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CAR June 2019

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

2 min
from the editor

We don’t always make it easy for ourselves at CAR, not when an issue includes tests of 10 new vehicles (and a Vespa). Formal road testing is a serious business at South Africa’s oldest motoring media brand (we’re the sole local outlet that tests vehicles this extensively), so thought I’d let you in on what exactly transpires during the two weeks a press car spends in the CAR garage. When a new model – let’s use that BMW 320d on the cover as an example – arrives at our offices, usually delivered by a fleet manager tasked with running a manufacturer’s press and marketing convoy, it’s rigorously checked for damage before being signed in. By this stage, I would have allocated the 320d to an editorial team member who’s responsible for sourcing…

1 min
winning letter

FAITHFUL CAR The 4th of April 2019 marked the 13th anniversary of my first car: a 1,6-litre Ford Fiesta. I recall my late father taking me to CNA to buy CAR magazine. We spent hours scrutinising CAR Guide, comparing all my options. Finally, he took me to the various dealerships to test drive his top choices. Thirteen years later, as my first baby is starting to gradually give in, I find myself scouring the Internet for hours on end, looking for a new car; only to find myself returning to CNA with a lump in my throat and tears swelling in my eyes, missing my father immensely and picking up CAR magazine to find the familiar guide at the end. It’s been three years since my dad has passed on. At times like…

6 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. POA CARS I’ve been an avid reader of CAR for the past 20 years. After purchasing the latest issue, I realised the list of luxury vehicles showing “POA” in the price column is growing. Do these car manufacturers believe that only wealthy readers, who can afford to buy these cars, are worthy of seeing the price, or do they flatly refuse to give you the price of even the cheapest model for ordinary readers to see? Is their prevailing attitude still, “If you have to ask the…

1 min
boutique hiking boot

With the reveal of its near-production-ready GLB concept, the void between the ageing GLA and recently updated GLC will be filled by Mercedes-Benz as it looks set to take the fight to some tough rivals in the lucrative boutique SUV segment. SPACE UP ITS SLEEVE Spun off an extended version of the W247 B-Class platform, the GLB measures 4 634 mm long, 1 890 mm wide and 1 990 mm high, the lofty latter figure owing to a permanent roof box that’s unlikely to see production. According to Mercedes-Benz, the GLB’s 2 829 mm wheelbase (100 mm up on that of the new B-Class) allows it to accommodate seven passengers, including two “medium-sized” persons in the rearmost, flush-folding individual seats. ETA: 2020 MUCH BIGGER BROTHER Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its hulking new GLS to rival BMW’s…

1 min
top-down terror

To celebrate its 70th anniversary of bolting together some of the most desirable sportscars we know, Porsche has released a limited-run 911 Speedster. Based on the formidable 911 GT3, including its lightweight construction and sports chassis with rear-steering module, the Speedster is capped with a manually operated roof stashed beneath that shapely double-domed rear deck. It also shares the GT3’s 4,0-litre flat-six engine which, much to enthusiasts’ joy, can be coupled with a six-speed manual ‘box. Spinning up to 9 000 r/min and developing 374 kW, this unit will rocket the Speedster from 0-100 km/h in 3,9 seconds and on to a 309 km/h top speed. Look out for a driving impression in next month’s issue. ETA: Q3 FAST, PAST AND PRESENT Aston Martin is looking back while moving forward, with the…

1 min

AUDI AI:ME This compact EV design study delves into the future of autonomous urban motoring, with level four autonomy allowing it to negotiate myriad driving conditions between 40 and 70 km/h. There are also suggestions its dashing design could point to a revival of the quirky but forward-thinking A2 hatch. VOLKSWAGEN I.D ROOMZZ The latest member of VW’s I.D electric-vehicle family is a seven-seater AWD SUV with an operating range of up to 450 km. Like the AI:ME, it’s capable of low-speed autonomous driving, making its spacious cabin more lounge than cockpit. The AI:ME design study boasts level four autonomous capability, allowing it to negotiate myriad driving conditions on its own…