Yes, Majority of Kenyan ladies own the cars they drive

The things you own is what people use to measure your independence. This applies to both jamaaz and ladies but for the chicks proving that what you have is yours is an uphill task.

Before you jeer or sneer at a lady who is driving the latest whip or give her the look like she has a sponsor, you should consider whether or not her name is on the vehicle’s logbook

A study by Consumer Insight shows that more than half (51 per cent) of the Kenyan ladies cruising on our roads own the vehicles they drive.

Yes, that’s right so the myth that you can only have good things because someone is bank rolling you is totally false.

“For starters, only 12% of the women drive and of these only about 51 per cent drive personal vehicles”, the study shows.

The study further shows only 2 out of 10 ladies reported to be driving vehicles belonging to their parents.  Another marginal number said they were rolling around town with their spouses or boyfriends cars.

The perception that females are fearful or at a disadvantage when buying cars is no longer true. These 21st century ladies have the purchasing power and manufacturers know it.

Take a look at the cars in traffic, the colours tell it all, the bright pinks, fuchsia, fiery red, money green all considered to be ‘womanly’

So the question to the felaz I guess is would you date a woman who has worked hard for her money and can buy her own car?

These are the top 7 cars that Kenyan women want to be seen driving

Of course women are known to dream big. When it comes to vehicles, titles like Rolls Royce Phantom, Aston martin V12 Vantage S, or Alfa Romeo 4C Spider must be top of the wish list for them. However I am talking about the more realistic dreams. This is 2015 and women have more money and a better understanding of the motoring world…thanks to the internet. While the women pay little attention to engine size and horsepower, they are still able to choose cars that allign with their style and fashion. So allow me to list the 7 machines, already easily visible on Kenyan roads, that most women in Kenya want to be seen driving.

  1. RANGE ROVER EVOQUE
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Range Rover Evoque – Courtesy of landroverga.com

When this car was first spotted on Kenyan roads a few years back, Media Personality Caroline Mutoko could not hide her excitement. In her own words, “The Range Rover Evoque is a statement that I have arrived.” I am not aware whether or not she got herself one of those, but if Caroline could see herself driving it, then believe me when I say that this is the top driving dream for quite a number of Kenyan women.

 

  1. MERCEDES ML
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Mercedes_ML – Courtesy of commons.wikimedia.org

It is a Mercedes, what every woman wants to be associated with. It’s  the kind of ride that a mum would use to drop off her son to school in Lavington and then drive straight to Muranga’ for a quick visit to see cucu and still carry warus back to the city comfortably.

 

  1. BMW X3
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BMW-X3 – Courtesy of commons.wikimedia.org

German machines have a great reputation and most Kenyan women aspire to drive themselves in these. The BMW X3 offers the security features renown of German craftsmanship. It is slightly smaller that the X5 giving it the feeling of being easier to handle.

 

  1. VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN
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VW_Tiguan_2.0_TSI – Courtesy of commons.wikimedia.org

This one has overtaken the Beetle as the top Volkswagen design preferred by women. I guess size does indeed matter to women and in this particular battle, the bigger size won.

 

  1. LEXUS RX 350
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Lexus_RX – Courtesy of wikimedia.org

There’s the cheaper Toyota look alike (Harrier) but I guess the name Lexus has a nice ring to it.

 

  1. NISSAN MURANO
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NISSAN-Murano – Courtesy of autoevolution.com

This is the ugliest car on the list but women are known to ignore looks especially when in love.

 

  1. HONDA CRV
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Honda_CRV – Courtesy of autoblog.com

Any parking lot with 20 cars has at least six of these all owned by women. I have no idea why.

 

Drinking makes you a better driver : Study

Drivers are being advised to drink before they get behind the wheel, before you jump for joy drink water not alcohol.

Motorists who are dehydrated when they get behind the wheel make as many mistakes as someone who is drunk, a new study has found.

Scientists from Loughborough University tested drivers who had just 25 ml of water an hour, and found that they made double the number of errors compared to those who were properly hydrated.

According to the tests, even being mildly dehydrated can make it more difficult to concentrate and can lead to mood swings.

It is the first study linking dehydration and driving ability, and has been published in the journal Physiology and Behaviour.

Professor Ron Maughan, who led the sport and exercise nutrition team which did study, put male drivers through a range of tests on a lab-based driving simulator over a period of two days.

Each driver was tested on one day when they were given 200ml of water every hour, and another day when they were given just 25ml – the equivalent of about five sips.

On average, the participants made 47 driving errors while normally hydrated.That number rose to 101 when they were on the ‘dry’ day.

Prof Maughan told the Sunday Telegraph: ‘We all deplore drink driving, but we don’t usually think about the effects of other things that affect our driving skills, and one of those is not drinking and dehydration.

‘There is no question that driving while incapable through drink or drugs increases the risk of accidents, but our findings highlight an unrecognised danger and suggest that drivers should be encouraged to make sure they are properly hydrated.’

Valet crashes 40 Million Ferrari as he goes to deliver it to the owner

An Italian garage attendant who managed to crash a 40 Million Ferrari into the front of a shop at high speed hence writing it off.

Roberto Cinti, 38, ended up in hospital after the smash, and was treated more for shock than any physical injury.

The driver was delivering the 599 GTO to its Dutch owners in an area said to be a short distance.

But despite only having to travel a short distance, he smashed into a shop front, virtually destroying that as well.

He says he I got confused and instead of braking, he pressed down on the accelerator.

The 599 GTO is powered by a 670bhp V12 engine and weighs only 1,495kg.

It uses F1 racing technology and will do 208mph and 0-60mph in 3.4 seconds.

Italian newspapers report that the insurance company is probing the incident.

Topgear host Jeremy Clarkson gets suspended by BBC

Jeremy Clarkson, the popular host of the car program “Top Gear” was suspended by the BBC on Tuesday after a mysterious “fracas” with a producer.

Mr. Clarkson, 54, known to make impolite comments about foreigners and then apologizing. BBC had put him on a “final warning” last year for his behavior after he used a racist word during filming.

At the time, Mr. Clarkson said, somewhat jokingly, that the BBC had told him he would be fired if he made “one more offensive remark, anywhere, at any time.”

He has had issues before including some that are deemed racist.

In October, Mr. Clarkson and his crew had to flee Argentina after allegedly being attacked by local residents in an incident over a license plate. Mr. Clarkson was driving a car with the plate number H982 FLK, which was understood to be a reference to the British military victory over Argentina in the Falkland Islands war of 1982.

Mr. Clarkson and his team insisted — with a wink — that they had no idea what the license plate meant. But most observers saw it as a typical Clarkson ploy to seem both naughty and patriotic.

Last year the show was censured for breaching broadcasting rules after Mr. Clarkson used a derogatory word for Asian people in a program from Myanmar.

In  May 2014, video footage that was not intended for broadcast appeared to show Mr. Clarkson using a racist term while reciting the nursery rhyme “eeny, meeny, miney, moe.” He later apologized and begged forgiveness, denying that he had uttered the slur but admitting “that it sounds like I did.”

Similarly, in January 2012, Indian diplomats complained about a program from the country in which Mr. Clarkson described a car fitted with a toilet as “perfect for India because everyone who comes here gets the trots.

The year before, the BBC apologized to Mexico after Mr. Clarkson and his co-hosts characterized Mexicans as “lazy” and “feckless.” The show has also mocked Germans, Romanians and Albanians, among others.

As Bugatti ‘supercar’ legend bows out, others wait in line

They have fighter jet-type accelerations, custom-made interiors and seven-figure price tags: “supercars” are centre stage at the Geneva Motor Show, even as one of its legendary stars is bowing out.

The last Bugatti Veyron ever to be made has pride of place at the show for auto enthusiasts to bid farewell after the brand announced last month that it had sold the 450th and final model of the car with its 16-cylinder monster engine that produces up to 1,200 horsepower.

“With the Veyron we created a modern icon, and this show is an opportunity to put the car on a pedestal and celebrate, and say thank you to everyone involved, and close the chapter,” Stefan Brungs, Bugatti’s head of sales, told AFP.

– $2 million –

Since the Veyron was unveiled to the world at the beginning of the 2000s, competitors have rushed to carve out a place in this exclusive world of cars that only the ultra-rich can afford.

Sweden’s Koenigsegg, for instance, boasts it makes not “supercars”, or even “hypercars”, but full-blown “megacars”.

The company is presenting its Regera at the Geneva show, which opened to the public on Thursday. The car comes with a hybrid powertrain that produces 1,500 horsepower, capable of accelerating from 0 to 400 kilometres (249 miles) an hour in 20 seconds.

That’s roughly twice the horsepower of a regular Formula 1 car, though the Regera is much heavier.

“Now it seems to be pretty normal to have almost 1,000 horsepower,” says Jens Sverdrup, the brand’s head of sales.

The cost? Around $2 million (1.8 million euros), or more depending on what you want added.

That’s the amount the thrill-seeking rich will also need to fork out for McLaren’s P1 GTR.

Like Aston Martin’s Vulcan, which also premiered in Geneva, it is a car destined for “gentlemen drivers” that can only be used on special tracks, and the price tag comes with piloting lessons included.

But Dave Eden, spokesman for the brand made famous by its Formula 1 success, warns that the P1 GTR will only be made available to those who already own the P1 road car — a hybrid supercar unveiled in 2012 that already costs more than one million euros.

And orders for the GTR have been limited to just 40, a figure almost attained, he said.

“We’ve got people flying in from all over the world to see the cars,” Eden added.

– Bugatti ‘striking back’ –

While the stalls of more generalist brands are open to all, those of the “supercar” manufacturers are surrounded by glass barriers and entrances are guarded by imposing security men.

In front of the stalls belonging to Italy’s Ferrari and Lamborghini, men gather in quest of selfies — and also photos of models in figure-hugging dresses posing next to the vehicles of their desire.

Some brands, like Italy’s Pagani, make an effort for the vast majority of visitors who will never have the means to pay for such “supercars” by giving out posters.

“We sell cars but we give as a present dreams to car lovers all around the world,” says Luca Venturi, spokesman for Pagani.

“We are the kind of guys who used to have a Lamborghini Countach poster on the wall.”

The brand manufacturers the “Huayra”, a carbon fibre Batmobile look-a-like whose interior is made of leather.

As for Bugatti, its Veyron may be bowing out but the brand owned by Volkswagen has no intention of leaving it without heirs.

Bugatti still holds the speed record for a production car at 431 kilometres an hour, and its next vehicle “will be fascinating and even better than what you see here,” says Brungs.

“The car will come most probably next year,” he says.

“We love competition, and if someone tries to beat us, we’ll take this as a challenge, and we enjoy striking back.”

Photo Credits : AFP

Rare collection of antique cars under the hammer in Paris

An ultra-rare Ferrari that once belonged to actor Alain Delon and was discovered rusting under a pile of old magazines on a French farm fetched 14.2 million euros ($16.2 million) at auction on Friday.

The Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder — one of only a few dozen ever made — went under the hammer at the Artcurial auction house in Paris.

It was up for sale alongside a treasure trove of rare classic cars found on the farm in western France last year after lying forgotten for half a century.

The cars, described as “sleeping beauties” by the auction house, were all being sold in the state they were found, having been kept in makeshift shelters by an enthusiast who had planned to open an automobile museum.

One specialist magazine in the US last year called it the “discovery of the century” and despite their condition, some went for three or four times the asking price.

The 60 classic gems carry legendary names like Bugatti, Hispano-Suiza, Talbot-Lago, Panhard-Levassor, Maserati, Delahaye and Delage.

The find, announced in December, was likened by Artcurial managing director Matthieu Lamoure to stumbling upon the car world’s equivalent of the tomb of Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun.

– Metallic graveyard –

Lamoure and senior specialist Pierre Novikoff got a tip-off about the timeworn fleet while criss-crossing the country hunting for rare pieces.

On the farm — Artcurial is keeping the exact location secret — they found a hodge-podge of makeshift structures, describing shock after shock as they realised the treasures they contained.

“This was somewhere between a metallic graveyard and a museum,” said Novikoff, describing valuable cars covered with ivy, and in some cases sheets of corrugated iron resting directly on the cars.

“We were overcome with emotion. Probably much like Lord Carrington and Howard Carter, on being the first for centuries to enter Tutankhamun’s tomb,” said Lamoure.

The rare California Spyder — a car which features 13 times on the list of the 100 most expensive cars ever sold — was bought new by French actor Gerard Blain and later sold to fellow actor Delon.

Delon was photographed with American actresses Jane Fonda and Shirley MacLaine in the car, which historians thought was lost forever.

Its neighbour on the farm, a Maserati from 1956, went for 1.72 million euros on Friday.

Delon has criticised Artcurial for “using my name to push up the price.”

“I only had the car for two years,” he exclaimed.

“Everything that has been indicated, mentioned, written about the sale of this car has been done without my consent.”

Also uncovered is an extravagant Talbot Lago T26 Cabriolet that belonged to Egypt’s last monarch King Farouk, known for his grotesque extravagance, and an avid collector who along with fast cars amassed one of the world’s most famous coin collections.

– Cars’ mystery endures –

But how did such a jackpot of mythical automobiles end up on a rural French farm, left to rust for half a century?

While classic cars are now snapped up and extremely valuable, this was not the case a few decades ago when inventor and automobile enthusiast Roger Baillon became one of the first collectors.

He had a transport business in the west of France, raking in a fortune in the post-WWII boom and in 1947 designed and built his own car known as the Bluebird.

He bought the property in 1953 to turn into an automobile museum, snapping up classic cars — some saved from the scrapyard — between 1955 and 1965.

Baillon’s business declined in the 1970s and he sold much of his car collection — though it turns out he had clung on to many of the collection’s jewels.

Photo Credits : AFP

BMW fixes security flaws on its cars

BMW has patched a security flaw that left 2.2 million cars, including Rolls Royce and Mini models, open to hackers.

The flaw affected models fitted with BMW’s Connected-Drive software, which uses an on-board Sim card.

The software operated door locks, air conditioning and traffic updates but no driving firmware such as brakes or steering, BMW said.

No cars have actually been hacked, but the flaw was identified by German motorist association ADAC.

The researchers found that the cars would try to communicate via a spoofed phone network, leaving potential hackers able to control anything activated by the Sim.

The patch, which would be applied automatically, included making data from the car encrypted via HTTPS (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure) the same security commonly used for online banking, BMW said.

If your car is within an area covered by a mobile phone network you should have received an update, if  its starter battery has been disconnected  then select  “Update Services” from your car’s menu.”.

What the colour of your car says about you

The next time you buy a car, you might want to pause a while longer to decide what colour you choose. Top automakers throw millions of dollars at researching what the latest tastes are, and say the color of a vehicle is so important to customers that it can be the difference between buying or not.

But there is no mistaking the preeminence of white. Sitting at a white table, on white chairs, in a white room, Oona Scheepers of Volkswagen told AFP: “White for cars really peaked in the 1970s and 1980s, and then all of a sudden disappeared.

“But in the last 10 years we have noticed an increase again in white. And it definitely came with the Apple iPod era because Apple started to do everything with white, and a lot of nice chrome or metal finishes.

“In combination it was really nice and fresh. But before that, white was really not selling in Europe because people associated it with delivery cars and it looked cheap.

“But the combination with metal and chrome looks fresh and completely new. White is booming worldwide.”

However, Scheepers, head of design, color and trim, said black was still Volkswagen’s best-seller — but only just.

So if one were to choose a black vehicle over a white one, what kind of person would that make you? “You could be sporty. But people in hot countries like white.

“White definitely deflects heat, but if you have a black car it can get damn hot inside. And then in a country like South Africa you often have to overtake into direct, oncoming traffic, but white is very visible.

“So it’s a safety feature as well in some countries. Metallic gray or black just melts into the colour of the tar, so it is not that visible.”

 

China unveils their own copy of Range Rover ‘Evoque’

At first glance, the new car unveiled at a motor show appeared to be an updated model of the Range Rover Evoque.

With its signature body shape, lights and radiator grill and silver logo across the front edge of its bonnet, it was the spitting image of the British bestseller.

But in fact, it was a brazen copy of the hugely popular UK-designed ‘baby’ off-roader – and a fraction of the price.

Its uncanny similarity to the Evoque’s distinctive design provoked an angry response from Jaguar Land Rover, which may take legal action to protect its brand.

The British manufacturer has just opened its first car factory in China in a venture with local firm Chery.

 

Does a man have to own a car before getting married?

A lady by the name Julia wa Wanjiku has sparked controversy on social media with her post (below) on her Facebook.

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The post went viral after Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko and Comedian Churchill shared the screenshot of her facebook update on their pages.

Social media users didn’t take her message lightly and went on to give their different opinions of what constitutes a marriage.

1928 Ford Tudor retains overall trophy at Concours d’Elegance

For the second year running, a 1928 Ford Tudor from Phoenix Aviation emerged the overall winner of the CBA Africa Concours d’Elegance which folded its curtains at the Nairobi Racecourse on Sunday.

This is the fourth time the Phoenix Ford Tudor has won “the car beaty contest” what with previous victories in 2009, 2010 and 2013.

Phoenix Aviation’s Mohammed Paruez amassed a total of 279 points to complete an emphatic back to back success before an enthusiastic crowd that was treated to some exhilarating displays at the Racecourse.

The Phoenix Tudor- entered in class 13 of veteran, vintage and post vintage cars made up to December 31, 1940, was incidentally the last car to be judged in the CBA sponsored event and emerged the winner with an impressive six point margin over the Diccon Wilcock entered 1951 MG TD.