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Sep 04, 2015
Imperial had the desire to reduce its dependence on the motor industry and South Africa, owing to the impact of the weak rand on vehicle imports, and the high market share the company already had in South Africa, which limited its domestic growth opportunities, said...
Sep 04, 2015
“This year was an eventful one for us, having concluded a number of significant acquisitions, as well as the sale of PostNet. We also introduced a new empowerment partner, Kagiso Capital, and put a staff share participation scheme in place,” said OneLogix CEO Ian...
Sep 04, 2015
JSE-listed automotive component manufacturer and distributor Metair was serious in its intent to globalise the business, said MD Theo Loock as he announced the company’s financial results for the six months ended June 30. Revenue increased by 9%, to R3.5-billion,...
Sep 04, 2015
Industrial and logistics company KAP posted robust results for the 2015 financial year, ended June 30, including reducing its debt-to-equity ratio from 40% to 27%, in a tough and competitive environment. The board and management are “comfortable” with the streamlined...
Sep 04, 2015
Around 174 000 used cars have been financed in South Africa in the first seven months of 2015, says Absa Vehicle and Asset Finance managing executive Wessel Steffens. This is 5.35% lower than the number of used cars financed for the same period in 2014 (183 563...
Sep 04, 2015
Freight services and shipping group Grindrod reported a 2% increase in headline earnings, to R328-million, for the six months ended June 30, compared with the same period last year. Revenue, inclusive of joint ventures, increased by 4%, to R14.4-billion, with trading...
Sep 03, 2015
While the total sales of medium commercial vehicles in South Africa in August were hard hit by lingering economic drags, narrowing 6.3% year-on-year, Isuzu Trucks South Africa (ITSA) managed a modest uptick in its share of the truck market for the month, securing...
Sep 03, 2015
South African car sales fell for the fourth straight month in July after the rand weakened to historic lows, pushing up the cost of imported parts and potentially fuelling pay demands. Patchy electricity supply and the lingering threat of strikes are likely to...
Sep 03, 2015
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Aug 31, 2015
FMCSA's Struandale engine plant
Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa’s (FMCSA’s) Struandale engine plant, in Port Elizabeth, last week launched Job 1 of its latest generation Duratorq TDCi engines. Production of the new units sees installed capacity at the plant increase from 75 000 to 110 000...
Aug 28, 2015
Ford’s newest offering in a long list of newcomers to the local market in the last two years is the B-Max multi-activity vehicle (MAV). The B-Max will play in the so called B-MAV segment, or the small MAV segment, currently dominated by Toyota’s Avanza, which sells...
Aug 28, 2015
US vehicle manufacturer Ford has announced that it will assemble its Ranger pickup in Nigeria, starting in October. The plant will be Ford’s first African production location outside South Africa, says Ford Motor Company Sub-Saharan Africa president and CEO Jeff Nemeth.
Aug 28, 2015
Hino has embarked on a strategy to become the number one truck brand in South Africa by 2020, says Hino South Africa (SA) VP Ernie Trautmann. Hino is currently placed third in the market, trailing Mercedes-Benz and Isuzu Trucks.
Aug 28, 2015
The outlook for the new-vehicle market has deteriorated, with new-vehicle sales declining by 2.5% for the first seven months of 2015, compared with same period last year, says Absa Vehicle and Asset Finance managing executive Wessel Steffens. “Economic growth,...
Aug 27, 2015
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Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) has announced plans to invest over R4.5-billion in its South African operations over the next two years, setting the stage for the country’s largest passenger vehicle provider to expand its local offering and introduce new models to its...
Aug 25, 2015
Aug 24, 2015
JSE-listed logistics group OneLogix will invest around R30-million in two new vehicle distribution ventures in Tanzania and Kenya respectively, says CFO Geoff Glass. The group already has a heavy presence in the sector in South Africa.
Aug 21, 2015
Obtaining well looked after and high-quality, second-hand commercial vehicles is the greatest challenge currently facing the commercial used-vehicles division of automotive manufacturer Hyundai Automotive South Africa, says commercial vehicle marketing director...
Aug 21, 2015
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...
 
 
 
 
Aug 21, 2015
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...
Aug 21, 2015
Nissan South Africa (SA) will make an announcement on the production of new models at its Rosslyn plant, near Pretoria, by the end of the year, says Nissan SA MD Mike Whitfield. He expects the announcement “to be positive”.
Aug 21, 2015
BANNING HEAVY TRUCKS The Department of Transport hopes to implement its newly proposed regulations by the end of 2015
The Department of Transport (DoT) in April put forward a proposal to ban trucks exceeding 9 t from public roads during peak hours and hopes to implement the proposed regulations by the end of 2015. This elicited strong reaction from local businesses, says industry...
Aug 21, 2015
As concrete is the preferred material for the new concrete bus lanes for the Ekurhuleni integrated rapid public transport network (IRPTN) currently under construction on Gauteng’s East Rand, cement and concrete industry body The Concrete Institute (TCI) has played an...
Aug 21, 2015
TRAILER TRACKING SOLUTION The Qic-T12 device can be fitted to trailers, compressors, power generators and lighting plants, among other applications
Asset management solutions provider QCIC’s Qic-T12 trailer tracking solution eliminates the risk of theft and effectively optimises trailer use and performance, says QCIC director Brian McKenzie. "The Qic-T12 device is a rechargeable trailer tracking solution...
Aug 21, 2015
Volvo Car South Africa (VCSA) will launch ten new models over the next four years, says newly appointed MD Greg Maruszewski. Four years from now, the new XC90, available in South Africa in August, “will be the oldest car in our showroom”, he adds.
Aug 20, 2015
“This year was an eventful one for us, having concluded a number of significant acquisitions, as well as the sale of PostNet. We also introduced a new empowerment partner, Kagiso Capital, and put a staff share participation scheme in place,” said OneLogix CEO Ian...
Aug 19, 2015
The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) has cut its forecast for new-vehicle sales for the year by 32 500 units. In its second quarter review of business conditions in the domestic automotive market, published this week, Naamsa...
Aug 19, 2015
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JSE-listed automotive component manufacturer and distributor Metair was serious in its intent to globalise the business, said MD Theo Loock on Wednesday, as he announced the company’s financial results for the six months ended June 30. Revenue increased by 9%, to...
Aug 14, 2015
Ford’s newest offering in a long list of newcomers to the local market in the last two years is the B-Max multi-activity vehicle (MAV). The B-Max will play in the so called B-MAV segment, or the small MAV segment, currently dominated by Toyota’s Avanza, which sells...
 
 
 
 
Aug 14, 2015
The R4.8-billion, 1 000 ha Maluti-a-Phofung special economic zone (SEZ) being built near Harrismith at the foothills of the northern Drakensberg (also known as the Maluti) mountains will provide road and rail logistics and handling facilities for the Gauteng–Durban...
Aug 14, 2015
New-vehicle sales in July declined by 6.1%, to 54 112 units, compared with the same month last year. Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry, show that new passenger car sales plummeted by 8.8% in June, to 36 506 units.
Aug 14, 2015
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...
Aug 14, 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.
Aug 14, 2015
FORD RANGER New high-capacity air compressors were installed at a Ford assembly plant where the Ranger is manufactured
Vehicle manufacturer Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has introduced a wide range of energy-efficient technologies at its Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria, reducing its energy consumption and demand on the national grid, while also bringing about...
Aug 13, 2015
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State-owned Transnet has developed a new app that allows users to calculate their carbon emissions savings when they elect to move their freight on rail instead of by road. The carbon calculator app would also enable corporate reporting on transport carbon emissions.
Aug 12, 2015
Wessel Steffens
Around 174 000 used cars have been financed in South Africa in the first seven months of 2015, says Absa Vehicle and Asset Finance managing executive Wessel Steffens. This is 5.35% lower than the number of used cars financed for the same period in 2014 (183 563...
Aug 12, 2015
India-based Mahindra & Mahindra on Wednesday announced the appointment of Sanjoy Gupta as successor to outgoing Mahindra South Africa CEO Ashok Thakur. Thakur was selected to lead Mahindra's newly established dedicated African Business Unit, which would act as the...
Aug 12, 2015
Jeff Nemeth and Cosmas Maduka with a new Ranger
US vehicle manufacturer Ford on Tuesday announced that it would assemble its Ranger pickup in Nigeria, starting in October. The plant would be Ford’s first African production location outside South Africa, noted Ford Motor Company Sub-Saharan Africa president and CEO...
Aug 11, 2015
Despite difficulties in a number of its major markets and industries, JSE-listed Bell Equipment has seen a modest improvement in the half-year results relative to 2014, with earnings a share climbing 67% to 106c for the six months ended June 30. The company on...
 
 
 
 
Aug 07, 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...
Aug 07, 2015
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...
Aug 07, 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,...
Aug 07, 2015
QIC-SUR TELEMETRY PESTICIDE SYSTEM This solution enables remote control monitoring of pesticides for the fruit, vegetable and wine industries
Asset management solutions provider QCIC relaunched its Qic-Sur telemetry pesticide system earlier this year, which enables remote control monitoring of pesticides for the fruit, vegetable and wine industries. The product relaunch forms part of QCIC’s aim to hone in...
Aug 05, 2015
Mike Whitfield
Nissan South Africa (SA) would make an announcement on the production of new models at its Rosslyn plant, near Pretoria, by the end of the year, said Nissan SA MD Mike Whitfield on Tuesday. Speaking at a media dinner in Johannesburg, he noted that he expected the...
 
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