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Nov 28, 2014
While Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) did not have “significant issues” with power supply in Gauteng, it was a different story in the Eastern Cape, said FMCSA and American Chamber of Commerce in South Africa president Jeff Nemeth earlier this month....
Nov 28, 2014
In 2000, exports into Africa from South Africa represented less than 5% of the turnover of Federal Mogul Motorparts Africa, with sales largely centred around Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique. Today, African exports represent 30% of sales, with trade expanded...
Nov 28, 2014
The Toyota Imperial Hilux team needs to shave 70 minutes off its time in the 2014 Dakar Rally to win the 2015 event. So far, the team has managed to cut around 60 minutes, estimates team principal Glyn Hall.
Nov 26, 2014
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Nov 25, 2014
Bill Ford
South Africa remained an important manufacturing and export platform for Ford Motor Company, said executive chairperson Bill Ford in Dubai last week, speaking during a media round table. However, he added that other countries on the continent were “becoming...
Nov 24, 2014
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Outgoing VWSA MD David Powels
Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) has named engineer and Volkswagen Group (VWAG) foreign plants production head Thomas Schäfer as its new MD, following the planned deployment of current MD David Powels as president of VW Brazil, from February next year. Schäfer had been...
Nov 24, 2014
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Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has approved the new Medium and Heavy Commercial Vehicles – Automotive Investment Scheme (MHCV-AIS) guidelines aimed at stimulating investment into the production of these vehicles in South Africa. The MHCV-AIS, which was a...
Nov 21, 2014
BMW South Africa (SA) has signed a power purchasing agreement with energy company Bio2Watt. The offtake partnership will bring renewable energy to the carmaker’s Rosslyn plant, north of Pretoria.
Nov 21, 2014
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Nov 21, 2014
HOT ROLLED BARS ArcelorMittal supplies hot rolled steel, pickled and oiled steel, cold rolled steel and electro galvanised steel to the automotive industry
Multinational steel manufacturer ArcelorMittal South Africa supplies around 170 to 180 kiloton of flat steel products to the country’s vehicle manufacturers. “This is as part of our strategy to continue our good relationship with the automotive industry,” says...
Nov 19, 2014
Iveco South Africa (SA) Works’ new truck and bus assembly plant in Rosslyn, Pretoria, would be fully operational by June next year, chairperson Dr Anna Mokgokong said on Wednesday, adding that the plant, where some assembly has already started, would be officially...
Nov 14, 2014
The Department on Transport is forging ahead with plans to enforce the installation of speed governors, which will restrict the speed of vehicles to the speed limits, in all new minibuses and buses. “With effect from 1 December 2016 in line with the amendments new...
Nov 14, 2014
Renault Trucks Southern Africa (RTSA) has a 2% share of the local truck market, but would like to grow this to 5%, says Renault Trucks Commercial GM Herman Venter. RTSA expects to sell around 300 trucks this year, with Venter hopeful of pushing this to 400 units in...
Nov 14, 2014
Babcock, sole importer and distributor of DAF trucks in Southern Africa, has established Babcock Financial Services (BFS), with the purpose of providing finance solutions to DAF truck buyers. Babcock Africa Transport Solutions CEO Wilna Steyn believes this move will...
Nov 14, 2014
Government’s review of its automotive sector assistance programme, the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP), will be concluded this year, says Roger Pitot. Pitot, who heads up the review, is the Department of Trade and Industry’s adviser on the...
Nov 14, 2014
October new vehicle sales again surprised on the upside, as was the case in September, when the statistics showed an 11.5% increase on September 2013. New vehicle sales were up 4.7% in October compared with the same month last year.
Nov 14, 2014
A benchmarking study between South Africa, developed countries and less developed countries (India and Thailand), has shown South Africa’s automotive component manufacturers “to be somewhere in the middle”, says B&M Analysts chairperson Professor Justin Barnes. B&M...
Nov 13, 2014
Jeff Nemeth
While Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) did not have “significant issues” with power supply in Gauteng, it was a different story in the Eastern Cape, said FMCSA and American Chamber of Commerce in South Africa president Jeff Nemeth on Thursday. Hosting...
Nov 13, 2014
Japan's Nissan Motor Company, which is aiming to bolster fallen market share in Kenya, would be open to building a local assembly plant if the government took action including changes to import duties on new and used cars, a senior executive said. East Africa's...
 
 
 
 
Nov 12, 2014
The Toyota Imperial Hilux team needs to shave 70 minutes off its time in the 2014 Dakar Rally to win the 2015 event. So far, the team has managed to cut around 60 minutes, estimates team principal Glyn Hall.
Nov 10, 2014
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French carmaker Renault opened its first plant in Algeria on Monday at a cost of 50-million euros ($62-million) to boost its presence in Africa's second-biggest auto market. The group set an initial production target of 25 000 vehicles a year that could triple for...
Nov 07, 2014
Parts market in Ghana
In 2000, exports into Africa from South Africa represented less than 5% of the turnover of Federal Mogul Motorparts Africa, with sales largely centred around Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique. Today, African exports represent 30% of sales, with trade expanded...
Nov 07, 2014
The Bloodhound build team says it has achieved “a significant milestone” in the construction of the land speed record attempt vehicle, when it fitted the EJ200 jet engine to the body of the car on October 1. Normally found powering a Eurofighter Typhoon, the EJ200...
Nov 07, 2014
Vehicle and asset finance group WesBank says it expects domestic new vehicle sales to decline by 4.4% in 2014. The group originally forecast a 0.6% decline over 2013.
Nov 07, 2014
Honda Motor Southern Africa (HMSA) has launched the Indian-made Mobilio multipurpose vehicle (MPV) into South Africa. The Mobilio is built on the same new small-car platform that will house the popular Jazz, to be introduced in South Africa early next year.
Nov 07, 2014
The investigation into the automotive component sector, announced by the South African Competition Commission in October, has its origins in the US, Europe and the East, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) director Nico...
Nov 07, 2014
The latest TransUnion Vehicle Pricing Index (VPI) contains a number of small, but significant indications that the tide may at last be turning for the beleaguered used car industry. For the third successive quarter, used car inflation has increased on a year-on-year...
Nov 05, 2014
Domestic new truck sales ticked up 4.7% month-on-month in October, with sales of 2 876 units. According to the latest statistics released by the Department of Trade and Industry, the truck market is up 2.09% for the first ten months of the year compared with the same...
Nov 04, 2014
The Imperial Group expects earnings in the 2015 financial year to mirror that of the 2014 financial year. CEO Mark Lamberti said on Tuesday that Imperial expected earnings in the current six months to decline on the prior year, as the impact of the weak rand on the...
 
 
 
 
Nov 03, 2014
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October new vehicle sales again surprised on the upside, as was the case in September, when the statistics showed an 11.5% increase on September 2013. Data released on Monday showed that new vehicle sales were up 4.7% in October compared with the same month last year.
Nov 03, 2014
Murray Price
“Based on the information available to us at present, we would strongly recommend that fleet managers budget for a 12% to 13% increase in fuel [prices] for 2015,” said Eqstra Fleet Management (EFM) MD Murray Price on Monday. In its review of fuel prices over the past...
Oct 31, 2014
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Over the past 20 years there has been persistent concern about deindustrialisation in South Africa, as well as the fact that locally produced manufactured products have been increasingly displaced by imports.
Oct 31, 2014
MICHAEL FRANS Core technology systems used by businesses across various other industries can provide enormous benefit to the automotive sector
Improving manufacturing efficiencies and reducing the cost and environmental impacts of vehicle travel using efficient information and communication technology (ICT) systems can be achieved if energy providers, information technology enterprises and automotive...
Oct 29, 2014
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Construction of the Bio2Watt biogas plant
BMW South Africa (SA) has signed a power purchasing agreement with energy company Bio2Watt. The offtake partnership will bring renewable energy to the carmaker’s Rosslyn plant, north of Pretoria.
Oct 28, 2014
Renault Trucks C Range
Renault Trucks Southern Africa (RTSA) has a 2% share of the local truck market, but would like to grow this to 5%, says Renault Trucks Commercial GM Herman Venter. RTSA expects to sell around 300 trucks this year, with Venter hopeful of pushing this to 400 units in...
Oct 27, 2014
Government’s review of its automotive sector assistance programme, the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP), will be concluded this year, says Roger Pitot. Pitot, who heads up the review, is the Department of Trade and Industry’s adviser on the...
Oct 27, 2014
Justin Barnes
A benchmarking study between South Africa, developed countries and less developed countries (India and Thailand), has shown South Africa’s automotive component manufacturers “to be somewhere in the middle”, says B&M Analysts chairperson Professor Justin Barnes. B&M...
Oct 24, 2014
The Competition Commission has launched an investigation into what it says are “price fixing, market division and collusive tendering in the market for the manufacture and supply of automotive components to original equipment manufacturers” (OEMs, or vehicle...
Oct 24, 2014
Following a slump in new vehicle sales in recent months, September surprised by delivering an 11.5% increase in sales compared with the same month last year. Data released by the Department of Trade and Industry shows that September new vehicle sales improved to 60...
 
 
 
 
Oct 22, 2014
Directors of investment holding company Combined Motor Holdings (CMH) say they are satisfied with the results achieved in the six months ended August 31, during which time the local economic environment continued to battle impediments to growth and national dealer...
Oct 21, 2014
Grindrod rail divisional CE James Holley
JSE-listed Grindrod’s rail division on Tuesday vowed to make rail operations more cost-effective in Africa, as Grindrod Locomotives unveiled its new, cost-effective fit-for-purpose shunting and short-haul locomotive. The new GS7, launched at Rovos Rail in Pretoria,...
Oct 20, 2014
JSE-listed Metair Investments on Monday assured shareholders that no member of its group had been implicated or listed in connection with the Competition Commission’s investigation into alleged collusion within the South African automotive component industry. The...
Oct 17, 2014
Mike Whitfield
Nissan South Africa (SA) faces two lean production years, says MD Mike Whitfield, as the local arm of the Japanese car maker comes to the end of the model lifecycle of its one-ton NP300 pickup. Nissan SA’s Rosslyn plant, in Pretoria, also produces the NP200 half-ton...
Oct 17, 2014
It is second time lucky for Toby Venter. Ten years ago, he negotiated to buy the Kyalami racetrack, but “the deal did not materialise”. “When the opportunity came around again, I told my team that this was our last chance to secure the track. I didn’t think we’d...
 
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