Johannesburg Motor Show - There's very little in the way of spice or variety if you're trying to find a new car for under R100 000. In fact, pint-sized dimensions and an engine to match are pretty much the order of the day.
But now those willing to take their chances with a less well-known Chinese brand can buy South Africa's cheapest 1.3-litre car for just R99 995.
And, on paper at least, the new FAW V2 is not as much of a 'Tata ma chance' prospect as you might think. Not only is it backed by the Imperial Group, but the hatchback also comes with a two-year/40 000km service plan and a three-year/100 000km warranty. The V2 has been thoroughly tested under local conditions too.
FAW says that, in terms of size, the V2 fits into the upper end of the B-segment and it also offers a relatively sizeable 320-litre boot.
There's also little lacking in the way of features, with standard items including alloy wheels, air conditioning, CD/MP3 audio system, electric mirrors and remote central locking. Safety kit comes in the form of dual front airbags and ABS brakes.