The torque of the town: some local favourites and a potent ...


The torque of the town: some local favourites and a potent Porsche

Highlights of your week in motoring: a hot Cayenne, majestic Merc, pumped up Polo and sporty Yaris

Motoring editor, reporter and presenter

From the production of home-grown staples to a circuit-blitzing brute from Stuttgart, it was a busy week in the motoring world. Let us start right here — in the “friendly” province. The Eastern Cape is home to numerous automotive manufacturing facilities, one of them being the Mercedes-Benz plant in East London. The facility has been producing vehicles bearing the three-pointed star for over six decades, a legacy that continues, as production of the W206 C-Class commenced on 24 June.

Minister of trade, industry and competition Ebrahim Patel was in attendance at an event marking the start of production. He credited the Automotive Masterplan and the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) as successful in deepening local technological expertise, creating local value chains and securing jobs.

As much as R13bn was invested by the brand to overhaul the factory in preparation for the newcomer. Aside from an obviously sportier aesthetic, the latest C-Class promises more digitisation than ever before. Expect it in showrooms from the third quarter...

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