Imperial recognised for industry-leading employment practices

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From Left to right: Samantha Crous from Top Employers, Dr Johan de Beer – Imperial Holdings, Evelyn de Wee – Imperial Automotive Retail, Berenice Francis – Imperial Holdings, Krishnie Pillay – Imperial Holdings, Otto Koornhof – Associated motor Holdings

Leading mobility and transport company Imperial has been recognised as a leader in the Automotive, Transport and Logistics industry by the global Top Employers Institute for its exceptional human resources practices and procedures.

The Netherlands based Top Employers Institute globally certifies excellence in the conditions that employers create for the development of their people. Annually, the institute conducts rigorous international research into the HR environment of participating companies, probing areas such as talent strategies, leadership development, career planning and succession management among others. The certification programme is independently audited, adding to the rigour of the process.

Samantha Crous, Regional Director South Africa and Benelux for the Top Employers Institute said: “Optimal employee conditions ensure that people can develop themselves personally and professionally. Our comprehensive research concluded that Imperial provides an outstanding employment environment and offers a wide range of creative initiatives, from secondary benefits and working conditions to performance-management programmes that are well thought out and truly aligned with the culture of their company.”

Commenting on the accolade Imperial CEO, Mark Lamberti said: “Given the current competitive environment the ability to attract and retain the best talent is a strategic imperative for Imperial. I would like to thank our HR teams across the group for their continued passion and efforts in ensuring that Imperial is not only a leader within its industry, but a recognised leader within the South African market.”

About Imperial   

Imperial Holdings is a JSE listed South African-based international group of companies active predominantly in three major areas of mobility: consumer and industrial logistics; vehicle import, distribution, dealerships, retail, rental and aftermarket parts; and vehicle-related financial services.

Imperial employs over 51 000 people who generate revenues of over R100 billion in Africa, Europe, South America, Australia and the United States through five major divisions which operate under separate management structures to enable decentralised entrepreneurial creativity within the group’s clearly-defined strategic, capital, budgetary and governance principles.

Imperial strives for focused value creation and leadership in its chosen markets by allocating capital and resources to those organic and acquisitive growth opportunities that will enhance and be enhanced by the group’s existing assets and capabilities. www.imperial.co.za

The Top Employers Institute assesses participants on the following criteria:

 

  • Talent Strategy
    • Workforce Planning
    • On-boarding
    • Learning & Development
    • Performance Management
    • Leadership Development
    • Career & Succession Management
    • Compensation & Benefits
    • Culture

 

For more information about the Top Employers Institute go to www.top-employers.com.

 

Police emphasizes the threat to business and economic sustainability by cable theft

No Comments »Written on October 8th, 2014 by
Categories: Business

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The Deputy Minister of Police at a recent Business Breakfast Commercial Crime Stats business briefing emphasized need to bring cable thieves to justice! We would like to quote:

"Perhaps the greatest threat posed on the sustainability of the country’s infrastructure and related economy, is cable theft.

More so, theft of cables impacts negatively on both private and public business sectors in situations where there is a consequential loss of availability of working telephone lines, electricity and trains.

The loss of these services impacts negatively on productivity, planning and profit margins to create more jobs. But, there has been a strong focus by our Detective Services on syndicates profiling, and our Visible Policing Division is operating and inspecting in terms of the Second-Hand Goods Act.

In addition to these measures against cable theft, there is also a Non-Ferrous Metals Crime Combating Committee (NFMCCC), which, comprised of various role-players such as SAPS, Telkom, Eskom, Transnet, etc. The NFMCCC has prioritized the scrap metal market, where SAPS and other role-players conduct regular proactive operations involving specific identified scrap merchants.

Ladies and Gentlemen, as you can see, SAPS is at work every day against crime. But equally, we will continue to encourage for more police training on commercial crime, as like any other science, police training requires ongoing review and improvement. And, this requires the Business Sector’s 100% support in both financial and human resource.

Let us all present here, send a strong collective warning to all criminals and would-be criminals that collectively we would not tire to support our police officers to enforce the law to its maximum.

We are all here to ensure that our communities, businesses, schools, homes, recreational areas, are safe and secure. So, let us commit.

I thank you all!

Deputy Minister of Police"

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Police seek assistance finding perpetrators of robbery at Shoprite U-Save in Tembisa

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Categories: Business, Legal

10626494_961749170518692_8692325181134710500_nGauteng police are appealing to members of the public to assist with information regarding the whereabouts of the suspects on the pictures.

The suspects are sought in connection with an alleged business robbery at Shoprite U-Save at Emfihlweni Section Tembisa in June 2014.

The suspects fled the scene with a white Toyota Quantum. Anyone who might have seen or have knowledge and the whereabouts of the suspects, can forwarded the information to Detective Sergeant Mabale on (011) 926 2970 / 072 136 4040 or contact Crime Stop Line on 08600 10111 or SMS to 32211.

The suspect is considered to be dangerous and community members are advised to be cautious.

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Do not be blinded by the price tag when buying vehicles for your fleet

Dr Molapo

Dr Molapo, Head of Fleet Management at Standard Bank

The most common mistake that businesses make when buying vehicles for their fleet is to give too much weight to the purchase price. Vehicles with the lowest price tag on the showroom floor can easily turn out to be the most expensive choice for fleet owners.

Dr David Molapo, Head of Fleet Management at Standard Bank, advises prospective fleet buyers to calculate the total cost of ownership over the entire useful lifespan of each of the vehicles that they consider buying.

Only then will their true value become clear, allowing for proper comparisons between different brands, models and the entire class of vehicles.

For example, fleet buyers may go for half-ton bakkies instead of one-tonners, simply because smaller vehicles carry a lower price tag. However, if a half-tonner has been bought to perform the job of a one-tonner, maintenance bills will push the life-time costs of a half-tonner way beyond that of a bigger bakkie,” says Dr Molapo. It ends up being too expensive regardless of its purchase price.

“Once the use and application of the vehicle has been considered and the correct class of vehicle chosen, the range of brands and models within that class can still be quite bewildering. Again, careful calculation of the total cost of ownership of each vehicle on your short list can help you to make the best choice.”

Dr Molapo says total cost of ownership is made up of instalment payments (or purchase price if the vehicle is bought outright in cash), fuel consumption, maintenance costs, tyres, insurance, tracking and licencing.

He illustrates that the purchase price of a vehicle can well be less than half of its total cost of ownership.

For example, a small 1.6 sedan with a showroom price tag of R220 000 that has travelled for 120 000 kilometres over 48 months will accumulate a total cost of ownership of R465 000, broken down as follows:

  • Repayments               R262 022 (purchase price financed at 9.25%)
  • Fuel                             R105 907
  • Maintenance               R39 237
  • Insurance                    R38 400
  • Tracking                      R12 000
  • Tyres                           R6 689
  • Licencing                     R1 344

Certain components of the total cost of ownership are clear, such as the repayment, tracking and licensing. However, calculating the amount of fuel and maintenance that a vehicle will require over its life span is more complex than it seems.

The first step should be looking at the official figures from the manufacturer, says Dr Molapo. But keep in mind that they typically reflect the use of the vehicle under ideal circumstances. Fuel consumption, maintenance and tyres will certainly be higher than manufacturers' professed figures if a vehicle does a lot of dirt-road travelling or stop-start city driving.

Dr Molapo recommends that a buyer supplements the manufacturers' claims with information gathered from other fleet owners, industry bodies, the Automobile Association, vehicle reviews in the motoring media and advice from their vehicle financier.

Apart from the cold cost calculation, the human factor must also be considered. For example, the most careful predictions of the total cost of ownership of a vehicle will often be inaccurate if the vehicle is used by a bad driver. While driver training may seem like an unnecessary extra expense, it can reduce the total cost of owning a vehicle significantly.

Therefore, it is important to consider the specific use of the vehicles, and fleet owners should think beyond the potentially unrealistic savings of a low purchase price, and consider the total cost of ownership before committing to a purchase,” concludes Dr Molapo.

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Prize money and quality confirmed for 2014 Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek

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Categories: Bicycles and Mountain Bikes, Vehicle
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There will once again be a strong international field lining up at the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek, which starts on Sunday. Photo by Zoon Cronje/Nikon/Xtremedia

The significant prize money purse as well as the high quality race environment at the 2014 Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek will be unaffected despite the recent decision by Bridge, the event’s title sponsor, to apply for business rescue, according to Race Director, Henco Rademeyer of Dryland Event Management, the company that owns and organises the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek.

The sixth edition of the seven-day international mountain bike stage race in South Africa’s Western Cape province has attracted a strong field, which includes a number of current and former national, continental and world champions and a total of over 400 riders from 15 countries.

Bridge, a provider of short-term unsecured credit, decided in early September to apply for business rescue as a result of, among of factors, the rapid deterioration of confidence in the unsecured lending industry following the placing of a major player into curatorship.  The business rescue process allows for a legal framework to restructure Bridge to enable it to continue as a sustainable business.

“We have been in contact with all our sponsors over the past two weeks and I can confirm that the 2014 edition of the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek will not be affected on any level and will go ahead as planned with all the relevant rider benefits and prize money,” said Rademeyer on Monday.

“The decision by Bridge to honour its commitment to the race in particular and mountain biking in general is to be respected and appreciated.

“We have a very committed group of sponsors who work with us closely to ensure our events continuously deliver the highest standards. Besides Bridge, our title sponsor, Klein Karoo International, Fairview, Wilde Juice, Cape Brewing Co, 32GI and Giant bicycles are all headline and partner sponsors at the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek.

“Another important aspect of the Bridge sponsorship of the Cape Pioneer Trek is that they have allowed us to retain our tone as an event that’s challenging, but sympathetic. We do our best to make every participant – be they a world champion or a weekend warrior – feel like an important part of the event. It’s one of the reasons we get so many returning participants each year,” added Rademeyer.

Since 2012 when it took on the Cape Pioneer Trek in a five-year sponsorship agreement, Bridge has given the event a significant boost, particularly in the prize money department, which has helped the race secure International Cycling Union (UCI) grading status. Bridge has also been responsible for increasing the women’s category prize money at the Cape Pioneer Trek so that it is equivalent to what the men earn. The total prize money for all categories for the 2014 event is over R450 000 (approximately US$45 000).

The 2014 Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek will be held from 12-18 October 2014. For more information on the event, visit www.capepioneer.co.za
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De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz continue to excel at Rally of Morocco

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Categories: Car Insurance, Vehicle

Morocco rally day 2

Stage 2 of the Rally of Morocco saw crews traverse 211 km of rough terrain, including a short dune crossing. As with yesterday's opening stage, Toyota Imperial Hilux driver Giniel de Villiers ended second, just 1:22 behind the stage winner. But while the opening stage was won by Orlando Terranova of Argentina (MINI All4Racing), it was Qatar's Nasser Al-Attyah (MINI X-Raid) who triumphed today.

De Villiers, with German navigator Dirk von Zitzewitz reading the notes, posted a time of 02:25:53 - just 1:22 behind Al-Attyah. More importantly it was 2:19 faster than the time posted by Terranova, who ended the stage in 4th position. This performance sees De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz maintain their second position overall, with the gap to Al-Attyah, who now leads, just 39 seconds.

According to De Villiers, today saw some close racing between themselves and early leader Terranova: "We caught him fairly quickly this morning, and managed to pass easily. But Orlando is a tough competitor, and he overtook us again some time later. We were stuck in his dust for quite a long time, but when we reached the dunes he made a mistake and we went past again."

This left De Villiers and Von Zitzewitz to pick their own way through the dunes, which they did without mishap, arriving at the bivouac first today, despite losing time to Al-Attiyah.

"We had a small issue with the front brake pads this morning," added Team Principal Glyn Hall. "The brakes were snatching rather than biting progressively, but despite this snag, the crew did us proud."

In the overall standings it is Al-Attiyah who now sets the pace, with De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz in second. Stage 1 winner, Terranova, has slipped down into third place, with Erik van Loon of the Netherlands (MINI X-Raid) in 4th. Bernhard ten Brinke, also of the Netherlands, rounds out the Top 5 in his Overdrive Racing Toyota Hilux.

Tomorrow's stage starts in the town of Erfoud for the final time, and sees crews heading towards Zagora, in the Southwest of the country. At 314 km stage 3 is also the longest of the event, and promises to be a turning point for many of the crews. The Rally of Morocco finishes on Thursday October 9th, with a finale in Marrakech.

Fans can follow the action via Toyota's social media: www.twitter.com/toyotasa (#hiluxvsmorocco); and www.facebook.com/toyotasouthafrica.

Toyota Motorsport South Africa acknowledges its sponsors and specialist official supplier and technical partners:

Toyota, Imperial Toyota Group, Duxbury Netgear, Innovation Group, Toyota Financial Services, SAA Cargo, Sat4Rent, Bosch, Castrol, DeWalt, Donaldson, Edgecam, 4x4 Mega World, Hallspeed, Mastercraft, NGK, Oakley, SKF, Spanjaard, freeM, Smiths Industries and TFM.

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2014 Berlin Marathon won in record time using Continental rubber technology

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  • Another victory on Adidas shoes with cutting-edge Continental compound
  • Third world record involving the leading international tyre manufacturer since 2011
  • Beats the previous fastest time by a massive 26 seconds
  • Range of Adidas shoes with Continental rubber compound for running and outdoor segments expanding rapidly

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, 1 October 2014 – Continental is best known for its industry-leading tyre and automotive products, but the company is setting new records in the world of athletics, too. It provided the rubber compound used on the adidas shoes worn by top African athlete Dennis Kimetto, who not only won the 2014 Berlin Marathon, but set a new record in the process.

The 41st running of this high-profile event, held at the end of September, was dominated by the 30 year-old from Kenya. He crossed the finish line under the Brandenburg Gate in a world-record time of 2 hr 02 min 57 sec.

The final stage saw Kimetto engaged in a thrilling battle with his compatriot Emmanuel Mutai. Both men used the same adizero Adios Boost 2.0 shoes that feature compounding technology from Continental. Mutai finished just 16 sec behind Kimetto.

Kimetto and Mutai both beat the previous world record (2:03:23) set last year by fellow Kenyan Wilson Kipsang.

Continental, based in Hanover, has for some time been supplying sports goods manufacturer adidas with special rubber compounds that endow its shoes with a marked improvement in grip on all surfaces.

Due to their exceptional performance, these Continental-augmented adidas shoes are becoming widely adopted by top athletes around the world. Most notably they ease the load on the athlete’s joints and draw on the expertise of Continental’s tyre developers to deliver top stability on wet and dry asphalt, thus saving the decisive seconds in pursuit of new personal bests and world records.

Ever since adidas and Continental began their technology-based cooperation they have been progressively expanding its coverage. Today more than 80 different running and trekking shoes for men and women are already on the market.

All of these shoes have soles with extremely high grip made from special rubber compounds devised by Continental. And there are more new models and innovations in the pipeline. Experts at Continental are currently developing sole compounds for extreme conditions, including snow and ice, aiming to offer professional and amateur runners even greater safety.

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Modern Luxury from Paris Show – with Trendsetters from Mercedes, AMG and smart

No Comments »Written on October 3rd, 2014 by
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B Class in Paris

Paris - A family-friendly electric car, a luxury saloon with compact car fuel consumption, perfect city cars for more driving fun and sports cars that also cut a fine figure in 30 km/h zones - it is with this unique array of new models in five vehicle classes that Mercedes-Benz (B and S-Class), Mercedes-AMG      (C 63 and GT) and smart (new fortwo and forfour) are setting powerful accents at the world's busiest motor show. Instead of short-lived fashions, the inventor of the automobile is presenting long-term trends for modern luxury - also and in particular when it comes to sustainability. The best examples are the new S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID, the first luxury saloon with a combined fuel consumption of less than three litres, and the battery-driven version of the new B-Class, which celebrates its world premiere in Paris. Also in the spotlight for the first time is the new Mercedes-AMG C 63, the sporting pinnacle of the C-Class line-up.

"With the new Mercedes-AMG C 63, our performance experts demonstrate once again that characteristics like 'family friendly' and 'race-track ready' need not be contradictory," says Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, speaking at today's Mercedes press conference at the Paris Motor Show. The new top model in the C-Class line-up makes its debut on the Seine in two body versions - as a saloon and estate car. Both combine outstanding performance with unrestricted everyday usability and functionality. The C 63 is driven by a 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine closely related to the power unit in the equally new Mercedes-AMG GT.

"The potential of this engine is best described with three figures: four litres of displacement, two power levels and one certified fuel consumption of just 8.2 litres per 100 kilometres," says Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. Thanks to its amazing efficiency, the Mercedes-AMG C 63 is the world's most fuel efficient V8 model - over 30 percent more fuel efficient than its predecessor and significantly more efficient than its less powerful competitors with six-cylinder engines.

The power spectrum ranges from 350 kW in the C 63 to 375 kW in the C 63 S. The AMG RIDE CONTROL sport suspension with electronically regulated shock absorbers, the mechanical rear differential lock and the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programme are among its extensive array of standard equipment.

Mercedes-AMG GT: Fascinating sports car "handcrafted by racers"

The Mercedes-AMG GT celebrates its show premiere in Paris, taking the Mercedes-Benz sports car brand into a top-flight segment that is new for the company. Its front mid-engine concept with transaxle and intelligent aluminium lightweight design create the foundation for a highly dynamic driving experience. The basis for AMG's signature Driving Performance is the newly developed AMG V8 biturbo engine, in the GT with 340 kW and in the GT S with 375 kW.

Thanks to the aluminium spaceframe, the new GT is lean and mean. The most powerful version, the GT S, has a power-to-weight ratio of 3.08 kg/hp, making it the best in the segment. The GT body-in-white and bodyshell is 93 percent aluminium; the front module is made from super-light magnesium.
Prof. Dr. Weber: "We want to make Mercedes-AMG the most desirable sports car brand in the world. The new GT and the new C 63 are two milestones on this path." By halfway through this year, Mercedes-AMG had already sold 23,000 vehicles worldwide. Ola Källenius, Member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars responsible for Sales and Marketing: "By the end of the year, we want to have exceeded the 40,000 mark, thereby setting a new sales record."

Another model making its debut in the "dream car" category is the S 65 AMG Coupé, the new twelve-cylinder top model in the S-Class Coupé line-up. Unique V12 driveline comfort, superlative performance and exquisite appointments characterise this elegantly sporty two-door. The AMG 6.0-litre V12 biturbo engine with 463 kW and 1,000 Nm of torque underscores its exceptional positioning in the competitive segment.

The New-Generation B-Class: Bestseller in its best shape ever

Another world premiere being presented by Mercedes-Benz in Paris is the new generation of the B-Class. The pioneer and bestseller in the premium sports tourer segment has undergone an extensive facelift and has been substantially upgraded both inside and out.

The current B-Class has paved the way to enormous success in the premium compact segment for Mercedes-Benz. Since the launch of the second-generation B-Class at the end of 2011, the brand with the three-pointed star has sold around 835,000 vehicles from the A, B, CLA and GLA-Classes worldwide, including more than 350,000 sports tourers. In France, the B-Class is one of the bestselling Mercedes models. After Germany and China, the "Grande Nation" is its third biggest market. "In light of this success, we understand very well why other premium manufacturers are now also becoming active in the B-Class segment," says Dr. Dieter Zetsche.

The spectrum of the B-Class facelift extends from its updated bodyshell design and new LED main headlamps to its even more premium and functional interior design. "Our bestseller is now in its best shape ever," says Ola Källenius. "The B-Class is the perfect (family) car for everyone who values practicality, comfort and safety, but without wanting to sacrifice sporting character and performance."

What is unique in the market is the bandwidth of drive alternatives available to B-Class customers. They include five modern diesel and five petrol versions as well as one natural gas variant, the B 200 Natural Gas Drive, and the B-Class Electric Drive with battery power. Added to that are several variants with 4MATIC all-wheel drive.

With the B-Class Electric Drive and the B 200 Natural Gas Drive, there are no fewer than two models in the line-up with alternative drive. Both use the modular "ENERGY SPACE" bodyshell concept, where the lithium-ion battery (B-Class Electric Drive) or one large and two smaller natural gas tanks and a 14-litre petrol tank (B 200 Natural Gas Drive) are mounted beneath the floor. This approach means the five-seater retains its notably generous interior and boot space as well as its outstanding variability

B-Class Electric Drive: Spirited, flexible, fully suited to everyday use

With its powerful and torquey electric motor (132 kW, 340 Nm), the new B-Class Electric Drive delivers spirited performance: The dash from zero to 100 km/h takes just 7.9 seconds. The intelligent packaging with the lithium-ion battery beneath the floor ensures plenty of interior and boot space. With 501 to 1,456 litres of space, the fully fledged five-seater offers considerably more luggage room than all of its competitors. It has a range of 200 kilometres, increasing to as much as 230 kilometres with the optional RANGE PLUS mode - likewise a best-in-class.

The New S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID: Efficiency = Performance

A sizable electric range is also among the features of the new Mercedes-Benz S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID. The highly efficient luxury saloon combines the performance of a V8 with the fuel consumption of a compact model.
Dr. Dieter Zetsche: "The S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID is the first luxury saloon in the world with a certified fuel consumption of 2.8 litres per 100 kilometres and an electric-only range of up to 33 kilometres. The result is CO2 emissions of just 65 grams per kilometre. This means we are already undercutting the CO2 limits planned for 2020 - by 30 percent." The extremely low average consumption is in stark contrast to the high system output of 245 kW and maximum torque of 480 Nm.

The electric motor contributes 85 kW of power and 340 Nm of torque. Dr. Zetsche: "The S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID is the vanguard in our extensive plug-in hybrid offensive. By 2017, we will introduce nine more Mercedes models with this highly efficient drive technology. This means that, on average, we will bring a new hybrid model to market every four months."

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The New smart fortwo and forfour: Even more French, even smarter

"The new generation of the perfect city car is now even more French and even smarter than ever before. At still just 2.69 metres long, the ultra-compact smart fortwo continues to be built at our plant in Hambach. And the new smart forfour is being manufactured in cooperation with our partners from Renault," says smart boss Annette Winkler. "The new models appeal to both the heart and the head in equal measure and are the 100-percent embodiment of joie de vivre. That's why Paris is the ideal place for the public premiere of the new smart family."

Short overhangs, compact length, high steering turn-in - the new smart models have the very best prerequisites not only to squeeze into every parking space, but around every corner, too. Thanks to a 100-mm wider track, the wheels have been shifted even farther outwards. These characteristic proportions offer excellent visibility and manoeuvrability and, together with the rear engine, facilitate an occupant cell with an unmatched level of room in an extremely compact space.

The new smart models come to market with two modern three-cylinder engines, complying with the Euro 6 standard, as well as the new five-speed manual transmission and twinamic six-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The successful safety principle of the preceding model based around the tridion cell has been retained. Advanced assistance systems, previously reserved for higher vehicle classes, raise safety and comfort even further. They include the standard-fit Crosswind Assist and features such as the forward collision warning function and Lane Keeping Assist.

The multimedia systems in the new smart models are also to the very highest standards, with comprehensive smartphone integration, real-time navigation and intuitive touchscreen control as well as the impressive JBL sound system. Likewise out of the ordinary are the three optional equipment lines passion, prime and proxy. They stick firmly to the unconventional exterior design with its bi-colour concept. In true smart style - individuality and comfort meet innovation, functionality and select materials.

 

The all-new Mazda3: Innovating the sports compact

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Mazda 3

Since the launch of the first generation in 2003, through the second generation and up to the present, the Mazda3 has consistently exceeded both customers' expectations and the industry standards. Responsive handling ensures driving pleasure while excellent environmental and safety performance is topped off with an emotive design complemented by the highest level of craftsmanship. It is no surprise then, that the Mazda3 has established itself as one of Mazda's core models. It is sold in over 120 countries around the world and accounts for more than 30% of Mazda's annual sales volume.

"There is no doubt that the Mazda3 represents the Mazda brand, and in order to take this key model to the next level, we made it our mission to deliver a product which would exceed the expectations of both long-standing fans and potential new customers. We knew that in addition to further enhancing the vehicle's basic performance and delivering a generous serving of Mazda's renowned driving pleasure, it was essential to offer something new; something never before seen in the segment." says David Hughes, Managing Director Mazda South Africa.

Mazda 3 interior

"Therefore, we made innovating the sports compact our theme, and set about achieving this innovation by considering the vehicle from the customers' point of view. Our aim was to appeal to the customer on two different levels. We wanted to create a stunning first impression that captures the eye and increases in impact when you climb inside as well as a deeper-level appeal that customers will come to understand and appreciate more fully over the years of ownership. The dynamic design captivates viewers at first glance and drivers will note the nimble and linear feedback the first time they get behind the wheel. Our goal with the Mazda3 was that the Mazda-unique experience of unity between car and driver would become stronger and deeper with each passing mile. The soulful design, packaging, high-quality interior, and outstanding environmental and safety performance all incorporate this quest to appeal to the customer on a deeper level; to make the vehicle something more akin to a life partner than a simple possession." concludes Hughes. 

The all-new Mazda3 brings together the very best Mazda has to offer. At a single glance, the design conveys the unique, instantaneous power of which the Mazda3 is capable. The dynamic expressions of KODO design, from the broad powerful stance, to the bold and rhythmical undulations of the body surface, suggest the exhilarating drive that awaits. The Skyactiv-G 2.0 engine models employ the full suite of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY, which delivers both responsive driving and outstanding environmental performance. While the carried-forward renowned MZR 1.6 engine for the low to mid-range models continues to deliver exceptional performance.

The all new Mazda3 is designed and built to the highest standard of performance and reliability. This standard is backed up by a 3-year unlimited kilometre factory warranty. To provide complete peace of mind motoring, a 3-year roadside assistance, a 3-year service plan and a 5-year Corrosion Warranty are also included.

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Awards for Figo and EcoSport in Kinsey Report

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Two Ford nameplates have been honoured with category wins in the annual Kinsey Report, which details parts and maintenance costs for new vehicles sold in South Africa. The 2014 report is the 25th edition of the publication, and marks the eighth award in the last ten years, for Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA).

This year’s winners include the Figo1.4-litre Ambiente derivative– which also won its category in 2013 – as well as the EcoSport 1.0-litre EcoBoost Trend derivative, which has proven popular with buyers, and led sales in its segment for the last six months.

The Kinsey Report evaluates parts baskets for new models, with winners being vehicles that have the lowest replacement costs for their baskets. These include regular consumables and service items such as spark plugs; air, oil, and pollen filters; wiper blades; as well as brake pads and shoes. Pricing of long-term maintenance items is also considered, including brake discs or drums; cam belts or timing chains; shock absorbers; and clutch assemblies.

Regarded as an essential resource for Fleet owners, the report also covers replacement costs for exterior body items that could be damaged in light accidents. Here the parts bin consists of items such as the bonnet, bumpers, doors, glass, wheels, headlights, and tail lights.

For the Figo, its parts bin totaled R43 199.80, which comprises 31.79% of its retail purchase price. The EcoSport won its category with a parts bin of R58 414.02, representing 25.41% of the chosen model’s retail price.

“We want consumers to not only have high-quality vehicles that last longer, but that those vehicles are also affordable to maintain,” said Mark Kaufman, Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Service, FMCSA. “This is especially important for the Figo and EcoSport, which are volume-selling entry-level models in their class that offer buyers excellent value in their categories.”