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New Cars

  • BMW brings Old School Goggles back: But this time with a twist

    BMW's Mini unit will be soon showing off a new system that presents a throwback in looks and a step forward in technology. The company is set to show off its Mini Augmented Vision goggles at the Shanghai auto show this week. The new tech-design feeds motorists with information while their eyes remain on the road. This is aimed at giving drivers a better all-round view of what happens outside their cars when they're not there. The augmented reality goggles project warnings, speeds and directions onto the lens in front of the drivers eyes. They also provide the driver with...

  • Suzuki introduces Ciaz to take on SA’s compact sedan market

    There's a new player in South Africa's compact sedan market and it comes from Suzuki. The Ciaz, which is the product of Suzuki's Indian subsidiary Maruti, is hardly likely to set your hair on fire. Then again, it's not really supposed to. The Ciaz appears to be pretty squarely aimed at the kind of young professional who thinks that a boot is safer than a hatchback and is well aware that there might be children in their near future. As has become Suzuki's wont, the Ciaz features the kind of comforts associated with much larger, more expensive sedans a...

  • VW set to unveil new Scirocco GTS in Shanghai

    Volkswagen has announced that it will be launching a new version of the Scirocco GTS at the upcoming Shanghai International Auto Show and it looks like a very special tribute to everything that badge has stood for over the past 33 years. The car, which has one of the most unmistakable profiles on the road, has a 220 PS (152kw) engine has a top speed of 246 km/h and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds. Other distinguishing features include new 18-inch alloy wheels and red brake callipers. If you're feeling particularly ostentatious, there's also the option...

  • 4 cars to look out for at the Shanghai International Automobile Show

    The international car show scene is pretty crowded these days. And if you're a car maker, that means a fair bit of added pressure. At all the major shows, at least, car fanatics and the world's motoring press alike expect you to release something new and exciting. And don't try and get away with too many abstract concepts either. People might occasionally get excited by a vision of what might be possible one day want to see cars that they'll be able to drive in the near future. That's even more especially true of high growth markets like China...

  • 5 things you need to know about the Tesla S 70D

    Tesla yesterday announced the launch of the Model S 70D, the entry level model in its all wheel drive D range. Admittedly it's not the most exciting launch to happen this year. New variants, especially at the bottom of a range, seldom get motoring journalists tapping away eagerly at their keyboards. The S 70D is important though, not least because it makes owning a Tesla an ever-so-slightly more realistic possibility. So what makes it different from the rest of the range, and what are you sacrificing if you choose to buy one? Well, as with so many things in...

  • Check out the ruggedly cute Adam Rocks S

    A little more than a year ago, Opel debuted the Adam Rocks at the Geneva Motor Show. It was a pretty cool take on the model but, if anything, the S variant is even cooler. Set to debut at the Amsterdam Motor Show, the Rocks S comes with chunky tyres, a 1.4-liter turbo, a swing top canvas roof, and enough cool to get a table at that coffee shop everyone's been talking about without having to call ahead first. The engine is capable of pushing out 110 kW/150 hp and can apparently get you from 0 to 100km/h in...

  • Why Mercedes-Benz’s decision to build a premium pickup makes so much sense

    When Mercedes-Benz recently confirmed its plans to bring a pickup truck to market before the end of the decade, many people reacted with large dollops of scepticism. A few no doubt checked their calendars, convinced that the news fell far too close to 1 April for comfort. No other premium manufacturer had ever even publically expressed an interest in going this route, after all. But, once you manage to wrap your head around the thought of a mid-size pickup wearing the famous three-pointed star, the decision starts to make sense. Oodles of sense, in fact. First, it's important to...

  • Porsche unveils new punchy Boxster Spyder

    Porsche has unveiled a brand new Boxster Spyder ahead of the New York Auto Show and one thing's for sure, it's a hell of a lot more aggressive than its predecessors. In stark contrast to most sports cars entering the market today, the Boxster Spyder's is only available in manual transmission. Its canvas roof meanwhile has to be operated by hand. According to Porsche, the suspension on the new Boxster -- which is 20mm lower than the last model -- has been firmed up. Combine that with the 3.8-liter six-cylinder 276 kW (375 hp) engine and you have something...

  • Range Rover unveils SVAutobiography ahead of New York

    If you're the kind of person who likes to climb every mountain and ford every stream in a state of total luxury, you might be interested to know that there's a new special edition Range Rover out. Called the SVAutobiography, the vehicle will act as a new flagship for the luxury British badge. Built at Range Rover's Special Vehicle Operations' (SVO) Technical Centre in the UK, the SVAutobiography features exterior design enhancements, a leather interior with "unique trim finishes" and the option of a 550PS 5.0-litre V8 supercharged engine. Set to be officially unveiled at the New York Auto...

  • McLaren announces 570s, baby of the range, to be launched at New York Auto Show

    McLaren has announced that it will be launching the 570S -- the baby in its Sports Series range -- at the New York Auto Show, which kicks off next week. According to the British performance car maker, the 570S will be a V8 powered, carbon fibre structured two seater. McLaren says that, like the other cars in the Sports Series range, the car will share its DNA with the Super Series and Ultimate Series that sit above it in the McLaren hierarchy. In line with the naming convention begun with the 650S, the number 570 gives away the power...

  • KIA releases new Optima sketch ahead of New York launch

    KIA is set launch a new version of the Optima at the New York Auto Show and, if the latest teaser sketch is anything to go by, it'll be more low-slung muscle car than sensible sedan. Of course, design sketches tend to be more than a little optimistic. They are, after all, their creator's vision of what the car should be, rather than a realistic reflection of what economics and scale actually allow for. What we can take from the image is that the so-called "tiger" grill will be more aggressive than in the current model and that the...

  • Jaguar unveils fresh teaser images of new XF

    Jaguar has given the world a glimpse of what the new XF will look like ahead of its launch at the New York Auto Show. Along with a couple of teaser images, the British marque has promised a pretty epic promotional stunt to launch the new car. According to Jaguar, Londoners will be able to see British stuntman Jim Dowdall perform the world's longest high-wire water crossing on 24 March. As part of the crossing, the car will drive across two 34mm-diameter wires, something which Jaguar says is designed to show off the "lightweight and agile credentials" of the...

  • SA’s Car of the Year finalists for 2015: Motorburn’s final impressions

    The WesBank/South African Guild of Motoring Journalists Car of the Year 2015 winner announcement will take place next Wednesday, 18 March. Ahead of this, I’ve taken a look at the finalists and asked some other journalists for their thoughts on this year's line-up. The Competition A key point that has been lost in recent years between journalists, the public, and jurors is just what the competition is rewarding. According to the competition administrators, the winning car must: Score highly in its class across a variety of categories including value for money, safety, dynamics, technology and aesthetics. Should demonstrate that it strives towards representing...

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