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Passenger Cars, Bakkies & Vans News

Newly appointed Bentley dealer aiming to sell around 60 units a year

By: Irma Venter     15th April 2016 LSM Distributors will be satisfied with sales of around 60 Bentleys a year, says Bentley South Africa spokesperson Christo Kruger. “However, much of this ambition will be informed by Bentley’s product range and presentation of this range.” 

R2bn expansion, upgrade of KZN tyre plant enters second phase

By: Irma Venter     15th April 2016 Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA) has started the second phase of its R2-billion investment programme to upgrade and expand its tyre manufacturing plant in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal.   SRSA manufactures passenger and commercial tyres, in particular under the Dunlop brand. Plans for expansion of... 

Auto exports surge to R152bn in 2015, Germany top export destination

By: Irma Venter     14th April 2016 Automotive exports from South Africa increased by R35.8 billion – or 30.9% – to R151.5-billion, in 2015, up from the R115.7-billion recorded in 2014. The 2015 numbers mean that auto exports accounted for 14.6% of South Africa’s total export earnings, says National Association of Automobile... 

Auto exports surge to R152bn in 2015, Germany top export destination
Norman Lamprecht

Limusa to take Toyota and Numsa to the CCMA

By: African News Agency      13th April 2016 Newly-formed trade union, the Liberated Metalworkers Union of South Africa (Limusa), on Tuesday said it was taking Toyota South Africa (Toyota SA) and the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) to the CCMA following a dispute about worker representation at the Durban plant. Limusa’s secretary,... 

Limusa to take Toyota and Numsa to the CCMA

Hyundai aims for stable year, sees new-car prices jumping 15% to 20%

By: Irma Venter     13th April 2016 Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) hopes to see 2016 sales reach around the same level as 2015, defying a South African new-vehicle market most analysts agree will drop around 10% this year. HASA marketing director Stanley Anderson says there is “no doubt” the South African new-vehicle market... 

Hyundai aims for stable year, sees new-car prices jumping 15% to 20%
The new Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai SA lobbies for local assembly of the Santa Cruz pick-up

By: Irma Venter     12th April 2016 Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) hopes to assemble Hyundai’s new Santa Cruz pick-up in South Africa from 2020. HASA marketing director Stanley Anderson says the local distributor is “working very hard” to convince the Korean manufacturer to assemble the bakkie range here in South Africa... 

 Hyundai SA lobbies for local assembly of the Santa Cruz pick-up
The Hyundai Santa Cruz

Interactive, less expensive Festival of Motoring seeks broader audience

By: Irma Venter     12th April 2016 The South African Festival of Motoring (FoM), set to replace the Johannesburg International Motor Show (JIMS), would offer local motor companies a less expensive, shorter, less static event that should appeal to a broader range of South Africans, said Konstantin von Vieregge, the recently... 

 Interactive, less expensive Festival of Motoring seeks broader audience
The revamped Kyalami race track

Artisans ‘at the core of driving an economy’, Jonas avers

By: Irma Venter     8th April 2016 If a country’s artisan skills base was weak, chances were its economy would be weak, said Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas at the opening of Mercedes-Benz South Africa’s (MBSA’s) new artisan Learning Centre in East London in March. Part of the transformation South Africa needed to see was... 

Changes at the top of Toyota South Africa

By: Irma Venter     8th April 2016 Less than three months after his appointment as executive VP and COO of Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM), Andrew Kirby has been appointed TSAM president and CEO. He will take up his new position on April 1. 

Connectivity and digitalisation now top-of-mind trends for auto executives

By: Irma Venter     8th April 2016 Last year, 12% of respondents in KPMG’s Global Automotive Executive Survey (GAES) believed that the global automotive industry was somewhat to extremely likely to see a major model disruption in the next five years. This year the figure increased to 82%. The global automotive industry is faced... 

VWSA to host inaugural black-owned suppliers day in May

By: Irma Venter     8th April 2016 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has invited black-owned suppliers to participate in its first ever black-owned suppliers’ day. The event will take place at the VWSA PeoplePavilion in Uitenhage, in the Eastern Cape, on Thursday, May 5. 

Datsun SA launches finance package aimed at Generation Y

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2016 Datsun South Africa (SA) on Thursday introduced fixed-cost motoring to its customers as it launched the All-in-1-Go finance package. For the Datsun Go driver, the offering spelled a single fixed monthly payment that would cover all the major costs associated with vehicle ownership, including... 

Datsun SA launches finance package aimed at Generation Y

‘Really important’ to avoid strikes this year, says Ford SA boss

By: Irma Venter     6th April 2016 The South African automotive industry has “worked hard this labour season”, holding a number of “premeetings and indabas”, in an effort to be ready for the triennial negotiations to thrash out a new multiyear wage agreement, says Ford Motor Company sub-Saharan Africa president and CEO Jeff... 

‘Really important’ to avoid strikes this year, says Ford SA boss
Photo by Duane Daws
Jeff Nemeth

Work on APDP replacement programme to start this year - Davies

By: Irma Venter     6th April 2016 Some of the investment announcements made in the South African automotive industry in recent months reach beyond 2020, which is why work on a successor programme to the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) will start this year, confirms Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies.... 

Work on APDP replacement programme to start this year - Davies

VWSA to commission R120m try-out press

By: Irma Venter     6th April 2016 Following a 13 140 km journey from Spain by ship, Volkswagen Group South Africa’s (VWSA’s) new try-out press has arrived at the manufacturer’s Uitenhage plant. VWSA has invested R120-million in a new 21 000 kN try-out press to improve manufacturing capabilities at its Eastern Cape facility. 

 VWSA to commission R120m try-out press
The 220t crown of the try-out press

Ford invests R2.5bn to build new Everest at Silverton, exports to start in 2017

By: Irma Venter     5th April 2016 US car maker Ford announced on Tuesday that it would invest R2.5-billion to build the new Everest sports-utility vehicle (SUV) at its Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria. The plant already produced the Ranger pickup for the local market, as well as 148 markets in Africa, the Middle East and... 

Ford invests R2.5bn to build new Everest at Silverton, exports to start in 2017
Ford Everest

Goodbye car keys, hello phone – Volvo  

By: Irma Venter     4th April 2016 For decades, drivers have been accustomed to accessing and driving cars with physical keys. However, in a break from tradition, and in keeping with a rapidly digitising world, Volvo Cars aims to become the world’s first car manufacturer to offer vehicles without keys, as from 2017. Instead, Volvo... 

 Goodbye car keys, hello phone – Volvo
How it works: Volvo's digital key

New Chevron refinery GM prioritises fuel security, skills development

By: Samantha Herbst     4th April 2016 Oil company Chevron South Africa has appointed Victor Bester as GM of its Cape Town Refinery, in Milnerton. Commenting on his appointment, Bester said that fuel security and skills development remained top priorities for the country and that Chevron South Africa’s commitment to safely... 

New Chevron refinery GM prioritises fuel security, skills development

Tesla secures 180 000 orders for new EV in 24 hrs, drives auto sector demand for lithium 

By: Henry Lazenby     1st April 2016 Twenty-four hours after launching, US electric vehicle (EV) maker Tesla Motors has secured more than 180 000 orders for its new Model 3 vehicle, making it the biggest driver of potential lithium demand from the auto sector to date. By Friday afternoon, that figure had risen to above 198 000... 

Tesla secures 180 000 orders for new EV in 24 hrs, drives auto sector demand for lithium
Photo by Reuters
Tesla Model 3

March new-vehicle sales drop 14%, exports down 18.5%

By: Irma Venter     1st April 2016 March domestic new-vehicle sales, at 47 631 units, fell by 14% compared with the same month last year. The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) said on Friday that the proliferation of public holidays during the period, including Easter – last year during... 

March new-vehicle sales drop 14%, exports down 18.5%

AMH’s De Canha to step down in 2018 as Imperial moves to take full ownership

By: Irma Venter     1st April 2016 Associated Motor Holdings (AMH) CEO Manny de Canha is set to retire in January 2018. AMH imports brands such as Hyundai and Kia into South Africa. 

MBSA moves to begin producing plug-in hybrids at East London plant

By: Irma Venter     1st April 2016 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) is ramping up to start production of the C350e plug-in hybrid at the company’s Eastern Cape plant, says MBSA CEO and executive director manufacturing Arno van der Merwe. Van der Merwe says the C-Class hybrid ⎯ most likely the first hybrid to be produced in a... 

Once range of EVs hits 300 km, prices should fall – BMW 

By: Irma Venter     1st April 2016 Electric vehicles (EVs) could see a reduction in costs once range reaches around 300 km, says BMW management board member for development Klaus Frölich. EVs are significantly more expensive than cars with normal combustion engines. This is partly due to the battery, which makes up around... 

WesBank expects 12% fall in new-vehicle sales this year

By: Irma Venter     1st April 2016 Vehicle finance house WesBank expects new-vehicle sales to decline by 12%, or around 34 000 units, this year, says CEO Chris de Kock. Compared with sales of 617 691 units in 2015, 2016 will end the year at 543 306 units, he predicts. 

Mercedes-Benz, Jobs Fund open R130m Learning Academy in East London

By: Irma Venter     30th March 2016 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) has opened the doors to its new Learning Academy in East London. Construction on the project started in August 2014. The academy is the result of a R130-million joint investment by MBSA and the National Treasury’s Jobs Fund, which saw the MBSA Technical Training... 

 Mercedes-Benz, Jobs Fund open R130m Learning Academy in East London

Sumitomo Rubber SA starts Phase 2 of R2-billion expansion project

By: Irma Venter     30th March 2016 Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA) has started the second phase of its R2-billion investment programme to upgrade and expand its tyre manufacturing plant in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal.   SRSA manufactures passenger and commercial tyres, in particular under the Dunlop brand. Plans for expansion of... 

Sumitomo Rubber SA starts Phase 2 of R2-billion expansion project
The soil-turning ceremony marking the expansion project

Kyalami construction on track; first race set for early 2017

By: Irma Venter     30th March 2016   Construction work at the Kyalami race track is “progressing well”, says Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit spokesperson Christo Kruger. 

Kyalami construction on track; first race set for early 2017

Andrew Kirby appointed as president and CEO of Toyota SA

By: Irma Venter     29th March 2016 Less than three months after his appointment as executive VP and COO of Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM), Andrew Kirby has been appointed TSAM president and CEO. He will take up his new position on April 1. 

Andrew Kirby appointed as president and CEO of Toyota SA

Three dealerships, 60 units targeted for luxury Bentley brand

By: Irma Venter     29th March 2016 LSM Distributors will be satisfied with sales of around 60 Bentleys a year, says Bentley South Africa spokesperson Christo Kruger. “However, much of this ambition will be informed by Bentley’s product range and presentation of this range,” he adds. 

Three dealerships, 60 units targeted for luxury Bentley brand

Volkswagen SA to host its first black-owned suppliers’ day 

By: Irma Venter     29th March 2016 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has invited black-owned suppliers to participate in its first ever black-owned suppliers’ day. The event will take place at the VWSA PeoplePavilion in Uitenhage, in the Eastern Cape, on Thursday, May 5. 

Volkswagen SA to host its first black-owned suppliers’ day

Exotic and mainstream models on display at Geneva International Motor Show

By: Irma Venter     25th March 2016 The eighty-sixth Geneva International Motor Show took place from March 3 to 13. It produced, as always, an impressive unveiling of exotic cars, aimed at those with deep pockets. However, some manufacturers also used the Swiss platform to introduce a number of mainstream models, some of which... 

Naamsa lowers 2016 new-vehicle market forecast

By: Irma Venter     25th March 2016 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) has adjusted its forecast for the domestic new-vehicle market to 564 500 units for 2016, down sharply from the forecast of 622 500 units as reported in November last year, and the 598 200-unit market as predicted in... 

South Africa can only benefit from rand, political stability, says BMW

By: Irma Venter     25th March 2016 South Africa can only benefit from greater political and currency stability, says BMW purchasing and supplier network board member Dr Klaus Draeger. He says the German vehicle manufacturer has noted, with some concern, the strong depreciation of the rand, as well as the “not so strong” political... 

Volvo SUV crowned South Africa’s 2016 Car of the Year

By: Irma Venter     25th March 2016 The Volvo XC90 sports-utility vehicle has been crowned as South Africa’s 2016 Car of the Year, as voted for by the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists. The twelve finalists in the competition were the Citroen C4 Cactus, Ford Fusion, Honda HR-V, Jaguar XE, Kia Sorento, Land Rover Discovery... 

SA’s artisan development model ‘problematic’, says Jonas 

By: Irma Venter     18th March 2016 If a country’s artisan skills base was weak, chances were its economy would be weak, said Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas on Thursday at the opening of Mercedes-Benz South Africa’s (MBSA’s) new artisan Learning Centre in East London. Part of the transformation South Africa needed to see was... 

 SA’s artisan development model ‘problematic’, says Jonas
Mcebisi Jonas

BMW SA to assume responsibility for SADC, nine other African countries

By: Irma Venter     18th March 2016 BMW South Africa (SA) will “any time now” expand its responsibility to sub-Saharan Africa, says BMW sales and marketing board member Dr Ian Robertson. This move will see the company steer all the markets in the Southern African Development Community, as well as nine other African countries.... 

Electric vehicles forecast to comprise 35% of new light-duty car sales by 2040

By: Irma Venter     18th March 2016 The future of electric vehicle (EV) could be brighter than governments and oil companies have anticipated. New research by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) suggests that further, big reductions in battery prices lie ahead, and that EVs will, in the 2020s, become a more economic option than... 

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