2017 Pajero: New transmission reaches new heights

Car-like driving dynamics from Dakar king Pajero New eight-speed auto transmission ‘goes anywhere’ Super Select 4-II 4WD now with electronic assistance CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Venture into the desert (or in this case as close as you can get to it in Cape Town, the awesome Atlantis inland sand dunes) in a four-wheeled vehicle…

Range Rover going super-hybrid for 2018

Whopping great power from hybrid drive Stupid top speed twice the legal limit Electric drive ideal for low-speed off-road WHITELY, England – The Range Rover Sport SUV is now available in the UK with a plug-in hybrid electric powertrain (PHEV – the world’s most ugly abbreviation – Ed) that’s said to deliver efficiency, capability and…

Dakar China: Tough satnav break for SA Toyota crew

10th on Stage 3 for De Villiers /Von Zitzewitz SA Toyota Dakar aces running third overall Second Toyota SA Hilux running sixth overall ALXA, Inner Mongolia – The 410km Stage 3 of the Dakar Series China Rally was a tough one for South Africa’s Giniel de Villiers and navigator Dirk von Zitzewitz in their Toyota…

Single Landy tows Aussie road train for 16km

Discovery tows 100m, 110-metric tonne, road train in Aussie 16km of Lasseter Highway closed for towing demo Big load on all-wheel drive and four-cylinder engine NORTHERN TERRITORY Australia – A Land Rover Discovery has taken a 110-metric tonne – that’s 110 000kg – road train, including the tractor unit, and hauled it for 16km along…

Going epic? Land Rover at Frankfurt with latest SVX

Production preview of 386kW five-litre Discovery SVX ‘Most extreme’ and highest-riding Land Rover yet First Landy to be hand-assembled at tech centre PRETORIA, Gauteng – Land Rover has revealed a new model at the 2017 Frankfurt auto show badged as the Discovery SVX and described as “the ultimate Discovery for off-road enthusiasts seeking epic adventures”….

Details: Ford’s Ranger Raptor about to swoop into SA

Ford SA announces another performance vehicle Watch the Ranger Raptor perform in Aussie Outback Toyota, Isuzu, Nissan, Mitsubishi – what you have to say? PRETORIA, Gauteng – Ford has converted units from its Ranger catalogue into what it calls “a purpose-built, desert racing-inspired, bakkie” badged the Ranger Raptor and said to be the first of…

Pajero Sport: 80 years on comes the latest model

Decades have passed, but the Pajero rolls on Two models, rear or all-wheel drive available Long history from world’s first AWD MITSUBISHI has been in the all-wheel drive business for 80 years – 11 more than Land Rover (1948) – and even predates the now ubiquitous Jeep which only went into production as an army…

Landy Discovery v. dog sled: Ice race challenge in Finland

Discovery Sport takes on dog sled team underground Unique race challenge in Finnish snow tunnel Landy puts huskies through summer cold-weather training HELSINKI, Finland – About half of all Land Rover buyers globally regularly travel with a dog but this one carried six sled dogs up a mountain. For a race. Through a tunnel. On…

Female track ace Clare goes off-road for tyre advice

Women’s Month event drives home tyre road-safety Continental steps up with tyre safety advice Off-road driving experience helps sharpen driving skills PORT ELIZABETH – Defensive driving is the single most important skill that South African women can acquire to ensure that they and their loved ones stay safe on the country’s roads. This is the…

Hyundai adds Elite kit to AWD Tucson Sport range

Hyundai adds Elite spec to its Tucson Sport Body kit, power upgrade – because they could Infotainment screen, top comfort, great handling JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Given the success of the Tucson 1.6 TGDI Executive Sport diesel with its skirts, black 19″ wheel rims and bold exhausts, Hyundai SA has awarded the top-of-the-range Tucson 1.6 TGDI…

Range Rover Velar – go posh into the bush

Range Rover Velar available to order and option Prices range from R947 700 to R1 539 800 Check out the luxury Velar First Edition PRETORIA, South Africa – The Range Rover Velar is now available to order at Land Rover dealers across South Africa, a fourth model in the Range Rover family which, the automaker says,…

“We have a new Q, James… no, silly, the Audi one!”

Eight years on, along comes a new Audi Q5 High tech, high power, very high spec Got a million bucks for a go-anywhere drive? UITENHAGE, Eastern Cape – Audi SA has launched an all-new version of its all-wheel drive Q5 B-segment SUV eight years after their first arrival at the bottom of Africa of the first…