BAC, Poseideon partner for ‘climate positive’ sport car

LIVERPOOL, England – Briggs Automotive has become the world’s first automaker to go ”climate positive” by removing more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than it emits. The maker of the Mono supercar has partnered with the Poseidon Foundation that gives individuals, organisations and governments a chance to rebalance their carbon footprint by supporting forestry conservation projects…

JLR tests plan to get cars talking autonomously

JLR testing cars that can ‘talk’ to each other on UK roads R128-million project  for connected roads Roads and vehicles fitted with world-first tech PRETORIA, Gauteng – Jaguar Land Rover UK has begun testing smart connected cars on UK roads to prepare for self-driving cars as part of a £7-million project to create Britain’s first fully…

Ford attacking global pothole crisis – head-on

New Ford Focus road-hole detection system Instant data modifies suspension response Test track has replicas of world’s worst potholes WARLEY, England – Drivers in the UK are in a pothole crisis that’s been made worse through 2018 by the “Beast from the East” air-mass which delivered Arctic conditions to the British Isles. Ford decided to…

Amazing Waze – Fiat Panda flaunts its connections

Stay in touch with everything on road Your Waze will do it all for you Supersmart babycar goes all spaceage JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – When the most popular model in the Fiat range meets what is believed to be the world’s most social navigation system the result is the Panda Waze – described by the…

RGM conversion magic: Little Alfa 4C tuned into supercar

Radically changed from the showroom version Seriously mean engine output increases in deal ‘No bolt-on – we scoured the planet for parts’ JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – A car buyer doesn’t usually take delivery twice but one South African Alfa Romeo loyalist who switched flags just did: the first time he collected his Alfa 4C sport coupe…

Going hybrid to save cash? Read this before you sign…

Top automakers just can get fuel data right Huge discrepancies in hybrids’ consumption data Website analysed 148 000 Real MPG fuel reports LONDON, England – Here it is, very bluntly and possibly even worse than the ongoing exhaust emissions scandal: an astonishing 98% of hybrid (petrol / battery) cars can’t match their advertised fuel-consumption, according…

Kia to launch 2018 diesel 48V mild hybrid

SEOUL, South Korea – Kia Motors will introduce its first 48V diesel mild-hybrid power train in the second half of 2018 using the Sportage as the host. ‘EcoDynamics+’ is said to reduce CO2 emissions by supplementing acceleration with an additional 48-volt battery and extending combustion engine ”off time” with a new mild-hybrid starter/generator unit. KIA…

Lights on! Fine, but what do those warnings MEAN?

Auto driving aids – but which is which? Survey shows most drivers haven’t a clue The lights are on – but what do they mean? LONDON, England – Vehicle owners are paying thousands of pounds (or rands, if you’re in South Africa)  for high-tech car features that they neither realise the have – or what…

JLR delves into seeing-cars tech for blind spots

R75-million project to ‘see’ around corners JLR leading AutopleX autonomous driving Connected, automated and live-mapping tech used LONDON, England – Jaguar Land Rover says it is leading a £4.7-million project to develop self-driving cars that can ‘see’ at blind junctions and through obstacles. The project, AutopleX, is intended to combine connected, automated and live mapping to…

Nose-and-tail radar on way from Ducati

Ducati brings forward 2025 motorcycle safety tech Phase 1 started: ABS Cornering on all Ducatis Radar systems soon for production machines BOLOGNA, Italy – Ducati sees itself as a leader in motor-cycle crash avoidance and was the first in the industry to equip a heritage/classic model, the Ducati Scrambler 1100, with Cornering ABS. This level…

Kia ranks highest on JD Power dependability study

Korean automaker climbs 12 places in list Rio ranked highest, scoring 1.3 faults per car. Data taken from three-year-old vehicles IRVINE, California – The 2018 JD Power Vehicle Dependability Study has ranked the Kia Rio as the best in the Small Car category. Greg Silvestri, head of service operations at Kia America, told The Corner…

Diss the crap: Should your next vehicle be diesel or petrol?

What Fuel? tool to help confused consumers 5800 visits in first week favour use of diesel …but most people  should be driving a hybrid (60%) LONDON, England – Diesel-fuelled vehicles are suited to nearly three times the number of vehicle owners as those burning petrol. That’s according to data from What Car?’s new What Fuel?…