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Hilux Dakar – When the Tough get Tougher-er

The Toyota Hilux’s exploits have achieved something of a cult status, establishing an enviable reputation for the Japanese pick-up on a global scale. The resounding characteristic remains its inherent strength, durability and capability. In Toyota speak the acronym ‘QDR’ refers to Quality, Durability and Reliability – and indeed these three terms have come to underpin […]

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2019 TOYOTA COROLLA GOES GLOBAL

The latest version of Toyota’s best-selling small car finally lands on a common platformToyota Motor Corp. has a problem to fix on one of the most successful vehicles in its history. The worldwide popularity of the Corolla pulled Toyota into creating different architectures for different markets in recent years. And now, as it prepares to launch […]

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MEET SA’S NEW KING OF BAKKIES

South African exotic bakkie — or should that be exotic truck fans — now have something to really look forward to with the imminent arrival of the all-new 2019 Shelby F-150 ready for South African roads in right hand drive. “We are delighted to confirm that the order book is open for a limited number of […]

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WE HOPE THE RUMORS ARE TRUE BECAUSE AMERICA — NAY, THE WORLD — NEEDS ANOTHER DODGE VIPER

A sixth-gen Viper? We’ll take it, V10 or no Whether it’s the apocalypse or the arrival of the midengine Corvette, if you predict something long enough, you’re eventually gonna get it right. So we might as well get the rumor machine going with regard to the dearly departed Dodge Viper, which ended production last year — […]

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2018 MERCEDES-MAYBACH S560 ESSENTIALS: HAVE THE DRIVER TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME

 The Mercedes-Maybach S560 doesn’t just get a new badge for 2018 (it was formerly the S550); it’s now powered by a 463-hp version of the twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 we’ve come to know (and love) in the AMG lineup. Did I spend a good portion of a Friday night parked in a buddy’s driveway blasting music […]

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THE ASTON MARTIN DB11 AMR IS YOUR GRAND TOURING SUPERCAR

With 630 hp from its V12 and a top speed of 208 mph, Aston’s special DB11 is ready for high-speed cruising  Aston Martin is adding some of its race-proven prowess to its flagship grand tourer, the DB11. Dubbed the Aston Martin DB11 AMR, this hotter version makes more horsepower from its V12 mill than the standard DB11. […]

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Rolls-Royce Reveals the $325,000 Cullinan, Its Rowdy, Regal SUV

Rolls-Royce took the wraps off its first SUV in London today, revealing to the world a $325,000 machine it promises will be as robust off the road as it is regal on it.That’s a lot to ask, given the stout new Cullinan clocks in at over 5,800 pounds, 400 more than both Bentley’s Bentayga and […]

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Roush reveals Jackhammer Mustang with 710 horsepower

If you’re looking to add serious power to your Mustang, one of the best in the business is Roush.The Livonia, Michigan-based company late last year came out with a supercharger upgrade for the Mustang GT that lifts output to over 700 horses. Now Roush has installed the supercharger, code-named the 2650, in a special edition Mustang […]

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Peugeot continues its proud heritage in Africa with a new assembly plant in Namibia.

Groupe PSA and the Namibian government have signed an investment agreement facilitating the joint-venture agreement between Groupe PSA and Namibia Development Corporation (NDC) to assemble OPEL and PEUGEOT vehicles in Walvis Bay. Assembly will start in H2 2018 with an annual targeted volume of 5,000 units by 2020 to meet the SACU* countries market demand. […]

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THE LEGEND RETURNS: TOYOTA SUPRA REBORN

Toyota has revived the name and spirit of its most celebrated sports car, confirming that it plans to produce a new generation of the legendary Supra. The carmaker made its long-awaited commitment to reviving the famous Supra nameplate when it staged the world premiere of the dramatically styled Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept at the […]

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Techrules taking track-focused version of Ren electric supercar to Geneva

AQt the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show, Chinese startup Techrules shocked with its Ren supercar. The extended-range electric supercar boasted a central seating position, 1,287 horsepower, and looks designed by none other than famed Giugiaro. At the 2018 Geneva show starting Tuesday, we’ll see this more hardcore version designed strictly for track use. Called the Ren […]

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JAGUAR CHARGES AHEAD WITH ALL-NEW, ALL-ELECTRIC I-PACE

  “Where other companies talk about the future, we build it. We have torn up the rule book to create the newest member of the PACE family, the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE. With zero tailpipe emissions, no CO2 and no particulates, it moves us dramatically closer to our vision of a clean, safe and sustainable future.” […]

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2019 Aston Martin DB11 Volante first drive: Fashion over function

Aston’s new droptop lets the sun shine in but keeps the bluster at bay Rarely does a fabric-roofed convertible look as good as the coupe it’s based on, let alone drive equally well. But the Aston Martin DB11 Volante proves the exception. A new roof created in conjunction with sunroof/convertible specialist Webasto helps preserve the […]

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25 Modern Lancia Stratos Coming With 550-Plus Horsepower

The ’70s rally legend is reimagined as a modern supercar. The original Lancia Stratos carved out its role in motorsport history by dominating the early years of the World Rally Championship, securing the constructors’ title for Lancia for three consecutive years 1974-76. Because of a limited supply of the 2.4-liter Ferrari V-6 engines, Stratos production […]

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6 new electric vehicles headed to Nissan and Infiniti

Four of the new EVs will be Nissans, with two getting Infiniti badging The Nissan brand will get four full electric vehicles and Infiniti will receive two over the next five years, a top Nissan Motor Co. powertrain executive says. Those six battery-powered vehicles are the Japanese automaker’s share of the 12 EVs that are […]

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Bullitt is Back: Special Edition 2019 Mustang on the Way

50 years ago Steve McQueen’s “Frank Bullitt” character ripped up the streets of San Francisco in car chase scene that would become one of the most iconic of all time. His vehicle of choice was a ’68 Mustang GT Fastback in Highland Green—a car that would become as beloved as the film itself. Beginning in […]

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Toyota Gazoo Racing to debut racy Super Sport Concept

Toyota’s Gazoo Racing division is likely the envy of every gearhead employed by the Japanese automaker. In addition to having race programs in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) and World Rally Championship, Gazoo has begun tinkering with Toyota street cars and been hard at work on a wicked Le Mans-inspired concept vehicle. The GR Super Sport […]

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Mercedes-Benz on automated test drive in South Africa

On the road to autonomous driving:   Fourth leg of the Intelligent World Drive Road traffic in South Africa presents some very special challenges: different road surfaces, wildlife on rural roads and many pedestrians in the city as well as in the interurban traffic who often cross lanes completely unexpectedly. Automated and autonomous vehicles have to […]

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This is the McLaren Senna — your true F1 successor

In a world where the word “hypercar” is synonymous with a Formula 1-style hybrid driveline, insane amounts of power and enough teasers to make your head spin, McLaren introduces its latest hypercar — the P1’s successor — with a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 that spins just the rear wheels. Dubbed the McLaren Senna, after legendary racer Ayrton Senna, the newest Ultimate Series […]

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Morgan teases its most extreme road car to date

When it comes to building traditional sports cars, no other company in the world (that we can name, at least) is steeped in as much tradition and history as Britain’s Morgan Motor Company. Founded in 1910 by Harry Frederick Stanley Morgan, the company’s products look much the same today as they have going back almost […]

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FIRST DRIVE: The 2018 BMW M5 – Monster Power Meets Grip King

 In the world of sports sedans, the BMW M5 has always been the benchmark, from the decades-old E28 generation to the fans’ darling E60 and its V10 naturally aspirated engine. Its bloodline now stretches across six generations with the arrival of this latest F90 model which brings a novelty to the M brand – the […]

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Mini might make its entire lineup electric, but switching to EVs won’t be easy

Since acquiring the Mini trademark over a decade ago, BMW has not shied away from playing up the hot-hatch image of the brand — and that goes for the cars’ exhaust soundtracks. But BMW may soon have another, much quieter role for its small British division in mind as the German parent company maneuvers toward […]

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Waymo’s self-driving car fleet clips 4-million mile mark, set to kick off self-driving taxi service

Four million miles down, unlimited potential to go. Waymo’s fleet of self-driving cars has officially reached the four-million-mile mark in about eight years of total operation. And in the coming months, the company will launch a self-driving taxi service in Phoenix, Arizona, for the public to use. The pace of those self-driving miles has accelerated, and […]

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Rolls-Royce Phantom named “Luxury Car of the Year”

The Rolls-Royce Phantom has earned BBC Top Gear Magazine’s coveted ‘Luxury Car of the Year’, just weeks after its global media launch on the banks of Lake Lucerne in Vitznau, Switzerland. Referred to by the cognoscenti as ‘the best car in the world’, the eighth generation Phantom continues to earn plaudits from the world’s most […]

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JAGUAR XE SV PROJECT 8 IS WORLD’S FASTEST FOUR-DOOR CAR, WITH RECORD NÜRBURGRING NORDSCHLEIFE LAP

 Jaguar’s SVO-developed XE SV Project 8 is now the world’s fastest four-door car, following a production-intent prototype’s record lap of the Nürburgring Nordschleife. The incredible time of 7min 21.2sec is nearly 11 seconds quicker than the previous fastest sedan around the legendary 20.76km German circuit and puts the 441kW Project 8 ahead of some of […]

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Royal Enfield revives 650cc twin motorcycles from its storied past

Royal Enfield, the world’s longest-continuously operating motorcycle company, reached back into its history by re-introducing the Interceptor model at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy, on November 7. The new Interceptor, powered by a new 650cc parallel-twin engine, represents a departure from the company’s long-standing reliance on 350cc and 500cc singles, which began with […]

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5,000-horsepower Devel Sixteen debuts in production trim

Dubai’s Devel shocked the world four years ago when it announced plans for a 5,000-horsepower, V-16-powered car capable of speeds over 300 mph. At the time, the company rolled out a crudely built prototype that looked like it was hastily put together in a back shed somewhere. It goes without saying that we were skeptical. […]

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Walter Röhrl says Porsche 911 GT2 RS too fast for Nürburgring

It can be argued performance cars have reached a new golden age, an era defined by high horsepower, trick engineering, and incredible aerodynamic feats. However, one prominent figure, none other than famed Porsche driver Walter Röhrl, believes modern cars are now too fast for high-speed Nürburgring laps. The famed driver told Drive on Monday that […]

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This is the 755-hp 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

We’ve seen it for more than a year in spy photos testing at the Nurburgring, Laguna Seca and on city streets. Now, a couple days before the Dubai motor show we finally get a look at the mighty Corvette ZR1 in all its camo-free glory. With its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 boasting 755 hp and 715 lb-ft, if this is the C7 […]

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Bentley reveals new Continental GT3 racecar

Bentley Motorsport is today unveiling an all-new Continental GT3 racecar, currently in development for the 2018 motorsport season. The second-generation Continental GT3 is the latest dedicated racecar in an acclaimed Bentley motorsport lineage that includes the 4½ Litre, Speed Six and Speed 8 Le Mans winners. The first-generation Continental GT3 has proven to be a […]

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Rumors of the Subaru WRX STI’s Death Are Greatly Exaggerated

On Halloween, many of the Subaru faithful got their biggest fright of the day from headlines declaring the death of the Subaru WRX STI. Top Gear sadly pronounced that “The sports saloon that’s been with us close to 25 years, the one Gran Turismo and Colin McRae made us fall in love with, is leaving […]

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Fire risk forces BMW to recall 1 million vehicles

BMW is recalling approximately 1 million vehicles due to a risk of underhood fires. Two separate issues are at the root of the recall: the first, affecting 740,000 vehicles from the 1-, 3– and 5-Series lineup, along with the Z4 and X3 and X5, all from model years 2007-11, involves a rusty crankcase ventilation valve. The second problem affects 2006-2011 3-Series cars, about 673,000 […]

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Subaru WRX STI Final Edition is last of its kind

Subaru has announced a WRX STI Final Edition and while we’re used to limited-edition rally-inspired models from the Japanese manufacturer dating back to the 1990s, this one is said to be its last. Limited to 150 cars and aimed squarely at the UK’s Subaru enthusiasts, the go-faster version is claimed to “say farewell to this […]

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Alpine Is Taking the Gorgeous A110 Racing in a Single-Make Series

Alpine has a six-race series for the A110 Cup planned for next year, and it’s going to build around 20 cars.French sports-car maker Alpine became a legend through its motorsports success, so it’s only appropriate that its comeback car, the impossibly gorgeous A110, goes racing too.   Today, Alpine announced the Alpine Europa Cup, a […]

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The Sin R1 supercar is the craziest thing ever to come out of Bulgaria

When Bulgaria comes to mind (assuming it does at all), supercars and motor racing aren’t usually the thoughts that follow. Fun fact: The country is best known for producing almost all the rose oil consumed in the world. However, a Bulgarian supercar named the Sin R1 has quietly stepped forward over the last few years, […]

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Millenials are ruining traditional automotive marketing

In the scramble to stay relevant to digital natives more interested in smartphones than cars, automakers must be prepared to take more risks when positioning their brands and not shy away from edgy subject matter, a top BMW executive said. Speaking to attendees at the Automotive News Europe Congress here, Hildegard Wortmann said it was […]

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Opel and Vauxhall join Groupe PSA – Birth of a European Champion

The sale of Opel Automobile GmbH with its brands Opel and Vauxhall by General Motors to Groupe PSA has been finalized now. “It is a historic day,” said Opel Automobile GmbH CEO Michael Lohscheller. “We are proud to join Groupe PSA and are now opening a new chapter in our history after 88 years with […]

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Borgward bringing a modern Isabella to the Frankfurt auto show?

Revived German automaker Borgward is planning something special for September’s 2017 Frankfurt auto show. The automaker recently released a teaser image for a Frankfurt-bound concept car which is believed to be a low-slung, sporty coupe. Along with the teaser, Borgward released the tag line: “She is back!” This suggests that we’re likely to be treated […]