Dakar Day 5: SA Gazoo team holds fast in lists

  HA’IL, SAUDI ARABIA – Stage 5 of the 2020 Dakar Rally saw the four South African Toyota Gazoo Racing crews maintain their overall positions.: Nasser Al-Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel were again fastest of the foursome, setting the second-fastest time on the stage but losing 2min56 to stage winner  Carlos Sainz (Mini). They remain in…

Paws and claws: Yogi let loose to rip-up a Landy

PRETORIA, South Africa – Jaguar Land Rover has developed a unique 3D-printed dog paw to help engineers assess the durability of future vehicles – with a little help from Yogi the Labrador and a new Land Rover Defender. The ‘RoboYogi’ paw was used to test the rear bumper’s ability to withstand a dog’s claws scraping…

Going places, on- or off-road? Then try Hyundai’s new Venue

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Hyundai SA has launched the brand’s latest smaller (A-segment) SUV with features already in use on its larger on/off-road models as launched earlier in 2019 in the US. The brand’s media info reports a ”bold and unique character that’s big on practicality and personality” despite being ”a unique, entry-level vehicle for people…

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…