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Scoop: Auto Africa cars, pix

2002-08-23 10:53

A view of part of Auto Africa 2000

Auto Africa, South Africa's prestigious motor show, held every second year in Johannesburg, will feature not just the massive battalion of new cars that will be launched in SA specially for the show - and so they qualify for the SA Guild of Motoring Journalists' Car of the Year competition - but a plethora of new models straight from the world-famous Paris Motor Show held just a few weeks before the local event.

These never-before-seen cars include 4x4s such as the Porsche Cayenne, the Volkswagen Touareg, and the new Land Rover Discovery, as well as the new BMW Z4 sports car and the Subaru Baja lifestyle vehicle.

There'll be exotics from Ferrari - maybe even the new Enzo supercar - and cute and cuddly alternatives such as the New Beetle Cabriolet, the Volkswagen Touran Golf-based MPV, and Smart models that may well include the new four-door version.

And on the luxury front will Mercedes be able to resist showing the mighty Maybach alongside its AMG sports sedan and sports car range - and maybe vying for attention against the Volkswagen Phaeton and the Bentley GT Coupe.

On top of that there will be a host of cars destined immediately for the South African market, including the Alfa Romeo GTA , Audi's rip-snorting RS6 four-wheel-drive super saloon, the same manufacturer's beautiful new Cabriolet, the SsangYong Rexton 4x4, and last but not least, the new Toyota Corolla and the new Volkswagen Polo.

Mazda may show the new RX8 sports sedan and Mazda6 models destined for SA next year, and Nissan will certainly have a 350Z sports car.

SAAB will have its new 9-3 models and even the 9-3X 4x4, while excitement from Opel will come in the form of the new Opel Corsa, as well as the smart new luxury Signum.

Volvo will have its two newest models, the XC90 4x4 and the ripsnorting S60R sports sedan and wagon.

Citroen will show is new C3 small car, Ford will unveil its new Fiesta-based bakkie, and Renault may give us a look at the groovy new Megane.

Of special interest could be the "Baby TT" Daihatsu Copen fold-down tin top roadster, and we're sure Chrysler will have something special - even the California Cruiser or the Jeep Willys!. Not to mention the devastating Dodge Viper SRT-10!

And while we're on the subject, we're sure Jaguar will show the new XK8., while Peugeot will hopefully produce the fantastic folding tin-top 307CC.

At the moment only BMW, with the Z4, has confirmed it will be exhibiting a new model at the show - but here's what Wheels24 believes will be on display.

Click here for the full list, with links to each car's photo gallery

The opening function on Tuesday, 22 October will also see the announcement of the two most prestigious motor industry awards. One of these is the trade magazine Automobile's Man of the Year award allocated to the person who has made the most outstanding contribution to the industry of the past year, and also the Truck and Bus magazine's award for the Trucking Personality of the Year.

The Auto Africa Expo 2002 , to be staged at the National Exhibition Centre, south of Johannesburg will be open to the public from Wednesday, October 23 to Sunday, October 27.

With the official endorsement of all the major industry segments, Auto Africa will have three halls devoted to passenger and leisure vehicle exhibits as well as dedicated hall for heavy trucks, the components industry, garage and collision repair industries and performance vehicles and equipment.

More than 200 000 people are expected at the exhibition, which will be officially opened by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Alec Erwin.

Click here for the full list, with links to each car's photo gallery


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