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Dillon Smit – Vigus 5 Review

There is no denying that South Africa is proudly a “bakkie” country! We not only use them for leisure activity but they also make up a large portion of our commercial/lifestyle vehicles.

China has stepped up to the plate and taken note of this and has decided that they want a piece of this action as well, by introducing a vehicle that will contend with the best of the best in South Africa – say hello to the JMCSA Vigus 5.

It would seem that the JMC Chinese automakers have taken note of South African tastes when it comes to “twin cabs and bakkies” as they have managed to incorporate many of the elements that South African consumers want in a vehicle including technology, convenience, size, capability, speed and all at a very competitive price. JMC has been is SA for 10 years and it’s no doubt they will grow from strength to strength.

Professional Rugby Player, Dillon Smit, recently got his hands on his own personal Vigus 5 vehicle, which was nominated as a contender for the 2020 Car of the Year competition.

“So excited and honoured to have partnered up with the awesome team at JMCSA!” Dillon recently shared on his social media platforms.

We caught up with Dillon and asked him what he loves most about the Vigus 5.

This is what he had to say:

V – Vehicle power. You gotta love a car with power! The Puma engine is the result of JMC’s successful collaboration with Ford. Who would’ve known! It is renowned for its long and trouble-free service life, along with low service costs. A willing yet refined, four-cylinder, 2.4-litre turbo diesel is the default engine choice and with 103 kW and 310Nm, there’ll be no waiting around.

I – International impact. Although they are a Chinese brand, JMC source many of its underpinnings and parts from European manufacturers, which I think is awesome! Quality is key when it comes to parts and especially safety. This means that you are getting parts from Borg Warner, Getrag, Bosch, Honeywell, Valeo, ZF and Denso in a Chinese made vehicle.

G – Geared Up Interior. JMC has really come to the party in terms of the interior, which boasts a complete makeover, luxurious leather seats, steering wheel controls on an adjustable steering column, touch screen infotainment system and cruise control to name just a few convenience items which I love and will definitely use.

U – Unified team. Beyond the vehicle, the team at JMCSA has been incredibly accommodating and so welcoming. They were efficient, helpful and very informative which is important for anyone looking to purchase a new vehicle.

S – Structure. The Vigus features a very unique structure, with a very distinctive front end which sets it apart from any other vehicle. The bold grille is a standout feature, while smooth, flowing flanks ensure the Vigus cuts easily through the air. The windscreen is steeply raked contributing to the efficient aerodynamics. The New Vigus also has a more SUV like look and feel – it’s a style that grows on you! I also opted for a few extras added on to the vehicle which can be discussed with your dealership.

“My overall impression of the Vigus 5 vehicle has been nothing short of amazing! As someone who travels a lot, it boasts all the functions I need, including a number of passenger benefits such as standard air conditioning, electric windows and central locking which is important in any vehicle. With Bluetooth, dual 12 Volt outlets – along with Aux and USB ports – staying in touch and in charge is also easy and allows me to entertain when I have people in the car with me,” says Dillon.

To book a test drive or learn more, get in touch with the JMCSA team on

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