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Airports Of The Future: 10 Predictions for Air Travel

Artists impression of a future airport

Over the past ten years, technologies, such as biometric security, mobile check-in, and baggage tracking, have dramatically transformed the way that travellers experience airports. But this is just the beginning, there is so much more yet to come. Here are ...

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Free Recharge Electricity for a Year

A Volvo plug-in hybrid car driving along the coastline

Good news for South African motorists is that Volvo Cars’ Recharge campaign is also being rolled out in South Africa – meaning a year of free electricity! This follows an announcement by Volvo Cars that their ground-breaking global incentive scheme, ...

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Opel Continues Growth of SA Diesel Range

Opel Combo Life

Opel has announced a plan to continue the rapid growth of its South African Diesel offering – great news for hard-hit consumers. In 2019 the brand has added three new diesel models – the Combo Cargo Van, the Crossland X ...

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Fastest Train in the World to Launch in 2027

Japan's Chuo Shinkansen train

The Japanese Linear Chuo Shinkansen will be the fastest train in the world when phase one of the new line opens in 2027 Japan has introduced the Chuo Shinkansen over the Tokaido Shinkansen Bypass. The Chuo Shinkansen is a new ...

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Mercedes-Benz V-Class Facelift

Mercedes-Benz 2019 V-Class

The Mercedes-Benz V-Class facelift has made the 2019 model now even more attractive Restyled and striking front-end designRefreshed interior: sportier air vents and updated upholsteryAdditional luxury styling and comfort optionsExemplary safety enhanced: Active Brake Assist and Highbeam Assist PlusMore than ...

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Long Haul Flight? Here’s How To Enjoy It

Passengers seated on an aircraft

Travelling is amazing – there is so much to do and so much to learn. You’ll find inspiring new places and people, and you’ll discover new ways to look at your life. Even if nothing really changes, you’ll still have ...

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5 Mistakes People Make When Buying a Camper Trailer

Lego block camper trailer image

You will be surprised to know the mistakes people make when it comes to buying a Recreational Vehicle (RV). The generic term RV refers to either a motor vehicle or trailer equipped with home amenities for outdoor camping. Below are ...

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Off-Road 4×4 Driving Guide

offroad vehicle crossing a river bed

The following off-road driving guide is provided as an educational resource and is reproduced with acknowledgement to Nissan South Africa. This Off-Road 4×4 Driving Guide is published in four parts: PART 1: General 4×4 Terminology, Critical Angles and Dimensions, Power ...

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The All New Sprinter Spirit For You

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Tour Van

Johannesburg, 26 March 2019 – Living up to its claim “100% For You”, the all-new third-generation Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has been taken to the next level with a €2.5 billion worldwide investment in development, production network, sales and after-sales support. By ...

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Mercedes-Benz Launches ZOETROPE EQ

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA at ZOETROPE

CAPE TOWN. Launched on 1 November 2018, ZOETROPE – a public pavilion inspired by Mercedes-Benz EQ and situated on Silo Square at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront – is an interactive installation aimed at igniting the public imagination around the exciting future offered ...

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How to Apply for a Professional Driving Permit in South Africa

SA Professional Driving Permit

To drive on a public road in South Africa and transport fare-paying passengers or tourists for an income you must have a professional driving permit (PrDP). In South Africa, the requirement for drivers who transport tourists to be in possession of ...

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Mercedes-Benz Launches New C-Class

2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

JOHANNESBURG, 31 July 2018 – Mercedes-Benz South Africa launched the new edition of its highly successful C-Class range to the local market at an event in Johannesburg’s inner city, celebrating its strong links to South Africa amidst themes of improvement and ...

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The All New Mercedes-Benz X-Class

Mercedes-Benz X-Class 2018

Mercedes-Benz never does things in half measure.  In keeping with the brands’ prestige image, the launch of their new X-Class  – a contender in the upper-end of the South African double-cab bakkie segment – was a two-day extravaganza of epic ...

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Porsche 911 Speedster Celebrates 70 Years of Sports Cars

09 June 2018, Dubai – Porsche will be rewarding itself with an excellent present for the 70th anniversary of the brand’s sports cars: the 911 Speedster Concept. The 911 Speedster Concept celebrated its world premiere as part of the official ‘70 years ...

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Travel and Transport Between Turkey and the Greek Islands

Greece is known for its many beautiful islands but did you know that the cluster known as the Dodecanese Islands, located in the Aegean sea, is just a short distance from Turkey’s western coast? Island hopping, not just between the Greek Isles ...

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The New Nissan LEAF Electric Vehicle

Tenerife, Canary Islands (January 15, 2018) – In just three months since the new Nissan LEAF was announced, Nissan today revealed that it has already received over 12,000 orders for the latest model. That is one sold every 12 minutes in ...

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5 Tips for Long Distance Bus Travel

As a student who attends university 11 hours from home, I spend a lot of time travelling long-distance. And being a student means that I have more time than money, so flying is not an option. Bus transport may be ...

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Mercedes-Benz Vision Van

Unveiled at the IAA Commercial Vehicles 2016, Mercedes-Benz Vans shows a revolutionary van study for the urban environment with the Vision Van. The Vision Van evolved as part of the strategic future initiative adVANce. With adVANce, Mercedes-Benz Vans is developing ...

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City Bus of the Future

A Mercedes-Benz Future Bus with CityPilot has driven autonomously for the first time on a route of approximately 20 kilometres in Amsterdam. On a section of the longest bus rapid transit (BRT) line in Europe, the bus drives at speeds ...

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Overland Tour Vehicle Of Choice

The “relevant technology for purpose” principle employed by Hino in designing, engineering and building its range of 500-Series trucks has found favour with Drifters, a division of Tourvest Holdings. What this means is that these Hino 1626 truck chassis-cabs, which ...

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Mercedes Sprinter Sets the Standard

The success story of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans is difficult to beat, especially considering that more than 25 000 Sprinters have been sold to South African customers since the year 2000. One should always be cautious in using superlatives. Nevertheless, the ...

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Mercedes Vito – Versatility made to Order

Low on costs and high on payload, the new Mercedes-Benz Vito sets a benchmark in the mid-size tourism transport segment. Offering tangible external strengths, maximum benefit and low costs, the new Mercedes-Benz Vito is a versatile and real professional among ...

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Mercedes-Benz V-Class: Large as Life

Mercedes-Benz is redefining the Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) segment with the new V-Class. As the youngest and largest member of the passenger car family from Mercedes-Benz, the V-Class sets new benchmarks in its segment with its design and host of innovations. ...

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Ford: A Shuttle Vehicle for all Reasons

Road Test: New Ford Tourneo Connect 1.6 EcoBoost Grand Titanium What requirements do Tour and Airport Shuttle Service Operators have for an ideal tour vehicle? In this article Des Langkilde finds out and matches these requirements to the Ford Tourneo ...

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All Terrain, All-wheel drive, All New: Sprinter 4×4

Off-road vehicles have an enthusiastic following because of their many uses and versatility, especially in the widely varying off-road driving conditions, terrain and weather of South Africa. The country’s unique road and weather challenges may require spßecial skills and equipment ...

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Ford Expands Commercial Vehicle Range

With the recent introduction of the all-new Ford Transit into the South African and Sub-Sahara African markets, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is continuing its plan to expand its commercial vehicle presence on the African continent. The Ford ...

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New Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

After over eight million kilometers of test drives, and an investment of €25 million in the German van plants, the first new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter rolled off the assembly line in Düsseldorf during July last year and will be on display ...

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Bus Rapid Transit in South Africa

October was transport month and the debate over public passenger transport in South Africa has been long and hard, and is still continuing. Most people agree that the country needs vastly improved services, and that the present situation is far ...

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Off Road Guides and Tour Operators Association of South Africa

In 2005 the Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism called for owners and users of inland 4×4 recreational driving tracks to move towards better-regulated and more equitable practices in respect of their activities in South Africa’s inland environment. Users and ...

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Luxury Ground Transport gets a raw deal

The luxury ground transport sector in South Africa is battling to survive in the current economic climate and if tour buyers continue to squeeze coach hire prices, many operators will fall by the wayside. By Fanie van Zyl. The luxury ...

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17 Year Old Mercedes Sprinter Criss Crosses Africa

A SERIOUS case of travel fever is what motivated Charlie Grzelak and Adrianna Wolkska from Poland to complete an adventure road trip from Scotland to Cape Town in a revamped 1996 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van (Sprinter 208).  What many may consider ...

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Are your guests travelling in a legal vehicle?

Although the traditional forms of contracted transport such as commercial coaches, minibuses and taxis are constantly under the spotlight for Operating Licence Board compliance, more and more transport providers are entering the market offering outings and transfers on unconventional vehicles, ...

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Red Buses enhance Joburg sightseeing

The inner city of South Africa’s economic hub, Johannesburg, now provides tourists with a hop-on, hop-off city sighteeing transport solution, which aims to benefit local businesses and the travel trade. City Sightseeing, the brand that operates the iconic open-top red ...

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Best of Breed – Mercedes Buses & Coaches

The market for coaches in South Africa is not large – for 2012 some 50-60 units— but this is an important market segment for Mercedes-Benz South Africa, said Dirk Ansorge, Brand Manager Bus and Coach at the company, in conversation ...

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