The recklessness on our roads continues as do the many fatal and debilitating road crashes at our intersections! As long as this lawlessness continues we will struggle to reduce crashes on our roads! A regular visitor and friend of the Arrive Alive road safety website has shared a video this morning of a white bakkie driving without lights and failing to stop at a stop street in the early hours of the morning! For safety at intersections also view: Intersections and Safe Driving Dashboard Cameras and Road Safety
Hi I want to convert my bakkie to a flatbed! What is the maximum size I can make the flatbed? The baKkie load bin outside dimensions is 2mx2m.
The maximum width that a vehicle can be is 2.5 m and the rear overhang may not be more than 60% of the wheel base of the vehicle.
Once the vehicle is modified you will require a letter of authority and a new mass certificate.
Alta Swanepoel & Associates
I would like to know if lane splitting at 100km/h+ on a free moving highway is legal or not? Specifically referring to swerving between cars to overtake them? If an accident happens where the bike struck the car on one of the rear panels when the car was changing lanes, who is at fault?
If yes, please direct me to the Government Gazette article where this is stated.
Let us first have a look at the relevant legislation:
A motor cycle is a motor vehicle and the legislation prescribe the procedure for the overtaking of motor vehicles. Overtaking in the same lane is not allowed.
Passing of vehicle
Reg 298. (1) Subject to the provisions of subregulation (2) and (4) and regulation 296, the driver of a vehicle intending to pass any other vehicle proceeding in the same direction on a public road shall pass to the right thereof at a safe distance and shall not again drive on the left side of the roadway until safely clear of the vehicle so passed:
Provided that, in the circumstances as aforesaid, passing on the left of such vehicle shall be permissible if the person driving the passing vehicle can do so with safety to himself or herself and other traffic or property which is or may be on such road and—
(a) the vehicle being passed is turning to its right or the driver thereof has signalled his or her intention of turning to his or her right;
(b) such road is a public road in an urban area and—
(i) is restricted to vehicles moving in one direction; and
(ii) the roadway is of sufficient width for two or more lines of moving vehicles;
(c) such road is a public road in an urban area and the roadway is of sufficient width for two or more lines of moving vehicles moving in each direction;
(d) the roadway of such road is restricted to vehicles moving in one direction and is divided into traffic lanes by appropriate road traffic signs; or
(e) he or she is driving in compliance with the directions of a traffic officer or is driving in traffic which is under the general direction of such officer, and in accordance with such direction:
Provided further that in no event shall any passing referred to in paragraph (a), (b), (c) or (d) be done by driving on the shoulders of the roadway or on the verge of the public road concerned.
(2) The driver of a vehicle shall not pass other traffic proceeding in the same direction on a public road when approaching—
(a) the summit of a rise;
(b) a curve; or
(c) any other place,
where his or her view is so restricted that any such passing could create a hazard in relation to other traffic which might approach from the opposite direction, unless—
(i) he or she can do so without encroaching on the right‑hand side of the roadway; or
(ii) the roadway of such road is restricted to vehicles moving in one direction.
(3) The driver of a vehicle on a public road shall, except in the circumstances referred to in the first proviso to subregulation (1), upon becoming aware of other traffic proceeding in the same direction and wishing to pass his or her vehicle, cause his or her vehicle to travel as near to the left edge of the roadway as is possible, without endangering himself or herself or other traffic or property on the roadway, and shall not accelerate the speed of his or her vehicle until the other vehicle has passed.
(4) When about to pass oncoming traffic, the driver of a vehicle on a public road shall ensure that the vehicle driven by him or her does not encroach on the roadway to his or her right in such manner as may obstruct or endanger such oncoming traffic.
(5) The driver of a vehicle intending to pass a stationary bus on a public road shall do so with due care for the safety of persons who are approaching or leaving or may approach or leave such bus.
Duties relating to motor cycle or motor tricycle
Reg 309. (1) No person shall drive a motor cycle or motor tricycle on a public road unless his or her feet are resting on the front foot-rests suitable for the purpose and, where the design of such motor cycle or motor tricycle makes it possible to do so, he or she is seated astride on the saddle of such motor cycle or motor tricycle.
(2) No person shall on a public road carry a passenger on a motor cycle unless such cycle has an engine with a cylinder capacity exceeding 50 cubic centimetres and unless such passenger is seated in a side-car or astride on a pillion attached to such cycle and, in such latter event, the feet of the passenger are resting on foot-rests suitable for that purpose.
(3) Subject to the provisions of subregulation (2), not more than two persons shall ride upon a motor cycle on a public road, excluding a person riding in a side-car attached to such motor cycle.
(4) Not more than two adult persons shall be carried in a side-car attached to a motor cycle on a public road.
(5) No person or animal or object shall be carried on a motor cycle or motor tricycle on a public road in front of the driver thereof: Provided that an object of a non-bulky nature may be so carried if securely attached to the motor cycle or motor tricycle or placed in a suitable carrier fitted thereon for that purpose and carried in such a way as not to obstruct the driver’s view or prevent his or her exercising complete control over such motor cycle or motor tricycle;
(6) (a) Persons, other than traffic officers in the performance of their duties, driving motor cycles on a public road, shall drive in single file except in the course of overtaking another motor cycle, and two or more persons driving motor cycles shall not overtake another vehicle at the same time: Provided that where a public road is divided into traffic lanes, each such lane shall, for the purposes of this paragraph, be regarded as a public road.
(b) For the purposes of paragraph (a), a motor cycle shall include a motor tricycle
(7) No person driving a motor cycle or motor tricycle on a public road or seated on such motor cycle or motor tricycle shall take hold of any other vehicle in motion.
(8) Any person driving a motor cycle or motor tricycle on a public road shall do so with at least one hand on the handlebars of such motor cycle or motor tricycle.
(9) Any person driving a motor cycle or motor tricycle on a public road shall do so in such manner that all the wheels of such motor cycle or motor tricycle are in contact with the surface of the road at all times.
Alta Swanepoel & Associates
There may not be specific legislation making this illegal – and it will remain a common practise amongst bikers/ motorcyclists – but it is of the utmost importance to focus on the need for caution and safety. We would like to quote a few comments from an article on LookLocal :
- Lane-splitting is the time and fuel saving way to get to work and possibly to hospital.
- Lane-splitting is a practice or skill whereby two-wheelers, such as motorcycles and scooters, weave through the gaps in traffic, avoiding the stop-and-go motion completely.
- A real threat for lane-splitters is that travelling at an accelerated speed between the vehicles can result in a collision with the motor cars.
- Contrary to popular belief lane-splitting is actually legal in South-Africa, says the National Chairman of Justice Project South Africa, Howard Dembovsky.
- Marshal Portfolio Head of Think Bike in the Western Cape, Stewart Hendry says, “The Think Bike Safety and Awareness campaign, while upholding the right of motorcycles to lane-split, recommends a differential speed of no more than 20 to 25 kilometres per hour during lane-splitting (for example, if the surrounding traffic is travelling at 20 kilometres per hour, the motorcycle should not be travelling faster than between 40 and 45 kilometres per hour).
- “At these speeds lane-splitting is reasonably safe, and it has the benefit of easing traffic congestion on the road. It benefits other road users too, because every lane-splitting motorcycle is one less vehicle between you and your destination.”
THE Gauteng e-toll roll-out has triggered a mountain of billing problems that threaten to have placed further financial strain to the already overstretched businesses and motorists.
Ctrack – vehicle tracking and fleet management Solutions Company has the complete national toll management solution that enables toll costs to be verified before being paid.
The Ctrack solution allows fleet managers, operators and individuals to validate the integrity of all national toll transactions, supporting Gauteng e-tolls and the stop-and-go toll plazas across South Africa. These checks and balances allow motorists and companies to confirm their actual toll liabilities for payment and pay not a penny more!
“Ctrack is continuously identifying and redefining innovative applications and future telematics trends. The concept of a total fleet management is gathering momentum offering deeper fleet analysis and a productive measure to improve operational efficiencies,” says Nick Vlok, CEO of DigiCore, supplier of Ctrack.
In support of its strategy to supply solutions to keep costs on the road to a minimum, Ctrack has gone the extra mile in developing a toll management system that makes cost saving measures a priority. It does not matter what vehicle types are being used in your business or you may drive because the Ctrack solution supports all five recognised vehicle classes. When toll tariffs are released, these are simply imported into Ctrack’s software applications, keeping your toll reports accurate with time of day usage also being catered for. Previous toll charges are always kept in the system allowing for both current and historical reporting too.
Unlike other Gauteng e-toll only verification solutions that are on the market, Ctrack’s system has the distinct advantage of not using geo-fencing around a toll point to try and detect when tolls were charged, but taps into the much more reliable method analysing the end-to-end route travelled by the vehicle. Ctrack automatically reports which gantry or plaza was passed giving the time and pinpoint location. All this detail is provided within Ctrack’s toll reporting, meaning toll slips and SANRAL e-toll invoices can be validated and easily checked allowing billing errors to be identified.
The Ctrack solution uses an extensive RSA mapping dataset for static and timed routes to be created with the “Tollgate Avoidance” option, allowing customer to determine alternative routes without driving through tollgates, selecting either the fastest or shortest route.
The Ctrack management system has also been credited for being a crime buster. One of the major challenges facing motorists is the cloning of their number plates. Buying fake number plates has been reported in the media as being easier than buying a takeaway meal. Complaints from the public about getting bills for vehicles they do not own but that have the same number plates as their cars continue to pour in. The Ctrack system assists in detecting such fraudulent activities to strengthen your case against any suspicious SANRAL bills.
“This toll management functionality is immediately available to Ctrack fleet customers that are already registered to use our internet tracking and reporting applications,” concluded Nick Vlok.
About DigiCore / Ctrack:
Ctrack is part of JSE listed DigiCore Holdings and specialises in vehicle tracking, fleet management solutions and insurance telematics for a global client base. With more than 28 years of innovation, technical and implementation experience, Ctrack is recognised as a world-leading provider of advanced machine-to-machine communication and telematics solutions that adds value to this global base of customers with mobile assets.
Ctrack’s end-to-end research, design, development, manufacturing, sales and support of customised solutions for customers is serviced by a global network of staff and team members in more than 50 countries. The company’s technology and electronic division designs and develops a robust range of asset management and monitoring systems using GPS satellite positioning, GSM cellular communication systems and other advanced communication and sensory technologies. The result is innovative and advanced machine-to-machine communication that provide Ctrack customers with 24x7x365 information and monitoring of their mobile assets that help them to achieve operational efficiencies and cost reduction targets.
Operations span six continents, with over 1,000 employees and more than 750,000 systems sold.
This recovery emanated when the driver was doing paper work at the commercial area preparing to cross to Mozambique. While he was still busy, police received a signal from tracker regarding a hijacked truck. They responded promptly to the signal and spotted the truck at the commercial area.
A shot probe regarding the truck uncovered that it was the one reported as hijacked at Fochville in Gauteng Province. They then searched it and discovered that it was loaded with 81 live pigs worth R160 000.
The driver, a 33-year-old man, was arrested on the spot and he will be taken back to Fochville where he will account before the Magistrates Court for truck-jacking and possession of stolen property.
Justice Project South Africa was somewhat astonished to hear the truth being set forth in Parliament by Minister Dipuo Peters on Wednesday 5 March 2014, wherein her answers to how many registrations for SANRAL’s e-tolls have taken place make a complete mockery of both, SANRAL’s advertising and the assertions of Mr Nazir Alli.
In her answer to the question asked by DA MP Ian Ollis as to how many registrations had taken place to 1 February 2014 she stated that the number was 912,048 registrations as at 31 January 2014 – of which 49,987 were for local, provincial and national government vehicles. It must also be borne in mind that a significant proportion of these registrations must apply to vehicles exempted from paying e-tolls.
SANRAL has been thanking the “more than 1.2 million registered users” of the GFIP for more than a week now – at the very least – in their radio adverts. Additionally, Mr Nazir Alli – CEO of SANRAL did the same on 28 February 2014 on the John Robbie’s show on Talk Radio 702.
“It is very difficult, if not impossible to believe that more than 287,952 new registrations would have taken place in the 28 days in February, especially in light of the fact that SANRAL’s repeated claims that around 35,000 registrations take place a week,” said Howard Dembovsky, chairperson of JPSA. “A figure of more than 10,000 registrations per day, every single day in the month of February, is simply too difficult to swallow, no matter how SANRAL chooses to spin it,” he continued.
Furthermore, the statement by Minister Peters that between 23% and 28% of the daily users of Gauteng’s e-roads have e-tags indicates that a stunning 72% don’t, which is most certainly not the impression that SANRAL is portraying.
According to SANRAL’s own “research”, around 2.5 million vehicles use the GFIP daily. This means that 1.8 million of them don’t have e-tags. SANRAL has not hesitated to label research conducted by OUTA as “unscientific”, but now it emerges that in fact, OUTA’s research was anything but inaccurate.
If SANRAL is indeed getting paid “more than R300 million a month” on e-tolls, as was claimed by Nazir Alli on Friday 28 February 2014, from up to 28% of their registered users and some of the unregistered users who may have paid, then the assertions by Mr Patrick Craven of COSATU that the e-toll tariffs are way too high hold a great deal of water.
The so-called “advantages” of e-tolling question raised by Ms Ruth Bhengu wherein the Minister referred to the delays caused by lack of maintenance to the freeways prior to the completion of the GFIP was also laughable.
“Surely there is no roads authority, apart from SANRAL and the Department of Transport, anywhere in the world that would have the audacity to even think that a roads network installed in the 1970’s, more than 40 years prior would cater for the natural, dramatically increased vehicle population?” asked Dembovsky.
“If anything, all this answer has done is to highlight how the fuel levy and other taxes have ‘evaporated’ into thin air, instead of being used to maintain, and indeed, upgrade our roads infrastructure. It is certainly no justification for e-tolling,” he continued.
“The time for SANRAL to stop overtly lying to the public has long since passed, as has the time for them to face reality and understand that no matter how many times a lie is repeated, it remains a lie. The people of Gauteng and South Africa do not need ‘to raise their IQ’. They are not stupid – no matter what Vusi Mona, Nazir Alli and SANRAL wish to call them or suggest they do.”
Reference: Parliamentary Plenary Session of 5 March 2014 on YouTube starting at 01:09:34: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnNzsSC0lac
National Chairman – Justice Project South Africa (NPC)
The new Aygo, revealed this week at the Geneva motor show, is another example of Toyota’s commitment to build ever-better cars that catch the eye and are genuinely fun to drive. A distinctive and characterful design – dubbed “J-Playful” in reference to Japan’s hip youth culture – and a wealth of customisation options show how Toyota has made fun a key element in crafting its new city car.
At the same time new Aygo builds on the qualities that made the original such a success throughout its lifetime, keeping the car compact, nimble and reliable, with genuinely low running costs. The latter are supported by revision to its award-winning three-cylinder 1.0-litre VVT-i petrol engine to secure class-leading fuel economy and CO2 emissions.
Full details of the South African model range and prices will be announced nearer the on-sale date later this year.
Compact packaging was fundamental to the design of the new Aygo to maintain its town-friendly handling. The overall length has increased by just 25mm to 3,455mm, which means it keeps the class-leading compactness of the previous model, and although front headroom has been increased by 7mm, vehicle height has actually been reduced by 5mm to 1,460mm, supporting the car’s aerodynamic efficiency. Both front and rear tracks have been widened by 8mm.
New Aygo may be compact and characterful in appearance, but it’s robust and has real street presence too. Its solidity comes from a strong form which gives the design its core volume. But, to introduce a playful element, the designers used the concept of a soft object breaking through the hard shell of the design, creating break lines and giving Aygo its distinctive frontal X-graphic. This spreads outwards across the surface of the bodywork, and takes in all the vehicle’s main external features, including upper and lower grilles, headlamps, foglamps, and even mirrors and side glazing.
In profile, the roof has been lowered and the front header moved forwards. As a result, the cabin’s centre of gravity also shifts to the front, creating a more balanced and forward leaning posture. This is further emphasised by a sloping beltline which terminates in the forward leaning rear light clusters. The roof itself has a new pagoda-style profile and an integral rear spoiler. The shape of the side-glazing differs between the three and five-door models, the latter extending its window graphic into the rear light clusters, giving an impression of extra length.
The rear end displays a similar design theme to the front, with the tailgate and lower bumper forming break lines in the vehicle’s solid surface. The lamp clusters are set within the hexagonal tailgate, and the upper bumper section widens into pronounced wheel arches which give the car a broad and stable stance.
The shape of the centre console – trapezoidal – sets the theme for new Aygo’s interior and is reflected in details such as the air vents, door trims and gear shift surround. The console supports a wide dashboard with a matt, anti-glare finish, set between slim A-pillars. The new instrumentation features a meter made of up concentric rings which are permanently lit. It incorporates an easy-to-read central multi-information display.
Although the wheelbase is unchanged at 2,340mm, the cabin is longer by 9mm. Wider armrests also improve comfort. There’s more room for luggage as well – an extra 29 litres – and loading is easier thanks to the space between the sill and rear seatback being made 5mm wider.
New Aygo will be launched in Europe with a wealth of customisation options that will allow customers to create a car that’s truly individual. On the outside the X-shaped front grille, rear bumper insert, enhanced front bumper and alloy wheels can all be specified to suit, while in the cabin the instrument panel, centre console, air vents, shift knob and gear lever surround can easily be changed, even after years of ownership.
To make life simpler, however, customers can also choose from a range of exterior and interior styling packs if they prefer, rather than selecting piece-by-piece customisation. For the South African market, customisation options will be kept to a minimum in order to keep the sticker price as affordable as possible.
Multimedia x-touch system
New Aygo will be available with Toyota’s new x-touch multimedia system, operated using a fully integrated seven-inch touchscreen. It’s the first system in its segment to come with a rear view camera as standard. (Please note that equipment for the SA-specced Aygo will be confirmed closer to launch).
New Aygo features a comprehensively revised version of Toyota’s award-winning three-cylinder 1.0-litre engine. The unit has been re-engineered to run with a higher, 11.5:1 compression ratio, and has an improved combustion chamber design for better efficiency. Friction losses have also been reduced, notably by using a new low-friction timing chain. And although it’s still one of the lightest engines on the market, more weight has been saved by introducing a cylinder head with a built-in exhaust manifold.
There’s more power and torque: 51kW at 6,000rpm and 95Nm at 4,300rpm; 85Nm of torque is available from as low as 2,000rpm. The newcomer will be offered with a five-speed manual transmission as standard. Some international markets will also get the optional new x-shift, an automated manual transmission that can be used in fully automatic mode, or with manual gear selection using paddle shifts or the shift lever itself.
In making all these improvements, Toyota has been careful not to sacrifice the engine’s famous sprightly character. It will still rev happily to high speeds and although sound insulation has been improved, its sporty note is still there when pushed hard.
Extensive work has been done to improve aerodynamics, resulting in an improved drag coefficient – down from Cd 0.30 to 0.29.
Together these changes reduce combined cycle fuel consumption from 4,4 litres/100km to just 4.1 litres/100km* and bring CO2 emissions down to 95g/km*, below the 100g/km threshold for annual road tax (VED) exemption.
* European figures provisional prior to final homologation.
|Bore x Stroke (mm)||
71 x 84
|Max. power (kW @ rpm)||
51 @ 6,000
|Max. torque (Nm/rpm)||
95 @ 4,300
|Front discs (mm)||
247 x 20
|Rear drums (mm)||
|Max. speed (km/h)||
|FUEL CONSUMPTION (subject to final homologation)|
|Fuel tank capacity (l)||
|CO2 EMISSIONS (subject to final homologation)|
|Curb weight (kg)||
840 – 890
|Gross vehicle weight (kg)||
|Front overhang (mm)||
|Rear overhang (mm)||
|Drag coefficient (Cd)||
|Wheel Size (in)||
14 or 15
165/65R14 or 165/60R15
1,155 (canvas top)
|Luggage space (l)||
Sales Performance Summary – Exports:
Sales Performance Summary – AMH:
General Comments on February 2014 NAAMSA sales:
- The month of February 2014 experienced -2.3% less sales than January 2014.
- Month on Month all goods types experienced positive growth apart from Passenger Vehicles which contributed to this month’s negative growth. Passenger vehicles declined by -9.4%.
- Year on Year monthly comparison shows a decrease of -3.1% in February 2014 compared to February of 2013. The average sales per day in February 2014 were less than February 2013 by 2,159 to 2,228. (24 days).
- Year to date (January – February 2014) comparisons shows that vehicle sales are down by -5.0% in the first two months of year when compared to last year.
- All goods types had negative growth year on year apart from Extra Heavy Vehicles and Bus which had 7.1% and 32.6% growth respectively. Passenger vehicles are down 6.3% and Light Commercial Vehicles are down 2.6%.
- The average number of sales for February since 2007 has been 48,677 (excl February 2014) and on average February has ranked as the 6th best performing month since 2010. February 2014 has exceeded the average by 3,137 more vehicles.
General Macro and Industry Comments:
- The country’s Q4:2013 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) numbers came in at 3.8% q/q growth. This growth was established off a low base. Q3:2013 had come in at 0.7% (lowest q/q growth since 2009).
- At this past week’s budget speech treasury provided their GDP growth prediction for 2014 at 2.7%. Standard Bank Research (SBR) projects GDP growth of 2.1%.
- Headline annual inflation rate (CPI) increased from 5.4% y/y in December 2013 to 5.8% y/y in January 2014. This was primarily due to petrol prices, which increased by 30c/l in January 2014. SBR forecast for inflation peaks in Q2:2014 at 6.2% and averaging at 5.8% for the year.
- The rand has depreciated by 17.6% against the dollar over the course of 2013 (according to the State of the Nation address on 13 February 2014). Continued pressure on the currency will have consequences for domestic inflation and create risks for further rate hikes.
- Private Sector Credit Extension (PSCE) growth slowed in January 2013 to 8.64% y/y from 10.05% y/y in December 2013. 36% of instalment sales’ credit balances are attributable to new passenger vehicle purchases. The 12-month lag between passenger vehicles sales and instalment credit implies that instalment sales credit may slow from 14.7% y/y in December 2013 to around 5% y/y in December 2014 (SBR).
- The Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) over the period Q3:2013 to Q4:2013 reports an employment increase of 141 000 jobs which is 0.4% increase from 75.5% in Q3:2013 to 75.9% in Q4:2013. Unemployment rate decreased to 24.1%.
Exchange Rate – Imports and Exports:
- The current weakness in the rand will have a mixed (negative and positive) impact on the current vehicle industry.
- On the negative side, the weak exchange will have an impact on the price of imported vehicles along with the price of various imported components. With 60% of all vehicles sold in South Africa being imported and 75% of all Passenger vehicles imported, New Vehicle Price Inflation is likely to experience relatively higher growth this year than was the case last year.
- On the positive side, the export market may be boosted by the weaker rand.
- NAAMSA has forecasted total industry exports to exceed 331 000 units during 2014 and increasing to about 381 000 units in 2015. This is all on the assumption that the global economy will improve and based on projected growth of exports to the African markets.
Increased costs of running a vehicle:
- The announcement by the Minister of Finance in his 2014 Budget Speech that the general Fuel Levy and Road Accident Fund Levy will increase by 12c and 8c per litre respectively effective from 2nd April will result in an additional 20c per litre on fuel costs being passed on to motorists.
- The announced fuel levy increases come on the back of increased fuel prices in recent years. A further increase of 36 cents and 28 cents on petrol and diesel respectively effective 5 March will result in effective fuel increases of 84% (petrol) and 94% (diesel) since January 2010. Filling up a vehicle with a tank capacity of 50 litres has increased by approximately R320 since January 2010.
- The recently implemented toll fees in Gauteng have also added to the cost of running vehicles.
- The consumers will absorb the abovementioned increases in addition to the increase in vehicle finance instalments/repayments following the hike of 0.5% in interest rates at the end of January 2014.
- The general advice for consumers to be cautious and responsible when taking up lending facilities remain increasingly relevant today, as has been the past. Consumers are advised to take up lending facilities that suit their pockets and for which their repayments/instalments still leave room, or cushion for unforeseen cost increases. Lengthening of finance terms and building of higher residual values into vehicle finance contracts aimed at reducing instalments need to be approached by consumers with utmost caution – the structuring of deals in this way may resolve affordability in the short term, but do not necessarily alleviate long term debt commitments that may be impacted by changing economic conditions.
Standard Bank VAF data:
- The Average Contract Term continues to rise as consumers search for affordability. This is from 65.6 months to 66.9 months (January 2013 to January 2014). The Average Term the account is retained in our books is 40 months.
- The percentage of Deposits to Total Applications has been decreasing, while the percentage of Applications with Residual Values to Total Applications trend is increasing consistently over the past two years. This indicates that the consumer is attempting to manage the monthly repayment amount at the minimum possible, and thereby assisting with the take-up of higher ticket value vehicles.
- The % of Applications with Deposit has decreased from 37.5% to 30.8% and the % of Applications with RV’s has increased from 8.9% to 14.6% (January 2012 to January 2014).
2014 Vehicle Sales Prospects:
The factors that will have an impact on the sales of vehicles in 2014 have not changed.
Factors that will inhibit growth include the following:
- Low level of economic growth is expected in 2014, 2.1% for 2014 (Standard Bank Research).
- High level of unemployment (24.1%) is expected to persist.
- Rising inflationary pressures will remain a challenge. Food, fuel, above inflation wage settlements, as well as Exchange Rate fluctuations will pose risks to the inflationary outlook.
- Exchange Rate fluctuations will also have an impact on vehicle pricing. With approximately two-thirds of vehicles sold in RSA being imported (NAAMSA) pricing will be vulnerable to a depreciating Rand.
- The Bureau of Economic Research retail survey shows Retail business confidence decreased by 9 index points to a level of 40 in Quarter 4 of 2013.
- The Replacement Cycle may have reached its peak.
Factors that may assist growth:
- Even with the recent 50 bps increase in the repo rate, the interest rate environment remains favorable for financing of vehicles. However, this is likely to change with the increasing likelihood of upward movement of interest rates in the course of the year.
- We have seen an increase in new vehicle prices due to the pressure of exchange rate fluctuations. However, prices of vehicles have grown at a lower rate than that of Consumer Price Inflation. New Vehicle Prices have grown by 3.79% for 2013.
- There is still demand in the second hand market. This bodes well for the new car market as it enables trade-in to be feasible. 2013 experienced a negative growth in used car pricing, ending the year 2.2% down from 2012.
- The South African vehicle market remains competitive – with South Africans crazy about cars, manufacturers are pushing creative marketing and incentive programmes as they fight for market share.
- New model introductions, extended warranties, service plans and sales incentive schemes will remain prevalent in a consumer friendly sales environment.
- The steady growth of the middle class will continue to drive sales growth in the market.
[Comments on NAAMSA New Vehicle Sales Report - February 2014 : Sydney Soundy – Head of Standard Bank Vehicle and Asset Finance]
- We have seen an increase in new vehicle prices due to the pressure of exchange rate fluctuations. However, prices of vehicles have grown at a lower rate than that of Consumer Price Inflation. New Vehicle Prices have grown by 3.79% for 2013.
• Lexus debuts F Sport* variant of RC Coupe at 2014 Geneva Motor Show
• Dynamic upgrades for more rewarding and engaging driving experience
• Even more sporting and aggressive exterior and interior design features
Lexus will unveil the F Sport* variant of its RC Coupe at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.
First revealed at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, the RC is a standalone model rather than a two-door derivative of a sedan. Although based on the GS platform, it differs in all dimensions from the GS and IS model lines.
The F Sport variant of the RC 350 offers visual and dynamic upgrades over the standard model.
Visual upgrades include unique interior and exterior styling package, including body kit, wheels, interior instruments, seating and other touches.
The F Sport’s dynamic upgrades take the form of exclusively tuned front and rear suspension hardware, the availability of Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) and the Lexus Dynamic Handling (LDH) system (incorporating dynamic rear steering), providing drivers with an even more rewarding and engaging driving experience.
Readily identified by a model-specific ‘F’ mesh grille design, the front of F Sport models features a further evolution of the Lexus spindle grille.
The F Sport model range combines model-specific badging with a unique 19″ F Sport alloy wheel design featuring a machine-finished outer 10-spoke layer offset over an inner 10-spoke layer finished in a dark metallic paint.
Three exterior colours – White Nova, orange and Flame Blue – are exclusive to F Sport.
The RC F Sport also adopts an LFA-style instrument cluster with moveable centre ring, and an F Sport steering wheel and premium shift knob.
The F Sport-exclusive interior design is completed by Wedge Metal ornamentation and an F Sport-exclusive Dark Rose interior colour.
Lexus Engineers have carefully tuned the RC F Sport to offer greater dynamic performance.
Kicking off the dynamic upgrades for the F Sport model is the adoption of Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS).
Teamed to drive mode select, AVS responds to driver inputs, vehicle body motion and road surface conditions to automatically and independently adjust the performance of the suspension at all four corners to maximise dynamic performance.
When the vehicle’s Sport+ drive mode is selected, AVS is set to SPORT and allows the driver to feel improved body control and precise responses to steering input via a firmer suspension setting and revised power steering assistance.
The suspension enhancements of the RC 350 F Sport are complemented by the four-wheel steering benefits of the LDH system.
This leading-edge technology offers the integration of Dynamic Rear Steering (DRS), Electric Power Steering and Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS).
The system calculates the optimum angle for all four wheels by monitoring vehicle speed, steering direction and driver inputs.
Using VGRS in the front and DRS in the rear, the system can independently manage both front and rear wheel steering angles to help improve turn-in response, rear grip, vehicle control and overall agility when cornering.
The Lexus unique Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management system coordinates LDH, the Anti-lock Braking System, Traction Control, Vehicle Stability Control and Adaptive Variable Suspension.
The LDH system monitors vehicle speed and yaw rate, steering angle and speed, and lateral G to calculate the required rear wheel steering input up to a maximum rear wheel angle of 2.0 degrees.
The front and rear wheels turn in opposite directions at lower speeds to assist manoeuvrability and in the same direction at higher speeds to provide stability.
The Lexus Dynamic Handling system coordinates all of the above and optimises dynamic and safety systems to suit vehicle speed and driving style.
|Length / mm||4,695|
|Height / mm||1, 395|
|Width / mm||1,840|
|Wheelbase / mm||2, 730|
|Seating capacity persons||4|
|Driven wheels||Rear-wheel drive|
|Engine type||2 GR-FSE|
|Engine output / kW/rpm||234/6,400|
|Torque / Nm/rpm||380/4,800|
|Suspension||Front: Double WishboneRear: Multilink|
*Information based on overseas pre-production model. SA specification vehicles may vary and will be confirmed closer to launch date (latter part of 2014).
On Thursday, 27 February 2014, members from Empangeni Crime Intelligence together with the Provincial Tracking Team and the Special Task Force arrested eight (8) suspects between the ages of 34 and 45 at Empangeni for conspiracy to commit armed robbery, illegal possession of firearms and being in possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
Members from Empangeni Crime Intelligence had been investigating intelligence on a group of suspects who were going to commit an armed robbery in one of the big retail stores at Empangeni between Friday and Saturday morning. The members followed up on their investigations and spotted the suspects as well as the vehicles which were going to be used during the commission of the robbery in the Empangeni central business district. The Empangeni Crime Intelligence members requested back up from the Provincial Tracking Unit and Special Task Force.
An operation was conducted and the members stopped the two vehicles on the N2 North Bound. When the vehicles were searched the police recovered four unlicensed firearms hidden in the front door panel of the vehicle. Three 9mm pistols with eighteen (18) live rounds and one .38 revolver with six (6) live rounds were seized. The members also arrested an employee of the retail store which was to be robbed. The arrested suspects will be charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery, illegal possession of firearms as well as being in possession of a stolen motor vehicle and will appear at the Empangeni Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 3 February 2014.
KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni congratulated the police officers for preventing the robbery from taking place and apprehending the suspects. “It is very pleasing to hear of a crime being stopped in its tracks. We are mindful of the fact that these are ruthless criminals and it was quite possible that innocent lives could have been lost had we not intervened,” she said.