Demonising diesel: Shock/horror fades so interest returns

UK owners of diesel cars ban shock 10 months gone since govt ‘year 2040’ ban threat Ads interest slump over at Auto Trader LONDON, England – It’s been almost 10 months since “demonizing diesel” became the new “it” subject in the UK media, sparking speculation of a diesel scrappage scheme and the very future of…

Dacia gets ***** brand reliability rating

One of four five-star brands in Which? Car Guide 36 manufacturers rated in 44 000 survey More than 44 000 UK car owners surveyed LONDON, England – Dacia has been rated as one the most reliable car brands out of 36 manufacturers in the 2017 Which? Car Guide – out-performing many well-established and/or premium brands. Dacia was…

Money fears? Could autonomous become parlous on profit?

FRANKFURT, Germany / DETROIT, Michigan – BMW and Daimler, the world’s top luxury automakers, have announced alliances with suppliers with the aim of having more engineers to develop self-driving cars. But is there another motive behind these deals? Executives and industry experts are concerned that such cars might not be sufficiently profitable for keen investment….

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…