Hannes Oosthuizen

With the ultimate goal of spending his life writing about cars, Hannes studied journalism at the University of Stellenbosch. A brief stint as a sports editor for Paarl Post followed, before he joined CAR magazine in 2001. He eventually became the (youngest-ever) editor of CAR in 2011, a position he occupied for two years. During his career at CAR he became a member of the WCOTY (World Car of the Year) panel, wrote a book (Cranked Up: Confessions of a Petrolhead) and was named by the Mail & Guardian as one of the Top 200 South Africans to take to lunch in its 2008 Youth Day supplement, and by The Media magazine as one of the most influential media professionals under 40 (2012). He left CAR in 2013 to experience the "other" side of the industry, working with upcoming brand GWM as Brand and Product Development manager and gaining experience in retail, customer care, dealership networks, product planning, marketing etc. Now, as Cars.co.za 's Customer Experience Manager Hannes is tasked with ensuring visitors to this platform are exposed to the most useful and relevant advice and information possible.

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Six Modern Day Classics To Buy Right Now

Audi TT Coupe 1999 1600x1200 Wallpaper 01 Being a petrolhead on a budget doesn’t need to amount to pure anguish. These six modern day classics, sold in South Africa during the noughties (2000-2009), represent great driving enjoyment and could grow in value in the near future. However, ultimately collector value is not only about price appre [...]

Hyundai i20 1.2 Motion (2015) Review

IMG 2643 While it is true that the Hyundai i20 has never been a headline-grabbing car, it has quietly carved itself a very sizeable niche in the South African market. In fact, it is one of the top selling B-segment hatchbacks, mostly due to its appealing combination of features, warranty and no-nonsense [...]

Daihatsu Pulls Out of South Africa

Daihatsu Small-car specialist Daihatsu has achieved great success in South Africa with its popular range of Terios compact SUVs and Gran Max pick-ups. There exists a car park of nearly 30 000 Daihatsu vehicles in this country and the brand has built an outstanding reputation for reliability and quality. It m [...]

Opinion: RIP JIMS

238617 Full HiRes 1800x1800 The Johannesburg International Motor Show has been cancelled, causing much dismay and debate. But its cancellation should not have come as a surprise... There’s much dust in the air following the announcement that the 2015 Johannesburg International Motor Show, or JIMS, for short, was can [...]

Audi A6 and A7 Sportback Updated for 2015

Audi A7 Sportback 3 1800x1800 Audi has introduced updated versions of its A6 and A7 Sportback models in South Africa. Besides the expected visual upgrades, the range also gets new engines, transmissions and infotainment systems in a bid to take the fight to the likes of the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes E-Class/CLS, Jaguar XF and L [...]

Mazda CX-5 2.2D AWD Akera Review

IMG 2660 Mazda’s “return” to South Africa appears to be proceeding well. The new 2, 3 and 6 models have all been well received by the media and the sales of most of these vehicles are satisfying given the brand’s currently limited footprint. A key model is, however, the slightly older CX-5, reviewed here [...]

Mazda6 2.5 Individual Automatic (2015) Review

DSC 7721 The combined popularity of SUVs and premium sedans has really all but destroyed the market for large family sedans with non-premium brand badges on the nose, despite considerable activity in this small segment (by volume) in the past 12 months. Honda has a (relatively) new Accord, Ford has th [...]

Nissan NV200 1.5 dCi Visia (2015) Review

IMG 2770 Buying a relatively affordable new vehicle with seating for seven people is in itself not a major challenge. After all, a minivan such as the ever-popular Toyota Avanza sells for as little as R180 000. But what to do if those two rear seats are too awkward to get too, or too cramped? And what if [...]

Ford Reveals New Figo

Figo Hatch Front 1 1800x1800 Following on the Cars.co.za team's photographing of two nearly undisguised prototypes in Johannesburg two months ago, Ford has now released official images and initial details of its very important new Figo model. It's likely to arrive in South Africa in the fourth quarter of this year. New For [...]

Opel Mokka 1.4T Cosmo Automatic (2015) Review

IMG 2760 With new offerings arriving on the market on an almost monthly basis, the compact crossover segment is quickly becoming a crowded place. Opel’s offering, the Mokka, was recently added to the mix and adds to the confusion – size-wise it not only straddles the B (Renault Captur, Nissan Juke etc.) an [...]