All-wheel steering for all-new Renault Megane Sport (V)

Mégane Renault Sport offers Sport or Cup chassis Manual or efficient dual-clutch auto available Hülkenberg tests the 4Control system on track PARIS, France – The new Mégane Renault Sport will, the automaker claims, be the first hot hatch to have all-wheel steering and will offer customers a choice two chassis set-ups. Renault’s 4Control steering tech…

Ford emergency trials can pinpoint source of sirens

New Ford tech locates approaching emergency vehicle Faster arrival for police, ambulances, fire engines Other tech alerts drivers to red-light drivers BRENTWOOD, England – Trying to locate the source of an emergency siren while at the wheel can be stressful and, if you’re in freeway traffic, potentially dangerous as you look around to get out of the way. The…

Predictive techs: End to roadside breakdowns on horizon?

Breakdowns could be pre-empted using in-vehicle data UK’s eight-million roadsiders cost £1.3bm a year Telematics will save vehicle owners time and money LONDON, England – Technology could halve the number of unexpected roadside breakdowns by 2020 as data increasingly identifies a malfunctions before it occurs. Wouldn’t that be nice here in long-distance South Africa…? Whatever, telematics expert In-car Cleverness…

Datsun vows affordable motoring for young workers

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – The importance of mobility and easy commuting is vital to help young people in South Africa to find their places in the job market. Des Fenner, general manager of Datsun South Africa sees affordable motoring as vital in this respect. “We’re wrestling with the provision of integrated public transport,” he said. “The long…

Ducati Multistrada 1200: Shrink the globe on a bulletproof bike

New colours, tyres for road and off-road travel Accessories designed for the less-beaten track Cutting-edge performance, active safety BORGO PANIGALE, Bologna – Ducati’s Multistrada 1200 Enduro, the bikemaker says, is now even more of a globetrotter thanks to the introduction of a Pro version. “The trail-blazing spirit of this the most venturesome Multistrada,” Ducati says, “now reaches…

Stonic: Is this the best-looking Kia yet? We think so…

Powered by a range of light and compact engines Smart packaging for ‘spacious and versatile’ cabin Strong but light body, new driving technologies KIA’S ALL-NEW Stonic is an eye-catching and confident compact crossover set to become an important conquest model for Kia in one of Europe’s newest and fastest-growing vehicle segments. The B-SUV segment currently…

Range Rovers, new and old, offered new luxury touches

Special Ops design pack adds personalisation Unique bumpers, sills, vents, tailpipe finishers Upgrade for all standard-wheelbase units since 2013 PRETORIA, Gauteng – Land Rover has created further personalisation for the Range Rover – an exterior Design Pack” created by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations. “It introduces,” JLR says, “highly desirable and distinctive exterior add-ons to complement Range…

Mulgari – is this the ultimate conversion crew?

Signature Vehicle programme for ‘bespoke new models’ Improved performance for current production units First bespoke production car, Mulgari F56 SV, launched BRACKNELL, England – Mulgari Automotive, a UK specialist design, styling and tuning house, has launched a “bespoke vehicle” ownership programme described as ”providing an unrivalled ownership experience… new vehicles tailored and built to personal…

Opel vows SA future after GM pull-out

Brand to expand and strengthen its portfolio Crossland X soon, Grandland X early 2018 Dedicated distributor Williams Hunt from  2018 JOHANNESBURG. Opel says it has cemented its commitment to South Africa with plans to strengthen the brand and grow its market here through a new distributor and fresh vehicles. The Williams Hunt group will be…

Lexus LC 500 Coupe: Cape Town launch for Japan’s finest

Flagship joins global grand-touring coupes 351kW V8 and 10-speed auto transmission New multimedia and safety technology CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Lexus, a sub-brand of the giant Toyota organisation and now generally recognised as builder of some of the world’s most superb automobiles’, has brought a concept car to life. It’s now simply the supercar,…

Audi’s new A8 flagship will sail only as a luxury V8 hybrid

Range-wide adoption of 48V circuitry for big Audis Luxury sedans to have electric drive on all models Flagship model’s world debut July 11 at Barcelona Audi summit   INGOLSTADT, Germany – The next Audi A8 range, due for global debut in July 2017, is to be the brand’s first with an electrified drivetrain as standard as, the automaker…

Renault takes smartphone assistance to new strata

Manage cars and servicing dates from your smartphone Built-in satnav whether driving or walking Even an emergency assistance pad button PARIS, France – Renault has announced an updated version of its My Renault smartphone application for Android and iOS systems to connect drivers not only to their car but also to their Renault “environments”. The automaker sees it as…