McLaren Senna: All about ‘the ultimate road-legal track car’

Four-litre twin-turbo V8 most powerful road McLaren yet Mid-engine, rear-wheel drive ‘the optimum configuration’ Priced 2017 at equivalent of R13.9-million in Britain LONDON, England The McLaren Senna, its maker says, has been designed, engineered and developed with single-minded purpose: to be the ultimate track-concentrated McLaren for the road. “It’s legal for road use,” the supercar…

Mazda puts cherry on the top of MX-5 special edition

Powered by 120kW, two-litre, SkyActiv-G engine Cherry-coloured roof, BBS rims, leather seats Special version of fourth-generation convertible LONDON, England – Mazda UK says it will bring a burst of colour to the MX-5 sport-car range in March 2018 with the launch of a Z-Sport special edition. The cars will identify themselves with a deep-cherry red…

New engines, more power, for Gen IV Renault Scénic

Renault introduces petrol engine developed with Daimler Driving pleasure ‘significantly improved’, less fuel burn Ready for Scénic and Grand Scénic: three power outputs BOULOGNE-BILLANCOURT – Automaker Renault has introduced a new direct-injection 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine co-developed with Daimler for initial introduction in the Renault Scénic and Grand Scénic. The engines will be added to…

Locally-built Ford Ranger gets new touches for 2018

PRETORIA, Gauteng – Ford SA has introduced a number of product updates on its locally assembled Ford Ranger for 2018. Tracey Delate, marketing manager at Ford SA, told The Corner: “The  Ranger has cemented its status as one of South Africa’s best-selling vehicles and has topped the monthly sales charts several times through 2017. “The 2.2…

New Stelvio star of FCA’s Jozi pop-up store

MIDRAND, South Africa – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is to open the brand’s first pop-up store in South Africa in time for Christmas 2017. The selling concept is growing in popularity across Europe but this one will be erected by Arnold Chatz Cars, an FCA franchise, at Johannesburg’s Clearwater Mall (see map) in Strubens Valley on the …

US West Coast launch for Gen 3 Mercedes supercoupe

Choice of three engines – petrol or diesel Great connectivity through 34cm screen Global market launch set for March 2018. LOS ANGELES, California – Mercedes-Benz has chosen the 2017 auto show here to launch the third-generation CLS four-door supercoupe with a new design idiom The first generation, launched in 2004, was a mid-size but luxury four-door fastback…

Subaru US goes big: Ascent’s accent on three-row space

Only for US for now – but SA possible Subaru goes bigger for American families Includes Subaru’s excellent all-wheel drive TOKYO, Japan – Subaru has debuted a three-row SUV for the North American market (though Subaru SA says it might import RHD if made) at the 2017 Los Angeles auto show. It’s badged Subaru Ascent…

Special Ferrari FXX-K Evo to star in UK autoshow

XX car has 6.3 V12, battery boost, more downforce Ferrari FXX-K Evo joins the 488 Challenge On show at UK Autosport International Jan 11-14 LONDON, England – The new Ferrari FXX-K Evo is the third – and latest – Prancing Horse to be confirmed for the main feature at Europe’s biggest pre-season motorsport show, Autosport…

Infiniti unveils all-new QX50 a step ahead of California

New engine tech ‘a major step forward’ Distinctive design style ‘re-interpreted’ ProPilot autonomy aid part of the deal LOS ANGELES, California – The new  QX50, about to be launched here at the city’s annual auto show, has been pre-exposed to publicise the mid-size SUV’s “revolutionary technology and stand-out design” on its entirely new platform. The QX50…

Toyota Etios: Top performer in NCAP crash-test rating

DURBAN, South Africa – Toyota’s Etios hatchback / sedan, one of South Africa’s most affordable cars thanks to its sub-R200 000 retail price, scored top marks in the recent NCAP ratings. The Etios was awarded four stars for Adult Occupancy Protection and three for Child Occupancy Protection (COP) – mainly due to the cars having…

Special models on horizon for Subaru’s 50th

CHERRY HILL, New Jersey – Subaru America has confirmed limited-edition models to commemorate the brand’s 2018 50th anniversary with each vehicle in the Subaru range being topped by an anniversary edition. The cars will share a new colour and be fitted with high-level trim and 50th badging. Subaru America was founded on February 15th,1968, and…

SA prices: Baby Volvo rolling off lines in Belgium

Ghent went live with XC40 production New models due in SA second-half 2018 New market range for Swedish automaker GHENT, Belgium – A new era has started for Volvo’s auto plant in this Belgian city with the first customer-bound XC40 small SUV rolling off the production line. The cars are provisionally due in South Africa…