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Care-free, Thanks to Complete Care

Care-free, Thanks to Complete Care

JOHANNESBURG - General Motors South Africa continues to live up to the ethos of its Complete Care programme, with employees at the company's Sales and Marketing offices in Woodmead recently signing the I Care pledge.

This simple act represents a commitment to put the customer first in everything GMSA does - the very essence of Complete Care, a comprehensive suite of support structures that makes owning a Chevrolet, Opel or Isuzu vehicle a pleasure year-in and year-out. In its quest to give customers an exceptional experience when buying or servicing a vehicle, GM has recently launched the I CARE Awards programme, to recognise company and dealer employees who demonstrate excellence towards customers.

Brian Olson, Vice president of Vehicle Sales Service and Marketing said the I CARE initiative complements the Complete Care programme, "These programmes demonstrate our commitment in putting the customer at the centre of everything we do."

Peace of mind matters all the time, but it is just a little bit more important right now: the festive season is the time when families traditionally saddle up and undertake a long-haul trip to their holiday destination.

Complete Care services include:

• A warranty of up to five years or 120 000 km on new vehicles
• Free round-the-clock Roadside Assistance, every day of the year
• Maintenance and servicing by GM certified technicians
• A Customer Care support centre available 24/7/365 on 0800 422 777
• Complete Service Mobile Apps

But Complete Care isn't a 'static' promise and it embraces ongoing efforts to continuously improve dealer service, and equip them with the skills and equipment to take care of cars which are designed with an eye on the future. About 40 000 hours of training is invested in the dealer network each year, and this has translated into awards in customer polls conducted by IPSOS, with Isuzu taking a gold and Chevrolet and Opel silver in a mid-2015 satisfaction survey.

General Motors is also a global leader in roadside assistance and customers benefit from a range of features embracing needs such as accommodation, vehicle rental, and repatriation of a vehicle.

"Consumers don't just buy a vehicle, and they have high expectations in terms of what else is packaged with it to ensure peace of mind. Our mission at GM is to earn customers for life by delivering a consistently satisfying ownership experience for the Chevrolet, Opel and Isuzu brands. Simply put, we must give our customers Complete Care," said Olson.

18 Dec 2015READ MORE
EUROPEAN COTY FINALIST

“Car of the Year 2016”: Opel Astra Among Final Seven Contenders

Seven from 35: Expert jury announces intermediate result of international award

14 December 2015 - Rüsselsheim. 58 experienced journalists from 22 European countries will decide which vehicle is named European “Car of the Year 2016”. The list of candidates originally contained 35 new models released during the course of this year. The new Opel Astra faced the critical journalists and the 33 rivals at the Tannistest in Denmark. There are no segments in the “Car of the Year” award – the jury will pick a single car that is worthy of the award.

Now the jury has cut the list of contenders to seven and these cars have qualified for the final of the “Car of the Year 2016”. One of the cars in the top seven: The new Opel Astra which has already won international awards such as SAFETYBEST 2015 and the 2015 Golden Steering Wheel in less than two months. Opel’s compact class bestseller is now hoping to get as many votes as possible from the 58 journalists representing prestigious publications such as Le Figaro, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Stern, La Stampa, El Mundo or The Daily Telegraph.

The European Car of the Year award was founded in 1964. In recent years, Opel has come out on top twice – with the Insignia in 2009 and the Ampera in 2012. The 2016 winner will be announced on the eve of the Geneva Motor Show on February 29, 2016.


15 Dec 2015READ MORE
Opel Corsa Named Best of the Best

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JOHANNESBURG - The exciting new Opel Corsa won the Best of the Best Award in the Best Budget Buy segment by South Africa's biggest newspaper, The Star. The Corsa surpassed five competitor vehicles to claim top spot going up against the likes of Honda Jazz, Mazda2, Suzuki Celerio, Toyota Aygo and VW Up. The Corsa was awarded for its impressive build quality as well as a more refined and roomy cabin for a B-segment hatchback according to Independent Media's team of motoring journalists.


Boasting Opel's state-of-the-art 1-litre three-cylinder Turbo petrol engine, the Corsa offers bang for the buck performance without compromising on fuel economy. Its safety features are second to none and it's well stocked with various features and technology. There to accept the award on behalf of the company was Denise Van Huyssteen, GM General Manager: Communications & PR Africa, left and Brian Olson, Vice-President Vehicle Sales Service and Marketing.

09 Dec 2015READ MORE
Opel Continues to Grow as Industry Softens

03 December 2015 - November total industry sales came in at 51256 vehicles, slightly behind November 2014 sales of 51 055 units. Year to dateNovember 2015 industry sales are 4.1 percent down over the same period lastyear (568 584 vs 592 839).

General Motors South Africa (GMSA) sales for November 2015 were4550 units across all three brands at NAAMSA level with strong performancesfrom Opel and Isuzu as well as Chevrolet Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV).

Isuzu made the best of the recently refreshed KB with 1263 unitssold in November. November sales represented the highest double cab sales in 17months, driven by the all-new 250 High Rider double cab model.

A key highlight for GMSA is the continuing growth of the Opelbrand with the fashionable super mini Opel ADAM boutique hatch leading thecharge. ADAM has consistently outperformed competitors in the boutique minisegment of the market with 1 474 units sold since January 2015. TheNovember sales figure of 265 units represents ADAM's second best month thisyear coming just short of the February 2015 highlight of 280 units. Buoyed bythe success of the trio of "new Germans", Corsa, Mokka, and ADAM, theoverall Opel brand sales are up 70 percent, 5 917 versus 3 479 units,compared to the same period last year.

Chevrolet sales were led by the Utility in November which sold1 234 units. Year to date sales for Chevrolet now stand at 29 131units with 5.1 percent share of the total industry.

"2015 has been atough year for South African consumers and this is reflected in the decliningindustry sales. Despite tough trading conditions we plan on closing the year ona strong note with encouraging performances from our Chevrolet and Isuzu LCVproducts. We expect Opel to attract new buyers and continue the sales momentumwell into the new year as our new technologically advanced products findtraction in our market," says Brian Olson, Vice President Vehicle Sales,Service, and Marketing for GM Sub-Saharan Africa.

04 Dec 2015READ MORE
New Opel Astra Wins "2015 Golden Steering Wheel"

 


  

17/11/2015

New Opel Astra Wins "2015 Golden Steering Wheel"

  • Great distinction: New Astra beats rivals to compact class crown
  • Great tradition: Astra wins Opel's 16th "Golden Steering Wheel" since 1976
  • Grand gala: Opel Group CEO Neumann and CMO Müller attend ceremony in Berlin

16 November 2015 - Rüsselsheim/Berlin.  And the winner is: The Opel Astra. Opel's new compact class star was recognized at the Oscars of the automotive industry in Berlin, winning the "Golden Steering Wheel" in the compact class. The Astra has only been at dealers since mid-October and has now already reaped this important award making it a true high-flyer. Opel Group CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann and CMO Tina Müller attended the ceremony last week in the Axel-Springer-Haus, with Dr. Neumann accepting the award on behalf of Opel. The "Golden Steering Wheel" is awarded jointly by Auto Bild and Bild am Sonntag. A jury consisting of readers, experts and celebrities such as racing legend Walter Röhrl pick the best newcomers of the year after extensive test drives.

"The most important award for the best Opel we have ever built! And the most important car in our product portfolio. We at Opel can be extremely proud of this 'Golden Steering Wheel'. It proves that all of our efforts have paid off. The new Astra is synonymous for lightweight, highly efficient engines, a better packaging, features from the luxury class, trendsetting connectivity and exemplary quality," said a jubilant Dr. Neumann at the award ceremony.

Opel's CMO Tina Müller added: "Our new Astra is a high-flyer in every sense as seen in the quantum leap video. We have already received more than 40,000 orders for the new Astra. And now we have won this very special prize. We can all be delighted with it. Opel is somebody again - with the Astra as our guiding star!"

The examples of the new Astra have already landed in Port Elizabeth where they are part of the companies Captured Test Fleet for quality testing and local validation. The new Astra is set to make its South African debut in the first half of 2016.

Opel and the "Golden Steering Wheel": All winners from Rüsselsheim

The new Opel Astra's win at the much-coveted 2015 Golden Steering Wheel Awards is the continuation of the Rüsselsheim-based carmaker's successful tradition in the competition, which started with the Opel Senator A in 1978, two years after the award was introduced, and includes 16 titles over five decades.

1978 - Opel Senator A: The first "Golden Steering Wheel"

In 1978, the brand with Blitz won its first "Golden Steering Wheel" with the Opel Senator. Presented at the IAA in September 1977, the Senator was the successor of the legendary Kapitän, Admiral and Diplomat models and was Opel's flagship until making its final bow in 1993. The 1978 Senator was available with three different engines - a 2.8-litre engine with 103 kW, a 3.0-liter unit with 110 kW and the top-of-the-range 3.0-litre engine with 132 kW.

1979 - Opel Kadett D: The award-winning space wonder

One year later Opel was back on the top of the rostrum. The 1979 Kadett D was the first ever Opel compact class car with front-wheel drive and delivered the company's second "Golden Steering Wheel". Thanks to the transverse engines and a missing flexible drive shaft it offers the passengers amble space despite compact dimensions and it being

126 mm shorter than its predecessor. In addition, the Kadett saw the introduction of new engines with overhead camshaft. The four-cylinder 1.3-litre OHC engine generated 44kW or 55 kW. In addition to the spacious station wagon with a load volume of up to 1,425 litres, Opel offered two different fastback versions. In January 1983, the sporty Kadett GTE followed, with a top speed of 187 km/h and equipped with a 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine that developed 86 kW.

1981 - Opel Ascona C: Good things come in threes

In 1981, it was the Opel Ascona C's turn to bring home the goods for the Rüsselsheim-based automaker. It was the first Opel middle class car with front-wheel drive and available as a notchback and a station wagon. The Ascona C was available with gasoline engines ranging from 1.3 to 1.6 litres and a 1.6-litre diesel unit.

1982 - Opel Corsa A: Small car, huge impact

Only 12 months later, in 1982, a brand-new Opel model took the "Golden Steering Wheel" awards by storm - the Corsa A. Opel's first ever small car featured close-coupled proportions within a short length of just 3.62 metres. It had bold, flared wheel-arches like a rally car and an exceptionally low drag coefficient of 0.36, which was possibly record-breaking for its class. The Corsa A was designed to appeal to 'the man of the house' in particular. The highlight was the 72 kW Corsa GSi. The two-door hatch and notchback line-up was expanded in 1985 with the addition of the popular five-door model. The Corsa A became a highly acclaimed top seller with 3.1 million units built.

1984 - Opel Kadett E: Another compact class winner

Five years after winning the "Golden Steering Wheel" for the first time, the Kadett took pole position again with its new generation launched in 1984. The second front-wheel drive Kadett, built from 1984 to 1991, was an absolute winner and also took the 1984 "Car of the Year" Award. Furthermore, the Kadett is rated as an aerodynamics champion. The sporty GSi, with a Cd of 0.30 stunned the experts and even the normal hatchback sedan achieved a sensational value of 0.32. In total, the aerodynamics champions was sold 3.779.289 times.

1987 - Opel Senator B: In for a penny, in for a pound

The Opel Senator B also managed to repeat the success of its predecessor. Based on the rear-wheel drive Opel Omega, the new flagship mainly comes with six-cylinder engines with the smooth 3-litre in-line engine with 115 kW leading the way. You could place a coin on its edge in the engine compartment without it falling over when the engine was running. Later, a 4-valve version of the 6-cylinder engine with Dual-Ram variable intake system and hearty 150 kW is introduced.

1990 - Opel Calibra: The athlete shines

A true champion wins the "Golden Steering Wheel" in 1990: A breathtaking coupé with a record-breaking drag coefficient of 0.26! The Calibra was available with powerful engines ranging from 85 kW to 150 kW. The Opel Calibra Turbo with all-wheel drive and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 6.8 seconds was the icing on the cake. A V6 engine with 125 kW rounds off the offer. In motorsports, a Calibra V6 wins the touring car crown by taking the ITC in 1996.

1994 - Opel Omega B: The big car takes gold

The second edition of the Omega left a special impression on the jury. The dynamic design, the extensive amount of space and the new V6 engines with alloy cylinder heads and up to 155 kW hit the taste of the experts. The new airbag systems ensured a high level of safety for all occupants. The station wagon version boasted sheer endless loading capacity making it the ideal car for families and artisans alike, whereas the notchback version is classed a representative business sedan.

1995 - Opel Vectra B: Mirror, mirror, on the door

The Opel Vectra's most eye-catching feature are the aerodynamically shaped door mirrors that form a harmonic unity with the front of the car. It is a feature the "Golden Steering Wheel" jury cannot resist either. The Vectra also wins because of its new and efficient gasoline engines ranging from 1.6 to 2.6 litres and with outputs between 55 kW and 125 kW. Elsewhere, the direct injection diesel engines with displacements ranging from 1.7 to 2.2 litres delivering exemplary consumption celebrated their debut.

1999 - Opel Zafira A: The quick-change artist with seven seats

Who invented it? Opel! Yes, the compact van that can be turned from a complete seven-seater into a transporter with impressive maximum load volume (1,700 litres max.) in a flash (in only 15 seconds!) without removing a single seat is a Rüsselsheim brainchild. The formula is called Flex7 and it helps the Zafira win the "Golden Steering Wheel in 1999". Thanks to the ingenious concept, the seats disappear into the vehicle floor when necessary. The flexible space wonder also impresses with compact dimensions and outstanding driving dynamics.

2002 - Opel Vectra C: The master electrician

The third generation Vectra successful defended the title won by its predecessor by winning gold yet again. The new middle class car enters the electronic age, connects its systems via a CAN (Controller Area Network) bus instead of via a cable harness, and comes with electrohydraulic power steering. Outputs of the gasoline and diesel engines ranged from 74 kW to 206 kW with displacements ranging from 1.6 to 3.2 liters. In 2004, Opel also fitted the Vectra with the IDS Plus active suspension with Continuous Damping Control (CDC), which ensures that the dampers adapt to the current driving situation.

2005 - Opel Zafira B: Completing the golden dozen

The second generation Zafira continues to set the standards with a further development of the Flex7 seating system and wins the "Golden Steering Wheel" again. Furthermore, it is also classed as the fastest van on the planet when the OPC version with 177 kW completed a lap of the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 8:54:38 minutes. 240 powerful horses under the hood and an outstanding performance handling system help achieve this record-breaking time.

2009 - Opel Astra J: The compact designer piece

In 2009, the Astra J, a true designer piece, followed in the footsteps of the Kadett D space wonder and the Kadett E aerodynamics champions, securing Opel's third "Golden Steering Wheel" compact class title. The Astra follows Opel's new design philosophy 'Sculptural artistry meets German precision'. In additional, the Astra J comes with modern assistance systems such as the Opel Eye or the AFL+ headlamp system that can see around corners. The FlexRide adaptive technology helps it adapt to the current driving situation and front-seat ocupants can enjoy the ride in AGR-certified (Campaign for healthy backs) seats.

2010 - Opel Meriva B: So clever, so compact, so golden

The Zafira's little brother strikes gold in 2012 with the Meriva B underlining Opel's van expertise. The jury is convinced by the versatile FlexSpace rear-seating system and the innovative rear-hinged rear door system. The FlexDoors allow easy access to small children in the rear and ensure that tall people do not struggle to gain access. The engine portfolio offers amble power while curbing consumption thanks to downsizing and turbo-charging. Outputs range from 55 kW to 103 kW.

2012 - Opel Zafira Tourer: The lounge on wheels

The Zafira is accompanied by a premium partner in the Zafira Tourer and immediately wins another "Golden Steering Wheel". In addition to the flexible interior, the new boy impresses with lounge comfort, panorama glass sunroof and innovations such as radar-based speed control and emphatic Forward Collision Alert. The new frugal diesel with outstanding endurance for long distance driving is called 2.0 CDTI and delivers 121 kW. The 1.6 CNG turbo ecoFLEX (110kW) later goes on to win the award for the most environmentally friendly vehicle in the van segment three years in a row (2013 to 2015).

2015 - Opel Astra K: The quantum leap

And the winner is: The new Astra is based on a completely new lightweight vehicle architecture, is powered exclusively by latest-generation engines and enables ultra-modern connectivity via smartphone integration and the groundbreaking personal connectivity and service assistant Opel OnStar. The new Astra also continues Opel's tradition of introducing features previously only known from higher segments into the compact segment. That results in the "2015 Golden Steering Wheel".




 

 

18 Nov 2015READ MORE
Limited editions now available (Spark Curve; Chev Surf & Chev Ute Working)

Following the greatsuccess of the Chevrolet Utility UteForce and Spark Black & White Editions,we are pleased to announce the exciting new Utility UteSurf, Utility UteWorkingand Spark Curve limited edition models. Consumers are looking to make their hard earned Rands stretch furtherand these models are perfectly poised to offer outstanding value for money toyou, the customer.

 

Based on the Utility 1.4 and 1.8 Base AC models,the Utility UteSurf Edition offers an opportunity for both private and smallbusiness owners to get the job done with a touch of coastal flair! Standardfeatures consist of unique graphics, B-pillar blackout, 15” alloy wheels,smoked headlamps, a stainless steel sports bar and a roof rack/spoiler. Only 400of these limited edition models will be produced and they are sure to fly offthe showroom floor!

Produced in a very limited run of only 200units, the Utility UteWorking Edition is based off the Utility 1.4 Base and 1.4Base AC models…but with features businesses have always wanted as standard andwhich they normally pay considerably more for on the aftermarket, namely arubberized loadbox, custom black cab protector, radio/CD player and smart wheelcovers. Ready for work straight off the showroom floor!



Based off the Spark 1.2 (L) model, theSpark 1.2 Curve makes limited edition style and appeal that much moreaffordable…but only for a select few, since only 150 of this funky new modelthat come standard with 15” alloy wheels, unique decals as well as loose laycarpets will be produced…but the best thing is the price.


If you’re interested in any of these vehicles, feel free to contact us here: http://www.williamshuntcapetown.co.za/contact-us.aspx

13 Nov 2015READ MORE
Opel ADAM Rocks is here

Opel ADAM Rocks for Affluent Urban Adventurers

  • Boasts the same features and accessories as ADAM Glam but with key changes including swing top canvas roof, increased body height and anthracite protective cladding.
  • Limited edition with only 150 units available in South Africa
  • Available in three body colours - Red 'n Roll, Saturday White Fever, and Goldbuster
  • 10 November 2015 - Opel has added a limited edition derivative of the Opel ADAM to its South African line-up, the ADAM Rocks. Inspired by parkour sports, the ADAM Rocks is about self-expression and combines the resilience and agility of a mini-CUV (Cross Utility Vehicle) with the freedom of open air driving. The uniquely charismatic Opel ADAM Rocks, with its tougher and more masculine appearance, is a city sized, rural friendly all-rounder that inspires a whole new breed of urban adventurers.

The ADAM Rocks expands on the ADAM's persona, with added details such as a swing top canvas roof, increased ride height, chunky cladding around the wheel arches and along the sills, and front and rear skid plates. On one hand it's a micro-crossover and on the other a free-spirited baby convertible.

The city chic meets country style is apparent on the inside too, with a high-end sound system, comprehensive infotainment system and the ability to customise the cabin to satisfy individual tastes.

The introduction of the ADAM Rocks increases the ADAM's appeal, deliberately extending it into even more affluent territory. Aimed at trend oriented urban adventurers, the ADAM Rocks offers all the features and accessories of the range topping ADAM Glam with added features and design cues.

"The award winning ADAM has been a big hit with South African consumers since we launched it almost a year ago, averaging sales in excess of 120 units a month. It created a highly viable niche and the Rocks builds on that. The concept of the ADAM required a new set of rules - its own rules - and the Rocks has added a chapter by writing some new ones. The result is a vehicle which we expect it to appeal to young trendsetters who cherish their individuality and creativity." Says Brian Olson, vice president vehicle sales service and marketing GM Sub-Saharan Africa.

Chassis

The tried and tested McPherson Strut front, and torsion bar rear, suspension systems, have firmly established ADAM as one of the best handling small cars on the road. Redeveloped, and raised by 15 mm, they form the basis of the excellent driveability and road holding of the new ADAM Rocks.. With 225/35/18 tyres, there's plenty of grip on offer and the precise, electrically-assisted steering means you can accurately judge just how much. For those urban moments, a City Mode increases the power assistance to the steering, making for effortless manoeuvring in traffic.

While 15mm may not sound like a lot, it also adds a modicum of extra visibility on city streets, buying valuable time when it comes to judging what those around you are planning.

Powertrain

As well as an endearing off-beat thrum, Opel's three-cylinder one litre turbo Ecotec engine gives you more than enough forward thrust, whether you're making a rapid lane change, cruising from one province to another, or tackling a dusty track to your favourite hiking spot.

The same power plant as fitted to other ADAM and Corsa models, it is a proud example of Opel's engine-building prowess. Lightweight it may be, but it outperforms many four-cylinder engines of larger capacity.

With impressive headline numbers of 85 kW and 170 Nm, the engine consumes just 5.0 litres/100 km and emissions are a low 115 grams per km, meeting the highest (Euro 6) emission standards. A Start/Stop engine system ensures you don't waste any of the amber liquid when waiting for the rest of the world to catch up.

With a six-speed manual box drivers have the right gear for every condition and occasion from the super light 37 kilogram transmission.

Interior

Using the luscious ADAM Glam as a starting point, the Rocks is designed to cocoon its occupants. So as well as tactile satisfaction from the touchy-feely bits (witness the metal pedals with rubber studs, the thick-rimmed steering wheel and the gear knob designed to communicate perfectly with the palm of the driver's left hand), you also get climate control, height adjustable driver's seat, height and reach adjustable steering column, power windows, cruise control and a split/foldable rear seat for added practicality.

An essential piece of equipment is the high-resolution seven-inch touch screen of Opel's Intellilink system which sync's with the user's phone enabling the driver to listen to music, enable the driver to make use of Apps loaded to their phone (both Android and iOS) and display relevant information on the screen. A number of Apps are pre-loaded, including BringGo navigation and TuneIn internet radio. There's also a multifunction steering wheel to fast-track many of these processes.

Cabin space is remarkable considering a 2 311mm wheelbase, but the clue lies in a generous body width of 1 807mm, making the Adam a very roomy four-seater. And there are plenty of cupholders, power outlets and USB inputs to go around too.

Safety

When it comes to traditional safety features, there's a full-house of six airbags - the passenger facing one easily deactivated, plus ISOFIX child seat anchorage, dual seatbelt pretensioners, and of course stability control (ESP). The ADAM in fact boasts ESP Plus, the latest development on a technology which has proven accident-reducing ability. LED daytime running lights are fitted. The all-disc braking system is assisted by ABS and EBD.

And crossing the divide from mere convenience to driver safety are features like rain sensing wipers, headlights which activate automatically as the ambient light reduces, hill start assist, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

Driver Assist Features

Moving the Adam into the realm of features only normally associated with cars with seven-figure price tags is APA2 - Advanced Park Assist. Now you can park like a Boss, because the Rocks will determine whether a parking space is large enough to accommodate the car, and once this has been ascertained and the system activated, the car takes charge of steering duties while instructing the driver as to what needs to be done with the gears, throttle and brakes to physically navigate into the bay.

Also standard is Side Blind Spot Alert, or SBSA. Using ultrasonic waves, sensors constantly monitor and scan rear three-quarter blind spots alerting the driver of anything in a four-metre danger zone. Whether you're planning to change lane, or just need added awareness as to what is around you (but hidden from view) SBSA will warn the driver with either blinking or solid LED warning lights in the mirror glass.

The Rocks also features Siri Eyes Free, a unique-in-class feature that integrates the Intellilink system with later-generation iPhones and iPads via a USB cable. It activates Apple's voice control so that you can ask Siri about the weather, where the next fuel station is, and remind her to remind you to pay the electricity bill.

But you won't need to ask her what the best mini-crossover is in the land, because you'll already know the answer to that one.

11 Nov 2015READ MORE
COTY Finalists

Opel Adam and Corsa Named as WesBank Car of the Year 2016 Finalists

The South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ) recently released the much-anticipated finalist list for the upcoming 2016 WesBank/SAGMJ Car of the Year (COTY) awards, and we are thrilled to see not one but two General Motors cars make the cut! Both the Opel Adam and the Opel Corsa have been included in next year’s COTY finalists from a list of 45 eligible vehicles.

In no particular order, the full list of South African Car of the Year 2016 finalists includes the following vehicles:
  • Opel Corsa
  • Opel Adam
  • Jaguar XE
  • Peugeot 308
  • Land Rover Discovery Sport
  • Mazda 2
  • Kia Sorento
  • Citroen C4 Cactus
  • Honda HR-V
  • Ford Fusion
  • Volvo XC90
  • BMW i3
  • 2016 Car of the Year Evaluation & Judging

At the beginning of February 2016, the competition’s jury team will begin preparations for one of the toughest evaluations yet, with two solid days of extensive evaluation for each of the vehicles featured in the list of finalists. These will be done at the renowned Gerotek testing facility that is located near Pretoria. Here, the COTY jury will do independent assessments of each vehicle, using routes and test modules that are created to test cars much as a typical consumer would during a test drive.

The goal of the Car of the Year competition is, of course, to recognise and reward excellence within the auto industry. With that in mind, each and every vehicle will be put to the test in a range of categories, including:
  • Overall value for money
  • Technology and safety features
  • Driving performance
  • General quality of design
  • Interior features
  • Exterior features
  • Handling and dynamics
  • Fuel efficiency

Jury members will have full access to additional diagnostic information, such as independent performance test results, pricing guides, specification information, parts pricing and information and any other relevant information that will affect consumers. This information is provided by MAPO – digital partner to the SAGMJ.

The final winner will be announced at a special gala event on 8 March 2016. In the meantime, you can keep a look out for branded COTY finalist Opel Adam and Corsa vehicles that will be driving around towns countrywide.

We wish these outstanding Opel vehicle brands the best of luck, and look forward to watching the action unfold as the build-up to the 2016 WesBank Car of the Year competition gets underway.

05 Nov 2015READ MORE
Our Community Involvement

Williams Hunt Bellville, are proud to be associated with two very important charities that are very close to our heart. One being the JAG Bully Proof Foundation. A campaign that is renowned for the excellent work they teach to children at school, who need to understand its not ok to bully, or be bullied.

As well as HOPE Cape Town, who strive to improve the quality of life and full potential of children and families affected by HIV, AIDS and related illnesses through its work in the Western Cape of South Africa

We are proud vehicle partners, and love the work they continue to carry out.

Summary of our basic daily programs

  • JAGBullyProof and JAGRugby sessions within Bonteheuwel, Kalksteen, and Charlevile. (Daily Mon – Fri)
  • Events & Notable happenings
    • JAGBullyProof activation through Shikaya network (2 grades per school totalling 12 sessions each)
    • JAGBullyProof School intervention requests (Various talks and activation including Parents evening)
    • Transporting Sports Equipment to donate to schools
    • Transporting kids between practices and matches
    • JAG Crossfit triathlon (JAG ‘old boys’ team)
    • Villagers Sevens

    Thank you to the JAG team for your continued effort with this great initiative, we are proud to be part of your team

    We also received some great feedback from HOPE Cape Town, where they have had a busy month hosting various visitors to our projects and community outreach activities as well as maintaining ongoing operations.

    The vehicle sponsored by Williams Hunt has been used and was an essential component transporting visitors, staff and enabling them to conduct daily operations helping them to bring hope to others. One of their challenges is to continue to find funding to maintain their services which costs in the region of R5 million annually.

    This month saw lots of activity meeting with corporates and other prospective donors.

    Keep up the good work to both our partners!

    03 Nov 2015READ MORE
    The All new Isuzu KB Hi Rider range is here

    Isuzu 4x4 Range Gets South Africans Moving
    The Isuzu 4x4 range offers proof of how South African drivers love bakkies, with a range that comprises single, double and extended cabs. Double cab 4x4 bakkies are without a doubt one of the most adaptable vehicles on the road, and are a favourite for many. Families, off-road enthusists, highway cruisers and just about every other driver will all find something to enjoy with this type of vehicle. The double cab is able to do it all – collect garden or building refuse, take the dog out, take the kids out, help friends move, go camping… every task can be tackled by the double cab. 

    When it comes to the Isuzu double cab, this versatility is backed by a great deal of comfort. Cabs are spacious, with a host of modern conveniences that make the interior feel more like a luxury sedan than a bakkie. Other brands have their moment in fashion, but Isuzu has continued to grow its reputation over the years to become widely regarded for its mixture of reliability and ruggedness.  Represented in over 100 countries around the world, Isuzu certainly has a global presence. Its KB range introduced in 1981 however is exclusive to South Africa.  

    New Isuzu Bakkies
    With new Isuzu bakkies added to its current range of double, extended and single cabs, the total number of models offered by this brand is now 18. Newcomers include an automatic 4x4 double cab, along with two new KB250 Fleetside models – an extended cab and a double cab. 

    One of the top models in the range is the KB300 LX 4x4 double cab, which has all the trappings of a luxury car. In the higher price range, features include a 6.5” dashboard touchscreen, satellite navigation, infotainment system and DVD system, plus smartphone, Wi-Fi and internet integration. Other notable features include keyless entry, reversing camera, stop-start ignition, LED daytime running lights and LED rear lights. Under the hood, there’s a 3.0 litre DTEQ turbocharged diesel engine, 5-speed transmission that delivered 130kQ and 380Nm torque, and a combined fuel consumption of 7.9 litres per 100km. 

    Safety features on this model and all LE, LX models as well as the new Fleetside models include ESC (electronic stability control) – a feature that will be added to many more models by year-end – as well as stability/traction control and ABS braking. 

    For off-roading, key features include anti-stall, to make inclines easier, along with a smooth shift from bundu to highway that ensures full comfort at all times. 

    Isuzu trucks come standard with a full 5 year/120 000km warranty, along with roadside assistance, a 5 year unlimited mileage and anti-corrosion warranty plus 5 year/90 000km service plan, with 15 000km or 12 month service intervals. 

    Get to Williams Hunt today to learn more about the range of Isuzu bakkies that we have in stock, or to book a test drive to see how these powerful bakkies perform on the open road. 

    To learn more about the range of Isuzu bakkies in stock at Williams Hunt Cape Town, pop down to our dealership today or contact us to make an enquiry. 

    12 Oct 2015READ MORE
    Care-free, Thanks to Complete Care

    Care-free, Thanks to Complete Care

    JOHANNESBURG - General Motors South Africa continues to live up to the ethos of its Complete Care programme, with employees at the company's Sales and Marketing offices in Woodmead recently signing the I Care pledge.

    This simple act represents a commitment to put the customer first in everything GMSA does - the very essence of Complete Care, a comprehensive suite of support structures that makes owning a Chevrolet, Opel or Isuzu vehicle a pleasure year-in and year-out. In its quest to give customers an exceptional experience when buying or servicing a vehicle, GM has recently launched the I CARE Awards programme, to recognise company and dealer employees who demonstrate excellence towards customers.

    Brian Olson, Vice president of Vehicle Sales Service and Marketing said the I CARE initiative complements the Complete Care programme, "These programmes demonstrate our commitment in putting the customer at the centre of everything we do."

    Peace of mind matters all the time, but it is just a little bit more important right now: the festive season is the time when families traditionally saddle up and undertake a long-haul trip to their holiday destination.

    Complete Care services include:

    • A warranty of up to five years or 120 000 km on new vehicles
    • Free round-the-clock Roadside Assistance, every day of the year
    • Maintenance and servicing by GM certified technicians
    • A Customer Care support centre available 24/7/365 on 0800 422 777
    • Complete Service Mobile Apps

    But Complete Care isn't a 'static' promise and it embraces ongoing efforts to continuously improve dealer service, and equip them with the skills and equipment to take care of cars which are designed with an eye on the future. About 40 000 hours of training is invested in the dealer network each year, and this has translated into awards in customer polls conducted by IPSOS, with Isuzu taking a gold and Chevrolet and Opel silver in a mid-2015 satisfaction survey.

    General Motors is also a global leader in roadside assistance and customers benefit from a range of features embracing needs such as accommodation, vehicle rental, and repatriation of a vehicle.

    "Consumers don't just buy a vehicle, and they have high expectations in terms of what else is packaged with it to ensure peace of mind. Our mission at GM is to earn customers for life by delivering a consistently satisfying ownership experience for the Chevrolet, Opel and Isuzu brands. Simply put, we must give our customers Complete Care," said Olson.

    18 Dec 2015READ MORE
    EUROPEAN COTY FINALIST

    “Car of the Year 2016”: Opel Astra Among Final Seven Contenders

    Seven from 35: Expert jury announces intermediate result of international award

    14 December 2015 - Rüsselsheim. 58 experienced journalists from 22 European countries will decide which vehicle is named European “Car of the Year 2016”. The list of candidates originally contained 35 new models released during the course of this year. The new Opel Astra faced the critical journalists and the 33 rivals at the Tannistest in Denmark. There are no segments in the “Car of the Year” award – the jury will pick a single car that is worthy of the award.

    Now the jury has cut the list of contenders to seven and these cars have qualified for the final of the “Car of the Year 2016”. One of the cars in the top seven: The new Opel Astra which has already won international awards such as SAFETYBEST 2015 and the 2015 Golden Steering Wheel in less than two months. Opel’s compact class bestseller is now hoping to get as many votes as possible from the 58 journalists representing prestigious publications such as Le Figaro, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Stern, La Stampa, El Mundo or The Daily Telegraph.

    The European Car of the Year award was founded in 1964. In recent years, Opel has come out on top twice – with the Insignia in 2009 and the Ampera in 2012. The 2016 winner will be announced on the eve of the Geneva Motor Show on February 29, 2016.


    15 Dec 2015READ MORE
    Opel Corsa Named Best of the Best

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    JOHANNESBURG - The exciting new Opel Corsa won the Best of the Best Award in the Best Budget Buy segment by South Africa's biggest newspaper, The Star. The Corsa surpassed five competitor vehicles to claim top spot going up against the likes of Honda Jazz, Mazda2, Suzuki Celerio, Toyota Aygo and VW Up. The Corsa was awarded for its impressive build quality as well as a more refined and roomy cabin for a B-segment hatchback according to Independent Media's team of motoring journalists.


    Boasting Opel's state-of-the-art 1-litre three-cylinder Turbo petrol engine, the Corsa offers bang for the buck performance without compromising on fuel economy. Its safety features are second to none and it's well stocked with various features and technology. There to accept the award on behalf of the company was Denise Van Huyssteen, GM General Manager: Communications & PR Africa, left and Brian Olson, Vice-President Vehicle Sales Service and Marketing.

    09 Dec 2015READ MORE
    Opel Continues to Grow as Industry Softens

    03 December 2015 - November total industry sales came in at 51256 vehicles, slightly behind November 2014 sales of 51 055 units. Year to dateNovember 2015 industry sales are 4.1 percent down over the same period lastyear (568 584 vs 592 839).

    General Motors South Africa (GMSA) sales for November 2015 were4550 units across all three brands at NAAMSA level with strong performancesfrom Opel and Isuzu as well as Chevrolet Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV).

    Isuzu made the best of the recently refreshed KB with 1263 unitssold in November. November sales represented the highest double cab sales in 17months, driven by the all-new 250 High Rider double cab model.

    A key highlight for GMSA is the continuing growth of the Opelbrand with the fashionable super mini Opel ADAM boutique hatch leading thecharge. ADAM has consistently outperformed competitors in the boutique minisegment of the market with 1 474 units sold since January 2015. TheNovember sales figure of 265 units represents ADAM's second best month thisyear coming just short of the February 2015 highlight of 280 units. Buoyed bythe success of the trio of "new Germans", Corsa, Mokka, and ADAM, theoverall Opel brand sales are up 70 percent, 5 917 versus 3 479 units,compared to the same period last year.

    Chevrolet sales were led by the Utility in November which sold1 234 units. Year to date sales for Chevrolet now stand at 29 131units with 5.1 percent share of the total industry.

    "2015 has been atough year for South African consumers and this is reflected in the decliningindustry sales. Despite tough trading conditions we plan on closing the year ona strong note with encouraging performances from our Chevrolet and Isuzu LCVproducts. We expect Opel to attract new buyers and continue the sales momentumwell into the new year as our new technologically advanced products findtraction in our market," says Brian Olson, Vice President Vehicle Sales,Service, and Marketing for GM Sub-Saharan Africa.

    04 Dec 2015READ MORE
    New Opel Astra Wins "2015 Golden Steering Wheel"

     


      

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    New Opel Astra Wins "2015 Golden Steering Wheel"

    • Great distinction: New Astra beats rivals to compact class crown
    • Great tradition: Astra wins Opel's 16th "Golden Steering Wheel" since 1976
    • Grand gala: Opel Group CEO Neumann and CMO Müller attend ceremony in Berlin

    16 November 2015 - Rüsselsheim/Berlin.  And the winner is: The Opel Astra. Opel's new compact class star was recognized at the Oscars of the automotive industry in Berlin, winning the "Golden Steering Wheel" in the compact class. The Astra has only been at dealers since mid-October and has now already reaped this important award making it a true high-flyer. Opel Group CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann and CMO Tina Müller attended the ceremony last week in the Axel-Springer-Haus, with Dr. Neumann accepting the award on behalf of Opel. The "Golden Steering Wheel" is awarded jointly by Auto Bild and Bild am Sonntag. A jury consisting of readers, experts and celebrities such as racing legend Walter Röhrl pick the best newcomers of the year after extensive test drives.

    "The most important award for the best Opel we have ever built! And the most important car in our product portfolio. We at Opel can be extremely proud of this 'Golden Steering Wheel'. It proves that all of our efforts have paid off. The new Astra is synonymous for lightweight, highly efficient engines, a better packaging, features from the luxury class, trendsetting connectivity and exemplary quality," said a jubilant Dr. Neumann at the award ceremony.

    Opel's CMO Tina Müller added: "Our new Astra is a high-flyer in every sense as seen in the quantum leap video. We have already received more than 40,000 orders for the new Astra. And now we have won this very special prize. We can all be delighted with it. Opel is somebody again - with the Astra as our guiding star!"

    The examples of the new Astra have already landed in Port Elizabeth where they are part of the companies Captured Test Fleet for quality testing and local validation. The new Astra is set to make its South African debut in the first half of 2016.

    Opel and the "Golden Steering Wheel": All winners from Rüsselsheim

    The new Opel Astra's win at the much-coveted 2015 Golden Steering Wheel Awards is the continuation of the Rüsselsheim-based carmaker's successful tradition in the competition, which started with the Opel Senator A in 1978, two years after the award was introduced, and includes 16 titles over five decades.

    1978 - Opel Senator A: The first "Golden Steering Wheel"

    In 1978, the brand with Blitz won its first "Golden Steering Wheel" with the Opel Senator. Presented at the IAA in September 1977, the Senator was the successor of the legendary Kapitän, Admiral and Diplomat models and was Opel's flagship until making its final bow in 1993. The 1978 Senator was available with three different engines - a 2.8-litre engine with 103 kW, a 3.0-liter unit with 110 kW and the top-of-the-range 3.0-litre engine with 132 kW.

    1979 - Opel Kadett D: The award-winning space wonder

    One year later Opel was back on the top of the rostrum. The 1979 Kadett D was the first ever Opel compact class car with front-wheel drive and delivered the company's second "Golden Steering Wheel". Thanks to the transverse engines and a missing flexible drive shaft it offers the passengers amble space despite compact dimensions and it being

    126 mm shorter than its predecessor. In addition, the Kadett saw the introduction of new engines with overhead camshaft. The four-cylinder 1.3-litre OHC engine generated 44kW or 55 kW. In addition to the spacious station wagon with a load volume of up to 1,425 litres, Opel offered two different fastback versions. In January 1983, the sporty Kadett GTE followed, with a top speed of 187 km/h and equipped with a 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine that developed 86 kW.

    1981 - Opel Ascona C: Good things come in threes

    In 1981, it was the Opel Ascona C's turn to bring home the goods for the Rüsselsheim-based automaker. It was the first Opel middle class car with front-wheel drive and available as a notchback and a station wagon. The Ascona C was available with gasoline engines ranging from 1.3 to 1.6 litres and a 1.6-litre diesel unit.

    1982 - Opel Corsa A: Small car, huge impact

    Only 12 months later, in 1982, a brand-new Opel model took the "Golden Steering Wheel" awards by storm - the Corsa A. Opel's first ever small car featured close-coupled proportions within a short length of just 3.62 metres. It had bold, flared wheel-arches like a rally car and an exceptionally low drag coefficient of 0.36, which was possibly record-breaking for its class. The Corsa A was designed to appeal to 'the man of the house' in particular. The highlight was the 72 kW Corsa GSi. The two-door hatch and notchback line-up was expanded in 1985 with the addition of the popular five-door model. The Corsa A became a highly acclaimed top seller with 3.1 million units built.

    1984 - Opel Kadett E: Another compact class winner

    Five years after winning the "Golden Steering Wheel" for the first time, the Kadett took pole position again with its new generation launched in 1984. The second front-wheel drive Kadett, built from 1984 to 1991, was an absolute winner and also took the 1984 "Car of the Year" Award. Furthermore, the Kadett is rated as an aerodynamics champion. The sporty GSi, with a Cd of 0.30 stunned the experts and even the normal hatchback sedan achieved a sensational value of 0.32. In total, the aerodynamics champions was sold 3.779.289 times.

    1987 - Opel Senator B: In for a penny, in for a pound

    The Opel Senator B also managed to repeat the success of its predecessor. Based on the rear-wheel drive Opel Omega, the new flagship mainly comes with six-cylinder engines with the smooth 3-litre in-line engine with 115 kW leading the way. You could place a coin on its edge in the engine compartment without it falling over when the engine was running. Later, a 4-valve version of the 6-cylinder engine with Dual-Ram variable intake system and hearty 150 kW is introduced.

    1990 - Opel Calibra: The athlete shines

    A true champion wins the "Golden Steering Wheel" in 1990: A breathtaking coupé with a record-breaking drag coefficient of 0.26! The Calibra was available with powerful engines ranging from 85 kW to 150 kW. The Opel Calibra Turbo with all-wheel drive and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 6.8 seconds was the icing on the cake. A V6 engine with 125 kW rounds off the offer. In motorsports, a Calibra V6 wins the touring car crown by taking the ITC in 1996.

    1994 - Opel Omega B: The big car takes gold

    The second edition of the Omega left a special impression on the jury. The dynamic design, the extensive amount of space and the new V6 engines with alloy cylinder heads and up to 155 kW hit the taste of the experts. The new airbag systems ensured a high level of safety for all occupants. The station wagon version boasted sheer endless loading capacity making it the ideal car for families and artisans alike, whereas the notchback version is classed a representative business sedan.

    1995 - Opel Vectra B: Mirror, mirror, on the door

    The Opel Vectra's most eye-catching feature are the aerodynamically shaped door mirrors that form a harmonic unity with the front of the car. It is a feature the "Golden Steering Wheel" jury cannot resist either. The Vectra also wins because of its new and efficient gasoline engines ranging from 1.6 to 2.6 litres and with outputs between 55 kW and 125 kW. Elsewhere, the direct injection diesel engines with displacements ranging from 1.7 to 2.2 litres delivering exemplary consumption celebrated their debut.

    1999 - Opel Zafira A: The quick-change artist with seven seats

    Who invented it? Opel! Yes, the compact van that can be turned from a complete seven-seater into a transporter with impressive maximum load volume (1,700 litres max.) in a flash (in only 15 seconds!) without removing a single seat is a Rüsselsheim brainchild. The formula is called Flex7 and it helps the Zafira win the "Golden Steering Wheel in 1999". Thanks to the ingenious concept, the seats disappear into the vehicle floor when necessary. The flexible space wonder also impresses with compact dimensions and outstanding driving dynamics.

    2002 - Opel Vectra C: The master electrician

    The third generation Vectra successful defended the title won by its predecessor by winning gold yet again. The new middle class car enters the electronic age, connects its systems via a CAN (Controller Area Network) bus instead of via a cable harness, and comes with electrohydraulic power steering. Outputs of the gasoline and diesel engines ranged from 74 kW to 206 kW with displacements ranging from 1.6 to 3.2 liters. In 2004, Opel also fitted the Vectra with the IDS Plus active suspension with Continuous Damping Control (CDC), which ensures that the dampers adapt to the current driving situation.

    2005 - Opel Zafira B: Completing the golden dozen

    The second generation Zafira continues to set the standards with a further development of the Flex7 seating system and wins the "Golden Steering Wheel" again. Furthermore, it is also classed as the fastest van on the planet when the OPC version with 177 kW completed a lap of the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 8:54:38 minutes. 240 powerful horses under the hood and an outstanding performance handling system help achieve this record-breaking time.

    2009 - Opel Astra J: The compact designer piece

    In 2009, the Astra J, a true designer piece, followed in the footsteps of the Kadett D space wonder and the Kadett E aerodynamics champions, securing Opel's third "Golden Steering Wheel" compact class title. The Astra follows Opel's new design philosophy 'Sculptural artistry meets German precision'. In additional, the Astra J comes with modern assistance systems such as the Opel Eye or the AFL+ headlamp system that can see around corners. The FlexRide adaptive technology helps it adapt to the current driving situation and front-seat ocupants can enjoy the ride in AGR-certified (Campaign for healthy backs) seats.

    2010 - Opel Meriva B: So clever, so compact, so golden

    The Zafira's little brother strikes gold in 2012 with the Meriva B underlining Opel's van expertise. The jury is convinced by the versatile FlexSpace rear-seating system and the innovative rear-hinged rear door system. The FlexDoors allow easy access to small children in the rear and ensure that tall people do not struggle to gain access. The engine portfolio offers amble power while curbing consumption thanks to downsizing and turbo-charging. Outputs range from 55 kW to 103 kW.

    2012 - Opel Zafira Tourer: The lounge on wheels

    The Zafira is accompanied by a premium partner in the Zafira Tourer and immediately wins another "Golden Steering Wheel". In addition to the flexible interior, the new boy impresses with lounge comfort, panorama glass sunroof and innovations such as radar-based speed control and emphatic Forward Collision Alert. The new frugal diesel with outstanding endurance for long distance driving is called 2.0 CDTI and delivers 121 kW. The 1.6 CNG turbo ecoFLEX (110kW) later goes on to win the award for the most environmentally friendly vehicle in the van segment three years in a row (2013 to 2015).

    2015 - Opel Astra K: The quantum leap

    And the winner is: The new Astra is based on a completely new lightweight vehicle architecture, is powered exclusively by latest-generation engines and enables ultra-modern connectivity via smartphone integration and the groundbreaking personal connectivity and service assistant Opel OnStar. The new Astra also continues Opel's tradition of introducing features previously only known from higher segments into the compact segment. That results in the "2015 Golden Steering Wheel".




     

     

    18 Nov 2015READ MORE
    Limited editions now available (Spark Curve; Chev Surf & Chev Ute Working)

    Following the greatsuccess of the Chevrolet Utility UteForce and Spark Black & White Editions,we are pleased to announce the exciting new Utility UteSurf, Utility UteWorkingand Spark Curve limited edition models. Consumers are looking to make their hard earned Rands stretch furtherand these models are perfectly poised to offer outstanding value for money toyou, the customer.

     

    Based on the Utility 1.4 and 1.8 Base AC models,the Utility UteSurf Edition offers an opportunity for both private and smallbusiness owners to get the job done with a touch of coastal flair! Standardfeatures consist of unique graphics, B-pillar blackout, 15” alloy wheels,smoked headlamps, a stainless steel sports bar and a roof rack/spoiler. Only 400of these limited edition models will be produced and they are sure to fly offthe showroom floor!

    Produced in a very limited run of only 200units, the Utility UteWorking Edition is based off the Utility 1.4 Base and 1.4Base AC models…but with features businesses have always wanted as standard andwhich they normally pay considerably more for on the aftermarket, namely arubberized loadbox, custom black cab protector, radio/CD player and smart wheelcovers. Ready for work straight off the showroom floor!



    Based off the Spark 1.2 (L) model, theSpark 1.2 Curve makes limited edition style and appeal that much moreaffordable…but only for a select few, since only 150 of this funky new modelthat come standard with 15” alloy wheels, unique decals as well as loose laycarpets will be produced…but the best thing is the price.


    If you’re interested in any of these vehicles, feel free to contact us here: http://www.williamshuntcapetown.co.za/contact-us.aspx

    13 Nov 2015READ MORE
    Opel ADAM Rocks is here

    Opel ADAM Rocks for Affluent Urban Adventurers

    • Boasts the same features and accessories as ADAM Glam but with key changes including swing top canvas roof, increased body height and anthracite protective cladding.
    • Limited edition with only 150 units available in South Africa
    • Available in three body colours - Red 'n Roll, Saturday White Fever, and Goldbuster
    • 10 November 2015 - Opel has added a limited edition derivative of the Opel ADAM to its South African line-up, the ADAM Rocks. Inspired by parkour sports, the ADAM Rocks is about self-expression and combines the resilience and agility of a mini-CUV (Cross Utility Vehicle) with the freedom of open air driving. The uniquely charismatic Opel ADAM Rocks, with its tougher and more masculine appearance, is a city sized, rural friendly all-rounder that inspires a whole new breed of urban adventurers.

    The ADAM Rocks expands on the ADAM's persona, with added details such as a swing top canvas roof, increased ride height, chunky cladding around the wheel arches and along the sills, and front and rear skid plates. On one hand it's a micro-crossover and on the other a free-spirited baby convertible.

    The city chic meets country style is apparent on the inside too, with a high-end sound system, comprehensive infotainment system and the ability to customise the cabin to satisfy individual tastes.

    The introduction of the ADAM Rocks increases the ADAM's appeal, deliberately extending it into even more affluent territory. Aimed at trend oriented urban adventurers, the ADAM Rocks offers all the features and accessories of the range topping ADAM Glam with added features and design cues.

    "The award winning ADAM has been a big hit with South African consumers since we launched it almost a year ago, averaging sales in excess of 120 units a month. It created a highly viable niche and the Rocks builds on that. The concept of the ADAM required a new set of rules - its own rules - and the Rocks has added a chapter by writing some new ones. The result is a vehicle which we expect it to appeal to young trendsetters who cherish their individuality and creativity." Says Brian Olson, vice president vehicle sales service and marketing GM Sub-Saharan Africa.

    Chassis

    The tried and tested McPherson Strut front, and torsion bar rear, suspension systems, have firmly established ADAM as one of the best handling small cars on the road. Redeveloped, and raised by 15 mm, they form the basis of the excellent driveability and road holding of the new ADAM Rocks.. With 225/35/18 tyres, there's plenty of grip on offer and the precise, electrically-assisted steering means you can accurately judge just how much. For those urban moments, a City Mode increases the power assistance to the steering, making for effortless manoeuvring in traffic.

    While 15mm may not sound like a lot, it also adds a modicum of extra visibility on city streets, buying valuable time when it comes to judging what those around you are planning.

    Powertrain

    As well as an endearing off-beat thrum, Opel's three-cylinder one litre turbo Ecotec engine gives you more than enough forward thrust, whether you're making a rapid lane change, cruising from one province to another, or tackling a dusty track to your favourite hiking spot.

    The same power plant as fitted to other ADAM and Corsa models, it is a proud example of Opel's engine-building prowess. Lightweight it may be, but it outperforms many four-cylinder engines of larger capacity.

    With impressive headline numbers of 85 kW and 170 Nm, the engine consumes just 5.0 litres/100 km and emissions are a low 115 grams per km, meeting the highest (Euro 6) emission standards. A Start/Stop engine system ensures you don't waste any of the amber liquid when waiting for the rest of the world to catch up.

    With a six-speed manual box drivers have the right gear for every condition and occasion from the super light 37 kilogram transmission.

    Interior

    Using the luscious ADAM Glam as a starting point, the Rocks is designed to cocoon its occupants. So as well as tactile satisfaction from the touchy-feely bits (witness the metal pedals with rubber studs, the thick-rimmed steering wheel and the gear knob designed to communicate perfectly with the palm of the driver's left hand), you also get climate control, height adjustable driver's seat, height and reach adjustable steering column, power windows, cruise control and a split/foldable rear seat for added practicality.

    An essential piece of equipment is the high-resolution seven-inch touch screen of Opel's Intellilink system which sync's with the user's phone enabling the driver to listen to music, enable the driver to make use of Apps loaded to their phone (both Android and iOS) and display relevant information on the screen. A number of Apps are pre-loaded, including BringGo navigation and TuneIn internet radio. There's also a multifunction steering wheel to fast-track many of these processes.

    Cabin space is remarkable considering a 2 311mm wheelbase, but the clue lies in a generous body width of 1 807mm, making the Adam a very roomy four-seater. And there are plenty of cupholders, power outlets and USB inputs to go around too.

    Safety

    When it comes to traditional safety features, there's a full-house of six airbags - the passenger facing one easily deactivated, plus ISOFIX child seat anchorage, dual seatbelt pretensioners, and of course stability control (ESP). The ADAM in fact boasts ESP Plus, the latest development on a technology which has proven accident-reducing ability. LED daytime running lights are fitted. The all-disc braking system is assisted by ABS and EBD.

    And crossing the divide from mere convenience to driver safety are features like rain sensing wipers, headlights which activate automatically as the ambient light reduces, hill start assist, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

    Driver Assist Features

    Moving the Adam into the realm of features only normally associated with cars with seven-figure price tags is APA2 - Advanced Park Assist. Now you can park like a Boss, because the Rocks will determine whether a parking space is large enough to accommodate the car, and once this has been ascertained and the system activated, the car takes charge of steering duties while instructing the driver as to what needs to be done with the gears, throttle and brakes to physically navigate into the bay.

    Also standard is Side Blind Spot Alert, or SBSA. Using ultrasonic waves, sensors constantly monitor and scan rear three-quarter blind spots alerting the driver of anything in a four-metre danger zone. Whether you're planning to change lane, or just need added awareness as to what is around you (but hidden from view) SBSA will warn the driver with either blinking or solid LED warning lights in the mirror glass.

    The Rocks also features Siri Eyes Free, a unique-in-class feature that integrates the Intellilink system with later-generation iPhones and iPads via a USB cable. It activates Apple's voice control so that you can ask Siri about the weather, where the next fuel station is, and remind her to remind you to pay the electricity bill.

    But you won't need to ask her what the best mini-crossover is in the land, because you'll already know the answer to that one.

    11 Nov 2015READ MORE
    COTY Finalists

    Opel Adam and Corsa Named as WesBank Car of the Year 2016 Finalists

    The South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ) recently released the much-anticipated finalist list for the upcoming 2016 WesBank/SAGMJ Car of the Year (COTY) awards, and we are thrilled to see not one but two General Motors cars make the cut! Both the Opel Adam and the Opel Corsa have been included in next year’s COTY finalists from a list of 45 eligible vehicles.

    In no particular order, the full list of South African Car of the Year 2016 finalists includes the following vehicles:
    • Opel Corsa
    • Opel Adam
    • Jaguar XE
    • Peugeot 308
    • Land Rover Discovery Sport
    • Mazda 2
    • Kia Sorento
    • Citroen C4 Cactus
    • Honda HR-V
    • Ford Fusion
    • Volvo XC90
    • BMW i3
    • 2016 Car of the Year Evaluation & Judging

    At the beginning of February 2016, the competition’s jury team will begin preparations for one of the toughest evaluations yet, with two solid days of extensive evaluation for each of the vehicles featured in the list of finalists. These will be done at the renowned Gerotek testing facility that is located near Pretoria. Here, the COTY jury will do independent assessments of each vehicle, using routes and test modules that are created to test cars much as a typical consumer would during a test drive.

    The goal of the Car of the Year competition is, of course, to recognise and reward excellence within the auto industry. With that in mind, each and every vehicle will be put to the test in a range of categories, including:
    • Overall value for money
    • Technology and safety features
    • Driving performance
    • General quality of design
    • Interior features
    • Exterior features
    • Handling and dynamics
    • Fuel efficiency

    Jury members will have full access to additional diagnostic information, such as independent performance test results, pricing guides, specification information, parts pricing and information and any other relevant information that will affect consumers. This information is provided by MAPO – digital partner to the SAGMJ.

    The final winner will be announced at a special gala event on 8 March 2016. In the meantime, you can keep a look out for branded COTY finalist Opel Adam and Corsa vehicles that will be driving around towns countrywide.

    We wish these outstanding Opel vehicle brands the best of luck, and look forward to watching the action unfold as the build-up to the 2016 WesBank Car of the Year competition gets underway.

    05 Nov 2015READ MORE
    Our Community Involvement

    Williams Hunt Bellville, are proud to be associated with two very important charities that are very close to our heart. One being the JAG Bully Proof Foundation. A campaign that is renowned for the excellent work they teach to children at school, who need to understand its not ok to bully, or be bullied.

    As well as HOPE Cape Town, who strive to improve the quality of life and full potential of children and families affected by HIV, AIDS and related illnesses through its work in the Western Cape of South Africa

    We are proud vehicle partners, and love the work they continue to carry out.

    Summary of our basic daily programs

  • JAGBullyProof and JAGRugby sessions within Bonteheuwel, Kalksteen, and Charlevile. (Daily Mon – Fri)
  • Events & Notable happenings
    • JAGBullyProof activation through Shikaya network (2 grades per school totalling 12 sessions each)
    • JAGBullyProof School intervention requests (Various talks and activation including Parents evening)
    • Transporting Sports Equipment to donate to schools
    • Transporting kids between practices and matches
    • JAG Crossfit triathlon (JAG ‘old boys’ team)
    • Villagers Sevens

    Thank you to the JAG team for your continued effort with this great initiative, we are proud to be part of your team

    We also received some great feedback from HOPE Cape Town, where they have had a busy month hosting various visitors to our projects and community outreach activities as well as maintaining ongoing operations.

    The vehicle sponsored by Williams Hunt has been used and was an essential component transporting visitors, staff and enabling them to conduct daily operations helping them to bring hope to others. One of their challenges is to continue to find funding to maintain their services which costs in the region of R5 million annually.

    This month saw lots of activity meeting with corporates and other prospective donors.

    Keep up the good work to both our partners!

    03 Nov 2015READ MORE
    The All new Isuzu KB Hi Rider range is here

    Isuzu 4x4 Range Gets South Africans Moving
    The Isuzu 4x4 range offers proof of how South African drivers love bakkies, with a range that comprises single, double and extended cabs. Double cab 4x4 bakkies are without a doubt one of the most adaptable vehicles on the road, and are a favourite for many. Families, off-road enthusists, highway cruisers and just about every other driver will all find something to enjoy with this type of vehicle. The double cab is able to do it all – collect garden or building refuse, take the dog out, take the kids out, help friends move, go camping… every task can be tackled by the double cab. 

    When it comes to the Isuzu double cab, this versatility is backed by a great deal of comfort. Cabs are spacious, with a host of modern conveniences that make the interior feel more like a luxury sedan than a bakkie. Other brands have their moment in fashion, but Isuzu has continued to grow its reputation over the years to become widely regarded for its mixture of reliability and ruggedness.  Represented in over 100 countries around the world, Isuzu certainly has a global presence. Its KB range introduced in 1981 however is exclusive to South Africa.  

    New Isuzu Bakkies
    With new Isuzu bakkies added to its current range of double, extended and single cabs, the total number of models offered by this brand is now 18. Newcomers include an automatic 4x4 double cab, along with two new KB250 Fleetside models – an extended cab and a double cab. 

    One of the top models in the range is the KB300 LX 4x4 double cab, which has all the trappings of a luxury car. In the higher price range, features include a 6.5” dashboard touchscreen, satellite navigation, infotainment system and DVD system, plus smartphone, Wi-Fi and internet integration. Other notable features include keyless entry, reversing camera, stop-start ignition, LED daytime running lights and LED rear lights. Under the hood, there’s a 3.0 litre DTEQ turbocharged diesel engine, 5-speed transmission that delivered 130kQ and 380Nm torque, and a combined fuel consumption of 7.9 litres per 100km. 

    Safety features on this model and all LE, LX models as well as the new Fleetside models include ESC (electronic stability control) – a feature that will be added to many more models by year-end – as well as stability/traction control and ABS braking. 

    For off-roading, key features include anti-stall, to make inclines easier, along with a smooth shift from bundu to highway that ensures full comfort at all times. 

    Isuzu trucks come standard with a full 5 year/120 000km warranty, along with roadside assistance, a 5 year unlimited mileage and anti-corrosion warranty plus 5 year/90 000km service plan, with 15 000km or 12 month service intervals. 

    Get to Williams Hunt today to learn more about the range of Isuzu bakkies that we have in stock, or to book a test drive to see how these powerful bakkies perform on the open road. 

    To learn more about the range of Isuzu bakkies in stock at Williams Hunt Cape Town, pop down to our dealership today or contact us to make an enquiry. 

    12 Oct 2015READ MORE

    New & Used Cars Bellville

    With a history dating back well over a century, Williams Hunt Cape Town is an established car dealership that specialises in used and new cars for sale. From our headquarters in Bellville, South Africa, we offer a wide range of high quality vehicles from top brands such as Opel, Chevrolet and Isuzu cars. Along with our selection of G2 certified vehicles, we also provide superior car parts and accessories, demo vehicles and a strong commitment to customer care. It is this dedication to excellence that has made us one of the most trusted suppliers of new and used vehicles in Cape Town and surrounds.

    Trying to sell your car? We can help you get the best deal, with a simple, stress-free solution and a wide network of potential buyers. We help you find the best prices on our top selling brands, with regular specials that are designed to give you outstanding value for money. Car in need of a service? Our workshop utilises cutting-edge diagnostics and up-to-the-minute equipment along with highly skilled technicians to help you keep your beloved car on the road for many years to come. Backed by a team of friendly, knowledgeable representatives, experienced vehicle technicians and helpful customer care agents, Williams Hunt Cape Town aims to make your car search as simple and enjoyable as possible. Visit our showroom in Bellville to view our current stock, or browse our user-friendly website to view the latest new and used Opel, Chevrolet and Isuzu cars on the market.

    From brand new cars just off the factory floor, all the way to our range of high quality G2 certified used vehicles that have undergone stringent tests to ensure that they meet our strict standards, you are sure to find your dream car in no time at all. Contact us to find out how we can help you buy or sell new and used cars today.