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…

Ferrari V8 Tributo: ‘Benchmark for all sport car engines’

Uncompromising layout and engine Most powerful and best Ferrari engine yet  530kW / 770Nm confirmed performance MARANELLO, Italy – Ferrari has released the first official images of its F8 Tributo, a mid- rear-engined sport car that, the automaker says, ”represents the highest expression of our  classic  two-seater  Berlinetta”. The  name  is said to pay homage…

Smart new battery-charger: It knows when to stop…

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – CTEK’s CT5 Time to Go battery charger brings timing to a chore: it provides a reading for roughly how long it will be before the recharge is complete. The clue is in the charger’s branding – a ‘Try’ function in the progressive series of lights will show when the battery is sufficiently…

10-speed auto gives extra clout to Chevy’s Camaro

Extra gears ‘mean faster lap times’ Uprated suspenson for greater grip Extra luxury goodies for the Camaro cabin DETROIT, Michigan – The 2019 Camaro ZL1 1LE, said to be the fastest, most track-capable, Camaro yet, will from late in February be offered in the US with an industry-leading 10-speed auto transmission. Chevrolet’s engineers are said…

JLR autopods out to make pals with pedestrians

System projects images onto the road Pedestrians warned where vehicle going Object is to gain pedestrians’ trust PRETORIA, Gauteng –Jaguar Land Rover says there’s a possibility that it will introduce a system to project a self-driving vehicle’s direction of travel onto the road to inform other road-users. ”The intelligent technology,” JLR explained, ”beams a series…

Used tyres: The hemp of the US auto industry

Millions of used tyre recycled Landfill crisis prompts tyre recycling Five out of six tyres shredded for re-use AN INFOGRAPHIC from Bridjit Kerb Ramps has been created to show what happens to used tyres once they’re taken off a passenger vehicle. Since keeping old tyres out of landfills has always been important to them, the…

World-first secondary crash bags on way from Kia

Protection coming for a second impact Happens in 30% of all road collisions Kia on the ball chasing fewer impact injuries SEOUL, South Korea – Future Kia road vehicles will have double crash-bag technology to improve protection of humans in a multi-impacy collision. Automaker Kia, part of the Hyundai organisation, intends to improve crash-bag performance…