2009-12-31 13:25


W?ITH all the excitement of the Fifa World Cup gaining momentum,

the motoring industry is also revving up for the new year with exciting new cars

on the way.

Although South Africa is technically still slowly creeping its way

out of recession blues, there are at least a few things to look forward to. City

Press spoke to a few car manufacturers to find out what we can expect to see on

the road next year.

German giant Volkswagen will be having a busy new year. They will

kick-off with the launch of the new Polo early in February.

A new Touareg, which

is a sports utility vehicle (SUV), will also be introduced to replace the

current model. Also the exciting Scirocco – launched early in 2009 – will see an

addition to its range with the R model from July.

This will be at the same time

that VW brings out a one-ton bakkie called the Amarok to take on the

­established brands – Nissan, Isuzu and Toyota – in the category.

Towards the end of the year, VW will bring the Golf R to complete

the Golf VI range, as well as a “car that will fill the gap left by (the

discontinued) Citi”, the company said. However, VWSA is keeping mum about

details of the latter developments.

Nissan will be revealing the 370Z roadster during the first quarter

of the year, to complement the coupe version launched recently.

The company’s Veralda Schmidt said some other exciting developments

in their passenger car range can be expected and the SUV range will also see a

few shake-ups.

“In terms of light commercial ­vehicles, the NP200 range has just

been completed with the introduction of NP200 diesel.

“We are ready to take 2010 by the horns and the production of

NP200, Tiida and Livina at our Rosslyn plant (in Pretoria) is going very well as

well as the production of the ­Renault Sandero,” said Schmidt.

Another German carmaker, Audi, is set to bring the sexy two-seater

TTRS and the A5 Sportback in the first quarter while the A8 and RS5 Coupe will

be launched in the third and fourth quarters of the new year.

BMW will launch the 760Li which will complete the 7-series range,

which has been very popular with the government ministers since the new

administration took over in May. The BMW 5Series Gran Turismo, the new 5Series

Saloon and the new X1 will also come in 2010.

Chinese carmaker Chery will bring out two new products while the

French carmaker Citroën has a new team in South Africa which will be involved in

the launch of the company’s nine new products.

Honda says it will be launching an automatic diesel model of its

4X4 CR-V and two hybrid models.

These are the CR-Z as well as the Insight.

General Motors is excited about the launch of new sexily styled

Chevrolet Spark towards the end of the year, while the 2.0 Diesel Cruze will be

added in the second quarter.

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