2018 Micra: Nissan takes ‘small’ out of small cars

  Fifth generation of Nissan’s smarty hatchback ‘Exciting to drive, confident and responsive’ Futher models, bigger engine, still to come By LES STEPHENSON Information / data  from Nissan SA ROSSLYN, South Africa – The fifth generation of Nissan’s Micra, the automaker says, ”is a significant progression in design and will revitalise the small-car segment in…

Switching wheels: The fastest way to cover the city commute

How about a quick-change act in commute? Park the car, switch to two wheels Peugeot hooks electrocycle to city travel LONDON, England – Peugeot Europe has launched a car/battery bike mobility solution that combines the 2017 Peugeot 5008 SUV with the brand’s eF01 folding electric bicycle. The aluminium-framed eF01 batbike weighs 18.6kg, including the battery pack…

RGM conversion magic: Little Alfa 4C tuned into supercar

Radically changed from the showroom version Seriously mean engine output increases in deal ‘No bolt-on – we scoured the planet for parts’ JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – A car buyer doesn’t usually take delivery twice but one South African Alfa Romeo loyalist who switched flags just did: the first time he collected his Alfa 4C sport coupe…

Hey, are YOU one of the world’s worst drivers? Bet on it…

On the road? Then think for yourself… and others SA drivers among world’s worst. Make you proud? Using the middle finger is not an accepted road sign From MASTERDRIVE South Africa JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – TV show ‘Carte Blanche’ recently focused on drivers’ role in creating danger on South Africa’s roads and cited individual responsibility for…

Myth of auto autonomy: ‘It’s still a long way down the road’

UK experts to grade cars’ ‘autonomy’ for insurers Survey shows real self-drivers many years away Carmakers said to be overstating cars’ abilities By LES STEPHENSON LONDON, England – Automakers’ use of the word ”autonomous” in marketing and advertising is lulling drivers into a false sense of security, British vehicle research company Thatcham has warned. Particularly,…

Polestar for Goodwood – and a charge up the famous Hill

Volvo’s new supercar to charge The Hill Goodwood festival to host battery beauty Tour part of the brand’s ‘global handshake LONDON, England – The Polestar 1 is having its first dynamic appearance at the UK’s 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed over July 12-15 – a prototype of the two-door Electric Performance Hybrid will charge up…

‘King of Bakkie World’ RHD F-150 supertruck ready for SA

Lindenberg operation leading the way Limited number coming of ‘King of Bakkies’ Upgraded suspension for trail, tar, or track CAPE TOWN, South Africa – South African big-truck fans at last have another serious on- and off-road, high-performance, muscle bakkie ready for sale in their home country It’s the all-new 2019 Shelby F-150 equipped with right-hand…

Latest Suzuki Swift: Yep, it’s roosting at a dealer near you

Gen 3 Suzuki Swifts fly to SA dealers Two car-of-year titles already in nest One engine, three gear-boxes – one an ”auto” CAPE TOWN, Western Cape – The latest hatching of the Suzuki Swift has migrated to South Africa bearing with it the titles Car of the Year in Japan and Compact Car of the Year…

Porsche 911 Speedster concept marks 70 years of history

Meet another Speedster in the Porsche mould It’s ‘the essence’ of what the brand means No top – just a tonneau cover for the rain ATLANTA, Georgia – Porsche has unveiled a beautiful concept as part of the 70th anniversary of its sport cars: a 911 Speedster Concept as a drivable vision of a particularly…

Fun, retro-styled, bikes aimed at broad array of riders

US Honda back into Monkey business Iconic minature bikes coming back… …and so is the Super Cub moped TOWNSEND, Tennessee: American Honda, during a special welcome dinner at the US’ Smoky Mountain Crawl rally,  has announced that the Monkey and Super Cub C125 ABS models will be in US showrooms soon. The bikes were unveiled…

Ferrari’s Vettel on Canada pole – but where is Lewis?

MONTREAL, Canada – Sebastian Vettel has given Ferrari its first pole start for the Montreal F1 GP since 2001 when Michael Schumacher put a red car up front – while Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton languished in the fourth slot. Vettel set a track lap record of 1min10.764 to get the hole shot but is still 14…

Honda 125 Forza: Great answer to twice-a-day commute

Comfort cruise speed said to be 90km/h Bigger carrier box for two crash-helmets Close to 500km range on one full tank CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Honda’s 2018 Forza 125 was designed specifically for scooter riders – current and aspiring – who want the most from riding, says Honda. It’s called ”style”. The car- and bike-maker…