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  • 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...

  • Mercedes has an F1-inspired concept with a 25km electric range

    Mercedes has shown off a radical concept car at the Frankfurt International Motor Show, heavily inspired by its F1 cars. The two-seater Mercedes-AMG Project ONE vehicle produces over 1000hp, delivers an eight-speed manual gearbox and reaches a speed of over 350 km/h. "The high-performance plug-in hybrid drive system of the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE comes directly from Formula 1, and was realised in close cooperation with the motorsport experts of Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains in Brixworth," read a press statement on the automaker's website. As for the actual details, you're looking at a 1.6 litre V6 turbo engine combined with four electric motors. "One...

  • Volvo to deliver eclipse viewers for your sunroof (in USA)

    An upcoming eclipse is set to envelope a large part of the United States in darkness on 21 August. And if you've got a sunroof (and are in the eclipse's path), then it seems like a pretty neat way to view the celestial event. Now, Volvo has revealed eclipse viewers that attach to the XC60's sunroof, so you don't necessarily need to don a pair of eclipse glasses. The company added that it'll be shipping the eclipse viewers to "select Volvo retailers" in the eclipse's path of totality. So that means Oregon, Idaho, Nebraska, Missouri and South Carolina. "The XC60 Panoramic Moonroof...

  • 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...

  • Lamborghini Aventador S hits SA, and I obviously can afford it

    The Lamborghini Aventador S has arrived in South Africa, delivering some pretty mean performance for those that can afford it. The supercar packs a 740hp naturally aspirated V12 engine, being capable of 0-100km/h in 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 350km/h. Otherwise, the car also packs customisable driving modes, a four-wheel drive and steering system, and reworked aerodynamics for an increase in downforce. The big question is the price though, and the Aventador S has a R7.4-million (R7 488 000, to be exact) price tag. As for local availability? The car is available in Johannesburg, with "Cape Town planned for the end of...

  • 4 second-hand Ford models for pretty good prices

    Owning a car is pretty much a necessity in South Africa. Even with public transport and ride-sharing services, it’s not always feasible to go without a car. And having a car adds quite a bit onto your monthly expenses. Thankfully, SA is a country that thrives on the second-hand car market. When looking at a car to buy, it’s almost always more feasible to pick up something manufactured locally due to cheap car parts, like Ford, VW, or Toyota. At least there are numerous places where consumers can purchase second hand cars in SA. Besides the obvious elephant in the room...

  • Peugeot’s new 2008 SUV hits South Africa

    Compact crossovers have been the in-thing for a few years now, with Peugeot being no exception to the trend. The French marque delivered its 2008 SUV in 2013, and now, its latest model is set to hit South Africa this week. The 2017 model delivers a manual or six-speed automatic gearbox, a seven-inch touchscreen (part of its i-Cockpit suite) and a host of aesthetic improvements. The new vehicle is divided into four models, featuring the aforementioned two gearbox choices, a petrol or diesel drivetrain and three trim levels. The entry-level Active model delivers a 1.6-litre HDI turbo-diesel engine and five-speed manual gearbox. The second...

  • 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...

  • Tesla breaks 0-100kph record in new test

    Tesla's electric cars are known for extremely nippy acceleration --  hell, most electric cars are a kick in the pants. But a test found that the company's Model S P100D actually sets a new record. Motor Trend tested the car from a standstill, finding that it reached 30 miles per hour, 40 miles per hour, 50 miles per hour and 60 miles per hour faster than any other production vehicle. "In our testing, no production car has ever cracked 2.3 seconds from 0 to 60 mph. But Tesla has, in 2.275507139 seconds," the publication noted. We all know that Tesla's cars can slingshot...

  • This Toyota concept car can read your emotions

    "While we can't predict the future, we can inspire it." With these words, Toyota introduces its latest automobile specimen, the "Concept-i", a beautifully bizarre car concept that illustrates the Japanese automaker's wishes for "an automotive future wherein our cars can connect with us". Toyota aims to establish this connection via their innovative AI, namely "Yui", a creation of the CALTY Design Research Centre (a Toyota-focused design studio) and undoubtedly the most significant feature that the Concept-i boasts. Yui will not only act as your on-board virtual assistant but will double as a sort of tag-along therapist as well. Beyond providing basic guidance,...

  • Samsung Exynos chips to power Audi infotainment

    Samsung's Exynos chips are among the most powerful mobile processors around, but Audi is also getting in on the action now. The move will see Audi integrate Samsung's beefy silicon into its In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) system, the two brands confirmed in a joint statement. "With Exynos processors, Samsung has proven its technology leadership in performance, reliability and innovative packaging solutions, ” said Alfons Pfaller, Head of Infotainment Development at Audi, in the statement. “Through the PSCP , Samsung and Audi will work together to bring the best in-vehicle infotainment experience at the automotive quality level expected...

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