Iconic Kombi gets more power to celebrate sixth decade

VW Kombi now available with more power Trendline Plus units have exterior highlights New model takes range to four models JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -VW Commercial Vehicles has expanded its minibus range with a Trendline Plus version of its Kombi 2.0 BiTDI 132kW DSG. Until now the only version was a 2.0 132kW DSG diesel bi-turbo…

Opel Combo Life: Get two cars for price of one

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Opel’s follow-up to its Cargo Van is on the horizon for launch in South Africa… it’s the Combo Life family van that already has a European ‘Best Buy’ award under its beltline. It’s expected to come ashore here in South Africa in the third quarter of 2019. Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller said…

2019 Ford Everest: Scaling new heights with new turbo engines

Refreshed design, better comfort and luxury New turbo engines, 10-speed auto Thatcham-spec alarm on all models PRETORIA, South Africa – Ford says it’s made its Everest seven-seater sport utility more appealing and upmarket with styling, suspension and feature upgrades and the two-litre bi- and single-turbo engines now in the Ford Ranger. Ford says the wagons…

Ford Transit looking ahead with fuel-saving satnav

Tech and satnav combine to cut fuel burn 2019 Ford vans – heavier loads, less cost ‘Technical first for a commercial vehicle’ LONDON, England – A fuel-saving guide from Ford UK – titled ‘Ford EcoGuide’ – claims to be able to help drivers succeed at saving fuel by showing them when to slow down and…

Another victory planned with coming Merc V-Class

Facelift for Mercedes V-Class touring bus Completely new approach to design, value Even more  comfor and safety for MPV segment. MUNICH, Germany – In 2014 the Mercedes-Benz V-Class premiere delivered a completely new approach to design, value, comfort and safety among such vehicles. ”It went on,” Mercedes reported, ”to be a true success. Proof of…

Jaguar about to drop flag on special Ingenium models

Choice of three Ingenium engines Special cabin finishes in colour choices Unique badging throughout the cars PRETORIA, Gauteng – Jaguar has revealed a Chequered Flag special edition as part of the 2019 model-year updates to the XF Sedan. The cars, due in South Africa from April 2019, will come with a selection of unique exterior…

Meet the eco-Gelandy: Third version of latest Merc overlander

Going off-road – but ‘economically’ Third version of Gelandewagens coming Lift off and clutch disengages to ‘freewheel’ STUTTGART, Germany –  The first units of the latest Mercedes G-Class have, the automaker says, ”been conquering the world’s off-road trails since mid-2018” but now the engine range has been expanded to include a less-thirsty diesel. The newbie’s…

Two Hyundai models top US consumer magazine testing

Two triumphs for Hyundai in the US Kona and Accent take top Guide honours ‘Finest attribute of attributes and value’ FOUNTAIN VALLEY, California – Hyundai’s Accent and Kona have been awarded America’s 2019  Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy Awards for sub-compact cars and sub-compact crossovers. ”More than 150 entries were competing so the recognition,” the…

VW Amarok into the black after eight years in SA

Unique Amarok – too big to park at 5.25m! Eight-speed ‘box, permanent all-wheel drive Loadbed takes standard pallet – sideways! JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – More than 30 000 VW Amarok bakkies have been sold in South Africa since the model’s launch in 2010 but now comes the Amarok Dark Label. The new double-cab truck is…

Ford’s compact Kuga SUV goes ST-Line, adds 1.5 turbodiesel

‘Bold styling, sporty driving dynamics Exclusive design elements, trim, suspension 1.5-litre turbodiesel engine on two models PRETORIA, South Africa – Ford SA has, it says, bolstered its presence in the sport utility vehicle (SUV) category by revising its Kuga range with respect to comfort and luxury, technology and safety, and ”engaging” and efficient driving dynamics….

Pajero Shogun Sport Limited: R60 000 extras at normal price

Pajero Sport 4×4 gets stack of extras Same powerful diesel engine and 4×4 Own a horse? Then take it with you… JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Mitsubishi Motors South Africa is offering a Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Shogun Limited Edition, based on the Pajero Sport 4×4 eight-speed auto with a special ”extras” offering. The automaker says the special…

Coming price rise ‘could end fuel price-maintenance’

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Another substantial fuel-price increase is expected at the end of October 2018, according to the Automobile Association. The motoring organisation explained: “International oil prices remain stubbornly high and it is possible that current tensions involving Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s most prolific oil producers, could place more pressure on fuel prices….