Honda HR-V crossover: Three years on comes a minor makeover

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Honda’s HR-V urban crossover has undergone what the automaker says is ”a significant upgrade” that involves new front and rear styling, enhanced interior and generally upgraded equipment levels, The HR-V first reached South Africa in 2015 with what Honda calls ”a sleek, coupé-like. design with the robust attitude of an SUV, and the…

Baby driver? Here’s a new and super-hot tot on the block

New model opens ‘world of driving performance’ AMG thinks even smaller for bigger performance Turbo engine, 225kW / 400Nm at your command AFFALTERBACH, Germany – Mercedes-AMG says it has created a new entry-level A35 AMG built for driving performance yet based on the new Mercedes front-wheel drive platform. It’s powered by a new two-litre, four-cylinder,…

Handsome new Kia Ceeds ready for European auto show

Powerful 1.6-litre T-GDi engine for Ceed update GT with seven-speed double clutch transmission Six months of development and fine-tuning SEOUL, South Korea – More accomplished,  more fun to drive… an all-new Kia Ceed GT will have its public debut at the October 2018 Paris auto show. With it will be a hot new ProCeed GT….

Jaguar i-Pace: One charge, underwater, London to Brussels

Jaguar I-Pace does London-Brussels on a single charge Chunnel service tunnel used for 50km underwater bit Jaguar i-Pace will be available in SA first quarter 2019 PRETORIA, Gauteng – Jaguar’s i-Pace has shown its real-world usability by driving 369km from London to Brussels on a single charge. And without using a ferry… what, it can…

Heigh-ho Pajero! One year on and here come no-cost improvements

More crash bags, child-seat anchors added Prices unchanged ‘despite the improvements’ 120W socket added to charge laptops JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – A year down the back roads, trails and highways and one of South Africa’s favourite 4×4 wagons – Mitsibishi’s Pajero Sport – has been awarded a no-extra-cost upgrade. That got your attention, hey…? Though perhaps…

Through dusty Death Valley in a BMW soft-top prototype

Extreme heat and dust test the soft top Electronic circuits subjected to 50C air Long-distance drives from mountains to sea MUNICH, Germany –  BMW has put its 8 Series convertible through intensive trials and test drives involving Las Vegas and Death Valley in the USA. The results, the automaker says, provided important information about the functional…

Suzuki Jimny: It might be small – but it’s BIG! off-road

First all-new Suzuki Jimnys in 20 years First models with dealers in November 2018 Prices to start at estimated R265 000 JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Suzuki will have what it calls ”its new giant killer” at the 2018 Johannesburg Festival of Motoring in Johannesburg – the all-new Suzuki Jimny. ”The new Jimny,” the automaker says, ”fills…

Renault Duster: Hoping to clean up in SA… on- and off-road

Flagship Renault update for SA off-roading Manual or auto – diesel or petrol power Seven years old – so now all growed up RENAULT sees its Duster SUV as a flagship model – especially with more than two-million of them with front or all-wheel drive wearing rubber into the world’s roads. The brand is looking…

Haval H9 SUV gets turbo-serious about off-roading in SA

  Great Wall Motors builds top-luxury SUV Seven leather-clad seats, power adjustment Two-litre turbo engine and all-wheel drive MIDRAND, Gauteng – Great Wall Motors’ Haval subsidiary believes it is breaking with the introduction to South Africa of its first all-wheel drive unit. The seven-seat H9 is joining the South African range that already includes two-wheel…

Toyota’s 86 sportster range drops to one model

Hotshot coupe gets motorsport tweaks Bigger brakes from House of Brembo New touchscreen; performance shocks JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – It was conceptualised as a driver’s car from the onset but believes its Toyota 86 is still singular in its combination of handling prowess, driver-focused dynamics and analogue drive feel. However, the the 86’s dynamic competencies have…

New A-Class ‘sets benchmark in compact segment’

Two petrol models for now, diesel coming ‘Rejuvenation of the compact-car range’ ‘Emotional connection between vehicle and driver’ PRETORIA, Gauteng – Mercedes-Benz has introduced its all new A-Class to the South African market with claims of ”an unprecedented pairing of luxury and technology in the compact car segment”. It’s also said to be the first…

First pics: Ferrari launches special 488 Pista Spider

50th drop-top from the Maranello marque Benchmark for Ferrari for spider performance 540kW and ‘constantly increasing torque’ MARANELLO, Italy – The Prancing Horse brand’s new Special Series model, the Ferrari 488 Pista Spider, has been unveiled at annual Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach in California. The car is the 50th drop-top model from Ferrari and…