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…

UK road tax to soar 2500% from April – no joke!

Some models will cost 25 times more to tax Super-green hybrids hit but get grants of up to R40 000 Six of 10 top-sellers get ‘eye-watering’ tax increases LONDON, England – Imminent changes to Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) mean people in Britain have about a week (from writing on March 28 2017) to secure a deal…

Nissan Leaf: Back-up power for home and office?

⦁ Nissan/uYilo to unveil bi-directional charging ⦁ Nissan Leaf tech enables energy for many uses ⦁ Systems suitable for home and commercial ROSSLYN, South Africa – Nissan and the uYilo e-Mobility programme are to demonstrate technology that can transfer power stored in electric vehicles to home and commercial applications. The Nissan Leaf, believed to be…

More charging points fuelling UK demand for battery cars

UK resistance to EV purchases easing More charging points still needed There’s a message for South Africa, too LONDON, England – How opinions have changed! A UK survey by Venson Automotive Solutions shows 85% of current car owners would now consider buying an electric vehicle or choosing one as their company car. The main negative was…

You know Suzy? New version is on the way

Lighter, swiftier, even more fuel-efficient Four-door hatch only, 3 power units, 3 grades Riding on Suzuki’s new platform – SZ3 only 890kg GENEVA, Switzerland – Suzuki Motor is using the 2017 auto show here to introduce the European version of its Swift ‘supermini’ that’s already on the road in its home market of Japan. The…

Nine years on, here comes new Volvo XC60

Nine years on, the new Volvo XC60 ‘Strong heritage, dynamic new SUV’ ‘Calming cabin, safe and confident ride’ GENEVA, Switzerland – Volvo Cars has revealed the “long-awaited” and all-new XC60 premium SUV at the 2017 Geneva auto show. The car, Volvo says, replaces the brand’s original XC60 introduced nine years earlier and proved itself by…

Peugeot Instinct: High-tech beauty and brains

⦁ Peugeot unveils autonomous Instinct concept ⦁ ‘Autonomous’ or ‘Drive’ with 263kW PHEV powertrain ⦁ Intelligent technology ‘learns’ driver’s lifestyle PEUGEOT has revealed a glimpse of mobility’s future with its Instinct station wagon concept that’s capable of being driven normally or left to full autonomous control. It was unveiled in Spain with a 263kW petrol/hybrid electric drive.      …

Charging project: Future test for SA?

⦁ Research to check future demand ⦁ All makes and models welcome in trial ⦁ Faster home-charging on horizon SOUTH AFRICA lags well behind European countries in sales of battery cars and The Corner reckons much of that deficit can be blamed on the lack of public charging stations.     Inter-city petrol stations, of course, will be loath…