CAR OF THE YEAR
The South African Guild of Motoring Journalists,
sponsored by WESBANK (the Wheels bank) and MOTUL Oils and HOLLARD Insurance, announced their
The eleven finalists for the 2015 WesBank / SAGMJ Car of the Year competition,
South Africa’s premier motoring event, are (in alphabetical order):
AUDI A3 SEDAN 1.4T SE S TRONIC
BMW M4 COUPE AUTO
CITROËN C4 PICASSO E-HDI 115 INTENSIVE
HONDA ACCORD 3.5 V6 EXCLUSIVE
LEXUS ES 250 EX
MERCEDES BENZ C-CLASS C 200 AUTO
NISSAN QASHQAI 1.6DCI ACENTA AUTO
PORSCHE MACAN S DIESEL
RENAULT DUSTER 1.5DCI DYNAMIQUE 4WD
SUBARU WRX PREMIUM
TOYOTA COROLLA 1.4 D-4D PRESTIGE
And the winner was...
the Porsche Macan S Diesel
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You can also read more about the competition and its finalists on www.wesbankcoty.co.za.
Previous "Car Of The Year" Winners:
1986 - Toyota Corolla Twin Cam Sprinter
1987 - Mercedes-Benz 260E
1988 - BMW 735i
1989 - Toyota Corolla GLi Executive
1990 - Toyota Corolla Twin Cam Sprinter
1991 - Opel Monza 160 GSi
1992 - Nissan Maxima 300SE
1993 - BMW 316i
1994 - Opel Kadet 140
1995 - Opel Astra 160iS
1996 - Audi A4 1.8
1997 - BMW 518i (Manual)
1998 - Ford Fiesta Fun A/C
1999 - Alfa Romeo 156 2.0 T-Spark
2000 - Renault Clio 1.4 RT
2001 - BMW 320D
2002 - Audi A4 TDI
2003 - Volkswagen Polo 1.4 TDi
2004 - Renault Megane 1.9 dCi
2005 - Volvo S40 2.4i
2006 - Audi Sportback 2.0 TFSi
2007 - Honda Civic 1.8 VXi Sedan
2008 - Mazda2 1,5 Individual
2009 - Honda Accord 2.4 Executive
2010 - Volkswagen Golf VI 1.4 TSI 90 kW Comfortline
2011 - BMW 5 Series 530d & Volkswagen Polo 1.6 Comfortline TDi
2012 - Porsche Boxster
2013 - Porsche Cayman S
2014 - Porsche Macan S Diesel
2015 - Will it be another Porsche, or a Mercedes Benz, or what else (that is the question)?
- ENDS -
ROSSLYN, South Africa (14 October 2014) - The Datsun GO, the first offering bearing the redesigned and modernised Datsun brand to take to Africa's roads since the early 1980's, not only marks the return of one of South Africa's favourite brand to the country, but also the manufacturer's entry into the hotly-contested entry level segment of the market.
The Datsun GO will spearhead the re-entry of the brand that became a legend in the 60's, 70's, - becoming market leader between 1976 and 1978 - and 80's when the Datsun name was associated with vehicles that offered quality and reliability at an affordable price for their owners.
At an entry price of just R89 500 for the Mid Model and R99 500 for the Lux Model the Datsun GO will therefore be a natural choice for younger, first time buyers or people looking for a vehicle that could be used as a comfortable, stylish and fuel efficient 'urban runabout', said Mr. Des Fenner, General Manager of Datsun South Africa.
The Datsun GO will seek to reassert Datsun's presence in the entry level segment in the market and will be the first vehicle off the floors of Datsun dealerships that will soon dot the South African landscape. Dealerships across the country are gearing up to open their doors and start selling on the 20th of October 2014.
Sales of the Datsun GO will begin immediately. The vehicles will enjoy the full product and service support expected of one of the world's most renowned names from 'Day One'.
The Datsun GO will be available through 44 dealerships across the country, with the aim of increasing this to 60 by the end of the fiscal in March 2015. Datsun dealerships will exist within the Nissan dealer framework with a mix of dedicated and common showroom configurations. The Datsun sales experience will be unique, but the level of after-sales service will be leveraged off the existing Nissan dealer network.
The fully imported cars taking their place on South Africa's roads will be imported as completely assembled units from India, where the Datsun GO became a feature in early 2014. Since then it has also made its entry into Indonesia.
The decision to launch the Datsun GO to spearhead Datsun's return to South Africa was based on the identified needs of the market in South Africa, seen as first-time new car buyers who were looking for an affordable vehicle that offered modern styling and great economy
Datsun GO - priced from R89 500
Watch this space for test drive on the new GO
THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE
OFFICIAL IMPORTER OF DYNAMAT IN SOUTH AFRICA
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3 Boundary road, The Glen, Johannesburg.
Tel: 011 435 7177 - Mobile: 072 197 0127
SUZUKI ALTO ACHIEVES 1.67 LITRES PER
100KM IN CITY DRIVING
COMPLETES 3000KM AUSTRALIAN FUEL CONSUMPTION CHALLENGE AVERAGING 3.3 LITRES PER 100 KM
a successful New Zealand North-South drive at an average of just over 3.5
litres/100 km last month, the highly fuel efficient Suzuki Alto has taken part
in a further fuel efficiency marathon, this time down through Australia,
managing to complete the journey at an average consumption of 3.2 litres per
100km overall, an 18.5 per cent improvement over the official Australian
combined figure (+13 per cent over European figure) and a staggering 2.0 litres
per 100km attained in City traffic – the lowest recorded of any entered vehicle.
The Global Green Challenge ran North-South from Darwin to Adelaide and placed conventional and alternative fuel cars against each other in a 3000km real world test. The winner of the challenge was the vehicle judged to have recorded the biggest improvement over its official fuel consumption figure.
Alto won the ‘Light’ and ‘Small’ car categories; ‘best urban cycle’ category and an overall CO2 emission of 89.9g/km, using just 123 litres of fuel for the seven day trip.
Despite some extremely trying conditions for drivers and cars alike, with most teams opting to turn off the air conditioning to save fuel even in temperatures soaring to 43 degrees centigrade, the 1.0-litre petrol engined Alto continued to defy expectations by showing some of the much more expensive diesel cars the true meaning of fuel economy.
Using a simple combination of lightweight design, aerodynamic efficiency and a small and efficient 1.0-litre petrol engine the Alto managed to outrank similar size diesel cars including the Ford Fiesta ECOnetic Turbo Diesel and MINI Cooper D which recorded an overall improvement in litres per 100km of 15.4 per cent and 12.2 per cent respectively.
The Alto GL and GLS models are retailed in South Africa at a recommended price of R104 900 and R119 900 respectively. A three-year/100 000 km warranty is included as standard.
MINI COUPE CONCEPT
FIAT 500 FERRARI
RENAULT AND BIOTHERM PRESENT ZOE Z.E
THE FIRST 100% ELECTRIC “SPA” CONCEPT CAR
Zoe Z.E. Concept is evidence that an all-electric
zero-emission vehicle can also boast smart, appealing looks.
Biotherm, the skin care company in L’Oréal’s Luxury Products division, has joined forces with Renault to develop an all-new 100% electric “spa” concept car, ZOE Z.E. Aimed at people making daily local trips and looking for a car that brings them health and well-being, ZOE Z.E. concept, with its premium and fully personalizable cabin, is a preview of the Renault production vehicle set for launch in 2012.
Bold concept is a thoroughbred in 1970 “Pony Car” tradition
In creating the new Dodge Challenger concept car the designers at Chrysler Group’s West Coast Pacifica Studio knew they had a rich heritage to draw upon.
They also knew they had an obligation to “get it right.” Tasked with the enviable assignment of developing a hot-looking performance coupe using Chrysler Group’s advanced rear-wheel drive LX platform (300C) and its fabled HEMI engine, the designers explored a variety of options, eventually gravitating to “something” for the Dodge brand - appropriate given that brand’s bold performance image. The idea of reinventing the highly-collectible Challenger quickly came to mind. Eager to begin, the designers drew up a “short list” of the essential attributes of a muscle car: distinctly American; mega horsepower; pure, minimal, signature lines; aggressive air-grabbing grille; and bold colours and graphics. “Challenger draws upon the initial 1970 model as the icon of the series,” said Tom Tremont, Vice President- Advanced Vehicle Design. “The 1970 model is the most sought after by collectors. But instead of merely recreating that car, the designers endeavoured to build a Challenger most people see in their mind’s eye — a vehicle without the imperfections like the old car’s tucked-under wheels, long front overhang and imperfect fits. As with all pleasurable memories, you remember the good and screen out the bad. “We wanted the concept car to evoke all those sweet memories… everything you thought the Challenger was, and more.”
“During the development of the concept car,” says Micheal Castiglione, principal exterior designer, “we brought an actual 1970 Challenger into the studio. For me, that car symbolises the most passionate era of automotive design.” Being key to the image, getting the right proportions was critical. The Challenger concept sits on a 2 946 mm wheelbase, 152 mm longer than the original. But its width is 51 mm greater, giving the concept car a squat, tougher, more purposeful persona. The signature side view accent line – designers call it the “thrust” line—is higher up on the body, running horizontal through the fender and door and kicking up just forward of the rear wheel.
Both the hood and the deck lid of the Challenger concept vehicle are higher than the 1970 in order to lift and “present” the front and rear themes. The front-end features the signature Dodge crossbar grille and four headlamps deeply recessed into the iconic car-wide horizontal cavity. At the rear, a full-width neon-lit tail light. Both the grille and the front and rear lamps are set into carbon-fibre surrounds. Like the original, slim rectangular side marker lamps define the ends of the car. Bumpers are clean, body-colour and flush with the body.
The hood reprises the original Challenger “performance hood” and its twin diagonal scoops, now with functional butterfly-valve intakes. Designed to showcase the modern techniques used in fabricating the car, what look like painted racing stripes are actually the exposed carbon fibre of the bonnet material.
The Challenger concept is a genuine four-passenger car. Compared to the original, the greenhouse is longer, the windshield and backlite faster, and the side glass narrower. All glass is set flush with the body without mouldings. The car is a genuine two-door hardtop—no B-pillar-- with the belt line ramping up assertively at the quarter window just forward of the wide C-pillar.
Exterior details one might expect, like a racing-type petrol cap, hood tie-down pins, louvered backlite and bold body side striping, didn’t make the “cut,” the designers feeling such assorted bits would detract from the purity of the monochromatic body form. But tucked reassuringly under the rear bumper are the “gotta have” twin-rectangle pipes of the dual exhausts.
In contrast to the bright Orange Pearl exterior, the interior is a no-nonsense, let’s-get-in-and-go black relieved by satin silver accents and narrow orange bands on the seat backs. As with the original car, the instrumental panel pad sits high, intersected on the driver’s side by a sculpted trapezoidal cluster containing three circular in-line analogue gauge openings.
“We designed the in-your-face gauge holes to appear as if you are looking down into the engine cylinders with the head off,” relates Barrington. These are flanked outboard by a larger circular “gauge” that is actually a computer, allowing the driver to determine top overall speed, quarter-mile time and speed, and top speed for each of the gears.
With its thick, easy-grip rim, circular hub and pierced silver spokes, the leather-wrapped steering wheel evokes the original car’s “Tuff” wheel, as does the steering column “ribbing.” The floor console, its centre surface tipped toward the driver, is fitted with a proper “pistol grip” shifter shaped just right to master the quick, crisp shifts possible with the six-speed manual “transmission.”
In as much as the original Challenger was the first car to have injection-moulded door trim panels (now common practice), the doors received special attention.
Although the flat-section bucket seats of the original Challenger didn’t offer much support for aggressive driving, the front seats in the Challenger concept car boast hefty bolsters much like those found on Dodge’s famed SRT series cars. The trim covers’ horizontal pleats or “fales” provide just a hint of that “70’s” look.
Rethought, reworked, reproportioned and redesigned, the Challenger concept car offers iconic a HEMI-powered performance coupe derived from a classic American muscle car.
Engine: 6.1L Hemi producing 313kW @ 600rpm and 546Nm @ 4800rpm
Drivetrain: Rear-wheel-drive 6-speed-manual
Acceleration: 0-100 kph in 4.6 seconds
Stopping: 100-0 in 40.6 meters
Standing ¼ mile: 13 seconds
Top Speed: 280 kph
Range: 483 km
Color: Exterior: Challenger Orange - Interior: Black
The scintillating new Chevrolet Camaro
The new motoring craze of re-working old designs has been no less active than with Chevrolet, showing here their new Camaro Concept.
First generation Camaros are some of the most sought-after collector's cars, and as you can see here, they've excelled in design yet again.
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