Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Creates The First “Pop-up Store” locally

midrand, South Africa - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will be opening the Brand’s first Pop-up store featuring the company’s full line of products during the month of December 2017.

The Pop-up store will be erected by Arnold Chatz Cars, a franchise of FCA, at Johannesburg’s Clearwater Mall in the West Rand and will be supported by FCA South Africa head office.

The idea behind the store is to bring the brand’s vehicles to the customers, offering a convenient and hassle-free way to shop for a new car. Arnold Chatz Cars’ sales staff will be on hand to assist with all customer queries, and test drives will also be facilitated during this period.

Amongst the vehicles on display during the course of the month from the Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Jeep products, will be the recently launched all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the brand’s first entry into the burgeoning SUV segment, as well as the Alfa Romeo Giulia, nominated as a finalist in the WesBank South African Car of the Year contest taking place in early 2018, and winner of Motor Trend’s 2018 Car of the Year contest in the USA.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles are planning further Pop-up stores based on the success of this inaugural placement, furthering the Brand’s commitment to the South African automotive market and the country as a whole.

Ford Donates Ranger to Nelson Mandela University’s Ford Engine Research Unit


  • Vehicle will be used by Nelson Mandela University's Ford Engine Research Unit as a test platform for practical training

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, 10 October, 2017 - Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is continuing its commitment to skills development and training in the automotive sector by donating a Ford Ranger to the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth.

The vehicle will be used by Nelson Mandela University's Ford Engine Research Unit (FERU), which was established in 2012 in partnership with Ford to foster research in engine development and testing amongst its undergraduate students.

The unit boasts a sophisticated engine dynamometer and conducts independent quality and performance verification engine testing for Ford's Struandale Engine Plant in Port Elizabeth, which produces the Ranger's sophisticated Duratorq TDCi engine for the domestic market and global exports.

"We are extremely grateful to Ford for the donation of the Ranger to Nelson Mandela University," said Gysbert Kleyn, Head of Department for Mechanical Engineering at Nelson Mandela University. "This extends our ongoing partnership with FMCSA through the Ford Engine Research Unit."

"The Ranger is a great addition to the department as it will provide the platform for demonstration and training for the department's Motor Vehicle Engineering subject that focuses on the workings of a modern automobile. This includes practical training as a test platform on the advanced Rototest rolling road dynamometer to evaluate power output and performance under urban cycling on a modern vehicle."

The Ranger XLT Double Cab was produced at Ford's Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria, and is powered by the advanced 2.2-litre four-cylinder Duratorq TDCi engine built at the Struandale Engine Plant in Port Elizabeth.

"We are delighted to provide Nelson Mandela University with a Ford Ranger, as it reinforces our partnership with the university, and builds on Ford's commitment to developing engineering expertise in South Africa," said Ockert Berry, Vice President Operations for Ford Middle East and Africa.

Ford has a long-standing relationship with Nelson Mandela University, having donated two Duratorq TDCi engines to FERU last year for training and research purposes. It also sponsors the Ford Premier Award for the top Master's Degree student at the university's annual Academic Excellence awards.

Caption - Mervin Knoesen from Nelson Mandela University's Ford Engine Research Unit (left) receives the keys to the Ford Ranger from Ockert Berry (VP Operations, Ford Middle East and Africa).

General Tire unleashes all-new Grabber AT3 and X3

Altimax Comfort and Sport still bolstering the General Tire passenger tyre range

General Tire, a brand of Continental Tyre South Africa (CTSA), is building on its proven performance in the replacement 4x4 tyre segment with an exciting new range of off-road tyres: the all-terrain Grabber AT3 and the extreme-terrain Grabber X3.

The Grabber AT3 replaces the previous-generation Grabber AT, General Tire's multiple award-winning tyre designed for all-terrain applications. Retaining the 50/50 on/off-road bias of its predecessor, the new AT3 was developed to meet the needs of sport utility vehicle (SUV), bakkie and off-road vehicle drivers who demand the combination of exceptional off-road abilities and confident on-road manners.

In the aggressive new Grabber X3, General Tire has a flagship mud-terrain tyre that delivers uncompromising off-road performance coupled with good on-road manners. Relying on its 80/20 off-road bias, the Grabber X3 employs bold styling, matched to exceptional performance and durability for conquering the most challenging 4x4 terrains.

"The launch of the all-new Grabber AT3 and X3 represents an exciting new chapter for General Tire in South Africa," says Ryan Visagie, Product Communications Manager at CTSA.

"Offering the latest designs and technologies in their respective segments, both tyres further raise the benchmark in terms of capability and durability, building on General Tire's proven performance, reliability and American heritage that spans more than 100 years."

"As one of the leading contenders in the all-terrain replacement tyre category, the Grabber AT3 continues our proud legacy with superb all-round performance and dependability," Visagie adds. "The Grabber X3, is an extreme-terrain tyre with several innovative features that ensure it excels in the harshest conditions such as mud, dirt and rocks."

The impressive new AT3 and X3 join the existing Grabber GT, which is specifically designed for high-performance SUVs. The GT delivers outstanding handling and braking performance on dry and wet roads, allied to high comfort and low noise levels.

The local General Tire line-up is further bolstered by the Altimax passenger car tyre range, comprising the Altimax Sport for precise handling and braking, along with the Altimax Comfort, which focuses on superb comfort, refinement and durability.

Grabber AT3

The General Tire Grabber AT3 is a highly capable all-terrain tyre designed to suit a wide range of 4x4 vehicles used in a variety of on and off-road driving conditions.

Building on the success of the highly-rated Grabber AT, the new AT3 features three innovative technologies developed to enhance all-round performance and durability: TRACGEN, DURAGEN and COMFORT BALANCE.

The standard Grabber AT3 tyre range is available in 13 sizes catering for 15 to 20-inch rim diameters. Later this year, the Grabber AT3 range will be bolstered with a further nine reinforced light truck (LT) offerings in 15 to 18-inch sizes, which are designed for heavy duty applications.

Compared to its highly-rated predecessor, the new Grabber AT3's on and off-road performance has improved in several key areas, including noise levels and irregular wear. Traction in snow, muddy conditions and on wet grass has been improved, along with cut-and-chip resistance.

Grabber X3

Designed to conquer the most demanding off-road terrains, the new Grabber X3 takes General Tire's "Anywhere is Possible" brand promise to new heights. Positioned as an extreme terrain offering, it is ideally suited to three of the most challenging off-road driving conditions, comprising mud, dirt and rock - hence the name: X3.

The Grabber X3 relies on an enhanced version of General Tire's DURAGEN Technology, using a three-ply construction across the range. This guarantees exceptional durability and puncture resistance.

As with the Grabber AT3, the new Grabber X3 raises the bar in virtually every sphere of off-road performance, while on-road capability has been similarly improved.

The Grabber X3 is available in a total of five sizes encompassing 15 to 17-inch rim sizes.

The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Sheer attraction

The all-new C-Class heralds a new chapter in the C-Class success story and sets new standards in the premium medium-luxury segment. Thanks to an intelligent lightweight-design concept boasting weight savings of up to 100 kilograms, excellent aerodynamics and new economical engines, the C-Class establishes new efficiency benchmarks in its segment. A host of new assistance systems offers safety of the highest standard, while a new optional air-sprung suspension provides for exemplary ride and driving comfort as well as nimble and agile handling. In terms of appearance the new C-Class adopts a progressive approach with its clear yet emotional design and its high-class interior. Many other innovations and equipment features underscore the sedan's energising comfort and refined sportiness. The high-class appeal of the new C-Class is an "upgrade to a higher class of vehicle".
"The C-Class is a best seller that has always been a trendsetter in the mid-size luxury segment. This is also true for the new C-Class as it comes with qualities usually reserved for higher-class vehicles - environmentally responsible, technologically advanced and high levels of comfort and driving enjoyment," says Florian Seidler, Vice President, Mercedes-Benz Cars South Africa.
With a sensuous and clear design and a host of technical innovations, the new C-Class offers a comprehensive scope of standard equipment and exemplary emissions and fuel consumption figures. This all adds up to substantial added value and long-term fuel savings.
"Our new C-Class embodies what we understand modern automotive luxury to be and showcases automotive passion by way of a contemporary design idiom. We are confident that our new C-Class will be a huge success," adds Seidler.
The C-Class has grown to take account of people's increasing average height. With an 80-millimetre increase in the wheelbase (2840 millimetres) compared with the previous model, the vehicle is 95 millimetres longer (4686 milli¬metres) and 40 millimetres wider (1810 millimetres). The result is a more spacious interior. At 480 litres the new C-Class also surpasses its predecessor in terms of boot capacity (in accordance with ISO 3832).

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