South Africa’s new vehicle market made a strong rebound in 2021 from the massive 29.2% COVID-19 pandemic-related decline in 2020, and naamsa expects the industry to continue with its gradual recovery in 2022.
- Industry News
- 11 January 2022
Celebrating Heritage Month during September at BMW and Mini Bedfordview means bringing icons of the past to re-connect with their current siblings.
In this regard, visitors to the dealership can see astonishing BMWs and Minis of yesteryear creating a nostalgia for petrolheads.
Guy Kilfoil, Dealer Principal at Bedfordview, says they did something similar in 2017. “This time round, we decided to put the icons of the past next to their modern-day counterparts on the BMW side. We might add more surprises during the current month, but I cannot say more at this stage.”
The legendary machinery includes BMWs like the E36 M3 4-door, the E28 M5, the E30 333i (unique to South Africa), the E31 V12 850CSi and the BMW Z3 roadster. All these cars are paired up with their modern-day versions.
On the Mini side, there are true jewels like an original Morris Mini, a replica of the rally version of the Mini Cooper S Monte Carlo and a Mini Cooper S Estate. Also on show is the hot rocket Mini Cooper GP, which was the third quickest production car at the recent Knysna Simola Hill Climb with the legendary Regard Roets behind the wheel.
Guy says that three of the old timers on the BMW side have one owner with two of the Minis belong to one person.
The last words come from Guy: “Using the rear view-mirror is never the best tool for dynamic driving, but it’s always important to know where you come from!”
Regardless of the persisting challenges related to COVID-19, business in the North West province seems to be on the upside.
Cas Kolbé is a lawyer by profession. But, like many other who came into contact with the auto industry, he had a completely different dream.
With a string of law degrees behind his name, Jannie Nell never became a law practitioner, but instead ventured into the motor retail business for a career.