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Jul 28, 2015
Updated 6 hours ago South Africa’s automotive industry is not in crisis – but there is a very real danger that inertia could see it regress into lightweight assembly rather than claim its place as a globally competitive vehicle manufacturer. Speaking at the National Localisation Indaba,...
Jul 27, 2015
The South Africa truck market may end the year at around 29 000 units, 5% to 7% down on last year’s numbers, says Isuzu Trucks South Africa (ITSA) COO Craig Uren. Around 31 500 trucks were sold locally in 2014.
Jul 24, 2015
Kyalami's The Crocodiles corner
Two months after the start of a R100-million-plus upgrade to the 54-year-old Kyalami race track, the project is running according to plan, says Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit spokesperson Christo Kruger. The new circuit layout has become visible and the extent of the...
Jul 23, 2015
AEROVANTAGE HYBRID BLADE Champion’s new wiper blades were launched globally this year and are specific to vehicle applications
Champion’s new wiper blades were launched globally this year and are specific to vehicle applications. Champion has been persistent in developing this product and hopes to be the first company to market wiper blades with this new technology. Meanwhile, global...
Jul 23, 2015
FOCUSED ON SAFETY A safe, rearward-facing seating position enables a child to keep eye contact with either the driver or the rear passenger
With the launch of a new child seat concept, Swedish vehicle manufacturer Volvo Cars’ design team has completely reimagined how children can travel safely in the future.
Jul 23, 2015
BRIAN MCKENZIE The QIC-Fuel solution enables the user to monitor the fuel by taking a sample of each sensor as the vehicle moves
Asset management solutions provider QCIC delivered and released its QIC-Fuel solution in February and is optimistic that it will have at least ten companies on its system before December. The fuel management solution works in conjunction with the company’s flagship...
Jul 23, 2015
India’s largest utility vehicle and tractor producer, Mahindra & Mahindra, has established a new business unit specifically focussed on emerging opportunities in Africa. The African business unit will be headed by current Mahindra South Africa (MSA) CEO Ashok Thakur,...
Jul 23, 2015
ROB WILLIAMS Africa has the capability and the workforce to meet the demands of the global automotive industry
South Africa’s ongoing focus on attracting and maintaining investment from foreign automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) into South Africa is paying off, says logistic company DHL.
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Jul 23, 2015
MEZZANINE FLOOR Super Mezzanine floors comprise iron beams for vertical and horizontal support, as well as galvanised steel grating
Steel mezzanine structures, manufactured by Linbro Park-based storage solutions company Pandae, are assisting automotive dealerships with easy-to-install additional parking space that will not result in downtime during construction.
Jul 23, 2015
AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY PRESSURE The automotive sector is feeling the pressure from the strict regulatory standards being enforced globally
The automotive sector is feeling the pressure from the strict regulatory standards being enforced globally, as well as increasingly tech-savvy consumers who not only expect, but demand, new and innovative services, says professional services firm KPMG in its ‘Global...
Jul 23, 2015
New-vehicle sales continued their downward trend in June, declining by 4.8%, to 50 251 units, compared with the same month last year. Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry show that new passenger car sales dropped by 6.6% in June, to 33 035...
Jul 23, 2015
Isuzu truck with a Kanu-fitted body
Isuzu Truck South Africa (ITSA) has acquired Kanu Commercial Body Construction, as well as Automotive Chassis Technologies (ACT), both from Port Elizabeth, in a 100% buyout, effective from August. The transaction will see ITSA morph from a pure commercial...
Jul 22, 2015
Jul 21, 2015
There are a lot of numbers involved in shopping for a car: power output, fuel consumption, number of airbags, price, interest rates, payback period and warranty. At the bottom end of the scale, price is probably the biggest deal-breaker. At the top end of the market,...
Jul 21, 2015
The new AMG GT
The long-term future of performance cars – 15, 20 years from now, or perhaps sooner – will see “some kind of electrification or hybridisation of the drive train” says Mercedes-AMG management board chairperson Tobias Moers. However, the problem with this will be that...
Jul 20, 2015
This six-page brief is a synopsis of key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, revisions and expansion to sector support, competitiveness, and prospects for the sector.
Jul 16, 2015
Mahindra South Africa (MSA) hopes to see between 20% and 25% growth in sales in the current financial year compared with the previous financial year, “this despite the local market declining”, says CEO Ashok Thakur. MSA sold around 4 000 units in the previous...
Jul 16, 2015
Mercedes-Benz has launched a fresh attack on the highly competitive van segment with the launch of its new V-Class multipurpose vehicle (MPV). The V-Class replaces the Viano.
 
 
 
 
Jul 16, 2015
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South Africa’s automotive leather interior industry is in trouble. Employment at tanneries and sewing plants has been cut in half from 9 242 people in 2005, to 4 806 in 2015, says industrial value chain economist David Bezuidenhout.
Jul 16, 2015
Japanese truck manufacturer Hino Motors is placing increased focus on projects and the management thereof to improve its global production and supply capability.
Jul 09, 2015
Quality standards for data will provide significant benefits for engineering and technical disciplines, as reliable master data can then be sourced and transferred, which enables accurate management of engineering components and services, says data quality and...
Jul 09, 2015
There are some signs, a new Barclays report asserts, that South Africa’s balance of trade in manufactured goods is starting to improve, helping to offset worsened terms of trade brought about by a decline in commodity prices. Speaking at the release of the quarterly...
Jul 09, 2015
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Cape Town’s MyCiti bus service has improved its fare-revenue-to-cost ratio from 30% in 2013/2014 – where fares cover 30% of direct vehicle operating costs – to 40% in 2014/2015, says Gibb transportation south section unit manager Andrew Bulman. As a consulting...
Jul 03, 2015
Development financier Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) executive Noludwe Ncokazi on Friday said the organisation had the “huge responsibility of ensuring business continuity”, following the resignation of ECDC subsidiary Automotive Industry Development...
Jul 02, 2015
ENERGY-EFFICIENT PETROCHEMICALS Engen supplies energy-saving hydraulic fluids and synthetic lubricants to the industrial sectors and provides products for petrol and diesel engines
Responding to the energy sector’s need to reduce energy consumption, African energy multinational Engen will be exhibiting new energy-saving hydraulic fluids and synthetic lubricants, which will soon be introduced into the company’s product offering, at this year’s...
Jul 02, 2015
The Goodyear Tyre & Rubber Company has reached an agreement with Yihai Food and Oil Industry, in China, for the supply of silica derived from rice husk ash. Goodyear will begin using the silica this year in a consumer tyre that will be manufactured in its factory in...
Jul 02, 2015
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The BMW Group’s Rosslyn plant in June received the Platinum Plant Quality Award in the JD Power 2015 Initial Quality Study (IQS) for producing vehicles – on a global basis – with the fewest defects or malfunctions of models for the US market. The plant assembles the...
Jul 02, 2015
New car sales, which fell by 4.8% in June compared with June last year, are the latest victim of economic uncertainty. Simphiwe Nghona, the executive head for motor retail at Wesbank, talking to ANA about new car sales figures released by the National Association of...
 
 
 
 
Jul 01, 2015
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South Africa's new vehicle sales fell by 4.8% year-on-year to 50 251 units in June, data from the trade department showed on Wednesday. Exports however grew 33.8% year-on-year to 31 422 units, the department said.
Jun 30, 2015
Ashok Thakur
India’s largest utility vehicle and tractor producer, Mahindra & Mahindra, has established a new business unit specifically focussed on emerging opportunities in Africa. The African business unit will be headed by current Mahindra South Africa (MSA) CEO Ashok Thakur,...
Jun 30, 2015
Mahindra South Africa (MSA) hopes to see between 20% and 25% growth in sales in the current financial year compared with the previous financial year, “this despite the local market declining”, says CEO Ashok Thakur. MSA sold around 4 000 units in the previous...
Jun 25, 2015
MEASURING DEVICES Bosch has released a mobile app that enables the measurements made with measuring devices to be sent and used directly on the app for accuracy and on-site quoting
Industrial tool manufacturer Bosch has increased the compatibility of many batteries in its range of blue industrial power tools and has released mobile-device applications (apps) for users of the tools, says Bosch South Africa training manager Peter du Bruyn. Many...
Jun 25, 2015
The new Nissan Navara has been launched onto the global market, but Nissan South Africa (NSA) will only know in August whether the local Rosslyn plant will assemble the one-ton pickup. The NSA plant currently produces the old NP300 Hardbody one-ton bakkie, as well as...
Jun 25, 2015
Weakening African currencies have made it more attractive for many economies on the continent to buy second-hand trucks from South Africa, rather than imported vehicles, says Volvo Group South-East Africa president Torbjörn Christensson. Second-hand trucks from South...
Jun 25, 2015
Despite a domestic new vehicle market struggling to remain in positive territory this year, Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) aims to increase sales of its AMG performance brand by 32% this year. This will add to the 63% growth seen from 2013 to 2014, when sales...
Jun 25, 2015
Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has introduced advanced automated robot technology in its paint shop – in the base coat interior painting process – which has reduced hazardous waste and increased painting efficiency, while also improving quality and consistency....
Jun 25, 2015
Electric vehicles are likely to exceed two-million units globally by 2020, as deteriorating air quality levels in highly industrialised nations force governments to introduce radical measures to limit emissions, consulting firm Frost & Sullivan said on Thursday....
Jun 24, 2015
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South Africa’s automotive leather interior industry is in trouble. Employment at tanneries and sewing plants has been cut in half from 9 242 people in 2005, to 4 806 in 2015, says industrial value chain economist David Bezuidenhout. Bezuidenhout has been a consultant...
 
 
 
 
Jun 23, 2015
Gauteng would continue to facilitate job-creating investment in the economy, said Economic Development and Agriculture and Rural Development MEC Lebogang Maile on Tuesday, highlighting that it had secured significant funds for key projects earmarked for the 2015/16...
Jun 23, 2015
The new V-Class
Mercedes-Benz has launched a fresh attack on the highly competitive van segment with the launch of its new V-Class multipurpose vehicle (MPV). The V-Class replaces the Viano.
Jun 23, 2015
Overload control statistics for 2014 show that just more than 2-million vehicles were weighed at South African weighbridges, with 20%, or 416 364, of these overloaded, says Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Built Environment network asset...
Jun 22, 2015
Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) on Monday officially opened its completely knockdown (CKD) Quantum Ses’fikile minibus plant, in Durban, following a R550-million investment in its local taxi assembly operations. Construction on the CKD plant started in January 2014.
Jun 22, 2015
The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa is relatively optimistic regarding new-vehicle sales in 2015. The association noted in March 2015 that it expected new-vehicle sales in South Africa to register marginal growth for the year. This...
 
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