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MW has launched an entirely new brand -known as BMW i - that will focus on the development of purpose-designed and built sustainable, premium mobility solutions. That's boardroom-speak for electric and hybrid vehicles. The i brand started out as a BMW Group think tank in 2007 with the aim of exploring solutions for electric drive systems and hybrids. The first tangibles of the chin-scratching will be the i3 and i8 models that should see the light of day by 2013. The i3 - previously known as the...

Behind The Tech

The MyFord Touch technology fitted to range-topping Focus models offers new ways of accessing the car's info-tainment system via voice control and switches on the steering column. The system operates through two displays one on the instrument panel displays vehicle information, while the eight-inch touch screen mounted mid-facia presents the four main features that can be operated via SYNC voice control -audio, telephone, navigation and climate control. The system seemed to work quite well on...

Driving The New Audi A6

Although the outgoing A6 range hasn't traditionally enjoyed the same levels of popularity in the South African market as in Europe (it's the class leader in Germany), Ingolstadt's executive saloon is undoubtedly an important character in the vorsprung success story. So, having achieved its objective with the outgoing (C6 generation) A6 - at least in the global market - Audi could not be expected to meddle too much with the design of the C7. That said, the new car does manage to display some,...

Engine Speed

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Has to drop the lower tailgate and shift them in with no danger of damaging any paintwork. A bonus is that you can also stash all your wet gear in the space under the board. This gives the appearance of an empty vehicle when viewed through the side or rear windows. Another novel interior feature is the heads-up display which shows speed, cruise control settings and a distance alert to warn the driver whether the distance to the vehicle in front is far enough to allow an emergency stop. On a...

Japie Makes Toast

I remember reading many years ago that the 1937 Mercedes-Benz GP team used to fry an egg on the back wheel of one of their cars after one lap of a racing circuit to show how hot the tyres got. Using a car as a cooking utensil was very popular just after WW2. A number of shops used to sell specially-shaped containers that could be fitted on top of exhaust manifolds to cook food. Some manifolds were obviously more suited to that kind of thing than others. The other day Japie tried to use a car...

Journey Wrapup

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Most Popular Galleries

Facebook and Twitter users can get up-to-the-minute information on what's happening in the motoring world. Log on, like our CAR magazine page on Facebook or follow our staff on Twitter and you can have access to the staff-and reader-generated content including write-ups, videos and photographs. Audi's smallest offering is making big waves among the young and trendy set in South Africa.

Nationalise This

Seeing that there are so many obstacles to acquiring personal transport these days, perhaps the Marxists up at the top should forget about the mines Thami Masemola has been writing about cars for eleven years, working for and contributing to various magazines, websites and newspapers including WorldCarFans.com, Sowetan, ThisDay, Dunhill magazine, Sunday World and Finance Week. He is the former editor of Y, Tribute and Blink lifestyle magazines. When he's not scaring his neighbours with roaring...

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Webber will have Sebastian Vettel as the current world champion alongside at Red Bull. But the Aussie driver insisted it will not affect his strategy for the coming season. I need to get in a position where I can try and beat him as often as I can, said Webber. And, A member of the Australian parliament has called, on the grounds of costs, for his country not to renew its grand prix contract with F1 when the deal expires in 2015. Shanghai authorities, meanwhile, have agreed to continue hosting...

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South Africa's first-ever electric car gets put through its paces by the CAR editorial team. South Africa's first-ever electric car gets put through its paces by the CAR editorial team. If you consider yourself a petrolhead you have to (at least once in your life) either ride a superbike or, at least, sit pillion on one. You will never look at a sport- or su-percar in the same way It's Bikes vs Cars in Wilhelm Lutjeharm's blog. Log on to carmag.mobi for the free download of the month. Subscribe...

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Production Cars

2011 should prove to be an exciting season for the Bridgestone Production Car championship. There is a new race format that does away with the three races seen last year. In 2011 expect two pairs of back-to-back sprint races for a total of four races. There will be a short break between race one and two. Race two will start from a partially reversed grid based on the finishing order in race one. In addition, the pole sitter will then be able to choose whether the start of the race will be...

Road Test Changes

Last month we introduced a raft of design and content changes. There are a few more this month, as promised. We've refined our road test scoring system, for example - each car is now scored out of a total of 100, reached by a system that adds weighting to certain categories, depending on the type of car evaluated. As an example, in a test of an MPV, packaging would constitute a bigger part of the overall score. See our comparative test of the Mazda5 and VW Touran on page 66. We've also...

Still To Come

Hyundai is keen to bring its upcoming i40 station wagon to the local market. This stylish 'wagon follows the company's fluidic sculpture design language with front-end features such signature design cues as the hexagonal grille, angled headlamps and character lines on either side of the bonnet lid. Features include heated and reclining front and rear seats as well a demister system that Hyundai claims can automatically detect and clear mist on the windscreen. The i40 will initially be offered...

Technical Matters Of Concern To The Motorist

Jake Venter is CAR's technical editor, engineer, mechanic, member of the American Society of Automobile Engineeis, World Engine of the Year juror and former shepherd. Visit www.carmag.co.za for more of his exclusive blogs. WE live in an age when price rip-offs are common and the automotive industry is one of the worst offenders. Just about every part you buy has a price tag that is completely out of proportion to the costs of manufacturing, shipping and storing. Electronic components are...

The Kubica Question

Robert Kubica's love for speed has cost him dearly. But what do you expect real racers such as him to do Sit at home Maurice Hamilton is an internationally-acclaimed full-time F1 reporter and author. A CAR contributor since 1987, he also writes for The Guardian in England and is the F1 commentator for BBC Five Live. SHOULD Robert Kubica have been allowed to go rallying just as F1 preseason testing was getting under way That was the dominant question once the news had begun to sink in about...

Topical Tips On Buying Used

Some prospective purchasers are put off by cars known to have expensive replacement parts. This is certainly an issue to bear in mind, but if it is also known to be a reliable make, the chances of needing to have many parts replaced are very low. So, over the years the cost of spares should not add up to much although it sometimes takes a while for manufacturers to obtain the correct items, often from overseas factories, so you could be without transport for some weeks. owner stated that there...

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Kers

The kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) has been reintroduced after a year's absence, but it is also not compulsory. Last year the system was not used by mutual agreement, resulting in an increase in fuel tank size. Now that KERS is back, some redesign will have to take place to accommodate the battery packs. The most popular KERS is similar to the system used on production car hybrids. A generator driven by the rear wheels absorbs some of the energy wasted during braking to charge a battery...

Dirty Tricks Of The Used Car Salesman

Any moons ago as a naive young articled clerk, I went to a used car dealership in Eloff Street Extension and purchased my first dream car. The salesman must have seen me coming from a mile away and he took me to the cleaners and back. In fact, this salesman (Tony, if I recall correctly) couldn't lay straight in bed even if he tried. Revenge is a dish best eaten cold is an old saying, so please allow me to have my revenge and share some dirty tricks that salesmen and dealers get up to.

Funding Issues

There have been two major reasons for the delays in the Joule project. At first we said we would build 4 000 cars a year. The business model was built around that number, and we could do that. However, after the hugely positive response in Paris and when market analysts started confirming our expectations of the electric car market in the next few years, we decided to go for full series production of 50 000 cars or more a year instead. Today, with a very small delta, we can do 4 000 cars a...

The Sa Market

Is Mzansi ready for the electric car The answer may not be what you think. Diana Blake, Optimal Energy's sales and marketing director, certainly believes there is South Africa is actually better-placed than most countries for the electric car, she says. Most people who can afford a car of the Joule's price (R235 000 to R280 000), own a house with a garage with an electrical outlet. Initially Joule will go to fleets in large numbers and we're already in discussion with several companies about...

Behind The Wheel

Lutjeharms Body

The prototype vehicles that the CAR team drove in February were hand-built by Jimmy Price's Hi-Tech Automotive in Port Elizabeth, but save for the lack of features such as ESP and airbags, they appear to be almost completely customer-ready. Mr Price needs to be commended on doing an excellent job - this is the first five-door fibreglass car of its type in the world Underneath the Helfet-penned lines (which drew many much better in the metal comments) is a steel spaceframe with a floorplan built...

In The Beginning

Optimal Energy was born in 2004 when its current CEO Kobus Meiring and three of his colleagues were completing the South African Large Telescope (SALT) project in Sutherland. We arrived at a typical 'what next ' point, he recalls. Having always been interested in anything sustainable, Kobus and his colleagues investigated power generation (wind, solar and even waves) before turning their attention to transportation. One of the first clues of a possible solution came from the world of toys. As a...

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Ford Escort Mk2 Minilight

Belonged to an elderly lady in Sandton, sharing a garage with a Jaguar XK150 and a 1930s Rolls Royce. And he picked that one up for R11 000 To give you an idea of what these things cost ex-UK, the block alone goes for R40 000 The blue Mk II RS2000 re-creation is of a different spec altogether. It was built by two Ford enthusiasts, Dan Prins and Johnny van Wyk, and these guys spared no expense in the build-up. Laurie says they showed him receipts totalling R150 000 for all the exotic bits. The...

Local Engineering

What needs to be realised, right from the start, is that a project of the Joule's scale has never before been attempted in South Africa. This country may have an excellent reputation for building cars, but never before has one been designed here and engineered for series production. For the small team that existed at the start of the Joule project, the task was massive Gerhard Swart, chief technical officer describes those early days South Africans have always been good at understanding...