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…

Chev US making teens buckle-up – or go nowhere

Chev enables checking on your teens Road-safety feature keeps mom in mind Buckle-up guys, or you’re going nowhere DETROIT, Michigan – Chevrolet has introduced what it claims is an industry-first ‘Buckle to Drive’ feature that reminds young drivers to belt-up before driving. The system, standard in some Chevrolet models in the US, prevents the gear-shifter…

Special Bavarian Roller: One-of-a-kind Continental GT from Mulliner

GT Convertible pays homage to Bavaria Paint and other features extol Bavaian flag Rich folk, calm down! It’s a one-off for a show CREWE, England – Bentley has created a unique Continental GT convertible ‘Bavaria Edition’ with body-modifier Mulliner that is said to have been inspired by the beauty of Germany’s Bavarian state. The car…

Thank Ford for Workers’ Day and five-day week

93 years since Henry introduced 40-hour work week Working smarter to create more leisure time Workers’ Day in South Africa observed since 1994 PRETORIA, South Africa – We all understand the need to rise and grind to make a living but we also understand the importance of well-deserved time off for rest and relaxation. May…

JLR researching ways to make your car pay its way

‘Smart Wallet’ tech to earn ‘crypto’ on the road Credits for traffic, pothole, parking problems Part of JLR ‘Destination Zero’ vision road checks WHITLEY, England – Jaguars and Land Rover drivers in the UK could be earning cryptocurrency and making payments on the move using the associated brands’ ”connected car” services. ‘Smart Wallet’ tech will…

Yee-hah! Mustang gallops to world best-selling sport coupe

National Mustang Day celebrates road icon’s 55th birthday. More than 2600 Mustangs sold in South Africa since 2016 Fourth consecutive year as ‘world’s best-selling sport coupe’ DEARBORN, Michigan – If you’re lucky enough to be driving your own latest Ford Mustang here in South Africa take heart that on the Mustang’s 55th anniversary people like…

Opel Corsa goes back to its roots with new Corsa GSi

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – A three-door Opel Corsa GSi will join the range offered in South Africa from May 2019 with some tweaks to make the cars ”worthy of the GSi badge”. Opel rates the car as heading towards sport luxury territory with a power train focused on daily driving, thus following a trend of ”gently…

Nissan to produce award-winning Navara bakkie in SA

Major investment in plant, equipment, training LCV export hub for Navara, NP200 and NP300 bakkies Significant job creation at plant and parts supply chain PRETORIA, South Africa – Nissan has announced a R3-billion investment in its facility in Pretoria to prepare for assembly of the next-generation Nissan Navara bakkie. The plan involves nearly doubling production…

Shocking survey shows 50% of cars are theft risks

Car theft in UK at his worst in a decade Check with your dealers to see if your car is safe Even big-bucks luxury vehicles are susceptible LONDON, England – Thatcham, vehicle security experts in the UK, have assessed the security features over a range of entry and expensive cars and SUVs and what they…

Aarto Bill: Is the ANC just looking to top up its piggy bank?

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – The Automobile Association in South Africa believes that, in its current form, the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Bill is cause for concern. The AA believes the Bill is slanted more towards revenue collection – money for the government – than on improving road safety through the threat of serious…

Datsun doubles down with six-year warranty

ROSSLYN, South Africa – All new Datsun vehicles will now be covered by a Datsun warranty covering the vehicles for six years or 150 000km ”to double the period of care-free motoring”. ”A long warranty such as this,” the automaker says, ”will allow customers to drive away in their new car knowing there won’t be…

Electric avalanche: VW plans 70 battery models, plant clean-ups

Almost 70 new electric models by 2028 – 50 were planned Comprehensive decarbonization program for the Volkswagen Group signed off Volkswagen aiming for fully CO2-neutral balance by 2050 WOLFSBURG, Germany – The VW Group says it is forging ahead with fundamental change to individual mobility and will ”systematically align” with electric drives. To achieve this…