New E-Class on way: Extensive 2020 model facelift coming

STUTTGART, Germany – Mercedes’ E-Class, with more than 14-million units delivered since 1946, is the best-selling model in the automaker’s history – to the extend, the company says, that many regard it as the “heart of the brand”. The most recent changes were made in 2016 when, Mercedes said, it ”took a major step into…

Maserati going electric – but the sound will be a whine

MODENA, Italy – Maserati has started testing of full-electric vehicles equipped with 100% Maserati technology developed at an Innovation Laboratory with emphasis on keeping the sound of its petrol engines. The test sled will be a Maserati Ghibli but the target will apparently be eight plug-in hybrid models and four full-electric cars. The next full-electric…

Human sewing machines: Only way to create a Flying Spur

Luxury takes time – and lots of needles Stitches in time take four hours Master craftsmen means top quality CREWE, England – With the new Bentley Flying Spur will come what its maker believes is the best example of a hand-crafted interior that has the the world’s most sophisticated and luxuriously stitched cabin. Check the…

New Panigale: More tech, easier to ride, ready for the track

BORGO PANIGALE, Italy – Further improved, easier to ride, more intuitive, less tiring, and even faster… just a few promises for 2020 from Ducati, one of the world’s most glamorous motor-cycle builders It’s the Panigale V4 and it’s said to be ready for the track. After being confirmed for the second consecutive year, ”the world’s…

NisGo! Latest Leaf turns up with 240kW and RC badge

Nissan Leaf Nismo RC debuts at Ricardo Tormo ‘E’ in ‘EV’ ‘stands for exciting electric mobility Motorsport showcases dual-motor technology VALENCIA, Spain – Nissan’s ”world-leading expertise in electric vehicles and top-class motorsport experience” have been displayed at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Spain in the new, all-wheel drive, two-motor, Nissan Leaf Nismo RC (above). Say…

Plus 4 special edition for 70 years of Morgan magic

MALVERN, England – England’s Morgan Motor Company will celebrate 70 years of its most popular model, the Plus 4, with the creation of the Plus 4 70th Anniversary Edition. Which, looking at the two images, do your prefer…? The first Plus 4 was assembled by hand back in 1950 (interesting that Plus Fours is also…

Maserati Royale: Limited run of a special Italian

MODENA, Italy – Maserati is producing a limited – 100 units – Royale sedan with a choice of Quattroporte, Levante or Ghibli versions with  body-colour choice of two unique shades of blue or green and ”exclusive interior features”. Maserati says it has, throughout its history, created unique models and exclusive series, among them a 1986…

2020 Opel newbies: freshened buses, cars and vans

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 2020 promises to be an exciting year for Opel here in southern Africa. The planned arrival of the new  Astra – with its adjusted styling – will happen in the second quarter. The Zafira Life and the Vivaro Cargo panel van will arrive in the third quarter, each with a two-litre…

Dashing Ducati Diavel: Second design award from US

BORGO PANIGALE, Italy: – Design and sheer personality, bikemaker Ducati says, have always been an essential part of every one of its machines; indeed the number of international awards won emphasises that. Now the Diavel 1260 S (above) which won the British Red Dot design prize has now gone on to enjoy success in the…

Tokyo salon: Honda shows two stunning machines

TOKYO, Japan – Honda is starting 2020 with a first showing of a Civic Type R hot hatch updated shellwise for the new century and has unveiled the car at the Tokyo Auto Salon. Further, what the automaker describes as ”the pinnacle of Honda’s sport-car offering – the three-motor hybrid NSX supercar – also gets…

Charge! VW prototypes to take high-tech to volt hole

VW presents a new and visionary charging concept Mobile robots will charge electric cars autonomously Every parking space can become a charging point WOLFSBURG, Germany – Volkswagen has produced a glimpse into a future in which the search for a charging station is no more by creating s mobile charging robots that take the plug…

Jaguar F-Type: Purity and style sweep into showrooms

PRETORIA, South Africa – Another automotive gem from Jaguar has just landed in South Africa bearing a fine heritage: it’s the new Jaguar F-Type and its maker believes it is more dramatic than ever while carrying ”the latest Jaguar design DNA in its purest form”. The proportions and lines are instantly recognisable as Jaguar, right…