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  • 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...

  • It’s official: GP2 Series is now Formula 2

    GP2 is usually the final stepping stone for drivers hoping to get to Formula 1, being a support series for the top-flight of motorsport as well. That connection has waned a little in recent years, as drivers from Formula 3, Formula Renault 3.5 and other categories find their way to F1. Now, after weeks of rumours, the FIA has announced that the GP2 Series will be renamed Formula 2, with a view to position it more closely to Formula 1. "Completing this process with Formula One Group and bringing FIA Formula 2 to life is a very important step. The championship...

  • The driving demerit system explained

    With the constant delay of the Demerit driving system in South Africa, many people have forgot about it altogether. Despite a pilot test in 2008, the delay has partially been as a result of a pending feasibility study, an assessment of technological requirements, law enforcement criteria, and an analysis of human resources needed to ensure the successful implementation of the system. AARTO, or the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences, are set to meet before the end of February in Bloemfontein. This will be in preparation of a country-wide rollout of the demerit system. What will the demerit system entail? Every driver will...

  • Amazon greenlights ‘Le Mans: Racing is Everything’

    We've seen quite a few solid documentaries covering the Le Mans 24 Hours event, such as the Truth In 24 movies and Journey to Le Mans. Now, we can expect another take on the gruelling race, after Amazon greenlit a new series called Le Mans: Racing is Everything. The company announced that the series, which hasn't received a release date yet, would hit over 200 countries/territories that currently have Amazon Prime. "The limited series will explore what is known as 'the Mount Everest of motorsports', the gruelling, non-stop 24-hour car race that has taken place annually in Le Mans, France since...

  • F1 testing day one: Hamilton tops timesheets

    The first day of F1 testing has concluded, as teams take their newly revealed 2017 challengers out for a shakedown. Of course, testing shouldn't necessarily be a judge of outright performance, but it does make for interesting reading anyway. As for the number one runner? Why, that goes to 2016 runner-up Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes, having run 73 laps in the afternoon and hitting a time of 1:21:765 on soft tyres. Interestingly enough, this time is only a tenth of a second down on the fastest lap at Barcelona, a 1:21:670 by Kimi Raikkonen in 2008. The official F1 website added that the...

  • Revealed: Ferrari and Mercedes 2017 F1 cars

    We've seen a few F1 teams reveal their 2017 challengers, but the past 24 hours have seen heavyweights Mercedes and Ferrari show off their cars for the first time. Mercedes took the wraps off the W08 yesterday, conducting a few test runs at Silverstone in the process. The car differs from Sauber and Force India's racers by leaving off the "thumb tip" at the end of the nose, much like last year's title-winning W07. The new Mercedes car also has a less prominent "shark fin" on its spine. Otherwise, it largely follows the 2017 regulations, with lower, wider wings, fatter tyres and...

  • Kia South Africa issues recall for selected Sportage models

    Kia Motors South Africa has announced a safety recall of selected Kia Sportage cars manufactured in Korea between 9 August 2007 and 22 May 2009. The recall of 305 cars is related to issues with the models' hydraulic electronic control unit. "The Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit monitors individual wheel speeds and will, when determined, operate the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Stablity Programme (ESP)," Kia SA says in an emailed statement. "There is a possibility that corrosion of the wire harness connector pins in the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit assembly can occur due to improper sealing of the Hydraulic ECU’s wire...

  • F1: Williams first to reveal images of 2017 challenger

    The 2017 F1 season is poised for a huge shakeup thanks to significant rule changes this year. Between wider tyres and higher downforce, the cars are set for a huge speed improvement as a result. Now, Williams has become the first team to show off its car, giving us a few images of the FW40 challenger... The new car shows off the wider tyres for this season, as well as the cranked front wing, aggressive sidepod designs and lower rear wing. It's interesting to note that the "thumb tip" on the nose is still there, so those hoping for sleeker noses will be...

  • 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...

  • PowerDrift shows what Valentine’s Day means to petrolheads

    Usually Valentine's Day is the day you show the one you love just how much they mean to you. But, what if the one you love is on wheels and burns fuel? Today you'll be seeing lots of red, and not those troublesome robots or stop signs The YouTube team over at PowerDrift released their epic Valentine's Day montage to remind us all of the passion behind a beautiful piece of machinery. Whether you drive a beat-up Honda or a neon-green Kawasaki, those wheels do or did have a special place in your heart. Regardless of whether or not you own a vehicle, everyone appreciates something...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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