New super-safe Subaru Impreza launched in SA

New generation of Subarus on the brand’s global platform Award-winning safety, smart technologies Impreza as 2016/17 Japanese Car of the Year JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – The first Subaru Impreza. complete with a then awesome all-wheel drive and a two-litre Boxer engine, reached South Africa in the same year as did the brand – 1992 Now, a quarter-century later, comes…

Mulgari – is this the ultimate conversion crew?

Signature Vehicle programme for ‘bespoke new models’ Improved performance for current production units First bespoke production car, Mulgari F56 SV, launched BRACKNELL, England – Mulgari Automotive, a UK specialist design, styling and tuning house, has launched a “bespoke vehicle” ownership programme described as ”providing an unrivalled ownership experience… new vehicles tailored and built to personal…

How biking commuters could save SA R465bn a year

Happy bikers save three working days a year Bike commuters are happier than box-pilots Huge savings possible by two-wheel commuting   LONDON, England – What would happen to traffic congestion, parking problems and the stress levels of drivers if only 10% of commuters switched to a motorcycle or scooter? The UK will try to get…

Smart Electric: Prices revealed in UK – ready for a shock?

New Smart Electric to spark interest in UK? Three body styles and as much as 160km range First European customer deliveries expected in July LONDON, England – The smart electric drive range is now on sale, with prices starting from £16 420* for the smart ForTwo electric drive (including OLEV grant of £4 500; total price £20…

2017 VW Polo – more than ever like a VW Golf

Sixth-generation ‘to continue Polo success story’ Largest Polo yet – ‘it’s a space wonder’ ‘Now playing in a higher technological league’ WOLFSBURG, Germany – A completely new version of what its maker describes as “one of the world’s most successful compact cars” is about to hit the global market… a seriously upgraded Polo that looks much…

Nissan X-Trail: 2017 upgrade for ‘world’s most popular SUV’

Nissan’s flagship crossover and best-seller upgraded Focus on fresh exterior design, cabin refinement, practicality Will be available with ProPILOT autonomous driving capability NISSAN’S X-TRAIL, SAID to be the world’s best-selling SUV, is now in Europe’s showrooms with a range of upgrades that include  a distinctive redesign of the exterior, an improved cabin with new features, additional practicality and new…

Oh boy! How about 300km/h, topless, in McLaren’s V8 supercar

All the exhilaration of open-air high-speed driving Third bodystyle in McLaren’s Sport Series product family Retractable hard-top tech proven in other McLaren Spiders WOKING, England – The just-launched 2017 McLaren 570S Spider has all the dynamism and refinement of the 570S Coupé but with the extra exhilaration of open-air motoring. The cars are hand-assembled in Woking, England, and the 570S…

GM boss Barra wheels out more self-driving Chev Bolts

First company to use mass-produced autonomous cars Test Bolt EV’s have latest self-driving technology GM’s autonomous test fleet has now reached 180 DETROIT, Michigan – General Motors has announced the completion of 130 Chevrolet Bolt EV test vehicles equipped with its “next generation” of self-driving technology at its Orion Assembly Plant in Michigan. The car will join more…

Opel vows SA future after GM pull-out

Brand to expand and strengthen its portfolio Crossland X soon, Grandland X early 2018 Dedicated distributor Williams Hunt from  2018 JOHANNESBURG. Opel says it has cemented its commitment to South Africa with plans to strengthen the brand and grow its market here through a new distributor and fresh vehicles. The Williams Hunt group will be…

Lexus LC 500 Coupe: Cape Town launch for Japan’s finest

Flagship joins global grand-touring coupes 351kW V8 and 10-speed auto transmission New multimedia and safety technology CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Lexus, a sub-brand of the giant Toyota organisation and now generally recognised as builder of some of the world’s most superb automobiles’, has brought a concept car to life. It’s now simply the supercar,…

Audi’s new A8 flagship will sail only as a luxury V8 hybrid

Range-wide adoption of 48V circuitry for big Audis Luxury sedans to have electric drive on all models Flagship model’s world debut July 11 at Barcelona Audi summit   INGOLSTADT, Germany – The next Audi A8 range, due for global debut in July 2017, is to be the brand’s first with an electrified drivetrain as standard as, the automaker…

VW Polo coming up for its sixth world chukka

Generation VI Polo world premiere set for June 16 ‘Charismatic’ design, technological highlights expected ‘It’s like the original Polo… but different’ – Klaus Bischoff BERLIN, Germany – Volkswagen will launch the next version in its long-running series of Polos here on Friday (June 16). Only teaser images for now (sorry!) but VW says this the latest…