Nissan goes stargazing with specially adapted Navara

Nissan unveils bakkie concept in Germany Stargazing behind new Dark Sky concept Super-tough Navara for  belly-ripping conditions HANNOVER, Germany – Nissan has unveiled two vehicles at the Hannover auto show – a Navara Dark Sky concept and a Nissan Navara N-Guard. Each claims to highlight the brand’s bakkies versatility; the load-carriers have, Nissan says, seen sales grow…

Thule canoe racks: Not inside, they’re on top

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Thule, as a rule, is pretty cool with its wide selection of personal travel luggage. Perhaps less well-known is its clever-design vehicle attachments, the modern versions of what used to be called roof-racks. The hitchless alternative to a trailer, in fact. Such racks, back in the day, were basically a metal frame…

Honda HR-V crossover: Three years on comes a minor makeover

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Honda’s HR-V urban crossover has undergone what the automaker says is ”a significant upgrade” that involves new front and rear styling, enhanced interior and generally upgraded equipment levels, The HR-V first reached South Africa in 2015 with what Honda calls ”a sleek, coupé-like. design with the robust attitude of an SUV, and the…

Global accolade for Kia’s Korean exhibition space

Beat 360 wins global design excellence award Show space brings a unique Kia brand experience Latest win grows list of global design accolades SEOUL, South Korea – Kia Motors has taken honours in International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) for its unique Beat 360 brand experience space in Seoul which topped the Environments and Design strategy…

Baby driver? Here’s a new and super-hot tot on the block

New model opens ‘world of driving performance’ AMG thinks even smaller for bigger performance Turbo engine, 225kW / 400Nm at your command AFFALTERBACH, Germany – Mercedes-AMG says it has created a new entry-level A35 AMG built for driving performance yet based on the new Mercedes front-wheel drive platform. It’s powered by a new two-litre, four-cylinder,…

Holy graphics! Look what your windscreen could be showing by 2020

Holographics ‘to help enhance in-car experience’ Technology application beyond navigation system Display capable of filling your whole windscreen SEOUL, South Korea –  Hyundai Motor has announced what it calls ”a strategic investment” into Swiss deep-tech start-up WayRay AG to expedite the development of holographic augmented reality (AR) navigation system. The images show what it might…

Handsome new Kia Ceeds ready for European auto show

Powerful 1.6-litre T-GDi engine for Ceed update GT with seven-speed double clutch transmission Six months of development and fine-tuning SEOUL, South Korea – More accomplished,  more fun to drive… an all-new Kia Ceed GT will have its public debut at the October 2018 Paris auto show. With it will be a hot new ProCeed GT….

Jaguar i-Pace: One charge, underwater, London to Brussels

Jaguar I-Pace does London-Brussels on a single charge Chunnel service tunnel used for 50km underwater bit Jaguar i-Pace will be available in SA first quarter 2019 PRETORIA, Gauteng – Jaguar’s i-Pace has shown its real-world usability by driving 369km from London to Brussels on a single charge. And without using a ferry… what, it can…

Beat the clicker thieves: Tracker tells how to keep your car safe

LONDON, England – Crime reports published by the British government indicate the frequency of car theft is rising again in England and Wales. How much? By 15% through 2016/17 and by 40% through the last five years. Anti-vehicle theft experts Track believe the cause is the growing use of vehicle keyless locking and entry. Yes,…

‘Erratic’ Perez gets F1 broadside from team boss

SINGAPORE – Formula 1’s Force India team boss Otmar Szafnauer, Reuters reports, has ”read the Riot Act” to driver Sergio Perez. Why? Reuters says he was describing Perez’ ”erratic performance” during the September 2018 Singapore Grand Prix as “unacceptable” after the Mexican pushed team mate Estaban Ocon into the track wall. ‘THERE WAS ENOUGH ROOM…’…

Off to Brighton in the family car – but 90 years ago

A century on, and the Panhard still running 90 years of London-Brighton runs in 2018 First owner-driver Shuttleworth died in WWII LONDON, England – The annual London-Brighton run is no stranger to celebrating milestones. On Sunday November 4, 2018, participants aboard pioneering pre-1905 vehicles will honour the 122 years since the original Emancipation Run of…

Globetrotting KB bakkie wins free factory restoration

Half-a-million kays later – a full restore Africa and Europe covered by Fanie’s KB bakkie Meet winner of ‘Living Legends’ competition PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa – Isuzu’s revered, trusted and built-in-SA one-ton bakkies have been a firm South African favourite for 40 years – and now there is another chapter… An 18-year-old model that’s covered…