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Thursday News Roundup 2019 #41 - Your News Wrap Up For The Week


 10 Oct, 2019

BMW M8 Gran Coupe

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


  • Formula One gets its first lady driver in decades, enter Alfa’s Tatiana Calderon!
  • This one’s big – Audi launches 10 year, 300,000km extended warranty
  • Hyundai Atos is coming back to SA! It’s made in India and can be had for R159 900
  • VW Golf 8 images (inside and out) have officially been unveiled
  • Nissan are building their own Raptor – called the Navara N-Trek Navara
  • Meanwhile in Australia, Mazda recalls 35,475 diesel cars across their 3, 6 and CX-5 models
  • According to a Renault boss, there’ll be no Clio RS. That hurts
  • Launched in SA: The Isuzu D-Max X-Rider 2.5TD
  • Wait a while little longer however and Isuzu will soon unveil an all new 3rd gen D-Max in October
  • Volvo’s goes Android with its next operating system, cool
  • And finally, there’ve been fresh sightings of Hyundai’s i30 N performance hatchback in Mzansi

This week’s crazy concept award goes to the Toyota LQ

Meet the "LQ", a concept car featuring advanced technology designing to "build an emotional bond between car and driver" according to Toyota.

It is essentially the next iteration of the Toyota "Concept-i" first shown at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show. New tricks include automated driving capabilities and "Yui," a powerful AI designed to learn from the driver and deliver a personalized mobility experience. Well then!

"In the past, our love for cars was built on their ability to take us to distant places and enable our adventures," said LQ development leader Daisuke Ido. "Advanced technology gives us the power to match customer lifestyles with new opportunities for excitement and engagement. With the LQ, we are proud to propose a vehicle that can deliver a personalized experience, meet each driver's unique mobility needs, and build an even stronger bond between car and driver." Sure thing, we’re ready to hand over the keys to the Matrix so sign us up at once.

This new BMW Gran Coupe could be our favourite M8 of them all

It has four doors but doesn’t lose its slippery profile – the Gran Coupe M8 Competition looks mega!

It shares the same glorious M8 underpinnings with outputs measuring 460kW and 750Nm and can sprint to 100kph in just 3.2 seconds. It will do 200kph in 11 seconds and top out at 305kph if you’ve opted for the M Driver’s Pack - or is otherwise limited to 250kph. Subscribe.

The New Mercedes-Benz GLC is here, and we have prices

It's the prolific Merc SUV, now in two body styles.

Also, it comes with new engines which is great – a 220d, 300d and make up the diesel lineup but if you prefer burning petrol, the GLC300 Coupe comes equipped with a 2.0-litre turbo engine producing 190kW and 370Nm.


GLC 220d 4MATIC  
GLC 300d 4MATIC 
GLC 300 4MATICR842,800.00
GLC 220d Coupe 4MATICR929,600.00
GLC 300d Coupe 4MATICR964,200.00
GLC 300 Coupe 4MATICR985,300.00

Porsche have found a way to avoid congestion. Airplanes!

But they’ve enlisted the help of Boeing, with what will essentially be an eVOTL – that’s an electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft.

This to serve as a premium urban air mobility service – which we’ll agree is pretty far out there. Porsche AG’s Detlev von Platen says, “Porsche is looking to enhance its scope as a sports car manufacturer by becoming a leading brand for premium mobility. In the longer term, this could mean moving into the third dimension of travel. We are combining the strengths of two leading global companies to address a potential key market segment of the future.”

We just think they’re trying to out-Elon Tesla.

Mazda TCR is a winged beauty

Now that’s a modern Mazda we can definitely get behind.

Naturally, it’s a racecar – one with 260kW being sent to its front wheels, with plenty of aero keeping it planted firmly on the blacktop. It will debut in January 2020 at the 4-hour Daytona race in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge series – and in any one of the 36 championships around the world – since it’s been homologated as a TCR racer.

Watch a Porsche 911 GT2 wipe out a Pagani Huarya BC at Monza

And on turn 1, too. Sorry. But we had to share.

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