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Auto Africa 2006
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Broadcast date : 5th November 2006

Auto Africa has been a magnet for the country’s motorheads for the past week at the Nasrec Exhibition Centre near Soweto.

This movable feast of technology and glamour was the most ambitious yet.

And it was fitting that the Auto Africa 2006 show kicked off with General Motors’ fantastically ambitious stand showcasing its new Hummer.

But the latest version of one of Car Torque’s favourite GM products, the Chev Lumina, drew more than its share of attention.

It’s amazing that amidst all the techno-wizardry and audio-visual eye candy, an old school recipe of big V8, big wheels and big wings can still do it for you.

At Volvo’s stand the accent was unsurprisingly not on speed but safety. The Swedish company showed an impressive cutaway model detailing just how much thought and manufacturing expertise goes into keeping you and your loved ones in one piece.

The coloured sections of the car indicate all the built-in passive safety items in the new C70 coupe cabriolet. These include different steel strengths, automatic pop-up roll-over bars, anti-sub-marining seat-structures and airbag protection.

And all eyes will be on the new C30 when it enters the competitive hatch market here.

This striking new Volvo is going to cause quite a stir, and there’s nothing staid about the little chunky street machine.

At Volvo’s big-daddy, Ford Motor Company, horsepower was clearly the flavour of 2006. 

Ford was celebrating a high-profile return to the enthusiast fold with recently launched models like the Focus ST, hot versions of the Fiesta and some very special show cars.

What we like about Mazda is that you can never predict what they’ll do next. Definitely one of the most free-thinking Japanese motor companies.

The direct-injection, 2,3 litre turbocharged Mazda four-cylinder engine is one of the most powerful ever fitted to a Mazda and appears in two new Mazda models, the Mazda 6 MPS and the Mazda 3 MPS.

As for the much-loved and highly-popular MX5, its reason for being – at Auto Africa at least – is that it now boasts a retractable electric hard-top.

The 2006 rally-championship-winning BP Volkswagen Golf was in prime position at Auto Africa, celebrating Enzo Kuun’s first SA driver’s title. 

Performance was a strong theme at the show for the makers of The People’s Car.

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