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Schaefer leaves VWSA to join ŠKODA Auto


  • Thomas Schaefer appointed as the new Global CEO for ŠKODA Auto
  • Dr Robert Cisek will take over as the new Chairman and Managing Director for VWSA

Port Elizabeth - Thomas Schaefer is leaving Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) to join ŠKODA Auto as the new Global CEO effective 3 August 2020.


Schaefer leaves VWSA to join ŠKODA Auto

  • Thomas Schaefer appointed as the new Global CEO for ŠKODA Auto
  • Dr Robert Cisek will take over as the new Chairman and Managing Director for VWSA

Port Elizabeth - Thomas Schaefer is leaving Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) to join ŠKODA Auto as the new Global CEO effective 3 August 2020.

With this investment, Ghana becomes the fifth Volkswagen vehicle assembly location in Sub-Sahara Africa; the other locations are in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria and Rwanda.

Schaefer has been the Chairman and Managing Director of VWSA since February 2015. In 2017, his role was expanded to include the responsibility for Sub Saharan Africa as part of Volkswagen’s expansion strategy into the region. Since then, Volkswagen has established its presence in Kenya, Rwanda and Ghana, and has signed Memorandums of Understanding with the governments of Nigeria and Ethiopia.

Under Schaefer’s leadership, VWSA has continued to maintain its dominance in the local passenger car market, with the Polo and Polo Vivo manufactured at the Uitenhage factory as the best-selling passenger models as well as ramping up international exports by 30%.

In 2019, VWSA enjoyed a record year with the Uitenhage factory achieving its highest production volume of 161 954 units and the Volkswagen Brand reporting a record-market share of 20.4%, the highest since 1996.

Schaefer will be succeeded by Dr Robert Cisek (44), who is currently responsible for the Production Strategy of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars Brand in Wolfsburg. Dr Cisek holds a doctorate degree in Industrial Management from the Technical University of Munich. He also holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Technical University of Munich. He joined Volkswagen in 2018 from BMW Group. His experience at BMW Group included Head of Industrial Engineering, Head of Press Shop and managing a company-wide performance programme aimed at securing long-term profitability targets.

Dr Cisek has also worked for McKinsey & Company where he served clients in automotive, aerospace and defence, telecommunication and industrial automation on topics such as growth strategy, portfolio optimisation, research and development efficiency and manufacturing excellence.

Schaefer said: “My tenure as the MD of VWSA has been the highlight of my career so far. I am immensely proud to have worked for and led such an impactful and good company. Together with my team, we have moved VWSA forward with outstanding production and sales results which have earned our company recognition locally and abroad.”

Volkswagen opens vehicle assembly facility in Ghana


  • President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen welcome the first Volkswagen assembled in Ghana at the official launch of Volkswagen Ghana and announcement of the Volkswagen’s investment in the country
  • Ghana becomes Volkswagen’s fifth assembly location in Sub-Sahara Africa

Accra/Uitenhage – Volkswagen is expanding its footprint in Sub-Sahara Africa with the official opening of a vehicle assembly facility in Accra, Ghana.


Volkswagen opens vehicle assembly facility in Ghana

  • President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen welcome the first Volkswagen assembled in Ghana at the official launch of Volkswagen Ghana and announcement of the Volkswagen’s investment in the country
  • Ghana becomes Volkswagen’s fifth assembly location in Sub-Sahara Africa

Accra/Uitenhage – Volkswagen is expanding its footprint in Sub-Sahara Africa with the official opening of a vehicle assembly facility in Accra, Ghana.

With this investment, Ghana becomes the fifth Volkswagen vehicle assembly location in Sub-Sahara Africa; the other locations are in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria and Rwanda.

The event to announce Volkswagen’s investment and the unveiling of the first vehicle assembled in Ghana was attended by the President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen, and cabinet ministers.

The official opening of the vehicle assembly facility in the West African country, which has a population of about 30 million people, is the realisation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which Volkswagen signed with the Government of Ghana in the presence of the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, nearly two years ago.

The Government of Ghana has also fulfilled its MoU undertaking to develop a comprehensive Automotive Industry Policy with the recent promulgation of the Ghana Automotive Development Policy (GADP), which is a groundbreaking and blueprint automotive policy in the West African region.

GADP has paved the way for Volkswagen to solidify its commitment in Ghana with the initial investment in the first phase of its long term vehicle assembly plans.

Universal Motors Limited, a licensed Volkswagen importer since 2005, has been awarded the assembly contract for the initial phase of the project. The Universal Motors facility in Accra has an installed capacity to assembly 5 000 units per annum. The models to be assembled using Semi Knocked Down (SKD) assembly kits are Tiguan, Teramont, Passat, Polo and Amarok.

Thomas Schaefer, Head of Volkswagen Sub-Sahara Region and Managing Director of Volkswagen Group South Africa, said: “The opening of our vehicle assembly facility in Ghana is another exciting chapter of our expansion journey in the Sub-Sahara Africa region. This is a big step into establishing our presence in the West African region. I wish to commend the Government of Ghana under the visionary leadership of His Excellency President Akufo-Addo, for introducing a comprehensive policy that is set to transform the automotive industry in West Africa.”

Schaefer added: “Volkswagen is committed to helping Ghana to develop a modern automotive industry as part of the country’s industrial transformation agenda.”

Schaefer also announced the establishment of Volkswagen Ghana, which is the first automotive company to be registered under GADP. Volkswagen Ghana is a 100% subsidiary of Volkswagen. It is a registered assembler and will be responsible for the importation of the SKD kits and Fully Built Units (FBU). Jeffrey J. Oppong Peprah has been appointed as the CEO of Volkswagen Ghana.

Volkswagen is strengthening the regions and focusing on new up-and-coming markets as part of its TRANSFORM 2025+ brand strategy. Alongside North and South America as well as China, the Sub-Sahara region plays an increasingly important role. Although the African automotive market is comparatively small today, the Sub-Sahara region has the potential to develop into an automotive growth market of the future.

Volkswagen brings relief to healthcare facilities in Nelson Mandela Bay


  • VWSA assists NHLS to boost testing capacity in the Metro
  • Protective equipment handed over to Department of Health for frontline workers at hospitals and clinics

Port Elizabeth – To better equip the healthcare facilities in Nelson Mandela Bay in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has provided protective gear to the provincial Department of Health for frontline workers at healthcare institutions across the metro.


Volkswagen brings relief to healthcare facilities in Nelson Mandela Bay

  • VWSA assists NHLS to boost testing capacity in the Metro
  • Protective equipment handed over to Department of Health for frontline workers at hospitals and clinics

Port Elizabeth – To better equip the healthcare facilities in Nelson Mandela Bay in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has provided protective gear to the provincial Department of Health for frontline workers at healthcare institutions across the metro.

The personal protective equipment (PPE), which was handed over to Department today, includes:
  • 50 000 N95 personalised masks
  • 65 000 Disposable Gowns
  • 2 Million Latex & Nitrile Gloves
  • 1 000 Visors
According to Ossip, “Our driving behaviour technology allows us to collect telematics data for each driver on our Vitality Drive programme, making it possible to tailor-make premiums for our warranty product.” This telematics-based warranty cover is a world-first, with up to 100% vehicle servicing discounts for driving well.

The PPE will be distributed to staff at the three main Covid-19 hospitals in the Metro, which are Dora Nginza Hospital, Livingstone Hospital and Uitenhage Provincial Hospital, as well as other regional Primary Care Clinics and Covid-19 test centres.

VWSA also handed over 200 Digital Infrared Thermometers, 150 Portable finger-tip pulse oximeters and 40 Stand-alone table top pulse oximeters, which are critical medical equipment for the assessment and treatment of Covid-19 patients.

VWSA procured the protective equipment as part of their greater project to convert its former Port Elizabeth plant into the Rev. Dr Elizabeth Mamisa Chabula-Nxiweni Field Hospital. The first phase of this hospital for Covid-19 patients was handed over to the Department on 23 June. Funding for both the hospital and the protective equipment was provided by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), which committed R100 million to the project, implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. R10 million of this funding was used for protective equipment.

Our frontline healthcare workers are in dire need of the PPE in order to feel safe and be able to do their work, which is to provide care and save the lives of our people. It is our wish that this PPE will bring relief and hope to our healthcare workers who have been toiling under difficult circumstances to treat the Covid-19 patients,” said VWSA Chairman and Managing Director Thomas Schaefer.

Using R4 million of the funding from the BMZ, VWSA also supported the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) branch in Port Elizabeth. This laboratory is responsible for the majority of Covid-19 testing in the metro, with a current testing capacity of around 1 500 tests per day. VWSA assisted the NHLS by performing extensive renovations to turn an open office space into a fully-fledged Molecular Virology laboratory in the space of 18 days. The company also analysed and recommended improvements to the NHLS’s testing processes to increase efficiency. With a full staff complement, these improvements would increase the testing capacity to over 3 000 tests a day, thereby more than doubling the current daily testing capacity.

“We need to be able to trace the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic to fight it - the faster we act, the better we can keep it from spreading further,” said Schaefer. “That is why it is absolutely crucial for the NHLS to have the capability to analyse tests and deliver results quickly. “As VWSA we are proud to be able to contribute our expertise and assist the NHLS in optimising their processes to reach this capacity. We are also grateful to the German government, who made these improvements possible. We will keep supporting those who lead the fight against Covid-19 wherever possible.”

The Premier of the Eastern Cape, Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane, said the provincial government was grateful to VWSA for its continuous contribution to the fight against Covid-19. “The donation of PPE and testing resources are giving us a shot in the arm as we continue with saving the lives of our people,” said Mabuyane. “We appreciate the contribution by VWSA because they are contributing to the work being done by the collective. As we are fighting this virus together, we will continue to support many people to recover from infections.

“The impressive recovery numbers we are seeing in the Eastern Cape are made possible by contributions from companies like VWSA, the health workers in our health system, and members of the public who comply with the Covid-19 precautions and prevention measures. We must continue fighting the virus by protecting each other. This investment will benefit the health workers who are on the frontline against this pandemic and will help bolster our testing capabilities, so that we can provide healthcare to those who need it after testing positive.”

QUARTERLY REVIEW OF BUSINESS CONDITIONS: NEW MOTOR VEHICLE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY / AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR: 2nd QUARTER 2020


Attached, for information purposes, is a copy of NAAMSA’s quarterly review of business conditions for the South African motor vehicle manufacturing industry, during the second quarter of 2020, as submitted to the DirectorGeneral, Department of Trade, Industry and Competition.

Industry vehicle sales, export and import statistics for 2011 through 2019, together with current projections for 2020, are reflected on the attachment to the submission.


QUARTERLY REVIEW OF BUSINESS CONDITIONS: NEW MOTOR VEHICLE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY / AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR: 2nd QUARTER 2020

Attached, for information purposes, is a copy of NAAMSA’s quarterly review of business conditions for the South African motor vehicle manufacturing industry, during the second quarter of 2020, as submitted to the DirectorGeneral, Department of Trade, Industry and Competition.

Industry vehicle sales, export and import statistics for 2011 through 2019, together with current projections for 2020, are reflected on the attachment to the submission.

According to Ossip, “Our driving behaviour technology allows us to collect telematics data for each driver on our Vitality Drive programme, making it possible to tailor-make premiums for our warranty product.” This telematics-based warranty cover is a world-first, with up to 100% vehicle servicing discounts for driving well.

  • Overall a quarter of extremities due to the COVID-19 impact but in line with domestic motor industry expectations and global trends in other major vehicle manufacturing countries
  • Second quarter 2020 industry employment reflected a decline of 467 jobs to reach 29 529 positions at end June 2020
  • Industry capacity utilisation levels in the various segments reflect the impact of the COVID-19 country lockdown restrictions on the automotive industry as well as the ongoing recessionary economic climate in the country during the quarter
  • Aggregate capital expenditure by the major vehicle manufacturers in 2019 recorded its second highest level on record at R7,274 billion
  • All vehicle segments reflected massive year-on-year declines during the quarter, linked to the temporary closure of the entire motor industry during the quarter due to the COVID-19 country lockdown restrictions as well as in mirroring the current negative economic growth rate in the country as a leading economic indicator
  • Aggregate new vehicle sales registered the biggest quarterly decline on record with the second quarter 2020 reflecting a massive fall of 63,4% compared to the second quarter 2019, which exceeds the 34,8% decline experienced in the first quarter 2009 as a result of the global financial crisis by far
  • With the easing of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in South Africa and abroad, expectations are for the domestic new vehicle market and export sales to improve during the second half of the year, but it is anticipated that the new vehicle market could drop back to the levels of 20 years ago

    Volkswagen Motorsport to Defend GTC championship in the Golf 8 GTI


    • Volkswagen's new Global Touring Cars (GTC) racing car, the new GOlf 8 GTI, was unveiled at the virtual event.
    • The Golf 8 GTI will be officially launched in South Africa in 2021

    Johannesburg – Today, Volkswagen Motorsport unveiled its new Global Touring Cars (GTC) racing car through a virtual event which was streamed live on social media.


    Volkswagen Motorsport to Defend GTC championship in the Golf 8 GTI

    • Volkswagen's new Global Touring Cars (GTC) racing car, the new GOlf 8 GTI, was unveiled at the virtual event.
    • The Golf 8 GTI will be officially launched in South Africa in 2021

    Johannesburg – Today, Volkswagen Motorsport unveiled its new Global Touring Cars (GTC) racing car through a virtual event which was streamed live on social media.

    Volkswagen Motorsport's new GTC racing car is built using the Golf 8 GTI body. "For the past four years we have been racing with the Jetta. Since the Jetta is no longer offered in the Right-hand drive markets, we had to find an appropriate successor and that is where the idea to use the Golf 8 GTI came from. Even though the Golf 8 GTI will only be officially Launched and available from South African dealers in 2021, we wanted to use this opportunity to showcase the Golf 8 GTI's performance attributes ahead of the local markets introduction," said Martina Biene, Head if the Volkswagen Brand.

    Global Touring Cars (GTC), which launched in South Afric in 2016, is the premier motorsport championship in South Africa and includes the main GTC Championship (GTC1) as well as the Second, GTC2.

    Volkswagen Motorsport will compete in the two Golf 8 GTI's in the GTC1. They will be driven by 2019 GTC champion Keagen Masters and Daniel Rowe, the 2016 GTC2 champion. Volkswagen Motorsport will also be represented in the SupaCup, Which replaces GTC@, by 2016 Driver Search winner and 2017 Polo Cup Rookie winner, Jonathan Mogotsi, Mogotsi will be racing the SupaCup Polo, which is a newly developed car for the second tier class within the GTC Championship. The new ca is an exciting addition to South African motorsport and Produces over 200kw coupled to a locally developed 6-speed M-Trac Sequential Gearbox.

    In the GTC series all the vehicles have to adhere to strict control measures which feature a common chassis, running gear,a single ECU to cintrol performance, tyres, suspension and other components.

    "New features in the Golf 8 GTI racing car include an all-new chrome moly tubular chassis whic is much stiffer and lighter than the previous generation GTC car," said Mike Rowe, head of the Volkswagen Motorsport.

    Even with five manufactures competing in the GTC series, it is one of the most premier circuit racing series in Africa due to its competitive nature. It is a tought chapionship to win, so consistent scoring of points at every round is very important," added Rowe.

    Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we have not been permitted to race and as the Motorsport fraternity we are all hoping that by August, we can get the cars on the track, although it will most likely to be without any spectators," concluded Rowe.

    The start of the official 2020 South African Mototsport circuit racing season is stil unconfirmed, but it is hoped that motorsport events can resume in August 2020 and the first round will likely start at Zwartkops Raceway in Johannesburg.

      Volkswagen hands over first phase of Covid-19 temporary medical facility


      • The first phase of this temporary facility could accommodate 1 485 patients
      • VWSA will also assist National Health Laboratory Services to improve its Covid-19

      Uitenhage – Seven weeks after the initial announcement of the company’s plans to provide a temporary medical facility for Covid-19 patients, Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) today handed over the first phase of this project to the Eastern Cape Department of Health.


      VolkswagenVolkswagen hands over first phase of Covid-19 temporary medical facility

      • The first phase of this temporary facility could accommodate 1 485 patients
      • testing capacity

      Uitenhage – Seven weeks after the initial announcement of the company’s plans to provide a temporary medical facility for Covid-19 patients, Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) today handed over the first phase of this project to the Eastern Cape Department of Health.

      VWSA announced on 5 May that they would make their former Port Elizabeth plant, situated in Neave, available as an overflow facility to provide care for those diagnosed with Covid-19. With funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), VWSA has since completed the first phase of equipping this facility, which can now accommodate 1 485 patients including high-acuity patients who require oxygenation. Once the second and third phases are complete, in accordance with the Department of Health’s standard operating procedures for field hospitals the facility could accommodate more than 3 300 beds for patients.

      The conversion of this 66 000m² building is the result of collaboration between VWSA, Eastern Cape Department of Health, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber. BMZ provided funding of 5.2 million Euros (R100 million). A performance framework for the project was developed by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. The Business Chamber assisted in facilitating the project, while the Department of Health will be responsible for running the facility, with support from the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality. Aside from managing the process of equipping the facility, VWSA contributed 1.3 million Euros (R25 million) for the facility, as well as the procurement of protective gear for staff at regional tertiary hospitals, regional Primary Care Clinics and Covid-19 test centres.

      600 000 Euros (R11 million) of this funding will also be used in support of the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) branch in Port Elizabeth, which is responsible for the majority of Covid-19 testing in the metro. The branch is currently facing immense pressure amid challenges that include the shortage of testing kits. The assistance from VWSA will include the sourcing of necessary equipment, and improving the process flow of testing – all with the goal of doubling the current laboratory’s daily average output of 1 500 tests to more than 3 000 tests.

      “We have learned that collaboration is key when facing an unprecedented threat such as Covid-19,” said Thomas Schaefer, Chairman and Managing Director of VWSA. “This pandemic requires us to act decisively and with speed. VWSA has answered this call by completing and delivering phase 1 of the medical facility at the time when it is desperately needed by our Metro which is currently experiencing an alarming increase of infections. We are honoured to be able to provide this facility so our communities can receive the care they need during this difficult period of our lifetime.

      “The testing process in the Metro needs to be optimised to enable tracing. This remains crucial as it will ultimately allow us to curb the spread of the virus. It is our hope that the support we offer to the NHLS will enable them to perform their potentially life-saving duties more effectively. I am very grateful to the German government for making both these projects possible and helping us to protect our community.”

      The Premier of the Eastern Cape, Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane, welcomed the completion of the first phase of the field hospital. “The intervention by Volkswagen Group South Africa and the German government, to invest in the establishment of this 3 300-bed field hospital, came at the right time as more than 12 000 people in our province are infected by Covid-19,” said Mabuyane. “It is neatly dovetailing into our broader strategy of establishing field hospitals to fight Covid-19 in the Eastern Cape. We were looking for more beds to increase our capacity and ensure that whoever is in need of hospitalisation, would be able to get that support from this public-private partnership.”

      Mabuyane revealed that the hospital will be named the Rev. Dr Elizabeth Mamisa Chabula-Nxiweni Field Hospital. This name was chosen in honour of Rev. Dr Chabula-Nxiweni, a retired Port Elizabeth doctor and vocal advocate for safe circumcision during initiation ceremonies. Dr Chabula-Nxiweni is also a Presbyterian minister, a former Nelson Mandela Bay Municipal Health Chief and a pioneer in caring for young initiates who have suffered as a result of unsafe circumcision practices.

      “This is an honour to one of our brightest medical minds with a heart of gold and a spirit to serve our people. With this honour, we thank her for her service to our people,” said Mabuyane.

      Mabuyane said the provincial government would provide healthcare workers to work at the new field hospital and its pharmacy. “The German government and VWSA have shown their good hearts in answering this call for international solidarity. This investment in human beings came at the right time. It’s a very progressive way of ploughing back into the community where you are doing business.

      “3 330 beds is huge; we appreciate the humanitarian gesture by the donors. It is a responsible investment. We are in this campaign to save lives.”

      Dr Gerd Müller, the German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, commented: “I am pleased that the temporary hospital in Port Elizabeth opened today. Working together with Volkswagen South Africa, we have managed in just seven weeks to convert a factory that was not being used into a facility for Covid-19 patients. We are thus able to provide 3 300 additional hospital beds including 800 with oxygenation. This contribution is part of our global Emergency Covid-19 Support Programme to help expand health infrastructure in developing countries, ensure food security and stabilise crisis and refugee regions. This support is needed because the coronavirus has not only caused a global health crisis; it has also led to a dramatic food and economic crisis. We all must realise that we either beat Covid-19 worldwide or not at all.”

      Volkswagen’s best dealers recognised via a virtual awards ceremony


      • Volkswagen’s annual Grand Prix Awards recognise the best performing dealers in the network
      • Due to social distancing guidelines, for the first time in the history of the brand, the awards were live streamed

      Johannesburg – The annual Grand Prix Awards, which were held on 11 June 2020, recognise the best performing dealers in the Volkswagen Brand.


      Volkswagen’s best dealers recognised via a virtual awards ceremony.

      • Volkswagen’s annual Grand Prix Awards recognise the best performing dealers in the network
      • Due to social distancing guidelines, for the first time in the history of the brand, the awards were live streamed

      Johannesburg – The annual Grand Prix Awards, which were held on 11 June 2020, recognise the best performing dealers in the Volkswagen Brand.

      This year’s ceremony themed, ‘Made to Move You’ was slightly different. For the first time in the history of the Grand Prix Awards, the ceremony was hosted as a virtual event. This year’s awards were streamed to all 109 Volkswagen dealers in an effort to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

      “Over 50 000 vehicle sales were channelled through the Volkswagen Dealer Network last year. Our Dealers played an important role in helping the Volkswagen Passenger Car brand to achieve its highest market share since 1996. Even in the time of the Covid-19 pandemic and social distancing guidelines, we found an innovative way to recognise their achievements,” said Mike Glendinning, Volkswagen Group South Africa Sales and Marketing Director.

      A total of 87 awards were presented during the ceremony which rewarded the exceptional performance of the Volkswagen dealerships in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana.

      The two most prestigious awards of the night were awarded to Mike McNaughton and Sally McNaughton from the Kelston Group who won the Dealer Micro Group of the Year award and Brad Kaftel from the Hatfield Group, who walked away with the Macro Dealer Group of the Year Award (the third year in a row).

      The Volkswagen Dealer of the Year is bestowed upon the Volkswagen Dealership that delivers the best overall results across various disciplines of the business, on a consistent basis whilst representing the Volkswagen brand values at the highest level. The Dealer of the Year Award, which is the most coveted award at the Grand Prix’s, went to Michael Kaftel from Hatfield VW Rivonia.

      “The Dealer Network is an integral aspect of Volkswagen South Africa’s business and accounts for over 70% of our sales. The Volkswagen brand’s exceptional performance in 2019 was fuelled by a strong dealer performance. I am proud of the commitment shown by our dealers who continue to make the Volkswagen Brand the most-loved passenger car brand in South Africa,” concluded Glendinning.

      Motus Financial Services and Discovery Insure partner on new telematics-based warranty product


      (JOHANNESBURG, South Africa) 15 June 2020. The South African economy has suffered tremendously due to the global and national COVID-19 epidemic. As we gradually move back to ‘normal’, many consumers are taking advantage of incredibly low interest rates to secure new vehicle purchases.

      Discovery Insure CEO, Anton Ossip, announced the launch of a new product in their offering, providing vehicle warranty cover to its clients. The new product, available exclusively to Discovery Insure clients, comprises comprehensive and market-leading mechanical breakdown and electrical failure cover for 36 critical vehicle components, with no cover limits.


      Motus Financial Services and Discovery Insure partner on new telematics-based warranty product.

      (JOHANNESBURG, South Africa) 15 June 2020. The South African economy has suffered tremendously due to the global and national COVID-19 epidemic. As we gradually move back to ‘normal’, many consumers are taking advantage of incredibly low interest rates to secure new vehicle purchases.

      Discovery Insure CEO, Anton Ossip, announced the launch of a new product in their offering, providing vehicle warranty cover to its clients. The new product, available exclusively to Discovery Insure clients, comprises comprehensive and market-leading mechanical breakdown and electrical failure cover for 36 critical vehicle components, with no cover limits.

      According to Ossip, “Our driving behaviour technology allows us to collect telematics data for each driver on our Vitality Drive programme, making it possible to tailor-make premiums for our warranty product.” This telematics-based warranty cover is a world-first, with up to 100% vehicle servicing discounts for driving well.

      CEO of Motus Financial Services Kerry Cassel adds, “We are able to cover a more comprehensive list of critical components, with no limits, due to the data we have collected from operating in the motor industry market for decades. This product encourages good driving with premiums based on a driver’s specific driving profile as well as the unique circumstances of the vehicle compared to a market where premiums are mostly undifferentiated.”

      Discovery Insure, a leading South African short-term insurance company, has its ambition to create a nation of great drivers. Its business model is anchored on its Shared-value Insurance model that encourages drivers through the Vitality Drive programme to improve their driving behaviour, using telematics data collected from their vehicles, and reward them for their good driving.

      Motus Financial Services develops and distributes innovative vehicle-related financial products and services through importers, distributors, dealers, finance houses, call centres and digital channels. Motus is South Africa’s largest automotive group and undisputed leader in mobility. Apart from its interests in financial services, Motus represents 22 Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) through over 300 strategically located dealerships. Its unrivalled footprint across South Africa allows Motus to quickly gauge changes in motoring trends.

      “Together, our two companies saw a business opportunity in the market where we could combine Motus’ expertise in the vehicle Warranty business with Discovery Insure’s Vitality Drive programme to create the world’s first telematics-based Warranty product,” said Ossip.

      “By driving well, drivers who have our telematics-based Warranty product will be able to access the Vitality Drive vehicle servicing benefit discount up to a maximum of 100% depending on the Vitality Drive status of the client, limited to a R5 000 spend, when visiting a dealership that is part of our vast network, including over 270 Motus Retail service centres as well as Bosch service centres.”

      Cassel adds, “Through our extensive years of experience in the vehicle and warranty business, we knew that good drivers looked after their cars and would be better clients to offer warranty cover to.”

      “As Discovery Insure, we are excited to work with Motus to bring this world class offering to our clients,” says Kgodiso Mokonyane, Head of Strategy at Discovery Insure. “We look forward to seeing the success of this product and creating a stronger relationship to bring more value to our clients.”

      Volkswagen's T-Roc to complete the SUV range in South Africa


      • Volkswagen's T-Roc to complete the SUV range in South Africa
      • With the T-Roc, Volkswagen is completing its range of SUVs in South Africa
      • The T-Roc will go on sale in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana at the beginning of November 2020

      Johannesburg - Volkswagen has added a fifth model to the brand's SUV range in South Africa, the T-Roc. The T-SUV range in the Southern African market now consists of the T-Cross, T-Roc, Tiguan, Tiguan Allspace and the Touareg.


      Volkswagen's T-Roc to complete the SUV range in South Africa

      • Volkswagen's T-Roc to complete the SUV range in South Africa
      • With the T-Roc, Volkswagen is completing its range of SUVs in South Africa
      • The T-Roc will go on sale in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana at the beginning of November 2020

      Johannesburg - Volkswagen has added a fifth model to the brand's SUV range in South Africa, the T-Roc. The T-SUV range in the Southern African market now consists of the T-Cross, T-Roc, Tiguan, Tiguan Allspace and the Touareg.

      The SUV market is growing rapidly in South Africa and from 2015 to 2019, it increased by 44%. International experts estimate that the compact SUV segment worldwide will almost double in size over the next decade. It is for this reason that Volkswagen South Africa is introducing another attractive model in the compact SUV space, less than 12 months since the launch of the T-Cross.

      As part of the biggest model offensive in its history, Volkswagen is extending its model range by adding a compact-class crossover. The new crossover from Volkswagen brings fresh impetus to the compact SUV class and sets a new benchmark in the SUV segment with its functionality, dynamic handling and technology. The T-Roc, which slots above the T-Cross and below the Tiguan in the Volkswagen SUV range, offers maximum personalisation, innovative digitalisation, perfect connectivity, class-leading driver assistance systems, dynamic engines and above all a modern and expressive design. In the local market, the T-Roc will be available in the following derivatives; 1.4 TSI 110kW Design, 2.0 TSI 140kW 4MOTION® DSG® Design and the 2.0 TSI 140kW 4MOTION® DSG® R-Line. The introduction of the T-Roc comes with new naming for the trim lines under Volkswagen's new "Y" structure line up. The base models will branch out into two different line structures offering different levels of specification to suit the different customer needs. The T-Roc offering has the Design line for customers looking for more styling elements and the R-Line is aimed at customers looking for more sporty levels of specification.

      Exterior design Numerous design elements define the new five-seater's style; at the front it is the wide radiator grille unit with integrated dual headlights and the repositioned light signature, which make the T-Roc unmistakable even at night. The lines of the elongated silhouette are characterised by a particularly striking chrome element that runs from the A-pillars across the complete side roof line all the way into the C-pillar and is reminiscent of a coupé. The off-road look is enhanced by all-round, dark plastic trim, which protects the bodywork around the wheel arches and side sills, as well as the vehicle's front and rear. The rear bumper styling is just as distinctive as the front, with the design aimed to frame the rear lid and in turn give the T-Roc a sportier look. The T-Roc will also be amongst the first Volkswagen models to display the new Volkswagen logo in South Africa.

      The T-Roc is the first Volkswagen SUV that will be available to order in two-tone paintwork with visually contrasting roof section (including the A-pillars and exterior mirror housings). On the Design derivatives, customers have a choice of pure white, red and black on the roof and exterior mirror housings. These roof and exterior mirror housings can be paired with various exterior colours, thus giving T-Roc customers 26 different colour options. The R-Line derivative will have 21 different colour options.

      The Design derivatives come standard with the 17-inch Mayfield alloy wheel and have two further options of an 18-inch Montego alloy wheel as well as an 18-inch Grange Hill alloy wheel. The R-Line derivative comes standard with the 19-inch Suzuka alloy wheel. The T-Roc is based on the modular transverse matrix (MQB) meaning that the T-Roc offers a Golf-like level of ride comfort; it is 80millimetres longer than the T-Cross and 162millimetres shorter than the Tiguan. When all five seats are occupied, luggage space is 445 litres. The backrests can also be folded down in a 60/40 split, yielding luggage capacity of up to 1 290 litres and hardly any other SUV in this class offers such a spacious package.

      Interior features The interior has been adapted to match the exterior design. It has a robust SUV feel and modern treatment of surfaces. The interplay between the Active Info Display and the specific infotainment system creates a new, digital and interactive cockpit. To further enhance the individual offering, the Design derivative, in addition to the standard limestone grey dashboard colour, has a further three interior colours to choose from, whilst on the R-Line derivative, the interior dashboard colour is Caribou Grey. Ambient lighting, which is white for the Design derivative and red for the R-Line derivative, completes the interior style design.

      Innovative digital offering The T-Roc will come standard with Composition Media radio and App-Connect. The Composition radio has an 8-inch colour touch screen with two USB ports easily located in the centre console of the vehicle. App-Connect makes it possible to connect your smartphone to the radio system which enables the user to operate selected mobile phone apps from the touchscreen. In the T-Roc App-Connect has been upgraded to Wireless App-Connect, meaning you no longer need to connect your smart phone to the USB port in order to get this functionality (this is only available with Discover Media system). In addition to being able to charge your phone via the USB ports, the Composition Media radio also has the option for compatible phones to be charged inductively. This mobile inductive charging function is standard on the R-Line derivative. If integrated navigation is required, Discover Media infotainment is available as an optional feature.

      We Connect Go is also standard in the range and allows T-Roc customers to pair their vehicle to their smartphone. The We Connect Go app functionality includes the following; vehicle data, access to the nearest or preferred Volkswagen dealer, records for the tax log book and gamification. The instrument cluster can be full digitalised with the optional Active Info Display digital cluster. The high resolution 11.7-inch screen, makes it possible to adapt instruments to personal needs in various screen views. The interplay between the Active Info Display and the infotainment system creates a new digital and interactive cockpit.

      I.Q Drive technologies. In the T-Roc, the level of passive safety features included are Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Park Distance Control, LED Headlights, Light and Vision Package, Blind Spot Monitor and Fatigue Detection. In addition to these safety features, I.Q Drive technologies are also available on the T-Roc. The technologies support Volkswagen's journey to autonomous driving and represent the relevant driver assistant systems which aid the parking, driving and security of the T-Roc. The I.Q Drive technologies included in the T-Roc are Park Assist, Emergency Assist, Front Assist, Traffic Jam Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Assist. Emergency Assist which is standard on the T-Roc uses a number of technologies in the car to assist the driver when they are unable to.

      Traffic Jam Assist utilises functions from the Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Assist to enable convenient and safe stop-and-go driving in heavy traffic situations. Front Assist uses sensors to detect situations where the distance to the vehicle ahead is critical and it helps to shorten the vehicles stopping distance. In dangerous situations the system alerts the driver by visual and audible signals. Pedestrian Monitoring, which is a new offering, is an extension of Front Assist. It utilises two sensors at the front to acquire information from the front of the vehicle. If required the vehicle will trigger an audible and visual signal to warn the driver of obstructions and could also brake the vehicle if required within system limits. Lane Assist which is standard on the R-Line derivative is activated via the multifunction steering wheel and active from 65km/h. If the vehicle starts to depart from the lane, the Lane Assist will warn the driver by means of an audible system, vibrating of the steering wheel or corrective steering intervention.

      Specifications Standard specification on the 1.4 TSI Design and 2.0 TSI Design derivatives are details such as climatronic air conditioning, the Composition Media infotainment system, connectivity via the We Connect Go app, Voice Control, LED tail light cluster, visual underbody guard (black) and Park Distance Control (front and rear). The top-of-the-range T-Roc R-Line comes standard with high-tech systems such as Front Assist area monitoring with City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring, the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System and the lane keeping system Lane Assist. Also standard on the top-of-the-range R-Line derivative are the Light Assist package, LED daytime running lights in the bumper and dynamic cornering lights, 19-inch Suzuka alloy wheels, the latest generation Active info display, Keyless entry, Mobile phone inductive charging, Adaptive Cruise Control with Front Assist and Vienna leather seats.

      Optional features on all derivatives includes; the panoramic sunroof, electronic trailer hitch, smoker's package, Discover Pro navigation system with a 9.2-inch screen, the Beats sound system and the Park Package.

      Two petrol engines for the T-Roc model range The new T-Roc can be ordered with a choice of two efficient petrol engines at launch. Customers have a choice of the 1.4 TSI 8-speed Tiptronic engine with a power output of 110kW at 5 000 - 6 000rpm and torque of 250Nm. The entry-level engine reaches 0 - 100km/h in 8.4 seconds, has a fuel consumption of 6.9l/100km and a top speed of 205km.

      The 2.0 TSI engine with 7-speed DSG® and 4MOTION® is the second engine in the range and has a power output of 140kW and torque of 320Nm. It takes just 7.2 seconds to go from 0 - 100km, with the top speed being 216km. The fuel consumption on this engine is 8.3l/100km.

      The Volkswagen T-Roc comes standard with a 3 year/120 000km warranty, 5 year/ 90 000km Volkswagen Service Plan and a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty. Service interval is 15 000km. The T-Roc 1.4TSI 110kW Tiptronic Design and 2.0TSI 140kW 4MOTION® DSG® R-Line will officially go on sale in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana from November 2020. The 2.0TSI 140kW 4MOTION® DSG® Design derivative will go on sale in January 2020.

      Due to the volatility of exchange rates in the last few months, Volkswagen South Africa will only announce pricing for the T-Roc range in August 2020.

      The best time to buy a new vehicle? Now.


      • Combination of factors driving reduced cost of vehicle ownership
      • Reduction in fuel price dramatically reduces major running cost
      • Average mileage at reduced levels will result in lower running costs for years to come

      (JOHANNESBURG, South Africa) 29 May 2020. As South Africa prepares to move to Alert Level 3 on the 1st of June, Motus has seen renewed interest in vehicle sales enquiries.


      The best time to buy a new vehicle? Now.

      • Combination of factors driving reduced cost of vehicle ownership
      • Reduction in fuel price dramatically reduces major running cost
      • Average mileage at reduced levels will result in lower running costs for years to come

      (JOHANNESBURG, South Africa) 29 May 2020. As South Africa prepares to move to Alert Level 3 on the 1st of June, Motus has seen renewed interest in vehicle sales enquiries. Representing 22 Original Equipment Manufactures (OEMs) through over 300 strategically located dealerships, Motus is South Africa’s largest automotive group and undisputed leader in mobility. Its unrivalled footprint across South Africa allows Motus to quickly gauge changes in consumer motoring trends.

      “The cost of vehicle ownership has reduced dramatically in just a few months as a side effect of the lockdown as well as global economic factors,” says Osman Arbee, CEO, Motus. “The marked recovery in new and used vehicle enquiries across the Motus network suggests South African buyers intend to make the most of this unprecedented reduction in the cost of vehicle ownership.”

      The South Africa motoring market is driven by value and quality. Owners tend to keep their vehicles much longer than the average global buyer. Consequently, local consumers place a lot more emphasis on the cost of ownership and running costs when choosing a new vehicle. Given that a car is often the second most expensive purchase for many South Africans a lot of research is done before making the final purchasing decision.

      Based on several factors monitored by Motus the current cost of ownership has seen a reduction of approximately 15% when compared to February 2020. Over the past few months there have been major changes in three critical factors that impact the cost of ownership:

      • The prime lending rate has dropped from 9.75% to 7.75%, reducing monthly repayments by approximately 7% (depending on finance structure);
      • The cost of fuel has dropped by 23.8%, while the average mileage per vehicle is down by 8.6% as a result of the country-wide lockdown. This means the average fuel spend per vehicle contracted by around 30% in total;
      • Maintenance costs are down by at least 9% as a result of lower mileages travelled.

      While the current cost of vehicle ownership is the lowest it has been in a number of years, Motus anticipates that the lower mileages travelled will result in people keeping their cars for longer. A significant number of customers have negotiated a ‘payment holiday’ with their banks, and these extended repayment terms will contribute to extending ownership periods. Based on current statistics, the ownership period is anticipated to extend from an average of 42 months to between 45 and 47 months.

      In addition, average mileage travelled per customer per year is anticipated to drop from an average of 22,965 km to 18,542 km and in all likelihood will only start increasing once the country has returned to Level 1. Furthermore, its projected that average mileages will continue to remain lower in the months (and even years) to come as many businesses continue with work from home, and make use of virtual meeting alternatives.

      “Although movement will increase as the country reopens, most South Africans realise that movement will remain restricted for a long time, which means cost of ownership is likely to remain at these low levels for a similarly long time. It is, in many respects, the perfect time to purchase a new car,” says Arbee.

      Volkswagen’s T-Roc to make a digital premiere in South Africa


      • Volkswagen biggest launch of the year will be broadcast to South Africans via a digital premiere
      • T-Roc’s South African launch will take place on 17 June 2020

      Johannesburg – Volkswagen’s major vehicle launch for 2020 will be streamed via a digital event. The T-Roc will premiere in South Africa on Thursday, 17 June 2020.


      Volkswagen’s T-Roc to make a digital premiere in South Africa

      • Volkswagen biggest launch of the year will be broadcast to South Africans via a digital premiere
      • T-Roc’s South African launch will take place on 17 June 2020

      Johannesburg – Volkswagen’s major vehicle launch for 2020 will be streamed via a digital event. The T-Roc will premiere in South Africa on Thursday, 17 June 2020.

      “Covid-19 has necessitated our brand to find new and innovative ways to communicate with our customers as well as launch our exciting range of products. We are very excited to debut the T-Roc in South Africa through a digital event which will be a first for the South African automotive industry,” said Martina Biene, Head of the Volkswagen Brand.

      The sporty, stylish and contemporary T-Roc will complete Volkswagen’s T-SUV range in South Africa which currently consists of the T-Cross, Tiguan, Tiguan Allspace and the Touareg. The T-Roc slots between the T-Cross and the Tiguan in Volkswagen’s SUV range.

      At its South African debut, Volkswagen will announce the T-Roc model line-up that will be available in the local market, Namibia and Botswana. Detailed specifications and retail pricing of the new SUV will also be announced.

      Volkswagen South Africa’s social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter), will provide media and customers with detailed information of the digital premiere of the T-Roc closer to the date of the event.

      The T-Roc will officially be launched in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana from November 2020.

      Volkswagen's WeConnect Go App now available in South Africa


      • Volkswagen takes first step on the journey to the connected car
      • WeConnect Go offers an easy 'Plug & Play' car connectivity solution for Volkswagen customers
      • WeConnect Go App, which replaces the MyVW App, is now available for iOS and Android users in South Africa

      Volkswagen's WeConnect Go App now available in South Africa

      • Volkswagen takes first step on the journey to the connected car
      • WeConnect Go offers an easy 'Plug & Play' car connectivity solution for Volkswagen customers
      • WeConnect Go App, which replaces the MyVW App, is now available for iOS and Android users in South Africa

      The WeConnect Go app forms part of the "Volkswagen We" ecosystem which offers a growing range of vehicle-related digital services and mobility offerings that can be used in-car or via smartphones.

      The WeConnect Go app, which replaces the MyVW app, has a host of new innovative features which are designed to simplify the experience for Volkswagen customers. These features include; MyVolkswagen (displays the most important vehicle information like fuel level, mileage and battery voltage), Service Appointments (enables customers to send appointment requests to their preferred Volkswagen dealer), Get help (24-hour roadside assistance), Trip Monitor (digital logbook which is easily exported as a PDF and can be used for SARS vehicle claims) and Driving Challenges (points awarded for a safe and efficient driving styles).

      WeConnect Go offers an easy 'Plug & Play' car connectivity solution where the user receives all the car's information on their smartphone. The WeConnect Go app works hand-in-hand with the Data Plugs. The Data Plug, which is connected into the vehicle's On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) system, reads data relating to the vehicle and sends it to the vehicle owner's smartphone via Bluetooth.

      Data plugs will be offered as standard on Volkswagen models from the Polo Comfortline and above, as from July 2020. Data plugs will be available as optional items for older Volkswagen models dating back as far as 2008, but excluding the previous generation Polo Vivo.

      The WeConnect Go and Data plug roll-out commenced with T-Cross customers and is now being extended to the entire Volkswagen range. Volkswagen customers are able to get their Data Plugs fitted to their vehicles by their Volkswagen dealer.

      More information on the WeConnect Go app is available on the Volkswagen website:
      https://www.vw.co.za/en/innovation-technology/we-connect-go-for-everyone.html

      Mobility for Good: Motus donates vehicles in support of food security during the national lockdown


      • Motus donates 16 vehicles to assist socio-welfare organisations with feeding the nation during national lockdown
      • Five charities benefit from a total of 16 Hyundai and KIA passenger and light commercial vehicles
      • Beekman Canopies ensures precious cargo is kept safe in transit

      MOBILITY FOR GOOD: MOTUS DONATES VEHICLES IN SUPPORT OF FOOD SECURITY DURING THE NATIONAL LOCKDOWN

      • Motus donates 16 vehicles to assist socio-welfare organisations with feeding the nation during national lockdown
      • Five charities benefit from a total of 16 Hyundai and KIA passenger and light commercial vehicles
      • Beekman Canopies ensures precious cargo is kept safe in transit

      Johannesburg 15 May 2020 - In the past week, Motus donated a total of 16 vehicles to five different charities across the country through local importer subsidiaries, Hyundai Automotive South Africa and KIA Motors South Africa, with additional donations by Beekman Canopies. The vehicles will be used to feed South Africa during the extended national lockdown.

      “As a proudly South African company that strives to deliver mobility for good to all South Africans, the best way in which we can ensure food security is to assist in delivering food to those who need it desperately,” says Osman Arbee, CEO, Motus. “We are leaders in mobility, and it is a privilege to be able to assist these excellent organisations with vehicles, so that their expertise and dedication to support those most vulnerable communities can be expanded.”

      GIFT OF THE GIVERS

      Thanks to Hyundai Automotive South Africa, Gift of the Givers received two Hyundai H100 light commercial vehicles (‘bakkies’) as well as a Hyundai H-1 Bus. The organisation, started by Dr. Imtiaz Sooliman in 1992 and today considered the largest disaster relief group of African origin, will be using the vehicles to accomplish their mission of providing nutritious food to impoverished children and families.

      "Gift of the Givers values the generous contribution,” said Dr. Sooliman. “The three [Hyundai] vehicles couldn't have come at a more opportune time to increase our logistical capability in ferrying medical teams, delivering food and transporting essential medical supplies and protective wear to frontline health care workers, the SA Police Service and the general public in all nine provinces in South Africa, including many deeply rural areas.

      FOODFORWARD SA

      Simultaneously, Hyundai Automotive South Africa also donated three Hyundai H100 light commercial vehicles (‘bakkies’) and two Grand i10 Cargo panel vans to FoodForward SA. The organisation, established in 2009 to address widespread hunger in South Africa, is working with a range of social partners to feed insecure households through its network of registered beneficiary organisations.

      According to FoodForward SA’s Managing Director, Andy du Plessis, more than 30 million people in South Africa lived below the poverty line before the impact of Covid-19, and that millions of people, such as informal traders and day-job seekers, were surviving by earning a daily income. Many small businesses were also struggling to stay afloat; the country was in yet another recession - and then the Covid-19 pandemic struck.

      "It is safe to assume that the Covid-19 collision will be severe and far reaching, both in the short and long term,” says Du Plessis. "Creating better access to food for the poor is critical now and in the coming months. FoodForward SA is committed to scaling up so that households in vulnerable communities receive proper food provisions, and we thank all our donors for their generosity and for caring enough to make a difference."

      SANZAF

      In similar spirit, KIA Motors South Africa donated three KIA K2700 light commercial vehicles and three KIA Picanto STARTs to SANZAF to assist the organisation in delivering food and other welfare support services to vulnerable communities.

      A Section 18A Public Benefit Organisation, The South African National Zakah Fund directly invested R27 million in education in the previous financial year. In addition, the organisation also counselled and assisted 28,000 people through their welfare support services. Under normal circumstances, more than 40,000 people benefit from their monthly food programmes.

      “It is really heart-warming to receive this generous donation,” says Yasmina Francke, CEO of SANZAF. “These vehicles will go a long way to ease the load for our teams working on the ground, particularly in these difficult times when we are delivering door-to-door and practising social distancing. Having extra vehicles in circulation will definitely help us with our distributions in needy communities.”

      Adds SANZAF Chairperson, Fayruz Mohamed: “As a nation we are facing a humanitarian crisis that requires a collective effort from government, the private sector and civil society. This is one of those examples where a company has certainly shown heart by doing amazing work in supporting the efforts required to serve the poor and the needy.”

      RADA & ASHRAFUL ULOOM

      But it’s not only the large, networked organisations that has benefitted: people are at the heart of every community, so when a crisis like the Covid-19 pandemic arises, it’s the people on the ground that will make a real difference in their community. To this end, KIA Motors South Africa also donated a KIA K2700 light commercial vehicle to the Madrassah Ashraful Uloom in Marlboro, Johannesburg, to assist the organisation in delivering food and other essentials to the community of Alexandra and surrounds, as well as a KIA K2700 light commercial vehicle to RADA to assist the organisation in delivering food and other essentials to their various RADA CARE Homes.

      Founded in 1995, the Madrassah is a community-based organisation that provides a broad range of services to the community it serves. This includes operating three Madrassahs (Marlboro, Edenvale, Alexandra) and a children’s home, as well as assisting widows, the poor and the needy. In addition, the Madrassah also supports prison services and education through seminars and workshops.

      “On behalf of Ashraful Aid, I would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation for the generous donation from Motus,” says Suhail Wadee. “It is with the support of the business community that our aspirations and ambitions are realised. Our ability to respond timeously during crisis makes all the difference. The K2700 will allow us to continue our response during these challenging times.”

      RADA – an acronym for rape, alcohol, drug, abuse – is a registered NPO that takes positive, meaningful and effective action to combat these addictions and atrocities so that the world can become a better, healthier and safer place in which all can prosper. They operate a number of programmes and initiatives, including the “Adopt-a-Home” project that provides assistance to existing homes of safety for abused and abandoned children, people with disabilities, the elderly and the homeless through the provision of food, clothing, bedding, books and other basic necessities. The programme currently supports up to ten different homes around Gauteng.

      “It is imperative that Covid-19 does not reach our facilities as the elderly, homeless, children and people with ongoing immune deficiencies who are cared for in these homes are all high-risk individuals,” says John-Paul Nobrega, Founder and CEO of RADA. “Without the assistance of KIA and Motus, we would not be able to deliver the quantities of food and other essentials needed for each home. We truly value the support that allows us to feed the less fortunate and assist us in alleviating the immediate and very desperate needs of communities.”

      L'AVENIR FARMING COMMUNITY

      Mitsubishi Motors SA has partnered with L’Avenir Wine Estate and the Pebbles Project to assist L’Avenir in keeping the farm worker community safe, healthy and nourished during the national lockdown. The Pebbles Project has been enriching the lives of children and families in the Western Cape Winelands since its inception in 2004, and with the help of Mitsubishi Motors, are delivering special food parcels to 56 adults and children in this period. These families also have access to proper healthcare services through Pebbles Project’s mobile clinics. The food parcels cost R150 each, and will feed a family of four twice a day for seven days.

      Pricing of the Limited Edition Golf GTI TCR announced


      • The Limited Edition Golf GTI TCR will be available for order at Volkswagen dealers from May 2020

      The Golf GTI TCR is the final swansong of the Golf 7 range which has sold 40 128 units in South Africa since launch in 2013. Of the total Golf sales, 13 230 (33%) of those were the GTI derivative, which makes South Africa one of the top 10 markets worldwide for Golf GTI.


      PRICING OF THE LIMITED EDITION GOLF GTI TCR ANNOUNCED

      • The Limited Edition Golf GTI TCR will be available for order at Volkswagen dealers from May 2020

      Johannesburg - The retail price of the Limited Edition Golf GTI TCR has been announced. The Golf GTI TCR will be available for order from Volkswagen dealers in South Africa as of May 2020.

      The Golf GTI TCR is the final swansong of the Golf 7 range which has sold 40 128 units in South Africa since launch in 2013. Of the total Golf sales, 13 230 (33%) of those were the GTI derivative, which makes South Africa one of the top 10 markets worldwide for Golf GTI.

      The Golf GTI TCR is derived from the racing car of the same name; the two-time overall winner of the international TCR racing series.

      The Golf GTI TCR, which will only come in a 5-door version in South Africa, is distinguished by the standard black 19-inch Reifnitz alloy wheels, perforated disk brakes, matte black exterior mirror caps, sill extensions, front splitter, TCR roof spoiler and a diffuser at the rear. The Golf GTI TCR makes a further strong impression even before the driver settles behind the wheel, as the TCR logo is projected onto the road when the front doors are opened.

      In the interior, Alcantara door inserts and the gear lever, premium Alcantara sport seats with GTI TCR detailing with a new fabric design as well as floor mats with black and red stitching, further accentuate the Golf GTI TCR. Additional interior features include climatronic airconditioning and red ambient light strips and an exclusive sports steering wheel.

      The Golf GTI TCR also features standard technology such as Dynamic Chassis Control including driving profile selection, Active Info Display, Parallel Park Assist and LED headlights.

      The Golf GTI TCR comes with a host of standard features and is the only model in the Volkswagen range in South Africa where the only optional features are the colours. Customers can choose between the following colours; Pure White, Tornado Red and Pure Grey.

      Another exclusive offering just for the Golf GTI TCR customers in South Africa, will be a unique number that will be placed under the GTI logo at the rear of the car and a personalised ownership certificate.

      The Golf GTI TCR, with 6-speed DSG®, reaches 100 km/h after just 5.6 seconds. The standard Vmax increases the maximum speed from 250 km/h to 264 km/h. The torque is 380Nm at 1 950 – 5 300 r/min.

      Recommended Retail Price (VAT and emissions tax included)

      2.0 TSI Golf GTI TCR 213kW DSG® from R669 000

      The Golf GTI TCR comes standard with a 3 year/120 000km warranty, 5 year/ 90 000km Volkswagen Service Plan and a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty. Service interval is 15 000km.

      VWSA doing its part in fight against Covid-19


      • VWSA to produce protective face masks in partnership with Gusco
      • VWSA to produce local Ventilator
      • The company is also involved in local and national measures against Covid-19

      Uitenhage – In response to the global Covid-19 crisis, Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) is focusing its time and attention on the manufacture of masks and medical equipment, which could be crucial in protecting South African citizens from the virus.


      VWSA DOING ITS PART IN FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19

      • VWSA to produce protective face masks in partnership with Gusco
      • VWSA to produce local Ventilator
      • The company is also involved in local and national measures against Covid-19

      Uitenhage – In response to the global Covid-19 crisis, Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) is focusing its time and attention on the manufacture of masks and medical equipment, which could be crucial in protecting South African citizens from the virus.

      VWSA has partnered with Gusco, which was previously a beneficiary of the company’s Community Trust, to produce soft fabric face masks aimed at reducing the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Following a successful trial batch, production of these masks began last week, with the goal of delivering a few thousand masks over the coming weeks in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro.

      The idea to produce face masks stemmed from the national and global shortage of protective masks.

      VWSA’s engineers are part of an international Volkswagen Group team pioneering possible ways in which the company can assist during the global crisis. In addition to this collaboration, VWSA is also part of the National Government Task Force team working on medical equipment such as ventilators

      The company’s Research and Development team is using 3D printing technology to produce parts for a mechanical ventilator which will be produced at the Uitenhage plant. The ventilator is based on an open-source design produced by Seat in Spain.

      “We are working with Dr John Black, who is the lead medical advisor on Covid-19 in Nelson Mandela Bay, Dr Adrian Wentzel, a local anaesthetist, and Quinton Uren of Jendamark Automation” said Joost Kessels, Head of Technical Engineering at VWSA. “Our Legal team is in the process of obtaining the medical release from the relevant authorities as South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA), and the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications, which we need before we can commence with mass production.”

      “We are continuously investigating ways in which VWSA can offer support to the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro in this time of crisis. We are working together as business under the lead of the Business Chamber in assisting Dr Black and his team with everything we can from engineering to logistics. It is very important for all the key stakeholders in the Metro to collaborate in order to flatten the curve of the infections whilst protecting the lives of our most vulnerable citizens,” said Thomas Schaefer, Volkswagen Group South Africa Chairman and Managing Director.

      Schaefer added: “VWSA is made up of employees with diverse talents and qualifications. We have made these skills available to the country and the Metro to contribute to the fight against Covid-19.”

      The Motus Choice Pre-Owned Vehicle of the Month


      • 2019 VW Polo Vivo 1.4 Comfortline

      The Motus Choice Pre-Owned Vehicle of the Month

      • 2019 VW Polo Vivo 1.4 Comfortline

      Specifications:

      Model: 2019 VW Polo Vivo 1.4 Comfortline
      Pre-Owned Price: R 205 900
      Mileage: 9 640km
      Finance Deal: Could be structured
      Maintenance Plan: Optional extra available
      Fuel Consumption (combined): 7.1-litres/100km
      0-100km/h: 12.8 seconds
      Contact: Contact Oscar Malatije from Lindsay Saker VW Germiston at 072 154 5195

      Introduction:

      Being South Africa’s number one selling passenger car for many years, does say a lot about a vehicle. Value for money, reliability and durability are but a few of the Polo Vivo’s trademarks that has made it a best seller over the last few years. Throw in its excellent residual values and its clear why its such a popular buy at this price point.

      For the past 63 years, Car Magazine has been the most recognised and respected voice in motoring journalism in South Africa and to be the most awarded manufacturer at this year's awards is something we are incredibly thrilled about. I am particularly proud of the T-Cross, which has received this great accolade after having been launched in South Africa only six months ago," said Mike Glendinning; Volkswagen Group South Africa Sales and Marketing Director.

      Background and condition of vehicle:

      With a mere 9 640km on the clock it was no surprise this Polo was still in a great condition. The previous owner treated the vehicle well and there was no flaws or imperfections on the bodywork that we could notice. The odd scuffmark on the door sills were noticed as you do find on most pre-owned vehicles. Overall the vehicle was in great shape, as you would have expected with such low mileage.

      Performance and Economy:

      Although the engine tech in the Vivo by today’s standards are by no means state of the art, it still delivers a remarkably satisfying all-round driving experience. The trusted 1.4-litre 8-valve power unit promises 63 Kilowatts of power and 132Nm of torque. Although not huge on outright performance in 8-valve configuration the Vivo delivers fantastic usable low-down torque, which makes for a lovely every-day city car. The silky-smooth shifting 5-speed manual gearbox further enhances the effortless driving experience. Although not as fuel efficient as some of it’s more advanced smaller engine turbocharged rivals, it would still return a decent fuel economy figure of 7.1-litres per 100km.

      How does it drive?

      Ride comfort would probably be another strong selling point. The suspension set-up really proved very comfortable and compliant on most road surfaces. Definitely class leading in terms of comfort. Noise, vibration and harshness levels also impressed and again probably one of the best at this price point. As expected after 9 600km of mileage the car drove like a new one and no funny noises or rattles were noticed.

      Inside the vehicle:

      The recently upgraded Polo Vivo certainly offers a far more modern cabin, with improved levels of quality. Especially the trim on the dashboard is now softer to the touch, although some of the harder plastic trim on the doors have been retained. Overall the cabin might still seem a bit bland to some, but the fabrics and trim remain of good quality and will most certainly be durable in the long run. Standard kit included most of the essential creature comforts, although the Polo was certainly not as well equipped as some of it’s competitors at this specific price point. Features included:

      • Air-conditioning
      • Central Locking
      • Multi-function steering wheel
      • On-Board trip computer
      • Multi-media infotainment system
      • Alloy wheels
      • Electric windows (front only)
      • Bluetooth connectivity
      • Dual Airbags
      • USB Port
      • ABS braking

      Space and Practicality:

      As a small to medium sized hatchback the Vivo felt quite spacious. Head and legroom certainly proved more than adequate for even taller people. Boot space compares well with most of its rivals at 280-litres, while this could be increased by folding down the rear seats to 952-litres.

      Summary:

      Yes, the Vivo might not be the most striking hatch out there, but it’s such an accomplished all-rounder that it would be easy to recommend it to any buyer in this price range. This vehicle was well cared for and thus offers good value.

      • Easy going nature
      • Good quality at the price
      • Ride comfort
      • Not as economical as some of its competitor
      • Maintenance plan only available as an option

      Volkswagen the most awarded manufacturer at the Top 12 Best Buys awards


      • Volkswagen South Africa walked away with three awards, the most of any manufacturer
      • Now in its 21st year, the Car Magazine Top 12 Best Buys Awards recognise the very best cars in South Africa

      Volkswagen the most awarded manufacturer at the Top 12 Best Buys awards

      • Volkswagen South Africa walked away with three awards, the most of any manufacturer
      • Now in its 21st year, the Car Magazine Top 12 Best Buys Awards recognise the very best cars in South Africa

      Johannesburg. Volkswagen won three awards at the Car Magazine Top 12 Best Buys Awards which were presented at a gala dinner in Johannesburg on 11 March 2020. The distinguished annual Top 12 Best Buys, now in their 21st year, are a definitive guide to the very best cars in South Africa.

      Only vehicles that the majority of the CAR magazine editorial team have driven, are eligible for the awards. Factors such as findings of road tests, driving impressions, performance and price are taken into consideration. Volkswagen South Africa was the most awarded manufactured at this year's award. Polo Vivo won the Small Car category; a back-back win for the locally-manufactured best-selling passenger car. The T-Cross recorded its first success at the Top 12 Best Buys by winning the Small SUV/Crossover category. Rounding off Volkswagen's awards on the night was the Tiguan which won the Midsize SUV/Crossover category, for the fourth time in a row.

      For the past 63 years, Car Magazine has been the most recognised and respected voice in motoring journalism in South Africa and to be the most awarded manufacturer at this year's awards is something we are incredibly thrilled about. I am particularly proud of the T-Cross, which has received this great accolade after having been launched in South Africa only six months ago," said Mike Glendinning; Volkswagen Group South Africa Sales and Marketing Director.

      The Car Magazine April 2020 issue will have the full article on the Top 12 Best Buys as well as the rationale behind each decision.

      L - R: Martina Biene: Head of the Volkswagen brand, Ian McClaren: Car Magazine deputy Editor, Siyanga Madikizela: PR Manager and Meredith Kelly: Head of Marketing.

      Volkswagen launches electric mobility pilot project in South Africa


      • South Africa becomes the second country after Rwanda to introduce Volkswagen electric vehicles in Africa
      Johannesburg. Volkswagen has taken the first step in its journey towards electric mobility in South Africa through the launch of the e-Golf pilot project.

      Volkswagen launches electric mobility pilot project in South Africa

      • South Africa becomes the second country after Rwanda to introduce Volkswagen electric vehicles in Africa
      Johannesburg. Volkswagen has taken the first step in its journey towards electric mobility in South Africa through the launch of the e-Golf pilot project.

      The e-Golf pilot project will see six fully electric vehicles being tested by motoring and lifestyle media, selected dealers as well as Volkswagen employees in an effort to gain valuable consumer insights into the varying experiences of driving and living with an electric vehicle in South Africa.

      Through the involvement of selected Volkswagen dealers in Gauteng and Western Cape, the e-Golf pilot project seeks to drive customer awareness and education regarding electric vehicles. The e-Golfs will be used as shuttles and courtesy cars for Volkswagen customers.

      At Volkswagen, we want to democratise electric mobility and that is why the e-Golf pilot project is a key initiative for the brand. With the help of our dealers, we want to get as many South Africans as possible to drive and experience an electric vehicle as this is the future of our brand," said Mike Glendinning, Sales and Marketing Director for Volkswagen Group South Africa.

      The e-Golf pilot project includes charging infrastructure installed in Volkswagen's Uitenhage manufacturing plant and as well as the Dealer Training Academy in Centurion, Gauteng.

      The e-Golf pilot project is the first step of a three-phase approach which will pave the way for Volkswagen to include electric vehicles in its future product portfolio in South Africa. The second phase will be expanded to include a fleet of fully electric Volkswagen ID.3 vehicles from 2021.

      The third and last phase of the electric mobility project will see the first fully electric Volkswagen vehicles available for sale to customers in South Africa from 2022.

      The e-Golf as well as the ID.3 will not be available for sale in South Africa and will be used solely for the purposes of ensuring as many South Africans as possible get to experience life with an electric vehicle.

      Customers who want to be kept informed on Volkswagen's electric mobility journey can sign up on the Volkswagen website: www.vw.co.za

      Volkswagen wins big at the 2020 Cars.co.za Consumer Awards


      • The fifth annual Cars.co.za Consumer Awards recognised the best cars in South Africa
      • Volkswagen was the biggest winner on the night walking away with the coveted Brand of the Year award and six category wins
      Johannesburg. Volkswagen was the biggest winner at the fifth annual Cars.co.za Consumer Awards held at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit on 6 February.

      Volkswagen wins big at the 2020 Cars.co.za Consumer Awards

      • The fifth annual Cars.co.za Consumer Awards recognised the best cars in South Africa
      • Volkswagen was the biggest winner on the night walking away with the coveted Brand of the Year award and six category wins
      Johannesburg. Volkswagen was the biggest winner at the fifth annual Cars.co.za Consumer Awards held at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit on 6 February.

      Widely regarded as South Africa's most definitive automotive awards programme, the Cars.co.za Consumer Awards, which are exclusively supported by WesBank, South Africa's largest vehicle finance provider, have become a highlight in the automotive calendar since the inaugural event in 2016.

      The wins at the Consumer Awards come after a record-breaking 2019 where the Volkswagen brand achieved a 20.4% passenger market share, the highest in 23 years, and the manufacturing plant in Uitenhage achieved an all-time record for production in a single year.

      Volkswagen won the biggest accolade at the Consumer Awards, the coveted Brand of the Year award which is solely determined by market and customer data.

      "We are truly happy and honoured with the vote of confidence and support from our customers. At Volkswagen we pride ourselves with outstanding products and excellent customer service and winning the Brand of the Year award is recognition of the great work being done by Volkswagen employees as well as the dealer network," said Mike Glendinning, Director: Sales and Marketing, Volkswagen Group South Africa.

      Volkswagen's first win of the night was the Compact Hatchback category which went to the Polo - this is the second time the locally-manufactured vehicle has won this category.

      The second award for Volkswagen went to the Polo GTI which won the Fun Hatchback category at its first time being a finalist at the Consumer Awards.

      The popular Golf GTI won the Premium Hatchback category, bringing Volkswagen's wins on the night to three. With only five months on sale in South Africa, the T-Cross won its first award in the Compact Family Car category.

      The Arteon defended its Business Class category title with a back-to-back win. Volkswagen's sixth category award for the night went to the Amarok which won the hotly contested Leisure Double Cab category. This is the third time the Amarok has won this category.

      "We are so proud of the Volkswagen wins at this year's awards. For the locally-manufactured Polo and Polo GTI to defend and win their categories respectively, is great recognition for the Uitenhage plant. I am also very proud of the T-Cross which continues to be a key player in the A0 SUV segment and this win is a further statement of the great package this compact SUV offers. A great performance also by our premium brands, the Arteon and much-loved Golf GTI. With the bakkie market being intensely competitive in South Africa, it is a terrific feat that the Amarok defended its title in this category for the third time," concluded Glendinning.

      The Volkswagen brand has had the most category wins (16) in the history of the Cars.co.za Consumer Awards. Volkswagen is also the only brand to have won at least one Consumer Awards category every year since the programme began in 2015/16.

      Volkswagen Group South Africa ends 2019 as the passenger car market leader


      • Volkswagen Group South Africa sold 89 353 vehicles in 2019
      • Volkswagen Passenger brand achieved its highest market share since 1996 of 20.4%
      • Audi ended the year with an improved market share of 18.2%
      • Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles' full-year market share increased to 5.2%

      Volkswagen Group South Africa ends 2019 as the passenger car market leader

      • Volkswagen Group South Africa sold 89 353 vehicles in 2019
      • Volkswagen Passenger brand achieved its highest market share since 1996 of 20.4%
      • Audi ended the year with an improved market share of 18.2%
      • Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles' full-year market share increased to 5.2%

      Johannesburg. Full-year 2019 sales saw Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) dominating the passenger car market with 89 353 vehicles sold in South Africa.

      "2019 was an incredible year for VWSA. Not only did the Uitenhage factory produce a record 161 954 vehicles, surpassing the previous record of 137 758 vehicles produced in 2011, VWSA also ended the year with 23.4% passenger market share (up 0.6% from 2018), meaning that close to a quarter of all cars sold in the South African market are from the Volkswagen Group," said Mike Glendinning, Director: Sales and Marketing, VWSA.

      According to the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA), South Africa recorded domestic sales of 536 626 units in 2019, a decline of 15 601 units or 2.8%.

      The Polo Vivo was the best-selling passenger car in South Africa with 29 619 vehicles sold in 2019. The locally-manufactured model topped the A0 segment with a share of 24.5%. The Volkswagen Passenger brand also ended 2019 with a record-market share of 20.4% (0.6% improvement from 2018), the highest since 1996.

      Premium brand Audi sold 8 495 vehicles in 2019 and ended off the year with a market share of 18.2%, which is up from the 17% market share achieved in 2018. The brand's best-selling vehicle was the Audi A3 Sportback with 1 826 vehicles sold last year.

      Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles reported deliveries of 8 397 units in the light commercial vehicles segment last year. The Commercial Vehicles brand achieved a market share of 5.2%, which is a growth of 0.1% when compared to 2018. The Amarok Double Cab topped the sales charts with 2 596 vehicles sold in 2019.

      "Our strong sales performance in 2019 was ably supported by our dealer network as well as our customers who continue to put trust in Audi and Volkswagen products thus cementing VWSA as South Africa's leading passenger car brand year after year," concluded Glendinning.

      Looking ahead

      2020 will be an exciting year for VWSA which will see key model introductions for Volkswagen and Audi in South Africa.

      This year, Volkswagen will launch the T-Cross 1.5 TSI 110kW and 70kW models, the T-Roc (Volkswagen's sporty premium SUV which slots between the T-Cross and Tiguan), the special-edition Golf GTI TCR which will see only 300 units sold in South Africa, the all-new Golf 8 as well as a facelift in the T6 Commercial Vehicles range.

      2020 will be an eventful year for the Audi brand with the introduction of new models like the all-new Audi Q3 Sportback, Audi A6 Sedan and Audi's first fully electric vehicle, the Audi e-tron. In addition the Audi A4, A5, Q7 and R8 model ranges along with their high performance derivatives receive product improvements or facelifts this year. Audi's S/RS performance vehicle portfolio will be bolstered with the new RS6, RS7, RSQ3, RSQ8 and the S8.

      Bradley Liebenberg is crowned Falken Polo Cup Champion after season-long battle with Jeffrey Kruger


      Delmas. Bradley Liebenberg wiped out a 4-point deficit to become the 2019 Falken Polo Cup champion. In the end, he beat the defending champion Jeffrey Kruger after a season-long battle that saw both drivers lead the way at various stages of the fight. In the process, the Falken Polo Cup lived up to its reputation as the country’s most successful and exciting racing formula.

      Bradley Liebenberg is crowned Falken Polo Cup Champion after season-long battle with Jeffrey Kruger

      • Liebenberg wipes out 4-point deficit to become champion
      • Liebenberg also claims two race victories in the process
      • Kruger finishes second on the day

      Delmas. Bradley Liebenberg wiped out a 4-point deficit to become the 2019 Falken Polo Cup champion. In the end, he beat the defending champion Jeffrey Kruger after a season-long battle that saw both drivers lead the way at various stages of the fight. In the process, the Falken Polo Cup lived up to its reputation as the country’s most successful and exciting racing formula.

      The Red Star Raceway to the east of Delmas played host to the final Falken Polo Cup race after a season-long battle between defending champion Jeffrey Kruger and Bradley Liebenberg. Kruger had the upper hand in the first few rounds, but the momentum swung heavily in Liebenberg’s favour following a great run in the middle of the season. Kruger however fought back and after Liebenberg was penalised for mistakenly using a Push-to-Pass on the opening lap of a race in Cape Town during Round 7, Kruger was the one with a slender advantage going into the final round.

      The advantage however was only 4 points which made the calculations easy. Whoever beat the other one on the day would come out on top. The two title hopefuls proved once again that they were the ones to beat as their names topped the timesheets in every practice session leading up to Saturday morning’s qualifying. If anything, Liebenberg was slightly quicker than his rival. The youngster then managed to convert his pace into provisional pole position when he set the fastest time in the initial qualifying session. To add to the excitement of the Falken Polo Cup, the top six in qualifying each gets one flying lap to determine the final starting grid. This is when Liebenberg missed a gear and handed pole position back to his rival Kruger.

      It was clear that both title rivals were in a class of their own as they managed to open a slight gap at the front of the field. It didn’t take Liebenberg long to squeeze his way past Kruger and into the lead which he managed to hold onto until the checkered flag was waved. Add the points that come with setting the fastest lap of the race and we had a tie at the top of the championship points table with just one race to go.

      Starting positions for the final race was determined by a numbers draw and this time luck was not on Kruger’s side. The defending champion drew number five while rival Liebenberg would start the final race from third on the grid. Kruger’s only chance was to make a move early on and it nearly paid off in the first corner, but when the dust had settled, it was Liebenberg who managed to take the race lead while Kruger fought his way up into third position behind the Polo of Arnold Neveling. This is all that Liebenberg needed as he raced off to claim double victory on the day as well as the coveted Falken Polo Cup title.

      “It was a perfect day,” said Liebenberg after the finish of Race 2. “We had an epic battle with Jeffrey all season long and to come out on top with two race victories on the day is the best possible way to finish it.”

      Kruger was graceful in defeat. “We had a fantastic battle throughout the season and it all came down to the wire and the last race. We tried our best but Bradley was just to quick on the day.”

      Behind the title fight, Arnold Neveling enjoyed his best day yet in the Falken Polo Cup with a third place overall, ahead of Keegan Campos and Clinton Bezuidenhout. Capetonian Dario Busi was classified sixth on the day ahead of the Shorter brothers Matt and Chris. Volkswagen Motorsport’s Jonathan Mogotsi finished the last day of a trying season in 12th.

      “The Falken Polo Cup once again lived up to its reputation as the most exciting form of racing,” commented Mike Rowe, head of Volkswagen Motorsport. “It is extremely competitive with just tenths of seconds separating nearly 20 drivers. This makes it the championship that every driver wants to win most. Well done to Bradley for doing so and also to Jeffrey for taking the fight all the way to the end,” he concluded.

      Victory for Volkswagen as they claim quadruple gold at GTC season finale


      Delmas. The Red Star Raceway near Delmas played host to the final and eighth round of the 2019 Global Touring Cars Championship (GTC), a series which receives great support from South Africa’s motoring giant Volkswagen. As a result, the team from Uitenhage was on the edge of making motorsport history in Delmas with just two races standing between them and no less than four different titles.

      Victory for Volkswagen as they claim quadruple gold at GTC season finale

      • Keagan Masters claims GTC Driver’s title
      • Bradley Liebenberg crowned GTC2 champion
      • Volkswagen takes both GTC and GTC2 Manufacturers titles

      Delmas. The Red Star Raceway near Delmas played host to the final and eighth round of the 2019 Global Touring Cars Championship (GTC), a series which receives great support from South Africa’s motoring giant Volkswagen. As a result, the team from Uitenhage was on the edge of making motorsport history in Delmas with just two races standing between them and no less than four different titles.

      The Volkswagen Motorsport team came to Delmas with very clear objectives in mind. “Every team races to win,” said an elated Mike Rowe, head of Volkswagen Motorsport after the event. “We came to the final round with a mission to win both the GTC and GTC2 Drivers as well as Manufacturers titles. We knew that we were in a good position to reach most of our goals, but to achieve all four was fantastic.”

      The overall success was a result of hard work, not only at the last event, but throughout the entire season. The team’s GTC drivers Daniel Rowe and Keagan Masters were in the mix on almost every event, and when the points were added before the last round, both were in with a chance to claim the title. Masters had a slender lead of just 2 points over title rivals Simon Moss and Michael van Rooyen which meant that whoever finished ahead of the other ones on the day would be crowned the champion.

      A rainstorm early on raceday caused the qualifying session to be declared a wet one, so the Jettas took to the track in wet weather tyres. The times were tumbling towards the end of the session as the circuit dried out but when the flag was waved, it was Masters who put his Jetta on the front row of the grid with the second fastest time. More importantly, he managed to out qualify his main title rivals while Rowe’s fifth place also forced title rival Van Rooyen down to sixth. Masters was very aware of the fact that he needed to stay out of trouble in both races to score points so the youngster was happy to steer clear of traffic on the opening laps of race one. But an incident between one of his title rivals (Simon Moss) and the BMW of pole setter Robert Wolk on lap 2 cleared the way for Masters to race off into the distance and to a comfortable race victory. After the calculations were made, the new points table revealed that Masters’ only title rival with one final race to go was Michael van Rooyen. The latter had to win the race and the Volkswagen driver had to finish fourth or lower to not win the title. Masters started from the back of the reverse grid but fought his way through the field and up into third where he stayed until the checkered flag was waved. Meanwhile teammate Rowe was leading the race until he got punted off by a competitor. Rowe recovered and went on to set the fastest lap of the race, confirming Volkswagen’s competitiveness in the process.

      All eyes however were on Masters as his team welcomed him back in the pits to congratulate him on winning SA’s premier circuit racing title. “It’s an unbelievable feeling and it hasn’t sunk in yet,” said a very happy Masters. “I am fortunate to have a wonderful team and I would like to thank them for all the hard work they put in throughout the season that allowed us to win the title.” Teammate Rowe was just as pleased. “As a team we had a very competitive season. Congratulations to Keagan who’s consistency throughout the season paid off. It’s a great team result and I’m already looking forward to next year.”

      With Volkswagen taking the overall GTC Drivers and Manufacturers title, the squad were well on their way to achieve all of their goals. Thanks to the efforts of Bradley Liebenberg and Adrian Wood, the team already clinched the GTC2 Manufacturers award at the previous round, so all that remained was for Liebenberg to convert his dominance into the GTC 2 title, something which he managed to do after finishing second in Race 1. The win went to teammate Wood while Liebenberg bounced back to celebrate his title with a victory in the final race of the season. “It’s been an amazing season. We had the pace all season long and to finally be crowned champion is a fantastic feeling,” said Liebenberg.

      “We came here to win,” added Mike Rowe. “Motorsport can be both cruel and unpredictable which makes all of these achievements bitter sweet. It’s a result of hard work from all involved and I would also like to thank Volkswagen for supporting motorsport. Whilst we are celebrating a great season this year, we have already started thinking about how to repeat our successes next year,” he concluded.

      First for Africa: Volkswagen and Siemens launch joint electric mobility pilot project in Rwanda


      Kigali / Uitenhage – In a first for the African continent, the Volkswagen Brand has launched a pilot project in partnership with Siemens to test the feasibility of electric mobility in an African country.

      The pilot project, which will form part of Volkswagen’s operations in Rwanda, was officially announced today by Thomas Schäfer, CEO of Volkswagen Group South Africa and responsible for the Sub-Sahara Africa Region, in the presence of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Rwanda, Right Honourable Dr. Edouard Ngirente.

      First for Africa: Volkswagen and Siemens launch joint electric mobility pilot project in Rwanda

      • Rwanda becomes the first African country to introduce Volkswagen electric car
      • Volkswagen and Siemens sign joint development agreement to conduct electric mobility feasibility project
      • Pilot Project part of Moving Rwanda Initiative
      • Four e-Golfs and one charging station for the initial phase of the pilot project
      • e-Golfs added into the Volkswagen Mobility Solutions fleet

      Kigali / Uitenhage – In a first for the African continent, the Volkswagen Brand has launched a pilot project in partnership with Siemens to test the feasibility of electric mobility in an African country.

      The pilot project, which will form part of Volkswagen’s operations in Rwanda, was officially announced today by Thomas Schäfer, CEO of Volkswagen Group South Africa and responsible for the Sub-Sahara Africa Region, in the presence of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Rwanda, Right Honourable Dr. Edouard Ngirente.

      During the pilot phase, four e-Golfs and one charging station will be introduced in the capital of Rwanda, Kigali. Volkswagen has signed a joint development agreement with Siemens to provide the charging infrastructure for the electric cars.

      With the launch of the pilot project, Rwanda becomes the first African country to introduce a Volkswagen electric car.

      Thomas Schäfer said: “The success of our innovative and pioneering mobility solutions business has shown us that Rwanda has the potential to leapfrog the internal combustion engines into electric cars. Rwanda has a young and progressive population that appreciates individual and modern mobility. Together with our development partner Siemens and with the support from the Government of Rwanda, Volkswagen wants to make the e-Golf pilot project in Rwanda a blueprint for electric mobility in Africa.”

      Sabine Dall’Omo, CEO for Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa said: “Our partnership with Volkswagen on this project solidifies our commitment not only to Rwanda but to the East Africa region. By contributing towards shaping the African market for intelligent, adaptive infrastructure, while addressing skills challenges in this sector, Siemens is helping to build a more sustainable future for the people of Rwanda.”

      The pilot e-Golfs will be added into the Volkswagen Mobility Solutions Rwanda fleet to provide customized mobility service.

      The plan is to increase the number of the electric cars to 50 units and 15 charging stations, depending on the outcomes of the pilot project.

      The drivers and technicians who will be working with the electric cars have received specialized training in preparation for launch of the pilot project.

      “Africa’s youth need sustainable jobs and better prospects for a future in their home countries. Therefore, German development cooperation supports innovative ideas for vocational education and environmentally friendly mobility concepts for African cities. In this respect, initiatives such as Moving Rwanda are yet another step towards implementing the Marshall Plan with Africa,” said Dr. Gerd Müller, German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development.

      The electric mobility project was developed within the Moving Rwanda initiative, a cooperation between Volkswagen, Siemens, SAP and Inros Lackner and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. GIZ supported the e-mobility project by bringing together relevant partners from the private and public sector and by advising on the development benefits of the project.

      The Moving Rwanda Initiative was established as the result of Volkswagen’s initial investment in Rwanda, which saw the launch of Africa’s first Integrated Mobility Solutions business in June 2018.

      Volkswagen Mobility Solutions Rwanda offers mobility solutions services such as ride-hailing and corporate car sharing. The services are offered on the Move App, an innovative IT mobility solution which was developed by a local IT start-up company, Awesomity Lab.

      The services are offered using a fleet of vehicles assembled at Volkswagen Rwanda’s assembly facility in Kigali. By the end of 2019, Volkswagen Mobility Solutions Rwanda will have a fleet of more than 200 vehicles consisting of Polo, Amarok, Teramont and Passat.

      Move App has about 27 000 registered users. Over 59 500 rides have been completed in the ride-hailing service since the beginning of 2019.

      Thomas Schäfer commented: “The integrated mobility solutions business in Rwanda is our lighthouse project. In the past year, our operations in Kigali have provided us with valuable lessons and business intelligence which we plan to utilise in our growth strategy into other African markets like Ghana and Ethiopia.”

      Sub-Sahara Africa expansion strategy gaining momentum

      Africa is the last frontier for the automotive industry. Volkswagen’s long term goal is to play a leading and pioneering role in the development of the automotive industry in the continent. As such, Volkswagen has significantly expanded its engagement in Africa with the establishment of assembly facilities and marketing activities in Kenya, Rwanda and Nigeria. Ghana and Ethiopia are planned as the next locations.

      Volkswagen Group South Africa makes significant gains in market share


      → Johannesburg - Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) showed a solid performance in the South African passenger car market from January to September with a market share of 23.2%.

      Volkswagen Group South Africa makes significant gains in market share

      • Volkswagen Group sold 64 658 vehicles from January to September 2019
      • Volkswagen's market share in the passenger market climbs to 20.2% year-to-date
      • Audi's market share in the premium market grows to 17.8% year-on-year
      • Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles' year-on-year sales increase by 8%

      Johannesburg - Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) showed a solid performance in the South African passenger car market from January to September with a market share of 23.2%.

      "The first nine months of this year were challenging due to the economic and political climate, but the Volkswagen Passenger, Audi and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brands' determination, innovation as well as leveraging of key vehicle introductions ensured we continue to keep our position as the passenger car leader in South Africa," said Mike Glendinning, Director: Sales and Marketing, VWSA.

      According to the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa)

      South Africa recorded domestic sales of 49 191 units in September, a decline of 439 units or 0.9% from the 49 630 vehicles sold in September last year.

      The Polo Vivo was South Africa's best-selling passenger car in September with 2 540 sales. With only nine working days of sales, Volkswagen's new compact SUV, the T-Cross, sold 810 units in September, an average of 90 units sold every day until the end of the month. From January to September 2019, Volkswagen has sold 52 382 units and achieved a market share of 20.2% in the passenger car market, an increase of 0.6% versus 2018 YTD.
      Premium brand Audi's market share rose to 17.8% YTD, an increase of 1.2% versus 2018 YTD.

      From January to September 2019, Audi sold a total of 6 145 units to South African customers.

      Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles reported deliveries of 6 131 units in the light commercial vehicles segment from January to September 2019, an 8% growth compared to the same time last year. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles' market share also increased to 4.9%, a 0.4 increase, when compared to the same time last year.

      Key model introductions such as the Audi A1, Audi Q3, Volkswagen T-Cross as well as Amarok Special Editions in the previous quarter, enabled VWSA to record a strong performance in the first nine months of the year with sales of 64 658 vehicles.

      "With three months to go until the end of 2019, we are confident that the strength of our brands, which are supported by a strong dealer network, will ensure that we retain our passenger car market leadership," concluded Glendinning.

      T-Cross Now on Sale in South Africa


      → Customers can now purchase the all-new T-Cross from their nearest Volkswagen Dealers
      → The T-Cross range will also see the introduction of a new 1.5 TSI engine with 110kW of power in the first quarter of 2020
      → The entry level T-Cross model which retails below R300 000 will be available in South Africa from the second quarter of 2020

      The Volkswagen T-Cross, now on sale in South Africa


      → Customers can now purchase the all-new T-Cross from their nearest Volkswagen Dealers
      → The T-Cross range will also see the introduction of a new 1.5 TSI engine with 110kW of power in the first quarter of 2020
      → The entry level T-Cross model which retails below R300 000 will be available in South Africa from the second quarter of 2020

      Johannesburg – Sales of the all-new T-Cross in South Africa, Volkswagen’s compact SUV, will start on Saturday, 21 September 2019.

      At market launch, the T-Cross will only be available in the 1.0 TSI engine with 85kW power output. In the first quarter of 2020, the 1.5 TSI 110kW will be introduced and in the second quarter the range will be completed with the introduction of the 70kW engine.

      The T-Cross, which joins the Tiguan, Tiguan Allspace and Touareg in the model range in South Africa, is a practical, cool and versatile addition to Volkswagen’s fast-growing SUV range. It is sophisticated, diverse and, like all members of the brand’s SUV family, has an eye-catching appearance. It has a carefully balanced combination of casual style, refined practicality and extreme cost-effectiveness.

      The T-Cross, which is manufactured in Navarra, Spain, will captivate hearts of the customers with its combination of style, practicality, flexibility, connectivity and fuel economy.

      EXTERIOR DESIGN

      The T-Cross leaves a lasting impression at first sight. The striking front end highlights the vehicle’s family affiliation while the exterior emphasises the individuality of the new SUV model.

      Attractive highlights include the successful combination of a powerfully expressive front spoiler and a large, wide radiator grille, at the outer ends of which the headlamps are integrated. The light units are designed to be long and flat, and extend far into the flanks. This arrangement gives the new T-Cross an unmistakeable appearance from the front. The lower section of the front end is characterised by distinctive recessed fog lights and integrated daytime running lights. The positioning of the fog lights and daytime running lights emphasise the height of the vehicle front. If the optional LED headlights are installed, the daytime running lights share the same housing. The tail light clusters feature LED technology as standard.

      On the sides of the T-Cross, two horizontal sharp character lines from front to rear underline the dynamic appearance of the compact SUV. They form a muscular shoulder at the rear and culminate in a new, equally memorable design element. A bold reflective band spans the rear. Framed by a black trim panel, it is a notable recognition feature in the same way as the distinctive front end. The light band emphasises the width of the vehicle and at the same time signals presence and vitality. The large wheel arches also emphasise the striking appearance. The dynamically designed wheels also contribute to the distinctive and cool look of the new T-Cross. 16-inch wheels are fitted as standard. In addition, 17-inch and 18-inch alloy wheels are available as options. The exterior of the T-Cross can also be customised in various ways. There is a choice of nine exterior colours or a selection of coloured wheel rims which enhance the combination options.

      The compact Volkswagen SUV offers easy access for all passengers through four large doors - a major advantage of the modular transverse matrix (MQB), which allows the driven front axle to be positioned much closer to the vehicle front. This facilitates the vibrant and powerful SUV design that gives the T-Cross its unmistakable performance, while also creating a remarkably generous wheelbase. In addition to easier entry, vehicle occupants also benefit from a significant increase in interior space and legroom for both rows of seats.

      The T-Cross measures 4.2 metres in length, 182 millimetres more than the Polo and 11 centimetres shorter than the T-Roc (which will launch in South Africa in 2020). The difference in height is even more obvious: the T-Cross measures 1 584 millimetres compared to the Polo’s 1 461 millimetres. The wheelbase of 2 551 millimetres increases the space for seats and provides a spacious and roomy feel. The elevated seat position is typical of an SUV. The driver and front passenger sit 597 millimetres above the road, while the rear passengers benefit from a vantage point of 652 millimetres. That is 10 centimetres higher than in the Polo, thus guaranteeing good visibility from all seats.

      INTERIOR DESIGN

      The T-Cross provides good visibility. Passengers enjoy a superior view and good all-round visibility thanks to the elevated seating position. The interior is extremely spacious, giving the occupants the feeling that they are sitting in a larger vehicle.

      The 2.55 metre wheelbase is comparatively generous, allowing a spacious interior with enough room for five people. For the greatest possible versatility in the interior, the sliding rear seat can be adjusted by 14 centimetres, allowing more passenger leg room or more luggage space. The luggage compartment holds between 377 and 455 litres. Thanks to a rear seat back that folds down fully or partially, you can create a flat loading space with up to 1 281 litres of storage volume - unsurpassed by any other SUV in this segment.

      The large-format dash pads correspond in colour and structure to the seat materials, the steering wheel clasp, the painted central console, the platinum grey trim colour and the exterior finishes. This gives the interior of the vehicle a cool, sporty look. The design package also offers 3D décor for the dash pad, two-tone seat surfaces, a steering wheel clasp and central console in a matching tone, and colour-coordinated wing mirrors and wheels. The indirect ambient lighting further accentuates the vehicle’s interior. Electric windows on all four doors and a height-adjustable driver and passenger seat also come as standard.

      MORE DIGITALISED

      The T-Cross provides discerning users with the highest level of networking and connection to the outside world. Even the operation and customisation of the on-board functions are intuitive. Up to four USB ports and the optional inductive wireless charging ensure optimum connectivity and sufficient power for smartphones. The optional keyless locking and starting system Keyless Access makes access to the T-Cross more convenient. Another highlight is the optional sound system from renowned US brand Beats with a 300-watt, 8-channel amplifier and a separate subwoofer in the luggage compartment. DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS The T-Cross’ outstanding five star rating in the Euro NCAP test and exemplary occupant protection, increases safety, reduces the risk of a collision and improves driving comfort. The Driver Alert System comes standard whilst optional equipment available on the T-Cross includes Front Assist area monitoring system, the lane keeping assistant Lane Assist, Hill Start Assist, the proactive occupant protection system, automatic adaptive cruise control, Park Assist and the Blind Spot Detection lane change assist system with the integrated Rear Traffic Alert.

      SAFETY

      The T-Cross performed outstandingly in the renowned Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) safety test. Independent testers awarded the new SUV top scores in all categories. This innovative crossover model meets the most stringent safety standards.

      Euro NCAP recreates the most common accident scenarios as part of comprehensive test procedures. The vehicle scored a compliance rating of 97% in the “Adult occupant protection” category. Very few vehicles have scored this value, demonstrating that small SUVs can keep up with larger models. The child safety rating of 86% underlines how perfectly suitable the T-Cross is for families. The active support systems scored a rating of 80%, far better than the previous standard in this vehicle category. In addition to passive protection equipment, the vehicle also features Front Assist that looks out for pedestrians’ and cyclists’ safety. With 81% the vehicle scored very well within the currently valid assessment scenarios in this category.

      EQUIPMENT LINES

      The T-Cross, already equipped with extensive standard equipment, can be customised and upgraded further with optional equipment and several equipment trims.

      Trendline trim (available only with 70kW). The entry level variant comes standard with 16-inch steel wheels, LED daytime running lights and tail lights, split folding rear seats, colour-coded handles and mirrors, electrically adjustable and heated side mirrors, electric windows at the front and rear, height and lumbar adjustable driver and passenger seats, Tyre Pressure Monitor, 6.5-inch ‘Composition Colour‘ display, combined front and side airbags, Rest Assist as well as Titanium black seat and instrument panel, black carpets and ceramique headliner.

      Comfortline trim. The Comfortline trim expands on the Trendline and comes standard with 16-inch ‘Belmont‘ alloy wheels, black roof rails, front fog lights, leather multi-function steering wheel with multi-function display, Park Distance Control (front and rear), cruise control, Light and Sight Package and a front centre arm rest.

      Optional features on the Comfortline trim include; R-Line Exterior with 17inch ‘Manila‘ alloy wheels, Beats sound system, Inductive Wireless Mobile Charging, Composition Media with App-Connect, Discover Media (includes Navigation), Active Info Display, Park Assist with Rear View Camera and Foldable Mirrors , Adaptive Cruise Control (includes Blind Spot Monitor, Foldable Mirrors, Lane Assist and Front Assist), LED headlights with Rear View Camera, Keyless Entry and Removable Towbar.

      Highline trim. The third equipment variant, the Highline, has additional standard features to the Comfortline which include Comfort Sports Seats, Inductive Wireless Mobile Charging, Driving Profile Selection, Climatronic Aircon, LED Headlights, Composition Media with App-Connect and 18-inch ‘Cologne‘ alloy wheels.

      Optional extras on the Highline include; R-Line Exterior with 18-inch ‘Nevada‘ alloy wheels, Design Package in Energetic Orange, Beats sound system, Discover Media (includes Navigation), Active Info Display, Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control (includes Blind Spot Monitor, Foldable Mirrors, Lane Assist and Front Assist), Keyless Entry, Removable Towbar and Titanium Black-Energetic Orange seats, titanium black instrument panel, black carpets and ceramique headliner.

      ENGINES

      The T-Cross is powered by two three-cylinder petrol engines. The Volkswagen’s compact SUV will be available with the 1.0 TSI engine delivering 70kW and 85kW power outputs as well as the more powerful 1.5 TSI engine delivering 110kW.

      The 85kW engine is available at launch. The 110kW engine will be available from the first quarter of 2020. The 70kW engine will be available in the second quarter of 2020.

      1.0 TSI engine with 85kW. The three-cylinder 1.0 TSI generates 85 kW of power. The turbocharged direct injection engine develops maximum torque of 200 Nm is available between 2 000 and 3 500 rpm. This version goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 10.2 seconds and has a top speed of 193 km/h. Claimed fuel consumption is 4.9 litres/100km. This engine is only available in 7-speed DSG transmission.

      RANGE TOPPER

      The range-topping T-Cross 1.5 TSI 110kW R-Line DSG® model comes standard with a host of features including: Sports Seats, Driving Profile Selection, Climatronic Aircon, LED Headlights and Taillights, Composition Media with App-Connect, R-Line interior and exterior with 18-inch ‘Nevada’ alloy wheels, digital Active Info Display and a choice of eight exterior colours. Up to four USB ports and the standard inductive wireless charging ensure optimum connectivity and sufficient power for smartphones.

      Optional extras include; Design Package in Energetic Orange, beats® sound system (300-watt, 8-channel amplifier and a separate subwoofer in the luggage compartment), Discover Media (includes Navigation), Park Assist (includes Rearview Camera and Powerfold Mirrors), Adaptive Cruise Control (includes Blind Spot Monitor, Foldable Mirrors, Lane Assist and Front Assist), Keyless Entry, Removable Towbar and Titanium Black-Energetic Orange seats, titanium black instrument panel, black carpets and ceramique headliner.

      Pre-orders of the top-of-the-range T-Cross 1.5 TSI 110kW R-Line DSG® model start this week and customers can place their pre-orders on the Volkswagen website: www.vw.co.za.

      Recommended Retail Price (VAT and emissions tax included)

      1.0 TSI 85kW Comfortline DSG® R334 600
      1.0 TSI 85kW Highline DSG® R365 000
      1.5 TSI 110kW R-Line DSG® R403 500 The T-Cross comes standard with a 3 year/120 000km warranty, a 3 year/ 45 000km Volkswagen Service Plan and a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty. Service interval is 15 000km.

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      Issued by: The Public Relations Department of Volkswagen South Africa.

      Up We Go: Move Up


      → VW Lindsay Saker Edenvale: Partners of Passion
      Lindsay Saker Edenvale is my favourite place to go to check out the latest in Volkswagen engineering. I had the distinct joy of test driving the tiny, yet incredibly memorable VW up! (Intentionally spelled as such, as this is the official, trademarked name for this compact vehicle), in my case, the Move up! Variant.

      UP WE GO: MOVE UP

      VW Lindsay Saker Edenvale: Partners of Passion
      Lindsay Saker Edenvale is my favourite place to go to check out the latest in Volkswagen engineering. I had the distinct joy of test driving the tiny, yet incredibly memorable VW up! (Intentionally spelled as such, as this is the official, trademarked name for this compact vehicle), in my case, the Move up! Variant.

      Having seen the increase of women in the industry, Lynda Joynt, New Vehicle Sales Manager is proud of how many successful and professional ladies she now works with. Her belief that women are more pedantic about how the sell and market vehicles allows her to meet her client’s needs with an intuitive, understanding perspective. She also feels women are born as natural managers, and holds close relationships with colleagues and client alike. With a deep love for this industry, Lynda confidently asserts that this is where she will retire, doing what she does best in service to the industry, and the people, as this is the “drug” that fuels her.
      And Up We Go: Move Up
      The first thing that catches my eye is the unique and fresh design of the vehicle – sharp, sporty lines with a LED daytime running lights, a redesigned front and sleek lines that are rounded off by a really distinctive rear diffuser. The up! oozes funkiness and confidence and gives off the trademark VW glow that makes anything VW stand out. I am told by the team at Lindsay Saker that the up! is a rising star in the motoring industry, most especially making a name for itself in the compact car segment. And with incredible optional extras and optional new wheels (measuring up to 16 inches), this little vehicle is now even more appealing, reaching out to more mature, adventurous markets as well.

      Previously earmarked as a perfect vehicle for the first and second year varsity student, the up! is clearly on top of it’s game when it comes to styling and interior comfort. With printed surfaces for the dashboard styling panel (carbon fibre) and a state-of-the-art ambient lighting feature, the cabin of the up! is surprisingly luxurious. Boasting a leather-clad multi-function steering wheel and gear knob, I find myself quite impressed with the exclusive-looking interior, which throws back to the interior of the VW Golf. I personally liked the chrome-trimmed interior door handles as an added touch, as well as the idea of a heated rear-seat bench in this variant.

      The reputation of the up! has spread like wildfire, and even older, more sophisticated audiences have responded enthusiastically: according to the team at Lindsay Saker Edenvale, the up! is even increasing in popularity for the older generation of retired folks who require a comfortable, reliable vehicle with all the bells and whistles, without it costing them an arm and a leg. With incredible fuel consumption (noted at 4.6 litres per 100 kilometres on combined cycle), the 1 litre variant I am driving still provides a great driving experience thanks to its 3-cylinder engine that cranks out 55 kW of power.

      Despite being one of the smallest vehicles in the compact car segment, the up! is quite comfortable inside, with ample room for four adults thanks to a longer wheelbase and a forward-mounted engine. A 251-litre boot is also impressive for this class, and provides ideal space for student-life to be accommodated. Speaking of which, the 300-watt on-board BeatsAudio sound system, which includes an amplifier, six top-of-the-range speakers and a separate subwoofer is sure to be a huge drawcard for the younger generations, together with a comprehensive infotainment system.

      In terms of safety, all variants come standard with ABS, four airbags, and Electronic Stability Control. The drive itself is remarkable – for a smaller engine, this little vehicle delivers a surprising amount of punch. It is nippy and responsive and on the highway, performs beautifully, reaching top speeds comfortably and smoothly. For all intents and purposes, driving the up! is very similar to driving a Polo or Golf, and I am suitably impressed.

      For more information on this versatile and dynamic little car, the Dealer’s contact details are in the link below, – check it out!

      https://www.lindsaysaker.co.za/edenvale/contact.
      A Torque Queen Review

      By Desh Bechan

      VW T-Cross


      Lindsay Saker VW Edenvale were excited to share the arrival of the new VW T-Cross with me – under the capable leadership of the dynamic Sales Manager Lynda Joynt, the team of professional sales executives are eager to show off this vehicle that sits somewhere between the Tiguan and a supped-up Polo. I am so excited about this vehicle – having seen it overseas some time ago, I have eagerly awaited its introduction to the South African market!
      Papas Got a Brand-New Bag!
      Lindsay Saker VW Edenvale were excited to share the arrival of the new VW T-Cross with me – under the capable leadership of the dynamic Sales Manager Lynda Joynt, the team of professional sales executives are eager to show off this vehicle that sits somewhere between the Tiguan and a supped-up Polo. I am so excited about this vehicle – having seen it overseas some time ago, I have eagerly awaited its introduction to the South African market!
      The Concept:
      Based on the enigmatic VW Polo, the T-Cross was designed to be an in-between vehicle situated in the middle of the popular Tiguan and the soon-to-be-released T-Roc. Think of vehicles like the Ford EcoSpot and the Hyundai Creta…
      The Looks:
      Unlike anything in the current VW range, the T-Cross looks like a muscular Polo with some unique touches – a classy rear spoiler, broad taillight cluster-strip across the boot, solid, bold haunches and silver roof-rails. From the front there is a sense of aggressive strength, with a prominent grille that makes this vehicle really stand out. I also love the range of unique colours, including a really stunning sea-green, turquoise shade that is both feminine and fierce. The interior is equally unique! Hexagonal styling along the dash with splashes of colour make for a perfect, modern cabin.
      The Feel:
      Obviously taking a new vehicle for a spin is a big rush – even more so when it’s a never-before seen variant, such as this. It really feels unique – although the familiar VW steering wheel and little touches of design throughout the cabin provide a sense of comfort, there is the thrill of something new! I loved the bright, airy cabin and the added bonus of driving a vehicle that makes heads turn.
      The Features:
      LED headlights, wireless charging, 4 USB ports and a superb sound-system are part of the package; there is also a range of wheel options (16 – 18 inches) and a new feature, the VW Connect Dataplug – the idea is to create an interface between your smartphone and your vehicle to share data, driving figures and fuel efficiency information – it will replace the current My VW App and be rolled out in 2020. Important features that are included on the T-Cross include rear-traffic alert, lane-keeping assist, proactive occupant protection, blind-spot detection and hill start assist, to name but a few.
      The Drive:
      Four models exist in the range, with two still to be launched in South Africa. The existing options include either a Comfortline or Highline variant, with the R-Line to be released in the new future. Currently, the Comfortline is available is a 70-kW producing TSO, or an 85 kW TSI on the Highline, which features a 7-speed DSG gearbox. The added bonus of having an effective 1.0-litre petrol engine is the 4.9-litre per 100-kilometre fuel consumption.
      The Score:
      The two available models at present range between R334 600 and R365 000 and earn a score of 8 crowns out of 10 for its unique and funky design.
      Where to Find It:
      Edenvale Lindsay Saker Volkswagen have an interactive website where you can view their products and services: https://www.lindsaysaker.co.za/edenvale/contact.

      A Torque Queen Review – Desh Bechan

      Volkswagen Polo Vivo gets a special edition model


      → South Africa’s best-selling passenger vehicle, the Polo Vivo, will be pumping a new sound
      → The Polo Vivo Sound Edition will be available from Volkswagen Dealers in September 2019.

      VOLKSWAGEN POLO VIVO GETS A SPECIAL EDITION MODEL


      → South Africa’s best-selling passenger vehicle, the Polo Vivo, will be pumping a new sound
      → The Polo Vivo Sound Edition will be available from Volkswagen Dealers in September 2019.

      Johannesburg – In celebration of the love of music as well as the success of the Polo Vivo brand, South Africa’s best-selling passenger vehicle will be getting a special model called the Sound Edition.

      The Polo Vivo Sound Edition, which made its debut at the VIVOnation Music Festival in April, retails at the beginning of September.

      ‘As at the end of July 2019, 17 672 Polo Vivo units have been sold in South Africa this year. We are confident that the addition of a special premium sound system in the Polo Vivo will appeal to young customers that are passionate about quality sound when they are listening to music,’’ said Martina Biene, Head of Sales and Marketing for the Volkswagen Brand.

      The Polo Vivo Sound Edition is based on the 1.4 Comfortline 63kW manual derivative. The Sound Edition differentiates itself from other Polo Vivo derivatives in the range through the standard features such as 16-inch Rivazza alloy wheels in Anthracite, R340G Radio with App-Connect, a 6-speaker system with Subwoofer, mirror caps in Energetic Orange colour as well as equalizer decals on the doors and tailgate.

      The Black Interior Styling Package (Anthracite headliner, sun visors and trim, Privacy Glass and Leather Steering Wheel, Gear and Handbrake Lever) is an optional feature retailing for R2 500.

      The Polo Vivo Sound Edition will only be available in the following colours; Pure White, Limestone Grey and Reef Blue.

      Recommended Retail Price (VAT and emissions tax included)
      Polo Vivo Sound Edition 1.4 63kW Comfortline R220 000

      The Polo Vivo Sound Edition comes standard with a 3 year/120 000km warranty and a 6-year anti-corrosion warranty. A Volkswagen Maintenance Plan as well as a Volkswagen Service Plan are available as options. Service interval is 15 000km.

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      Issued by: The Public Relations Department of Volkswagen South Africa