Getting safer: BMW Motorrad and the R1200 RS Connected

Striving towards better protection for bikers Connected Drive will ‘talk’ across many brands Meet the R1200 RS Connected Ride prototype MUNICH, Germany – BMW Motorrad claims to be regarded as a front-runner when it comes to motorcycle safety, a trailblazer with anti-lock brakes, anti-slip control, dynamic traction control  and riding equipment. BMW Motorrad adds that it…

So you thought autonomous cars would be safe…?

Autonomous cars: More questions than answers? All is not so safe – humans will have to be alert Easier settlement of vehicle insurance claims LONDON, England – Driverless cars could create a highway to confusion unless training and coaching catches up with the fast pace of change and helps drivers to cope with a whole…

10 things to think of when buying your first new car

ROSSLYN, South Africa (October 12, 2017) Buying your first car can be a terrifying experience but fun if you know what to do and what to look for so Nissan SA has compiled a 10-step guide to the whole operation. And passed it on to Carman’s Corner for you to read… “Follow these suggestions,” the…

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…

Toyota’s Guardian takes autonomy into new universe

Toyota US shows of latest in autonomy System can even handle tumbling hay bales Driver dozing off? Not a problem for Plano PLANO, Texas – The Toyota Research Institute has released a video showing the first demonstration of its Guardian and Chauffeur autonomous vehicles platform. Dr Gill Pratt, CEO of TRI, introduced the video: “Today, you’re…

Skip the trolley – just go to the mall for luxury DS E-Tense(V)

Formula E ace plays midnight mall cowboy Super-luxury DS launched with night drive Closed mall becomes test track for superlimo LONDON, England – DS? It’s a French brand born in Paris in June 2014 to revive a tradition of assembling premium vehicles in the French automotive industry and inspired by the innovation and distinction inherited…

Fuel engines hit back at battery in MPG marathon

Winning Ford Fiesta diesel gets 2.44 litres/100km Honda Jazz smashes its official figure by 60% Electric Hyundai Ioniq makes 227km on charge LONDON, England – Awesome results have come from a Fleet World/ALD Automotive fuel-economy run in the UK that scoff at internal combustion engine nay-sayers. For instance, one petrol-fuelled entry recorded 2.83 litres/100km and…

Internal combustion still burns bright in auto future

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – There is a measure of panic in several countries, among them Germany, Britain and France, about calls to ban the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles over the next couple of decades. However, the reality is that such calls will do little to stop or slow  development of such engines and that…

Range Rover going super-hybrid for 2018

Whopping great power from hybrid drive Stupid top speed twice the legal limit Electric drive ideal for low-speed off-road WHITELY, England – The Range Rover Sport SUV is now available in the UK with a plug-in hybrid electric powertrain (PHEV – the world’s most ugly abbreviation – Ed) that’s said to deliver efficiency, capability and…

Here it comes: Next Nissan Leaf a ‘special’ in UK

More power, longer range, new connectivity ‘World’s most advanced and accessible 100% electric car’ Launch of Leaf 2.Zero at a Nissan road show in Norway OSLO, Norway – Nissan has unveiled the latest Leaf electric car here with claims of greater range, more-dynamic design, “advanced” driving assistance and better internet connectivity. The Corner was initially…

Audi sends in the clowns to punt new A8 sedan

  New Audi A8 to flight fun new TV advert Circus-themed Audi campaign highlights car New A8 luxury saloon shows off intelligent tech LONDON, England – The new Audi A8 for 2018 will feature on British TV for the first time this weekend as part of a major new campaign intended to show the benefits…

Alfa Stelvio claims ‘fastest SUV’ status on Nürburgring (V)

Alfa Stelvio SUV scheduled for SA in 2018 Named for the famous mountain pass in northern Italy 2.9-litre V6 engine rated for 375kW and 600Nm MIDRAND, Gauteng – Alfa Romeo’s Stelvio Quadrifoglio has claimed the title “world’s fastest production SUV” by setting a benchmark lap time on Germany’s Nürburgring. Alfa SA describes it as “just the…