Cape Town – At the core of the annual Killarney Motor Show powered by Kfm 94.5, at the Killarney International Raceway on Sunday, 4 November, are the new cars. With no fewer than eight brands already confirmed for the show, four of whom will have newly released models on display, there will be something for every motoring enthusiast to see in the New Cars section on the Porsche Straight – from cheeky little city cars to serious off-roaders.
But… The star of the show is likely to be the facelifted-for-2019 Jeep Compass 2.4 Trailhawk, on show – and available for test drives – at Killarney even before its official its official South African debut! Get a taste of the new Jeep on the short circuit – sign up for a test drive with the Century City Motors staff at the north end of the Porsche Straight.
Just as stylish and even more practical (unless your surname is Grylls) is the Hyundai Kona, a seriously funky little urban crossover launched in South Africa just a week ago. It’s the first Hyundai on the local market with a force-fed engine (a direct injection, one-litre three cylinder turbopetrol rated at 88kW and 172 Nm) or, for the more conservative among us, a naturally aspirated two-litre four that’s quoted at 110kW and 180Nm, and which is also available with an automatic transmission – which tells us something about Hyundai’s target market.
The Kona (it’s a Hawaiian girl’s name meaning simply ‘lady’) comes with a full set of bells and whistles, including a new 17.8cm infotainment touchscreen with Apple Carplay connectivity and a reversing camera. Check it out at the Hyundai Milnerton stand on the Porsche Straight.
Not quite so fresh – it’s been available in South Africa since July – but not often seen in Cape Town and definitely new to the Killarney Motor Show, is the Toyota Rush, which is billed as the successor to the Daihatsu Terios of fond memory, but in fact has more in common with the Avanza, which is also made in Indonesia and with which it shares a platform and engines. Think of it as a slightly bigger, much better-looking Avanza with more ground clearance and upmarket features, and you’ve got it about right – try it on for size at the McCarthy Toyota Table View stand on the Porsche Straight.
For sheer style, however, it can’t hold a candle to the new Nissan Micra, launched in South Africa in late June. Forget everything you knew about the quirky, odd looking first-generation Micra; the new model is based on the Renault Clio, and built in France to add some va-va-voom to Nissan’s B-segment candidature.
Intended to compete directly with established players such as the Volkswagen Polo 6 and Ford Fiesta, it’s considerably bigger than the previous Micra, and more ‘grown-up’, with a much more upmarket interior. Motorvation is by a Renault-sourced 900cc turbopetrol three, rated in this application for 66kW and 140Nm, and a five-speed manual ‘box. See it at the DTM Helderberg Nissan stand on the Porsche straight.
There will also be a wide range of the latest Audi, BMW, Haval and Tata models to be seen at the dealer stands up and down the Porsche Straight, with a selection of demo cars available for test drives on the short circuit, as well as the Isuzu range on the Reeds N1 City stand at the Adventure City off-road area to the south-east of the complex.
That’s just one small section of what’s waiting for you at the Killarney Motor Show powered by Kfm 94.5 on Sunday, 4 November, Cape Town’s biggest and most hands-on motoring festival. There’s a full program of extreme freestyle motocross, stunt riding by the world-famous Le Riche brothers, passenger rides on incredible AfrikaBurn vehicles and even vintage tractors, a chance to drive the Skid Monster and literally hundreds of custom and exotic street cars, racing cars, classic cars and motorcycles on show.
In between this 60 hectare feast of two, three, four, six and even 18-wheeled automotive entertainment, there will be stalls selling automotive memorabilia, car bling, accessories and scale models, live bands, snake shows, a heritage display featuring military vehicles (including a working Second World War Wehrmacht field kitchen, colloquially known as a ‘goulash cannon’), a fun fair, and no fewer than five food courts offering a huge variety of food and liquid refreshment.
The Killarney Motor Show powered by Kfm 94.5 will open from 10am to 5pm on Sunday 4 November. Book at Computicket or pay at the gate; entry is R100 for adults, R50 for Scholars under 16 and free for children under 12.