The Mobility-Online KPI Dashboard
The Mobility Team provides your business with a KPI Dashboard that helps you optimise your business on a daily basis. One of the key focuses of our KPI Dashboard is to show you how much you are spending per vehicle on a daily basis before there is an active buyer.
Why You Should Use It
A KPI (Key Performance Indicator) dashboard helps you focus on making money and not on the units you’ve sold. Used vehicles should be sold within 120 days. If you don’t manage this properly, you lose profit opportunities and it can cost you money where you should be making money. You can establish the exact impact of this lost opportunity by dividing the actual number of days a vehicle has been in stock by your stock turn and then multiply this by your average profit.
Our KPI Dashboard includes 5 different calculators. These are:
Use this as a tool to determine your actual profit from each individual sale. Remember that the higher the net profit % sales, the better your business is at actually converting daily sales into profit.
- New Vehicle
This can be an important KPI because there are manufacturers that spend an enormous amount of money per year building their brand through marketing and advertising. If you have a new vehicle department, the execution of your advertising and marketing plans should be carefully managed and implemented by calculating the advertising cost of new vehicles.
- Used Vehicle
Calculate the average gross profit per unit retailed. Used vehicles can cost a business an immense amount of heartache and money, so make sure you understand the process.
- Service Calculator
This calculates the number of retail hours sold per retails job by dividing the total retail hours sold by the number of job cards in the retail sector
- Parts Calculator
This is the invoice value of the parts sold minus the cost of sales to purchase the parts. Generally, this is expressed as a monetary value or as a percentage.
We hope that you feel more informed about our KPI dashboard after this article. We encourage you to make use of it to streamline and simplify the way you manage your business and brand. If you have any questions about our KPI dashboard, please reach out to us and we’ll have one of our sales representatives contact you as soon as possible.
Volvo Car South Africa
Release date: 7 April 2020
Volvo bucks the trend in the premium sector
Volvo Car South Africa has closed their first quarter on a high, bucking the trend that has seen the sales of all other premium car companies plummet.
In the first three months of 2020, Volvo grew sales by 16%. All other premium manufacturers registered declines, which varied from -2 to -38%. The total passenger car market declined by 6% during this period while the premium segment declined by 18%.
While its sales grew in the first quarter, Volvo has also grown its share of segment. “In March, we achieved an 11.9% share of segment and, for quarter one, it was 10.7%. This compares to 7.7% in 2019,” reveals Greg Maruszewski, managing director of Volvo Car South Africa.
The two star performers in the Volvo range within South Africa are the XC40 and the XC60, which account for a whopping 80% of total sales. “Volvo’s first-ever compact sports utility vehicle (SUV), the XC40 perfectly showcases the bold new direction Volvo is taking, and brings class-leading connectivity, semi-autonomous drive technology and innovative storage solutions to the premium compact SUV segment.
“The XC60, on the other hand, impresses with its design, cabin comfort, practicality, infotainment, drivetrain, ride and handling, safety features, reliability and build quality. Both of these vehicles have won many awards the world over – and South African motorists appear to agree that they are exceptional vehicles,” says Maruszewski.
The S90 and XC90 also contributed to Volvo’s sales successes. “Customers really like the S90’s magnificent exterior, clean yet functional Scandinavian interior, exemplary safety features and economical yet powerful powertrain. The XC90, on the other hand, is finding favour thanks to its stylish exterior, spacious yet luxurious interior, smart connectivity features and range of engines (which includes the T8 Twin Engine model, which is capable of zero-emissions travel),” Maruszewski notes.
Like most other companies in South Africa, Volvo Car South Africa moved all the staff to work from home (the company opted to self-isolate employees two weeks in advance of the lockdown). This didn’t stop the team from toasting the company’s success in the first quarter of 2020; the team held a virtual celebration on Zoom.
ENDS – Motorpress
The Difference Between Your Online Business and Your Online Reputation
Your online presence could make or break your business – especially during times where you’re relying heavily on your online income to carry your through for a few weeks. What is the difference between your online business and your online reputation? Is there even a difference at all? Read on to find out how these two concepts differ.
Your Online Reputation
You could have one of the most incredible services or products in the world, but if your online reputation isn’t up to par, your online business might not make it. Your reputation depends on how you interact with your clients online, the kind of content you share with your audience and the way that you handle feedback or criticism. The best way to build a great online reputation is by:
Sharing high-quality content. Quality over quantity is the phrase of the day. You could be sharing hundreds of posts but if you’re not actively trying to engage your audience, they will all fall flat and your time and effort would have been for nothing.
Apply feedback. If your audience reaches out to you with feedback, apply it as soon as possible and make sure that they know about it. If, for example, you receive a bad review online, respond to it politely and explain how you intend to remedy the problem.
Create a dialogue. We know that we sound like a broken record at this point, but creating an open line of communication with your audience is paramount – especially if your business is online.
Your Online Business
Your online business consists of your products or services that you advertise online, your customer service, and your website – all the online things that keep your business running and turning a profit. You should have measures in place to make sure that all aspects of your online business are managed well, user-friendly and up to date. This is the mind behind the face of your business – the thing that makes the wheels turn and drives your brand forward. There are ways to ensure that your online business is a success.
Have a great online reputation. This is important because word of mouse travels faster than your product. Make sure that your reputation precedes you in a good way to inspire confidence in your audience.
Trust in your product. You should always trust in the product or service that you offer. If you don’t, your clients definitely won’t either. Having your business online makes it even harder to show your clients that you’re trustworthy and honest. The best way to prove it is to show how you’ve delivered or helped clients in the past.
Never stop working. We don’t mean that you should lose sleep over your business – we mean that you should always be working on improving your online business, whether this is by reaching out to past clients, updating your website or consistently sharing and creating quality content.
How to Connect with Customers Online
In a world where we’re all connected in some way, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to make those connections meaningful. As a small online business, you need to share content and connect with customers in a way that sets you apart from the rest of the pack.
Your audience is most probably actively avoiding the drone of hundreds of brands constantly trying to push a product online. They’re under a never-ending onslaught of advertising, sponsored posts, branding and marketing. How do you make sure that your brand’s voice is heard over the roar? You do it by following these tips:
Quality over quantity is a great guide to not overwhelming your audience with a mountain of posts that are all advertising the same thing. Keep in mind, however, that you can’t only post one Instagram image and expect to grow an engaged audience. The best advice we can give a growing brand is to find your niche on social media and play in that space. Follow and engage with other creators or businesses, use the right hashtags or tags and measure your analytics on the daily.
We all know that it’s so easy to only show the good side of things online. We recommend showing the hard work behind your projects, not just the finished product. Show the real side of your business to your audience. This shows that you’re not only transparent, but that you also want your audience to be involved in what goes on behind the scenes. Show the real people and team members behind your brand so that your audience knows that they’re dealing with people who are just like them.
Just because you’re conducting business online, doesn’t mean that you don’t need professionalism. Every single piece of content that you share should be free of errors, be professional and be polite. Treat your audience with respect. This also means respecting their privacy and not constantly reaching out to them outside of business hours. There is no quicker way to alienate your audience than by treating them like they’re simply a source of revenue for your business.
How to Store Your Car During Lockdown
Unless you’re an essential worker during this difficult time, your car is probably going to be sitting in the garage (or in your yard) for quite some time. We’re here to answer any questions you have regarding how to store your car during South Africa’s COVID-19 lockdown.
Where should I park my car?
The best place to leave your car for a significant amount of time is in a garage. Parking it under cover is fine as well but your car would be more exposed to the elements. If you can’t do either of those things, try and park your car where it gets a bit of shade during the heat of the day. Avoid parking near trees or shrubs that drop leaves or sap.
Will my battery die if I don’t run my car?
Your battery, if it wasn’t too old when you parked your car, won’t die in just a few weeks. If you are worried about this, you can connect a battery tender to maintain an equal state of charge. If not, jump starting your car only takes a few minutes and you’ll be good to go again.
Will the fuel go bad?
No! A few weeks isn’t long enough for fuel to go bad. Again, if you are worried about it and you know that your car will be standing still for months on end, you can add a fuel stabilizer and change your oil.
What else should I do to take care of my car during lockdown?
If you live in a more rural area or your car is parked outside, you can regularly check for wild animals nesting in or around your car. Squirrels, cats and mice love the nooks and crannies of cars and are prone to making their homes there when you’re not driving. You can also wash your car once a week to keep it clean and to give yourself something to do to avoid lockdown fever!
Other than that, the best thing you can do is to be patient and try to have some peace of mind. Your car will be perfectly fine, even if it isn’t used for a few weeks. We encourage you to stay home and be safe, and we’ll see you on the roads again in no time!
Brand behaviour is normally demonstrated by the employees you as the customer must deal with, they are responsible for bringing the brand you are interested in life through their actions and convictions. As so-called ambassadors, employees have very high credibility and normally their behaviour is impressed on you as the customer, business partner, friends and acquaintances as the essence of the particular brand image – when the Behaviour and Arrogance of an employee Superceeds the Brand – take note-for this is not a short term relationship – you will during the ownership of your vehicle have to deal with the people representing a specific brand.
therefore – It is important when you are planning to buy a new or a pre-owned vehicle that you do your research and determine if you are comfortable with the Brand identity and their way of doing business.
In My Mind there is no bad Vehicle on the road – it’s all about the aftersales service and value for money – Yes Status is important for some of us and if you can afford it why not. But Most important before you get emotional about a purchase consider the following:
- Safety of the Vehicle.
- Maintenance and support.
- Driving Comfort.
- How Much time are you going to spend in your car on a daily basis?
- The Overall Network of the brand -especially if you are travelling long distances.
- If the Arrogance of the Staff Supersedes the Arrogance of the Brand – You might have an unpleasant journey with special reference if you need to go back to the dealer with a technical problem.
- The honesty of the sales executive.Courteous Conduct of the staff.
- Ask them for their Customer service Ratings – This is very important for future relationships.
The future is green, says Volvo
Beautiful ceremony honours plug-in hybrid
On Sunday, March 1, South Africa’s elite attended the Veuve Clicquot Polo Series Invitational held at Val de Vie Estate in Paarl. The chic event also presented an opportunity to celebrate the fourth birthday of the arrival of the luxurious Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid (PHEV) in South Africa.
The Veuve Clicquot Polo Series Invitational was hosted by the glamorous Nomzamo Mbatha and attended by celebrities, business figures, socialites and some of the country’s best polo players. Guests enjoyed Veuve Clicquot on tap and danced to music by Shekinah.
Luxury Swedish car brand and Val de Vie’s official vehicle partner, Volvo entertained guests with unique light installation aimed to encourage guests to “take the first step” towards making the planet more sustainable.
Toward the end of the afternoon, the company invited guests to contemplate the importance of green initiatives with them by means of a beautifully crafted ceremony.
Prominent Cape Town-based ballerina, Katherine Anderson, was seen dancing through the assembled guests, inviting all to exit onto the splendid patio. There, to the accompaniment of music specially crafted around a recording of Volvo’s eco-inspired pledges, celebrity TV personalities and Volvo brand ambassadors Jessica Nkosi and Thapelo Mokoena arrived chauffeured by two silent Volvo XC90 T8s driving in pure electric mode.
“In Sweden, there is a tradition that is enacted every afternoon where friends and loved ones join over something small to eat,” says Volvo’s head of marketing and communications, Charmagne Mavudzi. “It is a moment of self-reflection and connection. The Swedes call this special time fika.”
Still practised at Volvo’s headquarters in Sweden daily, guests were honoured to be led through their own fika moment. While enjoying spekboom-infused cinnamon buns created by SA’s own celebrity chef Rueben Riffel, guests were called to contemplate their roles in humanity’s new green challenge.
“There is no question that the environment in which we live is demanding a change from us,” notes Mavudzi. “How, in the presence of friends new and old, are we as individuals to participate in this process?”
Sporting an emissions output of only 49 g/km, a pure-electric range of up to 44km and having been voted 2019’s Best Electrified Seven-Seater at the Driving Electric Awards, the Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine PHEV is tangible proof of Volvo’s go-green message. “This message is being welcomed with open arms, both locally and across the world, by eco-aware motorists,” concludes Mavudzi.( Ref:https://motorpress.co.za/articles/!/the-future-is-green-says-volvo-2https://motorpress.co.za/articles/!/the-future-is-green-says-volvo-2)
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In December 2019, The Penta Motor Group acquired a purposed built Nissan GT-R race car which was supported by Nissan SA in previous years. Although the car was still fully street legal and featuring the GT-R standard Instrument Panel and interior elements it had the abilities to be a pure bred race car.
However, no one had actually seen this car perform or knew it’s capabilities but there was something special about it…we decided to approach Reghard Roets to be our driver of choice since he was already synonymous with GT-R being a three time King of the Hill champion at the Simola Hillclimb in Knysna.
The latest & newest event on the SA sporting calendar would be our proving grounds, Reghard received an open entry from the Emerald Speed Festival organisers and this would be the ideal opportunity to introduce the underdog and probably one of the most talented drivers SA has to offer.
Our tuning partner NXGEN prepared the vehicle enabling it to run at prime performance, the car was initially built by FAST Developments (Fast Freddie) which was an amazing platform to work from.
Friday the 29th of February would be the first day these two would meet…a relatively unknown car with super experienced driver could have gone either way at this point. Reghard couldn’t really find his feet between Friday and Saturday due to various factors like launch control issues, rain, etc. However, both car and driver came to the party on Sunday morning fully prepared to cause what would be the biggest upset the SA Motorsport fraternity has seen this year.
To set the scene, here is some cold hard facts:
• Reghard drove the car for the very first time on Friday, day one of the Emerald Speed festival
• This GT3 GT-R is still a street legal road going car with some standard GT-R interior features
• NO tyre warmers were used except the Michelin Hillclimb Super Soft slick tyres
Reghard alongside Franco Scribante in his GT-R called the “Sheriff” and Pieter Zeelie in his MR2 dominated from session 1 on Sunday trading places between 1st, 2nd and 3rd which lined them up for the most important run…the “Master of the Mile” which would be the ultimate prize for these contenders.
After quite a long time waiting since the last and 3rd session, the final list was drawn and the top 10 competitors would start from the slowest to fastest leaving Reghard till 2nd last to complete his final run for the day. The anticipation was suicidal since the car experience some power loss in the three previous runs although he still posted some of the quickest times. To everyone’s surprise Reghard posted a 33.869s on the 1.6km track which was the quickest time of the weekend and no other competitor could come close which at the end gave him the title: “Master of the Mile”.
In conclusion…the Penta Motor Group took a calculated risk which paid diffident beyond our expectation. Reghard gave us exactly what we wanted, the GT3 GT-R still has loads left in its abilities. We will be at Simola Hillclimb, bigger, better, faster and louder as only the Pentonians can do. Watch this space… #ThePentaExperience
We also want to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors & partners whom help us achieve this amazing result:
• NXGEN Performance
• XPELTM South Africa
• OPUS Camper South Africa
• EZAIR Air conditioning
• EFC (Electronic Fitment Centre)
• Motul South Africa
• 24/7 Race Fuels
• Race Day TV
• Ink Monkey
• Wat Swaai Jy
Reference and credit of Article https://motorpress.co.za/images/421190?article=8309https://motorpress.co.za/images/421190?article=8309
the Mobility- Online Team has had the opportunity to meet with the senior management of this group – they are dynamic young and have a clear vision where they are going with the current brands they offer in South Africa. Some of our staff had the pleasure to purchase and deal with them when buying a vehicle and we can certainly recommend them if you are in need of a new and used vehicle.
Mobility-Online is happy to announce that Arnold Chatz Cars has joined the Mobility-Online Platform! They provide high-quality and reliable pre-owned vehicles of different makes and models.
Arnold Chatz Cars is a family-owned business that operates in Gauteng and has been in business for over fifty years. In 1961, they started as an Alfa Romeo dealership in Krugersdorp and eventually moved on to Craighall in 1969 and started representing high-quality brands like Maserati, Renault, Fiat, Nissan, and Alfa Romeo.
Today, Arnold Chatz Cars represents the Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Abarth, Jeep, Chrysler and Dodge brands in Hyde Park and Constantia Kloof. They are the current FCA dealer of the year – two years running – and endorse the strategy of customers first and personal engagement.
We feel honoured to have a dealership with such distinction and years of experience onboard. Our clients and buyers are our first priority and we’re happy to know that we have reputable dealerships like Arnold Chatz paving the way for our impeccable customer-services and products.
To find out more about Arnold Chatz Cars and their vehicles, please visit https://arnoldchatz.com/. For any information on how to buy or sell your car online, feel free to reach out to Mobility-Online. We look forward to helping you!
- Facebook Marketing
Facebook is still one of the most widely used social media platforms – and for very good reason. You can target your consumers with tailored ads, links to your website, and sponsored content. For car dealerships, this could create a broader network of customers thanks to your existing client base sharing, liking and commenting on your content.
- Twitter Updates
Unlike Facebook that relies on longer, more detailed posts to drive traffic, Twitter is a one-stop news and events platform that keeps your audience updated on your sales, events and news. Have a vehicle auction coming up? Tweet about it! More often than not, your audience will remember those short bits of information instead of simply scrolling past.
- The Power of Instagram
Instagram might just be the best platform to target new and young drivers. You can create a narrative for your brand that’s transparent, engaging and customer-centric. While you might not sell thousands of cars through Instagram, you can build a reliable and interested audience that’s more likely to come to your dealership than your competitors’.
- YouTube Videos
Video marketing has and always will be a highly effective way of getting your brand’s message across. This is because it doesn’t require your readers or followers to focus for extended periods of time. A vehicle review of a new model could make an incredible impact on a customer that isn’t quite sure about your brand yet. Having high-quality videos and content shows that you not only care about vehicle sales, but you also care about keeping your clients and followers engaged and informed.
- Use High-Quality Imagery
Nothing puts a potential customer off faster than low-quality and shoddy photography. You could have fantastic products and customer services, but if the photos you show on your website or social media aren’t up to par, you could be losing out on dozens of potential buyers. Remember, for many of these customers, your online presence is the only interaction that they’ve had with you.
- Create a Dialogue with Your Clients
Allow your customers to not only read or view your content, but also interact and engage with it. They should be able to share, review, and critique the content that you share. This lets them know that you’re not simply pushing a product, but actually opening the door for feedback and conversation between you and your valued customers.
- Take Reviews to Heart
People care about what others think. Word of mouse could make or break your brand. Positive reviews from customers create a sense of authority and trust, whereas negative reviews could turn away the majority of your business. Even negative publicity could be valuable if you can show that you’re willing to resolve issues, apologise or rectify any problems you encounter.
If you want to find out more about how you can market your dealership online, feel free to reach out to us at Mobility-Online or Silver Fox Digital Disrupt. We look forward to working with you.
New cars coming to South Africa in 2020
This year, you can expect even more incredible vehicle releases than last year. Here is a list of new vehicle models, face-lifts and variants coming out in 2020. Germany seems to be leading the way with Audi, Mercedes-Benz and BMW all releasing new vehicles this year. Here are some of the releases you can look forward to in 2020:
You can expect to see the Golf 8 in the fourth quarter of 2020 and its teched out! Its interior emphasises the ease and style of intuitive operation. The sporty and powerful Golf 8 is the first derivative introduced in South Africa and is expected to be sold with DSG transmission.
The all-new Clio 5 has an E-Tech hybrid engine and arrives in South Africa in April 2020.
Compared to previous models, the new Corolla sedan is the most stylish. It’s also a best-seller in the South African market. The Quest is also making headlines thanks to providing drivers and passengers with a comfortable, practical and stylish driving experience.
The Toyota Corolla Quest is expected in the first quarter, while the Toyota Corolla Sedan is expected in Q2.
Mini Cooper SE
The MINI Cooper SE is an all-electric version of the iconic Cooper and will reach South Africa in the second quarter of 2020. Despite its lower than average driving range compared to other electric cars, it still packs a punch and is luxuriously comfortable.
Jaguar Land Rover
The new Land Rover Defender will arrive in South Africa in the second quarter of 2020. The new Defender will come with greater capabilities than any other Land Rover before it.
The Taycan is an all-electric car expected to arrive in South Africa in the second half of 2020. It was named by combining two Turkish terms that roughly translate to “soul of a spirited young horse.”
The Maybach GLS 600 4MATIC, according to Mercedes-Benz, will showcase an all new level of SUV luxury in its segment.
“It extends the portfolio of the Mercedes-Maybach brand by combining the body design and technical basis of the GLS with the luxury of a top-class saloon car.”
The Audi e-tron, a battery-powered crossover, will also be releases in the fourth quarter of 2020. This fully-electric, mid-size luxury crossover SUV was released as a concept car at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor show.
The Cars.co.za Consumer Awards have come and gone again and here are the winners!
Budget Car – Suzuki Swift 1.2 GLX
The Suzuki Swift 1.2 GLX, which was introduced in 2019, is a South African favourite thanks to its incredible features and great value for money. Some of the spacious 1.2 GLX’s features include 15-inch alloy wheels, a leather-trimmed multi-function steering wheel, adjustable driver’s seat, a 7-inch infotainment system, and a keyless access system with Start/Stop button.
Its fuel efficiency gave it the upper hand over other budget-cars in its segment at a claimed 4.9l/100km fuel consumption.
Like other models in the Swift range, the Suzuki Swift 1.2 GLX comes with a 3-year warranty and a 2-year service plan.
Compact Hatch – Volkswagen Polo 1.0 TSI Comfortline Auto
The Polo is once again an all-time favourite in this segment.
The new Polo 1.0 TSI Comfortline is larger and more spacious than the older models and sports a highly efficient 1.0 turbo-petrol engine and 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Its fuel consumption clocks in at an impressive 4.7 L/100 km.
This streamlined and sporty car boasts a selection of premium features like a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system, navigation, a multi-information display, a multi-function steering wheel, and an adjustable driver’s seat. Safety is a top priority which is why this Polo comes standard with 6 airbags, brake assist, traction control and ABS with EBD.
The Polo is backed by a 3-year warranty, a 3-year service plan, and great resale value.
Premium Hatch – Volkswagen Golf GTI
The robust and powerful Golf GTI has always been a strong (new and used) seller on the South African market. It seamlessly blends a daily driver with a breath-taking performance car under a stylish and sporty body.
It prides itself on its media system – which includes Bluetooth, USB and SD card ports, eight speakers and a touch screen infotainment system.
The Golf’s turbocharged petrol engine delivers a whopping 169 kW and 350 Nm from 1500 to 4400 rpm. This hot hatch could rival some sports cars with its exceptional performance and DSG transmission. The Golf can go from 0 to 100 km/h in only 6.4 seconds, and if that wasn’t enough, it does it as efficiently as possible with a claimed fuel consumption of 6.4 L/100 km.
The GTI comes with a 3-years warranty and 5-year service plan.
Executive SUV – BMW X3 xDrive20d M-Sport
The BMW X3 xDrive20d M-Sport is suave, sophisticated and practical. It’s the perfect luxury SUV for drivers (and passengers) who prefer spacious, refined and comfortable interiors.
The X3 sports a 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine claimed to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in only 8.0 seconds. It has a claimed fuel consumption of only 5.5 L/100 km, which is commendable for an SUV of its calibre.
The cabin boasts a range of comfort features, including heated sports seats, an M Sport steering wheel and motorsport inlays on the seats. Everything in the BMW X3 xDrive20d M-Sport screams luxury and class.
The X3 comes with a 2-year warranty and a 5-year maintenance plan.
Compact Family Car – Volkswagen T-Cross 1.0 TSI 85kW Highline R-Line
The funky Volkswagen T-Cross 1.0 TSI has made headlines thanks to its spaciousness, solid build and drive quality. The quiet, comfortable cabin is the perfect spot to be on long journeys. The R-Line offers a stylish body kit and larger wheels than the standard model.
The T-Cross delivers has exhilarating performance even when fully laden and makes great use of space and practicality. It offers a smooth and refined driving experience and excellent chassis feel.
It sports a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder turbo-petrol engine and clocks an impressive fuel consumption of 5.3 L/100 km.
Safety is paramount and this is evident in the T-Cross’s traction and stability control, 6 airbags, hill-start assist, brake assist, tyre-pressure monitoring system, and ABS with EBD.
Family Car – Mazda CX-5 2.0 Dynamic Auto
The sophisticated and powerful CX-5 takes yet another win in the family-car segment. This is thanks to its stylish build, impeccable driving performance, and luxurious comfort.
This model has a range of comfort features which include padded seats, noise and vibration control, cruise control, auto lights and wipers, a smartphone charging station, 2 USB ports and mobile compatibility, 19-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps and rear privacy glass.
The 2.0 Dynamic has a claimed fuel consumption of 6.9 L/100 km thanks to Mazda’s SkyActiv engine technologies.
Your safety while driving is ensured by Mazda’s package of 6 airbags, a reverse-view camera, brake assist, Isofix child seat anchor point, electronic stability control with traction control, and ABS with EBD.
Adventure SUV – Toyota Fortuner 2.8GD-6 4×4 Auto
The versatile and capable Toyota Fortuner is South Africa’s top-selling bakkie-based SUV for a reason. This off-roader offers a refined and powerful driving performance that just seems to be improving with each new model.
With its 7-seater configuration and luxurious cabin, the Fortuner is nothing if not comfortable. The Fortuner’s powerful 2.8-litre turbodiesel gives a smooth and effortless driving experience and has a fuel consumption of 8.5 L/100 km.
Some of the comfort features in this model include dual-zone climate and cruise control, driver’s seat adjustment, a cooled glovebox which can store two 500 ml bottles, three 12V accessory sockets, and ventilation controls for 2nd-row passengers. It also comes with a 7-inch screen touchscreen infotainment system, a 6-speaker radio audio system, an integrated reverse-view camera display, auxiliary input and USB ports.
Premium SUV – BMW X5 xDrive30d M-Sport
The formidable BMW X5 xDrive30d was a strong contender in this segment despite growing competition and is highly desirable new or used.
Its twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-6 diesel engine delivers a powerful 195 kW at 4 000 rpm and 620 Nm of torque from 2 000 to 2 500 rpm. The X5 accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in only 6.5 seconds and proves its worth as a premium, performance SUV. Thanks to the dynamic xDrive, drivers feel confident in all conditions.
The BMW X5 xDrive30d boasts a variety of features which include a fully digitised instrument cluster, a new infotainment system with an iDrive rotary knob and touchscreen, and so much more.
The X5 comes with a 2-year warranty and 5-year maintenance plan.
Crossover – Audi Q3 35 TFSI S Line
Based on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB matrix, the practical and refined Audi Q3 35 TFSI S Line is a sure-fire winner for this segment.
It sports a 1.4-litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol engine which claims a fuel consumption of 5.0 L/100 km. This model also features an S-tronic dual-clutch transmission with 6 forward speeds. The Audi Q3 has an impressive 8.9 second 0-100 km/h sprint time and a top speed of 204 km/h.
The Q3’s infotainment system is similar to the Q8 and features Android Auto and Apple Carplay compatibility, a wireless charging pad, and 2 fast-charging USB ports up front. The interior has a luxurious and comfortable feel which turns any driving experience into a journey.
The fresh new exterior design makes the Q3 a distinguished and sporty ride – it also features daytime running lights and sweeping LED indicators.
The Q3 also features inter alia, electronic stability control with hill descent control and hold assist brake assist, ABS with EBD, dual front-, side- and curtain airbags, and a tyre pressure monitoring system. Some of the optional extras include high-beam assist, lane departure warning, Audi pre sense and 360-degree cameras.
Leisure Double Cab – Volkswagen Amarok 3.0 V6 TDI Highline 4Motion
The rugged yet sophisticated Volkswagen Amarok 3.0 V6 TDI Highline 4Motion is the defending champion in this segment and it’s easy to see why. The Amarok offers a driving experience like no other thanks to its premium finishes, driving comfort and overall performance.
The Amarok sports a 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel (TDI) which delivers 165 kW and 550 Nm of torque. The Amarok sets the bar high thanks to its 8-speed automatic transmission and 4Motion permanent all-wheel-drive system. It has a claimed fuel consumption of 9.0L/100 km.
It boasts a variety of features which include a touchscreen infotainment system and Bluetooth and USB/Aux compatibility. Thanks to its precision steering, noise and vibration control, and its effortless off-roading capabilities, the Amarok is in a league of its own.
This Amarok 3.0 V6 TDI 4Motion Highline has a 3-year warranty and 5-year service plan.
Business Class – Volkswagen Arteon 2.0 TSI 4Motion R-Line
The Arteon is the successor to the CC and, thanks to the R-Line body kit, this streamlined and stylish Volkswagen is one of the most attractive cars in its segment. It’s a head-turning version of the traditional Passat. The Arteon also has great after-sales support and an incredible reputation.
The Arteon boasts a 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and dual-clutch transmission. It has an impressive 6-second sprint time to 100 km/h and a claimed fuel consumption of 7.3 L/100 km.
It features audio and cruise control functionality, Active Info Display, climate control, a 9.2-inch Navigation Pro infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple Carplay functionality, and gesture control.
The Arteon comes with a 3-year warranty and 5-year maintenance plan.
Fun Hatch – Volkswagen Polo GTI
There is no better car for eager and enthusiastic drivers. The sporty GTI’s suspension, bigger tyres, and higher grip levels make this car an exhilarating drive. The Polo GTI is an absolute blast in Sport but can quickly become a leisurely cruise in Comfort.
The Polo GTI has a new 2.0-litre turbocharged engine (the EA888) with an output of 147 kW and 320 Nm. Impressively, it goes from 0 to 100 km/h in only 6.6 seconds.
The new model features a customised interior with red stitching on the steering wheel, gear lever, floor mats and headrests.
The Polo GTI also holds safety in high regard and includes 6 airbags, ABS, EBD, emergency braking, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with traction control, a driver alert system, automatic post-collision braking system and tyre pressure monitoring system.
Performance Car – Toyota Supra 3.0T
For those who might not know, the Toyota Supra 3.0T was co-developed with BMW and is powered by BMW’s straight-6 engine. Despite its roaring power, it makes a surprisingly comfortable daily driver that turns heads wherever it goes.
The Supra has a 3.0-litre inline 6-cylinder engine, just like the BMW Z4 M40i. It has an output of 250 kW and 500 Nm and reaches 0-100 km/h in 4.2 seconds. Its top speed is reported at 250 km/h.
While this is by no means a car for beginners, the Supra has a forgiving handling balance that makes it fairly easy to control.
The GR Supra 3.0T has 2 trim levels. The higher trim level features rear parking sensors and a reverse-view camera, a JBL audio system, heated bucket seats, LED headlights, adaptive cruise control and climate control.