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Matthew Alexander
A grown man and avid gamer, anime enthusiast as well as an MMA practitioner, he’s a living symbol of Liquorice allsorts. His inquisitive nature is by far his greatest strength. If he doesn’t know something, he will soon enough. His passion for writing started at a very young age, so much so that he decided to pursue a career in any field which allowed him to write and to complete his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism. When not fighting, gaming or binge-watching Mr. Robot or Game of Thrones, he finds himself on his motorcycle exploring the country’s landscape.
  • Jaguar, Shell announce wireless cashless payments for fuel

    Motor manufacturer Jaguar, in partnership with Shell, has announced an easier method of paying for your fuel through their cashless payment app. Instead of having to go through the hassles of waiting for a card machine at a petrol pump, owners of the Jaguar’s F-PACE, XE and XF models could now use their touchscreens to pay for fuel. "Making a payment directly from a car’s touchscreen will make refuelling quicker and easier. With this new system you can choose any pump on the forecourt and pay for the fuel even if you’ve forgotten your wallet or can’t find your credit or debit...

  • Toyota has sold 10-million hybrid vehicles to date

    Motor manufacturer Toyota has announced that it has surpassed sales of 10-million hybrid vehicles, with the Prius being their top seller. Toyota estimated that its hybrid vehicles have resulted in at least 77-million fewer tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions. The company also noted that light of this milestone, consumers have saved an estimated29-million kilolitres of gasoline. "When we launched Prius, no one even knew what a hybrid was. Those who drove it were called geeks or other names. Today, thanks to those early adopters who gave Prius a chance, hybrids have grown in popularity, and have ridden a wave of success out...

  • PowerDrift shows what Valentine’s Day means to petrolheads

    Usually Valentine's Day is the day you show the one you love just how much they mean to you. But, what if the one you love is on wheels and burns fuel? Today you'll be seeing lots of red, and not those troublesome robots or stop signs The YouTube team over at PowerDrift released their epic Valentine's Day montage to remind us all of the passion behind a beautiful piece of machinery. Whether you drive a beat-up Honda or a neon-green Kawasaki, those wheels do or did have a special place in your heart. Regardless of whether or not you own a vehicle, everyone appreciates something...

  • Ford could recall Kuga due to spontaneous combustion

    After a Ford Kuga "spontaneously" combusted this week, many other Kugas have followed suit and gone up in flames. Zwakele Mncwango, is the latest person to witness a Kuga bursting into flames, commenting about the incident on Facebook. "Wonderful work by eThekwini Fire Emergency team‚ they were able to be on site in few mins after receiving a call. The owner of the car is safe but the car is beyond repairs (sic)." In light of the current situation, Ford released a joint statement with the National Consumer Commission (NCC). The statement pointed out that following Ford's meeting with the NCC, the company...

  • Watch: Porsche says goodbye to Audi in awesome tribute

    As Audi takes its leave from the WEC, many of its competitors might be glad to see the dominating force depart from the series. During their time at Le Mans, Audi racked up numerous milestones. They clinched the first victory of a TSI engine back in 2001. In 2006 they snagged the first victory of a TDI engine as well as triumphing in 2012 with the first sports car to use a hybrid powertrain. During their 185 races, Audi has had 106 victories with 80 pole positions and enjoys 94 fastest laps. These are only but a few of their accomplishments. Audi...

  • Volkswagen Motorsport enjoy a victorious season

    The Sasol GTC Africa season ended with Volkswagen Motorsport taking three podium positions. David Rowe took the GTC Production season while Mandla Mdakane took third place in the VW Golf GTI. Mathew Hodges took third place overall for the year. "It is an excellent achievement after a tough year of competition. The team put in lots of effort behind the scenes to get the cars competitive for this new category, learning all about them -- and the optimal setup -- as they progressed," said the head of Volkswagen Motorsport, Mike Rowe, in a press release to Motorburn. "A championship title and two additional...

  • Volkswagen takes first place in SA’s GTC series

    Daniel Rowe and his Volkswagen team took first place at the Sasol GTC Series on 26 November 2016 at the Zwartkops Raceway. Rowe outdid himself by winning both GTC production races on the same day, claiming his first national title. "I'm very happy right now. My first national motorsport title and really grateful I could win this for Volkswagen. I think we've done it in style this year, winning just about every race and claiming most of the pole positions as well," said Rowe. "I put in a lot of effort, a lot of training, both physical and mental and watched the...

  • Missed the first episode of The Grand Tour?

    Amazon Prime's new motoring show, The Grand Tour, hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, provided long-time Top Gear fans with their necessary dose of awesome cars and good humour. The first episode provided somewhat of a nostalgic feel to Top Gear, but you could tell that it was on a bigger scale. The cars were faster, the set designs were wilder and the antics were funnier. Their new show, The Grand Tour, is set to take place in a new location each week, exploring their new city or country's motoring culture. Their very first episode, titled The Holy Trinity,...

  • Honda to recall 350 000 Civics in the US

    The American division of Honda has announced a recall of 350 000 Civic vehicles due to faulty parking brake software. At the time of writing, no crashes or injuries have been reported relating to the failure. Civic models from 2016 are being recalled to update their Electric Parking Brake software within the US. The issue of faulty software was discovered through customers returning the vehicle with claims and queries associated with the vehicle's brake warning light. The affected software, the Vehicle Stability Assist Electronic Control Unit, stops the electronic parking brake from engaging when it's initiated after the vehicle has been turned...

  • One man’s race to the Isle of Man TT

    In a daring attempt to overcome adversity, a short film titled aRm1 depicts the life of Chris Ganley and his attempt to shock the world's deadliest street race, the Isle of Man TT, with his custom Yamaha R1. The catch here is he only has one arm. "I'm going to push as hard as I can and try and make it to the full TT and actually go to the world's deadliest race," says Ganley in the short, directed and created by The Roos Brothers. After a horrific motorcycle accident that left him an amputee, Ganley's passion for riding took a knock...

  • BMW to launch electric Mini in 2019

    The new BMW electric Mini series is set to roll out sometime in 2019 with a battery-powered version of the BMW X3 to hit the streets a year later, the automaker announced. The announcement comes as BMW's competitors such as General Motors' Opel and Renault launch their own eco-friendly vehicles at the Paris Motor Show. “Competitors are now in phase one on their electric strategy, while we're entering phase two. We’re already well on our way to electrifying the core portfolio, using powertrain technology from BMW i," said the CEO of BMW, Harald Kreuger, in an interview with Bloomberg. BMW's electric Mini and other vehicles...

  • South Africa sees 17% drop in new car sales in July 2016

    According to aggregated sales figures from the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers (NAAMSA), the new vehicle industry sales dropped by 17% this past month. In total, only 44 883 new vehicles were sold in July 2016. "This is the biggest sales decline since 2009, at the height of the global economic recession. Despite the Rand’s recent strength, what we’re experiencing now are the after effects of the currency’s weakness in months prior," said the CEO of WesBank Motor Retail, Simphiwe Nghona in a press release. "This is compounded by distressed household budgets and low economic growth that is also trending downwards." According to the...

  • What should you expect from the SA Festival of Motoring?

    The SA Festival of Motoring aims to become the biggest motoring show in South Africa, establishing itself as SA's official motoring show. Its roots lie deep within its predecessors, Auto Africa and the Johannesburg International Motor Show. The refurbished Kyalami Raceway, which has held many historic races, will now play host to the festival. The show will include on-the-spot test-drives, performance demos and experiential exhibits. It will also celebrate the first car to land on South African shores 120 years ago, the Benzo Velo which was imported by local businessman John Percy Hess. The SA Festival of Motoring will also include dedicated...

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