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BMW Midrand

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Bmw 3 Series For Sale

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BMW 1 Series For Sale

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BMW Used Cars

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BMW Joburg City

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BMW Polokwane

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BMW Menlyn

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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. 

Driving with a Disability: Overcoming the Impossible

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Learning how to drive is stressful for almost everyone. Imagine that you’re on a busy road and you’ve stalled your car four times already. The drivers behind you are getting impatient, despite the fact that they were once where you are now. Now imagine the same situation, but as someone who has a disability.

People who have disabilities face challenges that many couldn’t even imagine. Things that seem simple to able-bodied people can become almost impossible on a good day. One of these things that are sometimes taken for granted, is driving.

Being able to drive yourself is a luxury that countless teens dream of. They count down the days until they can take their driving test and finally have the freedom to decide where they want to go (with their parents’ permission, of course). For others, this opportunity only presents itself much later in life due to their circumstances. Regardless of when you learn how to drive, being able to get yourself from point A to B without too much assistance is a milestone to be proud of.

Fortunately, this is now a possibility for almost anyone. Thanks to vehicle modifications, specialized licences, and intensive driving lessons, people with certain disabilities can drive just as well as (or, in some cases, better than) everyone else.

People with Physical Disabilities 

Physical disabilities can include different degrees of affected mobility, stamina or dexterity. Some people might need wheelchairs, crutches or other mobility aids. In this case, a person’s driving ability depends on their degree of mobility. People with physical disabilities can make use of organisations like QASAs Driving Ambitions (that specializes in driving lessons) to help them decide on what best suits their needs. Driving Ambitions “[accommodates] many different types of disabilities, including quadriplegics, paraplegics, strokes, amputees, cerebral palsy”. Each case is dealt with individually and a representative assesses a client’s abilities in advance.

Some of the many resources available while taking driving lessons at Driving Ambitions are:

  • Space Drive systems
  • Electronic brake and acceleration systems
  • Wheelchair accessible vehicles
  • Push Button Controls

People Who Suffer from Hearing Loss

It’s a common misconception that people who are hard of hearing can’t drive. Some studies have found that they actually drive better than hearing drivers because of their heightened sense of vision. Driving is a primarily visual activity and being able to process visual cues is imperative.

Some of the vehicle modifications that can be used for people with hearing loss are:

  • Devices that indicate when emergency vehicles are nearby. These devices can often detect when other drivers use their horns.
  • Panoramic mirrors that enhance visibility.
  • Panels of different indicators that detect nearby sounds and show on screen notifications.

 

People with Intellectual Disabilities

Intellectual disabilities include Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), Down’s Syndrome and Fragile X Syndrome (FXS) and others. People who have intellectual disabilities are all very different and there is no hard and fast rule to determine whether they are fit to drive or not.

That being said, if they’re able to take and pass their theory and practical tests, they will be allowed to drive just like anyone else.

 

How do I know if I’m fit to drive?

You are fit to drive if you do not suffer from one of these diseases or disabilities (taken from Chapter 4 of the Road traffic Act):

  1. Uncontrolled epilepsy
  2. Sudden attacks of disabling giddiness or fainting due to hypertension or any other cause
  3. Any form of mental illness to such an extent that it is necessary that he or she be detained, supervised, controlled and treated as a patient in terms of the Mental Health Act, 1973 (Act No. 18 of 1973)
  4. Any condition causing muscular in-coordination
  5. Uncontrolled diabetes mellitus
  6. Defective vision ascertained in accordance with a prescribed standard
  7. (vii) any other disease or physical defect which is likely to render him or her incapable of effectively driving and controlling a motor vehicle of the class to which such licence relates without endangering the safety of the public: Provided that deafness shall not of itself be deemed to be such a defect