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…

Volvo vows end of combustion-only cars by 2019

Radical promises from Swedish automaker No more Volvos with only combustion engine Tough targets set for next-decade cars STOCKHOLM, Sweden – Volvo Cars has announced that every new Volvo launched from 2019 will include an electric motor and so mark the historic end of cars that only have an internal combustion engine. Electrification will from…

VW unbuttons Golf hybrid image myths

UK-created ‘The Button’ video shows off hybrid Golf GTE VW aims to bust myth that hybrids have to be dull 40% of buyers are interested in a hybrid/electric car MILTON KEYNES, England – Volkswagen will tomorrow (1 July) airing a new UK-created television campaign designed to bust one of the myths around the appeal of…

Audi’s new A8 flagship will sail only as a luxury V8 hybrid

Range-wide adoption of 48V circuitry for big Audis Luxury sedans to have electric drive on all models Flagship model’s world debut July 11 at Barcelona Audi summit   INGOLSTADT, Germany – The next Audi A8 range, due for global debut in July 2017, is to be the brand’s first with an electrified drivetrain as standard as, the automaker…

Toyota Yaris update: Get your senses Pulsing!

Engines include new 1.5 petrol engine – 1.3 is gone More dynamic, more refined, updated cabin Hybrid now quieter, smoother, more enjoyable FRESH FROM the 2017 Geneva auto show comes a new Toyota Yaris, described by its maker as “a revised range that offers customers greater choice and improved equipment”. Specifications have also been amended across the five-model range and the…

VW taking ‘alternative energy’ driving to new levels

Turning to coasting, natural gas and battery Electric drive ‘key pillar of new drive strategy’ Middle of range is a plug-in hybrid concept WOLFSBURG, Germany / VIENNA, Austria – Electric power, natural gas and a new coasting function are being shown by Volkswagen at the 38th Vienna Motor Symposium which opened on April 27 2017….

Volvo going all-electric – but Made in China

Three Chinese plants to build latest cars Volvo target a million electric cars by 2025 Chinese automaking ‘more sophisticated’ SHANGHAI, China – Volvo has announced at the 2017 auto show here that it will be assembling its first fully electric car in China. “The all-new model,” the automaker told The Corner in a media release,…

Lexus F Sport: Next performance 500

Big Apple launch for latest Lexus Most engaging driving experience’ Target still the luxury auto market TORRANCE, California – Lexus, following the recent debut of its LS 500 in Detroit and LS 500h in Geneva, has announced an all-new LS F Sport thatl make its world debut in New York ahead of the upcoming 2017…