Driven - - Editor's Note - bernard@driven­ Bernard

Septem­ber is a month of con­trasts for me. It’s not Spring yet, not Win­ter any­more, it’s some­thing in be­tween. I spend most Septem­ber months pre­par­ing for the com­ing sea­son or shak­ing off bad food habits from Win­ter.

Ex­cept on ev­ery odd year, when the Ger­man in­dus­trial city of Frank­furt hosts the IAA Cars. Yes, it is Frank­furt Mo­tor Show time again, where thou­sands of jour­nal­ists from around the globe de­scend on the hal­lowed halls of the Messe Frank­furt, to catch a glimpse of what the fu­ture holds for the au­to­mo­bile. I’m al­ways ex­cited to at­tend. It is in­spir­ing.

This year I head off to Frank­furt with a mea­sure of trep­i­da­tion too, ow­ing to what hap­pened in 2015, when Diesel­gate broke the day af­ter the world’s me­dia de­parted Frank­furt, nearly break­ing the es­tab­lish­ment in the process, and dump­ing Volk­swa­gen in one of the big­gest scan­dals to ever hit the mo­tor in­dus­try.

Although the Diesel­gate fi­asco has all but been dealt with, there seems to be another storm brew­ing that re­lates to pos­si­ble col­lu­sion be­tween the big four Ger­man car­mak­ers around emis­sions and other is­sues re­lated to re­search and devel­op­ment, and I fear that the prob­lems may in­vade the halls at the Frank­furt show again this year, send­ing the in­dus­try into another spi­ral of dis­be­lief, de­nial, and de­spair.

Whether they do, or not, Driven will mon­i­tor the events as they un­fold and, who knows, we may have a scoop or two in the Oc­to­ber edi­tion of South Africa’s fastest grow­ing busi­ness and life­style mo­tor­ing mag­a­zine.

Drive on!

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