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New Method in Vehicle Theft. This is not a game. 176 Cars Are Stolen Everyday In South Africa.

New Method in Vehicle Theft. This is not a game. 176 Cars Are Stolen Everyday In South Africa.

Criminals no longer only rely on slim jims, wire coat-hangers and smashing windows to steal cars – they are going hi-tech. Remote jamming devices and relay attacks are pretty sophisticated. However, the latest method will leave you wanting to chain your car to the tarmac, which will not help, because criminals will figure-out a way to steal the tarmac with your car parked on top. Details are sketchy, but the latest method involves using a laptop, pirated software, a hacked database of vehicle owners and a generic key fob. Jeep and Dodge vehicles being the main target, although preliminary investigations are underway in the States, so far, there are no reported incidents in South Africa. FCA USA spokesman, Berj Alexanian, explains, employees at Fiat Chrysler dealerships, independent repair facilities and locksmiths have access to databases that list the key codes that pair key fobs with the particular vehicles they open and start. We believe some of those employees have sold their username and password databases to criminals. Those criminals then buy cheap generic key fobs, find a vehicle, break into it, find the vehicle’s VIN number, log onto the database and boom — they can reprogram the key fob, start the vehicle and drive away. Essentially, it is modern-day hot-wiring of a car. For Jeep and Dodge owners in South Africa, there is no cause for alarm. But whether you own a BMW, Mercedes Benz or a Jaguar, no vehicle’s anti- theft system, not even keyless remote technology, is full-proof. Because it all depends on, what is on a car thief’s menu? An article published on IOL in 2012,... read more
Nissan Reveals World’s First Solid-Oxide Fuel Cell Vehicle | Latest News

Nissan Reveals World’s First Solid-Oxide Fuel Cell Vehicle | Latest News

For more than half a century, Nissan has pioneered the innovation and production of electric vehicles. After WWII, Japan experienced an oil shortage,(because of imposed fuel sanctions), the government had to come up with alternative sources of power and transport. As the saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention: In 1947, Nissan built its first E.V – the Tama, technology DNA that eventually gave rise to the quintessential Nissan Leaf in 2010. Through its Intelligent Mobility Vision which is Nissan’s pursuit of autonomous driving,  zero emission vehicles and zero fatalities. Nissan have unveiled the world’s first Solid Oxide Fuel-Cell,(SOFC) )-powered prototype vehicle in Brazil that runs on bio-ethanol electric power. The SOFC, is fueled by an e-Bio Fuel-Cell: A mixture of ethanol, other natural gases and, (atmospheric) oxygen: an electrochemical reaction, generating electricity that will power the vehicle. The system will afford greater power efficiency allowing the vehicle to travel up to 600km. Besides eliminating, the release of harmful byproducts, the system also does not require, considered unsafe and expensive, traditional hydrogen systems. This will also mean, less impact on a country’s or city’s infrastructure – and the environment. Nissan president and CEO Carlos Ghosn said: “The e-Bio Fuel-Cell offers eco-friendly transportation and creates opportunities for regional energy production…all the while supporting the existing infrastructure. In the future, the e-Bio Fuel-Cell will become even more user-friendly. Ethanol-blended water is easier and safer to handle than most other fuels. Without the need to create new infrastructure, it has great potential to drive market growth.” This is good news for South Africa. Like North and South America, South Africa is... read more

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New Method in Vehicle Theft. This is not a game. 176 Cars Are Stolen Everyday In South Africa.

Criminals no longer only rely on slim jims, wire coat-hangers and smashing windows to steal cars – they are going hi-tech. Remote jamming devices and relay attacks are pretty sophisticated. However, the latest method will leave you wanting to chain your car to the tarmac, which will not help, because criminals will figure-out a way to steal the tarmac with your car parked on top. Details are sketchy, but the latest method involves using a laptop, pirated software, a hacked database of vehicle owners and a generic key fob. Jeep and Dodge vehicles being the main target, although preliminary investigations are underway in the States, so far, there are no reported incidents in South Africa. FCA USA spokesman, Berj Alexanian, explains, employees at Fiat Chrysler dealerships, independent repair facilities and locksmiths have access to databases that list the key codes that pair key fobs with the particular vehicles they open and start. We believe some of those employees have sold their username and password databases to criminals. Those criminals then buy cheap generic key fobs, find a vehicle, break into it, find the vehicle’s VIN number, log onto the database and boom — they can reprogram the key fob, start the vehicle and drive away. Essentially, it is modern-day hot-wiring of a car. For Jeep and Dodge owners in South Africa, there is no cause for alarm. But whether you own a BMW, Mercedes Benz or a Jaguar, no vehicle’s anti- theft system, not even keyless remote technology, is full-proof. Because it all depends on, what is on a car thief’s menu? An article published on IOL in 2012,... read more

Nissan Reveals World’s First Solid-Oxide Fuel Cell Vehicle | Latest News

For more than half a century, Nissan has pioneered the innovation and production of electric vehicles. After WWII, Japan experienced an oil shortage,(because of imposed fuel sanctions), the government had to come up with alternative sources of power and transport. As the saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention: In 1947, Nissan built its first E.V – the Tama, technology DNA that eventually gave rise to the quintessential Nissan Leaf in 2010. Through its Intelligent Mobility Vision which is Nissan’s pursuit of autonomous driving,  zero emission vehicles and zero fatalities. Nissan have unveiled the world’s first Solid Oxide Fuel-Cell,(SOFC) )-powered prototype vehicle in Brazil that runs on bio-ethanol electric power. The SOFC, is fueled by an e-Bio Fuel-Cell: A mixture of ethanol, other natural gases and, (atmospheric) oxygen: an electrochemical reaction, generating electricity that will power the vehicle. The system will afford greater power efficiency allowing the vehicle to travel up to 600km. Besides eliminating, the release of harmful byproducts, the system also does not require, considered unsafe and expensive, traditional hydrogen systems. This will also mean, less impact on a country’s or city’s infrastructure – and the environment. Nissan president and CEO Carlos Ghosn said: “The e-Bio Fuel-Cell offers eco-friendly transportation and creates opportunities for regional energy production…all the while supporting the existing infrastructure. In the future, the e-Bio Fuel-Cell will become even more user-friendly. Ethanol-blended water is easier and safer to handle than most other fuels. Without the need to create new infrastructure, it has great potential to drive market growth.” This is good news for South Africa. Like North and South America, South Africa is... read more

The New Ford Focus RS I know how to drift – show me!

The new Ford Focus RS is here in South Africa; to the fortunate journalists who drove it on launch….well let us just say that, I am not at all one bit jealous! Considering the anticipation, let us run through some of the specs. It has a 2.3L EcoBoost, I-4 cylinder, turbocharged engine. Pushing out 232kw of power, (@6000rpm), and 475nm of torque, (@2500-4000rpm), via a 6-speed manual transmission. Zero – 100km/h in 4.5’s and a top speed of 266km/h. Ultimately, it is the driving experience of the Ford RS many are anticipating: handling or cornering scenarios with enough agility to dodge bullets. Its sheer aggression on the road has many Audi RS owners, sending their cars in for ECU and exhaust upgrades – ASAP! The Focus RS has four different drive modes, Normal, Sport, Track and Drift: think gymkhana Ken Block. However, some countries, (not South Africa) like Australia are prohibiting entry of the Ford RS because of the danger this feature presents. It does not take a whole lot of grey matter to realize there are idiots that will put themselves and others in danger and activate Drift mode on public roads. Case in point, in Germany, where a brainless driver was showing off to spectators, almost T-boned an old Mercedes Benz and killed two spectators. This engineering marvel was invented by accident, Tyrone Johnson, Ford’s performance and engineering manager explains, “It wasn’t like the team was working on a mode for drifting. It was more like one of my guys sitting in the car – the lead dynamics guys sitting in the car – and next to... read more

Going Where No Suzuki Has Gone Before – to the moon

Suzuki Motor Corp has partnered with the Hakuto lunar exploration team representing Japan, who are competing in the Google Lunar XPRIZE (GLXP). In 2011 twenty-nine teams representing different countries, entered the competition. In 2016, only sixteen remain. The prize – $30 million. This is a race for space people! Rules stipulate that only private funded spaceflight teams can enter. Each team must successfully land their lunar craft on the moon, then direct the vehicle for at least 500 metres, while transmitting high resolution video-images/data back to earth. There is also 5 Million dollars in bonus prizes for further technological and scientific achievements conducted during the mission. That Hakuto – Suzuki have their sights set on. Like locating the Apollo 17 landing sight and the Apollo 17 moon buggy. So a Dual Rover system was developed: Moonraker,(four-wheels) and Tetris,(two wheels). Moonraker will satisfy the challenges of the Google Lunar XPRIZE and Tetris for skylight and lava duct exploration. And no! Suzuki do not want to be the first car manufacturer to build a dealership on the moon, for inter-galactic space travellers, looking to test drive their latest model line-up. But more-likely-than-not, Suzuki will be the first manufacturer to have one of its products roam the powdery and rocky surface of the moon. A mission so inspiring – a vision so bold. Toshihiro Suzuki, Suzuki’s President, CEO/COO, said in a press release. “Our sympathy with Hakuto challenging the dream with a small rover made us decide to support the project, as we ourselves have been contributing to creating affluent societies through manufacturing small cars”  Also, Hakuto team leader Takeshi Hakamada said... read more

A True Podium Finish For Gugu Zulu

Gugu Zulu 1978 – 2016 In honour of his legacy, the fastest brother in Africa, the late Gugu Zulu, received a military funeral on Thursday. (July 28th, 2016). Just two days ago, I attended his memorial, where I sat right at the back of the capacity-filled auditorium. That if it not for the TV screens. I would have been unable to see who was on stage. But having arrived forty-five minutes early for the funeral scheduled to start at 9am. I found myself in pole-position standing directly behind one of the police officers; watching them lower the coffin from the hearse onto the catafalque, surrounded by mourners, it was the grief and pain on the faces of Letshego, (her hand resting on Gugu’s coffin) the widow and Mr and Mrs Zulu, the bereaved parents – their expressions really told the story. And for a moment; I felt like time stood still, and everything, everyone else faded out of the picture, leaving only Letshego in the scene. At that point, reality set in – which was like a kick to the stomach – and I realized Gugu is gone forever. Even when sitting inside the church, observing the hundreds of people in attendance, especially my fellow motor journalists – it looked like they were all silently asking themselves the same question. “Surely, this cannot be happening, surely this must be a bad dream and at any moment someone is going to tell us there’s been some confusion, and there was a mix-up at the hospital in Tanzania – and Gugu is still alive.” Gugu was a torch-bearer in this life... read more

Searching For The Spirit of The Great Heart | Latest news

GUGU ZULU Born May 13th 1978 – Died July 18th 2016 South Africans mourn the passing of Gugu Zulu: A son, a husband, a father and a true gentle-man. Who also happened to be a racing car driver, (a great one at that), sportsman and TV presenter. He was 38 years old. Gugu was a shining light, showing us the way; using his influence to reach-out to the underprivileged, being a wellspring of joy and encouragement to everyone he met. Although he is no longer with us, his light is not extinguished and in honour of Gugu Zulu, many will continue to carry that light, emulating his example of being a servant-leader. From humble beginnings to being called The Fastest Brother In Africa. We know how his story ended, but how or when did it all begin? Excerpts from an interview, courtesy of Street Motion, may provide some insight. Street Motion: Growing up, did you ever think you’d become the star that you are today? How did everything start off when you were a kid? (GZ): I was about four years old when I told my mother that I wanted to be a driver when I grow up. She asked me if I wanted to be a bus driver, taxi driver or truck driver. I didn’t know – I just wanted to be a driver. As I got older I started to read car magazines and follow motorsport. I remember watching “Drive Times” with my dad and I told him “One day I’m gonna be on that show” Of course I got that opportunity, albeit the name of the... read more