Hey, future. Mercedes-Benz unveiled plans yesterday to use Siri – the virtual assistant exclusive to the iPhone 4S – to power its new A-class electronics system, called “Drive Kit Plus,” which will allow drivers to access their iPhone apps using voice commands. In case you ever feel like updating your Twitter status while driving something sexy.
This year’s Top Gear Festival is right around the corner. This year the event will be held in Durban for the first time, making use of the Moses Mabhida Stadium. It will see a live show hosted by a full complement of presenters, and making use of the entire precinct around the stadium – including a 2km street track.
Hello, future! Nevada has become the first state to legalize self-driving cars, which are apparently pretty easy to get hold of in Nevada. Granted, the cars must have two humans inside, and be insured for around $1 million, but let’s focus on the part where people are allowed to have self-driving cars now.
Some you chaps will recall that we recently featured 2oceansvibe partner, Buchulife’s endorsement by a brace of top South African celebrities and sportpeople, including DJ Fresh, Jordy Smith, Roxy Louw, Jacques Kallis, to name a few. The fit makes perfect sense – Buchulife is good for you. Sports people dig being healthy. And so should […]
As the death toll from the bout of extremely cold weather in Europe has surpassed the 500 mark, a Swiss man is doing his best to stay warm. He’s installed a wood-burning stove to heat up his car when he needs to drive.
Yesterday, OK Go released their new music video for Needing/Getting, which doubled as a Super Bowl ad for the Chevy Sonic. The band drives a Chevy fitted with retractable arms down a 3km stretch of desert lined with 1 000 instruments to perform a version of “Needing/Getting” that took four months to prep and four days to shoot.
I’ve got some good news and some bad news. The good news is we have found the full trailer of that “Ferris Bueller 2” teaser we saw the other day. The bad news is it’s not a feature film – it’s just Honda using Matthew Broderick in a new TV commercial. It’s pretty damn good […]
Saab Automobile has spent the last two years fighting to salvage the iconic brand that manufactured cars for six decades, but today announced that it had filed for bankruptcy in a Swedish district court. General Motors, who still had control over technology licenses, had disapproved of negotiations with two Chinese firms that sought to save Saab.
I was grabbing a couple poached eggs at Cecconi’s with The Big H just off Saville Row – Mayfair – this weekend. We spotted a new white Range Rover Evoque struggling to park opposite us. The driver was a Brazilian woman and, after a few attempts, her companion jumped out to help direct her. What […]
This year, the Western Cape Provincial Government is taking their road safety campaign to a new, chilling level. Yesterday Transport MEC, Robin Carlisle, launched ‘Crash Witness’, a series of road safety ads that will feature footage from actual road accidents.
The MINI E may well be the car that saves the world. It is currently at COP17 – the world’s climate change conference currently underway in Durban. This is quite a special little toy. Let me tell you a bit about it. According to plugincars.com, the 2010 Mini E – an all-electric version of the […]
This picture was taken in Weltevreden Park, Johannesburg, earlier today. The events leading up to the picture being taken are not known, but I think it is safe to assume that the driver did not pass his or her K53 test.
It is common knowledge that human beings have a bizarre attachment to their personal cars that doesn’t extend to other pieces of engineering. Manufacturers cottoned onto this very long ago and changed the simple motor vehicle from being a tool for getting from one point to another conveniently into an expression of individuality and character.
Akio Toyoda, Toyota’s president, described the freshly-unveiled Fun-Vii as “a smartphone on four-wheels,” which sounds like something you would say to describe a car with lots of gadgets. Except Toyota’s new concept car, unveiled ahead of the Tokyo Auto show is like a smartphone on four wheels because it has giant touchscreen doors.
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It’s taken Hilts quite a while to get a Ferrari – having been hellbent on Bentley for a number of years. See what I did there? With the word “hellBENT.” Get it? Anyway, the blonde sex-tape machine went for the Ferrari California and hit the road on Friday last week. Follow link to see the […]
Porsche is designing a $650-million, 57-story highrise to go up in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida. Which isn’t that big of a deal. What is pretty insane, however, is the fact that the highrise will feature a robotic car elevator that takes condo owners directly to their door while still in the vehicle.
This is why you always double check if you have clicked “reply”, and not “reply to all”, when sending an email, especially when it concerns your annoyance about something. The email in question has to do with repairs being made to a car at a Johannesburg dealership, and, well, it’s rather self-explanatory. Click through to cringe.
There appears to be a growing trend among rich New Yorkers in response to the increased attention being paid to “the 1%”. They’ve taken to buying cargo vans that look plain on the outside, but are opulent on the inside, tricked out with massage chairs wi-fi and widescreen televisions. Some of these guys cost upwards of ZAR 4 million.
A brand-new, fully electric superbus has been purchased to make traveling between Dubai and Abu-Dhabi more enjoyable. It is designed to be capable of driving 250 km/hr whilst carrying 23 passengers! I believe the term “amazeballs” is appropriate here. Pics and a video of this delicious monstrosity after the jump.
Why? Because, amongst a gaggle of other awesome features is an interview with German Wunderkind and youngest ever F1 Weltmeister (that’s World Champion to you, Englishman), Sebastian Vettel. Sweet looking kid, hey? Well, he can get pretty pumped up. Wow, slow down there, Sebastian. We know you’ve just claimed the World Championship for the second […]
I always find it quite hilarious that when a new hot hatch is launched it is almost immediately compared to the VW Golf. I don’t know when the Golf became the undisputed king of this segment, but what I do know is the last time I drove a hot Golf, it was without doubt one of the best cars I had ever driven. It was the all-wheel drive Golf R, and it’s going to take some beating. Enter the 2012 Astra OPC.
Everybody has bad days. Nothing goes your way. Everyone has the wrong opinion. The lane you’re driving is always the slowest moving. And then there are days when you find yourself in a 34 car pileup. Pictures after the jump.
I said goodbye to my buddy, the new 4X4 MINI Countryman, after six months of joyous adventure in and around Cape Town. From mounting pavements in Green Point, to dirt roads and the dunes of Arniston, it was nothing short of pure adventure. I also managed to squeeze in an online TV series, showing you, […]
Ciro blames the scarcity of the luxury SUVs on fat bankers in wall street, who used all of our money to buy small islands, and furnish their offices with polar bear rugs. Ciro’s solution? Replacing this void with the station wagon. Enter the Audi A4 Avant Sportline, a station wagon that’s nothing like those wood-paneled […]
German drivers and pedestrians have begun to get really upset with the behaviour of a vast majority of the cycling population inhabiting the streets around the country. German statisticians have revealed that one in three urban accidents involved a bicycle last year, with one in four being deadly.
Gavin can’t get his head around the Mercedes S65 AMG. It weighs over 2 tons, has a champagne size fridge in the back, and yet it springs to life like some sort of Go-Kart. Before he takes it for a spin, he tries to turn on the air-con, which seems more complex than explaining Twitter […]
Being rich is hard. Especially when it comes to road trips. It’s always an issue of “The Ferrari’s too small”, or “I wish my mansion had wheels”. Enter, the Elemment Palazzo. This bad boy not only brings an element of average American retiree to your life, it also has 40” TVs, a rainfall shower and a fireplace in it.
The intrepid journos at Car Magazine nailed this spicy little clip at the Johannesburg International Motor Show a few days ago. Behold, before your very eyes, the unveiling of the Mini Coupe – the fastest production Mini yet to roll off the factory floor. And you can be sure to see more of the Mini […]