Editor's Pick | A new bakkie, driving in lockdown - Here are this week's top 5 motoring reads


Week one of the national lockdown is done and dusted, and while we have all been trying to come to terms of this trying time, we're all trying to settle in. This next week will be pivotal for South Africans to flatten the curve.

But between the often overwhelming influx of information, we are all trying to keep sane and maintain a level of normality. Wheels24 readers have shown us how much they're craving their daily dose of petrol in their veins with good motoring reads.

And, to try and keep you entertained, and informed, our team will continue to bring excellent motoring content.

We look at what the top five most popular reads from this past week; it includes a new Chinese bakkie headed for SA, lockdown driving tips, and some of the latest offerings in our market.

1. Precautions to take when you're out on the road during lockdown

After much confusion and several posts of fake news, most motorists had no idea what the actual rule was about being on the streets. While we all have to stay indoors and keep safe, citizens are allowed to get groceries, medication and have access to essential services like the fuel station, or emergency room if need be. MasterDrive's Eugene Herbert shares what we should know when you do need to venture out.

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2. Your car is parked in the lockdown, here's how to take care of it

Then there of those readers who won't be going out at all and choose to remain indoors during the 21-day lockdown. Some people have enough food or groceries to last during this period and don't need to venture out at all. However, just because you're in lockdown, doesn't mean your car's maintenance needs to go through the same. It's essential to know how to take care of your vehicle, even if you're not planning on driving anywhere soon. Your battery could run down if it's not disconnected, or your tyres might develop flat spots if it's not driven in a while.

3. Was this the best VW single-cab bakkie of all time? We remember the original Amarok V6

We tend to forget the single-cab cab Amarok, which was discontinued locally in 2017, due to lagging demand. When you start rummaging through the archive of VW single-cab concept vehicles, you'll rediscover an Amarok which very accurately predicted where the double-cab's development would peak today, many years ago.

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4. All-new GWM P Series - Here's why you would want to buy this Chinese bakkie

Great Wall Motors (GWM) is readying itself for a mighty 2020 when its new P Series double cab will arrive in South Africa in the coming months.

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5. 'One of the most beautiful double cab bakkies I have ever seen' - Readers respond to GWM's new P Series

I kept having to check our numbers on this one; it also left our feedback mailbox inundated with loads of love for the SA-bound P Series bakkie from GWM. We sure loved reading all of your emails and will publish one or two more articles about the vehicle in the week.

Happy reading and stay safe!
Janine Van der Post

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