This week, the car manufacturers making news headlines were Ford, Toyota, Porsche and Volkswagen. SVI Engineering also featured, with the South African armoured-vehicle specialist announcing it is planning on armouring the new Toyota Land Cruiser – the Land Cruiser 300 – with a B6 armouring package. Here’s this week’s top five news stories…

1. New Ford Ranger Splash revealed!

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The Ranger Splash package has not yet been confirmed for South Africa.

The Ford Ranger Splash has made a comeback, with the Blue Oval brand revealing a reimagined version of the popular appearance package of the 1990s for the double-cab bakkie. According to Chad Callandar, Ford Ranger marketing manager, “Ranger customers love to personalise their trucks”. “More than 80 per cent customise their Rangers with an appearance package.” In addition, the firm has made the news by releasing teaser images and a video of the upcoming, next-generation Ranger.

2. Toyota Corolla and RAV4 Hybrid arrive in SA!

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The RAV4 Hybrid’s petrol-electric powertrain’s total system output is 160 kW.

Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has released pricing and specification for the Corolla Hybrid and RAV4 Hybrid. The duo of petrol-electric Toyotas arrives boasting a 90 kW (Corolla Hybrid) and 160 kW (RAV4 Hybrid) hybrid motors, both linked to the Japanese car manufacturer’s CVT transmission. The Corolla Hybrid and RAV4 Hybrid is available in only Xs and “tweaked” GX levels of specification respectively.

3. Porsche presents future-driven Mission R concept study

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The Mission R concept study is Porsche’s look into the future of customer racing.

Porsche showcases its vision of all-electric customer motorsports with the Mission R concept study, a future-driven race car combining state-of-the-art technologies with sustainable materials and providing a look into the automotive future. The Mission R concept study is powered by “newly developed” electric motors, producing a whopping 800 kW when in qualifying mode and 500 kW in race mode.

4. SVI announces armouring kit for Toyota Land Cruiser 300

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The SVI-armoured Land Cruiser 300 will also receive a suspension upgrade.

SVI Engineering is planning on armouring the new Toyota Land Cruiser with a “discreet” B6 armouring kit. The South African armoured-vehicle specialist has announced it has purchased an early example of the Land Cruiser 300 (see local pricing here) to give the engineering team adequate time to develop the armouring package before the bulk of the Land Cruiser 300 allocation arrives on local shores.

5. Volkswagen ID. Life concept revealed as “accessible” EV

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The ID. Life concept’s single electric motor produces 172 kW.

An EV for the people? Volkswagen has whipped the covers off the ID. Life concept, an entry-level compact crossover embodying sustainability, timeless design, and innovative technologies. According to the Wolfsburg car manufacturer, the ID. Life is VW’s vision of next-generation all-electric mobility.