BMW’s latest X3: More power, more features, more rugged-rider

More than 1.5 million units sold since 2003 Range-topping BMW X3 M40i expected Comprehensive protection with new BMW CoPilot MUNICH, Germany – This the third-generation BMW X3 is said to have gone more rugged-rider than either of the first two with its off-road looks and “greater sporting presence”. BMW says the new 4×4 has built…

Here comes RapidE – Aston Martin / Williams’ first battery sportster

Here comes RapidE – the brand’s first all-electric car Williams Advanced Engineering is lead partner Limited run of 155 cars, production from 2019 GAYDON, England – Aston Martin has confirmed, less than two years after the car was unveiled as a concept, that the all-electric RapidE will enter production in 2019 with a limited production…

What will zero alcohol do to you?

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Have you considered the implications of a ZERO level of alcohol in your system while driving? Will this proposed change affect you? South African road safety and training organisation Masterdrive has some comments – as indeed does Carman’s Corner… “Driving a vehicle,” Masterdrive says, “mplies the acceptance of a number of…

Gazoo Toyotas tops again in Botswana Desert Race

De Villiers edges out regular foe Leeroy Poulter Close to perfect weekend for Toyota crews Renault gives polished show with new Duster JWANENG, Botswana – It was no surprise to see the two Toyota Gazoo Racing SA entries top the results in the Production Vehicle category when the Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Race, Round…

Family Day successes for Desert Race Specials

Family day successes in Kalahari Desert Race Specials won by couple… …and dad and daughter finish second CHARMAINE FORTUNE JWANENG, Botswana – If you’re going to win anything in motorsport the trick is to make it also a victory that everybody will remember. That’s exactly what Marius and Jolinda Fourie did when they topped the…

Not wearing a seat belt? Try taking a tumble…(V)

Don’t wear a vehicle seat belt? Stupid! See what happens if your vehicle rolls Even at 50km/h, you’re in peril of death LONDON, England – Road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is keen to remind every vehicle occupant how important it is to wear a seatbelt on EVERY journey. It will used at the…

All-wheel steering for all-new Renault Megane Sport (V)

Mégane Renault Sport offers Sport or Cup chassis Manual or efficient dual-clutch auto available Hülkenberg tests the 4Control system on track PARIS, France – The new Mégane Renault Sport will, the automaker claims, be the first hot hatch to have all-wheel steering and will offer customers a choice two chassis set-ups. Renault’s 4Control steering tech…

World Rallycross final scheduled for Cape Town’s Killarney track

Killarney gears up for big international Three days of track action for Cape Town New stands scheduled for construction CAPE TOWN, South Africa – he FIA World Rallycross championship has signed Gumtree SA as headline sponsor for the final round of the championship scheduled for Cape Town’s Killarney International Raceway over November 10-12 2017. As part…

Ford emergency trials can pinpoint source of sirens

New Ford tech locates approaching emergency vehicle Faster arrival for police, ambulances, fire engines Other tech alerts drivers to red-light drivers BRENTWOOD, England – Trying to locate the source of an emergency siren while at the wheel can be stressful and, if you’re in freeway traffic, potentially dangerous as you look around to get out of the way. The…

VW UK moves into shopping-trolley vehicle sales

New retail concept for Volkswagen franchise Trial store in Britain’s second-largest city Seven-days-a-week service for shoppers BIRMINGHAM, England – Now here’s a fresh take on buying a new car… how about doing the deal in the same place as you might do you weekly shopping or meet friends for coffee and cake? That, essentially, is…

New two-wheels peril: Bikers’ tips to avoid hijacking

Hijacking doesn’t happen only to cars and trucks Be alert – and ready to ride away Pillion riders aren’t always as they seem JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – An alert has been issued by a motorcycling group about an increase in hijackings in the Kempton Park area, east of central Johannesburg. Road safety group MasterDrive told Carman’s…

Predictive techs: End to roadside breakdowns on horizon?

Breakdowns could be pre-empted using in-vehicle data UK’s eight-million roadsiders cost £1.3bm a year Telematics will save vehicle owners time and money LONDON, England – Technology could halve the number of unexpected roadside breakdowns by 2020 as data increasingly identifies a malfunctions before it occurs. Wouldn’t that be nice here in long-distance South Africa…? Whatever, telematics expert In-car Cleverness…