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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...
Feb 27, 2015
More than a century following the invention of the automobile, the horseless carriage continues to evolve. Following an array of developments over the years, such as power steering, run-flat tyres, turbo engines, windscreen wipers, air-conditioning, radio and music...
Feb 27, 2015
MAKING A CHANGE Owing to the rising energy costs and mounting energy challenges, the vehicle manufacturer launched a dedicated environmental engineering department
Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has won its second consecutive Energy Company of the Year award, presented by the Southern Africa Association for Energy Efficiency, for its efforts in energy efficiency.
Feb 26, 2015
With an extensive turnaround behind it, fleet management and vehicle tracking group DigiCore Holdings was cautiously optimistic as it entered the final stretch of the year still in the black. The JSE-listed group on Thursday said it would now focus on delivering...
Feb 26, 2015
BMW South Africa (SA) faced three challenges in producing vehicles in South Africa, said MD Tim Abbott on Thursday. Speaking to Engineering News Online ahead of the function to celebrate the one-millionth 3 Series rolling off the assembly line at BMW’s Rosslyn plant,...
Feb 24, 2015
Seifsa chief economist Henk Langenhoven
The steel and engineering sector was estimated to have produced R488-billion worth of output during 2014 and added a R117-billion of value to the economy, Steel and Engineering industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) chief economist Henk Langenhoven said on...
Feb 24, 2015
Imperial CEO Mark Lamberti
JSE-listed Imperial is preparing to table its next three-year strategy to mitigate the changing context of the environment in which it trades. Speaking at a presentation of the group’s interim financial results, in Rosebank, on Tuesday, CEO Mark Lamberti said the...
Feb 24, 2015
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Feb 20, 2015
SA FIRST Hyundai Automotive South Africa assembled the first H100 light commercial vehicle at its Apex plant in Benoni, earlier this month
Hyundai Automotive South Africa assembled the first H100 light commercial vehicle (LCV) at its Apex plant in Benoni, Gauteng, earlier this month. Hyundai marketing director Stanley Anderson tells Engineering News that the company hopes to assemble about 3 000 units...
Feb 20, 2015
STABLE INDUSTRY South Africa’s automotive industry is still profitable and will remain so even if sales drop by 2% to 3% this year
Overall new vehicle sales in South Africa dropped 3% year-on-year in 2014, with 630 000 vehicles sold, compared with the 650 000 sold in 2013, says fleet administrator Imperial Fleet Management CEO Nicholas de Canha. “Despite the overall market being slightly down,...
Feb 20, 2015
HYDROGEN FUEL CELL Hydrogen technologies enable variable renewable energy to be stored
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) research organisation Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) Infrastructure Centre has developed an electrochemical hydrogen compressor unit with no moving parts, which improves the commercial application of water electrolysis...
Feb 20, 2015
THE AGE OF THE CUSTOMER Customers like to have some control over the final product, particularly in terms of customisation
Providing a platform for the development of future technologies, information and communication technology (ICT) could enable automotive companies to meet current industry challenges, which include the rise of new growth markets, changing consumer behaviour and the...
Feb 20, 2015
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The changes to the Labour Relations Act (LRA), which came into force in January 2015, could impact negatively on the profitability of manufacturing companies in the automotive industry, says business law and litigation firm Fasken Martineau labour, employment and...
Feb 20, 2015
The management and reporting structure standards of South Africa’s supply chain services in the automotive sector are equal, if not better, than those globally, says logistics and express services provider DHL automotive and technology director Rob Williams. He...
Feb 20, 2015
The new Ford Fusion, which was launched in Cape Town last month, is the most technologically advanced Ford vehicle ever introduced in South Africa, claims Ford Motor Company Southern Africa marketing, sales and service VP Mark Kaufman. New technologies featured in...
Feb 20, 2015
BREAKING RECORDS South African vehicle sales broke all records for the month of December in 2014, with 51 462 vehicles sold
South African vehicle sales broke all records for the month of December in 2014, with 51 462 vehicles sold. Previously, the highest sales record for the month of December was in 2006, when 49 283 vehicles were sold, says advisory firm KPMG industrial, automotive and...
Feb 20, 2015
South Africa’s automotive domestic market sales reached 52 306 units in the first month of 2015, with automotive manufacturer Toyota achieving 21% of overall sales, ending the month with 11 191 units sold. Toyota topped the log of overall sales for January 2015, and...
Feb 20, 2015
VEHICLE LEASING Ariva offers individuals the opportunity to lease a new vehicle after three years without having to pay an expensive settlement price
JSE-listed Imperial group affiliate and specialist vehicle leasing company Ariva is aiming to expand its vehicle brand offering for its leasing service provision, says Ariva MD Keith Watson. Currently, the company offers leasing agreements of up to 60 months on...
 
 
 
 
Feb 19, 2015
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MBSA CEO Arno van der Merwe
The biggest challenge Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) faced in producing the C-Class in East London was labour instability, and not security in energy supply. MBSA CEO and executive director manufacturing Arno van der Merwe said on Thursday that it was vital for...
Feb 19, 2015
South African automotive components manufacturer Metair Investments was one step closer to acquiring 100% of Turkish battery manufacturer Mutlu Akü through its Metair Akü subsidiary, it said on Thursday. The JSE-listed company acquired a 75% interest in Mutlu Akü for...
Feb 18, 2015
The VW Up
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...
Feb 17, 2015
To bolster the automotive industry’s contribution to Gauteng's economic growth, Premier David Makhura has urged local vehicle manufacturers to limit imports of automotive parts, components and accessories from other countries. Speaking at an engagement session with...
Feb 16, 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...
Feb 16, 2015
Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has won its second consecutive Energy Company of the Year award, presented by the Southern Africa Association for Energy Efficiency, for its efforts in energy efficiency.
Feb 13, 2015
Specialised energy products provider Ballard Power Systems has entered into a technology solutions transaction with automotive manufacturer Volkswagen (VW) for the transfer of automotive-related fuel cell intellectual property (IP), as well as a two-year extension of...
Feb 13, 2015
WesBank is rather bullish on the 2015 new vehicle market, says the vehicle and asset finance group’s head of research Rudolf Mahoney. He believes it is possible for the domestic new vehicle market to grow by between 3% and 5% in 2015 compared with last year. Also,...
Feb 13, 2015
Domestic Opel sales grew by 36%, to 3 700 units, last year compared with 2013, says General Motors South Africa (GMSA) operations VP Ian Nicholls. “I would expect to at least double our Opel sales in 2015. That’s the step up you would expect. It’s going to be a big...
Feb 13, 2015
Yes, empty-nesters will still find the Jazz attractive, but the new model should also appeal to the younger customer, says Honda Motor Southern Africa (HMSA) operations director Graham Eagle. He believes the more dynamic-looking Jazz – the third iteration – will...
 
 
 
 
Feb 13, 2015
January new vehicle sales fell by 1.2%, to 52 306 units, compared with the same month last year. Statistics released by the Department of Trade and Industry show that the domestic new passenger car market declined by 3.6%, to 36 982 units, compared with 12 months ago.
Feb 13, 2015
Oil prices can bounce back to $65, $70 a barrel, with the price already strengthening in February to above $50 a barrel, says Econometrix director and chief economist Dr Azar Jammine. He says collapsing oil prices have seen the cost of domestic fuel come down by...
Feb 06, 2015
The new i20
Hyundai Automotive South Africa (SA) hopes the new i20 will see the importer regain its peak of 20% to 25% market share in the popular B-segment, last seen in 2010 to 2012, says marketing director Stanley Anderson. The Hyundai in 2014 took second place to the...
Feb 06, 2015
Four dealerships in South Africa will sell the BMW i3 electric city car and the i8 hybrid sports car when these vehicles go on sale in the domestic market in March. BMW Group South Africa (SA) says these dealerships will be Club Motors Fountains, in Pretoria; Sandton...
Feb 06, 2015
Do you transport, as a haulier or consignor, more than 500 t of cargo a month by road? If so, brace yourself for a raft of new onerous, but vague transport regulations, warns Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa associate Peter Lamb. The National Road Traffic...
Feb 06, 2015
DDS2 The new drug detection system, provided exlusively to Alco-safe by Alere Toxicology, gives instant test results for six types of drugs
South Africa-based electronic alcohol detection and drug-testing equipment supplier Alco-Safe will supply the Lion Detection System 20 (DS20) interlock system – a breathalyser attached to the starter motor of a vehicle – by the end of April says Alco-Safe director...
Feb 06, 2015
The domestic new truck market should end 2015 at between 31 000 and 33 000 units, says Isuzu Trucks South Africa (ITSA) COO Craig Uren. The market will only be able to exceed 31 000 units if “something significant happens”, such as large infrastructure or capital...
Feb 06, 2015
STRATEGIC DEAL Black economic-empowerment investors and AutoZone’s management would retain a stake in the company
Private equity investor Ethos has bought a controlling interest in Southern Africa-focused aftermarket automotive parts retailer and wholesaler AutoZone for an undisclosed amount.
Feb 06, 2015
The latest TransUnion Vehicle Pricing Index (VPI) indicates an unusual trend where used car prices are now tracking new car prices. In addition, for the fourth consecutive quarter, used car inflation has increased on a year-on-year basis, rising by 1.36% between the...
Feb 04, 2015
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Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) and Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) have moved to the containerisation of vehicles as MBSA grows and expands the geographical reach of its exports. MBSA’s plant, based in East London, in 2013 exported 36 234 C-Class vehicles to the US...
 
 
 
 
Feb 03, 2015
Oil prices could bounce back to $65, $70 a barrel, with the price already strengthening in February to above $50 a barrel, said Econometrix director and chief economist Dr Azar Jammine on Tuesday. Speaking at a breakfast meeting in Pretoria, hosted by Ford, he said...
Feb 02, 2015
January new vehicle sales fell by 1.2%, to 52 306 units, compared with the same month last year. Statistics released on Monday by the Department of Trade and Industry showed that the domestic new passenger car market declined by 3.6%, to 36 982 units, compared with...
Jan 30, 2015
Bakkies and more affordable cars dominated South Africa’s new vehicle market in 2014. Unaudited data from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) shows that South Africa’s most popular vehicle in 2014 was the Toyota Hilux, selling 37 562 units.
Jan 30, 2015
Germany will soon be home to some of the hottest and coldest temperatures, most arid and humid conditions, hurricane force wind speeds, and highest altitudes to be found on the planet, courtesy of a new climatic test centre being built by Ford at its engineering...
Jan 30, 2015
Taiwan-based tooling machinery company Kao Ming says its ‘customer-first’ philosophy has led to continuous research and development (R&D) of new products, which has also triggered its market growth in the US, Germany and China in recent years.
 
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