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CAR October 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

“Make a list of everything you want now and spend the next 25 years getting it, slowly, piece by piece.” That’s an iconic line of dialogue by Robert de Niro’s character, Nick Wells, in the 2001 heist movie The Score. It’s one that has stayed with me ever since I first heard it. Perhaps unconsciously it’s how I’ve gone about my career as well … slowly, piece by piece. Although I’ve been in the game for 13 years (not 25, as Bob would’ve preferred) as the new editor of CAR magazine, I do feel like I’m in my own heist movie of sorts. I’ve bypassed security and wound up in the CAR vault holding issue no. 1 from February 1957 - “The Kaptein” as I like to call it -…

1 min
winning letter

TWICE AS NICE I thought I should share with you what recently happened to me. I bought the latest copy of my favourite motoring magazine and I was looking forward to reading it. I tucked it away safely and hurried home. As soon as I got home, I locked myself inside my room and sat back to enjoy my magazine. I turned to the second page and laid my eyes on that mean-looking Porsche 911 and realised, to my horror, I had already bought the same copy of CAR magazine. I read it all over again and kept it. Talk about a double dose! Needless to say, I have no regrets. DAVID KOTU Tshwane [David, before I joined CAR, the exact same thing happened to me! To thank you for your double dose of support,…

7 min
over to you...

MORE PHEVS, PLEASE I have noted the letters on EVs and PHEVs and I read your experience with the E-Golf with interest. Two articles would be of great interest: South Africa’s current e-mobility strategies and activities; and exploring whether or not a few interesting PHEVs are coming to South Africa. I am somewhat sceptical of EVs in Africa (I have owned an electric Smart on another continent and it is great). However, PHEVs could be suitable for South Africa, especially if the battery can also charge as vehicle to home or grid. Will we see the PHEV Ford Transit, the Jeep Renegade and Compass 4XE? Or the Hyundai Kona which is available both as a PHEV and EV. In the fully electric EV space, is there a chance of buying an electric Kia…

2 min
to a t.50

FOR THE FANS Inspired by the Brabham BT46 Formula One Fan Car, the T.50 is equipped with a 400 mm ground-effect fan, flanked by active rear spoilers and interactive diffusers, which increases downforce by 50%. Says Murray, “It’s the most advanced aerodynamics system ever seen on a road car.” FIVE DECADES OF DESIGN FINESSE Celebrating his 50-plus-year career, the T.50 is also the 50th design from the pen of SA-born British engineer Gordon Murray. Serving as technical director to Brabham and McLaren, Murray played an instrumental role in them respectively winning two (1981 and ‘83) and three (1988-‘90) F1 world championships, before turning his focus to developing the F1 road and racecar, which won the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans. However, says the 74-year-old, “producing the [T.50] will be my proudest moment”. 1…

1 min
plugged-in people-mover

Measuring 3,65-metres long, the eBussy can be had in 10 modular body styles, which the German firm says can be easily exchanged and extended like Lego. These include a camper (seen here), bakkie, convertible and traditional bus, among others. Two chassis configurations are on offer: city and off-road. All come standard with all-wheel-drive and steering setups. The eBussy makes do with (a maximum of 24) 72 V lithium-ion battery cells, which can be replenished by plugging the vehicle into a household socket, a high-voltage fast charger or its roof-mounted solar panels. Adding to its environmentally friendly persona, ElectricBrands says the eBussy is 98% recyclable. Prices are estimated to start from €15 800 (around R325 000).…

1 min
unique i(c)ons

Hyundai Motor Company has announced it will launch three new electric vehicles in the coming four years under its Ioniq sub-brand. Riding on the Japanese automaker’s dedicated electric global modular platform (E-GMP), the first – the Ioniq 5 midsize crossover (concept pictured right) – will be revealed in 2021. Based on the Prophecy concept (left), the Ioniq 6 is scheduled for the following year and a 7-badged SUV (concept in the middle) in 2024. According to the carmaker, the vehicles’ exterior styling will be inspired by past Hyundais, while bridging the future. The E-GMP underpinnings, meanwhile, will not only allow Hyundai to reimagine the vehicles’ interiors as smart living spaces, but offer fast-charging capability and an ample driving range.…