IT FEELS like it’s been ages since the last Johannesburg International Motor Show (JIMS), but the 2013 instalment is finally here and if you’re an aficionado, you simply can’t miss it.
JIMS 2013 is going to be bigger and better than any motor show South Africa has ever seen, meaning that the amount of metal on display is definitely worth the ticket price. As an added bonus, the exhibition runs in conjunction with two additional shows - Auto Shop and the Johannesburg Truck and Bus Show - which means JIMS will offer a representation of the South African motor industry in its entirety.
But let’s be honest, the part we’re really looking forward to is the cars. Everything - from the most humble city dwelling hatch to the most expensive and exclusive supercars - will be there for your enjoyment. The list is far too long to discuss in two half pages, but we can tell you what exhibitions you simply can’t afford to miss.
Audi will be showcasing a number of impressive models at its stand, but the one we’re most looking forward to is the all-new S3. We’re big fans of the A3 and can’t wait to see what the S3 looks like in its performance frock. Details are still sketchy, but we know it has a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine with around 225kW and 380Nm on tap.
At the Mercedes-Benz stand you’ll be able to see the car Government has been waiting for: the all-new S-Class. The new S-Class is a technological masterpiece and we’re sure its presence at the show won’t disappoint fans of the German brand. If you’re hoping to see something a bit sportier, don’t worry. The S-Class will be sharing the spotlight with the stunning SLS AMG Black Series.
Those of you looking for something almost as cool and a bit more affordable might want to check out the Kia stand. The all-new Cerato Koup will be taking centre stage and if it looks anywhere near as beautiful as it does in the press photographs, it’ll be a winner. This time round, the Koup will have the go to match the show, as it features a brand-new 1.6-litre GDI turbocharged four, which produces 152kW and 264Nm of torque.
Not to be outdone, Peugeot will reveal an even faster version of the RCZ. Called the RCZ-R, it features a 199kW 1.6-litre turbocharged engine. The upgraded 3008 will also be in attendance, but the Pug we’re we can’t wait to see is the all-new 2008 urban crossover. Based on the humble 208, it will arrive in South Africa within a few months to do battle with the Ford EcoSport and Renault Duster.
Nissan will be introducing South Africa’s first-ever electric vehicle at JIMS. This award-winning shocker will go on sale to the public at the same time, hopefully paving the way for other manufacturers that also build electric vehicles.
Nissan’s luxury division, Infiniti will showcase the all-new Q50. This car is set to take the fight to the new Lexus IS and BMW 3 Series and initial reports are very good. The Q50 will be the first Infiniti launched in South Africa that hasn’t been available for some time overseas.
Ford will be giving enthusiasts a glimpse into the future of its products with the Evos concept. The Evos embodies Ford’s new global design language, but also provides an insight into the future of infotainment systems and the use of cloud computing to enhance the driving experience.
Toyota is putting a lot of effort into JIMS and will be revealing three important cars due to be launched in South Africa shortly, the first being the all-new Corolla, which looks a lot more interesting than the model it replaces. A facelifted Prado will grab the attention of off-road enthusiasts while a new affordable luxury sedan will debut on the Lexus side.
Last but certainly not least is the announcement of the finalists of the 2014 Wesbank SAGMJ Car of the Year competition live to JIMS visitors on Saturday 19 October. There were some quality cars launched this year, so it’ll be interesting to see which models make it to the finals.
We’ve singled out a few prime models here, but we’ve barely even scratched the surface. Over 220 companies will be showcasing various products and visitors will be able to partake in a few activities on the showground. JIMS 2013 is set to be a tribute to all things motoring, which means if you consider yourself a true aficionado, you can’t let this opportunity pass you by. Tickets are available at the gate or at Computicket.
Children 12 to 16: R50
Children 6 to 12: R20
Children under 6: Free