World debut for super-McLaren – the quickest yet

Lightest, most powerful, quickest road McLaren New carbon-fibre bodywork for 100kg downforce Clubsport and Clubsport Pro packs available GOODWOOD, England – The quickest, most powerful, most track-focused but road-legal Sports Series McLaren has been unveiled at the UK’s 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed (July 12). The supercarmaker told The Corner the arrival of the 600LT, ”built…

Hot new Opel hatch: How about 110kW / 220Nm from 1.4?

Hotshot power for new Opel Sport hatch Comprehensive crash mitigation/avoidance Special price until end-July 2018 JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – New for South Africa from Opel is a pretty high-performance hatch badged as the Opel Corsa Sport 1.4T that’s aimed at younger, sportier, drivers and has comprehensive connectivity and a power sunroof. And one heck of a…

BAC, Poseideon partner for ‘climate positive’ sport car

LIVERPOOL, England – Briggs Automotive has become the world’s first automaker to go ”climate positive” by removing more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than it emits. The maker of the Mono supercar has partnered with the Poseidon Foundation that gives individuals, organisations and governments a chance to rebalance their carbon footprint by supporting forestry conservation projects…

Hyundai’s luxury H1 Bus gets a bold, fresh new look

Plenty of high-speed cruising punch Eight-seater really – nine if one must Sliding seats make extra luggage easy CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Hyundai’s popular H1 Bus has received a bold new face as part of a make-over that should elevate this market-leader as an even bigger favourite among customers in need of a competent…

2018 EcoSport SUV: Five new models from Ford SA

One-litre turbo-diesel engine, six-speed auto Satnav, cruise control, internet connectivity Six crash bags, rear parking sensors PRETORIA, Gauteng – The new Ford EcoSport compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) delivers enhanced versatility and capability, more refined styling and sophisticated technologies, to make it a more attractive proposition than ever before. That’s how the Ford media release…

Ford attacking global pothole crisis – head-on

New Ford Focus road-hole detection system Instant data modifies suspension response Test track has replicas of world’s worst potholes WARLEY, England – Drivers in the UK are in a pothole crisis that’s been made worse through 2018 by the “Beast from the East” air-mass which delivered Arctic conditions to the British Isles. Ford decided to…

Amazing Waze – Fiat Panda flaunts its connections

Stay in touch with everything on road Your Waze will do it all for you Supersmart babycar goes all spaceage JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – When the most popular model in the Fiat range meets what is believed to be the world’s most social navigation system the result is the Panda Waze – described by the…

2018 Micra: Nissan takes ‘small’ out of small cars

  Fifth generation of Nissan’s smarty hatchback ‘Exciting to drive, confident and responsive’ Futher models, bigger engine, still to come By LES STEPHENSON Information / data  from Nissan SA ROSSLYN, South Africa – The fifth generation of Nissan’s Micra, the automaker says, ”is a significant progression in design and will revitalise the small-car segment in…

RGM conversion magic: Little Alfa 4C tuned into supercar

Radically changed from the showroom version Seriously mean engine output increases in deal ‘No bolt-on – we scoured the planet for parts’ JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – A car buyer doesn’t usually take delivery twice but one South African Alfa Romeo loyalist who switched flags just did: the first time he collected his Alfa 4C sport coupe…

Latest Suzuki Swift: Yep, it’s roosting at a dealer near you

Gen 3 Suzuki Swifts fly to SA dealers Two car-of-year titles already in nest One engine, three gear-boxes – one an ”auto” CAPE TOWN, Western Cape – The latest hatching of the Suzuki Swift has migrated to South Africa bearing with it the titles Car of the Year in Japan and Compact Car of the Year…

Honda 125 Forza: Great answer to twice-a-day commute

Comfort cruise speed said to be 90km/h Bigger carrier box for two crash-helmets Close to 500km range on one full tank CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Honda’s 2018 Forza 125 was designed specifically for scooter riders – current and aspiring – who want the most from riding, says Honda. It’s called ”style”. The car- and bike-maker…

Going hybrid to save cash? Read this before you sign…

Top automakers just can get fuel data right Huge discrepancies in hybrids’ consumption data Website analysed 148 000 Real MPG fuel reports LONDON, England – Here it is, very bluntly and possibly even worse than the ongoing exhaust emissions scandal: an astonishing 98% of hybrid (petrol / battery) cars can’t match their advertised fuel-consumption, according…