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  • 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 --...

  • Oh Tesla, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways

    Raise your hands if you, like me, raced to put in your pre-order when you heard the Tesla 3 would be heading to South Africa in late 2017. Within days of the announcement, the Tesla 3 had generated US$14-billion in reservations. It’s the first time that we as South Africans will get to see why Tesla is one of the world’s most popular cars. More interestingly, it’s also the first time Tesla will be shipping to a developing nation -- one where infrastructure and electricity supply are not always constant. So while the stats are impressive, the question lingers. Will the...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Nissan’s new compact crossover is called Kicks

    Nissan has unveiled its newest compact crossover and, to be completely honest, we're not really sure what to make of it. Called Kicks, the car is slightly larger than the Juke, the Nissan compact crossover which helped kickstart the segment. According to Nissan, the car retains the basic design cues taken from the Kicks Concept – first shown at the Sao Paulo Motor Show in 2014 and is built for "busy city-dwellers". The Japanese automaker says that it's spent a lot of time working on the car’s overall aerodynamic performance – not only to benefit its dynamic performance, but...

  • 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...

  • Autonomous Volvos to hit London by 2017

    Within the next year or so, Londoners could find themselves sharing the road with a fleet of autonomous Volvos. An unlike other autonomous driving trials, this one won't involve a bunch of scientists and engineers carefully observing what the cars get up to. Instead, real families, travelling on real routes will be ferried around by the autonomous fleet. The Swedish car maker says it will source its data from these everyday users and use this data to develop AD cars that are suitable for real world driving conditions, rather than the more unrealistic conditions found on test tracks. Drive...

  • Aston Martin and Red Bull’s hypercar: 3 reasons it could be truly glorious

    A British luxury car-maker and an energy drink brand from Austria. When it comes to hypercar collaborations, that doesn’t sound anything like a match made in heaven, does it? Well, the two are indeed teaming up to build what they describe as a “ground-breaking” new hypercar. Indeed, the odd couple says its upcoming creation will “represent the ultimate blend of cutting-edge F1 technology with Aston Martin’s signature sports-car design”. Of course, these days, Red Bull is more than a mere peddler of caffeine-infused beverages. The 32-year-old brand has numerous business interests, and has made a particular habit of purchasing and rebranding...

  • Renault joins the estate resurgence with Talisman

    This seems pretty neat. Renault has announced the launch of a new estate, providing further evidence that the form factor may be coming back into fashion. The will stand alongside the model’s saloon version that was revealed on July 6 2015. And according to Renault, this new large estate car delivers the same technological features as the saloon, along with extra load-carrying ability. Despite that extra carrying capacity, Renault says the Talisman is pretty frugal. According to the French automaker, its fuel consumption is as low as 3.5l/100km. "The TALISMAN Estate is a natural extension of the model’s saloon version,"...

  • Tesla Model 3 heading to South Africa

    It's a big day for Tesla and South African electric car fans, as the company announced that its mass-market Model 3 sedan is making its way to our shores. After the car was yesterday unveiled at a press event in the States, the company CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to announce the additional countries that will see the Model 3. One of which is South Africa. Adding several more countries to Model 3 order page tonight. Check for details, but will include India, Brazil, SA, SK, NZ, Sing & Ireland. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 31, 2016 Fellow BRICS nations, India and...

  • Maserati to recall 21 000 vehicles in China citing safety issue

    Maserati is recalling some 21 000 of its cars in China over an interior design flaw that could increase the risk of collision, the country's Xinhua state media announced. The Italian marque will pull the country's Quattroporte and Ghibli models made between 22 March 2013 and 3 December 2015 to remedy the issue. And the issue, you ask? The cars' floor mats beneath the driver's pedals can snag the accelerator pedal when the pedal's in the working position, leading to an obvious problem. Maserati has said that it will replace the pedals on the cars. While this isn't the largest recall in...

  • Jaguar Land Rover’s SVO division: four extraordinary creations… so far

    “Special Vehicle Operations”. Sounds like some sort of gadget-crazy division one might find in a James Bond film, doesn’t it? Well, while this unit is most certainly British, it’s actually a genuine business branch of the Jaguar Land Rover group. And its main task is to build a bunch of drool-inducing halo vehicles. Run from a dedicated technical centre on the outskirts of Coventry, the special operations division employs some 150 experts to think up and bolt together high-end luxury bespoke commissions and extreme performance vehicles. In a way, that makes SVO to Jaguar Land Rover (which, incidentally, is a wholly owned...

  • Opel might actually put its GT concept into production

    This seems promising. Opel is reportedly set to put its ultra-futurstic GT Concept into production. When Opel launched the GT Concept in Geneva a few months back, it was pretty clear about the fact that it was just an exercise in design and engineering and that it had no intention of bringing a production version into being. Now however, it seems to be changing its tune. That may be down to a positive response from the press and public, although taking the GT from concept to reality isn't going to be a straightforward exercise. According to Carscoops, one...

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