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Naamsa suspends new-vehicle sales projections amid political flux

By: Irma Venter     21st April 2017 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) will, for the time being, suspend all new-vehicle sales projections, in light of recent political events. President Jacob Zuma at the end of March fired Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, as well as his deputy, Mcebisi... 

Revised framework for SA auto sector expected by year-end

By: Irma Venter     21st April 2017 The framework for the government support programme to replace the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) is “currently under consideration and should be announced by the end of 2017”, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa director Nico Vermeulen.... 

Volatile rand has big impact on MBSA’s truck business

By: Irma Venter     21st April 2017 Daimler Trucks and Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) saw a 12.6% drop in sales in 2016 compared with 2015. The company sold 4 631 new trucks and buses in South Africa in 2016, down from the 5 300 units and 5 897 units recorded in 2015 and 2014, respectively. 

CMH achieves good results, but worries about political turmoil

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th April 2017 Despite a difficult year in the motoring industry, JSE-listed Combined Motor Holdings (CMH) on Wednesday said it still achieved “commendable results”, delivering a 17.8% increase in basic earnings a share, a 14.8% increase in headline earnings a share and a 25.6% improvement in dividends a share... 

German logistics company to pilot electric vans in 2018

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2017 German logistics company Hermes and Mercedes-Benz Vans have agreed on a strategic partnership to electrify the courier service’s vehicle fleet. Under this agreement, Hermes will use battery-electric vehicles in its normal operations in a pilot phase in Stuttgart and Hamburg, in Germany, in early... 

German logistics company to pilot electric vans in 2018

VW plans to launch electric car in China next year

By: Reuters     18th April 2017 Volkswagen's China chief Jochem Heizmann said the carmaker plans to launch a pure battery electric vehicle in China this year amid continued uncertainty over how China's electric car quotas will be applied. VW's Heizmann said a lack of clarity about whether electric car quotas would be softened,... 

BMW Group SA to start X3 production in the first half of 2018

By: Irma Venter     18th April 2017 Production of the new X3 at the BMW plant in Rosslyn, outside Pretoria, for the local and export markets will start in the first half of 2018, says BMW Group South Africa (SA) and sub-Saharan Africa CEO Tim Abbott. The plant currently produces the 3 Series sedan, also for the local and export... 

BMW Group SA to start X3 production in the first half of 2018

Bank forecasts new-vehicle sales growth, despite weak dealer outlook

By: Irma Venter     14th April 2017 Vehicle and asset finance provider WesBank expects new-vehicle sales to grow by 1.74% in 2017. The company was almost spot-on in its March 2016 prediction that last year’s sales would decline by 12%, with the actual number recorded at the end of 2016 a drop of 11.4%. 

South African to lead local Ford unit for first time since full reinvestment

By: Irma Venter     14th April 2017 US car maker Ford has announced the appointment of Casper Kruger as Ford Motor Company Sub-Saharan Africa (FMCSA) region MD, as from April 1. Current president and CEO Jeff Nemeth will take up a new position at Ford as part of his planned return to the US on July 1, states the company. 

Survey reveals attitude of South Africans towards self-driving technology

By: Irma Venter     14th April 2017 South Africans are divided on who they trust the most to bring self-driving technology to market, with half of consumers preferring tech companies and the other half choosing traditional car manufacturers, reveals the Deloitte Global Automotive Consumer Study, released in South Africa in March.... 

BAIC introduces D20 range, second model to follow later this year 

By: Irma Venter     11th April 2017 Beijing Automotive Industry Group Company (BAIC) has unveiled the passenger car that it hopes will secure its first customers in the South African market. The D20 compact hatchback and sedan range “is a boutique small car for the South African market”, said BAIC International VP Li Xiaofan on... 

BAIC introduces D20 range, second model to follow later this year
Photo by Irma Venter
The D20 at the launch in Johannesburg

SA’s junk status will increase costs in auto production chain, warns analyst

By: Irma Venter     10th April 2017 The effects of Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings having downgraded South Africa to junk status will wash “through the entire value chain of automotive production”, warns Frost & Sullivan Mobility Africa programme manager Craig Parker. The impact of the downgrade, leading to a weaker rand, among... 

SA’s junk status will increase costs in auto production chain, warns analyst

BMW to spend R400m on new regional distribution centre, HQ expansion

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2017 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) will, over the next two years, invest R400-million in a new regional distribution centre (RDC) and the expansion of its Midrand headquarters. The R400-million investment is in addition to the R6-billion injection, announced in November 2015, to prepare the... 

Metair in multiyear deal to supply enhanced batteries to Germany’s Daimler

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2017 Manufacturer, distributor and retailer of energy storage solutions and automotive components, Metair, has secured a multiyear supply agreement, from 2018 onwards, for the supply of enhanced flooded start/stop batteries to German car maker Daimler, in Europe, says MD Theo Loock. Speaking in... 

MoU could pave way for Tata-VW cooperation

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2017 India’s Tata Motors has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (oU) with the Volkswagen Group and its Skoda division, aimed at possible joint product development. The agreement has been signed by Tata Motors CEO Günter Butschek, Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Müller and Skoda Auto... 

SA firm sees potential for elevated-track solution in everything mining to public transport

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2017 South African company Milotek will later this year start construction of a fractional rapid transit (FRT) system at a private coal mine in Mpumalanga. Milotek director and inventor Andries Louw believes this system will revolutionise the way goods are moved in the mining industry and also,... 

SA firm sees potential for elevated-track solution in everything mining to public transport

South African automotive industry at a crossroads

By: Shirley le Guern     6th April 2017 The local automotive industry is at a crossroads and the timing of the inaugural National Association of Automobile Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) show, in Durban, came at a critical point for those rising to the challenge of massive policy changes and industry challenges. Speaking... 

South African automotive industry at a crossroads
DAC chairperson Andrew Velleman

Automotive industry key to future of South Africa’s manufacturing industry – Davies 

By: Shirley le Guern     6th April 2017 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has stressed that South Africa does not have the luxury to stop supporting its automotive sector, as has been the case in Australia, where the industry has come to an end.   “The auto industry is key to the future of manufacturing in this country and... 

Regionalisation strategy needed for South African automotive manufacturers to grow

By: Shirley le Guern     6th April 2017 South African automotive manufacturers need to drive a strong regionalisation strategy in Africa, according to National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers of South Africa (Naacam) president Dave Coffey. Welcoming guests to the first Naacam show, which has been billed as... 

Higher local content in SA-made vehicles could create 49 000 jobs, says Barnes 

By: Irma Venter     6th April 2017 Achieving 60% local content on vehicles assembled in South Africa will make a significant impact on the South African economy, including the creation of 49 000 new jobs and an additional R68-billion in gross domestic product, says Automotive Masterplan lead and B&M Analysts chairperson Dr Justin... 

Higher local content in SA-made vehicles could create 49 000 jobs, says Barnes
Naacam president Dave Coffey, Volkswagen Group South Africa MD Thomas Schäfer, Ethekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies and Naacam executive director Renai Moothilal at the Naacam Show

Bloodhound land speed record attempt pushed back to 2018

By: Irma Venter     4th April 2017 The Bloodhound team’s attempt to set a new world land-speed record has been postponed to 2018. Initially planned for 2015, the UK-driven record attempt has faced a number of deferments, owing largely to budgetary constraints. 

Bloodhound land speed record attempt pushed back to 2018

Cabinet reshuffle could have ‘far-reaching consequences’, warns auto body

By: Irma Venter     3rd April 2017 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) will, for the time being, suspend all new-vehicle sales projections, in light of recent political events. President Jacob Zuma last week fired Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, as well as his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas, as... 

Cabinet reshuffle could have ‘far-reaching consequences’, warns auto body

Mercedes-Benz SA reports record AMG sales year

By: Irma Venter     3rd April 2017 In 2017, Mercedes-AMG celebrates its fiftieth anniversary. The company from Affalterbach, founded by Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher, today acts as the sports car and performance brand for German carmaker Daimler. The AMG badge has grown rapidly in popularity since 1967, nudged on by... 

Mercedes-Benz SA reports record AMG sales year
The Mercedes-AMG GLC Coupe

SA new-vehicle exports into Africa plummet 73% since 2013

By: Irma Venter     3rd April 2017 New-vehicle exports from South Africa into the rest of Africa continued its steep decline in 2016, notes the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) in its newest quarterly business review. Export sales of new vehicles have declined from 78 787 units in 2013, to... 

SA new-vehicle exports into Africa plummet 73% since 2013

Export strategies likely to be feature of updated auto support programme

By: Irma Venter     31st March 2017 Given the poor outlook for growth in sub-Saharan Africa since the sharp decline in oil and commodity prices, “it would be reasonable to conclude” that any government support programme for the South African automotive industry requires a “sustainable export strategy”, says Mercedes-Benz South... 

Jaguar introduces cashless payment app

By: Irma Venter     31st March 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... 

Opel Astra crowned 2017 Car of the Year

By: Irma Venter     31st March 2017 The Opel Astra has been crowned South Africa’s 2017 Car of the Year, as voted for by the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists. The nine finalists for the 2017 WesBank South African Car of the Year competition were the Audi A4; Honda Civic; Hyundai Tucson; Jaguar F-Pace; Opel Astra; Renault... 

South Africa lagging badly in fuel quality stakes, Naamsa warns

By: Irma Venter     31st March 2017 South Africa is fifteen years behind the rest of the world in terms of legislation regulating the quality of fuel available at the pump, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers (Naamsa) director Nico Vermeulen. He says new clean fuel legislation should have been in place in 2017,... 

VWSA poised to ramp up production of new Polo at Uitenhage

By: Irma Venter     31st March 2017 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) will ramp up production of the new Polo at the Uitenhage plant by the third quarter of the year, says MD and chairperson Thomas Schäfer. Production of the first confirmation models have already started. 

Ford SA expands safety recall to include Fiesta ST

By: News24Wire      30th March 2017 Ford South Africa on Wednesday announced that it had expanded the safety recall of the 1.6-litre GTDi Ecoboost engine to include the Ford Fiesta ST. This after Ford recalled 4 556 Kuga 1.6l Ecoboost models, produced between December 2012 and February 2014, in January following several reports of... 

Motus seeks synergies, cost savings, says CEO Arbee

By: Irma Venter     29th March 2017 The automotive business of the JSE-listed Imperial group has a new leader. Former Imperial CFO, Osman Arbee, was named as the CEO of Imperial’s newest business venture, the Motus Corporation, in January. Arbee has been with Imperial for close to 13 years. 

Motus seeks synergies, cost savings, says CEO Arbee
Osman Arbee

Nemeth to depart Ford SA, Toyota’s Kruger appointed new MD

By: Irma Venter     29th March 2017 US car maker Ford has announced the appointment of Casper Kruger as Ford Motor Company Sub-Saharan Africa (FMCSA) region MD, as from April 1. Current president and CEO Jeff Nemeth will take up a new position at Ford as part of his planned return to the US on July 1, states the company. 

Nemeth to depart Ford SA, Toyota’s Kruger appointed new MD
Casper Kruger

Cape Town to take delivery of 11 electric buses by year-end

By: Irma Venter     24th March 2017 Cape Town’s fleet of eleven electric buses are scheduled for arrival by the end of 2017, “operating by the beginning of 2018, or sooner”, says Cape Town Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) commissioner Melissa Whitehead. The buses will be supplied by Chinese green energy firm BYD, in... 

Renault launches new method to market, sell cars

By: Irma Venter     24th March 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... 

Attacq welcomes BMW’s R400m investment in Waterfall distribution facility

By: Anine Kilian     22nd March 2017 JSE-listed Attacq has welcomed BMW Group South Africa’s (BMW SA's) decision to invest in the construction of a 32 000 m2 regional distribution facility at the Waterfall Distribution Campus, in Midrand, Gauteng. The value of this investment and the revamp of its headquarters, also in Midrand,... 

BMW SA invests in new warehouse, X3 production to start in 2018

By: Irma Venter     22nd March 2017 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) will, over the next two years, invest R400-million in a new regional distribution centre (RDC) and the expansion of its Midrand headquarters. The R400-million investment is in addition to the R6-billion injection, announced in November 2015, to prepare the... 

BMW SA invests in new warehouse, X3 production to start in 2018
Photo by Boogertman + Partners
Design impressions of the future BMW Group SA Midrand campus

Argosy truck out, electric vehicles in, says Merc SA

By: Irma Venter     22nd March 2017 Daimler Trucks and Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) saw a 12.6% drop in sales in 2016 compared with 2015. The company sold 4 631 new trucks and buses in South Africa in 2016, down from the 5 300 units and 5 897 units recorded in 2015 and 2014, respectively. 

Argosy truck out, electric vehicles in, says Merc SA
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