Toyota goes autopark – no more ‘did I set the handbrake?’

PLANO, Texas – Toyota Motor North America has announced two feature updates to its vehicle line up – automatic engine shut-ff and autopark. The automaker says they show Toyota’s ”relentless commitment to continuous improvement”. The additions will be fitted to 2020 vehicles, Toyota says; auto shutoff will have audible and visual warnings, the former automatically…

World’s best four? Affalterbach, of course!

AFFALTERBACH, Germany – With its output of up to 310kW the completely new Mercedes-AMG two-litre M139 engine is claimed to be the world’s most powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine in series production. With this engine Mercedes-AMG has even exceeded the previously most powerful M133 engine by 30kW and max torque has increased from 475-500Nm. With an…

Sophisticated and sporty: Kia introduces the Seltos SUV

SEOUL, South Korea – Kia Motors has named its upcoming compact sport utility vehicle that’s scheduled for international markets… among them South Africa. The model name, the automaker says, was inspired by Greek mythology and the legend of Celtos, the son of Hercules. Representing the brave and assertive spirit of Celtos, the inserted ‘S’ in…

New Mini Cooper Electric muscle-car in it for the long-haul long haul

Special trial and demo for electric Mini Cooper SE Mini ‘muscle car’ doubles as Frankfurt airport tug Take a look at the slow, but steady, demonstration MUNICH, Germany – Silent, emission-free, but very powerful: the Mini folk are talking about their Mini Cooper SE Electric which will soon be on the world’s roads. A recent “test…

RGB Mustang conversion: New 945kW challenger for SA drag strips

RGB conversion takes Mustang to full gallop 945kW/1100Nm from Ford conversion All supported by full drivetrain changes JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – What better way to celebrate International Mustang Day (it was April 17) than collecting your 945kW/1100Nm Ford Mustang from tuning house RGMotorsport? That’s what one lucky customer got to do… the supercharged, 5.4-litre, V8 under…

Jaguar i-Pace clean-sweeps three World Car awards

World Car, World Car Design, and World Green Car Third success announced at New York auto show Jaguar SA taking orders – configure your car here CAR AWARDS TREBLE FOR JAGUAR: Image: Jaguar Land RoverNEW YORK – The all-electric Jaguar I-Pace has completed an historic treble at the 2019 World Car Awards: not only has it…

Jaguar Project 8 supercar blitzes Dubai Autodrome (V)

Jaguar XE SV Project 8 sets Dubai Autodrome record Now world’s fastest four-door production car… …thanks to supercharged 441kW/700Nm engine DUBAI AUTODROME, United Arab Emirates – The world’s fastest four-door sedan, Jaguar’s XE SV Project 8, has added a lap record to its global achievements by lapping the 5.39km Dubai Autodrome GP circuit in 2min18.81….

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…

Coming alive! Home-fit engine boost for latest Ford ST

Substantial power/torque gains for Mk 8 Fiesta ST Thoroughly engineered/tested for safety and reliability Innovative SMARTflash app for easy DIY installation BRENTWOOD, England – The 2019 Ford Fiesta ST has had its shackles removed by Mountune’s M225 latest upgrade with ”significant” increases in both power and torque without compromising safety or reliability. The upgrade is…

Will Williams carbon-fibre update change how cars go?

LONDON, England – Williams Advanced Engineering has published a White Paper to showcase its proprietary, patent-pending, innovations in carbon composites and the benefits they offer not only to the automotive industry The company has developed two pieces of ”innovative” technology that, it says, ”promises a step change in the affordability of composites”. Known as 223…

World-first secondary crash bags on way from Kia

Protection coming for a second impact Happens in 30% of all road collisions Kia on the ball chasing fewer impact injuries SEOUL, South Korea – Future Kia road vehicles will have double crash-bag technology to improve protection of humans in a multi-impacy collision. Automaker Kia, part of the Hyundai organisation, intends to improve crash-bag performance…

New role for autonomous cars: Tyre-tests for gravel

Any tyre test-track no longer needs a driver Automation means better processes, accurate results Automated Cruising Chauffeur luxmobile used HANOVER, Germany / Uvalde, Texas – Tyre manufacturer Continental has commissioned what it believes is the first driverless tyre-testing vehicle for a wide range of road types at a test site in Uvalde, Texas. The new…