Eco-friendly cars shine at JIMS 2013

JOHANNESBURG - Having a brand new set of wheels is always nice, but a big, shiny, top-of the range car is not within everyone's reach.

However, you now have an opportunity to, at the very least, window shop at the Johannesburg International Motor Show (JIMS) which kicks off this weekend.

This year's show is focused on greener, cleaner motoring.

While speed and adrenaline-inducing features still attract great interest, electric and hybrid cars are stealing the spotlight. The good news is some models could be available in South Africa as early as next year.

David Powels MD at Volkswagen said, "Electric vehicles, are a strong focus on alternative mobility, and I guess that theme will come through in many of the exhibits. It’s a global theme at the moment as is evident in all the markets and in all the international shows."

Organisers expect as many as 300,000 people to attend this year's offering.

Gary Alfonso, spokesperson for the Motor Show said, "The international motor show is undoubtedly the place for South African manufacturers to showcase the latest models and so to refer to it as the fashion ramp of the motoring industry is very apt."

But it's not only about motor vehicles as trucks, boats and motorcycles will also feature at the event. 

The show opens on Friday October 18 and ends on October 27. 

- eNCA

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