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Jul 25, 2014
Updated 54 minutes ago More than a third (35%) of current car owners who are considering purchasing a new car in the near future, say they will possibly purchase a different car brand to the one they have, this according to a study by Ipsos. A third of car owners are undecided on the matter.
Jul 25, 2014
TONY SMALLWOOD New technology is ultimately heading towards creating communication between the connected car and the “smart city”
Updated 54 minutes ago As vehicles become increasingly technologically advanced, the future of the automotive industry is shifting towards the ‘connected car’ that can communicate with external sources, such as the vehicle manufacturer, says mobile network service provider Vodacom...
Jul 25, 2014
TWIN ENGINE The new Volvo XC90 T8 version offers the features of a plug-in electric car, hybrid car and high-performance car
Updated 54 minutes ago Swedish vehicle manufacturer Volvo Car Group’s new XC90 sports utility vehicle (SUV) will offer an unrivalled combination of power and efficiency with a dual engine, when the CX90 is revealed later this year.
Jul 25, 2014
TOYOTA SOUTH AFRICA Toyota South Africa was recognised as Energy Company of the Year in November 2013
Updated 54 minutes ago The growth of the automotive industry, in South Africa and worldwide, is being influenced by the ways in which vehicle manufactures are creating ways of using energy efficiently, according to government initiative the National Cleaner Production Centre of South...
Jul 25, 2014
TURBOCHARGING SKILLS DEVELOPMENT The Ford Struandale Engine Plant donated four turbo-diesel engines to propel skills development and training at the Coega Skills and Training Development Centre
Updated 54 minutes ago Vehicle manufacturer Ford donated four diesel engines to State-owned entity, the Coega Skills and Training Development Centre, to enhance skills development in the automotive industry.
Jul 25, 2014
POWERING THE A-SEGMENT Instead of marketing the Grand i10 as a B-segment vehicle, Hyundai has retained the vehicle’s A-segment classification
Updated 54 minutes ago Categorising different vehicle models in specific segments could be a crucial factor when taking into account how car buyers envisage the new-car market, says Hyundai South Africa.
Jul 25, 2014
JEFF OSBORNE The new Car Check Price website is a pricing guide that enables vehicle buyers to make informed decisions
Updated 54 minutes ago A comprehensive new automotive buying guide provides buyers of new and used cars with greater options, compared with other buying guides, reports online classifieds website Gumtree, a division of the eBay Classifieds Group.
Jul 25, 2014
DUST-FREE ZONE A high velocity sheet of ionised air neutralises the static charge to release the dust
Updated 54 minutes ago Using ionised compressed air to remove dust from vehicle bodies before painting can assist vehicle manufacturers with quality control in the local and export markets.
Jul 25, 2014
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Jul 25, 2014
MORE POWER WITH LESS CAPACITY The new Polo hatchback’s fuel economy has been improved by as much as 20% with the reduction in engine capacity and the addition of a turbocharger
Updated 54 minutes ago The continual development and enhancement of turbochargers installed on small-capacity engines is set to become the future staple for A-segment cars, or entry-level vehicles, reports German vehicle manufacturer Volkswagen (VW) South Africa (SA).
Jul 23, 2014
Combined Motor Holdings (CMH), the JSE-listed importer and distributor of MG and Maxus vehicles, has announced a number of structural changes for the brands in Africa. MG and Maxus are sold locally through Mandarin Motors.
Jul 22, 2014
The BMW Group on Tuesday named Tim Abbott as the new BMW South Africa (BMW SA) MD. Abbott is currently the MD of BMW Group UK, a post he has held since February 2009. He is 57 years old, was educated at Loughborough University and is married with three children.
Jul 22, 2014
The Ilanga II
The University of Johannesburg (UJ) will participate in the Sasol Solar Challenge 2014 with its latest solar car, the Ilanga II. Ilanga is the isiZulu word for the sun.
Jul 21, 2014
General Tyre production at the Port Elizabeth plant
Continental Tyre South Africa (CTSA) is investing between R300-million and R320-million in its Port Elizabeth facility this year, says CTSA marketing and sales GM Shaun Uys. The investment will focus on increasing energy efficiency, as the electricity price in Port...
Jul 21, 2014
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
Jul 18, 2014
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Ford Mustang
The next two years will see an aggressive expansion of Ford’s vehicle line-up in sub-Saharan Africa. The US auto maker will launch 25 new or refreshed vehicles in the region, of which 17 will find their way to South Africa.
Jul 18, 2014
An increasing number of buyers, in both the new and used car markets, are opting for finance structures that lower their monthly repayments, says asset financing company WesBank. These include the use of large balloon payments (also known as residuals), as well as...
Jul 16, 2014
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Ford was “really hopeful” employers and workers would “come together as quickly as possible” to resolve the current strike in South Africa’s metals and engineering industry, said Ford Middle East and Africa president Jim Benintende on Wednesday. Ford Motor...
Jul 16, 2014
Talks to end the three-week strike in the metals and engineering sector will resume this week through formal bargaining council structures after the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) was unable to secure a wage agreement with the...
 
 
 
 
Jul 15, 2014
The Mitsubishi Mirage
Mitsubishi Motors South Africa (MMSA) is gearing up for the August launch of the Mirage, to be introduced as part of a programme to expand the brand’s local footprint. The entry-level, five-door, three-model Japanese hatchback range will compete in the budget- and...
Jul 14, 2014
As the National Union of Mineworkers of South Africa-led metal and engineering sector strike continues, vehicle manufacturers have started halting production at some plants as car component supply is interrupted. Toyota, which maintained full production for the first...
Jul 14, 2014
The design of the Beit Bridge border post is the biggest impediment to efficient freight movement between Zimbabwe and South Africa, says Cross-border Road Transport Agency CEO Sipho Khumalo. Beit Bridge is the busiest border post in Africa.
Jul 11, 2014
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Phase 1A of Johannesburg’s Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) system should carry around 42 000 people a day, while it had been expected that Phase 1B, rolled out last year, would add another 60 000 daily passengers. However, the entire system was currently carrying...
Jul 11, 2014
Jeff Nemeth
Ford Motor Co has a long-term commitment to South Africa, its regional head said, playing down any concerns about strikes that an engineering federation said had prompted the US carmaker to consider pulling out of the country. The Steel and Engineering Industries...
Jul 11, 2014
South Africa is the world’s third-largest Polo market, at 24 994 units sold in the first five months of the year. To be fair, this includes sales of the South African-only Polo Vivo (the fourth generation Polo), as well as the fifth-generation Polo, now rejuvenated...
Jul 11, 2014
The local truck market saw “a bit of growth” in the first quarter of the year, but the demand emanating from the replacement cycle has been filled, says MAN Truck & Bus South Africa (SA) executive chairperson Geoff du Plessis. This fact, coupled with a cooling...
Jul 10, 2014
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President Jacob Zuma
President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday the strike-hit metal and engineering industry needed to go back to "full production as soon as possible" and condemned the violence reported during the stoppage, now in its second week. "We trust that they will reach a mutually...
Jul 10, 2014
ROGER PITOT Competing demands around the APDP are being carefully considered as part of the APDP review
The review of the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) has benefitted from input from automotive manufacturers, labour unions and component manufacturers and the complete inputs will be presented to the stakeholders for final comments before the...
Jul 10, 2014
More than a third (35%) of current car owners who are considering purchasing a new car in the near future, say they will possibly purchase a different car brand to the one they have, this according to a study by Ipsos. A third of car owners are undecided on the matter.
 
 
 
 
Jul 04, 2014
Daimler Trucks and Buses on Thursday in Germany unveiled what it believes is "the truck of the future". The truck that drives itself is called the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025. The truck is equipped with the intelligent Highway Pilot system, which enables it to...
Jul 04, 2014
IN TOUCH ConnectedDrive is made possible through the use of an embedded Vodafone sim card in the car
BMW South Africa (SA) has launched a new suite of technology that promises its customers improved and wider in-car connectivity, starting in July. The car has become an extension of the home and office, and ConnectedDrive is proof of this fact.
Jul 04, 2014
A company with a 3 000-strong fleet of vehicles, based mainly in Gauteng, this year paid between R400 000 and R500 000 a month extra on its toll fee bill, owing to the start of e-tolling on the Gauteng freeway network at the end of last year, says Standard Bank fleet...
Jul 04, 2014
SOLAR SUPPLY Helukabel supplied more than three-million metres of its Solarflex PV1-F solar cable to solar energy projects in South Africa
Germany-based cable manufacturing specialist Helukabel has supplied a significant portion of several million metres of cable to the renewable-energy sector in South Africa in the past year, Helukabel South Africa MD Doug Gunnewegh tells Engineering News. Helukabel...
Jul 04, 2014
MARKET NICHE Applications of the tape range include general and mining cable jointing and cable termination
Local manufacturer of cable accessories and connectivity solutions provider Tank Industries will launch a new range of high-quality rubber and polyvinyl-chloride tapes for low- and medium-voltage cable applications this month. “Applications of the Plymouth brand of...
Jul 04, 2014
Jul 04, 2014
Daimler Trucks and Buses South Africa (DTBSA) is “strongly opposed” to the delayed introduction of cleaner fuels into the country, says DTBSA MD Kobus van Zyl. “We are deeply disappointed.”
Jul 02, 2014
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has approved the revised guidelines for the Automotive Investment Scheme (AIS) and the People-carrier Automotive Investment Scheme (P-AIS). The amended AIS guidelines provide clarity on the nontaxability of the grant, as well...
Jul 01, 2014
A prolonged strike in the metal and engineering industry would increase the risk of the South African economy moving into a recession, the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa warned on Tuesday, as it released the latest vehicle sales...
Jun 27, 2014
Motorists in South Africa spend an average of 10 working days a year sitting in congested traffic or an average of 13 minutes of each hour of peak-time commuting, but smart, connected devices can help people to choose the most efficient routes daily to halve this...
 
 
 
 
Jun 27, 2014
To produce Datsun vehicles in South Africa requires sufficient volume, global competitiveness and predictability, says Datsun global head Vincent Cobee. South Africa, however, currently falls short in terms of predictability, especially in its labour situation, as...
Jun 27, 2014
Ever heard of Guadeloupe? It is a group of Caribbean islands roughly 10 400 km from South Africa. It has a population of 400 000 inhabitants and is an overseas region of France. Suriname is a country in South America. It is bordered by French Guiana to the east,...
Jun 27, 2014
The new seven-seater Ertiga is what Suzuki calls a life-utility vehicle (LUV), but it is perhaps better known as a multipurpose vehicle. The Ertiga comes to South Africa from India, with prices starting at R159 900.
Jun 27, 2014
Datsun is back. Remember the never-say-die Japanese brand of the seventies and eighties? The modern day market Nissan wants to conquer with the reincarnated badge won’t remember – they are the urban young and restless. The first-time car buyer. The riser, as...
Jun 26, 2014
Logistics and supply chain group Imperial Logistics has extended its African footprint into northern Zambia, with the establishment of a transport depot in Ndola, in the Copperbelt province. The new Zambian registered business forms part of group company Snyman...
 
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