SEE | Exploding tractor tyre, Nissan's new 'Sani' - The weekend's top motoring stories

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• We list the five best-read stories of the past weekend.

• The exploding tractor tyre was the top story.

• The fuel-efficient Kia Seltos CRDI is still favourbale among readers.

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This past weekend, Wheels24 kept its readers informed with more great stories and informative news. We list the top-read stories between 21 and 22 November 2020. 

1. EXPLAINER | Why the exploded tyre on the back of that Ford Ranger caused so much damage

A video of a tractor tyre exploding at a Kwazulu-Natal fuel station emerged last week. The video shows how the driver of a Ford Ranger bakkie proceeds to fill a tractor tyre with air. The tyre was in the bakkie's loading bay. Unfortunately, too much air was pumped into the tyre and it continued to explode. While the man was lucky to escape with his life, the bakkie came off a lot worse.

We explain why the tyre exploded and what users can do to prevent it from happening to them.

To read the full story, click here.

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Tractor tyre exploded on back of Ford Ranger

2. Could this Navara station wagon become the new Sani?

Wheels24 contributor, Lance Branquinho, looks at why Nissan could revive its Sani nameplate. In South Africa, the Toyota Fortuner is the best-selling SUV, with the Ford Everest, Isuzu mu-X, and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport trying to headway into its sales success. Nissan, though, does not have an SUV that competes in this segment, but Branquinho highlights why this could all change in future.

To read the full story, click here.

Nissan Palaso
Nissan Palaso

3. WATCH | This is what a Volvo looks like being dropped from a 30m height

Volvo is renowned for producing some of the safest vehicles in the world, and the automaker never ceases to push the envelope of safer vehicles. In one of its most recent tests, Volvo dropped ten of its vehicles from a 30m height for rescue workers to practice faster and safer methods to rescue people trapped in vehicles.

Volvo said: "To allow rescue services to prepare for any possible crash scenario and to simulate the forces that erupt in the most extreme crashes, Volvo recently took equally extreme measures."

To read the full story, click here.

Volvo dropped from a 30m height (Volvo Media)

4. Looking for a new car? Here are five underrated vehicles you could buy in SA right now

There are plenty of vehicles to choose from in the South African carpool, and over the last few months, the Wheels24 team drove a few of the underrated contenders. Editor Janine van der Post looks at several of these sometimes-overlooked contenders and adds her thoughts on each. The vehicles in her list include the Suzuki Ignis, Kia Seltos, Volvo XC60, Toyota Corolla, and Mahindra XUV300.

She wrote: "While sporty good looks are still a priority for me, as a mother, safety features, fuel consumption, loads of space, and sufficient power figures take top priority. Of course, affordability is also vital."

To read the full story, click here.

Mahindra XUV300
2020 Mahindra XUV300 1.5TD W8

5. 1100km on one tank of diesel? Kia Seltos shows fuel pumps the proverbial middle finger

Tumelo Maketekete recently journeyed from Johannesburg to Cape Town in a new Kia Seltos CRDI. His goal was simple: See how much distance he can cover on a single tank of diesel without implementing any fuel-saving measurements. Maketekete began his journey early morning and said that by the time he reached Bloemfontein, the petrol gauge had barely moved. The Seltos did come to a stop after 1100km. Following the final calculations, the Seltos returned 4.37-litres/100km on its 50L fuel tank!

Maketekete commented: "We love doing local tests such as these because we can give our audience a more realistic view of how cars perform on South African roads."

To read the full story, click here.

Kia Seltos
2020 Kia Seltos

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