Norway has indicated it wants to ban petrol-burning cars by the year 2025. Apparently it is not the only European country contemplating the move as the Netherlands is also looking to go completely green on its roads. It was on...
Faraday Future, the secretive electric car startup with ambitions to overtake Tesla, unveiled its first production vehicle this week, proclaiming it to be a “new species” for personal transportation. The company, backed by Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting (YT Jia), announced at...
The question is whether Mitsubishi’s Triton double-cab diesel bakkie is indeed an awesome Greek god – a turbo-charged messenger of the sea with the body of a human and the tail of a fish. I reckon it is. After a...
I never warmed to the previous generation Mini Countryman, the largest model in the company’s portfolio. It was ungainly, cumbersome and simply had none of the brand’s inherent qualities – design and go-kart dynamics – which left me rather underwhelmed. Granted,...
I remember the first time I saw a double cab like it was yesterday. It was one of those “why didn’t I think of that” moments. Finally here was a “bakkie” that married the practicality of having a load bin with...
Mercedes-Benz introduced an affordable AMG range to its already extensive lineup of luxury cars. Before reading further, it should be noted the term “affordable” is used loosely here as the cheapest model in the range sells for R858 400. So,...
Some vehicles are more suited to adventure motoring than others. Take modern day SUVs for example. Not only are they able to comfortably sit at the speed limit on the open road, but thanks to their gravel and off-road...
Five years ago, Kia turned a corner with its third generation Rio, which simply eclipsed its demure predecessors. It essentially took a number of design cues from the previous Sportage, which was one of Peter Schreyer’s most revered designs since...
Toyota must be the most envied brand among manufacturers in South Africa‚ at least from a sales perspective. And it still enjoys a loyal following. But for how long? Our industry is one of unrelenting change. These days you can have a...
Can Mazda do anything wrong at the moment? The company missed out on the SA Car of the Year title with its Mazda2, but it would have been a very deserving winner had it taken the title. Its new MX-5...
A surprising thing happened while I had the new seven-seater Mahindra Scorpio in my possession for a few days recently.  Instead of the usual derogatory comments made by brand name vehicle drivers about the Indian import, the feedback was positive...

MBSA sets new record

Mercedes-Benz vehicles topped a record eight of 22 categories in the annual People’s Wheels awards yesterday. The company, whose East London plant manufactures the C-Class, took first place in: Compact executive cars: A-Class/CLA; Family-friendly cars: C-Class; Mid-sized executive cars: E-Class; Premium luxury cars: S-Class; Hot...
Things are busy at Mercedes-Benz‚ not least of all in response to a jump in sales yet again during the first half of 2016. The company is busy developing the next generation of its A-Class‚ which will not only have...
The first generation of the BMW 7 Series hit the streets in 1977. At the time‚ technology was all about the mechanics and infotainment was the ability to turn a knob to tune the radio. In the same year‚ Commodore...
Jaguar East London held an exciting track day on Sunday for invited customers of the local dealership, to test a range of vehicles around the West Bank-based race track. The event formed part of Jaguar’s Art of Performance tour, which...
I feel genuinely sorry for the vehicles competing against the Toyota Fortuner. Take Ford’s Everest and Chevrolet’s Trailblazer as two examples. They’re both backed by renowned international motor manufacturers and both have received solid reviews across the motoring media spectrum....
East London’s assault on this year’s Motul Roof of Africa enduro race in Lesotho next month will once again be spearheaded by former footups South African champion Mark Fox. Considered one of the most demanding and gruelling motorcycle races in...
Renault's second-generation Sandero, which was launched in 2014, offered a more rounded and refined package than the locally manufactured model it replaced. Thanks to considerably better build quality and an economical yet sprightly three-pot turbo engine, the model went from...
The saying “never judge a book by its cover” should not be limited to books – it applies to the all-new Suzuki Ignis as well. What I initially viewed as a plain Jane bowled me over when I got to...
By LERATO MATEBESE The battle lines have been boldly drawn in the sand. The large sport utility vehicle (SUV) market is something of a fracas at the moment with the Ford Everest – which is now being built in South...
By MARK SMYTH In a recent survey conducted by GKN Driveline among 1000 motorists in Germany‚ a massive 75% say they prefer the idea of a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) over a regular hybrid or a pure electric car. And interestingly‚...
ALFA Romeos. Chat to anyone who has owned one and they will regale you with stories of how their beloved Alfa broke down on the side of the road, how it leaked oil or how bits fell off for...
Three German models, one French and one Japanese – these are the remaining five finalists we review as we look at the 2017 Wesbank-SA Guild of Motoring Journalists SA Car of the Year contenders. They are, in alphabetical order: the Opel...
It's amazing what a makeover can do. Take the new Volkswagen Tiguan, for example. Now in its second generation, the vehicle has been transformed from a “very nice-looking” family SUV into a real stunner that is turning more than...
Hyundai has expanded its popular i20 range with the addition of a new 1.4-litre engine derivative, fitted with an automatic gearbox. The new i20 1.4 Motion Automatic takes its slot in the middle of one of the bestselling model ranges in...
The year 2005 was a watershed moment for the Nissan brand locally as it introduced what’s seen by many as the most desirable double-cab bakkie on the market, the Navara. At the time, the previous Toyota Hilux had just been launched...
Ford is engaged in an almighty battle with its competitors for the heart and soul of the South African motoring public – the lucrative “bakkie” and SUV markets. On the bakkie front the giant American automaker is well represented by...
Volkswagen sold 1581 Polos in South Africa in April, making it the best-selling passenger car by a significant margin. The success of the Polo is even more obvious when you add in sales of the last generation, which is still...
A few years back new car buyers could be forgiven for leaving a Mazda off their list of potential purchases.It’s not that Mazda was producing bad cars but by the company’s own admission the brand had become “invisible” in...
Toyota has for the longest time been rather conservative in its designs, attributed to the fact that many of its buyers are not inclined to stray away from the tried and tested, the much-of-a-muchness thinking convention, which has characterised...
There's a long righthander at Zwartkops Raceway in Gauteng that requires drivers to stay hard on the petrol all through the corner. Once out of it you’re faced with a short straight before having to stomp hard on the brakes...
Eastern Cape traditional leaders have called on the provincial government to invest money and other resources into a forensic investigation of land ownership across the province. The traditional leaders yesterday said hundreds of thousands of indigenous communities were still living...

Now for Badge of honour

When Tears for Fears penned the song Everybody Wants to Rule the World, they probably did not have Donald Trump in mind. They were probably not thinking of poker-playing playboys or those who live life on the edge of...
It's astonishing to think that the Aston Martin DB9 existed for more than 14 years. Actually, since it was first shown in 2003, it is still with us in the form of models like the Vanquish S and as the...