Gunfire, explosions, a crescendo of thunderous music, smoke, mirrors… the Johannesburg International Motor Show 2013 opened in traditional fashion.
Mercedes-Benz kicked off proceedings with four launches.
* The company’s armoured ML500 M-Guard is rated at B4 level, which means it can withstand small arms fire. The level B6/B7, capable of withstanding military-spec ammunition, will be available next year.
* The GLA compact sport-utility, launched at the Frankfurt show, made its local debut with the news that it will be on sale here from early next year.
* The sporty CLA four-door coupe looks a serious contender for the likes of BMW’s M3 in its high-performance version. It boasts a world-best drag coefficient, for a production car, of 0,22.
* Speaking of drag, the S-Class cuts through the air impossibly well for a flagship sedan with a Cd of just 0,26. In AMG form, it has a formidable 420-plus kilowatts and 900 N.m available.