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Recovery possible for SA, sub-Saharan truck markets, says UD Trucks

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2017 Both the South African and sub-Saharan African (SSA) new-truck markets should see growth this year, following a tough 2016, says UD Trucks Southern Africa (UDTSA) marketing director Rory Schulz. The South African new truck market, including exports from South Africa into Africa, declined by 11%,... 

Innovation, outward-looking approach will bolster industry growth

By: Nadine James     20th January 2017 The plastics converter industry needs to alter its mindset and look for innovative solutions while becoming more outward-looking to experience real economic growth, says industry body Plastics SA. Plastics SA chairperson Bernhard Mahl describes real growth as “thousands of tons of plastics,... 

Innovation, outward-looking  approach will bolster industry growth
OFF LINE Over the past five to ten years, the local plastics industry has stagnated, hovering between producing 1.3-million tons and 1.4-million tons of virgin material a year

New CEO confirmed for MBSA as former chief heads for Beijing

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2017 German automaker Daimler has announced the appointment of Andreas Engling as the new CEO and manufacturing executive director of Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA).Current CEO, Arno van der Merwe, will start a new chapter in his career as president and CEO of Beijing Benz Automotive (BBAC). Both... 

Porsche to open technician training centre in Cape Town

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2017 German sports car manufacturer Porsche will, from the middle of this year, train 75 young South Africans from disadvantaged backgrounds as service technicians at its new Porsche Training and Recruitment Centre, in Cape Town. The course has a duration of three years. Those who complete the course... 

Tesla expects SA offering to become increasingly attractive as tariffs rise

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2017 Tesla has finally arrived in South Africa, even if in a somewhat unexpected guise. With the availability of the US company’s electric cars apparently still some way off, South Africans do, however, now have access to its energy storage solutions. The stationary, rechargeable lithium-ion battery... 

Tooling capabilities open up new prospects for SA auto-parts firm

By: David Oliveira     20th January 2017 Cable management solutions provider HellermannTyton South Africa’s 2014 acquisition of PVS Engineering has significantly improved the company’s tooling manufacturing capabilities and placed the company in a strong position within the group internationally. HellermannTyton South Africa network... 

New-truck sales show small operators hardest hit, says Isuzu Trucks

By: Irma Venter     18th January 2017 A sharp increase in fuel tax, triggered by government’s drive to fill its coffers, a stronger oil price and a continued weak rand may lead to a roughly R2/l increase in the price of fuel in the next few months, predicts Isuzu Trucks South Africa (ITSA) director and COO Craig Uren. This will have... 

New-truck sales show small operators hardest hit, says Isuzu Trucks

Too early to speculate on US trade policy, says South African auto body

By: Irma Venter     17th January 2017 It is too early to speculate on the effects the incoming Trump administration may have on automotive trade between South Africa and the US, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) director Nico Vermeulen. “It is best to wait for the installation of the new... 

Too early to speculate on US trade policy, says South African auto body

BMW SA to escape effects of Trump’s 35% duty threat

By: Irma Venter     16th January 2017 BMW Group South Africa (SA) on Monday said it would not suffer any negative effect from US president-elect Donald Trump’s threat to implement a 35% import duty on German cars. BMW Group SA exports the 3 Series from its Rosslyn plant, in Tshwane, to the US. 

BMW SA to escape effects of Trump’s 35% duty threat
Photo by Bloomberg
Donald Trump

Toyota Gazoo misses out on podium spot at Dakar 2017

By: Irma Venter     16th January 2017 Winning the gruelling Dakar race has again proved an elusive goal for the Toyota Gazoo Racing team. The team could not secure a podium position in this year’s rather chaotic race, following its third spot last year. 

 Toyota Gazoo misses out on podium spot at Dakar 2017
Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz at the finish line

EPA accuses Fiat Chrysler of excess diesel emissions

By: Reuters     13th January 2017 The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Thursday accused Fiat Chrysler Automobiles of illegally using hidden software to allow excess diesel emissions to go undetected, the result of a probe that stemmed from regulators' investigation of rival Volkswagen. FCA shares plummeted as the... 

Govt's proposed fuel changes a ticking time-bomb – Naamsa

By: News24Wire      12th January 2017 Time is running out for government to avoid the oil currently refined in SA from becoming illegal, Stuart Rayner, chair of the fuel and emissions committee of the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa), told Fin24 on Wednesday. Rayner explained that Naamsa... 

VW promises big changes after agreeing to record US fine

By: African News Agency      12th January 2017 Volkswagen has given details about a change process that will “transform its core business” after admitting guilt this week in the emissions scandal and agreeing to pay a total of $4.3-billion in penalties in the US The total fine, significantly more than the $1.2-billion penalty against Toyota... 

Volkswagen confirms $4.3bn US settlement over diesel emissions

By: Reuters     11th January 2017 Volkswagen confirmed on Tuesday it has negotiated a $4.3-billion draft settlement with US regulators to resolve its diesel emissions troubles and plans to plead guilty to criminal misconduct. The guilty plea is part of the civil and criminal deal as the automaker looks to restore its tarnished... 

New-car prices jumped 11% in 2016, fuel costs a concern for 2017

By: Irma Venter     10th January 2017 New-car prices jumped by around 11.03% in 2016, says asset finance house WesBank. The increase has been measured based on the average transaction value WesBank recorded on new-vehicle sales last year. 

New-car prices jumped 11% in 2016, fuel costs a concern for 2017
Rudolf Mahoney

Fiat Chrysler SA appoints new CEO

By: Irma Venter     10th January 2017 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) on Tuesday announced the appointment of Robin van Rensburg as the new CEO and MD of Fiat Group Automobiles South Africa, the importer of Fiat, Fiat Professional, Abarth and Alfa Romeo brands. Van Rensburg will hold the same title at Chrysler South Africa, the... 

Fiat Chrysler SA appoints new CEO

FBI arrests Volkswagen executive on fraud charges – New York Times

By: Reuters     9th January 2017 The Federal Bureau of Investigation has arrested a Volkswagen executive on charges of conspiracy to defraud the US, the New York Times reported on Monday. Oliver Schmidt, who headed the company's regulatory compliance office in the US from 2014 to March 2015, was arrested on Saturday by federal... 

Bank says new-vehicle sales may fall again next year after 12% 2016 slump

By: Irma Venter     16th December 2016 New-vehicle sales in South Africa will drop by around 12% in 2016 compared with 2015, says First National Bank (FNB) senior industry analyst Jason Muscat. The same forecast model used to determine this decline suggests that sales in 2017 may drop another 5%, as a worst case scenario, he adds. 

Components sector must transform as it grows, urges new Naacam director

By: Irma Venter     13th December 2016 The biggest goal of newly appointed National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) executive director Renai Moothilal is to increase the participation of black South Africans in the country’s automotive sector. He says there are “opportunities to drive... 

Components sector must transform as it grows, urges new Naacam director
Photo by Duane Daws
Renai Moothilal

Electric vehicles’ share of market to grow rapidly, says IHS Markit

By: Irma Venter     9th December 2016 Electric vehicles (EVs) could make up 15% to 35% of worldwide new vehicle sales in 2040, says IHS Markit, a specialist in critical information, analytics and solutions. The findings are part of a new research project, ‘Reinventing the Wheel’, that the company will conduct over the first half of... 

Electric vehicles’ share of market to grow rapidly, says IHS Markit

Advances in biometrics to radically change driving by 2025

By: Irma Venter     9th December 2016 By 2025, advancements in biometrics will radically transform the driving experience; health, wellness and wellbeing of the driver and the security of vehicles. This is the key finding of Frost & Sullivan’s ‘Biometrics in the Global Automotive Industry, 2016–2025 analysis’. 

Volvo Trucks expands sales into rest of Southern Africa

By: Irma Venter     9th December 2016 Volvo Trucks should this year sell around 250 new trucks in Southern African markets outside South Africa, says Volvo Group Southern Africa president Torbjörn Christensson. Three years from now, in 2019, the company wants sales in these Southern African markets to grow to 1 000 trucks a year. 

New-vehicle sales likely to decline further in 2017, says FNB

By: Irma Venter     6th December 2016 New-vehicle sales in South Africa will drop by around 12% in 2016 compared with 2015, says First National Bank (FNB) senior industry analyst Jason Muscat. The same forecast model used to determine this decline suggests that sales in 2017 may drop another 5%, as a worst case scenario, he adds. 

New-vehicle sales likely to decline further in 2017, says FNB

Boardroom shuffle sees Merc SA’s Van der Merwe head to China 

By: Irma Venter     6th December 2016 German automaker Daimler has announced the appointment of Andreas Engling as the new CEO and manufacturing executive director of Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA). Current CEO, Arno van der Merwe, will start a new chapter in his career as president and CEO of Beijing Benz Automotive (BBAC). 

Boardroom shuffle sees Merc SA’s Van der Merwe head to China
Andreas Engling

2016 new-truck sales seen declining 10% year-on-year

By: Irma Venter     2nd December 2016 South Africa’s new truck market is under pressure, with a 10% drop in sales likely in 2016, says UD Trucks Southern Africa (UDTSA) marketing director Rory Schulz. This means the new truck market should end the year around the 25 000-mark. 

End of the road for red traffic lights?

By: Irma Venter     2nd December 2016 Imagine taking the kids to school, driving to work or across town to do some shopping without ever hitting a single red traffic light. US carmaker Ford is testing technology that could make ‘riding the green wave’ a day-to-day reality. 

Ford’s local unit shipping first batch of Africa-bound Everest SUVs

By: Irma Venter     2nd December 2016 The first batch of South African-built Ford Everest vehicles destined for export markets in sub-Saharan Africa has been completed, with the first vehicle on its way to its new owner in Kenya. The moondust silver Everest 2.2 XLT 4 X 4 departed Durban on November 12, and is destined for Mombasa,... 

Unions in three-year wage deal with vehicle retailers, components makers

By: Irma Venter     2nd December 2016 South Africa’s component makers and retail motor industry have reached a new three-year wage agreement with the National Union of Metalworkers  of South Africa (Numsa) and the Motor Industry Staff Association. The settlement will see wage increases at component manufacturers of 8.5% in year... 

German drive engineering group to expand activities in South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     25th November 2016 German drive engineering group SEW Eurodrive is planning to expand its assembly capacity in South Africa. The company operates 15 manufacturing plants in Germany, France, Brazil, the US and China, which ship components to assembly plants in 75 countries, including South Africa. “We invest in all... 

German motorcycle group unveils airbag solution

By: Irma Venter     25th November 2016 BMW Motorrad – the motorcycle arm of the German automaker –has launched an advanced airbag system to protect the upper body during accidents. The ‘BMW Motorrad Street Air by Alpinestars’ consists of a textile riding jacket, interconnected with an airbag vest. 

Results of passenger car product quality survey unveiled

By: Irma Venter     25th November 2016 Research house Ipsos has announced the winners in its newest Ipsos Passenger Car Product Quality Survey. The survey is voluntary, with 17 vehicle brands participating, representing 77% of the new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles sold through retail channels in South Africa. 

Components makers, retail industry sign wage agreement with Numsa

By: Irma Venter     22nd November 2016 South Africa’s component makers and retail motor industry have reached a new three-year wage agreement with the National Union of Metalworkers  of South Africa (Numsa) and the Motor Industry Staff Association. The settlement will see wage increases at component manufacturers of 8.5% in year... 

 Components makers, retail industry sign wage agreement with Numsa

Biometrics revolution will render car keys obsolete by 2025, says study 

By: Irma Venter     18th November 2016 By 2025, advancements in biometrics will radically transform the driving experience; health, wellness and wellbeing of the driver and the security of vehicles. This is the key finding of Frost & Sullivan’s ‘Biometrics in the Global Automotive Industry, 2016–2025 analysis’. 

Biometrics revolution will render car keys obsolete by 2025, says study

From cars to storage, Mercedes-Benz unveils electric-mobility ecosystem

By: Irma Venter     18th November 2016 Mercedes-Benz will go electric – and in a big way. The German carmaker has launched a new product brand for electric mobility under the name EQ, which stands for ‘electric intelligence’. 

Indian vehicle and equipment group adds gensets to SA offering

By: Irma Venter     18th November 2016 Vehicle distributor Mahindra South Africa (SA) will add another product to its portfolio this month, when the company will introduce a range of generator sets (gensets) to the local market. Mahindra SA is a subsidiary of the Indian Mahindra & Mahindra conglomerate. 

Klerksdorp school wins electric car challenge

By: Irma Venter     18th November 2016 Klerksdorp’s Schoonspruit High School was crowned the winner of the 2016 GreenpowerZA Electric Car Challenge, held at the Red Star Raceway, near Delmas. The race challenges schools to bring their self-built electric cars to the track, in an effort to create interest in the subjects of science,... 

Renault again takes aim at SA’s entry-level market

By: Irma Venter     18th November 2016 Renault has launched a fresh attack on the entry-level market in South Africa with the arrival of the Kwid, priced from R119 900. The India-made Kwid will slip in below the Sandero at the bottom end of Renault’s price table. Renault South Africa sells more than 500 Sanderos a month. Pricing for... 

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