The South African motor industry continues to defy local economic trends by selling tens of thousands of new cars, bakkies and trucks every month.
For the same reason, the country's biennial motor show is not only the largest in Africa, but in the southern hemisphere. DEON SCHOEMAN traipsed through the halls of the Johannesburg Expo Centre to select the highlights of the 2013 Johannesburg International Motor Show.
What makes attending a motor show such an attractive prospect to so many people?
After all, the element of surprise that used to be a key motor show attraction - the anticipation of seeing something completely new and unexpected - has long gone, replaced by Internet-distributed previews of what will be on show, often weeks or even months before the actual event.
Is it because these expos provide a first opportunity to get up close and personal with an array of brand new models in the metal, even after they've been scooped online? Or, is it the array of futuristic concept cars - always an integral part of any motor show - that is the real drawcard for many?
Perhaps both aspects play a part, but an expo like the Johannesburg International Motor...