Posted by Group1 Chery on 25 Jan 2023
Chery Automobile Co ., Ltd was founded in 1997 and quickly become one of the most recognised and respected car brands. They have expanded globally at a tremendous rate showing impressive sales figures of over 1 million units sold in 2022. South Africa is no exception as the latest range of Chery cars has proven exceptionally popular and Group1 is proud to be a Chery dealer offering motorists the chance to experience first-hand why we rate these vehicles so highly.
The remarkable success of Chery is direct a result of its relentless efforts to understand core technologies. As a brand that strictly adheres to independent research and development, they have established five R&D centres across the globe with a total of 7,000 experienced designers and engineers who have worked for renowned car brands such as Jaguar Land Rover and General Motors.
Abiding by its core concept of “Establishing the Enterprise Based on Technology”, Chery has been able to export its products across the globe, garnering immense admiration and success.
In 2022, Chery achieved remarkable results – boasting a global cumulative sales volume of over 1.127 million units in the first 11 months and export figures climbing to more than 406,000 units – representing an astonishing 32.6% and 70.9% year-on-year growth respectively!
October 2022 marked the fifth consecutive month that Chery sold over 100,000 vehicles globally, totalling 132,828. This represents an impressive increase of 50.4% year-on-year and is 38.8% higher than the previous annual peak from 2021. Congratulations to the entire Chery team for such an extraordinary accomplishment!
From January to October 2022, Chery’s Tiggo lineup excelled in global markets. They sold 159,500 Tiggo 8’s and 134,900 Tiggo 7 cars across the world with considerable success in the Middle East and South America, but especially in Brazil.
Here, the brand sold 29,854 units for a market share of 2.38% which places Chery in the top 10 among automotive brands. The ever-growing appeal of the Tiggo family has made their newest addition, the Arrizo 6 sedan – an award winner for Best Resale Value – a favourite among Brazilians and for good reason.
Boasting an exemplary intelligent technology configuration, Arrizo 6 PRO is superior to its competitors. Its ACC system fuses multiple functions such as ICA, TJA and LKA; furthermore, the AEB mechanism drastically reduces the potential risks of accidents.
To top it all off, this powerful car features a 1.5TCI engine with 156 Ps in maximum horsepower and 230 N m for peak torque that further enhances performance when paired with CVT transmission – enabling abundant power while maintaining low fuel consumption rates!
In the Middle East, Chery saw an outstanding double boost in both sales and brand image. The Tiggo 8 Pro sparked a revolution of sorts across Qatar’s automotive market – earning it the title of “The Most Intelligent Pioneer” according to notable press outlets.
Setting the bar for high-end flagships, Chery’s Tiggo 8 Pro is a formidable 7-seat medium and large SUV with superior intelligent configuration and a luxurious driving experience. As evidenced in J.D Power’s 2022 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study, it ranks an astounding second among mid-sized SUVs!
As it stands today, this model has won an array of awards such as the “2022 Most Innovative Model” in Saudi Arabia and the “Best Medium-sized SUV of the Year” in Mexico. It’s clear that the groundbreaking technology setting is what has made Tiggo 8 Pro Max such a hit. Specifically, its advanced ADAS system integrates more than ten driving-assisting features for increased protection and comfortability whilst on the road.
Furthermore, the Tiggo 8 Pro Max is fitted with an all-encompassing intelligent AWD system with six driving modes tailored to any situation. Whether you’re looking for a more economic drive or need to power through offroad terrain, its options of economic, normal, sporty, camping, skiing and off-roading will always keep your journey running smoothly.
With its impressive performance, Tiggo 8 Pro was presented with the esteemed “Best Medium-sized Crossover Vehicle” title at the Philippines International Auto Show. Adding to this exciting victory, Tiggo Pro FAMILY received an additional honour when it achieved the “Best Selling SUV Award” from Qatar Automobile Association.
Chery, one of the initial companies to experiment with new energy technology, has established itself as a global leader in this area. Its most renowned creation is DHT – an impressive hybrid transmission that includes “3 engines, 3 gears, 9 working modes and 11-speed ratios”. This pioneering invention puts Chery on the cutting edge of technological progress.
Since its launch at the Philippines International Auto Show and winning the “Best Hybrid Vehicle Award”, Tiggo 8 Pro PHEV with this technology has been widely acclaimed in the auto industry as it should. The 1.5T engine on the Tiggo 8 Pro PHEV model resulted in another award at the 2023 Auto Award Ceremony in Sao Paulo for a displacement below 2.0L.
The Tiggo 8 Pro PHEV is one of the most efficient and cost-effective cars on the market. Featuring a combination of fuel engines and dual motors, it offers an impressive average efficiency rating greater than 90% under NEDC working conditions. Plus, you get up to 75 km in pure electric mode – that’s the power you can rely on.
Boasting a quartet of powerful core facets – “strong power, super smoothness, long-time endurance and extremely fuel-efficiency” – this vehicle stands out from the rest by a long shot. Not only does it possess an edge over comparable products in its class but far beyond that, it is predicted to become a leader across all industries.
The remarkable international sales of Chery can be attributed to the excellence and durability of its most recent models, coupled with its dedication to providing outstanding customer service in anticipation of the FIFA World Cup in 2022.
Last year October, Chery launched several global activities in conjunction with the FIFA World Cup, including lighting up certain landmarks in Qatar, Mexico and Brazil among other countries. They also initiated a ‘Play Together’ TikTok challenge and the ‘With Chery With Love Carnival Night’ which engaged many fans, spreading the love for football and the Chery brand.
The Chery Tiggo 4 Pro is a compact SUV that offers a perfect balance of style and performance. With its sleek design and efficient engine, it’s a great choice for city driving and makes for an ideal first car for students or for small families. The Chery Tiggo 7 Pro is a larger SUV that offers more space and comfort for families, also equipped with a long list of advanced safety features and modern styling.
At the top end of the range is the Chery Tiggo 8 Pro, the flagship of the brand. This luxury SUV features advanced technology, ample room for all occupants and premium materials – all at an affordable price. With such great options in terms of value for money without sacrificing quality or luxury, it’s no surprise the company’s global sales have skyrocketed.
At Group1, we are proud to be a Chery dealer and we believe in the vehicles we sell. We’ve seen firsthand the quality and innovation that goes into every Chery vehicle and we’re confident that our customers will be just as impressed. Whether you’re looking for a compact car or a luxury SUV, Group1 Chery can help find the perfect car for your needs.
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Posted by Group1 Nissan on 11 Jan 2023
Brie Larson is an American actress, filmmaker and singer. Recently she starred as Caron Danvers in the mega-Marvel movies Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame. She is also the face of Nissan USA and the TV ads featuring her dominated the US automaker ads, taking up three of the top most-seen spots in 2022.
American TV advertising is beyond huge. Mainstream sports such as NBA (baseball) and college football, and news and talk shows, draw tens of millions of viewers. Winning in this arena is vital to the success of any advertiser and Nissan has done very well last year.
Number one on the list is called Today Is Made For Thrill: Why Wait For Tomorrow? It was viewed 2.54 billion times and features a collage of Nissan cars, with Larson at the wheel. The ad is fast-paced and has exceptional production values and you just want to drive a Nissan right there.
Second on the list is 60 Years in 30 Seconds. This ad was seen 2.54 billion times and references Nissan’s 60-year legacy in the States. Yet again tightly written and directed, with great nostalgia shots followed by superb action footage.
Fifth on the list is Electric Cars For Electric Drivers, viewed 2.07 billion times. It talks about the Leaf legacy and the future of Nissan EVs, with the message that these vehicles have covered over 5 billion miles and they are so silent, you can hear your heart beating faster when you drive them.
So now you are wondering about ads three and four on that list, right? To be fair, and to show you the kind of competition in this market, here they are.
Number three is Dodge: We Do Power, which features muscle cars going fast, a pretty much-defining characteristic of that brand’s top models.
In fourth place is Subaru: Well Adventured. This is visually and conceptually very pretty, but probably two too many ideas crammed into one ad. But they know their market best.
The thing about these ads is that they are all aimed at brand building. It feels as if South African TV advertising is too small and too fractured to do that, and we have often been left with only hard-sell advertising instead.
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Production lasted until 1996 over two generations, including the monstrous Turbo.
The Renault 5 was revived as an EV in 2021. It perfectly channelled the spirit and style of the original – but as a thoroughly modern car. With the new 5, Renault has revived a much-loved car without falling into the lame retro trap so common to revived models.
To celebrate the original Renault 5 and its revival, Renault has launched the genesis 5 NFT collection, consisting of 1972 generative 3D NFTs split into distinct rarity levels. The cars featured here are the R5 Electric, the Turbo, the La Car Van and the R5 TL.
The most exclusive in the collection is the “R5 Electric”, with only a hundred in circulation. These NFTs give their holders a chance to win raffles for car tests and trial experiences, as well as opportunities to interact with Renault designers, explore prototypes, and get a behind-the-scenes look at car production.
There are 160 “R5 Turbo ” NFTs, which entitle owners to free mints for Renault’s next drops, 450 R5 La Car Van tokens and 1,262 R5 TL tokens. Holders of the latter can enter lotteries for a VIP tour to Renault’s Atelier in Flint, plus a free exclusive party at the Retromobile Show.
Many readers will by now wonder what this actually is.
These NFTs are a major foray by Renault into the world that links the physical cars and the digital world. The digital world is rapidly becoming a major part of our lives, whether in work, personal life or leisure. How many times a day do you check your smartphone? Exactly. And this is interaction is increasing.
There are several digital concepts to unpack here.
Let’s start with the broad digital environment – the transition into Web 3.0. Web 1 was looking at pages, Web 2 was interacting like with Facebook and Twitter, and now Web 3, while still developing, is far more dynamic and decentralised, not limited to apps like Facebook. Renault has seriously embraced Web 3.0 in 2021, both in how their cars interact with the rest of the world and how the company engages you, their customers.
NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) is a way to own art in the digital age. There are billions of copies and digital images of the Mona Lisa, but only the owner of the real painting can sell it. So with digital. NFTs, because it is so new and misunderstood, were subjected to lots of chancers trying to sell any pics as NFTs, but once you cut through the clutter, properly created NFTs have real value and can be bought or sold and increase in value.
Renault created generative 3D NFTs, which means the same image can be ‘painted’ in many different ways and viewed and rotated in 3D.
Blockchain guarantees the integrity of your NFT. This is a technology that indelibly tracks the movement of both physical and digital objects. Blockchain only moves in one direction, so you cannot erase a movement or transaction once it has been recorded. It is used in logistics, manufacturing, and of course NFTs.
This is the tale of Renault’s foray into the digital future. You can keep up with this dynamic brand by following us on social media.
Posted by Group1 Nissan on 22 Dec 2022
Nissan South Africa has announced that it will be making donations to local educational institutions as part of an initiative to help improve motor technology skills in the country. With the growing skills gap in the automotive sector, this could greatly benefit students who are looking at potential study options in 2023.
Nissan South Africa’s recent partnership with local tertiary institutions aims at promoting socio-economic development initiatives for the country. To help achieve this goal, the automaker has donated engines and other motor parts to UJ and five additional TVET colleges located in Gauteng, Limpopo, and the North-West. A total of R2 million in donations have been given by Nissan as part of their Motor Technology Enhancement Programme (MTEP).
The vehicle manufacturing company has set out to support skills development and training in higher education institutions across South Africa by backing projects designed to resolve societal issues. They have promised to better the lives of South Africans in areas like education, environmentalism and humanitarian aid.
The educational institutions to benefit from this generous donation includes colleges in Gauteng, the University of Johannesburg (UJ), Tshwane South, Waterberg, Vuselela, Central Johannesburg, Limpopo and the North West. Nissan’s donation of engine units consisting of engines, gearboxes, and differentials was made with the aim of addressing the current skills shortage, particularly in the following areas:
Nissan could secure the donation through the motor technology enhancement programme, which aims at keeping the motor technology curriculum up-to-date and responsive to changes in the automotive industry.
According to the Principal at Tshwane North College, Dr Thembi Tsibogo: “The engines will provide experiential training to students who are studying automotive programmes in the engineering faculty, and this will enable lecturers to enhance learning by providing practical demonstrations and application of the subject content.”
Dr Samuel Loyiso Gqibani, UJ’s head of the School for Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Technology said: “Having Nissan SA as our partner in the journey towards establishing an up-to-date motor technical programme with tools and state-of-the-art equipment is a dream come true for us.”
It is estimated that the automotive industry will face a shortage of 2.3 million skilled workers by 2025 and 4.3 million by 2030. The shortage of qualified workers in this sector can be addressed through initiatives like MTEP, which support development and training in tertiary institutions.
The donations from the Nissan Motor Technology Enhancement Programme will go a long way towards helping to fill the gap created by the skills shortages in South Africa and meeting the demand for skilled automotive professionals over the next decade. By investing more in education, particularly in motor technology, the automotive industry will have a better chance of thriving in a global environment.
With Nissan’s donations, local tertiary institutions are now well-equipped to offer their students advanced motor technology training and thereby produce highly qualified employees for the automotive industry. This could prove to be a major turning point in South Africa’s quest to become a leader in the automotive sector.
Nissan is setting an example of how corporate investment can be used to bridge the gap between education and industry in order to help drive economic growth and development. The automotive company has also shown its commitment to driving socio-economic change towards a better future for South Africans.
According to the country director at Nissan South Africa, Kabelo Rabotho: “Nissan’s approach towards advanced teaching and skills development was informed by its commitment towards advancing the UN’s Sustainable Goal of inclusive and quality education, furthering South Africa’s Automotive Master Plan 2035, which commits the industry to the development of new technologies and skills, and Nissan’s own sustainability strategy pillar of realising a more inclusive society.”
The donations made by Nissan will undoubtedly result in a positive long-term impact, such as increased employability for graduates and a more competitive South African automotive sector. Their commitment to supporting education, especially motor skills development, is highly commendable and will go a long way towards building a better future for South Africa.
Group1 Nissan is proud to be affiliated with a brand that cares about the community and takes action when it’s needed most. For more Nissan SA news, motoring tips and vehicle launches, please read our blog and follow us on Facebook.
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Posted by Group1 Nissan on 21 Dec 2022
The SEMA Show is an annual trade-only show that invites automotive speciality equipment manufacturers to display alongside automotive manufacturers to debut new, innovative products, and connect with industry buyers from all over the world. This year, in October, the highly anticipated event took place at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
The four-day show attracted 160 000+ industry professionals, with 2400+ exhibitors across 1.2 million square feet of exhibition space. Suffice it to say, it was a mammoth occasion, and Nissan certainly came to play – enticing show attendees with no less than amazing concept vehicles that were tailored to inspire and delight. This included:
The Ariya Surfwagon concept features a vinyl wrap reminiscent of Californian-style ‘woodie’ wagons and the beach cruisers of the past. If you ever wanted to listen to the Beach Boys in the perfect vehicle, this would be it. Featuring a custom roof rack that holds a pair of 7-foot surfboards with a matching colour scheme, the Surfwagon also boasts 20” ‘smoothie’ wheels with polished centre caps roll on white-wall tires.
If you love all things retro, you’ll be in awe of the 1987 Nissan Sunny pickup that’s been converted with Hakosuka-style and an electric powertrain from a Nissan Leaf. It’s been fitted with eye-catching 17” Rotiform wheels and a BRE 46 racing livery and sets the scene for racing excellence with 236 pound-feet of torque (triple the output of the original combustion engine).
The Nissan Frontier is a mid-size pick-up truck that is widely beloved throughout America. In this interaction, it has a staunch 5.6-litre V8 engine, custom wide-track suspension with Bilstein shocks, and a wide body kit with carbon fibre front wings.
The Frontier was also reimagined as a 1990s truck with custom suspension, a wide body, a MagnaFlow cat-back exhaust, Alcantara upholstery and 20-inch alloys. This leaned into the looks and trends that were prevalent in ‘street truck’ culture in the heyday of the 90s.
An innovative new race car that is already poised to compete in GT racing around the world in 2023.
Keep an eye out for more info on the exciting things happening in Nissan’s global R&D department. In the meantime, get in touch with a Group1 Nissan representative to learn more about the amazing models we currently have available at our showrooms.
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Posted by Group1 Renault on 20 Dec 2022
Good news, prospective Renault buyers! As one of the most innovative auto brands in the world, the team behind Groupe Renault has just become the first to incorporate Waze with its in-car multimedia systems. The first wave of Waze will initially be rolled out in European countries for Nouvel Austral and Mégane E-Tech electric customers whose vehicles are equipped with the OpenR screen and the OpenR Link interface, with integrated Google.
So, what’s the big deal? If you’ve never used it before, here’s the gist with regards to Waze. Powered and used by drivers all over the world, it’s a much-lauded real-time road assistant and community-driven navigation map app that uses real-time data from its users to provide the best route to the user’s destination.
In short, this social navigation tool for private cars allows drivers to skip routes with accidents, traffic jams, speed traps, construction and other hindrances that could slow them down. Drivers can also store a list of friends on the app so that they can keep track of each other on a trip, or spot a friend in the vicinity.
Now that Renault has integrated the application directly with the multimedia systems of select vehicles, drivers will enjoy the convenience and safety of having access to real-time traffic information, favourite routes and saved destinations on the eye-level screen without using their smartphone. Best of all – music and other vehicle features will remain accessible even when Waze is in use.
According to Jérôme Seror, Director of Digital Customer Experience at Renault, the decision to incorporate Waze is in line with their overarching strategy of offering customers an intuitive, immersive and connected driving experience. Aron Di Castro, Director of Marketing and Partnerships at Waze, agreed that the partnership between the two companies was a seamless one.
In short, motorists who purchase the Nouvel Austral and Mégane E-Tech electric will now be able to enjoy the benefits of full integration with the popular live mapping app via a 12-inch vertical-screen infotainment system without relying on ongoing smartphone mirroring.
See, that’s how we like to do things – give motorists what they want, and pave the way for more satisfying driving experiences across the board. To learn more about the current Renault models we have on our showroom floors in Johannesburg and Stellenbosch, get in touch with Group1 Renault. Let’s get you behind the wheel of the vehicle made for living.
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In addition to a comprehensive Nissan factory warranty, the Japanese automaker has a legacy of offering cars that are affordable and dependable. They are also known for manufacturing impressive performance cars, fashionable sport sedans, reliable bakkies and practical SUVs.
However, while modern cars are generally of higher quality, more reliable and with advanced technology, repairs are inevitable. Another consideration for car buyers is the increasing costs as vehicles are becoming more sophisticated, which is where the Nissan factory warranty comes into the equation.
In this guide, we share valuable insight into what the Nissan factory warranty covers, the associated costs and some of the extended warranties on offer.
While Nissan cars compare favourably to their competitors in terms of performance, fuel economy, and safety features, the average consumer is keeping their vehicle for seven years. This means it’s becoming increasingly important to look at a brand’s warranty coverage and extended warranty options.
The Nissan factory warranty is designed to cover any defects in material or workmanship, which take place during the first three years or 90 000km (whichever comes first). Coverage includes repairs at an authorised Nissan dealership, on all mechanical components including the engine, transmission and OE factory-fitted accessories.
The coverage of the Nissan warranty is 3 years/90,000 km for basic coverage and 5 years/150,000 km for the engine, which is on par with the offerings of other mainstream brands. Nissan Assured also provides 24-hour roadside assistance which offers towing services, flat battery and locksmith support and security sent to your location while you wait for assistance.
It’s worth noting that the Nissan factory warranty is only valid when the vehicle is serviced according to the manufacturer’s service schedule. This means that if you are not up-to-date with your car’s maintenance plan and some component fails, you may have to pay for parts or labour costs yourself.
With a few exceptions, the repairs and maintenance costs you come across should be covered if you are still within your factory warranty terms. The following is not covered by the Nissan factory warranty:
The Nissan factory warranty does not cover the expenses associated with normal wear and tear or inspections. If anything were to happen to your Nissan vehicle during the warranty period, you would be responsible for labour, repair or replacement of warrantable parts/s and/or components. Repairs made during the warranty period will not cause it to be extended.
Nissan offers a variety of extended warranties for customers who want to keep their vehicle covered after the initial three-year/ 60,000km factory warranty expires. The most popular extended warranty option allows customers to extend the factory warranty coverage for up to seven years/ unlimited km with a Nissan Extended Warranty.
While the cost of an extended Nissan Warranty will vary depending on your model and year of manufacture, this additional cost can prove invaluable as it helps you avoid paying for expensive repair costs yourself.
It’s crucial to look at not just the coverage details but also the costs that come with any extended warranty for your Nissan. You should also compare different policy options – including some from third-party companies, which might have better coverage as well as lower prices.
The Nissan body warranty does not apply to the chassis and undercarriage and is subject to the requirements described in the conditions. Nissan promises that, from the date of sale to the original owner, the body of every new Nissan vehicle will not succumb to rust perforation for as long as ownership lasts.
If you’re looking to get your vehicle fixed and returned to its original condition, the Nissan Approved Body Repair Centre Network is the perfect solution. They only use quality parts and materials that are fitted by the manufacturer with several benefits:
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The truth is, no warranty plan covers every part or aspect of your vehicle. Some common parts not covered in a standard Nissan factory warranty classified as bumper-to-bumper are tyres, factory accessories, headlights and electronic systems. Here are a few other Nissan warranties on offer:
All adjustments not associated with the replacement of parts are covered under warranty for the first 12 months, regardless of how many miles you’ve driven. In terms of the air conditioning system, you are covered for 72 months or 150,000 km under the New Vehicle Warranty. However, if you need to recharge the refrigerant and it is not associated with the repair or replacement of a warranted part, it will not be covered after the first 12 months.
In some cases, you may want to consider an extended warranty and Nissan offers its own for new and pre-owned vehicles. These warranty plans are transferable to future buyers, should you sell the vehicle. The engine warranty, for example, covers more than the engine and transmission with other add-ons like
The good news is, you don’t need to purchase an extended warranty when you buy your new Nissan car, bakkie or SUV. You can get one of Nissan’s plans any time before the original Nissan factory warranty expires.
In the end, whether or not you purchase an extended warranty is up to you and what you feel comfortable spending. Consider if it’s worth paying extra for more protection, or if you’re okay going without it.
In conclusion, if you own a Nissan car, it is in your best interest to learn about and compare the coverage of extended warranties and the Nissan factory warranty. With this knowledge, you can make an informed decision that will keep your vehicle running smoothly for years to come.
Posted by Group1 Chery on 25 Nov 2022
Chinese auto pioneer Chery is going full speed ahead in its self-driving quest, nearly ready to unleash its level 2.5 cars, with level 4 predicted by 2025.
Self-driving cars are one of the great goals of car manufacturers. It is a strange thing – one moment we think it will happen tomorrow, then there are a couple of accidents and we think it will never happen. It is like passenger planes – we all remember the one crash, but never think of the millions that take off and land safely every day.
There are two things to consider with smart cars though.
The first is that true autonomous self-driving is the last of six levels of automation in cars. Level 0 is all manual, 1 has driver assistance like cruise control, 2 has ADAS and can go faster or brake on its own, in 3 the vehicle can do most functions, but under human supervision.
Level 4 is high automation where the car can do everything, but under human supervision and within geofencing–specific areas and with low-speed limits. Level 5 is full automation and the car might not have a steering wheel and it can drive anywhere a skilled driver can.
The second factor to consider is that underpinning the progression of these steps is the digital revolution. This consists of a number of technologies that are developing at a blistering pace, are increasingly used together and are already changing the world under our noses.
Artificial intelligence (AI), the internet of things (IoT), automation, robotics, cloud computing, big data and more are very much part of everything we do, including developing self-driving cars.
Chery has been working toward this goal since before 2015 and has recently invested heavily in companies that work in these fields, such as BOE for IoT and Horizon Robotics for AI chips. It also works closely with tech giant Huawei.
In 2018 Chery released its intelligent life cycle brand strategy called The Lion Cloud OS, covering a vehicle from R&D, manufacturing, marketing and service. Now at version 4.0, The Lion is using AI technology such as voice interaction, face recognition and smart cloud interaction in core products like the Tiggo Pro range.
Chery launched its first pure EV (EQ1) with an aluminium body as a separate Chinese auto brand. However, it covers the full spectrum of market segments from class A to D in cars and SUVs, including PHEV, BEF, EREV, electric four-wheel drive and hydrogen fuel cells.
In April it revealed the EQX concept car with level 4 automatic driving.
But you don’t only have to read about tech-laden Chery vehicles, you can have a look at them, kick the tyres and take one for a test drive. Furthermore, you can take advantage of the incredible Chery deals now available to savvy South African drivers.
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The big luxury Mahindra XUV700 SUV is so nearly in South Africa – you can already pre-order it, and many are doing so. If you’re not – you’ll miss out.
It was crowned Indian Car of the Year 2022, and critics around the world have given it rave reviews for being a great drive, a beautiful car, full of luxury features, and also very safe to travel in.
Apart from passing the crash tests with flying colours, you simply have to look at the impressive list of safety features on offer.
There are three trim levels, but let’s look at the top range Mahindra XUV700 AX7 L, which gives you:
The most up-to-date electronic stability program and advanced driver assistance (ADAS), which include front collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, driver drowsiness warning, lane departure warning, and smart pilot assist.
It can recognise traffic signs, and monitor your blind spots, all while continuously recording a digital video of your trip. And you get seven airbags in this model as well.
You can see from this that while the XUV700 has passed the most stringent crash safety tests, much of its technology was designed to help you avoid an accident in the first place.
This approach ties in with G-NCAP and campaigns such as #SaferCarsForIndia and #SaferCarsForAfrica.
The Global New Car Assessment Programme is like the other NCAP programmes, but with a bias to developing nations. It uses the United Nations automotive safety guidelines as its minimum standards, aiming very high for zero road deaths among passengers and pedestrians. This goal is probably not attainable, but it helps focus G-NCAP on how it goes about things.
Its #Safercars programmes focus on India and Africa, both one billion plus population centres with troubling car-related death statistics.
As a driver in South Africa, you will be well aware that you cannot always control road safety around you. This is why driving a car with an impeccable safety pedigree will go a long way to giving you peace of mind.
And if such a car comes with luxury at a great price, it will be well worth it to have a look at the Mahindra XUV700 before you decide what to buy.
Posted by Group1 Renault on 28 Jun 2022
With electric and hybrid vehicles growing in popularity across the globe, Renault has introduced the E-Tech-engineered special edition for the Clio, Captur, Arkana, and Megane electrified derivatives. Unsurprisingly, they’ve used design and style cues of the 100% electric Megane E-Tech for the new E-Tech-engineered special editions.
E-Tech is the term for the innovative and exclusive technology of Renault which is protected by 150 patents. Renault relied on their immense expertise in electric vehicles and developed the system in collaboration with Renault F1 teams.
The E-Tech Hybrid drive system has a combustion engine, two electric engines, a battery and an automatic gearbox to create a more refined driving experience. As a result, the energy management of Renault’s hybrid cars is more efficient and intelligent which means extended range even in full electric mode.
Renault’s E-Tech engineered special edition adds a modern feel to the four existing passenger vehicles already available in Europe and other international markets. The E-tech-engineered special edition benefits from all the impressive equipment that made the R.S. Line trim so popular but that’s not all. It also gets a new, high-end look with sporty colours and materials in accordance with current trends.
Starting with the exterior, the E-Tech engineered special edition design features Warm Titanium highlights on parts. This includes the F1® blade on the lower front bumper, the side and rear lower-body trims and rim markings. Another distinctive feature is Renault’s iconic diamond-shaped logo and lettering in shiny black on the vehicle’s front and rear.
Its overall appearance is topped off by a new E-Tech Hybrid or Plug-In Hybrid badge on the rear hatch door which is common for all Renault’s electrified vehicles. The final exterior feature on the special edition models is a bold but stylish graphic label on the driver’s door. The E-Tech Engineered Renault Clio, Captur, Arkana and Megane vehicles are available in various body colours.
To complement the sporty exterior of Renault’s E-Tech-engineered special edition models, the interior needed to be special and it certainly is. The same desire that went into creating the beautiful exterior also resulted in a design that screams visual unity and character. This is largely due to the Warm Titanium stitching on the upholstery and gold decorative accents on the dashboard and air vents. The steering wheel features the letter ‘E’ as the E-Tech signature while the doors also feature a visual design reflecting the exterior door label.
For more than 10 years, Renault has been a pioneer in electric vehicles and continues to share its expertise with as many people as possible by providing universally available mobility solutions. Renault has two types of engines: E-Tech Hybrid and E-Tech Plug-In Hybrid, both of which were developed to fulfil the demands of a growing market. The E-Tech Engineered Special Edition models are as follows:
Designed to give occupants a more efficient and enjoyable driving experience, the Renault E-Tech special edition model combines an electric motor with a petrol engine, delivering the best of both worlds while the interior is luxurious, spacious and comfortable.
Through continued research and development, the E-Tech Engineered special edition models are economical, environmentally friendly and seductive in appearance. Starting in June, the E-Tech Engineered models will be available in France for the Clio, Arkana and Megane but the Renault Captur will only be released at a later stage.
There is no confirmation yet whether any of the E-Tech Engineered Special Edition models will be available in South Africa but we certainly hope so. To read more about new vehicle launches, motoring advice, and hybrid and electric vehicles, simply read our blog and follow us on Facebook.
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