Amazing Waze – Fiat Panda flaunts its connections

Stay in touch with everything on road Your Waze will do it all for you Supersmart babycar goes all spaceage JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – When the most popular model in the Fiat range meets what is believed to be the world’s most social navigation system the result is the Panda Waze – described by the…

Going hybrid to save cash? Read this before you sign…

Top automakers just can get fuel data right Huge discrepancies in hybrids’ consumption data Website analysed 148 000 Real MPG fuel reports LONDON, England – Here it is, very bluntly and possibly even worse than the ongoing exhaust emissions scandal: an astonishing 98% of hybrid (petrol / battery) cars can’t match their advertised fuel-consumption, according…

VW gets even craftier with its 2018 big delivery van

Wide range of body sizes, load capacity ‘Economical, functional and reliable’ Front or rear-wheel drive, manual gearbox PORT ELIZABETH, Eastern Cape – VW South Africa says the Crafter large panel van,  ‘2017 International Van of the Year’ and now available in South Africa, has set new standards for van assistance systems. The van, with its maximum…

Hey dealers! How about 48-hour test drives for sales?

UK survey shows huge increase in sales Electric cars create new sales environment Showing off ‘your’ new car can pay off LONDON, England – Cooper Solutions is suggesting auto dealers recognise the power of an unaccompanied or 48-hour test drive as new research from What Car? reveals more and more people expect to test drive…

UK automakers back new Euro road-safety measures

BRUSSELS, Belgium – The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association’s (ACEA) Euro proposals to further improve vehicle safety while stressing that some proposed measures require further review. ACEA secretary-general Erik Jonnaert said in a media release: “ACEA members acknowledge the importance of including additional safety features in new vehicles.” These included autonomous emergency braking and lane-departure warning…

Lights on! Fine, but what do those warnings MEAN?

Auto driving aids – but which is which? Survey shows most drivers haven’t a clue The lights are on – but what do they mean? LONDON, England – Vehicle owners are paying thousands of pounds (or rands, if you’re in South Africa)  for high-tech car features that they neither realise the have – or what…

New smartphone app lets you interrogate your wheels

Škoda Connect joins Amazon Alexa technology Owners can ask Alexa to report vehicle’status Škoda Connect available on four current models MILTON KEYNES, England – Škoda owners in the UK can now check the status of their car with a voice request through Škoda Connect and Amazon’s Alexa virtual personal assistant, no matter what device is…

So, are you a stupid, selfish, incompetent driver – or not?

Why our road deaths are among world’s highest Factory bosses, give walking workers reflective gear  Dear reader, before going further please jot down what you think was the (recorded) TOTAL South African road death-toll through the decade 2008 to the end of 2017 – OK? JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – The annual road-deaths statistics for South Africa…

SuperVolvo for China: Lights, audio, action – for one

Ultra-luxury limo for the exec with everything Designed for one passenger – or two at a squeeze Lights, perfume – and perhaps a little action? JOHANNSBURG, Gauteng – Vovo has revealed its S90 Ambience concept, an ”industry-first sensory experience that synchronises video, sound and scent to define car luxury”, ahead of its public debut at…

UK still wants diesels – new OR used. Will SA listen?

Used diesel-car prices robust in March despite challenges Alternatively-fuelled vehicles a record 5% of all searches Average price used car increased 6% year-on-year LONDON, England – According to the latest (April 2018) results from the Auto Trader Retail Price Index the average price of a used car continued to rise on a year-on-year basis through…

JLR delves into seeing-cars tech for blind spots

R75-million project to ‘see’ around corners JLR leading AutopleX autonomous driving Connected, automated and live-mapping tech used LONDON, England – Jaguar Land Rover says it is leading a £4.7-million project to develop self-driving cars that can ‘see’ at blind junctions and through obstacles. The project, AutopleX, is intended to combine connected, automated and live mapping to…

Simola Hillclimb going green for Knysna re-forestaton

Annual hill-climb team aiming to help re-greening Target thousands of trees after 2017 fires Devastated Knysna looking at re-forestation KNYSNA, Western Cape – The annual Jaguar Simola Hillclimb in Knysna wants to help raise money for the Eden Regeneration Project as part of a commitment to supporting the local community and environmental initiatives, particularly after…