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Nov 12, 2015
The Renault Alaskan
Renault South Africa (SA) will introduce the Alaskan one-ton bakkie to the local market in 2017, says new CEO Nicolas de Canha. “We hope to build it here, as it shares a platform with the new Nissan Navara.”
Nov 10, 2015
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President Barack Obama has placed South Africa on Agoa notice
A senior US Embassy official said on Tuesday that “significant” progress had been made in narrowing the differences between South Africa and the US on the so-called “three meats” issue and that he was optimistic the outstanding differences would be resolved before...
Nov 10, 2015
A shift in government policy has opened the door to vehicle manufacturers selling smaller volumes in the local market to set up assembly plants in South Africa. The current incentive scheme favours volume manufacturers, such as Ford, BMW, Toyota and Volkswagen,...
Nov 10, 2015
Driver-partners of internet riDe-sharing service Uber will have easier access to cars following a R200-million agreement with vehicle finance provider WesBank and FirstRand’s enterprise Development fund Vumela. The companies announced on Tuesday in Johannesburg that...
Nov 09, 2015
The trade and industry department (DTI) is to implement a number of steps in an effort to sustain and grow the automotive industry while steering it towards the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) vision of high volume vehicle production. The APDP...
Nov 06, 2015
The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) said it expected the 2015 new-vehicle market to reach 603 000 units, substantially down from last year’s 644 504 units. The association, however, projected a slight recovery in 2016, at 622...
Nov 06, 2015
A new analysis of future automotive demand in Africa, released in London by the IHS research group in October, suggests there exist significant growth opportunities on the continent over the next number of years. Demand for new light vehicles, with a gross vehicle...
Nov 06, 2015
South Africa clinched the eleventh and twelfth spot in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, which concluded at the end of October. It was the first time that an African team entered the race.
Nov 06, 2015
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Oct 30, 2015
Klaus Fröhlich is a pragmatic man. When asked for a list of technologies BMW will be working on over the next twenty years, the management board member responsible for development selects only two.
Oct 30, 2015
South African consumers should brace themselves for another round of new-car price increases, says Associated Motor Holdings (AMH) CEO Manny de Canha. AMH imports brands such as Kia, Tata and Hyundai.
Oct 30, 2015
Accordian Investments sold 2 500 Tata passenger cars and bakkies in the South African market last year, with around 1 800 of these bakkies, says CEO Kyri Michael. Accordion Investments is 60% owned by Imperial’s Associated Motor Holdings and 40% by Tata Africa.
Oct 26, 2015
The NWU team's Sirius X25 at the finish line
South Africa clinched eleventh and twelfth spot in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, which concluded on the weekend. It was the first time that an African team entered the race.
Oct 23, 2015
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The Datsun Go offers the cheapest parts basket in South Africa
South African motoring guru Malcolm Kinsey in October released his twenty-sixth Kinsey Report. This report compares prices of the most common automotive parts that may require replacement on a vehicle. The 2015 Kinsey Report covers 74 vehicles in nine categories –...
Oct 23, 2015
NAZMI ADAMS Afrox is exploring alternative energy and gas options, which will enable the production of natural gas that can be compressed into CNG or, if the source is significant, liquefied to LNG
South African industrial gas major Afrox is partnering with a start-up biogas company to produce high-grade carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane for distribution to industries in the Western Cape, which have experienced long-standing shortages of CO2. “Initially, we...
Oct 23, 2015
In 2011, when Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) introduced its new Ranger bakkie, president and CEO Jeff Nemeth told Engineering News that he wanted to secure the number two spot in the South African pickup market, up from the US manufacturer’s “number...
Oct 23, 2015
Almost one year after the Nigerian Automotive Council and WesBank signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the South African group to enter the Nigerian market, WesBank is yet to finance a vehicle purchase. WesBank had an “optimistic objective” to write its...
Oct 23, 2015
New CEO at Mahindra South Africa (MSA), Sanjoy Gupta, has set seven priorities for the Indian importer to improve its performance in the local market. The first priority is to improve Mahindra’s brand acceptance in the passenger car market, building on its strong...
Oct 23, 2015
Continuous product development changed the fortunes of Korean car makers Hyundai and Kia, and Indian car maker Tata Motors wants to see the same happen to its brand. Tata Motors passenger vehicles president Mayank Pareek says the group will launch two new models a...
 
 
 
 
Oct 21, 2015
Research house Ipsos on Wednesday revealed the winners in its yearly survey to find the best quality vehicles sold in South Africa, as well as the local plants producing the best quality vehicles. The awards are based on telephonic interviews conducted with new...
Oct 20, 2015
A new analysis of future automotive demand in Africa, released in London by the IHS research group on Monday, suggests there exist significant growth opportunities on the continent over the next number of years. Demand for new light vehicles, with a gross vehicle...
Oct 16, 2015
South African businesses have been encouraged to increase their participation in the United Nations (UN) procurement processes. UN Procurement Division Field Procurement Service Chief Sean Purcell pointed out recently that the amount of goods purchased by the UN from...
Oct 16, 2015
BMW Group South Africa (SA) has rolled out the first phase of public charging infrastructure for electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). The alternating current (ac) charger, which is located in the heart of Melrose Arch, Johannesburg,...
Oct 16, 2015
The decline evident in South Africa’s new-vehicle market over the last few months accelerated in September, with sales dropping by 9%, to 55 322 units, compared with the same month last year. New-vehicle sales dropped by 8.2% in August, 6.1% in July and 4.8% in June.
Oct 16, 2015
All Volkswagen models affected by the emissions scandal in the US complied with South African emissions standards, says Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA). As the emissions standards are much lower in South Africa (Euro 2) than in Europe (Euro 5) and the US, “all...
Oct 15, 2015
The Tata Bolt
Accordian Investments sold 2 500 Tata passenger cars and bakkies in the South African market last year, with around 1 800 of these bakkies, says CEO Kyri Michael. Accordion Investments is 60% owned by Imperial’s Associated Motor Holdings and 40% by Tata Africa.
Oct 13, 2015
In 2011, when Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) introduced its new Ranger bakkie, president and CEO Jeff Nemeth told Engineering News Online that he wanted to secure the number two spot in the South African pickup market, up from the US manufacturer’s...
Oct 09, 2015
Continuous product development changed the fortunes of Korean car makers Hyundai and Kia, and Indian car maker Tata Motors wants to see the same happen to its brand. Tata Motors passenger vehicles president Mayank Pareek says the group will launch two new models a...
Oct 09, 2015
The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) has announced that it will launch an investigation to determine whether emission data on Volkswagen vehicles sold in South Africa has also been manipulated. The NRCS will work with the Department of...
 
 
 
 
Oct 09, 2015
The Frankfurt Motor Show opened in Germany in September, with a strong emphasis on green motoring, as well as a little something special for James Bond fans. Sports car manufacturer Porsche presented its Mission E, the first zero-emission, all-electrically powered...
Oct 08, 2015
Embattled German carmaker Volkswagen's offices were raided on Thursday as prosecutors stepped up their probe into the group in the wake of the company's exhaust emission tests scandal. The group's head office in the northern German city of Wolfsburg, as well as sites...
Oct 08, 2015
South African consumers should brace themselves for another round of new-car price increases, says Associated Motor Holdings (AMH) CEO Manny de Canha. AMH imports brands such as Kia, Tata and Hyundai.
Oct 05, 2015
Chris de Kock
Almost one year after the Nigerian Automotive Council and WesBank signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the South African group to enter the Nigerian market, WesBank is yet to finance a vehicle purchase. WesBank had an “optimistic objective” to write its...
Oct 05, 2015
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All Volkswagen models affected by the emissions scandal in the US complied with South African emissions standards, said Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) on Monday. As the emissions standards were much lower in South Africa (Euro 2) than in Europe (Euro 5) and the...
Oct 02, 2015
FUTURE INNOVATION The brake’s patented solution uses a 0.3 m2 vacuum plate below the vehicle, which activates in 0.1 seconds and produces a downforce of 15 000 N
Sweden-based automotive safety systems manufacturer Autoliv is showcasing a new vacuum braking system – the Torricelli brake – developed to significantly reduce the stopping distance for autonomous emergency braking (AEB) in vehicles. The Torricelli brake is a...
Oct 02, 2015
CAIPHUS MOKOTEDI Mokotedi is one of the first black economic-empowerment entrepreneurs who joined the incubation programme in 2011
Broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) automotive supplier Zig Enterprise owner Caiphus Mokotedi met the minimum criteria required to graduate from the Automotive Industry Development Centre’s (AIDC’s) automotive incubation centre, making him the first...
Oct 02, 2015
FITTING PART The PureTech family of three-cylinder engines is fitted on several Peugeot models
French multinational automobile and motorcycle manufacturer PSA Peugeot Citroën received the International Engine of the Year Award for its three-cylinder Turbo PureTech engine, which ranked top in the 1-litre to 1.4-litre category, in June. PSA Peugeot Citroën notes...
Oct 02, 2015
MARKET IMPERATIVE Automotive components imports remain vital as these parts are needed for the aftermarket sector
As the volatile rand rate causes a flux in the logistics and import market, there has been a definite paradigm shift in the market as the industry moves towards a more integrated and, therefore, cost-effective solution for the automotive import process, reports...
Oct 02, 2015
A team of engineering students from the North-West University (NWU) will take part in this year’s Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, in Australia. The NWU also participated in the 2012 and 2014 Sasol Solar Challenge races, held in South Africa.
 
 
 
 
Oct 02, 2015
On conservative estimates, South Africa is believed to be short of between 150 and 250 intelligent transport system (ITS) engineers, technologists and technicians. This shortage exists in the private and public sectors, with the latter especially hard hit, says...
Oct 02, 2015
German premium automaker BMW earlier this month confirmed that it was well advanced in its planning for the production of a new model at its South African plant, set to kick off when the current 3 Series reached the end of its lifecycle. BMW was steadily “progressing...
Oct 02, 2015
TOP SPOT Goodyear’s premium EfficientGrip SUV tyre came out top across 15 wet and dry disciplines
Three of tyre manufacturer Goodyear’s tyres, namely the Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar, the EfficientGrip SUV tyre and the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2, were all awarded first place in their respective categories in recent motoring magazine tests. “Tested against several other...
Oct 01, 2015
September’s new vehicle sales in SA declined by 9% year-on-year to 55 322 units, the Department of Trade and Industry’s monthly data showed on Thursday. The good news, however, is that y/y vehicle exports increased by 14.3% to 35 181 units.
Sep 30, 2015
The XUV500
New CEO at Mahindra South Africa (MSA), Sanjoy Gupta, has set seven priorities for the Indian importer to improve its performance in the local market. The first priority is to improve Mahindra’s brand acceptance in the passenger car market, building on its strong...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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