Good news for diesel, paraffin users

The price of octane 93 petrol will increase by two cents a litre next week and octane 95 petrol will decrease by five cents.

The price of diesel would decrease by 13 cents a litre, and that of illuminating paraffin wholesale by 14 cents a litre, the energy department said.

The price of LP Gas would increase by 12 cents a kilogram.

The new prices would come into effect on Wednesday.

Source: City Press

Boot on the other foot for Ferrari

<p>A recall notice states the Italian car maker’s F458 Italia and F458 Spider models suffer from a fault that means the “secondary latch” in the boot, located at the front of the &pound;200000 (about R3.65-million) cars, will not release when the vehicle has stopped.</p>

<p>Ferrari said this means that “in the event an individual is trapped in the trunk and the latch system does not release the trunk lid, it increases the risk of personal injury or possibly death”.</p>

<p>In the US, where the notice was released, cars must have a working latch in the boot in case a person becomes trapped. Ferrari has urged owners to take their cars to a dealer for a free repair.</p>

<p>The fault with Ferrari’ s cars only occurs when they are stationary. So, anyone trapped inside should presumably wait until the cars, with a top speed of more than 320km/h, are moving.</p>

<p>Source: <a href=”” target=”_blank”>The Times</a></p>

Automotive Services - How do I choose a reputable Service Provider?

For most South Africans a motor vehicle is so much more than a status symbol or a convenient way to get from point A to point B. A lack of reliable public transport in most parts of the country has forced nearly all South Africans to acquire motor vehicles, and with motor vehicles comes the need for reliable automotive services.

An automotive service provider inspects, maintains and repairs cars and light trucks. In the United States of America, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence certifies professionals and shops in the automotive repair and service industry. However, lacking a similar certification body in South Africa, most South Africans rely on recommendations from friends or car dealerships when it comes to choosing automotive services.

The Automobile Association (AA) could provide valuable insight in this regard. The AA has been operating in South Africa since 1930. It is a non-profit organisation and its services include roadside assistance, technical and motor-related legal advice.

Its Quality Assured accreditation programme (AAQA) identifies prospective partners across a wide spectrum of automotive services, including auto body repairs, vehicle maintenance and repair centres, auto electricians, locksmiths, accessory fitment centres and specialist repair centres. They not only check to ensure that the facilities and services of these service providers comply with the AA’s stringent quality assurance requirements, but also that they will deliver on the expected service to ensure customer satisfaction. It would be wise therefore to check whether your chosen automotive services partner is accredited with the AA.

Consumers should also be aware of scare tactics. The number one tip on the Reader’s Digest’s list of 29 tips from mechanics and car experts is to always get a second opinion when a mechanic claims that substantial work needs to be done. It’s also wise to ask for old parts back, to ensure that they have in fact been changed and that they were worn out.

Finally, there is something to be said for a good old gut feeling. If your gut is telling you to go somewhere else, listen to it. Automotive services hardly ever comes cheap; make sure that you get the best you can possibly afford.

Audi's four-door TT concept leaks ahead of Paris debut

If the images are legitimate, and German publication Auto Zeitung claims they are, the car will be nearly 30cm longer than the standard TT to make room for rear-seat passengers and two rear doors.

This would position it as a direct competitor to other ‘fastback’ vehicles such as the Mercedes CLA, the Volkswagen Passat CC and potentially Audi’s own five-door A3 model.

However, it will have four-wheel drive and a tuned 2-liter turbocharged engine that will be capable of putting out 400hp so clearly it has Mercedes and BMW, rather than parent company VW in its sights.

There is a growing trend for manufacturers to take a star model and extend it into its own breakout range.
When BMW revived the Mini back in 2001 it did so with a single car with three levels of performance, but now it is a full-blown range offering coupés, estates and even a soft-roader.

Fiat is currently doing the same with the 500. It’s already available as a mini-MPV and an SUV version will be making its debut at the Paris Motor Show next week.

And there’s little doubt that the TT has the appeal and the cachet to go beyond being simply a hardtop coupé and soft-top roadster and Audi has already tested the water on numerous occasions over the past 12 months, revealing a two-door shooting break and a crossover SUV take on the car at autoshows.

The fastback would be the third design study of 2014, and while it’s merely a concept, Audi more than any other manufacturer has a habit of taking concepts and making them production realities.

Therefore expect to see something very like the TT fastback on a road near you by 2017.

Source: The Times