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,…

Diesel: Perhaps it’s not so bad after all?

Big savings on fuel over three years ‘Vehicle buyers should make informed decision Diesel car costly – but big saving on fuel LONDON, England – Vehicle owners could save a minimum of £380 a year (about R7000 in Nov 2017) by sticking with their diesel vehicle according to vehicle data expert Cap HPI. The company…

More power, more goodies, for latest Land Cruiser 200

More power, more accessories for off-roader Top model renamed, rebadged Electronic parking aid included JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – The Toyota Land Cruiser 200 has been given “an injection of power” to, the automaker says,  “further bolster its credentials”. And add to its “outstanding quality, durability and reliability, unrivalled off-road performance, and enveloping luxury and comfort”….

Whole new BMW 2 Series – for the X range

All new model within BMW 2 and X Series Four models ready to go in new range One engine only from launch – three coming MUNICH, Germany – BMW has added another X-car range to its already prolific automotive portfolio, one engine for now but more to come in 2018. “With its unmistakable design and…

2017 Pajero: New transmission reaches new heights

Car-like driving dynamics from Dakar king Pajero New eight-speed auto transmission ‘goes anywhere’ Super Select 4-II 4WD now with electronic assistance CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Venture into the desert (or in this case as close as you can get to it in Cape Town, the awesome Atlantis inland sand dunes) in a four-wheeled vehicle…

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…

Single Landy tows Aussie road train for 16km

Discovery tows 100m, 110-metric tonne, road train in Aussie 16km of Lasseter Highway closed for towing demo Big load on all-wheel drive and four-cylinder engine NORTHERN TERRITORY Australia – A Land Rover Discovery has taken a 110-metric tonne – that’s 110 000kg – road train, including the tractor unit, and hauled it for 16km along…

Pajero Sport: 80 years on comes the latest model

Decades have passed, but the Pajero rolls on Two models, rear or all-wheel drive available Long history from world’s first AWD MITSUBISHI has been in the all-wheel drive business for 80 years – 11 more than Land Rover (1948) – and even predates the now ubiquitous Jeep which only went into production as an army…

Sportage update: More models, more tech from Kia

Seven new models – among them all-wheel drive Upgrades from previous Sportage units Local debut for 1.7 CRDI engine in the range KIA MOTORS SA has revised its Sportage SUV range by adding seven new and/or enhanced models to the range. David Sieff, the distributor’s marketing director, told Carman’s Corner in a media release: “Prices…

Fresh hope for bulwark against mass battery cars

• Achieving climate targets needs not only electromobility • New synthetic fuels can suck CO2 from atmosphere • Synthetic fuels could chew up 2.8 gigatons of CO2 by 2050 GERLINGEN, Germany – Until recently a carbon-neutral combustion engine was the stuff of dreams – but not any more. Indeed, a new process can capture carbon…

VW Arteon: Fresh ‘five-door’ flagship to sail to SA

Luxurious five-door fastback is new VW flagship ‘Fine design’, state-of-the-art tech, in Arteon Two high-spec trims, clever crash-protection MILTON KEYNES, England – Volkswagen’s new flagship, the Arteon, has reached retailers in the UK and is expected in South Africa towards the end of 2017. Prices in Europe might equate to about a half-million rands. The…

Demonising diesel: Shock/horror fades so interest returns

UK owners of diesel cars ban shock 10 months gone since govt ‘year 2040’ ban threat Ads interest slump over at Auto Trader LONDON, England – It’s been almost 10 months since “demonizing diesel” became the new “it” subject in the UK media, sparking speculation of a diesel scrappage scheme and the very future of…