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CAR September 2018

CAR is Southern Africa’s leading automotive-interest magazine – and has been since 1957. It’s aimed at petrol-heads of all ages looking for, expert reviews, road tests, driving impressions of the latest models available and great motoring content from the country’s leading motoring journalists.

South Africa
RamsayMedia (PTY) Ltd
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
editor’s letter

What an honour it has been to work for one of the great magazines in South African media and it’s been immensely rewarding to see CAR both resist the print decline and expand into a content brand with a significant following online across our website and social-media platforms. The key to all of this, of course, is the dedicated and professional team putting its automotive passion and experience into every word, image and video you see in this magazine and on CARmag.co.za. Kudos to you, Team CAR. I’ve worked in a number of editorial teams over the years and I can honestly say I’ve never before encountered a crew this talented and knowledgeable. I’ve learnt much. I doff my cap to you holding this magazine, too, because no other title enjoys a…

1 min
winning letter

BRING BACK THE JETTA! The Jetta was a formula that worked for Volkswagen here in SA. Basically a Golf with a boot, they remain sought-after vehicles and attract respectable resale. I owned all of them, from the Jetta 2 through to the Jetta 5. I fondly remember my Jetta 2 2,0 16 V; Jetta 3 CLI and VR6; Jetta 4 1,8T, Executive and R-Line; and the Jetta 5 2,0 TSI. With the Jetta 6, I did my own mods to enhance its presence (pictured). As local CC and now Passat sales have shown, trying to entice Jetta customers to opt for the Passat and Arteon won’t work. There is no doubting that the CC, Passat and Arteon are great vehicles but they should be compared with the likes of the Audi A5,…

1 min

Congratulations to Mahomed Suliman Mahomed, who wins an aviator-inspired, lightweight SOLO Altitude backpack (R1 499) and a stylish SOLO Ludlo tablet sling (R699) that can accommodate a tablet up to 11 inches in size. SOLO Established in 2008, SOLO is committed to shaking up an old industry. The brand’s goal is to keep you moving in style with cool, thoughtfully designed bags and tablet cases. Since ’08, the streets of New York have provided SOLO with endless inspiration. Every design has a unique style, sparked by the sights and sounds of the city. While New York is a place SOLO calls home, that dynamic spirit translates everywhere. See www.gammatek.co.za for more info.…

7 min
over to you...

Please include your physical address and telephone number. Diverse ideas and opinions are welcome, but publication of your letter doesn’t necessarily mean we agree. Please stick to a maximum of 300 words. CAR reserves the right to edit and shorten letters owing to space constraints. ELECTRIC CARS FOR SOUTH AFRICA? MAYBE, BUT... So much has been published about the benefits of full electric cars but there is a downside to all this hype. First World progress could become a Third World disaster if we ignore the consequences of such progress in countries such as ours. As much as we would all like to see electric hook-ups all over our beloved country, I doubt if anybody has ever tried to document the final impact it would have in terms of our (un)employment. What happened…

1 min
clipped cloverleaf

ELECTRIFYING POWER Given the strong likelihood the GTV will be a niche model, reports have emerged from Italy suggesting Alfa will offer its two-door sportscar only as a Quadrifoglio Verde (QV) high-performance model. Power will come courtesy of the Guilia QV’s 2,9-litre turbocharged petrol V6, with what Alfa has dubbed e-Boost, a yet-to-be-detailed supplementary power source (possibly similar to KERS) that will pump in excess of 447 kW through an AWD drivetrain with torque-vectoring. RETURN OF GIORGIO The company’s Giorgio platform, which forms the foundations of myriad Chrysler/Jeep models, not to mention the Guilia and Stelvio, will underpin the next-generation GTV. This modular unit will be configured for AWD and contribute to what Alfa claims will be an optimal 50:50 front-to-rear weight distribution. MORE THAN A HINT OF GIULIA In addition to sharing its platform,…

2 min
golden lining

RACE-BRED BRAWN Beneath its shapely shell lies a hand-assembled version of the firm’s 3,8-litre VR38DETT V6 turbopetrol engine drawing on engineering know-how from Nissan’s participation in GT3 racing. Modifications such as GT3 competition-spec turbos, increased capacities for both air filters and fuel injection help extract 530 kW and 780 N.m. FOUR ON THE FLOOR As in the Nismo GT-R, the GT-R50 utilises a high-performance AWD system that, allied with a reinforced six-speed dual-clutch transmission and stronger differentials and drivelines, sends drive to all four corners. STOP AND SHOCK A mighty braking system comprising six-piston front and four-piston rear Brembos are tasked with bringing the whole shooting match to a halt, while a bespoke Bilstein Damp-Tronic suspension setup continually adjusts to road surface conditions. THE MILLION-DOLLAR QUESTION According the Nissan, this first collaboration between the Japanese auto giant…