province has the most car sales by the numbers


It is safe to say that people are still buying new cars per month despite the ever-increasing price of fuel and our fragile economy. Gauteng, KZN and the Western Cape have seen healthy numbers for the month of May, compared to places like the Free State, North West and Northern Cape where passenger cars aren't that much in demand, mostly because of population tallies being a key factor.

These are the most in-demand diesel cars in SA


While countries and indeed companies around the world are shunning so-called “dirty diesel”, it seems South Africans continue to embrace diesel-powered vehicles, according to new data from AutoTrader.

These are the second-hand cars you can afford with your salary in South Africa


Analytics group Lightstone recently released a report detailing the value of the type of second-hand car you can afford based on your monthly salary in South Africa in 2018.

These are the cars you can afford to buy with your salary in South Africa


New research by analytics group Lightstone shows the value of the car you can afford based on your monthly salary in South Africa in 2018.

Car sales by province: Where are South Africans buying cars?


Despite fewer selling days in March due to public holidays, the new vehicle industry made an upward swing, with a total of 49 233 new vehicles sold.

These are the car brands South Africa exports – and where they’re going


Research and data group Lightstone has published a new report showing how South Africa auto export industry has changed since 1994 – which car brands we’re exporting, and which countries are getting them.

Car sales: South African vehicle exports show significant growth


Although South Africa has seen its share of economic hard ships in the last several years, the Automotive Industry on the other hand increased exponentially since 1994.

White and silver remain favourites: Car sales by colour for Feb 2018


The most popular vehicle colour in 2017 was white, followed by silver and grey, according to Lightstone Auto.

Mazda CX-5 wins the 2017 Mazda SA COTY


Mazda Southern Africa is pleased to announce that the Mazda CX-5 has been voted the 2017 MSA Car of the year by MSA staff. A finalist in the 2018 World Car of the Year and MSA's flagship SUV; the Mazda CX-5 accounts for 29% of Mazda sales volume with an average sales volume of 320 units a month

The busiest petrol stations when travelling on South Africa’s main routes


New data shows which service stations and destinations in South Africa proved to be the most popular for travellers over the December festive season.

AutoTrader explores whether cars are increasingly playing second fiddle to bakkies and SUVs in SA too?


You may be seeing a lot more bakkies and SUVs on SA's and the world's roads in the not-too-distant future reports AutoTrader...

Winners of 2017/18 Consumer Awards – powered by WesBank


The 2017/18 Consumer Awards – powered by WesBank, concluded with the announcement of the 13 category- and prestigious Brand of the Year winners at a red carpet event hosted at The Galleria in Sandton, Johannesburg on 25 January 2018.

The best-selling bakkies in South Africa


Whether it is to navigate a potholed terrain, facilitate the type of work you do, or to cater for your outdoor oriented lifestyle, the bakkie has long been a popular mode of transport in South Africa.

These are the best-selling SUVs in South Africa – with prices


Data group Lightstone has provided the sales figures for vehicles in South Africa for 2017, showing which brands and makers topped out as the country’s favourite sport-utility vehicle (SUV).

Here’s how many electric cars have been sold in South Africa


New data from analytics group Lightstone shows that 375 electric vehicles have been sold in South Africa since the inception of electrically powered vehicles (EV) in the country.

Top 10 best-selling passenger cars in South Africa


2017 was a tough year for South Africa’s economy, which fed into all sectors of the market. Low consumer and business confidence led to low economic activity, which ultimately pushed the South African economy into a brief recession in the second quarter of the year, as households came under financial strain.

Single vs double cab bakkie sales in South Africa


New data from Lightstone shows the rise in popularity of the double cab bakkie in South Africa over the past several years.

Toyota bo; Ford, VW stoei vir 2de


Toyota is weer die topverkoper van passasiers- en ligte handelsvoertuie in November. Volgens die jongste motorverkoopsyfers wat Lightstone Auto gistermiddag uitgereik het, het Toyota in November 11 441 voertuie in Suid-Afrika verkoop. Hy word gevolg deur Volkswagen en Ford, wat mekaar opkeil vir die tweede plek.

The 20 busiest petrol stations in South Africa


A new joint venture between data and research group Lightstone and car tracking company Tracker, has provided insights into the driving habits of hundreds of thousands of motorists in South Africa, and related industries. Customer Satisfaction Survey yields invaluable buying advice


If you’re shopping for your next car, it’s wise to base your purchasing decision on the most up-to-date market insights at your disposal.

Rental manufacturer awards provide clues to car buyers


When you are looking for a new car, you might turn to various people for advice on what is the best car, or the best manufacturer. Hopefully you rely on Motor News for insight, but you might also ask your colleagues, friends, family or that bloke in the pub who seems to know everything about everything

Groenmotors se SA-verkope vaal


Publikasie: RAPPORT SAKE24 - Son 30 Julie 2017. Europa neem voortou, hier pla pryse, infrastruktuur. Terwyl Westerse lande verwoed teenmekaar meeding om die einde van die binnebrandenjin aan te kondig, is Suid-Afrika nog louwarm oor elektriese motors, waarvan slegs 100 verlede jaar hier verkoop is, volgens syfers van Lightstone Auto.

How much more you need to earn in 2017 to afford the same car you could last year


Research by analytics group Lightstone in 2016 showed the value of the car you could afford on your monthly salary in South Africa – this is how much more you would need to earn now to afford the same vehicles.

And the best-selling sportscar in Europe is…


Europe has access to a catalogue of impressive performance cars built and developed on its own soil, which is why it may come as somewhat of a surprise that the best-selling sportscar in its market in recent times is actually American.

SA's car crime capital is.. (and it's not Joburg)


Pretoria - The administrative capital of South Africa also happens to be the car crime capital, with the heart of the Pretoria CBD having recorded the highest number of vehicle-related crimes, followed by Sunnyside.

Does crime pose a threat to sustainable economic activity?


A home is more than a house and the land on which it is built, it is a place where memories are made and a safe place in which we can genuinely express ourselves. Consequently, the choice of home and its location are decisions that need to be carefully considered.

And South Africa's favourite car is


Annually published stats reveal the most popular individual models sold...

10 best-selling cars in SA’s rental industry in 2016


In 2016, South Africa’s new vehicle market shrunk by 11,4% to 547 442 units, when compared to 2015. Passenger vehicle sales made up 361 273 of that figure. But what sort of impact did the rental industry have? Well, according to figures from the folks over at Lightstone Auto, some 57 407 passenger vehicles were sold to rental companies during the year, which translates to around 16% of South Africa’s total passenger car market. Not an insignificant number at all, then…

Winners of Consumer Awards – powered by WesBank


The 2016/17 Consumer Awards programme – powered by WesBank – concluded with the announcement of the thirteen best-considered new purchases in their respective categories of the South African new vehicle market, as well as the overall Brand of the Year, on 19 January 2017. Established to be the most prestigious, credible and influential awards programme in the South African motor industry, the second iteration of Consumer Awards was distinguished by two significant factors: it was backed by the biggest provider of vehicle finance in South Africa and, in conjunction with the 13 judges’ scores, the findings of the’s Owner Satisfaction Survey (in association with Lightstone Consumer) had a substantial (50%) weighting on the final results, excluding the Brand of the Year award, which was based entirely on the Survey data.

The 10 most expensive cars


Research and analysis group Lightstone Auto has published a list of the most expensive cars in South Africa as at the end of 2016. According to Lightstone’s data, the 20 most expensive cars in the country come from only five manufacturers – Ferrari, Bentley, Mercedes-Benz, Land Rover and Porsche.

These are the cars you can afford with your salary in South Africa


Research by analytics group Lightstone shows the value of the car you can afford on your monthly salary in South Africa.

What salary is needed to afford properties and cars across SA


Do you know what salary you need to be earning to purchase a property and a car in a particular area of South Africa?

Slow start for New Car Sales in 2016


It’s no surprise that the South African economy has taken a bit of knock over recent months, and with that a domino effect – of a negative kind - on sales figures across industries. The latest research of new vehicle sales from Lightstone Auto reveals that the motoring industry has been particularly affected by the weak Rand and economy

The value in multi-faceted judging and accurate analysis for awards


The winners of the annual Consumer Awards were announced at an awards ceremony at Shine Studios in Johannesburg last night (Thursday 14 January 2016.) The awards recognised the best cars available in the South African market across various categories, using a unique, multi-faceted judging process, including valuable consumer input, and analysis by Lightstone.

Announcement of Consumer Awards winners


The Consumer Awards was established to be the most prestigious, credible and influential awards programme in the South African motor industry. It recognises nine vehicles that represent the best-considered new purchases in their respective categories of the South African new vehicle market and names three special category winners: Game Changer, Design and Brand of the Year.

Which car should Santa drive?


Whether you call him Santa Claus or Father Christmas, he is still scheduled to visit millions of children on December 25th. Traditionally, he arrives on a sleigh pulled by flying reindeer. However, following a book club session earlier this year, Mrs Claus read a book on Reindeer Rights, and decided that Santa needs to utilise his magic powers in a Reindeer friendly manner. Being a frequent user of Zoopa ( Mrs Claus referred Santa to SA’s leading authority on vehicle statistics and specifications to source a more appropriate mode of transport

Up for an adventure?


Of all the trends we’ve analysed in the South African auto space over the past year, one of the most noteworthy is that of pick-ups and 4X4’s which has revealed some rather interesting trends when it comes to different preferences for this vehicle type.

New vehicles are more economical and powerful


The latest Lightstone data looks at weighted average fuel consumption of vehicles between 2006 and 2015, and it is interesting to note that vehicles across the board have streamlined processes and efficiency to provide motorists with more bang for their (fuel) buck.

New car sales in reverse gear


Weak new vehicle sales, together with the 1.3 percentage contraction in gross domestic product (GDP) in the second quarter and the drop in the latest purchasing manager's index, are signalling that South Africa's economy is already in recession.

SA's top 100 vehicle sales: August


South Africa's vehicle sales took another knock in August as the weak economy weighed down the local market while exports continued to surge.

Lighter colour cars still #1 in South Africa


The latest data from Lightstone shows that white is still the most preferred colour when it comes to vehicle purchases between women and men. When looking at colour car preference between 2010 (where white, silver and black were the most popular choices) and 2015 (where white, silver and grey cars are at the top of the list) there isn’t much difference. Of all of the white colour cars purchased, approximately 43% of them are owned by females, which is not far off from their male counterparts who own 57%. When it comes to silver colour vehicles, females own about 44% and males own 56%.

Lightstone LIVE Inspect wins MTN App of the Year Award


Every so often, a new development emerges that sets out to revolutionise a particular industry. In this instance, it is an app that is proving to be a game changer when it comes to combating fraud within the insurance industry. The Lightstone LIVE Inspect app, which is specifically tailored for insurance companies to perform a pre-inspection at policy initiation, is already winning awards for its innovation...

Lightstone LIVE helps manage costs with our new user roles feature


User role customisation is even easier with our latest mobile App release. As a manager or Super User you can now set roles for all the users in your company to perform different actions - from only scanning a vehicle to scanning and generating reports on vehicles and people...

Bright future ahead for Lightstone Auto


"This is more than a name change and signals an aggressive thrust into the market to grow the business," says newly-appointed managing director of the Lightstone Auto, Mike von Hone, who previously headed up TransUnion Auto Information Services...

Vehicle and home buying patterns changing in South Africa.


The two largest asset purchases with on-going expenses that typical middle- to- high income consumers are faced with are houses and vehicles. Lightstone, a provider of comprehensive data, analytics and systems on automotive, property and business assets, identified comparable market segments across properties and vehicles and have seen significant changes in preferences between the two over 2012 and 2013...