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  • Toyota sticks to what’s always worked for new Hilux

    For the people who drive them -- and they range from farmers, to builders, and suburban moms -- the arrival of a new Toyota Hilux is something to be savored. And with good reason too. The Hilux has built a name for itself as the toughest, most rugged vehicle you can lay your hands on over the past 47 years, selling some 16-million units along the way. There are bound to be a fair few ears therefore pricking up at news that Toyota has officially debuted the eighth generation Hilux. Set to debut in Australia and Thailand, Toyota claims...

  • Jag unveils Bloodhound SSC F-Type Rapid Response Vehicle

    A while ago we gave you the lowdown on the Bloodhound SSC, the latest attempt by the Brits to break the land speed record. It's an immensely fast, incredibly beautiful piece of engineering. It follows therefore that it wouldn't do to provide it with an ordinary support vehicle. It seems a pretty good thing then that it will be supported by a very special Jaguar F Type. As well as sporting Bloodhound SSC livery, the F Type R AWD Bloodhound SSC RRV, comes with a 550PS (542hp) 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine. The car has already played a role in...

  • Why the new Ford Focus RS’ Drift Mode is awesome…and incredibly important

    The RS that everyone over here in America has been salivating over for years? Well, it’s finally coming to the United States next year. And the best news? It has drift mode — seriously. Recently, the 2016 Ford Focus RS was on display in New York City. Manufactured in Germany, the car won’t be available in the United States for about a year, with a potential release date being eyed sometime in the spring of 2016. Ford’s yet to announce any pricing details, but for car enthusiasts, that might not be as important as checking out what this bad boy’s...

  • 5 super-luxurious SUVs that ask the question: who needs a limousine?

    A generous handful of people out there are wealthy enough to pay someone else to drive them around. And, no, summoning an Uber driver doesn’t count. Nope, not even Uber Black. We’re referring instead to those elite individuals who have full-time chauffeurs on their books (have a look at our earlier feature on the top chauffeur-driven cars for stinking rich technophiles). Such a well-to-do character clearly prefers the comfort of the rear seats to the apparent hard work of the driver’s perch, and thus recruits a professional driver to do his or her on-road bidding. This underling typically comes dressed in...

  • 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...

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