GT-R grows up! Gazoo racing brand honoured by GR HV

GR HV to honour Toyota motorsport and sport cars Second show car for people who love work and play World premier will be at 2017 Tokyo auto show TOKYO, Japan – Toyota is about to unveil what it calls “a dramatic open-top sport car concept”, said to have been inspired by the company’s involvement in endurance…

Hyundai reveals ‘Smart Stream’ engine at Frankfurt ’17

Smart Stream’ tech at heart of matter Turbo engine comes with eight-speed auto Electric fine, but petrol won’t disappear yet FRANKFURT, Germany – Hyundai Motors has unveiled its next-generation drive train technology here alongside the public debut of the high-performance i30 N and the sub-compact, Kona SUV. The Korean automaker revealed the first in its…

Hyundai gets serious about driving fun with i30 N

Hyundai shifts into top gear with sporty N Rally and racing experience gave direction 200+kW, track equipment, and 250km/h JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Hyundai, once a chuckled-at brand but now recognised as one of the best in the business, has come out with a product that simply takes it to the top of the pile in…

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”….

News of special new Smart babies at Frankfurt

Convertible, two or four seats, engine choice Special Brabus edition – but only 150 units Fun city car goes ‘high tech and índividualilzed’ FRANKFURT, Germany – The Mercedes Smart stand at the 2017 Frankfurt auto show is showing a two-seat convertible and a four-seat sedan and, with the Smart Vision EQ ForTwo, is presenting a…

Kia Stonic: Compact crossover ‘best yet’ from Kia

‘Eye-catching and confident compact crossover’ ‘Agile handling, sporty ride, an exciting drive’ Powered by range of petrol or diesel engines FRANKFURT, Germany – Kia Motors says its new Stonic crossover, at the 2017 auto show here, is “an eye-catching and confident compact crossover and the most customisable Kia yet, inside and out”. The new range…

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…

Play nicely, now – 999 Audi R8 units to be RWD

R8 Coupe / Spyder first rear-drive Audis and a limited edition 50kg lighter than R8 Coupé V10, 40kg less than Spyder ‘It’s been made for purists’ says Audi boss NECKARSULM, German – Audi Sport is extending its beautiful R8 sports car series with two rear-wheel drive derivatives… 999 of them, but before you get a…

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…

Will glitzy auto shows soon be global no-shows?

By LES STEPHENSON FRANKFURT, Germany – The Frankfurt auto show, which opens next week (Sept 12 2017), is one of the biggest gatherings of automobile manufacturers, parts suppliers, motorcycle-makers and automotive journalists on the planet. It could also be one of the last – as shown by what are going to be no-shows (if you’ll…

Mercedes and Tidal coming in with 60 000 000 songs

Mercedes’deal for ultra driving music Tidal coming in to new partnership Are there really than my songs around? STUTTGART, Germany – Mercedes-Benz is to partner with global music/entertainment platform Tidal to stream a choice of 60 000 000 songs and 185 000 music videos free for a year to its cars and their owners’ smartphones…

Minis’ hot grandson to bring track pits to Frankfurt

Cooper Works GT to bring pits to auto show All-battery Mini to reach showrooms in 2019 Almost 60 years since first Morris/Austin Minis born MUNICH, Germany – Mini says it is shaping the future of urban mobility by providing driving fun but with greater diversity so, at the September 2017 Frankfurt auto show, will give…