Thule canoe racks: Not inside, they’re on top

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Thule, as a rule, is pretty cool with its wide selection of personal travel luggage. Perhaps less well-known is its clever-design vehicle attachments, the modern versions of what used to be called roof-racks. The hitchless alternative to a trailer, in fact. Such racks, back in the day, were basically a metal frame…

Honda HR-V crossover: Three years on comes a minor makeover

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Honda’s HR-V urban crossover has undergone what the automaker says is ”a significant upgrade” that involves new front and rear styling, enhanced interior and generally upgraded equipment levels, The HR-V first reached South Africa in 2015 with what Honda calls ”a sleek, coupé-like. design with the robust attitude of an SUV, and the…

Baby driver? Here’s a new and super-hot tot on the block

New model opens ‘world of driving performance’ AMG thinks even smaller for bigger performance Turbo engine, 225kW / 400Nm at your command AFFALTERBACH, Germany – Mercedes-AMG says it has created a new entry-level A35 AMG built for driving performance yet based on the new Mercedes front-wheel drive platform. It’s powered by a new two-litre, four-cylinder,…

Holy graphics! Look what your windscreen could be showing by 2020

Holographics ‘to help enhance in-car experience’ Technology application beyond navigation system Display capable of filling your whole windscreen SEOUL, South Korea –  Hyundai Motor has announced what it calls ”a strategic investment” into Swiss deep-tech start-up WayRay AG to expedite the development of holographic augmented reality (AR) navigation system. The images show what it might…

Handsome new Kia Ceeds ready for European auto show

Powerful 1.6-litre T-GDi engine for Ceed update GT with seven-speed double clutch transmission Six months of development and fine-tuning SEOUL, South Korea – More accomplished,  more fun to drive… an all-new Kia Ceed GT will have its public debut at the October 2018 Paris auto show. With it will be a hot new ProCeed GT….

Jaguar i-Pace: One charge, underwater, London to Brussels

Jaguar I-Pace does London-Brussels on a single charge Chunnel service tunnel used for 50km underwater bit Jaguar i-Pace will be available in SA first quarter 2019 PRETORIA, Gauteng – Jaguar’s i-Pace has shown its real-world usability by driving 369km from London to Brussels on a single charge. And without using a ferry… what, it can…

Beat the clicker thieves: Tracker tells how to keep your car safe

LONDON, England – Crime reports published by the British government indicate the frequency of car theft is rising again in England and Wales. How much? By 15% through 2016/17 and by 40% through the last five years. Anti-vehicle theft experts Track believe the cause is the growing use of vehicle keyless locking and entry. Yes,…

US data shows electric vehicles can do more than save fuel

SAN FRANCISCO, California / MUNICH, Germany: The BMW Group and PG&E present the results of their ChargeForward project in favour of maximizing the use of electricity from renewable resources to charge electric cars. The main findings were: Electric vehicles can help to stabilise the public grid Drivers will change charging habits, given the right message…

Supercharged Mustang: Tarlton terror – it’s a family affair

Supercharged Mustang blasts Tarlton drag strip Mustang Supercharged. ‘Now with added menace’ Got a quarter-million bucks to go (a lot!) faster? JOHANNSEBURG, Gauteng – A highly-evolved version of RGMotorsport’s Ford Mustang GT Supercharged has, the company says, ”stomped its authority on ‘Tuner Wars’, Tarlton drag-strip’s annual fast-car fest. The Wild West of Gauteng came alive…

Looking for new tyres? Here’s some great advice for prices

Buying tyres? It can pay big-time to shop around Look at real ‘street pricing’ at fitting specialists …and check prices in other regions JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Research by The Lightstone organisation, using anonymous shoppers visiting tyre-fitting centres and asking for the best price on a specific tyre size, have thrown up some interesting dat ”The…

UK’s oldest automaker about to launch fastest SUV

SuperSUV coming from UK’s oldest sport-car company  Fastest? Yep, with 500kW packed under the bonnet Next to come – a hotted-up Jaguar F-Type LONDON, England – Lister Motor Company, a specialist, 65-year old, all-British specialist sport-car maker, has confirmed that it will launch what is claimed to be he world’s fastest SUV. Meet the Lister LFP…