Suzuki planning more hybrids for launch early 2020

LONDON, England – Suzuki Britain is to add three 48-volt self-charging hybrid derivatives to its range in early 2020 along with a K14D Boosterjet petrol engine. The automaker says its new Hybrid Powertrain is in line with plans to further reduce CO2 emissions across its entire model range. The changes will involve Swift Sport, Vitara,…

Jaguar and GridCars launch live EV charge stations map

PRETORIA, South Africa – Drivers of all battery and plug-in hybrid vehicles in South Africa can now plan their journeys to fit in with public battery-charging stations nationwide. A new live map displays the entire network of Jaguar Powerway and GridCars-supported public charging stations and indicates their current status – including whether any are online,…

Who’da thought? A RAV4 that’ll outdrag sport cars

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – The fifth-generation Toyota RAV4, on the market for barely a year, is being overtaken by the arrival in South Africa of the first RAV4 TRD Off-Road model as announced at the 2019 Los Angeles auto show. It will, Toyota says, be a premium, fun-to-drive, RAV4 performance model with an estimated 225kW, advanced…

All-electric Volvo: There’ll be one in every model range

LONDON, England – Volvo Cars has introduced the XC40 Recharge, the automaker’s first fully-electric car and the first model in the new Recharge concept. The Recharge is based on an XC40, a small SUV and the first of a family of fully electric Volvos. It’s also said to be a milestone for Volvo Cars as…

Peugeot goes high-tech with three-motor AWD SUV

PARIS, France – The success story of the Peugeot 3008 sport ute, the automaker says, with more than 700 000 sold since launch in 2016 has gone into another dimension with a Hybrid 4 model – a unit with more power than any other assembled by the brand. The  Hybrid4, in Europe at least, is…

V8 GLE 580: Mighty hybrid ready for launch in US market

Mighty wagon magic on way from Mercedes World’s first 48-volt active suspension, too Starter/generator a double-edged feature NEW YORK – Mercedes-Benz will expand its GLE range in the US with the introduction of a V8 GLE 580 4Matic that comes with”a host” of innovations that ”establish industry benchmarks”. ”For example,” the automaker says, ”the GLE…

Transit in transition: Ford going all-electric with minibuses

PRETORIA, South Africa – Ford has revealed its Transit Smart Energy Concept – a one-of-a-kind 10-seater minibus to explore maximising the energy efficiency and driving range of battery vehicles. One survey showed 40% of people in Europe believed their next vehicle would probably be electric but were worried about range if cabin heating had to…

Toyota US aiming to be Prime in fuel consumption data

2020 Toyota Prius Prime: solution to fuel prices Fifth seat now standard across range Lots of web connectivity in revised hybrids PLANO, Texas Toyota Prius Prime, here in the US, has been given a number of updates for 2020 and, its maker says ”remains the most efficient Toyota hybrid and one of the best options…

Awesome Audi Q8: The new face of the Q family

New top SUV model for Audi’s Q range ‘Luxurious coupé for business and pleasure’ More of Audi’s progressive design language CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Audi believes its new Q8 super car has brought together the best of twoworlds – the elegance of a four-door luxury coupé and the practical talents of a large SUV…

Pioneer Prius hybrid pimped: Sharper body, two chargers

Restyled front and tail lengthens ‘dynamic design’ New Bi-LED headlights and diode storm lights Wireless charger added on centre console Exterior design tweaks create supersmart car JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Toyota has refreshed its pioneering Prius hybrid car with, its maker says, ”a new sense of style and a simplified design with cleaner and more engaging…

Electric Range Rovers in SA: Super luxury hybrids – got R2.2-million?

Plug-in hybrid Range Rover / Range Rover Sport at last Each has 297kW/640Nm along with 50km battery-only range Range Rover Sport PHEV or ultra-lux Range Rover PHEV PRETORIA, Gauteng – The 2019 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport in South Africa have each been joined by high-tech sisters bearing the credentials of a plug-in hybrid…

Hot Peugeot Sport Engineered concept for Geneva 2019

High-performance electrified 508 Sport for show Evolution of the 2018 Peugeot 508 Hybrid Hybrid power train capable of startling performance GENEVA, Switzerland – Peugeot will unveil a high-performance 508 Peugeot Sport Engineered concept at the 2019 Geneva auto show in support of its growing electrification strategy. Peugeot Sport team confirmed in 2018 plans for a…