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Autodealer suggests cars for Witbank mayor


After I heard that the town council had managed to save around R1.5-million from the service delivery budget - a budget that demands every last cent - so as to buy a new car for recently elected Mayor Lindiwe Ntshalintshali, I started scratching my head.

You see, I know a thing about cars and for the money they have set aside, well you are looking at some pretty serious German sports cars. I have thus decided to put together a list of cars that I feel would suit the mayor's needs as well as the people of Witbank’s pockets.

The mayor, being a servant of the people needs to have a vehicle that will be able to reach every area, even those that are not so easily assessable. She would need an SUV as it has the ground clearance that is needed to deal with our uneven roads and big tyres to deal with the increasing number of potholes.

One-point-five-million rand will easily get her into an SUV, however, it will be the wrong SUV. You see, for that amount of money the council will be looking at a fancy German SUV. Sure they are flashy but they are expensive to maintain, the tyres cost a fortune and let's be honest, they are not really cut out for rough terrain.

These cars also tend to lose their value pretty quickly so when it’s time to sell it, the council will be losing more of our money.

What the mayor needs is a vehicle with a proven track record, something that will help her get the job (emphasis on the word job) done. After all, she is they mayor of Witbank and not a Kardashian. Here is my top three ideal, budget friendly SUV’s for the Witbank mayor:

Ford Everest, R634 900. SAVING: R865 100

  1. All-new Ford Everest blends rugged off-road capability with exceptional ride quality and dynamic handling.
  2. Body-on-frame construction, intelligent four-wheel drive and an advanced Terrain Management System to help navigate challenging terrain with ease and confidence
  3. Spacious, modern interior with high-quality craftsmanship delivers a comfortable ride for up to seven passengers
  4. One of the smartest SUVs in its segment with advanced features, including SYNC®2, Active Park Assist, and segment-first Curve Control and Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert
  5. Two 3.2-litre 4x4 derivatives: XLT and top-spec Limited, both with advanced six-speed automatic transmission.

Chevrolet Trailblazer, R591 500. SAVING: R908 500

  1. Trailblazer models feature enhanced specifications which add value and class.
  2. All LTZ derivatives now feature a reversing camera as standard.
  3. All models also benefit from changes on the inside, with a new Dark Ash Grey interior colour scheme available along with front side airbags mounted in the seats.
  4. Also features the MyLink brings smartphone technology to the Trailblazer with a large seven-inch touch screen display and a host of media capabilities. Video and picture playback, full audio format support linked to six speakers, USB and aux integration, as well as Bluetooth
  5. The 2.8D LTZ models, available in either 4x2 or 4x4 guise, feature the Duramax turbocharged diesel engine, which now produces 144kW and 500Nm.
  6. Safety equipment across the range still includes ABS with EBD, PBA (Panic Brake Assist), HBFA (Hydraulic Brake Fade Assist), a limited slip differential, six airbags including the two additional side airbags.

Toyota Fortuner, R613 200. SAVING: R886 800

  1. The Fortuner sports a more distinctive, sleek yet striking and powerful design. The front end looks bold and impressive, and the overall look is handsome and muscular.
  2. The new Fortuner has a high-strength frame, rigid body, all-coil suspension and chassis calibration. The result is optimum durability, confident handling and excellent ride comfort coupled with low levels of noise, vibration and harshness
  3. Fortuner offers the latest Toyota six-speed transmission technology for ease of driving, comfort and fuel economy. Both transmissions, available on all grades, in both manual and automatic configurations have a wide spread of ratios to optimise both take-off performance and fuel economy at highway speeds.
  4. The new Toyota Fortuner has been developed to attract the maximum safety standard. Standard electronic safety features include Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Active Traction Control (ATC), Trailer Sway Control (TSC), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and Drive Mode Select. Downhill Assist Control (DAC) is available on only 4x4 models.
  5. The 2.8 GD offers owners a stout 130 kW and effortless 420 Nm. The 2.8 litre GD engine strikes a formidable balance between power and economy, returning impressive figures, ranging from 7.5 to 8.5 litres per 100km – depending on the model.

So there you have it, these are my top three SUV’s that are known to be reliable, safe, tough and they also light on the budget meaning that the council can reinvest almost one--million Rand back into the service delivery budget.

Mayor Lindiwe Ntshalintshali, for your utmost convenience, I will be happy to arrange test drives in all three vehicles for you. I’m sure you would love them as do many South Africans who already own them. I’m also very confident that people would appreciate the saving that you would be making when you decide to purchase one of these very capable vehicles.

Article written by Justin Jacobs
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