Two-thousand-and-twenty-one was an interesting year for the South African motoring landscape.
Some things changed, like an acceleration towards greener cars, while others stayed the same like Toyota topping the monthly sales charts.
In this series of 2021 Motoring Newsmakers, The Citizen looks back at the top 20 most popular online stories of the year. The series is dominated by South Africa’s most popular body style, bakkies, while the Toyota Land Cruiser 300 was by far the most viewed single model on our website. Other local favourites in the form of hot hatches, fuel efficient hatchbacks, big, mean SUVs, compact SUVs, Mercedes-AMGs and BMW M cars also drew their fair share of attention.
Towards the end of 2020, Mercedes introduced an extensive AMG portfolio to the German carmaker’s gateway range, the A-Class. One of these models is the A35 Sedan.
At a price of just below R1-million, the A35 is an enticing proposition. It offers everyday comfort, yet under the skin its 225kW/420Nm 2.0-litre engine is a healthy taste of AMG goodness. Mercedes claims the A35 Sedan can reach 100km.h from a standstill in 4.8 seconds, which shows its performance credentials.
To read on what Charl Bosch had to say after spending a week in this Mercedes, click on the link below.
To see the rest of our 2021 Motoring Newsmakers, click on the links below.