Droomers Weekly! (edition 148)
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NISSAN LEAF AS POLICE CAR?
Portuguese criminals throughout Lisbon may have to peek over their shoulders in fear of silent justice.
Electric Nissan Leaf hatchbacks, bearing the moniker “Policia,” could pull up stealthily at a moment’s notice to bring the law.
The primary role for the eight vehicles is to patrol school grounds for the national police force’s (Policia de Segurança Pública, or PSP) school security program, but they’re also available for duty if trouble arises in the Lisbon metropolitan area, said António Pereira Joaquim, a Nissan spokesman in Portugal.
“If you want to approach these guys in a sensitive location, you can go with silence, “Joaquim said in an interview. “For most of the missions, it’s a perfectly usable car, with the advantage of zero emissions.”
Portugal was one of the first countries to install a network of EV chargers in its largest cities as well as the first to sell the Leaf to the European public after its 2011 introduction, according to Nissan.
How does winning a brand-new Nissan Micra sound? How does it sound when you hear you can also win everything that’s in the boot? That’s a prize valued at R170 000! It’s Jacaranda FM and Brooklyn Mall’s Junk in the Trunk Competition. Brooklyn Mall will be opening over 40 new stores this month and they are using the competition together with Micra as a grand prize to highlight the store opening.
From July 16 consumers stood to be one of only two people daily becoming finalists on Jacaranda FM. That’s a 1-in-10 chance to drive away with the new Micra and the proud owner of everything in the boot. The 10 finalists joined Martin Bester last Saturday at Brooklyn Mall to see who will become the proud new owner of the car and all the junk in the trunk.
To win consumers must listen for the daily clue on one of the items in the trunk of the Nissan Micra 1.2 Vista+. The campaign was extensively promoted on Jacaranda FM, Facebook and as a display at Brooklyn Mall Pretoria.
NISSAN NATIONAL HALF MARATHON, WELLINGTON
This popular race will again be co-sponsored by Nissan SA and Droomers Nissan will showcase vehicles and man a watering point. Our friendly sales staff will be available to answer all your Nissan questions. Details of the event are as follows:
Date: 25/26 August 2012
Venue: Diemersfontein wine & country estate, Wellington, WP S 33 39 33.7 | E 19 00 15.8
Terrain: Fynbos | Rocky | Vineyard's
Elevation: 341m | Ascent: 2900m (ultra) 1850m (75km)
Features: Single tracks | Dams | Old Cape-Epic Routes
Registration: Fri 24/08 14:00-21:00 & Sat 25/08 06h30 - 16h00 & Sun 26/08 06h30 - 08h30
This event takes place on farm roads and jeep tracks heading away from Diemersfontein, through the vineyards and farms of Wellington, crossing the Bainskloof Pass road and heading towards Groenberg Mountain. The well-balanced, fast route is jam-packed with beautiful views, fynbos, historic farmsteads, stream crossings and vineyard settings, passing many of the local award-winning cellars. Expect fast flowing single track, technically within reach of everyone.
The Wellington Tourism & Wine Route of the Western Cape in South Africa is today a major tourist attraction. Nestling at the foot of the Groenberg, the historic town of Wellington lies in a picturesque valley on the banks of the Kromme River with the majestic Hawequa Mountains standing guard on its eastern border. Wellington, in the heart of the Boland and rich in cultural, religious and educational history, is an unsurpassed area to enjoy the winelands and scenery of the Western Cape in South Africa
The beauty of the area is best viewed either by foot, horse, bicycle or by car to take in the scenery of nature, fynbos, wine, olives and the historical buildings to name but a few. The pass up to Bain's Kloof winds through pine tree plantations, to the summit where on a clear day you can see a vast area, consisting of the Swartland to the left, home of the extensive wheat fields, the Cape Flats and Cape Town to the right, and the sun glimmering on the sea.
Diemersfontein is known for its beauty, informal elegance, and grace - an idyllic country destination only 45 minutes' drive from Cape Town and is situated near the Cape's famous Wine Routes. We warmly invite you to share with us the tranquil spirit of Diemersfontein - whether you are conferencing here, marrying here, staying for a few days of leisure (or even permanently) - or taking some of it home in a bottle!
We will also have a 5km kiddies ride in the venue so bring along your kids to the event, they will have a ball!
For more information, please visit www.advendurance.co.za
Mr J Sauls wrote the following on the Droomers Nissan Facebook page to compliment the Workshop department: “Thank you to Wynand and Alta for your professional efficient friendly excellent and great service…it’s that kind of service that makes me choose Nissan…you guys are great !!”
- Demand for Europe’s market – leading cars slumped by 10.4% in the first six months of the year, more than the overall market decline of 6.6%. Eight of the top 10 cars posted a drop, with the top-ranking Volkswagen Golf the least badly hit of those losing sales, falling 6.2%. In the top 10, only the seventh-placed Nissan Qashqai and the 10th-ranked BMW 3 series posted sales gains, the latter increasing 4.9% on the launch of the new model. European sales for the first six months totalled 69 million, with only the UK and Germany posting a rise among the big five markets. France, Spain and Italy all saw a decline.
- Chinese automakers are exporting a variety of cars, SUV’s and commercial trucks to Russia and now they are starting to consolidate their niche with local production. Last year, Chinese automakers shipped 67 701 vehicles to Russia, China’s third-largest export market behind Brazil and Algeria. This year, exports to Russia continue to rise. In terms of sheer size, Russia ranks with Brazil and India as one of the world’s last emerging markets, so it is no surprise that Chinese automakers are focusing on their neighbour.
- Nissan will outscore production of some vehicles to Renault’s South Korean Samsung Motors unit to meet strong demand and ease that effect of a strong yen. Nissan wants to take advantage of South Korea’s free – trade agreements with the European Union and elsewhere and could use the unit, 80% owned by Renault, as an export base. Renault’s South Korean factory builds some Nissan-badged cars such as the Sunny mid-size and Almera compact models bound for markets such as Russia and the Middle East and Renault-branded vehicles for China, Europe and other markets
Compiled by Danie Marais
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