14 WOEMA Thursday, December 7 2017 | NEW ERA World Car of the Year award Staff Reporter In the eighth edition of the Women’s World Car of the Year awards, the Hyundai IONIQ has won the ‘Supreme Award.’ All three models in the range – the IONIQ Electric, Hybrid and Plug-in hybrid – were treated as one car for voting purposes. To identify the supreme winner, the Women’s World Car of the Year models in six different categories such as family car, budget car, green car, SUV/Crossover, luxury car and performance car. The IONIQ came out on top in the Green car category and was then chosen as the supreme winner. “Since entering the market last year, more than 23 000 customers in Europe have chosen the IONIQ range,” says Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Vice President Marketing and Product at Hyundai Motor Europe. “The Women’s World Car of the Year award once again proves hybrid, plug-in hybrid and allelectric powertrains in a single body type is a real champion.” “The Hyundai IONIQ, which already holds several ‘Car of the Year’ titles for its overall performance and design, is one of the most decorated, best-valued eco-cars and a symbol of Hyundai Motor’s technical capability and innovative spirit.” Among the technical highlights of the product range, the IONIQ Hybrid and IONIQ Plug-in provide Women all over the world have chosen the Hyundai IONIQ as the best green car of the year. low CO2 emissions of 92-79 g/ km* and 26 g/km* respectively. The IONIQ Electric can travel 280 km on a single charge, peace of mind for customers seeking a zero-emission car with a practical driving range. The IONIQ Plug-in derivative can drive up to 63 km in pure electric mode, increasing the possibility of fuel-free driving for those customers who typically cover shorter distances. The Women’s World Car of the Year is the only car award in the world with an all-female jury. The jury consists of 25 established motor journalists from 20 different countries. Initially they nominated 420 cars before whittling them down to a list of the top 60. They then voted by secret ballot, allocating points to audited by the Auckland, New “The car that wins the supreme award has gone through a rigorous test by 25 judges from 20 different countries who are on the panel of Women’s World Car of the Year,” said Sandy Myhre, CEO of the Women’s World Car of the Year. “It’s a democratic process, and cars that have won categories and the supreme winner really have to stand out.” Toyota was again the best selling car in November Staff Reporter The Alfa Romeo Giulia has been named as the 2018 Car of the Year. Photo: Quickpic Alfa Romeo Giulia is named Car of the Year Staff Reporter The Alfa Romeo Giulia has been named as the 2018 Car of the Year, the best representing exceptional value, superiority in its class and impact on the automotive scene. The Motor Trend’s Car of the Year programme is open to any all-new or substantially upgraded 2017 model year vehicles. Rather than being compared against one another, contending Trend’s full battery of performance tests to measure acceleration, braking, and limit handling. All contenders are then evaluated on three separate courses at a professional are selected. Out of 46 contending 2017 models – the third largest ever – Motor Trend’s judges picked 10 Car Romeo Giulia. All “Of the Year” contenders were selected by Motor Trend judges and evaluated against six key criteria: advancement in design, engineering performance of intended function. The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia best represents these six key elements, which also characterize what consumers most want in their next vehicle. Contenders are put through a gruelling battery of tests to determine which vehicles best represent exceptional value, superiority in its class and impact on the automotive scene. The 2018 Car of the Year competition included more than 10,000km of driving, including real-world testing with potholes, jagged pavement, steep grades, misaligned railroad crossings and avoidance manoeuvres. Alfa Romeo Giulia models feature an all-new, allaluminium, 2.0-litre, direct-injection turbo engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission that delivers a class-leading, standard 206kW and 400Nm of torque, allowing it to launch from 0-96 km/h in 5.1 seconds, and achieve a top speed of 240 km/hour (in South African trim the Giulia features the same 2.0-litre engine with outputs of 147kW and 330Nm, and features a 0 – 100 km/h time of 6.6 seconds and a top speed of 235 km/h). The Giulia Quadrifoglio highlights Alfa Romeo’s performance and motorsport knowhow with its bestin-class 375 kW, and zero to 96 km/h in 3.8 seconds and a record-setting 7:32 lap time around the legendary Nürburgring – fastest ever by a fourdoor production sedan. All Giulia models offer nearperfect 50/50 weight distribution thanks to Giulia’s all-new rearwheel-drive Giorgio architecture and driveshaft, class-leading power and the unique Italian style and craftsmanship to the premium mid-size sedan segment. It comes with standard threeyear/100,000km warranty and a sixyear/100,000km maintenance plans. Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) took the lead again in November, recording 11,441 deliveries and amassing a year-todate tally of 117,486 units. This sees TSAM sales registering a year-to-date growth of 7.8 percent compared to the same time in 2016. Leading the charge is South Africa’s best-selling bakkie of all time Toyota Hilux – recording 3,243 units in the penultimate month. Hilux remains 2,935 units ahead of its closest competitor year-to-date. The second best-selling manufacturer after TSAM in November managed to post 7,438 units – more than 4,000 adrift of Toyota. There have also been some strong performances in the passenger segment with Toyota posting a total of 63,897 units 11 months. Notable gainers in November include Corolla/Auris/ Quest with 1, 711 and Etios with 1541. TSAM’s evergreen SUVs – Fortuner and RAV4 – continued their segment dominance with 1, 080 and 747 respectively, while the more luxurious Prado and Land Cruiser 200 recorded sales of 91 and 110, respectively. Lexus’s luxury SUVs, NX and LX, shifted no less than 21 units apiece. On the trucks front, Hino South Africa achieved a solid 329 sales, reaching an all-year-high share of 28.7 percent in the MCV segment. The 500 Series performed notably well with a 21.4 percent share of the HCV segment – the second highest in 2017, culminating in a 14 percent overall share. According to vice president of sales and marketing at TSAM Calvyn Hamman, “The reason our sales are consistently high is because we have well-regarded vehicles in almost every market segment, enabling us to meet consumer preferences no matter where they shift. We’re also proud of Toyota’s extensive dealer network and our dedicated sales teams. “Despite being pleased with our year-to-date sales, we remain committed to TSAM’s long-term strategic plans built around steady and sustainable growth. So, it will be business as usual for us through to December 31 and beyond.”
Thursday, December 7 2017 | NEW ERA WOEMA 15 esert Raceway crowns Donna Collins There is never a dull moment at the Dirt Oval racetrack, and last Saturday was no exception, with a huge crowd of spectators gathered at Walvis Bay’s Desert leg of the dirt oval championships. This was indeed an exciting last round of the 2017 national dirt oval season, which pitted the front runners against their class rivals, in an with 37 entries in top form. Racing started at an enjoyable sunset slot, which saw the track lined with spectators, umbrellas, gazebos and portable braais as racing enthusiasts settled in for an actionpacked night, which ended under the spotlights at midnight. vehicles, representing their four different classes, namely V8s, fourcylinder, 16-valve Hot Rods and the quads, were geared for challenge. Lexus RX now has three rows of seating Staff Reporter Families who are fans of the Toyota RX will soon be able to enjoy more space in the luxury RX SUV following the world premiere of new variants that rows of seating. The seven-seat RX “L” models, available with V6 petrol or hybrid powertrains, were unveiled overnight at the Los Angeles auto show and are due from January next year. Developed to meet frequent requests from customers and dealers, the 2018 RX 350L and RX 450hL retain the model’s sleek features while incorporating a power-fold third-row seat and three-zone climate control. Lexus has extended the body length 110 mm at the rear and used a steeper tailgate window angle to ensure good headroom for the additional passengers and class-leading luggage-space length behind the third row. The 60/40 split-fold third row can accommodate both child seats and adults and is designed to offer the same comfort and luxury as in the middle row. It is positioned slightly lower than the second row, creating more foot room for rear passengers. Third-row passengers have the comfort and convenience of separate rear air-conditioning and dedicated vents as well as a pair of cup holders. Details that enhance versa- behind the folded third-row, an easily stowable tonneau and covered slide rails. Access to the third row is made easy with a one-touch lever that folds and slides the second seat forward. Second-row seating head and legroom are unchanged. The 2018 RX “L” models offer levels of safety, style, luxury and performance expected in this luxury Lexus SUV. A full range of airbags are standard, including full-length side curtain airbags that cover all three rows. The 3.5-litre V6 engine in the Lexus RX 350L employs the advanced D-4S fuel injection system, which combines direct and port fuel injection ciency, variable valve timing Nail-biting drifting into the dirt corners brought gasps to the crowds, as cars accelerated in a spray of dirt, gaining traction to surge ahead of the pack. Some cowboy style racing in the thunderous V8 Class saw one of the drivers sliding full force into the tyre safety barriers, but managed to continue the race unharmed. The man to beat in the Hot Rod category and winner of the overall title was Walvis Bay “action man” Allan Martin, who has done amazing things this year both on the dirt oval and rally circuit. He tore ahead of Freddie Stander and Jan Everson spectively in this division. With ten V8s on the track it was a ding-dong dice with Gino Meyer taking a comfortable lead to win his class, ahead of Rudi van der Westerhuizen and Gert Breedt. This class has really grown over the past year, and undoubtedly these awesome low-slung ‘mean machines’ have become one of the major crowdpullers at an event. The 4-cylinder racing provided some good sport, which was won by young Walvis Bay schoolboy Zachery Martin, with Michael Bemke and Dillen Roodt taking second and third podium slots. Ten quads were at the start, with the duel between Raymond du Plessis who took the winning place in the open class, and Martin Kruger not far behind, who settled for second, followed by Jos Dekmon in third. Once again the one of a kind class facility, with their clubhouse facilities, tower and pit area buzzing with excitement. The organisers and marshals of the Desert Raceway which is celebrating its 4th anniversary took a bow after a successful year’s racing. It was announced that the Walvis Bay Motor Club and Desert Raceway are joining forces next year, to hold events on the same dates in an effort to work together and build up the sport. with intelligence - wide (VVT iW) is used on the intake camshaft, along with VVT i on the exhaust camshaft, allowing the engine to switch between Otto and Atkinson combustion cycles. The result is 216 kW of power and 358 Nm of torque, ciency optimised by an eightspeed automatic transmission. The RX 350L features the Lexus Dynamic Torque Control AWD system that engages front-wheel drive under normal cruising conditions to help reduce fuel consumption. It uses an electronically controlled coupling ahead of the rear differential to send up to 50 percent of available torque to the rear wheels, depending on driving dynamics and road conditions. Lexus RX L occupants will experience the same luxuriously smooth, quiet ride as the two-row models offer. Front strut and rear doublewishbone suspension systems ensure agility and exemplary ride compliance over all types of surfaces. Electric power steering yields a light and comfortable steering feel with excellent feedback. Elegantly blacked out C effect while 20-inch wheel designs enhance the powerfullooking stance. Staff Reporter The high performance Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT has been honoured by readers magazine Auto Bild Sports Cars. The powerful Jeep model scooped the readers’ choice award for best import in the Vans and SUV category. famously knowledgeable readers of the magazine have chosen a Jeep model as a winner, underlining the huge appeal of the sports inspired premium SUV. The 2017 edition of the awards saw a total of 110 models compete across 15 categories. Among the standout features that saw the Jeep Grand Cherokee The all-new Nissan Patrol is the epitome of - - Photo: Motorpress readers’ choice award SRT win its category, was its 6.4-litre HEMI V8 naturally-aspirated engine. Generating 344kW of power and an impressive torque of 624Nm at just 4,100 r/ min without turbocharging from its hemispherical combustion chambers, it’s considered one of the last high-performance naturally-aspirated engines. The award demonstrates the versatility of the Jeep brand and proves that its extensive range of offroad vehicles and SUVs is winning over even the most demanding fans of high-performance vehicles in Germany. Jeep Grand Chero- Jeep brand and the most awarded SUV ever. Since its introduction in 1992, it represents the Jeep benchmark in terms of power, comfort, innovation and craftsmanship. This year, Grand Cherokee celebrates 25 years of 4x4 leadership – a milestone underscoring how it SUV market, while bringing to life the Jeep brand’s pioneering spirit and quest for technical innovation. Available locally with a full line-up of 5 trim levels - Laredo, Limited, Overland, Summit, SRT - and the new Trackhawk that will be introduced around the middle of 2018, the Grand Cherokee has sold more than 6 million units worldwide since its introduction 25 years ago.