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New Tiger Wheel & Tyre Store Opens in Tzaneen

twtnewOn 8 September 2017, Tiger Wheel & Tyre debuted in Tzaneen with the opening of a showroom and fitment centre at the corner of Danie Joubert and Loop Streets. 

The new store offers all the features, amenities, products and services that have made Tiger Wheel & Tyre South Africa's best-loved and most awarded brand in the retail wheel and tyre industry. 

"I speak for my whole team of capable and highly trained sales and fitment personnel, when I say that we frankly can't wait to give the good people of Tzaneen a warm Tiger Wheel & Tyre welcome," said Store Manager, Toy Nienaber.

The new store is outfitted with a high-tech showroom and a thoughtfully designed hospitality lounge, while the fitment centre includes four fitment bays and two alignment bays - each equipped with the latest tools and equipment, incorporating the most advanced technology. 

Inside the showroom is a head-turning display of wheels, tyres and automotive batteries from a handpicked selection of the world's best-known and most trusted brands. 

Among the tyre ranges are such household names as Continental, Yokohama, Hankook, Michelin, Goodyear, Pirelli, BFGoodrich and Tiger Wheel & Tyre's own exclusive Velocity tyre brand. Wheel brands include, among others, TSW, Black Rhino, Racing Hart Concepts, and Turn 1 (TM), while automotive batteries include ATLASBX, Duracell, and Turn 1 (TM). 

Services provided at the Tzaneen store include: wheel and tyre fitment, balancing, alignment, and rotation; puncture repair; free automotive battery testing; battery installation; and installation of the Beame wireless vehicle tracking system. 

Tiger Wheel & Tyre moreover offers its industry-leading X-Sure (TM) Tyre insurance; nitrogen tyre inflation; e-vouchers; and its Xpress Credit solution to help customers pay for unbudgeted expenses. 

"Our goal is uncompromising service excellence. So whether Tzaneen motorists need wheels, tyres, automotive batteries or just want to learn about better options for their vehicle, we are here to listen, chat, advise and serve them," said Nienaber.  

To learn more about Tiger Wheel & Tyre, its products, services, and what makes it the most award-winning brand in its industry, stop by the new Tzaneen store, call them on 015 590 0308 or visit the website You can also shop online, and online shoppers have the exclusive ability to "Book A Bay" online, to have their newly purchased products fitted and services performed at the time and store of their choosing. What's more is that right now, all services purchased online are subject to a huge, 40% launch discount.

Speed Stars a huge hit with public at SA Festival of Motoring

SAMEX1 0040More than 500 public hopefuls got their bums in the seat of the Speed Stars VW Up at the SA Festival of Motoring in a bid to qualify for the third season of Speed Stars. Held over the three days of the event, the two fastest times posted on each of the days would qualify for the next round and a step closer to taking on SA biggest stars!

Sponsored by VW Driving Academy and Goodyear, the popular TV show is back for a third season on Ignition, DSTV 189, starting on the 7th October. Each episode features two celebrity guests who are given professional driving instruction before being unleashed on the Zwartkops racetrack to set a timed lap, with the eight fastest times fighting it out for top honours in the show finale. In a Speed Stars first, the winner of will be decided in an actual race, with the finalists piloting eight identical, race ready VW Polo’s.

Show producer, Marius Roberts, first introduced the public element to the show in season two and it was public entrant, Sandro Godinho, who went on to win it all!

“It was so well received that we decided to expand the nationwide search this year, allowing more car crazy South Africans the chance to show off their driving skills on national television” said Marius Roberts.

With VW using Speed Stars as one of their activation platforms at this year’s Festival of Motoring, they gave the thousands of visitors who attended the event the unique opportunity to be in the proverbial hot seat! With only the two fastest times posted on each of the three event days qualifying for the next round, the competition was fast and furious on the tight and technical course.

Congratulations to the following entrants who qualified and will join Kennedy Mogotsi and Louis Pires in our final elimination round to be held on Saturday the 23rd
September in Johannesburg:

Karl Illenberger Rick Mesede
Jason Absmeier Junaid Rassool
Aiden Saville Jaden Laubscher





Speed Stars has also invited back some of the fastest celebrities from Season One and Two to contest two Wild Card slots up for grabs in Season Three. The crowds turned out in numbers on the final day of the event to cheer along their favourite celebrity! Battling it out for the final slot were Speed Stars Season Two Runner Up and the winner of the first The Voice SA, Richard Stirton, SA’s top chef Reuben Riffel and the strangely sexy fat guy, comedian heavyweight Jason Goliath. With 5fm’s Rob Forbes having already booked his place in this seasons show, the three stars were amped to show off their driving skills. Chef Reuben Riffel was on fire, setting the early pace and he carried that form through to the first elimination round, his time of 20,42 the quickest...but only just! Jason Goliath set a time of 20,47, enough to beat Richard’s time of 20,79 and eliminate him from the competition. So it came down to one final run - Reuben was super consistent posting a time of 20,43, putting all the pressure on the comedian. But Jason had the last laugh, saving his best punch line for the show finale, posting a blistering time of 19,76 and booking the final Celebrity Wild Card spot!


Speed Stars is giving you one final opportunity to impress with your driving talent! We will be in Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Durban on SATURDAY 16th SEPTEMBER from 09:00 – 12:00 at the following venues:

Port Elizabeth
Hi-Q Greenacres at The Bridge
6 CJ Langenhoven Drive
Tel. 041 363 5848
Tavcor Volkswagen
Corner William Moffett and Mimosa Street
Tel. 041 390 1200

Alpine Volkswagen
55 Old Main Road
031 717 7800

Cape Town
Barons Cape Town Volkswagen
Culemborg Motor City
Christiaan Barnard Street
021 409 2800

A gymkhana course will be set up at each of the venues and entry to the activation is free. If you are 18 years of age or older, in possession of a valid drivers license and have never been issued a racing license, your fastest time could see you one step closer to the drivers seat on Speed Stars.

Speed Stars 3 will be on your TV screens from the 7th October until the 15th December on Ignition, DSTV 189.

Speed Stars is brought to you by Volkswagen Driving Academy and Goodyear, and supported by Greensky Brand Architects, Zwartkops Raceway and The Fairway Hotel.

Find Speed Stars at and on Social Media:

Twitter: @SpeedStarsSA Instagram: speedstarssa
Facebook: YouTube: Speed Stars



Guests on Speed Stars 1:

Lalla Hirayama – TV Presenter Boity Thulo – TV Presenter
Catherine Constantinides – Environmental Activist Melinda Bam – former Miss SA
Gilan Gork - Mentalist Larry Soffer - Magician
Bridgitte Hartley – Olympic Bronze Medalist (Rowing) Sanani Mangisa – SA Hockey
Rob Forbes – 5fm DJ Darren Simpson – 94.7 DJ
Siv Ngesi – Actor, TV Presenter Tumi Morake – Comedian
Jack Parow – Musician Kurt Darren – Musician
Elana Afrika Brendenkamp – TV Presenter Jeannie D – TV Presenter
Ross Learmonth – Musician Leanne Manas – Morning Live
Reuben Riffel – Chef Kamini Pather – Master Chef
Trevor Gumbi – Comedian Katlego Maboe – TV Presenter
John Smit – Bok Captain / RWC 2007 Jonathan Kaplan – Int. referee

Guests on Speed Stars 2:

Jason Goliath – Comedian David Levinsohn – Comedian
Chris Bertish – Adventurer / Waterman Bianca Buitendag – Pro Surfer
Maps Maponyane – Media and TV Personality Jonathan Boynton-Lee – TV / Actor
Bonnie Mbuli – TV Personality / Actress Leigh-Anne Williams – Radio / TV
Roxy Louw – Model Jade Hubner – TV Personality
Werner Kok – BlitzBok Garreth ‘Soldierboy’ McLellan - MMA
Nicole Flint – Former Miss SA Nonhle Thema – Actress / TV
Wayde van Niekerk – Olympic Gold & 400m WC Akani Simbine – African 100m Champ
Sarah Kozlowski – Actress Thulisile Pongola – Actress
Richard Stirton – The Voice Winner / Musician Gavin Edwards – The Voice / Musician


Tiger Wheel & Tyre Enhances X-Sure® Tyre Insurance Offering with Two New Products

twtTiger Wheel & Tyre has added two new products to its X-Sure® Tyre Insurance offering. The X-Sure® Gap and X-Sure® Comprehensive offerings are more than just complementary to the tried and trusted X-Sure® New and X-Sure® Used products; they fill in the blanks to make the X-Sure® range fully rounded and complete.  

X-Sure® New is the proven product that is available to customers at selected Tiger Wheel & Tyre stores, upon purchase of new tyres. With this product motorists are insured for a credit of up to a maximum of R3 500 towards the purchase of a new tyre when their insured tyre/s gets damaged and is deemed irreparable. It's the same with X-Sure® Used, which extends this insurance coverage to vehicle owners who wish to insure the remaining tread depth on their used tyres against irreparable damage.

In both instances, the credit due for an irreparably damaged tyre is calculated by measuring the remaining tread depth on the insured tyre, minus the legal 1mm minimum. This remaining tread is expressed as a percentage credit towards the purchase of the same or a similar tyre. 

The freshly launched X-Sure® Gap is an optional product for purchasers of Continental tyres, who qualify for the manufacturer's free ContiSure Road Hazard Warranty. At the time of purchase, these customers can now add X-Sure® Gap to boost their coverage to include the portion of tread that has already been used, minus the 1mm legal minimum, and up to a maximum credit equal to what the customer paid for the tyre at the time of purchase. This product has a two-year lifespan.

Finally, X-Sure® Comprehensive offers the ultimate peace of mind to vehicle owners, with insurance coverage that pays out a full credit - equal to 100% of the original tyre value/purchase price - towards the purchase of a new tyre to replace the irreparably damaged insured tyre. 

"Tyres represent a significant expense for vehicle owners, especially if they opt for quality tyres, but whether you've purchased quality or budget tyres, driving on South African roads is a gamble in which you could lose your tyres at any given moment due to road hazards. That's a disheartening prospect, but thankfully at Tiger Wheel & Tyre it's one that has an easy solution - simply insure your tyres as you do all your other at-risk assets," said Group Marketing Executive Joe du Plooy. 

Whether you need a little peace of mind or the whole caboodle, X-Sure® Tyre Insurance now has you covered and is available at selected Tiger Wheel & Tyre stores. To learn more and for terms and conditions, visit

Automechanika Johannesburg to feature new products from the automotive aftermarket

Automechanika Johannesburg LogoThe series of Automechanika trade fairs staged around the world by Messe Frankfurt are ideal locations to introduce new products and services for the automotive aftermarket. This is very much the case at Automechanika Johannesburg, which is being staged for the fifth time at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec, from September 27-30.

This year this renowned automotive aftermarket trade fair brand is co-located with Futuroad, a truck and bus exhibition, REIFEN, a tyre expo and Scalex, a trade fair for transport systems, infrastructure, and logistics solutions. All these events are targeting trade visitors from the Sub-Saharan region as it is now an attractive, four-in-one show offering.

Tenneco is introducing its range of premium OESpectrum® shock absorbers, using the latest valving technology for consumers who want their vehicles to provide superior ride characteristics in a wide range of driving situations. Tenneco will also be highlighting its links to OEMs as well as its extensive suspension component range.

"For a bit of fun, we will have our driving simulator on the stand where visitors can see what it is like driving a car with worn shock absorbers as well as trying to get the fastest time on a rally track," said Tenneco's Philip Lutz. "You will also be able to go on a virtual tour of our new state-of-art aftermarket shock absorber manufacturing plant in Poland."

Hurricane will be displaying its popular spray booth with improved features, while plastic and hail damage repair kits will also be exhibited, as well as aluminium expansion packs for car body repair systems.

Mineral Circle Bearings (MCB), a Dubai-based supplier of quality aftermarket products, will be exhibiting at Automechanika Johannesburg for the first time. It will showcase the latest in greases and wheel bearings from top manufacturers NTN-SNR and ILJIN as well as its own MCB brand. MCB will also show the first NTN-SNR lubrication solution with heavy duty EP3 high load grease to provide optimum bearing protection against the extreme humidity and high temperatures of the Middle East and African region.

MCB sees its move to exhibit at the Johannesburg show as a way of increasing the reach for its products in Africa.

Pointer South Africa is using its presence at Automechanika Johannesburg to promote the rebranding of this company, which was known previously as Orchid Telematics powered by Global Telematics. This is particularly necessary in the fleet management sector according to Pointer SA's Tarryn Kendal.

Pointer SA is launching two products at the show, the first a camera solution, Pointer View, and the other a cold chain solution, Pointer Nano.

UAB Dielektrik, of Lithuania, will be promoting its Truck Explorer diagnostics and chip turning equipment, with its range continually being expanded to support a wider range of vehicles and ECU types.

As, a Polish manufacturer of alternators, starters, and parts, is a regular exhibitor at Automechanika Johannesburg. This company will be launching new products which are classified according to three lines: Standard, Premium, and Economy.

Several new products will be launched at Futuroad, including the Tata 814 4.5-ton truck and a preview of the new Hino 500 Wide Body heavy truck range, which goes into local production in November.

Afrit, a bodybuilder with more than 50 years of innovation and engineering experience in the industry, will showcase road transport trailers at Futuroad that are packed with technology and innovation. A dedicated sales team will be on hand to offer expert advice and solutions to prospective customers.

GRW, another bodybuilder, will be introducing its X models, which are pre-configured quality trailers at competitive prices, with the Inkabi X 6/12 Tautliner model priced from R515 000 and the Imvubu X four-compartment, 50 000-litre fuel bridging tanker priced from R925 000.

For these and other exciting daily live demos, product launches and other information, and to pre-register to visit both shows for free, please visit the websites at:

General Tire unleashes all-new Grabber AT3 and X3

7 grabber-at3-x3General Tire, a brand of Continental Tyre South Africa (CTSA), is building on its proven performance in the replacement 4x4 tyre segment with an exciting new range of off-road tyres: the all-terrain Grabber AT3 and the extreme-terrain Grabber X3.

Continental presents innovations for the fast-growing electric mobility market

30 continental emotor• 48V mild hybrid technology already in production for gasoline and diesel vehicles

• Volume production of integrated high-voltage powertrain to start in 2019

Goodyear sponsors Speed Stars

celebrity-shootout-participant-jack-parrowGoodyear South Africa, in partnership with the Volkswagen Driving Academy, is proud to announce its sponsorship of Speed Stars 3.

Public Hopefuls Set Blistering Times On Our Gymkhana Course And Prove They Are Up For The Speed Stars Challenge

17 Speed Stars UPThe skidpan at Zwartkops International Raceway provided the perfect arena for Speed Stars to kick off the first round of their nationwide search for public contestants.

New Tiger Wheel & Tyre Store Opens in Mokopane

15 mokopane-twtA brand new Tiger Wheel & Tyre store opened at the Mokopane Plaza at the corner of Schoeman and de Klerk Streets in Mokopane, Limpopo.

"Goodyear: A true test of tyre" on DStv

10 GY dstv utube"Goodyear: A true test of tyre" is a TV special developed by TV personality and Motoring Journalist Marius Roberts that is set to air on Ignition TV (DStv 189) during the first half of August.


7 Dunlop 20172018 Ask AfrikaDunlop, long regarded as one of the most iconic and recognisable tyre brands in the world has done it once again, emerging as the winner of the tyres category in the 2017/2018 Ask Afrika Icon Brands Survey.

New Advantage Plus Offers Maximum Benefits to Tiger Wheel & Tyre Shoppers

4 advantage-plusTiger Wheel & Tyre has launched a new programme to reward customers. Joining Advantage Plus now gives vehicle owners exclusive access to members-only special offers, great deals and the means to quickly and securely access the brand's online store.

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