Here comes the first three-cylinder (but 115kW!) Volvo

One engine for now – but lots of trim levels Stainless-steel belly plates part of the deal XC40 is a Euro Coty winner now going volume  JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Volvo’s XC40, the first three-cylinder engine in the company’s 91-year history, is now available in South Africa as a T3. The all-new, 1.5-litre, direct-injection petrol engine,…

Try these life-saving tips to chill before commuting

Chill, bro! Take a stroll – and deep breaths Take five to relax before turning the ignition key Watch out for the first signs of stress – and act! LONDON, England – Stress will affect you at some time whether at work, at home or in a tough situation… such as driving in the ”rush”…

Alonso to quit F1 at season’s end – what’s next?

LONDON, England – Two-times World champion Fernando Alonso, 37, will retire from Formula 1 at the end of the 2018 season, his team McLaren has announced. He’s ninth in the 2018 F1 championship. 2018 is the Spaniard’s 17th F1 season, his fifth with McLaren, and he might race in the 2019 Indianapolis 500 in a…

Two old-timers unite to build super-modern bicycles

History brought back to life in collaboration High-tech bits in machines that look ancient Hand-crafted frame – no cheap machine here MALVERN, England – Exclusive UK automaker Morgan and nearly century-old, very upmarket, Pashley Cycles will collaborate to produce two concept bicycles. Pashley Cycles is Britain’s longest-established cycle manufacturer, its speciality a range of traditional and…

Giddy-up! Ford’s pony-car gallops to 10-million sales

Best-selling sports car of the last 50 years Featured in more movies than any other car 60 Mustang owners of all model years assembled DEARBORN, Michigan – Ford is celebrating the production of its 10-millionth Mustang, an iconic vehicle which has been America’s best-selling sport car for 50 years and the world’s best-selling sport car…

Toyota in 5 Continents test: Will Africa be the toughest

Toyota starts final 5 Continents Drive Project Seeking goal of assembling ‘ever-better cars’ Covering Australia, Americas, Europe and Africa JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Automaker Toyota is about to start the last of its 5 Continents Drive Project, this one across Africa, to follow Australia (2014), the Americas (2015 and 2016, classifying North and South America…

Ricciardo for Renault so F1 drivers’ shuffle begins

LONDON, England – What has been called ”the toughest decision of Daniel Ricciardo’s life” – quitting  Red Bull to join Renault in 2019 – brings good news for some drivers, uncertainty for others. First, who will replace him, and where to now for Renault’s Carlos Sainz who was loaned to Renault by Red Bull for 2018…

Lung transplant for Lauda: Austrian doctors ‘optimistic”

ZURICH, Switzerland – Doctors are optimistic about three-times Formula 1 champion Niki Lauda’s recovery after a six-hour lung transplant. He is 69. The Austrian’s surgery in Vienna on Thursday (Aug 3 2018) after his condition became ”extremely critical” – his life, it was reported, would have hung by weeks, if not days. Department of Thoracic Surgery’s…

Toyota Aygo: ‘Rejuvenated’ for 2018 – and lower fuel burn

Another generation of sporty small Toyota Better headlights, still single-piece seats Two kW more power from 998cc engine JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – A second-generation of the Toyota Aygo was launched back in 2015 with a strong “X”-motif across its grille and similar themes through the passenger space. Now, the automaker says, the cars have emerged with…

Knysna auto show charity donations top R500 000

Another R116 000 added to the charity pot Charities under tremendous funding pressure Organisers working on April 2019 Knysna event AUTO SHOW RAISES BIG MONEY: The charity donation presentation by Knysna Motor Show organisers at the Western Cape resort. The car? A Morgan Plus 8. Image: Supplied JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – The 2018 Knysna Motor Show, held over…

Toyota adds updates to its unique CH-R coupe

Two-tone colours – or black roof  Reversing a camera: vital for families 1.2 turbo engine, six-speed manual or CVT  JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Toyota’s C-HR, launched in South Africa in February 2017 as a ‘crossover’, arrived with an extrovert design and powered by a 1.2-litre turbocharged engine. Already, the local distributor tells us, a range-topping Luxury…

Xperience the X-Class with a fun ‘n free off-road test-drive

Designed to let the bakkie do all the talking Unmatched on-road, undeniable off-road ability Some say ‘it’s a vehicle in a league of its own’ JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Mercedes-Benz Vans is offering, through regional X-Class X-Perience Days, an opportunity to experience the 4×4’s performance, safety and load space. The dates: August 4 and 5: Zevenwacht…