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Head of VW's Audi arrested in Germany over diesel scandal

By: Reuters     18th June 2018 German authorities arrested the head of Volkswagen’s luxury arm Audi on Monday, the most senior company official so far to be detained over the carmaker’s emissions test cheating scandal. Munich prosecutors, who earlier this month widened their probe into Audi, said Rupert Stadler was being held... 

London, other cities call for new petrol and diesel car ban to start earlier

By: Reuters     18th June 2018 London Mayor Sadiq Khan and other city leaders from across Britain said on Monday a government plan to ban the sale of new diesel and petrol cars should be brought forward by ten years to 2030, in the latest push to improve air quality. Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative government said... 

Porsche to start production of first full electric car in 2019

By: Irma Venter     15th June 2018 Series production of the first purely electric Porsche, the Taycan, is set to begin next year. The name can be roughly translated as “lively young horse”, referencing the imagery at the heart of the Porsche crest, which has featured a leaping steed since 1952. 

Porsche to start production of first full electric car in 2019
The Porsche Taycan

Nissan announces Africa, Middle East and India expansion plans

By: Nadine James     13th June 2018 Nissan on Wednesday unveiled a major expansion strategy in the Africa, the Middle East and India region as part of the company’s six-year midterm plan. The automotive manufacturer aims to build on its strengths and “solid profit margins” in markets including South Africa, India, the United Arab... 

Germany sees no quick solution to trade row with US, open to talks

By: Reuters     11th June 2018 Germany sees no immediate solution to the trade dispute between the United States and other major economies but remains open to talks "among friends", Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on Monday, seeking to head off a full-blown global trade war. US President Donald Trump backed out of a joint... 

One in every three cars exported from SA in 2017 a Merc

By: Irma Venter     7th June 2018 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) last year again produced a record number of vehicles. MBSA’s East London plant built 106 500 vehicles (passenger cars and commercial vehicles) in 2015, growing this to a new record of 118 700 vehicles in 2016. 

One in every three cars exported from SA in 2017 a Merc

Shelby SA opens orders for Shelby F-150, to overwhelming response

By: Irma Venter     5th June 2018 South Africans do love their bakkies – and the bigger the better, it seems. “We are delighted to confirm that the order book is open for a limited number of 565 kW Shelby F-150 bakkies to satisfy the ultimate needs of South African bakkie owners,” Shelby South Africa (SA) CEO Peter Lindenberg... 

Shelby SA opens orders for Shelby F-150, to overwhelming response
The Shelby F-150

New-vehicle market shows improvement in all segments in May

By: Irma Venter     1st June 2018 The South African new-vehicle market grew by 2.4% in May, to 42 984 units, compared with the same month last year. Sales numbers released on Friday showed that May new-passenger car sales gained 0.7%, to reach 26 561 units. 

Electric vehicle sales to reach 1.6m this year, battery prices tumbling

By: Irma Venter     1st June 2018 Electric vehicle (EV) sales are on pace to reach more than 1.6-million units this year, up from just a few hundred thousand in 2014. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s (BNEF’s) Electric Vehicle Outlook 2018, there are a number of reasons for this increase, including the fact that... 

Electric vehicle sales to reach 1.6m this year, battery prices tumbling

East African vehicle market dominated by cheap cash purchases

By: Irma Venter     31st May 2018 The most important consideration when buying a car (new or used) in Kenya is fuel efficiency – this according to the Deloitte Africa Automotive Insights report on East Africa, published this month. Fuel efficiency is followed by safety and value for money. 

East African vehicle market dominated by cheap cash purchases
Nairobi, Kenya

KLT SA in push to increase chassis frame production to meet Ford requirements

By: Irma Venter     31st May 2018 KLT Automotive and Tubular Products South Africa (KLT SA) has to increase production this year at its Hammanskraal plant, in Pretoria, from around 450 chassis frames a day, to 500 units a day, says KLT SA CEO Paul Leonard. KLT SA supplies the Ford plant in Silverton, also in Pretoria, where the... 

 KLT SA in push to increase chassis frame production to meet Ford requirements

African auto industries not viable without policy support

By: Irma Venter     30th May 2018 If African governments do not develop sustainable, long-term automotive industry policies – including policy measures that address the issue of the sale of used vehicles – they will fail to develop automotive sectors within their economies, says African Association of Automotive Manufacturers... 

 African auto industries not viable without policy support
Lagos, Nigeria

Electric vehicles could increase to 220m in 2030 – IEA

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th May 2018 The International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) ‘Global Electric Vehicles Outlook’ has found that the number of electric and plug-in hybrid cars on the world’s roads exceeded three-million in 2017, which is a 54% increase compared with 2016.  

Electric vehicles could increase to 220m in 2030 – IEA

Mahindra, AIH start local bakkie assembly in Durban

By: Irma Venter     25th May 2018 Mahindra & Mahindra South Africa (MMSA) has initiated contract assembly of its Mahindra and Bolero bakkies in KwaZulu-Natal. Production volume will be 2 500 a year in a single shift, but can be increased to 4 000 units a year. Production is from semi-knockdown kits, imported from India through... 

Mahindra, AIH start local bakkie assembly in Durban

US auto import probe borders on provocation – Germany's DIHK

By: Reuters     24th May 2018 The US decision to launch a national security investigation into car imports marks a further low point in business ties with Europe and could lead to costs of 6 billion euros, Germany's DIHK Chambers of Industries and Commerce said on Thursday. "To cite aspects of national security as... 

Volvo Group Southern Africa to invest millions in youth empowerment

By: African News Agency      21st May 2018 Volvo Group Southern Africa said it was planning to invest more than R20-million on apprenticeship training, automotive industry learnerships, disabled person learnerships, as well as internships in 2018. President of Volvo Group Southern Africa, Torbjörn Christensson, said that since 2015, the... 

Barloworld H1 profits, revenue rise on higher Southern African, Russian equipment sales

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st May 2018 Despite a weaker first quarter, the global economy remains on track to show solid growth for 2018 in both developed and emerging markets, while South Africa’s economic outlook is also improving, benefiting multinational Barloworld. The company on Monday reported a 14.2% year-on-year increase in... 

Barloworld H1 profits, revenue rise on higher Southern African, Russian equipment sales
Barloworld CE Dominic Sewela

Ford hopes ‘licence plate’ innovation will free up commercial drone use

By: Irma Venter     17th May 2018 Just as founder Henry Ford had a vision of “opening the highways to all mankind”, US car maker Ford says it wants to open the skies. Ford is the only automaker on the US Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) rule-making committee, and a proactive participant in the regulatory conversation... 

 Ford hopes ‘licence plate’ innovation will free up commercial drone use

R3bn Rosslyn Hub to create 160 000 jobs

By: Nadine James     16th May 2018 The R3-billion mixed-use Rosslyn Hub development was launched at the African Smart Cities Summit, co-located with the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo, at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, on Wednesday. The Rosslyn Hub is a crucial step towards the creation of the... 

Bloodhound project revises dates for first runs in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     16th May 2018 The UK team attempting to break the world landspeed record has announced a revised timeline for the project. It has been the expectation that the Bloodhound supersonic car would travel to South Africa, where the record attempt will take place, later this year. 

Bloodhound project revises dates for first runs in South Africa

SA to be ‘left behind’ if it does not move quickly on EVs, warns Whitfield

By: Irma Venter     15th May 2018 If South Africa does “not move quickly” on creating a market for electric vehicles, “we’ll be left behind”, warns Nissan Group of Africa MD Mike Whitfield. Also, should the South African automotive industry wish to achieve its long-stated objective of producing a million or more vehicles a year... 

 SA to be ‘left behind’ if it does not move quickly on EVs, warns Whitfield
The Nissan Leaf 2

Some inroads made after ten years of the Industrial Policy Action Plan - Davies

By: Kim Cloete     15th May 2018 Ramping up production in the automotive sector, resuscitating the ailing tooling industry and boosting the clothing, textiles, leather and footwear industries are among successes the government has listed in its review of ten years of the Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap). Despite a... 

Some inroads made after ten years of the Industrial Policy Action Plan - Davies

Government releases its tenth Industrial Policy Action Plan 

By: Kim Cloete     15th May 2018 The government has released its Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap) 2018, with a sharp focus on deepening industrial development, speeding up radical economic transformation and increasing the ability to produce higher value-added products. Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said it was... 

Government releases its tenth Industrial Policy Action Plan
Photo by Creamer Media
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

Ctrack launches fleet-tracking solution for small businesses

By: Irma Venter     11th May 2018 Ctrack, a member of the Nasdaq-listed Inseego group, has launched a low-cost fleet tracking and optimisation tool, called Drive, for small and medium companies. Ctrack says Drive is ideal for companies with fleets of 30 vehicles or less, such as florists, plumbers, pathology labs and towing... 

Ctrack launches fleet-tracking solution for small businesses

Brink produces 350 000th tow bar, mulls importing steel

By: Irma Venter     9th May 2018 Brink Towing Systems this month produced its 350 000th tow bar at its plant in KwaZulu-Natal. The Pietermaritzburg-based company is a manufacturer and importer of towing solutions. 

Brink produces 350 000th tow bar, mulls importing steel

BMW’s Rosslyn plant exports the first made-in-SA X3s

By: Irma Venter     8th May 2018 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) last week dispatched its first made-in-South Africa X3 vehicles for export, transporting more than 100 units on 27 wagons via train to the Durban port, with Europe the final destination. “[This is] the result of a R6.1-billion investment into the country and the... 

BMW’s Rosslyn plant exports the first made-in-SA X3s

Auto exports earned South Africa R165bn in 2017

By: Irma Venter     4th May 2018 Total earnings from South African automotive exports reached R164.9-billion in 2017, comprising 13.9% of South Africa’s total export earnings. This number is down from the record R171.1-billion achieved in 2016, at 15.6% of total export earnings. Total automotive revenue in the South African... 

Auto exports earned South Africa R165bn in 2017
Dr Norman Lamprecht

Ford’s new CEO tackles brand revitalisation in wake of Kuga recall

By: Irma Venter     4th May 2018 Ford Motor Company of South Africa (FMCSA) will lure South Africans back to the blue oval not with special deals or big promises, but by the steadfast improvement of every customer interface. When former CEO Jeff Nemeth departed FMCSA in 2017, he did so at the end of a seven-year tenure, and in... 

Ford’s new CEO tackles brand revitalisation in wake of Kuga recall

Ford South Africa’s new CEO tackles brand revitalisation 

2nd May 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Irma Venter about Ford South Africa CEO Dr Casper Kruger’s plans to lure consumers back to the Ford brand. 

Ford South Africa’s new CEO tackles brand revitalisation
Ford South Africa’s new CEO tackles brand revitalisation

April new-vehicle sales improve by 3.6%

By: Irma Venter     2nd May 2018 The South African new-vehicle market grew by 3.6% in April, to 36 346 units, compared with the same month last year. The number is not the final tally, however, as it is expected to increase by about 350 units once Fiat Chrysler Automobiles South Africa submits its delayed sales tally by the... 

April new-vehicle sales improve by 3.6%

Nissan’s Rosslyn investment decision draws nearer; NP200, NP300 life extended 

By: Irma Venter     25th April 2018 Nissan South Africa (Nissan SA) expects to announce the decision on the production of a new model at its Rosslyn plant in the next three months, says Nissan Group of Africa MD Mike Whitfield. Speaking at a media function at Gerotek, in Pretoria, on Wednesday, he said the announcement was “not a... 

Nissan’s Rosslyn investment decision draws nearer; NP200, NP300 life extended
Photo by Creamer Media
Nissan Group of Africa MD Mike Whitfield

SA component suppliers 'making real progress', says benchmarking study

By: Irma Venter     24th April 2018 Despite certain areas of weakness, South African component suppliers have advanced their competitiveness and productivity in recent years, shows the South African Automotive Supplier Industry Benchmarking Report 2018. “It is clear that South African suppliers are making real progress, and that... 

 SA component suppliers 'making real progress', says benchmarking study

Porsche’s Toby Venter to add Lamborghini to his stable

By: Irma Venter     23rd April 2018 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. 

Porsche’s Toby Venter to add Lamborghini to his stable
The Lamborghini Urus

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.  

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