The truth about the future of electric cars just ain’t good

By NUNBEN DIXON Head of Gumtree Auto ANALYSTS around the world promised an electric future. Fine, but there’s a problem – the automakers might not be able to deliver. The reduction of carbon-dioxide emissions is high on the agenda of a number of nations – among them the UK, India and China – but the…

New E-Class on way: Extensive 2020 model facelift coming

STUTTGART, Germany – Mercedes’ E-Class, with more than 14-million units delivered since 1946, is the best-selling model in the automaker’s history – to the extend, the company says, that many regard it as the “heart of the brand”. The most recent changes were made in 2016 when, Mercedes said, it ”took a major step into…

Analysts promised electric future – seems they’re wrong

LONDON, England – The reduction of carbon emissions is high on the agenda for several countries, among them Britain, the UK, India and China. The introduction of affordable electric vehicles (EVs) is held up as a panacea to the pollution problem around the world. In Norway, EV’s are exempt from purchase tax, VAT, tolls and…

BMW M2 CS: Another hotshot from BMW M set for 2020

WOODCLIFF LAKE, New Jersey – BMW M has completed another step in the evolution of the BMW M2 and it’s due for global launch during 2020 – a high-performance M2 CS  coupe which, its maker says, ”blends racetrack optimisation with everyday usability as the most capable version of M’s smallest model”. Power and torque are…

Driving Ohm for Xmas: Let it glow, let it glow, let it glow*

PARIS, France – Nissan will be dashing through the snow (in Europe, at least!) this Christmas with a bright and festive Nissan LEAF powered by its own regenerated energy. To bring Christmas cheer while celebrating the power of regenerative energy the special one-off was transformed into a Nissan (Christmas) TREE decked with a spectacular light…

Jaguar and GridCars launch live EV charge stations map

PRETORIA, South Africa – Drivers of all battery and plug-in hybrid vehicles in South Africa can now plan their journeys to fit in with public battery-charging stations nationwide. A new live map displays the entire network of Jaguar Powerway and GridCars-supported public charging stations and indicates their current status – including whether any are online,…

High times ahead for unique Isuzu bakkie

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa – Kanu Commercial Body Builders has created an Isuzu bakkie with an aerial platform that can soar more than 15 metres skyward and swivel through 360 degrees. Kanu’s MD Mike Pienaar said the platform was fitted to an Isuzu D-MAX 250 bakkie for maintenance work in the telecommunications and energy fields….

Datsun goes ‘auto’ with its CVT GO budget cars

ROSSLYN, South Africa – The recently introduced Datsun GO CVT (continuously variable transmission) units claim to have it all… and, at the prices, seem sensible solutions to motoring for the less-privileged. So, what has ‘CVT’ brought to the model range…? Basically, such a ”gearbox” removes the need for gear-changing and, in fact, a conventional set…

Pumping black power: RGB’s bolt-on beauties for VW

JOHANNESBURG,  South Africa – In time for Christmas 2019 Rob Green Motors is celebrating black… the black of glossy carbon-fibre that’s part of a replacement engine induction system from Goliath. The new induction system has been designed for the latest VW Polo GTI to our Goliath range, a growing array of power-boosting, carbon-fibre, cold-air induction…

Nissan Ariya: ‘New dawn’ electricar unveiled at Tokyo

All-electric crossover ‘new direction’ Two motors, powerful acceleration ‘Next stage of Nissan evolution’ TOKYO, Japan – Nissan has unveiled its Ariya Concept, described by its maker as ”a crossover electric SUV with two electric motors, powerful acceleration, award-winning driving assistance technology and a look that signals a complete reinvention of the brand’s design”, at the…

FCA simulators take vehicle movement to new level

WINSOR, Canada – The FCA Automotive Research and Development Centre has inaugurated a vehicle dynamics simulator as part of claims is the most advanced driving simulator technology available in North America. It has nine directions of movement and specific driver calibration to closely duplicate actual driving. Tony Mancina, head of engineering at FCA Canada, told…

Gloves-off as JLR fights factory injuries with, well, gloves

PRETORIA, Gauteng – Engineers from Jaguar Land Rover are working on the next generation of protective workplace clothing – in this case a light 3D-printed glove which could help to protect employees from the threat of musculoskeletal damage. The 3D glove is intended to be used by workers on production lines, for example those required…