GT-R grows up! Gazoo racing brand honoured by GR HV

GR HV to honour Toyota motorsport and sport cars Second show car for people who love work and play World premier will be at 2017 Tokyo auto show TOKYO, Japan – Toyota is about to unveil what it calls “a dramatic open-top sport car concept”, said to have been inspired by the company’s involvement in endurance…

Skip the trolley – just go to the mall for luxury DS E-Tense(V)

Formula E ace plays midnight mall cowboy Super-luxury DS launched with night drive Closed mall becomes test track for superlimo LONDON, England – DS? It’s a French brand born in Paris in June 2014 to revive a tradition of assembling premium vehicles in the French automotive industry and inspired by the innovation and distinction inherited…

Audi impresses in Formula E track tests at Valencia

  Team AudiSport puts in most laps of all teams Positive assessments by drivers Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi Getting set for next season of quiet auto competition VALENCIA, Spain – The new Audi e-tron FE04 has left a strong impression at the official pre-season testing of the Formula E electric racing series at…

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…

Prototype 9: Marty McFly and Doc’s dream machine

Volunteer team re-designed history Race car, yes, but completely silent Time-leap back to Nissan’s racing roots PEBBLE BEACH, California – Nissan’s premium brand Infiniti  unveiled a race car prototype at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance – not one with huge tyres and aero wings but instead inspired by race vehicles of the 1940’s. The…

Internal combustion still burns bright in auto future

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – There is a measure of panic in several countries, among them Germany, Britain and France, about calls to ban the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles over the next couple of decades. However, the reality is that such calls will do little to stop or slow  development of such engines and that…

Range Rover going super-hybrid for 2018

Whopping great power from hybrid drive Stupid top speed twice the legal limit Electric drive ideal for low-speed off-road WHITELY, England – The Range Rover Sport SUV is now available in the UK with a plug-in hybrid electric powertrain (PHEV – the world’s most ugly abbreviation – Ed) that’s said to deliver efficiency, capability and…

Here it comes: Next Nissan Leaf a ‘special’ in UK

More power, longer range, new connectivity ‘World’s most advanced and accessible 100% electric car’ Launch of Leaf 2.Zero at a Nissan road show in Norway OSLO, Norway – Nissan has unveiled the latest Leaf electric car here with claims of greater range, more-dynamic design, “advanced” driving assistance and better internet connectivity. The Corner was initially…

E-tron FE04: New race car to spark Audi e-offensive

Formula E champion Lucas di Grassi in Audi e-tron FE04 Progressive livery and new powertrain with only one gear Daniel Abt becomes Audi factory driver, Allan McNish team boss NEUBERG, Germany – Audi presented the group’s first all-electric race car, the Audi e-tron FE04, in Neuburg  ( September 27 2017) which, the automaker says, “mirrors the…

Britain putting electric cars on pole – will SA follow?

Progress pendulum swinging higher for EV’s Prices falling as automakers board bandwagon Range, initial cost, still major disincentives LONDON, England – More than half of car owners in the UK are expecting to own an electric car in the next five years with, perhaps, an internal combustion machine as a back-up. A poll of 1000 car…

News of special new Smart babies at Frankfurt

Convertible, two or four seats, engine choice Special Brabus edition – but only 150 units Fun city car goes ‘high tech and índividualilzed’ FRANKFURT, Germany – The Mercedes Smart stand at the 2017 Frankfurt auto show is showing a two-seat convertible and a four-seat sedan and, with the Smart Vision EQ ForTwo, is presenting a…

Mercedes-AMG brings Formula 1 tech to the road

Hybrid top speed beyond 350km/h Full Formula 1 tech in road-going machine 750kW on call, V8 1.6-litre turbo engine FRANKFURT / AFFALTERBACH, Germany – The Mercedes-AMG Project ONE is celebrating its world première at the Frankfurt auto show as “a two-seater supersports show-car” based on Formula 1 hybrid technology. And if you’ve any doubt about…