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Auto Africa 2004
Page 5

Broadcast dates : 31st October  2004
4th November 2004


Mazda had a fairly low-key stand, but interesting was the face-lifted Mx5, the diminutive sports car first launched in 1989 that started the whole revolution towards Z4ís, SLKís and TTís.

Of course the big news for this Japanese company is that its Mazda 3 was chosen at the show as one of the finalists for the South African Car-of-the-Year.

Hereís a list of all the Car-of-the-Year finalistsÖ
  • Audi A6 3.0 TDi Quattro Tiptronic
  • BMW 120i Manual
  • Ford Fiesta 1.4i 5-door (R/CD+AC)
  • Mazda 3 1.6 Dynamic
  • Opel Astra 1.8i Sport
  • Peugeot 407 2.2 ST Sport
  • Volkswagen Golf 5 2.0 TDI Sportline
  • Volvo S40 2.4i

The winner will be announced in March next year.

From North America, but unfortunately not destined for our market because itís only built in left-hand-drive, is the latest-generation Ford Mustang.

The original pony car in 2005 guise takes many of the styling cues from the original Mustang that changed the world of motoring when it was launched back in 1964.
Great news for South Africans is that the impeccable new Focus is not only on its way, but will be built locally at Fordís plant near Pretoria.

Good for the economy, and indicating that Ford is readying itself for a major comeback in the sales charts, as the new Focus will be offered here as a full range, rather than just in one derivative.
Ford also showed the interesting StreetKa, which will be imported here to counter the likes of the Opel Tigra, the Citroen Plurial and other diminutive convertibles on their way.

Ford has not forgotten its motor sport roots either, judging by some of the mouthwatering features on the Fiesta Rallye Concept vehicle. Unfortunately this is one just to dream about.


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