2009 saw starters and a few stallers

2009-12-31 13:28


2009 has seen some exciting cars entering the South African market,

as well as some rather shocking ones.

City Press reviews some of the cars that

made our toes curl with delight and those that made our skin crawl.

Volkswagen launched the sexy Scirocco earlier this year along with

the Golf VI range.

Nissan wowed the crowds with the launch of “Godzilla” – the GT-R,

as well as its little brother, the 370Z.

Audi impressed again with the bigger engines of the classy R8 V10

and the Q7 V12.

And Jaguar launched some serious competition in the form of the XF

and the XK models, along with the R models.

Alfa Romeo managed to creep back into the hearts of many with the

little MiTo. It’s been selling fairly well since its launch and might just be

that glimmer of hope the Italian carmaker needed to get back on track with sales

in South Africa.

Other cuties were Daihatsu’s Materia Turbo and their little

one-tonner bakkie the Gran Max. The Kia Soul was also a great new ­entry.

BMW ended the year off by completing the X5 and the X6 ranges with

the big-daddy M versions.

And while there were many cool cars, there were also those like

Renault’s Logan.

Yes, it is supposed to be a budget car, but talk of a serious


Tata also launched the Indica Vista. Though its bumpers and extra

trims are now colour-coded, and it has fancy rims and feels slightly firmer to

drive, there are still no safety features that kick in should there be an


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