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Apr 18, 2014
Peugeot Citroën South Africa (PCSA) is “fighting as a team” to secure local assembly of the Peugeot 301 in South Africa, says PCSA MD Francis Harnie. He says the entry-level sedan is only available in left-hand drive at the moment, and that PCSA wants the...
Apr 18, 2014
Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) sold around 50 000 new vehicles in 2013, a 5% drop from 2012 volumes. This decline follows an almost meteoric rise in sales over the last few years as South Africans warmed to the imported Korean brand. The total new vehicle...
Apr 17, 2014
Major changes have been announced at PSA Peugeot Citroën as it continues the fight to return to profitability and increase sales. It is especially the overseas markets that have taken a pummelling for the French manufacturer at the beginning of 2014, with the...
Apr 16, 2014
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The South African Short-term Insurance Association (SAIA) on Wednesday called on motorists to be careful when driving during the coming Easter Weekend. This warning followed a call for caution by the association in February when heavy rains caused damage to roads and...
Apr 15, 2014
The Accent hatchback
Affordability is “becoming more and more of an issue” in the South African new car market, “especially if the interest rate goes up between 0.5% or 2% before the end of 2014”, says Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) marketing director Stanley Anderson....
Apr 14, 2014
WesBank’s newest Vehicle sales Confidence Indicator (WVsCI) shows dealers do not expect sales in the new vehicle market to grow over the next three to six months. The indicator predicts the new and used vehicle sales markets for the next six months.
Apr 11, 2014
The South African Battery Manufacturers Association is in the process of launching an application with the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac), for protection against what it views as the dumping of Korean manufactured vehicle...
Apr 11, 2014
Passenger car imports could fall in 2014, after reaching an all-time high in 2013, at 337 000 units. Imports made up 9% of all passenger cars sold in South Africa in 1995 (22 000 units), climbing to 26% in 2000, 50% in 2005, 66% in 2010, and 75% last year.
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Apr 07, 2014
The UK and South Africa are gearing up for the end result of a £24-million project, which will see the ultimate jet- and rocket-powered car, the Bloodhound, whip up dust in the Northern Cape as it prepares to break the world land speed record. The Bloodhound, which...
Apr 04, 2014
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has approved 181 projects to benefit from government’s automotive investment scheme (AIS), says DTI AIS director Anna Theron. The scheme forms part of the Automotive Production Development Programme (APDP), which replaced...
Apr 04, 2014
Volkswagen Financial Services, finance arm of the German auto maker, has joined forces with South African vehicle and asset finance company, WesBank, to form Volkswagen Financial Services South Africa (VFSSA). Volkswagen Financial Services owns 51% of the new finance...
Apr 03, 2014
Mike Whitfield
Starting in June, slowly but surely, Nissan South Africa (SA) will take over the distribution of the Japanese manufacturer’s vehicles in a number of African countries where it currently has independent distributors, says MD Mike Whitfield. Nissan SA is already...
Apr 02, 2014
PCSA MD Francis Harnie
Peugeot Citroën South Africa (PCSA) was “fighting as a team” to secure local assembly of the Peugeot 301 in South Africa, said PCSA MD Francis Harnie on Wednesday. Addressing a media briefing in Johannesburg, he said the entry-level sedan was only available in...
Apr 01, 2014
Statistics released by the Department of Trade and Industry on Tuesday showed that March new vehicle sales dipped 0.2%, to 55 363 units, compared with the same month last year. The South African new car market remained under pressure during March and, at 36 798...
Apr 01, 2014
South African transport group Barloworld said on Tuesday it has sold its Australian auto retail unit for R1.3-billion rand ($124-million). Barloworld, which had seven auto showrooms in Sydney and Melbourne, said it would used the cash to pay down debt and fund growth...
Apr 01, 2014
Yukio Sato
Japanese manufacturer Suzuki has adopted a more focused approach to its multifaceted product presence in the local market by integrating all of its divisions into a new, single business entity. As of April 1, all of Suzuki’s brand interests in South Africa will be...
Apr 01, 2014
The BMW i8
BMW South Africa has postponed the introduction of the i3 city car and i8 supercar to March 2015, says spokesperson Edward Makwana. The i3 is an electric vehicle, and the i8 a plug-in hybrid. Both models were scheduled for local introduction this year.
Mar 31, 2014
The eSpanBoni trike
Pretoria-based electric vehicle specialist GridCars is in the process of homologating an electric trike, which director Winstone Jordaan hopes will find many commercial uses. GridCars is a registered vehicle manufacturer.
 
 
 
 
Mar 28, 2014
AROUND THE CLOCK The VWSA engine plant operates a four-shift, seven-day production week
Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) should this year see record production at its engine plant, in Uitenhage, in the Eastern Cape. VWSA MD David Powels says engine plant production reached 110 708 units in 2012, growing to 151 269 units in 2013. This year, he...
Mar 28, 2014
The Recycling Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (Redisa), which has been managing the collection and disposal of waste tyres for the past ten months, has been well received by recyclers who recognise that they can get good-quality waste tyre feedstock...
Mar 28, 2014
Great Wall Motors South Africa (GWM SA) has announced that JSE-listed transport logistics and mobility company Super Group has acquired a 50.1% stake of its business for an undisclosed amount in March, “marking the start of exciting business opportunities for both...
Mar 25, 2014
The South African Battery Manufacturers Association was in the process of launching an application with the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac), for protection against what it viewed as the dumping of Korean manufactured vehicle...
Mar 24, 2014
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The updated ix35
Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) sold around 50 000 new vehicles in 2013, a 5% drop from 2012 volumes. This decline follows an almost meteoric rise in sales over the last few years as South Africans warmed to the imported Korean brand. HASA CEO Alan Ross says...
Mar 24, 2014
The new AGV line
Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has installed an automated guided vehicle (AGV) line to replace the traditional roller conveyor used on the VW250 engine line. An AGV is a mobile robot that follows markers or cabling in the floor, or uses vision or lasers to...
Mar 21, 2014
The top three countries from which South Africa imported vehicles in 2013 were India, at number one, with 97 167 vehicles, with South Korea second, at 62 058 units, and Germany third, at 56 997 units, says Standard Bank vehicle and asset finance head Sydney Soundy....
Mar 21, 2014
Markets that can provide robust growth for specific industries remain the focus of trade show exhibition company Singapore Exhibition Ventures (Singex) to enable its exhibitors to access lucrative and sustainable business opportunities, says Singex CEO Aloysius...
Mar 21, 2014
ORDERED PRODUCT An Isogate WS knife gate valve, which incorporates a Linatex rubber sleeve, is one of the products to be supplied to the Trident project in Zambia
In addition to currently installing the major cyclone package at mining and metals company First Quantum Minerals’ new Sentinel copper project, in Northern Zambia, minerals solutions company Weir Minerals Africa has been awarded two more packages – one for...
Mar 21, 2014
NEW COATING The hardness of the new coating ensures no brittleness, flaking or distortions
Local components manufacturer Carlmach Engineering has introduced a new wear-and-impact resistant (WAIR) coating, specifically designed for use in abrasive and slurry applications, for pumps components. “The new coating can triple or quadruple a pump’s life...
 
 
 
 
Mar 21, 2014
Statistics released by the Department of Trade and Industry showed that February new vehicle sales dropped by 3.1%, to 51 814 units, compared with the same month last year. Passenger car sales declined 5.4%, to 34 414 units, while the sale of light commercial...
Mar 21, 2014
NEW OPPORTUNITY Grundfos’ new fire pump set test-bed provides a testing solution for the South African fire protection industry
Pumps and pump components supplier Grundfos will expand its service and product offering within the next few months with the launch of their new Automatic Sprinkler Inspection Bureau (ASIB) standard-approved fire pump set test-bed. “While Grundfos has several...
Mar 20, 2014
The new Renault Sandero
Ninety-three thousand passenger cars sold in 2013 were hatchbacks priced under R150 000. It is the biggest segment – at 21% – of the South African car market, says Renault South Africa (SA) marketing and communications VP Fabien Payzan. This segment can be...
Mar 17, 2014
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has approved 181 projects to benefit from government’s automotive investment scheme (AIS), says DTI AIS director Anna Theron. The scheme forms part of the Automotive Production Development Programme (APDP), which replaced...
Mar 14, 2014
COMING SOON The Bloodhound is to be unveiled to the public next year
Lubricant company Castrol will provide lubricants, brake and hydraulic fluids for use in the Bloodhound supersonic car (SSC). The 1 600 km/h car, which will attempt to break the land-speed record in 2015 through to 2016, is being constructed in Bristol, in the UK.
Mar 14, 2014
The sharp devaluation of the rand against major currencies will provide only short-term benefits to component exporters, warns National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) executive director Robert Houdet. “The weak rand will...
Mar 14, 2014
BEST SELLER The more affordable Polo Vivo topped local passenger car sale charts last year at 34 126 units
There has been a clear buying-down trend in the South African new car market over the last four to five years, says Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) MD David Powels. South Africans bought smaller, more affordable cars in 2013, and the trend is set to continue in...
Mar 14, 2014
TOP APPLICATION The Helukabel Topflex cables can be used in any industrial applications, such as measurement and control
Germany-based cable manufacturing specialist Helukabel has introduced a new variable-frequency drive (VFD) power cable to its range of Topflex cables that can be used in the industrial sector, as well as in motor and control applications. The Topflex 620 VFD cable...
Mar 14, 2014
Despite what outgoing CEO Hubert Brody called “challenging trading conditions in South Africa and Europe”, Imperial reported a 8% jump in operating profit, to R3.16-billion, for the six months ended December 31. Compared with the same six months in the previous...
Mar 14, 2014
The local new vehicle market will contract by around 0.6% in 2014 compared with last year, says WesBank CEO Chris de Kock. The new car market will most likely shrink 2% to 441 432 units, with bakkies and vans expected to grow 2%, to 172 618 units.
 
 
 
 
Mar 12, 2014
Passenger car imports could fall in 2014, after reaching an all-time high in 2013, at 337 000 units. Imports made up 9% of all passenger cars sold in South Africa in 1995 (22 000 units), climbing to 26% in 2000, 50% in 2005, 66% in 2010, and 75% last year.
Mar 11, 2014
Volkswagen Financial Services, finance arm of the German auto maker, has joined forces with South African vehicle and asset finance company, WesBank, to form Volkswagen Financial Services South Africa (VFSSA). Volkswagen Financial Services owns 51% of the new finance...
Mar 10, 2014
Great Wall Motors South Africa (GWM SA) announced on Monday that JSE-listed transport logistics and mobility company Super Group had acquired 50.1% stake of its business for an undisclosed amount in March, “marking the start of exciting business opportunities for...
Mar 07, 2014
Three Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) were signed between South African and Malaysian companies at the Malaysian High Commission in Pretoria on Friday. These MoUs are part of the indirect offsets programme South Africa is providing in return for Malaysia’s...
Mar 07, 2014
MADE IN DURBAN Pricing for the new Corolla starts at R214 990
The South African new vehicle market may well dip to 640 000 units in 2014, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) sales and marketing senior VP Calvyn Hamman. This is the first prediction that anticipates a drop in the market. To date economists and industry bodies...
 
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