WOLFSBURG, Germany - Volkswagen will première its Golf GTD at the Geneva auto show in March 2020 with tech highlights that include the most powerful - thanks to the twin-dosing, cleanest,turbodiesel injection engine yet in a Golf. VW says the engine is more efficient and emit the least volumne of emissions yet in a VW,… Continue reading Gen 8 Golf GTD claims ‘cleanest emissions’ of any car
LONDON, England - Aston Martin says the heartbeat of its range of sport cars ''just got that little bit faster'' with the introduction of a Vantage Roadster convertible to join the Vantage Coupe launched back in 2018. Testament to the uncompromising design, engineering and execution of the open-top two-seater, Vantage is that it shares the… Continue reading Vantage Roadster: ‘Top down, it’s a new level of adrenaline rush’
'Urbanised' SUV for a South African lifestyle Major changes inside, outside, and under Improved mechanics, shining footwear JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Mitsubishi's ASX sport ute has been updated for young city slickers with a revised nose, overall improved styling, enhanced styling inside and out, and reworked mechanicals. ''Under the skin,'' its maker says, ''this crossover… Continue reading Update time: Mitsubishi’s ASX even better for young families
JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng - French automaker Renault believes its all-new Renault Triber, now in South Africa, is a totally new SUV design with the space and the flexibility for up to seven passengers but with a friendly price range (see end of feature) and a 182mm ride height which makes the SUV more at home than… Continue reading Renault Triber: Is this the most versatile SUV on SA market?
SEOUL, South Korea - What Hyundai claims is South Africa's first mass-produced high-performance car has arrived in South Africa - it's the Hyundai i30 N hatchback. Hyundai says the car was developed on three "cornerstones" under the theme "Fun to Drive": Cornering, Racetrack Capability and Everyday Sport car with ''advanced'' technology but with much owner… Continue reading 2020 Hyundai i30 N: ‘Fun to drive’, supercar top speed
JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng - There's much furore around the soon-to-be-implemented Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (the dreaded Aarto) parliamentary Bill and it has generated serious resistance. Despite this resistance, it is highly likely that the Bill will come into effect in early 2020 and make life difficult for companies with fleets of vehicles. Managing director of… Continue reading Get smart! Telematics ‘can help to beat perils of Aarto’
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - During the 2019/20 holiday period a family of three and a dog in the car died in a crash. Two other traumatised dogs fled from the carnage. The missing dogs survived and were later found. Which begs a number of questions about carrying the family dogs in the family car... NO-FLY… Continue reading Travelling with pets? Get them belted-in, just like you
MIDRAND, South Africa - The Mazda Foundation Southern Africa has helped the Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization with the rescue of five lion cubs from a squalid zoo in Ukraine to a wildlife sanctuary in South Africa. SA-born wildlife activist Lionel de Lange approached Radio Jacaranda’s 'Good Morning Angels' programme for help to move the cubs -… Continue reading Tiger in your tank? How about a lion in your bakkie?
JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng - Many people end up in hospital after a vehicle crash or collision because of an incorrect combination of seat and crash restraint (set belt). Women in particular, MasterDrive's Eugene Herbert suggests, are more vulnerable because they sit too close to the steering-wheel. So, read on to absorb suggestions to correct your driving… Continue reading Minimise crash injury: Set that seat restraint properly
ROSSLYN, South Africa - Take a fresh look at the Nissan Micra - an updated version of the perennial favourite among younger folk described by its South African operation as ''all new''. The Nissan Micra Tekna 84kW turbo. And pretty quick, what with 84kW/180 Nm under the bonnet to agitate the six-speed transmission. Thanks to… Continue reading Mighty Micra: Big power 84kW turbo, lighter steering