UK carmaker wants national car fires database

⦁ UK automaker calls for car fire numbers ⦁ Numbers by manufacturer the target ⦁ Perhaps 100 000 fires a year in UK LONDON, England – Vauxhall, the UK brand associated with Germany’s Opel, has called for a national vehicle fire database. The company addressed the British parliament’s Transport Select Committee on Monday (Jan 6 2017)…

Fiat Tipo: Around the world in 133 days

400 hours at the wheel for journo 11 days spent along Trans-Siberia track Bog-standard car, say Fiat builders TURIN, Italy – A standard Fiat Tipo has completed an amazing journey of 41 000km – the same distance as the earth’s circumference at the equator – in 133 days, visiting 22 countries and 122 cities. The…

Is SsangYong showing way to new sales method?

NEW SSANGYONG SALES TEAM: With Paul Williams (centre), CEO of SsangYong Motor UK, are (from left) the four new SsangYong ‘Customer Champions’ – David Payne, Dayrl Small, Natalie Leslie and Mani Sanghera. Image: SsangYong UK / Newspress LONDON, England – SsangYong, Korea’s oldest vehicle manufacturer and only 4×4 and SUV specialist producer, is to try a…

Pranged in a car-park? Well, here’s why…

Big SUV’s in 35% surge in parking prangs Insurance bill has risen to £1.4bn a year Some car parks ‘no-go’ for modern cars LONDON, England – British parking spaces are too small to cope with consumers’ love affair with SUV’s and insurance mavens say consequent damage is costing them nearly £1.4bn (about R24bn Nov 2016)…

We’ve bush and sand – but how about ice-driving?

Pure McLaren announces first ice driving experience Winter testing deep in the frozen Arctic Only winter driving experience with McLaren Sports Series LONDON, England – Pure McLaren has announced its first ice-driving experience for January 2017 with plans to run the session in northern Finland, 320km north of the Arctic Circle. It’s claimed it will be the world’s only…

Queasy does it! Simulator throws up answer to car-sickness

LONDON, England – More and more people are using in-car video screens and tablets and their number will grow as more and more autonomous (self-driving) cars reach the roads – and the old problem of car sickness looks likely to come back. Why? Because instead of concentrating on the driving or, in the case of passengers the…

Citroën Picasso redrawn for 2016 model year

Fresh Citroën C4 Picasso / Grand Picasso Distinct Citroën nose, 3D-effect tail lights Four cabin styles, three trim levels Two new engines and latest satnav THE latest Citroën C4 Picasso and Grand Picasso are about to reach showrooms in European right-and drive though we have no indication yet of when they will make it to…

Ignorance not bliss on UK highways

Most adults think drivers should re-take learners test Impromptu test reveals significant missing knowledge 20% didn’t know the ‘national speed limit’ sign LONDON, England – The average driver in Britain knows the meaning of only 79% of UK road signs. Translated, according to a survey by KwikFit, that means one in five road signs is…

Braver SA kids kiss off UK ‘L’ drivers

44% of UK drivers on road for the first time over 25 21% drop in 17 to 20-year-olds taking driving test 25% say they were simply scared of driving LONDON, England – They might live on an island but it seems young Brits are not nearly so interested in driving as us older folk were…

Hyundai flagship SUV hoisted higher with upgrades

New tech includes smart cruise control, blind-spot cover New comfort/convenience features enhance practicality Sharper SUV profile with latest Hyundai family look A new version of Hyundai’s large SUV, the Santa Fe, has just arrived in South African showrooms with design refinements, extra crash protection and fresh comfort and convenience features. Unlike some brands, there’s no…

Hot Peugeot 308 GTi: – yes, it’s on the calendar for SA

Peugeot, since the launch of the 205 GTi, has sold more than 800 000 such units: the 309 GTi, 405 Mi16, 306 S16, 208 GTi, RCZ R and now the new 308 GTi from Peugeot Sport – the team responsible for its development. The hatchback, just launched to the media in southern Portugal, made its…

McLaren 570S Coupe : For when you’re late on the school run

THE 570S COUPE: THE FIRST MODEL IN THE NEW McLAREN SPORTS SERIES Sports Series completes McLaren’s three-tier range with the 540C Coupé (from R1.52-million) and this car, the 570S Coupé (from R2.665-million Most powerful and lightest car in the sports-car segment with class-leading 434PS/tonne The 570S Coupé has five key characteristics: aerodynamics/design, minimal weight, day-to-day…