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…

Money fears? Could autonomous become parlous on profit?

FRANKFURT, Germany / DETROIT, Michigan – BMW and Daimler, the world’s top luxury automakers, have announced alliances with suppliers with the aim of having more engineers to develop self-driving cars. But is there another motive behind these deals? Executives and industry experts are concerned that such cars might not be sufficiently profitable for keen investment….

July joy as SA car deal data blooms

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – South Africa’s new-vehicle sales grew by 4.1% in July 2017 to 46 719 units according to sales data from the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SA. While industry sales were up marginally in June – 0.9% – the positive performance was good news for 2017’s sales data. Year-to-date total industry sales are…

UK’s electricar clean-up: The hidden costs

LONDON, England – Britain’s plans to ban fossil-fuel vehicle engines in favour of electric power will threaten the UK’s national tax income. That’s the opinion of Mark Cunningham, a manager at London taxation experts Blick Rothenberg. Cunningham explained: “The government has for some years incentivised a move to low-emissions company cars through lower taxes and…

‘Clocking’ getting common in UK – watch out in SA!

Odometer tampering easy to check Criminals get their data via the internet Digital odometers no defence against çlocking LONDON, England – Motor dealers in the UK, according to data from automotive data experts Cap HPI released in July 2017, are concerned that odometer discrepancies and ‘clocking’ of used vehicles is becoming increasingly common on sales forecourts, ….

Tacky Takata crash-bag recall spreads to three SA Mazda models

Takata crash-bag scandal blows up again 19 000 units possibly affected in SA Contact details at end of this feature PRETORIA, South Africa – Automaker Mazda South Africa is recalling as many as 19 000 vehicles across three model ranges as the now years-old Takata crash-bags scandal continues. Models affected this time are from the Mazda2, Mazda6 and Mazda RX-8…

Opel amends Corsa range – and drops the prices

Opel Corsa range revised ‘for better value” More efficient 1.0 T engine for Essentia Sport model takes role of halo model JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Opel says it has revised its Corsa range by improving specification for some models and reducing prices. The changes are said to have followed intensive market research that polled 600 B-segment…

Fiat 500: Happy birthday for six decades, little guy!

Legendary Fiat 500 has just turned 60 400 000 are still running around in Italy More than six million have been sold worldwide MILAN, Italy – The legendary (that’s what the media release says but, unlike the unicorn, they are real) Fiat 500 – the original city car – has just turned 60.  To which The Corner…

Predictive techs: End to roadside breakdowns on horizon?

Breakdowns could be pre-empted using in-vehicle data UK’s eight-million roadsiders cost £1.3bm a year Telematics will save vehicle owners time and money LONDON, England – Technology could halve the number of unexpected roadside breakdowns by 2020 as data increasingly identifies a malfunctions before it occurs. Wouldn’t that be nice here in long-distance South Africa…? Whatever, telematics expert In-car Cleverness…

Datsun vows affordable motoring for young workers

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – The importance of mobility and easy commuting is vital to help young people in South Africa to find their places in the job market. Des Fenner, general manager of Datsun South Africa sees affordable motoring as vital in this respect. “We’re wrestling with the provision of integrated public transport,” he said. “The long…

Centenary year for Mitsubishi – and new models for SA

100 years of production since first Mitsubishi Model-A First run was only 22 cars – but scene was set New models for SA to celebrate the centenary JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Mitsubishi SA is planning to celebrate the brand’s production centenary with new and improved models – so here’s a short history of the brand… Many firsts…

How biking commuters could save SA R465bn a year

Happy bikers save three working days a year Bike commuters are happier than box-pilots Huge savings possible by two-wheel commuting   LONDON, England – What would happen to traffic congestion, parking problems and the stress levels of drivers if only 10% of commuters switched to a motorcycle or scooter? The UK will try to get…