Coming soon? The Stinger, Kia’s hot-shot fastback

Fastback sport sedan ‘redefines Kia brand’ Promise of GT concept car ‘fulfilled’ Stinger: Best-performing Kia in brand’s history DETROIT, Michigan – Five seats. Fastback styling. Defined as a sport sedan… that’s the Stinger (oh Kia, thank you for a name and not a letter and numbers xxx) with which the Korean carmaker is “looking to…

Citroën punting New C3 for fourth WRC title

Another rally car, another title? New product offensive spools up ‘Ultra-sporty, brawny and chiselled’ PARIS, France – Citroën, already boasting three Driver’s World Rally championships, is  on its way to winning its third Manufacturer’s title in a row with the C-Elysée, a car which has encountered  sporting and commercial success in the brand’s major international…

Car for Everyman: Hyundai’s new i30

New i30 ‘DNA car for Hyundai Motor’ Perfect fit – sporty, practical, elegant Most active safety features of any Hyundai SEOUL, South Korea – The New Generation – no, another one – Hyundai i30 is, the automaker says, “the DNA car representing the core of the Hyundai brand in Europe”. And, The Corner hopes, for…

New diesel with Merc CLA facelift – the prices

Five models include AMG performance unit New diesel engine joins ranks Mid-life facelift, revised interior The sporty, expressive design of the now five-model Mercedes CLA range has been further honed  with a facelift involving new bumpers, a diamond radiator grille in black as standard and new light-alloy wheels and a new engine. The interior also benefits…

Bye-bye M5: Super model will say farewell

More power and torque for R2-million+ supercar Don’t get picky over the colours – only two Numbered units for only 200 buyers MUNICH, Germany – As the current version of BMW’s M5 magic muscle-car heads into run-out so the German automaker has created a limited edition to mark to occasion. Only 200 Competition Edition units…

Jacked Up! VW updates its mini minicar

Sharp new looks, more tech on way for VW city car Turbo one-litre TSI engine joins the Up! range In the UK, 32 models from which to choose LONDON, England – Volkswagen’s Up!, launched back in 2011 with a grand show the night before the first day of one of the world’s greatest auto shows,…

Meet Audi’s most-muscled Q7 4×4 SUV

RHD 326kW/900Nm Q7 flagship available in August Standard spex include S-specific cabin and shell All-wheel drive with sport differential, all-wheel steering Another pioneer has joined the right-hand Audi luxury sport utility range: the SQ7 TDI is the first ‘S’ version under the badge and is the first series production car to have electric turbo compressors…

New Kia Niro hybrid for SA in 2017?

Kia’s first dedicated petrol/battery hybrid in UK Low-cost, high-efficiency motoring in crossover style All-new platform, all-new power train, auto ‘box Kia has launched a right-hand drive version of its all-new Niro Hybrid in the UK priced from the equivalent of R405 000 (July 2016). Interested? Then read on… It’s described by the automaker as “a…

VW goes to work on next Crafter commercial

Functional: New exterior and interior design Efficient: Lowest drag co-efficient in its class Innovative: Optimum workplace space HANNOVER, Germany – These are the first sketches of the next Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ Crafter panel van, due for launch in Europe towards the end of 2017. The current model is available in South Africa so we might…

Little blue bird delivers new Nissan X-Trail online

Tweets lead to sweet deals in Europe Spanish Nissan dealer uses Twitter to sell X-Trail Shortlist to delivery, all through social network BARCELONA, Spain – Nissan has become what is believed to be the first automotive brand in Europe to sell a vehicle exclusively through Twitter. From first contact with the client to the decision…

Jaguar AWD goes storm-hunting in Tornado Alley (V)

‘Tornado Tim’ takes Jaguar XF AWD into Tornado Alley The challenge: Collect data, help to predict storms Extreme conditions for XF’s all-surface capability Storm-chaser ‘Tornado Tim’ Baker used a Jaguar XF to hunt through America’s Midwest in search of a tornado as the 2016 storm season came to a dramatic close. What’s a storm-chaser? Somebody…

Fiat Spider back in US after 30 years

STATESIDE QUAYSIDE: 2016 Fiat Spider convertibles after unloading from an ocean-going car carrier. Image: Fiat US Fiat 124 Spider goes West after 30 years Fresh Italian invasion of lightweight sports cars Three versions, two states of tune AUBURN HILLS, Michigan – Last sold in the United States more than 30 years ago, the iconic is…