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    Kia ups its game with new Rio

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    Mercedes X-Class double-cab bakkie heading for South Africa

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    5 Advantages of Purchasing Pre-owned Bakkies Instead of New

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    5 Things to Do for When Choosing Used Bakkies for Sale

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Kia ups its game with new Rio

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The Kia Rio has been a phenomenal success for the South Korean brand within the local automotive market, although this was not always the case.

The first generation model graced South African shores at the turn of the century, and was a rather forgetful but dependable econobox. The second generation was better, but failed to capture the sales figures Kia were looking for.

But, in 2011, South Africans were introduced to the third generation Rio, an all-new product with a design language that appealed to the masses. Some 37 237 local unit sales later, the third generation has been replaced by the fourth iteration, which I drove in Johannesburg recently.

Grown-up looks

The latest Rio certainly demonstrates the newfound maturity of the Kia brand first seen in the latest Sportage. We now have a car with a more grown-up, upmarket exterior design. While not the most radical of departures from its predecessor, I feel that consumers will still get the idea that this is most certainly a new model.

Up front, we see an evolution of Kias signature Tiger Nose grille, which is now slightly shorter and thinner. There are also new headlamps and U-shaped daytime running lights. The side profile is typically hatchback and at a glance, could be something more premium, more German, which is a good thing.

At the rear, there are new LED taillights that benefit from an arrow motif, while keen observers will note that the rear overhang is a bit shorter than before. Overall, the Rio continues to display the brands successful interpretation of modern motoring design with aplomb.

Interior updates

For those accustomed to Rio interiors of old, the new model is not likely to surprise, particularly in the entry-level models. The basic ergonomic layout is commendable, with all of the controls and their placement being easy and logical when put into practical use.

Kia also claims that there are new, improved materials used throughout the cabin, but expect the odd hard plastic surface to linger. The big change to the interior though has to be the inclusion, or option should I say, of a touchscreen infotainment system. There are three options within the range the more basic models get a 3.8-inch mono-TFT screen with Bluetooth, USB and Aux compatibility.

Moving up the range, we have a five-inch colour touchscreen unit with the same features as the mono-TFT, while flagship models receive the brands new seven-inch touchscreen setup complete with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and voice control. The top-line system really improves the look of the cabin and modernises the facia, a useful option worth ticking.

Driving Rio

In terms of the powertrain department, Kia has decided to stick with the more tried and trusted variants, with the much anticipated 1.0-litre turbo mill still under consideration for South Africa. Instead, we get mildly revised versions of the 1.2 and 1.4-litre naturally aspirated petrol motors.

The entry-level unit produces 62kW/120Nm through a five-speed manual gearbox, and the 1.4-litre 74kW/135Nm with transmissions consisting of a six-speed manual or four-speed automatic. I drove the top-of-the range 1.4-litre manual TEC derivative at launch up at altitude.

I have to say that the car does feel rather underpowered most of the time, add a hill into the equation and the problem is compounded. That said though, it wasnt frustratingly slow with the lack of power being made-up somewhat by very little road noise and a good level of interior comfort, two traits buyers in this segment want, along with low costs and fuss-free motoring, which the Rio delivers.

Verdict

While Kia hasnt really re-invented the wheel, so to speak, with the new Rio, it didnt really have to. The updated looks, improved quality, added interior technology and the fact that the new model is similarly priced to the older version, will likely ensure that this generation Rio is as successful as its predecessor.

Warranty and service

All Rio models come with a four-year/60 000km service plan as well as a five-year/unlimited mileage warranty.

Pricing

Rio 1.2 LS - R 219 995
Rio 1.4 LX - R 234 995
Rio 1.4 LX AT - R247 995
Rio 1.4 EX - R 249 995
Rio 1.4 EX AT - R262 995
Rio 1.4 TEC - R 274 995
Rio 1.4 TEC AT - R287 995

Article written by Sean Nurse - 09.06.2017 Autodealer.co.za - https//www.autodealer.co.za/Motoring/New-Models/Kia-ups-its-game-with-new-Rio-3166.html

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Mercedes X-Class double-cab bakkie heading for South Africa

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Mercedes X-Class double-cab bakkie heading for South Africa
Premium German automaker Mercedes has announced the arrival of the Mercedes X-Class unveiled in Stockholm in October. Set to be launched in South Africa early in 2018, the X-Class will be the first Mercedes-badge bakkie to be sold in South Africa since 1955.

Explorer vs Adventurer
The double-cab Mercedes will be available in two trims the design-focused Stylish Explorer and its rugged brother, the Powerful Adventurer. Each offers its own set of credentials with architecture based on Nissans Navara, but everything else distinctly Mercedes.
Premium Power
The X-Class will offer power a plenty with its headline act a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine mated with the companys all-wheel drive system. Two other engines will be available a smaller 2.3-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel and a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol. Power figures have yet to be revealed. Drivetrains on offer will be a manual and a 7G-Tronic automatic.
Added Luxury
Not bothered by the idea that a bakkie should be rugged throughout, Mercedes didnt hold back on fitting the X-Class with a classy interior. The Stylish Explorer boasts dual-tone leather while the Powerful Adventurer boasts carbon-fibred elements. 'Nubuck' leather is used to trim the seats and dashboard in addition to contrasting white nappa leather. Cameras, radars, ultrasound sensors and driver assistance systems will enhance safety and comfort.
Will It Work?
The popularity of the X-Class will come down to whether South-Africans would buy a bakkie with leather seats and a designer dashboard. The X-Class could be a hit with city dwellers, but whether a Karoo farmer would buy one remains to be seen.
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5 Advantages of Purchasing Pre-owned Bakkies Instead of New

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5 Advantages of Purchasing Pre-owned Bakkies Instead of New

With the economy the way that it is and the Rand steadily plummeting in value, it is now more difficult than ever to afford a new vehicle. Those who drive bakkies are usually quite dependent on them for an income or for a reliable form of transport, and reliability is vital.

Many people still question the second-hand car market, and horror stories about vehicles costing a fortune to repair just after they were purchased can be really daunting. However, times have changed and if you need to purchase a bakkie, it is now a better time than ever to enter the market for pre-owned bakkies. When it comes to used vehicles, there are several advantages over purchasing a new vehicle, and these include

  1. More cost effective Not only is a second-hand or used vehicle significantly cheaper than purchasing a new one, but the depreciation on a second-hand model is much less than a new one. When a vehicle moves off the showroom floor, it loses up to 15% of its purchase value, and for the first four years, it depreciates rapidly until it reaches about 50% of its original purchase value. This means that if you want to sell a new vehicle, you will get back less of your money than if you wanted to resell a used vehicle. Taking into consideration that four year old pre-owned bakkies and other vehicles are still relatively new, they are much more cost effective and provide better value for money in the end.
  1. Cheaper to insure Second-hand vehicles are significantly cheaper to insure than new ones. Dont be fooled if a new model costs relatively little you still have to factor in your insurance payments, and this brings up the total amount that you pay annually by quite a long stretch.
  1. High rate of durability While it used to be quite risky to buy pre-owned bakkies ten years ago, developments in the industry have made vehicles significantly more reliable and durable in the long term. Studies have proven that there are now less engine and transmission problems in used vehicles than ever before, and this is largely due to better manufacturing processes and better materials and technology. This means that you can now buy the reliability of an almost new vehicle for much less. So, if you want to buy pre-owned bakkies, you can go right ahead with peace of mind.
  1. More sustainable In order to remain environmentally friendly, we all make certain adjustments in our lives, and recycling and re-using are part of our daily lives. This should not change when it comes to vehicles! The better part of the carbon emissions that a vehicle produces during its lifetime occurs during the manufacturing process, and if you recycle a vehicle by purchasing a new one, it reduces the need for a new vehicle to be made. In the long term this could be a good thing!
  1. Safer than ever Vehicles that were made over the last five years already have all the desired safety features built in, and you dont have to forego any of these if you buy pre-owned bakkies or cars. Years ago, we had to compromise on safety features such as ABS and airbags, but nowadays all vehicles are fitted with safety features according to the specifications of various professional standards and regulating bodies.

If you need further convincing that buying pre-owned bakkies instead of new ones is actually better, we recommend that you come and talk to our floor managers at Bakkie Deals, and we will clarify it for you!

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5 Reasons to Buy a Used Bakkie Instead of a New One

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When it comes to buying a vehicle, many people are sceptical about used or second-hand models. Up to a few years ago, the preference was largely for new models, and purchasing new was considered much less risky than buying second hand. People feared that used vehicles would be unreliable and not very well maintained or taken care of by previous owners.

While they could save money on the deal, there was always the possibility of having to spend a fortune on repairing faults after the purchase was made and ultimately losing out. Nowadays, however, vehicles are being made with better expertise, and the developments in the industry now allow for vehicles to have a much longer life, and people can give you several reasons why you should now buy a used bakkie or car instead of a new one.

  1. Going green Considering the environmental impact of having to build and later dispose of an entire vehicle and its components, those who are environmentally conscious opt for second-hand vehicles. Every time you opt to purchase a used vehicle over a new one, it is one car that has already passed through the manufacturing process and it is one less vehicle to dispose of.
  1. Value It is indeed a fact that the moment you drive a vehicle off the showroom floor, it loses up to fifteen percent of its sale value. It continues to lose value quite rapidly over the first four years thereafter, by which time the vehicle is still relatively new, but worth half of its purchase value. After that, it depreciates a lot slower and it is worth it to purchase a three or four year old model, as it is still quite new, but the price you pay will be much less. Reselling after another three or four years will also result in more profit than if you resell your new vehicle after three or four years.
  1. Insurance If you buy a used bakkie or car, it costs less to insure than a new one!
  1. Reliability With new technology and manufacturing processes, the dependability and durability of vehicles have increased greatly, and it is now more feasible to buy a used bakkie than a decade ago. Research has shown that problems with exhausts, transmission and other engine problems have been greatly reduced, and the problems that usually plagued older models decreased significantly.
  1. Safety As with reliability, new industry developments have also led to better built-in safety features, but over the last decade, features such as airbags, ABS, stability controls and many more come as standard with most vehicles. This means that you wont have to forego safety features if you buy a used bakkie or other vehicle.

As it turns out, there has never been a better time to buy a used bakkie or car. And if you are looking for the perfect model for you, Bakkie Deals is the best place to be. Check out our fab range of used bakkies today!

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5 Things to Do for When Choosing Used Bakkies for Sale

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5 Things to Do for When Choosing Used Bakkies for Sale

If you are on the lookout for a used bakkie to buy, it is important that you know how to go about it and to know what to look for, in order to ensure that you get the best value for your money. It can be bewildering to choose between all the used bakkies for sale, but before you rush out to your nearest showroom, here are some tips about how to choose the perfect used bakkie without getting the wool pulled over your eyes.

  1. Budget The type of vehicle that you can afford will depend on your budget, and you have to work out exactly how much you have to spend in the short, medium and long term on the vehicle. Keep in mind that it is not just the cost of the vehicle that will affect you there are also registration charges, taxes, insurance, maintenance and services that you will have to pay for! If you have a current vehicle, have it valued by at least two dealers before selling. You can then decide whether extra financing will be required and if you can afford it.
  1. Choose the right vehicle It is essential that you choose a vehicle that fits in with your lifestyle and the purpose for which it will be used. If you regularly transport heavy or large loads, you will probably be looking at the larger used bakkies for sale, whereas if you only use the bakkie for transporting light loads, you will need a smaller one. By the same token, consider the conditions where the bakkie will be used bad farm roads will be better driven with a 4x4, while smooth driving conditions will not require a 4x4, unless of course you are an avid off-road enthusiast! Also consider the costs of fuel, tax and insurance before making a decision.
  1. Contact the seller If you are buying through a dealer, it is a good idea to speak to the seller about the vehicle, and it is important that the right questions are asked. This allows you to find out more about the history of the vehicle and any potential problems. If the seller cannot be reached, speak to the dealer and request the service history. Always view used bakkies for sale in daylight this makes it easier to spot damage.
  1. Inspect the vehicle In order to get a good grasp of the condition of the vehicle, there are some things that you can look at, and a few golden rules apply here. Carefully inspect the documentation of the vehicle and check on mileage, logbook, service history and previous roadworthy certificates to ensure that the vehicle has not been clocked or misrepresented. The vehicle identification number should also be visible at the windscreen base, stamped into the chassis and under the bonnet. Check that these are all identical and that the correct VIN number is on the logbook. Take time to carefully examine the vehicle and ensure that everything works check lights, automated windows, flickers, window wipers, tyres, hub caps, emissions from the exhaust, stereo, and any and all gadgets fitted. Also check for rust, differences in the hue of paint on panels, and uneven gaps, which means that the vehicle has possibly been accident damaged before.
  1. Test drive This is your chance to check out the comfort and driveability of the vehicle, and to ensure that everything works properly. Drive for at least 15 minutes and on different surfaces. Try to park it at least once, and check for smoke, noise and rattles. Also check brakes and steering, and feel out the gearbox gear changes should be smooth and easy, and not hard or jerky.

Once you have established that the bakkies you have tested are in good order, you can move forward and make an offer to purchase.

If you are looking for used bakkies for sale, we suggest that you visit us at Bakkie Deals, and we will help you to make the best choice for your driving lifestyle.

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