Upgrade due for Jaguar XJ sedan in 2018

LONDON, England – Jaguar has got things pretty right with the XJ luxury full-size sedan but a company can’t stand still in the auto business so the British luxury automaker has just announced a number of upgrades for the 2018 model year. These include a new flagship XJR575 performance model of the car, a number…

Three-row Mazda CX-8: New flagship for launch

At last! A back row for adults Mazda planning new SUV flagship Target said to be ‘classy but quality’ TOKYO, Japan – Mazda has revealed the shell of its upcoming CX-8 crossover, the company’s first new-generation model with three rows of seats. It’s scheduled for showrooms in Japan by the end of 2017. The CX-8,…

Taught braking distances all wrong! UK report

LONDON, England – Stopping distances listed in the British Highway Code should be increased because drivers’ thinking time has been underestimated, according to data obtained by road-safety charity Brake. Brake asked the British Transport Research Laboratory to provide evidence on the time taken by car drivers to perceive, recognise and react to an emergency situation….

New data: Can you still afford a new car in SA?

See by how much car ownership has risen Bank rate cut just doesn’t mean much Price of a new car almost doubled in 5 years JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – New data from finance house WesBank shows that the overall cost of motoring in South Africa is still increasing despite lower interest rates and fuel prices It’s…

Guess how many battery cars will be humming in UK by 2022

Million electric-cars sales by 2022 Falling prices, greater travel range Celebratory drive over 100 000m LONDON – British roads will be home to more than a million electric cars by 2022 according to Chargemaster, the UK’s largest provider of vehicle charging infrastructure. Chargemaster’s projection is based sales of electric vehicles being a little more than seven…

Coming Leaf will have new kind of pedal

Go, slow, halt – all on one pedal Only benefit, in essence, an auto handbrake Will it make your daily commute easier? YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan has announced that its upcoming Leaf battery cars will have an e-Pedal, a technology that “is revolutionary and will transform the way we drive”. “With the flip of a switch,” the…

Auto ‘box added to Renault Duster SUV range

Model range extended with 4×4 dCi auto ‘Authentic SUV with adept off-road ability’ Diesel auto claims 4.8 litres/100km     RENAULT’S DUSTER SUV range has been extended with the addition of an auto gearbox option for the 80kW diesel model. The automaker says “rugged muscular styling, impressive fuel-consumption, off-road ability, comfort, space, and competitive price”…

Two performance models join 2017 VW Golf facelifts

Who says diesel has to be stodgy? GTD is rated as a ‘performance car’ Two powerful engines – diesel and petrol UITENHAGE, South Africa – Volkswagen SA has introduced another two high-performance models to the just-launched, facelifted, 2017 Golf range. Meet the Golf R and Golf GTD… The cars are part of the seventh generation…

Volvo going for vivid colour for 2018 XC40 compact SUV

Bright colours, new trim for newbie car Expected in South Africa in 2018 Going for fresh, creative, vehicles THE COLOURFUL NEW Volvo XC40, Volvo Cars’ first entry in the compact premium SUV segment, claims to have dozens of possible exterior and interior colour combinations with personalisation at its core. The cars are yet to be officially…

Evora evolves: The most powerful Lotus sport car yet

Take me down country roads Brutal luxury in limited numbers Devastating power, full track handling LONDON, England – Lotus has unveiled its most powerful road-going model yet – the Evora GT430 – but only 60 will be assembled. The launch comes soon after the introduction of the Lotus Evora 400 and Evora Sport 410 to…

Merc, helped by Nissan, aiming to be star of ‘luxury’ bakkie market

A NEW BEAST has just arrived ahead of its general sale in South Africa, one looking to take on the tough South African bakkie market currently dominated by Toyota with its now near half-century-old Hilux, not to mention the Ford Ranger and Isuzu KB (which has already adopted the ‘X’ nomenclature now about to be…

‘Clocking’ getting common in UK – watch out in SA!

Odometer tampering easy to check Criminals get their data via the internet Digital odometers no defence against çlocking LONDON, England – Motor dealers in the UK, according to data from automotive data experts Cap HPI released in July 2017, are concerned that odometer discrepancies and ‘clocking’ of used vehicles is becoming increasingly common on sales forecourts, ….