#DOYOU with the Suzuki S.Presso!
Time for a fresh set at the salon or some hot new kicks… but all this adulting has got you down? No worries, with the all new Suzuki S.Presso you can #doyou! The funky, fresh and surprising new Urban Compact SUV from Suzuki adds to its extensive range of budget friendly vehicles. Offering a uniqueness to the market that only Suzuki can, this addition to the family is welcomed with excitement by all avid Suzuki fans!
The robust vehicle stands tall with a ground clearance of 180mm and can conquer the rustic roads of Mzansi, exactly what dreams are made of! The compact urban jungle explorer with a bold design has a length of 3.56m, width of 1.52m, boot space of 293litres and a fuel tank capacity of 27litres. The snazzy vehicle, with a turning radius of 4.5metres making fitting into those tight spaces at your favourite chill spot a breeze.
The CMH Suzuki Umhlanga team recently jetted off to the City of Gold for intensive training on the Suzuki S.Presso in order to bring you the best expertise and this is what they had to rave about the vehicle!
“Forget about what everybody says, just #DOYOU. Be comfortable, be flexible and park with a smile!”- Nathi Mhlongo, Sales Manager
“DO YOU in our reliable, affordable and stylishly amazing Suzuki S.Presso” – Shaeem Haniff, Sales Executive
“The S.Presso is not just a funky Urban Compact SUV, but also a perfect vehicle for a joyous ride on gravel roads with it’s awesome ground clearance of 180mm. The turning radius of 4.5m allows you to not sweat when taking a bend or taking that last-minute parking everyone thinks is too small to fit into.” – Louise Pretorius, Sales Executive
Available in an array of vibrant colours, the 1.0litre naturally aspirated petrol engine offers 50Kw of power with a torque of 90Nm. A fuel consumption, much to everyone’s delight can be expected at 4.9l/100km. The Urban Compact SUV with 14-inch rims will be offered in both manual and automatic transmission and boasts a comfortable, spacious interior for passengers with a simplistic pseudo- sphere inspired cockpit for the driver.
Proudly sporting features designed to allow an effortless drive such as Bluetooth, USB port, electric windows, and a 7-inch touch screen infotainment system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto introduced in the higher variant of the vehicle, the GL+
Safety wise you can look forwards to 2 airbags, ABS, EBD and rear parking sensors along with a reverse camera
Like a good cup of the liquid gold, the Suzuki S.Presso is here to revitalize your take on budget vehicles and to offer our customers comfort, affordability and a sense of pride that you can only get when you #doyou!
Introducing CMH Suzuki Ballito
CMH Suzuki Ballito is proud and excited to announce that our satellite dealership has been performing excellent since we opened our doors in June 2018.
The North Coast is now enjoying the very best experience of customer service from our Suzuki Ballito team!
Finding us on 06 Moffat Drive; Ballito; Dolphin Coast, we can offer you professional and convenient services for all Suzuki related inquiries.
We strive to reach our success through delivering 100% customer satisfaction. We are committed to treating each client with respect, listening to their needs and ensuring our customers walk out our doors with a happy heart.
Let us introduce you to our Amazing sales executive, Big-Boy Motala.
He is available Monday to Friday from 08:00am till Friday 17:00pm and Saturdays from 08:00am till 12:00pm. He would be very happy to assist you with a test drive, offer-to-purchase, document exchanges, motor finance advice and PURCHASING YOUR VERY OWN NEW SUZUKI.
If there is anything that cannot be done at the Ballito branch, Big-Boy can arrange for assistance at our Suzuki branch in Umhlanga.
You can find us once a month at a vehicle exhibition, either in the Ballito Junction Mall or a variety of events taking place in and around Ballito. This gives you the perfect opportunity to meet Big-Boy and allow him show and tell you a bit more about your next vehicle!
On that note… SAVE THE DATE. CMH Suzuki Ballito is proud to announce that we will be part of the ladies golf day taking place on the 26th of September at the Umhlali Country Club. The event will start from 08:00am till late and we hope to see you there!
We have a wide range of funky vehicles available, suited for everyone’s
personality and taste.
Do not hesitate to pop into our dealership and have a look at our beauties on the showroom floor.
You can soon be driving away in affordable luxury too!
It’s bold, unapologetic, and turbo charged. The new Swift Sport will give you the edge you need to jump ahead, if you’re ready for it. With all its power and striking looks, you’d better get used to standing out, and stepping up.
There’s only one way to drive the Swift Sport – You’ve gotta OWN IT!
The latest addition to the Suzuki family is the 3rd generation Swift Sport, which comes with a compact 1.4 boosterjet direct injection turbo engine.
A high-contrast 7-inch smartphone linkage display audio system lets you connect your mobile phone for seamless control using Apple Car Play or Android Auto. The touchscreen system comes with reverse camera and allows for hands-free mobile use and wireless music enjoyment – letting you catch up with friends and listen to your favourite playlist without having to take your eyes off the road.
As with any other Suzuki, safety is one of the main priorities in the Swift Sport.
Six airbags for collision safety
- The new Swift Sport features standard SRS airbags for the driver and front passenger, side airbags that reduce impact on the chest during a side collision, and curtain airbags that reduce impact to the head.
Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)
- If the ESP detects wheel slipping, for instance, when the driver turns the steering wheel too sharply and/or the road is slippery, it automatically effects control over the engine torque and brakes to suppress the wheel slip and help the driver stay in directional control of the car.
Hill Hold Control (in CVT model only)
- When starting the Swift Sport on a slope, hill hold control helps prevent the vehicle from rolling backwards for approximately two seconds after you remove pressure from the brake pedal.
The Suzuki Swift Sport comes with a comprehensive manufacturer’s warranty against any defects for a period of 3 years/100,000km and benefits from a 4 year/60,000km service plan, that includes the replacement of oil, the oil filter, fuel filter, brake fluid, air filter and accessory belts, but excludes tyres, brakes and other wear-and-tear items.
From sporty drivability all the way to safe, practical performance – the Suzuki Swift Sport has your back.
Let’s have a look at some of Suzuki’s best vehicles just below the R200 000 mark
Performing only at its best, Suzuki improves its own sales record by 6.6% and 1 479 units for the month of July, making their way up to 9th place in the overall top 10 vehicle sales rank. Suzuki also grew its share to 3.4% of the overall market and 5.03% of the passenger vehicle market which also means that Suzuki welcomed its 75 000th customer in August… talk about beating all market expectations!
Wondering what keeps them going?
“As the market has shrunk we invested in new dealers and new products, with the firm belief that people tend to recognise and choose good value for money products when money is a bit tight” says Andre Venter the divisional manager of sales and marketing at Suzuki Auto SA.
Let’s highlight a few of the specialties on our Suzuki vehicles keeping the brand name high.
1. The Suzuki Swift was rewarded as the brand’s top seller at the 2019 Auto Trader SAGMJ car of the year rewards. In July, 635 buyers drove away in an excellent Suzuki Swift.
Looking at the design of this compact urban vehicle, spirited and fun to drive we can only see why.
Not only one, but three Swift models to choose from the GL, GA and GLX all come with a 1.2l naturally aspirated petrol engine.
This hatch has a neat overall look, with pleasing design lines and a good proportioned body that will suit any gender behind the wheel. Filling a parking bay with its 1.7m width and 3.8m length it makes it easy fitting in anywhere. Be it you are stuck in bumper-to-bumper or stop-start traffic you will be looking at 5.5L per 100KM. Swift 1.2GA pricing to start from R162 900, or from R179 900 for the Swift 1.2 GL and starting from R199 900 for Swift 1.2GLX. This cracking little car is perfect for first time employers where we would gladly welcome you to the Suzuki family.
2.The Suzuki Celerio being second in line as our stunning “biggest-small car”.
This cutie might look small but this roomy vehicle with a neat interior will instantly make you feel at home behind the wheel.
Surprising the market this modern three-cylinder engine, capable of 55kW/90Nm, sold 255 units in the month of July. Can we get a round of applause?
Rated with emissions of 110g/km for manual models and 108g/km for the automated manual transmission model, they both fell below the 120g/km emission. This fuel saving vehicle is perfect for students and first time buyers looking for 4.6L per 100km on an auto and 4.7L per 100km on the manual version.
With a body of 3.6m in length and 1.6m in width you can easily make your way around anything while looking stylish behind the wheel of this modern design. Celerio 1.0 GA to start from R136 900 and for the 1.0 GL from R153 900. Yes! This ticks all your affordability boxes making it the perfect budget car.
3.The Suzuki Ignis, our next model flaunting the sports and funky layout that made about 164-unit sales for the month of July.
This “compact SUV” offers a small car price and is economic to maintain. Not only available in the 1.2 GL spec, but also in the higher 1.2 GLX spec where you can choose between five-speed manual or automatic gearbox.
This zippy vehicle has a 3.7m long and 1.69m wide body, designed to be a spacious and comfortable ride in town vehicle. You can guarantee always being ahead of everyone, when the manual-transmission model accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 11.6 seconds while top speed is 165 km/h or even when the automated transmission gets to 100 km/h in 13seconds while top speeds is 155 km/h.
Being at it, the fuel consumption we are looking at is an average of 7.1L per 100km, showing you it’s not only the funky looks with the high comfort and safety features that is appealing, but also the fuel efficiency that makes this car a perfect compact SUV for the young starting family market.
Ignis 1.2 GL pricing to start from R169 900 and for the Ignis 1.2 GLX to start from R189 900.
What more can you ask for when all you want fits in one vehicle?
Now that you have the perks of each vehicle, call us to test drive your next set of wheels!
When looking to trade-in your current car for an upgrade, you shouldn’t accept the first offer you get. Various factors affect the trade-in value of your car, and we’ll list only a few of them below.
- Make, model and variant of your car
Some brands are more popular than others, some have been in the market for much longer, and others keep their value for a longer period. Other factors that the evaluator needs to consider is the model and engine variant of your trade-in as well as any history of defects in such models or variants.
- Recondition Costs
Dealers need to resell your trade-in at a profit, but they also need to ensure that it is in the best possible condition when it gets delivered to a new owner, and therefore the dealer needs to provide for any reconditioning of the car, including body work, mechanical and valet for example.
The worse the condition of your trade-in, the lower the offer you will receive.
It was mentioned before, but some cars and brands are more popular and in higher demand than others and often dealers will pay a strong amount for trade-ins that are in high demand.
- Service History
Abiding by your car manufacturer’s service schedule not only ensures that won’t experience a costly breakdown on the side of the road, it also helps with the amount that you are offered when you trade your car in for a new one.
By providing a service history on your car, you’re giving the dealer and prospective new owner peace of mind that the car has been well maintained and won’t fall apart around the next corner.
The mileage on your car affects your trade-in offer to a certain extent. We all know that cars aren’t made to last forever and with higher mileage comes the possibility of mechanical issues and potential costly repairs.
An older car doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t get a decent deal when you trade it in, but as with mileage, the possibility of a costly breakdown on an older car is far more likely than that of a newer model, and will be taken into consideration when your car is evaluated.
The colour of your car not only affects your insurance premium, but also plays a part in the trade-in and resell value of your car, since white and lighter coloured cars are easier to spot on the road making it safer to travel in – a vital aspect for many buyers.
There are many more factors that could affect the trade-in value of your car – but it all comes down to the same principle: take good care of your car, drive safely and adhere to regular services and you should be just fine.
With perfectly-designed, sleek curves inside and out, unmatched space, and attention to detail, the appeal of the Baleno is crystal clear. But just in case you need convincing – keep reading.
Innovation in safety
Let’s start with the most important feature – the safety of you and your passengers when travelling. The Suzuki Baleno is equipped with class leading active and passive safety features, making sure that your worries are laid to rest. Such features include ant-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist function, SRS front-, side- and curtain airbags as well as LED daytime running lights.
Achieve driving harmony
Now that your mind is at ease about the safety features present in the Suzuki Baleno, it’s time to take a look inside.
The spacious interior will not only fit five people comfortably, it hosts a range of impressive features to make the journey even more enjoyable, like all around electric windows, cruise control, automatic air conditioning and rear parking distance control that helps you get into the tightest parking spots.
On to the fun stuff. Cars haven’t been just a means of getting from point A to point B for many years now, Suzuki realizes this and has therefore ensure that the Baleno comes equipped with a 6.2” touchscreen and Bluetooth hands free telephone with audio streaming and multi-function steering wheel.
How’s that for entertainment?
Passionate performance, energetic transmission
The Baleno’s 1.4-litre engine is designed to maximise energy efficiency and increased running power, for an invigorating and stimulating driving experience.
It is available in a 5-speed manual, and 4-speed automatic transmission.
Passion through design
The sleek curves and modern design elements of the Baleno reflects your drive, your pace and your passion. A car for the individual that reflects the personality of the driver with attention to detail inside and out.
Suzuki offers you a 5 year/200,000km promotional warranty and 4 year/60,000km service plan on the Baleno.
Test drive yours today, it’s a way of life.
After a year of the 3rd generation Suzuki Swift being launched and months of teasers, the widely anticipated Suzuki Swift Sport has finally made its arrival to CMH Suzuki Umhlanga and let us tell you, the incredible hatch was definitely worth the wait!
Boasting a snazzy look in its signature colour of Champion Yellow and an assortment of other delectable colours emphasizing the sporty look of the vehicle with mags, and trendy lights tying the look together.
The interior of the vehicle, highlighted by red accents is driver centered and you can look forward to semi-bucket seats, a reshaped steering wheel and a much-demanded LCD touch screen with Suzuki’s innovative SLDA (Smartphone Linkage Display Audio) radio system to enhance your driving pleasure. Keeping the vehicle driver centered Suzuki has also added a boost and an oil temperature gauge to the vehicle PLUS a reverse camera!
Now let’s get down to the essence of the Swift Sport, the technicalities. Our customers can expect to be wowed by the Swift Sport’s four-cylinder 1.4l BOOSTERJET technology turbo unit as compared to its predecessor’s 1.6l naturally aspirated petrol engine. Suzuki has taken the Swift Sport from a previous power output of 100kW to 103Kw and has increased the torque of 160Nm to a whopping 230Nm!
With an 80kg lighter body and the turbo charged petrol engine the Suzuki Swift Sport now has a top speed of 210km/h and can sprint from 0-100km in just a mere 8.1 seconds! If the looks of the vehicle don’t get your blood pumping then the performance is sure to blow the mind of any petrol head!
Suzuki being a brand built for value proudly brings you the Swift Sport in a manual for only R315 900 and an effortless automatic WITH paddle shift for just R335 900, this backed a promotional warranty of 5yrs/200 000km and a service plan of 4yrs/60 000km cements Suzuki’s strive to provide only the best for our customers.
The CMH Suzuki Umhlanga team is ecstatic about the new Suzuki Swift Sport and we’re sure our customers will be raving too. The all new Suzuki Swift Sport is not just a vehicle, it’s an EXPERIENCE!
There’s nothing quite like the thrill of buying a new car – however, the thrill could be short lived if you have any of these bad driving habits that are damaging your vehicle and shortening its lifespan.
- Hitting potholes and speed bumps.
- Potholes have become a very common occurrence on South African roads and these everyday hazards can cause great damage to your vehicle if not spotted in time. If your vehicle hits a deep, dreaded divot in the road, steering system misalignment to a full-on tire puncture or bent rims may follow.
- Overloading your vehicle.
- All vehicles have a loading capacity for a reason. No vehicle behaves in the same way when overloaded, but generally, steering becomes more difficult. Overloading a vehicle usually occurs towards the back of a car or bakkie. This causes the front wheels to touch the road surface under less weight, with a resulting loss in traction and steering control. In extreme cases, the front wheels may, at times, even lift off the road surface.
- Shifting from drive to reverse before stopping.
- Shifting too quickly while your car is still in motion can cause significant damage in the transmission because there is a spinning coupling mechanism that can prematurely fail if it becomes worn from the harsh gear change. Always come to a complete stop before shifting into another gear.
- Neglecting warning lights.
- Its right there in the name, “WARNING LIGHTS”. If any of these lights comes on, it is best to take your vehicle to your nearest service center for a checkup (if you are unsure of what the light means), or to attend to whatever warning light has come on. You can also consult your car’s owner manual for a breakdown of what each warning light means.
- Late braking.
- There is a huge difference between an emergency brake and constant late braking. Frequent hard braking accelerates the wear and tear on the parts that make up the braking system, reducing the efficiency of these systems as well as their lifespan.
- Shifting to a lower gear at high speed.
- While it may be necessary to downshift to overtake on the highway, skipping a couple of gears while downshifting at high speed can have a negative impact on the engine and transmission. The engine speed rises suddenly at lower gears and can be dangerous for the car. To save the engine from high revs, manufacturers include engine-cutoff sensors. If the engine speed reaches a certain limit it can get cut-off and the car can come to a complete halt, in some cases. It can also cause wheel spin and send the vehicle out of control.
- Not following the service schedule.
- By not following your car’s service schedule, you risk voiding the manufacturer’s warranty that your car comes with, as well as putting yourself and other road users at risk by driving a poorly maintained vehicle. Even if your car seems fine, the service schedule provided by the manufacturer is there to ensure you get the best possible, safest performance from your car.
- Riding the clutch.
- “Riding the clutch” simply refers to the act of keeping the clutch pedal partially pressed down. This pushes the pressure pad against the clutch plate but doesn’t engage completely, therefore creating more friction and wearing out the clutch faster. The best way to avoid this from happening is to keep your foot well away from the clutch unless you are actually changing gear.
The Celerio may be small in body, but it’s loaded with big ideas and larger-than-you-expect spaces to make everyday life richer and more fun.
1. XL Space
- The spacious interior of the Celerio offers more than enough room for up to 5 individuals, with enough space for all your grand plans. With its intelligent design, it is easy to get in and out of, although you may never want to leave.
- The already impressive luggage compartment can be expanded to 1034-liters by folding down the rear seats.
2. XL Performance
- The compact Celerio is powered by a K10B 1.0-liter, lightweight petrol engine, which offers a fuel consumption of 4.6 liters per 100km. Perfect for South African roads.
- It offers you the choice between a 5-speed manual transmission or automatic gear shift – depending on your preference.
3. XL Comfort
- So, it looks good – but what else does it offer?
- The Celerio is big on comfort and convenience which becomes evident when you look at the spacious cabin, 14-inch alloy wheels and minimum turning radius of only 4.7m – which makes navigating the city that much easier.
4. XL Safety
- Perhaps the most important aspect for some when it comes to buying a new car – safety features.
- The Suzuki Celerio might be compact, but it doesn’t compromise on safety, with features like dual front SRS airbags, ABS, front fog lights and ISOFIX child seat anchorages to keep you and your loved ones safe on the road.
5. XL Aftersales
- By now, you’re probably convinced that the Suzuki Celerio is without a doubt your next car – if not, the 3 year/100,000km factory warranty and 2 year/30,000km service plan should be enough to convince you.
The Suzuki Celerio is more than just a car, it’s a Way of Life.
To bring you reliability and safety without compromising the efficiency you’ve come to love, The Suzuki team is always at the drawing board working on innovative ideas to increase your driving pleasure.
One of these innovations was bringing the Suzuki Smart Linkage Display Audio (SLDA) radio to South Africa. That being said, it had to adapt to our way of life to optimise it’s use and bring you the best value for money!
With the Jimny being the first vehicle to boast this amazing feature, the successful launch meant it got to be introduced to our Vitara, Baleno, Ignis and now the Ciaz as well! Maintaining Suzuki’s affordability and quality assurance, the SLDA radio makes you’re driving effortless without breaking the bank.
Setting itself apart from other manufacturers the SLDA radio system mirrors your phone’s navigation and maps as compared to having the navigation integrated into the system or an additional cost of an SD card. With Apple Car Play and Android Auto, linking your phone and worriless driving is now a thing of the present with just a push of a button!
Don’t have Apple Car Play or Android Auto? Don’t fear, Suzuki still has you covered with a simple connection via Bluetooth or USB, you too can have the simple life. With voice command, audio streaming and the highest care in production the Suzuki SLDA radio is your new favourite thing about your best loved brand!
You can be rest assured that with a hands free SLDA radio in your trusty Suzuki, you can reach your destination as easy as one, two, three…
The perfect city car is determined by a number of characteristics that are far reaching and often include terms such as compactness, turning circle, ease of parking and fuel consumption. While there are many modern day hatchbacks that fit these criteria, there are very little that out-perform the competition all-together. A hatchback that encapsulates this is the Suzuki Ignis.
Performance and reliability is of paramount importance for Suzuki who have backed up their product by providing a 2 Year/30 000km Service Plan and 5 Year/200 000km Warranty that gives you incredible peace-of-mind. This confidence is then strengthened by the fantastic styling of the Ignis; a blend on hatchback and crossover-SUV. Attractive black alloys, LED daytime running lights and roof rails shows off the athletic stance of the 1.2 GLX Ignis.
The interior is even better with quality cloth seats that will envelop you, giving the confidence to turn tight corners while having the comfort to make long distance trips comfortable and that much more enjoyable. The GLX is also fitted with a range of interior accessories such as air conditioning, radio with CD, aux, USB, Bluetooth and multi-function steering wheel – all with quality finishes that enhance the overall build quality.
Purchasing a vehicle in the present day can be a difficult challenge; however the Suzuki Ignis with its incredible styling, features, performance and reliability will give you that happiness and excitement you richly deserve in your new hatchback.
The hatchback segment in the South African market is a fiercely contested one, with a variety of manufacturers providing a range of vehicles that may sometimes overwhelm prospective clients. With new models consistently being released, there is no substitution for a vehicle that has been popular across the country for years. This is true of the new, refreshed Suzuki Swift.
Suzuki as a brand is renowned for its reliability but the Swift is an iconic hatchback that continues to exceed expectations thanks to sensational performance, comfort and styling. The new Swift has taken these key areas into consideration to provide a product that will make you smile every time you get behind the wheel.
The new Suzuki Swift retains the styling with some alterations to make it that much more attractive with subtle body changes and new 14” wheels. Moving inside, the exquisite cloth interior is unrivalled in comfort and space – providing the chance to fit friends and family in to make a trip into the Midlands or down the coast. The interior is bolstered by a radio with CD/Aux/USB and Bluetooth functionality to provide endless entertainment while air conditioning will always keep you cool during the hot summer months.
While styling and comfort play pivotal factors in the purchase of a vehicle; another is safety. The new Suzuki Swift is provided with dual airbags, ABS with EBD as well as brake assist. Such safety features when combined with Suzuki’s reliability, 5 Year/200 000km Warranty and 2 Year/30 000km Service Plan create an offering that gives sensational peace-of-mind.
The new Suzuki Swift is the perfect hatchback whether you are a student that has just started at university or after many years of service deciding to retire and live in peace and tranquillity.
It’s always quite frightening when one of those blissfully grey symbols on your dashboard light up and lets you know there’s something wrong under the bonnet. Our friends at Suzuki Auto South Africa us decipher those mystery symbols below.
ENGINE WARNING LIGHT
This is possibly the most important one to look out for: the engine warning light means that your vehicle’s engine needs immediate attention. In some vehicles it will come on as a steady red or orange light showing and engine symbol, and in others it has the words ‘check engine’ included.
Whether it’s flashing or just glowing, you should contact your dealership immediately. Don’t drive your car any further if this light comes on – contact the manufacturer and they will instruct you on what to do.
Sometimes confused with a magic lamp, this symbol means your vehicle is running low on oil. You should take your car to the closest service station and check the oil immediately. Ignoring this one could cause your engine to fail completely, which will be a very expensive oversight.
BRAKE SYSTEM WARNING LIGHT
This simple exclamation mark alerts you that something is not right with the brake system – it could mean that your handbrake is still engaged, or it could mean that your brake system is faulty – it all depends on the type of vehicle you drive. As a rule of thumb: if your handbrake is not engaged and this light is still showing, you should contact the manufacturer immediately. Don’t drive the vehicle if there’s a chance your brake system is faulty.
ABS (ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM) LIGHT
Many new vehicles will have an ABS light, as well as a brake light (above) – in these cases the brake light will apply only to the handbrake and the ABS will relate to the vehicle braking system. If your ABS light comes on it means your ABS system is not functioning correctly and should be checked as soon as possible as it could affect vehicle safety.
The vehicle service light sees more creative licence among manufacturers. Some will have a vehicle and spanner tool symbol, other will just show a spanner. And in many newer cars it simply comes up saying ‘service required / schedule service’. If you see this one, contact your dealership and make arrangements to have your car serviced as soon as possible – you don’t want to leave it too long as going too far over your scheduled service date / mileage could affect your vehicle warranty and also lead to damage.
TEMPERATURE WARNING LIGHT
Often called the ‘ship’s mast’ the temperature warning light must be taken seriously. This light indicates that your engine’s temperature is running too high, and could be due to insufficient water or coolant. You don’t want to drive with an overheating engine, and most manufacturers advise to switch the vehicle off immediately and arrange to have it towed to your dealership if this warning light comes on.
BATTERY WARNING LIGHT
This symbol means your vehicle battery is faulty or needs to be replaced. In many modern cars you can no longer access the battery, so it means you need to take your vehicle to a dealership. It’s also not one you want to ignore as you need the battery to start the car.
WINDSHIELD WASHER FLUID
This symbol, often confused with a butterfly, means your windshield washer fluid needs to be filled. You can do this at any service station. It’s best to keep it topped up as you don’t want to get stuck next to the road trying to clean mud off your windscreen just to see where you are going.
SEAT BELT INDICATOR LIGHT
This symbol means that one or more of your passengers (or even the driver) is not wearing their seatbelt. It’s often accompanied by an audible warning as well.
AIRBAG WARNING LIGHT
The airbag warning light differs across brands, but it usually indicates that one or more airbags have been disengaged (if you have child seats), or that there is a problem with the airbag system. If you have not disengaged one or more airbags in order to fit a child seat, you should have your airbag system checked immediately.
DOOR INDICATOR LIGHT
It looks like a car with wings, but simply means that one or more of the vehicle doors have not been closed properly. In some cases, the same light will also indicate if the boot is open, but many vehicles have a separate light showing if the boot lid is not secured.
Many vehicles have a fuel gauge showing the fuel level, as well as fuel light that will come on when you are dangerously low on fuel. Don’t try to push the limits and see how far you can go with the fuel light on, you can cause damage to the engine or get stuck at the worst possible time.
As part of our Meet the Team segment, we have moved on to our third staff member and manager of our energetic sales department.
We have provided each staff member with a questionnaire in which you will get an in-depth understanding of everyone and see who exactly they are in the dealership as well as out of it. We are proud to introduce you our New Cars Sales Manager, the committed and driven Lee Stoltz!
- Who are you, what do you do, where are you from and how would you describe yourself?
My name is Lee Stoltz and I am born and raised in Durban. I would describe myself as very outgoing, love challenges and definitely more of the adventurous type.
- How long have you been in the motor industry and what is your previous experience?
I started in the CMH Group in late 2009 and have worked at two CMH branches in total.
- What excites you about the Suzuki brand?
Suzuki as a brand excites me as it appeals to such a large group of people as well as to all to different ages.
- Who or what inspires you?
I enjoy meeting new, energetic and self-motivated people. As a first time father to a daughter, she inspires me to become the best I can be.
- What is your favourite place in the world and who would you take with you?
Lesotho. I find the country amazing from its people to its scenery. When my daughter is old enough I would love to do a road trip with her and my partner.
- What is your favourite car-themed movie?
Gone in 60 Seconds. It has brilliant actors and is a high-paced, action movie.
- Which four famous people would you invite to dinner?
Marc Marquez, Valentino Rossi, Brad Binder, Travis Teasedale.
- What are some of your favourite hobbies or sports that you do out of the dealership?
I have a passion for motorcycles, especially dirt bikes. I enjoy spending time outdoors.
- Do you have any hidden talents?
They are called hidden for a reason!
- What are some of your ambitions with the motor industry?
My ambitions are to continue growing within the motor industry, learning new aspects of the business in all its different departments.
- What are some of your dreams that you would like to achieve in your lifetime?
One of my biggest dreams is to ride across America with a few of my close mates.
- How will you ensure that prospective Suzuki clients have the best experience possible?
With the brand being so close to me, I would love to pass on the experience I expect to receive from a dealership. My team and I have one goal, to ensure total client satisfaction throughout and to provide the best Suzuki experience possible.