All-new Peugeot for launch at 2018 Geneva show

New Pug 508 goes radical fastback for Geneva show All-new model readied by middle of 2018 Four-door hatch, stylish design, D-segment PARIS, France – The 2018 Geneva auto show, Peugeot says, will see the French brand raise the bar in the D-segment with the world reveal of its all-new 508 four-door hatch, described as ”sporting a…

Meet the toughest cellphone in the world

Talk where others can’t, in worst weather – wearing gloves! Handles drowning, extreme temps, thermal shock, vibration Includes off-road mapping, compass and SOS light LONDON, England – It’s sounds kind of outlandish, but Land Rover says its new Explore cellphone is the toughest in the world and ”built to work in places other phones can’t reach”….

‘Fuel-levy, double inflation, will hurt the poor most’

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – The 52c/litre increase in the General Fuel and Road Accident Fund levies to be paid at the pump and announced by (The Corner hopes outgoing!) Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba in 2018 Budget Speech ”is cause for great concern”. So say the South African Automobile Association (AA). This amounts to a total increase of…

Towing hitches: Here’s how to avoid them

Preparation and checks vital for road safety Remember to check the tyre treads Balance the load, check the ball hitch THIS FEATURE is sourced from the UK where towing conditions, on or off-road, are much the same as here in South Africa Nevertheless, that island nations averages 4800 towing incidents a year with most on…

Pictures: Ferrari 488 Pista pays homage to history

Will this be the highlight of Geneva show? Lighter, more powerfuel supersportscar It’s the most powerful V8 in Ferrari history MARANELLO, Italy – The 488 Pista, to be unveiled at the February 2018 Geneva auto show, takes the mantle from the Ferrari’s V8-engined special series – the 360 Challenge Stradale, 430 Scuderia and 458 Speciale,…

Peugeot goes Rifting with new family van

‘Bold, dynamic and versatile design break mould’ 2018 successor to Peugeot Partner Tepee Modular design means 4000 litres load volume PARIS, France – Peugeot has unveiled an all-new Peugeot Rifter with, the automaker says, the intention of turning away from traditional design ”to introduce versatility and dynamism to the segment”. It’s described as the successor…

UK ministers not practising what they preach on diesel

UK MP’s telling the evils of diesel power …but ministers still in ‘smoky’ cars Even the PM has a diesel armoured sedan LONDON, England – More than half the cars used by UK government ministers – among them prime minister Theresa May and chancellor Philip Hammond – are diesel-fuelled. The exposure was made by UK…

Hotshot snowboarder keeps cool at 150km/h on frozen lake

Second record for snowboarder Jamie Frozen-lake towed runs close to 150km/h  Maserati tow-car, studded supertyres ST MORITZ, Switzerland – British snowboarder Jamie Barrow has broken the Guinness World Record for being fastest on a snowboard towed by a vehicle. He used a frozen lake near St Moritz and a Maserati Levante SUV to reach 151.57km/h…

Volvo Cars deploys three-cylinder 1.5 in XC40 compact SUV

Volvo opts for odd in coming XC40 SUV Three whopping pistons for three cylinders Hybrid and electric power also in pipeline JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Volvo Cars SA has released a three-cylinder Drive-E power train with its first compact SUV in the  XC40 range – three whopping 500cc cylinders spinning a six-cylnder autobox with and eight-speed…

Kia ranks highest on JD Power dependability study

Korean automaker climbs 12 places in list Rio ranked highest, scoring 1.3 faults per car. Data taken from three-year-old vehicles IRVINE, California – The 2018 JD Power Vehicle Dependability Study has ranked the Kia Rio as the best in the Small Car category. Greg Silvestri, head of service operations at Kia America, told The Corner…

New Isuzu mu-X SUV destined for sub-Sahara Africa

SA production to supply all of sub-Sahara New luxury challengers in top SUV market Three-litre engine ‘from a trusted company PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa – Isuzu Motors SA, best known for its rugged bakkies, is to enter the whole sub-Sahara African market with a model branded mu-X in the second half of 2018. The model…

Lowe expects ‘ugly’ halo effect to wear off quickly

LONDON, England – The widespread criticism attracted by Formula1’s new head-protection device – tagged ‘Halo’ – should die down after the start of the 2018 season. At least that’s what Team Williams tech boss Paddy Lowe believes. The device is mounted at the front of and around a driver’s crash-helmet to deflect post-collision debris. Haloes…