2013 South Africa Car of The Year Award – COTY 2013

This year the SA Guild of Motoring Journalists did things differently. Although the awards are still scored on the European scoring system, an equaliser (in the form of a formula) was introduced to place all finalists on a level playing field. This was done due to a number of manufacturers failing to comply with the COTY rules of supplying the vehicles in standard specification for evaluation. Several manufacturers supplied their vehicles with an unreasonable amounts of optional equipment which in some cases included optional extras that improved the vehicle’s handling and ride quality.

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2013 Ford Fiesta Ecoboost engine another win for Ford

Ford, once again, used their Fiesta platform to introduce their latest evolution in technology. This time round it’s not a new design language, but an award winning new engine.

Winner of the 2012 International Engine of the Year award, the new Ford EcoBoost 1.0 liter turbo direct-injection engine provides up to 20% better fuel economy without sacrificing power, producing and astonishing 92Kw and 170Nm of torque from it’s 3 cylinders.

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Things you should know when choosing car insurance in South Africa

In South Africa we have a multitude of car insurance companies, every one of them claiming to be better than the next. With the monthly insurance premiums increasing recently (annual increases) I’ve done some research on the different companies and what they have to offer. This brought to my attention slight differences which could have a big financial impact should you ever need to claim from your car insurance company.

Four of the most important factors you should know about when choosing the type of insurance you sign up for are market value vs. retail value, fixed excess vs. percentage based excess, asset depreciation and third party insurance.

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