SEAT is now offically in South Africa, boasting for base models that wil be available in various forms to the South African public.
Now, for those of you who follow the World Touring Car Championship will know that SEAT are currently 2nd in the manufacturers championship race which means that in no way are SEAT coming into the market without a racing legacy behind their name. Something that only the German powerhouse BMW can better at the moment, this because BMW are a mere 10 point ahead of SEAT in the standings.
SEAT have now taken this thoroughbred racing hatch, made it more reliable, neatened up the interior, added a few safety features and thrown in a sound system and named it the Leon Cupra. Surprised, you shouldn’t be as yet, most of the manufacturers do a similar thing but none have seemed to have made such an impact as SEAT have made. The car looks splendid with beautiful curves in all the right places, has enough power to compete with the new Golf R32 and is priced similarly to the Golf VI GTI.
News from the RP1 camp is that things are slowly starting to take form.
A new site is being opened during the course of the week called Kustamyz, with a monthly DVD title being released on a monthly basis. One of the main features on KUSTAMYZ DVD is the actual video birth of RP1 – as well as some of the sponsors involved. DVDâ€™s will be on sale at Auto Africa at RP1â€™s stand.
Getting back to RP1, Handle Street have done work on the seats which have been completely covered in leather, yes, genuine leather, not the stuff you get at the Oriental Plaza!
The Auto Africa is a car show held in South Africa annually. It is an internationally rated show and it allows car manufacturers to show off their brand and to show the public what the future of their brand holds, and also many choose to show what kind of capabilities they have with many concept cars being on display.
A few examples are Toyota, Renault and Ford with their concepts cars, Honda with the “oh so” cute AI Robot and then Audi with their amazing RS4 Convertible and the mouth watering, eye catching, sexy and exhilarating to say the least R8.
There is so much more to speak about and show you, but i will leave you with these few images..
As you walk onto the Audi stand you are surrounded by almost 2500 kW of power, but not brute power, the elegant sophisticated power you expect to get from Audi. You stand around scanning the stand amazed at the site of the Q7, the worlds most powerful SUV, then the TT, South Africaâ€™s most popular convertible, then the S8 with a R50 000 sound system, then all thought and movement stop as your eyes cross the charcoal black beauty that proudly sits in the limelight of centre stage.
We all love touchscreens. We just can’t help ourselves. We touch, stroke, and then do some more touching.
Nokia have released news of a new concept cellphone, called “Aeon”. I hope I’m not the only one who immediately thinks of a very tight clad Charlize Theron when I hear that word. But I digress.
The new Nokia Aeon concept phone, is an entire touchscreen. Including a touchscreen keypad. It also looks remarkably thin – so thin that I would seriously worry about snapping it in half if I sat down with it positioned wrong in my pocket.
By Greg Pearce
I find it most contrary that while BMW’s nemesis is abandoning force-fed engines in favour of normal aspiration that the blue-and-white propeller should bolt a pair of turbines to its glorious three-litre straight six.
Adding to the surely unintended contrariness is that BMW has not been an exponent of turbocharging for more than two decades.
Whatever the reasoning behind Munich’s decision, the company that has given us such classics as the M3, the 325iS and the 330d is now giving extra boost to its 3 Series with the unveiling of the orgeous coupÃ© example in South Africa
The result is exquisite, though the fully imported 335i and its more demure sister, the 325i, at R488 000 and R342 500 respectively will remain the preserve of the diehard “coop” lover.
“rAge. Coca Cola Dome. Be there!”
Thats the words uttered to me before I got handed my Press Passes to this event. I looked down at these 2 red swing tags, with a bold PRESS written all over it.
“Err, ok” I stammer. Being a Capetonian, I dont know what this ‘rAge’ is all about. I pop onto their website quickly to check out what its all about.
“The ultimate computer, gaming and technology expo! Now with 60% more floor space!”
“Thats great”, I think to myself. But is it going to be any good? I’ve been to several Computer things in Cape Town, and while they were informative, and nice to go to on a boring Saturday afternoon. But was this to be something extraordinary? Seeing as I AM in Jozi, where everything is surposed to be bigger and better.