Ford Returning to Le Mans in 2016 with All-New Ford GT, Marking 50th Anniversary of 1966 Victory

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  • Ford returns to Le Mans in 2016 with the all-new Ford GT supercar to compete in LM GTE Pro class, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Ford’s 1966 overall victory
  • All-new Ford factory program to compete in both the FIA World Endurance Championship and TUDOR United SportsCar Championship with a two-team, four-car effort – operated by Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates
  • Ford GT is company’s showcase for aerodynamics and lightweight carbon fibre construction, along with new twin-turbocharged Ford EcoBoost V6 – most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever

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LE MANS, France, June 12, 2015 – Ford announced today it is returning to one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world with its new Ford GT race car, based on the all-new ultra-high-performance supercar that goes on sale next year.

The Ford GT race car will compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans – referred to by many as the Grand Prix of Endurance and Efficiency – starting next year. Revealed today at the famous circuit in Le Mans, France, Ford GT will compete in the Le Mans GT Endurance class for professional teams and drivers (LM GTE Pro).

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When it comes to playing golf, it pays to use the correct tools

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Meet the TomTom Golfer GPS Watch. This slim and attractive sportswatch allows the you to know every inch of the course with:

– Over 34,000 mapped courses on its global GPS map

– Green View, which shows hazards on-screen

– Details provided of sand traps, waterholes and distances to hazards

This really is the perfect golfers companion, see my impressions on this short video review:

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2015 Mini iStore Instadrive

Having just attended the 2015 iStore Mini Instadrive event, its fair to say that these two premium brands are still at the pinnacle of their game. The fluidity of the iPhone 6 coupled with the class, style and spunk of the 2015 Mini Cooper S made this an unforgettable experience

Store

 

For more details or to enter, visit: http://myistore.co.za/iphoneography/ and take the iPhoneography challenge

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Ford Unveils the Ultimate New Ranger; Wildtrak Ready to Take on the World with Bold Design, Smart Technology

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  • Aggressive, distinctive design and unique features help new Ranger Wildtrak stand apart from the crowd
  • Striking, modern, car-like interior underscores technological capabilities and adds to premium, sporty feel
  • Wildtrak boasts full array of smart features, including SYNC 2 connectivity, Lane Keeping Aid, Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Alert, Driver Impairment Monitor and Front and Rear Parking Sensors

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  • World-beating capabilities, including robust electronically controlled transfer case, class-leading 800 mm water-wading capability and 230 mm ground clearance ensure new Wildtrak is up for any adventure
  • Improved ride and powerful, efficient 3.2-liter latest-generation Duratorq diesel engine help to deliver on Ford’s fun-to-drive promise

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 Power Crisis? No need to worry the Mate7 has you covered

Huawei Mate 7 owners, however, dont have quite the same concerns. Equipped with a 4100mAh battery, the Mate7 is not only Huaweis flagship smartphone, but also the go-to solution for even the most power-hungry users. Its Li-Polymer battery represents the latest in mobile battery technology and can offer up to two days of use without the need to recharge.

Check out my impressions of this cracking device:

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New Toyota Auris

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The new Auris gets a comprehensive ‘top ‘n tail’ to give it an arresting look up front as well as a pert new rear end. These changes give the Auris a more hunkered down, masculine demeanor. A point of interest is that the Auris is one of the lowest cars in its class. This translates to a low-slung driving position, which makes the driver feel closer and more connected to the road.

Zooming in on the front design, a pair of chrome ‘wings’ emerges from a new, more prominent Toyota emblem set in a thinner upper grille. These ‘wings’ underscore the front lip of the bonnet, running the full width of the car and encapsulating the crisply angled inside edge of the sharp-eyed headlamp clusters.

The lower grille, set beneath a more prominent front bumper, now runs the full width of the car. It has a narrow centre section, framed by a chrome accent strip which widens into deep pods housing integrated fog lights (from Xs model upwards), at the furthest edges of the new design.

In profile the new front and rear styling generate longer overhangs, improving the overall balance of the design and leading the eye in a sweeping line from the front Toyota emblem to the rear lamp cluster. A new shark fin roof antenna and turbine-inspired 16-inch alloy wheel designs add further impact.

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To the rear, the lower half of the car has been completely redesigned, again to add visual emphasis to the vehicle’s broad stance. The width of the deeper, more muscular bumper design is amplified by the location of reflector housings at the furthest edges and by a thin chrome trim line. The rear lamp clusters have also been redesigned, giving Auris its own, distinctive lighting signature.

From Xs model grades upwards, the exterior grille and bumper finishes get an extra flourish courtesy of glossy piano black finishes and chrome trim.

Two new exterior colours have been added – Citrus Metallic (a chartreuse hue) and Blue Metallic (royal blue in intensity).

 

Extra Sensory Delights

On board, the sensory quality of the cabin has been significantly raised with a redesigned more curvaceous dashboard boasting soft-touch quality trims and surface finishes as well as a new central, tablet-inspired audio visual display panel which comes standard on all models from the Xs grade upwards. Featuring electrostatic (touch-sensitive) switchgear – a first in terms of technology advancement for Toyota – the touch screen panel offers CD/DVD, Radio (FM/AM) and Bluetooth/AUX/USB functionality as well as a host of other on-board functions including a reverse camera with guide lines.

The driver’s instrument binnacle has a stronger, more sporting design with tubed tachometer and speedometer dials either side of a new 4.2-inch colour TFT multi-information screen (Xr models only).

In addition, many details, such as the air vents, door handles and gear lever surround, have been reworked to give a crisper, high-quality appearance. The shape and finish of chrome trim features have been harmonised and a new set of upholstery designs, including leather for the Xr, complete the more premium quality cabin environment.

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Under-the-skin Refinements

The new Auris range benefits from further suspension and steering revisions designed to improve ride comfort and handling. Components in the MacPherson strut front suspension have been revised, including the design of the coil springs, shock absorbers, upper insulators, bound stoppers and stabiliser bushes. In combination, the changes to the suspension improve initial roll damping, minimise friction and amplify straight-line ride comfort.

In addition, the electric power steering system’s mapping has been tuned to further build steering weight as vehicle speed rises, giving better feedback between 60 and 80km/h.

Soundproofing has been improved by adding additional sound-absorbing materials in strategic locations around the instrument panel and transmission tunnel. An outer tunnel silencer has been added to minimise transmission noise.

Additional sealing in the front wing, dashboard and door area further cuts the amount of engine, road and wind noise reaching the cabin.

Making the Grade

 

As before, Auris is available with three powertrains:

  • 3-litre petrol unit producing 73kW at 6000rpm and 128Nm of torque at 3800rpm and propelling the Auris 1.3 from 0-100km/h in 12,6 seconds and on to a maximum speed of 175km/h. Fuel consumption is pegged at 5,8l /100km for the combined cycle.
  • 6-litre petrol unit producing 97kW at 6400rpm and 160Nm of torque at 4400rpm and dispatching the 0-100k/h sprint in 10 seconds. Top speed is clocked at 200km/h. The 1.6 manual consumes an average of 6,2l /100km in the combined cycle; the 1.6 CVT is even more economical, averaging just 6,0l / 100km.
  • 8 Hybrid – this model also receives a make-over for 2015. Details will be disclosed closer to launch at the beginning of September 2015.

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Also carried over is the three-tier grading structure:

  • Entry-grade models (X and Xi) are available on 1.3 and 1.6-litre engines. Bluetooth has been added to this spec level. Other spec highlights include Follow-me-home headlights, shark fin antenna, leather gear lever and steering wheel, electric power steering, air conditioner, dual front and side airbags, remote central locking, ABS with Brake Assist and Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD),seatbelt warning for all occupants, RDS audio four-speaker system, electric windows with Driver One-Touch and steering switches. The X model is shod with 15-inch steel wheels; the Xi model is equipped with 16-inch alloys.
  • The Mid-grade model (Xs) is only available on the 1.6-litre engine. This variant is now also equipped with the all-new display audio featuring electrostatic switchgear. Over and above the entry grade models, Xs also features front fog lamps, piano black gloss finish for the grille and rear bumper with chrome trim accents, reverse camera with guidelines, six-speaker sound system, vanity mirror lamps and Sport fabric upholstery.
  • The High grade models (Xr) are available on the 1.6 manual and CVT as well as the Hybrid Derivative. This model comes with full-house spec including niceties such as auto lights, electrochromatic rearview mirror, colour TFT multi-information display, cruise control, smart entry and push start technology, electronic dual-zone climate control, curtain airbags and a driver’s kneebag, full leather upholstery with seat heaters for the front seats and electric lumbar support for the driver.

Priced to Go Far

 

Auris X                          –                       R223 700

Auris Xi                        –                       R249 100

Auris Xs                       –                       R259 800

Auris Xr                       –                       R287 700

Auris Xr CVT               –                       R301 700

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CHERY USED AUTO SHANGHAI SHOW TO PROMOTE NEW BRAND IMAGE

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Chery, one of the most successful exporters of Chinese domestic brand passenger cars, made good use of the recent Auto Shanghai show to promote its new brand image under the banner New Standard, New Power, New Chery.

The cars on display included two new products, the Arrizo M7 SUV and Tiggo5 1.5T SUV as well as two concept vehicles, the Arrizo 5 and @Ant3, an individualised urban runabout.

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Chery also took the opportunity to unveil its iPOWER system, an intelligent power source which integrates traditional and new energy technologies.

Aside from displaying its brand-new products and concept vehicles at Auto Shanghai 2015, Chery also displayed its range of current models, such as Tiggo5, Tiggo3, Arrizo 7, and Arrizo3, in addition to two new-energy car models, the Arrizo7 PHEV (a plug-in hybrid with a 1.6-litre petrol engine and 355 volt lithium-ion battery) and Arrizo3 EV (an electric vehicle with a range of 260km that takes only 30 minutes to charge to 80% of capacity), which all promoted Chery’s advanced technologies.

The growing Arrizo sub-brand is built on Chery’s new iAuto platform which is an updated version of the Chery A3 platform and incorporates Cloudrive telematics, ACTECO powertrains and Cherysma design and quality standards.

Founded on January 8, 1997, Chery Automobile Co., Ltd. is one of the most successful independent Chinese vehicle manufacturers that has grown through independent innovation after China’s reform and the opening up of the economy.

Over the past 16 years since its founding, Chery has adhered to independent innovation, gradually establishing a complete technical and product research and development division while exporting its products to more than 80 countries.

Chery’s cumulative production since its founding is approaching five million vehicles, which includes exports totalling more than one million cars, putting it ahead of other Chinese domestic passenger vehicle brand manufacturers.

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Chery has built three passengers vehicle manufacturing bases in Wuhu, Dalian and Ordos which can turn out 900 000 vehicles, 900 000 engines and 800 000 transmissions annually. In terms of product quality improvement, with the aim of building safe, energy-conserving and eco-friendly products, Chery has gradually been geared to international standards, established a set of distinctive quality assurance management systems, and passed international quality system certifications such as ISO9001 and TUV Rheinland ISO/TS16949.

“Independent innovation” is the core of Chery’s development strategy. Since Chery’s founding, Chery has adhered to independent innovation and endeavoured to become a technology-oriented enterprise.

Chery has formed a complete R & D system integrating vehicle, powertrain, key parts development, trial-manufacturing and testing, centring on the Automotive Engineering & Research Institute in Wuhu which is supported by research centres in Beijing, Shanghai, Italy, Japan and Australia.

Through independent innovation, Chery has achieved breakthroughs in an array of domestic, high tech core technologies such as dual variable valve timing (DVVT), turbocharged petrol direct injection (TGDI), continuously variable transmission (CVT) and new energy, thus driving the technical upgrading of all series. In terms of intellectual property construction, Chery has applied for about 9 000 patents and already been awarded more than 6 000, ranking first among Chinese domestic vehicle manufacturers.

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Even more motivation to consider a Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge

Samsung Electronics South Africa has identified a bespoke selection of gifts to take the new Galaxy range to the next level: the Galaxy Gifts package for the S6 and S6 edge amplifies the consumer’s experience of these latest Samsung smartphones. By teaming up with key partners, Samsung now provides customers with a wealth of free, long-term subscriptions and superior services with the Galaxy S6 range. From offline GPS to Accidental Damage from Handling (ADH) Premium, the free Galaxy Gift collection inherent to the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge includes:

Galaxy S6 Edge – At the cutting Edge of tech

Accidental Damage from Handling (ADH) Premium

We all know accidents happen and with ADH Premium, Galaxy S6 and S6 edge customers get additional cover, with a free screen and/or glass panel repair within the first 12 months of purchase. The premium provision offers Smart Swap – a benefit which includes a loan device while the smartphone is being repaired. In addition, Smart Pick-up is a door-to-door solution that makes provision for the original device to be collected and returned to the consumer anywhere in South Africa, making the repair process much smoother.

The Galaxy S6 does not have an external SD memory card however customers benefit from a 100GB of cloud storage for two years and the internal 15GB – which comes with the device. The Microsoft OneDrive is pre-loaded on the Galaxy S6 range, meaning consumers can simply access the app on their smartphone and use the free storage whenever they are online.

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AlwaysOn™

With AlwaysOn, Galaxy S6 and S6 edge customers get 2 gigabytes (GB) of free Wi-Fi per month, for an entire year. This means that users save on data as they now have access to over 2,200 hotspots across South Africa. AlwaysOn delivers a fast, efficient and satisfying experience for consumers browsing the Net when out and about.

 

Viago by Garmin

Whether navigating around an unfamiliar city, or searching for the quickest route home, the Galaxy S6 range will assist. Samsung has teamed up with one of the world’s leading GPS manufacturers, Viago by Garmin, to safely guide customers with free offline, turn-by-turn navigation. Users benefit from 12 months of free use worth over R500. Viago by Garmin is available for Galaxy S6 users to download from the Google Play store under ‘Galaxy Gifts’.

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Mercedes-AMG C 63 S and C 63

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Powerful high-end sports car

Authentic dynamism and sheer passion: The new Mercedes-AMG C 63 is systematically configured for performance. The 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine delivers outstanding performance figures and an emotional engine sound: the new engine is closely related to the power unit that gives the Mercedes-AMG GT its breath-taking performance. The outputs range from 350 kW for the C 63 to 375 kW for the C 63 S. Thanks to its impressive driving dynamics, with lateral acceleration and grip at an extremely sporty level, the C 63 is predestined for fast laps on the racetrack. Dynamic highlights such as the AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension, the mechanical rear axle locking differential – which is electronically controlled on the C 63 S – or the DYNAMIC SELECT switch with AMG-specific transmission modes clearly demonstrate the uncompromising influence of countless motorsports victories by Mercedes-AMG.

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The V8 top model in the C-Class is available in two variants: the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S and Mercedes-AMG C 63. The C 63 S is configured for even more dynamic performance. With unrivalled low fuel consumption of 8.2 litres per 100 kilometres (NEDC combined), the C 63 is the most economical eight-cylinder car in the high-performance segment and sets a new benchmark.

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The models at a glance:

 

Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Mercedes-AMG C 63
Displacement 3982 cc 3982 cc
Bore x stroke 83.0 x 92.0 83.0 x 92.0
Output 375 kW
at 5500-6250 r/min
350 kW
at 5500-6250 r/min
Peak torque 700 Nm
at 1750-4500 r/min
650 Nm
at 1750-4500 r/min
Power-to-swept-volume ratio 94.2 kW 87.9 kW
Fuel consumption
NEDC combined
8.4-8.2 l/100 km 8.2 l/100 km
CO2 emissions 195-192 g/km 195 g/km
Kerb weight (according to EC) 1730 kg* 1715 kg*
Acceleration
0-100 km/h
4.0 sec 4.1  sec
Top speed 250/290 km/h** 250/290 km/h**

Pricing:

As with all Mercedes-Benz passenger cars, the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S and C 63 comes standard with the class-leading 6-years/100 000 km maintenance plan.

Mercedes-AMG C 63 S                   R1 163 800

Edition 1                                            + R175 000

Mercedes-AMG C 63                          R1 004 700

Edition 1                                            + R212 000

* in ready-to-drive condition (fuel tank 90 % full, with driver (68 kg) and luggage (7 kg); ** electronically limited, optional increase in top speed to 290 km only in combination with the AMG Driver’s Package.

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2015 Hyundai Veloster gets a boost from 150 kW turbo engine

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The Hyundai Veloster range in South Africa has received a shot in the arm with the addition of a turbo-boosted direct petrol injection engine, along with more sporty and luxury features that makes this attractive hatchback a well-rounded sports package.

At its global launch the Veloster Turbo was the first Hyundai to feature the company’s 1,6-litre GDI engine with a high-compression, twin-scroll turbocharger. This T-GDI unit, generating 150 kW maximum power and 265 Nm of torque, has now made its debut in the local Veloster range, with performance figures that are quite a step up from its non-turbocharged sibling which delivers 103 kW and 167 Nm.

“The Veloster Turbo is also pointer to where the Hyundai brand is heading: to produce vehicles with advanced engine and transmission technology that will appeal to car buyers that are looking for an exciting, yet reliable and well-designed automobile. The engine used in the Veloster Turbo forms the base for the power plant in Hyundai Motorsport’s World Rally Championship i20 car – the only difference is that the rally car delivers 200 kW …,” says Stanley Anderson, marketing director of Hyundai Automotive South Africa.

“The heart of the Veloster Turbo is its powerful engine, and the performance that it injects into this innovative sports hatchback in our range. You can watch this space, for this engine is the start of many new developments to come from Hyundai’s Namyang Research and Development Centre in South Korea,” says Anderson.

Maximizing fuel efficiency and performance, the Veloster Turbo’s engine has an air-guided intercooler, direct fuel injection system and dual CVVT, with a bed plate and a serpentine auxiliary belt adopted for enhanced engine reliability

The driving experience is further enhanced by the sport-tuned engine intake and exhaust notes: the trapezoidal centre tailpipes of the normally-aspirated Veloster have been replaced with two larger free-flowing circular pipes, allowing for a more robust sound.

The Veloster Turbo has the same practical appeal as the original model, thanks to the innovative 1+2 door design. It also now features unique front and rear bumpers and fog lights, a new rear spoiler and grille, new 18-inch alloy wheels, projection headlights with unique LED headlight accents, and unique LED taillights.  These elements further accentuate the car’s eye-catching styling and add a greater emphasis on its performance.

Maximum boost from the turbocharger is 18 psi. The twin-scroll turbocharger design has several other advantages over traditional, single-scroll turbocharging systems, including:

  • Improved combustion efficiency;
  • Low engine-speed efficiency;
  • Kinetic exhaust gas energy is not wasted or trapped;
  • Cooler cylinder temperatures;
  • Lower exhaust temperatures; and
  • A leaner air/fuel ratio

Accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h takes 7,8 s for the manual derivative, while the Veloster Turbo with the Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) is somewhat quicker at 7,3 s. The maximum speed of the manual derivative has been measured at

224 km/h, while the automatic DCT can reach 225 km/h.

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Sport-tuned suspension

Complementing the aggressive appearance is the finely tuned suspension setup of the Veloster Turbo, and key components in the steering were upgraded for the Veloster Turbo.

World-class weight efficiency is also a program target for all Hyundai models. The benefit of weight reduction is two-fold, increasing both performance and fuel economy. This priority on weight efficiency allows the Veloster Turbo to deliver a dynamic combination of agility, performance, and fuel efficiency.

New interior features, sound system

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Inside, new full leather seats with the word “Turbo” stitched into the seatbacks help deliver a unique look while providing exceptional support and comfort. An exclusive Supervision gauge cluster feeds the driver information in a larger, clearer, and more interactive format by way of two TFT screens located between the tachometer and speedometer.

The Veloster Turbo includes proximity keyless entry with push-button ignition.

Gracenote® technology improves the way Veloster owners access and manage their music. This new system allows the driver to see licensed cover art and use a “More Like This” automatic playlist generator. Gracenote® helps organize song metadata from a driver’s music collection and associates specific genre classifications (Indie Rock, R&B, Classical, etc.) with the identified tracks. In doing so, Gracenote’s Playlist Plus™ technology allows Veloster drivers to create targeted music playlists with a single button or voice command.

A 196-watt AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers and iPod®/USB/AUX connectivity is standard in the Veloster.

Audiophiles can opt for the available 450-watt Dimension premium audio system that features eight speakers, including an eight-inch subwoofer, and an external amplifier.

A Bluetooth® hands-free phone system with voice recognition, address book download, and audio streaming is standard. The Veloster comes standard with an integrated rear-view camera.

Advanced standard safety technology awarded 5-star rating

The Hyundai Veloster has been awarded the maximum five-star safety rating by independent vehicle assessment organisation, Euro NCAP.  The results of the rigorous test process include class-best scores for the 1+2 door sports coupe.

The Veloster achieved a rating of 96% in the Adult Occupant category, registering maximum points in the side barrier test and more severe side pole test. In the Child Occupant category, the Veloster attained a score of 89%.

The Veloster is equipped with an exceptional level of standard safety features for the compact coupé segment, including a number of active safety measures. A Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system optimally manages the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and the Motor-Driven Power Steering (MDPS) to help the driver maintain control of the vehicle in slippery conditions or during fast cornering.

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Price and warranty

The Veloster Turbo is sold with Hyundai’s 5-year/150 000 km manufacturer’s warranty and roadside assistance; supplemented by a 5 year/90 000 km service plan.

The prices, including VAT, of the two Veloster Turbo derivatives are:

Veloster 1.6 Turbo GDI Elite Manual     R379 900

Veloster 1.6 Turbo GDI Elite DCT         R399 900

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Sony Xperiz Z3+

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Sony unveil the amazing Z3+ with high-end specs, top notch design and the build of a tank, this is a serious force to be considered.

Updated specs include:

  • Snapdragon 810 chipset
  • 32GB internal storage, ditching the old 16Gb option
  • 3Gb RAM
  • Triluminous 5.2″ 1080P Ultra-sharp display
  • 2930Mah battery manages to achieve a simply colossal 2 day battery performance
  • IP65/68 Certification retained
  • 20.7 Mp Camera and 5Mp forward facing shooting

This is one burning hot device, that’s well worth checking out.

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Jaguar F-Type Bloodhound

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Jaguar has announced the F-TYPE R AWD Bloodhound SSC RRV – one of the cars that will support the Bloodhound world land speed record attempt.

The Bloodhound F-TYPE R is the latest project of Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations and is wrapped in a bespoke livery created by Jaguar Design incorporating the Bloodhound SSC colours. Set to be unveiled at the Coventry Motofest, in the UK, later this month, the car will make its way to South Africa for the Bloodhound SSC record attempt in September.

As Technical Partner to Bloodhound SSC, Jaguar is supplying engines, engineering expertise and a number of support vehicles for the attempt to break the world land speed record. The F-TYPE R AWD has already fulfilled a critical role in the development of the Bloodhound SSC with a communications test back in November 2014.

Fitted with the same radio equipment as the rocket-powered Bloodhound SSC, the F-TYPE was driven head-to-head at top speed with a similarly-equipped jet flown at 500 knots and just 20 feet above the ground. The combined closing speed of more than 1 100km/h enabled the successful test of the system that will allow communications between the ground crew and Andy Green in Bloodhound SSC.

Bloodhound SSC is also fitted with the same 405kW supercharged V8 engine found in the Jaguar F-TYPE R. The engine powers the supersonic car’s hydraulic systems, as well as pumping high-test peroxide fuel into its rocket boosters.

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 Ford Fiesta ST – Wins 22 awards!!! – I must have a go! Keep watching this space, full review to follow

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New Fiesta ST Wins 22 Awards Worldwide in First Year on Sale

  • The Ford Fiesta ST wins 22 awards from around the world in its first year on sale; has earned more honours than any small performance vehicle from Ford ever
  • Fiesta ST is BBC TopGear Magazine 2013 Car of the Year in the U.K., Echappement magazine Sports Car of the Year in France and 2014 Automobile Magazine All-Star in the U.S.
  • Dynamic performance car is equipped with a 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engine to achieve 0-100 km/h in 6.9 seconds and offer 134kW and 240Nm of torque. Top speed is 220 km/h

Ford’s fastest and most dynamic small production car has earned 22 awards from Europe and around the world since going on sale last year, making it the most-awarded performance subcompact Ford has ever made.

Named BBC TopGear Magazine Car of the Year, U.K., and Echappement magazine Sports Car of the Year, France, the Fiesta ST also was recently named a 2014 Automobile Magazine All-Star in the U.S.

The Fiesta ST employs a precision-tuned and driver-focused powertrain and chassis to deliver the ultimate Fiesta driving experience. Developed by Ford’s Team RS, the European arm of Ford’s Global Performance Vehicle group, it is equipped with a 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engine to achieve 0-100 km/h in 6.9 seconds and offer 134kW and 240Nm of torque. Top speed is 220 km/h.

Team RS tuned the powertrain, suspension, steering and brakes for optimised driving dynamics; and introduced features only previously found in larger performance cars – including enhanced Torque Vectoring Control (eTVC) and three-mode Electronic Stability Control (ESC), six-speed manual transmission, and rear disc brakes.

Everyday practicality is underlined by fuel efficiency of 5.9 l/100km* and 138 g/km CO2* – a 20 per cent emissions reduction compared with the first generation Fiesta ST, though it produces almost 20 per cent more power than the first generation’s 2.0-litre engine.

“The new Fiesta ST delivers remarkable levels of performance, design and quality to offer an unsurpassed driving experience,” said Juergen Gagstatter, chief programme engineer, Fiesta ST. “Ford’s European customers are connoisseurs of the hot hatchback and the new Fiesta ST speaks directly to that passion for performance driving.”

The full list of awards the Fiesta ST has won since launch is:

  • BBC TopGear Magazine (U.K.), Car of the Year
  • Echappement (France),Sports Car of the Year
  • Car (Spain), Top 11 Sports Cars
  • Car (South Africa), Best Hot Hatch
  • Auto Express (U.K.), Best Hot Hatch
  • Scottish Car of the Year (U.K.), Best Hot Hatch
  • The Sunday Times (U.K),No. 1 Hot Hatch
  • Autocar (U.K.),Best Value Driver’s Car
  • Automobile Magazine (U.S.), 2014 All-Star
  • Car and Driver (U.S.),10 Best
  • Gear Patrol (U.S.),GP100 Top Gear
  • Popular Mechanics (U.S.),2014 Automotive Excellence Award for Handling
  • Esquire (U.S.),Small Car of the Year
  • Culture Map – Houston (U.S.),Hot Compact of the Year
  • Autobytel (U.S.),2014 Compact Car of the Year
  • MotorWeek (U.S.),Drivers’ Choice Award for Best Subcompact Car
  • Hagerty (U.S.),2014 Hagerty Hot List
  • About.com (U.S.),Best New Cars of 2014
  • National Business Review (U.S.), Sports Car of the Year 2013
  • UK Car of the Year (U.K.),Best Performance Car
  • kbb.com (U.S.),10 Coolest New Cars Under $25,000 of 2014
  • TopGear Magazine (China),Best Performance Car in 2013
  • TopGear Magazine (South Africa), Most Enjoyable Car 2013 and Best Hot Hatch 2014
  • China Auto Pictorial (China),Performance Car of the Year
  • RPM South Africa, Best Hot Hatch 2014

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Guided all the way: Mercedes-Benz is one of the first to introduce Door-to-Door Navigation with Apple Watch

Stuttgart/Sunnyvale. Mercedes-Benz creates an intelligent integration between Apple Watch and Mercedes-Benz vehicles with its new MB Companion App. The MB Companion App allows Mercedes-Benz costumers to search for directions on the Apple Watch or on iPhone initiating a complete door-to-door experience. A seamless integration unfolds: giving walking directions to the car on the Apple Watch, driving directions on the vehicle navigation system and again walking directions on the Apple Watch from the car to the final destination.

The destination that the driver selects on Apple Watch is passed to Mercedes-Benz COMAND Online once the driver starts the vehicle. He then receives safe and non-distracting driving directions to his selected destination from Mercedes-Benz navigation. When the driver parks and leaves his car, Apple Watch gives him walking directions to the final destination making it the perfect guide for “Last Mile Navigation”.

Samsung Electronics South Africa has further strengthened the service it provides to its South African consumers by presenting warranty and service offerings across its entire product range.

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