This week, it was not only car manufacturers that made the news headlines but the soon-to-be-released latest instalment of the James Bond film series, No Time to Die, with Land Rover releasing behind-the-scenes action footage of a car chase scene featuring a duo of Range Rover Sport SVRs. Here’s the past week’s top five motoring-related news stories…

1. Toyota Corolla Cross pricing and specification revealed! 

Corolla Cross
The local Corolla Cross line-up will comprise five derivatives.

The high-riding, “Cross”-badged Corolla will soon make its official South African debut. Recently, the local arm of the Japanese manufacturer has announced that pre-orders for the Corolla Cross are now open. Locally, the Corolla Cross line-up will comprise five derivatives, available with the option of two engine options and three trim levels. Pricing starts from R349 900. 

2. WATCH: Range Rover Sport SVR stars in new Bond film 

Bond Range Rover news
Another iconic Bond car chase scene? The Range Rover Sport SVR is put to the extremes in this behind-the-scenes footage.

Land Rover has released the latest behind-the-scenes footage of the long-anticipated new Bond film No Time to Die. In the action sequence, a duo of Range Rover Sport SVRs take centre stage as they go off-road in pursuit of British secret agent 007. Another iconic Bond car chase scene? Watch it here. 

3. Ford Ranger Stormtrak SA pricing revealed! 

Stormtrak news
Stormtrak spec can be had with the two-wheel-drive and 4×4 Ranger.

A Ford Ranger has once again made the news headlines, with Ford South Africa releasing pricing for the latest version of the double-cab bakkie – the Ranger Stormtrak. Pricing and specification here.  

4. New Subaru WRX debuted with ‘advanced’ performance 

Subaru WRX
The fifth-generation WRX’s new 2.4-litre boxer motor produces 202 kW.

Boasting “the most advanced features, design and performance” in its nearly 20-year history, the new Subaru WRX has made its debut. The fifth-generation version sports a new 2.4-litre turbocharged boxer motor, linked to either a six-speed manual gearbox featuring “optimised” gear ratios or a fresh automatic transmission. 

5. Toyota RAV4 Adventure debuted with rugged styling

RAV4 Adventure
The RAV4 Adventure, Toyota says, will broaden the model’s market reach to people who want a vehicle that matches their love of life off the beaten track.

Toyota has lifted the covers off the RAV4 Adventure. Billed as a RAV4 that “reinforces the [RAV4’s] ‘go anywhere’ spirit with rugged styling that is ready for life in the great outdoors”, the Adventure model boasts a more purposeful exterior design and “dedicated” upholstery for the interior.