US lists Honda ‘better choices’ for teen drivers

US institute lists older Hondas ‘Best choices’ Four more models listed as ‘Good Choices’ Vehicle crashes leading killer of US teenagers NEW YORK – A number of used Honda vehicles have been recognised by America’s Insurance Institute for Highway Safety as better choices for teenage drivers. IIHS research suggests the type of vehicle has a…

Learn your lesson: What first-time car buyers should know

CAPE TOWN, Western Cape – Whether new or used, buying your first car can be an amazing feeling… assuming you’re prepared and aware of pitfalls. The Corner knows you’ve probably heard it all before, but spend a few moments reading what Juan Wheeler, chief financial officer at Fiat Chrysler Africa (and Carman’s Corner’s editor) have to…

Hilux or Ranger? Which bakkie has best resale value?

Do YOU know what your vehicle is worth? Brand and model can influence cash value An expert compares two rival bakkie brands JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger – two of the most popular bakkies in South Africa – have for long wrestled for market share. Some people swear by the Hilux, others…

Zulu beaded roadsign its own tribute to Heritage Day

1.1-million Corollas built and sold in South Africa 160-billion kilometres driven on local roads Close to 50-million have been sold globally JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Toyota SA and its agency FCB have created a beaded billboard to thank Toyota Corolla owners for making the range a success. Traditional love-letters, in the Zulu culture, are created with beadwork;…

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…