Three auto giants uniting to create monster motor group

MILAN, Italy / PARIS, France – Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot owner PSA are to join forces through a 50-50 share swop to create the world’s fourth-largest automaker which will likely trigger a new wave of consolidation in the auto industry. The intention is to create a $50-billion company based in the Netherlands but with listings…

Subaru tops-up new-car warranty – but get in quick!

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Subaru Southern Africa has launched for  limited time an extended five-year (or 120 000km) comprehensive maintenance plan for some current models. The standard warranty is three years or 75 000km. ”The new plan will,” the automaker says, ”be for a limited period and covers all routine servicing and maintenance and mechanical…

All-electric Volvo: There’ll be one in every model range

LONDON, England – Volvo Cars has introduced the XC40 Recharge, the automaker’s first fully-electric car and the first model in the new Recharge concept. The Recharge is based on an XC40, a small SUV and the first of a family of fully electric Volvos. It’s also said to be a milestone for Volvo Cars as…

Lexus adds two years to eight-year EV battery warranty

PLANO, Texas – Lexus has extended the warranty supplied with batteries used in its electric vehicles from eight years or 160 000km to 10 years or 240 000km (whichever comes first). It will, Lexus says, be valid for all new model-year 2020 Lexus hybrid vehicles but all other hybrid components will remain at eight years/160…

FCA simulators take vehicle movement to new level

WINSOR, Canada – The FCA Automotive Research and Development Centre has inaugurated a vehicle dynamics simulator as part of claims is the most advanced driving simulator technology available in North America. It has nine directions of movement and specific driver calibration to closely duplicate actual driving. Tony Mancina, head of engineering at FCA Canada, told…

Gloves-off as JLR fights factory injuries with, well, gloves

PRETORIA, Gauteng – Engineers from Jaguar Land Rover are working on the next generation of protective workplace clothing – in this case a light 3D-printed glove which could help to protect employees from the threat of musculoskeletal damage. The 3D glove is intended to be used by workers on production lines, for example those required…

RentMyRide goes into overdrive for SA holiday season

CAPE TOWN, South Africa – RentMyRide, a new South African peer-to-peer vehicle rental company, has told The Corner its pumping up its service division ahead of the upcoming South African holiday season with offices in Cape Town and Johannesburg available 24/7 for information and client support. This division also handles background checks on vehicle owners…

Volvo to the rescue! Phone app magic on way for 2020

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Volvo On Call (VOC), an app-based cellphone service that can help drivers to communicate with their cars, is coming to South Africa. VOC can remotely lock/unlock a car, check the fuel level, and pre-cool/heat the car before its driver arrives, each through a smartphone, smart watch, tablet, or desktop. Greg Maruszewski,…

Conti goes high-tech with self-adjusting tyres

FRANKFURT, Germany – The 2019 Frankfurt auto show was Continental Tyres’ show of choice to launch its Conti CARE, described as ”a comprehensive technology system”. CARE? It stands for connected, autonomous. reliable, electrified and represents what the tyremaker describes as ”a fine-tuned networking of wheel and tyre technology and the manageability of the desired performance…

Hall of Fame place for SA’s Mr Perana – Basil Green

PRETORIA, South Africa – The man behind the South African Perana-brand fast Fords of the 1960’s and ’70’s,  the now 82-year-old Basil Green, has been honoured for his automotive achievements with induction into the South African Hall of Fame. The hall tells the stories of extraordinary SA achievers while recognising their outstanding service and overall…

R60bn investment ‘possible for SA auto industry’

CAPE TOWN, South Africa – As much as R60-billion could be invested in the South African vehicle and vehicle component industries through the next five years – R40bn in direct investments by the seven vehicle manufacturers, R20bn into component making. The news came from Andrew Kirby, president of the SA automakers’ association and president and…

Great Wall’s P Series Pickup challenging bakkie Big 3

BEIJING, China – Great Wall Motors’ new P Series Pickup has been officially launched to, the automaker says, ”bring the dawn of a new era for Chinese passenger bakkies” and to enhance the brand’s globalisation. That’s it above – quite sexy double-cab, hey… Haval says the bakkie will be user-centered, a bakkie for everyone and…