‘Driven to Distraction’: Try Kwik Fit cellphone test

LONDON, England – Research revealed in 2019 has shown that more than 2.7-million drivers have  through the previous two years had a collision or veered off the road because they were distracted by a mobile phone. The survey, commissioned by Kwik Fit, the UK’s largest automotive servicing and repair company, found that, of these drivers,…

Farming flexing tyres: Electicity from rubber by Sumitomo

TOKYO, Japan – Electricity generation from inside your car’s tyres is being worked on by Falken Tyres parent company Sumitomo Rubber and a professor at Kansai University. The theory is that static electricity – ”frictional charging” is the technical name – is said to produce power, efficiently, as the tyre rotates. The plot involves two…

Merc, Bosch combine to make autoparking real

STUTTGART, Germany – Bosch and Daimler have state approval to use groundbreaking automated parking in the Mercedes-Benz Museum high-rise garage here which accepts vehicles for entry and allows them to find their (humanless) way to a designated parking slot on one of  several floors The move, which works through a cellphone, introduces the world’s first…

Going on a road trip: Don’t forget these ‘essentials’

DENVER, Colorado –  America, like South Africa, is a big country so if you’re planning a long drive to somewhere or a touring holiday make sure you have everything you might need. Here are suggestions and musts from the US but they apply just as much to down here in Africa. A new graphic from…

Hyundai/Kia take big step in fuel-saving engine technology

SEOUL, South Korea – The Hyundai/Kia partnership has developed what is claims is the world’s first continuously variable valve-duration (CVVD) technology and says it will be installed in future Hyundai and Kia vehicles. The innovation was revealed alongside the Smartstream G1.6 T-GDi – the first engine to have the technology. ”CVVD,” Hyundai explains, ”optimises engine…

Ford braking demo: How to stay on the curved and narrow

KYALAMI, South Africa – Two  Ford Fiestas were centre-stage during a ‘Stop the Crash‘  show hosted by the Global New Car Assessment Programme and the Automobile Association to make governments declare automatic crash avoidance mandatory on new vehicles. One such is electronic stability control, a system reported to have prevented 260 000 vehicle collisions in…

Chev US making teens buckle-up – or go nowhere

Chev enables checking on your teens Road-safety feature keeps mom in mind Buckle-up guys, or you’re going nowhere DETROIT, Michigan – Chevrolet has introduced what it claims is an industry-first ‘Buckle to Drive’ feature that reminds young drivers to belt-up before driving. The system, standard in some Chevrolet models in the US, prevents the gear-shifter…

RGB Mustang conversion: New 945kW challenger for SA drag strips

RGB conversion takes Mustang to full gallop 945kW/1100Nm from Ford conversion All supported by full drivetrain changes JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – What better way to celebrate International Mustang Day (it was April 17) than collecting your 945kW/1100Nm Ford Mustang from tuning house RGMotorsport? That’s what one lucky customer got to do… the supercharged, 5.4-litre, V8 under…

Telematics: A weapon you can use to fight back fuel taxes

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – The latest budget speech, as expected, warned of higher fuel levies (read, taxes!) which will add R1.34 to a litre of petrol and R0.81 to a litre of diesel. Not only that, but a ”carbon tax” will also be added. All that means that filling a 50-litre vehicle fuel tank will –…

Suzuki upgrades GLX Baleno / Ignis entertainment units

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Two popular Suzuki models, Baleno hatchback and Ignis urban SUV, are now available with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The touch-screen audio system in each model has the latest Smartphone Linkage Display Audio system which allows integration of either source and will be available as standard equipment on the GLX specification level,…

Ford Transit looking ahead with fuel-saving satnav

Tech and satnav combine to cut fuel burn 2019 Ford vans – heavier loads, less cost ‘Technical first for a commercial vehicle’ LONDON, England – A fuel-saving guide from Ford UK – titled ‘Ford EcoGuide’ – claims to be able to help drivers succeed at saving fuel by showing them when to slow down and…

Will Williams carbon-fibre update change how cars go?

LONDON, England – Williams Advanced Engineering has published a White Paper to showcase its proprietary, patent-pending, innovations in carbon composites and the benefits they offer not only to the automotive industry The company has developed two pieces of ”innovative” technology that, it says, ”promises a step change in the affordability of composites”. Known as 223…