Great finish! Two SA Toyotas on podium after 2018 Dakar

Great finish for Toyota SA’s teams Second overall for Al Attiyah/Baumel Third overall for De Villiers/Von Zitzewitz CORDOBA, Argentina – What a Dakar result for South African drivers and engineering! Toyota SA entries second and third in the overall standings – beating the best from the rest of the automotive world – and first and…

Another pollution bubble popped on the battery-car saga

Another motoring pollution myth popped? Say it often enough and myth becomes fact Rather like some reports about Trump? TOKYO, Japan – Mazda Motor’s managing executive officer Mitsuo Hitomi, against the theory that petrol-engined vehicles must be exterminated, says the truth is that non-petrol cars are NOT be needed on a mass scale to reduce…

Dakar Stage 13: End of the road for Ten Brinke

• Stage 13 triumph for Al-Attiyah/Baumel • De Villiers/Von Zitzewitz home third • Retirement for Ten Brinke/Périn CORDOBA, ARGENTINA – If ever there was a stage on the Dakar that proved what a fickle mistress this event can be, then Stage 13 was it for Toyota Gazoo Racing SA. On the one hand, there was…

Dakar Stage 12: Win for SA bakkie, two more in top five

Victory on Stage 12 for Al-Attiyah/Baumel Third on Stage 12 for De Villiers/Von Zitzewitz Mini entry arrives to join the leaders SAN JUAN, Argentina – Thursday’s (Jan 18) 2018 Dakar Stage 12 saw South Africa’s Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Qatari driver Nasser Al-Attiyah score his 12th stage victory in the rally, his third stage win in…

More comfort, less fuel, promised for Kia’s new Cerato sedan

Compact Cerato evolves with Stinger cues New Kia variable transmission saves fuel Standard 20cm touchscreen join Cerato’s tech list DETROIT, Michigan – Kia America is presenting an all-new Cerato at the 2018 Detroit auto show here, the third generation which, the automaker says, has a more sophisticated design and features that has ”transformed the car into…

Will YOU let your child die for want of a click?

By LES STEPHENSON Information from MasterDrive SA YOUR CHILDREN back at school? We wonder, did you take them there in the family car or consign them, packed like sardines, in a South African minibus? Either way, the school commute is probably the most dangerous thing your child will do every day. In many countries road…

Ten Brinke makes stunning mark on Dakar Stage 11

Victory on Stage 11 for Toyota’s Ten Brinke/Périn Fifth place for Al-Attiyah/Baumel and… Sixth on Stage 11 for De Villiers/Von Zitzewitz CHILECITO, Argentina – Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Bernhard ten Brinke (Netherlands) and French navigator Michel Périn have won Stage 11 of Dakar 2018. The day (Wednesday) had started, unlike all others, with the top…

SA Toyotas still up front after gruelling Dakar Stage 10

Second on Stage 10 for De Villiers/Von Zitzewitz Fifth on Stage 10 for Ten Brinke/Périn Suspension hit costs Al Attiyah/Baumel 29min BELEN, Argentina – Tuesday, Day 10 of the 2018 Dakar Rally, was a day of mixed results for Toyota Gazoo Racing over 373km of racing, split into two sections, after a 424km liaison. Happily…

Defending the faith: Landy hits Defender power button

Collector’s edition – 150 Defenders badged 70th Edition 306kW Defender Works V8 celebrates seven decades Five-litre Defender most powerful and fastest yet RYTON-ON-DUNSMORE, England – Land Rover has announces a limited-edition, high-performance, old-fashioned, version of the iconic Defender that can blow off sports cars. Those who’d love to own one of the rarest modern Land…

Nissan turns over another new, more powerful, Leaf

Dynamic design and advanced safety technology ProPILOT advanced driving assistance Fresh interior design, better connectivity TENERIFE, Canary Islands – Nissan chose the Canary Islands, a cluster of paradise resort jewels off the Moroccan coast, for the official media launch of the latest generation of its best-seller battery-car, the Leaf. It will be in showrooms in…

Final flag for Sixties racing hero Dan Gurney

NEW YORK – American Dan Gurney, Formula 1 and Le Mans 24 Hours winner in the 1960’s, who started the ceremony of the winner spraying Champagne on the podium, has died in California. He died on Sunday (Jan 14) aged 86. ‘ONE LAST SMILE…’ The news was announced by his widow Evi and his family…

Third special Mustang trotted out for Detroit auto show

All-new special edition Ford Mustang Bullitt Ford Edge ST – Ford’s first high-tune SUV Steve McQueen front and centre in original DETROIT, Michigan – Ford, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Steve McQueen’s classic film ‘Bullitt”, has created a third version of its limited-edition Mustang Bullitt. In a supporting role at the 2018 North American…