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.]