Freeway road trains: Good idea, bad idea?

Another barmy idea from UK government? Several big trucks – only a lead driver Internet-controlled convoys draw drivers’ ire LONDON, England – Plans are on the table in the UK to allow automated, internet-controlled, truck trains loose on British freeways with one driver in a lead truck controlling three or more similar slave vehicles. READ…

VW bus shock: Battery Buzz versions promised for 2022

Series announced ahead of Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Electric van ‘new chapter in 70-year Microbus history’ Volkswagen CEO: ‘It unites past, future and Silicon Valley’ PEBBLE BEACH, California – A Volkswagen concept car called, bizarrely, the I.D. Buzz is to be developed for series production. VW management board chairmen Dr Herbert Diess and Dr Eckhard…

Diesel power boost for turbo Transit

1.5-litre TDCi engine makes 88kW / 270Nm Full-width steel bulkhead, one-ton payload ‘Outstanding comfort’ and ‘safety as standard’ PRETORIA, Gauteng – Ford’s Transit Connect van, a name that’s been around since the 1960’s, has been fitted with a new and surprisingly powerful  1.5-litre TDCi engine. The spacious delivery vehicle has an International Van of the…

2017 Nissan bakkies: What they got, then?

2017 Nissan bakkie range due now Dual-turbo diesel and petrol engines Long list of standard / special items ROSSLYN, Pretoria – Nissan SA will become South Africa’a most prolific bakkie brand when the first models of the all-new Nissan Navara arrive here later in 2017. The range will start with the sub-one ton NP200 the…

Merc and Starship threat to ‘white van’ drivers

Sprinter ‘robots’ prototype already introduced Mobile loading and transport hub for eight robots Pilot projects on track in Europe through 2017 STUTTGART, Germany – Mercedes-Benz Vans has become the lead investor in Starship Technologies, said to be “the world’s leading start-up company for the development of ground-based, autonomous delivery robots”. Van drivers of the world,…

Head for a beach – chill with a new Nissan ICE

Cool colours, extra cabin goodies Choice of petrol or diesel power Special and unique aluminium bits Want to chill in a ready-made tricked-out brand-new bakkie? Nissan SA figured you might so has created an International Cruiser Executive version of its NP200 baby truck with a choice of petrol or diesel power. The Corner quite likes…

Honda goes micro for sweet-treats deliveries

TOKYO, Japan – Honda has developed a short-range Micro Commuter battery vehicle for Japanese confectionery maker, Toshimaya. It’s a joint development with Kabuku based on an open innovation model which incorporates the idea of a variable design platform. The car was recently unveiled at a technical show in Japan. The vehicle has a chassis made…

New face, tweaked suspension, for Isuzu KB

New nose and tailgate designs New instrument cluster created Rear suspension tweaked for comfort General Motors SA has commenced deliveries of a face-lifted version of the sixth-generation Isuzu KB across southern Africa with styling changes to the nose and and tailgate. The instrument cluster has also been designed. So, Up front, some of the changes for the 2016…

Truck checks expose roadgoing killers

13 trucks tested – 11 trucks failed Just a training exercise – but horror results No brakes, forged licences, exposed OFF COMES THE ROAD LICENCE: This truck won’t be back on the road until al its faults are corrected. And, The Corner hopes, its owner severely punished. Image: FleetWatch By PATRICK O’LEARY, FleetWatch magazine Here’s a…

Suzy Super Carry goes coastal for Hospice

GOING COASTAL: The Suzuki Super Carry takes five after the down run from Johannesburg to Port Shepstone. Image: Suzuki SA The challenge: Drive 750km with a load of 750kg on R750 worth of fuel with a Suzuki Super Carry. This challenge, dubbed the #SuperCarry750 challenge, was conceived when the team at Suzuki Auto South Africa…

Merc heavy metal: Battery trucks go BIG!

Mercedes’ Urban eTruck takes permissible gross weight to 26 tonnes Range up to 200km with loads the same as diesel Series production for urban distribution trucks by 2020 STUTTGART, Germany – Daimler Trucks has shown a Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck here as the first full electric truck with a permissible total weight of up to 26…

VW goes to work on next Crafter commercial

Functional: New exterior and interior design Efficient: Lowest drag co-efficient in its class Innovative: Optimum workplace space HANNOVER, Germany – These are the first sketches of the next Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ Crafter panel van, due for launch in Europe towards the end of 2017. The current model is available in South Africa so we might…