Thursday 3 December 2020

Daimler could be Elon Musk's Time Warner

Electric-car maker Tesla is worth an eye-popping $540-billion (R8.5-trillion) - despite its 0.8% global market share. It’s an opportunity for boss Elon Musk to use the company’s hyped-up stock to merge with an old-line business - just as AOL did with media titan Time Warner 20 years ago amid the dot-com bubble.

Speaking at a conference on Tuesday, Musk himself seemed open to the idea of a deal with another carmaker. Tesla’s existing aspirational customer base might best suit a luxury marque. And one with a low-voltage electric-vehicle strategy could allow Musk to add most value.

Wednesday 2 December 2020

Hyundai launches dedicated BEV platform

Hyundai has released details of its new Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), a dedicated battery electric vehicle platform which it says will serve as the core technology for its next-generation BEV line-up - including the likes of Hyundai’s Ioniq 5 and Kia’s first dedicated BEV to be revealed in 2021.

Subaru Electric Crossover back on track?

Subaru's much-discussed electric crossover still appears to be on track, with the motor manufacturer's CEO mentioning the EV again when expressing Subaru leadership's concerned about California's ban on sales of new petrol and diesel cars by 2035.

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Audi to enter 2022 Dakar Rally with Electric Prototype

Seemingly out of nowhere, Audi has proclaimed its intention to compete in the 2022 Dakar Rally, and that's not even the weirdest part; the German manufacturer will race a battery-powered prototype in one of the most challenging racing series.

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From humble beginnings to top gear

With his pension money of a mere R17 000 and working from his car, Mike Bradshaw started his own car business back in 2000. Today, Top Gear Auto is testimony to what hard work, determination and dedication can achieve.

Tuesday 1 December 2020

SA motor industry needs to put foot on electric vehicles

The UK’s commitment to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles from 2030 to combat climate change means South Africa’s automotive industry needs to shift gears, and fast.

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