More range, more styling: Toyota punts new Mirai at Tokyo

Early glimpse at 2019 Tokyo Motor Show Driving range extended by up to 30% Latest fuel-cell electric vehicle technology TOKYO, Japan – Toyota says it will take advanced zero-emission fuel-cell electric vehicle technology to a new level when it previews the second-generation Mirai at the 2019 Tokyo auto show. The concept car will provide an early…

Advance, Avanza! Toyota’s seven-seater boosted for 2020

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – The Toyota Avanza has been around on the South African market since 2010 but is still, its maker says, achieving close to 450 sales a month. Pretty healthy, then, in the people-mover market with its seven seats and high stance that makes entry and exit easier than a sedan or wagon….

Flying Gazoo Hilux clocked by a rock and out of lead

ERFOUD, Morocco – Stage 4 of the 2019 Rally of Morocco was always going to be a tough one. With a race distance of 409km, shortened to 311km due to a technical problem with the organiser’s helicopter, the stage was one with hair on its chest. In the end it claimed the scalps of Toyota…

Fiat Chrysler on track to boost Cheetah Centre charity

MIDRAND, South Africa – Corporate teams will attempt to match the speed of a cheetah when they race each other at the 11th annual Charity Cheetah Karting Day at Zwartkops Karting track on Sunday October 13, 2019. Fiat Chrysler SA has let their most talented team members loose for the day in aid of the…

Own a Guzzi or Aprilia? Jozi gets new service team

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – IMI has opened a motorcycle service centre at its new home in Maserati House, Bryanston, in Jozi’s northern suburbs. Service director Paul Richardson told The Corner: ”The facility is has a full range of diagnostic and technical servicing equipment and we’re open for business. “Our dealer management system for parts ordering…

R20 000 of free styling features on Ranger upgrades

PRETORIA, South Africa – The South African-built Ford Ranger has been made even more attractive with the introduction of a chromed styling pack for its XLS models. At no extra cost… (prices at end of file). There are 31 Ranger models in Ford’s South African catalogue ranging from the single-cab to the Ranger Raptor high-performance…

More dunes done: Toyota SA holds Morocco lead

ERFOUD, Morocco – Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Nasser Al Attiyah and navigator Mathieu Baumel blitzed Stage 2 of the 2019 Rally of Morocco to increase their overall lead in the event to 17min 09. Giniel de Villiers and Alex Haro, in an identical Toyota Hilux, moved up to second place in the overall standings on…

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…

Volvo goes live with ‘safest electric car on the road’

MALMO, Sweden – Here it comes! Volvo’s first modern electric car has been announced, the details made available today with images of the chassis of the car as a development of the Volvo XC40 plug-in hybrid. The automaker is also presenting the XC40 as ”the safest electric car on the road” and says it joins…

Toyota ready for Morocco – and a Dakar warm-up

FEZ, Morocco – Toyota Gazoo Racing SA is all set to race in the 2019 Rally of Morocco which will start in the ancient city of Fez on October 5 and is considered a warm-up for the Dakar Rally. The team has completed a four-day test session leading up to the race to further refine…

Be smart! Always give your kids a belt before driving

NO CHILD younger than three years old may be carried in a passenger vehicle in South Africa unless securely strapped into an approved child seat such as the one pictured above. That’s not only the law, The Corner points out, but also the responsibility of any parent or other adult into whose care a child…