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And South Africa's favourite car is


Annually published stats reveal the most popular individual models sold...

10 best-selling cars in SA’s rental industry in 2016


In 2016, South Africa’s new vehicle market shrunk by 11,4% to 547 442 units, when compared to 2015. Passenger vehicle sales made up 361 273 of that figure. But what sort of impact did the rental industry have? Well, according to figures from the folks over at Lightstone Auto, some 57 407 passenger vehicles were sold to rental companies during the year, which translates to around 16% of South Africa’s total passenger car market. Not an insignificant number at all, then…

Winners of Consumer Awards – powered by WesBank


The 2016/17 Consumer Awards programme – powered by WesBank – concluded with the announcement of the thirteen best-considered new purchases in their respective categories of the South African new vehicle market, as well as the overall Brand of the Year, on 19 January 2017. Established to be the most prestigious, credible and influential awards programme in the South African motor industry, the second iteration of Consumer Awards was distinguished by two significant factors: it was backed by the biggest provider of vehicle finance in South Africa and, in conjunction with the 13 judges’ scores, the findings of the’s Owner Satisfaction Survey (in association with Lightstone Consumer) had a substantial (50%) weighting on the final results, excluding the Brand of the Year award, which was based entirely on the Survey data.

The 10 most expensive cars


Research and analysis group Lightstone Auto has published a list of the most expensive cars in South Africa as at the end of 2016. According to Lightstone’s data, the 20 most expensive cars in the country come from only five manufacturers – Ferrari, Bentley, Mercedes-Benz, Land Rover and Porsche.

These are the cars you can afford with your salary in South Africa


Research by analytics group Lightstone shows the value of the car you can afford on your monthly salary in South Africa.

What salary is needed to afford properties and cars across SA


Do you know what salary you need to be earning to purchase a property and a car in a particular area of South Africa?

Slow start for New Car Sales in 2016


It’s no surprise that the South African economy has taken a bit of knock over recent months, and with that a domino effect – of a negative kind - on sales figures across industries. The latest research of new vehicle sales from Lightstone Auto reveals that the motoring industry has been particularly affected by the weak Rand and economy

The value in multi-faceted judging and accurate analysis for awards


The winners of the annual Consumer Awards were announced at an awards ceremony at Shine Studios in Johannesburg last night (Thursday 14 January 2016.) The awards recognised the best cars available in the South African market across various categories, using a unique, multi-faceted judging process, including valuable consumer input, and analysis by Lightstone.

Announcement of Consumer Awards winners


The Consumer Awards was established to be the most prestigious, credible and influential awards programme in the South African motor industry. It recognises nine vehicles that represent the best-considered new purchases in their respective categories of the South African new vehicle market and names three special category winners: Game Changer, Design and Brand of the Year.

Which car should Santa drive?


Whether you call him Santa Claus or Father Christmas, he is still scheduled to visit millions of children on December 25th. Traditionally, he arrives on a sleigh pulled by flying reindeer. However, following a book club session earlier this year, Mrs Claus read a book on Reindeer Rights, and decided that Santa needs to utilise his magic powers in a Reindeer friendly manner. Being a frequent user of Zoopa ( Mrs Claus referred Santa to SA’s leading authority on vehicle statistics and specifications to source a more appropriate mode of transport

Up for an adventure?


Of all the trends we’ve analysed in the South African auto space over the past year, one of the most noteworthy is that of pick-ups and 4X4’s which has revealed some rather interesting trends when it comes to different preferences for this vehicle type.

New vehicles are more economical and powerful


The latest Lightstone data looks at weighted average fuel consumption of vehicles between 2006 and 2015, and it is interesting to note that vehicles across the board have streamlined processes and efficiency to provide motorists with more bang for their (fuel) buck.

New car sales in reverse gear


Weak new vehicle sales, together with the 1.3 percentage contraction in gross domestic product (GDP) in the second quarter and the drop in the latest purchasing manager's index, are signalling that South Africa's economy is already in recession.

SA's top 100 vehicle sales: August


South Africa's vehicle sales took another knock in August as the weak economy weighed down the local market while exports continued to surge.

Lighter colour cars still #1 in South Africa


The latest data from Lightstone shows that white is still the most preferred colour when it comes to vehicle purchases between women and men. When looking at colour car preference between 2010 (where white, silver and black were the most popular choices) and 2015 (where white, silver and grey cars are at the top of the list) there isn’t much difference. Of all of the white colour cars purchased, approximately 43% of them are owned by females, which is not far off from their male counterparts who own 57%. When it comes to silver colour vehicles, females own about 44% and males own 56%.

Lightstone LIVE Inspect wins MTN App of the Year Award


Every so often, a new development emerges that sets out to revolutionise a particular industry. In this instance, it is an app that is proving to be a game changer when it comes to combating fraud within the insurance industry. The Lightstone LIVE Inspect app, which is specifically tailored for insurance companies to perform a pre-inspection at policy initiation, is already winning awards for its innovation...

Lightstone LIVE helps manage costs with our new user roles feature


User role customisation is even easier with our latest mobile App release. As a manager or Super User you can now set roles for all the users in your company to perform different actions - from only scanning a vehicle to scanning and generating reports on vehicles and people...

Bright future ahead for Lightstone Auto


"This is more than a name change and signals an aggressive thrust into the market to grow the business," says newly-appointed managing director of the Lightstone Auto, Mike von Hone, who previously headed up TransUnion Auto Information Services...

Vehicle and home buying patterns changing in South Africa.


The two largest asset purchases with on-going expenses that typical middle- to- high income consumers are faced with are houses and vehicles. Lightstone, a provider of comprehensive data, analytics and systems on automotive, property and business assets, identified comparable market segments across properties and vehicles and have seen significant changes in preferences between the two over 2012 and 2013...

Lightstone unveils app to curb vehicle crimes.


Lightstone Auto, a provider of data and analytics on automotive assets, has launched a new and patented mobile applicatiion scannning solutions that enables vehicle dealers, financiers and insurers to access data on a vehicle and its driver...

Used vehicles cheaper to purchase in SA's main provinces.


Salaries and house purchases may be higher in South Africa’s economically largest provinces but new data has revealed that the cost of buying a used vehicle is actually cheaper in Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. This is according to Paul-Roux de Kock, Analytics Director at Lightstone, the provider of comprehensive data, analytics and systems on automotive, property and business assets, who says location plays a role in the purchasing price of a second hand vehicle in South Africa...