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ROSE MCFALL PROPERTIES: BORN ON SPRING DAY

Eight years, what a journey! The first of September is not only “spring day”, it’s also the birthday of Rose McFall Properties. “Last Monday we celebrated eight years of Rose McFall Properties with sunshine, a glass of bubbly and a few friends at our new home, 167 Main Road,” says Rose McFall. “It was a glorious Boland afternoon, spring was officially here even though our mountains had a dusting of snow, it was one of those days that remind me of how lucky I am to live in Somerset West, doing what I most love to do. “In 2005 when I started the journey, my colleagues and friends told me I was crazy and that I would never make it, but my passion for this beautiful town and my love for real estate told me otherwise,” says Rose. “I knew in my heart that I was somewhere special and that Somerset West would become one of the most desirable locations in the Cape.” Rose says she also knew that she could offer a level of professional dedication which would be appreciated. “What I didn’t know was how fast we would grow. In a time when the world’s economy was turned upside down, we have shown fantastic year on year growth, have joined the market leaders in our industry, swelled our ranks to nearly twenty and purchased our new home, the landmark building on Main Road.” She thinks their progress can be partly attributed to their ethos of hard work, respect, passion and fulfilment. “Since we opened our doors we have written business to the value of over two billion rand and all of our staff are constantly committed to continue and grow the fantastic relationships with our sellers, buyers and fellow property agents. We have earned a reputation for being straight and to the point. “We don’t do smoke and mirrors at Rose McFall and our colleagues and clients appreciate that,” concludes Rose.

The Rose McFall team: (back from left) Roger Lotz, Loretta Jacobs, Martelle Demuynck, Carl Nagel, Si­ lette de Bod, Noleen Adkins, Heather Southwell, Jared van de Merwe; (front) Charmaine Timoor, Louise Kriedemann, Stephanie Pienaar, Louise Neethling, Rose McFall, Jenny Traynor and Tracy Gerard.

A cake to celebrate eight years of success

Rose McFall Properties’ offices are situated at 167 Main Road, Somerset West.


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Make sure you keep the rent current Most landlords agree that although it is vital to be super-careful when selecting a tenant, it is just as important to do what is necessary to keep a good tenant who pays on time and takes good care of your property. “And the best way to do that, of course, is to keep the rent at the correct level as market conditions and rental property demand patterns change,” says Berry Everitt, MD of the Chas Everitt International property group.

Writing in the Property Signposts newsletter, he notes that frequent changes of tenant are time-consuming and costly in advertising, cleaning and painting expenses, and perhaps vacancy time, but for tenants to stay, they have to be satisfied that they are getting a “fair deal”. “Obviously, the income or budget of the tenant will be the primary driver of the decision about where and what to rent. Most tenants have limited funds and at different times of life they will also have different needs to meet with those funds.

Some might want a swimming pool in their apartment complex, for example, while others want a home near a good school and yet others a townhouse on a golf estate.” However, Everitt says, changing economic conditions can have an even bigger effect on tenants’ decisions to stay or go, so landlords need to track their local rental market regularly, compare rentals with what others are asking for similar properties, and be aware of anything and everything else that might affect their tenants’ ability – or willing-

ness – to pay the current rent and any future increases. “In the past two years, for example, hikes in transport costs and utility charges have made it more difficult for tenants to make ends meet, and more difficult for many landlords to raise their rents without running the risk of losing their tenants. “On the other hand, these changes have also made those properties that are close to public transport routes and those that are equipped for ‘green’ living more desirable, which

could mean that tenants are willing to pay higher rentals for them.” Other factors which can affect demand – and may thus require rental adjustments - are local job creation and new people moving into a town or area, and the number of new housing developments in the area. And finally, Everitt says, landlords should not neglect property maintenance. “Peeling paint, a leaky roof and an unreliable stove are hardly like to make tenants feel like they could stay for ever.”


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Workshop on how to Buyers, strengthen your collect debt effectively offer by pre-qualification The Cape Chamber of Business and Industry will be holding a workshop on debt collecting on 17 September from 09:00–16:30 at the Cape Chamber House, 19 Louis Gradner Street on the Foreshore, Cape Town. The prompt collection of slow paying and overdue accounts is the heart of every business’s survival. In so doing, debt collectors have the difficult task of handling customers, coping with conflict, confrontation, negativity and rudeness. Good methodical debt collecting practices for early recovery often prevents unpleasant experiences. This practical workshop will highlight the importance of debt collecting and why retaining customers is so crucial to the business. It will focus on the role of the debt collector with a job description, emphasis on the debt collector’s positive attitude and his or her ability to deal with stress and conflict. Procedural skills to be discussed include starting the debt recovery process early, preparing for each case prior to calling and how to conduct a telephone debt recovery professionally. Other factors include a positive approach towards custom-

ers, understanding the cost implication of outstanding debt, dealing with difficult non-committal customers, objections and negativity, the importance of not mixing emotion with business, turning promises into commitments to pay as well as how to use agreed payment dates and reminders to follow through payment recoveries. Communication skills such as effective listening, remaining focused with the call on hand, the ability to think logically, communicate assertively and closing calls amicably and professionally, will also receive attention. The presenter is Lionel Bourgois from VETTA Communication, who has a wealth of knowledge in the fields of sales, customer service and management.. His mission is to offer all South Africans through coaching and training, a clearer understanding of their positions, the need for growth and hope for a bright future. Cost for the workshop is R855 for members and R1 112 for nonmembers. For more information, call the event organiser Dean Le Grange on 021 402 4342 or e-mail dean@capechamber.co.za.

In the “good old days” the banks were falling over themselves to give buyers home loan finance.

A buyer could obtain a pre-approval from their bank, which guaranteed finance for the purchaser up to a certain value. When the economy crashed in 2009/2010, these pre-approvals quickly disappeared and home finance became hard to get. In the period since 2009 it was almost the norm for a buyers’ bond to be declined – with well over 50% of transactions falling through due to finance issues. This has a severe effect on property sellers’ as they are unable move on with their lives until a final bond grant is issued. In addition to this, their prop- Talking Property by Steve Caradoc­Dav­ erty would effectively be taken ies, principal of Harcourts Platinum. off the market for the period from The good news is that ooba has acceptance of the offer to the declining of the bond application – which just launched a pre-qualification in some instances could be 4 to 6 service that buyers can use. This means that, even before you start weeks. In that period other potential buy- your search for a property, you can ers are lost – with harsh financial have yourself pre-qualified by ooba for a mortgage bond. Whilst this is implications in a tough market. Latest statistics from ooba show still no guarantee that the banks that banks approval rates in the will grant the bond, it is a really Western Cape are just over 50%. The strong indication that, as a client, approval rates through ooba are your scoring should satisfy most of higher, at nearly 70%, but this still the banks. A thorough process is followed means that between 50% and 30% of all sales fall through due to finance that now looks at not only your ITC record, but payment and credit patproblems.

terns, and all the other indicators that banks will check before granting you a home loan. It’s important as a purchaser that you make sure, not only of the amount of finance you should qualify for, but also the loan-tovalue – or the percentage of the selling price, that the banks will finance. The benefit to you as a buyer is that when you make your offer on a property and you have been pre-qualified it significantly strengthens your offer. If you are competing against another buyer for a property and you are pre-qualified while they are not, a seller will almost certainly view your offer as more likely to succeed. The additional benefit to you as the buyer is that you are more likely to obtain your finance and spare yourself the disappointment of having your bond application declined and your purchase falling through. If you are a serious purchaser I would strongly recommend that you speak to an ooba home loan consultant and have yourself pre-qualified. You will, in any event, have to provide all this information when you make your home loan application – so why not do it now and significantly increase your chances of success? – E-mail your real estate question to steve.cd@harcourts.co.za.


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Melt van Niekerk, business manager at Jawitz Helderberg. Call him on 076 805 7388.

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Amatola van Niekerk, business manager of Jawitz Helderberg. Call her on 082 378 1511.

Jawitz Properties now has franchise in Helderberg New to Jawitz Properties’ growing list of franchises in the Western Cape, is Jawitz Properties Helderberg. “We were looking for an opportunity to work for ourselves while still being part of a fantastic and well-known brand, and Jawitz Properties was by far the best fit for us,” says Melt and Amatola van Niekerk, owners of the new franchise. Melt and Amatola have been in the property industry for the past decade, operating in the Strand, Somerset-West and Gordon’s Bay. The choice to open a Helderberg office was easy as they love the area and know it well. Melt is originally from Calvinia and Amatola from the Strand. They will operate in the Strand, Somerset West and Gordon’s Bay areas, focusing on sales and rentals of

residential and commercial properties. The Helderberg offers the best of both worlds where we have sandy white beaches, mountains, excellent schools, first class health care and emergency services. Not to talk about the wine estates and plenty to do in this scenic region. Melt and Amatola promise satisfaction to all clients in the process of buying, selling or renting a property. With their combined experience and passion for property, their business model makes provision for referral commission to any lead turning to successful conversions of sales as well as on all rental property referrals. Their team currently comprises the owners and Amae van Niekerk (rentals) as well as Vivien Livadas (sales). Their office is situated at 15 Karl Kielblock, Strand. For more information visit www.jawitz.co.za

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Two Cape Dutch homes in the market in Paarl

One of the Rawson Property Group’s most successful franchises, the 14person team operating in Paarl and more recently through a satellite office in Paarl East, has been mandated to sell two Cape Dutch homes, both in excellent condition. “For certain people a Cape Dutch house is the only type of home they really want,” said Lizette Joubert, the Rawson Property Group’s Paarl franchise. “They may make compromises along the line, but they tend to retain an ambition to own such a home one day. Such people are inclined to see the Cape Dutch style as the only genuine indigenous South African style – and they may well be right.” Such homes, she added, always hold their value better than most and now that there are signs of renewed interest in upper bracket housing, it is more than likely that they will show significant price rises in the next two to three years. The first of these homes to come on the market at R5,5 million is in Paarl’s main street, a highly prestigious address. It has a high central straight line gable and the roof is

thatched. The windows are protected by painted wood shutters, which said Joubert, emphasizes the authenticity of the design – the original Cape Dutch shutters were usually painted, not varnished. The home has four bedrooms, all with wood or tile floors, three reception/family rooms, a fireplace, a single garage and a swimming pool. The garden is well established and has been well maintained. The second home coming onto the market also has a central gable but this one is hol-en-bol, attractively curved and ornate. It is complemented by two straight line gables at either end of the home. The roof is of grey natural slate and the stoep is shaded by a brick-columned pergola with a flourishing vine. This home has four bedrooms and two bathrooms as well as two family rooms. One of the communal rooms has a fireplace and the nearby garage can hold two cars. Both the home and the garden have again been meticulously maintained. This property, said Joubert, also has business rights and it would be possible to live and work there. The listed price is R3 750 000.

The front view of the striking home located on Paarl’s main street ­– a prestigious address. This home is on the market for R5,5 million. Front view of the second Cape Dutch homestead which has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and is on the market for R3 750 000.

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MERCEDES-BENZ: COMFORT AND SAFETY MERGED INTO ONE

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ercedes-Benz leaves nothing to the imagination, with no fewer than 20 of their latest fascinating models fashionably displayed at this year’s Johannesburg International Motor Show from 16 to 27 October. As a pioneering leader in technology and safety and a vision of accident-free driving, Mercedes-Benz will showcase new ground-breaking safety systems, outstanding comfort and high-end communications technology and infotainment systems. The iconic brand presents the new S-Class – the best car in the world –, and leads the way with a new dimension of motoring: comfort and safety merged into one. The current extensive line-up of Mercedes-Benz models includes the recently launched compact car range of the feisty A 45 AMG that has taken top position in many a boy racer’s list of must-haves. Added to the A-Class offering is an A 200 BlueEfficiency “Black Devil” model. This devilish diva sporting a new front and roof spoiler, chrome addon’s, rear diffusor twin exhaust and stainless steel foot pedals gives added bling. This stylish package demonstrates the lengths to individuality one can pursue with the A-Class. Being at the forefront of green technology, Mercedes-Benz showcases the “World’s most efficient luxury sedan”, the E 300 BlueTec Hybrid. This model demonstrates that enhanced efficiency is possible without compromising on comfort. No body modifications are necessary as the hybrid module is flexible and also suitable in other model series, such as the new S 400 Hybrid.

Mercedes­Benz leaves nothing to the imagination, with no fewer than twenty of their latest fascinating models fashionably displayed at this year’s Johannesburg International Motor Show from 16 to 27 October.

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Mercedes-AMG continues to champion performance, dynamism and efficiency. In the spotlight will be the SLS AMG “Black Series”. Inspired by the SLS AMG GT3 racing version, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series boasts a fascinating mix of breathtaking design, outstanding driving dynamics and uncompromising lightweight construction in accordance with the “AMG Lightweight Performance” strategy. With a DIN kerb weight of 1 550 kilograms, the SLS AMG Black Series achieves a power/weight ratio of 2,45 kg/hp. The AMG 6.3 F V8 engine generates a power output of 464 kW at 7 400 r/min and accelerates the most dynamic gullwing

model of all time to 100 km/h in 3,6 seconds. This star is sure to draw the crowds. The new E 63 AMG is now available as a particularly exclusive and powerful S-Model with an output of 430 kW and 800 Nm of torque. The AMG 5.5-litre V8 bi-turbo engine continues to be the absolute pinnacle of efficiency. With the ‘S-Model’ range, Mercedes-AMG is premiering high-performance passenger car models geared to driving dynamics. The C 63 AMG sedan and coupé models are set to become an even more dynamic proposition with the exclusive “Edition 507”. These AMG high-performance vehicles are equipped with an uprated AMG

6.3 F V8 engine. The 37 kW boost to 373 kW combined with maximum torque of 610 Nm derives from the transfer of technology from the SLS AMG, with the forged pistons, connecting rods and lightweight crankshaft adopted from the super sports car’s eight-cylinder naturally aspirated engine. An AMG high-performance composite brake system with red callipers features as standard. The C 63 AMG “Edition 507” is designed to appeal to ambitious sports drivers who will appreciate highcalibre technology and a wealth of exclusive design details and appointments. High performance with lower fuel

consumption is an important part of the Mercedes-AMG strategy and all these new models prove that the combination of high performance and low fuel consumption remains unrivalled by any other competitor in the segment worldwide. Roadster heaven continues with the SL and SLK sports cars characterised by fun at the wheel and openair enjoyment. The SL with exemplary new features and the SLK AMG Sport Line with its sporty and dynamic eye-catching design suggests sheer power. This impressive stature is further enhanced with superior high-class interior and new headlamps give further visual distinctions. Mercedes-Benz “Dream Cars” continue in terms of unique style sees the CLS 500 Shooting Brake making its mark once again with a creative design concept that underscores its leading role in the design field: while unmistakably coupé in its proportions, the new CLS opens up a wealth of new possibilities with five doors and a roof extending back all the way to the rear end. As such, the new Shooting Brake represents an innovative development of the four-door coupé concept. The complete range of SUV’s from Mercedes-Benz will satisfy the offroad fraternity. The GL 500 is the “SClass” of SUV’s and sets new standards in comfort, dynamics, safety, elegance and efficiency. The superior comfort of this seven-seater, as well as its outstanding power and confident performance are really convincing even when the going gets really tough. Sustainable mobility solutions abound in all the innovative vehicles on display at the Mercedes-Benz stand in Hall 6. This year showgoers will definitely be exposed to a feast of the automotive sensors.


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Subaru Forester: Mom’s taxi of the year

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The all-new Subaru Forester has scored a category win in the important 2013 Women’s Car of the Year awards. The competition, which sees members of the public as well as an established jury of female motoring journalists cast votes in various categories, sees the Forester bag its second category win, this time in the ‘Mom’s Taxi’ class. Launched in South Africa in February this year, the new Forester has been making waves in the media thanks to its innovative engineering, efficient new engines, class-leading safety features, wide range of appeal, clever versatility and superior quality. The five-model-strong range sees a mix of normally-aspirated and turbocharged petrol Boxer® engines mated to a permanent Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive™ system – two defining features of the Subaru brand – and a manual or Lineartronic™ CVT automatic transmission. Highlighted features include the powered tail gate on selected models which features an adjustable height-memory function, a capacious 505F boot, excellent storage areas within the spacious cabin, roomy seating for five and a commanding driving position

with exceptional all-round visibility – a feature upon which many women place a large amount of importance. The new Forester also boasts a phenomenal level of safety equipment, including Subaru’s RingShaped Reinforcement™ structure, seven airbags including a driver’s knee airbag and five star safety ratings from ANCAP and Euro NCAP. The Forester was also awarded the Top Safety Pick+ award from American safety giant IIHS in 2013. Along with prominent female motoring journalist judges – including Janine-Lee Gordon (Media 24), Mabuyane Kekana (Sunday Independent), Sukasha Singh (Mail & Guardian) and Charleen Clarke (Women on Wheels Editor and convenor of the Women’s Car of the Year competition), the 2013 rendition of the Women’s Car of the Year awards saw the judges and over 30 000 women cast their vote for their favourite cars. Says Ashley Lazarus, Marketing Manager at Subaru Southern Africa: “The huge response to the 2013 Women’s COTY competition gives everyone a very good idea of what women want to drive. The new Subaru Forester has bagged this deserving win thanks to many exemplary facets of its design, packaging and safety – this achievement just goes to highlight its broad-based appeal even further.”

The new Subaru Forester has scored a category win in the important 2013 Women’s Car of the Year awards.

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) When struggling with vehicle distress, besides knowing you are being given reliable service by those taking care of your car, it is essential to understand the basics about your vehicle is the consensus at autoWORKS. Knowledge equips you to make the correct decisions when faced with car repair issues, and these do tend to creep up unexpectedly. An important factor to consider is in-fact knowing what your warning lights mean in the instrument cluster display. Every vehicle manual explains all of the warnings that could show up on your car. Ignoring the warning lights when they do appear could cause serious damage to your vehicle’s engine and put yourself in danger. So when you first drive your car take 5 minutes to put on the ignition, look through all the warning signs and if there are any you are not familiar with, page through your manual to find out which they are and what they are warning you about. ) Tyre pressure is extremely important and should be checked every second month. Petrol attendants can do this for you, but you still must advise them on the correct pressure. You’ll find the exact pressure on the sticker, normally under the petrol flap or on the chassis or car frame if you open the car door. Your car manual will also have an exact explanation. How to change a tyre is a “need to know” for all South Africans.

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Yes, tyres do still get punctures and do burst. You could get stuck in an area that the AA or any other road car assist service might take longer to get out to, so making sure you can change your own tyre could save you a lot of grief. Ensure your car is carrying the tools needed to change your car tyres and know how to use them. AutoWORKS offers workshops that teach you and helps you become familiar with changing tyres. ) The following factors, advises Gunther from autoWORKS, are generally overlooked but can save you many headaches, or enable you to take the necessary precaution when faced with car challenges however big or small it may be. It is essential to check that your oil and water are at the correct levels, the process really is not as complicated as you may think. If either is too low, you will damage your engine. We often rely on petrol attendants for this, but make sure you check these on a regular basis and don’t just wait for your warning light to show up. Topping up windscreen washer fluid is simple and often forgotten about. When you are stuck in a situation, there is nothing worse than driving along and needing to clear your vision but having nothing to clean your windscreen with. These are two very simple check points to keep in mind that will assist in preventing issues for you on the road.

QUICKPIC Over 30 000 women as well as some of South Africa’s top female motoring journalists have voted the Chevrolet Aveo Hatch as the winner of the ‘Value for Money’ category in the 2013 Women’s Car of the Year competition. The five-door hatchback has out-paced formidable rivals in the hotlycontested sub-compact segment, proving its worth yet again as a sensible, budget-friendly buy. With a retail price of just R126 000, the Chevrolet Aveo Hatch features a capable 77 kW 1.6 F petrol engine and a spacious cabin to complement its savvy exterior design and funky attitude. Also featuring ABS, two front airbags, air conditioning, With a retail price of just R126 000, the Chevrolet Aveo Hatch features a capable Isofix child seat anchors 77 kW 1.6 F petrol engine and a spacious cabin to complement its savvy exterior in the rear and a 5- design and funky attitude. PHOTO: QUICKPIC year/120 000 km warranty, the Aveo Hatch lives up to the panel. Judges included Lindsay Hatch is one of the country’s most Vine Smyth of Ignition TV, Liana budget-friendly vehicles where prestigious title it now carries. The Women’s Car of the Year com- Reiners from Car and Leisure maga- space, good looks, important safety petition, which is curated by Women zine, Vuyi Jabavu of Driving in equipment and a perky engine all on Wheels as a supplement to wom- Heels and Charleen Clarke – editor come together and at an exceptionen’s magazines including O, the Op- of Women on Wheels and convenor ally affordable price. We are delighted that the country’s women have rah Magazine, Marie Claire, House of the competition. Chevrolet Brand Manager at Gen- voted it as a category winner in the and Leisure and Cosmopolitan, has seen its biggest public participation eral Motors South Africa, Tim Hen- 2013 Women’s Car of the Year this year as well as a diverse judging don, says: “The Chevrolet Aveo awards.”


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Driving performance for the new generation QUICKPIC The A 45 AMG sees MercedesAMG embarking on a new era. For the first time in the company’s history extending back over more than 45 years, MercedesBenz’s performance brand is offering a fascinating high-performance vehicle in the compact class. The A 45 AMG is representative of the “AMG Performance 50” strategy for the future, which is a run up to the 50th birthday of Mercedes-AMG in 2017. With a maximum output of 265 kW and up to 450 Nm of torque, the AMG 2.0F four-cylinder turbo engine is the most powerful series production four-cylinder engine in the world. The sensational power density of 133 kW outstrips even the most powerful super sports cars. At the same time, the engine also boasts supreme efficiency and complies with the EU6 emissions standard. The A 45 AMG also leads its segment in terms of fuel consumption, running on 6.9 F per 100 km in NEDC combined mode. These credentials indicate that a further high-performing member of the BlueDirect family is now taking to the road. The performance-oriented AMG 4matic all-wheel drive onboard the A 45 AMG sets new standards in the car’s segment. The substance of the new Mercedes-Benz vehicle architecture for front- and all-wheel drive provides the perfect basis for the A 45 AMG

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pressive craftsmanship and pronounced individuality. “The A 45 AMG will extend the appeal of Mercedes-Benz to new customers and new markets. AMG is world renowned for their V8 sporty engines, and we are now adding an extremely attractive model with exceptional performance credentials to the current range of high-performance sportscars,” says Selvin Govender, Divisional Manager Marketing, Mercedes-Benz Cars.

“With the new A 45 AMG the AMG engineers have well and truly achieved their aim of developing the most dynamic, powerful and efficient four-cylinder series production car. With its impressive hightech package and the performanceoriented AMG 4matic all-wheel drive, the A 45 AMG is a true AMG that possesses all the passion and performance that our customers expect and demand from their AMG supersports cars,” adds Govender.

Spanning the age range from 30 to mid-40, the target group is younger than the AMG clientele to date. Generally in successful careers and with an independent frame of mind, these customers seek a dynamic and individual vehicle. They wish to lend expression to their style- and trend-oriented way of life with a car from a recognised high-performance brand. The A 45 AMG provides the predominantly urban target group with an agile high-performance vehicle. Mercedes-AMG accommodates their tech-savvy and individual outlook on life with an extremely broad selection of optional equipment and appointments, colours and materials. The high power and torque output and the combination with the performance-oriented AMG 4matic allwheel drive as standard lead to extremely dynamic performance: the A 45 AMG accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds, while its top speed stands at 250 km/h (electronically limited). The specially developed AMG engine is also a model of efficiency – the A 45 AMG also leads its segment on this front, with fuel consumption of 6.9 F per 100 km in NEDC combined mode. As with all Mercedes-Benz passenger cars, the A 45 AMG comes standard with a class-leading 6year/100 000 km PremiumDrive maintenance plan with no customer contribution. The A 45 AMG is introduced at R599 500 including VAT (excluding CO² emissions tax).


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The all-new Nissan Sentra has made its debut in South Africa, the nameplate returning after the last Sentra was seen in 2005. Filling a gap in Nissan’s line-up in the country, the new, 13th generation Sentra is a sophisticated and stylish sedan which spearheads Nissan’s “Innovation that Excites” ideology into an important segment for the brand. “South Africans have fond memories of the Nissan Sentra from decades past and it give us at Nissan South Africa great pleasure to reintroduce the famed name into the local market,” comments Sikhumbuzo Mzele, Product Manager for Sentra at Nissan South Africa. “The new Sentra marks the brand’s return to the hotly-contested C-segment segment sedan arena where the new Sentra is up against formidable competition. With its sleek and stylish good looks, high quality, premium build integrity and superior roominess, the new Sentra is certain to create a stir. In short, the new Nissan Sentra is the new flagship of the Nissan South Africa passenger car range.” Considered a global C-segment sedan, the new Nissan Sentra has been designed around key consumer requirements for efficiency, space maximisation, performance and features – along with high build quality and quietness. Smart engineering for greater efficiency Of particular importance, sound insulation and low NVH on rough

roads and over undulations like small potholes is exceptional – reiterating the sophisticated feel of the new Nissan Sentra. This is attributable to the Sentra’s rigid body structure design which assists in curbing vibration through the body shell as well as noise isolation optimisation, aided by structure optimisation and special attention to closing gaps and noise paths within the chassis itself. High-performance shock absorbers reduce the noise and vibration levels produced by impact shock, also producing supple and communicative ride characteristics. Front suspension is an independent Macpherson strut setup with a stabiliser bar, the rear featuring a torsion beam layout, also with a stabiliser bar. The new Sentra also features speed-sensitive electric power steering, making it easy to manoeuvre in a parking lot and stable at higher cruising speeds. Powering the two new Nissan Sentra models is a 1.6-litre normally-aspirated petrol engine which is mated either to a slick-shifting fivespeed manual gearbox or a smart, efficient CVT automatic (continuously variable transmission). Producing 85 kW at 5,600 rpm and 154 Nm 4 000 rpm, the more-than-capable engine features a smooth power delivery, excellent throttle response and 15% enhanced efficiency. Not to mention the usual Nissan reliability and durability. The efficiency enhancements come courtesy of several integral changes to the engine, including a dual injector system with four valves per cylinder, twin VTC (vari-

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Nissan Sentra 1.6 Acenta manual consumes an average of 6.6­litres per 100 km on the combined cycle while the Sentra 1.6 Acenta CVT automatic consumes even less at 6.2. PHOTO: QUICKPIC able timing control), beehiveshaped valve springs with reduced inertial weight and friction reduction due to the use of a new DLC (diamond-like carbon) coating on the valve lifters. The benefits are impressively low carbon emissions and prominently low fuel consumption: the new Nissan Sentra 1.6 Acenta manual consumes an average of 6.6-litres per 100 km on the combined cycle while the Sentra 1.6 Acenta CVT automatic consumes even less at 6.2. Carbon emissions for both models are 156 and 149 g/km respectively. Special attention to the new Nissan Sentra’s aerodynamics also contributes to the enhanced efficiency,

the underbody in particular featuring smoothed-out panels and deflector flaps for optimal air flow. New Sentra also features a super-low drag coefficient of just 0.29 Cd. The all-new Nissan Sentra features a high level of standard equipment and no optional extras are available. The long list includes the alloy wheels, LED accent halogen head- and tail light elements, chrome detailing, remote central locking, multi-function tilt and telescopic steering wheel, the multi-info trip computer, smart LED interior map lights, a radio/CD audio system with MP3, USB/iPod and aux integration, Bluetooth for handsfree cellphone use and audio

streaming, four speakers, front and rear arm rests, folding rear seats, four cup holders and a bottle holder in each door, air conditioning, electric windows all-round with onetouch up and down for the driver, electric mirror adjustment and auto-locking doors. New Nissan Sentra retail price (including VAT) Sentra 1.6 Acenta Manual R230 900 Sentra 1.6 Acenta CVT Automatic R253 600 The all-new Nissan Sentra range is available as standard with a 3year/90 000 km service plan and a 3-year/ 100 000 km warranty. Service intervals are 15 000 km.

New Opel Astra sedan on its way QUICKPIC General Motors today announced the imminent arrival of the all-new Opel Astra sedan. Complementing the existing range of Astra hatchbacks, the new sedan marks the return of the four-door Opel Astra to South Africa. Featuring the same new-age feel, high levels of quality, premium build and stunning design as the rest of the Astra range, the new Astra sedan has been “engineered to attract”. Says Christopher Cradock, Opel Brand Manager at GMSA: “The se-

cret is out and there is a lot of excitement at Opel for the new Astra sedan, which will be launched in South Africa in October. The new Astra sedan follows the high standards forged by the hatchback and we expect a warm reception by South Africans, who tend to favour sedans.” The four-model strong sedan range comprises the new Astra sedan 1.6 Essentia, 1.4 Turbo Essentia, 1.4 Turbo Essentia Automatic and the range-topping 1.6 Turbo Cosmo. Pricing will be made available at launch.

South African car fans can rightly look forward to the arrival of the new Astra sedan.

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