The truth about the future of electric cars just ain’t good

By NUNBEN DIXON Head of Gumtree Auto ANALYSTS around the world promised an electric future. Fine, but there’s a problem – the automakers might not be able to deliver. The reduction of carbon-dioxide emissions is high on the agenda of a number of nations – among them the UK, India and China – but the…

Maserati going electric – but the sound will be a whine

MODENA, Italy – Maserati has started testing of full-electric vehicles equipped with 100% Maserati technology developed at an Innovation Laboratory with emphasis on keeping the sound of its petrol engines. The test sled will be a Maserati Ghibli but the target will apparently be eight plug-in hybrid models and four full-electric cars. The next full-electric…

Dakar hero Alonso now heading for Indy racing?

LONDON, England – Ex-Formula 1 pilot and more recently a driver for the successful South African Toyota Gazoo team in the 2020 ‘Dakar’, Fernando Alonso, is now available to drive for any team in the Indianapolis 500 after ending his relationship with McLaren. The team is reported as confirming that the double World F1 champion’s…

Ford rally cars: Here’s what you’ll see through 2020

DAGENHAM, England – Ford’s M-Sport World Rally Team Team’s EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC cars will be adorned with a striking new eye-catching design for the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship. Yep, that’s it above… Graphic esigner Phil Dixon drew his inspiration from print designs of the early-to-mid 1990s, a colour scheme that uses a mostly…

Gautengers: Don’t sink cash into a flood-damaged vehicle

LONDON, England – HPI, part of global leader in risk and asset management data and software solutions for the insurance and automotive industries, is urging people to be aware of the dangers of buying flood- and water-damaged vehicles with temptingly low price tags. It’s particularly apt given the deluge that has for the past week…

Mustang Mach-E set to volt-bolt with battery in its bum

DEARBORN, Michigan – Ford’s all-new, all-electric SUV will don the iconic pony badge and the name Mustang Mach-E when reservations for the vehicle open after it its November 17 launch here. The all-electric Mustang Mach-E was launched during an event in Los Angeles with actor Idris Elba as the frontman. Reservations for the battery Mustang…

Three auto giants uniting to create monster motor group

MILAN, Italy / PARIS, France – Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot owner PSA are to join forces through a 50-50 share swop to create the world’s fourth-largest automaker which will likely trigger a new wave of consolidation in the auto industry. The intention is to create a $50-billion company based in the Netherlands but with listings…

Subaru tops-up new-car warranty – but get in quick!

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Subaru Southern Africa has launched for  limited time an extended five-year (or 120 000km) comprehensive maintenance plan for some current models. The standard warranty is three years or 75 000km. ”The new plan will,” the automaker says, ”be for a limited period and covers all routine servicing and maintenance and mechanical…

All-electric Volvo: There’ll be one in every model range

LONDON, England – Volvo Cars has introduced the XC40 Recharge, the automaker’s first fully-electric car and the first model in the new Recharge concept. The Recharge is based on an XC40, a small SUV and the first of a family of fully electric Volvos. It’s also said to be a milestone for Volvo Cars as…

Lexus adds two years to eight-year EV battery warranty

PLANO, Texas – Lexus has extended the warranty supplied with batteries used in its electric vehicles from eight years or 160 000km to 10 years or 240 000km (whichever comes first). It will, Lexus says, be valid for all new model-year 2020 Lexus hybrid vehicles but all other hybrid components will remain at eight years/160…

FCA simulators take vehicle movement to new level

WINSOR, Canada – The FCA Automotive Research and Development Centre has inaugurated a vehicle dynamics simulator as part of claims is the most advanced driving simulator technology available in North America. It has nine directions of movement and specific driver calibration to closely duplicate actual driving. Tony Mancina, head of engineering at FCA Canada, told…

Gloves-off as JLR fights factory injuries with, well, gloves

PRETORIA, Gauteng – Engineers from Jaguar Land Rover are working on the next generation of protective workplace clothing – in this case a light 3D-printed glove which could help to protect employees from the threat of musculoskeletal damage. The 3D glove is intended to be used by workers on production lines, for example those required…