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The World Car of the Year winners 2018

April 9, 2018
The World Car of the Year winners 2018 - Volvo XC60

The winners of the World Car of the Year Awards 2018 have been announced at the New York Auto Show. The Volvo XC60 was announced as the overall winner from an initial entry list of 34 vehicles from all over the world – with the Range Rover Velar and Mazda CX‐5 named as runners-up. To be eligible for the overall World Car of the Year award, the candidates must have been available for sale on at least two continents from 1 January 2017 – 31 May 2018. This year, vehicles were selected and voted on by an international jury panel comprised of…

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The 5 most popular car brands in South Africa right now

March 6, 2018
The 5 most popular car brands in South Africa right now • Toyota Corolla 2018

Naamsa (National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SA) has released its latest vehicle sales and exports report, with over 92,124 vehicles sold in the first two months of 2018. In an analysis of the data, Absa said that this amounts to a 6.6% decrease when compared to the 98,587 vehicles sold in the first two months of 2017. Of these cars sold, Absa said that: 84% were sold by dealers to the public 9.7% went to the rental industry 2.6% were sold to government and 3.7% were sold to corporates. TOP 5 most popular car brands sold in South Africa Of the…

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8 of the most anticipated cars coming to South Africa in 2018

February 6, 2018
Jaguar E-pace • 8 of the most anticipated cars coming to South Africa in 2018

I’ve always been asked, ‘What is my favourite car?’ and I’ve always said ‘The next one.’   Carroll Shelby According to a December 2017 report by Wesbank, demand and stocks for used vehicles is slowly drying up across South Africa, leaving motorists to search for new models at a bargain. WesBank’s data showed that the current replacement cycle for new cars is at 44 months. The ageing carpark means consumers are ready to replace their vehicles before service and warranty plans lapse. These consumers also want new cars that bring a promise of reliability as well as fuel-efficient technologies. For these…

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Our favourite Top Tips for better cellphone photos

November 15, 2017
Top Tips for taking better cellphone photos • FJ Potgieter Eye Poetry Photography

With Social media becoming a major marketing strategy for businesses, creating content is a number one priority for marketing managers and taking good quality photos with a Smartphone, whether it be for your social feed or blog, is a very in demand skill. Every month here at Hello Smart Blog we get to collaborate with one of the BEST photographers in the business, FJ Potgieter of Eye Poetry Photography. Being the topnotch cool guy that he is, we knew FJ wouldn’t mind if we picked his super talented brain on the very important subject of how to up our Social-media-photo game and…

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The best and worst cars for part prices in South Africa

October 5, 2017
The best and worst cars for part prices in South Africa • Toyota Fotuner

Renowned motor journalist, Malcolm Kinsey, has released his Kinsey report for 2017 – detailing how much it costs to service and repair a car in South Africa. Kinsey stated that the local motor industry is currently facing a “crisis” with manufacturers withdrawing from the country, old established brands no longer being imported and many dealer networks are negotiating for new vehicles to replace their old products. “One of the early brands to exodus the country was Citroen. Peugeot SA decided to concentrate on the Peugeot range and stop importing the sister vehicles. Peugeot then acquired the Vauxhall and Opel brands…

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TOP 10 Companies Millennials Want to work for

September 6, 2017
TOP 10 Companies Millennials Want to work for - Google

Tweet others the way you want to want to be tweeted ― Germany Kent According to Pew Research, as of 2015, Millennials made up more than one third of the World’s entire workforce, which allowed them to surpass Gen X as the largest working generation. With this number anticipated to rise dramatically in the coming years, what Millennials expect from their workplace is going to become an increasingly important factor for companies. There is so much written about what Millennials want from an employer, whether it’s benefits, flexibility, or career opportunities… But in terms of who does it best, where do most…

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The World’s Top 10 Self-made Women Billionaires

August 3, 2017
The world's Top 10 Self-made Women Billionaires • Zhang Xin

More women entrepreneurs than ever before have climbed into the 10-figure club. A record 56 self-made women are now billionaires including the first ever from countries like Vietnam and Japan. In fact, more than half of these enterprising women hail from Asia. Worth a combined $129 billion, these trailblazers have founded some of the best known brands around the globe including Gap, Spanx, Alibaba and Little Caesars. Women are still the much rarer sex when it comes to wealth creation but they are moving in the right direction. The best-known self-made women billionaires around the world include Americans like Oprah…

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The World’s Most Valuable Brands 2017

June 1, 2017
The World's Most Valuable Brands 2017

Brand value. Everybody wants it. Many struggle to achieve it. Few brands truly attain it. It’s no accident that the world’s most valuable brands excel year after year. In a global economy subject to changing market dynamics and heightened competition, the role of brands has never been greater. With the top 100 brands this year having a cumulative value of $1.95 trillion, one thing is for certain, it sure pays to up your brand game! But who is the WHO of brands in 2017? Every year Forbes magazine creates a list of the world’s most valuable brands. Forbes values brands…

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5 Best Biographies: The Life Stories EVERYONE should read

May 15, 2017
Best Biographies • Steve Jobs

Smart people read biographies. Generalisations are usually worthless, but you can pretty much take this one to the bank. Look at their libraries and you’ll see, one biography and memoir and autobiography after another. There’s a reason – reading biographies is some of the most actionable and educational reading you can do. Think about it, a biography is a sweeping portrait of a life or a career. Politics and war, science and sports, memoir and history. Biographies allow you to see the world in a new way, through the life of another person who lived in a different time and place.…

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The TIME 100 Most Influential People in the World 2017

May 4, 2017
TIME 100 Most Influential People in the World 2017 • Alessandro Michele Gucci

Every year an annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World is assembled by TIME Magazine. First published in 1999 as the result of a debate among American academics, politicians, and journalists, the list has now become a very distinguished and prevalent annual event. Although appearing on the list is often seen as an honor, TIME makes it clear that entrants are recognised for changing the world, regardless of the consequences of their actions. The annual list of 100 Most Influential People explores the intersection of accomplishment and renown. As in years past, this year’s list includes Presidents and…

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