So you thought autonomous cars would be safe…?

Autonomous cars: More questions than answers? All is not so safe – humans will have to be alert Easier settlement of vehicle insurance claims LONDON, England – Driverless cars could create a highway to confusion unless training and coaching catches up with the fast pace of change and helps drivers to cope with a whole…

Toyota’s Guardian takes autonomy into new universe

Toyota US shows of latest in autonomy System can even handle tumbling hay bales Driver dozing off? Not a problem for Plano PLANO, Texas – The Toyota Research Institute has released a video showing the first demonstration of its Guardian and Chauffeur autonomous vehicles platform. Dr Gill Pratt, CEO of TRI, introduced the video: “Today, you’re…

Internal combustion still burns bright in auto future

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – There is a measure of panic in several countries, among them Germany, Britain and France, about calls to ban the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles over the next couple of decades. However, the reality is that such calls will do little to stop or slow  development of such engines and that…

Smoking in a car could stub out R35 000 of its value

87% wouldn’t buy a smoker’s used vehicle Cost to nation could be as high as R165bn ‘Bomb’ sometimes needed to purge aircon LONDON, England – Smoke smell, stains and burn marks can reduce a car’s resale value by as much as the equivalent of R35 000 in the UK – and The Corner bets it…

Nissan survey exposes secret car-colour conundrum

About 80% of drivers chose the wrong colour Forget conservative colours such as black, silver, grey More than 50% of drivers play it safe with neutral shades PARIS, France – You’re probably one of the majority of people driving a car whose colour, well, just ain’t you. At least that’s what’s was exposed by a…

First images: Volvo announces new ‘small’ SUV for SA

First of a kind on way from Volvo Europe Will take to 3 number of globally available SUV’s Infotainment tech from the brand’s 90 and 60 series MILAN, Italy – Volvo has expanded its range of sport utility vehicles with the international launch in this historic northern Italy city of its small, but premium, XC40….

Power list puts Kia tops for reliability (with Volvo)

LONDON, England – Owners of premium vehicles generally have higher intended loyalty than volume buyers but also put a more importance on a problem-free ownership experience. That’s according to the J.D. Power 2017 UK Vehicle Dependability Study,SM released today (Sept 20). The study, now in its third year, measures problems experienced during the previous 12…

Tough choice ahead for SA Car of Year title judges

Here we go again – Coty finalists named Two days of judging set for January 2018 Only one winner from 10 finalists JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – The finalists for the 2018 South African Car of the Year contest have been announced and for sure the motoring journalists involved will have a tough time not only in…

Diesel debate: Misleading info as diesel deals increase

Diesel car prices continue to increase despite debate Diesel still UK’s most searched-for fuel type (55% share) 47% of diesel sellers intend to buy another one LONDON, England – The Big Diesel Debate continues. Auto Trader, a print and digital market for new and used cars, has published a market report containing findings in stark…

Will glitzy auto shows soon be global no-shows?

By LES STEPHENSON FRANKFURT, Germany – The Frankfurt auto show, which opens next week (Sept 12 2017), is one of the biggest gatherings of automobile manufacturers, parts suppliers, motorcycle-makers and automotive journalists on the planet. It could also be one of the last – as shown by what are going to be no-shows (if you’ll…

Fresh hope for bulwark against mass battery cars

• Achieving climate targets needs not only electromobility • New synthetic fuels can suck CO2 from atmosphere • Synthetic fuels could chew up 2.8 gigatons of CO2 by 2050 GERLINGEN, Germany – Until recently a carbon-neutral combustion engine was the stuff of dreams – but not any more. Indeed, a new process can capture carbon…

Vehicle servicing? Watch out, there are hackers about!

LONDON, England – The UK’s Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has already welcomed UK government guidelines to protect internet-connected from hackers – but is now urging a focus on the technicians who service such vehicles. It’s perhaps something the SA auto industry should also be investigating. Following the announcement earlier this week (Aug 8-12…