Watch it! At last, video of Pike’s Peak electric record

PIKES PEAK – Volkswagen made motorsport history at the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 24 2018 in the 500kW, fully-electric, I.D. R Pikes Peak. Driver Romain Dumas defeated cars powered by conventional drivetrain technology. The 40-year-old’s time of 7min57.148 not only smashed the record for an electric car but also topped the…

Hamilton signs for another two Mercedes years

HOCKENHEIM, Germany – Four-times Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton (33) has signed a deal that will keep him with the Mercedes team until at least the end of 2020. No financial details were given – and indeed, why should they be? says The Corner – but British media reports felt free to speculate and came…

New Renault Mégane R.S. – more tech, more performance

Most powerful Renault Sport production car yet Ceramic bearing employed for turbo efficiency Unique 19” Jerez alloy rims, Potenza S001 tyres LONDON, England – Performance car enthusiasts can look forward to even greater performance and more dynamic design as the new Renault Mégane R.S. Trophy joins the Renault Sport line-up. The car debuts a more…

Family reunion: Supra Generation 5 howls up The Hill

World first – five generations of Supra reunion UK Supramenists get access to A90 Supra prototype Sport car shown by chief engineer Tetsuya Tada LONDON, England – A small group of UK Toyota Supra owners are among the first in the world to get close up and personal with the prototype next version of the…

Mazda6 sedan and wagon going on sale in UK

Mazda6 Saloon and Tourer arrive in the UK from 20th July. Mazda’s 2.5-litre SkyActiv-G engine to debut in Mazda6. 25 models, four trim levels, ‘comprehensive updates’ LONDON, England – Mazda has announced UK pricing and specification for sedan and wagon versions of its new Mazda6 flagship which has an upgraded cabin, revised styling and enhanced…

Hyundai UK adopting client-designed service plans

Hyundai UK launch give customer the call Driving habits and use to be computed Even a new set of tyres can be included LONDON, England – Hyundai UK has launched a service plan programme that offers an alternative to the traditional fixed-price schemes. It will be based on the customer’s individual driving habits, vehicle age,…

Two-wheel record-breaker… but hey, it’s a Landy??

Up and at it – stuntman Terry does it on two Land Rover 70th party sets mark for madness 30sec sliced of Goodwood hill-climb record LONDON, England – Land Rover and driver Terry Grant have smashed the Guinness World Record for the fastest mile (1.6km) in a car on two wheels at the weekend’s Goodwood…

Auto industry code: Car servicing by dealer… or not?

Dealer body backs post-sale Code of Conduct Dealers ‘best-placed’ for product maintenance Nada ‘recognises need for servicing transparency’ JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Publication of the second draft of the SA Automotive Industry’s Code of Conduct for Competition in the vehicle repair, servicing and parts supply is imminent. The National Automobile Dealers’ Association (Nada) says it…

‘Cycling Pack’ for bush-biking Landy Discovery owners

Cycling Pack to carry every trail-rider’s gear Buy pack, save as much as R6000 on single items Available for new or current Discovery owners PRETORIA, Gauteng – Land Rover SA has added the first of what it says will be many ‘Gear Packages’. It’s a Cycling Pack for the new Discovery. Land Rover says it…

Mazda SA launches mid-year Mazda CX-3 updates

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Mazda dealers across South Africa has begun accepting orders for its updated Mazda CX-3 with its cabins and bodywork updates. The automaker says design improvements include changing the colour of the front foglight bezel to black, new 18” alloy wheel rims and the Mazda grille refined to fewer but more pronounced lines….

Isuzu Motors SA: 40 years of building beaut bakkies

Four decades later and Isuzu still tops For 40 years a part of South African lifestyle Six generation, just launched, loves town and country WHAT do former Springbok rugby captain John Smit, the first test-tube baby, the Walkman, and the movie ‘Grease’ have in common? Bakkiemaker Isuzu says they were introduced in the year that…

City pollution clean-up: Banning trucks won’t work

LONDON, England – As cities across South Africa plot to ban heavy vehicles from their business hubs so a coalition of road transport trade bodies in the UK says such ‘Clean Air Zones’ are unfairly targeting hauliers. The truckers say pricing their vehicles off the roads is not the way to reduce emissions. The British…