All-wheel steering for all-new Renault Megane Sport (V)

Mégane Renault Sport offers Sport or Cup chassis Manual or efficient dual-clutch auto available Hülkenberg tests the 4Control system on track PARIS, France – The new Mégane Renault Sport will, the automaker claims, be the first hot hatch to have all-wheel steering and will offer customers a choice two chassis set-ups. Renault’s 4Control steering tech…

Predictive techs: End to roadside breakdowns on horizon?

Breakdowns could be pre-empted using in-vehicle data UK’s eight-million roadsiders cost £1.3bm a year Telematics will save vehicle owners time and money LONDON, England – Technology could halve the number of unexpected roadside breakdowns by 2020 as data increasingly identifies a malfunctions before it occurs. Wouldn’t that be nice here in long-distance South Africa…? Whatever, telematics expert In-car Cleverness…

Renault takes smartphone assistance to new strata

Manage cars and servicing dates from your smartphone Built-in satnav whether driving or walking Even an emergency assistance pad button PARIS, France – Renault has announced an updated version of its My Renault smartphone application for Android and iOS systems to connect drivers not only to their car but also to their Renault “environments”. The automaker sees it as…

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…

FIRST LOOK: Kia Stonic crossover SUV ‘will be most customisable yet’

Kia Stonic inspired by larger Kia SUVs Compact dimensions, low centre of gravity Customisable ‘like never before on a Kia’ SEOUL, South Korea – Kia’s new B-segment crossover will be named Stonic and is described by its maker as “an eye-catching and confident compact crossover with true European design flair”. “It was,” a media release…

Volvo gets more ‘on-way-to-SA’ crash-protection awards

NEW YORK – Volvo Cars has once again been recognised by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for its contribution to improving traffic safety and reducing road deaths and serious injury globally. Per Lenhoff, a technical expert with Volvo Cars Safety Centre – claimed to be one of the most advanced test facilities in the…

Most powerful Vauxhall yet is last in a glorious line

Near-450kW final-edition VXR8 swan song for V8 bruiser Only 15 super-expensive Aussie-sourced specials for UK Also marks end of line for Holden plant Down Under LUTON, England – Vauxhall’s mighty VXR8 range of cars will be given a final hurrah at the UK’s 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed (June 29-July 2) when a very special last-of-line…

Hot for Daytona – the 2018 BMW M8 GTE

Daytona race debut for BMW M8? It’ll be an 8 Series with track capability First the M8, then an M8 GTE mid-2017 MUNICH, Germany – BMW engineers working on the upcoming 8 Series are already busy creating an M performance version. Pictured is a fully camouflaged early prototype of the coming BMW M8 which will…

Cars ‘soon smart enough’ to make life-saving decisions

By MIKE WHITFIELD MD at Nissan South Africa Autonomous driving technology is developing so rapidly that  Business Insider’s research has forecast 10-million such cars on UK roads by 2020. However, the closer we get to completely driverless cars, the more critical it becomes for automakers to make sure they’re safe. Autonomous cars can save lives. Not…

Junior Jag F-Type 2.0 still big on performance

Jaguar F-Type gains four-cylinder turbo Ingenium engine New two-litre 221kW most powerful four-cylinder Jaguar Sprint to 100km/h in 5.7sec, top speed 249km/h PRETORIA, Gauteng – Jaguar has widened the appeal of its F-Type range with a four-cylinder Ingenium turbopetrol engine capable of 221kW/400Nm, 100km/h in 5.7sec, and howl on to 249km/h. “The car,” Jaguar SA…

2018 Golf: Another round, another update, in New York

Now with LED tail and daytime running lights 20cm infotainment screens on SE and SEL range ‘Digital Cockpit’ comes with performance Golf R NEW YORK – Volkswagen’s Golf family is showing new styling, technology and driver assistance updates at the 2017 New York auto show that will be ready for showrooms towards the end of…

Dodge Demon: How fast is the world’s fastest car?

Latest Dodge Charger world’s fastest car Accelerates to 100km/h in 2.3 seconds Weekend dragster, Monday school delivery AUBURN HILLS, Michigan – Dodge rocked the high-performance car world in 2014 with its 527kW Charger SRT Hellcat and Challenger SRT Hellcat – supercar performance at affordable prices. They were the world’s most powerful muscle cars – until…