Toyota zooms in on electricars for all – including the elderly

TOKYO, Japan – Toyota has revealed details of a production-ready, ultra-compact, battery-electric vehicle ahead of probable launch in Japan towards the end of 2020. Development chief Akihiro Yanaka told The Corner the vehicle, which is less than 2.5m long and 1.3m wide, is a next-generation mobility solution designed to cover short distances with little effect…

Nissan Ariya: ‘New dawn’ electricar unveiled at Tokyo

All-electric crossover ‘new direction’ Two motors, powerful acceleration ‘Next stage of Nissan evolution’ TOKYO, Japan – Nissan has unveiled its Ariya Concept, described by its maker as ”a crossover electric SUV with two electric motors, powerful acceleration, award-winning driving assistance technology and a look that signals a complete reinvention of the brand’s design”, at the…

More range, more styling: Toyota punts new Mirai at Tokyo

Early glimpse at 2019 Tokyo Motor Show Driving range extended by up to 30% Latest fuel-cell electric vehicle technology TOKYO, Japan – Toyota says it will take advanced zero-emission fuel-cell electric vehicle technology to a new level when it previews the second-generation Mirai at the 2019 Tokyo auto show. The concept car will provide an early…

Hyundai electric concept builds on an idea from 1974

SEOUL, South Korea – Hyundai unveiled the 45, a battery-powered electric vehicle concept, at the 2019 Frankfurt auto show to show off a new era of the company’s automotive design focused on electrification, autonomous technology, and intelligent design. The car, Hyundai says, has put a twist on a 45-year-old icon, the Hyundai Pony Coupé Concept, to…

Back on the road (the mud?) again: Landy No.1 back to life

PRETORIA, South Africa – After playing a starring role in Land Rover’s 70th anniversary celebrations in 2018  the ”missing” original-launch Land Rover demo vehicle from the 1948 Amsterdam auto show is back on the road (and in the mud) for the first time since the 1960s, It’s been through a year-long restoration/rebuild was by a…

Hyundai Motorsport set to switch-on electric racing

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Hyundai Motorsport is assembling its first battery-powered racing car designed and built at Hyundai Motorsport’s HQ in Germany. The Corner doesn’t yet have an image but it will come when the cars are unveiled at the 2019 Frankfurt auto show on September 10. The move to electric extends Hyundai Motorsport’s racing…

Dat’s sun collection by Free State’s Oom Freek

ROSSLYN, South Africa – Datsun is calling on all fans – new and old – as it announces the opening of car-enthusiast Freek de Kock’s auto museum: about 120 Datsun and Nissan vehicles spanning decades will be accessible to everybody. The museum, in Bothaville, South Africa, was started by De Kock in 2007. It claims…

Concours SA 2019! Some things old, but lots of new!

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Now, The Corner is told, is the time to secure entry to the Concours South Africa 2019, described by its organisers as ”the finest spectacle of classic motors, where horsepower meets luxury living”. The finest classic, luxury and sport cars from pre-Second World War to the modern era will be showcased…

Kia HabaNiro: Three cars in one – and each one brilliant

Spicy vision for future of electric vehicles Kia’s California design studio goes wild Presenting the future of vehicle interaction NEW YORK – Kia Motors America showed its vision of the future of electric vehicles at the 2019 New York auto show in insisted: ”It’s hot. And spicy” Figures, because the vehicle in question is a…

2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo: Hot and fresh from New York show

‘Pursuing more driving pleasure’ Bigger brakes for track performance Carbon-fibre figures greatly in the shell NEW YORK – Nissan’s 2020 GT-R Nismo debuted mid-April 2019 at the New York auto show with race-car-inspired upgrades and tuning improvements that, the automaker says, ”maximisese its exhilarating performance”. The car was showcased alongside the new 50th Anniversary Edition…

Coming in 2020: Mazda unveils CX-30 compact crossover

GENEVA, Switzerland – Mazda has revealed the second model in its new generation lineup, the CX-30 compact crossover SUV, at the 2019 international auto show here. It’s described as ”a new core model that sits between the CX-3 and CX-5 and it will arrive in South Africa in the first quarter of 2020”. The CX-3…

Kia tweaks its tiger tale: New nose for startling concept at Geneva

Unorthodox approach via ‘collective imagination” Electric Kia set for debut at 2019 Geneva auto show One-piece glass windscreen and sun roof GENEVA, Switzerland – Kia Motors Europe has released images of an all-electric concept car to be shown at the March 2019 Geneva auto show. Gregory Guillaume, design boss with Kia Europe, told The Corner: “Automotive…