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CAR May/June 2020

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

What strange times we live in. Due to a local economy under pressure and the national lockdown following the spread of COVID-19, Naamsa’s March vehicle-sales statistics made for depressing reading. Nearly 27% fewer passenger cars were sold compared to March 2019. Exports declined 21,5%. Domestic sales of light-commercial vehicles, bakkies and minibuses showed a staggering contraction of 37,1%. By the time you read this, we should have April’s figures but they’re bound to be even more dire, what with the lockdown reaching halfway into the new month (my apologies if an extension to the initial 21-day period was announced; I’m eternally optimistic a week into isolation). Publishing has not escaped the impact of the coronavirus. You may have noticed this issue went on sale much later than the original planned date…

2 min
winning letter

PLUGGING HYBRID I must congratulate you on the February 2020 issue and the way of choosing to balance your coverage between the entry level and enthusiasts on the other end. The reason for this letter is that with all the hype of EVs, I have never seen anything on the cost of charging the batteries. Considering our load shedding and the increasing cost of electricity, what is the current cost of charging an EV? I’m no expert but surely the bigger the battery, the more expensive the running cost. I agree with Mike Kriek’s letter Green Lane in the March 2020 issue; consideration must be given for a separate page on all EVs and maybe you can have a comparative column for the cost of charging. At this point, I believe the best way…

8 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. SO LONG, GARAGEMAN! I’m really going to miss Garage-man while he is on sabbatical. Although some of his stories were quirks specific to a particular model, he usually gave us insight into the thought process of finding root causes to mechanical problems. This is what is missing in today’s mechanics. BRYAN YOUNGBLOOD By email [Agreed, Bryan. I’ll forward responses like yours to Garageman in the hopes he’ll return sooner (if, sadly, at all) – editor.] In my welcome letter last month, I reminisced about my first car –…

2 min
fifth order

GENERATION-FIVE eDRIVE Employing BMW’s fifth-gen eDrive technology, the Concept i4 boasts a newly designed high-voltage battery. Electric powertrain Energy density: 80 kWh Power: 390 kW 0-100 km/h: 4,0 sec Top speed: >200 km/h Range (WLTP): 600 km ELECTRIC EXPERIENCE The Concept i4 offers three driving modes: Core: An updated interpretation of the four-widget layout in current BMWs, in core mode a map is now displayed alongside the widgets. Highly configurable, drivers can arrange the latter to their preference. Sport: The most focused setting of the three, sport mode assists the driver by indicating how tight an upcoming corner is. The right-hand area of the curved screen shows specific functions similar to BMW M’s lap-timer app. Efficient: Efficiency through anticipatory driving is the main focus. Insight into the car’s technology is displayed, such as how it communicates with its…

1 min
familiar yet futuristic design

Intelligent grille: Sans internal-combustion engine, the latest (and possibly most divisive) iteration of BMW’s signature kidney grille serves as an intelligence panel. i-specific: Similar in proportion to BMW’s production Gran Coupés, the Concept i4 features various distinguishing touches such as blue accents found only on i cars. 2D moniker: Sited at the edge of the bonnet is a new interpretation of BMW’s propeller emblem. However, the 2D item will not be used on the production car, says the Bavarian automaker, but rather for online and offline communication purposes. Aerodynamic alloys: Produced exclusively for the Concept i4, the design of the wheels is aerodynamic and lightweight.…

2 min

Power: 1 268 kW Torque: 3 500 N.m Top speed: >400 km/h 0-100 km/h: 1,9 sec DIMENSIONS Length: 4 975 mm Wheelbase: 3 000 mm Width: 1 988 mm Height: 1 295 mm Ground clearance: 117 mm Weight: 1 850 kg Total luggage capacity (front and rear): 200 L WHEELS AND TYRES Michelin Pilot Sport 4S Front: 295/30 ZR21 Rear: 317/30 ZR22 BRAKES Front: 410 mm ventilated discs Rear: 395 mm ventilated discs RANGE Internal combustion engine: 950 km Electric: 50 km Total: 1 000 km SHARED EXPERIENCE Although the Gemera “easily outperforms” two-seater mega-cars, Koenigsegg says it’s specially designed for family trips, where its performance can be experienced by all members (if you’re a family of four or fewer, that is). Comfortably seated, occupants can stream Netflix on one of the two centrally mounted 13-inch infotainment displays (one sited up front, another at the rear) via in-car Wi-Fi or listen to their favourite tunes…