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Electric vehicles’ share of market to grow rapidly, says IHS Markit

By: Irma Venter     9th December 2016 Electric vehicles (EVs) could make up 15% to 35% of worldwide new vehicle sales in 2040, says IHS Markit, a specialist in critical information, analytics and solutions. The findings are part of a new research project, ‘Reinventing the Wheel’, that the company will conduct over the first half of... 

Advances in biometrics to radically change driving by 2025

By: Irma Venter     9th December 2016 By 2025, advancements in biometrics will radically transform the driving experience; health, wellness and wellbeing of the driver and the security of vehicles. This is the key finding of Frost & Sullivan’s ‘Biometrics in the Global Automotive Industry, 2016–2025 analysis’. 

Volvo Trucks expands sales into rest of Southern Africa

By: Irma Venter     9th December 2016 Volvo Trucks should this year sell around 250 new trucks in Southern African markets outside South Africa, says Volvo Group Southern Africa president Torbjörn Christensson. Three years from now, in 2019, the company wants sales in these Southern African markets to grow to 1 000 trucks a year. 

Tesla arrives in South Africa, targets energy market first 

By: Irma Venter     8th December 2016 Tesla has finally arrived in South Africa, even if in a somewhat unexpected guise. With the availability of the US company’s electric cars apparently still some way off, South Africans do, however, now have access to its energy storage solutions. The stationary, rechargeable lithium-ion battery... 

Tesla arrives in South Africa, targets energy market first
Photo by Duane Daws
Andreas Cambitsis with the Powerwall

New-vehicle sales likely to decline further in 2017, says FNB

By: Irma Venter     6th December 2016 New-vehicle sales in South Africa will drop by around 12% in 2016 compared with 2015, says First National Bank (FNB) senior industry analyst Jason Muscat. The same forecast model used to determine this decline suggests that sales in 2017 may drop another 5%, as a worst case scenario, he adds. 

New-vehicle sales likely to decline further in 2017, says FNB

Boardroom shuffle sees Merc SA’s Van der Merwe head to China 

By: Irma Venter     6th December 2016 German automaker Daimler has announced the appointment of Andreas Engling as the new CEO and manufacturing executive director of Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA). Current CEO, Arno van der Merwe, will start a new chapter in his career as president and CEO of Beijing Benz Automotive (BBAC). 

Boardroom shuffle sees Merc SA’s Van der Merwe head to China
Andreas Engling

2016 new-truck sales seen declining 10% year-on-year

By: Irma Venter     2nd December 2016 South Africa’s new truck market is under pressure, with a 10% drop in sales likely in 2016, says UD Trucks Southern Africa (UDTSA) marketing director Rory Schulz. This means the new truck market should end the year around the 25 000-mark. 

End of the road for red traffic lights?

By: Irma Venter     2nd December 2016 Imagine taking the kids to school, driving to work or across town to do some shopping without ever hitting a single red traffic light. US carmaker Ford is testing technology that could make ‘riding the green wave’ a day-to-day reality. 

Ford’s local unit shipping first batch of Africa-bound Everest SUVs

By: Irma Venter     2nd December 2016 The first batch of South African-built Ford Everest vehicles destined for export markets in sub-Saharan Africa has been completed, with the first vehicle on its way to its new owner in Kenya. The moondust silver Everest 2.2 XLT 4 X 4 departed Durban on November 12, and is destined for Mombasa,... 

The worst appears to be over for mining sector – Barloworld

By: Irma Venter     2nd December 2016 For the first time in four years some green shoots are starting to appear in the mining industry, says Barloworld CE Clive Thomson. Discussing the JSE-listed group’s financial results for the year ended September 30, he says he believes the current cycle has reached its bottom. 

Unions in three-year wage deal with vehicle retailers, components makers

By: Irma Venter     2nd December 2016 South Africa’s component makers and retail motor industry have reached a new three-year wage agreement with the National Union of Metalworkers  of South Africa (Numsa) and the Motor Industry Staff Association. The settlement will see wage increases at component manufacturers of 8.5% in year... 

November new-vehicle sales down 9.6% y/y

By: Reuters     1st December 2016 South Africa's new vehicle sales fell 9.6% year-on-year to 46,413 units in November, data from the trade and industry department showed on Thursday. However, exports were up 12.1% to 31,508 units compared with the same month last year, the department said. 

Porsche to open technician training centre in Cape Town

By: Irma Venter     30th November 2016 German sports car manufacturer Porsche will, from the middle of next year, train 75 young South Africans from disadvantaged backgrounds as service technicians at its new Porsche Training and Recruitment Centre, in Cape Town. The course has a duration of three years. Those who complete the course... 

Porsche to open technician training centre in Cape Town
Photo by Duane Daws
Porsche executive chairperson Oliver Blume

SA Taxi secures R300m in funding to take on Uber

By: Irma Venter     30th November 2016 SA Taxi has secured R300-million in funding from Futuregrowth Asset Management, which it will use to provide financing to the company’s Zebra Cabs owner-driver scheme. SA Taxi is South Africa’s largest financier of minibus taxis. It acquired Zebra Cabs metered taxis in 2015, motivated by the need... 

SA Taxi secures R300m in funding to take on Uber
Mark Herskovits

Volkswagen forms JV with Algeria's SOVAC for local assembly

By: Reuters     28th November 2016 Volkswagen said on Sunday it had formed a joint venture with Algerian sales partner SOVAC to assemble cars in the North African country, aiming for production capacity of more than 100 vehicles a day from spring 2017. Volkswagen will hold a minority stake in the joint venture, SOVAC Production... 

Toyota to launch fuel cell buses in 2017 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th November 2016 Toyota Motor Corporation on Friday said it would start selling fuel cell buses under the Toyota brand from early 2017. Having already undergone repeated field tests for practical use, the Bureau of Transportation of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government plans to use two of these fuel cell buses as... 

German drive engineering group to expand activities in South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     25th November 2016 German drive engineering group SEW Eurodrive is planning to expand its assembly capacity in South Africa. The company operates 15 manufacturing plants in Germany, France, Brazil, the US and China, which ship components to assembly plants in 75 countries, including South Africa. “We invest in all... 

German motorcycle group unveils airbag solution

By: Irma Venter     25th November 2016 BMW Motorrad – the motorcycle arm of the German automaker –has launched an advanced airbag system to protect the upper body during accidents. The ‘BMW Motorrad Street Air by Alpinestars’ consists of a textile riding jacket, interconnected with an airbag vest. 

Rail freight system will benefit economy, reduce road maintenance

By: Nadine James     25th November 2016 To limit the damage to the national and provincial road networks – primarily caused by heavy-duty freight vehicles – and cut down on resulting maintenance, government should ensure that South Africa has a workable and reliable rail freight service, says auditing and consulting firm KPMG. KPMG... 

Rail freight system will benefit economy, reduce road maintenance
DE BUYS SCOTT The establishment of a workable rail infrastructure would stimulate job creation and economic growth during the construction phase of rail-related projects

Results of passenger car product quality survey unveiled

By: Irma Venter     25th November 2016 Research house Ipsos has announced the winners in its newest Ipsos Passenger Car Product Quality Survey. The survey is voluntary, with 17 vehicle brands participating, representing 77% of the new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles sold through retail channels in South Africa. 

Public transport development driven by lowest cost, not value, says ITSSA

By: Irma Venter     24th November 2016 South Africa’s transport procurement system is often driven by cost, rather than value, says Intelligent Transport Society of South Africa (ITSSA) CEO Dr Paul Vorster. “We tend to look for the lowest-cost supplier of services and equipment and not always the best value. The problem with this is... 

Public transport development driven by lowest cost, not value, says ITSSA

Components makers, retail industry sign wage agreement with Numsa

By: Irma Venter     22nd November 2016 South Africa’s component makers and retail motor industry have reached a new three-year wage agreement with the National Union of Metalworkers  of South Africa (Numsa) and the Motor Industry Staff Association. The settlement will see wage increases at component manufacturers of 8.5% in year... 

 Components makers, retail industry sign wage agreement with Numsa

Volkswagen CEO says sees case for building own battery factory – paper

By: Reuters     21st November 2016 Europe's largest carmaker Volkswagen sees building its own factory to make electronic vehicle batteries as a logical move as it expands production of low-emission cars after its emissions scandal. Volkswagen and its labour unions agreed on Friday to cut 30 000 jobs at the core VW brand in... 

Biometrics revolution will render car keys obsolete by 2025, says study 

By: Irma Venter     18th November 2016 By 2025, advancements in biometrics will radically transform the driving experience; health, wellness and wellbeing of the driver and the security of vehicles. This is the key finding of Frost & Sullivan’s ‘Biometrics in the Global Automotive Industry, 2016–2025 analysis’. 

Biometrics revolution will render car keys obsolete by 2025, says study

Volkswagen to cut 30 000 jobs at VW brand by 2020

By: Reuters     18th November 2016 Volkswagen and its powerful labour unions agreed to cut 30 000 jobs at the core VW brand in exchange for avoiding forced redundancies in Germany until 2025, a compromise which leaves the carmaker's profitability still lagging rivals. The turnaround plan announced on Friday will lead to... 

Automotive sales figures reflect decline, but there is hope

By: Aarifah Nosarka     18th November 2016 National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) president and Nissan Group of Africa MD Mike Whitfield tells Engineering News that the recent slight decline in light commercial vehicle (LCV) sales is “positive”, contrasting with the bigger decline in passenger vehicle... 

Bank to install solar-panel carports at Fairland office complex

By: Irma Venter     18th November 2016 Vehicle and asset finance group WesBank and sister company First National Bank (FNB) have announced a R60-million project to replace the shade-net carports at its shared offices in Fairland, Johannesburg, with solar-panel carports. The project will hopefully nudge the 150 000 m2 campus towards a... 

From cars to storage, Mercedes-Benz unveils electric-mobility ecosystem

By: Irma Venter     18th November 2016 Mercedes-Benz will go electric – and in a big way. The German carmaker has launched a new product brand for electric mobility under the name EQ, which stands for ‘electric intelligence’. 

Imported trucks adapted to suit South African environment

     18th November 2016 Engineering support services company, Babcock Africa’s Transport Solutions division is giving cutting-edge European engineering a distinctly African twist, with adaptations to suit the local environment, having stocked up on high-quality DAF Trucks vehicles imported directly from the DAF factory... 

Indian vehicle and equipment group adds gensets to SA offering

By: Irma Venter     18th November 2016 Vehicle distributor Mahindra South Africa (SA) will add another product to its portfolio this month, when the company will introduce a range of generator sets (gensets) to the local market. Mahindra SA is a subsidiary of the Indian Mahindra & Mahindra conglomerate. 

Klerksdorp school wins electric car challenge

By: Irma Venter     18th November 2016 Klerksdorp’s Schoonspruit High School was crowned the winner of the 2016 GreenpowerZA Electric Car Challenge, held at the Red Star Raceway, near Delmas. The race challenges schools to bring their self-built electric cars to the track, in an effort to create interest in the subjects of science,... 

New technology laboratory opens in Johannesburg

By: Victor Moolman     18th November 2016 Last month, education consultancy Sangari launched the Life Sciences Lab and the Land Rover 4 x 4 in Schools Technology Challenge at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre science museum, in Johannesburg. 

New technology laboratory opens in Johannesburg
SCIENCE LABORATORY The Sangari Life Sciences Lab allows students to experience experiments at their own pace

Numerous upgrades to recently launched bakkie

By: Aarifah Nosarka     18th November 2016 Owing to ongoing local dealer and customer feedback, General Motors South Africa (GMSA) launched the Isuzu KB 2016 range, consisting of 17 models, in September. GMSA VP sales, service and marketing Brian Olson says the new KBs, which were shipped to dealers across sub-Saharan Africa in September,... 

Numerous upgrades to recently launched bakkie
FACELIFT The upgraded sixth-generation Isuzu KB

Renault again takes aim at SA’s entry-level market

By: Irma Venter     18th November 2016 Renault has launched a fresh attack on the entry-level market in South Africa with the arrival of the Kwid, priced from R119 900. The India-made Kwid will slip in below the Sandero at the bottom end of Renault’s price table. Renault South Africa sells more than 500 Sanderos a month. Pricing for... 

Volvo Trucks targets strong growth in slowly recovering Africa

By: Irma Venter     17th November 2016 Volvo Trucks should this year sell around 250 new trucks in Southern African markets outside South Africa, says Volvo Group Southern Africa president Torbjörn Christensson. Three years from now, in 2019, the company wants sales in these Southern African markets to grow to 1 000 trucks a year. 

Volvo Trucks targets strong growth in slowly recovering Africa

Exports of SA-built Ford Everest starts, first vehicle to Kenya

By: Irma Venter     17th November 2016 The first batch of South African-built Ford Everest vehicles destined for export markets in sub-Saharan Africa has been completed, with the first vehicle on its way to its new owner in Kenya. The moondust silver Everest 2.2 XLT 4 X 4 departed Durban on November 12, and is destined for Mombasa,... 

 Exports of SA-built Ford Everest starts, first vehicle to Kenya

Ford trials tech for drivers to ride a wave of green traffic lights

By: Irma Venter     14th November 2016 Imagine taking the kids to school, driving to work or across town to do some shopping without ever hitting a single red traffic light. US carmaker Ford is testing technology that could make ‘riding the green wave’ a day-to-day reality. 

Ford trials tech for drivers to ride a wave of green traffic lights
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