Car (South Africa) - - MAIL -

With the im­mi­nent launch of the new Hyundai Atos, I couldn’t help but feel nos­tal­gic. In 2006, my mother pur­chased her first car: a brand-new, blue Atos. What an awe­some lit­tle ve­hi­cle it turned out to be; small in stature but with a big heart.

Our Atos took us to Dur­ban and Mozam­bique, where it bravely over­came Ma­puto’s harsh roads. It was re­li­able, eco­nom­i­cal and ro­bust. They are sought af­ter in the sec­ond-hand mar­ket; much like the VW Citi Golf and Toy­ota Tazz. The Atos was also the car I learnt to drive in and in which I proudly took my girl­friend on a date.

Sadly, our Atos was writ­ten off in 2012 due to an un­for­giv­ing hail­storm.

My mother, im­pressed with Hyundai’s ser­vice, then bought an i10. Al­though the i10 is also loved and serves my mother well, we still look back fondly at our big­hearted Atos.

I look for­ward to see­ing the new Atos on our shores. I’m sure it will do well for Hyundai lo­cally and should give bud­get con­tenders like the Dat­sun Go and Re­nault Kwid a se­ri­ous run for their money.

Here’s to the mem­ory of the great­est lit­tle car that lived and one my fam­ily and I will never for­get.

Thank you for the great mag­a­zine.

ROGER MAGALHAES Jo­han­nes­burg

[Thank you for shar­ing the mem­o­ries, Roger! Hope­fully your then-girl­friend is still in the pic­ture? – ed­i­tor.]

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