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…

Next Toyota RAV4 heading for SA showrooms

All-new RAV4 to reach SA in 2019 First RAV4 on a new chassis architecture Petrol and petrol/electric hybrid models NEW YORK – Toyota says ”all the stops were pulled” for the global debut of its all-new, 2018, fifth-generation, RAV4 small SUV here at the New York auto show (March 30 – April 5 2018). ”The…

Bentayga, thy name is serenity – Bentley says so

‘Serene driving, future-focused technology’ Bentley’s first step towards electrification Advanced motor combines with new V6 petrol engine CREWE, England – Bentley has at last revealed in-depth info on what it claims is ”the world’s first luxury hybrid car” It’s the Bentayga and is said to be the brands first step towards full vehicle electrification for…

First look: Jaguar unveils electric I-Pace ahead of Geneva

Jaguar unveils all-electric I-Pace before Geneva show Watch what nine-year-olds Lola and Hudson say 80 years of auto experience added to the EV market LONDON, England – Jaguar’s first all-electric production vehicle, the I-Pace, has been unveiled to the world in a live TV broadcast. British comedian and actor Jack Whitehall, self-proclaimed EV enthusiast and…

Like real life: Landy heads for Heaven, a step at a time

Plug-in hybrid climbs Dragon Road to Heaven-s Gate One of world’s most challenging driving roads Standard Rangey takes 999 steps to make history PRETORIA, Gauteng – 99 turns and 999 stone steps couldn’t stop a 2018 Range Rover Sport PHEV (petrol hybrid electric) SUV from scaling one of China’s most famous landmarks. The climb? The…

Diss the crap: Should your next vehicle be diesel or petrol?

What Fuel? tool to help confused consumers 5800 visits in first week favour use of diesel …but most people  should be driving a hybrid (60%) LONDON, England – Diesel-fuelled vehicles are suited to nearly three times the number of vehicle owners as those burning petrol. That’s according to data from What Car?’s new What Fuel?…

Electric cars: How to make a profit on your trade-in!

UK paying more than new for battery buys As much as R12 500 on 12-month trade-in No petrol bills – and ranges are rising LONDON, England – Sales of electric vehicles are steadily rising and the good news for current owners is that they could sell their mobile battery packs for more than they paid…

Are YOU switched on with plans to go electric?

Best-yet year for 100% electric and plug-in hybrid sales Up 27% year-on-year with sixth consecutive annual rise Total on on UK roads passes 130 000 as choice grows LONDON, England – Will South Africa ever catch up? Figures released in January 2018 by Go Ultra Low show that 100% electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles achieved…

Costly Christmas? How a battery car could pick up the tab

Savings on 100% battery car could cover UK Christmas Average annual running-cost saving about R11 000 Even better – UK government coughs-up big-time LONDON, England – People buying a 100% electric car instead of a comparable diesel could save enough money each year to cover an average family’s £645 (about R11 000 Dec 2017)  Christmas…

Special Ferrari FXX-K Evo to star in UK autoshow

XX car has 6.3 V12, battery boost, more downforce Ferrari FXX-K Evo joins the 488 Challenge On show at UK Autosport International Jan 11-14 LONDON, England – The new Ferrari FXX-K Evo is the third – and latest – Prancing Horse to be confirmed for the main feature at Europe’s biggest pre-season motorsport show, Autosport…