Lance Branquinho is a Namibian-born writer and photographer who has won numerous motoring journalism awards. He once smuggled parts to South America, in a minor contribution to help Giniel de Villiers finish on the podium at the Dakar. He fears for the eventual collapse of the air-cooled Porsche 911 market – and keenly awaits, in vain, the return of the brand's 928.
Volkswagen's electric-vehicle future is threatening the survival of the Wolfsburg-based brand's most iconic model. As VW looks for a way to recoup the costs of developing a range of new EVs, we could be... Read More
Some of the BMW M Division's finest (former) engineers now work for Hyundai. Does that mean your preferred alternative to the M3 will soon bear an N on its nose and boot lid?
People design and engineer great... Read More
South Africa has a brutally competitive double-cab bakkie market, so is there really room for a French option?
The South African bakkie market has 3 major players: Toyota, Ford and Isuzu. Nissan might... Read More
New special editions and a boosted bakkie are all part of VW’s local product strategy for 2020.
The largest of all German automotive companies is investing massively with deep electric powertrain... Read More
The recent bakkie-collaboration between Nissan and Mercedes-Benz has ended in disappointment, especially for the latter firm. But like it or not, shared-platform bakkies are the way of the future. How much are... Read More
As traditional luxury brands diversify their product line-ups in pursuit of ultimate sales volumes, can they still claim to be "premium" manufacturers, at least in the true sense of the word?
The one... Read More
A battery-powered Volkswagen ID.3 bakkie would be a massive hit... and it might not be that difficult to produce. Lance Branquinho investigates why this is more than just a pipedream.
A feature of the... Read More
Toyota dominates South Africa's bakkie market, so why hasn't the Prospecton-based firm produced a 3-quarter-tonne bakkie since the demise of the Stallion 30 years ago? Apparently, there have been quiet attempts... Read More
Hyundai South Africa has reintroduced the Atos as a budget car to rival the Datsun Go and Renault Kwid. How does it stack up against those volume-sellers and... is it any better? Lance Branquinho reports... Read More