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Feb 12, 2016
The market for the BMW 7 Series in South Africa differs quite significantly from the rest of the world. China, the US and the Middle East almost exclusively buy the long-wheel-base version, using the German manufacturer’s luxury high-end sedan as a chaffeur-driven...
Feb 12, 2016
THREE POWER SOURCES The engine from a Eurofighter Typhoon fighter plane will bring the Bloodhound from standstill to 563 km/h before the H2 O2 rockets are powered
Global industrial and automotive lubricants brand Castrol will be on the forefront of innovation when the Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC) attempts to break the land speed record by reaching 1 609 km/h this year.
Feb 12, 2016
January new-vehicle sales fell by 6.9%, to 48 615 units, compared with the same month last year. Statistics released by the Department of Trade and Industry show that the domestic new passenger-car market declined by 6.1%, to 34 936 units, compared with 12 months ago.
Feb 12, 2016
South African fleet managers will continue to tighten their belts in 2016, faced with the pressure to reduce costs, and to squeeze every bit of value from their vehicles before replacing them. This means new-vehicle purchases in this segment of the market are likely...
Feb 12, 2016
Global lubricant producer Fuchs Petrolub has expanded its stable with the acquisition of two recognised lubricant brands in 2015.
Feb 12, 2016
MITIGATING WASTE TYRE CHALLENGE Redisa has implemented various tactics to encourage the tyre recycling industry to alleviate the problem of waste tyres and ultimately create job opportunities
Following the launch of the Centre for Rubber Science and Technology (CRST) at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in November, waste management organisation the  Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (Redisa) has partnered with...
Feb 12, 2016
It is highly unlikely that the board of the AB Volvo Group will invest in South Africa in 2016 as it did in 2015, says Volvo Group Southern Africa (VGSA) president Torbjörn Christensson. The truck and heavy equipment group invested more than R100-million in the...
Feb 11, 2016
Kobus van Zyl
Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) announced on Thursday that it had expanded its area of responsibility from South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Namibia and Lesotho, to also include Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Zambia, through the formation of the...
Feb 10, 2016
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Feb 05, 2016
Sole supplier of Lion detection systems Alco-Safe recently completed the testing of its Lion Detection System (DS-20), which will soon be available for commercial use. The system was tested on privately owned vehicles to resolve any issues before it is made available...
Feb 05, 2016
MARKET INTEREST The Ford Ranger emerged as the best-selling vehicle in December with sales of 2 914 vehicles for the month
Automotive producer Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) says it has “wrapped up an exceptional 2015”, with December sales of 6 345 vehicles bringing the total units sold to 78 471 for the year – the highest to date for the brand in South Africa. Despite the...
Feb 05, 2016
REACHING OUT TO BUSINESSES Industrial Energy Efficiency phase 2 will be introducing a funding mechanism for businesses that require financing for the energy efficiency projects
Resource efficiency programme the National Cleaner Production Centre, South Africa (NCPC-SA) will launch Phase 2 of its Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) project, at the Energy Services (Esco) Conference, which takes place on February 17, day two of the 2016 Africa...
Feb 05, 2016
MAN Truck & Bus has appointed Markus Geyer as MD of the German commercial vehicle manufacturer’s operation in South Africa and the sub-Equatorial region. He will start work in the first quarter of this year. He will take over from Geoff du Plessis, who departed at...
Feb 05, 2016
New truck and bus sales are expected to drop by 1.2% in 2016, to 30 229 units, compared with 2015, says Volvo Group Southern Africa (VGSA) president Torbjörn Christensson. If this happens, it will be a second year of decline for the industry, which saw sales drop...
Feb 05, 2016
Vehicle manufacturer Volvo Cars and technology group Microsoft are launching a voice control system that will allow Volvo owners to talk to their cars using the Microsoft Band 2 wearable device. The system will allow owners to instruct their vehicle to perform tasks...
Feb 03, 2016
Leading US trade officials expressed optimism this week that the conditions would be met by the March 15 deadline for South Africa’s continued preferential access for agricultural products under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa). Speaking in Johannesburg...
Feb 01, 2016
January new-vehicle sales fell by 6.9%, to 48 615 units, compared with the same month last year. Statistics released by the Department of Trade and Industry on Monday showed that the domestic new passenger-car market declined by 6.1%, to 34 936 units, compared with...
Feb 01, 2016
FAW's plant in the Eastern Cape
FAW Vehicle Manufacturers South Africa (FAW SA) and Associated Motor Holdings (AMH), a member of the JSE-listed Imperial Group, have signed an agreement that will see AMH act as FAW SA’s exclusive sales, parts, service and maintenance partner in Zambia and Malawi....
Feb 01, 2016
Hyundai Automotive South Africa (SA) has announced that it will introduce a manufacturer’s warranty of 7 years, or 200 000 km, on its vehicles, up from the 5 year/150 000 km warranty introduced at the end of 2007. The company believes this “bold and confident new...
 
 
 
 
Feb 01, 2016
Roger Pitot
The National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) would like to see a completely new programme replace the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) when it concludes in 2020, says Naacam adviser Roger Pitot. “We would...
Jan 29, 2016
INTEGRATED PUBLIC TRANSPORT New transport systems, such as the Gautrain and MyCiti buses, in South Africa are not part of an integrated national approach to commuter payment and profile management
Tracking geospatial trends to understand user behaviour and congestion patterns enable transport operators to develop rail and bus networks that suit people’s lifestyles, and incentivise more motorists to move away from private transport by improving visibility and...
Jan 29, 2016
The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and Beijing Automotive Group Corporation Limited (BAIC) intend to establish a new vehicle manufacturing facility in South Africa, in a $800-million investment, excluding land and buildings, says IDC spokesperson Mandla...
Jan 29, 2016
Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has announced that corporate administration senior VP Andrew Kirby has been appointed as executive VP and COO at the local arm of the Japanese vehicle manufacturer. In his new position, Kirby will oversee all operational aspects of...
Jan 29, 2016
Suzuki Auto South Africa (SA) will introduce a new commercial vehicle to the local market in 2016. The introduction of the four-door Baleno hatchback is also on the cards, with no launch date confirmed yet.   Suzuki Auto SA MD Yukio Sato says the commercial vehicle...
Jan 29, 2016
Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa (SA) has wrapped up Dakar 2016 with a third place in the gruelling South American event. The race was won by Stephane Peterhansel (Peugeot), with Nasser Al-Attiyah (Mini) in second place.
Jan 28, 2016
The new 7 Series
The market for the BMW 7 Series in South Africa differs quite significantly from the rest of the world. China, the US and the Middle East almost exclusively buy the long-wheel-base version, using the German manufacturer’s luxury high-end sedan as a chaffeur-driven...
Jan 25, 2016
As the European Union’s (EU’s) 2019 emission regulations loom, engine manufacturer Cummins is gearing up for the Stage V vision with next-generation engines that “redefine” engine performance. Cummins planned to unveil ultra-clean 3.8 ℓ to 9 ℓ platforms for...
Jan 22, 2016
Jan 22, 2016
South African new-vehicle sales declined by 4.1% in 2015 compared with 2014. This follows a 0.7% drop in 2014 compared with 2013. s Unaudited data released by the Department of Trade and Industry show that South African new-vehicle sales decreased to 617 927 units in...
 
 
 
 
Jan 20, 2016
South African fleet managers will continue to tighten their belts in 2016, faced with the pressure to reduce costs, and to squeeze every bit of value from their vehicles before replacing them. This means new-vehicle purchases in this segment of the market are likely...
Jan 19, 2016
New truck and bus sales are expected to drop by 1.2% in 2016, to 30 229 units, compared with 2015, says Volvo Group Southern Africa (VGSA) president Torbjörn Christensson. If this happens, it will be a second year of decline for the industry, which saw sales drop...
Jan 19, 2016
Dozens of large shareholders in Volkswagen plan to sue the carmaker in a German court, seeking compensation for the plunge in its shares due to its emissions test cheating scandal. Law firm Nieding + Barth said on Monday it would lodge a case with a regional court in...
Jan 18, 2016
Markus Geyer
MAN Truck & Bus has appointed Markus Geyer as MD of the German commercial vehicle manufacturer’s operation in South Africa and the sub-Equatorial region. He will start work in the first quarter of this year. He will take over from Geoff du Plessis, who departed at...
Jan 18, 2016
Von Zitzewits and De Villiers at the finish line
Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa (SA) has wrapped up Dakar 2016 with a third place in the gruelling South American event. The race was won by Stephane Peterhansel (Peugeot), with Nasser Al-Attiyah (Mini) in second place.
Jan 15, 2016
Andrew Kirby
Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) on Friday announced that corporate administration senior VP Andrew Kirby had been appointed as executive VP and COO at the local arm of the Japanese vehicle manufacturer. In his new position, Kirby would oversee all operational...
Jan 15, 2016
Torbjörn Christensson
It is highly unlikely that the board of the AB Volvo Group will invest in South Africa in 2016 as it did in 2015, says Volvo Group Southern Africa (VGSA) president Torbjörn Christensson. The truck and heavy equipment group invested more than R100-million in the...
Jan 15, 2016
Jan 15, 2016
The entry-level car market ain’t what it used to be. The crowded, highly competitive segment has seen some steep price jumps in recent years as the rand plummeted against almost all currencies, pushing up import costs – this while salary increases have largely failed...
Jan 15, 2016
Foton South Africa (SA) will introduce the Chinese manufacturer’s Sauvana sports-utility vehicle (SUV) to the country next year. The model name is derived from the Spanish word ’savannah’, which refers to a tropical plateau.
 
 
 
 
Jan 15, 2016
MICHAEL FRANS The key to unlocking the future potential of M2M is developing platforms to handle the explosion of data
The automotive industry is regarded as perfectly primed to capitalise on the Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) communication advancements, with high-technology companies like Tesla, Apple and Uber having raced into leading positions in the...
Jan 15, 2016
Metair Investments, the JSE-listed manufacturer and distributor of automotive products, has announced the acquisition of UK-based Dynamic Batteries Services for R31-million in cash. Dynamic is a distributor of lead acid and specialist batteries, with an estimated 4%...
Jan 15, 2016
In 2015, one-ton bakkie buyers in South Africa could select their wheels from a handful of brands, mostly Japanese. Think Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi Triton, Isuzu KB, Mazda BT-50 and Nissan NP300. In the next four years, however, another six pickups may be added to the...
Jan 15, 2016
There are far fewer iconic brands in the world than marketers claim. An icon has to outlast its generation and outwit its competitors. It has to communicate something about its owner, and not necessarily that he, or she, has money. That is far too obvious. There is...
Jan 13, 2016
Volkswagen's proposed US recall to correct excessive nitrogen emissions from its 2-litre diesel cars is inadequate, California's environmental regulator said Tuesday. The decision in effect sends the German automaker back to the drawing board for a US recall of...
 
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