VW still up for life-and-death challenge of SA rhino poaching

VW Commercial still backs Wilderness Foundation More 1 000 000km driven to support rhinos since 2011 Amarok bakkies for renewed sponsorship JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – 7720 rhino have been killed by poachers in South Africa since 2010. It’s a stark figure that should horrify any thinking person. That’s at least two, every day to steal muti…

Nissan to produce award-winning Navara bakkie in SA

Major investment in plant, equipment, training LCV export hub for Navara, NP200 and NP300 bakkies Significant job creation at plant and parts supply chain PRETORIA, South Africa – Nissan has announced a R3-billion investment in its facility in Pretoria to prepare for assembly of the next-generation Nissan Navara bakkie. The plan involves nearly doubling production…

New car or van for ’18? Try the Opel range

Turbo keynote to coming 2019 vehicles First to come will be a 120Y Special Edition In March will come an OPC-Line sport pack CAPE TOWN, South Africa: Opel, a brand about to celebrate its 120th anniversary, will bring seven new models to showrooms across South Africa through 2019, supported by a multitude of specification updates…

‘Intelligent’ tyre monitors good for six years or 600 000km

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa –  MAN Automotive SA has selected Continental’s Intelligent Tyres fitted with ContiPressureCheck for its premium range of EfficientLine trucks. The deal will permit real-time monitoring of tyre performance, pressure and temperature so fleet managers and drivers will be able to reduce downtime and improve operating efficiency. Continental Tyre SA’s Darren Voges told…

Mahindra offering special deal on new double-cab Karoo

Double-cab S6 variant of its popular Pik Up Launched with first run-limited Karoo Edition Offers ‘performance, style and affordability’ JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Mahindra SA is going local with the name of its latest limited-edition double-cab and the start of local production. Meet the Mahindra Pik Up Karoo… The bakkie, the automakers says, will not…

Changan bakkies: Making sense of dropside pick-ups

Changan bakkies – the upside of dropsides Great for light deliveries to moving house No wheel-arch intrusion – 2.7m load length JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – When you’re talking bakkies and the sentence includes “dropside”, according to Chinese company Changan, a new boy in the South African small-bakkie market, ”it means more than meets the eye…” They’re…

Cute Combo on way to SA from Opel in 2019

1000kg capacity – with overload warning Two, three, or five seating configuration …and all-wheel drive for country customers JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – All-new van, the Opel Combo, will reach South Africa in March 2019 already adorned with the 2019 International Van of the Year trophy. Each model, Opel says, has its own personality but each shares…

VW gets even craftier with its 2018 big delivery van

Wide range of body sizes, load capacity ‘Economical, functional and reliable’ Front or rear-wheel drive, manual gearbox PORT ELIZABETH, Eastern Cape – VW South Africa says the Crafter large panel van,  ‘2017 International Van of the Year’ and now available in South Africa, has set new standards for van assistance systems. The van, with its maximum…

Isuzu comes ashore for bakkie-building in SA

Isuzu Motors South Africa is officially launched ‘Head office’ comes to visit in Port Elizabeth First 100%-owned plant outside Japan  PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa – Isuzu Motors has announced the official launch of business operations in South Africa – a happy conclusion since the 2017 announcement that it would buy the light commercial vehicle operations…

Load-focused Land Rover Commercial to launch in UK

‘Clever solutions’ to load carrying, any weather, any terrain Towing capacity 3.5 tonnes with Terrain Response Available with 2.0 litre Ingenium or  3.0 litre V6 diesel  WHITLEY, England – A “new and ultra-versatile” commercial version of the Land Rover Discovery has been released in the UK with 1860 litres of cargo volume instead of second…

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,…

Speedy delivery! Escort van with RS2000 engine

Postman Pat would have loved it Just the job for speedy deliveries Escort van becomes Ford RS2000   LONDON, England – Classic Car Auctions (CCA) in England has consigned an unusual performance vehicle for its December 2 2017 sale – a Ford Escort RS2000 delivery van. Once-upon-a-time it was a humble, bog-standard, 1979 Mk II…