First look: Smart lights for the 2019 new Opel Corsa

Battery-electric model will lead model charge Vauxhall (Opel) takes EV motoring mainstream Tech shines light on Vauxhall’s new best-seller LUTON, England – Vauxhall (Opel in South Africa) has released the teaser image above of the all-new Corsa which, the automaker believes, will be one of the most anticipated new cars to reach showrooms through 2019….

Ghosn top ally goes missing as Nissan scandal sizzles

Another Nissan exec off-map post Ghosn arrest ‘Concentrating on special tasks’, says autmaker Munoz won’t make it to 2019 Vegas tech expo TOKYO, Japan – A senior Nissan executive, Jose Munoz, has taken a leave-of-absence as part of what’s been described as ”a sudden management shake-up” that’s followed the arrest of former company chairman Carlos…

Prius goes double-hybrid: Normal drive and 4×4 for snow

Next step in Toyota’s self-charging hybrid tech Styling, tech and performance improvements for 2019 Cleaner, more engaging, lines, revised front and tail LOS ANGELES, California – The 2019 Toyota Prius is on show at this city’s annual auto show today (Nov 28 2018) with, its maker says, advances in driving capability and appeal for the world’s…

Kia adds solar sunroof to charge battery buggies on the move

Solar to power future production vehicles – even ICE Target is battery charging while on the move Whole new meaning to the ‘sunroof’ concept SEOUL, South Korea – Kia Motors and Hyundai Motor, partners in the automotive business, have announced plans to introduce solar roof charging technology on some of the group’s vehicles. The electricity-generating…

Kia e-Niro: Korean giant strides further into e-mobility

Crossover practicality, zero-emissions, 485km range Efficient battery power, passenger space and practicality Advanced driving assistance systems available PARIS, France – Kia’s e-Niro, on the Kia stand at the 2018 Paris auto show, is Kia’s first fully electric crossover utility vehicle and boasts a 485km range on a varying route. Kia asserts eye-catching design, crossover utility…

US data shows electric vehicles can do more than save fuel

SAN FRANCISCO, California / MUNICH, Germany: The BMW Group and PG&E present the results of their ChargeForward project in favour of maximizing the use of electricity from renewable resources to charge electric cars. The main findings were: Electric vehicles can help to stabilise the public grid Drivers will change charging habits, given the right message…

New diesel engine on way for Audi A6 and A7 Sportback

First four-cylinder A7 Sportback 40 TDI in UK A6 sedan and A6 Avant also become available for September Digital controls, comprehensive connectivity, mild hybrid tech LONDON, England – The latest Audi four-cylinder TDI engines are all set to power the two-litre, 150kW 40 TDI in the A6 Saloon, Avant and A7 Sportback – the first four-cylinder…

Back on display: World’s most fuel-efficient sport car

Flashback time: World’s most frugal sport car Less than a litre/100km from hybrid tech VW masterpiece on show at stately home LONDON, England – It looks like a supercar but the 2015 Volkswagen XL1 on show for mid-2018 visitors to the National Motor Museum at the Beaulieu estate in England is one of the world’s…

Here comes the first three-cylinder (but 115kW!) Volvo

One engine for now – but lots of trim levels Stainless-steel belly plates part of the deal XC40 is a Euro Coty winner now going volume  JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Volvo’s XC40, the first three-cylinder engine in the company’s 91-year history, is now available in South Africa as a T3. The all-new, 1.5-litre, direct-injection petrol engine,…

Going hybrid to save cash? Read this before you sign…

Top automakers just can get fuel data right Huge discrepancies in hybrids’ consumption data Website analysed 148 000 Real MPG fuel reports LONDON, England – Here it is, very bluntly and possibly even worse than the ongoing exhaust emissions scandal: an astonishing 98% of hybrid (petrol / battery) cars can’t match their advertised fuel-consumption, according…

Kia to launch 2018 diesel 48V mild hybrid

SEOUL, South Korea – Kia Motors will introduce its first 48V diesel mild-hybrid power train in the second half of 2018 using the Sportage as the host. ‘EcoDynamics+’ is said to reduce CO2 emissions by supplementing acceleration with an additional 48-volt battery and extending combustion engine ”off time” with a new mild-hybrid starter/generator unit. KIA…

20 Jaguar i-Pace sedans all ready to race

I-Pace racecar shakedown, tyre tests, done World’s first production e-cars on way Jaguar Racing to work with M-Sport’s techies PRETORIA, Gauteng – The Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy will have its global public debut on the streets of Berlin on May 19 ahead of the FIA Formula E-Prix there. The standard version of the Jaguar I-Pace was…