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…

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…