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The dining area includes a north facing patio with a soothing water feature.

Night falls on a regal residence, your cocktail time view will include a sweeping vista of twinkling stars and lights.

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King of the Hill

Perched above our beautiful town, with views from Table Mountain to Gordon’s Bay and beyond, is a home that can only be described as “the King of the Hill”.

Built by a leading business and community leader, the home offers luxurious living and entertaining with detail through to a gym and office suite, that would complement the lifestyle of any family looking to place themselves among the most elite properties in the Helderberg. During the day, the views are regal and spectacular, at night the show of stars and lights are Africa and the Cape at their finest.

The rooms, on three levels, are linked by lift and include: a grand master suite with dressing room, opulent bathroom and private study, there are a further two bedrooms, both en-suite, two additional guest suites, a Miele fitted kitchen, a second staff and prep kitchen with laundry, scullery and pantry, formal and informal dining areas, TV theatre, lounge and bar, covered patio with glass stack back doors, braai room with double braai and prep area, a further covered patio overlooking a sumptuous rim-flow pool and a 16 seater Jacuzzi. The wine cellar is spacious and air-conditioned. There is garaging for three cars plus ample

parking and a covered area for toys and trailers. There is a separate gatekeeper’s two-bedroomed cottage for staff or mother in laws. The technology and security systems fitted are state of the art: an “intellibus” system controls and co-ordinates all your light, sound and power requirements including a generator with automatic power transfer, there is cctv and electric fencing throughout. The manicured gardens have koi ponds, cooling water features and romantic walkways. The King of the Hill is exclusively offered by Rose McFall, who can be contacted on 082 809 6603 or rose@rosemcfall.com

Rose McFall of Rose McFall Properties.

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What effect will higher interest rates have on the property market? should not be a massive impact on the ability of a property owner to service their bond. However, if the economy worsens and there are large increases in interest rates, we could expect to see more bad debt, and an increase in bank repossessions and distressed sales – which isn’t good for the propThe reality is that many world econerty market. omies are still in a shambles, and The positive news is that stock whilst there has been some recovery levels of property for sale have conin certain markets, most of the undertinued to decline, whilst buyer lying causes of the recent crisis are numbers have shown a steady instill there. crease. So the recent 0,5% increase sends a This means that supply and demessage to consumers: Watch your mand levels are close to levelling spending and count the cost! This may out. We’ve seen a steady increase be the first of a few interest-rate inin property values in the Heldercreases this year, so be sure to factor berg Basin of 7–9% for 2013, and we this into your budgeting. can expect the same this year, proBanks have anticipated increases vided there are no drastic interest for a while now, and most were prerate increases. dicting increases last year. If rates increase significantly In fact, when qualifying a purchaser this will mean purchasers qualify for home-loan finance most banks facfor smaller mortgage bonds, and tor in a 2% increase in interest rates have to purchase for less. Increased – thereby ensuring you are not overexstock levels will slow down the intending yourself should the Prime crease in property values. rate increase. Purchasers would be The message? Property is a good wise to take the same approach. investment. Banks still have an apMost analysts predict the Rand will petite for home finance. continue to weaken, along with most Talking Property, by Steve Caradoc-Davies, principal of Harcourts Platinum However, it would be wise to other emerging market currencies. budget for a few more small increasThe strikes in the gold and platinum es in the interest rate and to be careful not mining sector do nothing to instill busi- at these levels for long. For those of us who can remember the to overextend yourself. ness confidence and investment in our That way there will be no nasty surprisincreases in 1997 I’m sure we’d all prefer economy. And increasing petrol prices mean that some early increases now, rather than es and, if interest rates don’t increase, you the inflation rate will increase. All these some drastic Prime-rate increases later. should have some extra disposable income make it difficult for interest rates to stay If these increases are small then there to save for a rainy day.

It may have come as a surprise to many economists, but the recent interest rate increase is a wise move – at least I think so. The market has enjoyed nearly two years of steady recovery, and sometimes it’s easy to lose touch with reality.

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Reasons to invest in buy-to-let

Recent reports from TPN (Tenant Profile Network) on the residential rental market explain why buy-to-let buys have increased so significantly over the last year. The TPN report shows that in mid-2013 71% of South Africa’s tenants paid on time, 4% within the usual extra time allowed and 8% paid late. This is according to Bill Rawson, chairman of the Rawson Property Group, who says one fact becomes clear from the TPN data, that investing in property for renting is not high risk. “The typical South African tenant is a fairly reliable payer and the risk is minimised by good tenant selection.” The TPN report shows that in mid-2013 71% of South Africa’s tenants paid on time, 4% paid within the usual extra time allowed and 8% paid late. Another11 % paid, but not in full and 6% did not pay at all, at least until coerced by legal or other action and/or the threat of eviction. Rawson says reviewing these figures, Absa’s home loans division in their 2013 fourth quarter report, also mention that residential rental inflation did not rise significantly over 2013 – it averaged only 4,2% year-onyear (y/y) for homes and 5,4% y/y for townhouses and flats – but, he says, shrewd investors are achieving far better returns. Absa also quotes the TPN statistics which reveal that 23% of tenants are paying under R3 000 per month, 62% between R3 000 and R7 000 per month, 11 % between R7 000 and R12 000 and 4 % more than R12 000 per month. He says in this market, four factors help increase the viability of the investment: 1. The units bought for rent are carefully chosen and are often in prime, high demand areas where there is seldom any shortage of tenants. In these areas, values and rents rise well above the average rate. 2. Rental agents are active in the buy-to-let market and, being adept at investigating credit, previous rental and employment records, tend to be efficient at eliminating potentially poor tenants. Investors’ returns on managed rental units are usually, therefore, better than the average. Such agents also tend to be good at seeing that tenants maintain properties properly. 3. Conversely, the large number (48 % of the credit active population) of people with impaired credit records results in many people, some of whom are high earning, having to rent, at least temporarily. This does much to reinforce the rental market. 4. The banks today are more willing than they have been for some time to award bonds and tend to look with favour on investors with good buy-to-let track records. Article: Property24


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RE/MAX TRE gives back

RE/MAX TRE joined the toys and books collection initiated by the RE/MAX Foundation to support those in need in our local community.

Cecil Naidu, the broker/manager at RE/MAX TRE said: “The contribution to this initiative by our valued clients and general public was extra-ordinary.” “Team RE/MAX TRE would like to send a message of appreciation and sincere gratitude for making it a tremendous success”. The collection was donated to the Sijongephambili Creche, based in Lwandle, Strand. The creche was represented by the principal Lizzie Mathiso, staff and children. “We the Sijongephambili

Creche, hereby thank RE/MAX TRE for the toys. The children really enjoy them. “They were so excited when they saw the toys, the books will be placed in our library,” said Mathiso. The presentation was done in conjunction with the celebration of RE/MAX Founder’s Day on 31 January. The day was simultaneously celebrated by the various participating RE/MAX offices nationally. RE/MAX TRE, based in 86 Beach Road, Strand, will be embarking on similar initiatives in 2014. For more information contact 021 851 1572, email admin.remaxtre@tre.co.za or visit their website: www.remax.co.za

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This picturesque retreat will go under the hammer later this month as its owner has decided to retire.

Yellowwood Creek retreat auction Yellowwood Creek, a well-known retreat situated in Klipkop Estate, is going under the hammer on Thursday 27 February 2014 at noon. Klipkop Estate is one of the areas in the Elgin Valley known as the Gateway to the Great Outdoors. The owner of Yellowwood is retiring and looking to downsize so is very sad to leave this idyllic property situated on 4500 m² of land. The double volume ceiling home boasts five bedrooms, four bathrooms, Oregon pine fitted kitchen

with granite tops, pool, jacuzzi, loft, study or home office, three carports, storage rooms, laundry and staff lunch room. The landscaped gardens have a running creek flowing to a Koi Pond as well as a borehole and auto irrigation. “This magnificent property should easily reach between R2,2 and R2,5 million as it has much to offer either as a business or as a large family home”. Situated in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, a short 45 minute drive from Cape Town and with a number of awardwinning restaurants and wine estates,

the Overberg region has become a popular destination for many including mountain bikers, horse riders and nature lovers alike. With international celebrities such as Richard Branson, Princess Beatrice of England and Princess Astrid of Belgium having visited the area it certainly bodes well for the future of this burgeoning farming community. To make an appointment to view the property or for more information, contact Alf Duncan on 021 854 8589 or angela@alfduncan.co.za.

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Alta and Alex Foster with Roddy Wakefield and councillor John Heuvel.

Candice Adams, David April and their children.

Charne Swarts, Desline Olsen, Petrus Theron, Alta Foster, Councillor John Heuvel, Roddy Wakeford, Sandra Jacobs, Miekie Davids, Cathleen Jacob and children from Croydon Creche.

Kelderhof generously helps Croydon Two weeks ago, a dramatically swift fire consumed a house in Croydon Village next to the R102. Fortunately, all the residents escaped but the house is now uninhabitable and the adjoining house was smoke-filled and damaged. All of this was clearly visible to the residents at Kelderhof Country Village next door and by the end of the week several residents had donated so generously that the storeroom of the Home Owners’ Association was filled with replacement clothes, tables, chairs, books, crockery and cutlery. In fact, there was much more donated than was needed so Roddy Wakeford, Kelderhof’s estate manager, consulted with the community council who suggested that the local creche would be a worthy cause for the balance of the donations.

Without creating too much disruption to the children and teachers, on behalf of Kelderhof Country Village Wakeford handed over replacements to David April and Candice Adams and their children who were badly affected by the fire. The rest of the items were given to the grateful Croydon Creche, headed by Alta Foster, an extraordinary woman who has been doing much needed good work in that community for over 10 years. Local councillor John Heuval commended Kelderhof for their initiative and generosity and encouraged this newly formed forum comprising Kelderhof, Croydon Vineyard and Olive Estates and Croydon Village to continue to support each other and set an example to show how practical help contributes to a healthy relationship between everyone in the area.


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B-SEGMENT COMPACT CAR: LOW COST-OF-OWNERSHIP

Ford unveils Figo concept QUICKPIC

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ord today revealed its vision for a global B-segment compact car featuring premium design and segment-redefining smart and safety features ahead of the 12th 2014 Auto Expo in New Delhi. With the global unveiling of the Ford Figo Concept, Ford aims to set new standards for quality and craftsmanship in the B-segment, aiming to exceed the expectations of consumers in emerging markets. Created at less than four metres long, the concept displays a purposeful presence and a no-compromise aesthetic that continues Ford’s design leadership in the compact car market globally. “With the Figo Concept, we are showing that choosing a compact sedan does not mean compromising on premium design or smart solutions,” said Kumar Galhotra, vice president of Engineering, Global Product Development, Ford Motor Company. “The Figo Concept stands out and surprises, offering a more premium and refined feel than you would expect in such a package.” The Ford Figo Concept builds on the automaker’s compact car offerings and shows how Ford plans to face rapidly growing global demand for compact vehicles. Despite its rapid growth, the compact car segment will remain highly competitive as increasingly savvy buyers look for ways to make their money go further. “Consumers are more demanding than ever, wanting and expecting more from their cars, even if they are first-time buyers,” said Ford

India President Nigel Harris. “They expect and demand great fuel efficiency and low cost-of-ownership from the initial price throughout the life of the vehicle. The Ford Figo Concept offers all of this, and more, with sophistication, fresh design, world-class quality, a roomy interior, and innovative smart and safe technology.” With the goal of bringing unexpected levels of refinement to the compact car segment, designers created the Ford Figo Concept using design elements common to more expensive vehicles. The front trapezoidal grille strongly communicates Ford’s design DNA and shapes the vehicle’s hood, giving it a powerful look. Moving rearward, designers inclined the windshield as much as possible to give the vehicle a sleek, fast profile that communicates a high-end image. Bold, elongated and blackedout headlamps accentuate the Figo Concept’s sporty appearance. In an example of the close attention designers paid to the smallest detail, a slight grain in the headlamp plastic enhances the parabolic shape inside. Sweeping, curved lines moving from the front to the rear of the vehicle create a sense of movement. Designers used light-catchers along the sides of the vehicle, giving the Figo Concept a robust and muscular presence. “The Figo Concept represents our vision of a refined, no-compromise approach to designing a compact car,” said Ehab Kaoud, chief designer, Ford North America, who led design for the Ford Figo Concept. “So often in this segment you see designs based on current trends and fashions that quickly look dated. We wanted instead to create a premium,

With the goal of bringing unexpected levels of refinement to the compact car segment, designers created the Ford Figo Concept using design elements common to more expensive vehicles. PHOTO: QUICKPIC long-lasting design that is clean and elegant, and which conveys a sense of precision, efficiency and sophistication.” The shape of the Ford Figo Concept is more than a design exercise: It was fine-tuned through hundreds of hours of wind-tunnel testing to improve aerodynamics and reduce wind noise, ensuring a quiet ride that will match the vehicle’s refined exterior. Aerodynamic tweaking has also resulted in a shape that maximises fuel efficiency, helping the Ford Figo Concept to slip smoothly through the air. Smart design features like electri-

cally adjustable power-fold mirrors are practical, helping to remove the stress of driving through a congested environment. The mirrors’ flexible architecture prevents them from being broken off if bumped by another car or motorbike. And Ford designed the Ford Figo Concept to feature unprecedented levels of safety for its class, further enhancing the driver’s peace of mind. Moving inside a spacious cabin filled with innovative stowage spaces, the Ford Figo Concept delivers surprising features that bring the promise of tomorrow’s technologies to drivers of compact vehicles. With

an innovative device dock, the Figo Concept introduces a new way to store, mount and charge devices such as mobile phones, MP3 players and satellite navigation systems, seamlessly integrating them into the in-car entertainment system. “In design, connectivity and safety, the features in the Figo Concept are at the forefront of smart technology,” said Galhotra. “The Figo concept was created with global standards of design, quality and performance. It is the perfect symbol of how we continue to build on the One Ford plan to go further for all of our customers.”


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All service departments at Mercedes Benz Paarl are here to stay Our passenger and commercial dealerships have been operating very successfully within the Paarl community and surrounds for over 46 years and have NO intent of closing any of our service outlets, despite various rumours going around. We will continue to deliver only the best service to our individual, corporate and fleet clients, as we have been doing for the past 46 years. Highly trained Mercedes-Benz certified technicians, working under the watchful eye of workshop foreman André Coetzee and Dudley McMillan, certified service advisors and the rest of the staff, are ready to serve you, our customer!

For more information, contact service manager, Deon du Toit at 021 872 1531 or email deondt@sandown.co.za.

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The Mercedes-Benz Truck Centre has been part of the greater Paarl community for over 20 years.

Paarl Motors Passenger Vehicle Service Department received recognition as the Number 1 Mercedes-Benz Passenger Service Department, from 62 Dealers, in a recent Synovate Customer Satisfaction Survey. The Service Team continues with this focus and tradition on a daily basis.

Mercedes-Benz Truck Centre in Paarl! Free Safety Health Check On All Mercedes-Benz Trucks: • Your Truck will be inspected as per an inspection sheet from Mercedes-Benz South Africa to inform you of the condition of your Truck. This inspection will be free of charge. All repairs originating from this inspection will be offered to you at a 20% discount on labour cost and 15% discount on parts (excluding “Special Offer”, see below). This offer ends on 31 March 2014. 2 Year Warranty On Parts:

Mercedes-Benz Passenger Vehicle Service Department in South-Africa!

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Thanks to the reduction on the cost of certain Service & Repair Parts by Mercedes-Benz South Africa, Paarl Motors can now offer this reduction to you! Trucks included are: Actros / Atego / Axor and Sprinter . Other special offers also include: Brakes and Shocks. Please ask for our SPPS quotations when you enquire about these special offers when you schedule your Truck for a service/repair so that you will not miss out on these exciting offers, only at Mercedes-Benz, Paarl Motors!

• Only when Mercedes-Benz Parts are bought and fitted by Paarl Motors will We still offer the following services: you receive a 2 year Warranty on these • Your Truck will, by appointment, be parts. Parts bought over the counter will collected and delivered to you, free only carry a 1 year Warranty and you will of charge, within a 100km not qualify for the discounted labour radius/drop the Driver of the Truck rate. This could mean that it might me at the office, home or the mall while c h e a p e r t o h a v e y o u r Tr u c k we service/repair your Truck, serviced/repaired at Paarl Motors than at should you bring it in yourself. a non franchised garage. • We are dedicated in providing you, our Customer, with outstanding DON'T GET FOOLED IN PAYING MORE service which you deserve. Put us to THAN YOU HAVE TO AND ONLY HAVE the test! HALF A WARRANTY! Phone us during office hours: 021 862 1037 After hours emergency number: 080 013 3355

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Free Safety Health Check On All Mercedes-Benz Vehicles: • Your vehicle will be inspected as per an inspection sheet from Mercedes-Benz South Africa to inform you of the condition of your vehicle. This inspection will be free of charge. All repairs originating from this inspection will be offered to you at a 20% discount on labour cost and 15% discount on parts (excluding “Special Offer”, see below). 2 Year Warranty On Parts:

• Only when Mercedes-Benz Parts are bought and fitted by Paarl Motors will you receive a 2 year Warranty on these parts. Parts bought over the counter will only carry a 1 year Warranty and you will not qualify for the discounted labour rate. This could mean that it might me cheaper to have your vehicle serviced/repaired at Paarl Motors than at a non franchised garage.

DON’T GET FOOLED IN PAYING MORE THAN YOU HAVE TO AND ONLY HAVE HALF A WARRANTY!

Special Offers:

Thanks to the reduction on the cost of certain Service & Repair Parts by Mercedes-Benz South Africa, Paarl Motors can now offer this reduction to you! Vehicles included are A-Class,

C-Class and E-Class:

• Services: A – Service from R1250.00 B – Service from R1790.00 • Other special offers include: Brake /

Shocks / Mountings / Control Arms / Timing Chain & Gears and other. Please ask for our SPPS quotations when you enquire about these special offers when you schedule your vehicle for a service/repair so that you will not miss out on these exciting offers, only at Mercedes-Benz, Paarl Motors!

The Passenger Service Department is open from 07h00, Monday till Friday. International Certified Service Advisors: Zanie Lombard and Edward Abrahams, Foreman: Dudley McMillan, Customer Liaison: Cindy Orffer, Service Manager: Deon du Toit, as well as the rest of the Service Team is dedicated in providing you, our Customer, with outstanding service which you deserve. Put us to the test! Phone us during office hours: 021 872 15 31 After hours emergency number: 080 013 3355

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Subaru unveils 2015 Legacy concept at LA Auto Show QUICKPIC The 2015 Legacy echoes design themes introduced by the Legacy Concept at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. The production model combines sporty form and efficient function. Key to the sleeker, coupe-like profile is a “nosecone” front section that combines the grille and bumper into one smooth piece. An aluminium bonnet reduces weight over the front wheels, enhancing steering response. The 2015 Legacy maintains a footprint similar to the model it replaces. The 2015 Legacy’s windscreen is more raked, pulled forward by 50 mm at the base. The new windscreen angle, higher seating hip points, new front partition windows and doormounted side-view mirrors help improve visibility. A 10-percent improvement in aerody-

namic efficiency contributes to lower fuel consumption as well. All 2015 Legacy 2.5i trim levels debut a standard Active Grille Shutter system, which helps to improve fuel economy by reducing wind resistance when closed. In the Legacy 3.6 R Limited, new standard HID low-beam headlights give the car a more distinctive night-time signature. The U-shape tail and brake lights on all models use LED bulbs for lower power consumption and a luxurious appearance. Limited trim-line models feature turn signal exterior mirrors, which are available as an option for the Premium. Subaru significantly upgraded infotainment capability in the 2015 Legacy. A new 6.2 Infotainment System in the Legacy 2.5i model provides AM/FM stereo with RDS, a single-disc in-dash CD player, 6.2-inch multi-function touch screen display which integrates the rear view camera, Bluetooth® hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming, iPod® con-

In the Legacy 3.6R Limited, new standard HID low-beam headlights gives the car a more distinctive night time signature. PHOTO: QUICKPIC trol capability, USB port and an aux input jack. The multi-touch display offers swipe and scrolling gestures – much like tablets and smartphones, The upgraded infotainment system in the 2.5i Premium adds a 6-speaker audio system with 7-inch touch screen display, SMS text messaging and dual USB ports. Standard for the 2015 Legacy Limited models, a new high-end audio system combines a 576-Watt equivalent AM/FM radio unit with 12 harman/kardon speakers, including a front centre speaker and a rear subwoofer. The amplifier and speakers use harman/ kardon Green Edge technology, which reduces system weight and power consumption. The Navigation Infotainment System available for the Premium and Limited trim levels, in addition to the multi-function display, features an interactive voice command system that accepts natural language and phrases and also operates the dual-zone automatic climate control system. A more versatile centre console in the 2015 Legacy provides a storage area that can hold an iPad. A new covered storage bin at the front of the console incorporates a USB port, 3.5 mm

aux jack and a 12v power socket. Models with high-grade audio or navigation feature two USB ports, making it possible to listen to music and charge two connected devices. Both 2015 Legacy models are equipped with a newly refined version of the Active Torque Split version of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. An electronically managed continuously variable transfer clutch actively controls torque distribution in response to driving conditions and wheel slippage. The system can send additional torque to the rear wheels either pro-actively or in response to slippage at the front wheels. Taking input from acceleration, steering angle and yaw-rate sensors, Active Torque Split AWD optimises traction and steering response when accelerating through turns and curves, particularly when the road surface is slippery. The 2015 Legacy 2.5i is powered by a doubleoverhead-cam FB series 2.5-litre Boxer® engine that debuted in 2013 and now receives numerous enhancements for lighter weight, improved efficiency and quieter operation. Power is increased slightly to 131 kW. Peak torque remains at 236 Nm but is spread over a broader engine speed range for more responsive performance. With the 2015 Legacy, Subaru continues to offer a 6-cylinder model in the midsize sedan segment. The 3.6-litre Boxer® engine produces 191 kW and 335 Nm of peak torque. For 2015, all Legacy models now come standard with a Lineartronic™ CVT (continuously variable transmission), with the 6-cylinder model using a high-torque version. Changes made to reduce friction in the CVT contribute to higher fuel efficiency in the 2015 Legacy. All models are equipped with Incline Start Assist and the electronic Hill Holder System that holds the vehicle in place until the driver applies the throttle.


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First RS model in the Q series: The Audi RS Q3 MOTORPRESS Audi is presenting the first RS model for the successful Q lineup. The RS Q3 combines typical RS properties such as high performance and driving pleasure with lifestyle qualities and high utility value. An award-winning high-performance engine, the 2,5 TFSI is at work under the hood of the RS Q3. This five-cylinder engine has been named “International Engine of the Year” in its class for three consecutive years since 2010 by an international jury of automotive specialists. From 2 480 cc of engine displacement, the turbocharged directinjection engine produces a maximum power of 228 kW at 5 200-6 700 rpm and its maximum torque of 420 Nm is available between 1 500 and 5 200 rpm. These two values signify that the RS Q3 is unrivalled in its competitive field. This five-cylinder is a special engine, beginning with its fundamental concept. It is familiar from the TT RS and RS 3 Sportback, modified for use in the Audi RS Q3. Drivers can influence the flap control for the exhaust system and the accelerator characteristic by choosing one of the modes: auto, comfort and dynamic, using the standard Audi drive select system. In the dynamic mode, engine response is sharper and the engine sound is more intensive. The 2.5 TFSI accelerates the Audi RS Q3 from a standstill to 100 km/h in just 5,2 seconds – the best performance value in this segment. The vehicle’s top speed is electronically

limited to 250 km/h. In the RS Q3, the Audi five-cylinder engine works together with a standard start-stopsystem for the first time. Other efficiency measures such as a regulated oil pump, which only pumps lubricant when needed, contribute to the car’s low average fuel consumption of 8,8 litres of fuel per 100 km, which equates to 206 grams CO2 per kilometre. A standard seven-speed S tronic gearbox delivers power to the drivetrain. It was designed in a compact three-shaft configuration, and its seventh gear has a long gear ratio to save on fuel. Drivers can choose between the D and S modes for automatic shifting of the dual clutch transmission, or they can shift manually – using the shift paddles on the steering wheel or the selector lever that sports a unique RS design. The Launch Control function controls acceleration from a standstill to attain optimal traction. The heart of the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system is the hydraulically operated and electronically controlled multi-plate clutch located at the rear axle. It ensures proper distribution of torque between the front and rear axles. The Audi RS Q3 impresses with dynamic and stable handling without sacrificing comfort. The RS sports suspension lowers the body of the compact high-performance SUV by 25 mm. In the RS Q3, the internally ventilated and perforated brake discs at the front wheels have a wave design with wave-shaped outer contours, which saves approximately one kilogram of weight at the front wheels. The discs have a diameter of 365 mm

The 2.5 TFSI accelerates the Audi RS Q3 from a standstill to 100 km/h in just 5,2 seconds – the best performance value in this segment.

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and they are gripped by eight-piston callipers painted black with RS logos. The Audi RS Q3 will be offered in South Africa with standard 19-inch alloy wheels. In addition to its engine, the Audi RS Q3 also demonstrates its special status within the Q3 line-up with a number of visual highlights. RSspecific design details emphasise the confident look of the compact, high-performance SUV. They consist of body accents and roof rails in matt aluminium, special door sill plates and door trim strips, a high-gloss black honeycomb front grille, RS front bumper

and quattro emblem in the front air intake. A large roof spoiler, rear bumper with distinctive diffuser insert, large elliptical tailpipe and an RS Q3 logo accentuate the rear. At a length of 4 410 mm, the dynamic top model is 25 mm longer than the Audi Q3, and weighs in at 1 730 kg. The Audi RS Q3 will also be offered as standard with the matt aluminium styling package. Styling features include the flaps in the side air intakes, the trim on the diffuser and the fins on the roof spoiler. The sporty lines of the exterior are continued in the interior styling. The instrument cluster has grey gauges

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with white scales and red pointers. Drivers can call up the boost pressure, oil temperature and a lap timer via the RS menu in the driver information system. Along with the pedals, a foot support also shines in aluminium look, and the standard inlays are in piano finish black with black headlining as standard. Sport seats with embossed RS Q3 logos are also standard and are upholstered in black Alcantara leather. The cargo area has a base capacity of 356 litres, which can be increased to 1 261 F by folding down the split rear seat backs. A practical reversible loadliner is standard. In the infotainment area, the hard-drive based navigation system MMI Navigation plus is standard, along with the Bose surround sound system containing 14 loudspeakers with up to 465 watts of output power. The Audi RS Q3 is priced at R696 500 including all taxes and the standard five-year/100 000 km Audi Freeway Plan. It will be offered with the following standard equipment: • 18-inch cast aluminium wheels in 5-arm structured design. • RS sport suspension. • Xenon plus including headlight cleaning system and LED rear lights. • Door sill trims with aluminium insert and RS Q3 logo. • Aluminium styling package with “quattro” logo. • RS-specific wave disc brake design. • Exterior mirror housings in matt aluminium. • Loading sill protector in stainless steel. • RS exhaust system. • Reversible load liner.


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RS is new Sonic halo model from Chevrolet QUIKCPIC

General Motors South Africa (GMSA) has kicked off 2014 with the launch of the all-new Chevrolet Sonic RS. The new Sonic RS joins the local Sonic model range as the new halo model, which sports turbocharged performance and uprated handling, along with a high level of specification and enhanced design elements for a uniquely exciting driving experience.

The turbocharged performance figures include a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 9,5 seconds and a top speed of 197 km/h. .......................................................... PHOTO: SEAGRAMPEARCE

“The RS moniker forms the first level of performance-oriented nomenclature in the Chevrolet product portfolio,” explains Chevrolet Brand Manager at GMSA, Tim Hendon. “Originally applied to the Chevrolet Camaro RS (Rally Sport) in 1967, with this badge we are now providing a sportier, more athletic Sonic hatchback to performanceminded South Africans, the B-segment benefiting from a ‘hot Chevy’ for the first time. The new Sonic RS exhibits performance-en-

hancing mechanical upgrades, superior levels of driving comfort and a high specification level which includes the all-new Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system – all presented in a sexy hatchback body and with driving enjoyment at the heart of it all.” Turbo power and tuned performance Featuring GM’s global 1,4 F turbocharged Ecotec® petrol engine, the new Sonic RS makes use of 103 kW and 200 Nm – the front wheels receiving the power through a slick six-speed manual gearbox with close ratios for sporty performance. Audibly exciting as well, the tuned exhaust system allows the improved performance to be heard while still maintaining comfortable noise levels at all times. The turbocharged performance figures include a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 9,5 seconds and a top speed of 197 km/h. Balancing out the increase in excitement and sporty driving antics, the ECOTEC® engine also provides for improved fuel efficiency – the new Sonic RS consumes just 6,6 F per 100 km on the combined average cycle, with carbon emissions of 155 g/km to match. Tuned suspension, which takes shape in the form of a MacPherson strut design up front and a multi-link setup at the rear, allows for improved handling especially under sportier conditions, the Sonic RS featuring a lower ride height with stiffer suspension and performance-tuned dampers to deliver a communicative and firm, yet comfortable ride. The new Chevrolet Sonic RS can be easily identified by the distinct yet subtle design changes found on the exterior. A more aggressive front bumper features expressive and angular fog lights with chrome detailing. Gunmetal-painted 17-inch alloy wheels in a muscular five-spoke design are separated by chunky new side skirts and black painted door mirrors with integrated Led indicators and at the rear, the motorcycle-inspired tail lights are joined by a new roof spoiler, an accented rear diffuser with a striking trapezoidal exhaust tip and special Sonic RS badging. The interior continues the sporty design theme with top-quality materials used to express the RS moniker. Red accents abound – the stitching on the leather-bound, flat-bottomed steering wheel, “RS” emblems on the seats and piping on the floor mats – embodying the zestier Sonic’s personality. An upgraded rev counter also features an RS badge. The Chevrolet MyLink system is an integration of the most popular and advanced infotainment functions incorporated into an easyto-use, attractive and effective interface which transforms the Chevrolet Sonic RS into a connected entertainment hub while on the move. Comprising a host of smart features, the MyLink system is moving Chevrolet vehicles quickly forward in the in-car technology stakes. MyLink is fitted as standard on the new Sonic RS and features as an optional extra on 2014 Sonic LS models, giving the Sonic range a competitive edge in the B-segment. The MyLink concept is simple – an integration of the most popular and advanced infotainment functions incorporated into an easyto-use, attractive and effective interface. MyLink incorporates a host of different media sources and formats, allowing the user to play or watch their favourite media in the car. Bluetooth audio streaming with playlist customisation and full smartphone integration allows MyLink to stay connected and become an extension of the phone itself. Full phonebook and call list integration with a smart dialling feature makes calling easier than ever before. Video playback and picture gallery viewing while the vehicle is stationary adds another, class-leading touch. The high-resolution 7-inch touch screen is perfectly integrated into the vehicle’s dashboard and features touch button controls for a thoroughly modern look and feel. Voice control on most smartphones and steering wheelmounted controls also mean the system can be operated in complete safety with both hands on the steering wheel. Befitting of the new halo model in the Chevrolet Sonic range, the new Sonic RS features a high level of value-adding specifications in terms of safety, comfort and convenience. Safety equipment includes disc brakes allround with ABS, EBD and BAS, ESC and Traction Control, a full-size spare wheel, ISOFIX child seat anchors and four airbags. The new Sonic RS retails for R225 300 and is available as standard with a 5 year/120 000 km warranty and a three year/ 60 000 km service plan linked to service intervals of 15 000 km.


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Voormalige Sprinbok-kaptein en huidige hoof van Sharks Rugby, John Smit, geniet sy visvang. Hy is veral mal daaroor om dit vanaf ’n SeaDoo-waterponie te doen.

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John Smit hengel op ponie QUICKPIC Dit lyk asof die Springbok-rugbylegende John Smit altyd kop eerste induik – in die voorry van die Springbok-skrum, as die nuwe grootbaas van die Haaie, en in die golwe op ’n nuwe SeaDoo. Die voormalige Springbok-haker waag sy hand deesdae aan ’n nuwe en vinnig groeiende sport, jetski-hengel, en gebruik ’n kragtige SeaDoo daarvoor. “Hierdie soort hengel het baie gewild geword, en aangesien John dit so geniet, het ons besluit om hom van ’n SeaDoo te voorsien om die nuwe sport waarvoor hy so lief is, te beoefen,” sê Fred Fensham, hoofbestuurder by CMH Marine and Leisure. “John het nes SeaDoo ’n groot gevolg, en ons wou ons steun aan hom as een van ons gunsteling-seuns op só ’n manier bewys,” sê Fensham, wie se maatskappy die volledige SeaDoo-watertuigreeks bemark. John geniet dit om die waterponie rond te slinger wanneer hy in die golwe by Aliwal

Shoal, die Durbanse Skiboot-klub, of strande soos Umdloti gaan hengel of net vir die pret gaan ry. “Ek het ná my heel eerste rit op ’n SeaDoo besef ek was op ’n baie ander soort masjien as dié waaraan ek die afgelope paar jaar gewoond geraak het. Sy krag, brandstofdoeltreffendheid en tegnologie is stukke beter as enigiets waarop ek al voorheen gery het,” sê hy. Waterponie-hengel is nog ’n nuwigheid vir dié man wat deesdae die Groen en Goud as uitvoerende hoof van die Haaie dra. “Dit is vir iemand soos ek, wat nou eers begin leer het om van ’n waterponie af te hengel, belangrik om elke moontlike voordeel tot my beskikking te hê.” Hy voeg by dat hy vang en loslaat, maar elke dan en wan een vir die pan hou. Die nuwe “speelding”, wat deur CMH Marine and Leisure voorsien word, en deur Hooked Up van Pinetown in stand gehou word, is die middelpunt van belangstelling waar John ook al gaan. “Ek moet die ding by die huis in die garage wegsteek sodat my kinders my nie die hele dag pes om op die water te gaan baljaar nie!”

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QUICKPIC Toyota South Africa Motors has announced a formidable line-up of talent and experience to contest the 2014 national cross-country and rally championships. Toyota Motorsport South Africa won the 2013 cross country drivers’, co-drivers’ and manufacturers’ championships and the 2013 rally manufacturers’ championship. Backed by the same sponsor with whom it has partnered for more than 30 years – together they have accumulated 10 national rally championships and 10 cross-country championships – the Castrol Team Toyota squad will field a new contender in cross-country racing and a combination of established and new driver/co-driver lineups in both disciplines. Reigning cross-country champions Anthony Taylor and Dennis Murphy will debut the Dakar-spec independent rear-suspension version of Toyota’s Hilux in the opening round in pursuit of their second and Toyota’s 17th cross-country championship. This is the same vehicle in which Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz finished a remarkable fourth overall and first in the petrolpowered 4x4 class in the Dakar Rally in South America in January. Toyota will be chasing its eighth manufacturers’ championship and seventh in succession. Backing the champions will be

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we have a formidable line-up in the new combination of Leeroy both disciplines and the whole Poulter and Rob Howie in the team is looking forward to the second Dakar-spec Hilux in new season with great enthusiwhich Poulter and Howie finasm. ished a creditable 33rd in the “Privateers are the backbone Dakar Rally in Poulter’s first of motorsport and Toyota will appearance in the world’s longcontinue to support teams in est and toughest motor race. both cross country and rallyThey were one of just 61 cars out ing. In rallying they include Naof an original entry of 154 to mibian Wilro Dippenaar and complete the 14-day 9 500 kiloKes Naidoo in an S 2000 Chalmetre marathon through Arlenge PZN Panelbeaters Toyota gentina and Chile. Auris and three Toyota Etios R2 The Castrol Toyota rally machines in S 1600. team has a new look about it. “Guy Botterill and Simon While Leeroy Poulter and Vacy-Lyle will share a Yato Elvéne Coetzee return to do batTools Etios R2, Chris Coertse tle in the premier S 2000 class and Mari van der Walt will be in a Castrol Team Toyota Yaris, in an Electrothread Etios and twice former national champiMatthew Vacy-Lyle and Schalk on Hergen Fekken makes his van Heerden will compete in a Toyota debut in the second Fragram Tools example. Yaris. Carolyn Swan, who read “It is important that we recthe notes for now-retired John- Here Leeroy Poulter powers his Yaris out of a tight turn at the Garden Route 300 ognise the efforts of privateers ny Gemmell in 2013 (they fin- in George earlier in 2013. PHOTO: DAVE LEDBITTER in our cars and we are particuished second in the championship), returns to complete the new Thomas Rundle (Godrich Toyota and second respectively in the 2013 larly keen to support up-and-compairing. Toyota will be chasing its Hilux), who finished an excellent class D championship (for six-cylin- ing rallyists in the two-wheel drive 12th drivers’/co-drivers’ champion- 25th in the Dakar Rally at his first der Gp N production vehicles) have S 1600 class and help them gain the ship and 22nd manufacturers’ attempt, Jason Venter (4x4 Mega- acquired last season’s Toyota Mot- experience and skills to graduate to world Toyota Hilux) and Johan orsport national championship con- the senior four-wheel drive class,” championship. Hall added. Toyota Motorsport will again pre- Horn (Malelane Toyota Hilux). All tenders. The opening round of the Donald“We have some exciting changes pare and enter a third Yaris, in Im- three will compete in the top T class perial colours, for Giniel de Villiers for vehicles with engines above four for the new season,” said Toyota Mo- son Cross Country Championship is and Greg Godrich. In their first sea- litres and all three vehicles are ex- torsport team principal Glyn Hall. the RFS 450, which takes place in the “Leeroy comes to the domestic cross Harrismith area of the Free State on son together, they finished fourth Toyota Motorsport Hilux V8s. Rundle’s is the independent rear country championship fresh from 28 February and 1 March. overall and third in S 2000 in 2013. The rally championship gets unSelected Toyota privateers in suspension Hilux in which De Vil- an impressive debut in the Dakar. both cross country and rallying will liers and Von Zitzewitz finished sec- Hergen is a double national champi- derway on 14 and 15 March with the enjoy support from Toyota Motor- ond in the 2013 Dakar Rally, while on and a very welcome and valuable traditional season-opener in Kwasport. In cross country they include Venter and Horn, who finished first addition to the rally team. I believe Zulu-Natal.


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Knysna Motor show

Mercedes-Benz hopes its brand new V-Class will become a future icon among South Africans.

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The new V-Class: This Mercedes sets new benchmarks among MPVs QUICKPIC As the youngest and largest member of the passenger-car family from Stuttgart, the V-Class Mercedes-Benz sets new benchmarks in its segment with its design and a host of innovations. The new V-Class combines room for up to eight people and exemplary functionality

with the high-class appeal, comfort, efficient driving pleasure and safety that distinguish all vehicles bearing the threepointed star. This makes the Mercedes among MPVs the perfect vehicle for everyone who appreciates great spaciousness but does not want to sacrifice style and comfort. “The introduction of the V-Class is testament to our mandate to continuously in-

crease functionality, comfort and style across our range of vehicles. Its versatility and safety credentials will certainly ensure that this vehicle becomes a future icon amongst South Africans� says Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, Nicolette Lambrechts. Pricing and confirmation of engine ranges to be confirmed closer to the local South African launch expected at the end of the second quarter of 2015.

The Knysna Motor Show is an annual event that has become well established on the local calendar in the last decade. Although the motor show is independently organised by the Garden Route Motor Club, in 2011 a joint decision was made to bring it into the Knysna Speed Festival fold to offer fans visiting the town an added motoring element, while also assisting the show attract a larger number of people through the gate. Over 230 classic cars participated in this event in 2013 and record funds were raised for charity. All profits generated by the event are donated to charity. Owners of classic cars (ancient or modern) planning to visit Knysna are invited. Pre-registration is essential. Contact Peter Pretorius on the contact details below. You can leave your car in the care of the marshals and cross the road to the Waterfront to enjoy some Knysna oysters while the show is on. It takes place on theKnysnaHighSchoolsportsfieldsjustoffWaterfront Drive (opposite Caltex Garage) from 10:00 to 16:00 on Sunday 11 May. Food and refreshments are available. There has been great interest from marque clubs far and wide to be a part of the motor show this year, including the MG Car Club which is holding its Indaba over the period, so expect to see some fantastic vehicles on display. For information or to enter contact Peter Pretorius on 082 321 4724 or peterp@epweb.co.za


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