Women all over Saudi Arabia are celebrating a historic day for their country: the day that Saudi women are legally allowed to drive on the kingdom’s roads.
The decision to lift the archaic ban was made by the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in September 2017, making Saudi Arabia the last country in the world to allow women to drive.
Female race care driver Aseel Al-Hamad decided to mark the exciting day by taking a celebratory lap around the Le Castellet circuit in a 2012 Renault Formula One race car.
Source: https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/watch-saudi-woman-celebrate-the-end-of-female-driving-ban-by-doing-a-lap-in-f1-race-car/… read more
Jaguar’s battery-powered V20E boat just broke a maritime speed record.
Peter Dredge, the co-founder of Jaguar Vector, piloted the boat at speeds of 88.62 miles per hour across eight miles of the Coniston Water lake in Cumbria, England. His speeds broke the previous record of 76.8 mph set ten years ago.
The small and speedy boat was developed with racing experts over at Vector, as well as Williams Advanced Engineering, from which it borrowed the electric drivetrain’s components. The specifics of the battery, motor, and controller are unclear, but the team used similar hardware… read more
Motorists are in for a massive 82c-a-litre increase in the price of petrol on Tuesday.
This is for both 93- and 95-octane petrol. Diesel will also increase even further by between 85 and 87 cents a litre, depending on the grade.
This comes on the back of increases in May that took fuel prices to record highs.
Paraffin will cost 82 cents a litre more. Energy Minister Jeff Radebe announces the adjustments on Friday afternoon, saying they were the result of a depreciation in the rand against the dollar and an increase in the price of crude oil.
The international… read more
Cape Town is taking the headache out of paying traffic fines with a new online system.
Motorists whose fines have progressed to warrants of arrest are now able to pay them on paycity.co.za‚ rather than sending a cheque through the mail or paying in person. To use the site‚ motorists will have to register‚ then agree to an admission of guilt form. After paying‚ the city will send a receipt and a warrant recall form directly to their email.
JP Smith‚ the city’s mayoral committee member for safety and security‚ said Cape Town will be sending out SMS and email messages to… read more
Volkswagen has launched its new Arteon sedan in South Africa.
The vehicle will be available in three models (the Elegance, the R-Line, and the R-Line 4MOTION), with pricing starting at R599, 900.
Its petrol engine boasts an impressive 206 kW (280 PS) with a fuel consumption of 9.2 l/100 km on urban road and 6.2 l/100 km in rural areas.
In contrast, you can expect a 176 kW (240 PS) bi-turbo engine from the diesel variant, which promises consumption of 9.2 l/100 km and 5.1 l/100km in non-urban environments.… read more
The 2018 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb delivered an enthralling mix of thrills and excitement, with some stunning new records being set on the Simola Hill – both amongst the competitors’ times, as well as the number of spectators attending the three-day event.
More than 17 000 people attended the ninth edition of the Hillclimb, held in Knysna from 4 to 6 May, about 2000 more than last year’s record-breaking attendance.
When the action drew to a close, all-new King of the Hill records had been established in each of the three categories, but the times between many… read more
Volkswagen has announced it will introduce a drop-top version of its attractive new T-Roc compact SUV.
To be launched in the first half of 2020, it will be VW’s first convertible SUV and continues the German firm’s major model offensive into the sports utility market.
“Volkswagen is evolving into an SUV brand,” said Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO of the Volkswagen brand. “The T-Roc is already setting new standards in the compact SUV segment. With the cabriolet based on the T-Roc, we will be adding a highly emotional model to the range.”
The German automaker hasn’t revealed whether… read more
While the recent political changes have inspired a more jubilant mood among many South Africans, motorists will have even more reason to smile at the beginning of March, with current data indicating that a fuel price reduction is on the cards.
Mid-month data is pointing towards a petrol price decrease of around 30 cents a litre while the cost of diesel is likely to fall by approximately 40 cents and illuminating paraffin by 21 cents.
This would bring the price of 95 Unleaded down to R13.82 in Gauteng and R13.33 at the coast.
However, current trends indicate that an even… read more
Durban – Omesh Ramnarain, the motorist charged with crashing into and killing two cyclists on the M4 Highway leading out of Durban almost two years ago, says he was not drunk on the morning of the accident.
The Durban Regional Court on Monday heard his version that he had only consumed four cider drinks during that evening although at one stage “other patrons” at the bar had split drinks on him.
He also denied any negligence claiming that he was driving home at about 05:00 when he heard a “loud bang” and his windscreen shattered.
“I braked… read more
The South African auto industry is affected by ongoing defective Takata airbag recalls.
One of the automakers affected is Toyota with models such as its previous generation Hilux bakkie.
The safety recall is to replace defective and potentially deadly Takata airbag inflators. Toyota SA issued a recall and special service campaign in July 2017.
In 2015, Toyota SA said it would replace airbag inflators in its Corolla, RunX and Yaris models (built from 2002 to 2007) and in its Rav4, Hilux and Fortuners (from July 2003 to December 2005).
Recall notice to local Hilux owners… read more