hybrid

  • 1.5 Toyota Yaris Pulse arrives in SA

    It was around 2005 that the Toyota Yaris first hit South African shores and now, some 12 years later, the latest Yaris Pulse range has arrived. We drive along some spectacularly scenic roads and try out the peppy new 1.5kW 82kW engine. Forming twenty percent of the passenger market,...
  • Mercedes hits back hard with 600kW AMG GT

    The 2017 Geneva Motor  Show is now fully underway with manufacturers giving the public tastes of their new models coming to market, and glimpses of what might come further in the future. Mercedes stole the show on Tuesday with the debut of the Mercedes GT Concept- a 600 kW...
  • Controversy as VW hint at Golf GTi hybrid

    The next generation Golf GTi is likely to feature hybrid power for better performance, fuel economy but probably not cost. We can already run the headline ‘most powerful Golf GTi, yet.’ This quantum leap in powertrain is mostly permitted by the Group’s 48V system which made its debut in...
  • All the sexiest engine sounds from 2016

    How does one summarise 2016’s motoring year? Through the crackles, fizzes, pops and gurgles of the finest engines ever made of course. This little compilation covers everything from big normally aspirated lumps, hybrid powertrains and turbo charged units. May 2017 be the end of synthesized, artificial engine sounds....
  • Choose your power source with Volvo XC90 T8

    An imposing 7-seater SUV weighing 2350 kilograms does not conform to the classic mould for a hybrid powertrain. As a range the Volvo XC90 is expected to cover long distances or perhaps do a spot of towing – neither of which are a hybrid’s forte. Yet until the Volvo...
  • Efficient Mercedes C 350 e comes at a price

    Hybrids can easily make a bad first impression. Take the new C 350 e from Mercedes as an example. When it was dropped off for road test the battery was flat and because I had no opportunity for a quick charge and barely had enough time to acquaint myself...
  • BMW adds to hybrid assault with 740e

    BMW’s newest edition to the hybrid era has arrived, the 4 cylinder 740e. It’s good but is it a better option than the petrol and diesel equivalents? And are you one of the handful of early-adopters who will help blaze the electric trail? This decade has seen in-car technology...
  • Toyota proves ugly can be efficient with new Prius

    The pioneer of the green car revolution, the Toyota Prius has certainly come of age with the fourth generation now on sale in South Africa . Finding style from its once boxy design, the 2017 Prius has managed to grow some curves since its original launch almost 20 years ago and...
  • Racy carbon dress is inspired by BMW i8

    The extravagant world of fashion takes its inspiration from time to time from the car industry and the end result in most cases is quite odd. That being said, Daniela and Annette Felder working at their London-based design studio Felder Felder have come up with an unusual dress serving...