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Impeccable Fashion, Meet Automotive Excellence South Africa

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What do you think of when you hear the word luxury? You might see yourself stepping out of a rumbling sportscar in your tailor-made three-piece suit. Maybe you’re the starlet in red lipstick cruising past in your cabriolet. Regardless of what you think luxury is, chances are that it involves a mixture of beauty, power, and quality.

It’s no secret that luxury brands like Maserati and Lamborghini exclusively manufacture works of art. Masterpieces like the all new Levante GTS is a perfect example of the marriage between precision and sheer beauty and how important a keen eye for style is when designing high-end vehicles. What you might not know is that fashion designers and automotive manufacturers have worked together since the dawn of the automotive age and have no intentions of ending that connection any time soon.

Read more about fashion in the automotive industry Car News SA .

High-end manufacturers understand that there is more to designing a perfect car than simply having a comfortable drive. Fashion designers understand that there is more to style than aesthetic value. By combining their efforts, car manufacturers and fashion experts can create something that is not only a pleasure to look at, but also a pleasure to drive.

Here are four of the most iconic cars manufactured and influenced by fashion designers.

Cadillac Seville Gucci Edition

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This 1979 car was pure Cadillac on the inside, but was shipped in stock form and modified by Gucci’s top designers. Only 300 of these cars were ever manufactured and sported the following adjustments:

  • A Gucci nameplate on the steering wheel centre hub, the passenger side of the dashboard and on the pillars
  • The firm’s exclusive fabric material on the headrests, armrests, headliner, and floor mats
  • The trademark interlocking double “G” on a vinyl top covering only the car’s C-pillar.
  • A gold Gucci hood ornament
  • Gold emblems on the wheels, front fenders and C-Pillar
  • Green and red stripes across the trunk lid

Aldo Gucci, the son of the founder of the Italian company said that “The Gucci styling we have created for this car is designed to give a fortunate few owners a rare possession of distinction, beauty and ultimate luxury”.

 

Lamborghini Murcielago LP 640 Versace

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This limited-edition Lamborghini Versace Murcielago LP 640, unveiled in 2006 at the Paris Motor Show, was available in black or white and only 20 cars were ever manufactured, of which 8 were for sale.

Available as coupés and roadsters, these cars’ custom interiors were finished in bi-colour Nero over Bianco leather seats stitched with the Versace Greco motif in two-toned Versace leather. The centre console also sported a Gianni Versace logo plaque. As if driving it as is wasn’t enough, each car came with matching Versace luggage, driving shoes, gloves, and a matching watch.

 

Bugatti Veyron par Hermès

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The Bugatti Veyron Hermès  is what happens when you allow two international design giants to combine their expertise. This car is as exclusive and luxurious as its creators and this is proven by the fact that only 4 cars were ever made.

The Veyron par Hermès sports the iconic bi-colour bodyshell – a parallel to the interior bi-colour upholstery. The signature Hermès seams style is also reflected in the vents on the edge of the rims. The Hermès brand symbol is also shown on the aluminium grilles and intercoolers. The interior was designed and produced from scratch in the Hermès workshops in Paris.  Hermès proved itself true to its reputation by using only the highest quality fabrics and materials to complete this automotive masterpiece.

Maserati Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna  

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In our totally biased opinion, the Maserati Quattroporte Zegna might be the only car on this list to compare to the Bugatti Veyron Hermès in terms of attention to detail and overall beauty. The Italian automotive manufacturer once again partnered with the Ermenegildo Zegna fashion house to create a car that radiates luxury and class. The limited-edition car also comes with a 19-piece owners’ collections that includes a calfskin leather travel bag and an assortment of limited-edition clothing pieces.

The interior is made up entirely of ZegnaSilk fabric, ultra-fine leather, and walnut trim. The Maserati Trident is also embossed on the different features of the interior. Even the exterior colour is called Platinum Silk, a colour made up of aluminium pigments exclusive to this specific edition. It’s clear form this stunning car’s success and reception that Maserati and Ermenegildo Zegna will not be parting ways in the near future.

Would you invest in any of these cars? Let us know why or why not in the comments below or visit our Facebook page for more information. 

Student Transport 101: 5 Universities Doing It Right

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The academic year has officially kicked off and the excitement in the air is contagious. Students are moving into their new (or old) homes for the year and thinking, dreaming, and worrying about what 2019 might bring. Some students might be a bit wary about travelling on their own, but lucky for them, most universities offer transport to and from their respective campuses. For more information about these universities’ transport services, read on.

Please keep in mind that the transport options listed in this article do not include metered taxis, Ubers, or students’ own cars.

University of Witwatersrand

Intercampus Bus Service

Students who are in need of transport can take the Inter Campus Bus to and from the Education Campus, the Health Science Campus, and Main Campus. There is also a bus to and from Rosebank on weekends for students in residences. These buses are free of charge to all students and staff members who can show a valid student card or identification.

Rea Vaya

The Rea Vaya buses travel to the inner city as well as Florida North, Yeoville, Cresta and Parktown. Although these buses are not exclusively open to students, university students who travel with these buses get a 10% discount between 8:30 am and 3:00 pm. Students are also exempt from loading fees at these bus stations. Cash can be loaded onto smartcards at any Rea Vaya Station or ABSA cash-accepting ATM.

 

University of Pretoria

Bus Services

The University of Pretoria offers transport to and from its Hatfield, Mamelodi, Groenkloof, and Prinshof campuses free of charge. The university’s website does not list a bus schedule to Onderstepoort. The buses run on a set schedule that is occasionally updated on the university website. Tuks also offers specialised bus services during exam times with buses travelling from Sunnyside and Arcadia.

Rent A Bike

Many students also make use of bicycles. These bikes are available to rent from the University of Pretoria. There are sufficient bike racks on campus and many students use their bicycles to get from one class to another.

 

University of Cape Town

Jammie Shuttle

The University of Cape Town has its famous Jammie Shuttle that transports students and staff between campuses free of charge. The shuttle also runs on weekends and a Sunday timetable is followed on specified public holidays. There is also a night service available.

Golden Arrow Buses

Cape Town’s Golden Arrow Bus Service has been running for over 150 years and doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Students can easily access these buses from different points on campus. According to the UCT website, these buses are “accessible from Main Road, Rondebosch, and the Jammie Shuttle stops in Claremont and Mowbray.”

MyCiti Buses

The MyCiti initiative focuses on being as eco-friendly as possible while still offering efficient services to the public. These buses work with the Jammie Shuttle and are easily accessible from campus.

University of Stellenbosch

Because the main campus is situated in the middle of the town, most students make use of bicycles, skateboards, longboards, and lift-clubs. There are also some parking spaces available, although it has been noted that there aren’t many and some students might park a bit further.

Campus Shuttle Service

There is a shuttle that travels in and around Stellenbosch departments and points of interest.

Matie Bikes

These bicycles are available for rent by students and are fairly popular. They’re not only affordable but also eco-friendly. The bikes sport the university’s maroon colour and are easily recognisable. The bicycle rates are available on the university’s website.

 

University of Kwazulu-Natal

Inter Campus Bus Service

Bus transport is provided during the week to take students between the Westville and Howard College campuses. The details of the departure times are available on the university’s Facebook page.

 

If you attend any of these universities and we’ve left out key points or given false information, please contact us. Likewise, if you think that your university should be added to this list, let us know at www.mobility-online.co.za. We’d like to wish students from all across South Africa a happy and prosperous 2019. As always, stay safe on the roads and happy travels!

Driving A Race Car to Work Every Day

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Imagine heading to work. You grab your keys, just like every other day, and head to your car to make the familiar commute. But unlike every other day, you’re driving a race car. You would rumble into work in a low, thunderous monster of a race car with cage and all. Your colleagues could be wildly impressed, or most probably, confused and annoyed. Who cares? You’re driving a race car.

The problem with this fantasy though, is that race cars are made for just that – racing. Driving a race car to work would be like putting a jet ski in a pool. Yes, it would technically work, but there would be no point other than saying “well, I did that.”

That being said, humans are nothing if not curious so we won’t blame you for wanting to know what it would be like to feel like Michael Schumacher for a day. But before you blow your kids’ college funds on something like this, take a look at why driving a race car to work is not the best idea.

Not Just Background Noise.

We’re not talking about the regular V6 rumble or the screech of tyres. We’re talking about the kind of noise that doesn’t even let you hear yourself think. All the sounds that wouldn’t bother you when you’re speeding around a track at 250km/h suddenly turn into a cacophony of annoying squeaks, bumps, and grinds when you drive at a legal speed.

You Won’t Be Stepping Out in Style

If you’ve been in a race car before, you’ll know that getting in and out of your car is no joke. If you haven’t, imagine trying to get out of a bucket after falling into it rear-end first. Between the cage, racing bucket seats and the harness, getting in and out without help takes some practice and at least a minimum level of fitness.

Seatbelt or Gordian Knot?

The people who complain about the unbelievable effort of clipping in a seatbelt have never been in a race car. A conventional seatbelt is child’s play compared to the Gordian knot that is a race car harness. A racing harness is hard to get out of, which is understandable to say the least. If it were easy to get out of, it would not be safe. But you’re not racing around a track, you’re commuting to work at a ridiculous speed of maybe 70km/h. We guarantee that you’ll feel drastically less cool after having to ask your co-workers to help you out of your seat.

Compromised Comfort

Race cars are built for precision handling and impossible speeds, not comfort. Most races are over within 10 to 25 minutes. While this might seem long compared to your 5-minute grocery trip, it’s a wildly different experience. When you’re going around a track, you’re filled with adrenaline that makes small things like an itchy seatbelt or cramped muscles seem unimportant. If the only adrenaline spike you get is when trying to parallel park on a busy road, you’re not going to have a good (read comfortable) time.

In addition to this, race cars don’t have the luxuries of a conventional car – no radio, no electric windows (or windows at all sometimes), no extra space.

Throw Practicality to The Wind.  

Not only do you not have the traction nor wheel grip that come from hot tyres on a race track, you’ll also have to deal with very cramped seating. There would be no grocery bags in the backseat, because there is no backseat. As a matter of fact, there is no nothing other than the driver’s seat. If you take this into consideration along with the lack of features, a race car as an every day driver doesn’t seem like such a great idea.

 A fact about race cars that some people might not know, is that race car tyres heat up while going around the track and the heat is caused by the increased speed. This helps the tyres grip the track and make sharper turns safer. This doesn’t happen when you’re going 60 km/h down a road. The tyres are wider to grip the road, but this also means that race cars value performance over comfort. Wider tyres lead to lower ride quality and higher fuel consumption.

 

You’ll Be Burning Cash, Not Rubber.

Race car drivers like Lewis Hamilton have countless willing sponsors who make their careers a possibility by covering the costs of vehicle maintenance or replacement, racing suits, and track time. Conventional cars, on the contrary, are long-term investments. With proper care and maintenance, your car should be able to last you more than a decade. Race cars, however, aren’t meant for cross-country road trips. Enzo Ferrari explained it perfectly when he said that “the perfect race car disintegrates as it crosses the finish line.”

You probably won’t be replacing your hypothetical race car as often if you’re not burning it out on track days, but it certainly won’t last you as long as a conventional car. And trust us, race cars are not cheap at all.

 

What’s the Verdict?

We definitely don’t recommend using a race car as an everyday car, but that doesn’t mean that you have to let go of that dream completely. Our next article is all about tips from actual race car drivers that you can apply to your own driving. Not only could it improve your driving, but you can also hold on to a little piece of your racing fantasies.

If you think you have what it takes to write an article on the automotive world, contact us! We would love to publish your article. Send us a message on our Contact Page with your article pitch, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Drive safely!

Travelling with A Service Dog: Here’s what you need to know

Many of us are preparing for our long-awaited and much-needed December break. We’re packing cars, planning routes, and making arrangements for our pets. But what about those of us who are taking our dogs with us? Many people who need service dogs need them by their side no matter what. In this article we focus specifically on service dogs*, but remember that assistance animals come in all shapes and sizes. Make sure you know how to travel in a way that suits both you and your service animal.

Service dogs, just like people, need to be safe in a vehicle at all times. We’ve all seen drivers travelling with their dogs on their lap hanging out of the window, or running across the across and over the car seats. As cute as it is to see a happy pup with its ears flapping in the wind, travelling without taking safety into consideration is a danger to everyone, not just your dog. A dog sitting in the passenger seat can be severely and often fatally injured if the airbag deploys in an accident. Your dog also becomes a danger to you and your passengers during a collision – being hit by an upwards of 10kg mass at high speeds could definitely injure someone. There are countless horror stories of car accidents, so we don’t need to remind you of that. Make sure to keep your family (including the furrier members of it) safe while you travel.

The safest way to transport your dog is by using a secured, high quality travel-crate. If you do not have one, you can also use a harness.  A simple dog-harness (not a collar) is perfect for travelling short distances. Simply attach a leash, fold it double, and thread the seatbelt through the gap. This will allow your dog to sit and stand, but not move around in the car.

 

Have supplies at hand

  • A doggy first aid kit can literally be a lifesaver in an emergency. Your supplies can include anti-nausea tablets, a light tranquilizer for anxious dogs, bandages, and much more. Whatever you think you might need at home during an emergency, make sure to have it at hand while you travel.
  • Have a clean blanket to keep your dog warm, or to protect your upholstery from sharp nails and hair.
  • A food bowl can be used for more than just kibble. Keep it for water when you make a pit stop to keep your dog hydrated.

Make sure your dog is comfortable and safe

  • Make sure there’s nothing that could fall on your dog (even if your dog is in a crate) if you were to brake or turn sharply.
  • Keep your dog’s service vest (if you have one) nearby for pit stops. Do not leave it on your dog during long car rides because it could be too warm or uncomfortable.
  • Keep the windows partially open or have the AC running to make sure your dog is comfortable despite the heat. Likewise, if you’re travelling during the rainy season, make sure your windows don’t leak and that your dog has somewhere dry to lay down.
  • Keep the music at a reasonable volume. Some dogs are anxious passengers despite being extremely well-trained, and adding loud sounds to the mix is a recipe for disaster.
  • Do not have your dog travel on the bed of a bakkie or van. Even if there is a canopy for shelter, your dog could be fatally injured in an accident.
  • Make frequent stops. Not only will this save you on clean-up duty for when nature calls, but it will also give you and your dog a much-needed break.

The last tip of this article, is to always be patient with your dog. Despite the fact that service dogs are calm and obedient, they don’t enjoy countless hours on the road either. Understand that your dog has specific needs and try to be as accommodating as you can. The Mobility Team would like to wish you and your loved ones a happy festive season and safe travels. Please share this article for those who might be travelling with dogs this holiday and to create awareness of service dog safety.

*Most of this article can also be applied to those travelling with dogs in general, not just service dogs.

High-end, Pre-owned Luxury Cars Offer Class and Value for South Africans

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South Africans like their luxury vehicles. You know it. We know it.

 

For high-net-worth individuals, the reality of owning a fleet of high-end cars and SUVs isn’t some daydream. However, it’s also a real possibility for savvy shoppers who keep their eyes out for the best deals on the continent.

According to the South African Wealth Report by New World Wealth, a global market research group, the nation’s wealthy most often splurge on top-end vehicles from brands like: Porsche, Ferrari, Bentley, Rolls Royce, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, and Mclaren.

Purchasing such high-end vehicles is about more than four wheels and a machine designed to perfection, it’s about joining a society, about joining a club, about joining a select group of individuals in S.A.—in the world.

It should be no surprise that luxury SUVs, such as the Porsche Cayenne Turbo and the Range Rover 5.0L V8, are among the most popular purchases in S.A. Their high-road clearance, safety, and usefulness when the roads get bad or you want to take the family out on a game reserve, make them an ideal blend of utility and luxury in Africa.

Of course, if you’re cruising Joburg or Cape Town, you might not need the clearance offered by an SUV. Instead, you might find yourself opting for some of the other popular models, such as a Rolls-Royce Phantom, a Ferrari 458 Italia, or a Mercedes-Benz AMG SL.

Even if you have the cash on hand or the credit to drop 1 million or 1.5 million rand on your next vehicle—sports car or SUV—it doesn’t mean you need to.

New High-End Cars Coming to South Africa

With new cars coming onto the market it might be time to retire last years models. If you have the garage space, or if you’re a collector, you’ll probably want to cancel the car’s insurance and park it. However, if you’re looking to upgrade, it makes a lot more sense to register your car with Premium Mobility, allowing the high-end, luxury car experts match your vehicle with a buyer.

 

The top sexiest cars coming to South Africa’s shores this year are the Audi A7 Sportback, Rolls-Royce Phantom, Lexus LS, and Audi A8. The Audi A7 Sportback is sharper designed beauty boasting a new mild hybrid system.

The eighth-generation Rolls-Royce Phantom will be running on new aluminium “spaceframe” underpinnings and be powered by a 6,75-litre V12 engine, linked to a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission that now employs two turbochargers. The fifth-generation Lexus LS claims to have a 0-100 km/h time of 4.5 seconds, while the fourth-generation Audi A8 will be packing a lot of semi-autonomous technological features.

High-end Vehicles Are About More Than Luxury—They’re About Safety

Taking a premium approach to your safety and the safety of your family is worth the extra money. High-end cars are the only models created where no expense was spared, producing vehicles that excel both in terms of performance and safety.

They are created with robust chassis and expensive safety technology, as well as more research and development than the average person can even conceptualize. It should be no surprise to see the BMW 535 i, BMW 535 is, BMW 535xi, and Mercedes-Benz M-class SUV on the list of 11 car and SUV models in which no one died during a four-year period, according to CNN Money. Of course, in general, vehicles are becoming safer—and SUVs even more so.

“The reason a particular manufacturer will do well on a test is because of intent,” Raul Arbelaez, vice-president of vehicle research at the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway, told The Globe And Mail. “From the beginning of the design process, these manufacturers are putting in the engineering resources to make sure they have the right structures, the right restraint systems to protect the occupants.”

High-end, Pre-owned Cars that Purr

Buying any vehicle from a stranger can be a crapshoot. Sometimes, they’re shooting straight. Sometimes, they’re trying to pull one over on you, which makes purchasing a high-end vehicle from a trusted source your best option.

Premium Mobility hand picks and pre-approves every single vehicle they sell, ensuring the cars and SUVs meet all requirements, standards, and laws. More importantly, they ensure you are completely satisfied with your purchase.

When you’re selecting a luxury, pre-owned vehicle valued between R500,000 and R1.2mn, you want to know exactly what you’re getting, which is why Premium Mobility guarantees that all vehicles sold through their site come with a warranty, have never been damaged in an accident, and include a full, verifiable service history.

Once you’re registered with the company, you can decide on all the details of exactly what you’re looking for, and they’ll keep an eye out for your next dream car.

Depreciation When New Cars Come

New cars are a bad investment. People often joke that your shiny new SUV loses half of its value during the first mile it rolls after leaving the lot. That is not the case with high-end, pre-owned vehicles.

Depreciation does hit hard and fast, but it plateaus quickly because of this. Often, when the first owner of a luxury vehicle is ready to trade up, they are not overly concerned with retaining the value of their original purchase. It’s not uncommon to see the price slashed by nearly 60 percent of what they paid for the vehicle. But, after that first steep dive, the price of the car will stabilize, assuming that it is well-maintained and doesn’t end up in a crash.

This means that a pre-owned, luxury car not only is a steal but that it’s an affordable investment.

High-end, Pre-owned Luxury Cars Offer Class and Value for South Africans

From safety to class and style, it’s no wonder that South Africa’s high-net-worth individuals are spending their extra cash on high-end, luxury vehicles. Many of these people are more than willing to pay top dollar for the newest models to reach the continent—which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

However, that means the pre-owned market is ripe with beautiful luxury vehicles looking for a second owner to take them home. Look at what’s out there and make an affordable investment that can get you around.

Sign up for Premium Mobility’s newsletter here to stay in the loop. Also, check Premium Mobility out on Facebook @PremiumMobility— and tell them what you’re looking for.

Buying a vehicle is a big decision South Africa Pretoria

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Buying a vehicle is a big decision. There are so many factors to consider and it could be a bit overwhelming at times.

Luckily, Mobility Online gives you the freedom to make your own educated choices when buying a vehicle. We ensure that you get the right trade-in price for your old vehicle and we solely associate ourselves with accredited service providers.

We’ve been part of the motor industry in South African for decades. It has given us the knowledge and experience to ensure we not only provide a safe platform for you as a buyer or seller, but that we also provide vehicles and related services from reputable service providers with who we have longstanding relationships.

If you’re interested in buying a vehicle, make sure it is through Mobility Online. We represent some of the largest vehicle brands across our dealer network in South Africa and we’re available 24/7.

How Millennials Are Changing the Transportation Industry South Africa Gauteng

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Millennials have been praised, questioned, and outrightly scolded for the ways they’ve impacted society. Born between the early 1980’s and the early 2000’s, millennials differ vastly from their parents, especially in their decisions regarding transportation. So, what does this hold in store for the automotive industry in South Africa?

Millennials tend to value practicality and efficiency over luxury. They are moving away from the idea that a car is a status symbol. More young professionals are making use of public or shared transportation to get from A to B in the quickest, easiest and most affordable way possible. Because of this, they also tend to be more open to new brands. If a brand can offer them a vehicle that aligns with their safety, comfort and financial needs, they might be willing to try it.

Unlike their Baby Boomer parents, millennials are not impulse buyers. Many of them carry debt due to student loans and with the unemployment rate being as high as it is, even fewer millennials are willing to take financial risks. Instead of relying on car dealerships for information about possible choices, this tech-savvy generation does its own research in advance. This grants companies the opportunity to expand their digital platforms and explore the largely untapped potential of online automotive marketing.

Instead of clinging to conventions and fearing what a change in demographics might mean, companies should jump at the chance to remodel and disrupt their traditional values/techniques and, just like this unconventional, ground-breaking generation, become the pioneers of their industry.

Buying a vehicle? What you need to know about financing.

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Buying a vehicle? What you need to know about financing. When buying a vehicle, whether brand-new or used, your chances of needing financial support from a financial institution are big.
The most common method to pay for vehicles in South Africa is through monthly instalments. That means your vehicle is financed through a vehicle credit provider like, a bank, and you
pay the monthly instalment directly to that bank.

It is possible to make use of the vehicle brand’s own financial option through the dealership – for example: you buy a BMW and they offer you a finance structure plan at the dealership through
BMW Finance.

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