Getting in a sweat over vehicle running costs? Here’s help…

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – The July 2019 interest rate cut and drop in the petrol price was good news for consumers but nevertheless the cost of motoring continues to rise. The average monthly mobility basket – monthly finance payments, fuel, insurance, maintenance – has risen to R7851.39.- three percent more than July 2018 but a…

Merc, Bosch combine to make autoparking real

STUTTGART, Germany – Bosch and Daimler have state approval to use groundbreaking automated parking in the Mercedes-Benz Museum high-rise garage here which accepts vehicles for entry and allows them to find their (humanless) way to a designated parking slot on one of  several floors The move, which works through a cellphone, introduces the world’s first…

Ford Raptor exports: Even more success from two SA plants

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa – Ford has emerged from a comprehensive investment and production expansion programme sll ready to meet the demands of a growing export market. An investment of R3-billion, announced in 2017, opened potential for Ford’s Silverton Vehicle Assembly Plant in Pretoria and the Struandale Engine Plant in Port Elizabeth. The Silverton plant…

Lotus Evija: Pure electric ‘hypercar’ punts 1470kW – and 400km range

World’s most powerful series production road car 0-100km/h in less than three seconds, top speed 320km/h Battery driving range target 400km, all hand-made LONDON, England – An all-new Lotus Evija sport car, claiming the title ”World’s first fully electric British hypercar”,  has been revealed with an electric drivetrain capable of 1470kW. ”Quite simply,” the British…

Coming Lexus LC Convertible launches over The Hill

Lexus confirms convertible version of flagship LC coupe Debut on The Hill at 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed Start of production expected in near future GOODWOOD, England – Visitors to the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK saw the world debut of a Lexus LC Convertible prototype in action on the famous The…

Hyundai/Kia take big step in fuel-saving engine technology

SEOUL, South Korea – The Hyundai/Kia partnership has developed what is claims is the world’s first continuously variable valve-duration (CVVD) technology and says it will be installed in future Hyundai and Kia vehicles. The innovation was revealed alongside the Smartstream G1.6 T-GDi – the first engine to have the technology. ”CVVD,” Hyundai explains, ”optimises engine…

Expert data: How to cut your petrol/diesel spend

How to choose best price, litres/100km Top-eight pick from an industry expert Prices based on late-model auctions JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – The petrol price is set to drop by 95c a litre during July (2019) and diesel by 75c but, say some folk, South Africans are still reeling from fuel prices. One way of dealing with this…

Birthday girl Karen slips out for oil, comes home with new car

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Winning a brand-new Ford Focus was not only a dream come true for Karen Swanepoel but also an amazing birthday present. It came from oil company Castrol and its Magnatec engine lube brand. Karen explained: “On April 3, which was my birthday, I took the day off, went shopping, spent time with…

Cost-saving accolade for sporting Alfa Stelvio 2.0T Super Q4

MIDRAND, Gauteng – Alfa Romeo’s Stelvio (above), since launching in November 2017, claims to have set the bar among the executive SUV class, ”It’s delivered a thrilling driving experience, outstanding performance, and eye-catching styling,” the automaker says. ”Now this 2019 SA Car of the Year finalist has added the title ”most cost-effective vehicle to service”…

New Jaguar XE for SA: See how it’s a hyper-real work of art

Jaguar orders unique hyper-real artworks of new XE  3 hyper-real images show updated sport sedan Giant canvases took 140 hours to capture detail PRETORIA, South Africa – Jaguar SA has revealed its new XE sedan in unique fashion by commissioning a series of highly detailed paintings which blur the lines between art and reality. The…

Huge Ford investment: Export boost – and new models to come

Production capacity up to 168 000 vehicles a year New Ranger, new Everest, Ranger Raptor – and Mustang Continuing support for wildlife and conservation PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa – Ford Southern Africa has completed a comprehensive investment and production expansion programme to, the automaker says, ”be ready to meet the demands of a growing, export-driven,…