Travel safe with the Tiger: Journey advice from TW&T

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Every vehicle driver’s goal is to travel safely from point A to point B so road safety-conscious Tiger Wheel & Tyre has put together some information that might be useful to less-experienced drivers. Such as those who usually driver only in the major cities and go long-distance very rarely.  Carman’s Corner…

Le Mans and Bentley: 100 years on and city honours Brit racers

World’s best endurorace pays homage to ton-up Bentley Cars from Bentley’s first 100 years driven at Le Mans Bentley exhibition at 24 Hours of Le Mans Museum LE MANS, France/CREWE, England – The 100-year racing heritage of Bentley Motors was honoured at the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans – said to be the world’s…

Toyota goes autopark – no more ‘did I set the handbrake?’

PLANO, Texas – Toyota Motor North America has announced two feature updates to its vehicle line up – automatic engine shut-ff and autopark. The automaker says they show Toyota’s ”relentless commitment to continuous improvement”. The additions will be fitted to 2020 vehicles, Toyota says; auto shutoff will have audible and visual warnings, the former automatically…

Industry productivity – and the SA technology trap

The tyre industry is a microcosm of the dilemma in which South African manufacturers find themselves. From JACQUES RIKHOTSO Manufacturing director, Bridgestone JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Many South African industries have been made possible thanks to abundant cheap labour – mining, as an example – to enable the country to become a world-leading mining country….

Youth Month: Masterdrive focuses on teen drivers

THE MAJOR NO-NO: Using a cellphone when driving is much the same as standing on a cliff edge in a howling gale. Sooner or later you will fall. Image: Supplied JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -A focus of Youth Month is highlighting the vital demands of driving education and training as teenagers complete their secondary and tertiary…

Huge Ford investment: Export boost – and new models to come

Production capacity up to 168 000 vehicles a year New Ranger, new Everest, Ranger Raptor – and Mustang Continuing support for wildlife and conservation PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa – Ford Southern Africa has completed a comprehensive investment and production expansion programme to, the automaker says, ”be ready to meet the demands of a growing, export-driven,…

Win a brand-new Kia Picanto – help the children

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa –  Motors SA is again supplying a brand-new Kia Picanto Street model – retail price R162 000 – as the main prize in a Beeld Children’s Fund annual fund-raising raffle. This year’s competition was announced  (June 2019) at Kia Motors Edenvale with representatives from Kia and the Beeld Children’s Fund and partner…

Dr Derriere gets to the bottom of Explorer’s comfort

Ford develops sleek front seats for 2020 Explorer Created by the Ford US global seating team Stringent shape and softness for best comfort   DEARBORN, Michigan – Whether stuck in rush-hour traffic or cruising for hours on the open road some vehicle seats can become, well, a pain in the butt. However, a Ford doctor believes…

Vespa World Day: Giant gathering floods lake for party

Rooting for scoots – world’s biggest Vespa party More than 5000 gathered a Hungarian lake There’s an army out there – riding scoots ZANKA, Hungary – The 13th edition of Vespa World Days has just ended here, a feature of the global motorsport action that is described as ”the most important global gathering of Vespa…

World’s best four? Affalterbach, of course!

AFFALTERBACH, Germany – With its output of up to 310kW the completely new Mercedes-AMG two-litre M139 engine is claimed to be the world’s most powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine in series production. With this engine Mercedes-AMG has even exceeded the previously most powerful M133 engine by 30kW and max torque has increased from 475-500Nm. With an…

Mitsubishi MiEV: 10 years of building electric cars

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – It’s been 10 years since Mitsubishi Motors launched its zero-emissions i-MiEV city car, the automotive foundation for what, the company says, ”paved the way for the automotive industry’s seismic shift towards mass-produced electric vehicles”. During that decade the i-MiEV has gained a reputation for eco performance, silent running, driving performance and…

VW launches extended e-Golf test drives in UK

Family test ‘lets e-Golf settle into lives’ UK sales initiative backed by TV ad campaign Check the possible price – is the car worth it? MILTON KEYNES, England – Volkswagen UK has introduced flexible 48-hour test-drives for potential e-Golf buyers to give them an ”in-depth experience” of the brand’s new all-electric hatchbacks. Customers will be…