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July SA vehicle sales slump

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa’s new-vehicle sales plunged by 17% through July 2016 according to the latest data from the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SA. Only 44 883 new vehicles were sold, down 9222 from the same period in 2015. The car segment fell 20.6% year-on-year, which correlates with the 20.7% decline through dealers -… Continue reading July SA vehicle sales slump

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Two disasters for SA crews on Bolivian high plains

DISASTER IN THE DESERT: The Toyota carrying Overdrive's Bernhard ten Brinke and navigator Tom Colsoul burned out on Stage 6 of the 2016 Dakar after a damaged tyre slotted into a compartment beneath the cabin caught fire. Image: Facebook UYUNI, Bolivia - It was another high-altitude stage on Dakar 2016 on Friday (Jan 8) as… Continue reading Two disasters for SA crews on Bolivian high plains

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Another 1-2-3 for the Peugeot 2008 DKR buggies

HIGH-FLYING PEUGEOT: Carlos Sainz (Spain) of Team Peugeot on Stage 5 of the 2016 Dakar Rally from Jujuy, Argentina to Uyuni, Bolivia on January 7. Image: Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool UYUNI Bolivia - Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena (Peugeot 2008 DKR #314) took their third stage win of the 2016 Dakar Rally on Thursday after starting… Continue reading Another 1-2-3 for the Peugeot 2008 DKR buggies

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Record altitude as Dakar racers pant through Andes ‘marathon’

UYUNI, Bolivia - The altitude at which the cars were competing on the way across the Andes mountains to Bolivia was the highest in the history of the Dakar, according to the Mini All4 Racing team but added that despite that Nasser al-Attiyah (QAT) and co-pilot Mathieu Baumel (FRA) took Stage 5 "at a fast and… Continue reading Record altitude as Dakar racers pant through Andes ‘marathon’

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De Villiers sixth overall after first half of marathon stage

TAJITA, Bolivia - While support crews and staff headed for the Bolivian town of Tajita on Wednesday (Jan 6) Dakar 2016 crews were out there on Stage 4 - a 429km marathon loop at altitudes soaring beyond 4000m with no welcoming service crew waiting at the overnight bivouac. Without support last night (Wednesday) crews had… Continue reading De Villiers sixth overall after first half of marathon stage

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SA Toyota team chasing the lead in 2016 Dakar

JUJUY, Argentina - Toyota SA's Giniel de Villiers and navigator Dirk von Zitzewitz worked hard on Tuesday's Stage 3 of the 2016 Dakar Rally to finish the day second overall in the race. The stage ran from Termas de Río Hondo to the town of Jujuy in northern Argentina - another day of heavy weather… Continue reading SA Toyota team chasing the lead in 2016 Dakar

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Dakar – at last! – gets down and dirty after start-day hitches

TERMAS DE RÍO HONDO, ARGENTINA - Stage 2 of Dakar 2016 on Monday (Jan 4) was raced between Villa Carlos Paz and Termas de Río Hondo in mostly sunny and hot conditions though was shortened by 134km to avoid a flooded section. Here's an edited version of Toyota SA's report for the day... A shorter… Continue reading Dakar – at last! – gets down and dirty after start-day hitches

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SA Hilux team moves closer to top in Morocco Rally

ZAGORA, Morocco - Big dunes gave crews racing in the 2015 Rally of Morocco a stern challenge on Day 3 of the five-day event (Wednesday Oct 7) but the two Toyota South Africa Dakar team Hiluxes moved up one position in the overall standings. The team is using the rally as proving event ahead of… Continue reading SA Hilux team moves closer to top in Morocco Rally

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Dakar looming – so Toyota SA’s racing in Africa

ZAGORA, Morocco - The opening stage (October 5) of the 2015 Rally of Morocco proved a tough challenge for the Toyota SA Dakar Team. The South African team – as well as rivals – are using the event in North Africa as a warm-up and shake down for the 2016 Dakar Rally in South America.… Continue reading Dakar looming – so Toyota SA’s racing in Africa