Test all limits in the Nissan Navara
Test all limits in the Nissan Navara

5 Things to see at the 2022 Festival of Motoring

After a three-year hiatus, the Festival of Motoring returned to the historic Grand Prix track of Kyalami. It’s the perfect show for overlander and petrolhead alike.  

Many well-known brands

The Festival of Motoring 2022 acts as host to some of the best and most popular brands in the South African market, with over 10 manufacturers exhibiting at the event with a display of their latest and greatest products on offer. In addition, the Festival of Motoring plays host to some of the leaders of the aftermarket industry as well as some great owners’ clubs and motor racing teams. It is overall a great day out for any petrolhead and motoring enthusiast.

How about a spin around the track?

The Festival of Motoring is a fantastic opportunity for you as a consumer to feel the dynamics, speed and capability of some of the newest and best vehicles on the market, either as passenger on a drive along on the Kyalami Grand Prix track or even get behind the wheel yourself. The Festival of Motoring is a fantastic opportunity for a new car buyer to explore the current South African automotive market landscape and the latest and most modern products on the market.

Suzuki’s new golden boy

Suzuki is proud to utilise the Festival of Motoring as the jump-off point for their all-new Grand Vitara. The Grand Vitara promises to make quite the splash in the popular compact SUV segment, taking the like Hyundai Grand Creta and the Kia Seltos head-on. The Suzuki Grand Vitara will be the Japanese automaker’s first hybrid offering in South Africa. Also unique to the Grand Vitara is that it will feature Suzuki’s All Grip all-wheel drive system – this makes it the first and only AWD compact cross-over in the South African market. While the Suzuki Grand Vitara will only break the curtain fully in the first quarter of 2023, you can have a glimpse of this new golden boy at the Festival of Motoring. While looking at the new Grand Vitara, feel free to put in a lap time on the simulator and stand a chance to win a Play Station 5 and a Racing Sim set-up valued at R15 000. You can also experience all of Suzuki’s passenger cars around the stunning Kyalami racetrack, and you can experience the legendary Suzuki Jimny capability at the off-road track. Be sure to visit all four Suzuki stands to stand a chance to win a Suzuki Safari adventure valued at R25k.

The Off-Road Track

The point of the Festival of Motoring is for you as is to spend time in the vehicle and to see if it’s a proper fit for you as a consumer and the event caters to the overlander with its off-road track. You can get the opportunity to experience the off-road capability of some of your favourite brands. You can experience the capability of the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee L, Jeep’s all-new halo SUV, the Wrangler Rubicon and Jeep’s super capable Jeep Gladiator bakkie.  I suggest you take a drive in one of Volvo’s two large SUV offerings, the XC90 or the XC60 – you will be pleasantly surprised by the Swedes’ astonishing off-road capability. Some other highlights are the before-mentioned Suzuki Jimny and the underdog brand off BAIC with their BJ40 Jeep-like SUV. Additionally, you can learn all you need to know about Dunlop’s Grandtrek all-terrain and mud-terrain offerings at the Dunlop stand.

A leap into the future

For those in the South African market unaware of the EV revolution, you can head to the Mercedes-Benz stand to experience their all-new EQ range. After what felt like ages, Mercedes-Benz is finally launching its EQ line-up in South Africa. You, as a consumer, can get more than a glimpse of these vehicles, even the opportunity to test drive models in the EQA, EQB and EQC EV SUV line-up.

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