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The world still doesn’t have enough places to plug in cars

By: Bloomberg     15th February 2019 Even in the biggest electric vehicle markets, a driver venturing too far from home can have a hard time finding a place to recharge. Try your luck on California’s Pacific Coast Highway. The roughly 600-mile route between San Diego and San Francisco has dramatic sea cliffs, off-the-grid retreats,... 

VW, Ford are said to discuss $4bn valuation for Argo AI

By: Bloomberg     15th February 2019 Ford Motor and Volkswagen are progressing toward a potential agreement to join forces on self-driving cars and have overcome earlier obstacles, according to people familiar with the talks. Breakthroughs in the deliberations Thursday include a possible framework for Volkswagen to work with and... 

Continental optimises tyre test with driverless test vehicle

15th February 2019 Automotive tyre manufacturing company Continental commissioned the first driverless tyre test vehicle for an assortment of road surface types at its test site in Uvalde, Texas, in the US. The aim of the endeavour was to make test results for the company’s passenger and light trucks more... 

Continental optimises tyre test with  driverless test vehicle
DRIVERLESS NAVIGATION The driverless vehicle pilots the testing route with a GPS-supported satellite navigation system

Isuzu consolidates truck and bakkie manufacturing plants

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th February 2019 Isuzu Motors South Africa has consolidated its truck and bakkie manufacturing plant – relocating its truck production facilities from Kempston Road, in Port Elizabeth, to its new headquarters in Struandale, Port Elizabeth, where all truck and bakkie manufacturing will now take place. The... 

Fiat Chrysler South Africa aims for recovery to 4 000 units in 2019

By: Irma Venter     12th February 2019 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles South Africa (FCA SA) aims to sell more than 4 000 Fiats, Jeeps and Alfas in South Africa in 2019. This will be a significant improvement on the roughly 2 600 units moving off showroom floors in 2018. 

Fiat Chrysler South Africa aims for recovery to 4 000 units in 2019
The 2019 Jeep Wrangler

Ford’s Silverton plant starts production of refreshed Ranger 

By: Irma Venter     11th February 2019 Ford’s Silverton vehicle assembly plant in Pretoria has started production of the refreshed 2019 Ford Ranger. “Following the investment of over R3-billion in our local operations and extensive upgrades to our plants over the past 18 months, we are delighted to see the first of the new Ford Ranger... 

Ford’s Silverton plant starts production of refreshed Ranger
The refreshed Ford Ranger

Lance Schultz appointed as Gauteng AIDC CEO

By: Irma Venter     8th February 2019 The Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) in Gauteng has appointed Lance Schultz as its new CEO. He joins the AIDC after a near four-year tenure as CEO of the Centurion Aerospace Village. 

Lance Schultz appointed as Gauteng AIDC CEO
Lance Schultz

New tech balances ever-increasing demands

8th February 2019 As Industry 4.0 continues to cut a swathe through the automotive industry globally, Port Elizabeth-based global technology company Jendamark Automation is providing new technologies that allow local and international manufacturers to keep pace with the ever-increasing demands. Jendamark... 

New tech balances  ever-increasing demands
NEW TECH Odin software improve efficiency when operated

Naamsa projects 1% increase in new-vehicle sales

By: Thabi Madiba     8th February 2019 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) projects a marginal increase in new-vehicle sales of 1.0% for 2019, premised on the assumption that South Africa will not be downgraded and a modest increase in gross domestic product (GDP) to about 1.5%, says Naamsa... 

Naamsa projects 1% increase in new-vehicle sales
Photo by Creamer Media
READY FOR A PRICE TAG The new passenger car market and light commercial vehicle market reflected year-on-year volume declines of 0.2% and 7.0%

Fuel price increases led to decline in new-car sales, says Strobel

By: Thabi Madiba     8th February 2019 Bearings and power transmission products distributor Bearings International (BI) customer offer marketing manager Victor Strobel says fuel price increases have affected new-car sales, which slid from 47 478 units sold in November 2018 to 39 984 units in December 2018. Subsequently, many people... 

Fuel price increases led  to decline in new-car  sales, says Strobel
SALES DOWN New-vehicle sales have dropped owing to increased fuel prices

New paint process leads to greater flux stability

By: Thabi Madiba     8th February 2019 Converting to potted Koch KPAK ultrafiltration (UF) membrane in the automotive electrodeposition paint process from the drop-in style process can lead to greater flux stability over time and lower system downtime, says filtration and water purification solutions company Sagisa sales engineer... 

New paint process leads  to greater flux stability
LITTLE BIT OF COLOUR The UF membrane has been supplied to automotive manufacturers for vehicle paint jobs

OneLogix to broaden logistics footprint in R280m Umlaas project

By: Irma Venter     7th February 2019 Niche logistics provider OneLogix aims to more than double the size of its automotive logistics site at Umlaas, in KwaZulu-Natal, in a project that is named ‘Umlaas 3’. OneLogix CEO Ian Lourens said on Thursday in Johannesburg that the R280-million development, next to the N3 highway, will add... 

OneLogix to broaden logistics footprint in R280m Umlaas project
The Umlaas hub

Ford digs up litany of unexplored claims ahead of inquest into burnt Kuga

By: News24Wire      6th February 2019 Unexplained casino chips, a "bullet cartridge" and a suspicious maroon car are among a litany of unexplored claims which the Ford Motor Company dug up ahead of a High Court inquest into the death of Reshall Jimmy. Jimmy's burnt body was found in his Ford Kuga four years ago while he was on... 

Ford engages the mining sector on the road to more EVs

By: Kim Cloete     5th February 2019 Ford is quickening its pace towards the mass production of electric vehicles (EVs) and researching how the mining industry can help it to achieve its goals. “There are tremendous investments taking place at every level to achieve this radical revolution in the automotive industry,” Ford energy... 

New investor for Cape Town Cobra maker; electric car on the table

By: Irma Venter     4th February 2019 Les Hayden’s Cobra replica assembly line in Cape Town is up and running again, following a change in ownership.   Automotive Investment Holdings (AIH) in 2017 initiated a project to modernise the Hayden Cobra, but sold its interest in the venture after a decision to return to its core business of... 

New investor for Cape Town Cobra maker; electric car on the table
The Hayden Cobra

2019 kicks off with 7.4% decline in new-vehicle sales 

By: Irma Venter     1st February 2019 New-vehicle sales in the domestic market declined by 7.4% in the first month of the year, to 42 374 units, compared with January last year. Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry on Friday showed that January new-passenger car sales dropped by 10.8%, to 29 040 units. 

2019 kicks off with 7.4% decline in new-vehicle sales

New-look APDP could change face of the local auto industry, says Naacam

By: Irma Venter     1st February 2019 Cabinet in November approved a new automotive support programme for the domestic automotive industry. The revised Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) will replace the current APDP in 2021, and will run to 2035. National Association of Automotive Component and Allied... 

New-look APDP could change face of the local auto industry, says Naacam

Ghosn blames arrest on 'plot and treason' by Nissan executives

By: Bloomberg     30th January 2019 Fallen auto titan Carlos Ghosn said his arrest for alleged financial crimes was the result of a “plot” against him by Nissan Motor Co. executives trying to prevent the Japanese carmaker’s deeper integration with Renault SA. There was a plan to combine Nissan with Renault and third partner... 

Automotive sector to prioritise local, specialised component manufacturing 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th January 2019 Vehicle manufacturer Toyota South Africa (Toyota SA) on Tuesday pointed to localisation and specialised component manufacturing as the top priorities in the five-year Automotive Sector Business Plan. Toyota SA president and CEO Andrew Kirby presented the plan on behalf of the automotive sector at... 

Automotive sector to prioritise local, specialised component manufacturing
Toyota SA president and CEO Andrew Kirby addresses the Business Economic Indaba. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Volkswagen signs agreement with Ethiopia to develop auto industry

By: Irma Venter     29th January 2019 Volkswagen has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the government of Ethiopia to deliver a joint vision for the development of an automotive industry in the East African country. The MoU was signed by Volkswagen sub-Saharan Africa region head Thomas Schaefer and Ethiopian Investment... 

Volkswagen signs agreement with Ethiopia to develop auto industry
Thomas Schaefer signs the memorandum of understanding with Abebe Abebayehu. With them are German federal republic president Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Ethiopian minister for finance and economic cooperation Ahmed Shide

WesBank expects 1.5% dip in new-car sales, heavy truck market to drop by 4.4%  

By: Irma Venter     28th January 2019 A slump in the global economy, as well as a local economy offering “little in the way of economic stimulation”,  should result in a 1% decline in new-vehicle sales in South Africa in 2019, says vehicle finance group WesBank. “It is quite comforting to know that we were very close with our 2018... 

 WesBank expects 1.5% dip in new-car sales, heavy truck market to drop by 4.4%

Nissan is said to face SEC probe in US over executive pay

By: Bloomberg     28th January 2019 The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether Nissan Motor Company accurately disclosed its executive pay in the US, according to several people familiar with the matter, compounding the carmaker’s woes as it grapples with the aftermath of former chairman Carlos Ghosn’s arrest.... 

VW to manufacture mobile electric car recharging stations

By: Reuters     25th January 2019 Volkswagen will manufacture electric car batteries and charging stations in its home region in Germany, as it prepares to mass produce electric vehicles and overhaul its components division, which makes engines and steering parts. Volkswagen (VW) said on Friday it would invest €870-million by... 

Renault-Nissan alliance gets a reboot as combatants step back

By: Bloomberg     25th January 2019 The strained two-decade marriage of Renault and Nissan Motor is about to get a fresh start. Within hours, the two main antagonists in the crisis that’s paralyzed the world’s biggest automotive alliance have said they’re leaving the stage. Carlos Ghosn, 64, resigned as chairman and chief executive... 

Ghosn could walk away with millions from Renault after quitting

By: Bloomberg     24th January 2019 Carlos Ghosn, who has quit as chairman and chief executive officer of Renault SA, may walk away from the carmaker with millions – even as he sits in a Tokyo prison charged with financial crimes. Renault’s board and Ghosn signed a two-year non-compete agreement in 2015 that would kick in whenever... 

Electric car growth rate to cool in 2019, says report

By: Irma Venter     23rd January 2019 Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) expects the electric passenger car sales growth rate to cool in 2019. In its ‘Transition in Energy, Transport – 10 Predictions for 2019’ report, BNEF says there are now almost five-million passenger electric vehicles (EVs) on the road globally. 

Electric car growth rate to cool in 2019, says report

Ghosn denied bail yet again with trial still months away

By: Bloomberg     22nd January 2019 Carlos Ghosn’s bail application was rejected again, even after the fallen car titan offered to wear an electronic tracker and be monitored by guards to end his custody that has now lasted more than two months. The latest rejection by a Tokyo court is a win for the prosecutors, who can now keep... 

Mahindra breaks through 5 000-unit barrier in 2018

By: Irma Venter     21st January 2019 Mahindra South Africa has recorded its best year ever in 2018, when the company sold 5 486 new vehicles in the domestic market. “Breaking through the 5 000 barrier in 2018 culminated in a very busy year for Mahindra,” says Mahindra South Africa CEO Rajesh Gupta. 

Mahindra breaks through 5 000-unit barrier in 2018
The KUV100

South African-built Hilux wins Dakar 2019

By: Irma Venter     18th January 2019 A South African-built bakkie has clinched the 2019 Dakar rally. Driven by Qatari driver Nasser Al Attiyah and French co-driver Mathieu Baumel, the Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa’s (SA’s) Hilux powered to the checkered flag on Thursday, nearly 47 minutes clear of second-place Nani Roma and Alex... 

South African-built Hilux wins Dakar 2019
Mathieu Baumel, Glyn Hall and Nasser Al Attiyah

Ghosn ouster from Renault nears as France abandons car titan

By: Bloomberg     17th January 2019 France is turning on Carlos Ghosn almost two months after his arrest in Tokyo, eliminating one of the executive’s last potential allies within the global auto alliance he has held together for almost two decades. The French government has called for Ghosn’s dismissal as chairman and chief... 

Renault board is said ready to oust Ghosn as chairperson, CEO

By: Bloomberg     16th January 2019 Renault SA is preparing to replace jailed chairperson and CEO Carlos Ghosn after his failed bid for bail in Japan signaled he may remain in detention for months, people familiar with the matter said. Some Renault board members have concluded that a decision is needed fast, after reports that... 

Ford, IBM among quartet in Congo cobalt blockchain project

By: Reuters     16th January 2019 Carmaker Ford, technology giant IBM, South Korean cathode maker LG Chem and China's Huayou Cobalt have joined forces in the first blockchain project to monitor cobalt supplies from Democratic Republic of Congo. The pilot, overseen by responsible-sourcing group RCS Global, aims to help... 

Ctrack launches small tracking devices for use on containers, packages, bikes

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2019 Vehicle tracking and telematics provider, Ctrack, has launched its BX500 and BX600 range of wireless, ultra-compact GPS tracking devices. The company says these devices are ideal for use in cars, trucks and motorbikes, such as delivery bikes, quads, golf carts, delivery vans and generators. 

Ctrack launches small tracking devices for use on containers, packages, bikes

Ghosn faces months in jail as another bid for bail is rejected

By: Bloomberg     15th January 2019 Carlos Ghosn’s latest bid to be released on bail was rejected by a Tokyo court, leaving the fallen car titan behind bars for at least another two months as prosecutors continue to build their case against him for financial crimes. Ghosn’s lawyers had submitted the bail application last week after... 

Electric cars seen getting cleaner even where grids rely on coal

By: Bloomberg     15th January 2019 Electric cars are better for the environment than traditional gasoline models, and that benefit will grow as power generators shift away from coal. That’s the conclusion of research by BloombergNEF, which found carbon dioxide emissions from battery-powered vehicles were about 40% lower than for... 

Global auto leaders urge Trump administration to end trade turmoil

By: Reuters     15th January 2019 Auto executives gathered in Detroit on Monday called on the Trump administration and Congress to resolve trade disputes, and end the government shutdown, saying political uncertainty is costing the industry. US trade officials are negotiating a new deal with China in hopes of avoiding new... 

Congo poll leaves uncertainty for miners at heart of EV revolution

By: Reuters     14th January 2019 The surprise outcome of Congo's election - a vote meant to bring closure to years of turmoil under President Joseph Kabila – has done little to ease uncertainty for miners and investors in a country crucial to the electric vehicle revolution. Democratic Republic of Congo is the world's leading... 

Congo poll leaves uncertainty for miners at heart of EV revolution
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