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Jul 02, 2014
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has approved the revised guidelines for the Automotive Investment Scheme (AIS) and the People-carrier Automotive Investment Scheme (P-AIS). The amended AIS guidelines provide clarity on the nontaxability of the grant, as well...
Jul 01, 2014
A prolonged strike in the metal and engineering industry would increase the risk of the South African economy moving into a recession, the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa warned on Tuesday, as it released the latest vehicle sales...
Jun 27, 2014
Motorists in South Africa spend an average of 10 working days a year sitting in congested traffic or an average of 13 minutes of each hour of peak-time commuting, but smart, connected devices can help people to choose the most efficient routes daily to halve this...
Jun 27, 2014
To produce Datsun vehicles in South Africa requires sufficient volume, global competitiveness and predictability, says Datsun global head Vincent Cobee. South Africa, however, currently falls short in terms of predictability, especially in its labour situation, as...
Jun 27, 2014
Ever heard of Guadeloupe? It is a group of Caribbean islands roughly 10 400 km from South Africa. It has a population of 400 000 inhabitants and is an overseas region of France. Suriname is a country in South America. It is bordered by French Guiana to the east,...
Jun 27, 2014
The new seven-seater Ertiga is what Suzuki calls a life-utility vehicle (LUV), but it is perhaps better known as a multipurpose vehicle. The Ertiga comes to South Africa from India, with prices starting at R159 900.
Jun 27, 2014
Datsun is back. Remember the never-say-die Japanese brand of the seventies and eighties? The modern day market Nissan wants to conquer with the reincarnated badge won’t remember – they are the urban young and restless. The first-time car buyer. The riser, as Datsun...
Jun 24, 2014
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The refreshed Polo
South Africa is the world’s third-largest Polo market, at 24 994 units sold in the first five months of the year. To be fair, this includes sales of the South African-only Polo Vivo (the fourth generation Polo), as well as the fifth-generation Polo, now rejuvenated...
Jun 24, 2014
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Jun 20, 2014
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Jun 20, 2014
“All indications are that the market is tightening up and that interest rates are likely to rise soon,” says Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) marketing director Stanley Anderson. This has, and will continue to encourage a buying-down trend in the new vehicle...
Jun 20, 2014
PAUL RAMARA Counterfeiters are constantly becoming more skilled in copying genuine parts
The greatest risk for the automotive components industry is counterfeit critical parts, such as brake pads and shoes, fuel pumps and suspension components, which put the lives of drivers and passengers at risk, says legal firm Spoor & Fisher.
Jun 20, 2014
Rapid prototyping, popularly known as three-dimensional, or 3D, printing, is not as new as some would think. 3D printing was, for example, key in the parts localisation and validation process during the development of the sixth-generation Isuzu KB bakkie, launched in...
Jun 20, 2014
CONNECTED DRIVING The in-car control system is designed to keep eyes on the road and hands on the wheel as much as possible
A large tablet-like touch screen is set to replace buttons in Swedish vehicle manufacturer Volvo’s newly updated sports utility vehicle (SUV), the XC90.
Jun 19, 2014
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An increasing number of buyers, in both the new and used car markets, are opting for finance structures that lower their monthly repayments, said WesBank in a statement released on Thursday. These include the use of large balloon payments (also known as residuals),...
Jun 19, 2014
Jun 13, 2014
South Africaʼs vehicle manufacturing industry has a projected, cumulative, record capital expenditure (capex) budget of R7.92- billion for 2014, says the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa). The association states in its first...
Jun 13, 2014
To date, the year has not been kind to Honda Motor Southern Africa (HMSA), but hopefully the new Ballade, launched in May, will lure more buyers to the Japanese brandʼs showrooms, as will the new Jazz when it arrives next year.
Jun 13, 2014
May new vehicle sales plummeted by 9.2%, to 49 465 units, compared with the same month last year, reports the Department of Trade and Industry. The South African new passenger car market, at 32 984 units, declined 4 207 units, or 11.3%, compared with May last year.
Jun 12, 2014
The Suzuki Ertiga GLX
The new seven-seater Ertiga is what Suzuki calls a life-utility vehicle (LUV), but it is perhaps better known as a multipurpose vehicle. The Ertiga comes to South Africa from India, with prices starting at R159 900.
 
 
 
 
Jun 11, 2014
Dr David Molapo
A company with a 3 000-strong fleet of vehicles, based mainly in Gauteng, this year paid between R400 000 and R500 000 a month extra on its toll fee bill, owing to the start of e-tolling on the Gauteng freeway network at the end of last year, said Standard Bank fleet...
Jun 10, 2014
The 2014 Datsun Go
Datsun is back. Remember the never-say-die Japanese brand of the seventies and eighties? The modern day market Nissan wants to conquer with the reincarnated badge won’t remember – they are the urban young and restless. The first-time car buyer. The riser, as Datsun...
Jun 10, 2014
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To produce Datsun vehicles in South Africa required sufficient volume, global competitiveness and predictability, said Datsun global head Vincent Cobee on Tuesday. South Africa, however, currently fell short in terms of predictability, especially in its labour...
Jun 06, 2014
The first new C-Class has rolled off the production line at the Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) East London plant, in the Eastern Cape. Exports to around 80 markets are scheduled to start at the end of the second quarter.
Jun 06, 2014
South Africa’s automotive industry recorded a trade deficit of R24-billion for 2013, almost half the R42.3-billion deficit of 2012. Vehicle and component exports reached R102.7-billion last year, compared with imports to the value of R126.7-billion, says Automotive...
Jun 05, 2014
The Grand i10
“All indications are that the market is tightening up and that interest rates are likely to rise soon,” says Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) marketing director Stanley Anderson. This has, and will continue to encourage a buying-down trend in the new vehicle...
Jun 02, 2014
May new vehicle sales plummeted by 9.2%, to 49 465 units, compared with the same month last year, statistics released by the Department of Trade and Industry showed on Monday. The South African new passenger car market, at 32 984 units, declined 4 207 units, or...
Jun 02, 2014
The new C-Class
A development engineer’s job is never done. While the first new C-Class models have just started rolling off the assembly line at Mercedes-Benz South Africa’s (MBSA’s) East London plant, the German car maker is already peering into the future to see what a new...
May 30, 2014
Everybody – everybody – wants to partici- pate in manufacturing,” turnaround king Alan Mulally told journalists at last year’s Johannesburg International Motor Show. The company boss who trapezed a now buoyant Ford through the global recession, said the US carmaker...
May 30, 2014
It’s Toyota’s own Polo Vivo. Or, if interbrand comparisons offend, a second Tazz, which was developed from the fifth-generation Corolla. The new Toyota Corolla Quest is the previous,10th generation Corolla dressed down for the 2014 budget-conscious family market. Its...
 
 
 
 
May 30, 2014
Ford Motor Company is mulling vehicle assembly in Nigeria, says Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) president and CEO Jeff Nemeth. He says Nigeria is one of the first African countries outside South Africa to produce a local vehicle manufacturing plan.
May 30, 2014
“Everybody – everybody – wants to participate in manufacturing,” turnaround king Alan Mulally told journalists at last year’s Johannesburg International Motor Show. The company boss who trapezed a now buoyant Ford through the global recession, said the US car maker...
May 28, 2014
The new painting technique in action at the VWSA plant
Volkswagen Group South Africa’s (VWSA’s) paint shop has launched a project which reduces hazardous waste at the group’s Eastern Cape assembly plant, by improving painting efficiency levels. The project sees the replacement of the painting technique used at the plant...
May 28, 2014
The Honda Ballade
2014 has not been a kind year to Honda Motor Southern Africa (HMSA) so far, but hopefully the new Ballade, launched this week, will lure more buyers to the Japanese brand’s showrooms, as will the new Jazz when it arrives next year. With consumers struggling to make...
May 23, 2014
Ever heard of Guadeloupe? It is a group of Caribbean islands roughly 10 400 km from South Africa. It has a population of 400 000 inhabitants and is an overseas region of France. Suriname is a country in South America. It is bordered by French Guiana to the east,...
May 23, 2014
FIRST ONE The first Nissan Patrol rolled off the production line at an assembly plant in Lagos in April
Nissan has become the first major vehicle manufacturer to build a car in Nigeria, following the announcement of the Nigeria Automotive Policy. The policy in January raised import tariffs on fully built-up cars from 20% to 70% for those companies which do not...
May 23, 2014
Major changes have been announced at PSA Peugeot Citroën as it continues the fight to return to profitability and increase sales. It is especially the overseas markets that have taken a pummelling for the French manufacturer at the beginning of 2014, with the...
May 23, 2014
Technology is being developed to give Land Rover drivers a digital view of the terrain ahead by making the front of the car ‘virtually’ invisible. Cameras located in the vehicle’s grille capture data, which is used to feed a head-up display, effectively creating a...
May 23, 2014
April new vehicle sales dropped by 10.7%, to 46  013 units, compared with the same month last year, shows statistics released by the Department of Trade and Industry. The South African new passenger car market remained under pressure during April and, at 30 848...
May 20, 2014
South Africa’s vehicle manufacturing industry has a projected, cumulative, record capital expenditure (capex) budget of R7.92-billion for 2014, said the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) on Tuesday. The association stated in...
 
 
 
 
May 20, 2014
Dr Norman Lamprecht
South Africa’s automotive industry recorded a trade deficit of R24-billion for 2013, almost half the R42.3-billion deficit of 2012. Vehicle and component exports reached R102.7-billion last year, compared with imports to the value of R126.7-billion, says Automotive...
May 16, 2014
WesBank’s newest Vehicle sales Confidence Indicator (WVsCI) shows dealers do not expect sales in the new vehicle market to grow over the next three to six months. The indicator predicts the new and used vehicle sales markets for the next six months.
May 16, 2014
Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) will start assembling medium-duty trucks at a plant in Benoni in July, says CEO Alan Ross.   HASA has taken over the old Tyco facility on the East Rand.   The plant, a R110-million investment, will assemble five- and six-ton...
May 16, 2014
New car prices should, on average, increase between 8% and 11% this year, compared with 3% last year, predicts Combined Motor Holdings (CMH) group CEO Jebb McIntosh. He says that some some importers have already upped the price tags on their cars by 14% since January.
May 09, 2014
The Corolla Quest
It’s Toyota’s own Polo Vivo. Or, if interbrand comparisons offend, a second Tazz, which was developed from the fifth-generation Corolla. The new Toyota Corolla Quest is the previous, 10th generation Corolla dressed down for the 2014 budget-conscious family market....
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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