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This dashcam footage filmed in Durban, South Africa, shows a man fall off the back of what looks like a Hyundai H100 bakkie.

The clip shows the bakkie filtering left after taking an off-ramp. But the driver tackles the bend a little enthusiastically, with one of the men sitting in the load-bed (and on a generator, it seems) tumbling off and thudding into the tarmac.

Here’s hoping he wasn’t seriously hurt.

Watch the footage above…

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Brabus has made a habit of building crazy tuned Mercedes-AMG G63 models (remember the 515 kW 700 Widestar pack from 2018?). And the latest is this: the Brabus 800 Widestar.

As the name suggests, this derivative delivers 588 kW (or 800 hp) plus a towering 1 000 N.m of torque, figures up from the standard G63‘s 430 kW and 850 N.m. The 800 Widestar gets its extra power from the fittingly named PowrXtra performance upgrade that is applied to the thundering twin-turbo 4,0-litre V8. This includes two new turbochargers with a larger compressor unit, a modified core assembly and reinforced axial bearings.

With these changes (and some ECU tinkering), Brabus claims its 800 Widestar can hit 100 km/h from standstill in 4,1 seconds (a four-tenths improvement over the standard model’s claimed time), with top speed limited to 240 km/h (up from the standard 220 km/h) “due to the high vehicle weight”. The G63 retains its nine-speed [...]

A new report out of the United States suggests Mercedes-Benz could be preparing to revive its SLR badge.

According Drive, at the start of March 2019, Daimler applied to the United States Patent and Trademark Office to reserve the SLR badge for use on “land vehicles and structural parts thereof”.

The Stuttgart-based firm last used the moniker on the SLR McLaren that went out of production back in 2010, when the SLS AMG arrived on the scene (itself replaced by the Mercedes-AMG GT in 2014).

Of course, the two-seater, gullwing-doored Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR racer preceded these models way back in 1955, with the badge denoting “Sport Leicht-Rennen” (or Sport Light-Racing, in English).

As the publication points out, though, a trademark filing is by no means proof an automaker has plans to use the badge in question. Indeed, sometimes the firm simply wants to retain the rights to a specific name.

Still, Mercedes-Benz is undoubtedly already [...]

Volkswagen South Africa has confirmed the new T-Cross will launch locally in the third quarter of 2019 with a starting price “under R300 000”.

The local arm of the Wolfsburg-based firm says the T-Cross will be “available for pre-orders from the second half of the year”.

The Polo-sized crossover – which measures 4 237 mm long with a wheelbase of 2 551 mm – will take on the likes of the Ford EcoSport and Renault Captur.

From what we understand, initial engine options are expected to include a pair of three-cylinder 1,0 TSI petrol units (with outputs of 70 kW and 85 kW). A four-cylinder 1,5 TSI unit with 110 kW and a 70 kW 1,6 TDI powerplant are furthermore being considered for a 2020 introduction.

The T-Cross offers a claimed 377 litres of boot space (expandable to 455 litres when the second row of seats is shifted forward). Dropping the rear pews flat, meanwhile, [...]

If you’re a long-time, regular reader of this website (which, if you ask us, you really should be), you’ll probably remember a story from April 2018 suggesting the Volkswagen T-Roc was unlikely to be offered in South Africa. Well, the local arm of the German firm has now confirmed the Golf-sized crossover is indeed heading to SA.

VW SA confirmed the news to CARmag.co.za during the international launch of the smaller T-Cross in Spain. For the record, the Polo-sized T-Cross is scheduled to arrive in South Africa in the third quarter of 2019, with initial engine options expected to include a pair of 1,0 TSI petrol units (with outputs of 70 kW and 85 kW).

And the T-Roc? Well, while VW SA could not confirm an exact launch date, it seems likely the sub-Tiguan model will touch down on local soil in either the first or second quarter of 2020.

While local powertrain options have [...]

Since the new Mazda CX-30 unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show slots neatly between the smaller CX-3 and the larger CX-5, you may be wondering why it wasn’t simply badged as the CX-4. Well, wonder no more.

Speaking to Car and Driver, a US representative from the Japanese firm pointed out – as you might have known – that the brand already sells a vehicle wearing the CX-4 moniker in China. Apparently, the automaker was keen to avoid any confusion that could come with marketing two different vehicles under the same name, even in different markets.

However, another Mazda spokesperson hinted to Motor1.com that future members of the brand’s crossover stable could also follow a new nomenclature that kicks off with the CX-30.

“While the CX-30 slots in nicely between the CX-3 and CX-5 in most dimensions, Mazda gave it a distinctive name because it’s an all-new vehicle with features not yet available on [...]

Headlamp performance has improved drastically over the past few decades. We investigate the different technologies available today…

Can you believe there was a time when headlamps were optional on vehicles? Not that they were of much help, anyway: early versions (powered by candles, oil or acetylene) were feeble. Today, we take night driving for granted thanks to great lighting tech but innovation in this field hasn’t stopped. If you undertake a nocturnal journey at the wheel of a classic car, you’re bound to appreciate the value of modern illumination. Let’s compare headlamp technologies.

What is light?

Light consists of bundles of electromagnetic radiation known as photon particles. Visible light has a wavelength of around 400 to 700 nanometres, which fall between the infrared and ultraviolet spectrums. Colour temperature describes the colour radiated by an ideal black body and is measured in Kelvin. The orange flame of a match is rated at a colour temperature of [...]

A senior Honda executive has hinted the next-generation Civic Type R could adopt some form of electrification, leading to speculation the Japanese hot hatch will go the hybrid route.

Speaking to PistonHeads, Kohei Hitomi, project manager for the E Prototype, suggested the next-gen hot hatch could certainly benefit from electrification.

“We think it’d be quite easy to achieve Type R performance with a full EV right now, but Type R isn’t just about performance,” said Hitomi told the UK-based publication.

“It’s also about handling, operation and driveability. We don’t think it’s as simple as replacing that with electric power. That’s not the right direction for Type R,” he said.

Hitomi went on to hint Honda was looking at how electrification could “enhance” the Type R package (which is what the firm believes it achieved with turbocharging) rather than drastically change it.

“People complained when we said the Type R would use a turbocharger, but now [...]

Suzuki’s second-generation Ertiga – first revealed at the Indonesia International Auto Show back in April 2018 – has officially touched down in South Africa, boasting fresh styling, more space and a new engine.

The local range again comprises three derivatives: a GA-spec manual, a GL manual and a GL automatic.

While the outgoing Ertiga made use of a 70 kW/130 N.m 1,4-litre engine, the new model features Suzuki’s latest naturally aspirated 1,5-litre unit, here offering 77 kW and 138 Nm. Transmission options again comprise a five-speed manual gearbox and a four-speed automatic.

At 4 395 mm, the seven-seater MPV is 130 mm longer than its forebear, while its height has been increased 5 mm to 1 690 mm (the 2 740 mm wheelbase, though, is unchanged). Suzuki says the fact the Ertiga is also 40 mm wider than the original results in more shoulder room for passengers in all three rows of seats.

The Japanese [...]

CAPE TOWN – It’s safe to say the G20-generation BMW 3 Series is one of the most highly anticipated new cars to arrive in South Africa so far in 2019. Still, the venerable 3 Series is these days facing a threat from within its own Bavarian stable, as the buying public continues its migration away from sedans and towards SUVs, with the high-riding X3 even replacing the saloon on Plant Rosslyn’s production line in Pretoria.

That said, there is certainly still a local market for the compact executive sedan, particularly if it happens to wear a German badge on its snout.

As associate editor Gareth Dean pointed out when he drove the petrol-powered 330i in Portimao, Portugal late in 2018, the new-generation 3 Series takes an evolutionary approach to exterior styling (and a revolutionary one to cabin design, given the requisite options are selected). Interestingly, the 320d I drove in the Western Cape was not equipped with the [...]

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