Friday Morning Motoring Headlines

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Updated: March 2, 2012

Charlie Sheen Is Brilliant In New Fiat 500 Ad – What do you do when you want to cast your cute little city car as a truly bad ass performance machine? How about hiring an infamous drug enthusiast actor, a guy who insists he has “tiger blood” flowing through his veins? Yes, that’s right, Fiat has enlisted none other than Charlie Sheen to promote its Abarth-tuned version of the 500 here in the States.

Eccelstone reckons Hamilton could leave McLaren - Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone says Lewis Hamilton may leave McLaren at the end of the season if he struggles to mount a serious title challenge. Hamilton, whose contract expires at the end of the season, won the world title with the British team in 2008.But he has since finished no higher than fourth in the world championship.

New Toyota “Tazz”" in South Africa by May - Toyota has confirmed that its new entry-level car will be launched in South Africa on 21 May this year. Built in India, the Etios will compete with the likes of Renault’s Sandero and Ford’s Figo, while plugging the gap for an affordable but spacious car that’s been left void since the Tazz was discontinued almost six years ago. But whereas the Tazz was really just a hand-me-down model based on the 1988 Conquest, the Etios is described by Toyota as a “bang up-to-date product that was specifically designed around the needs of today’s cash-strapped, yet ever-demanding driver.” My dad had one.

‘Flying Car’ To Debut At New York Auto Show – Finally! The New York Auto Show just got a lot more interesting, with roadable aircraft maker Terrafugia confirming the premier of their Transition street-legal aircraft production prototype at the show. Popular Mechanics is going to crap themselves with joy. It’s really happening, guys!

OverdriveTV has big news regarding Top Gear on SA TV – Stay tuned, later today we’ll be announcing a huge new show for petrol enthusiasts (and everyone really) to enjoy on SA screens.

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