Infiniti QX80 superSUV launched at Dubai auto show

Giant cross-country cruiser on stage Infniti just goes further and further Punters ‘fascinated’ at Dubai launch INFINITI, a wing of Nissan, has unveiled its all-new QX80 luxury SUV at the 2017 Dubai auto show despite not being available in Western European countries. Nevertheless, the giant vehicle – the one pictured is the the Monograph model…

More power, more goodies, for latest Land Cruiser 200

More power, more accessories for off-roader Top model renamed, rebadged Electronic parking aid included JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – The Toyota Land Cruiser 200 has been given “an injection of power” to, the automaker says,  “further bolster its credentials”. And add to its “outstanding quality, durability and reliability, unrivalled off-road performance, and enveloping luxury and comfort”….

Mitsubishi Motors unveils e-Evolution electric concept

Three motors – one reserved for the front wheels Underbody battery packs a boost for stability Under-bonnet void allows new facia design TOKYO, Japan – Mitsubishi’s e-Evolution concept launched at the 2017 Tokyo auto show is said to be an all-electric, high-performance, SUV that embodies the automaker’s latest brand strategy under a ‘Drive your Ambition’…

Ford invests R3-bn for SA build expansion

Here comes a racy addition to the Ranger catalogue Local production for local and export sales Huge investment ‘affirms Ford’s commitment to SA’ PRETORIA, South Africa – Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa will invest R3-billion  to expand assembly of its Ranger bakkie at its South African plant to meet growing local and international demand….

Testing over! Meet the last Peugeot Dakar Rally car

Heavier and wider – Peugeot’s 3008DKR Maxi. 2018 will be last Dakar for French automaker Four teams – same crews as back in 2017 MARRAKECH, Morocco – Team Peugeot Total has completed its seventh and final test session for the brand’s 2018 Dakar Rally so is, the automaker says, “ready and eager to tackle 2018’s South…

End of the road for AMG’s King of the (Off-)roaders

Proud history to end with best G-wagen yet V12 twin-turbo – ‘a powerful sound!’ Fnal version comes with extra luxuries STUTTGART, Germany – It’s the end of the road for the no longer fashionable Mercedes-Benz AMG G65 and its six-litre V12 engine that, unfortunately, burned 17 litres of petrol every 100km of to generate its…

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…