Audi South Africa reveals the all-new Audi TT Coupé

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Audi South Africa is proud to introduce the third generation of the Audi TT Coupé, the compact sports car which captivates as a design icon with the driving dynamics of a genuine sports car and a revolutionary, fully digital cockpit.

The Audi TT was first introduced to South Africa in 2000 and signaled the new era for Audi design in the early 2000's. The first generation was fairly popular in South Africa having sold 1,968 units between 2000 and 2006. It was followed by the second generation Audi TT which was a design departure from the first generation, but saw the TT take on an elegant silhouette. This model sold a total of 2,840 units in the South African market. The model range consisted of a Coupé and Roadster, as well as performance models, the TTS and TTRS.

The third generation Audi TT Coupé has taken many of its design cues from the first generation car. The contour of the sills create a striking refracting edge, while the broad wheel arches form their own geometric bodies. The front wheel arch breaches the line of the bonnet, which continues over the door as a tornado line and runs almost horizontally through to the tail as a strong body shoulder. Its rear design and twin tailpipes are also positioned closer to the middle of the vehicle, reminiscent of the first generation Audi TT.

The front of the new TT is dominated by horizontal lines. The three-dimensional Singleframe grille is much broader and flatter than that of the previous model, with a powerful line dividing it into two zones. Starting in the top corners of the grille, sharp contours run in a V across the bonnet, which bears the four Audi rings - as on the Audi R8. The air intakes feature struts that direct part of the flow away from the front to the flanks.

Xenon plus headlights are standard, and Audi can optionally provide LED headlights or Audi Matrix LED headlights, where the high beam is generated by controllable individual LEDs. The LED headlights and Matrix LED headlights also include dynamic turn signals.

From the side, the new Audi TT is equally lean and muscular with a low stance. At 4.18 metres, the Coupé is almost exactly the same length as its predecessor, though its wheelbase has grown by 37 mm to 2,505 mm, making for especially short overhangs. It is 1,832 mm wide, and has the same height as the previous model at 1,353 mm.

The fuel flap on the right side panel is the classic circle and surrounded by socket screws - again reminiscent of the first-generation TT. A new feature is that there is no nozzle cap beneath the flap. This means that the pump nozzle slots straight into the tank neck, a feature taken from Audi's Le Mans car.

Specifically at the tail, horizontal lines and twin tailpipes underline the impression of the new TT's sporty width. The third brake light is an extremely narrow strip positioned under the edge of the rear spoiler and plays an essential part in defining the tail light silhouette.

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Body

Lightweight construction is one of Audi's greatest areas of expertise and impacts positively on acceleration, handling and fuel consumption. The second-generation Audi TT featured an Audi Space Frame (ASF) body made from aluminum and steel. For the new TT, Audi has systematically taken this composite construction principle even further, therefore the Coupé's underbody structure has optimized axle loads and is made of modern, high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel alloys.

In the sections of the passenger cell that are subject to the most structural stress, form-hardened steel panels, which are both ultra-high-strength and light are used - these constitute 17 percent of the body's weight. The side sills and roof frame are made of extruded aluminum profiles that are integrated into the structure using cast aluminum nodes. This structural principle creates a very rigid and safe bodyshell. The aluminum side sections and roof complete the structure. The hood, doors and trunk lid are also made of this light metal.

Audi engineers have, for the second time in a row, succeeded in significantly reducing the unladen weight of the Audi TT. At the first model change in 2006, up to 90 kg was saved, and the 2.0 TFSI engine variant of the new TT weighs just 1,230 kg - 50 kg lighter than its predecessor.

Interior

Undoubtedly the biggest revolution is in the interior of the new Audi TT. As with the exterior, horizontal lines and surfaces emphasize the width while clear and purist lines underscore both the lightness and the uncompromising sportiness of the Audi TT's interior. Two other ingenious design and technically innovative tricks enabled the designers to create an instrument panel that is the first of its kind. The instrument cluster and the MMI screen have been combined to form a central, digital unit - the Audi virtual cockpit.

In addition, the controls for the air conditioning system are positioned directly in the air conditioning vents. Seat heating, temperature, direction, air distribution and air flow strength controls are located at their centre, while the setting selected is shown on small displays in the air conditioning system.

The Audi Virtual Cockpit is a fully digital instrument cluster which sets new standards with its dynamic animations and precise graphics. Drivers can choose between two display modes: In the classic view, the speedometer and rev counter are in the foreground; in "infotainment" mode the virtual instruments are smaller. The space that becomes free as a result provides ample room for other functions, such as the navigation map.

The operating concept for the new Audi TT has been revised from the ground up - in line with the consistent sports car character, all the elements focus on the driver. All functions can be activated from the multifunction steering wheel without taking your eyes off the road.

Two toggle switches activate the navigation/map, telephone, radio and media menus. There are two buttons on both sides of the central rotary pushbutton, supplemented by a main menu and a back button. The driver can easily enter destinations using the touchpad on the top of the rotary pushbutton which recognizes your personal handwriting. It is also possible to scroll through lists or zoom in on maps.

With a resolution of 1,440 x 540 pixels, the 12.3" TFT screen boasts brilliantly sharp images. At work in the background is a Tegra 30 graphic processor from market leader Nvidia's Tegra 3 series.

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Engines

Audi South Africa will offer the new Audi TT with a four-cylinder engine including turbocharging and direct injection. The 2.0 TFSI petrol engine combines athletic power with trailblazing efficiency and start-stop as a standard feature.

The 2.0 TFSI is available in two versions - a 169 kW front-wheel drive version, as well as a 169 kW quattro version. It delivers a torque figure of 370 Nm from 1,600 to 4,300 rpm. It accelerates the 2.0T FSI S tronic front-wheel drive from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds, up to an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h. The fuel consumption for this seven-speed S tronic model is 6.3 litres per 100 km with a corresponding CO2 emissions figure of 146 g/km.

On the version with six-speed S tronic and quattro all-wheel drive, the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h takes 5.3 seconds; top speed is 250 km/h; fuel consumption of 6.8 litres per 100 km and CO2 emissions of 159 g per km. The dual-clutch transmission shifts through the six gears without any noticeable interruption in traction, and in manual model it can be controlled by paddles on the steering wheel. In the "efficiency" mode of Audi drive select, the S tronic selects freewheel as soon as the driver takes his or her foot off the gas pedal.

In the new Audi TT, quattro permanent all-wheel drive delivers additional stability, traction and driving fun. It has been consistently advanced and optimized especially for the new TT. Its electro-hydraulically controlled multi-plate clutch is mounted on the rear axle. The special pump design reduces weight by around 1.5 kg compared with the previous model. The distribution of drive torque between the axles is controlled electronically within fractions of a second.

The intelligence of quattro drive - the software that determines precisely the possible torque distribution between the front and rear axles - is a completely new development especially for the TT. The innovative control philosophy continuously senses the ambient conditions, driving status and the driver's wishes. This means that the ideal distribution of torque is calculated and the TT's dynamic drive characteristics enhanced in every situation.

By networking quattro drive with Audi drive select, the driver of the new Audi TT can adjust the all-wheel-drive properties to suit his or her individual requirements. In "auto" mode, this produces optimum traction and balanced driving dynamics. In "dynamic" mode, torque is distributed to the rear axle earlier and to a higher degree, which means that driving dynamics are enhanced further, especially on surfaces with low friction coefficients.

The front suspension is based on a McPherson system; aluminum components reduce the weight of the unsprung chassis masses. The four-link rear suspension can process the longitudinal and transverse forces separately.

Equipment

The Audi TT Coupé will be offered in South Africa with a significant level of standard equipment, as follows:

Audi TT Coupé 2.0T FSI S tronic:

  • Virtual cockpit with Audi MMI navigation Plus and Touchpad control
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Xenon headlights
  • Keyless entry
  • Audi drive select
  • Audi music interface with USB
  • Bluetooth interface with audio streaming
  • Alcantara/ leather upholstery
  • Light/rain sensor
  • Front centre armrest
  • Leather-trimmed, 3-spoke flat bottom multi-function steering wheel Plus with shift paddles
  • Front sports seats
  • Cruise control system
  • Digital air conditioning
  • LED interior lighting

Audi TT Coupé 2.0T FSI quattro S tronic:

  • New generation quattro® all-wheel drive with adjustable torque split via drive select
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Milano leather upholstery
  • Exterior and interior quattro badges
  • Virtual cockpit with Audi MMI navigation Plus and Touchpad control
  • Xenon headlights
  • Keyless entry
  • Audi drive select
  • Audi music interface with USB
  • Bluetooth interface with audio streaming
  • Light/rain sensor
  • Front centre armrest
  • Leather-trimmed, 3-spoke flat bottom multi-function steering wheel Plus with shift paddles
  • Front sports seats
  • Cruise control system
  • Digital air conditioning
  • LED interior lighting

Pricing

The new Audi TT Coupé will be priced as follows, standard with the 5 year/100 000km Audi Freeway Plan:

  • Audi TT Coupé 2.0T FSI S tronic: R 558,000
  • Audi TT Coupé 2.0T FSI quattro S tronic: R 642,000

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Several Awards for Ford at Annual CAR Magazine Top 12 Best Buys For 2015

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  • Ranger rated the Best Double Cab bakkie for 4th consecutive year
  • Kuga awarded Best Compact SUV/Crossover for second year in a row
  • Fiesta ST retains title of Best Hot Hatch (Light Hatchback category)
  • Tourneo Custom is the Best Large MPV in Large SUV/Crossover segment
  • Fiesta, Figo and EcoSport take runner-up spots in respective categories, Fusion nominated

PRETORIA, South Africa, 18 February 2015 – Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) earned numerous category wins and runner-up spots in the prestigious annual CAR magazine Top 12 Best Buys for 2015.

The Ranger, which is Ford’s top-selling model, won Best Double Cab for the fourth consecutive year, confirming once again that the locally-built model remains the bakkie to beat in this fiercely contested segment.

The Kuga was chosen as the category champion in the Compact SUV/Crossover segment for the second year on the trot.

Similarly, Ford’s sporty Fiesta ST retained its title as South Africa’s Best Hot Hatch (Light Hatchback), offering unrivalled value for money, matched to superb driving involvement, performance and economy.

On the people-mover front, the Tourneo Custom also took first prize in the Large MPV (Large SUV/Crossover segment) for the second year in a row.

“We are delighted to have earned these prestigious Best Buys awards from the highly respected team at CAR magazine once again this year,” said Tracey Delate, Ford Marketing Manager.

“This is proof that Ford has the right products for the South African market, with extremely competitive pricing matched to smart technologies, the highest levels of safety and quality, as well as environmentally compatible engines.

“The CAR magazine awards are reflected in our record sales, having claimed our best-ever market share of 12.4% last year and growing by 20.9% year-on-year,” Delate stated. “And there’s a lot more to come this year with an unprecedented number of exciting new launches.”

Aside from the four Best Buys awards, Ford also earned runner-up places in three further categories, including the Fiesta (Light Hatchback), Figo (Budget Car under R145 000) and EcoSport (Light SUV/Crossover).

And, merely a month after its local launch, the all-new Ford Fusion picked up an “Also Consider” nomination among the Compact Executive Sedan competitors.

This is the 16th edition of CAR magazine’s Top 12 Best Buys, and is featured in the March 2015 issue of the magazine.

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Double victory for Jeep Team’s Mikaela Jonsson

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Just hours after winning the Junior Women’s 800m at the KZN Track League in Durban, Jeep Team’s Mikaela Jonsson then went on to claim her first aQuellé Mudman victory at the season-opening event, which took place on Saturday, 14 February, in Hermannsburg, KZN.

The young 2020 Olympic-hopeful, who is turning 18 in July, dominated the women’s race from start to finish, completing the full-distance event (700m swim, 20km mountain bike and 5km trail run) in 1 hour, 49 minutes and 59 seconds. Second on the podium was seasoned multi-sports veteran and multiple-Mudman winner, Sarah Gray (1h51.16), followed by Brydey Weberthird (1h54.02)

Other team news…

Paddling

Jeep Team’s multiple world-champion Hank McGregor is on a winning streak after claiming his third victory in the Varsity College Marine Surfski Series in Durban on Friday evening. The win gives McGregor the lead in the series over Matthew Bouman, who did not compete in Friday’s Hansa Surfski Challenge.

McGregor’s skills were put to the test as the choppy waters presented several challenges. McGregor got caught up in shark nets and was forced to get off his ski to untangle himself. After regaining the lead against Wade Krieger, McGregor was then knocked off his ski by an 8 metre wave. McGregor worked through the obstacles for a solid second lap to claim victory in 00:34:16, followed by Krieger (00: 34:44), Jeep Team’s Barry Lewin (00:35:42), Gene Prato (00:35:42) and Oliver Burn (00:37:19).

Says McGregor “I am stoked that I got the win after the race that I had. The sea was in quite an angry mood and it really tested all of our skills.”

Multisport

Cross-triathlon champion and one of the Jeep team’s newest athletes, Michael Lord, finished ninth in the Elite Men’s category against fierce competition at the inaugural Sanlam Cape Mile, which took place on Saturday in Grabouw, Western Cape.

Considered excellent training for the Totalsports Xterra South African Championships, which take place this coming weekend, Lord completed the 1.6km swim in 22 minutes – the same time as top Xterra athlete Stuart Marais. Danie Marais claimed podium in a super-fast time of 17 minutes and 41 seconds, only a few seconds ahead of Myles Brown in second with Chad Ho finishing third.

OCR

On Sunday, Jeep Team’s OCR and trail running athlete, Claudia Richard, finished third in the fast-paced 25km Kinetic Adventure Race alongside racing partner Ruth Avierinos in a time of two hours and 36 minutes.

 

Held at the Avianto Trails in in the Muldersdrift Valley, the demanding race saw teams of two take on a trail run, two mountain bike legs, a short kayak and an obstacle course.

 

Have a look at the following platforms to keep up to date with Jeep Team SA:

Website:       www.jeepteam.co.za
Facebook:     www.facebook.com/jeepteamsa
Twitter:         @jeepteamsa
Instagram:    JeepTeamSA

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Fifth-generation Opel Corsa arrives in South Africa

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The all new fifth generation Opel Corsa will reach Opel dealerships in South Africa in March. The local introduction comes just four months after the Corsa’s international premier at last year’s Paris Motor Show.

The Opel Corsa has established itself as a perennial bestseller through four model generations spanning 32 years, with over 12.4 million units sold globally. Together with the Astra, it is Opel’s most popular model, accounting for over a quarter of the company’s sales every year. The new fifth generation Corsa is set to build on its reputation as an all-rounder by offering segment-leading levels of comfort, precision and efficiency.

Initially, the new Corsa will be made available with Opel’s state-of-the-art three-cylinder 1.0-litre turbocharged ecoFLEX engine with three trim levels: Cosmo, Enjoy, and Essentia.

“We have shifted the goal posts with a totally convincing and desirable small car that makes driving easier and more fun. The new Corsa has class leading connectivity, convenience and comfort as well as driving satisfaction,” says Opel Brand Manager at General Motors South Africa, Christopher Cradock.

“Affordability and value-for-money have always been Corsa hallmarks and with the new vehicle, these are set to continue. We have ensured that all derivatives in the new Corsa range adopt a no-compromise approach to those most important vehicle aspects, along with the availability of ‘option packs’ to enhance the vehicle to the owner’s taste and satisfaction.”

With its inspiring design, innovative technology and engaging drive, the new Corsa will appeal to single men and women, professionals with young families, and young-at-heart drivers who love great cars and want something that will set them apart from the crowd.

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Top SA Photographer gets to capture the New Lexus NX

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Undeniable talent, an intriguing way of looking at the world and her inimitable style are the qualities that make Merwelene van der Merwe's photography not only outstanding but exceptional.

And now, the Master 'Lensman' has channelled her considerable skill to shoot a series of art images of the all-new Lexus.

Merwelene has honed her talent and stretched her limits throughout twenty-five years as a photographer in a range of disciplines from fashion to advertising.

Car photography is somewhat of a departure for Merwelene who's passion is people, but in the case of the visually arresting Lexus NX, she was more than a match for the challenge.

"The fact that the NX was cloaked in that gorgeous, on-trend, 'it' colour Marsala (actually Morello Red), really helped it to pop off the canvas.

"There's also a sensuality to this car that makes it the perfect photographic subject.

"It exudes an energy, an attitude, that's often lacking in inanimate objects.

"I have to say that this is one corporate commission that has truly allowed me to express my creativity in an unusual way," says Ms M.

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Laptop thieves arrested after police chase

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It was definitely an unlucky Friday the 13th for two alleged laptop thieves who were arrested during an integrated effort between Brooklyn, Garsfontein and Lyttleton police officials in Pretoria.

The duo, pretending to be delivery men, snatched the laptop from a bridal shop in Brooklyn and fled in a white Ford Fiesta.

Brooklyn police called for backup and vehicles from Garsfontein, Lyttleton and the Flying Squad joined in the search.

When they pulled the Ford Fiesta over, the two suspects fled on foot but were pursued and apprehended with the stolen laptop.

Thanks to the dedicated and fit police officers who proved that they will get their suspects, no matter what type of crime committed.

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What to do and to avoid if you find yourself in a mall robbery

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Do you know what to do if you find yourself in the middle of a mall robbery?

Over the past few months there have been a number of incidents at malls leaving shoppers and staff in a state of shock.

ER24 has attended to incidents at malls to treat injured patients and offer assistance to those who were left traumatised.

Henning Jacobs, trauma support co-ordinator at ER24, said the atmosphere at a shopping centre after a robbery is one of total shock and fear.

“People do not know what to do. They cannot think straight. It is also quiet as people are afraid to make any noise. Some people cannot stop crying while others are numb and do not want to say a word,” said Jacobs.

He added that it takes people months to deal with the fear they experienced.

When Jacobs and other ER24 counsellors arrive on scene, traumatised people are debriefed. “People are told what emotions and reactions to expect following the incident and are provided with coping skills.

“These coping skills are provided to help them vent their feelings and deal with the shock,” said Jacobs.

He said every victim of a mall robbery, whether feeling “fine” or not, should go for counselling. “It just gives them guidance on how to cope with the aftermath of the incident. There are cases where people experience post traumatic stress, but this only becomes evident a few weeks after the incident,” said Jacobs.

If you find yourself in a mall robbery try to stay calm. If possible move away from the incident. Try to find a safer place to take shelter. Do not try to be a hero. You could be injured or killed.

If you are near an exit and it is safe to do so, leave the mall immediately. Phone for help if you are in a position to do so and give as much information as possible.

Constable Mpho Mashakane, the Cleveland SAPS communications officer, provided the following advice:

  • Shoppers should be more vigilant when leaving parking areas and be on the lookout for any suspicious activities.
  • Be aware of people around you and anyone following you in the parking area.
  • Should criminals demand your vehicle during a robbery, hand your keys to them immediately. Your life and that of your family is more important than the vehicle.
  • Do not confront anyone yourself. If you suspect anything illegal report it to the security staff.
  • Do not make any eye contact and do not act aggressively.
  • Avoid being alone in high-target stores around opening and closing times.
  • Always let someone in your family know where you are going and how long you will be gone.

People can phone ER24 on 084 124 for trauma counselling.

Chitra Bodasing

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The 2014 ‘Management of Technology’ Top 100 Award endorsed by the Department of Science & Technology goes to DigiCore, supplier of Ctrack

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(Left-to-Right) Barry MacColl (General Manager - Research, Testing and Development, Eskom) Honourable Naledi Pandor (Minister of the Department of Science and Technology) Dirk de Beer (Futurist and Strategic Projects Manager at Ctrack / DigiCore) Prof. Roy Marcus (Chairperson of the Da Vinci Institute for Technology Management)

Vehicle tracking, insurance telematics and fleet management solutions company DigiCore, with its Ctrack product range, recently won the Management of Technology Award in the Large Enterprise category at the Technology Top 100 Awards.

The gala function is seen as one of the foremost programmes recognising technological innovation and excellence. The Minister of Science & Technology, Naledi Pandor encouraged the private sector, government and research institutions to collaborate in elevating the recognition of locally produced technology to service the country’s markets and address local needs.

The TT100 Business Awards have become renowned for judging companies on their business prowess in the Management of Technology, Innovation, People and Systems.

“The programme is an effective vehicle for achieving growth and innovation advancement in our country. We demonstrated that our ability to keep track of new trends and changes in the vehicle tracking industry has put Ctrack at the forefront of our market”, said Deon du Rand, Ctrack’s CTO.  Ctrack’s partnership with large insurance companies also demonstrated the versatility of the company and their ability to accommodate client demands without losing focus on what the organisation is most recognised for.

Professor Roy Marcus, Chairman of the Da Vinci Institute, explains that an important feature of the adjudication process; was for any organisation that strives to be globally competitive has to be extremely capable in four critical areas of management.  These are management of technology, innovation and people in order to derive sustainability and excellence in innovation advancement.

"It is encouraging to see how, year-on-year, many of these organisations have been able to find innovative ways of sustaining their businesses, and, in many cases, have been able to export their products and services in fiercely competitive global markets," said the Minister.

Programme sponsors for the event were, The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Eskom and Hewlett-Packard (HP).

About DigiCore / Ctrack:

Ctrack is part of JSE-listed DigiCore Holdings and specialises in vehicle tracking, fleet management and insurance telematics for a global client base. With more than 29 years of innovation, technical and implementation experience, Ctrack is recognised as a world-leading provider of advanced machine-to-machine communication and telematics solutions that adds value to this global base of customers with mobile assets.

Ctrack’s end-to-end research, design, development, manufacturing, sales and support of customised solutions for customers is serviced by a global network of staff and team members in more than 50 countries. The company’s technology and electronic division designs and develops a robust range of asset management and monitoring systems using GPS satellite positioning, GSM cellular communication systems, and other advanced communication and sensory technologies.

The result is innovative and advanced machine-to-machine communication that provide Ctrack customers with 24x7x365 information and monitoring of their mobile assets that help them to achieve operational efficiencies and cost reduction targets.

Operations span six continents, with over 1,000 employees and more than 825,000 Ctrack systems sold.

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Nissan celebrates market leadership with NP200 Stealth Special Edition

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ROSSLYN, South Africa (12 February 2015) - Nissan is kicking off 2015 in style with the 'Nissan NP200 Stealth' - an ultra-cool special edition that combines the famous practicality of the bakkie with head-turning looks.

Despite its name, customers are sure to get noticed in the 'Stealth' thanks to its wealth of themed design features and approved factory-fitted accessories - all for a hard to beat retail price of R 168 000 (inc. VAT).

The leisure-focused 1.6 petrol special edition, which is produced locally in Nissan's Rosslyn Plant, taps into South Africans' love of their 'go-anywhere' work and leisure bakkies.

The NP200 took on all-comers when it entered the market in 2008 with a segment-leading payload of 800 kg with one diesel and two petrol engines. It soon became one of South Africa's favourite sub one-tonne pickups.

The Stealth will leave rivals in its shadow thanks to a winning combination of generous accessories - all fitted at the factory - and styling cues.

The 1.6 litre special edition comes with air conditioning, ABS and two airbags while dark grey techno paint, darkened sports bar and flush-fitting tonneau cover kick-off the dark theme.

A prominent nudge bar is also added that fits below the colour-coded grille frame. Nissan has opted for a darkened steel finish for both the sports and nudge bar, giving the NP200 Stealth a dominant road presence.

The dark theme extends further to special factory-fitted charcoal black alloy wheels with red accents in the hubs, dark side and rear fitted Stealth decals and dark tinted smash-and-grab protected windows.

To crown the exterior treatment and identify the NP200 Stealth on the road, Nissan has added daytime running lights to the front air dam.

The accessories are not limited to the exterior. Inside the spacious cabin, Nissan has added an Alpine radio with Bluetooth and USB connectivity. The seats are upholstered in special eco leather with titanium-coloured contrasting stitching and Stealth-embroidered logos. The logo is also repeated in the Stealth carpet set.

To round off the full house treatment, Nissan has fitted the NP200 Stealth with remote central locking.

"Last year's NP200 Loaded Special Edition was a big success, but for 2015 we challenged our design and engineering team to push the boundaries. The result is the NP200 Stealth, a pickup that we believe will be even more successful, especially because it represents significant value and the quality of factory fitment," says Konstantin von Vieregge, General Manager for Marketing and Planning at Nissan South Africa.

The R168 000 price tag includes Nissan's 6 year / 150 000 km warranty and is available across Nissan South Africa's 120-strong national dealer network.

The NP200 recently celebrated its most successful year since its introduction after the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers (Naamsa) reported total NP200 sales of 17 412 units in 2014, reaffirming its position as South Africa's undisputed sub one-tonne favourite.

"The NP200 lives comfortably in both the workhorse commercial market and the leisure market, proving that for work or play South Africans love their NP200s," concludes Von Vieregge.

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Survey: Job creation seen as absolute priority for almost 9 out of every ten South African adults

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CaptureThe issue of “Unemployment/job creation/too few jobs” is seen as an absolute priority for almost 9 out of every ten South African adults (87%) when asked:  “What are the most important issues or problems facing this country that the NEW government, elected in 2014, should address?”[1]

From 19 September 2014 to 24 October 2014, a total of 3,608 randomly selected adult South Africans were interviewed in their homes and home languages (see Technical Detail at the end of press release for more information).

Respondents were first asked to mention all the issues they considered as important for the government to address and then to choose only ONE issue as the MOST important.[2]  Old and young people, people who are working and those who are unemployed and supporters of the three biggest parties in Parliament all put the issue of job creation at the top of their agendas.

This is the most important finding from the latest Ipsos Pulse of the People™ study – but it is remarkable that this same issue has been at the top of the “People’s Agenda” since 1994. “Analysts have argued in the past that the government per se cannot necessarily CREATE jobs, but few will disagree that the government is responsible for creating the broad economic framework in the country, the conditions conducive to economic development , labour legislation, education and training policies, energy planning and the managing of supply, infrastructure development, enhancing trust in the leadership and the legislative process – all factors that, among others, influence the ideal environment needed for job creation,” said Mari Harris, Public Affairs Director at Ipsos South Africa.

The image below summarises the findings of the two questions.[3] As can be seen from the results, there is broad consensus that 10 issues should top the government’s plans in the future:

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Apart from job creation, the issues of poverty, crime and corruption were also spontaneously mentioned by more than half of adult South Africans. Infrastructure development and education are on the list of about four in every ten South Africans, while the issues of healthcare and HIV and AIDS are mentioned by about three in every ten.  Almost a fifth mentioned landlessness and land claims and a tenth the brain drain – the process by which the country loses many skilled people.  However, these last two issues are not on the list when South Africans are asked to choose only one most important issue from the list.

In the next table the results are given in more detail – showing priorities of different age groups and the supporters of different political parties.  The opinions of people who are working either full-time or part-time or are unemployed are also shown.

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How is the government performing?

It would be interesting to see how South Africans evaluate the performance of the government on these – for them – key issues.  The Pulse of the People™ study undertaken towards the end of 2014 also included a section called the Ipsos Government Performance Barometer (GPB). It measures public perceptions about the South African government’s performance in handling key policy areas as well as views on the performance of the president, deputy president, the national government, provincial governments and local authorities. These polls are undertaken every six months.  Respondents were asked to indicate whether they thought the government was doing “Very Well”, “Fairly Well”, “Not Very Well” or “Not At All Well” in handling different policy areas.

In the table below the People’s Agenda is compared to the performance of the government as measured in the GPB – related issues are indicated.  In seven of the ten important issues the government’s performance receives a pass mark (i.e. 50% or more).  As far as the distribution of welfare payments[4] and the addressing of the problem of HIV and AIDS are concerned, two-thirds of adult South Africans think the government is doing very or fairly well.  Almost six in every ten (58%) are happy with the government’s addressing of the educational needs and slightly smaller proportions feel the same way about basic health services (56%) and basic services (55%).[5]  Just about half of South Africans think the government is handling the building of houses and access to land very or fairly well.

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However, in four of the critical areas: job creation, reducing the crime rate, government corruption and the “Brain Drain”  the proportion who think the government is addressing these issues very or fairly well are well below a “pass mark”.  It is interesting that in the case of these four issues, only one in every ten South Africans is saying that the government is handling the particular issue “Very Well”.

Looking at the “People’s Agenda” in relation to the State of the Nation address on Thursday and the legislative year of 2015, the population is quite clear in its priorities. South Africans are anxiously waiting to hear if and how these issues will be addressed.

 

Technical detail:

A total of 3,608 personal face-to-face interviews were conducted with randomly selected adult South Africans. The interviews were done in the homes and home languages of respondents.  Trained quantitative fieldworkers from all population groups were responsible for the interviewing, which took place from 19 September to 24 October 2014.  Interviews were done all over the country, from metropolitan areas to deep rural areas. This methodology ensured that the results are representative of the views of the universe and that findings can be weighted and projected to the universe – i.e. South Africans 15 years and older.

Interviews were conducted using CAPI (Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing) and all results were collated and analysed in an aggregate format to protect the identity and confidentiality of respondents.

All sample surveys are subject to a margin of error, determined by sample size, sampling methodology and response rate. The sample error for the sample as a whole at a 95% confidence level is a maximum of 1,67%.

 

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[1] Please note that an open-ended question was asked, thus respondents could mention anything spontaneously.  The results were coded into categories after the interviews were done.

[2] The question was: “Which of the issues that you just mentioned is the most important to you personally?”

[3] Many issues were mentioned - please keep in mind that all results of 2%+ are shown.

[4] 27% of adults have indicated that they receive a government grant.

[5] Keep in mind that fieldwork for the study was conducted prior to the energy crisis and the latest wave of load shedding.