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CAR December 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

1 min
from the editor

What a fascinating first two decades of this millennium it’s been for the motoring industry. Rewind 20 years to our December 1999 issue and, while we were eagerly anticipating the arrival of the Fiat Palio, Toyota MR2, facelifted Daewoo Nubira (remember it?) and Audi’s aluminium-bodied, timeless A2 (which never made it here but has a confirmed spot in my fantasy garage as a chic city-runabout), there were talks too of alternative-energy powertrains for a pollution-free future. Ex-editor John Bentley visited the Tokyo Motor Show for that issue and reported various brands were investigating how best to introduce environmentally friendly technologies that are cost-effective. “Showing eco-cars whose high cost would more than erase their energy-saving ability is no longer an option,” John said. Somewhat frustratingly, the same concerns remain 20 years later. While…

1 min
winning letter

KEEP LEFT AND PASS RIGHT The column Life in the slow lane by Gareth Dean refers. I agree and share my experience of driving in the UK and Europe. I have driven a combined 20 000 km in the UK and nine European countries intermittently over the past 10 years. The keep-left, pass-right rule in the UK and the keep-right, pass-left rule in Europe are obeyed by all. Over there, if you activate your indicators showing an intention to change lanes, the vehicle behind will fall back, flash its headlamps confirming you may proceed and allow you to overtake and return to the driving lane. This practice results in uncluttered freeways and fluent traffic flows. Overall, Europeans obey traffic laws and adhere to speed limits. The result is a pleasurable and relaxing…

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. WHAT’S THE PRICE, CAR? After recently buying a new Ford Kuga 2,0 TDCi AWD ST-Line and comparing the price I paid to the one published in your magazine, I found there is a huge difference. • The car without upgraded wheels and metallic paint: R548 500. • Metallic paint: R1 220. • Standard wheels: R5 460. • Total: R555 180. In the good old days, you bought a car and had to pay additional for extras like metallic paint and alloy wheels. The model I bought is available only in…

26 min
20 cars for 2020

The i10 will offer a 1,2-litre engine as well as a touchscreen to control the infotainment system 01 MERCEDES-BENZ GLB ETA 2020 What is it? A premium midsize seven-seater SUV. Why we’re excited: We like that the GLB favours family-friendly practicality over style-driven compromise. THE fresh-faced GLB is the first in its midsize segment to be offered with the option of seven seats. Benz claims the two retractable perches in row three can be used by people up to 1,68 metres in height. Passengers back there gain cupholders between the seats as well as two stowage compartments on the left and right in the load compartment trim, each with a USB port. Slotting neatly between the GLA and recently facelifted GLC, the newcomer measures 4 634 mm long, 1 834 mm wide and 1 658 mm…

2 min
the full list...

BUDGET CAR Ford Figo Freestyle (Q1) Hyundai Grand i10 (Q2) Kia Picanto facelift (Q1) SMALL CAR Fiat 500 additional derivatives (Q1/Q2) Kia Rio facelift (Q1) Mini Cooper SEOpel Corsa (Q4) Peugeot 208 (Q4) Renault Clio (Q2) Renault Sandero Stepway Plus (Q1) MIDSIZE CAR Alfa Romeo Giuliettalimited edition (Q1/Q2)BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé (Q1)Changan sedanHonda BalladeOpel Astra faceliftRenault Mégane facelift (Q1)Toyota Corolla Sedan (Q1/Q2)Volkswagen Golf 8 (Q4) PREMIUM MIDSIZE CAR Alfa Romeo Giulia facelift (Q3/Q4) Audi A4 facelift (Q1) Audi A5 facelift (Q2) Lexus IS facelift (Q4) LUXURY CAR Audi A6 (Q2)Lexus LS500h (Q1)Porsche Panamera faceliftPorsche Taycan (Q3)Rolls-Royce Ghost Zenith PERFORMANCE CAR Aston Martin ValhallaAston Martin Vantage RoadsterAudi R8 facelift (Q1)Audi RS6 Avant (Q3/Q4)Audi RS7 Sportback (Q3/Q4)Audi RS Q3 (Q3/Q4)Audi RS Q8 (Q3/Q4)Audi S8 (Q3/Q4)Audi SQ8 (Q1)Audi TT RS facelift (Q2)BMW M8 Competition Coupéand Convertible (Q1)BMW M8 CompetitionGran Coupé (Q1/Q2)BMW X5 M Competition (Q2)BMW X6 M Competition (Q2)Ferrari 812 GTS (Q4)Ferrari F8…

1 min
the innovators

First production battery-electric vehicle Flocken Elektrowagen 1888 The Second Industrial Revolution saw a rapid advancement in tech and two notable innovations during this period were the automobile and electrification. Two years after German engineer Karl Benz introduced the Benz Patent Motorwagen – the first commercially available internal-combustion car – to the world, his fellow countryman Andreas Flocken revealed the Flocken Elektrowagen. Widely regarded as the first production battery-electric vehicle, a Coburg newspaper reported Flocken’s invention “should arouse great interest” from the public. Powered by an improved version of French physicist Gaston Planté’s lead-acid battery, the four-seater was able to travel at a top speed of 15 km/h. The rechargeable item, which was tweaked by Flocken, produced 0,9 kW. Power was sent to the rear axle via leather straps and steering was via a turntable setup.…