UK ‘garden city’ taking lead in cleaning-up with battery-cars showroom

UK garden city plans to clean up with EV’s Six automakers will be showing battery cars Britain’s first multi-brand electric vehicle showroom MILTON KEYNES, England – The UK’s first multi-brand showroom for electric vehicles, due to open in open here on July 22 2017, has been described as “a defining moment” for the steadily growing sector…

Volvo cars taking XC90 assembly to India

Focus to be on Volvo SPA models More models to follow in time Volvo boss: ‘Pleased to sell in India’ STOCKHOLM, Sweden – Volvo Cars, an automotive brand that built its fortune on the promise of Swedish manufacturing excellence, is to follow many other automakers to India. The reason: “further growth in the fast-expanding premium car…

‘Junk’ status hits auto sales hard – thank you, Mr President

Every vehicle market segment hit by downgrade If you’re thinking of buying – the do it now ‘Sales performance is bad news’ – Mahoney JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – The South African new car market immediately felt the repercussions of the country’s economic downgrade in April 2017 as total sales plummeted by 13.4% – down to only…

Lighter Lotus Evora about to bloom in US market

Evora Sport 410 GP Edition from Lotus Aero downforce 140kg at top speed Fastest, most focused, Evora on market NEW YORK – British automaker Lotus Cars, said to be enjoying “runaway success” since its return to North America, has unveiled the Evora Sport 410 in one of the company’s most famous liveries for order in…

Smart women skipping car showroom hassles

Vehicle showrooms scary places for women Haggling and pushy sales staff worrying Online purchase, home delivery, works fine MOST WOMEN, according to a survey in the UK, are unhappy in a typical vehicle showroom but it’s unlikely the market will care. Why? Because instead they’re spearheading the huge growth in online car-buying through their laptops,…

Virtual reality… who needs a car showroom any more?

Take an SUV desert test drive – in your pyjamas Try any car, anywhere, for as long as you wish Virtual reality helped to design the latest Ford Fiesta COLOGNE, Germany – Virtual reality (VR) is predicted to fundamentally change the way we live over the coming decades. *  Cinemas will immerse audiences in VR…

More charging points fuelling UK demand for battery cars

UK resistance to EV purchases easing More charging points still needed There’s a message for South Africa, too LONDON, England – How opinions have changed! A UK survey by Venson Automotive Solutions shows 85% of current car owners would now consider buying an electric vehicle or choosing one as their company car. The main negative was…

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…

It’s Car Wars! UK discounts to beat sales slowdown

LONDON, England – A discount war has broken out among car manufacturers – and the winners will be people looking for a brand-new car. It’s already happening in South Africa but in Britain the savings go as high as the equivalent of more than R80 000 as auto companies and their retail dealers come out with…

Used best-buy as new vehicle prices soar

Rising new vehicle prices just too much Used cars are the new new cars, now Forget the gadgets, go for simple quality INDUSTRY EXPERTS in Britain believe 2017 will see vehicle buyers flocking towards used instead of forking out for a new one. Indeed, one UK expert says it is already happening there. The same…

Rich and robbed? Should have checked for STOLEN!

UK or SA – have that purchase checked What’s the car most theives are after? …and even your little Ford hatch isn’t safe!   DO YOU own an expensive prestige sedan or sport car? If you do, we guess it has much to do with enhancing your social standing and/or your perceived prestige among your…

Used-vehicle bonanza as new prices soar

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – New-vehicle sales in South Africa fell again through November 2016 to only 46 413, 9.6% fewer year-on-year and taking year-to-year sales to 11% fewer than in 2015. Finance house WesBank had forecast a year-to-year decline of 12%. Car sales through dealers – representative of consumer buying – fell by 13.8% in November with locally assembled…