Johannesburg – First introduced in May last year, Opel’s Grandland X is a compact-to-medium SUV that

Johannesburg – First introduced in May last year, Opel’s Grandland X is a compact-to-medium SUV that deserves to do better on the market, and now the local importer Unitrans is sweetening the deal with a spec enhancement as well as a bigger warranty. All Grandland X models now come with a five-year/150 000km warranty. While this will be a permanent fixture for the SUV model, all other Opel models sold during July and August will also receive the five-year warranty as a promotional offer, while vehicles sold thereafter will revert back to the regular three-year/120 000km coverage. Furthermore, the Grandland X 1.6T Enjoy automatic variant has received a specification upgrade from July onwards, the mid-range model now gaining 18-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, aluminium roof rails and front fog lights as standard. As before, the features list also includes an IntelliLink touchscreen infotainment system, auto climate control, cruise control, Headlamp High-Beam Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition and six airbags, among other features. But that’s not all. Opel will also be offering a Plus Package for the Enjoy, which offers various additional options, such as leather seats,...

A solar-powered car that can supposedly travel 725km on a single charge has been unveiled by

A solar-powered car that can supposedly travel 725km on a single charge has been unveiled by a Dutch start-up. Lightyear, which was founded in 2016, described its vehicle as a “new era of driving” and said the prototype vehicle took around two years to build. Dubbed Lightyear One, the vehicle has been engineered with efficiency in mind to get as long a range as possible out of the battery. The body is constructed mainly from aluminium and carbon fibre materials to keep weight down, while the body has been fine-tuned to maximise aerodynamics and reduce drag. Its bonnet and roof are comprised of solar cells that charge the inbuilt battery and is expected to be delivered in 2021, with a reservation fee of €119,000 (£106,000). Lex Hoefsloot, CEO and co-founder of Lightyear said: “Since new technology has a high unit cost, we have to start in an exclusive market. “The next models we plan to develop will have a significantly lower purchase price. In addition, future models will be provided to autonomous and shared car fleets, so the purchase price can be divided amongst a large group of users. “Combined with the low operating costs of the vehicle, we aim to provide premium mobility f...