Mini marketeers target students with cut-price cars

Mini US focuses on student supplies Case of ‘catch them while they’re young?’ ‘Rear doors? Another 1000 bucks, please’ WOODCLIFF LAKE, New Jersey – Mini USA is offering a ”well-equipped, low-cost” two-door Mini Oxford Edition to, it says, ”help students along the road to success” for $20 000 – including that $6900 worth of otherwise…

Scammers and lease deals: fraudsters on the loose

No-deposit scammers ‘targeting the vulnerable” Look out for ‘convincing’ but dodgy advertising Experts say ‘watch out for authenticity’ LONDON, England – A spate of fraudulent activity involving scammers advertising bogus vehicle leasing deals on social media is stealing money from unsuspecting folk in the UK. The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) says social…

Bond’s DB5 lives! Aston Martin to build 25 big-bucks copies

Aston Martin and Eon to create 25 Goldfinger DB5 cars Working gadgets to be developed for inclusion Cars to be assembled at original home of the DB5 GAYDON, England –  The iconic Aston Martin DB5 is back, thanks to a collaboration by automaker Aston Martin and Eon Productions, maker of the ‘James Bond’ films. Following the successful…

Hot new Opel hatch: How about 110kW / 220Nm from 1.4?

Hotshot power for new Opel Sport hatch Comprehensive crash mitigation/avoidance Special price until end-July 2018 JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – New for South Africa from Opel is a pretty high-performance hatch badged as the Opel Corsa Sport 1.4T that’s aimed at younger, sportier, drivers and has comprehensive connectivity and a power sunroof. And one heck of a…

Saturday shops? Put a new Beemer in your shopping trolley

Arrange a test drive in-store from latest Beemers Buy on-line using an interactive display. Problem? A BMW Genius will be on call to help LONDON, England – BMW UK has announced the opening of its first UK-based Urban Store at the Bluewater shopping centre in southern England. Following the template of BMW Urban Stores around…

Global hat trick in sport coupe sales for Ford Mustang

Female buyers have boosted global sales Third consecutive year as best-selling coupe Read on to find out totals – and how SA did DEARBORN, Michigan – Global demand through 2017 for the Ford Mustang has steered the car to a third consecutive year as the wold’s best-selling sport coupe. How many? 125 809 Mustang coupes…

Smoking in a car could stub out R35 000 of its value

87% wouldn’t buy a smoker’s used vehicle Cost to nation could be as high as R165bn ‘Bomb’ sometimes needed to purge aircon LONDON, England – Smoke smell, stains and burn marks can reduce a car’s resale value by as much as the equivalent of R35 000 in the UK – and The Corner bets it…

Power list puts Kia tops for reliability (with Volvo)

LONDON, England – Owners of premium vehicles generally have higher intended loyalty than volume buyers but also put a more importance on a problem-free ownership experience. That’s according to the J.D. Power 2017 UK Vehicle Dependability Study,SM released today (Sept 20). The study, now in its third year, measures problems experienced during the previous 12…

Diesel debate: Misleading info as diesel deals increase

Diesel car prices continue to increase despite debate Diesel still UK’s most searched-for fuel type (55% share) 47% of diesel sellers intend to buy another one LONDON, England – The Big Diesel Debate continues. Auto Trader, a print and digital market for new and used cars, has published a market report containing findings in stark…

Will glitzy auto shows soon be global no-shows?

By LES STEPHENSON FRANKFURT, Germany – The Frankfurt auto show, which opens next week (Sept 12 2017), is one of the biggest gatherings of automobile manufacturers, parts suppliers, motorcycle-makers and automotive journalists on the planet. It could also be one of the last – as shown by what are going to be no-shows (if you’ll…

Dial and deal: Peugeot fits auto showroom into a phone box

Red phone box now a Peugeot ‘call centre’ ‘Order Online’ proves you can buy er, well, anywhere No sales staff, customer is in complete control LONDON, England – Automaker Peugeot now has the smallest car dealership in the world… about a metre square but on prime land in the middle of England’s capital city. It’s…

First images: Chinese Chery picks new global sales model

All-new model line signals Chery’s export plans 2017 Frankfurt show debut will focus on distinction Compact SUV with standard battery-aided power SHANGHAI, China – Chery has released design sketches of the first of its all-new model line for global markets ahead of the vehicles world premiere at the 2017 Frankfurt International Motor Show on September…