While SA has not yet woken up to what is happening in the rest of the world, the fact is that times are changing in the automotive industry.

Electric vehicles are charging into the fray, petrol engines are being downsized and the repercussions of Dieselgate as well as environmental awareness in London, Paris and Stuttgart are killing off diesel at a rapid rate. Which is why some will see it as controversial if I say I am a fan of diesel cars. I’m not a fan of the emissions issues, nor of the cheating that the industry did to achieve US and European emissions targets. But when you climb into the new Volkswagen Arteon and it tells you that you have a range of 880km then diesel’s biggest fan is my wallet. The financial aspect is something that many will have to come to terms with as they trade in their diesel for a petrol vehicle, particularly with the rise in petrol prices. They will also have to accept that their carbon dioxide emissions, long the primary subject of reduction t...

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