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NEW WORLD CHAMP: Jayden Els , from Boksburg, celebrates being crowned the new world Mini Max champion in Italy. Image: Supplied

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Cape Town - From Mercedes-Benz revealing its new X-Class bakkie, to car insurers responding to  vehicles damaged in violent student protests... it's been an interesting week in SA motoring. 

The biggest story this week is undoubtedly the reveal of Mercedes-Benz new X-Class. The new bakkie is set to arrive in South Africa in 2018. Wheels24 readers have mixed feelings about the upcoming bakkie and we've compiled their responses.

The final week of October 2016 saw violent student protests affect SA. Many readers requested advice regarding car insurance in the event their vehicles are damaged as a result of protest action.

Here are top stories you shouldn't miss:

1 Mercedes’ SA-bound X-Class bakkie: Here's all you need to know

The highly anticipated Mercedes-Benz bakkie has finally been revealed albeit in two near production-ready concepts. X-Class ‘Stylish Explorer’ or ‘Powerful Adventurer’… which would you choose?

Click here to read the full story.


2 Your car damaged in violent student protests? SA car insurers might not pay out

Huge traffic delays, damage to property... many motorists are affected by ongoing violent student protests. Here's what road users should do if you're caught in civil unrest on SA's roads.

Click here to read the full story.

3 Proudly SA: Boksburg youngster claims world karting crown

South Africa has a new karting world champion after Jayden Els from Boksburg won the Rotax Mini Max Grand Final in Sarno, Italy.

Click here to read the full story.

4 'Don't crash the car!' SA motoring journo's Polo battle at Kyalami

Contrary to popular belief, it's not everyday that motoring journos are given permission to drive the heck out of VW Polos. Wheels24's Janine Van der Post survives the VW Media challenge at Kyalami.

Click here to read the full story.

5 Schools race their self-built electric cars in Delmas

School learners saw their self-built electric cars come to life as they raced in the GreenpowerZA Electric Car Challenge at Red Star Raceway.

Click here to read the full story.


6 One of the biggest threats to SA road safety? Second-hand tyres...

Second-hand tyres and re-grooved tyres are one of the biggest dangers to safety on the road. We look at the dangers of worn tyres and how motorists can prevent potential crashes.

Click here to read the full story.

7 'I think I just found my next car' - SA bakkie lovers reac to Mercedes' new X-Class

'Look at the interior you can't get mud on that', 'I love it though I'm expecting it to be around R850 000'... Wheels24 readers react to the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class bakkie.

Click here to read the full story.

8 BMW M3 Competition Package. Still the best, only better

BMW's M3 is the quintessential performance car. Wheels24's Sean Parker says if you only get to drive one sports car in your life, make it the M3.

Click here to read the full story.

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