Going autonomous: Real people, real roads, real cars

First two families heading out with Volvo Four years of Swedish testing with ordinary folk ‘Easy does it’ say Gothenburg test overseers GOTHENBURG, Sweden – On the road at last… with real, everyday, ordinary families. We’re talking fully autonomous Volvo cars which, from today (Dec 12 2017), will be used by Swedish families in real-life…

UK analysis shows new diesels mean big savings

8.2 million kg of NOx emissions could be avoided Diesel particulate matter reduced by 970 000kg 10-year-old diesels cover 48-billion km/h in Britain LONDON, England – A fresh analysis of vehicles Britain’s roads, just released by KwikFit, claims to have got a numeric handle on the potential benefit of scrapping the oldest diesel cars. Researchers,…

New engines, more power, for Gen IV Renault Scénic

Renault introduces petrol engine developed with Daimler Driving pleasure ‘significantly improved’, less fuel burn Ready for Scénic and Grand Scénic: three power outputs BOULOGNE-BILLANCOURT – Automaker Renault has introduced a new direct-injection 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine co-developed with Daimler for initial introduction in the Renault Scénic and Grand Scénic. The engines will be added to…

Locally-built Ford Ranger gets new touches for 2018

PRETORIA, Gauteng – Ford SA has introduced a number of product updates on its locally assembled Ford Ranger for 2018. Tracey Delate, marketing manager at Ford SA, told The Corner: “The  Ranger has cemented its status as one of South Africa’s best-selling vehicles and has topped the monthly sales charts several times through 2017. “The 2.2…

New Stelvio star of FCA’s Jozi pop-up store

MIDRAND, South Africa – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is to open the brand’s first pop-up store in South Africa in time for Christmas 2017. The selling concept is growing in popularity across Europe but this one will be erected by Arnold Chatz Cars, an FCA franchise, at Johannesburg’s Clearwater Mall (see map) in Strubens Valley on the …

Project Wicked Stick: Something new from Ford Performance

Hot extras design for Ford Performance cars New range out designed by Ford Europe  Perhaps play with your ‘Wicked Stick  BRENTWOOD, England – Ford Europe is introducing a range of high-quality, tailor-made, Ford-approved Performance Parts to enhance the appearance, sound and driving attributes of its performance models. The parts were shown at an autoshow in…

US West Coast launch for Gen 3 Mercedes supercoupe

Choice of three engines – petrol or diesel Great connectivity through 34cm screen Global market launch set for March 2018. LOS ANGELES, California – Mercedes-Benz has chosen the 2017 auto show here to launch the third-generation CLS four-door supercoupe with a new design idiom The first generation, launched in 2004, was a mid-size but luxury four-door fastback…

Subaru US goes big: Ascent’s accent on three-row space

Only for US for now – but SA possible Subaru goes bigger for American families Includes Subaru’s excellent all-wheel drive TOKYO, Japan – Subaru has debuted a three-row SUV for the North American market (though Subaru SA says it might import RHD if made) at the 2017 Los Angeles auto show. It’s badged Subaru Ascent…

Parking ‘money tree’ online for SA pensioners too?

UK price inflation reaching five-year high Rent out parking in your suburban driveway How retirees can make ends meet. LONDON, England – The 2017 Budget recently released in the UK apparently did little to help retirees and pensioners so an internet service is offering a novel way to get some cash. It could also work…

Keyless-entry car? So you think that’s safe…

Play safe with keyless vehicle locks There’s nothing like expert advice Know your fobs: Smart or not? LONDON, England – UK vehicle security company Thatcham has compiled advice to help prevent the theft of vehicles with keyless entry. Does that include YOU? Are you about to buy such a vehicle? Carman’s Corner suggests you read…

Fuel company Shell hell-bent on charging stations

LONDON, England – Royal Dutch Shell has partnered with top automakers to deploy ultra-fast battery charging on Europe’s highways and so gain the lead over rivals in the race to remove one of the biggest obstacles to widespread battery-car use. Reuters reports that Shell’s agreement with a company called Ionity (a joint venture involving BMW,…

Infiniti unveils all-new QX50 a step ahead of California

New engine tech ‘a major step forward’ Distinctive design style ‘re-interpreted’ ProPilot autonomy aid part of the deal LOS ANGELES, California – The new  QX50, about to be launched here at the city’s annual auto show, has been pre-exposed to publicise the mid-size SUV’s “revolutionary technology and stand-out design” on its entirely new platform. The QX50…