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May 04, 2015
A slew of public holidays in April took their toll on domestic new-vehicle sales, which, at 44 503 units, were down 1 523 units compared with the same month last year. Statistics released by the Department of Trade and Industry on Monday showed that new passenger car...
May 01, 2015
Mercedes-Benz will launch ten plug-in hybrid models by 2017, says the German automaker’s parent company, Daimler. Following the launch of the S 500 plug-in hybrid, March saw the introduction of the C 350 e, the second model to feature the drive-train concept. Under...
May 01, 2015
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) South Africa and Sub-Sahara Africa should see an improvement in sales this year as it launches a number of pivotal new models, says MD Richard Gouverneur. The company saw 2014 sales in South Africa decline to 7 222 units, compared with 2013’s...
May 01, 2015
The Johannesburg International Motor Show (JIMS) 2015 has been cancelled. The event was scheduled to take place at the Expo Centre from October 14 to October 27.
May 01, 2015
Vehicle exports from South Africa to Africa declined to 61 593 units in 2014, compared with 78 787 units in 2013. This is according to South Africa’s Automotive Export Manual (AEM) 2015, compiled by Dr Norman Lamprecht on behalf of the Automotive Industry Export...
May 01, 2015
Volvo Car South Africa (VCSA) has announced that Greg Maruszewski will take over from over current MD Bram van der Reep when he steps down in June. Maruszewski started his career at Volvo Cars when he was appointed as VCSA CFO in 2000.
Apr 28, 2015
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Inside the Lounge Console
Volvo Cars has unveiled a concept that should please those fortunate enough to make use of a chaffeur. Labelled the Lounge Console, the concept interior design offers business people a compact and versatile solution to expanded storage and comfort, by replacing the...
Apr 24, 2015
General Motors (GM) has announced the appointment of Ian Nicholls as president and MD of GM’s South Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and Israel operations, effective June 1. GM says the move is part of the company’s consolidation of its Africa and Middle East operations.
Apr 24, 2015
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Apr 24, 2015
Export sales of South African-made components by companies that are members of the National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) decreased 30%, from R8.4-billion, in 2013, to R5.9-billion in 2014, says (Naacam) executive director...
Apr 23, 2015
Combined Motor Holdings (CMH) CEO Jebb McIntosh expects new-car price increases of around 6% in 2015, compared with an average of 8% in 2014. “In the case of some brands [in 2014] this was as high as 14% for fully imported cars.”
Apr 21, 2015
While group revenue at Combined Motor Holdings (CMH) remained unchanged at R10.7-billion for the year ended February 28, compared with the previous 12 months, operating profit increased from R317-million to R326-million. Within the group’s motor retail business, CMH...
Apr 20, 2015
The Johannesburg International Motor Show (JIMS), scheduled to be held at the Nasrec Expo Centre, near Soweto, from October 14 to 27, has been cancelled. The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa’s (Naamsa’s) chief executives decided to...
Apr 17, 2015
KPMG International’s latest Global Automotive Executive Survey, which canvassed 200 automotive executives, shows that short-term market issues are taking precedence over strategic innovations. The document, the sixtheenth survey, notes that respondents view market...
Apr 17, 2015
There is a disparity in government funding provided to integrated transport networks – bus rapid transit (BRT) networks ¬¬– and that given to conventional bus services, says Putco executive director Thys Heyns. “We have neglected and strangled conventional bus...
Apr 17, 2015
Automotive component manufacturer and distributor Metair is centralising its research and development (R&D) work in Turkey, in an attempt to bolster the company’s ability to produce affordable start/stop batteries. The new R&D centre is part of an expansion plan in...
Apr 17, 2015
According to a number of recent forecasts, the South African new car market is likely to see little growth this year, with motorists increasingly shifting towards the used car market as they seek more bang for their buck. The latest statistics from a South African...
Apr 17, 2015
MANUFACTURING South Africa’s manufacturing stimulation policies must be cognisant of global value chain opportunities and risks
South Africa’s industrial policies might be ignoring the importance of global value chains because focusing on realistic competitive advantages might allow for the sustainable production of intermediate goods that dovetails with multinational, globalised supply...
Apr 17, 2015
Domestic new vehicle sales in March, at 55 449 units, inched up a mere nine units compared with the same month last year. Statistics released by the Department of Trade and Industry shows that new passenger car sales declined by 3% in March, to 35 548 units.
 
 
 
 
Apr 16, 2015
The South African automotive industry’s export earnings for 2014 increased by 12.7%, to a record R115.7-billion, compared with the R102.7-billion reported in 2013. This is according to South Africa’s Automotive Export Manual (AEM) 2015, compiled by Dr Norman...
Apr 16, 2015
MiX Telematics, in conjunction with Manspec Selection and Development Services, is developing a smart device app that tests the level of fatigue of truck drivers before they get behind the wheel. The test lasts 40 to 50 seconds, says MiX Telematics sales director...
Apr 15, 2015
Norman Lamprecht
Vehicle exports from South Africa to Africa declined to 61 593 units in 2014, compared with 78 787 units in 2013. This is according to South Africa’s Automotive Export Manual (AEM) 2015, compiled by Dr Norman Lamprecht on behalf of the Automotive Industry Export...
Apr 14, 2015
Microdots by DataDot
From 2003 to now, 14 206 stolen vehicles microdotted by DataDot Technology South Africa (SA) have been recovered by the police and tracking companies. The value of these vehicles exceeds R2.13-billion. Thefts of vehicles microdotted by DataDot numbered 24 in 2003,...
Apr 14, 2015
A DCD Protected Mobility Husky 2G armoured and mine protected landmine and explosive device detector vehicle
Despite its recent sale of its manufacturing plant at Isando, in Kempton Park, east of Johannesburg, DCD Protected Mobility is still very much in existence and in business. The company is part of the DCD industrial and engineering group and manufactures mine...
Apr 13, 2015
Export sales of South African-made components by companies that are members of the National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam), had decreased 30%, from R8.4-billion, in 2013, to R5.9-billion in 2014, says (Naacam) executive director...
Apr 10, 2015
Volvo Car South Africa (VCSA) announced on Friday that Greg Maruszewski would take over from over current MD Bram van der Reep when he steps down in June. Maruszewski started his career at Volvo Cars when he was appointed as VCSA CFO in 2000.
Apr 10, 2015
The ordinary import duty on automotive lead-acid batteries increased from 5% ad valorem to 15% ad valorem from April 10, the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) announced on Friday. Ad valorem duties are duties levied according to the...
Apr 10, 2015
VISION 2020 The aluminium industry is embarking on a strategy aimed at doubling the volume of cars manufactured a year in South Africa by 2020, from 600 000 to 1.2-million
South Africa’s automotive sector is currently one of the key drivers of aluminium demand in the country, which stakeholders attribute to the global trend of manufacturers using an increasing amount of aluminium for vehicle components, particularly for passenger...
Apr 10, 2015
UD Trucks Southern Africa (UDTSA) has launched its new Quester extra-heavy truck range in the domestic market, with the vehicles to be assembled at the company’s plant in Rosslyn, Pretoria. Vehicles will be assembled from semi-knocked down kits imported from...
 
 
 
 
Apr 10, 2015
Automotive component manufacturer and distributor Metair has a target to build its vehicle battery production capacity to 50-million batteries a year within the next five years, says MD Theo Loock. Current capacity is 11-million batteries a year.
Apr 10, 2015
Vehicle and asset finance group WesBank believes 2015 new vehicle sales will grow by 0.87%, to 650 031 units, compared with 2014, says motor division executive head Simphiwe Nghona. Passenger car sales are expected to remain flat, at 0%, in 2015, with the sales of...
Apr 10, 2015
The Volvo Group South Africa (SA) has officially opened its new regional parts distribution centre (RDC) in Ekurhuleni. The R60-million facility houses parts for all the members of the local Volvo Group, namely Volvo Bus, Volvo Construction Equipment, Volvo Trucks,...
Apr 08, 2015
Richard Gouverneur
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) South Africa and Sub-Sahara Africa should see an improvement in sales this year as it launches a number of pivotal new models, says MD Richard Gouverneur. The company saw 2014 sales in South Africa decline to 7 222 units, compared with 2013’s...
Apr 07, 2015
Ian Nicholls
General Motors (GM) on Tuesday announced the appointment of Ian Nicholls as president and MD of GM’s South Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and Israel operations, effective June 1. GM said the move was part of the company’s consolidation of its Africa and Middle East...
Apr 03, 2015
SHADAB RAHIL The low-cost of deployment and the use of existing equipment at fuel retailers has resulted in good demand for the Payment24 system in developing markets
The Payment24 fuel payment and driver management system can be deployed using existing equipment and system present at most fuel station forecourts, and the system is in demand in developing countries. Information and communications technology company Paradigm will...
Apr 03, 2015
Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) continues its product offensive for 2015 – a year in which it plans to launch ten new models – with the introduction of the new Transit Connect and Tourneo Connect. The new Transit Connect panel van focuses on the...
Apr 03, 2015
While MAN Truck & Bus South Africa’s (MTBSA’s) bus division saw substantial gains in 2014, the same is not true for the local arm of the German company’s truck business. MTBSA sold around 1 700 trucks in 2013, with sales declining to around 1 575 units in 2014, as...
Apr 03, 2015
The percentage of imported passenger cars in the mix of new cars sold in South Africa last year dropped year-on-year for the first time since 1999. According to KPMG data, in 1999, 25% of all new cars sold locally were imported, down from 26% in 1998. Imported sales...
Apr 03, 2015
The Porsche Macan sports-utility vehicle has secured top honours in the 2015 WesBank/South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ) Car of the Year (COTY) competition. The victory is the third time in a row for the German sportscar brand, having scooped the 2013...
 
 
 
 
Apr 03, 2015
MAN Truck & Bus South Africa (MTBSA) has unveiled a grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop system at its assembly facility in Durban, making it the first carbon-neutral MAN plant in the world. The 580 kW, 2 320-panel, 6 300 m2 system is capable of generating...
Apr 01, 2015
Domestic new vehicle sales in March, at 55 449 units, inched up a mere nine units compared with the same month last year. Statistics released by the Department of Trade and Industry on Wednesday showed that new passenger car sales declined by 3% in March, to 35 548...
Mar 31, 2015
The S 500 plug-in hybrid
Mercedes-Benz will launch ten plug-in hybrid models by 2017, says the German automaker’s parent company, Daimler. Following the launch of the S 500 plug-in hybrid, March saw the introduction of the C 350 e, the second model to feature the drive-train concept. Under...
Mar 31, 2015
Automotive component manufacturer and distributor Metair is centralising its research and development (R&D) work in Turkey, in an attempt to bolster the company’s ability to produce affordable start/stop batteries. The new R&D centre is part of an expansion plan in...
Mar 30, 2015
According to a number of recent forecasts, the South African new car market is likely to see little growth this year, with motorists increasingly shifting towards the used car market as they seek more bang for their buck. The latest statistics from a South African...
 
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