Thursday News Roundup 2019 #21 - Your News Wrap Up For The Week


 23 May, 2019

Honda e

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


  • Nikki Lauda passed away on Monday. Auf wiedersehen, champ
  • The reason you see so many Havals? SA is officially the Chinese firm’s biggest market outside China
  • Fernando Alonso denied the opportunity to take the triple crown after being bumped from Indy 500
  • Mercedes’s E53 AMGs officially debut in South Africa. Could this be the Goldilocks standard?

Renault is Ring leader once again

That’s right, the new Megane RS Trophy-R has retaken the Nurburgring FWD lap record with a time of 7:40.1sec.

That beats the previous champ, the Honda Civic Type R by 3.7 seconds. The Trophy-R was driven by Laurent Hurgon and is a whopping 130kg lighter than a regular Trophy but shares the same 1.8 litre turbo powertrain with 220kW and 420Nm.

Watch it here

This is the Honda e

Yours in five colours, it has just been confirmed.

It’s an urban EV with classic retro styling and if its anything like the prototype will feature a 200km driving range, with 80% rechargeability in just 30 minutes. And we bet they’ll shoehorn this tech into the next Jazz too at some point.

And the prize for cheekiest advert goes to BMW

For this bold video of Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Mercedes Benz on his last day at the firm and therefore beginning of his long-deserved retirement.

We don’t want to spoil the surprise so watch till the end.

Watch it here

The VW ID is the brand’s first mainstream EV

VW has officially announced the name of the inaugural model of the new ID family - It will be called ID 3 and represents the third chapter in the brand's history.

First came the Beetle, then the Golf, now this - which is a good indicator of where it fits with regards to segments. That is, the C or 3rd segment. We see what you did, ID.

"With the ID 3, we are starting from the centre, the Volkswagen brand’s core, in which the majority of the models and sales volume can be found. The number 3 also signals expandability into the segments above and below it. We have a lot in the pipeline.” – Jürgen Stackmann, Member of the Board of Management Volkswagen Brand for Sales, Marketing & After Sales.

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