TG drives the VW Amarok in Africa
Another epic Top Gear magazine feature from the archives: the only thing between us and certain death is a VW...
Posted: 17 Oct 2013
I got chatting to a teenager called Albertus Seister. I know this is how his name is spelt, because he wrote it down and ordered me to mention him. Albertus told me - matter-of-factly as reciting a bus timetable - that his parents had both died, and he was supporting his sisters by collecting waste paper from around the town for a dollar or two a day. He regarded himself as one of the lucky ones, because he had a job. I know you don't pick up Top Gear for your monthly dose of social reality, but it'd be remiss not to note that when we talk about selling cars in Africa, we're referring to the tiny, mainly white minority who can dream of affording a new one. Most of the trucks on the roads here trickle down through the system over years, even decades. Put it this way: it'll be a long time before anyone in that town will be driving an Amarok.