Infiniti unveils all-new QX50 a step ahead of California

New engine tech ‘a major step forward’ Distinctive design style ‘re-interpreted’ ProPilot autonomy aid part of the deal LOS ANGELES, California – The new  QX50, about to be launched here at the city’s annual auto show, has been pre-exposed to publicise the mid-size SUV’s “revolutionary technology and stand-out design” on its entirely new platform. The QX50…

SA prices: Baby Volvo rolling off lines in Belgium

Ghent went live with XC40 production New models due in SA second-half 2018 New market range for Swedish automaker GHENT, Belgium – A new era has started for Volvo’s auto plant in this Belgian city with the first customer-bound XC40 small SUV rolling off the production line. The cars are provisionally due in South Africa…

Whole new BMW 2 Series – for the X range

All new model within BMW 2 and X Series Four models ready to go in new range One engine only from launch – three coming MUNICH, Germany – BMW has added another X-car range to its already prolific automotive portfolio, one engine for now but more to come in 2018. “With its unmistakable design and…

Q7 Black Editions join latest big Audi SUV’s

Lotsa new gear for new Audi Q7 and SQ7 TDI  Black Edition joins the Q7 range in Europe 22″ wheels, super sport seats, extended leather   LONDON, England – The Audi Q7, according to its builder, “further narrows the margin between luxury limousine and SUV as it becomes available with a new Vorsprung specification”. Interested?…

New Nissan X-Trail in showrooms on October 23

ROSSLYN, South Africa – The next version of Nissan’s popular X-Trail AWD SUV is about to be unloaded into South African showrooms. Nissan describes the family off-roader as “the perfect car for you and your family”. “The new X-Trail has the luxury and performance of an accomplished SUV,” Nissan SA promises, “and the smarts of…

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….