Nissan’s Ghosn accused of ‘financial misconduct’ – job on the line

TOKYO, Japan – Carlos Ghosn, chairman of global automotive giant Nissan, is to be removed from his post for what has been described as ”financial misconduct”. The move has been described in the international media as ”a shocking fate for a leader hailed for rescuing the company from close to bankruptcy”. Ghosn has allegedly made…

JLR gets green light to solve 150-year-old problem on the road

Vehicle-to-Infrastructure tech to avoid red lights Tech gives speed to avoid having to stop​ System to cut congestion, reduces emissions PRETORIA, Gauteng – New Jaguar Land Rover technology has been created to, the automaker claims, reduce traffic by avoiding stops at red traffic lights – an invention from 150 years ago that is now the…

Gold mine in your garage! Brits go Airbnb with their cars

Let your car out of the garage for income Mobile Airbnb the new concept in UK Some folk earning as much as R9250 a month LONDON, England – Here’s something of which you must be seeing more and more, every day, and hundreds of thousands of property owners are coining it with accommodation that makes…

Ford SA forging ahead with global sales – and SA job creation

Nine years on, and R11bn has poured into SA plant Production capacity 168 000 vehicles a year More jobs, further SA growth for world sales PRETORIA, Gauteng – Ford Motor Company has invested R11-billion in its South African operations since 2009 with the result that the automaker has reached its highest-yet production capacity for its Ranger and…

Firemen and hot cars: Get to the Cape’s Killarney auto show

Flameboyant firemen for Killarney extravaganza Get to the annual motor show on November 4 Test a car, take a ride,  listen to the bands, chill CAPE TOWN, Western Cape – Which youngster hasn’t wanted to get up close to firefighters and their tenders? Here’s a chance: get to the 2018 Killarney Motor Show at Cape…

Here they are: 31 vehicles line up for SA Car of Year

More suggestions, longer list of entries 31 vehicles on 2019 contest line-up First Chinese vehicle takes on world JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – The 2019 South African Car of the Year competition is under way. and the organiser, the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists, has revealed the list of qualifying vehicles. Included in the 31 vehicles…

New home charging box brings DC to the garage

MUNICH, Germany – Wallbox, a German electric-vehicle charging equipment manufacturer, is to introduce what is claimed to be the first direct-current home charger. The company says its also unveiling speech-recognition and artificial intelligence software to simplify management of vehicle charging. The new DC charger puts energy created and stored in the home straight into the…

Coming price rise ‘could end fuel price-maintenance’

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Another substantial fuel-price increase is expected at the end of October 2018, according to the Automobile Association. The motoring organisation explained: “International oil prices remain stubbornly high and it is possible that current tensions involving Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s most prolific oil producers, could place more pressure on fuel prices….

SA-bound Mitsubishi Eclipse SUV wins top award

Japanese authority lauds Mitsu’s Cross ‘Attention to detail’ praised by judges Mitsubishi SA taking orders already TOKYO, Japan – Mitsubishi Motors’ Eclipse Cross, launched in right-hand drive in the UK in January 2018, has been awarded a Good Design accolade by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion. The vehicles are expected to arrive for the…

Mazda electrification plans – ‘taking the long view’

Mazda punting future electric power Support from small rotary engines Connectivity to help ‘social issues’ TOKYO, Japan – Automaker Mazda says it wants to develop electrification and connectivity plans based on a long view of technological development and badge it as Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030 This mission, the automaker hopes, will ”preserve the beauty of Earth,…

Hilux or Ranger? Which bakkie has best resale value?

Do YOU know what your vehicle is worth? Brand and model can influence cash value An expert compares two rival bakkie brands JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger – two of the most popular bakkies in South Africa – have for long wrestled for market share. Some people swear by the Hilux, others…

Banger crews go international with fun charity drive

37 bargain bangers set sail for Europe Charity aiming for million-bucks bonanza Crews’ drives range from Noddy car to mobile pub LONDON, England – A mobile pub, a grazing cow, Noddy and his best pal Big Ears, a Batmobile, an Aixam Mega microcar, a Reliant three-wheeler and a stretch limo – just some of the 37…