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Porsche’s Toby Venter to add Lamborghini to his stable

By: Irma Venter     Updated 5 hours ago Toby Venter’s LSM Distributors will, in May, expand its South African portfolio with the addition of the Lamborghini brand. LSM currently distributes sports car brand Porsche and super-luxury marque Bentley in South Africa. 

Call made for ‘broad coalition’ to reverse South Africa’s premature deindustrialisation

By: Terence Creamer     20th April 2018 A new no-holds-barred study of South Africa’s economic transformation over the past two decades concludes that the country has not only deindustrialised prematurely, but has also failed to materially transform its economic structure to one that encourages inclusive growth and development. Titled... 

Call made for ‘broad coalition’ to reverse South Africa’s premature deindustrialisation

Porsche unveils two new GTS models

By: Irma Venter     20th April 2018 The beauty of the new Porsche 718 Boxter GTS and the 718 Cayman GTS is that you can inch along with the Joburg morning traffic and travel over the occasional speed bump without any problem, or that you can switch to Sport Plus mode, which makes the German gentlemen clear their throats like... 

Porsche unveils two new GTS models
The 718 Cayman GTS

DTI opposed to temporary scrapping of EV duties, but open to EU tariff re-set

By: Terence Creamer     20th April 2018 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has confirmed that it is opposed to reducing protection on the import of electric vehicles (EVs) as a way of increasing domestic demand, arguing that automotive firms should, instead, use the duty offsets available to them through production rebate... 

DTI opposed to temporary scrapping of EV duties, but open to EU tariff re-set

CMH achieves 17.2% y/y increase in FY18 headline earnings despite challenges

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th April 2018 Investment holding company Combined Motor Holdings (CMH) on Tuesday reported a good set of results for the financial year ended February 28, despite ongoing challenges including a difficult economic, trading and political environment.  

BMW opens R260m regional distribution centre in Midrand

By: Irma Venter     11th April 2018 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) has cut the ribbon on its new regional distribution centre at the Waterfall precinct, in Midrand, Gauteng. Project developer Attacq and BMW SA jointly invested around R260-million to create the facility. 

BMW opens R260m regional distribution centre in Midrand

Mahindra SA appoints new CEO

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2018 Car manufacturer Mahindra South Africa (SA) has appointed Rajesh Gupta to succeed Sanjoy Gupta as CEO.  

Mahindra SA appoints new CEO
Mahindra CEO Rajesh Gupta

Cable theft in Rosslyn reaching crisis proportions, warns Gauteng MEC

By: Irma Venter     4th April 2018 The Gauteng government on Wednesday expressed its concern about continuous electricity supply disruptions at the Automotive Supplier Park (ASP) in Rosslyn, Tshwane. In recent weeks, production had been halted several times owing to cable theft, said Gauteng Economic Development, Environment,... 

Cable theft in Rosslyn reaching crisis proportions, warns Gauteng MEC

Kobe Steel to invest $471m to raise automotive steel output

By: Reuters     4th April 2018 Kobe Steel, Japan's third-biggest steelmaker, said on Wednesday it will invest 50-billion yen ($471-million) in domestic facilities to increase output of high-tensile steel to meet a growing need for lighter materials from automakers. It is the company's first major capital investment since it... 

New-vehicle market sees first positive month as March sales increase by 1.1%

By: Irma Venter     3rd April 2018 The domestic new-vehicle market expanded for the first time this year as March new-vehicle sales inched up 1.1%, to 49 233 units, compared with the same month last year.   Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry on Tuesday showed that March new-passenger car sales gained... 

 New-vehicle market sees first positive month as March sales increase by 1.1%

Next-generation Ranger investment decision 'imminent', says Ford

By: Irma Venter     28th March 2018 US car maker Ford’s decision on where to produce the next-generation Ranger pickup “is imminent”, says Ford Middle East and Africa president Jacques Brent. South Africa is currently one of three global production sites for the Ranger. 

 Next-generation Ranger investment decision 'imminent', says Ford
Jacques Brent

South Korea steel shares rise on US steel tariff exemption

By: Reuters     26th March 2018 South Korea's steelmakers rose on Monday, with market heavyweight Posco leading the overall sector after the United States agreed to exempt South Korea from its new steel tariffs. Washington will impose a quota on steel imports instead, while South Korea in return will improve access for U.S.... 

BMW to push EV range to 700 km, 12 new EVs set for launch by 2025

By: Irma Venter     23rd March 2018 Powered by the fifth generation of battery and drivetrain technology, from 2021, BMW will be able to offer all-electric vehicles (EVs) with a range of up to 700 km, and plug-in hybrids with an electrical range of up to 100 km, the German car maker said this week as it released its annual... 

 BMW to push EV range to 700 km, 12 new EVs set for launch by 2025
Photo by Irma Venter
Harald Krüger

Cartrack aiming to expand affordable vehicle insurance cover

By: Irma Venter     23rd March 2018 Fleet management, vehicle recovery and telematics group Cartrack aims to expand its newly launched affordable vehicle insurance product range over the next six to 18 months. Cartrack unveiled a R9.99 product in February, strictly for vehicle theft and hijackings, through its new subsidiary,... 

Audi unveils prototype of its first all-electric model

By: Irma Venter     23rd March 2018 Audi has unveiled its e-tron prototype at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, in Switzerland. The prototype offers a preview of the German brand’s first all-electric model. This is also the vehicle that is scheduled for launch in South Africa in 2019 or 2020. 

Nitrogen inflation adoption grows despite market misinformation

By: Paige Müller     23rd March 2018 Despite misinformation on the benefits of nitrogen tyre inflation there is significant adoption of nitrogen tyre inflation in sectors such as mining and transportation, says nitrogen inflation systems manufacturer NitraLife sales director Tom Sowry. “The lack of industry-related information... 

Nitrogen inflation adoption grows despite market misinformation
NITROGEN GENERATORS AND INFLATORS WIDELY AVAILABLE Nitrogen generators and tyre inflators are widely available at petrol stations all over the country

BMW cautions on export credits, increased localisation

By: Irma Venter     22nd March 2018 Continued support through export credits is “the single most important ingredient” in German car maker BMW’s discussions with the South African government, and not land expropriation without compensation, or the push for increased black economic empowerment within the local auto sector, says BMW... 

BMW cautions on export credits, increased localisation

Suzuki sales jump 57% in 2017, starts 2018 with 88% growth

     16th March 2018 Suzuki Auto South Africa (SASA) saw sales in the domestic market jump by 57% in 2017, to 8 847 units, up from 2016’s 5 631 units. It appears as if the Japanese manufacturer may have another blistering sales year ahead of it, with sales for the first two months of 2018 88% higher than the same... 

Suzuki sales jump 57% in 2017, starts 2018 with 88% growth
The Ignis

Metair aims to almost double gigawatt hours capacity in the next three years

By: Irma Venter     15th March 2018 Energy storage and automotive component manufacturer Metair is gearing up to become a multiple-site giga factory, in an effort to reap the benefits from the rapid increase in battery use in the automotive, telecoms, utility, mining, retail and materials-handling sectors. “We have made good... 

Metair aims to almost double gigawatt hours capacity in the next three years
Metair MD Theo Loock

WesBank forecasts meagre 0.75% growth in new-vehicle sales

By: Irma Venter     14th March 2018 South Africa’s new-vehicle industry is forecast to grow by 0.75% in 2018 compared with last year, says vehicle finance provider WesBank. WesBank CEO Chris de Kock delivered the bank’s view on the market at the 2018 Car of the Year awards held on Tuesday, in Gauteng. 

WesBank forecasts meagre 0.75% growth in new-vehicle sales
WesBank CEO Chris de Kock

Porsche takes Car of the Year – again

By: Irma Venter     14th March 2018 The South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ) on Tuesday evening selected the Porsche Panamera as its 2018 Car of the Year. The Volvo S90 came second, with the Alfa Romeo Giulia in third position. 

Porsche takes Car of the Year – again

Groupe PSA to assemble Peugeot, Opel vehicles in Namibia

By: Irma Venter     13th March 2018 Groupe PSA has signed an agreement with the Namibia Development Corporation (NDC) to assemble Peugeot and Opel vehicles in Walvis Bay. Groupe PSA is a French multinational manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles sold under the Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Opel and Vauxhall brands. 

Groupe PSA to assemble Peugeot, Opel vehicles in Namibia

Warning of vehicle affordability being compromised by SA’s tax changes 

By: Irma Venter     9th March 2018 The substantial increase in ad valorem vehicle excise duty rates announced in the National Budget this week – with the maximum duty for motor vehicles rising from 25% to 30% – together with the increases in value added tax (VAT), emissions taxes and the fuel levy, “will compromise vehicle... 

Local content key to safeguarding components industry amid powertrain revolution

By: Irma Venter     9th March 2018 The global automotive industry is facing the rapid development of new power-train technologies, such as electric and hydrogen vehicles, eager to displace the internal combustion engine (ICE) that has powered the industry for more than a century. The local automotive manufacturing industry is... 

Local content key to safeguarding components industry amid powertrain revolution

2025 to see 50% of cars sold online in SA, return of Chinese brands

By: Irma Venter     8th March 2018 More than 50% of new cars will be sold online in South Africa by 2025, says Auric Auto BMW chairperson Eric Scoble. Scoble is a former National Automobile Dealers’ Association chairperson. 

2025 to see 50% of cars sold online in SA, return of Chinese brands

Daimler's R&D chief sees nickel rich batteries gaining traction

By: Reuters     7th March 2018 The car industry is moving towards making electric car batteries with a higher ratio of nickel, Ola Kaellenius, Daimler board member responsible for research and development, said on Tuesday. High cobalt prices have been pushing manufacturers to adjust the recipe for the batteries used to power... 

Audi unveils first electric vehicle in Geneva, set for SA launch by 2020

By: Irma Venter     6th March 2018 Audi has unveiled its e-tron prototype at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, in Switzerland. The prototype offers a preview of the German brand’s first all-electric model. This is also the vehicle that is scheduled for launch in South Africa in 2019 or 2020. 

Audi unveils first electric vehicle in Geneva, set for SA launch by 2020
The Audi e-tron

Fully autonomous vehicle set for October trial in SA 

By: Irma Venter     6th March 2018 The first fully autonomous vehicle may make its debut in South Africa in October, as part of the inaugural Future Mobility Africa event, organised by the Mobility Centre for Africa (MCA). The two electric-powered candidates for the first fully autonomous vehicle trial in South Africa are,... 

Fully autonomous vehicle set for October trial in SA
The Navya autonomous shuttle

Cartrack mulls expanding its new affordable insurance offering

By: Irma Venter     2nd March 2018 Fleet management, vehicle recovery and telematics group Cartrack aims to expand its newly launched affordable vehicle insurance product range over the next six to 18 months. Cartrack unveiled a R9.99 product in February, strictly for vehicle theft and hijackings, through its new subsidiary,... 

Cartrack mulls expanding its new affordable insurance offering

Metair buys into Romanian battery packs, electric drives firm

By: Irma Venter     2nd March 2018 Energy storage and automotive component specialist Metair has acquired 35% in Primemotors (Prime), in Romania, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Rombat, in an effort to accelerate its production of lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries for the growing European market. Metair recently launched a... 

Subaru sales accelerate by 10% in ‘lethargic’ South African market

By: Irma Venter     2nd March 2018 Subaru South Africa (SA) sales increased by 10% last year, reaching 1 002 units, outgunning a lethargic domestic new-vehicle market that managed only a 1.8% gain in 2017 compared with 2016. Subaru has been operating in South Africa for more than twenty-five years. 

Super Group posts 27.5% revenue increase in December half-year

By: Irma Venter     2nd March 2018 Challenging trading conditions and political uncertainty continued to depress trading conditions at transport logistics and mobility company, Super Group. The group on Monday reported a 27.5% increase in revenue for the six months ended December 31, compared with the same period in 2016, to... 

Cartrack introduces ‘low-cost’ theft-only insurance product

By: Irma Venter     2nd March 2018 Fleet management and vehicle tracking group Cartrack has launched a R9.99-a-month theft-only insurance product, although true price is closer to R108.99, when all costs are included. The JSE-listed group says the “first-to-market innovative insurance offering for vehicle theft” targeted the... 

New-vehicle sales in second month of decline

By: Irma Venter     1st March 2018 Domestic new-vehicle sales faced a second month of decline this year, dropping by 3.8% in February, to 46 347 units, compared with the same month last year. Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry on Thursday showed that February new-passenger car sales inched lower by... 

New-vehicle sales in second month of decline

Aarto Amendment Bill too broken to be fixed – Dembovsky

By: Nadine James     28th February 2018 The Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offence (Aarto) Amendment Bill is unconstitutional and will inevitably be challenged once signed into law, Justice Project South Africa chairperson Howard Dembovsky told a National Press Club briefing on Tuesday. He stated that, in addition to being... 

Diesel cars can be banned from German cities, court rules

By: Reuters     27th February 2018 German cities can ban the most heavily polluting diesel cars from their streets, a court ruled on Tuesday, a move likely to be mirrored in other parts of Europe and to force automakers to pay to improve exhaust systems or switch to cleaner vehicles. There has been a global backlash against... 

Study launched into economic impact of possible EV transition in South Africa 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd February 2018 A macroeconomic study into the impact of a possible transition in the South African transport market from internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to electric vehicles (EVs) has been launched. Initially proposed by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the study is backed by the South... 

Study launched into economic impact of possible EV transition in South Africa
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