12 WOEMA Thursday, April 19 2018 | NEW ERA Ford Mustang is world’s best-selling sports coupe for third straight year Staff Reporter Global demand for the new Mustang to its third straight year as the best-selling sports coupe in the world. Global Mustang registrations in according to Ford analysis of the most recent new light vehicle registration data from IHS Markit. This data – compiled from government and other sources and capturing 95 percent of global new vehicle volumes in more than ahead of all other sports coupe competitors worldwide. “Demand for Mustang continues to be very strong, especially overseas, where until recently people couldn’t get their hands on one,” says Erich Merkle, Ford sales analyst. “Even more encouraging tang is just now getting rolled out to export markets.” hicles registered worldwide, were registered in the United States, meaning just over onethird of all Mustang registrations are occurring in export markets. Demand remains particularly strong in China, where Mustang was the bestselling sports coupe last year based on 7,125 registrations. The most popular con- Mustang GT with the 5.0-liter traditionally skewed toward male buyers in the United States, Mustang is increasingly finding favour with women. In an environment sales to women, Ford research shows a 10 percent gain in women buying Mustang in Since global exports began in 2015, through December Mustangs around the world. by IHS Markit, include twodoor and convertible models. Mazda Southern Africa posts robust growth Lindelwa Mankayi Jason Knight Opali turns stunt driving skills into thriving career Mazda Southern Africa’s business corded vehicle sales since independent operations commenced in October 2014. Mazda SA achieved sales volumes of percent year on year. Mazda’s market share rose to 2.5 percent from 2.2 percent in the previous year, in an industry which only grew 0.2 percent during sold, Mazda CX-5 and the Mazda3 are two of Mazda’s biggest sellers with 50 percent of the sales volume combined. Mazda2 and Mazda CX-3 account for the BT-50 and MX-5 provide the remaining 4 percent. Mazda Financial Services including the recent introduction of MFS Comprehensive Insurance has also ensured that Mazda dealers can offer Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) new Head of Sales Operations of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles South Africa (Pty) Ltd, importer of Fiat, Fiat Professional, Abarth, Alfa Romeo and Chrysler brands. Jason Knight joined the company on the 9 th of senior positions within Sales & Marketing at both OEM and Dealer Group level, including General Motors, Honda Motor Company, Groupe PSA (Citroën) and Barloworld Motor Group. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Honours Degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Knight is passionate about the auto industry and gains great motivation from effecting real change and growth from the brands that he takes pride in he is a keen sports fan with golf being the greatest love-hate relationship. Nature and photography are also highly valued, as well as a keen interest in all things electronic and technical. Knight best-in-class services and products to customers. The Mazda Financial services business grew by over 172 percent in the financial year just completed. Mazda SA’s primary aim since independent operations began in 2014 has been to rebuild the brand on all fronts including restoring Mazda resale values. This strategy is on track and is being achieved by forming strong relationships with its dealers, suppliers and ultimately owners. To do this, the company treats its dealers like true business partners, being transparent, up front, open and honest in all operations. “We are unrelenting in our commitment to offering the ‘Ultimate Mazda Experience’ to our dealer partners and Mazda owners in being the ‘Brand of choice for the private buyer and the business buyer that behaves like a private buyer’ in Southern Africa.” – comments Mr Craig Roberts, MD of Mazda Southern Africa. - Mazda Knight and Mankayi join FCA South Africa commented, “I am really excited to join the FCA Group and to work with such exciting brands, especially during such to be an exciting year for our brands with product introductions like the Alfa Romeo the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. I look forward to driving these exciting brands forward, to strengthening our position in the market place and to helping FCA achieve their long-term strategic goals. FCA has also appointed of Lindelwa Mankayi as Treasury Manager for FCA SA. Mankayi started her career in 2003 on after graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Accounting from the relocated to the bright city lights of Johannesburg, joining Toyota Tsusho Africa as a Treasury Dealer. She later joined Total South Africa as a Treasury Analyst and worked her way up to the position of Treasury Manager with a dotted reporting line to the Treasury Team at Total head Donna Collins From humble beginnings with no sponsors, and a shoe string budget to pull off some of the biggest spinning events Namibia has seen, Peter ‘Most Wanted’ Opali turn his fortunes around by taking ‘township’ motorsport to the corporate world, whilst turning his stunt driving skills into a full-blown career. ‘Spinning’ sensation Opali, burst onto the scene in 2014 when he performed for thousands of spectators at Windhoek Spin City with hair raising antics like never before. He’s actually been spinning for 13 years, and together with his brother ‘Driver’ and fellow squad club members, managed to change the perception of spinning in this country forever. Today he has gathered a huge following of fans around the country and is the founder/ owner of the successful Carzilla Magazine, and Director of the popular NamAuto television show. He gets to test drive the latest models, attends launches, interviews dealers and works with a in-between stunt shows and appearances. Calling himself a motorsport enthusiast who has taken spinning to an executive level, he describes himself as a brand ambassador for the sport, and travels around the country on demand, opening spinning events and corporate functions with precision stunt driving acts as an entertainment piece. The demand for Opali these days is high, and his career is building up at such a pace, that he spoke of some big developments on the horizon, which could involve him participating in demonstration shows in South Africa and America. Of course passion has been the driving force behind his success, which now sees Opali driving a sponsored BMW 335i demonstration car as a highlight piece for the shows. He visits towns on requests usually with two vehicles, and delights in the fact that he has turned his hobby into a career. His regular spin- During the rise of spinning, he kicked open the doors at the Tony Rust Race Track, where the Windhoek Motorclub and Namibian Motorsport Federation (NMSF) recognised spinning as the fastest growing motorsport discipline in the country. He gained the support and respect of the motorsport fraternity as well as some includes being the brand ambassador for Monster Energy. He boosts his growing list of sponsors to the huge crowds many of whom turn up to spinning events just to see the balaclava wearing ‘Most Wanted’ in action. “The rise of spinning over the past few years has grown beyond our expectations, because we started off being Spinning success story Peter ‘Most Wanted Opali has turned his motorsport hobby into a successful career. Photo: Donna Collins called “irresponsible and reckless drivers” and didn’t deserve any recognition,” recalls Opali. “But despite being snubbed as the poor man’s sport, spinning events went onto making front page headlines in most newspapers and drew record crowds at each event. “Spinning is the motorsport for the people and is a huge spectator sport where skilful driver handling, daredevil stunts, wheel spins and smoking tyres is popular entertainment for the whole family,” he said. Whilst thanking all his supporters, fans and sponsors for his success, he also said. “We are only limited by the way we think and our approach to life, and can achieve almost anything if we put our minds and hearts to it - but most importantly if we involve God.” The next date to remember is 30th June in Tsumeb, where a huge music festival and spinning event will combine some pumping action. ‘Most Wanted’ will be there as the highlight of the show with both his cars and is not to be missed.
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