Electric Maserati: New Italian hub for next-gen models

MODENA, Italy – Maserati, in line with the FCA’s €5-billion investment programme for Italy, has announced a plan to assemble vehicle electrification and autonomous driving technology, including battery vehicles. They will be produced at plants in Modena, Cassino, and Turin and Grugliasco). Every Maserat will be fully assembled in Italy and adopt hybrid and battery…

Subaru and Toyota link for once-in-century deal

TOKYO, Japan – Toyota and Subaru have agreed on a new business and capital alliance to further develop and strengthening their long-term partnership. The partnership, since concluding an agreement on business collaboration in 2005, has included contract production by Subaru of Toyota vehicles and supply by Toyota of vehicles to Subaru. It also involved joint…

Forget Detroit – Maryland builds fastest battery car

ROCKVILLE, Maryland – Genovation Cars has claimed for its 2019 GXE all-electric supercar a speed record faster than the one it previously held. The world record was recorded, witnessed and certified by the International Mile Racing Association (IMRA) with Johnny Bohmer driving during straight-line aerodynamic testing at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. The speed:…

Nürburgring test puts Aston super-SUV among supercars

GAYDON, England – With the imminent unveiling of Aston Martin’s DBX, the brand’s first SUV, the brand describes the current action as  ”the closing stages of the most comprehensive test regime of any Aston Martin”. Extensive real-world driving and racetrack evaluation is under way worldwide – among them the brand’s engineering centres at Silverstone and…

Bentley ready to ‘Grand Tour’ with new Continental GT V8

CREWE, England – Bentley has announced 2020 model-year details about what it calls ”our ground-breaking Continental GT, the GT V8” and tells of the introduction of features. Firrst, a glass roof for the Continental GT W12; then gloss carbon-fibre has been applied to the facia and doors on all models, while the Continental GT V8…

50 years on: The Nissan GT-R era of perfection speeds on

Five decades’ experience goes into new GT-R Several versions of anniversary driving gem Two spec levels – with multi-million prices ROSSLYN, South Africa – Few vehicles in the world can be instantly identified by just three letters but to motoring enthusiasts everywhere GT-R has its own exalted space that involves excitement, high-performance and refinement. So,…

Facelift time for Audi’s two hotshot TT performers

Sporty design elements, dynamic appearance S tronic transmissions, sporty performance Comprehensive standard equipment CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Audi’s TT coupes, the third generation, has arrived in South Africa stage with a face-lifted appearance, sporty and refined exterior, more engine power and an extended range of standard equipment. Aluminium elements in the driver-orientated cabin, the…

Tale of the Stinger: How a Kia show beauty was created

Stiffer and lighter to create a track-day monster Tuning creates a huge increase in power output Stinger GT420 had its debut at Silverstone on July 24 2019 LONDON, England – Most off-the-cuff remarks, or pie-in-the-sky ideas, are dismissed as soon as they’re suggested but, so long as you’ve the time and budget, things can be…

Coming soon! Return of the Kyalami 9 Hour after 37 years

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – The Kyalami 9 Hour, last raced in South Africa 37 years ago, is to return  during the 2019 racing season to join the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12-Hour, California 8-Hour, Total 24-Hour of Spa and Suzuka 10-Hour on 2019’s Pirelli Intercontinental GT Challenge  schedule. This event will be raced at Kyalami over November 21-23 and, besides…

Lotus Evija: Pure electric ‘hypercar’ punts 1470kW – and 400km range

World’s most powerful series production road car 0-100km/h in less than three seconds, top speed 320km/h Battery driving range target 400km, all hand-made LONDON, England – An all-new Lotus Evija sport car, claiming the title ”World’s first fully electric British hypercar”,  has been revealed with an electric drivetrain capable of 1470kW. ”Quite simply,” the British…

BMW US updates its 8-Series convertibles and coupes for 2020

WOODCLIFF GLADE, New Jersey – BMW America has added the inline, six-cylinder,  840i and 840i xDrive Coupes and Convertibles to its 2020 8 Series model year range. They join the recently announced 840i and 840i xDrive Gran Coupes and the eight-cylinder M850i xDrive Coupe, Convertible, and Gran Coupe models for 2020. Production for all the…

Coming Lexus LC Convertible launches over The Hill

Lexus confirms convertible version of flagship LC coupe Debut on The Hill at 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed Start of production expected in near future GOODWOOD, England – Visitors to the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK saw the world debut of a Lexus LC Convertible prototype in action on the famous The…