Not wearing a seat belt? Try taking a tumble…(V)

Don’t wear a vehicle seat belt? Stupid! See what happens if your vehicle rolls Even at 50km/h, you’re in peril of death LONDON, England – Road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is keen to remind every vehicle occupant how important it is to wear a seatbelt on EVERY journey. It will used at the…

All-wheel steering for all-new Renault Megane Sport (V)

Mégane Renault Sport offers Sport or Cup chassis Manual or efficient dual-clutch auto available Hülkenberg tests the 4Control system on track PARIS, France – The new Mégane Renault Sport will, the automaker claims, be the first hot hatch to have all-wheel steering and will offer customers a choice two chassis set-ups. Renault’s 4Control steering tech…

World Rallycross final scheduled for Cape Town’s Killarney track

Killarney gears up for big international Three days of track action for Cape Town New stands scheduled for construction CAPE TOWN, South Africa – he FIA World Rallycross championship has signed Gumtree SA as headline sponsor for the final round of the championship scheduled for Cape Town’s Killarney International Raceway over November 10-12 2017. As part…

Ford emergency trials can pinpoint source of sirens

New Ford tech locates approaching emergency vehicle Faster arrival for police, ambulances, fire engines Other tech alerts drivers to red-light drivers BRENTWOOD, England – Trying to locate the source of an emergency siren while at the wheel can be stressful and, if you’re in freeway traffic, potentially dangerous as you look around to get out of the way. The…

VW UK moves into shopping-trolley vehicle sales

New retail concept for Volkswagen franchise Trial store in Britain’s second-largest city Seven-days-a-week service for shoppers BIRMINGHAM, England – Now here’s a fresh take on buying a new car… how about doing the deal in the same place as you might do you weekly shopping or meet friends for coffee and cake? That, essentially, is…

New two-wheels peril: Bikers’ tips to avoid hijacking

Hijacking doesn’t happen only to cars and trucks Be alert – and ready to ride away Pillion riders aren’t always as they seem JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – An alert has been issued by a motorcycling group about an increase in hijackings in the Kempton Park area, east of central Johannesburg. Road safety group MasterDrive told Carman’s…

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…

Ducati Multistrada 1200: Shrink the globe on a bulletproof bike

New colours, tyres for road and off-road travel Accessories designed for the less-beaten track Cutting-edge performance, active safety BORGO PANIGALE, Bologna – Ducati’s Multistrada 1200 Enduro, the bikemaker says, is now even more of a globetrotter thanks to the introduction of a Pro version. “The trail-blazing spirit of this the most venturesome Multistrada,” Ducati says, “now reaches…

Stonic: Is this the best-looking Kia yet? We think so…

Powered by a range of light and compact engines Smart packaging for ‘spacious and versatile’ cabin Strong but light body, new driving technologies KIA’S ALL-NEW Stonic is an eye-catching and confident compact crossover set to become an important conquest model for Kia in one of Europe’s newest and fastest-growing vehicle segments. The B-SUV segment currently…

Range Rovers, new and old, offered new luxury touches

Special Ops design pack adds personalisation Unique bumpers, sills, vents, tailpipe finishers Upgrade for all standard-wheelbase units since 2013 PRETORIA, Gauteng – Land Rover has created further personalisation for the Range Rover – an exterior Design Pack” created by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations. “It introduces,” JLR says, “highly desirable and distinctive exterior add-ons to complement Range…