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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...
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”.
Oct 17, 2014
Italian capital goods company CNH Industrial has announced the upcoming inauguration of its first assembly plant in South Africa. The announcement was made by newly appointed CNH Industrial Southern Africa senior VP Mario Gasparri.
Oct 17, 2014
Volvo Group Southern Africa has announced the appointment of a new MD for Volvo Trucks and Renault Trucks Southern Africa.  Christian Coolsaet, a Belgian national, will take up his new position with immediate effect, looking after the Volvo Trucks and Renault Trucks...
Oct 17, 2014
DigiCore Holdings has managed a turnaround in its fortunes, with the telematics specialist reporting profit after tax for the year ended June 30 of R7.8-million, compared with a loss of R59.4-million in the previous financial year. Revenue for the year reached...
Oct 16, 2014
Johan van Zyl
The only real competitive advantage the local automotive industry has over international competitors is the availability of natural resources in the country, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa president and Toyota South Africa...
Oct 16, 2014
WesBank CEO Chris de Kock
The Nigerian Automotive Council (NAC) and WesBank this week signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), which should see the South African vehicle and asset financier enter the Nigerian new vehicle finance market in 2015. “We have an optimistic objective that we can...
Oct 16, 2014
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Oct 14, 2014
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Oct 14, 2014
Trade and Industry South Africa (Tisa) and the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) were this week awarded Investment Promotion Awards for excellence in promoting foreign direct investment (FDI) projects to advance sustainable development. The awards ceremony was held...
Oct 13, 2014
The Honda Mobilio
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.
Oct 13, 2014
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The Competition Commission on Monday announced that it had launched an “investigation into price fixing, market division and collusive tendering in the market for the manufacture and supply of automotive components to original equipment manufacturers” (OEMs, or...
Oct 10, 2014
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SOLAR CAR The University of Johannesburg Solar Car was designed using the ProductOne Creo design program
South Africa must improve its engineering-design capabilities to compete in a globalised world. The importance of product life-cycle design and the impact of design on all phases of production, supply chain logistics, use, support, decommissioning and redevelopment...
Oct 10, 2014
There are around 190 telematics service providers in South Africa, says Regent Insurance commercial vehicles national manager Wayne Rautenbach. Telematics, broadly speaking and in this context, refers to the remote monitoring of a vehicle, such as tracking a stolen...
Oct 10, 2014
In an economic environment where vehicle prices are surging upwards, Great Wall Motors South Africa (GWM SA) has dropped the price on many of its vehicles by between R5 000 and R30 000. COO Warren Olson says this move is not linked to declining sales at the Chinese...
Oct 10, 2014
Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) is evaluating the viability of introducing the heavy-duty Hyundai Xcient truck range into South Africa, says HASA commercial vehicles director Wade Griffin. The market study should be completed towards the end of the year, he adds.
Oct 10, 2014
Japanese car maker Mazda is investing R150-million in the domestic market as the brand separates from Ford in South Africa. As from October 1, Mazda will no longer be distributed through Ford, but through Mazda Southern Africa (MSA).
Oct 10, 2014
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class has been crowned the best-quality passenger car in South Africa, followed by the C-Class Coupé and the C-Class petrol model. This title has been awarded by research house Ipsos, based on telephonic interviews conducted with new vehicle...
Oct 10, 2014
FAW South Africa (FAW SA), a subsidiary of China’s FAW Group, has established a joint venture with the Pamodzi Group, focusing on truck sales in South Africa and other countries in sub-Equatorial Africa. The new company, Pamodzi-FAW, is 51% held by Pamodzi and 49%...
 
 
 
 
Oct 10, 2014
South African specialist mine detection and mine protected vehicle company DCD Protected Mobility recently unveiled its latest product, the Oribi multirole utility truck. This is a joint development with another South African company, vehicle customising enterprise...
Oct 09, 2014
Babcock, sole importer and distributor of DAF trucks in Southern Africa, on Thursday announced that it had established Babcock Financial Services (BFS), with the purpose of providing finance solutions to DAF truck buyers. Babcock Africa Transport Solutions CEO Wilna...
Oct 08, 2014
NYSE-listed GE has been recognised by the South African government for the significant impact the business has had on the nation’s economy. The inaugural Siyabonga Awards, for which Brand SA was one of the sponsors, was presented by Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene at...
Oct 07, 2014
Vehicle and asset finance group WesBank on Tuesday said it expected domestic new vehicle sales to decline by 4.4% in 2014. The group originally forecast a 0.6% decline over 2013.
Oct 06, 2014
Fitment of the jet engine into the Bloodhound body
The Bloodhound build team said it had 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...
Oct 06, 2014
The Nuon Solar Team vehicle
Delft University’s Nuon Solar Team, from the Netherlands, on Saturday clinched the 2014 Sasol Solar Challenge title. Ten solar powered cars managed to complete the race, crossing the finish line at the end of the eight-day, Pretoria to Cape Town race.
Oct 06, 2014
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Sanral CEO Nazir Alli
The backlog on South Africa’s road network has reached R197-billion, up from R149-billion in 2010, says South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) CEO Nazir Alli. This backlog included the strengthening and regravelling of roads, and excluded periodic...
Oct 03, 2014
Ikuji Ikeda and Riaz Haffejee
A R1.1-billion investment at Dunlop’s Ladysmith radial car and tyre factory, in Ladysmith, will help Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA) achieve its goal of becoming Africa’s number one tyre company within the next five years. The investment is aimed at increasing...
Oct 03, 2014
Mario Gasparri
Italian capital goods company CNH Industrial on Thursday announced the upcoming inauguration of its first assembly plant in South Africa. The announcement was made by newly appointed CNH Industrial Southern Africa senior VP Mario Gasparri. CNH Industrial is the main...
Oct 03, 2014
As from April 2017, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) aims to support only completely knockdown (CKD) truck production in South Africa, and no longer semi-knockdown (SKD) assembly, says DTI automotive chief director Mkhululi Mlota.
 
 
 
 
Oct 03, 2014
South African armoured and mine-protected vehicle company BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa (LSSA) has launched a new product. It is the RG21 4 x 4 mine-protected vehicle. "It's about affordability, supportability and protection," explained LSSA Business...
Oct 03, 2014
Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) will see its exports into Africa drop by around 20% this year over last year, owing largely to policy changes in Algeria and Nigeria. TSAM president and CEO Dr Johan van Zyl says the Algerian government has shifted its support for...
Oct 03, 2014
South African vehicle exports dropped to around 116 000 units for the first six months of the year, down from the 147 600 units recorded for the same period last year. The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) says in its second...
Oct 01, 2014
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September's bestseller, the Polo Vivo, with 4 263 units sold
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 on Wednesday showed that September new vehicle sales improved to 60 854 units, up from 54 571...
Oct 01, 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...
Sep 30, 2014
DigiCore Holdings announced a turnaround in fortunes on Tuesday, with the telematics specialist reporting profit after tax for the year ended June 30 of R7.8-million, compared with a loss of R59.4-million in the previous financial year. Revenue for the year reached...
Sep 26, 2014
The Nuon team, from the Netherlands
The biennial, eight-day Sasol Solar Challenge kicks off in the country’s capital, Pretoria, on Saturday, and is set to end in Cape Town, on October 4. Fourteen teams will take part, of which eight are local, says race project manager Annalie van Vuuren.
Sep 26, 2014
The South African new vehicle market is likely to reach around 630 000 units in 2014, down from the 650 000 units recorded in 2013, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) president and CEO Dr Johan van Zyl. Van Zyl is also president of the National Association of...
Sep 26, 2014
August new vehicle sales declined by 1.4%, to 55 722 units, compared with the same month last year. Assisted by the car rental market, the South African new passenger car market, at 37 953 units, contracted by 1 047 units, or 2.7%, compared with August last year.
Sep 26, 2014
South Africa’s new vehicle business market has declined by 14.2% for the year to end August compared with the same period last year, says Standard Bank Vehicle and Asset Finance business markets head Toni Fritz. The used vehicle business market has dropped by 18.1%...
 
 
 
 
Sep 26, 2014
IAN LOURENS The group’s investments and acquisitions during the year were focused on improving its long-term sustainability and growth
The good performance of JSE-listed logistics firm OneLogix’s new acquisitions and startup companies highlight the group’s significant managerial capabilities and the entrepreneurial flair that the group aims to retain in each, says OneLogix CEO Ian Lourens. Revenue...
Sep 26, 2014
Japanese carmaker Toyota has revealed the exterior design and Japanese market-guide pricing of its hydrogen-powered fuel-cell sedan, following the car’s appearance in concept form at last year's Tokyo Motor Show. The four-door saloon will be introduced in Japan...
Sep 25, 2014
Christian Coolsaet
Volvo Group Southern Africa has announced the appointment of a new MD for Volvo Trucks and Renault Trucks Southern Africa.  Christian Coolsaet, a Belgian national, will take up his new position with immediate effect, looking after the Volvo Trucks and Renault Trucks...
Sep 25, 2014
Sep 19, 2014
The Coega FAW plant
FAW South Africa (FAW SA), a subsidiary of China’s FAW Group, has established a joint venture with the Pamodzi Group, focusing on truck sales in South Africa and other countries in sub-Equatorial Africa. The new company, Pamodzi-FAW, is 51% held by Pamodzi and 49%...
 
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