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  • 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...

  • Sasol Solar Challenge records tumble as SA teams impress

    The Sasol Solar Challenge, an event that could be likened to the Dakar Rally of the solar powered-car world, has already seen records tumble on its first day. Dutch team Nuon broke the competition's record for the "furthest distance travelled by a solar-powered car in a single day", which amounted to an impressive 707km. This record was previously held by competitors (and current joint leaders) Tokai at 658km. Additionally, North West University's Siriusx25 also broke the distance covered by a South African team in a single day. The team's journey lasted 611km, in a car that was custom-built in South Africa. Sasol...

  • South Africa’s Brad Binder wins Moto3 Championship

    South Africa's Brad Binder on Sunday won the world Moto3 Championship in Aragon, Spain, after he finished second in the race. The 21-year-old Red Bull KTM Ajo rider becomes the first South African since 1980 to win a Motorcycle Championship, and is now only one of three to do so. The 2016 #Moto3 World Champion is @BradBinder_41! 🇿🇦🏁🏆#BinderChamp#AragonGP pic.twitter.com/60MIPePXqh— MotoGP™ (@MotoGP) September 25, 2016 In Brad Binder's brief career, he has recorded 83 starts, five wins (all coming this season), 16 podiums and five pole positions. This is Binder's sixth season in the light-motorcycle class. Brad Binder wrapped up the Championship with four...

  • Here’s how to follow 24 Hours of Le Mans 2016 online

    It's one of the most gruelling and prestigious races of the year with spades of history behind its name and years of technology development bolting around its tarmac. It's the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and this year, Porsche, Toyota and Audi will once again battle it out for top honours. If you can't catch the race on television, don't worry, there are other ways to keep abreast of the action. Note: the race starts at 3pm SAST on Saturday 18 June 2016, and ends at 3pm SAST on 19 June 2016. Twitter Your best bet is following the official Le Mans 24...

  • Verstappen wins as Mercedes teammates tangle: the motorsport roundup

    An understatement would be suggesting that this weekend's motorsport action was crazy. Because it was much, much more than that. Formula 1 opened its European leg of the season in Barcelona, The Blancpain GT Series resumed at Silverstone, and NASCAR returned to Dover for its May race. Beyond that, the IndyCar Series also ran its pre-500 road race at Indianapolis, and we have some GP2 action from Spain as well. Formula 1: Max Verstappen benefits from Mercedes' in-fighting Take nothing away from the 18-year-old Dutchman who won an astonishing Spanish GP this weekend in his first race for Red Bull, but this probably...

  • Jorge Lorenzo enjoys dominant performance in Le Mans: the motorsport roundup

    In this week's motorsport roundup, we update you on the DTM, World Touring Car Championship, Blancpain GT Championship, and the MotoGP circus, which was as historic Le Mans. MotoGP: Crazy season continues as Lorenzo leads from flag to finish This season's looking to become yet another MotoGP classic. It seems that each Championship contender thus far has had a chance to run away with a flag to flag race, only to fall short the very next event. It was Rossi's turn in Le Mans, who settled for second behind his dominant teammate, Jorge Lorenzo. After both Ducatis and Marc Marquez took a tumble,...

  • Nico Rosberg joins racing greats with Russia win: the motorsport roundup

    If you're an avid motorsport fan, you'd probably know that not much happened this weekend. Yes, Vladmir Putin appeared in Moscow, while Talladega was the site for NASCAR's debut demolition derby event, but beyond that, there were quite a few series on leave. We also touch on a mega weekend for a Welshman around Imola. Formula 1: Rosberg makes it seven from seven, becomes history boy The Russian GP was a bit of a Mercedes fest once again, but this time it was Nico Rosberg came out on top. That's four wins out of four this year, and seven on the bounce...

  • BMW pushes design limits, sanity with new quad-turbodiesel engine

    BMW isn't a company afraid of throwing a turbo or two into one of its engines, but rarely have we seen four in a single motor. Yes, that's right. BMW's latest turbodiesel engine has four turbines, because it's clear that three -- fitted to its previous edition of the engine -- just isn't enough. Although it might sound excessive, it makes sense on paper. The new engine, which will displace 3.0-litres and boast six cylinders, will likely push 400-horsepower -- a quite incredible feat for such a small diesel engine. Additionally, the motor generates a staggering 760 N.m. of torque between 2000...

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