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.
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
And so, the rumours have turned out to be true: the world has a new car company. PSA and FCA have successfully negotiated a corporate merger and the result of the tie-up is the world’s 4th largest car company. In... Read More
The world has changed a great deal since 1951 – the year in which Toyota built its original Land Cruiser. Lance Branquinho travelled to Angola in a Toyota Land Cruiser, the original vehicle that conquered... Read More
The most hyped bakkie in memory has not delivered for Mercedes-Benz. Here's what went wrong...
Two years ago, Mercedes-Benz corralled the world’s automotive media into a secure part of the Cape Town... Read More
At a time when mass manufacturers, especially premium marques, are racing towards electrification, BMW announces a new supercar project. Can the Bavarian brand not learn from its past mistakes?
BMW does not... Read More