Bakkies, flying cars and everything fast from here to Asia.
1. 1940s design is where we’re headed!
From the Ferrari Monza to the Infiniti Prototype 10, leading-edge design is drawing inspiration from 1940s' racers and it looks pretty damn good. Defined by the bubble over the driver, a tube-like design and (for the most part) very little windscreen, super cars of the future are looking very much like ones from 80 years ago.
We love it! What do you think?
2. Electric cars can be emotional
When Porsche announced that the Taycan – their upcoming electric super car – would boast an emotional sound even without a gas-guzzling engine, we tipped our hats and thanked the car Gods. But there was more too – the Mercedes EQ Silver Arrow concept is promising to arrive with a choice of engine sound, which is even better. Then, the new Tesla Roadster proved this: Who cares about emotion when you look this good?
What a time for electric cars this is!
3. Flying cars will become a thing
Drone technology over the past few years has re-energised the potential for flying cars and a future set in the clouds. From Airbus to Aston Martin, manufacturers are beginning to believe that flying cars are serious business and 2018 confirmed the buzz. In the next few years expect a flying car near you, especially if you live in mega cities like Dubai, London, Tokyo or New York.
That's only the beginning!
4. We’re still desperately short on small bakkies in South Africa
2018 did very little to ease our fears of the pending collapse of the small bakkie. Without a Corsa, Bantum, Caddy or Strada replacement, the small bakkie is on its last legs and we’re scared for every cuzzie who needs one to move house. VW did very little to ease our fears - they unveiled the (likely to be) unaffordable and too large an alternative Tarok concept, which doesn't solve the problem. No doubt then, we look forward to better news in 2019.
Rumours of a new Bantum are about so let’s hope and pray!
5. The Asians came in hot!
From the Infiniti Q60 Project Black S - confimed in 2018 as coming - to the superb Hyundai i30N, the Asians weren't playing games when it came to cars that bite. China’s Lynk & Co. 03 was another and Toyota's GR Supersport Concept was a little splash of outrageous that we loved. Then, there was the silly fast Miss R: 0-100km/h in 1.8 seconds made Hamilton look a little stupid.
Best news yet - we can expect even more from Asia this coming year!