14 WOEMA Thursday, February 15 2018 | NEW ERA Tesla engineered the Model X to be the safest SUV ever, and recently the United States National istration (NHTSA) announced that after conducting independent testing, it has awarded Model X a 5-star safety rating in every category and sub-category, mak- the 5-star rating across the board. More than just resulting in a 5-star rating, the data from NHTSA’s testing shows that Model X has the lowest probability of injury of any SUV it has ever tested. In fact, of all the cars NHTSA has ever tested, Model X’s overall probability of injury was second only to Tesla’s Model S. Model X performs so much better in a crash than gas-powered SUVs because of its all-electric architecture and powertrain tery pack that powers Model X the vehicle creating a center of gravity so low that Model X has the lowest rollover probability of any SUV on the road. No other SUV has ever come close to meeting and exceeding this rollover requirement. NHTSA’s tests assess both the structure of the vehicle, which Photo: Tesla must minimise intrusion into the cabin and absorb as much energy as possible, and also the seatbelt and airbag restraint system, which must maximize injury mitigation in the event of a crash. Among the nine subcategories rated by NHTSA, including frontal impact, side impact, and pole impact tests conducted on both the driver and passenger side as well as the rollover test, Model X achieved 5-stars in every category and sub-category. That means that in the event of a serious crash, Model X occupants have an overall 93% probability of walking away without a serious injury – a testament to our commitment to building the safest cars on today’s roads. – Tesla DONNA COLLINS - Photo: Quickpic Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist System wins major award Subaru Corporation has received the President’s Award from Japan Techno-Economics Society (JATES) for the development of its EyeSight driver assist system at the society’s 6th Technology Management & Innovation Awards. The award ceremony was held today at the Hotel Grand Palace in Tokyo. JATES’s Technology Management & Innovation Awards are designed to encourage innovation in Japan, leading to economic growth and stronger industrial competitiveness. Established in 2012 as Japan’s quality projects originating in Japan, introducing the processes involved to other engineers and business executives in order to spur the development of innovation nationwide. using solely stereo camera technology to provide a driver assist system incorporating features such as adaptive cruise control and pre-collision braking that detects not only cars, but also pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists in the vehicle’s path. EyeSight has received strong third-party safety ratings including a maximum preventative safety rating under the Japanese New Car Assessment Program preventative safety assessments conducted by the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. JATES recognizes this remarkable innovation, which harnesses more than a quarter of a century of research and development to provide both safety and driving enjoyment. The system was developed by overcoming the challenges associated with incorporating extremely precise stereo camera recognition technology into an automobile production line, as well as driving experiments and tests covering more than 3 million kilometers, and the leveraging of tests and big data. As a result, it outperforms numerous similar systems in terms of both accuracy and cost, while continuing to evolve towards the achievement of unprecedented safety levels. Subaru’s EyeSight driver assist system is presently available on the Subaru Impreza, XV and newly introduced 2018 Outback and Legacy models as of February 2018. - Quickpic Since the dealership opened its doors just over a year ago, Harley- Davidson Windhoek is moving and shaking into one of the strongest motorcycle brands in the country, with 2018 geared to leave its competition trailing in its dust. Certainly, if their growth and sales, in this short time, are anything to go by, and it seems that anyone who wants to be someone, is getting all kitted out and riding out of the showroom on a Harley these days. Coupled with this, the year has started off with a bang, with a Harley-Davidson Sportster Iron 883 give-away, to the value of N8 000. The bike was handed over to a lucky draw winner last Saturday at the showroom, making this the second Harley- Davidson give-away in the past few months. The ‘mean machine’ was the grand prize of an SMS competition run by Brockmann&Kriess Namibia in conjunction with KWV brands which was also present. Lucky winner Hannes Esterhuizen made his life-time dream come true out of nine who landed the coded fob which Iron 883. The New Era spoke to Guilliaume Kruger (general manager Harley-Davidson Windhoek), who said excitedly that the range of new 2018 Harley-Davidson models have arrived, and the showroom is stocked with the best and the latest models. He said the bikes at the showroom range from the entry level Street 750 (on special for N$ 90, 000.00), the Street Rod (on special for N$ 100, 000.00), to the top-of-the-range Softail Fat Boy 114, selling for N$ 300, 900.00, plus the larger touring models, all of which sport new features and advanced technology. He further explained that they have unpacked some of the most incredible Harley-Davidson accessories and clothing ranges, which appeal to anyone and everyone, even if you don’t own a Harley. “Of the new 2018 models, we have just sold a stunning Street Glide 115 Anniversary Special which is a pricey machine, and the only one in Namibia, in fact one of just four in Africa,” gushed Kruger adding that the others models are “The Harley-Davidson brand is going strong in Namibia, and we - - - - have had an absolutely fabulous January and February, with our team looking forward to another successful year.” Kruger also mentioned, that Harley-Davidson Windhoek kick started the year with a social gathering at the dealership, which saw the growing club members of the H.O.G (Harley Owners Group) Namibia gathered and networking with new prospective members. Davidson Windhoek offered all membership for H.O.G Namibia, to assist in growing our family of riders. As part of the busy H.O.G 2018 calendar, last weekend’s games was huge fun and will be followed by many more events for Harley riders, such as the upcoming ‘ThunderDay’ being held in Tsumeb.
Thursday, February 15 2018 | NEW ERA WOEMA 15 named as one of in 2018 Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, has been recognised by the Ethisphere and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as a 2018 World’s Most Ethical Company. This is the second consecutive year that Volvo Cars has received this recognition. 135 companies have been listed this year, with Volvo Cars being one of only three in the Automotive category. “Responsible business is a fundamental part of Volvo Cars´ culture and way of operating, and something we continuously promote internally as well as with our business partners. An ethical approach to business is not only the right value and helps attract and retain the best talent. We are proud that we have been recognised as one of the world’s most ethical companies for the second consecutive year.” says Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO of Volvo Cars. Maria Hemberg, Senior Vice President Group Legal, General Counsel and Chair of Volvo Cars’ Sustainability Board, commented: “The World’s Most Ethical Company assessment process has helped us drive the continuous improvement of our Compliance & Ethics programme. To be named as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for the second time is a welcome acknowledgement of our work to date in promoting ethical and responsible practices, both internally and externally.” Volvo Cars has established a Compliance & Ethics programme to support its commitment to responsible business, as well as to prevent and mitigate a wide range of legal and ethical risks. As part of this programme, the Code of Conduct and the Code of Conduct for Business Partners, both based on international conventions and standards, set out the principles which employees and business partners are expected to abide by when working for, or doing business with, Volvo Cars. Finally, in line with its commitment to fostering an ethical culture, Volvo Cars has developed a broad range of training on ethical business practices for all employees, as well focusing on behaviour and role modelling. Says Greg Maruszewski, VCSA Managing Director: “Volvo Car South Africa subscribes to all global policies, and we are in the process of rolling out the Code of Conduct for Business Partners to all our local suppliers and partners.” The Ethisphere Institute is the vancing the standards of ethical business practices that fuel corporate character, marketplace trust and business success. Ethisphere has deep expertise in measuring using data-driven insights that help companies enhance corporate character. Ethisphere honours superior achievement through its World’s Most Ethical Companies recognition program, provides a community of industry experts with the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA) and showcases trends and best practices in ethics with the publication of Ethisphere Magazine. son, President Photo: Quickpic Introducing the With 193 343 units sold since its market introduction in March 2010, the Volkswagen Polo Vivo Hatch has been the best-selling passenger model in Southern Africa for the past seven years. Being the only locally built model in the competitive A0 segment, the Polo Vivo has been a dominant brand in the entry-level hatch segment in spite of the new models being launched on a regular basis and with an even greater offering in the new Polo Vivo, the model is once again set to be the best-seller in this segment. Polo Vivo’s key product attributes such as affordability, German build quality, safety, space and comfort have a set an unparalleled benchmark in the segment. Polo Vivo has had the class-leading residual value in its segment in the used car market. The cost of ownership over a 3-year cycle makes Polo Vivo one of the most affordable cars to own in the South African market. Nearly 76% of Polo Vivo parts are sourced from local suppliers. This ensures that parts remain affordable and contribute to the overall low cost of ownership and applies to both the outgoing and incoming models. The new Polo Vivo is offered in a hatch body version. Enhanced features The new Polo Vivo is based which has been enhanced both visually and technically. The driver assistance and infotainment systems as well as the new TSI engine now available with a 6-speed manual transmission, have taken the new Polo Vivo to another level. Visually, the new Polo sharper front and rear design. In addition, the new model introduces fresh colours, new interior materials and new New equipment lines The new Polo Vivo model range will be launched with three equipment lines, Trendline, Comfortline and Highline. The hatch body version is also available in a top of the range GT derivative. Exterior mirrors and door handles of the Comfortline and GT derivatives are offered in body colour. The Trendline, Comfortline and Highline have new interior trims which add exciting ambience and feel into the cabin of the new Polo Vivo. A new gear knob with leatherette gearshift has been introduced. Comfortline, Highline and GT derivatives now have a height adjustable driver seat. For in-car entertainment, new Polo Vivo customers have an option of Radio 140G SD/USB/Bluetooth with four speakers (standard on Trendline and Comfortline). Highline and GT get two extra speakers for sound enhancement as well as the Colour Touchscreen Radio 340G which includes App- Connect. Active and passive standard safety features have been enhanced in the new Polo. ABS, alarm and remote central locking are standard features across the range. Front fog lights are a standard feature in Comfortline, Highline and GT derivatives. Extra Boot space Volkswagen Polo Vivo has a generous and practical boot space when it comes to transporting luggage. For the hatch body version, the boot has luggage volume of 280 litres and with folded rear bench seat, it increases to 952 litres. Exterior and interior This sophisticated design of the Polo Vivo with its clean lines is precise and sharper. The new Polo Vivo is 3,972mm long, 1,682mm wide and 1,462mm tall. The exterior in detail Front end. The front-end design has a much more threedimensional and sporty look due to its redesigned bumper and larger lower air intake. In the rear bumper area, the car’s width is emphasised by styling cues, including a cleaner horizontal layout and a wider cut-out for the licence plate. The trapezoidal outer contour of this area extends towards the rear wheels, which creates a more dynamic tension of surfaces. bedded in the bumper, also give the visual impression of greater width. The rear lights were also redesigned. From the side, the new Polo can be differentiated by the new alloy wheels. The wheel line-up consists of the standard steel wheels for the Polo Trendline and Comfortline (14 inch) and optional 15-inch ‘Estrada’ alloy wheel, 16 inch ‘Rivazza’ for the Polo Highline and the 17-inch ‘Mirabeau’ alloy wheel which comes standard in the top of the range GT model. The new Polo Vivo is available in the following body colours: B a s e – F l a s h R e d a n d P u r e W h i t e . Blue and Limestone Grey. New layout of instruments and centre console. Many new ergonomic and visual improvements have been made inside the latest Polo Vivo. Aside from the three-spoke steering wheel, the new instrument cluster look catches the eye immediately; the instruments are in typical Volkswagen design language. Located on the next control level of the centre console is the infotainment system, which is ideally positioned Polo Vivo now gets Volkswagen’s “modular infotainment system” (MIB) radio system. Modern engines for driving enjoyment and The new Polo Vivo model range is offered with three four-cylinder petrol engines, 1.4, 1.6 litres and one threecylinder TSI engine. The power output of the fourcylinder engines range from 55 kW to 77 kW. These engines are available with 5-speed manual transmissions as standard. The Tiptronic transmission is available with the 77kW 1.6 engine, while the top of the range GT comes with the 1.0TSI 81kW engine in 6-speed manual. The entry engine in the Polo Vivo model range is the 1.4-liter with the 55 kW power output available 4800rpm. This engine has ample power and torque for dynamic and everyday driving. - Quickpic