Volkswagen is one of many manufacturers that use South Africa's hot and dry climate for vehicle testing. Watch the next generation of VW products being put through their paces on our roads.
South Africa's altitude and climate borders on the extreme, which makes it a perfect destination for vehicle companies to test their forthcoming products in the harshest conditions. There's so much interest in testing in SA that many exciting disguised cars have been spotted around the Upington area and the Volkswagen Group has a highly-secured "Area 51" facility north-east of Pofadder. If you're a car-spotting fanatic, the Northern Cape is the place to be.
In this video, which was released by Volkswagen, you can see the next generation of its products on our roads. First up is the Tiguan Allspace, a 7-seat version of the stylish new SUV.
Then we get a proper look at the Volkswagen Arteon. It's going to be a premium sedan which replaces the CC and will sit in a more premium slot above the Passat. Finally, the Up! GTI gets some of the limelight and while it's not confirmed for SA introduction yet, we live in hope. All three of these products will be officially unveiled in 2017.