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Jan 30, 2015
Japanese automaker Mazda has announced that it has, in conjunction with Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, developed a bio-based engineering plastic that can be used for the exterior design parts of automobiles. Mazda says the new plastic will help the group to reduce...
Jan 28, 2015
Domestic Opel sales grew by 36%, to 3 700 units, last year compared with 2013, says General Motors South Africa (GMSA) operations VP Ian Nicholls. “I would expect to at least double our Opel sales in 2015. That’s the step up you would expect. It’s going to be a big...
Jan 27, 2015
Yes, empty-nesters will still find the Jazz attractive, but the new model should also appeal to the younger customer, says Honda Motor Southern Africa (HMSA) operations director Graham Eagle. He believes the more dynamic-looking Jazz – the third iteration – will...
Jan 26, 2015
WesBank is rather bullish on the 2015 new vehicle market, says the vehicle and asset finance group’s head of research Rudolf Mahoney. He believes it is possible for the domestic new vehicle market to grow by between 3% and 5% in 2015 compared with last year. Also,...
Jan 23, 2015
Last year saw new vehicle sales in South Africa decline for the first time since 2009, when the market dropped a whopping 25.9% in response to the then global economic crisis. Unaudited data released by the Department of Trade and Industry earlier this month showed...
Jan 19, 2015
Giniel de Villiers
South Africa's Giniel de Villiers and his German navigator Dirk von Zitzewitz this weekend clinched second place in the 2015 Dakar. The pair finished 35:34 minutes behind Qatari driver Nasser Al-Attiyah (Mini). They received their trophies in the Argentine capital of...
Jan 16, 2015
The latest TransUnion Vehicle Pricing Index (VPI) indicates an unusual trend where used car prices are now tracking new car prices. In addition, for the fourth consecutive quarter, used car inflation has increased on a year-on-year basis, rising by 1.36% between the...
Jan 16, 2015
The future of the automotive industry belongs to the current crop of carmakers, as well as technology companies, says Ford Motor Company executive chairperson Bill Ford. It is not an either or situation, he emphasises. “We’ll do it together.”
Jan 16, 2015
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Jan 12, 2015
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Jan 08, 2015
 
 
 
Jan 08, 2015
Toyota's Hilux proved to be the king of the road in 2014
Bakkies and more affordable cars dominated South Africa’s new vehicle market in 2014. Unaudited data from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) shows that South Africa’s most popular vehicle in 2014 was the Toyota Hilux, selling 37 562 units.
Jan 07, 2015
Last year saw new vehicle sales in South Africa decline for the first time since 2009, when the market dropped a whopping 25.9% in response to the then global economic crisis. Unaudited data released by the Department of Trade and Industry on Wednesday showed that...
Jan 07, 2015
Japanese automaker Mazda has announced that it has, in conjunction with Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, developed a bio-based engineering plastic that can be used for the exterior design parts of automobiles. Mazda says the new plastic will help the group to reduce...
Jan 06, 2015
Germany will soon be home to some of the hottest and coldest temperatures, most arid and humid conditions, hurricane force wind speeds, and highest altitudes to be found on the planet, courtesy of a new climatic test centre being built by Ford at its engineering...
Dec 12, 2014
South Africa remains an important manufacturing and export platform for Ford Motor Company, says executive chairperson Bill Ford. However, he adds that other countries on the continent are “becoming interesting”, and that the US carmaker is casting its net wider for...
Dec 12, 2014
November new vehicle sales ticked up 0.9%, to 51 098 units, compared with the same month last year. New vehicle export sales, at 28 021 units, were much stronger, gaining 9.9% compared with November last year.
Dec 11, 2014
The new vehicle market in South Africa will probably end the year flat compared with 2013, says Standard Bank Vehicle and Asset Finance personal markets head Nicholas Nkosi. The biggest impact on this year’s sales comes from a weaker rand, which continues to push up...
Dec 09, 2014
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David Powels with the electric version of the VW UP
Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) will launch the UP small car in South Africa early next year, says VWSA MD David Powels. Speaking to Engineering News Online, he says the three-door UP will make its debut under the Polo Vivo, which is currently VWSA’s lowest...
Dec 08, 2014
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The Toyota Mirai
Toyota has announced that it will launch its Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in Japan on December 15, before introducing it in the UK and other selected European markets in September next year. The Mirai – meaning ‘future’ in Japanese – uses hydrogen to generate...
Dec 05, 2014
Suzuki Ertiga
While sales of new vehicles in South Africa appeared to be slowing down, demand for Suzuki Auto South Africa's range of passenger cars continued to accelerate. The brand's share of the overall passenger car market was at its highest level since December 2009, and its...
 
 
 
 
Dec 02, 2014
November new vehicle sales have, as expected, shown consolidation following the remarkably strong sales performance of October, notes the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa). According to the new vehicle sales statistics for...
Dec 01, 2014
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Bill Ford with the Mustang, set to launch in South Africa in 2015
The future of the automotive industry belongs to the current crop of carmakers, as well as technology companies, says Ford Motor Company executive chairperson Bill Ford. It is not an either or situation, he emphasises. “We’ll do it together.”
Nov 28, 2014
While Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) did not have “significant issues” with power supply in Gauteng, it was a different story in the Eastern Cape, said FMCSA and American Chamber of Commerce in South Africa president Jeff Nemeth earlier this month....
Nov 28, 2014
In 2000, exports into Africa from South Africa represented less than 5% of the turnover of Federal Mogul Motorparts Africa, with sales largely centred around Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique. Today, African exports represent 30% of sales, with trade expanded...
Nov 25, 2014
Bill Ford
South Africa remained an important manufacturing and export platform for Ford Motor Company, said executive chairperson Bill Ford in Dubai last week, speaking during a media round table. However, he added that other countries on the continent were “becoming...
Nov 21, 2014
BMW South Africa (SA) has signed a power purchasing agreement with energy company Bio2Watt. The offtake partnership will bring renewable energy to the carmaker’s Rosslyn plant, north of Pretoria.
Nov 21, 2014
“Based on the information available to us at present, we would strongly recommend that fleet managers budget for a 12% to 13% increase in fuel [prices] for 2015,” says Eqstra Fleet Management (EFM) MD Murray Price. In its review of fuel prices over the past few...
Nov 21, 2014
The Imperial Group expects earnings in the 2015 financial year to mirror that of the 2014 financial year. CEO Mark Lamberti says Imperial anticipates earnings in the current six months to decline on the prior year, as the impact of the weak rand on the vehicle...
Nov 21, 2014
A $5.45-million plant to assemble Hyundai light motor vehicles was officially opened by outgoing Mozambican President Armando Guebuza on November 6. Located in the town of Matola in Maputo province, the plant has been erected by the Somyoung consortium, which is a...
Nov 21, 2014
HOT ROLLED BARS ArcelorMittal supplies hot rolled steel, pickled and oiled steel, cold rolled steel and electro galvanised steel to the automotive industry
Multinational steel manufacturer ArcelorMittal South Africa supplies around 170 to 180 kiloton of flat steel products to the country’s vehicle manufacturers. “This is as part of our strategy to continue our good relationship with the automotive industry,” says...
 
 
 
 
Nov 14, 2014
Government’s review of its automotive sector assistance programme, the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP), will be concluded this year, says Roger Pitot. Pitot, who heads up the review, is the Department of Trade and Industry’s adviser on the...
Nov 14, 2014
October new vehicle sales again surprised on the upside, as was the case in September, when the statistics showed an 11.5% increase on September 2013. New vehicle sales were up 4.7% in October compared with the same month last year.
Nov 14, 2014
A benchmarking study between South Africa, developed countries and less developed countries (India and Thailand), has shown South Africa’s automotive component manufacturers “to be somewhere in the middle”, says B&M Analysts chairperson Professor Justin Barnes. B&M...
Nov 13, 2014
Jeff Nemeth
While Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) did not have “significant issues” with power supply in Gauteng, it was a different story in the Eastern Cape, said FMCSA and American Chamber of Commerce in South Africa president Jeff Nemeth on Thursday. Hosting...
Nov 12, 2014
The Toyota Imperial Hilux team needs to shave 70 minutes off its time in the 2014 Dakar Rally to win the 2015 event. So far, the team has managed to cut around 60 minutes, estimates team principal Glyn Hall.
Nov 07, 2014
Parts market in Ghana
In 2000, exports into Africa from South Africa represented less than 5% of the turnover of Federal Mogul Motorparts Africa, with sales largely centred around Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique. Today, African exports represent 30% of sales, with trade expanded...
Nov 07, 2014
The Bloodhound build team says it has achieved “a significant milestone” in the construction of the land speed record attempt vehicle, when it fitted the EJ200 jet engine to the body of the car on October 1. Normally found powering a Eurofighter Typhoon, the EJ200...
Nov 07, 2014
Vehicle and asset finance group WesBank says it expects domestic new vehicle sales to decline by 4.4% in 2014. The group originally forecast a 0.6% decline over 2013.
Nov 07, 2014
Honda Motor Southern Africa (HMSA) has launched the Indian-made Mobilio multipurpose vehicle (MPV) into South Africa. The Mobilio is built on the same new small-car platform that will house the popular Jazz, to be introduced in South Africa early next year.
Nov 07, 2014
The investigation into the automotive component sector, announced by the South African Competition Commission in October, has its origins in the US, Europe and the East, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) director Nico...
 
 
 
 
Nov 07, 2014
The latest TransUnion Vehicle Pricing Index (VPI) contains a number of small, but significant indications that the tide may at last be turning for the beleaguered used car industry. For the third successive quarter, used car inflation has increased on a year-on-year...
Nov 04, 2014
The Imperial Group expects earnings in the 2015 financial year to mirror that of the 2014 financial year. CEO Mark Lamberti said on Tuesday that Imperial expected earnings in the current six months to decline on the prior year, as the impact of the weak rand on the...
Nov 03, 2014
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October new vehicle sales again surprised on the upside, as was the case in September, when the statistics showed an 11.5% increase on September 2013. Data released on Monday showed that new vehicle sales were up 4.7% in October compared with the same month last year.
Nov 03, 2014
Murray Price
“Based on the information available to us at present, we would strongly recommend that fleet managers budget for a 12% to 13% increase in fuel [prices] for 2015,” said Eqstra Fleet Management (EFM) MD Murray Price on Monday. In its review of fuel prices over the past...
Oct 31, 2014
MICHAEL FRANS Core technology systems used by businesses across various other industries can provide enormous benefit to the automotive sector
Improving manufacturing efficiencies and reducing the cost and environmental impacts of vehicle travel using efficient information and communication technology (ICT) systems can be achieved if energy providers, information technology enterprises and automotive...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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