Auto diff lock gives Isuzu SUVs keys to the desert

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa – Isuzu’s seven-seat mu-X  SUV now offers a mechanical diff-lock for 4×4 and 4×2 models. The Eaton MLocker is said to be a mechanical locking differential which provides automatic additional. Technically, the MLocker works as a light-bias limited-slip differential during normal driving or as a locked diff when conditions demand. The MLocker…

Hyundai Grappler makes city-boy Veloster a tough guy

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – An “Hyundai on steroids” is that automaker’s bold description of its showpiece Veloster Grappler concept to be revealed in November 2019 at the 2019 SEMA show in Las Vegas. The Grappler has more ground clearance and steeper front and rear approach angles for off-tar excursions, and front and rear bush guards….

R20 000 of free styling features on Ranger upgrades

PRETORIA, South Africa – The South African-built Ford Ranger has been made even more attractive with the introduction of a chromed styling pack for its XLS models. At no extra cost… (prices at end of file). There are 31 Ranger models in Ford’s South African catalogue ranging from the single-cab to the Ranger Raptor high-performance…

Back on the road (the mud?) again: Landy No.1 back to life

PRETORIA, South Africa – After playing a starring role in Land Rover’s 70th anniversary celebrations in 2018  the ”missing” original-launch Land Rover demo vehicle from the 1948 Amsterdam auto show is back on the road (and in the mud) for the first time since the 1960s, It’s been through a year-long restoration/rebuild was by a…

No nonsense Namib: Land Cruiser for serious off-roaders

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – The Land Cruiser 70-series has long had a reputation as ”the” choice” for rough country and desert trips (it’s also It good for shopping, as The Corner has tried) and recognised as an automotive symbol of go-anywhere-ability. It’s also seen as (also as experienced) a prime  example of off-road engineering excellence…

New Mitsubishi ASX out in UK – here’s what you get

LONDON, England – Mitsubishi Motors has enhanced its SUV range with the launch on some markets of an extensively-revised 2020 Mitsubishi ASX with a technical specification in line with the rest of the Mitsubishi Motors SUV range. It will be available with auto transmission and all-wheel drive. Its maker says the 2020 ASX has what…

Monster Lexus gets more luxury goodies in US market

PLANO, Texas – Lexus in the US is giving buyers of the 2020 LX 570 a new way to express their style with the introduction of a Sport Package to be available only on the three-row models. A new interior and exterior styling package, Lexus US says, enhances the LX’s traditional lines with: Exterior: An…

Holgate and Land Rover set focus on Zambezi cataracts

Foundation’s biggest-yet humanitarian expedition 200 cataract operations along the Zambezi Land Rovers and pontoon boat off into Africa again PRETORIA, South Africa – Expeditioneer Kingsley Holgate and his ‘Expedition Team’ are now on their biggest humanitarian adventure yet. The goal: to enable doctors to perform 200 cataract operations in the remote Mozambique Zambezi Delta through…

Extreme E announces ABT Sportsline entry – an electric success

LONDON, England – Extreme E in the UK has announced that ABT Sportsline, a world market leader for tuned VW Group automobiles and title-winning Formula E outfit, will compete in the radical electric SUV off-road racing series. The German tuning company has enjoyed multiple championship successes across disciplines at the very highest level of motorsport…

Hilux GR Sport: Live the Spirit of Gazoo Racing in flash bakkie

Limited numbers – get in quick with a deposit Really classy machine as the Hilux lives on Auto only – but performance and 4×4 included JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Toyota has created a limited-edition Hilux bakkie badged as the Hilux GR Sport and regarded by the automaker as the next chapter in Toyota’s GR product…

Land Rover in Kenya: Testing time with Tusk in game conservancy

African lion get their share of Defender testing Camouflaged Landys used by wildlife rangers Hauling supplies, river crossings, in conservancy PRETORIA, South Africa – The latest Land Rover Defender has, the automaker says, moved a step closer to production after a demanding test programme with Tusk in Kenya while also supporting lion conservation. A prototype…

VW still up for life-and-death challenge of SA rhino poaching

VW Commercial still backs Wilderness Foundation More 1 000 000km driven to support rhinos since 2011 Amarok bakkies for renewed sponsorship JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – 7720 rhino have been killed by poachers in South Africa since 2010. It’s a stark figure that should horrify any thinking person. That’s at least two, every day to steal muti…