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Stuart Thomas: Motorburn Editor
Stuart Thomas is a product of Rhodes University. Whilst completing his Bachelors in Journalism, Politics and English, he realised he was a bit of a geek, albeit one who isn't afraid of the sun. An honors in English at the same institution failed to curb this. An MA in South African Literature, only made it worse as it gave him even more hours to spend in front of a computer screen. He hopes to go viral one day.
  • The Mitsubishi Triton first impressions: a double daring double cab

    Anyone who read my review of the Ford Ranger WildTrak knows that I've always had a bit of a thing for big, off-road capable bakkies. It should hardly be surprising then that when I was recently given the chance to spend a day in the new Mitsubishi Triton, I jumped at it. Outside of personal preferences though, there's a lot riding on the new Triton. As Mitsubishi looks to put the 2016 fuel scandal behind it and make the most of new position in the Renault-Nissan alliance, it could show the market that Mitsubishi is up off the floor and...

  • The new Ford Figo: beware the lag

    When Ford first launched the Figo into the South African market back in 2010, it was pretty clear that it had VW's Polo Vivo firmly in its sights. Even the formula was the same: a cheap, basic car based on an older version of an existing model and rebadged. But after a week in the newest Figo, I'm not so sure that's the case any more. Between the looks, features, and tech, you get the feeling that the current Figo is aimed less at the "I can afford a new car too" market and more at the kind off...

  • Ford Ranger Wildtrak: a big bakkie that fits in everywhere

    When Ford told me I'd be spending a week in the Ranger Wildtrak, I wasn't entirely sure how I felt. On the one hand, I've always fancied myself as the kind of person who could own a big bakkie. On the other, I live and work in areas of Cape Town which have plenty of very narrow roads and very little off-street parking. Usually that makes driving anything bigger than a compact SUV more than a little challenging. But in the Wildtrak, I felt entirely in control. You see, while this beast of a double cab is most at...

  • BP introduces ‘Ultimate with ACTIVE technology’ fuel to South Africa

    We don't often write about fuels here at Motorburn, but until the various alternatives become more readily available to the mass market any advancements made in the space are going to be important. And there is, no doubt, plenty of work being done to make fuels as economical and clean-burning as possible. That much was clear at the South African launch of BP's 'Ultimate with ACTIVE technology' fuels in Johannesburg on Tuesday night. According to the petroleum giant, these fuels are designed to keep your engine clean, aiding both performance and economy. In fact, BP claims that the new...

  • What should we make of the Mitsubishi Outlander hybrid hack?

    Over the past few days, the motoring community has been abuzz with news that a team of hackers managed to wirelessly hack a Mitsubishi Outlander, taking control of its electric charging and alarm systems. While this is far from the first time a car has been remotely hacked, it has raised fresh fears about just how easy it is to break into contemporary vehicles. But just how worried should we be? How it's done Before delving deeper into that question, it's worth taking a look at where the security flaw lies. As demonstrated by security researcher Ken Munro, the major issue is...

  • This is the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo

    If you're not a fan of the direction BMW is taking with its GT cars, avert your eyes now. The German auto giant has just announced the latest BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo, set to launch in July. According to BMW, the new 3 Series Gran Turismo is sportier and more fuel-efficient than its predecessors and will come with three petrol and five diesel engines, all offering higher outputs than the ones they replace. At 4 824 millimetres in length, the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is around 200 millimetres longer than the other members of the BMW...

  • Mutants with wheels: what (production) cars would the X-Men drive?

    Given that the protagonists have superpowers (some of which allow them to fly), it's not all that surprising that cars don't play too big a role in the X-Men universe. In fact, the only mutants to consistently have their own vehicle is Cyclops, who has a motorbike and various types of car, and Wolverine, who has a Harley Davidson. But the other grown-up mutants must have their own cars too. After all, Storm's hardly going to summon the weather to pick up a few things at the grocery store (there's also the fact that at least one movie shows...

  • Ford Focus ST: feel the power!

    "Be careful, it's fast". That was the warning given to me by a Ford representative when he dropped off the Focus ST at Burn Media HQ. I nodded my assent, but was quietly confident I could handle this muscular-looking beast. A week later, I'm still not really sure who handled who. You see, the ST is perfectly capable of handling everyday driving tasks with relative comfort and ease, but it doesn't take long before you find you realise that nothing about this car says "everyday". A very hot hatch While the hot hatch wars don't generate nearly as many...

  • Could this weird-looking concept take on the Smart FourTwo?

    Smart, the Mercedes Benz-owned city car brand, has always set the mark pretty high when it comes to technology and innovation in small vehicles. But if one, relatively unknown, Russian carmaker has its way, that could soon change. The manufacturer, called Mirrow, has unveiled refreshed designs for its concept, which it calls the Provocator. Rather than trying to shrink every aspect of a car down, as Smart has done, Mirrow's decided that what people actually want is a car that's about as tall and wide as an SUV, but which is only 270cm long. While it seems a...

  • Volvo wants to deliver online shopping to your car

    Anyone who's ever sat at home waiting for a package to be delivered knows what a pain it can be. It would be much more convenient if you could go about your day and your package could be delivered to your car right? If you answered yes to that question, you're obviously on the same wavelength as the bigwigs at Volvo. The Swedish car maker this week announced a partnership with Swedish start-up 'urb-it', which it claims will allow for in-car delivery of online shopping in under two hours. Under the terms of the agreement, urb-it's vetted delivery personnel --...

  • Tesla wants to build 500k cars a year by 2018

    You can't argue that Tesla doesn't have serious ambitions. In its Q1 update, the California-based electric car maker announced plans to build 500 000 cars a year by 2018. That's significantly more than it's current production capacity, which it says will allow it to deliver between 80 000 and 90 000 new vehicles in 2016. According to Tesla's note, hitting the 500 000 cars a year mark by 2018 would put it two years ahead of its original schedule and is largely driven by the need to meet demand for the Model 3. "In the first week of taking...

  • Ford B Max EcoBoost: get your dad on

    I am, at the time of this article going live, 28-years-old and have no children. I do, however, listen to talk radio and tell incredibly lame jokes. And that means I'm reasonably qualified to review the Ford B Max EcoBoost: a dad car with an impressive sting in the tail. Make no mistake, no one's going to think you're the coolest dad in the school-yard if you pull up in this mini-people carrier. Once you've explained to everyone why it's such a "sensible" choice though, Ford's clever 1.0l EcoBoost engine means you'll be able to burn them as you...

  • Rossi wins in Jerez : the motorsport roundup

    This weekend, most of world's motorsport action was of the two-wheeled variety. In Jerez, Valentino Rossi continued his sublime run of form, and South Africa was able to claim a rare victory thanks to Brad Binder's out-of-this world performance in the Moto 3 race. In four-wheeled racing meanwhile, the action turned to the Paris leg of the Formula E championship and Carl Edwards took his second race win in a row. Moto GP: Rossi rules in Jerez The MotoGP circuit wound its way to Spain this weekend, where Valentino Rossi continued the great run of form he's found in...

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