Johannesburg International Motor Show – Under Starter’s Orders

The Johannesburg International Motor Show is under starter’s orders and the grid is gradually forming as stand constructors and project managers move into the Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec producing the amazing stands that will showcase the latest models.

The show gets underway next week with media days on the 16th and 17th October before the doors open to an eager public on Friday 18th October, but what will they be seeing when those doors open?

The latest news is that Renault South Africa is promising to mix a bit of Dakar Rally with Mad Max and the Terminator. The combination conjures up all sorts of images and Renault says this unique concept will materialise in the Expo Centre in the form of the Duster Détour.

It will be a world premiere for the Duster Détour show car, which is the work of joint efforts by Renault Design Central Europe and a South African design studio. The concept will take the looks of the recently launched Duster one step further, particularly with its striking Pearl Yellow/Matt Grey colour scheme that will make it a must see on the Renault SA stand.

General Motors South Africa is also promising a high level of excitement as it showcases the latest models from Chevrolet, Opel and Isuzu. The company says it will along with a new sports hatchback that will be launched early in 2014, it will be bringing a high performance sports car. The details of that model are still a secret and it will only be revealed on the first day of the show ensuring that everyone remains in suspense. The only clue is that it will be a major part of the Chevrolet Find New Roads philosophy which promises to display the power of ingenuity, performance, design and technology.

Also on the General Motors stand will be the updated Chevrolet Cruze hatchback will goes on sale soon. The Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV will also get a mild makeover and will be displayed ahead of its launch in 2014.

Opel will be showing its new Astra sedan as well as its scorching Corsa OPC Nurburgring Edition which is sure to attract the attention of hot hatch fans at the show.

The latest generation of the popular Isuzu KB bakkie will be on display but for those who prefer to see their bakkie in a more natural environment, visitors will have the chance to put the KB through its paces on the 4×4 track at the Expo Centre.

Toyota South Africa has pulled out all the stops for the show and will have one of the biggest stands at a massive 1 053m2. According to Kerry Roodt, General Manager of Marketing Communications at Toyota SA, the company has: “produced a stand of great stylistic and architectural appeal with origami-inspired, wave design elements predominating.”

The stand will not be the only talking point though, because more than 18 cars will be on display. Motorsport fans will be heading straight to the stand to see the amazing TS030 HYBRID driven by Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi and Stéphane Sarrazin which finished second at this year’s gruelling 24-hour Le Mans race. The Toyota Hilux driven by Dakar Rally legend, Giniel de Villiers will also be a must see.

Toyota SA is also promising a number of global concept vehicles but is keen to keep the suspense going until the minute the covers come off. In a teaser, it has only announced that the Toyota 86 Open Concept will be at the show. This convertible version of the popular 86 sports coupe was shown at this year’s Geneva Motor Show and will be a popular attraction on the stand.

Lexus South Africa will be displaying its blisteringly quick and equally beautiful LFA sports car at the show but it will also pull the wraps off its latest sedan model, which is set to bring new levels of specification and affordability for those who appreciate great style and great value.

Toyota and Lexus will also have a large presence at the outdoor off-road area where visitors will have a chance to put some of their impressive vehicles through their paces on the 4×4 track.

Visitors to the 2013 Johannesburg International Motor Show are in for one of the most spectacular shows to date and with so many concept cars and new models heading to this international show from around the world, it promises to be true motoring extravaganza.

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