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…

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…