Potholes: Don’t let them get you down this rainy season

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – They’re the hidden perils of driving on South Africa’s roads – provincial and municipal – during and after the rainstorms for which the nation is known. Potholes – some big and deep enough to house a shoal of fish – are lurking. Forget cursing the municipal workers – it ain’t do…

27 Nissans for Pat – now number 28 is the latest Juke

LONDON, England – The new generation of Nissan’s Juke range has arrived in UK showrooms and deliveries have started with one of the first going to Patricia McIntosh of Norfolk in eastern England. As it should be for Ms McIntosh has been a Nissan customer since 1972 and her Juke Tekna is her 27th unit…

ROC ON! VW’s topless sportster set for launch in 2020

WOLFSBURG, Germany – Production of VW’s new T-Roc Cabriolet, the German brand’s only convertible, has begun at a plant in Osnabrück after production and logistics operations have been extensively optimised. Andreas Tostmann, VW board production boss, said at the ceremonial start of production: “This vehicle was in large part developed here in Osnabrück – now…

Going places, on- or off-road? Then try Hyundai’s new Venue

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Hyundai SA has launched the brand’s latest smaller (A-segment) SUV with features already in use on its larger on/off-road models as launched earlier in 2019 in the US. The brand’s media info reports a ”bold and unique character that’s big on practicality and personality” despite being ”a unique, entry-level vehicle for people…

2020 F-Type: ‘Beauty in purity’ for latest Jaguar sport car

CAPE TOWN, South Africa – The latest Jaguar F-Type two-seat sport car, its maker says, ”looks more beautiful than ever and embodies Jaguar design in its purest form”. But you’ll have to wait until 2020 for deliveries. Well, it would, wouldn’t it? And has since it was launched as a two-door, soft-top, convertible or a…

Fighting Big Brother: UK city’s diesel drivers slate no-go

BRISTOL, England – More than 80% of motorists have voted against a plan to ban diesel cars from Britain’s city centres. A survey by freelance auto dealer chain Motorpoint of about 1000 drivers found 84% of poll respondents were opposed to plans by local authorities that could see Bristol become the first city in the…

Chill guys – truckers can see hazards before you can

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – There is a common perception among many motorists that cars have right-of-way way over trucks, that the big guys should move aside for faster vehicles/ However, they fail to appreciate that the truck driver might have a good reason not to move left. Let’s clarify this issue… It’s important to look…

Landy does ‘the dark side’ for limited specials

PRETORIA, South Africa – Land Rover SA has created a limited run of only 24 Range Rover Sport units packing what the automaker believes is ”serious visual punch”. For the very rich… The special five-litre V8 Supercharged HSE Dynamics incorporate a Black Pack featuring a black bonnet and tailgate lettering, grille mesh and inner grille…

Ford’s Transit range gets a nose job and comfort boost

PRETORIA, South Africa – Ford SA has updated its Transit Van and chassis-cab variants with new front-end styling first seen on the Transit Custom, its heavy-duty big brother. The most obvious changes are a three-bar grille, new headlights, and restyled front bumper and bonnet. The cabin seat upholstery uses new materials designed Ford says, ”for comfort and…

Maybach takes (hidden) steps to boost shorter passengers

MUNICH, Germany – The Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 4MATIC is said to represent a new form of luxury in the SUV segment and to extend the portfolio of the Mercedes-Maybach brand by combining the body design and technical basis of the GLS with the luxury of a top-class sedan. One could also call it a brute…

‘Lexus Electrified’ gives birth to all-electric UX 300e

GUANGZHOU, China – Lexus, since introducing the RX 400h in 2005,  has been a pioneer in vehicle electrification and says it has played a leading role in offering products that demonstrate performance and environmental friendliness. Now, at the 2019 Tokyo auto show, the automaker has launched a global electrification strategy, called “Lexus Electrified”, and describes…

Ford backs survey to link roadkill with human lives

PRETORIA, South Africa – We’ve all driven past the corpse of an animal on or alongside a road or freeway – even in a game park – after a collision with a sometimes too fast-moving vehicle. However, not only animals might be involved. International award-winning researcher Wendy Collinson-Jonker, manager of the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife…