UK analysis shows new diesels mean big savings

8.2 million kg of NOx emissions could be avoided Diesel particulate matter reduced by 970 000kg 10-year-old diesels cover 48-billion km/h in Britain LONDON, England – A fresh analysis of vehicles Britain’s roads, just released by KwikFit, claims to have got a numeric handle on the potential benefit of scrapping the oldest diesel cars. Researchers,…

SA prices: Baby Volvo rolling off lines in Belgium

Ghent went live with XC40 production New models due in SA second-half 2018 New market range for Swedish automaker GHENT, Belgium – A new era has started for Volvo’s auto plant in this Belgian city with the first customer-bound XC40 small SUV rolling off the production line. The cars are provisionally due in South Africa…

Renault Samsung SM3 Z.E. goes longer-range electric

Renault Samsung Motors show off new electric SM3 Z.E. Driving range increased to five days’ driving Groupe Renault continues electric vehicle progress DAEGU, South Korea – Renault Samsung Motors has unveiled the SM3 Z.E. at a Future Auto Expo in this South Korean city, its maker keen to upgrade its electric vehicle range to meet…

Shell and Bio-Bean brewing new diesel fuel

Shell, Bio-Bean and coffee drinkers go green 200 000 tonnes of grounds for diesel London buses using well-brewed fuel LONDON, England – Fuel supplier Shell and a company called Bio-Beam are planning to power some of London’s iconic red buses with a bio-fuel made partly from filter coffee grounds. The fuel contains a 20% concentration of…

Here comes your Guardian Angel – a SEAT concept

Seat Leon ‘Cristobal’ safety car at Smart City Expo Named for the patron saint of travellers Five new systems packed into one ‘safety’ car BARCELONA, Spain – Spanish automaker SEAT has pulled the wraps off what it has called a Guardian Angel safety car at the Smart City Expo here in Barcelona. The Leon Cristobal…

London cabbies becoming city’s new life-savers

Survey shows taxis often used as an ambulance 17 500 drivers could handle acid attack, heart failure Lifesaving techniques could be taught to all   LONDON, England – Each of the British capital city’s traditional black-cab drivers could become an emergency first responder by learning how to handle acid or terrorist attacks and medical crises….

Cellphone stupidity: Ford takes turn for the better

UK cellphone-use deaths increased by 88% More than half of drivers still take/make calls ‘Shocking and obscene’ increase in crashes of 79%  LONDON, England – It seems no amount of commonsense, pleading, death/injury statistics – even the threat of huge monetary penalties and the danger of killing your children – can deter most drivers from…

Takata crash-bag scandal blows up again in SA

TOKYO, Japan – Mitsubishi Motors has issued yet another Takata vehicle crash-bags recall, this time for Pajeros sold during 2007 through to end-2013 in South Africa, to replace front-passenger inflators. Mitsubishi is only one of more than 30 manufacturers in the ongoing global recall that has involved more than 34-million vehicles from 34 automakers. Each…

No fast French lady, but this Fiat is 118 years old

No rush, but the south coast is the destination 19th-century Fiat out for the London-Brighton run At a maximum 22km, it could be a long day LONDON, England – The oldest Fiat in the UK, an 1899 Fiat 3½hp (about 2.6kW) was on the road in England today (Nov 5) as an entry in the…

F1’s new boss has 2021 plans – but is anyone buying?

LONDON, England – Formula 1 carmakers seem not to keen on a proposed power unit for 2021 because the development costs will be immense, according to Mercedes motorsport head Toto Wolff. Reuters reported that Liberty Media – F1’s new American owner – and the International Automobile Federation presented plans for the 10 teams allowed at…

Warm welcome for colder treatment of killer drivers

UK mulling over longer jail terms Life sentences mooted for causing death ‘We also need more police on roads’ LONDON, England – British road-safety organisation GEM Motoring Assist has added its approval for the recent announcement from the Ministry of Justice to increase the maximum sentence for drivers guilty of death by dangerous driving. The…

Vehicle warranties: Ditch the jargon, answer questions

Use plain language for buyers Ditch the jargon, answer questions Ask a friend – or even the family LONDON, England – Research by Allianz Worldwide Partners UK, has shown that a lack of understanding about what vehicle warranties do – and don’t – cover and their technical jargon can put a potential buyer off buying…..