2017 Pajero: New transmission reaches new heights

Car-like driving dynamics from Dakar king Pajero New eight-speed auto transmission ‘goes anywhere’ Super Select 4-II 4WD now with electronic assistance CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Venture into the desert (or in this case as close as you can get to it in Cape Town, the awesome Atlantis inland sand dunes) in a four-wheeled vehicle…

Range Rover going super-hybrid for 2018

Whopping great power from hybrid drive Stupid top speed twice the legal limit Electric drive ideal for low-speed off-road WHITELY, England – The Range Rover Sport SUV is now available in the UK with a plug-in hybrid electric powertrain (PHEV – the world’s most ugly abbreviation – Ed) that’s said to deliver efficiency, capability and…

Hidden rock ends Toyota SA’s hope of China Rally win

Hidden rock puts Toyota in hard place Five China Rally leaders quit event End of road for De Villiers/Von Zitzewitz ALXA, Inner Mongolia – At least five leading competitors in the Dakar Series China Rally were eliminated from the tough event through the Gobi Desert by a hidden rock not marked on the route guide….

Audi sends in the clowns to punt new A8 sedan

  New Audi A8 to flight fun new TV advert Circus-themed Audi campaign highlights car New A8 luxury saloon shows off intelligent tech LONDON, England – The new Audi A8 for 2018 will feature on British TV for the first time this weekend as part of a major new campaign intended to show the benefits…

Alfa Stelvio claims ‘fastest SUV’ status on Nürburgring (V)

Alfa Stelvio SUV scheduled for SA in 2018 Named for the famous mountain pass in northern Italy 2.9-litre V6 engine rated for 375kW and 600Nm MIDRAND, Gauteng – Alfa Romeo’s Stelvio Quadrifoglio has claimed the title “world’s fastest production SUV” by setting a benchmark lap time on Germany’s Nürburgring. Alfa SA describes it as “just the…

Mongolia Rally: De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz take overall lead

SA Toyota team roars back into rally lead De Villiers: ‘We pushed hard to make up time From way behind to 25 seconds ahead ALXA, Inner Mongolia – A clean stage for Toyota SA’s Giniel de Villiers and navigator Dirk von Zitzewitz gave them the second-fastest time on Stage 5 of the Dakar Series: China…

Dakar China: Tough satnav break for SA Toyota crew

10th on Stage 3 for De Villiers /Von Zitzewitz SA Toyota Dakar aces running third overall Second Toyota SA Hilux running sixth overall ALXA, Inner Mongolia – The 410km Stage 3 of the Dakar Series China Rally was a tough one for South Africa’s Giniel de Villiers and navigator Dirk von Zitzewitz in their Toyota…

Single Landy tows Aussie road train for 16km

Discovery tows 100m, 110-metric tonne, road train in Aussie 16km of Lasseter Highway closed for towing demo Big load on all-wheel drive and four-cylinder engine NORTHERN TERRITORY Australia – A Land Rover Discovery has taken a 110-metric tonne – that’s 110 000kg – road train, including the tractor unit, and hauled it for 16km along…

Lexus NX: Got some spare Christmas money?

‘Sharpened’ Lexus NX scheduled for SA pre-Christmas New spindle grille, new front bumper, new alloy wheel rims Headlights redesigned, new-look diode tail lights FRANKFURT, Germany – The Lexus NX crossover, since its launch in 2014,  has established itself within the automaker’s range until now it has more than 20% of local sales since its launch….

Going epic? Land Rover at Frankfurt with latest SVX

Production preview of 386kW five-litre Discovery SVX ‘Most extreme’ and highest-riding Land Rover yet First Landy to be hand-assembled at tech centre PRETORIA, Gauteng – Land Rover has revealed a new model at the 2017 Frankfurt auto show badged as the Discovery SVX and described as “the ultimate Discovery for off-road enthusiasts seeking epic adventures”….

Mercedes-AMG brings Formula 1 tech to the road

Hybrid top speed beyond 350km/h Full Formula 1 tech in road-going machine 750kW on call, V8 1.6-litre turbo engine FRANKFURT / AFFALTERBACH, Germany – The Mercedes-AMG Project ONE is celebrating its world première at the Frankfurt auto show as “a two-seater supersports show-car” based on Formula 1 hybrid technology. And if you’ve any doubt about…

Audi Aicon – no pedals, no instruments, no steering-wheel

Audi’s vision of fully autonomous four-door 2+2 Space liberated by no steering wheel or pedals Four electric motors create e-quattro and 700km range FRANKFURT, Germany – Design study, technology demonstrator, mobility concept – this, Audi says, is the Aicon which aims to exploit every current possibility for an autonomous luxury car of the future. As…