The New Honda CR-V is a recipe for success
The fourth-generation Honda CR-V is the world’s best-selling SUV with cumulative global sales of nine million units in more than 150 countries. And it’s not difficult to see why, as Honda has always been known for producing high quality products with an enviable reputation for reliability and durability.
Making its South African debut, the all-new fifth-generation CR-V is set to extend that success even further.The latest version is the most advanced, spacious and sophisticated iteration of the popular compact SUV to date.
From a local perspective, it builds on a successful track record stretching back over more than 20 years, when the CR-V pioneered the compact SUV sector in South Africa.
Completely redesigned and re-engineered from the ground up, the Honda CR-V features a striking exterior design and a more spacious, quieter cabin with extended rear legroom and an expanded cargo compartment.As has become the Honda norm, the latest CR-V’s pricing adopts an all-inclusive strategy, ensuring strong value too.
The cabin execution is even smarter than before, with enhanced ergonomics and materials, while ease of entry and exit is the best in the class.The CRV’s two-mode floor allows the interior to be configured in a variety of ways to reflect individual requirements. In addition, the infotainment systems have been upgraded with extended functionality.
The drivetrain offering includes the option of a high-efficiency turbocharged engine for the first time in the CR-V. The four-cylinder, forced-induction engine delivers exceptional power and torque output across a broad
rev range, benefiting performance and tractability, while also achieving impressive economy figures.
The new CR-V is based on a completely new platform architecture, allowing the newcomer to achieve significant gains in overall ride quality and refinement, as well as crisper steering response, enhanced ride comfort, and more composed handling.The result is a vehicle that’s more polished and more engaging to drive.
The Honda CR-V boasts a cabin that is significantly more spacious, thanks to an increase in the wheelbase, as well as wider front and rear tracks.The result is a meaningful increase in total interior volume.
Rear passenger legroom has been boosted by a full nine centimetre, and there is more shoulder room both in the front and rear.The 60/40 split rear bench seat can be folded flat to expand cargo capacity, creating a completely flat loading floor in the process.
The Honda CR-V is offered with a choice of two drivetrains.The 2.0 Comfort and 2.0 Elegance models are powered by a refined version of the 2.0-litre four-cylinder i-VTEC petrol engine employed in the previous CR-V.
The normally aspirated unit is equipped with variable valve timing and programmed fuel injection, and has a rated maximum power output of 113kW at 6 500 r/min, combined with a torque peak of
189 Nm at 4 300 r/min.
The 1 997cc engine is linked to Honda’s highly regarded Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with G-Shift control logic, which provides all the convenience of an automatic gearbox, but optimises the drive ratio for the particular driving circumstances.The gearbox also offers pre-set steps for manual selection. Drive is to the front wheels.
Breaking new ground
The 1.5T Executive and 1.5T Exclusive models break new ground for the CR-V by offering turbocharged power for the first time.The 1 498cc turbo engine is equipped with programmed, direct fuel injection, variable valve timing to deliver 140/kW of maximum power at 5 600 r/min, together with 240Nm of maximum torque in a broad band between 2 000 and 5 000 r/min.
The new turbo engine is accompanied by Honda’s CVT gearbox, but is linked to an intelligent Real Time AWD system that seamlessly transfers power from the front to the rear wheels when additional traction is required.
The all-wheel drive system delivers the efficiency and economy of front-wheel drive on normal surfaces, but offers additional traction, composure and peace of mind when travelling on compromised surfaces such as wet roads or gravel tracks.
The Honda CR-V range consists of four models, comprising a choice of two engines and four specification levels. All four models feature Honda’s latest-generation CVT. There is also a choice of front-wheel drive and intelligent all-wheel drive.
It is good to see Honda moving away from the fuddy-duddy and sometimes quirky designs of the past by offering a design language that is able to take the fight to the established rivals.
The National Development Plan (NDP) has mandated the Department of Human Settlements to provide adequate housing and integrated human settlements to eligible beneficiaries. What progress have you made on this front? The Department of Human Settlements’ Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) addresses the requirements of the NDP by ensuring that poor households have adequate housing in well located land; supporting the development of a residential property market that is functional and equitable and enhancing institutional capacity improvements so as to address spatial integrating targeting. In 2014 the Executive Council [EXCO] approved the Mpumalanga Human Settlements Master Plan, which serves as a guiding framework in the implementation of Sustainable Integrated Human Settlements during the current MTSF period. In line with the Master Plan, the department has delivered 49 959 housing opportunities and issued 24 794 title deeds during the MTSF period, which started in 2014. These have been achieved through the various housing policy instruments such as the (1) Integrated Residential Development [IRDP]; (2) enhanced People Housing Process [ePHP]; (3) Community Residential Units [CRUs]; (4) Social Housing; (5) Finance Linked Individual Subsidy Programme [FLISP]; (6) Military Veterans Programme and (7) Informal Settlements Upgrading Programme [UISP] – Serviced Sites. The department has been able to allocate most of the housing opportunities in integrated human settlements such as Tekwane South Extension 2; Tekwane North Extension 1; Emjindini Extensions 16, 17 and 18; Standerton Extension 8; Wesselton Extention 7; Mashishing Extentions 6 and 8 and Sabie Extension 10; Siyanqoba Housing Development; Duvha Park; Rockdale North; KwaZamokuhle; and Siyathuthuka. With October being Human Settlements Month, how will Mpumalanga’s Department of Human Settlements celebrate this auspicious occasion? There are few project hand-overs planned for the month, marketing and public relations activities through various media platforms and outreach programmes. We will continue with our monthly radio talk shows, marketing programmes and public relations exercises such as handing over of military veterans’ projects, visits to projects currently underway and we will also partner with stakeholders to support them in their social responsibilities activities, especially for the most vulnerable groups in society such as women, child-headed households, orphans and people with disabilities. There is a new noticeable trajectory in the realisation of integrated and structured development in Mpumalanga. To what do you attribute the department’s success and can you identify some of those successes? High numbers of houses delivered within a set period is construed as good performance, yet the responsive nature and quality of houses built (which ordinarily translates to quality of life) is less attended to; this at the expense of households meant to benefit in all government developmental initiatives. Contrary to the current norms and standards, role players across all spheres of government in general tend to monitor set targets – not quality nor pre-determined government objectives in as far as the creation of sustainable human settlements.
What was of fundamental importance was the establishment of an efficient and effective delivery of human settlements development value chain in Mpumalanga Province and ensuring that accountability, monitoring and evaluation tools are used to ensure that the appointed service providers deliver quality houses in particular and in the process meet the expectations of the needy households and most vulnerable citizens in general. There are several new and exciting housing and settlement projects currently in the pipeline for the department. What are these?
In Ehlanzeni District Municipal Area, these are: 1. Hillsview Integrated Human Settlement – City of
Mbombela Local Municipality;
2. Rockys Drift Integrated Human Settlement (Dingwell
and Msholozi) – City of Mbombela Local Municipality; 3. Mataffin Precinct Integrated Human Settlement – City
of Mbombela Local Municipality;
4. Mjejane and Mjejane Extension 1 Integrated Human
Settlement – Nkomazi Local Municipality;
5. KaMhlushwa Integrated Human Settlement – Nkomazi
6. Lehumo Integrated Human Settlement – Bushbuckridge
7. Burlington Integrated Human Settlement –
Bushbuckridge Local Municipality;
8. Rooyboklaagte Integrated Human Settlement –
Bushbuckridge Local Municipality;
9. Lillydale Integrated Human Settlement – Bushbuckridge
Local Municipality; and
10.Kumana Integrated Human Settlement – Bushbuckridge
In Gert Sibande District Municipal Area, these are: 1. Zondagfontein and Landverwacht 282 IS Integrated
Human Settlements – Govan Mbeki Local Municipality; 2. Rietspruit Integrated Human Settlement – Msukaligwa
3. Ekuthuleni Integrated Human Settlement – Govan Mbeki
4. Kempville Extension 2 Integrated Human Settlement –
Mkhondo Local Municipality;
5. Piet Retief Extension 7 Integrated Human Settlement –
Mkhondo Local Municipality;
6. Grootvlei Integrated Human Settlement – Dipaliseng
7. Amsterdam Integrated Human Settlement – Mkhondo
Local Municipality; 8. Vukuzakhe Integrated Human Settlement – Dr Pixley Ka
Isaka Seme Local Municipality;
9. Perdekop Integrated Human Settlement – Dr Pixley Ka
Isaka Seme Local Municipality;
10. Amosfort Integrated Human Settlement – Dr Pixley Ka
Isaka Seme Local Municipality; and
11. Wakkerstroom Integrated Human Settlement – Dr Pixley
Ka Isaka Seme Local Municipality.
In Nkangala District Municipal Area, these are: 1. Klarinet Phase 2 Integrated Human Settlement –
eMalahleni Local Municipality [CATALYTIC PROJECT] 2. Rondebosch Integrated Human Settlement – Steve
Tshwete Local Municipality
3. Naauwpoort Integrated Human Settlement –
eMalahleni Local Municipality. A forum to address the proliferation of informal settlements in Mpumalanga was recently established, supplemented by a countrywide roadshow. What interesting findings emerged from the forum, and has it helped people understand your bid to facilitate structured development? The province needs to develop a Provincial Informal Settlements Strategy and each municipality needs to develop its own strategy covering the entire municipality in order to adequately deal with the ever increasing challenges of mushrooming of informal settlements. The mining sector indirectly contributes towards the mushrooming of informal settlements and needs to be engaged as part of the corporate social responsibility to contribute towards the development of human settlements for their employees in line with the Mining Charter. The forum must meet once per quarter and in that way assist municipalities to better understand and learn best practices from other provinces on how they deal with the prevention and upgrading of informal settlements. What are some of the more immediate challenges that the Mpumalanga Department of Human Settlements is facing? 1. Mushrooming of informal settlements in some mining towns,
2. Unavailability of bulk infrastructure affecting speedy delivery of integrated human settlements,
3. Land invasions in unplanned areas that are susceptible to natural disasters and land parcels earmarked for other socio-economic facilities, and
4. Illegal invasion of human settlements by those in need for housing opportunities closer to areas of work.
How important is the private sector and business community’s contribution to the department? And have you managed to establish successful partnerships with the private sector? The department and local municipalities have concluded agreements with a number of private entities wherein parties to the contracts are involved in the creation of Integrated Human Settlements.
The partnerships in this regard entail the following: 1. Township establishment processes;
2. Servicing of sites; and
3. Construction of individual housing units comprising of
different housing typologies. In this regard, the extent of partnerships entails amongst other components township establishment and servicing of sites on publicly owned land, construction of top structures and serviced sites that are fully funded by the mining houses and private entities such as SASOL Pty Ltd and MIB Pty Ltd in Govan Mbeki Municipal area as well as EXXARO Coal Mining Company and SOUTH32 Coal Mining Company in both eMalahleni and Steve Tshwete Local Municipalities. What processes does the department have in place to ensure effective project implementation? In the path to successful delivery of integrated human settlements, the department has been successful in establishing and affirming its role in ensuring access to adequate housing. The following issues are considered critical, therefore requiring the attention of the sector and necessary to ensure effective project implementation: 1. The organisational structures across all spheres in the sector ought to be restructured and suitably qualified and experienced professionals need to be recruited. 2. Houses may be reported as having been built whilst they are not [due to the lack of accountability, and pure corruption] and in other instances the quality of houses tend to be poor and substandard in nature, due to lack of monitoring and evaluation. 3. The need for the devolution of the human settlement mandate to the local sphere of government remains a deciding factor in the creation of integrated sustainable human settlements. 4. Quality of the houses versus environmental quality. Houses ought to be built in areas where negative development issues such as inadequate levels of bulk infrastructure, sewer spillages, and poor road infrastructure conditions have been adequately addressed.
5. Enhanced working relations between human settlements departments and support institutions such as, amongst others, the NHBRC and the HDA is of paramount importance.
6. Support institutions should be encouraged in terms of providing services ranging from warranty protection and regulating the industry to acting as the implementing agents in related place making activities such as project management, identification, acquisition and development of land for various human settlements related purposes.
7. Spatial planning is one of the key instruments essential in bringing about the desired change in the creation of sustainable human settlements.
8. Measuring sustainable urban development is essential in supporting the formulation of transformative interventions aimed at sustainability and shared prosperity.
9. Strengthening municipal finance is considered just as important in addressing and responding to the government priorities in a manner that relates to what needy households expect from the government. Technology is rapidly changing the way the world operates. How are you ensuring a future-fit Mpumalanga Department of Human Settlements? The department uses tools such as the Geographic Information System (GIS) to visualise, plan, analyse, report and monitor progress on the ground. The department is currently in the process of implementing an enterprise GIS solution to centralise information and make it accessible through an online portal.
A sumptuous interior complements the elegant interior.
Looking good from all angles, the Honda CR-V now has the go to match the show.
MEC Speedy Mashilo and Govan Mbeki Executive Mayor, Cllr Flora Maboa-Boltman handing over a house to a beneficiary
A government subsidised house at Elukwatini, Chief Albert Luthuli Local Municipality
Military Veterans’ houses delivered at Siyanqoba BNG Project
MEC Mashilo handing over a title deed to a beneficiary at Victor Khanye Local Municipality
Community Residential Units (CRU) at Emthonjeni, Emakhazeni Local Municipality
Klarinet Integrated Human Settlement, eMalahleni