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  • Peugeot SA goes to some seriously dark places to advertise its 5 year maintenace plan

    We wish look, feel and performance were the only factors that mattered when it comes to buying a new car. It’s not though. There are a whole host of other things you have to consider, like after sale service, warranties and how much it will cost to insure the damn thing. In order to advertise the fact that Peugeot South Africa is offering a five year maintenance plan for free with all new purchases — meaning that all your services and replacement parts are covered (only excluding tyres, fuel and top up oil) — the company has gone to...

  • Could Quant’s E-Sportlimousine hit German roads in the near future?

    Outlandish concept cars are not conspicuous by the absence from international motorshows, in either design or engine technology. While good in theory these concepts don’t always (almost never) translate into identical road going versions – those are almost always pared down in both style and drivetrain application, well illustrated by Ryan Bubear’s piece on concept-to-production cars that got lost in translation. Geneva International Motorshow debuted a slew of radical concept cars, one of them being (take a deep breath) the Quant E-Sportlimousine With NanoFLOWCELL® Drivetrain Concept. I left that little Copyright symbol in for good reason because the...

  • Watch the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup tackle Pike’s Peak in 4k

    Ah, 4K TVs — is this not the pinnacle of mans achievements? If you’re not a familiar 4K or UltraHD (yup, your 1080p is outdated), like the name suggests its HD on steroids, with a minimum screen resolution of 3840×2160 pixels. Kind of makes your new Full HD Samsung sitting in your lounge a bit of low tech with its puny 1920×1080 pixels. Keen to upgrade? That’ll be roughly R60k for a 55 inch Samsung Ultra HD TV. Anyway, like all new TV tech if you’re lucky enough to have one, good luck finding content with the requisite super-high resolution format,...

  • Upcoming Volvo XC90 parades two ‘world first’ safety technologies

    Volvo has an ambitious vision. The company wants to ensure that no serious injuries or deaths will come at the wheel of its cars. At the rate safety technology is advancing, it’s not entirely impossible either. But the company has announced two “world first” safety technologies that will feature on its XC90, that will likely take it one step closer to its dream. Along with the bog standard safety packages shoved into cars these days, the seven-seater, all-wheel drive bohemoth will feature two completely new driver aids, namely “Run-off road protection” and “Auto brake at intersections.” The former allows the XC90...

  • The fast and the frugal: 7 quick yet fuel efficient diesel vehicles

    The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the ultimate endurance racing test, requiring engineering teams to balance outright speed with consummate efficiency. And thus it’s no coincidence that the last nine winning vehicles have all been propelled predominantly by diesel (a couple have employed diesel-hybrid powertrains). Yes, the last time a petrol-powered car took the chequered flag at the world’s oldest sports-car endurance race in France was way back in 2005. But, despite this rather telling statistic, the public still largely views diesel as petrol’s dirty, dreary younger cousin. Even though a large chunk of modern diesel engines are...

  • Smart ForTwo versus Mercedes S-Class: the ultimate crash test [video]

    Smart’s new ForTwo and ForFour are vastly improved over the previous models, both technologically and (definitely) aesthetically. But it can hold its own in collisions with much larger and heavier vehicles as well. Smart and Mercedes engineers recently pitted the 1.1-ton ForTwo city car against a 2.3-ton Mercedes S-Class, in a match that should theoretically, be very one sided. This experiment aimed to research the effects a smaller lighter car will have on a heavier one, and vice versa. The last time these two cars (albeit, previous generations of both models) were smashed into one another, the Smart disintegrated and barrel...

  • The ballistic Qashqai R promises swivel-eyed levels of insanity

    The Juke R was ridiculously, spectacularly and stupidly unnecessary and…well, awesome. Not to be outdone by its six-eyed sibling, the Nissan Qashqai R promises similar levels of crazy, and perhaps even more. Built by R35 GT-R mentalists Severn Valley Motorsport, in some obscure corner of the United Kingdom, the Nissan R started life as a humdrum Qashqai+2 (the longer one) and by sheer genius is almost exactly the same length as a the famed GT-R, give or take a few millimetres. Essentially the Qashqai R is a GT-R silk sock wearing a Qashqai boot and while a not so simple body...

  • Listen to the new AMG GT clear its throat

    The most recent in a series of teaser videos from Mercedes Benz highlighting aspects of the up-and-coming AMG GT has been released. And for technophiles this one provides some juicy noises from twin-turbo V8 set to power the most recent performance car from AMG. A sickle to bow to the SLS hammer? I think not! Rumoured to produce in the region of 375kW and 650Nm, the AMG GT will no doubt be able to hold its own in a shakedown with its older brother the SLS AMG but for now we’ll have to ponder the variety of performance head-to-head tests...

  • Team Sky shows us where you put the bicycles on your Jag F Type coupe

    “Where do I put my bicycles?” Not really a question you’d hear from a prospective Jag F-Type owner who also has a penchant for the two-wheeled, self propelled type pastime which is all the rage nowadays (you’d assume they had a second, slightly more practical vehicle for such things). It’s a question that has nonetheless been solved by Jaguar who also happen to be the long time team partner of Team Sky, who also happens to be competing in the Tour de France, which is on right now…hmm convenient. The unique F-TYPE concept car is based on the F-TYPE R Coupé ...

  • This Peugeot is SO not 2008!

    Wind the clock back a good few years and you will remember the Peugeot 1007 which debuted in 2004. The quirky little Pug was a hatchback-MPV-crossover wannabe featuring dual power sliding doors, swappable interior bits dubbed ‘Cameleo trim’, and an awkward name – the first Peugeot to feature a ‘double zero’ number on its bum – and perhaps the only Peugeot to attract the attention of the Bond franchise (one double oh seven?). In motoring circles it was generally hailed as unconventional (mostly due to those doors), however it was heavy despite being small, not very fast and not all...

  • Could these renderings show us what the new C63 AMG Coupe will look like?

    The new C-Class Coupe is still some way off worldwide introduction; however Dutchman Remco Meulendijk refuses to wait on ceremony and has already put his automotive illustration skillset to good work on what he thinks the new coupe will look like. The AMG version is what we really care about and if the production version looks anywhere near his rendering, then we sure are in for a treat. Drawing inspiration from the current AMG line-up, Remco’s illustration shows revised front and rear bumpers, side-skirts and of course the now mandatory squared off quad tailpipes. Big black wheels hide equally massive performance...

  • Smart’s latest ForTwo and ForFour cars ooze tiny tech and city swagger

    After we revealed sketches showcasing what they could look like, Daimler-owned Smart has finally unveiled its new bite-sized ForTwo and ForFour city cars. And we can safely say that the new models are nowhere near as ugly as those they replace. In fact, they’re rather good looking. Codeveloped by Renault, the cars will share a majority (70%) of its parts with the Twingo and draw inspiration from Mercedes’ safety pedigree. Aesthetically and technologically, the models mark a change for Smart, but certain philosophies remain prominent. Both keep the ultra-mobile, easily manoeuvrable, rear-engined park-it-anywhere layout that their pioneering predecessors embodied. A 2.69m...

  • Comfort and convenience, but at a cost: the Suzuki SX4

    I’ve never been entirely certain where I stand on smallish SUV crossovers like the Suzuki SX4. One the one hand, I can understand their practicality and the need for a little extra headroom, bootspace and ground clearance than your typical hatch offers. On the other, I’m still (fairly) young, childless and have never battled to fit into the driver’s seat of any car I’ve ever driven. I was therefore at a little bit of a loss when it came time to figure out how I was going to give the SX4 a fair appraisal. I needn’t have panicked, because...

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