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  • Boeing completes first flight for self-flying aircraft

    Aerospace company Boeing has completed its first flight with Boeing NeXt, an “autonomous passenger air vehicle” (PAV). “The PAV prototype completed a controlled takeoff, hover and landing during the flight, which tested the vehicle's autonomous functions and ground control systems,” the company announced in a press release. In a video also released by Boeing, the self-flying car can be seen hovering for a few moments and then making its way back to the ground. “Future flights will test forward, wing-borne flight, as well as the transition phase between vertical and forward-flight modes,” the company explained. The aircraft has been dubbed a self-flying taxi...

  • South Africa’s motor trade sales increased in November 2018

    Car sales increased marginally in November 2018, according to Statistics South Africa's motor trade sales report. Published on Thursday, the report notes that nominally, motor trade sales increased by 3.5% over November 2017. Fuel sales also saw an increase of 20.8%, while sales at convenience stores increased by 2.2%. https://twitter.com/StatsSA/status/1085834804795527168 "Seasonally adjusted motor trade sales increased by 0.2% in November 2018 compared with October 2018," Stats SA adds in the report. "This followed month-on-month changes of 1.8% in October 2018 and -0.6% in September 2018." Feature image: andreas160578 via Pixabay (CC0)

  • New BMW 7-Series has massive nose, remains gawkingly good looking

    BMW's most iconic feature is that dual kidney-style grille, correct? Well, the company's designers in Munich have taken that design trait and enlarged it. We mean really enlarged it. The 2020 edition of the BMW 7-Series, like the X7 before it, will feature a 40% larger grille, which is also now a single piece of bodywork. This is joined by a larger badge, a new front bumper with chrome inserts, and slimmer headlights with standard LEDs and optional Laserlight Selective Beams. At the rear, there's a full-length brakelight strip which runs above the license plate recess. Very retro-futuristic. Internally, it's all change too. There's...

  • Volvo XC40 T3 is now available in South Africa

    Volvo's baby SUV, the XC40, is set to receive a new powertrain option for South African buyers. The XC40 T3 spec sports the a three-cylinder 1.5-litre direct injection petrol engine found in the likes of the V40. It produces 115kW of power and 265N.m. of torque and is mated to a six-speed manual transmission. There are also plans to bring an eight-speed box and an automatic model into the country at a later date. The T3 props up the XC40 range in South Africa, starting at R486 000 for the Manual Momentum spec, and rising to...

  • Ford’s Pretoria plant produces its 500 000th Ranger

    Ford's Silverton assembly plant in Pretoria has reached a new milestone this week. 500 000 Ford Ranger vehicles have been assembled at the plant since 2011, some of which have been sold locally, and exported to Europe and the Middle East. "Ford invested more than R3-billion in our local operations for the launch of the Ranger in 2011 to cater for the South African market and exports to over 148 markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa," said Ockert Berry, Ford MEA's VP of operations. "We followed this up with a further R3-billion investment in 2017 to further expand our production...

  • A guide to eco-friendly driving [Sponsored]

    Eco-friendly driving is on the rise, with more and more people buying hybrid or electric cars, or even shunning cars altogether. Most of us need a car in order to get around. Cars have become an essential part of modern life, but their impact on the environment is undeniable. In this article, we’ll discuss how you can become a more eco-friendly driver, and what that actually entails. How can you be a more eco-friendly driver? There are a lot of ways to become an eco-friendy driver, the most obvious being buying an eco-friendly car. But what exactly is an eco-friendly car?...

  • Unbelievable cars we wished existed [Sponsored]

    If you’ve ever exclaimed a mind-blowing “woah!” at a futuristic car while watching a movie or dreamed of being James Bond for a day (not because of the way he looks or dresses but merely to take his out-of-this-world cars for a spin), then you’ll understand our eagerness at sharing this list of cars we wish we could drive Forget your responsibilities for a moment…sit back, relax and enjoy the ride! DeLorean DMC-12 -- Back to the Future Intelligence + speed + everything you want = DeLorean DMC-12. This car is as genius as it gets. What makes it so special is that...

  • The future of autoglass repair and replace [Sponsored]

    The theme of the recent PG Glass HPN conference was “The Future of Glass Repair and Replace”. There were presentations from around the world sharing information on how radically the motor vehicle industry is changing and the impact thereof to glass manufacturers, installers, fleet and insurance customers. The first day of the HPN conference was a Customer and Network Event where local and international speakers shared how the future of the motor industry and autoglass is changing. Speakers included Benny Daniel from Frost & Sullivan, United Kingdom, Johan Mortier, Global Technical Director, Belron and Doug Vining from FutureWorld. The days of...

  • Lexus ES sedan teased ahead of big Beijing debut

    Car companies are so naughty these days. Not only are their wares teased in similar fashion to smartphones and other tech, they're also extremely coy about it all. Take Lexus for example. The Japanese luxury brand today unveiled teasers of its Lexus ES sedan, which is set to be launched at the Beijing Motor Show next week. But do you think the firm gave us any specifications? Well, no. But it did give us this 19 second clip of pure, unadulterated flirtation. Boasting the firm's now trademark slashed grille and swept back LED headlights, the car will compete on the world stage...

  • First look: the BMW M2 Competition is as gorgeous as it is rapid

    So, the BMW M2 Competition is quite nice, isn't it? The M2 Coupe -- which was previously more suited to fast-paced social media influencers than genuine motoring enthusiasts -- is now a little more serious, and a lot more fierce. BMW thought it wise to tone down the M3's engine but shove it into this relatively small coupe. Still, 302 kW and 550 N.m. is a notable increase over the standard M2's powerplant. Ridiculously enough, this gives the M2 Competition enough power to shoot to 100km/h from standstill in just 4.2 seconds. [burngal title= "BMW M2 Competition is as gorgeous as it...

  • F1: streaming service pegged for H1 2018, VOD content

    It's taken a little longer than we liked but Formula One Management (FOM) is finally hopping on the streaming bandwagon. "We're hoping, in 2018, to have a launch. It'll be a staged launch, so we'll launch some features probably every quarter, maybe a bit more dynamic than that," Pete Samara, director of innovation and digital technology at FOM, told Motorburn in an interview at MWC 2018. Earlier reports confirmed that live races wouldn't be available in markets where there was no F1 presence. But does that mean we won't see any F1 video service at all in these markets? "So we will...

  • 5 things we want in the new Toyota Land Cruiser [Sponsored]

    Toyota recently launched the new Toyota Land Cruiser. The Land Cruiser has the longest running history in Toyota's line up. It is still the tough, reliable 4x4 it has been for over 60 years. While the Land Cruiser is no longer in its heyday, it's still selling enough for Toyota to keep developing the car, even just a little bit every year. Being a Toyota, the Land Cruiser sells at a relatively high price point, starting at around USD$84 000. The Land Cruiser is best suited towards off-road use, harsh roads, and for utility purposes. Being able to fit up to...

  • Fernando Alonso to compete in Le Mans 24 Hours, WEC

    McLaren F1 driver Fernando Alonso, fresh from racing at the Daytona 24 Hours, will be competing in the World Endurance Championship (WEC), including the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hours. The double world champion will pull double duty then, competing in the entire 2018 Formula One season in addition to the WEC season with Toyota. Alonso will be missing the WEC race at Fuji Speedway however, as it clashes with the US Grand Prix. "Like Fernando, at McLaren we're racers at heart, and our team is built on a brave heritage of competing and succeeding in different forms of the sport," McLaren executive...

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