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VW's controlling clan backs brand boss despite criticism – sources

By: Reuters     24th February 2017 Volkswagen's embattled VW brand chief Herbert Diess still has the backing of the clan that controls the carmaker, despite his recurring clashes with labor leaders over cost-cutting plans, sources said. VW labour bosses earlier this month had accused Diess of breaking promises made under a... 

AA says vehicle safety ratings scale would equip buyers with vital information

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2017 South Africa’s Automobile Association (AA) has called for the implementation of a local vehicle safety ratings scale. The association on Friday said that such a ratings scale would ensure consumers had a better understanding of the safety of the vehicle they intended purchasing. 

Cummins to grow its Southern African presence as it celebrates 70-years

By: Schalk Burger     24th February 2017 Power and engine multinational Cummins aims to grow its presence in its Southern  African operations, including Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique, says Cummins Southern Africa MD Thierry Pimi. The key industries for Cummins in the region are the mining, power generation and automotive... 

Cummins to grow its  Southern African presence  as it celebrates 70-years
THIERRY PIMI Cummins aims to grow “fairly aggressively” in Southern Africa, and will consolidate its new branches in the region

Dangote Group planning $100m vehicle assembly plant for Lagos

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2017 The Dangote Group plans to establish a $100-million vehicle assembly plant project, in Lagos, Nigeria. The Dangote Group is a Nigerian multinational industrial conglomerate. 

Driverless transport startup receives backing from rail equipment giant

By: Dylan Slater     24th February 2017 Railway systems and equipment company Alstom is investing €14-million in driverless transport startup company EasyMile, which is developing the EZ10 electric driverless shuttle.  

Driverless transport startup receives backing from rail equipment giant
EZ10 The EasyMile EZ10 is a driverless shared passenger vehicle for “last mile” journeys

East London IDZ attracts multibillion-rand investment

By: Dylan Slater     24th February 2017 Since it was established in 2002, the East London Industrial Development Zone (Elidz) has attracted more than R7.3-billion in private-sector investment from 45 investors.  

East London IDZ attracts multibillion-rand investment
SPURRING DEVELOPMENT The East London Industrial Development Zone has attracted more than R7.3-billion, since inception

New Fiat Chrysler Automobiles SA chief outlines ‘get fit’ vision

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2017 “We realise that we have to get ourselves fit again and I am committed to achieving that,” says new CEO at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles South Africa (FCA SA), Robin van Rensburg. “We have not been as versatile in the last while as we should have been.” Van Rensburg joins the Italian-US group from... 

Sanral CEO looks to regain South Africa’s trust despite ongoing e-toll tussle

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2017 Not too long ago the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) was a firm darling among its peers. It was a well-funded State-owned enterprise (SOE) almost never under fire, seldom in retreat, grinding ever onward in its task to manage and expand the country’s road network. Then came... 

Sanral CEO looks to regain South Africa’s trust  despite ongoing e-toll tussle

Frankfurt Airport aims to increase its business with South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     23rd February 2017 Germany’s number one international airport, Frankfurt, is seeking to increase its two-way air cargo trade with South Africa. This was highlighted at a media briefing at the 2017 Air Cargo Africa conference in Kempton Park, east of Johannesburg, by Fraport AG chief operating officer Anke Giesen.... 

Frankfurt Airport aims to increase its business with South Africa
Photo by Fraport
Anke Giesen

Restructured Imperial continues disposal spree

By: Irma Venter     21st February 2017 A new-look, restructured Imperial Holdings has, since 2015, disposed of, or is busy disposing of, 42 businesses with a total revenue of R11.9-billion and operating profit of R937-million. These disposals include Regent Insurance’s non-South African operations, as well as Jurgens Caravans and... 

Restructured Imperial continues disposal spree
Photo by Duane Daws
Mark Lamberti

Acquisitions help bolster logistics group in ‘difficult’ market

By: Irma Venter     17th February 2017 Logistics group OneLogix has, for the six-month period ended November 30, reaped the benefit from recent acquisitions and property infrastructure developments. The group reported a 12% increase in revenue compared with the same period in 2015, to more than R1-billion. The jump came as a result of... 

Pockets of resilience, but SA’s manufacturing outlook remains fragile

By: David Oliveira     17th February 2017 South Africa’s manufacturing sector is expected to grow by 0.5% this year and by 1.2% in 2018, according to data from economic analysis and forecast provider FocusEconomics. Financial institution Barclays’ latest purchasing managers’ index (PMI) released earlier this month indicates that the... 

Pockets of resilience, but SA’s manufacturing outlook remains fragile

Rental, government segments offer Jan vehicle sales boost

By: Irma Venter     17th February 2017 January new-vehicle sales increased by 3.7%, reaching 50 333 units, compared with the same month last year – the first sales increase in 14 months. However, warns asset finance group WesBank, this positive performance was the result of growth in the rental and government channels, where sales... 

SA body makes economic case for embracing global electric-vehicle trend

By: Irma Venter     17th February 2017 The Electric Vehicle Industry Association’s (EVIA’s) first goal is to demonstrate to the South African public that they can use electric vehicles (EVs) with confidence, says South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) cleaner mobility programme GM Carel Snyman. The second goal is... 

Smartphone app aspires to ‘Tinder’ of car market

By: Irma Venter     17th February 2017 Like it? Swipe right on your smartphone screen. Not interested? Swipe left. Three young South Africans have developed a smartphone app similar to dating app Tinder, but with one important difference – Carter aims to facilitate a long-term relationship between its users and the cars of their dreams. 

Tyres manufactured with taxi industry in mind

     17th February 2017 Last month, rubber manufacturers Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA) announced the launch of its new range of tyre brand Dunlop tyres – the Vantrek V1 White Wall tyre for the South African taxi industry. 

Jaguar, Shell launch in-car app to pay for fuel at service stations

By: Irma Venter     16th February 2017 Jaguar drivers can now use their car’s touchscreen to pay for fuel at the pump, by making use of a new cashless payment app. The Shell app is one of a number of enhancements to Jaguar’s F-PACE, XE and XF models. (Other updates include the addition of gesture technology where the sweep of a foot... 

Jaguar, Shell launch in-car app to pay for fuel at service stations

Amplats anticipates continued growth in fuel cells

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th February 2017 Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) expects the autocatalyst sector to remain a significant driver of platinum demand. In the last year, autocatalyst demand continued to grow, with sales in Western Europe up 6%. This, CEO Chris Griffith said, was as a result of slightly higher loading, owing to... 

Renault explores a new method to market, sell cars

By: Irma Venter     13th February 2017 Renault South Africa (SA) has launched a new method for consumers to explore the French manufacturer’s vehicle range. Operating between 09h00 and 17h00, Monday to Friday, customers can connect to Live Showroom, which offers an online, real-time, no-pressure, virtual dealership experience that... 

Renault explores a new method to market, sell cars

Renault has a new MD, Kwid sales surprise on the upside

By: Irma Venter     13th February 2017 Renault South Africa (SA) will have a new MD from July 1. Current Renault SA MD Nicholas de Canha has already started work at Imperial’s new Motus division – managing everything to do with motoring within the JSE-listed group – where he will look after a number of brands, including Tata, Renault,... 

Renault has a new MD, Kwid sales surprise on the upside
The Kadjar XP

New CEO sends Fiat, Chrysler SA back to the gym 

By: Irma Venter     13th February 2017 “We realise that we have to get ourselves fit again and I am committed to achieving that,” says new CEO at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles South Africa (FCA SA), Robin van Rensburg. “We have not been as versatile in the last while as we should have been.” Van Rensburg joins the Italian-US group from... 

New CEO sends Fiat, Chrysler SA back to the gym
Robin van Rensburg

WesBank announces new CEO for its Motor division

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 WesBank has announced the appointment of Mark Finlayson as the CEO of its Motor division following the departure of Simphiwe Nghona on February 1. Finlayson is the current CEO of DirectAxis, a subsidiary of WesBank specialising in non-secured personal loans. 

WesBank announces new CEO for its Motor division
Mark Finlayson

Mini SA welcomes new leader

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 BMW Group South Africa has announced that Thilosh Moodally has been appointed as the new head of Mini South Africa. She succeeds Kabelo Rabotho, who left the company at the end of last year. 

Mini SA welcomes new leader
Thilosh Moodally

Hijackings, car theft show sharp increases, warns Cartrack

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 Statistics released this week by fleet management and stolen vehicle recovery company Cartrack show that carjacking and vehicle theft in South Africa are on the rise. Theft within the base of vehicles protected by Cartrack increased by 31% in the ten months from March to December 2016, while... 

Hijackings, car theft show sharp increases, warns Cartrack

Continental Tyre SA appoints new manufacturing GM

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 Continental Tyre South Africa (CTSA) has appointed JJ Dowling as the manufacturing GM at its Port Elizabeth plant. He replaces Wayne Brown, who has taken up a position at Continental Tire in the US. 

Continental Tyre SA appoints new manufacturing GM
JJ Dowling

Hino SA trims it Dyna model from medium to light commercial vehicle

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 Hino South Africa, the commercial vehicle arm of Toyota South Africa Motors, has reclassified its Toyota Dyna truck as a light commercial vehicle (LCV), moving it from the medium commercial vehicle (MCV) segment where it has been competing since its introduction to South Africa in 1965. Toyota... 

Hino SA trims it Dyna model from medium to light commercial vehicle
The Dyna truck

Mazda Southern Africa appoints new MD

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 Japanese car manufacturer Mazda Motor Corporation has appointed South Africa’s Craig Roberts as the new MD at Mazda Southern Africa. Roberts currently serves as the head of sales at Mazda Southern Africa. He will start work in his new role on April 1. 

Mazda Southern Africa appoints new MD
Craig Roberts

Automotive industry to achieve international standards with new gas

     10th February 2017 Honouring its commitment to the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, specialty chemicals and gas company A-Gas South Africa will be phasing out commonly used high global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants in its product range. 

Call made for intervention to sustain Gauteng’s key industrial heartland

By: Dylan Slater     10th February 2017 Travelling about 60 km south of Johannesburg through Vereeniging and Vanderbijlpark, a general state of decay is visible in the once thriving industrial heartland known as the Vaal Triangle.  

Call made for intervention to sustain Gauteng’s key industrial heartland

Company expects increased product demand in 2017

By: Kimberley Smuts     10th February 2017 South African bearings and power transmission products distributor Bearings International (BI) predicts another successful year for the Rocol range of products, as a result of increased interest in the lubricant Rocol Reaming, Tapping, Drilling (RTD) range for reaming, tapping and drilling... 

First organic coolant in the lubrications market

By: Kimberley Smuts     10th February 2017 The correct coolant chemistry is vital in maintaining the longevity of engines, says diesel engine and technology specialist Cummins Filtration technical services support lead - Africa Tim Hayward, explaining that coolants increase the lifespan of engines by removing compounds that are difficult... 

Lubricants company retains top spot for tenth year

     10th February 2017 Lubricants supplier Shell Lubricants was being named the number one global lubricants supplier at the end of last year following its retention of an 11.6% market share as indicated in business process management consultant Kline & Company’s ‘Global Lubricants Industry: Market Analysis and... 

Luxury vehicle brand sales defied economic gravity in 2016

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 While new-vehicle sales were down 11.4% in 2016 in a tough-as-nails domestic economy, Ferrari sales grew from 91 units in 2015, to 94 prancing horses finding new homes in 2016. Maserati had an ever better year. South African sales grew from 45 units in 2015, to 113 in 2016. 

Mercedes-Benz Vans outlines vision for automated driving and delivery

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 Mercedes-Benz Vans (MB Vans) has expanded its goal of automated driving to also include automated delivery. The German manufacturer has announced that it is now the lead investor in Starship Technologies, a start-up company for the development of ground-based, autonomous delivery robots. 

New era for automotive industry

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th February 2017 The technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) sector is rapidly disrupting traditional ways of making and selling products across all sectors, including in the automotive industry, where technological advancement is radically influencing the way in which vehicles are manufactured and sold... 

New era for automotive industry
TECHNOLOGY TAKE OVER Driverless vehicles will soon become a reality with extensive research and testing underway globally

Oil enthusiasts sponsor 2017 Great Race

     10th February 2017 In December lubricants specialist Champion Oil announced its sponsorship of the July 2017 Great Race where the overall winner will receive $50 000 in prize money with an additional $1 000 in racing oil. The Great Race is the world's premiere old car rally that has been ongoing for 34 years. It is... 

Plastics training crucial for the automotive industry

     10th February 2017 In light of the growing trend within the automotive industry to increase dependency on plastic components and the greater demand this places on employers to train, upskill and transfer skills to employees in South Africa, local plastics industry representative Plastics|SA has been playing an... 

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