The truth about the future of electric cars just ain’t good

By NUNBEN DIXON Head of Gumtree Auto ANALYSTS around the world promised an electric future. Fine, but there’s a problem – the automakers might not be able to deliver. The reduction of carbon-dioxide emissions is high on the agenda of a number of nations – among them the UK, India and China – but the…

New E-Class on way: Extensive 2020 model facelift coming

STUTTGART, Germany – Mercedes’ E-Class, with more than 14-million units delivered since 1946, is the best-selling model in the automaker’s history – to the extend, the company says, that many regard it as the “heart of the brand”. The most recent changes were made in 2016 when, Mercedes said, it ”took a major step into…

Maserati going electric – but the sound will be a whine

MODENA, Italy – Maserati has started testing of full-electric vehicles equipped with 100% Maserati technology developed at an Innovation Laboratory with emphasis on keeping the sound of its petrol engines. The test sled will be a Maserati Ghibli but the target will apparently be eight plug-in hybrid models and four full-electric cars. The next full-electric…

Human sewing machines: Only way to create a Flying Spur

Luxury takes time – and lots of needles Stitches in time take four hours Master craftsmen means top quality CREWE, England – With the new Bentley Flying Spur will come what its maker believes is the best example of a hand-crafted interior that has the the world’s most sophisticated and luxuriously stitched cabin. Check the…

Year-end road-death toll: Are SA drivers barking mad?

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – 176 men, women and children died when a Boeing 737 was hit by two Iranian ground-to-air missiles in early January 2020. While tragic, that death toll pales against the number of people – vehicle occupants and pedestrians – who died on South African roads during the Christmas/New Year holiday season. The slaughter…

Kia’s ‘Plan S’: Highway to electric mobility for 2025

11 EVs by 2025 for 6.6% global EV market share First dedicated EV model expected in 2021 Global target a million eco-cars by 2026 SEOUL, South Korea – Kia Motors has announced a mid- to long-term ‘Plan S’ to dominate the automotive industry of the future through electrification, mobility services, connectivity, and autonomy. The company…

Romantic assignment for Lewis as start of F1 looms

LONDON, England – Formula 1 World champion team Mercedes has promised a Valentine’s Day (February 14, for you non-romantics) debut for Lewis Hamilton’s race car. We hope he loves it… The team has also revealed that the first of two official pre-season tests will start in Spain (Barcelona) on February 19 ahead of the traditionally…

Miami GP layout to change to appease local opposition

MIAMI, Florida – Formula 1 and Miami Grand Prix organisers of the 2021 event have changed the proposed layout and race schedule thanks to objections from local people worried about noise and air pollution. A media release said the modifications followed months of discussion with residents, elected officials, faith leaders, local businesses, and scientific experts….

New Panigale: More tech, easier to ride, ready for the track

BORGO PANIGALE, Italy – Further improved, easier to ride, more intuitive, less tiring, and even faster… just a few promises for 2020 from Ducati, one of the world’s most glamorous motor-cycle builders It’s the Panigale V4 and it’s said to be ready for the track. After being confirmed for the second consecutive year, ”the world’s…

Dakar hero Alonso now heading for Indy racing?

LONDON, England – Ex-Formula 1 pilot and more recently a driver for the successful South African Toyota Gazoo team in the 2020 ‘Dakar’, Fernando Alonso, is now available to drive for any team in the Indianapolis 500 after ending his relationship with McLaren. The team is reported as confirming that the double World F1 champion’s…

All-new Mahindra Pik Up gets first a/t transmission

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – An all-new Mahindra Pik Up S11 six-speed auto is on the way from India to south Africa after extended durability testing on the Gerotek test tracks west of Pretoria. It will be the current brand flagship. Rajesh Gupta, CEO of Mahindra SA, told The Corner in a media release: ”South Africa will…

Roadgoing trash louts: You really are disgusting slobs

LONDON, England – More than 90% of British  road-users would like heavier fines for drivers guilty of slinging rubbish out of their car.. The Corner reckons the same should apply for the disgusting louts who chuck rubbish out of their car while travelling this beautiful South Africa. Frankly, it’s like crapping in your lounge –…