GT-R grows up! Gazoo racing brand honoured by GR HV

GR HV to honour Toyota motorsport and sport cars Second show car for people who love work and play World premier will be at 2017 Tokyo auto show TOKYO, Japan – Toyota is about to unveil what it calls “a dramatic open-top sport car concept”, said to have been inspired by the company’s involvement in endurance…

Range Rover going super-hybrid for 2018

Whopping great power from hybrid drive Stupid top speed twice the legal limit Electric drive ideal for low-speed off-road WHITELY, England – The Range Rover Sport SUV is now available in the UK with a plug-in hybrid electric powertrain (PHEV – the world’s most ugly abbreviation – Ed) that’s said to deliver efficiency, capability and…

Lexus NX: Got some spare Christmas money?

‘Sharpened’ Lexus NX scheduled for SA pre-Christmas New spindle grille, new front bumper, new alloy wheel rims Headlights redesigned, new-look diode tail lights FRANKFURT, Germany – The Lexus NX crossover, since its launch in 2014,  has established itself within the automaker’s range until now it has more than 20% of local sales since its launch….

Toyota plans high-performance advanced hybrids

New units head expansion hybrid program expansion Emphasises on ‘a fun-to-drive character’ New ideas in colour, texture and trim – orange! FRANKFURT, Germany – Toyota Motor Corporation has announced plans here for higher-performance versions of its hybrid tech for insertion into its core models and showed-off the concept at the 2017 Frankfurt auto show with…

Mercedes-AMG brings Formula 1 tech to the road

Hybrid top speed beyond 350km/h Full Formula 1 tech in road-going machine 750kW on call, V8 1.6-litre turbo engine FRANKFURT / AFFALTERBACH, Germany – The Mercedes-AMG Project ONE is celebrating its world première at the Frankfurt auto show as “a two-seater supersports show-car” based on Formula 1 hybrid technology. And if you’ve any doubt about…

Hybrid CR-V Honda charged up for Frankfurt launch

Honda hybrid tech SUV for first time in Europe Styling keeps silhouette of ‘world’s best-selling SUV’ 3 drive modes, sister 1.5 VTEC turbopetrol engine HONDA WILL unveil a hybrid version of its CR-V on its stand at the September 2017 Frankfurt auto show, a model destined to be the brand’s first battery-aided SUV in Europe,…

First images: Chinese Chery picks new global sales model

All-new model line signals Chery’s export plans 2017 Frankfurt show debut will focus on distinction Compact SUV with standard battery-aided power SHANGHAI, China – Chery has released design sketches of the first of its all-new model line for global markets ahead of the vehicles world premiere at the 2017 Frankfurt International Motor Show on September…

Demonising diesel: Shock/horror fades so interest returns

UK owners of diesel cars ban shock 10 months gone since govt ‘year 2040’ ban threat Ads interest slump over at Auto Trader LONDON, England – It’s been almost 10 months since “demonizing diesel” became the new “it” subject in the UK media, sparking speculation of a diesel scrappage scheme and the very future of…

End-of-road for fossil cars – what will it mean?

Banning fossil-fuel engines – what does it mean? Could SA may benefit from foreign lessons? Will pollution move from petrol to power stations? JOHANNESBURG, Cape Town – The Automobile Association in South Africa says it’s received questions about Britain’s proposal to ban sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles… with some implications for South Africa….

2017 Mercedes S-Class: Still the best in the business?

Big, bigger, and very large, engines More high-tech safety stuff included Bold bodybuilders include a Maybach PRETORIA, Gauteng – Rich retiree? Senior executive in a big company? Just plain got lots of boodle in the bank? Then each of you will want to know that Mercedes’ latest S-Class will be in South African showrooms in…

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…

Electricars: Did nobody think to ask the power stations?

Significant data about faster move to battery cars UK power networks can ‘cope’ – for now Smart ‘managed’ charging will be required LONDON, England – There was an explosion of news items in early July 2017 which raised what seem to have been previously unconsidered problems about the rising number of electric vehicles. France, for…