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…

Model updates coming for Fiat 500X Urban and Cross

Fiat 500X Urban and Cross get new look and tech Green and Bronze available for whole 2018 range More personalisation with equipment packs MILAN, Italy – Fiat’s 500X has had a facelift, been issued with new technology, and its sales staff given new strategies “to keep them among the top-five best-sellers across Europe”. And, presumably, here…

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…

Renault Captur update brings in dual-clutch auto

Efficient dual-clutch auto transmission added Six-speed EDC ‘responds like a manual’ Four trim levels including Signature S Nav PARIS, France – Another engine and transmission combination has been added to the Renault Captur range in Europe – a Captur dCi 90 engine combined with a six-speed duel-clutch auto transmission. They are already in European showrooms….

Alfa Stelvio claims ‘fastest SUV’ status on Nürburgring (V)

Alfa Stelvio SUV scheduled for SA in 2018 Named for the famous mountain pass in northern Italy 2.9-litre V6 engine rated for 375kW and 600Nm MIDRAND, Gauteng – Alfa Romeo’s Stelvio Quadrifoglio has claimed the title “world’s fastest production SUV” by setting a benchmark lap time on Germany’s Nürburgring. Alfa SA describes it as “just the…

All-new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross set for launch in UK

Fastback SUV from Mitsubishi UK Three versions – Eclipse Cross 2, 3 and 4 Manual and auto – and a special launch version CIRENCESTER, England – An all-new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will be available in Britain with stickers reading from the equivalent of R372 000 when it goes on sale in January 2018. The SUV, Mitsubushi…

First images: Volvo announces new ‘small’ SUV for SA

First of a kind on way from Volvo Europe Will take to 3 number of globally available SUV’s Infotainment tech from the brand’s 90 and 60 series MILAN, Italy – Volvo has expanded its range of sport utility vehicles with the international launch in this historic northern Italy city of its small, but premium, XC40….

Hybrid CR-V Honda charged up for Frankfurt launch

Honda hybrid tech SUV for first time in Europe Styling keeps silhouette of ‘world’s best-selling SUV’ 3 drive modes, sister 1.5 VTEC turbopetrol engine HONDA WILL unveil a hybrid version of its CR-V on its stand at the September 2017 Frankfurt auto show, a model destined to be the brand’s first battery-aided SUV in Europe,…

Picanto baby-car gets X-rated look for Frankfurt

Most powerful Picanto yet, SUV-inspired styling Newbie will have 75kW turbo one-litre T-GDI engine Cabin contrast colour packs, higher ground-clearance SEOUL, South Korea – Kia has released details of an all-new, crossover-inspired, Picanto X-Line ahead of the car’s public debut at the 2017 Frankfurt auto show. It will be in European markets almost immediately –…

Haval SA adds power and luxury to its SUV range

Second model from Chinese brand arrives Strong SUV challenger, going by its price GWM’s luxury brand steps up the challenge HAVAL IS NOT only the luxury brand of Chinese automaker GWM it also claims to be the biggest mover of such vehicles in China with more than a million sold through 2016. That, the automaker, now…

Pajero Sport: 80 years on comes the latest model

Decades have passed, but the Pajero rolls on Two models, rear or all-wheel drive available Long history from world’s first AWD MITSUBISHI has been in the all-wheel drive business for 80 years – 11 more than Land Rover (1948) – and even predates the now ubiquitous Jeep which only went into production as an army…

Sportage update: More models, more tech from Kia

Seven new models – among them all-wheel drive Upgrades from previous Sportage units Local debut for 1.7 CRDI engine in the range KIA MOTORS SA has revised its Sportage SUV range by adding seven new and/or enhanced models to the range. David Sieff, the distributor’s marketing director, told Carman’s Corner in a media release: “Prices…