Toyota goes autopark – no more ‘did I set the handbrake?’

PLANO, Texas – Toyota Motor North America has announced two feature updates to its vehicle line up – automatic engine shut-ff and autopark. The automaker says they show Toyota’s ”relentless commitment to continuous improvement”. The additions will be fitted to 2020 vehicles, Toyota says; auto shutoff will have audible and visual warnings, the former automatically…

Huge Ford investment: Export boost – and new models to come

Production capacity up to 168 000 vehicles a year New Ranger, new Everest, Ranger Raptor – and Mustang Continuing support for wildlife and conservation PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa – Ford Southern Africa has completed a comprehensive investment and production expansion programme to, the automaker says, ”be ready to meet the demands of a growing, export-driven,…

Win a brand-new Kia Picanto – help the children

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa –  Motors SA is again supplying a brand-new Kia Picanto Street model – retail price R162 000 – as the main prize in a Beeld Children’s Fund annual fund-raising raffle. This year’s competition was announced  (June 2019) at Kia Motors Edenvale with representatives from Kia and the Beeld Children’s Fund and partner…

Mitsubishi MiEV: 10 years of building electric cars

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – It’s been 10 years since Mitsubishi Motors launched its zero-emissions i-MiEV city car, the automotive foundation for what, the company says, ”paved the way for the automotive industry’s seismic shift towards mass-produced electric vehicles”. During that decade the i-MiEV has gained a reputation for eco performance, silent running, driving performance and…

VW launches extended e-Golf test drives in UK

Family test ‘lets e-Golf settle into lives’ UK sales initiative backed by TV ad campaign Check the possible price – is the car worth it? MILTON KEYNES, England – Volkswagen UK has introduced flexible 48-hour test-drives for potential e-Golf buyers to give them an ”in-depth experience” of the brand’s new all-electric hatchbacks. Customers will be…

Ford braking demo: How to stay on the curved and narrow

KYALAMI, South Africa – Two  Ford Fiestas were centre-stage during a ‘Stop the Crash‘  show hosted by the Global New Car Assessment Programme and the Automobile Association to make governments declare automatic crash avoidance mandatory on new vehicles. One such is electronic stability control, a system reported to have prevented 260 000 vehicle collisions in…

Sophisticated and sporty: Kia introduces the Seltos SUV

SEOUL, South Korea – Kia Motors has named its upcoming compact sport utility vehicle that’s scheduled for international markets… among them South Africa. The model name, the automaker says, was inspired by Greek mythology and the legend of Celtos, the son of Hercules. Representing the brave and assertive spirit of Celtos, the inserted ‘S’ in…

Iconic Kombi gets more power to celebrate sixth decade

VW Kombi now available with more power Trendline Plus units have exterior highlights New model takes range to four models JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -VW Commercial Vehicles has expanded its minibus range with a Trendline Plus version of its Kombi 2.0 BiTDI 132kW DSG. Until now the only version was a 2.0 132kW DSG diesel bi-turbo…

New Kia XCeed: Challenger on space for bigger, more costly, SUV’s

Coupé-like European design for Kia’s new crossover Sportier design – space for people and luggage Kia XCeed to be unveiled on June 26 2019 FRANKFURT, Germany – Kia Motors has released the first image of the new Kia  XCeed urban crossover due to be revealed soon, describing it as ”stylish, expressive and modern in design…

Suzuki scores on sales – but looking to set more records

  ​One of two best sales months by Suzuki SA Average more than 1000 units a month …and two more models are on the way JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Suzuki SA has made May 2019  one of its best sales months yet. André Venter, divisional sales and marketing boss at Suzuki SA, reported  “…we sold…

Land Rover in Kenya: Testing time with Tusk in game conservancy

African lion get their share of Defender testing Camouflaged Landys used by wildlife rangers Hauling supplies, river crossings, in conservancy PRETORIA, South Africa – The latest Land Rover Defender has, the automaker says, moved a step closer to production after a demanding test programme with Tusk in Kenya while also supporting lion conservation. A prototype…

SA’s May vehicle sales pop bubble of improved market

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – April’s glimmer of hope for new vehicle sales was short-lived as the month of May resumed the slump and status quo of steady decline. The National Automobile Association of South Africa has reported Industry sales for May down by 5.7% to 40 506 compared to May 2018. WesBank’s Ghana Msibi told…