Predictive techs: End to roadside breakdowns on horizon?

Breakdowns could be pre-empted using in-vehicle data UK’s eight-million roadsiders cost £1.3bm a year Telematics will save vehicle owners time and money LONDON, England – Technology could halve the number of unexpected roadside breakdowns by 2020 as data increasingly identifies a malfunctions before it occurs. Wouldn’t that be nice here in long-distance South Africa…? Whatever, telematics expert In-car Cleverness…

Datsun vows affordable motoring for young workers

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – The importance of mobility and easy commuting is vital to help young people in South Africa to find their places in the job market. Des Fenner, general manager of Datsun South Africa sees affordable motoring as vital in this respect. “We’re wrestling with the provision of integrated public transport,” he said. “The long…

Centenary year for Mitsubishi – and new models for SA

100 years of production since first Mitsubishi Model-A First run was only 22 cars – but scene was set New models for SA to celebrate the centenary JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Mitsubishi SA is planning to celebrate the brand’s production centenary with new and improved models – so here’s a short history of the brand… Many firsts…

How biking commuters could save SA R465bn a year

Happy bikers save three working days a year Bike commuters are happier than box-pilots Huge savings possible by two-wheel commuting   LONDON, England – What would happen to traffic congestion, parking problems and the stress levels of drivers if only 10% of commuters switched to a motorcycle or scooter? The UK will try to get…

GM boss Barra wheels out more self-driving Chev Bolts

First company to use mass-produced autonomous cars Test Bolt EV’s have latest self-driving technology GM’s autonomous test fleet has now reached 180 DETROIT, Michigan – General Motors has announced the completion of 130 Chevrolet Bolt EV test vehicles equipped with its “next generation” of self-driving technology at its Orion Assembly Plant in Michigan. The car will join more…

Opel vows SA future after GM pull-out

Brand to expand and strengthen its portfolio Crossland X soon, Grandland X early 2018 Dedicated distributor Williams Hunt from  2018 JOHANNESBURG. Opel says it has cemented its commitment to South Africa with plans to strengthen the brand and grow its market here through a new distributor and fresh vehicles. The Williams Hunt group will be…

UK ‘garden city’ taking lead in cleaning-up with battery-cars showroom

UK garden city plans to clean up with EV’s Six automakers will be showing battery cars Britain’s first multi-brand electric vehicle showroom MILTON KEYNES, England – The UK’s first multi-brand showroom for electric vehicles, due to open in open here on July 22 2017, has been described as “a defining moment” for the steadily growing sector…

SA car deals: ‘Junk’ nation still stalling sales

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – The effect of the recent downgrading of the South African economy to junk status continued to be felt in the new vehicle local sales industry, according to data collated by WesBank. Sales for May 2017, as reported by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SA, showed a year-on-year decline of 2.6% after year-to-date…

Kia design kingpin Schreyer gets top UK award

Sturmey Award recognises Kia/Hyundai decade of change Schreyer commended for ‘clean-sheet’ Kia challenge Autocar says he transferred his philosophy to Hyundai LONDON, England – It’s been 10 years since Peter Schreyer was recruited to change Korean automaker Kia’s design strategy; to turn the brand into a design-led company. His success has been recognised with Autocar…

Schoolkid drivers show the way to safer roads

Challenge seeks top pre-17 driving talent Aim: To halve new drivers’ accident rate Repetition key to being confident and safe driver LONDON, England –  The search is on for the best drivers from across Britain and the process could be a lesson for the authorities in South Africa on how to start cutting our horrific highways death…

‘Continuation’ Listers put historic Knobbly back on the road

• Six decades on. Lister reveals road-legal Knobbly • Original spec, uses original chassis jigs • Three original engineers back from retirement CAMBRIDGE, England – The Lister Motor Company has announced the first dedicated road-going version of the legendary Lister Knobbly sports racers first seen around the same time as the Jaguar E-Type was hatched….

Solution to cellphone roadhogs found two centuries ago

Nissan adopts 19th-century) tech to cut phone distraction Car compartment blocks cell, Bluetooth, wi-fi signals Almost 20% of drivers admit driving and texting LONDON, England – A Victorian-era invention has been adopted by Nissan GB which can stop drivers  being tempted to use/answer a cellphone for voice or messages. The beauty of the design, Nissan…