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  • Nissan’s Monster Machine
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    Nissan’s Monster Machine

  • Pre-owned BMW X7 vs. X5: Your Drive, Your Decision
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    Pre-owned BMW X7 vs. X5: Your Drive, Your Decision

  • The Kia Sonet vs The Hyundai Venue vs The Suzuki Grand Vitara
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    The Kia Sonet vs The Hyundai Venue vs The Suzuki Grand Vitara

  • The dangers of running out of fuel
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    The dangers of running out of fuel

  • Guide to Buying Your First Car and Financing it in South Africa
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    Guide to Buying Your First Car and Financing it in South Africa

  • Introducing the Haval H6 GT: The New Flagship SUV with Coupe-Inspired Design
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    Introducing the Haval H6 GT: The New Flagship SUV with Coupe-Inspired Design

Nissan’s Monster Machine

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Nissan’s Monster Machine

Nissan’s Monster Machine

In the 50 years since the original’s debut at the 1968 Tokyo Motor Show, the model has undergone many significant changes, evolving from a four-door sedan to a racy coupé to a sports icon dubbed Godzilla in honour of its monster performance capabilities. One thing has remained constant, however – it’s ability to astonish.

There’s plenty about Nissan’s GT-R that makes it alluring to pilot – neck-snapping acceleration; lightning-fast gear changes; good dynamic balance in the chassis and power to all wheels.

In the 50 years since the original’s debut at the 1968 Tokyo Motor Show, the model has undergone many significant changes, evolving from a four-door sedan to a racy coupé to a sports icon dubbed Godzilla in honour of its monster performance capabilities. One thing has remained constant, however – it’s ability to astonish.

The latest model to come to South Africa –the 50th Anniversary Edition – is based on a platform that is more than a decade old. It’s a tribute to Nisan’s design and engineering prowess that, apart from a few aesthetic embellishments, the vehicle remains true to the benchmarks set by its forerunners and, measured against rivals, continues to set the pace for aerodynamic styling, interior space and an uncanny ability to unleash on tarmac all of the engine’s 550 horses with nary a squeal of protest from the tyres.

In standard trim, the GT-R will easily clock less than 3,0 seconds in reaching the 100km/h mark from standstill, going on to a top speed of 315km/h. That’s terrific velocity from a V6 powered vehicle, even if the engine is helped by redeveloped twin turbochargers and plasma sprayed, low-friction piston bores.

One of the secrets of the car’s high-speed success is the way it sculpts the air through which it travels, the result of the original development team’s two-year test session at the Lotus Group’s rolling-road wind tunnel in Europe, complimented by another 18 months of experimentation at aerodynamicist Yoshitaka Suzuka’s facilities in Japan.

At least, that’s what Nissan claims. For the driver, though, the fruits of those labours are manifest the surprisingly low levels of wind noise in the cabin at ultra-high speeds and the solidly stable feel of the car on the road, due in part to incorporation of a canard-like wing at the front spoiler, a partial underbody cover that’s designed to accelerate airflow under the car, a bonnet that’s been reinforced to prevent flex, and a carbon fibre rear diffuser tray that helps to increase downforce.

Incidentally, stylistic tweaks to the 2017 GT-R – the vehicle upon which the 50th Anniversary Edition is based – saw a redesign of side sills, the rear pillar and extensions to the back bumper, cutting the coefficient of drag by one percent to achieve a figure of 0,26, excellent for a car that’s 4 710mm long, 1 895mm wide and 1 370mm high.

The anniversary edition’s engine, too, has been upgraded thanks to refinements to the turbocharging system – adopted from Nissan’s FIA GT3 race car – and is said to offer a five percent improvement in throttle response times compared with that of the previous version, though power and torque outputs remain unchanged at 408kW and 632Nm respectively.

While the engine is high-revving – maximum power output is achieved at close to 7 000 rpm – the car is easy to drive in traffic, since the unit provides peak torque in a band that stretches from 3 300 rpm to the 5 800 rpm mark. Also, the six-speed, dual clutch auto ’box offers rapid-fire, seamless shifts – it is said to be capable of swapping cogs in just 0,15 seconds, about the time it takes to blink – and incorporates a pleasant-sounding, synchro-rev feature on down changes.     

Just as effortlessly as the car accelerates to its top speed, so is it uncomplaining when tasked with relentlessly chugging around town. With its sophisticated, multi-mode electronic management system set to the most relaxed of suspension settings, steering effort and engine responses the vehicle morphs from high-performance beast to comfortable, four-seat commuter.

Improvements made to the brake system – 390mm rotors and six-pot callipers at the front and 380mm and four-pot equivalents at the rear – appear to have enhanced pedal feel, with stopping power remaining strong and sharp.

Though coming from a brand that specialises in the mass production of vehicles, the GT-R demonstrates the infinite value of handcrafted expertise – its exhaust system, for instance, hewn from notoriously difficult to work with titanium and machined by specialists, not only looks good but sounds wonderful, too.

On this point, for those who don’t like exhaust noise roaring into the cabin, Nissan has equipped the GT-R with active sound cancellation to mute the clamour at the flick of a switch. And, while on the subject of sound, the vehicle’s 11-speaker Bose audio system has been designed as part of the car, rather than an addendum.

Die-cast aluminium structures in the doors and behind the rear seats not only help to make the vehicle incredibly rigid, they also provide an ideal mount for the speakers to guarantee optimum sound.  The dual subwoofers between the rear seats were specially developed for the GT-R, too, precisely angled to work with the sound of the car itself while utilising the space in the large boot as a giant bass enclosure.

Another point in the vehicle’s favour… unlike many of its supercar rivals, the Nissan proves that real-world practicality and staggering performance get along very well. With usable rear seats and a spacious trunk, the GT-R could be more than a weekend car – it could be your only car!

The anniversary edition – which was unveiled in April at the 2019 New York International Auto Show – comes in three heritage-era, two-tone exterior colour combinations which emulate the GT-R's liveries from the Japan GP series.

Inside a special grey colour scheme gives the cabin a sense of luxury, complimented by features which include a model-specific steering wheel and shift knob trim, special seat embossing and Alcantara-finished headliner and sun visors. The dashboard is upholstered in Nappa leather – hand selected for tone – which, to save weight, needs less padding to retain its soft, supple feel.

One of the central focal points of the cockpit is an eight-inch, multi-touch infotainment screen which includes audio, navigation and a configurable display system that allows the driver to control key functions by rotating a dial. For instance, he or she can keep an eye on what the engine is doing by viewing turbo boost, oil temperature and pressure or, alternatively, monitor g-forces and throttle position or simply check coolant, oil and transmission fluid temperatures.

There’s also a stopwatch activated from the steering wheel to record lap times if the vehicle is being driven on a track, with USB ports positioned on the centre console to enable downloads and storage of the data. Another feature allows the driver see how well the car remains under control when cornering.

And, believe me – it’s not only in a straight line that the GT-R is fast! Equipped with Nissan describes as one of the world’s most advanced all-wheel-drive systems – which includes equally advanced stability control – the vehicle tends to engender in the driver a superior sense of confidence when powering through a corner.

Grip levels are extremely high, the specially-developed, nitrogen filled, 20-inch Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT 600 DSST CTT ultra high-performance tyres designed to work in concert with suspension movement – even down to stabilising blocks of rubber in the tread pattern to combat squirm.

Instead of the traditional 50/50 torque split between front and rear axles, the GT-R’s electronically controlled drivetrain is designed to provide up to nearly 100 percent of available torque to the rear wheels and send up to 50 percent of torque to the front wheels. The result is a steering feel and dynamic response similar to that of a rear-wheel drive vehicle, but with a lot more grip.

With most of the body manufactured from carbon aluminium die-cast steel – a combination of carbon fibre, aluminium and steel – and underpinnings hewn from die-cast aluminium as well as lightweight carbon composites, the GT-R feels light on its wheels despite its size – and agile, too.

For night driving, headlights feature four LED units that replicate daylight, offering excellent illumination thanks to a super-wide beam. During the day, hyper LED driving lights are highly visible to other road users – a useful feature given the GT-R’s performance capabilities.

Janus Janse van Rensburg, marketing manager for Nissan Performance Cars, says the GT-R has been the lodestar for high performance driving for the past half century. “We are incredibly proud of where we have come from and of the direction in which we are headed,” he says. “I its newest form, the car offers plenty of excitement and unparalleled refinement. We look forward to carrying the sterling reputation that it has built for itself into the future and beyond.”

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Pre-owned BMW X7 vs. X5: Your Drive, Your Decision

Pre-owned BMW X7 vs. X5: Your Drive, Your Decision

Renowned for its elevated sportiness, BMW has established itself as a leading manufacturer of automotive excellence. It has perfected their product lineup, captivating both enthusiasts and the mass market alike. 

This legacy has extended to their range of SUVs - promising sleek modern lines and agile engineering for a stealthy contender that will meet all your needs in a car. It’s no wonder that the pre-owned BMW range has caught your eye. Particularly their X5 and X7 offerings, two highly competitive SUVs that are superior in every way. 

BMW has built its name on the ethos of uncompromising power, performance, and style. How does this fare when comparing the grand X5 and glorious X7? 

Balancing Builds 

SUVs are popular because they are the ideal vehicle for larger families seeking comfort along with space. The BMW X5 is slightly more compact with standard seating, but the addition of the panoramic sunroof provides a sense of openness and fluidity—a highlight on newer models. 

On the other hand, the BMW X7 easily seats six passengers towards the middle and rear-end of the cabin, with an optional 7th seat. It boasts a whopping 750 litres of boot space, which is more than enough for those much anticipated long weekends away. 

Performance Parity 

When it comes to a brand like BMW, you can rest assured that you are getting powerful engine options and a driving experience of note.

The BMW X5 is equipped with either a petrol, diesel, or plug-in hybrid engine in the latest generation range. It has an acclaimed 9.3L/100km fuel consumption rate and can go from 0 to 100km in 4.8 seconds. 

The BMW X7 comes in with robust power in the petrol and diesel engines. It has a slightly lower fuel consumption rate of 8.0 litres per 100 km and delivers 250 kW of power on the road. 



Technology Talk 

Besides the ultra-modern exteriors and ergonomically designed cabins, you can expect cutting-edge technology and innovative features from BMW. The driving experience is unlike any other, with contemporary leather upholstery and well-thought-out space. 

The BMX X5’s current range includes systems that are supportive of the driver. These include a four-off-road driving mode selector, trailer assist, driving assist, and parking assist. The BMW X7 hosts features such as smartphone integration, automated air conditioning with 5-zone control, and integral active steering to emphasise an elevated cabin experience no matter the journey. 

In the end, choosing between the BMW pre-owned range of X5s and X7s can prove to be a tough task because they both offer so much. But focusing on your needs, lifestyle, and budget can help make it that much easier. 

There is no easy comparison when it comes to Motus Select’s exclusive variety of BMW pre-owned SUVs, with each contender guaranteeing the perfect blend of size, performance, and luxury.

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The Kia Sonet vs The Hyundai Venue vs The Suzuki Grand Vitara

The Kia Sonet vs The Hyundai Venue vs The Suzuki Grand Vitara

The expansive compact SUV market is constantly diversifying, with new and exciting models to choose from. This evolution is fueled by the ever-increasing demand for versatile vehicles. With good reason, consumers are on the quest for functionality that fits in with all aspects of their lives. 

Many are looking for a balance between work and leisure, with these compact companions perfectly heeding the call to deliver. Three ideal contenders stand out: the Kia Sonet for sale, the Hyundai Venue, and the Suzuki Grand Vitara. 

These personality-packed, pocket-friendly, nimble-sized SUVs will navigate the busiest of intersections to the serene coastal towns with ease. Each offers a compelling range of strengths, from features to fuel efficiency, we explore these SUVs below. 

Dynamism Dynamo: The Kia Sonet 

The Kia Sonet is a firm favourite on our roads due to how well the brand is perceived in the South African market. This crossover compact SUV range carries six variants, fitted with varying petrol engines and transmission options like manual and CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). 

A top selling point is the Kia Sonet’s fuel consumption rate of an astoundingly low 7.0 litres per 100 km for its 45-litre fuel tank. Manual models can go from 0 to 100km in 11.3 seconds, which is reasonable for the overall segment. 

From a feature perspective, the latest generation Sonet is fitted with smartphone integration, an 8-inch touch-screen display, and 16-inch alloy wheels for a finishing touch. The car also boasts safety systems such as its ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System), EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution), ESC (Electronic Stability Control), rearview camera, and parking distance warning sensor. 

Standout design and advanced features are highlights of the Kia Sonet for sale. It offers South Africans an all-in-one compact SUV that will deliver on efficiency and economy. 

 

Ingenious Innovator: The Hyundai Venue

The Hyundai Venue is steadily growing in popularity because of how much it offers the everyday consumer seeking space, comfort, and economy on a budget. It is a subcompact SUV, if we’re getting technical, but it competes exceptionally well with its bigger counterparts. 

The range is distinguished by six variants, fitted with either a 1.0L or 1.2L petrol engine. It also comes in manual and DCT (Dual-Clutch Transmission) gearbox options. Base cars in the latest generation produce an incredible 115 Nm at 4000 r/min torque. 

The higher-spec models from the newest offering have distinctive smart safety systems. These include keyless entry, a rear-view monitor, impact-sensing door unlocking, and a parking distance warning. The instrumentation cluster is also a highlight of the Venue, with its 4.2-inch LCD cluster screen, onboard computer, ambient temperature display, and digital clock—all of which are supportive aids for easy handling and improved responsiveness.

With Hyundai, there’s more than just exceptional economic efficiency to consider. The Venue is proof of this with its modern exteriors, contemporary design, and smart driving features, intended to elevate every drive. 

Versatility Vanguard: The Suzuki Grand Vitara

The Suzuki Grand Vitara is a bold SUV that deserves its praise, in our opinion. A formidable competitor in the compact segment, it gives consumers affordable practicality. The latest range consists of five variants, fitted with a 1.5-litre petrol engine and manual and automated transmission options. 

The Grand Vitara is also offered in a 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrain for those in need of a more powerful vehicle off-road. Its impressively low fuel economy rate of 5.6 litres per 100 km makes it vastly superior to others in the segment. 

Further, the features are a real value-add for the price tag, such as its LED projector headlights, LED daytime running lights, an incredible 210mm ground clearance, a reverse camera, and keyless entry with push start. Interior highlights include an infotainment touchscreen display, wireless smartphone compatibility, USB functionality, and voice recognition. 

Suzuki has asserted itself as a brand for budget-bound consumers, but that in no way detracts from their high-quality vehicles. Their compact SUV lineup is highly capable, and their off-road prowess is worth considering. 

Making the Right Purchase Decision

From the colosseum of compact SUVs, you are presented with a dilemma of the ages. Dynamic, innovative, or versatile? Rest assured, with these SUVs, no matter your choice, you are buying quality you can trust. 

The reality of choosing between these three compact SUV champions is that you really can’t go wrong with any of them. With our low prices and these high-quality brands, your choice comes down to your personal preference. From the Kia Sonet to the Hyundai Venue and the Suzuki Grand Vitara, you are guaranteed style, agility, and value for your money. 

Motus Select offers the best prices on luxury compact SUVs like the Kia Sonet for sale—no matter your pick, you walk away a winner.

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The dangers of running out of fuel

The dangers of running out of fuel

The best practice is to plan ahead and fuel up at the start of your journey with enough fuel for how far you plan to drive and by doing so avoid any risk to your person, vehicle or safety.

With the rising cost of fuel prices many motorists are pushing their cars to the limit in terms of trying to get the most out of a tank at the risk of running out of fuel.

However running out of fuel is a dangerous situation for a variety of reasons. Firstly, in terms of your personal safety you place your self and passengers at risk by running out of fuel. Being stranded on the side of the road in one of the most dangerous countries in the world could make you vulnerable to criminals. Running out of fuel could also put you at an additional risk of being involved in an accident, especially if you run out in a dangerous place like in the middle of an intersection or on a busy road with no shoulder.

By running out of fuel you also risk damaging your vehicles fuel system or contaminating it. As a car gets older it builds up debris at the bottom of the tank, which is usually blocked by fuel filters, but when you run your car nearly empty or completely empty this debris could move through the system and clog up sensitive components like the carburettor or fuel injection system. This could prevent the car from starting again and result in a costly repair bill.

In addition vehicles with sensitive fuel injection systems like modern direct injection vehicles and many diesel vehicles require a certain amount of pressure before they will start. Running out of fuel could mean that these cars will need to be towed to a service centre in order to purge the system of any air, before it can be started again.

What do you do if you run out of fuel?

If you do suspect that your car is about to run out of fuel, such as if it starts spluttering, turn on your hazards as soon as possible and move to the left of the road or into the emergency lane as soon as possible so that you come to stop out of harms way.

If you were able to come to a stop in a safe location, the best practice is to remain in your car and call for help. If you belong to a roadside assistance programme or if your vehicle’s service plan includes roadside assistance you can give them a call. If not make contact with a friend or family member who could come to your aid.

Plan ahead

If your cars fuel light comes on it generally means that you can drive between 30 and 50km, but it is a good idea to fuel up as soon as possible once this light comes on.

In addition while fuel is generally readily available, fuel stations can run out especially ahead of fuel price increases. It is a good idea to keep your tank topped up as much as possible to give yourself a buffer should fuel not be available.

The best practice is to plan ahead and fuel up at the start of your journey with enough fuel for how far you plan to drive and by doing so avoid any risk to your person, vehicle or safety.

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Guide to Buying Your First Car and Financing it in South Africa

Guide to Buying Your First Car and Financing it in South Africa

Your credit record refers to your entire credit history, including all the credit transactions you have ever concluded with a registered financial services provider.

Buying a car, especially your first car is an awesome experience. In addition to being a status symbol for many South Africans a reliable car is a vital mobility tool in South Africa, where public transport is very often erratic and unsafe.

This makes owning a car a necessity for many South Africans, from students to those starting a career as well as anybody who needs to travel to work or transport their children to school. Buying a car is a significant financial commitment and one of the biggest purchases that people will ever make, which is why most South Africans will rely on the services of a financial services provider to finance their vehicle.

Banks and financial service providers use a variety of methods to determine whether individuals qualify for vehicle financing assistance. These methods are based on risk and affordability and an individual’s credit record and credit score are one of the most popular barometers of these factors.

Your credit record refers to your entire credit history, including all the credit transactions you have ever concluded with a registered financial services provider.

Your credit score is affected by your credit record and your reliability when it comes to paying back loans on time.

These two factors will be used by banks to determine how much credit you can be given and the related interest rate that will be charged.

Establishing a credit record or credit score can only be done by applying for credit. One of the most popular ways of starting out on this journey is via an account at a retail store. However, poor finance management can very easily see this account turn into a source of bad credit and do more harm than good for those looking to establish a good credit score.

Establishing a relationship with a financial institution is always a good starting point and the opening of a credit card can be a useful first step towards establishing a credit record. Credit cards allow you to buy now and pay later and when used responsibly by meeting the required monthly payments, a credit card can be a useful tool in building a positive credit record.

Once established, there are a number of ways to maintain your credit score or improve it. These include paying on time every month, as even paying a few days late can have an effect on your credit score. Reducing the amount you owe is a great way to improve your credit score and that is best done by paying off the loans with the highest interest rate first. Where possible avoid revolving debt such as credit cards and avoid applying for unnecessary additional loans or extra credit cards as this could lower your credit score.

Remember that outstanding debt will stay on your record, so if an account is overdue it will negatively affect your score and making some payments or paying it off won’t clear your credit record but will improve it. Information about your payment profile can stay on your record for up to five years.

When thinking about buying a car it is important to be honest with yourself and only shop for a car that suits your needs and budget. Saving up for a deposit will also assist greatly in reducing your monthly premiums and getting finance approval.

A well-managed vehicle loan agreement will also count as a valuable reference in future when you need to finance other big-ticket items like a new car or a house so it is best to buy what you can afford rather than over extend yourself and end up in a bad credit situation.

When calculating your monthly budget, it is important to keep other running costs associated with owning a car in mind. Apart from the monthly repayments you will need to budget for insurance, fuel and maintenance.

Car finance calculators are a great way of finding out exactly how much a particular car will cost on a monthly basis allowing shoppers to refine their search to cars that meet their budget.

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Introducing the Haval H6 GT: The New Flagship SUV with Coupe-Inspired Design

Introducing the Haval H6 GT: The New Flagship SUV with Coupe-Inspired Design

With the launch of the H6 GT, Haval are reaffirming their commitment to their South African customers, by offering a robust line up of SUVs at various price points.

As part of the continual expansion of their SUV offering, Haval has added the Haval H6 GT to their model range. This model takes up the position as the flagship of the range as Haval believe it appeals perfectly to their typical customer.

The striking SUV is visually in sync with the power it offers. The H6 GT blends a coupe inspired design with the practical accolades of a modern SUV. Standout styling combines with the latest features such as semi autonomous driver assistance and a powerful engine, resulting in a vehicle that ticks every box.

The design of the H6 GT includes a more streamlined body, wheel arch cladding as well as a variety of black accent and carbon fibre touches. The fastback rear is enhanced by a roof mounted spoiler and a lip spoiler. A sloping roof that incorporates a panoramic sunroof is a cornerstone of the sportier design.

19-inch alloys in a black finish, gloss black roof rails and exterior mirrors and a subtle yet noticeable aerodynamic kit with aero side skirts and a sporty rear diffuser bolster the sporty look and feel.

Under the bonnet

Under the bonnet is a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that features a mighty 155kW at 6000rpm and 325Nm at 1500rpm. Drivers are able to tailor the power delivery via various modes with race mode for example unlocking a sportier exhaust tone as well as more aggressive throttle and transmission response.

Power is transferred to the road via a seven-speed DCT gearbox to a torque-on-demand four-wheel drive system. 

Inside story

The H6 GT is built around a beautifully crafted interior that offers sophisticated comfort with sporty green trimming and stitching along with Alcantara inserts. Generous interior space ensures room for up to five adults and their accompanying luggage.

Branded and heated seats, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, wireless charging and a 12.3-inch central display ensure comfort and convenience in operation. An advanced camera system is in place and facilitates functionality such as a 360-degree camera, Adaptive Cruise Control with intelligent cruise, Intelligent cornering, traffic jam assist, pre-collision warning with automatic emergency braking for pedestrian and cyclists, lane departure alert, lane keeping assist and blind spot detection with rear cross traffic alert.

Model 

With the launch of the H6 GT, Haval are reaffirming their commitment to their South African customers, by offering a robust line up of SUVs at various price points. Includes a five-year/100 000km warranty and a five-year/60 000km service plan.

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