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Ideal suburb for family living The suburb of Nature’s Valley is one of the most exclusive in Somerset West, located close to historic wine estates such as Vergelegen, Fleur du Cap and Lourensford. Established in the late 1970s, it is situated on the north-eastern edge of the town, backing onto the Helderberg Nature Reserve and enjoying a magnificent mountain backdrop. Pam Golding Properties (PGP) reports that it is extremely popular with young professionals with families. PGP agents Willis Coetzee and Lorraine Joubert say the average age of home-owners in the area is between 35 and 60 – confirming its status as a prime suburb for family buyers. “One of the key draw-cards for the area is the proximity of a number of leading schools, including Beaumont Primary, the private Somerset House and the dual medium Parel Valley High School, which was ranked 10th in the list of top performing schools in the Western Cape last year,” they say. “Buyers are also attracted by the spacious family homes on sizable plots, as well as the convenient location. While the suburb is far enough out of town to offer privacy and tranquillity, it still offers easy access to shops, medical care and sporting facilities. “Golfers enjoy the proximity to Erinvale Golf Course, while the Strand beach front is only 10 minutes’ drive away, and Cape Town International Airport can be reached in half an hour.” Nature’s Valley consists mainly of free-standing homes, with prices typically ranging from around R2,5 million to R8 million, going up to R10 million and beyond for some of the suburb’s larger lux-

ury properties. Among the properties currently for sale in Nature’s Valley exclusively through PGP is an extensive home set on over 4 260 m², offering over 850 m² of living space. The warm and inviting home is set within a magnificent mature garden, including large trees that are home to three grey owls. The pool and entertainment area are located at the back of the home, providing an extremely private and sheltered area for relaxation. Coetzee says the property is designed with two distinct sections – the first providing a family home with three bedrooms, a spacious oak kitchen, study and private living areas, and the second providing guest accommodation in four bedroom suites, each with its own kitchenette and balcony. “This portion of the home has been run as a popular guesthouse for the past nine years and currently has forward bookings from a number of regular visitors,” he says. “It could continue to generate a substantial steady income for the buyers, should they choose to continue this business (subject to all necessary approvals). Alternatively the property would make an ideal home for the extended family or for dual living purposes.” The property includes a double automated garage and a borehole which provides ample water for the pool and garden. It has air-conditioning and an alarm system, and is on the market at R7,5 million. To view this home, or for more information on property for sale in Nature’s Valley, call PGP agents Willis Coetzee (083 269 1014) and Lorraine Joubert (082 892 4386) or contact their office on 021 851 2633 or willis.coetzee@pamgolding.co.za.

This property in Nature’s Valley, Somerset West is on the market exclusively through PGP, priced at R7,5 million.

The property is designed with two distinct sections – the first providing a family home with three bedrooms, and the second providing guest accommodation in four bed­ room suites.

The pool and entertainment area are located at the back of the home.


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Here’s Y buy-to-let should be booming Generation Y is rapidly also becoming known as “Generation rent” in property circles – and bolstering the prospects for buy-to-let investors in the process. “Many members of Gen Y – most of whom are still in their 20s – would like to take advantage of the current low interest rates and buy their own homes, but they are often too weighed down by student loans, other debt and a lack of savings to do so right now,” notes Berry Everitt, MD of the Chas Everitt International property group. “Others are simply not ready to settle down, preferring to rent and have the freedom to travel and try out different jobs or work on a series of contracts. And either way, the trend is positive for buy-to-let property investors.” Indeed, he says, the average age of first-time buyers in SA has shifted in the past 20 years (the years in which Gen Y was growing up) from about 27 years of age to 35, “which means that a significant number of young people are staying in the rental pool for at least eight years longer than they used to, and explains in large part why the demand for rental homes in this country keeps rising”. Writing in the Property Signposts newsletter, Everitt says

Generation Y

Tenants this demand has also been boosted since the 2008/ 09 recession by homeowners who have had to sell their properties to relieve financial pressure and have been unable or unwilling to buy again. “And the pressure on supply continues to grow, because there has been so little new housing de-

velopment in the past five years. Last year, according to StatsSA, only about 43 000 new houses, flats and townhouses were built in the whole of SA, with its population of some 52 million people. “In short, everything is in favour of buy-to-let property investors now, so it is somewhat sur-

prising that they currently only account for about 8% of the total number of property transactions.” Back in the “boom days”, he says, almost a quarter of all purchases were being made by buyto-let investors, even though interest rates were way higher than

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they are now, and even though there was an oversupply of rental stock and it was a struggle to find and keep tenants.” Everitt concedes that real capital growth has been slow since 2007 (14,9% according to FNB), and that the economic difficulties that have affected homeowners have also affected tenants and kept a lid on the rental increases they could absorb. “However, with interest rates at their lowest in almost 40 years and the demand for rental accommodation set to keep growing (especially when interest rates start to move up again),the current market is offering some outstanding opportunities and we think there really ought to be more excitement now about buy-to-let investing. Annual rental yields are rising and are already significantly higher in most areas than the interest one can earn on money in the bank, and property value increases are starting to get ahead of inflation once more. “Consequently, anyone who can muster a 20% or 30% deposit and buy rental property in a good location right now stands to make an excellent return on their investment in the medium to longterm – and certainly a much better return than those who wait until buy-to-let investing is “in fashion” again.”

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Are agents responsible for market value? Sometimes we hear sellers say that agents price properties low and drive prices down. That raises an interesting question: Are agents responsible for affecting the market values of property? The reality of pricing is that it’s the market that determines market value. The market is made up of the buyers. What the agent thinks a property is worth is irrelevant, unless the agent is also a buyer and is considering making an offer. It always amuses me when we speak to sellers and they tell us that a certain agent said their property was worth this or that. What really matters is what a buyer thinks it’s worth.

When an agent advises a seller on setting the listing price they will need to look at market facts. Sadly, what a seller needs for his property, or what it cost him, has no bearing on what it’s worth. The only way to determine an accurate market value is to compare a property to other properties that have recently sold. These are prices that buyers are currently paying. In addition to this, an agent will show a seller other comparable properties that are listed for sale – this represents the competition. Buyers will, in most cases, also look at these competing properties and then make a comparison. Once the agent and the seller have identified a market value range, then the seller will determine what the list price should be. Simply put, if a seller wants to sell then he needs to price as close to market value as he can. The higher he is over market value the less likely a buyer will be to make an offer. The bottom line is that buyers will determine the market value, not estate agents. If

liver impact on this. buyers feel the property is So, when a seller is unhaplisted too much above marpy with the market valuation ket value they simply won’t of their property, don’t shoot view the listing, and they the messenger. A professiondefinitely won’t offer more al estate agent has a duty to than they believe it’s worth. show you the market facts It’s a proven fact that and guide you on determinproperties that are correcting market value, but they ly priced from the beginhave no influence on what ning of the marketing procthe market value is. ess sell more quickly than There is a market out there properties that are overthat is bigger than any of us, priced. In addition to this, and it’s influenced by world properties that sell quickly economies, interest rates, sell for more than those that the banks’ ability to offer fiare marketed for a long nance, and sentiment. time. So the closer you are Unfortunately the agent’s to market value the more Talking Property by Steve Cara­ influence on market value is you will sell for. non-existent. But they can Whilst agents have no doc­Davies, principal of Har­ influence whether or not control over market value, courts Platinum you sell for market value. they have a significant bearE-mail your real estate question to steing on how close to market value you will sell for. Their marketing and the service they de- ve.cd@harcourts.co.za.

Learn to the secret of selling successfully A course on how to sell successfully will be presented by the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry on 5 September at Chamber House, 19 Louis Gradner Street, Foreshore, Cape Town from 08:30–16:30. Topics included in the workshop are: Emotional intelligence (the ability to have awareness of self and the people around you); values, goals of a sales person (setting and measuring goals, benching sales); trends and traits of a successful sales per-

son (strengths and opportunity areas of individual and team) and branding yourself and your product. Further topics to be dealt with are your client’s perception of you, sales cycle, how to ask questions, effective communication (how to promote and use language) as well as body language (image and tips). Important aspects of salesmanship to also receive attention are how to close a sale, influencing skills, together with a strategy for incentivising teams and

individuals, and of course – an action plan! The presenter is Hanrie Hill is from ProActive Communications. Her speciality is executive coaching (enhancing the x-factor in executives), sales, communication and designing programmes. Cost: R855 for members, R1 112 for nonmembers. To book for the workshop on selling successfully or for more information call Bronwyn Lewis on 021 402 4328 or e-mail blewis@capechamber.co.za


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Retire in Style R E T I R E M E N T E S TAT E • S O M E R S E T W E S T

More than 100 retirees call Helderberg Manor’s beautifully landscaped grounds home; where life brings peace of mind and the convenience of all its amenities. Helderberg Manor boasts many attractive features: • 9 Different Types of Accommodation • 24-Hour Frailcare Facility • Pet-friendly • State of the art Security The following amenities will be available on completion: • Gym & Swimming Pool • Bowling Green • Library • Restaurant and Coffee Shop

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On-site Sales Office open Monday to Sunday 10:30am till 5pm. For further information, or to arrange an appointment to view, please contact our well trained consultants on 021 851 0738. Joan Schnider 082 925 4735 • joan@helderbergmanor.com Bev Tarling 082 821 0066 • bev@helderbergmanor.com

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A life less ordinary in Napier If you dream of getting away from it all but don’t want to be cut off from what you enjoy; if you want a life less ordinary but without pressure or worry; if you want the freedom to be among like-minded people, you’d be hard pressed to beat what’s on offer in Napier. Lying at the foot of the Soetmuisberg, Napier has masses of appeal. Twelve restaurants, numerous galleries, local wineries and churches, its own butcher, baker, a dairy, brewery (the most southern in Africa) and a burgeoning community of artistic and creative residents make Napier far more dynamic than it first appears. People who pass through Napier en route to the coast usually think “that’s a pretty village”, but if you stop and take a closer look, you’ll see Napier has a tangible vibrancy, a current of creativity running through it and an abundance of friendliness. Yes, it’s a quiet Overberg small town, but it’s also bustling with loads of things to. It’s up to you, of course, but Napier’s residents like it because you can explore and be the person you want to be. If you’re considering your retirement options, Napier Retirement Village offers the freedom, the choice and, in case you need it, the appropriate medical support you want for your peace of mind. Situated on the top of a hill in Napier, the “Ou skool” (Old School) is an impressive building with wooden floors, high ceilings and a rich history. It’s been lovingly restored and is now the nucleus of the Napier Retirement Village, where residents have a choice

of independent living in cottages and terraced apartments, or assisted living in the main building with a convenient library, dining and frail-care facilities on hand. For more information visit www.napiervillage.co.za

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Inkomste-strategie noodsaaklik by aftrede By aftrede uit ’n pensioenfonds, uittree-annuïteitsfonds of bewaringspensioenfonds moet jy volgens wet ’n verpligte lyfrente met ’n deel van jou opbrengs aankoop om vir jou ’n inkomste te voorsien ná aftrede. Lede van voorsorgfondse kan opsionele lyfrentes aankoop by aftrede. By aftrede is jou aftreevoorsiening ’n gegewe, maar hoe jy besluit om dit aan te wend het verreikende gevolge vir jou finansiële sekuriteit na aftrede. Die heel belangrikste besluit by aftrede is die keuse van ’n gepaste inkomste-strategie. Daar is ’n paar moontlike bedreigings vir jou inkomste en finansiële sekuriteit na aftrede: )Lewensverwagting: Jy of jou gade kan langer lewe as wat jou beleggings en inkomste kan bekostig. )Jou lewenspeil kan afneem omdat jou inkomste nie tred hou met inflasie nie. )Negatiewe bewegings in die mark kan jou beleggings en/of inkomste beïnvloed. Nog ’n belangrike besluit by aftrede is hoeveel van jou aftreevoorsiening om in kontant te neem. Dit is moontlik nie in jou beste belang om die maksimum kontantbedrag te neem nie. Neem die volgende in ag: •Die belasting betaalbaar op die kontantbedrag – ’n deel is belastingvry, maar die res word volgens ’n glyskaal belas. •As jy enige uitstaande langtermynskuld het soos ’n huisverband, is dit gewoonlik ’n goeie idee om dit af te betaal •Pasop vir die versoeking om die kontant op luukses te spandeer – dit is deel van jou aftreevoorsiening en moet gebruik word vir groot of onverwagse uitgawes en om jou inkomste aan te vul indien nodig. Daar is baie verskillende inkomste-opsies beskikbaar by aftrede. Hulle kan jou help om die bedreigings vir jou finansiële sekuriteit ná aftrede op verskillende manier aan te spreek. Dit is belangrik dat jy verstaan wat die impak van die inkomste-opsie wat jy kies op jou inkomste ná aftrede gaan wees. 1.Gewaarborgde lyfrente: Dié lyfrente bied ’n gewaarborgde lewenslange inkomste. ’n Tweede versekerde, soos ’n gade, kan by uitname bygevoeg word en die inkomste is dan betaalbaar tot by die dood van die langslewen-

de versekerde. Dit is ook moontlik om ’n inkomste te kies wat afneem (byvoorbeeld met 50%) ná die dood van die eerste versekerde. 2.Inflasiegekoppelde lyfrente:Dit is ’n spesiale tipe gewaarborgde lyfrente wat ’n lewenslange inkomste bied wat gewaarborg word om jaarliks met inflasie toe te neem. Dit is moontlik om by uitname ’n tweede versekerde by te voeg of ’n seker termyn te kies, soos by ’n gewaarborgde lyfrente. 3.Bonuslyfrente: Hierdie lyfrente (ook bekend as ’n met-winste-lyfrente) waarborg ’n lewenslange inkomste wat nooit sal afneem nie. Die jaarlikse verhogings in die inkomste word

egter nie gewaarborg nie. 4.Beleggingsgekoppelde pensioen: ’n Beleggingsgekoppelde pensioen (“Investment linked life annuity” of ILLA) word net aanbeveel vir beleggers met ’n aftreevoorsiening groter as R1 miljoen, beduidende addisionele inkomstebronne of lae lewensverwagting as gevolg van swak gesondheid. Dit bied geen beskerming teen ’n langer as verwagte lewensduur nie, en die belegger dra self die beleggings- en inflasierisiko. 5.Gekombineerde lyfrente: Dit bestaan uit ’n gewaarborgde lyfrente (dit kan inflasiegekoppel wees) en ’n ILLA. Die gewaarborgde lyf-

rente behoort gebruik te word om genoeg inkomste te voorsien om noodsaaklike uitgawes te dek, terwyl die ILLA die inkomste aanvul met ’n meer aanpasbare inkomstestroom. As die mark laag of onstabiel is, behoort die inkomste wat uit die. ILLA onttrek word, verlaag te word om die kapitaal en toekomstige inkomste te beskerm. Die keuses by jou aftrede is kompleks. Dit is dus uiters belangrik dat jy versigtig oor jou opsies nadink en ’n ervare geregistreerde finansiële adviseur raadpleeg om seker te maak dat jy die mees gepaste keuses maak vir jou spesifieke finansiële situasie.

Met ’n Uittree-Annuïteit van Sanlam kan jy verseker dat jy ’n maandelikse betaling kry om jou pensioen ’n hupstoot te gee. Neem die eerste stap om vir jou toekoms te beplan en kontak ons. As ervare finansiële adviseurs kan ons jou help om die soort aftrede te hê waaroor jy nog altyd gedroom het. Begin deur ons te skakel. Theunis Steyn CFP

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Om ’n gemaklike aftrede te verseker is makliker as wat jy dink.

GEMAGTIG DUER SANLAM LEWENS, ’N GELISENSIEERDE VERSKAFFER VAN FINANSIËLE DIENSTE


JEEP WRANGLER DIESEL: OFFERS VALUE AND VERSATILITY

A wolf in sheep’s clothing FRANS LE ROUX

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he Jeep Wrangler has retained its basic shape, size and fittings over the past couple of decades, but, they improved what matters – things like the interior, engine and gearbox and a whole host of safety features. Fans of this iconic off-roader have duly appreciated the vast improvements, and they showed their support at the dealerships. The model which I tested fits in perfectly with the area we live in, which is mainly focused on diesel double-cab bakkies. The 2.8 CRD diesel engine packs a hefty punch when compared to other bakkies in this segment. Power is claimed at 147 kW/460 Nm. All this power is mated to a 5-speed automatic gearbox and the Wrangler will set you back R440 990. I drove the Wrangler for four days and was astounded by its refined engine and effortless commuting abilities. With mountains of torque available on offer, cruising at 120 km /h was perfect. Every time I stepped on the accelerator to pass other vehicles, the 4-cylinder turbo-diesel went about its business without any hesitation from the gearbox. The ride is comfortable, the heated leather seats work well and the elevated seating position one gets, just adds to the safety-feel of the product. Fuel consumption in real word measurements was not all that bad. I achieved between

12-14 F/100 km. My road surfaces and conditions varied between highways, dirt roads, rutted gravel obstacle courses and even a mountain pass or two. With the cruise control activated, the things left for me to do were minimal. Let’s step inside this modern off-roader. As I mentioned earlier, the all round leather seats work like a charm. A large touch display screen is neatly situated in the middle of the upright dashboard. It is extremely easy to operate and the system reacts quickly with driver’s input. Some of the switchgear and controls have trickled down from the Grand Cherokee and work just as well in the Wrangler. Audio controls, cruise controls and Bluetooth are all operated from the steering wheel. I have to mention the stereo system which is standard in the car. Jeep have given you a system which is light years ahead of most bakkies. A seven speaker system, which includes two dashboard mounted tweeters, four big speakers, and then they went even a step further to include a huge subwoofer for added bass. The subwoofer is neatly placed in the boot, and you will fall in love with the quality of sound from these seven speakers. Probably the coolest trick the Wrangler has up its sleeve is the retractable roof. A few levers are pulled and within seconds the front or back (or both) sections can be removed. This truly adds to the retro outdoor fun which the Wrangler provides. Safety features were thankfully also updated since the 1940s and the Wrangler now

Jeep’s iconic Wrangler now offers a brilliant diesel engine. The Wrangler is a capable and well equipped off­roader ready to take on all that life can throw at it. PHOTO: QUICKPIC boasts airbags, ABS, EBD and stability control comes as standard. Rivals in this segment include the likes of the Land Rover Defender and the Mercedes Benz G-Class. If you have a look at value for money, the Wrangler thumps the Merc and Defender comprehensively. The Merc retails for around R800 000 while the Defender (standard) is about 30k more. But once you add the necessary extras to the Defenders list, you will again find yourself going back to the Wrangler. If desirability or coolness could be measured, the picture might have a different face. Jeep offer a three-year/100 000 km maintenance plan as standard. The conclusion then is a pretty clear one. If you take emotion and brand power out of the equation, the Wrangler is in a league of its own. You can easily compare it to most topend 4X4 bakkies, but when refinement, standard features and engine power is taken into account – no other bakkie even comes close to what the Wrangler offers. Do yourself a favour and visit Sandown Motors, Century City, to book your test drive today.

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New brand ambassadors for new Golf GTI QUICKPIC The South African national cricket team test captain, Graeme Smith and top chef Benny Masekwameng have been officially announced as the new Volkswagen Golf GTI brand ambassadors. Benny, who is the executive chef for Tsogo Sun, is one of the judges of the Masterchef SA show (Season 2) which is co-sponsored by Volkswagen. “I am excited and honoured to be chosen as an ambassador for Volkswagen South Africa. I am absolutely blown away by the new Golf GTI. It surely projects the image of me and what I aspire to, quality, strength and luxury,” said Benny.

Graeme said he was thrilled to be associated with an awesome brand like Volkswagen. “I have always loved Volkswagen cars and fortunately they seem to have a car for each stage of one’s life,” added Graeme. “We are happy to welcome Benny and Graeme to the Volkswagen family. We look forward to working with them. We hope Benny’s profile will add flavour to the seventh generation of the original hot hatch, Golf GTI. Whilst Graeme’s stature as captain of the number one test team in world will ensure that the new GTI maintains the legacy of its predecessors to be the best-selling hot hatch in South Africa,” said Mike Glendinning, director: sales and marketing at Volkswagen Group South Africa.

New Volkswagen Golf GTI brand ambassadors, Graeme Smith and Benny Masekwameng.

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The Ferrari 458 Speciale to debut at Frankfurt motor show QUICKPIC

Maranello, 20 August 2013 – The 458 Speciale is the latest product of Ferrari’s core philosophy of extreme technological innovation and research which, in this instance, has yielded powertrain, aerodynamics and vehicle dynamics advances that transform the already exceptional

458 Italia into a car genuinely worthy of the “Speciale” moniker. The result is a completely new, uncompromising, streamlined sports car concept. Many of the sophisticated solutions being applied for the very first time to an in-range car in the 458 Speciale, including its advanced active aerodynamics, will become a

standard feature of all new Ferraris in the future. Flanked in the Maranello marque’s range by the multi-awardwinning 458 Italia and 458 Spider, the new mid-rear-engined V8 berlinetta was designed to boost both performance and driving emotion to unprecedented levels, yet simultaneously guarantee smooth, effort-

One of the most innovative content of the 458 Speciale is the Side Slip angle Control system (SSC) which makes it easier to achieve car control on the limit, thereby greatly improving driving emotions. PHOTO: QUICKPIC

less control in all kinds of situations. Having lavished meticulous attention on the power unit that was named “Best Performance Engine” at the International Engine of the Year Awards for two consecutive years, Ferrari has now built its most powerful naturally aspirated V8 ever (445 kW) with an extraordinary specific power output of 99 kW/F , the highest ever achieved by a roadgoing naturally aspirated engine. Thanks to an equally exceptional weight/power ratio of just 2.13 kg/ cv, the 458 Speciale can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 3,0 seconds (0-200 km/h in 9.1 seconds) and also clocked a lap time of just 1’23”5 at the Fiorano Circuit. Aerodynamic requirements guided the work of the Ferrari Styling Centre, which led the project in cooperation with Pininfarina, to sculpt the car’s forms to ensure they were more performance-oriented than ever. The most notable features in this sense are the front and rear movable aerodynamics which balance downforce and cut drag, thus helping make the 458 Speciale the most aerodynamically efficient range production car in Ferrari history (E Index of 1.5) The technology used in the vehicle dynamics subsystems which gives the driver instant confidence and control at high speeds, natural power oversteer management and precise response to commands are further advances in an area in which Ferrari is already a well-established leader. One of the most innovative content of the 458 Speciale is the Side

Slip angle Control system (SSC) which makes it easier to achieve car control on the limit, thereby greatly improving driving emotions. Thanks to the development of an accurate new algorithm SSC performs instant-to-instant analysis of the car’s side slip, comparing it with the target value and then optimising both torque management (via integration with F1-Trac traction control) and torque distribution between the two wheels (via integration with the E-Diff electronic differential). Part and parcel of the car’s development included Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 tyres which were specifically honed for it in an intensive collaboration programme involving, amongst other factors, numerous track test and simulator sessions. Conceived for the 458 Speciale, they boost performance over a single lap in the dry as well as improving performance consistency in subsequent laps. They also allow the car to avail of maximum available grip in the wet. The above mentioned technical content has improved the 458 Speciale’s single lap time and also delivers repeatability of that performance on subsequent laps that is absolutely unprecedented for a car not designed exclusively for track use. The result is that the 458 Speciale has the fastest response time (0.060 s) and highest lateral acceleration (1,33 g) ever achieved by a car in the Prancing Horse range. The 458 Speciale will receive its public world debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September.


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Audi verbeter en brei sy A3-reeks verder uit CHRIS DE WET Sedert die bekendstelling van Audi se A3 Sportback in 2005 aan die Suid-Afrikaanse mark is ongeveer 15 500 eenhede plaaslik verkoop en boonop is hierdie gewilde model in 2006 as die SuidAfrikaanse Motor van die Jaar aangewys. Die Audi A3 Sportback was egter gereed vir ’n verjongingskuur en het dan ook so ’n twee maande of wat gelede sy nuwe gesig gewys. Sou mens die oue en die nuwe nie langs mekaar staan maak en weer kyk nie, sou die veranderinge en verbeteringe miskien nie dadelik opgeval het nie. Maar veranderinge en verbeteringe is daar gewis. Die nuwe A3 TFSI se wielbasis is verleng en meet nou 2.63 m wat ’n verlenging van 58 mm teweegbring. Op die oog af lyk dit miskien nie aardskuddend nie, maar dit bring tog aansienlik meer been- en kopruimte vir insittendes agter terwyl die bagasie ruimte tot 380 F vergroot wat, met die platslaan van die sitplekke, tot soveel as 1 220 F pakruimte verskaf. Die mees opvallende verandering is egter aan die voorkant aan die enkelraam sierrooster met die groot lug-inlate net daaronder te sien. Agterlangs spog die nuwe A3 met LED ligte in kombinasie met xenon-hoofligte. Verder dui twee parmantige dubbel uitlaatpype daarop dat ons nie hier net met ’n mooi gesiggie te doen het nie. Dit is juis as dit by werkverrigting kom dat die A3 TFSI werklik aangenaam verras. Die “nederige” 1.4 F

vering en reënveërs, elekenjin klink miskien ietwat tronies verstelbare buiteskamper as mens die grootspieëls, klank- en sluitafte van die A3 in ag neem, standbeheer aanwesig in maar klein en groot was nog wat eerder beskryf kan altyd relatiewe begrippe en word as ’n byna Stoïnsynse sal so bly veral as mens ietmaar praktiese uitleg en wat uit ’n meer TFSI-oogontwerp van die hoogste punt kyk. kwaliteit en orde. Audi was die eerste verEn ’n verdere pluimpie vaardiger in die wêreld wat vir die A3. Vir ’n bestuurdirekte brandstofinspuider met ’n no. 12 skoen is die ting met turbo-aandrywing voetpedale wyd geplaas met gekombineer het. Vergeleekstra ruimte vir ’n rusplek ke met die konvensionele vir die linkervoet wanneer V6-enjin lewer so ’n kombialles in orde gebring is vir nasie dieselfde kraguitset die lang oop pad en die en aandrywing met 10 tot spoedkontrole gestel is met 15% minder brandstofver’n ver uitdrukking in die oë bruik en uitlaatgasse. Hierop die Karoo horison. Met die voordeel word verkry ’n uitstekende klanksisdeurdat brandstof direk in teem en iPod en USB verdie ontstekingskamer verbinding kan jy maar voortdamp en sodoende hitte uit snel op die langpad en misdie lug-inlaat verwyder. Dit kien net so nou en dan bring nie net verhoogde bietjie ritme in jou lyf sit kompressie mee nie, maar sonder om die greep op die los ook die ou probleem van Die gemiddelde brandstofverbruik is ’n uiters ekonomiese 5.3 F per 100 km, maar toon langpad te verloor. Daarturbo-geraas op. selfs nog gunstiger verbruiksyfers en werkverrigting in die geval van die outomatiese mo­ voor sal die A3 se gevorderDaarby, natuurlik, word del. FOTO: VERSKAF de tegnologies en meganiedie probleem van turbotraagheid uitgeskakel en sodoende baar in ’n keuse van een TDI en twee van aardskuddende omvang nie be- se ontwerp sorg. Met 50 F brandstof halwe miskien die LCD-inligting- in die tenk en uitstekende ekono’n meer direkte response op versnel- TFSI modelle. Aan die top van die modelreeks skermp wat netjies uit die instru- miese brandstofverbruik kan daar ling bereik wat die Audi 3 TFSI instaat stel om die 0-100 km/h binne pryk die 1,8 F met die kragtigste en- mentepaneel uitgly wanneer die A3 as’t ware van horison na horison gereis word. 9,5 sekondes te bereik. Die alumini- jin wat 132 kW en 250 Nm lewer en aangeskakel word. Teen pryse van R290 500 vir die Verder is die plasing en ontwerp um enjinblok is nou ook 21 kg ligter die 0–100 km/h merk binne 7,3 seen dra by tot ’n optimum kraguitset kondes en ’n topsnelheid van van die instrumente en algemene TFSI handrat-model en R307 500 vir van 90 kW en 200 Nm wat ’n top- 232 km/h bereik. Brandstofver- binne-ontwerp eerder funksioneel die outomatiese model is die Audi spoed van 203 km/h lewer. Gemid- bruik in hierdie geval is ’n uiters as van buitengewone tegnologiese A3 TFSI beslis ’n oorweging vir die delde brandstofverbruik in ’n uiters bruikbare 5.6 F per 100 km. Ook in omvang. Miskien juis wat die deur- familie wat van voornemens is om ekonomiese 5.3 F per 100 km maar die pyplyn êrens in Augustus is ’n snee bestuurder deesdae verlang of uit te brei of van die kuikens aantoon selfs nog gunstiger verbruiksy- 1.2 F model waaroor daar nog nie eerder as ’n duisternis van elektro- stons uit die nes te skop. Die waarniese gadgets. Tog is die algemene borg omvat ’n jaar sonder beperking fers en werkverrigting in die geval veel bekend is nie. Wat die binne afwerking en funk- luukses van lugreëling, Bluetooth op afstand en ’n 5 jaar/100 000 km van die outomatiese model. Die nuwe Sportback is beskik- sies van die A3 betref is daar niks konneksie, outomaties hooflig-akti- onderhoudsplan. - Galimoto Media


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FJ Cruiser now even more competent off road QUICKPIC Inspired by the original FJ40 originally produced in the 60’s, Land Cruiser’s modern take on this classic, the FJ Cruiser, has been a surprise hit on the local SUV sales chart – the ‘retro bruiser’ averaging more than 70 units a month. Toyota’s General Manager of Marketing Communications, Kerry Roodt, concedes that the classic lines of the FJ Cruiser were crucial to its initial success, but one cannot forget that it is still a Land Cruiser. “The FJ has the crucial Land Cruiser DNA which means that it can travel to, and return from, the most extreme environments. “It features impressive ground clearance (245mm) – a 34° approach angle, 31° departure angle and 29° break-over angle. The latter two dimensions are the best for any vehicle in its class. “Now with the addition of several hard core off-road enhancements the latest version of the FJ Cruiser is invincible.” The most recent updates for the 2013 FJ Cruiser include: . The addition of a second tank that more than doubles its fuel-load capacity to 159 F. The addition of this 87F sub-tank to the 72F main tank improves its theoretical driving range to over 1 000 km. . The adoption of a Crawl Control function – a “feet-off” control system that helps take the vehicle over severe or slippery terrain. It assists in climbing or descending steep hills,

The addition of a 87F sub­tank to the 72 F main tank improves its theoretical driving range to over 1 000km.

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freeing the vehicle if it is stuck, and is also helpful in mud, sand and gravel, and when fording water. Crawl Control engages in L4 (low-range) and temporarily disengages at speeds above 25km/h, or above 10km/h when the rear differential is locked. A speed-selector dial on the new overhead console provides the choice of five speeds. The system automatically maintains a low uniform vehicle speed uphill and downhill by controlling both engine output and

brake hydraulic pressure, allowing the driver to concentrate fully on steering the vehicle. It increases vehicle stability in extreme four-wheel driving conditions by minimising wheel spin and tyre lock-up. The system has the added benefit of reducing potential damage to the vehicle, by smoothly controlling vehicle speed over rugged terrain. It reduces load on the drivetrain by smoothly controlling engine output and brake application.

The FJ Cruiser ticks all the right boxes when it comes to standard kit: electric windows all round, a leather covered steering wheel with remote audio and Bluetooth controls, integrated audio/CD sound system with 6 speakers and iPod connector, external audio and USB connectors, a powerful air conditioning system, extra power socket, and cruise control. Worthy of special mention is the unique roof lining which acts as a speaker membrane, thereby offering

a truly immersive audio experience. The FJ also boasts Toyota’s rear monitor system, which integrates a rear facing video camera, electro chromatic interior rear view mirror and video screen integrated into the rear mirror to offer ease of reversing on all models. As before, the revised FJ Cruiser is available in two versions – Standard and Sports Cruiser, the latter is distinguished by its Raven Black paint scheme, extra chrome detailing, which includes chrome trim on the high mounted air intake, FJstyled door scuff plates, full wheel cover on the back door and leather seat trim. Further chrome highlights are visible on the door handles, side mirrors, bumpers and radiator trim. A set of Sport-badges rounds off the package. Both models are powered by a 200kW, 380Nm 4.0F V6 petrol engine with five-speed automatic transmission, part-time 4x4, an electrically activated rear differential lock and switchable Active Traction Control technology to maximise off-road climbing ability. Pricing: . FJ Cruiser 4.0 V6 4x4 AT – R462 200 . FJ Cruiser 4.0 V6 4x4 Sports Cruiser AT – R485 200 All versions of the FJ Cruiser come with a 5-year/90 000 km service plan and a 3-year/100 000 km warranty. These models are also supported by the ToyotaCare Roadside Assistance Programme and entitles customers to 24-hour roadside assistance, ensuring ultimate peace-ofmind motoring.


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Women on wheels vote Kuga best SUV buy QUICKPIC Women on Wheels (WOW), published by Associated Magazines, recently named the Ford Kuga the best compact SUV in South Africa as part of its 2013 WOW Women’s Car of the Year Awards (WCOTY). Over 30 000 votes were cast by readers and combined with the judges’ votes to decide the winning cars in 12 categories. Launched in South Africa earlier this year, the Kuga is available with a 1.6 F EcoBoost petrol engine, in both manual and SelectShift automatic guise, and a 2.0 F TDCi turbo diesel engine with PowerShift automatic transmission. Apart from its fuel efficient engines, the stylish compact SUV combines striking design and functionality with a rewarding driving experience. Smart technology like Ford’s voice activated in-car SYNC connectivity system is available as standard while features such as Active Park Assist are available as options on certain models. A number of advanced safety technologies are available as options Adaptive Cruise Control senses when traffic is slowing, and regulates the vehicle’s speed accordingly. When the traffic clears, it goes back to the vehicle’s pre-set speed. The Kuga’s Blind Spot Information System lets you know when there’s a car in your blind spot, while Lane Keeping Aid alerts the driver via a steering wheel vibration if they inadvertently drift into another lane and simultaneously di-

rects the driver back their lane. Active City Stop also ensures a safer driving experience in slow moving traffic. If the traffic ahead should suddenly stop, while moving at speeds less than 30 km/h, the brakes will automatically be applied limiting the potential of a collision. Another favourite is “open sesame” – a hands-free automatic tailgate, allowing customers to open or close the rear tailgate by simply sweeping a foot under the rear bumper. These features clearly resonated with the public with the Kuga standing out as the leader in the evergrowing compact SUV segment. “We’re extremely proud to receive this award,” said Ford Marketing Manager, Gavin Golightly. “The Kuga has clearly struck a chord with the female market thanks to its smart technologies, fuel efficient engines and versatile packaging.” The Kuga was selected as the winner of its categories after readers votes were assessed and verified by a select panel of judges. On the panel were Liana Reiners, owner and publisher of Car and Leisure, the Mail & Guardian motor editor, Sukasha Singh, former editor of Avusa’s MotorMania, Mabuyane Kekana, Wheels24 content producer, JanineLee Gordon, award-winning motoring journalist Peta Lee, DStv Ignition’s Lindsay Vine and Driving in Heels blogger and managing director, Vuyi Jabavu. Charleen Clarke, editor of WOW, comments that the compact sports utility vehicle (SUV) sector is one of

Another favourite is “open sesame” – a hands­free automatic tailgate, allowing customers to open or close the rear tailgate by simply sweeping a foot under the rear bumper. PHOTO: QUICKPIC the most competitive within the motor industry. “We have seen a plethora of SUV model launches over the past couple of years. As such, this was one of the most hotly-contested sectors within the awards this year. But the Ford Kuga, with its winning combination of practicality, versatility and style, stands out head and shoulders above the rest. Our readers are especially impressed with its beautiful styling and spacious inte-

rior. Safety features are also exceptionally important to WOW readers and the Kuga certainly ticks all the boxes in this department too. It is a well-deserved winner.” “We are absolutely thrilled with the participation of our readers in this competition. Because of the volume of votes, these awards are a real-life indicator of South African women’s favourite cars,” said Charleen Clarke, editor of WOW and con-

vener of the WCOTY judging panel. “Each year more readers get involved in voting for their favourite cars, which just goes to show that women are researching and selecting the cars they want to drive.” WOW was distributed with the July issues of Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, House and Leisure, and O, The Oprah Magazine while the www.womenonwheels.co.za portal features regular motoring updates.


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Mercedes Benz Special “Edition C” model QUICKPIC Limited edition in tip-top form: the Edition C sees Mercedes Benz unveiling a particularly sporty and stylish take on its C Class Sedan, Estate and Coupé models. They stand out by virtue of their extensive equipment, an interior designed with great attention to detail using high-quality materials and a dynamic appearance. At the same time, Mercedes-Benz is augmenting the C-Class range by introducing a new model and a series of modifications, particularly in the areas of multimedia and telematics. An exclusive radiator grille with high-gloss black louvres and chrome trim flanked by darkened headlamps clearly underlines the special status and individual character of the Edition C models. Over and above this, the Edition C Coupé features AMG body-styling for the front apron, side sill panels and rear apron. As do the Sedan and Estate models if the Avant-garde design and equipment line is selected. Further stand-out features of the Edition C include chromed tailpipe trims and an “Edition C” badge on the wing. The Sedan and Estates are shod with 43,2 cm five-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in black with a highsheen finish, paired with 225/45 R 17 front and rear tyres. The Coupé model as well as Sedan and Estate models ordered with the Avant-garde design and equipment line have 18-inch wheels.

There is a new addition to the C­Class range in the shape of the C 300 model with output of 185 kW and 340 Nm of torque. PHOTO: QUICKPIC The interior is sporty and supremely stylish. Attractive materials, stylish details and a wealth of high-quality equipment and appointments enhance the individuality and sporty character of the interior. Eye-catching features include the sport seats

in Artico man-made leather or Dinamica micro-fibre in black with two-tone contrasting top-stitching in blue/alpaca grey and a dark aluminium trim with longitudinal grain. Facing the driver is a three-spoke multi-function sports steering

wheel in Nappa leather with contrasting top-stitching in alpaca grey and an 11,4 cm multi-function colour display in the instrument cluster, including Attention assist. The shift/selector lever gaiter and the Dinamica microfibre-trimmed door centre panels likewise feature con-

trasting top-stitching in alpaca grey and make for a perfectly coordinated, sporty look. As do the velour floor mats, with edging and contrasting top-stitching in alpaca grey, and the black headlining. Folding rear seat back rests underline the car’s impressive practicality. There is a new addition to the CClass range in the shape of the C 300 model with output of 185 kW and 340 Nm of torque. The C 300 accelerates 0–100 km/h in 6,9 seconds with a top speed of 250 km/h. Available in either sedan or estate guise, further enhanced features include the Comand On-line multimedia system with Live Traffic Information, which delivers traffic data in real time and can therefore provide advance warnings of traffic hold-ups. In addition to this, the standardfit Audio 20 CD radio incorporates a digital bus, meaning that a Media Interface is standard, and the highend Harman Kardon® Logic 7® surround sound system is also available as an option. As with all Mercedes-Benz passenger cars, the class-leading PremiumDrive maintenance package of 6 years/100 000 km with no customer contribution is standard for all Edition C models. The C-Class Edition C equipment and appointments add R5 900 (including VAT) to the price of the Coupé, Sedan and Estate models. The C 300 Edition C is introduced at R499 443 including VAT (excluding CO² emission tax – 185 g/km).

Boland sold 29 aug 2013  

Boland sold 29 aug 2013