How to beat the budget blues
Posted: Monday 6th March 2017
Getting behind the wheel in 2017 could be easier than you think
The Minister of Finance has had his say and the national budget is behind us for another year. One of his announcements was that the fuel levy is to increase - another expense to be carried by motorists. But, when it comes to beating the budget blues, there are things that can be done to ease the financial burden.
So says Des Fenner, General Manager of Datsun South Africa, who points out that cars always respond to a bit of care. However, having a car always ready to roll, means looking after the basics. The reward is a personal budget that automatically begins to look a bit healthier.
Datsun’s ‘Top Six Tips’ for a balanced car budget are:
“The guideline when it comes to budgeting for car expenses is that it’s always better to spend a little when needed, rather than spend a lot when it shouldn’t be necessary. Keeping a car healthy, means happy motoring at a reduced cost,” says Mr Fenner.
Datsun originated in Japan as DAT-GO (the DAT-car) almost a century ago in 1914. The word DAT means ‘lightning-fast’ in Japanese but is also a reference to the three financiers who supported the business at the time – namely Mssrs. Den, Aoyama and Takeuchi – an acronym of the first letter of each name. Using the same logic, it was promoted as Durable, Attractive and Trustworthy, or DAT for short.
In 1933, Nissan’s founding father Yoshisuke Aikawa took over the business with a vision of “mobility for all”. The introduction of a light-weight, economical yet resilient car to meet the aspirations of young Japanese people in the early 1930s was named the ‘son of DAT’ – Datson - which later changed to Datsun. Local engineering and mass-production made the founder’s dream a reality.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. announced the return of the Datsun brand, Nissan's third global brand, alongside Nissan and Infiniti, in March 2012. Datsun will provide a sustainable motoring experience to optimistic up-and-coming customers in high-growth markets. Datsun represents 80 years of accumulated Japanese car-making expertise and is an important part of Nissan's DNA. Datsun already started sales in India and Indonesia, while sales in Russia and South Africa will commence later in 2014.
ABOUT NISSAN MOTOR IN SOUTH AFRICA
Nissan South Africa is the operational hub for Regional Business Unit South, serving Nissan’s key South Africa market and 42 other countries in Sub Saharan Africa, including Angola, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria. In South Africa, the company offers a range of 28 vehicles under the Nissan and Infiniti brands, including the popular locally-produced Nissan light commercial vehicles - the NP200 half ton pickup and NP300 one-ton Hardbody – produced at the company’s Rosslyn plant, north west of Pretoria. In 2013, the company made history with the introduction of South Africa’s first electric vehicle, Nissan’s flagship Nissan LEAF. This will be followed in 2014 by the reintroduction of the iconic Datsun brand, as well as the launch of the new Qashqai crossover and new X-Trail sports utility vehicle. Nissan South Africa is one of the top five automotive companies in South Africa. For more information visit our website at http://www.nissan.co.za