EDI­TOR’S NOTE

Toyota Connect/Lexus Life - - CONTENTS - Mzo Wit­booi Edi­tor

I’m well aware that her­itage cel­e­bra­tions came and went with the month of Septem­ber, but liv­ing in SA gives us rea­son to re­joice in our multi-faceted unique­ness – ev­ery day. The fact that we have 11 of­fi­cial lan­guages is a re­flec­tion of our di­ver­sity as a na­tion, as well as val­i­da­tion that our in­clu­sive Con­sti­tu­tion is one of the most ad­vanced in the world.

The pot­pourri of fea­tures in this is­sue, from cov­er­age of new Toy­ota and Lexus mod­els to in­flu­en­tial peo­ple, at­trac­tive tourist des­ti­na­tions and top-notch res­tau­rants, is in it­self a cel­e­bra­tion of the colour­ful life we live. One project re­ally close to my heart is the 5 Con­ti­nents Drive (5CD). Its main pur­pose is to en­able en­gi­neers to get out from be­hind their desks and ac­tu­ally feel the road, ex­pe­ri­enc­ing first-hand the way ve­hi­cle per­for­mance is im­pacted by the wide va­ri­ety of driv­ing con­di­tions around the world and gather­ing new in­sights. By con­nect­ing with cus­tomers in a mean­ing­ful way and lis­ten­ing to their feed­back, Toy­ota can bet­ter un­der­stand their needs and us­age pat­terns.

Be­fore com­ing to our con­ti­nent this year, the 5CD team had faced un­re­lent­ing dust and heat in the Aus­tralian leg in 2014, freez­ing cold and tor­tu­ous passes in the Amer­i­cas in 2015 and 2016, and the ur­ban high­ways of Eu­rope last year. The African leg ob­vi­ously lived up to ex­pec­ta­tions.

We trust that by the time the 5CD team leave the con­ti­nent, they’ll have had time to ad­mire its breath­tak­ing beauty while travers­ing its vast land­scapes. We know these driv­ers will not only be ex­posed to di­verse ter­rains and con­trast­ing cli­mates, but will also dis­cover het­ero­ge­neous cul­tures, as well as peo­ple whose pas­sion for wel­com­ing trav­ellers is al­most con­ta­gious. We also have two new ve­hi­cle mod­els that we’re “su­per”-proud to in­tro­duce to you: the 2019 Toy­ota Supra and the Lexus ES, which each of­fer some­thing dif­fer­ent and ex­cit­ing in their re­spec­tive seg­ments. The re­turn of the Supra isn’t just the rein­car­na­tion of a leg­endary sports car, but is also proof that a lot more can be achieved through col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween man­u­fac­tur­ers. The new Lexus ES, on the other hand, has set the bar high in terms of lux­ury and style. It’s avail­able in both petrol and hy­brid in the lo­cal mar­ket. Beau­ti­ful as the im­ages of it are in these pages, they sim­ply don’t do jus­tice to the ve­hi­cle: take my ad­vice and view it in the metal. Bet­ter still, take it for a spin. You’ll be amazed. En­joy!

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