Stonic: Is this the best-looking Kia yet? We think so…

Powered by a range of light and compact engines Smart packaging for ‘spacious and versatile’ cabin Strong but light body, new driving technologies KIA’S ALL-NEW Stonic is an eye-catching and confident compact crossover set to become an important conquest model for Kia in one of Europe’s newest and fastest-growing vehicle segments. The B-SUV segment currently…

Be a Sport! Go for Hyundai’s tricked-out Tucson

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – More than 7500 third-generation Hyundai Tucsons were sold in South Africa in 13 months since its launch here in 2016 – a 16.5% share in its segment. Now, Hyundai has never been an automaker to rest on its laurels, so perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that the local marketing people elected to take the…

New Fiat 500L: Long in the roof, quick on the hoof

Convenient, more technological – the new Fiat 500L Three identities for all needs: Urban, Cross, Wagon Accessories ranges run to an astonishing 92 LONGER, MORE ADAPTABLE, more functions and more variety – it’s the Fiat 500L in hatch, wagon and off-road body styles while being an unashamed almost-copy of the long-standing Mini range from Britain….

Two more Audis on way – find out what they are

Audi Q8 crossover SUV to build in Bratislava… …Q4 compact SUV in Győr from 2019 …and, no, we didn’t know where they were either AUDI HAS ANNOUNCED that two more Q models are to go into production – an Audi Q8 in Bratislava (Slovakia) in 2018 and the Audi Q4 in Győr (Hungary) the following…

Peugeot 2008: Four years on arrives best yet

Four models – petrol and diesel – three specs Auto or manual – but still no all-wheel drive ‘Grip control’ for ‘mild all-terrain’ ride JOHANNSBURG, Gauteng – Peugeot launched its 2008 compact crossover back in 2013 to meet, the automaker says, “a growing demand for smaller, more versatile and agile, vehicles with broader abilities”. A…

Nine years on, here comes new Volvo XC60

Nine years on, the new Volvo XC60 ‘Strong heritage, dynamic new SUV’ ‘Calming cabin, safe and confident ride’ GENEVA, Switzerland – Volvo Cars has revealed the “long-awaited” and all-new XC60 premium SUV at the 2017 Geneva auto show. The car, Volvo says, replaces the brand’s original XC60 introduced nine years earlier and proved itself by…

Geneva Coty for Peugeot’s new 3008 SUV

Win for style, design, performance 3008 SUV means new experiences ‘It has seamless cellphone connectivity’ GENEVA, Switzerland – The 2017 Peugeot 3008 has been named 2017 Car of the Year by a panel of 58 European journalists with praise for its “style, interior design and performance”. This trophy joins the 20 prizes already won by…

2017 Nissan bakkies: What they got, then?

2017 Nissan bakkie range due now Dual-turbo diesel and petrol engines Long list of standard / special items ROSSLYN, Pretoria – Nissan SA will become South Africa’a most prolific bakkie brand when the first models of the all-new Nissan Navara arrive here later in 2017. The range will start with the sub-one ton NP200 the…

Takata strikes again: Thousands of SA Pajeros recalled

SA included in global recall effort Nearly 7500 units may be affected Go to the Mitsubishi SA website for details PRETORIA, South Africa – Mitsubishi Motors SA has issued a preventative recall on 7449 Pajeros in South Africa for a safety inspection and replacement of the driver’s-side crash bag. Mitsubishi is one of several vehicle manufacturers…

Now you CAN take your dog with you

Dog-friendly crossover concept for families Carry (and wash after the walk) two dogs Seems to be the ultimate gear for dog-lovers “SHOULD WE TAKE the dog?” It’s a question almost always asked whenever an outing in the family car is being arranged – and more often than not the answer is: “Why not?” And that’s…

New Jeep Compass top-end on all points

⦁ Interior with high-quality materials and comms tech ⦁ ‘Exceptional’ on-road driving dynamics ⦁ 17 power train options for markets around the world AUBURN HILLS, Michigan – The 2017 Jeep Compass, just launched, is claiming to be “an unmatched combination of attributes” as it heads into production in four countries – none of them America. Nope, the new…

Drive a Kia? Some units need brakes recall check

⦁ Corrosion on electronic control unit feared ⦁ Only some imported units involved ⦁ Check here to see if your Kia for recall WHILE Ford SA is apparently still dithering about spontaneous fires in its Kuga vehicles Kia SA has joined an international recall of its Sportage SUV units to replace the vehicles’ hydraulic electronic…