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An architect’s impression of a bedroom in a Macassar Village Estate unit
An architect’s impression of the open plan kitchen
58 UNITS: SIZES VARY FROM 48 M² TO 72 M²
New 53unit development for Macassar Macassar, the small suburb about 12 km from Somerset West in Cape Town, just south of the N2 freeway, is about to get a new housing development that is ideally designed and priced for the local market.
So says Adelaide Wildschut, the Rawson Property Group’s franchisee for the area. This development, to be known as Macassar Village Estates, will consist of 53 homes in four floor sizes: 48 m², 57 m², 65 m² and 72 m². The homes will all have mono-pitched roofs and two or three bedrooms. Communal and bathroom areas will be tiled and purchasers can choose between laminated wood or tiled floors in the bedrooms. The sales
price includes a stove in every unit, built-in cupboards in the bedrooms, blinds, burglar bars and safety gates on the external doors. Each unit will have a “starter garage”, the remainder of which can be added to each unit for a small extra cost. All homes are freestanding and on their own plots. The prices, which vary from R340 000 to R448 000, are “amazingly low” in today’s market and almost without equal anywhere in the Cape, says Wildschut. This, she says, means that the majority of buyers will have to be earning a combined family income of at least R10 000 per month and she anticipates that nearly all the purchasers will be applying for 100% bonds. The Rawson Property Group is the
only agency involved in this development and they expect the units to be sold out before the end of the year. Macassar, which is sometimes referred to as the Cape’s “sleepy hollow”, has always had a very active home sales market, says Wildschut.
‘The prices, which vary from R340 000 to R448 000, are ‘amazingly low’ in today’s market.’ The main reason for this is simply affordability: prices here are very seldom above R550 000 and can go as low as R100 000. Furthermore, she says, the area has both primary and secondary schools, an old age home, clinic, a few
Kantoor 021 887 4740 Welgevonden 021 889 9774 DIE BOORD
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Finance, we are currently achieving a 60% success rate – but it has to be said that the credit record ‘blemishes’, which can cause a bond to be denied, can be very minor indeed and quite often simply the result of a moment of forgetfulness rather than a deliberate unwillingness to pay,” says Wildschut. The large number of people unable to obtain bonds has boosted the Macassar rental market and monthly rents can vary from R2 000 to R6 000, the average being around R2 900. The number of buy-to-let investors in the area is quite small at the moment but is steadily increasing, says Wildschut. For more information contact Adelaide Wildschut on 082 748 1274 or e-mail email@example.com.
R1 295 000 MIDDEBOSCH
R2 200 000
Renée 082 852 3910
Offers style, comfort and convenience in a security development.
Bachelor | Bathroom 1 | Parking 1
enough to ensure that the Rawson Property Group, on average, sells four to six homes each month. “As always in the low cost market the big challenge is to get bonds for our buyers, especially those needing 100% bonds. With the help of Rawson
R2 085 000
Bedrooms 3 | Bathrooms 2 | Garage 1
sports facilities and retail centres. A flourishing taxi industry ensures that residents can reach Somerset West, Strand, the Rheinmetall Denel Munition factory and various transport depots relatively easily. Demand has recently been strong
R3 100 000
Slaapkamers 2 | Badkamers 2 | Oop Parkering 2 Dis ‘n moet om te hê! Ou wêreld sjarme op Kampus.
R2 670 000 MERRIMAN SQ
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Exclusive Student Accommodation on In die hartjie van Kampus. Ruim en Bedrooms 2 | Bathroom 1 | Garage 1 the Green Route. netjies. Sought after upmarket townhouse in the central business district.
R1 195 000
Bachelor | Bathroom 1 | Open Parking 1
R1 820 000
Bedrooms 2 | Bathroom 1 | Parking 1
Quaint flat - walking distance to all Central town. Fully furnished with one facilities. allocated parking.
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STRAND / SOMERSET WEST 95 Beach Road, Shop no 8 Strand, 7140 021 853 4922 www.leapfrog.co.za
R 645 000
R1 750 000
R3 290 000
WE DO RENTALS FROM STRAND TO KUILSRIVER, MAY IT BE LONG OR SHORT TERM.
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NOT TO BE MISSED This 3 bedroom property with a single garage has a beautifully
DONâ€™T MISS OUT ON THIS GREAT BARGAIN! Free standing, 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom home with open plan kitchen
BRING FAMILY AND YOUR D.I.Y. KIT! Spacious family home. 4 Bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, family room, patio
GO BIG IN BRIZA! Main house: 3 Bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Elegant lifestyle with
and pool. Double garage. Easy access to all amenities, R44 and N2.
ocean views. Additional flat with lounge, dining room, bedroom, bathroom and kitchen.
paved yard and is located in a new development in Asanda Village.
and lounge in security complex. Own courtyard and small garden. 1
Very close to all important amenities.
Covered parking. Close to police station and Strand Private Hospital.
Blessing Mlambo 073 114 0829
24 Hour security Dane Tunnah 072 333 6988
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Franchise opportunities available. Contact Beatrix Brummer 082 893 9275/ email@example.com
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2 Rembrandt Heights, Spanish Farm
No expense has been spared in ensuring that luxurious yet homely feel. Ideal for entertaining with downstairs lounge and bar area leading out to a manicured garden and sparkling pool. The sea and mountain views on this home literally take your breath away. Unbelievable value for such an exclusive residence! Kelly van Zyl T 021 851 2614 C 082 770 6879 www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT25663
Michael Pashley T 021 851 2614 C 082 079 5568 E firstname.lastname@example.org
27 Cape Heritage 3
Magni cent and stylish home with an impressive and detailed nishes throughout. Open plan lounge, dining room, with a replace. A meticulous garden surround the stunning pool heated by solar panels, perfect area for those lazy, hot summer days. The indoor braai area is fabulous for entertaining and ows out to the pool area. The main bedroom is ensuit, offers a fantastic picture window looking towards the dramatic Hottentot Holland mountains.
14 Summerwood Estate, Montclair
Saturday 14:15 - 15:00 Sunday 15:15 - 16:00
www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT26493 Jean-Pierre Aldworth T 021 851 2614 C 078 059 5342 E email@example.com Andrea Hanson T 021 851 2614 C 082 658 3732 E firstname.lastname@example.org
Delightful 3 bedroom property with study and undercover patio in the sought after Summerwood Estate. Sit on the stoep and look over the manicured gardens and then onto the Helderberg and Hottentot mountains. Incredible opportunity to buy into this popular complex and all for under R3million! Kelly van Zyl T 021 851 2614 C 082 770 6879 www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT25837
Michael Pashley T 021 851 2614 C 082 079 5568 E email@example.com
PRICE REDUCED Bel Monti Equestrian Farm, Sir Lowry s Pass
3 De Poort, Somerset West
Fantastic opportunity to purchase this delightful smallholding on 5.3 hectors of land with permission granted for a riding School. Beautiful modern 3 bedroom house with pool. In addition there is a separate 3 bedroom cottage that used to be the old foaling station. Magni cent views and a real opportunity to live that country life we all desire. Michael Pashley Kelly van Zyl T 021 851 2614 C 082 079 5568 T 021 851 2614 C 082 770 6879 www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT25772 E firstname.lastname@example.org
This lovely family home is perfect for the entertainer. Enter this home through a private courtyard garden. Open plan kitchen leads to dining area and replace. Lounge area leads to patio doors and private entertainment area with swimming pool. Upstairs entertainment room with built in replace and balcony.
1 Radloff Road, Somerset West
52 Tre Donne Estate, Sir Lowry s Pass
Beautifully renovated with clean cut lines, open spaces, light and warm! The home offers open plan living with social entertainment. Stackable doors open the home into the garden for summer living and feature replace keeps you warm in the winter months. The home offers a mix of modern nish with natural elements. Delise Pereira T 021 851 2614 C 082 893 6106 E email@example.com
Lee Coetzee T 021 851 2614 C 084 588 0050 E firstname.lastname@example.org
Jason Hutton T 021 851 2614 C 073 489 8489 www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT26243
Magni cent opportunity to purchase this substantial residence set on grounds of approximately 3300mÂ˛ in Tre Donne security estate. Well designed to take advantage of the mountainous views, the property offers great entertaining with a large sparkling pool. Michael Pashley T 021 851 2614 C 082 079 5568 E email@example.com
Kelly van Zyl T 021 851 2614 C 082 770 6879 www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT26495
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propert y exp o a t Somerse t Mall 16-2 1 Jul y 13 14 Oaks, Roundhay
40 Cornwall, Gordon s Bay R980,000
10 Aster, Somerset West R2,695,000
2 1 2 2 This neat complex is well situated - close to shops, restaurants and doctors. Neat, spacious and airy duplex offers a large kitchen with ample cupboards. Open plan dining room / lounge takes you out to a sunny covered patio and neat paved garden with a built in braai.
3 3 2 2 Spacious double storey facebrick home in popular area. Upstairs main bedroom and en-suite. Family room with balcony. Also studio or fourth bedroom.
Modern home, designed to capture the beautiful mountain and sea views. A top class home with easy access to major routes and amenities.
www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT26446 Lesley Rogers C 084 699 9500
www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT25993 Doris Angheben C 072 074 6213
Sunday 14:15 - 15:00 www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT26478 Lee Coetzee C 084 588 0050 Kate Arvan C 082 418 4414
Entranc e 2 Woolworth s Court 9:00-18:00
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24 Drommedaris Street, Gordon s Bay
Stunning family home with the right address. Open plan kitchen. Indoor and outdoor entertainment areas. Spacious lounge/family room downstairs with tall windows, maximising exquisite mountains and sea views and lead out to pool. Unique lapa cover outdoor braai area. Quality nishes, secure, modern yet relaxing.
This fairytale home is nestled in a gated Tuscan village at the foot of the Helderberg Mountain. Spacious living room with feature replace and double volume open beam ceilings. French doors lead to outside patios and pool with sweeping views towards the mountain. Gourmet kitchen with granite counters and tted appliances. Lee Coetzee T 021 851 2614 C 084 588 0050 E firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 14:15 - 17:00
Sunday 15:15 - 16:00
on show this weekend
6 Carries, Somerset West R2,400,000
One of the last few open plots in Heldervue up for grabs. Build your dream home on this plot to have easy access to all main routes as well as stunning sea views
3 3 2 2 Be amazed by the space of this L shaped home. Entrance hall leading to family room. Large dining room, separate lounge with replace. All rooms open onto a very private courtyard and pool. 55m² cottage next to garage.
21 Lobelia, Heldervue
www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT26492 Liezl Heerschap C 083 286 8797
www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT26466 Doris Angheben C 072 074 6213
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SELECTED TURNKEY HOMES AVAILABLE Barn House from R1,435,000 Courtyard House from R1,465,000 Row house (single storey) from R965,000 Row House (double storey) from R1,099,000
Prices include VAT. No transfer duty.
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T 021 843 3163 C 082 820 4845 E email@example.com www.kelderhof.co.za
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2013 S ELECTRICBUG
BEETLE AND ELECTRICAL INSPECTION
www.electrabug.co.za Tel: 021 851 7423 firstname.lastname@example.org ALL PRICES QUOTED ARE FOR A SINGLE RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY
ELECTRIC FENCE INSPECTION R450 EXCL VAT
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Buy new or upgrade your home? Selling your property is an expensive business. There are agents’ fees to pay, and when you buy a new property you have transfer and bond costs as well. So it’s not a decision to be taken lightly. In some cases your requirements may have changed to the point when you have to up or downscale – and in such a case it’s impossible to avoid selling. In other cases it may be a real option to consider improving or enlarging your existing home to accommodate your needs. The positive of making such an improvement is that you can avoid the costs referred to above. However, you do need to give consideration to the risk of overcapitalizing. In other words, if you spend the money improving your existing property, are you likely to at least recover your costs, and hopefully also some additional return on your investment. It’s true that in some areas if you overspend on a property the likelihood of recovering these costs is very small. When you sell one day, you may be in a position where you have spent much more on your property than any buyer would be willing to give you for a property in your location. If you wanted to sell, you would have to listen to the market and price accordingly – and then you may well lose on your investment. Before making the decision to improve an existing property, why not find out what the ceiling in your suburb is. Estate agents have access to recent sales information that will show what prices are actually being achieved in your area,
Talking Property by Steve Caradoc Davies, principal of Harcourts Platinum and what the median prices are. This should give you a good indication as to whether or not you would be overcapitalizing. Also remember: The golden rule when it comes to property is location, location, location. You don’t want to be the owner of the best house in the area as you are unlikely to achieve the price you should for your
home. It’s also important to appreciate that some improvements to a property will increase its market value, while others just won’t. For example, adding a swimming pool will only increase the value in the eyes of a future purchaser that really wants a pool. Painting the property pink is unlikely to add any value, as most purchasers will want to repaint to another colour. As a general rule, improvements to kitchens and bathrooms are well received, as is the addition of bedrooms, entertainment areas, and garages. But be sure to cost these potential improvements well as in most cases building costs and planning fees are more than anticipated. The more information you have at your disposal the better decision you will be able to make. So, in addition to doing thorough research on your own area and the real costs of the improvements you need, why not also look at what other properties are available to purchase that would meet your requirements. Looking costs nothing – and you may well find a property that fits the bill in an area you like, for the sort of money you are willing to spend. If in doubt, why not ask a real estate agent that you trust. They should be able to give you the advice you need, free of charge. When you have all the facts, then make the decision that is best for you and your family in the long term. – E-mail your real estate question to email@example.com.
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Average size of houses declining, says StatsSA The latest available building statistics from StatsSA show that the rate at which new homes are being delivered to the market continues to trend upwards, but that the average size of these new units is declining. “On an annual basis, the total value of new residential buildings completed rose 25% in January and February, while the value of building plans passed for new homes rose 20,5%,” notes Rudi Botha, CEO of BetterBond, SA’s biggest mortgage originator. “In the same period, however, the square metreage of new small
homes (less than 80 m²) completed rose 20,2% compared with the first two months of last year, and that of flats and townhouses completed rose 38,7%, while that of homes bigger than 80 m² rose only 1,1%. “Meanwhile the square metreage of plans passed for new houses of 80 m² or more rose 2,4% and that for flats and townhouses a whopping 50,2%, clearly indicating that this is where developers believe future demand will be.” Writing in the latest BetterBond newsletter, he says the major factor stimulating new housing development at the moment is the de-
crease in what First National Bank has termed the replacement cost gap – the percentage difference between what it would cost to replace an existing home and the current value of that home.
ers to bring new homes to market at prices that can compete with those of pre-owned homes. “However, the size of those new homes is also steadily declining. The average has gone from 141 m² in 2006 to 111 m² now and is not expected to rise again in the foreseeable future. This is due to rising consumer preference for smaller, more secure and easier to maintain homes in the face of rising property rates and utility costs.” This trend is underscored, says Botha, by the fact that flats and townhouses now account for more
‘The average has gone from 141 m² in 2006 to 111 m² now.’ “This differential is variously estimated at between 21% and 33% now, but has definitely been on a declining trend since the start of 2012, making it easier for develop-
than 27% of all residential building completions, up from 24% in 2011, and suggests that estate agents will increasingly have to hone their expertise in sectional title sales, and in working with bodies corporate and home owners’ associations. “Meanwhile, this is all good news for first-time buyers especially, because there is usually no transfer duty payable on newlybuilt homes (VAT being included in the sale price instead). “This can significantly reduce the amount of cash they need to complete a purchase, at a time when the average deposit required by the banks is 17%,” Botha adds.
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Web Ref 463866
R4 200 000
Web Ref 463820
R5 450 000
Outstanding value in De Zalze! This cosy home offers exquisite views of the surrounding mountains and vineyards from the covered patio. Double volume design, modern open plan living area, huge fireplace and four en-suite bedrooms. Contact: Monique Holzen 072 390 9227 Each office independently owned and operated
R2 250 000
Web Ref 519051
R4 950 000
LOUISE VAN AARDE
Paarl | Wellington
Each office independently owned and operated
Web Ref 590716
A home so neat & tidy, one can just move in. With a well-kept garden and pool close to the covered patio & braai area, makes for easy entertaining. The cute home offers 4 bedrooms with an openplan living area & fire-place. Christine 082 417 2506 / Graham 084 308 3540
Web Ref 544752
R6 650 000
Impeccable in every detail, this property is perfect for Dream position in popular neighborhood stone the discerning buyer who appreciates luxurious qualthrow from schools and nature reserve. Enjoy the ity finishes and a low maintenance lifestyle. Situated tranquil setting and rural surrounds. in a small, exclusive security estate at the foot of StelContact: Marelise Visagie 072 776 2645 lenbosch mountain, close to lovely walks in the nearby forest. Monique Holzen 072 390 9227 Old Mutual Building, 40 Bird Street, Stellenbosch t 021 809 2760 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.sothebysrealty.co.za | www.sothebysrealty.com
Sales Manager / Residential Property Consultant: Pearl Valley Wine Estate Cell: 083 653 1381 E-Mail: email@example.com
Residential Property Consultant: Central Paarl & Klapmuts Cell: 083 420 1747 E-Mail: Bronwyn@sirpaarl.co.za
Luxury, 2 bedroomed flat with 2 bathrooms, lock-up garage and many extras. Gated complex, historic Dorp street, excellent investment. Contact: Eilze Liebenberg 079 467 7557
Residential Property Consultant: Val de Vie Wine & Polo Estate Cell: 082 555 2043 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Agricultural Property Consultant: Boland Cell: 083 627 2148 E-Mail: email@example.com
Residential Property Consultant: Boschenmeer Golf Estate & Paarl South Cell: 083 414 7212 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
140 Main Road, Paarl. 7646. | t 021 870 1011 | email@example.com www.sothebysrealty.co.za | www.sothebysrealty.com | www.farmssouthafrica.com | www.farmandranchsir.com
R3 300 000
Web Ref 590305
Price Reduced - A true family home with loads of space for the growing family. Offering open-plan spaces with clay floor tiles. Well placed pool with garden space also situated close to a park. Graham 084 308 3540 / Monique 072 390 9227
Web Ref 463820
R4 295 000
Gesogte woonbuut naby skole! Kom besigtig hierdie lekker leefhuis met hope akkomodasie en spasie. Lui lekker kuierstoep met swembad en berguitsigte! Kontak: Marelise Visagie 072 776 2645
Agricultural Property Consultant: Boland Cell: 074 127 9280 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Residential Property Consultant: Wellington Residential Rental Consultant: Paarl & Wellington Cell: 072 141 4117 E-Mail: email@example.com
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SEVENTH EDITION: THE ICON RETURNS
New legend arrives: VW Golf 7 GTi QUICKPIC To date, nearly 1,9 million Golf GTI units have been sold worldwide, of which over 59 500 in South Africa alone. No one could have predicted such phenomenal success when the first Golf GTI was launched in 1976 (in 1982 in South Africa). At that time only 5 000 units were planned for production. The first-generation Golf GTI set a fundamental standard for dynamic performance that was more clearly defined than in any other compact car of its era. Everything was just right about it—the safe and taut chassis, the agile and fuel-efficient injection engine and the car’s styling, as unmistakable as it was timeless. All of this combined with the insignias of a future icon— a red stripe around the radiator grille, a black border around the rear windscreen, a sporty steering wheel like in the Scirocco Coupé, a golf ball as a gear shift grip, ergonomically perfect sport seats with a classic tartan design and a name that would never be forgotten: GTI. The engine of the first Golf GTI produced exactly 81 kW. Now, the seventh-generation Golf GTI delivers 162 kW to the front wheels which is exactly double the power of the first Golf GTI. The turbocharged engine of the GTI is from the third generation of the EA888 engine series and has a completely newly developed cylinder head. A unique feature in this power class is the water-cooled exhaust gas circulation loop to the turbocharger that is fully integrated in the cylinder head.
red plates on the front wings This type of exhaust gas at the height of the character cooling makes a crucial conline with the same typogratribution to improving fuel phy of the GTI logo that has consumption at full load in the been used for decades. new GTI. The 1, 984 l TSI enThe launch colours are Red, gine additionally features varBlack and White. They have iable valve timing with dual been synonymous with the camshaft adjustment and Golf GTI since its early days. valve lift on the exhaust side, Also standard in the new Golf which is adjustable over two GTI are the newly designed 18stages. This enables optimal inch “Austin” alloy wheels control of the charge exchange with size 225/45 tyres. process for better performThe famous Golf GTI Vienance, fuel economy and low na leather sport seats with exemissions. ceptionally good ergonomic The new GTI is equipped properties, have been rewith a stop/start system and tained. The instrument clusa six-speed gearbox as standter makes a strong statement ard. The benefits of BlueMowith a colour display and tion Technology system are unique instrument graphics. evident in the combined fuel The GTI-specific look in the consumption value of interior is further comple6,0 F/100 km (CO²: 139g/km). mented by features such as The fuel consumption of the leather sport steering wheel new Golf GTI was reduced by with multifunction keys (shift 1,3 F (7,3 F/100km) compared pedals for DSG), red ambience to the previous model The new Golf GTI is distinguished from other cars in the model series by numerous PHOTO: QUICKPIC lighting (in front, in the trim (155 kW). The optional 6-speed additional features and classic GTI insignia. strips of the doors and the dual-clutch transmission The low fuel consumption and stainless steel door sill guards) and (DSG) offers uninterrupted propul- aerodynamics were also improved sive power, which matches the char- from 0,73 m² in the previous model emission values of the Golf GTI con- pedals of brushed stainless steel. As with the new Golf, the GTI conacter of the sporty icon to perfec- to 0.70 m². In urban traffic and in trast with the car's driving performtion. In this case, the fuel consump- traffic jams, the standard Stop/ ance data. The 162 kW Golf GTI ac- tinues to offer innovative technolotion is 6.4 F/100 km (equivalent to Start system of the GTI has a posi- celerates to 100 km/h in 6,5 seconds gy that is available for the first time 148 g/km CO²), an improvement of tive effect on fuel economy. The sub- and has a top speed of 246 km/h in its segment. The standard feastantially higher torque of 350 Nm (DSG: 244 km/h). tures include progressive steering, 1,0 F/100km (7,4 F/100 km). The new Golf GTI is distinguished the fatigue detection system, AutoThe significantly improved fuel (instead of the 280 Nm of the previeconomy values of the new Golf GTI ous model) made it possible to also from other cars in the model series matic Multi-Collision Braking Syscan be traced back to actions that reduce the gear ratios for lower en- by numerous additional features tem and the advanced XDS+ elecfought for every tenth of a litre in gine speeds, adapting them to the and classic GTI insignia. On the ex- tronic differential lock system. engine's lower rev levels. This terior, they include the red painted Also new are optional systems savings. The sports car, like the base mod- helped to reduce fuel consumption. brake callipers, smoked LED rear such as Dynamic Chassis Control el, is based on the new modular The internal engine modifications lights in a custom design as well as with driver profile selection. For entransverse matrix (MQB). And, sim- were made—including a new and in- chrome tailpipes on the left and tertainment, new Golf GTI customers can order the optional 400-Watt ilar to the base model, the weight of novative thermal management sys- right. For the first time, the sporty sound system from the Danish makthe GTI was also reduced compared tem; they contribute towards the to the previous model – from 1 393 kg noted 18 percent improvement in fu- Volkswagen also has, in addition to er DYNAUDIO. The sound system is the GTI badges at the front and rear. exclusive to the Golf GTI. to 1 351 kg (42 kg savings). The car's el economy in the 2,0 F TSI.
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Gutsy Suzuki SX4 conquers Sani Pass QUICKPIC It may only be nine km long, but Sani Pass, the notoriously dangerous, steep and twisty gravel mountain pass linking KwaZulu-Natal with the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho, has long been considered a serious test for off-road vehicles. For exactly that reason, Suzuki Auto Club SA’s Jaco Nel decided that driving up Sani Pass would be a worthy test of the versatile Suzuki SX4 hatchback’s all-terrain talents. And while conquering Sani Pass would be the key objective, the trip would entail driving some 1 350 km over varied terrain, including crossing Lesotho from the top of Sani Pass to the border post at Ficksburg. The SX4’s odyssey started in Centurion, and after following the national route to Villiers, Nel and his crew opted for the road less travelled, traversing mostly rural gravel roads all the way to the town of Himeville at the foot of the Drakensberg. The SX4 took the ruts, rocks and washaways in its stride, while demonstrating the benefits of its all-wheel drive system to good effect. But the real test was yet to come. Arriving at the South African border post, located at the bottom of Sani Pass, the SX4 was dwarfed by all the large, so-called "serious" offroad vehicles waiting to tackle the pass. Needless to say, the presence of
the compact Suzuki, which admittedly looks more like a sporty hatchback than an all-terrainer, evoked much shaking of heads. It was obvious that there was some serious doubt about the ability of the SX4 to reach the top of the pass. Intent on proving their critics wrong, Nel and his team set off from the border post, opting for the car’s 4WD Auto mode to provide the necessary traction. The SX4 made it look all too easy, coping with the often treacherous conditions with consummate ease. The last few corners near the top of the pass proved to be the most challenging, as the very steep gradient would normally require switching to low range. However, the SX4 wasn’t going to be intimidated by that fact, and bravely soldiered on, with Nel opting for 4WD Lock mode to optimise grip. Much to the surprise of several onlookers, the Suzuki SX4 arrived at the top of Sani Pass without so much as a scratch. But the challenge was by no means over. Some of the roads leading from Sani Top to the main road were even rougher than the pass itself. Undaunted, the SX4 took the conditions in its stride,and didn’t miss a beat on the long and often challenging route to the Ficksburg border post. After a welcome respite and overnight stay in the cherry capital of SA, the SX4 was saddled up for the final leg of the journey, this time on tar. Showing off its versatility, the SX4 swapped roles from talented
The SX4 took the ruts, rocks and washaways in its stride, while demonstrating the benefits of its all-wheel drive system to good effect. PHOTO: SUZUKI AUTO all-terrainer to comfortable cruiser, cossetting its occupants in climate-controlled luxury as it covered the final 400 km to its home base. The SX4 covered just more than 1 350 km in three days, of which 500
km on gravel roads. Fuel consumption averaged approximately 8 F/1 000 km, and the entire trip was completed without a single hitch: no punctures, no body damage, and no mechanical ailments. “Our trip proved emphatically
that the Suzuki SX4 is a great allrounder. It coped with a wide variety of road conditions, conquering the iconic Sani Pass in the process, while delivering on the comfort, performance and safety fronts, too,” Nel concluded.
The first artist's impression of what the new Datsuns could look like.
India gets first glimpse of new generation Datsun range QUICKPIC Datsun has publishedd sketches giving a preview of the first new generation Datsun car, which will be unveiled at its world premiere event in New Delhi, India on July 15. The car will be the first product aimed at the Indian market – and the first of the future Datsun model line-up to be launched from 2014. The premiere event will not only unveil the new model, but also introduce the Datsun brand, whose return to the market was announced in March 2012. It marks a significant milestone and a new chapter in the history of this legendary brand aimed at high-growth markets like India, Indonesia and Russia in 2014, to be followed by South Africa later the same year. Although Datsun models will be individually developed for different markets, the concept will follow a common inspiration. All future Datsun models will offer up-and-coming customers in high-growth markets an engaging driving experience, peace-of-mind ownership
and accessibility at the right and transparent price with a competitive Total Cost of Ownership. These product values will be supported by Nissan Motor Company’s experience as a global car manufacturer and technical expertise for local optimised solutions. The 21st century Datsun will deliver a rewarding brand experience with no compromise in terms of accessibility, reliability or durability – the values deep rooted in the Datsun heritage. “Datsun will bring competitive products and services, modern and aspirational, while at the same time reassuring, providing superior value and specifically developed for the emerging and ambitious new middle-class in high-growth markets. The Datsun cars will be locally developed with the support of Nissan Motor Company engineers and stylists and will be locally produced”, said Vincent Cobee, Head of Datsun. Datsun has also just launched their new website. Brand and product information will be available after 15 July. To follow Datsun news online, visit: www.datsun.com
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Opel Corsa OPC Nürburgring heads for SA QUICKPIC General Motors South Africa (GMSA) recently announced that the Opel Corsa OPC Nürburgring Edition will be making its South African debut this October. Available in limited numbers, the Nürburgring Edition will not only be a rare sight on local roads but, as part of an international limited edition production run, the Opel Corsa OPC Nürburgring Edition is one of the most exclusive Opels ever built. Opel’s ties to the Nürburgring Nordschleife and the track, which is probably the most gruelling and demanding in the world, date back to the 1960s . Although all Opel vehicles are tested at the Nürburgring before entering production, OPC variants receive extra-special fine tuning of chassis, performance and handling dynamics to ensure they perform at the top of their respective classes. OPC vehicles are among the fastest around this circuit, nicknamed the "green hell" by Sir Jackie Stewart:the previous generation Opel Astra OPC and original Zafira OPC both having achieved records in their segments at the track. The hottest Corsa ever, and not
With Opel’s heritage in just in the looks departSouth Africa dating as far ment, the new Opel Corsa back as 1930, Opel is a key OPC Nürburgring Edition brand within the GMSA features a host of visual portfolio, the new Corsa and performance upgrades Nürburgring Edition folto push the envelope even lowing hot on the heels of further. These changes culthe brand new Opel Astra minate in a striking and exOPC, which was launched tra-zippy little car. earlier this year Visual changes include The new Corsa OPC Nürthe addition of a front lip burgring Edition boosts spoiler, a new rear roofthe product line-up as a hamounted spoiler, dual exlo model, its exclusivity set haust pipes and dark-paintto evoke the passion and ened 18-inch alloy wheels, the thusiasm South Africans latter hosting a set of have long for the Opel brand-new high-performbrand even further. ance Brembo disc brakes. Internationally, Opel has Interior changes include a solid strategy in place to Recaro sports seats in napincrease revenue and varipa leather, while equipable profit significantly ment upgrades include through its go-to-market rain-sensing wipers, autoplan by improving the immatic climate control and age of the Opel brand, an upgraded audio system strengthening the quality with USB and Bluetooth of market share and entercompatibility. ing new markets and segThe chassis has under- The new Opel Corsa OPC Nürburgring Edition dispatches the 0-100 km/h dash in just ments. The New Corsa OPC gone further development, 6,8 seconds, running on to a top speed of 230 km/h. PHOTO: QUICKPIC Nürburgring Edition is a enhanced for better performance by Bilstein. The turbo- tures a new mechanical multi- running on to a top speed of passionate example of this stratecharged 1,6 F petrol engine has plate limited-slip differential on 230 km/h. Performance notwith- gy in motion. More detailed information on been tweaked as well, now produc- the front axle, to ensure the torque standing, the Nürburgring Ediing a maximum of 154 kW at is translated into speed with a min- tion’s ECOTEC engine still produc- the new Opel Corsa OPC Nürbures sound efficiency figures—its gring Edition’s heightened per5 850 r/min and 250 Nm of torque imum of fuss. The new Opel Corsa OPC Nür- combined cycle average is just formance and various other upfrom 2 250 r/min, with as much as 280 Nm on overboost. The Corsa burgring Edition dispatches the 0- 7,6 F per 100 km and carbon emis- grades will be made available closer to the time of launch. OPC Nürburgring Edition also fea- 100 km/h dash in just 6,8 seconds, sions are 178 g/km.
QUICKPIC Die Mitsubishi Lancer 2.0 GLS-sedan is pas opgegradeer met ’n aantal belangrike eienskappe wat ekstra waarde aan kopers aanbied – maar sonder dat die prys van R239 900 enigsins verhoog is. Onder die standaardeienskappe waarmee die Lancer nou spog, tel Bluetooth-aansluitbaarheid, sewe lugsakke, ’n trukamera en ’n raakskerm vir die beheer van die klankstelsel. Daar is geen veranderinge aan die buite- of binnevoorkoms van die Lancer aangebring nie, maar die ekstra eienskappe maak die Lancer ’n besonder aantreklike voertuig vir diegene wat op soek is na ’n goed-toegeruste vyfsitplekmotor met tweeliterkrag. “Ons het na ons klante geluister wat betref die spesifikasieverbeteringe wat hulle in die Lancer wou sien, en ons is in ons skik dat ons ’n aansienlik verbeterde middelslagmotor in Suid-Afrika kan aanbied,” sê Jaco Oosthuizen, uitvoerende hoof van Mitsubishi Motors SA. Die Lancer benut dieselfde platform as die ikoniese Evo X, wat vir homself wêreldwyd naam gemaak het danksy sy uitmuntende verrigting, sowel as ’n lang lys oorwinnings in die Wêreld-Tydrenkampioenskap. Dieselfde veelsydige platform word ook gebruik in die
gewilde ASX- en die Outlander-sportnutsvoertuig. Die Lancer se omvattende lys standaardtoerusting sluit in ’n temperatuurbeheerde lugreëlaar en ’n veelfunksie-stuurwiel, wat nou handvrye Bluetooth-stembeheer bied, sowel as kontroles vir die klankstelsel aan die stuurwiel. Ander standaardeienskappe is onder meer ’n hoëresolusie-trukamera, sentrale raakskerm vir klankstellings en ’n USBpoort, sleutellose toegang, ’n alarm-immobiliseerder en ’n outomatiese aan/af-funksie vir die kopligte. Die rugleuning van die agtersitplek het ’n 60:40-verdeling en bied veelsydige laai-opsies vir die ruim bagasieruimte. Die Lancer se viersilinder-petrolenjin van twee liter ontwikkel 110 kW teen 6 000 r/min en 197 Nm se wringkrag by 4 200 r/min. Aandrywing is deur ’n vyfgang-handratkas. Die Lancer werk suinig met brandstof: net 7 F/100 km op die gekombineerde siklus. Die onafhanklike veerstelsel voor en agter verseker goeie hantering en padhouvermoë en ’n gerieflike rit. Die motor is toegerus met aantreklike 16 duim-allooiwiele. Soos met alle Mitsubishi-produkte het die Lancer se ontwerpers en ingenieurs groot klem op veiligheid gelê. Afgesien van die veiligheidsel-ontwerp van die bak word veilig-
Die Lancer werk suinig met brandstof: net 7 F/100 km op die gekombineerde siklus.
heid verder verseker danksy sewe lugsakke: bestuurder, voorste passasier, gordyn en ’n knielugsak vir die bestuurder. Ander veiligheidstoerusting sluit in sluitweerremme (ABS), elektroniese remkragverspreiding, remhulp, halogeenkopligte en misligte voor. Die Mitsubishi Lancer word beskerm deur ’n waarborg van drie jaar/100 000 km en ’n diensplan van vyf jaar/100 000 km. Die motor moet elke 15 000 km gediens word.
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GWM helps drive the Berg River QUICKPIC GWM South Africa is proud to be an official sponsor of the historic Berg River Marathon this year. The iconic four-day race takes place for the 52nd time in 2013 and runs over a distance of 240 km from Paarl to Velddrif in the Western Cape. It starts on Wednesday 10 July and turns into a travelling festival all along the mighty Berg River. Says Berg Marathon race director André Collins: “GWM’s brand of vehicle is certainly a match for our four-day ultra-marathon, the world’s ultimate test in long distance river racing. The Western Cape Canoe Union sincerely thanks GWM for their vehicle sponsorship of the 52nd Berg River Marathon this year.” This year additional interest is provided by a number of international participants, including British former Canoe Marathon world champion, Ben Brown. GWM South Africa in partnership with Omnicar Holdings (owners of GWM Paarl and GWM Vredenburg) have made available four Steed 5s and a C10 compact hatch for use by the organisers and media, as well as a Dakar-branded H5 2,0 VGT turbodiesel as a courtesy car for Ben Brown, who is hotly tipped for a strong race performance. The only Brit ever to stand on a Berg podium was John Fowler, who came second in 1979.
GWM South Africa is proud to be an official sponsor of the historic Berg River Marathon this year. “GWM Paarl and GWM Vredenburg are proud to support local schools and local sport events,” said Mark Evert, Group General Manager of Omnicar. “The Berg River Marathon not only showcases some of the leading canoeists from South Africa and abroad, but also the beautiful scenery along the banks of the
Berg River between Paarl and Velddrif. We are confident that GWM Vredenburg and GWM Paarl in conjunction with GWM SA can serve our communities during this prestigious event.” “The Berg represents an ideal platform for us to promote the H5,” said GWM Brand Manager, Hannes
Oosthuizen. “With its spacious cabin, rugged turbodiesel drivetrain and all-road ability, it is the perfect vehicle for outdoor enthusiasts with very active lifestyles, such as rowing, cycling etc. Plus, the Berg has such a passionate following and with good reason too, it’s a spectacular event.”
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Ben Brown enthuses: “The H5 has been a great car for tripping around the Berg. Even with four kayaks on the roof, five people and lots of kit inside, the farm roads and fields around the Western Cape are a playground for this vehicle, without compromising comfort and fuel economy — I want one!”
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Renault’s new Fluence 2.0 litre now with CVT option QUICKPIC Renault South Africa is proud to announce the arrival of the New Fluence Dynamique 2,0 F sedan with Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The kingpin of the model’s Phase 2 line-up, the fabulous Dynamique 2 0 F 16V CVT is the third and final variant in the 2013 range introduced in mid-May. Petrol-powered like its two siblings — the entry- and mid-level New Fluence Expression 1.6 and the Dynamique 2.0 — it’s the new arrival’s deluxe design and CVT drivetrain which offers the excellent acceleration, quieter running and seamless shifting experience that sets it apart from its peers in the traditionally conservative C-segment sedan category. Renault’s latest CVT technology is tangibly impressive and addresses the key customer requirements that include performance, comfort and economy. Highly responsive on starts and at low speeds, it affords peak performance through city traffic and maintains optimum torque for any given power demand. From a comfort perspective it provides a smoother driving experience by avoiding gearshift shocks and by allowing the engine to run at its most efficient RPM, the CVT reduces fuel consumption by three percent, compared to its manual counterpart. The Dynamique CVT’s 2 0 F 16V engine produces 103 kW (140 hp) at 6 000 r/min, accompanied by a substantial 195 Nm of torque at 3 700 r/ min. From a standing-start sprint,
it goes from 0 - 100 km/hour in just 10,1 seconds and has a top speed of 195 km/h, with a combined cycle consumption of 7,7 F/100 km. Since Fluence was first launched in South Africa in March 2011, it has found significant favour among a vast buying audience and earned its reputation as a versatile, value-formoney option. A practical family sedan wellsuited to the family motoring role, with its über-upmarket, executive styling in tandem with equipment levels beyond the norm in its class, the New Fluence is also much in demand by corporate fleet and government customers. The New Fluence 2013 line-up comes with an impressive level of features showcasing Renault’s leading smart technology. A comprehensive selection of add-on accessories is also available to enhance the drive experience. The Dynamique 2,0 F 16V manual and CVT derivatives boast high value features and equipment levels, several of which outclass competitor models in its segment: cruise control with speed limiter, LED daytime running lights, auto rain and light sensors, front and rear park distance control sensors and lumbar adjustment on both driver and front passenger seats. Equipped with a 18 cm touch-screen with TomTom® navigation, Radio 3D Sound by Arkamys®, USB and Bluetooth® and an MP3-compatible CD player for easy access, start-up and central locking, there’s the Renault handsfree, keyless card system complemented by a coded electronic engine immobiliser.
The Dynamique CVT’s 2.0 litre 16V engine produces 103kW (140hp) at 6 000 r/min, accompanied by a substantial 195Nm of torque at 3 700 r/ min. PHOTO: QUICKPIC These models have been rigorously engineered to ensure optimum levels of protection, reliability and durability and have been designed to deliver leading safety performance, thanks to ABS braking, EBA and EBD. Electronic stability control (ESP) is also standard on the Dynamique duo. It is fitted with six airbags — front driver/passenger and, driver/passenger side airbags (chest and pelvis) — and curtain units front and rear as well as anti-whiplash heightadjustable front headrests, while
the safety belt system is fitted with a double pre-tensioner in front and a load limiter in the rear. The two rear side seats are fitted with an ISOFIX fastening system for the safe fitment of child seats, while automatic central locking of all doors and the boot takes place when the car moves off. New Fluence Phase 2 is the ”super sedan” 1 alternative in its class in terms of quality, comfort, technology and on-board refinement levels. With stylish looks and lines in tandem with the guarantee of an executive-class driving experience, New
Fluence is rewriting the rules as far as sedans are concerned. “The New Fluence is a premium vehicle in terms of its deluxe design, up-to-the-minute features and solid performance. It is truly the standout auto alternative to the conservatively-styled mainstream contenders in the C-segment sedan category,” says Fabien Paysan, vice-president of marketing and communications at Renault South Africa. In addition to its eye-catching styling, dominated by the prominent, attention-grabbing chrome Renault badge positioned in the centre of the glossy black radiator grille, the New Fluence Dynamique range boasts an impressive level of features inside and out, with a comprehensive selection of add-ons also available: a comfortable, spacious saloon car, it has the most interior space in its vehicle class category. All three of the Phase 2 New Fluence variants come with Renault’s industry-leading and standard 5year/150 000 km mechanical warranty, plus a 5-year/90 000 km service plan (optionally upgradable to a full maintenance plan), comprehensive roadside assistance plan for the full warranty period, fixed-price servicing costs (15 000 km intervals) and guaranteed parts availability or a mobility solution until parts become available. Effective 1st July 2013: •New Fluence Dynamique 2,0 F 16V CVT R 264 900 •New Fluence Dynamique 2,0 F 16V R 254 900 •New Fluence Expression 1,6 F 16V R 219 900
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