Cyber protection: What about your local garage?

UK research highlights car cyber attacks Regulation needed for automakers, techies Survey shows huge ignorance on cyber theft LONDON, England – The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has welcomed government guidelines to reduce the hacking risk of internet-connected cars but urges focus on the technicians that work on the vehicles, too. The same type…

New high-tech car-theft warning issued

LONDON, England – As the UK’s September registration plate change looms a reminder is served that more cars are stolen without keys as criminals exploit weaknesses in security technology Today’s car criminals are far more likely to be computer-savvy than be able to hot-wire a car warns vehicle security company Tracker. “Recent reports in the…

Vehicle servicing? Watch out, there are hackers about!

LONDON, England – The UK’s Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has already welcomed UK government guidelines to protect internet-connected from hackers – but is now urging a focus on the technicians who service such vehicles. It’s perhaps something the SA auto industry should also be investigating. Following the announcement earlier this week (Aug 8-12…

Money fears? Could autonomous become parlous on profit?

FRANKFURT, Germany / DETROIT, Michigan – BMW and Daimler, the world’s top luxury automakers, have announced alliances with suppliers with the aim of having more engineers to develop self-driving cars. But is there another motive behind these deals? Executives and industry experts are concerned that such cars might not be sufficiently profitable for keen investment….

Budding Leaf: Aero shape, longer range and WOW looks!

YOKOHAMA, Japan – The upcoming new Nissan Leaf battery car will feature an improved aerodynamic design to make it more efficient and able to travel further with a tanked-up battery – the bane of electric cars so far. The new Leaf looks nothing like its rather podgy ancestor – indeed, The Corner thinks it gives…

Chariots run loose in Big Apple’s street – how come?

Crowd-sourced shuttles for in-app plug-trip booking Chariot to charge commuters flat-rate $4 per ride Ford backing new transport for poorer districts   NEW YORK – Ford, with a corporate eye on expanding its mobility offerings, wil launch a crowd-sourced shuttle service called Chariot in New York City in August to provide new mobility solutions to…

Latest Mini puts BMW in top gear for all-electric option era

Flexible architecture taking all models electric Fully electric Mini confirmed as three-door German electric drivetrain, car assembly in UK MUNICH, Germany – Electrification is one of the central pillars of the BMW Group’s corporate strategy and now it has been announced that all brands and model series will be electrified. A full-electric or plug-in hybrid…

“We have a new Q, James… no, silly, the Audi one!”

Eight years on, along comes a new Audi Q5 High tech, high power, very high spec Got a million bucks for a go-anywhere drive? UITENHAGE, Eastern Cape – Audi SA has launched an all-new version of its all-wheel drive Q5 B-segment SUV eight years after their first arrival at the bottom of Africa of the first…

Guess how many battery cars will be humming in UK by 2022

Million electric-cars sales by 2022 Falling prices, greater travel range Celebratory drive over 100 000m LONDON – British roads will be home to more than a million electric cars by 2022 according to Chargemaster, the UK’s largest provider of vehicle charging infrastructure. Chargemaster’s projection is based sales of electric vehicles being a little more than seven…

Commonsense tips to keep your valuables – and your car

Four sets of suggestions to keep your car where you park it Older cars more susceptible to theft or break-in …and maybe the best anti-theft device is common sense By EUGENE HERBERT JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – With technology driving the future of vehicle security it seems that a subject such as this is almost academic….

All-new Subaru XV brings X-Mode and EyeSight safety tech

XV Crossover now on Subaru ‘global platform’ EyeSight driver assistance system available X-Mode debut: for XV’s off-road ability and safety THE SECOND generation of Subaru’s XV all-wheel drive small crossover with its two-litre Boxer engine is now in the brand’s showrooms across southern Africa. It comes with a new X-Mode, a push-button system said to…

Yet another lazy-driver crutch – this time from Nissan

Autoparking Leaf for amateur drivers Normally abled people should be more skilled If you can’t park, how can you be a driver? YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan has announced that the upcoming Nissan Leaf will be the first vehicle in the automaker’s global product line-up to be equipped with ProPilot Park. The tech helps drivers to park…