Joburg Motor Show - what to expect
By: IOL Motoring Staff
IOL ordered a crystal ball so that we could fill you in on all the coolest surprises lined up for the Johannesburg International Motor Show (JIMS). Unfortunately it fell off the ship and got salvaged by Somali pirates.
Not to worry, our friends at the car companies have filled us in on most of the exciting new cars that they'll be unveiling when the show opens to the media on Wednesday 16 October. Yet many of them have hinted that there will be a few surprises that won't be spoken of until the covers are lifted.
Lacking the budget for a fortune teller, we've assembled a gallery featuring the multitude of cars that have been confirmed for the show.
If gawking at concept cars is your thing then best you make a date with the Ford Evos, Citroën GQ and Toyota 86 Open. The Joburg show will also play host to an international debut in the form of the Renault Duster Detour concept, which was designed with South African input.
JIMS is very much a tyre-kicking extravaganza where showgoers can enjoy a sneak preview of numerous new models that will be landing in their nearest showroom in the not-too-distant future.
This year's line-up covers everything from potent super-saloons like the Jaguar XFR-S to sensible sedans such as the all-new Toyota Corolla and just about everything in-between.
The show will serve up its fair share of shapely new coupés, like the new BMW 4 Series, Kia Cerato Koup and Hyundai Veloster Turbo. It also goes big on luxury, with the likes of Merc's new S-Class and CLA, the latest Range Rover Sport, Lexus ES and Infiniti Q50 all making their first appearance on African soil.
Sadly, the show won't reach its full potential this year as seven car brands (Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Chrysler, Fiat, Porsche, Suzuki and Volvo) won't be represented. Perhaps the show organisers will need to look at sweetening the deal for car companies when the show returns in two years from now.
Nonetheless, the cars themselves are not the only attractions at a show like JIMS, with exhibitors offering a variety of activities from 4x4 courses to drifting displays and stands offering merchandise like clothing, artwork, model cars and books.
JIMS takes place at the Johannesburg Expo Centre in Rand Show Road and opens to the public on Friday 18 October, running until Sunday 27 October.