Thousands are expected at the Auto Africa Expo, which begins next week. More than 300 exhibitors will be crammed into the Nasrec centre south of Johannesburg for the year's premier automotive event.

Thousands are expected at the Auto Africa Expo, which begins next week. More than 300 exhibitors will be crammed into the Nasrec centre south of Johannesburg for the year's premier automotive event.

Hundreds of workers have descended on Nasrec in preparation for the country's bi-annual automotive exhibition showcasing the latest models and products available.

Halls five and six, where the passenger vehicles will be housed, is expected to experience the most traffic as several new models are launched and a few concept cars displayed.

Highlights of the show include Toyota's current F1 challenger, the TF104, and the Tata and Mahindra & Mahindra stands. The Indian manufacturers have recently joined the South African market and many will be eager to see their respective offerings up close.

For the first time, this show will also include a "mall" where the latest accessories, car care products, branded clothing, publications and model cars will be available for purchase.

Outdoor activities will include BMW Advanced Driving demonstrations, a new 4X4 demonstration track, the Topcar Dynamic Centre, a quad bike and pee-wee track, bike stunt riding and Fireball Run 2004.

The Auto Africa Expo is open to the public from Wednesday, October 27 to Sunday, October 31, from 9h00 to 18h00. Entry is R50 for adults and R20 for children under 12. Tickets can be obtained at the gate or through Computicket.