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…

Two performance models join 2017 VW Golf facelifts

Who says diesel has to be stodgy? GTD is rated as a ‘performance car’ Two powerful engines – diesel and petrol UITENHAGE, South Africa – Volkswagen SA has introduced another two high-performance models to the just-launched, facelifted, 2017 Golf range. Meet the Golf R and Golf GTD… The cars are part of the seventh generation…