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Automotive industry confirms commitment to transformation in meeting with ANC

By: Terence Creamer     28th June 2017 South African automotive industry executives reaffirmed their commitment to industry transformation during meetings with African National Congress (ANC) leaders this week, at which they also presented an outline for a proposed R3.5-billion venture capital fund to support black enterprise... 

BMW unveils new X3 that will be built in SA and the US

By: Irma Venter     27th June 2017 German carmaker BMW on Monday lifted the veil on its 2018 X3 sports-utility vehicle (SUV) at its factory in Spartanburg, South Carolina, in the US. This new X3 is also the vehicle the Rosslyn plant is gearing up to produce for the local and export markets, after assembling several generations of... 

BMW unveils new X3 that will be built in SA and the US
The new BMW X3

Premium market in for another tough year; Audi’s first EV coming to SA 

By: Irma Venter     26th June 2017 The South African new premium car market will this year probably decline by another 7% to 15%, to between 55 000 and 60 000 units, down from the roughly 65 000 units recorded last year. This follows a 20% drop in the domestic new premium car market in 2016, says Audi South Africa (SA) head Trevor... 

Premium market in for another tough year; Audi’s first EV coming to SA
Trevor Hill

Audi SA third carmaker to halt detailed sales reporting

By: Irma Venter     23rd June 2017 New CEO at Audi South Africa (Audi SA), Trevor Hill, says the German premium brand will, by the end of July, stop providing detailed new-vehicle sales numbers to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). This announcement follows in the footsteps of Mercedes Benz South Africa (MBSA) and BMW... 

Audi SA third carmaker to halt detailed sales reporting

Ford recalls 15 600 cars in South Africa over fire risk

By: Reuters     23rd June 2017 Ford Motor Company is recalling nearly 16 000 Ikon and Figo models in South Africa due to a potential fire risk, it said on Friday. The models were built between 2004 and 2012 in India, Ford said in a statement. 

Haval outlines SA operating model after GWM takeover

By: Irma Venter     23rd June 2017 Haval Motors South Africa (Haval SA) has launched its first new vehicle in the local market since the company took over from Great Wall Motors South Africa (GWM SA). The H2 sports-utility vehicle (SUV) is set to compete with the Ford EcoSport and the Mazda CX3. 

Kaspersky Lab, AVL collaborating on secure-by-design auto components

By: Schalk Burger     23rd June 2017 Cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky Lab and German automotive software, systems and electronics subsidiary AVL Software and Functions are developing secure communications units (SCUs) to protect all automotive communications from cyberthreats. The partnership will help to develop... 

Kaspersky Lab, AVL collaborating on secure-by-design  auto components
ANDREY NIKISHIN The partnership will build a bridge between embedded automotive development and best cybersecurity practices and technologies

R125m conveyor for Ford plant

By: Irma Venter     23rd June 2017 The Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has invested more than R125-million to upgrade the 3 000-m vehicle conveyor system at its Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria. The conveyor system carries vehicles from the plant’s body shop to the paint shop. 

Tough economic conditions reflected in May vehicle sales

By: Irma Venter     23rd June 2017 A tough domestic economy continued to take its toll in May, with new-vehicle sales in the local market declining by 2.6%, to 41 783 units, compared with May last year. Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry earliert his month showed that new passenger car sales declined by... 

VWSA trust makes first investment to grow black supplier base

By: Irma Venter     22nd June 2017 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) on Thursday officially launched its broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) Initiatives Trust. The aim of the trust is to increase the number of black-owned suppliers in the automotive sector value chain.  

VWSA trust makes first investment to grow black supplier base
Thomas Schäfer

Cape Town plant to build Cobra kit car for local, export markets 

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2017 Automotive Investment Holdings (AIH) has partnered with Les Hayden to industrialise Hayden Cobra kit car production in South Africa. Hayden started Cobra replica sports car production in South Africa in the 1980s with the Shamrock Cobra. He produced around 500 kits for the local and export markets. 

 Cape Town plant to build Cobra kit car for local, export markets
The Hayden Cobra

Bloodhound supersonic car to start live testing in October

By: Irma Venter     20th June 2017 The Bloodhound supersonic car (SSC) will be driven for the first time at Cornwall Airport Newquay, in the UK, this October, twenty years after the current land-speed record of 1 228 km/h was set.   Wing Commander Andy Green, who steered the Thrust SSC to a new record on October 15, 1997, will... 

Bloodhound supersonic car to start live testing in October

Kia SA’s new CEO wants to fill perception gap, grow sales

By: Irma Venter     19th June 2017 The biggest challenge facing Kia Motors South Africa (KMSA) is the perception gap that exists in the local market, says CEO designate Gary Scott. The 42-year-old Scott, who joined KMSA in 2002, will take over from Ray Levin on July 1. Scott is currently KMSA’s sales director. 

Kia SA’s new CEO wants to fill perception gap, grow sales
Gary Scott

Composites cluster charts way forward for basalt in composites

By: Irma Venter     16th June 2017 Nelson Mandela Bay Composites Cluster MD Andy Radford says the cluster has mapped the value chain for the production and application of basalt in composites. He says the cluster is at an advanced stage of securing local and global beneficiators and buyers for the mineral for use in composite... 

Mercedes-Benz E-Class to support digital vehicle key solution

By: David Oliveira     16th June 2017 Global digital security company Gemalto announced last month that it is providing its Trusted Services Hub (TSH) to support German automotive company Daimler’s new smartphone-based ‘digital vehicle key’ for the Mercedes-Benz E-Class range. The car maker’s innovative solution gives drivers the... 

Naamsa believes sales growth still possible despite 2017 headwinds

By: Irma Venter     16th June 2017 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) believes it is still possible for the new-vehicle market to grow in 2017, despite “prevailing political and economic uncertainties”. The sales projections for 2017 and 2018, put forward by the association in its newest... 

Nissan expects to unveil new Rosslyn production plan later this year

By: Irma Venter     16th June 2017 Nissan South Africa (SA) hopes to make an announcement this year on the production of any new model/models at its Rosslyn plant, in Pretoria, says MD Mike Whitfield. He declines to note the model/s that could be produced at the plant. 

Product and process innovation key to future success of components firms

By: Irma Venter     16th June 2017 South Africa’s component industry will be well served by implementing innovative growth strategies in the short to medium term. This emerged as one of the recommendations of the South African Automotive Supplier Performance Report 2017, produced for the National Association of Automotive... 

Williams Hunt group to take over Opel distributorship in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     14th June 2017 The German Opel brand will be distributed in South Africa by the Williams Hunt group, as from January 1, 2018. US carmaker General Motors (GM) earlier this year sold the Opel brand to French rival, Peugeot. Peugeot Citroën South Africa will not, however, take responsibility for Opel in the local... 

Williams Hunt group to take over Opel distributorship in South Africa
Opel international sales operations director Bill Mott

Peugeot SA here to stay, assures new MD

By: Irma Venter     14th June 2017 Peugeot Citroën South Africa (PCSA) is here to stay, says new PCSA MD Francisco Gaie. “The company forms part of VT Holdings’ long-term strategy in South Africa.” 

Peugeot SA here to stay, assures new MD
Francisco Gaie

Electric vehicles to drive copper demand over next decade – study

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th June 2017 A growing market for electric vehicles (EVs) will significantly boost demand for copper over the next decade, from 185 000 t this year to 1.74-million tonnes in 2027, a study commissioned by the International Copper Association (ICA) has found. “That’s a ninefold increase. On top of this, each EV... 

Electric vehicles to drive copper demand over next decade – study

SA car buyers had widest choice-to-market-size ratio globally in 2016

By: Irma Venter     9th June 2017 South African car buyers had access to 55 passenger car brands in 2016, with 3 458 model derivatives to choose from, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) executive manager Dr Norman Lamprecht. “This afforded car buyers the widest choice to market-size... 

No taxi protests planned 'for now' over rising price of Quantum

By: News24Wire      8th June 2017 There will be no taxi protest "over the escalating price of the Toyota Quantum in Durban for now", the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) said on Thursday. Santaco had threatened to shut down the whole country if the highly used Toyota Quantum manufacturer did not respond to their demands within... 

BMW SA seeks greater govt commitment for EV expansion in SA 

By: Irma Venter     8th June 2017 Two years after its market launch in South Africa, the BMW i-brand has established itself as the best selling electric vehicle (EV) and plug-in-hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) in the country. Since the i-brand’s market introduction in March 2015, a total of 419 BMW i models have been delivered to... 

BMW SA seeks greater govt commitment for EV expansion in SA
The BMW i3 and i8

Ford invests R125m in conveyor system for Silverton plant

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th June 2017 While concerns were raised about the state of investment into the local vehicle manufacturing industry, after General Motors’ decision to exit the country in May, the Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has invested more than R125-million to upgrade its 3 000-m vehicle conveyor system... 

Ford invests R125m in conveyor system for Silverton plant

Component exports up 6.8% in 2016, engines show strong growth

By: Irma Venter     6th June 2017 Component exports from South Africa in 2016 were again dominated by catalytic converters. Data published in the Automotive Export Manual 2017 shows that catalytic converter exports made up 41.3% of all component exports from South Africa, by value, earning R21.9-billion, up from last year’s... 

Component exports up 6.8% in 2016, engines show strong growth

Cartrack expands subscriber base to more than 600 000

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 2017 JSE-listed fleet management, insurance telematics and stolen vehicle recovery service provider Cartrack, has grown its subscriber base by 19%, to more than 600 000 subscribers over five continents, in the financial year ended February 28, compared with the previous financial year, says CEO Zak... 

Courier service moves to electrify vehicle fleet

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 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... 

GM’s withdrawal from SA to be negative for component suppliers

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 2017 The decision by General Motors (GM) to pull out of South Africa will “have negative consequences on component suppliers to the company’s existing Chevrolet assembly lines”, says National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) executive director Renai Moothilal. “We... 

Isuzu sees opportunity as it buys GM’s Port Elizabeth plant

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 2017 US vehicle manufacturer General Motors (GM) has announced that it will disinvest from South Africa as part of a global restructuring process. GM South Africa (GMSA) sells the Opel, Isuzu and Chevrolet brands in South Africa. 

New-vehicle sales dip by 2.6% in May, exports down 12%

By: Irma Venter     1st June 2017 A tough domestic economy continued to take its toll in May, with new-vehicle sales in the local market declining by 2.6%, to 41 783 units, compared with May last year. Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry on Thursday showed that new passenger car sales declined by 2.5%... 

New-vehicle sales dip by 2.6% in May, exports down 12%

Haval Motors SA opens its doors, mulls local assembly

By: Irma Venter     1st June 2017 Haval Motors South Africa (Haval SA) this week launched its first new vehicle in the local market since the company took over from Great Wall Motors South Africa (GWM SA). The H2 sports-utility vehicle (SUV) is set to compete with the Ford Ecosport and the Mazda CX3. 

Haval Motors SA opens its doors, mulls local assembly
The Haval H2

Nissan remains committed to South Africa, says Whitfield

By: Irma Venter     30th May 2017 Nissan South Africa (SA) hopes to make an announcement this year on the production of a new model/models at its Rosslyn plant, in Pretoria, says MD Mike Whitfield. He declines to note the model/s that could be produced at the plant.  

Nissan remains committed to South Africa, says Whitfield
Nissan South Africa MD Mike Whitfield

Trevor Hill appointed new head of Audi SA

By: Irma Venter     30th May 2017 Trevor Hill has been appointed as the new head of Audi South Africa (SA). Hill will succeed Paul Sansom, who has been appointed as the MD of Audi Australia. 

Trevor Hill appointed new head of Audi SA
Trevor Hill

SA’s component sector should pursue growth strategies, says report

By: Irma Venter     29th May 2017 South Africa’s component industry will be well served by implementing innovative growth strategies in the short to medium term. This emerged as one of the recommendations of the South African Automotive Supplier Performance Report 2017, produced for the National Association of Automotive... 

SA’s component sector should pursue growth strategies, says report
Photo by Duane Daws
Renai Moothilal

PE composites cluster investigates basalt, kenaf potential 

By: Irma Venter     26th May 2017 Nelson Mandela Bay Composites Cluster MD Andy Radford says the cluster has mapped the value chain for the production and application of basalt in composites. He says the cluster is at an advanced stage of securing local and global beneficiators and buyers for the mineral for use in composite... 

PE composites cluster investigates basalt, kenaf potential
Dr Kjelt van Rijswijk (technical director) and Andy Radford (MD) of the Mandela Bay Composites Cluster

SA auto firms join Tripartite Free Trade Area talks

By: Irma Venter     26th May 2017 South African vehicle manufacturers in April joined the negotiations around the formation of an African Tripartite free trade area (TFTA).   The local industry was pursuing duty-free access for new vehicles made in South Africa to the markets included in the TFTA, said National Association of... 

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