This week, Toyota dominated the motoring news headlines, with the local arm of the Japanese automaker claiming the most awards — including overall Car of the Year — at this year’s South African Car of the Year (SA COTY) awards. Internationally, the company revealed the updated Corolla and a limited-edition GR86 to celebrate the pure fun of sports car driving.
In addition, Volkswagen made motoring news with the German marque again releasing teaser footage of the highly-anticipated new-generation Amarok. Bentley also made the motoring news headlines by revealing the “S”-badged Continental GT and GTC. Here’s what you need to know about this week in motoring …
The winners of this year’s A COTY awards have been announced, with Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) walking away with several titles. The Urban Cruiser claimed the top spot in the Compact category, the Corolla Cross and Corolla Cross Hybrid in the Compact Family and New-energy categories, and the Land Cruiser 300 in the Adventure SUV category. The Corolla Cross raked in its third award, claiming the crown as 2022’s car of the year. See the complete list of winners here.
Toyota has revealed the fresh-faced Corolla, with the 2023 model sporting more contemporary design cues, the Japanese automaker’s latest multimedia features, and new-generation hybrid tech. The most notable exterior revisions come in the shape of an updated front grille. The interior boasts a 10.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a 12.3-inch digital instrument display.
The updated Corolla benefits from Toyota’s fifth-generation hybrid technology. It is available with 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre petrol-electric powertrains. The former unit produces 104 kW, while the latter is endowed with 146 kW.
The refreshed Venue has been revealed, with Hyundai India releasing images (and some information) of the upcoming model before its official global debut. Inspired by Hyundai’s ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design language, the refreshed Venue has been styled to evoke a “bold” and “premium” appeal. The Venue will be available with a trio of engine options. These include the manufacturer’s Kappa 1.2 MPi petrol engine and 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit. A 1.5-litre diesel engine is also available for the Indian market.
Bentley has introduced two new models to its Continental line-up, the Continental GT S and GTC S. Bentley says that, by making several enhancements to the exterior design and interior specification and the dynamic system, the “S”-badged derivatives “adjust” Bentley’s grand-touring recipe to centre on driving pleasure.
Limited to only 860 examples, the GR86 Special Edition “celebrates the pure fun of sports car driving”. The limited-edition model is finished in “exclusive” Solar Shift orange paintwork and features unique decals and matte-black 18-inch alloys to “leave an unforgettable visual impression”.
This variant has also been equipped with a GR cat-back exhaust set-up, replete with stainless steel tailpipes with black chrome tips. Toyota says the addition of the performance exhaust system gives the GR86 a “deep” auditory signature.
Volkswagen has again released teaser footage of the next-generation Amarok. This time, the Wolfsburg-based brand revealed the new model’s rear end. The new footage follows the release of a video showcasing the second iteration’s “innovative” lighting technology and a glimpse of its front end. Watch the latter footage here.
Nardone Automotive has presented a reimagined version of the Porsche 928. The Aix-En-Provence-based brand’s re-interpretation of the 928 features “muscular” wheel arches, fashioned almost entirely from composite materials; “specifically designed” head- and taillamps; and new 18-inch forged wheels, which are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 5 rubber. The firm says the wheels are a modern interpretation of the original’s ‘manhole’ 16-inch items.
The sports car has a V8 engine with a “targeted” power output of 298 kW. The original five-speed manual gearbox has been modified to feature an additional gear and a limited-slip differential. The chassis set-up uses redesigned front and rear axles and active electronic suspension. Adaptive electric power steering and “increased” brakes have also been fitted.