Special models on horizon for Subaru’s 50th

CHERRY HILL, New Jersey – Subaru America has confirmed limited-edition models to commemorate the brand’s 2018 50th anniversary with each vehicle in the Subaru range being topped by an anniversary edition. The cars will share a new colour and be fitted with high-level trim and 50th badging. Subaru America was founded on February 15th,1968, and…

Baby Volvo for SA rolling off the lines in Belgium

Ghent went live with XC40 production New models due in SA second-half 2018 New market range for Swedish automaker GHENT, Belgium – A new era has started for Volvo’s auto plant in this Belgian city with the first customer-bound XC40 small SUV rolling off the production line. The cars are provisionally due in South Africa…

Renault Samsung SM3 Z.E. goes longer-range electric

Renault Samsung Motors show off new electric SM3 Z.E. Driving range increased to five days’ driving Groupe Renault continues electric vehicle progress DAEGU, South Korea – Renault Samsung Motors has unveiled the SM3 Z.E. at a Future Auto Expo in this South Korean city, its maker keen to upgrade its electric vehicle range to meet…

2018 Aston Martin Vanquish: ‘Successor to a sporting dynasty’

Bold new look, intensified performance and dynamics Twin-turbo V8 four-litre engine, eight-speed ZF transmission Maximum speed 312km/h and 0-100km/h in 3.5sec GAYDON, England – For seven decades, Aston Martin says, the Vantage badhe has been worn by some true icons. It was first used in 1951 on a high-output engine option for the DB2 but…

Classics for Christmas! Nasrec fest for the beautiful cars

December date for Gauteng’s biggest classic-car event Live music, helicopter rides, prawn fest too More Kombis than you ever remembered JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – The Classic Car Show (Summer Edition) is once gain set to go at the Nasrec Expo Centre, south-west of Johannesburg, and expectations are that it will be the biggest yet. The…

Shell and Bio-Bean brewing new diesel fuel

Shell, Bio-Bean and coffee drinkers go green 200 000 tonnes of grounds for diesel London buses using well-brewed fuel LONDON, England – Fuel supplier Shell and a company called Bio-Beam are planning to power some of London’s iconic red buses with a bio-fuel made partly from filter coffee grounds. The fuel contains a 20% concentration of…

2018 Crossland X: New family wheels from Opel

Economical three-cylinder engine Many options ready – including turbo Familiar plastic cladding for car parks OPEL, WITH THE introduction of the Crossland X, believes it now has a powerful presence in the B-SUV segment, said to be the fastest-growing part of the South African vehicle market where volumes have trebled within four years. The German…

Merc switching on to city-friendly electric vans

Start of a Mercedes strategy for clean city deliveries Customers’imagination to be involved in developing Electric power will follow for other Mercedes commercials STUTTGART/ BERLIN, Germany – It seems to be only in Germany for now but the Mercedes eVito van are in showrooms as a leader for what should become a common sight across…

Labour of love: 6725-hour restoration rebirths Jag XK120 SE

  Unique XK120 wins award at 2017 Octane Awards One-off sportster has unique Pininfarina bodywork  Paint, leather, lights remade after 3D scanning LONDON, England – The epic 6725-hour restoration of a one-off Pininfarina-bodied 1954 Jaguar XK120 SE by specialist company Classic Motor Cars in the UK has won the Restoration of the Year award at the 2017…

Ford road-safety push to combat road slaughter

Training to focus on driving skills, impaired driving Pedestrian visibility campaign at schools, Ford dealers Spotlights on child safety, Air Angels medical flights PRETORIA, Gauteng – Ford SA and the Automobile Association, with other partners, have united to created a multi-faceted road safety awareness and education campaign to try to cut the number of dead and…

Ducati bringing 5 new models to Motorcycle Live

Bikes, bikes, bikes at UK’s 2017 Motorcycle Live show New Ducati accessories and clothing to browse Centre-stage will be limited-edition V4 Speciale LONDON, England – The 2018 Ducati range will be on display at this year’s Motorcycle Live (18-16 2017) – five new models with the most prominent the Panigale V4. It’s a machine which,…

Suzuki GSX-S Phantom to materialise early 2018

Touch of stealth for Suzuki’s GSX Iconic engine for low revs power 112kW and a slipper clutch standard already CAPE TOWN, Western Cape – Suzuki has announced a GSX-S1000 FZ Phantom for 2018, an all-matte black machine that will join the popular GSX-S1000 and GSX-S750 Phantoms in showrooms. “The stealthy black livery,” Suzuki says, “is offset…