Ford year-end boost focuses on more EcoSport sales

New entry-level addition to EcoSport line-up ‘Impressive’ new-generation 1.5-litre three-cylinder Six crash bags, electronic stability contro PRETORIA, Gauteng – Ford’s EcoSport SUV, launched in June 2018, has made a close-to-Christmas bid to boost sales. The Pretoria automaker says its making the model ”available to a wider range of price-conscious buyers” with the introduction of an replacement…

Made to Wow: Enhanced Kia Sportage (+4×4) now in SA

Design updates refreshes Kia’s baby SUV New engines, new autobox, available ‘Impressive’ value proposition, says automaker JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – It’s only just more than two years since the most recent awards-winning Kia Sportage reached South Africa but already the automaker is bringing in a mid-life ”refresh” that includes revisions to engines and transmissions options, as well…

Aston Martin goes off-road with new luxury DBX SUV (VID)

Aston Martin officially names first SUV as DBX Prototype testing started on rally stage in Wales Extensive tests due in world’s harshest environments GAYDON, England – Aston Martin believes it’s taken a significant but symbolic stride towards the luxury brand’s first SUV – now officially named DBX – with a development prototype. It’s about to…

Mitsubishi SA lops R30 000 off special Sport version of ASX

Model described as ‘cross-over SUV for stylish adventurers’ Maker claims enough space, practicality, safety, versatility Easy to drive ‘with fuel consumption of a smaller car JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Mitsubishi has created a limited-edition version of its ASX Sport SUV (November 2018) with the promise of a range of extra ”sporty” equipment that would otherwise add…

Kia’s big flagship arrives: Four models, one engine

New eight-speed auto transmission standard One turbodiesel engine with plenty clout Range of passenger configurations up to 11 seats JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Kia’s ”comprehensively refreshed” Grand Sedona wagon has arrived in South Africa with its prime changes being an upgraded shell and cabin and ”enriched” specification levels. Prices range from about R600 000 to  nearly…

Kia’s flagship Sorento SUV docks in SA showrooms

Cosmetic updates ‘bring fresh appeal’ to flagship Eight-speed auto standard on each model Each has seven seats, turbodiesel engine JOHANNESBURG Gauteng – An enhanced Kia Sorento sport utility vehicle, debuted at the September 2017 Frankfurt auto show, is now in South African  showrooms. The units, Kia says, have a refreshed and upgraded cabin and ”enriched…

Yes, it’s a Jeep captain – but not as we know them…

Renegade to go green with sales 2020 Jeep lines in Italy to assemble PHEV ‘Ideal location, perfect for the model launch’ MELFI, Italy – Jeep’s FCA Melfi Plant in Italy is tooling-up to assemble a Jeep Renegade Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) with market launch scheduled for 2020. The SUV will be assembled alongside the…

Honda HR-V crossover: Three years on comes a minor makeover

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Honda’s HR-V urban crossover has undergone what the automaker says is ”a significant upgrade” that involves new front and rear styling, enhanced interior and generally upgraded equipment levels, The HR-V first reached South Africa in 2015 with what Honda calls ”a sleek, coupé-like. design with the robust attitude of an SUV, and the…

Another factor in Opel X saga: it’s the Grandland X

Adaptive lighting with full diode headlamps Mokka X and Crossland X – now the Grandland X Opel sends in the big gun with the X factor RüSSELSHEIM, Germany – This is where a sporty character meets the spirit of adventure: modern, dynamic lines, a cool off-road look and the elevated seating position with good all-round…

Kia reveals first images of 380km all-electric Niro

 First images of Niro electric compact SUV Sporty and versatile ‘high-tech’ design concept Promise of class-leading driving range of 380km SEOUL, South Korea – Kia has unveiled its new all-electric version of the Niro at ‘The 5th International Electric Vehicle Expo’ in Jeju, Korea. It’s described as ”sporty and versatile” with visual good looks and…

BMW iX3: Key role for future electric mobility

MUNICH, Germany – BMW Group is pushing ahead with vehicle electrification strategy by extending the reach to the company’s core brands and the BMW Concept iX3 – debuted Auto China 2018 show in Beijing – offers a look ahead to the expansion of the model line-up in this area. The first model from the BMW brand to be…

VW Tiguan stretched to create the Allspace on/off-roader

Tiguan Allspace seven-seater closes model gap Third row of two seats on 21.5cm extra length New 132kW TSI engine added to the range JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – VW has added a slightly stretched seven-seater to its Tiguan SUV choice and is calling it ”a true space giant”. It will be available in road and off-road versions:…