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Mar 30, 2015
Updated 3 hours ago According to a number of recent forecasts, the South African new car market is likely to see little growth this year, with motorists increasingly shifting towards the used car market as they seek more bang for their buck. The latest statistics from a South African...
Mar 30, 2015
Updated 6 hours ago There is a disparity in government funding provided to integrated transport networks – bus rapid transit (BRT) networks – and that given to conventional bus services, says Putco executive director Thys Heyns. “We have neglected and strangled conventional bus services...
Mar 27, 2015
The Vans division of Mercedes-Benz will launch a midsize pickup before the end of the decade, the German manufacturer announced on Friday. “The Mercedes-Benz pickup will contribute nicely to our global growth targets,” says Dr Dieter Zetsche, chairperson of the...
Mar 27, 2015
Projected capital expenditure (capex) in the South African automotive assembly industry should reach a record R7.48-billion this year, says the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) in its 2014 fourth quarter business review. Capex...
Mar 27, 2015
SERVODRIVE PRESS There is an opportunity in South Africa to create a competitive advantage over conventional metal-pressing operations
Local automotive products manufacturer GUD Holdings will increase its product offering to the automotive sector following its R100-millon investment in a 630 t servo drive transfer press and a new manufacturing site in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape.
Mar 27, 2015
The South African automotive industry is unlikely to see a future wage settlement at a level lower than the 8% to 10% increases a year agreed to in a range of three-year wage deals signed in the retail, component and assembly sectors in 2013, says Nissan South Africa...
Mar 27, 2015
Goodyear has unveiled its latest concept technology at this year’s Geneva International Motor Show ¬– a futuristic tyre the manufacturer says has the capacity to produce its own electricity. Conceived by Goodyear's Innovation Centre, and known by its development code...
Mar 27, 2015
Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) has intensified its focus on the local bus market with the launch of two new products. Fuso Trucks South Africa (SA), wholly owned by MBSA’s German parent company, Daimler, has introduced the 30-seater Fuso Canter Bus, built on the...
Mar 26, 2015
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Mar 24, 2015
The new Automotive Incubation Centre at Nissan, which will be launched on Wednesday, is expected to radically transform the economy. “Established automotive companies are extremely important to our drive to radically transform our economy and foster increased...
Mar 24, 2015
Inside the Volvo Group SA RDC
The Volvo Group South Africa (SA) has officially opened its new regional parts distribution centre (RDC) in Ekurhuleni. The R60-million facility houses parts for all the members of the local Volvo Group, namely Volvo Bus, Volvo Construction Equipment, Volvo Trucks,...
Mar 23, 2015
Geoff du Plessis
While MAN Truck & Bus South Africa’s (MTBSA’s) bus division saw substantial gains in 2014, the same is not true for the local arm of the German company’s truck business. MTBSA sold around 1 700 trucks in 2013, with sales declining to around 1 575 units in 2014, as...
Mar 20, 2015
BMW i3
A second full electric vehicle has entered the South African market, following the local debut of the Nissan Leaf in 2013. The BMW i3 BEV sells for R525 000, while the derivative with a range extender, the i3 REx, sells for R595 000.
Mar 20, 2015
The closure of any vehicle manufacturer’s operations in South Africa will be “a total disaster”, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) president and CEO Dr Johan van Zyl. He is also the president of the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South...
Mar 20, 2015
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Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) is positive its new entry-level vehicle, the Up, will not cannabalise sales of the locally manufactured, budget Polo Vivo, says VWSA sales and marketing director Petra Hoffmann. She says the three-door Up is “significantly...
Mar 19, 2015
The Porsche Macan
The Porsche Macan sports-utility vehicle on Wednesday night secured top honours in the 2015 WesBank/South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ) Car of the Year (COTY) competition. Last night’s victory was the third time in a row for the German sportscar...
Mar 19, 2015
JSE-listed logistics solutions provider OneLogix on Thursday launched its R130-million Umlaas logistics hub, near Cato Ridge. Designed to “substantially” enhance the group’s ability to offer quality and cost-effective logistics services to its customers, the hub...
Mar 18, 2015
MAN SA's new solar rooftop
MAN Truck & Bus South Africa (MTBSA) on Tuesday unveiled a grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop system at its assembly facility in Durban, making it the first carbon-neutral MAN plant in the world. The 580 kW, 2 320-panel, 6 300 m2 system is capable of...
Mar 16, 2015
The Transit Connect
Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) continues its product offensive for 2015 – a year in which it plans to launch ten new models – with the introduction of the new Transit Connect and Tourneo Connect. The new Transit Connect panel van focuses on the...
 
 
 
 
Mar 16, 2015
Projected capital expenditure (capex) in the South African automotive assembly industry should reach a record R7.48-billion this year, said the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) in its 2014 fourth quarter business review,...
Mar 13, 2015
The local truck assembly industry does not fare as badly as widely perceived in terms of the local content on heavy vehicles produced in South Africa, says Daimler Trucks and Buses executive director Kobus van Zyl. Despite the fact that truck tractors are assembled...
Mar 13, 2015
Daihatsu is set to cease distribution in South Africa. The range on sale domestically comprises the Sirion hatchback, Terios small sports-utility vehicle and Gran Max bakkie.
Mar 13, 2015
A difficult year in terms of the economic climate lies ahead for South Africa’s fleet management industry, but the good news is that many local fleet operators have not yet begun to use all the modern tools and technologies that can help them negotiate this...
Mar 13, 2015
NICHOLAS DE CANHA Imperial Fleet Management supplies 2500 fleet assets to transnet and the contract is expected to be finalised by April 2015
Fleet financing, administration and maintenance solutions provider Imperial Fleet Management is in the final stages of concluding the terms of a R1.5-billion contract, requiring Imperial to supply 2 500 vehicles to government-owned transport and logistics company...
Mar 13, 2015
BMW South Africa (SA) faced three challenges in producing vehicles in South Africa, said MD Tim Abbott. Speaking to Engineering News Online ahead of the February function to celebrate the one-millionth 3 Series rolling off the assembly line at BMW’s Rosslyn plant, he...
Mar 13, 2015
JSE-listed industrial group KAP Industrial Holdings delivered robust interim results, owing to active restructuring of its divisions, cost-savings measures, improved efficiencies and the implementation of new technologies in its industrial division. The group also...
Mar 13, 2015
STANLEY ANDERSON The new-vehicle price inflation is largely due to the weak rand
The price inflation for all new vehicles, which has been at 8% over the past year and is forecast to be between 8% and 10% during the next 12 months, has prompted companies to replace their fleets sooner than they would have before, says automotive manufacturer...
Mar 13, 2015
Domestic new vehicle sales in February increased by 1.1%, to 52 368 units, compared with the same month last year. Statistics released by the Department of Trade and Industry show that new passenger car sales grew by 1.5% in February, to 34 909 units.
Mar 12, 2015
Vincent Cobee
Datsun global head Vincent Cobee has described South Africa as the “logical choice” when it comes to the establishment of vehicle manufacturing operations that target the African automotive market, but cautions that the country will first need to significantly...
 
 
 
 
Mar 11, 2015
The percentage of imported passenger cars in the mix of new cars sold in South Africa last year dropped year-on-year for the first time since 1999. According to KPMG data, in 1999, 25% of all new cars sold locally were imported, down from 26% in 1998. Imported sales...
Mar 11, 2015
Mike Whitfield
The South African automotive industry was unlikely to see wage settlements at a level lower than the 8% to 10% increases a year agreed to in a range of three-year wage deals signed in the retail, component and assembly sectors in 2013, said Nissan South Africa MD and...
Mar 10, 2015
The electricity generating concept tyre
Goodyear has unveiled its latest concept technology at this year’s Geneva International Motor Show – a futuristic tyre the manufacturer says has the capacity to produce its own electricity. Conceived by Goodyear's Innovation Centre, and known by its development code...
Mar 09, 2015
The Mercedes-Benz OF 917 RF chassis
Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) has intensified its focus on the local bus market with the launch of two new products. Fuso Trucks South Africa (SA), wholly owned by MBSA’s German parent company, Daimler, has introduced the 30-seater Fuso Canter Bus, built on the...
Mar 06, 2015
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A second full electric vehicle has entered the South African market, following the local debut of the Nissan Leaf in 2013. The BMW i3 BEV sells for R525 000, while the derivative with a range extender, the i3 REx, sells for R595 000.
Mar 06, 2015
The biggest challenge Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) faces in producing the C-Class in East London was labour instability, and not energy supply security. MBSA CEO and executive director manufacturing Arno van der Merwe says it is vital for South Africa to have...
Mar 06, 2015
FAW Vehicle Manufacturers South Africa (SA) has started production of truck bodies at a new body shop facility, located next to its Coega-based truck assembly plant, in the Eastern Cape, which opened its doors in 2014. “Not only have we managed to produce our FAW...
Mar 05, 2015
Johan van Zyl
The closure of any vehicle manufacturer’s operations in South Africa would be “a total disaster”, said Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) president and CEO Dr Johan van Zyl on Thursday. He was also the president of the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers...
Mar 05, 2015
The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) is on the hunt for first- and second-tier suppliers in automotive manufacturing to set up shop at its Nelson Mandela Bay Logistics Park (NMBLP), in Uitenhage, noting in a statement this week that component manufacturers that...
Mar 04, 2015
TSAM president and CEO Dr Johan van Zyl
Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) president and CEO Dr Johan van Zyl will, from April 1, also take responsibility for Toyota Europe. In addition to his roles as TSAM president and CEO and CEO of Toyota Africa region, he would now also become president and CEO of...
 
 
 
 
Mar 03, 2015
FMCSA president and CEO Jeff Nemeth
South Africa’s Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) had boosted Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa’s (FMCSA’s) manufacturing competiveness, the vehicle manufacturer said on Tuesday. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) had introduced the...
Mar 03, 2015
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Finance MEC Barbara Creecy
The Gauteng government has set aside R10-billion of its R95.3-billion 2015/16 budget to fund its five development corridors, which are being pursued across the so-called ‘City Region’. Gauteng, which is South Africa’s smallest province by area, is also the country...
Feb 28, 2015
Consumer electronics giant Apple is being sued by lithium-ion battery producer A123 Systems for "systematically" poaching employees to establish a new battery division, expected to power the company’s foray into the electric vehicle (EV) sector. The venture,...
Feb 27, 2015
Daihatsu is set to cease distribution in South Africa. The range on sale domestically comprises the Sirion hatchback, Terios small sports-utility vehicle and Gran Max bakkie.
Feb 27, 2015
The local truck assembly industry does not fare as badly as widely perceived in terms of the local content on heavy vehicles produced in South Africa, says Daimler Trucks and Buses executive director Kobus van Zyl. Despite the fact that truck tractors are assembled...
 
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