Monday News Snippets 2019 #12 - Developments from the weekend and beyond


 18 Mar, 2019

Tesla Model Y

We've trawled the internet for the latest motoring news so that you don't need to. Enjoy!


  • Valtteri Bottas wins 2019 Australian Grand Prix with his best race ever. And in doing so relegates Hamilton to second place.
  • Renault launches much awaited 4x4 Duster in South Africa   - yours for R327,900
  • And then confirms that the Duster double cab and Oroch will both be coming to Mzansi
  • Winter is coming. But also, fuel price increases. Sorry.
  • Shh. The new Toyota Prius has arrived in South Africa at a price of R490 200
  • VW Golf 8 is set for a 2020 debut

The Tesla Model Y is here at last

From the brain of Elon Musk itself, the Y has come, and it is good. In short, you’re looking at an EV SUV capable of carrying seven. To 100kph in 3.6 seconds – then on to a max speed of 240kph. So, I guess you could say it’s kind of a big deal.

The new Hyundai Sonata looks curvy as all hell

But we approve. In fact, look at it – a premium banana on wheels. "Sonata celebrates innovative coupe-like silhouette," said Sang Yup Lee – the senior vice president and head of the Hyundai Design Center.

This means it gets short overhangs, a sloping roofline and “a low deck lid to create a balanced feel. Hyundai's signature chrome accent now goes all the way into the hood, making it look even longer.

Lee adds that “it also has LED lighting built in. These cues bring the Sensuous Sportiness design to life."

Ja Mr Lee, we think it looks great also.

Lynk Co 03 Cyan Concept

From the embers of Polestar Racing emerges Lynk, a similarly blue-afflicted marque with obvious ties to Volvo.

The 03 Cyan Concept then is what we’d classify as a disciple of the racecar for the road movement.

"This car is a development platform for future production performance road cars based on Lynk & Co technology," said Henrik Fries, Head of Automotive R&D at Cyan Racing. "We have done this journey before with the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar in combination with our previous motorsport programme with Volvo Cars and Polestar.”

This will entail building a Lynk road car based on the 03 World Touring Car Cup race car - exciting. The world could do with more blue cars.

McLaren Senna GTR

With the Senna GTR, McLaren have produced their most perfect example of their determination to bring their customers the ultimate expression of track driving performance and excitement.

I’m paraphrasing of course – but it is true that the McLaren Senna was designed to be an extreme track car. Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive adds that “the 2018 McLaren Senna GTR Concept suggested how much more further we could go and now, free from the constraints of road car legislation and motorsport competition rules, we have pushed the limits of what is technically possible to advance circuit driving capability to another level entirely."

With 607kW plus 800Nm, and the mighty knowhow of the smartest Woking engineers – we believe them.

New Porsche Taycan sketches reveal

We’re meant to wait till September for the official unveiling of Porsche’s electrified limo-coupe but that hasn’t stopped the Stuttgart firm from teasing us. Now with drawings.

Besides, we’re more interested in the 440kW and 0-100kph in 3.5 seconds beneath that slippery skin.

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