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False fuel claims in SA, huge Cape Town sinkhole... 8 top local stories

2016-08-26 14:47

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Cape Town - August 2016 is drawing to a close, yet the final week of this month has seen several incredible motoring stories.

From a huge sinkhole in Cape Town to Ford SA landing in hot water or false fuel claims, it's been an interesting week.

Here are the top 8 stories of this week: We've included international news at the end of this article.

1 Ford SA false fuel claims saga: More Kuga owners respond

Ford South Africa is in a bit of hot water over false information on the brochure of its Kuga SUV, and Wheels24 sheds light on the difference between parking and stopping your vehicle.

More owners came forward and spilled the beans on their unhappiness with their Kugas.

Though there were owners who were not so negative toward the SUV, others held nothing back as they took the company to task.

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Image: QuickPic

2 PICS! Huge sinkhole swallows car in Cape Town

Ah, Cape Town. One of the most beautiful cities in South Africa renowned for its blue beaches, Table Mountain and now giant sinkholes.

A huge sinkhole appeared in one of the city’s suburbs, swallowing a Kia Picanto and attracting a small crowd (read: residents). 

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Image: Supplied

3 KZN speedster slapped with a R18 000 fine

A speeding driver was caught travelling at 220km/h in a 120km/h zone. Ivan Botha, probably thought "pushing" his Golf 6 GTI would give him a lekker rush but instead he was arrested and served a staggering fine - R18 000. KZN Transport MEC, Mxolisi Kaunda said: “Speedsters are like murderers”.

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Image: News24 / Duncan Alfreds

4 Review: Funky, versatile Suzuki Vitara

The Suzuki Vitara comes under the spotlight. It is an MPV, but with traits borrowed from SUVs and hatchbacks. Does this car have what it takes to make an impression on the market?

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Image: Wheels24 / Charlen Raymond

5 Stopping your car vs. parking it in SA - Know the difference

This might sound dumb, but there is a clear difference between stopping and parking a vehicle. The differences may be miniscule, but the consequences if you commit a crime can have dire consequences.

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Image: Wheels24

6 Why SA's motoring women love the Hyundai Tucson

The Hyundai Tucson won the SA Women’s of the Car award for 2016. But what exactly makes this car a hit among SA’s female journalist fraternity?

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Image: Wheels24 / Sergio Davids

7 Cape Town man gives confused hijacker a backhand

When 52-year-old JB Meyer left work on Friday (August 20), being hijacked was the last thing on his mind as he drove home through Uitsig - one of Cape Town’s most gang-ridden areas. With his window down and sipping his ice tea, Meyer was struck by a closed fist that left him with a damaged tooth and a cut on his upper lip.

One of the attackers shouted: 'Vandag vat ek jou alles [Today I am taking everything you have]'. Fortunately, instead of becoming yet another hijack statistics, Meyer fought back.

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Image: News24 / Marnette Meyer

8 The ultimate test: Focus RS vs Table Mountain

It looks menacing and it sounds absolutely brutal. But when you use one of the world's seven wonders as a backdrop for a photo shoot, who is going to win this beauty contest? The Focus RS... or SA's very own Table Mountain?

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Image: Wheels24 / Sean Parker

International news

Jeremy Clarkson's list of 'bad cars' might surprise you

The world is no stranger to Jeremy Clarkson. The outspoken former Top Gear host revealed the ten worst cars he’s driven so far this year. And on the list is a Nissan GT-R…

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Image: Wheels24

WATCH: Angry father crushes daughter's Audi to 'prove a point'

The exact details of this altercation are not known, but an American father destroyed his daughter’s car in an attempt to ‘prove a point’. The son posted the video to Facebook and needless to say that it drew quite a bit of attention.

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Image: YouTube

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