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  • Gallery: This is the new 2020 edition Subaru Legacy

    The Subaru Legacy is all grown up. The Japanese firm on Thursday launched its 2020 edition Legacy at the Chicago Motor Show in the US, and wow, does it feature a lot of leather. For enthusiasts, you'll be happy to know that Subaru still employs a boxer engine but in a new 2.4 litre turbocharged guise, or a 2.5 litre naturally aspirated spec with 260 brake horsepower and 182 brake horsepower, respectively. It's also built on Subaru's shared Global Platform, and boasts all-wheel drive. Outside, it's not the prettiest car you've ever seen, but it does...

  • Ram 1500’s new tailgate splits in multiple directions

    In South Africa, we're used to pick-ups and bakkies featuring boring, vertically-deploying tailgates, and nothing more, but Ram has added an additional trick to its 1500's rear end. While the tailgate still drops down vertically, it also splits 60-40 horizontally, opening out like a door at 88 degrees. Ultimately, it has four configurations: " open flat, open left door only, open right door only and open both doors." "Independent opening features make curbside loading easier," the company wrote in a press release. "Being able to access the bed closer to the bumper makes stepping up easier; makes loading bulky items easier; makes unloading...

  • F1’s Red Bull announces the sport’s first cryptocurrency sponsor

    Aston Martin Red Bull Racing has a brand new sponsor, but it's not a watch, fashion or oil company. Instead, the Formula 1 team announced FuturoCoin -- a cryptocurrency -- as its new partner. "In recent years, the rise of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies has been truly remarkable, and we’re delighted to be the first Formula One team to embrace this, through our partnership with FuturoCoin," said team principle Christian Horner in a release. The sponsorship will place FuturoCoin logos on the cars, overalls, and transporting equipment. FuturoCoin is a relatively small cryptocurrency. According to CoinMarketCap, just $360 000 is currently...

  • Volkswagen Golf R now packs 228kW, R676 000 price tag

    As if 213kW wasn't enough power for a family hatchback, Volkswagen has once again increased the output of its seventh-generation hot hatch, the Golf R. The car will now produce 15kW more power, pushing its total to 228kW, and making it the most powerful production Golf ever sold in South Africa. It's the same tuned 2.0 TSI powerplant found in the Audi TTS, and launches the hatchback to 100km/h from standstill in 4.6 seconds. The gains in acceleration is also courtesy of a seven-speed DSG transmission and a "Launch Control" feature. Speaking of features, the retuned Golf R also arrives with new...

  • Mazda debuts Apple CarPlay, Android Auto accessory kits in South Africa

    If you're sick of using your smartphone as a dedicated driving dock in the car, Mazda's latest announcement with put a smile on your face. The Japanese car maker this week announced that its Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto accessory -- namely the MZD Connect System -- can now be ordered and retrofitted to a number of Mazda models. This will allow customers to mirror their iOS or Android smartphone on a screen mounted within their vehicles. Said models include the CX-3 and CX-5, as well as the Mazda 2 and Mazda 3. The kit will be available from local dealerships from...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Video: Audi TT flies through the air in incredible Sandton car crash

    As an avid motorsport fan, I've seen a fair number of ludicrous crashes in my time. But nothing compares to this road accident caught on tape in Sandton. A female driver believed to be in her 20s, was piloting an Audi TT when the vehicle veered off the road Sunday morning. The car then became airborne, slammed into a roadside signpost, and came to rest at an adjacent wall. The entire shunt, which took place on the corner of Rivonia and Marion Road, Sandton, is over in less than four seconds. Arrive Alive tweeted a video of the unfolding accident to its official...

  • Gallery: Toyota’s Aygo X-Cite is a cutesy city car with a drop-top

    The Toyota Aygo is supposed to be a small city car for trendy urban kids, but the Japanese company has taken it one step further. Dubbed the X-Cite, the revised model has been converted into a drop-top seemingly just in time for the South African Summer. "The X-Cite offers South African buyers the option of an affordable, open-top compact hatch with its retractable canvas roof model," the company notes in a press release. "Finished in black, the full-length X-Cite canvas roof is factory-fitted and electrically-operated with a switch next to the map light control in the headlining." For petrolheads, the X-Cite features a...

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