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General Motors to pull out of South Africa

General Motors on Thursday made major announcements concerning its operations in India and South Africa. The automaker confirmed that it will cease sales in India by the end of 2017, though it will still continue to manufacture cars there for export. A long time ago! Stefan Jacoby, who heads GM’s unit for emerging markets, said […]

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FORD APPROVED SHELBYS NOW IN SA

Shelby’s full range of high performance Mustangs is now available in South Africa in an extensive range of Ford Motor Company approved performance and aesthetic upgrades.The products of the legendary US tuning company set up by the late, great Carroll Shelby whose mighty Cobras toppled Ferrari at Le Mans, Shelby today specialises in bespoke aftermarket conversions on new Ford Mustangs. Shelby South […]

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Ferrari Doesn’t Want to Build an F1-Powered Hypercar

If you want a road car with an F1-derived V6, you’ll have to buy a Mercedes. Capitalizing on its recent F1 success, Mercedes-AMG will soon debut a 1000-plus-hp hybrid hypercar powered by a V6 engine derived from its 1.6-liter F1 unit. This stands in sharp contrast with the Ferrari LaFerrari, which uses a 6.3-liter V12 […]

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First drive: The 2018 McLaren 720S leaps toward excellence — and sticks the landing

If you haven’t already done so, take a minute and really look at the McLaren 720S — in person, if you can find one, but photos will do for now. It’s long, low, wide: everything a supercar should be. But even on the surface there’s a lot going on, and much of it is subtle. […]

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JAGUAR F-PACE VOTED 2017 BEST AND MOST BEAUTIFUL CAR IN THE WORLD

F-PACE wins two titles at 2017 World Car Awards Jaguar’s first performance SUV takes 2017 World Car of the Year title Also wins World Car Design of the Year prize The F-PACE is Jaguar’s fastest selling global model Jaguar is Europe’s fastest-growing car brand  The Jaguar F-PACE is officially the best and most beautiful car […]

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What’s going to happen to all those VW TDI diesels?

 The question of what to do with diesel Volkswagen vehicles that the automaker has purchased back has plagued the company from the early months of the TDI crisis, as it became clear regulators would force VW to buy back hundreds of thousands of vehicles. VW is using a number of large sites around the country […]

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The Audi RS5 aims straight for the BMW M4 and AMG C63

A more aggressive design comes with more aggressive performance If an automaker is going to raid the corporate parts bin, they should take a page from Audi and its new RS5 coupe, which debuted at this year’s Geneva motor show. Previously powered by a 4.2-liter V8, the new coupe has Porsche power under the hood […]

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Paris Motorshow: Renault hoping for a sporting revival

Renault is both dipping into its memory banks and looking forward to an all-electric future as it uses the Geneva motor show to remind us all that, aside from diesel Meganes, the family Fluences and new Captur crossovers, it has long been a truly sporting brand. Brought out of long-term stasis (there hasn’t been a […]

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Opel/Vauxall join PSA

 General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM) and PSA Group (Paris:UG) today announced an agreement under which GM’s Opel/Vauxhall subsidiary and GM Financial’s European operations will join the PSA Group in a transaction valuing these activities at €1.3 Bn and €0.9 Bn, respectively.   With the addition of Opel/Vauxhall, which generated revenue of €17.7 Bn in 2016 , […]

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Lamborghini delivers first of 40 Centenarios

The first example of Lamborghini’s latest limited edition supercar, the Aventador-based Centenario, has been delivered to its owner, a collector from the United Arab Emirates. He’s gone with a coupe but Lamborghini has also shown a Centenario Roadster. Photos taken during the delivery were posted by Czech website Autoforum and reveal that the first car […]

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Maximum velocity: 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 hits 198 mph

Chevrolet has taken the 2017 Camaro ZL1, equipped with the 10-speed automatic, to Germany to test its maximum velocity. No, they didn’t rocket around the Nürburgring again. Instead, the automaker hit the country’s Automotive Testing Papenburg proving ground to find out the ZL1’s top speed. They recorded an average of 198 mph on the 7.6-mile […]

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The next-gen Ford Fiesta ST is 1.5 liters of fury

 The upcoming Ford Fiesta replacement evolves the already stellar ST When Ford showed off the next-generation Fiesta, the company was tight-lipped about the subcompact’s performance version. Now, ahead of the Geneva motor show, Ford has finally shed light on what we should expect with the future Fiesta ST. The upcoming hot hatch will have a 1.5-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder under its […]

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The Ford GT Competition Series is your race-ready supercar

Ford takes even more weight out of the Ford GT for its Competition Series In an effort to make the already race-proven Ford GT even more track-ready, Ford is set to offer its supercar in a Competition Series. The additional Ford GT trim is supposed to make it more suitable for folks who identify as “hardcore track enthusiasts.” […]

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Nissan previews BladeGlider before Geneva motor show debut

New electric cars need consular and diplomatic staff, led by ambassadors, preferably with diplomatic immunity. And Margot Robbie has just been named ambassador for Nissan’s electric vehicles. Her official ride (still missing the required diplomatic license plates) is the fully electric Nissan BladeGlide, which she has just taken for a spin around Monaco Grand Prix […]

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Ferrari 812 Superfast is a quicker, sexier F12berlinetta

Maranello’s most powerful road-going V12 is coming to the Geneva auto show Ferrari’s Geneva show stand is getting a big boost with the unveiling of the 812 Superfast, a car replacing both the F12berlinetta coupe and TDF.According to Ferrari, the 812 is the most powerful and fastest road-going Ferrari ever and celebrates 70 years since […]

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Lightweight Pagani Huayra Roadster arrives to warp your brain

Pagani has decided that Valentine’s Day would be the perfect time to reveal its latest Huayra to the world. (Smart move considering that it’s one of the most beautiful cars ever created.) This is the Pagani Huayra Roadster, and it’s taken seven years to get here (America). While the coupe was launched in 2011, it […]

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One Man. One Nissan GT-R.

Spirit of the Takumi is alive and well at South African NHPCs  The new 2017 Nissan GT-R represents the company’s pinnacle of engineering and Japanese automotive expertise with only five master craftsmen certified to hand-build each GT-R engine.Nissan extends this bespoke approach to the care and servicing of every GT-R through its global network of […]

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The Mini Countryman Gets the Inevitable John Cooper Works Treatment

Back in October, Mini introduced the redesigned, larger Countryman. The added size gave it a bit more cargo room, bringing it in line with other subcompact CUVs. If you’re looking for that utility with a little more sporting flair, now there’s a John Cooper Works version of the Countryman. High-performance cute-ute? Overgrown hot-hatch? We’re not […]

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At 216 mph, the Ford GT is the fastest car ever from the Blue Oval

*    Assisted by fully active dynamic systems, all-new Ford GT achieves top speed of 216 mph – the highest ever for any Ford production vehicle •    Strong power-to-weight ratio coupled with the most advanced active suspension system in the segment gives Ford GT the edge in lap times versus          the    competition •    Fully active dynamic […]

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Toyota considering new high-performance sub-brand following WRC return

Toyota is considering creating a new sub-brand for high performance cars following its much-anticipated return to the World Rally Championship.The manufacturer’s motorsport wing, Gazoo Racing, is already responsible for overseeing its efforts in the World Endurance Championship and will also build the cars for next year’s WRC season, Toyota’s first in 17 years. With all […]

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RN30 concept previews Hyundai’s first ‘N’ performance car

Hyundai established a standalone performance division in 2015 to develop cars leveraging knowhow from its various motorsport programs, namely its World Rally Championship efforts.The division is called Hyundai N and the first product will be a hotted-up version of the new i30 hatchback. The i30 is the latest member of Hyundai’s Elantra range and the […]

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New Toyota Supra: engine, specs, release date

  The high-performance Toyota Supra will return in 2018, boasting hybrid technology derived from that used by Toyota’s Le Mans race car.The Supra will be the product of a joint venture between Toyota and BMW, a project that’ll also spawn the next-generation BMW Z4. It’s understood that the co-operation between the two carmakers extends to […]

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Nissan and BMW switch on first joint coastal EV charging stations

 Nissan South Africa and BMW Group South Africa have added momentum to Cape Town’s green revolution with the introduction of their first joint electric vehicle (EV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) charging stations in the Western Cape. The three charging stations are located at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town and are […]

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Report: VW to drop 40 models in restructure

The Volkswagen Group, still reeling from the fallout of last year’s revelation of its diesel emissions cheating, on Thursday released the first details on an overarching strategy aimed at moving past the scandal and transforming the company into a leader in sustainable mobility. One of the biggest challenges in the new strategy, titled Together – […]

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2017 Maserati Quattroporte: Here’s your new luxe Italian sedan

New trim, tech and aero could make this the best Quattroporte to date For 2017 the Maserati Quattroporte will get a slew of new technologies, redesigned bumpers and an electrically adjustable Air Shutter placed in the grille. The new shutter, when combined with the redesigned bumpers and undercar aero, reportedly decreases the luxury sedan’s coefficient […]

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A TYPICAL ENDURANCE ROUTE FOR TOYOTA KALAHARI BOTSWANA 1000 DESERT RACE

                        •       A feast of motorsport for cross country racing enthusiasts Anyone harbouring expectations that the route for the Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Race will differ materially from years gone by is not paying attention.The route for this year’s race from June 24 to 26 is typically Kalahari. That means plenty of […]

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McLaren Celebrates 50 Years in Formula 1 With Bespoke 570S Coupe

When you think about the McLaren Formula 1 team, most gearheads think about three color schemes: white & red (Marlboro years), silver and black (West years) or black & red (2015 to present). However, the first-ever car raced by McLaren in Formula 1 prides itself on an alluring white & green paint combo. The culprit […]

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Happy birthday M3! Here’s a special edition to celebrate

’30 Years M3′ will pay tribute to E30 original BMW has no shortage of anniversaries to celebrate this year. For one, the automaker itself turned 100, an occasion it marked with a very futuristic-looking concept car. The BMW 2002 celebrated the half-century mark with an M2 Hommage that paid tribute to the Neue Klasse classic. […]

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Ferrari builds one-off 458 MM Speciale for a lucky Brit

Special Speciale gets running gear from 458, styling cues from 488 Ferrari debuted its latest one-off at its Fiorano company track with chief test driver Dario Benuzzi behind the wheel. The 458 MM Speciale will eventually go to what we’re assuming is a very rich and happy British owner.The Speciale is based on the 458 […]

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Pagani Huayra BC first drive: A carbon fiber and titanium triumph of passion

Horacio Pagani builds an experience far greater than the sum of its parts 2,685 pounds. 800 hp (tba). These aren’t figures to be sniffed at. At this upper echelon of the hypercar game, however, we’ve seen so many crazy numbers and figures and heard so many promises — too often, promises made and never truly […]

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Aston Martin Vantage GT8 blurs line between race car and road car

Aston Martin has unveiled the most extreme version of its Vantage V8 yet, developed out of its successful line of GT racers.  The Vantage GT8 is lighter and more powerful than the existing Vantage lineup and incorporates aerodynamics inspired by the GTE and GT3 class racers built by the Prodrive-run Aston Martin Racing organization. Carbon […]

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SOUTH RACING TO FIELD TOYOTA HILUXES FOR ALVAREZ AND TEAM AZIMUT’S COFFARO IN ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE

South Racing is making the final preparations for the first of two gruelling desert cross-country rallies in the space of four weeks and is counting down to the start of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, round two of the FIA Cross-Country Rally World Cup.One of the world’s most difficult automotive off-road challenges takes place across […]

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Mini Goes Big By Staying Small

For nearly 60 years, Mini has been the epitome of cheap and cheerful. What’s more, it single-handedly created the two-box, front-wheel drive, transverse engine template that virtually every hatchback, crossover, and city car uses today. When BMW took over and rebooted the brand for 2001, it sought to bring everything that was great about the […]

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Rally driver’s quick reactions saves cow from becoming steak dinner

Watch rally champion Sebastien Ogier navigate his way around a moo-ving obstacle There is a reason Sebastien Ogier is a three-time World Rally Champion. The Frenchman, however, took his first loss of the 2016 season last weekend at the Rally Mexico while Jari-Matti Latvala took the spoils. One thing that could have shaken Ogier up […]

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Spyker Returns With the Meticulously Beautiful C8 Preliator

 Syker makes me lust for cars in a way I have never lusted for cars.The small Dutch company, known mostly on a mass-market basis for its aborted attempt to buy Saab from General Motors, has never really made more than one model at a time. But Spyker is the hand-pressed extra-virgin olive oil to your Filippo Berio; […]

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VW GTI to go racing in new TCR International Series

There’s a new FIA-sanctioned racing series known as the TCR International Series, where the cars competing are all based on affordable compacts. The series was started by organizers of the World Touring Car Championship and prides itself on having a low cost of entry and low running costs, thus making it ideal for small private […]

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Opel Astra named 2016 European Car of the Year

During the hustle and bustle of last week’s Geneva Motor Show, organizers of the European Car of the Year awards named the latest Opel Astra the winner for 2016. This bodes well for cars in the United States as the underlying platform of the Astra, General Motors Company’s [NYSE:GM] D2XX platform, is found in latest […]

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The Lamborghini Centenario is a tech-packed, 770-hp birthday party for Ferruccio

The Lamborghini Centenario, which just debuted at the 2016 Geneva motor show, isn’t just another super-fast wedge-shaped collector’s item (although it is all of those things). It is, as its name suggests, a tribute to company founder Ferruccio Lamborghini; he would have turned 100 this April. It’s an exclusive birthday present, too: Just 20 coupes […]