Centenary year for Mitsubishi – and new models for SA

100 years of production since first Mitsubishi Model-A First run was only 22 cars – but scene was set New models for SA to celebrate the centenary JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Mitsubishi SA is planning to celebrate the brand’s production centenary with new and improved models – so here’s a short history of the brand… Many firsts…

Smart Electric: Prices revealed in UK – ready for a shock?

New Smart Electric to spark interest in UK? Three body styles and as much as 160km range First European customer deliveries expected in July LONDON, England – The smart electric drive range is now on sale, with prices starting from £16 420* for the smart ForTwo electric drive (including OLEV grant of £4 500; total price £20…

GM boss Barra wheels out more self-driving Chev Bolts

First company to use mass-produced autonomous cars Test Bolt EV’s have latest self-driving technology GM’s autonomous test fleet has now reached 180 DETROIT, Michigan – General Motors has announced the completion of 130 Chevrolet Bolt EV test vehicles equipped with its “next generation” of self-driving technology at its Orion Assembly Plant in Michigan. The car will join more…

Audi’s new A8 flagship will sail only as a luxury V8 hybrid

Range-wide adoption of 48V circuitry for big Audis Luxury sedans to have electric drive on all models Flagship model’s world debut July 11 at Barcelona Audi summit   INGOLSTADT, Germany – The next Audi A8 range, due for global debut in July 2017, is to be the brand’s first with an electrified drivetrain as standard as, the automaker…

UK ‘garden city’ taking lead in cleaning-up with battery-cars showroom

UK garden city plans to clean up with EV’s Six automakers will be showing battery cars Britain’s first multi-brand electric vehicle showroom MILTON KEYNES, England – The UK’s first multi-brand showroom for electric vehicles, due to open in open here on July 22 2017, has been described as “a defining moment” for the steadily growing sector…

Renault TreZor ‘most beautiful’ at Villa d’Este concourse

All-electric concept special ‘hints at future models” Another jewel in the Renault corporate crown Villa d’Este – queen of world’s elegant auto events LAKE COMO, Italy – Renault’s TreZor has been named as Most Beautiful Concept Car of the Year at Italy’s prestigious Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este It’s an all-electric concept car which’, its maker, says “embodies…

Toyota Yaris update: Get your senses Pulsing!

Engines include new 1.5 petrol engine – 1.3 is gone More dynamic, more refined, updated cabin Hybrid now quieter, smoother, more enjoyable FRESH FROM the 2017 Geneva auto show comes a new Toyota Yaris, described by its maker as “a revised range that offers customers greater choice and improved equipment”. Specifications have also been amended across the five-model range and the…

Diesel ban coming – but UK rental customers say ‘We want it!’

LONDON, England – Just as the threat of a total UK ban on diesel cars has started to hang over UK car buyers so rental company Europcar has announced that its customers prefer the economy of  such vehicles. Especially as the UK media made much of diesel cars being taken off the market, but made…

Electric-only Leaf to take on 16 000km Mongol rally

‘Fuelling points’ will be battery chargers Adventure crew to take on 16 000km drive Trans-Asia rally, hoping for 250km at a time LONDON, England – Electric vehicle advocate Plug-In Adventures has created a modified Nissan Leaf to be the first all-electric car to enter and, it’s hoped, complete the Mongol Rally. That means 16 000km from…

VW taking ‘alternative energy’ driving to new levels

Turning to coasting, natural gas and battery Electric drive ‘key pillar of new drive strategy’ Middle of range is a plug-in hybrid concept WOLFSBURG, Germany / VIENNA, Austria – Electric power, natural gas and a new coasting function are being shown by Volkswagen at the 38th Vienna Motor Symposium which opened on April 27 2017….

Volvo going all-electric – but Made in China

Three Chinese plants to build latest cars Volvo target a million electric cars by 2025 Chinese automaking ‘more sophisticated’ SHANGHAI, China – Volvo has announced at the 2017 auto show here that it will be assembling its first fully electric car in China. “The all-new model,” the automaker told The Corner in a media release,…

Nissan Leaf: Back-up power for home and office?

⦁ Nissan/uYilo to unveil bi-directional charging ⦁ Nissan Leaf tech enables energy for many uses ⦁ Systems suitable for home and commercial ROSSLYN, South Africa – Nissan and the uYilo e-Mobility programme are to demonstrate technology that can transfer power stored in electric vehicles to home and commercial applications. The Nissan Leaf, believed to be…