Motus Select Logo

Our Name has changed from Imperial Select to Motus Select. For more information click here

Motus Select News & Reviews
All articles
  • Find your most affordable crossover car, the Honda WR-V, on Motus Select
    Uploaded 2 weeks ago

    Find your most affordable crossover car, the Honda WR-V, on Motus Select

  • Why the Ford Ranger XLT is Ideal for Extended Family Trips
    Uploaded 2 hours ago

    Why the Ford Ranger XLT is Ideal for Extended Family Trips

  • Toyota discusses electrification and market trends
    Uploaded 1 day ago

    Toyota discusses electrification and market trends

  • The pros and cons of a hybrid vehicle
    Uploaded 1 day ago

    The pros and cons of a hybrid vehicle

  • Smart Small Business Start-Up Car Choices
    Uploaded 1 day ago

    Smart Small Business Start-Up Car Choices

  • Vehicle maintenance myths busted
    Uploaded 1 day ago

    Vehicle maintenance myths busted

Find your most affordable crossover car, the Honda WR-V, on Motus Select

Uploaded 2 weeks ago

Find your most affordable crossover car, the Honda WR-V, on Motus Select

Find your most affordable crossover car, the Honda WR-V, on Motus Select

The Honda WR-V is a smart choice for those motorists seeking to buy a budget-friendly crossover with pre-owned models available from R209 899.

The crossover segment is currently one of the most popular and fastest growing segments of the South African new car market and finding your most affordable crossover is a simple process thanks to the user friendly motus.cars website. The Honda WR-V ticks all the crossover boxes at a very affordable price point.

If you are looking to purchase a compact crossover on a budget, the Honda WR-V is a great option compared to many of the other mainstream models in this category as it strikes a good balance between style, practicality and affordability. The WR-V takes inspiration from popular models like the Jazz and BR-V, resulting in a unique vehicle that exudes a trendy, exciting personality.

The WR-V is sure to appeal to a new range of customers in the compact SUV category while retaining all of Honda’s proven attributes in terms of unrivalled quality, durability and reliability.

The Honda WR-V sports a modern and dynamic design with a bold front grille and sleek headlight styling up front linked to the raised stance and rugged appeal expected of a SUV. The pronounced wheel arches finished with protective cladding ensure a rugged appearance, while the elevated ride height adds practicality when negotiating rougher roads.

Tidy rear end treatment is dominated by large C-shape LED taillight clusters, a tailgate that opens all the way down to bumper level for effortless loading and rear trim finished in contrasting charcoal.

A raised stance and wide track further reflect the rugged attitude typical of an SUV while the striking 16-inch alloy wheels and slim roof rails add a classy touch.

Surprisingly spacious

Generous glass areas create an airy, inviting impression that emphasises the spaciousness of the cabin and ensures that all occupants enjoy superb all-round visibility.

Despite its compact size, the clever design of the WR-V ensures ample leg and head room for both front and rear occupants and can comfortably seat five passengers. The upholstery consists of high-quality black fabric, providing the perfect balance of comfort, support and durability.

The boot size is very decent at 363 litres, while the rear seats offer a versatile 40/60 split folding feature, allowing for increased loading capacity to 881 litres when needed.

The WR-V also incorporates Honda’s ingenious Magic Seat system that can be configured in several different ways to accommodate a variety of tall and long objects inside the cabin.

The tech-savvy WR-V boasts an abundance of safety convenience and connectivity features across the two-model range, which results in an exceptionally comfortable and enjoyable driving experience.

As expected from Honda, the overall feeling of quality inside the cabin is excellent for a vehicle at this price point. Buyers will enjoy the multi-function steering wheel, climate control, USB charging ports, attractive cloth upholstery and rear parking camera features. 

Driving experience

The Honda WR-V is powered by a 1.2-litre, 16-valve engine that offers 66kW and 110Nm and ensures adequate motivation for daily commuting and city driving. All derivatives utilise a five-speed manual gearbox. Fuel efficiency is one of the WR-V’s strengths as the HR-V will use just 6,4 litres per 100km making it a cost-effective choice for budget conscious buyers.

The WR-V is fitted with a variety of safety features including six SRS airbags, including dual front, side impact and side curtain airbags, seatbelt pretensioners, Isofix and ABS with EBD.

Summary

The Honda WR-V is a smart choice for those motorists seeking to buy a budget-friendly crossover with pre-owned models available from R209 899. The WR-V offers a stylish design with spacious and practical interior, excellent build quality and legendary Honda reliability that should ensure that it remains a trusted companion for many years to come.

The Honda WR-V comes standard with Honda’s five-year/200 000km warranty and a four-year/60 000km service plan, which is transferrable should the vehicle be sold during that time period.

Uploaded 2 hours ago

Why the Ford Ranger XLT is Ideal for Extended Family Trips

Why the Ford Ranger XLT is Ideal for Extended Family Trips

Bakkies continue to grow in popularity because they can seamlessly switch between work and play. Today, they offer average drivers workhorse capabilities, elevated interiors, and a driving experience to compete with the best sedans or coupes. But do bakkies really work as a lifestyle vehicle? 

Take the exceptional Ford Ranger for sale - the XLT version, to be precise. Muscular, stealthy, and yet remarkably comfortable. It's the best of both worlds with this meticulously crafted champion. 

We share our thoughts below on why it’s the ideal car for weekday traffic and weekend family fun. 

Efficiently Economical 

Fuel economy has never mattered more than it does today, and with ever-increasing prices, many of us are feeling the pinch. Bakkies tend to be heavy guzzlers, which can leave you flustered at the tank. 

But the Ford Ranger XLT will go the distance, and then some, with its majestic range of 2.0L diesel and bio-turbo diesel options. It achieves an average 7.0L/100km fuel consumption rate, on par with the rest of the bakkie segment. This allows you to take those long-distance family trips without breaking the bank. 

Reliably Robust 

When you are looking for a lifestyle vehicle that easily switches between cities and the countryside, you need to consider how reliable it is. The Ford Ranger XLT will take you on and off-road without much hassle. This bakkie comes with both 4x2 and 4x4 off-road capabilities; its your choice. 

When exploring our beautiful nine provinces, you can rest assured that your XLT will get you out of any situation. Wet conditions, uneven terrain, or less than favourable roads - it can take it all on. 

But what impresses road trippers in particular is the luggage capacity, driver support systems, and bold exteriors. This makes it an apex bakkie for every terrain, more so with its driving mode selector (normal, sport, comfort, eco, tow, and slippery). 

Features such as its hill descent control, trailer sway control, and cruise control with speed limiter make it a worthwhile investment for your family and future. 

The Ford Ranger XLT stands out as the ideal vehicle for extended family trips, offering comfort, safety, and versatility. With its impressive features and capabilities, it's a purchase that will pay itself off with every memorable journey you and your family go on.

Book that long weekend away and embark on unforgettable family adventures in your all-impressive Ford Ranger for sale from Motus Select - SA’s Most Trusted Dealership.

Uploaded 1 day ago

Toyota discusses electrification and market trends

Toyota discusses electrification and market trends

During the event a number of new vehicles were revealed, including the Lexus LX, NX, LS 500 Hybrid as well as Toyota Hilux GR-S, Corolla Cross GR and RAV4 VX Hybrid

President and CEO of Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) Andrew Kirby delivered his fifth State of the Motor Industry address recently.  The event, which has become a permanent feature on the local automotive calendar, discussed a number of pertinent topics in the industry including future mobility, market trends and motorsport announcements.

Guest speaker, Chief Scientist of Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) and CEO of Toyota Research Institute Dr Gill Pratt mapped out the company’s global plans with regards to electrification and reduction of carbon emissions as well as autonomous driving.

“We believe in battery electric vehicles and we’re investing in them, but we also believe that the way to reduce more carbon emissions sooner is to employ diverse solutions. This is particularly important for mitigating climate change because CO2 emissions accumulate globally and remain in the atmosphere for a long time: we need to reduce CO2 as much as possible as soon as possible, says Dr Pratt.

Pratt outlined that Toyota’s strategy towards the reduction of carbon emissions was premised on decarbonising as much as possible as quickly as possible, enable everyone to reduce carbon emissions as much as possible and maximise carbon return on investment.

Kirby concurred with Pratt that a diverse approach or diversity of drivetrains is what is needed by the industry in the fight against carbon dioxide. He says that government incentives were needed in SA to encourage the adoption of new energy vehicles as well as making the cost attractive to the market.

He added that the local market is not yet conducive for the full adoption of BEVs, citing infrastructural shortcomings related to energy generation as well as high import duties.

Vehicle sales set to recover

According to Kirby, total vehicle sales for 2022 will continue the post-lockdown recovery and should total 540 000 for the year. This figure comprises 334 800 passenger models, 178 198 light commercial vehicles and well as a total of 27 002 medium and heavy vehicles.

The extrapolation is based on a variety of socio-economic factors that do not bode well for the local motor industry, including the rising interest rate cycle, the strain taken by the agricultural cycle due to heavy rainfall, the muted tourism recovery as well as the possible market instability owing to ANC leadership elections and NBF wage negotiations,” says Kirby.

Kirby concluded that his forecast was constrained and that the industry could even sell more vehicles if the economy performed better than expected or if the issues in the automotive supply chain were to be resolved.

New model announcements

During the event a number of new vehicles were revealed, including the Lexus LX, NX, LS 500 Hybrid as well as Toyota Hilux GR-S, Corolla Cross GR and RAV4 VX Hybrid, all of which will be launched during the course of 2022.

Uploaded 1 day ago

The pros and cons of a hybrid vehicle

The pros and cons of a hybrid vehicle

Hybrid vehicles pair an electric motor and a battery with a conventional petrol or diesel engine in a complimentary fashion.

Electric vehicles are gaining popularity globally and it seems that every week some manufacturer launches a new electric model. In South Africa, the interest is growing but uptake is still very low. This is mostly since our energy supply remains very unstable. The cheapest electric vehicle currently on sale in South Africa also retails for approximately R750 000, so these vehicles are still expensive and thus remain out of reach of regular motorists.

However, hybrid vehicles are growing in popularity thanks to the fact that hybrid models are available at the more affordable end of the market. Case in point is the Toyota Corolla Cross which continues to perform exceptionally well on monthly sales charts.

How do hybrid vehicles work?

Hybrid vehicles pair an electric motor and a battery with a conventional petrol or diesel engine in a complimentary fashion. The internal combustion engine charges the battery which in turn powers the electric motor. The electric motor allows for pure electric driving at slow speed and assists the internal combustion engine at higher speeds as both the electric motor and the internal combustion engine then work in unison to power the vehicle. With less reliance on the internal combustion engine for all the forward momentum fuel consumption and emissions are improved. Energy is recouped under braking via regenerative charging which assists in topping up the batteries.

The advantages of a hybrid vehicle

Hybrid vehicles are not limited in range, because even if the battery is completely depleted, the internal combustion engine is still able to power the vehicle. In addition, the charging system is designed to ensure that the electric system is never completely depleted, charging batteries via regenerative braking or via the internal combustion engine when necessary.

Due to the fact that the internal combustion engine is assisted by an additional power source, the fuel consumption of a hybrid vehicle is considerably less than the average traditional internal combustion powered vehicle.

Hybrid vehicles are kinder to the environment as along with lower fuel consumption comes significantly lower tailpipe emissions with the added benefits of a lower, if any, emissions tax. Hybrid vehicles are also much quieter, especially when driven in pure electric mode at slow speeds.

Due to the fact that they are self-charging there is no need to plug a hybrid vehicle in to charge, which means there is no need for additional infrastructure such as a charging network or a stable supply of electricity.

The disadvantages of a hybrid vehicle

Due to the need for the electric motor and the internal combustion engine to work symbiotically 99 percent of hybrid vehicles are fitted with CVT gearboxes. While this gearbox format is extremely efficient its driving characteristics are not favoured by everyone, especially those motorists who like to drive enthusiastically.

The upfront costs of a hybrid vehicle are slightly higher due to the more complex drivetrain and additional components like a battery and control system, however these costs are still significantly less than those of electric vehicles and will be recouped in the fuel costs saved over time.

 

 

Uploaded 1 day ago

Smart Small Business Start-Up Car Choices

Smart Small Business Start-Up Car Choices

When it comes to purchasing a car for your small business, there are crucial factors to consider to ensure you're maximising your investment and getting the most bang for your buck. 

According to motus select, choosing the right car for your small business is essential for keeping operating costs low, increasing efficiency and productivity, and ensuring the success of your business.

Smart Small Business Start-Up Car Choices

Things to consider when you’re purchasing a car for a small business

When it comes to purchasing a car for your small business, there are crucial factors to consider to ensure you're maximising your investment and getting the most bang for your buck. 

According to motus select, choosing the right car for your small business is essential for keeping operating costs low, increasing efficiency and productivity, and ensuring the success of your business.

  1. Cost:When purchasing a car, one of the most significant variables to consider is the price. Research different models and compare prices to find the best deal.                                                                     
  2. Fuel efficiency:As a small business owner, you want to keep your operating costs as low as possible. One way to accomplish this is to purchase a vehicle that is fuel efficient. This will save you money on petrol in the long run.
  1. Size:Consider the size of the car you need. Will you be using it for deliveries or transporting equipment? If so, you'll want a car with enough room for all your cargo.

 

  1. Maintenance and repairs:Another vital factor to consider is the cost of maintenance and repairs. Research the car's track record for reliability and the cost of parts.

 

  1. Insurance:Finally, keep in mind the expense of insurance. Check to see if you're getting the greatest deal on the coverage you require.

 

Don't settle for just any car for your business. Each motus select dealership is Motus-certified and has over 70 years of automobile retail experience, so you can purchase, sell, finance, and repair your next vehicle with confidence - with just one click! 

 

For more info and tips, visit our blog and join the conversation on Facebook. For interesting videos, check out YouTube. 

 

 

Uploaded 1 day ago

Vehicle maintenance myths busted

Vehicle maintenance myths busted

Some vehicle maintenance advice might have been true a decade or two ago, but technological advancements mean that modern cars have very different maintenance requirements. 

A car is an expensive investment and most owners do as much as they can to adequately maintain their vehicle and protect this investment. However, there is some car maintenance advice doing the rounds that is not entirely true. 

Some vehicle maintenance advice might have been true a decade or two ago, but technological advancements mean that modern cars have very different maintenance requirements. We bust five popular maintenance myths below. 

It is important to warm up your car before driving 

This might have been true in the 80’s but the use of modern materials and fluids means that the current generation of cars warm up and cool down at a much quicker rate than before. Nowadays all that is required is to start by driving gently, limiting the revs for the first few minutes. This allows all the fluids including engine oil and transmission fluids to reach their operating temperature gradually.  

Engine oil should be changed every 5000km 

This might have been the case in the 70’s when oils were not the same quality as they are today, and small capacity engines were lubricated by a small amount of engine oil. Oil companies spend billions of rands on research and development and as such modern oils are much more advanced and oil filtration systems are much more refined these days. Engines are also built to much tighter tolerances, meaning that wear and efficiency is improved. The result is longer oil change intervals, with the norm being around 15 000km. The best advice is to follow the manufacturers servicing guidelines, which will ensure your car remains in optimum condition throughout its lifespan. 

Higher-octane fuel can increase performance 

The majority of cars on sale in South Africa are designed to run on regular 93-octane fuel and filling these cars with higher, 95-octane fuel, will offer no performance benefits. Only fill your car with more expensive, higher-octane fuels if it is a stipulated requirement by the manufacturer. 

Inflate tyres to the pressure indicated on the sidewall 

Tyres are designed to fit on a wide variety of different vehicles and the figure indicated on the side of a cars tyre is the maximum pressure to which it can be inflated. Inflating tyres to this maximum pressure will result in uncomfortable ride quality and uneven tyre wear. Best practice is to inflate your vehicles to the recommended pressure for the load you are carrying, according to the manufacturers indicated pressures. These tyre pressure guidelines can be found in the door pillar, fuel filler flap or owner's manual. 

You can wash your car with regular soap 

Cars are built with delicate paint finishes, rubbers, and plastic. Regular household detergents such as dishwashing liquid or laundry detergent can damage these surfaces by stripping them of protective waxes or clear coats as they are designed to clean grease from utensils and clothing. It is worthwhile investing in appropriate vehicle cleaning products or taking your car to an establishment that will use cleaning products designed for use on cars. 

 

All articles