McLaren 600LT Spider… thereon hangs a long tail

Want to do 300km/h – with the top down? Power-to-weight ratio 345.5kW/tonne / 620Nm 0-100km/h in 2.9 seconds, 200km/h in 8.4 LONDON, England – McLaren Automotive has released images and details of the third new model in its R21-billion Track25 business plan – it’s the beautiful the McLaren 600LT Spider – and here are the…

2019 Dakar: One stage to go and SA flag is flying high

Last stage today – with SA crews looking good Four SA-built bakkies in top 10 group Short last stage today – with SA team in lead PISCO, Peru – Stage 9 of Dakar 2019, according to a media release from Toyota Gazoo Racing SA, will be remembered as a turning point in the race if not the…

Will crime cause demise of SA’s much-loved bakkie?

Car or bakkie – which makes more sense? Working space, 600kg load, safely locked in More versatility than SA’s beloved trucks FOR GENERATIONS South Africa has been bakkie crazy – many of us grew up with a light truck in the driveway and many businesses needing a versatile workhorse/delivery vehicle chose a bakkie. Opel’s Corsa,…

Steady day in dunes as Attiyah leads near Dakar end

Al Attiyah / Baumel further extend overall lead De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz fourth on Stage 8 SA Toyota team Ten Brinke / Panseri forced out PISCO, Peru -A 360km test on Tuesday saw the Dakar rally return to the coastal town of Pisco and for Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Nasser Al Attiyah (Qatar) and…

Ford, VW to work together on ‘next mobility”

DETROIT, Michigan -Volkswagen and Ford have announced formal agreements towards a broad alliance to boost competitiveness and better serve customers ”in an era of rapid change in the industry”. VW CEO Dr Herbert Diess and Ford CEO Jim Hackett confirmed at the 2019 Detroit auto show that the companies would develop commercial vans and medium-sized…

Toyota Supra: A legend set to return to world market

First global GR model from Toyota Gazoo Racing Modern design ‘evokes Toyota’s sports car heritage’ 250kW, 500Nm, straight-six turbo engine DETROIT, Michigan – An all-new Toyota GR Supra, the fifth generation of Toyota’s legendary sport car and the first global GR model to be produced by Toyota Gazoo Racing, has debuted at the North American international…

Most powerful, fastest, dang Mustang to sally forth

2019 Mustang Shelby GT500 – most powerful street Ford yet Mid-threes to 100, sub-11 to cover quarter-mile Biggest brakes of any American sports coupe yet DETROIT, Michigan – This is the all-new Shelby GT500 – what Ford describes as ”the pinnacle of Pony Cars” (so far) from Ford Performance” capable of 522kW and said to…

Suzuki a market leader through 2018 – now comes Boosterjet

Brand now member of 1000-a-month club Boosterjet engines green-lighted for 2019 Suzuki sales soar, by Jiminy (and others!) JOHANNESBURG, South Africa- After a decade back in South Africa and with the success of the Jimny, Ignis and Swift, Suzuki is now officially part of the 1000-sales-a-month club and a Top 10 brand to boot. Official…

New role for autonomous cars: Tyre-tests for gravel

Any tyre test-track no longer needs a driver Automation means better processes, accurate results Automated Cruising Chauffeur luxmobile used HANOVER, Germany / Uvalde, Texas – Tyre manufacturer Continental has commissioned what it believes is the first driverless tyre-testing vehicle for a wide range of road types at a test site in Uvalde, Texas. The new…

Toyota SA team still leading 2019 ‘Dakar’ South America

Toyota’s Attiyah/Baumel now 37min43 clear of field De Villiers/Von Zitzewitz eighth on Stage 6 Roll cage saves team on spectacular roll SAN JUAN DE MARCONA, Peru – Racing resumed on Sunday on the South American version of the formerly international Dakar Rally with Stage 6 during which crews returned to the bivouac at here on…

Lexus LC convertible: Meet the coming flagship of the brand

Open-top concept for Lexus LC flagship coupe Dynamic design, halo model for Lexus Lexus tradition of customer focus continues DETROIT, Michigan – Lexus has revealed an open-top concept version of its LC flagship and described it as ”an aspirational halo vehicle for our luxury lifestyle brand’s entire vehicle line-up”. The concept, to be unveiled at…

Noise and vibration: Once unwanted in cars, now helping deaf

True ‘freedom of mobility’ for hearing-impaired drivers Campaign video illustrates possibilities for taxi staff Hearing-impaired can interact with external environment SEOUL, South Korea – Hyundai has revealed innovative technology to help deaf or partially-deaf drivers who would otherwise have to depend on sight and touch. It’s a method of communication that uses internal and external…