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In Brexit boost, Jaguar Land Rover to hire 5,000 staff

Britain’s biggest carmaker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will hire 5,000 staff as it boosts its skills in autonomous and electric technology, a welcome business endorsement as Prime Minister Theresa May starts Brexit talks after a botched election. JLR, which employs more than 40,000 people globally, said it would hire 1,000 …

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Revealed: Performance Pack for 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI

The facelifted Volkswagen Golf GTI has only just been launched in South Africa, but already there’s a hotter derivative that’s potentially coming to South Africa. Meet the Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance Pack. With peak outputs of 169 kW and 350 Nm, it’s certainly not pedestrian, but what if you wanted …

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EU launches ‘Dieselgate’ case against Italy

The EU launched infringement proceedings against Italy on Wednesday for failing to adequately investigate emissions cheating allegations against automaker Fiat. The accusations involving the Italian auto giant come in the wake of the Volkswagen “dieselgate” scandal, revealed in 2015, that affected 11 million cars. The European Commission, the EU’s executive …

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Hamilton unveils new Mercedes W08 car

Lewis Hamilton and his new Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas unveiled the W08 car they will pilot in the 2017 Formula One season at Silverstone on Thursday. The new car has a black, silver and teal chassis and has been produced to meet new regulations intended to make F1 cars faster …

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VW’s post-dieselgate compliance chief steps down

Volkswagen on Thursday announced the unexpected departure of compliance chief Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt, who only came on board a year ago to help clean up the German auto giant’s image in the wake of the ‘dieselgate’ scandal. In a statement, Volkswagen said Hohmann-Dennhardt was leaving “due to differences in their understanding …

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Ford’s recall welcomed

Ford South Africa has blamed overheating in the engine compartment for starting fires in some of its Kuga vehicles. The motor giant says the recall will affect the 1.6 litre Ford Kuga built in late 2012 to early 2014. They have ask owners to take their vehicles to a Ford …

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BMW launches first augmented reality dealerships

BMW customers will be able to view the luxury carmaker’s hybrid and electric BMWi cars with augmented reality technology in a world first for car dealerships from Thursday, the manufacturer said. Using a smartphone, potential buyers can view and interact with a virtual car as if it were standing in …

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Ford Kuga’s fiery temperament

Owners of Ford Kuga vehicles across South Africa are growing concerned about their vehicles spontaneously catching fire. One person has died so far, amid numerous reports of the mid-size SUV erupting in flames. It has been estimated that as many as 40 Ford Kugas have gone up in smoke so …

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