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Passenger Cars, Bakkies & Vans News

Shell rolls out electric car charging points in UK, aims to test SA market

By: Irma Venter     7th September 2017 Energy giant Shell is exploring the possibility of adding electric vehicle charging points to its forecourts in a number of countries. The Shell brand is traditionally associated with fuel, engine oils and lubricants and service stations in South Africa. 

Private sector makes first move to build electric vehicle infrastructure in SA

By: Irma Venter     7th September 2017 JSE-listed information and communication technology (ICT) group, Alviva Holdings, has, through its subsidiary Solareff, acquired 75% of GridCars, a Pretoria-based startup that focuses on the manufacture of electric vehicle (EV) charge points and back office charge point management systems.... 

Private sector makes first move to build electric vehicle infrastructure in SA

Leaf EV real alternative to conventional car – Nissan

By: Tracy Hancock     6th September 2017 Vehicle manufacturer Nissan will start selling the new Nissan Leaf 2 electric vehicle (EV) in Japan on October 2 at the same price point as the original Leaf while offering a 40% increase in range and an improved driving experience.  At this point Nissan is looking to introduce the Leaf 2 to the... 

Local is lekker as SA-built vehicles excel in marketplace

By: Irma Venter     5th September 2017 Locally built vehicles have been gaining ground in the South African new-vehicle market in recent years, says asset finance group WesBank. In fact, nine of the ten top-selling vehicles in the first seven months of the year are South African-built cars and bakkies.  

Local is lekker as SA-built vehicles excel in marketplace
WesBank brand and communications head Rudolf Mahoney

BAIC Eastern Cape plant on track, says IDC

By: Irma Venter     4th September 2017 It has been a year since Chinese vehicle manufacturer Beijing Automotive Group (BAIC) and South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) broke ground on a new vehicle assembly plant in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), near Port Elizabeth. BAIC is the major shareholder in the... 

BAIC Eastern Cape plant on track, says IDC

August new-vehicle sales strengthen by 6.7%

By: Irma Venter     4th September 2017 New-vehicle sales in August increased by 6.7% compared with the same month last year, to 49 222 units. Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry on Friday show that new passenger car sales jumped by 5.4%, to 32 161 units. 

August new-vehicle sales strengthen by 6.7%

Autonomous vehicles to become a reality by 2030

By: Irma Venter     1st September 2017 Autonomous vehicles will become a reality by 2030, says Frost & Sullivan head of mobility for Africa Craig Parker. This does not, however, mean that every car sold will be an autonomous vehicle, he adds, but rather that there will be around one-million level 5 self-driving vehicles on the road... 

Imperial to make restructuring call in coming few months

By: Irma Venter     1st September 2017 In a quest for shareholder value, work is in progress to determine the viability and benefits to Imperial shareholders of listing Imperial Logistics and Motus separately, says Imperial CEO Mark Lamberti. Speaking at the announcement of the JSE-listed group’s financial results for the year ended... 

Isuzu Motors South Africa unveils leadership changes

By: Irma Venter     1st September 2017 Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSAf) has announced a number of leadership appointments in support of the purchase of all Isuzu-related assets from General Motors South Africa (GMSA), effective January next year. Haruyasu Tanishige, in addition to his current role of senior executive officer for the... 

Metair says lead-acid battery will still have key role as EV revolution takes hold

By: Irma Venter     1st September 2017 Metair is ready for the anticipated revolution in the automotive industry, including the introduction of electric vehicles (EV), hybrid vehicles and autonomous drive vehicles. These vehicle still need lights, brakes and wiring harnesses, for example, said Metair MD Theo Loock at the announcement... 

Toyota Empowerment Trust to focus on training, enterprise development

By: Irma Venter     1st September 2017 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has announced the creation of the Toyota Empowerment Trust (TET). The TET has been seeded with R42-million in start-up funding and will focus on skills and enterprise development initiatives in the automotive industry. 

Jaguar Land Rover South Africa to launch full electric SUV by 2019

By: Irma Venter     25th August 2017 Jaguar Land Rover South Africa (JLR SA) will launch the full electric I-Pace sports-utility vehicle in the local market towards the end of 2018 or the start of 2019, says Jaguar Land Rover South Africa and Sub-Sahara Africa MD Richard Gouverneur. “We are now entering the journey toward electric... 

Jaguar Land Rover South Africa to launch full electric SUV by 2019
The Jaguar I-Pace

100 years of Ford truck history

     25th August 2017 Last month marked exactly 100 years since Ford Motor Company (FMC) created the first Model TT, a small truck based on the Model T car. Since then, FMC has turned into the world’s best-selling bakkie manufacturer. 

100 years of Ford  truck history
MODEL TT The iconic Ford Model TT was as a result of consumer demand for a more multipurpose vehicle

Digitalisation must be embraced by trucking industry

     25th August 2017 Digitalisation will rapidly transform the trucking industry in the near future, as it will force the industry to embrace this concept, or risk being unable to compete. This message was emphasised at this year’s fourth annual TruckX and FleetX conference and expo, which took place at the Kyalami... 

Digitalisation must  be embraced by  trucking industry
Photo by Bloomberg
AUTONOMY Autonomous vehicle technology is being tested around the world, and will force the trucking industry to adapt to technological innovations

Truck manufacturer makes Nada history

     25th August 2017 Last month, truck manufacturer Hino made history at the 2017 National Automobile Dealers Association- (Nada-) hosted Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI) Awards when it won platinum, as well as the top spot in the commercial vehicle category, placing it first overall in South Africa. This is the first... 

Truck manufacturer makes Nada history
Photo by Bloomberg
PLATINUM AWARD Hino improved its dealer satisfaction index score by 1.8%, in line with the company’s vision to become the top truck brand in South Africa

R1bn investment positions Uitenhage as high-tech tyre hub

By: Irma Venter     25th August 2017 Goodyear South Africa (SA) will wrap up its R1-billion investment programme into its Uitenhage plant, in the Eastern Cape, by the end of the year, says group FD Manoel Almeida. The investment programme started in 2015. 

Toyota mulls production of ‘affordable’ car at Prospecton plant

By: Irma Venter     25th August 2017 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) is investigating the possibility of manufacturing a new passenger car at its Prospecton plant, in Durban. “We are seeking the opportunity to produce something more affordable,” says TSAM CEO Andrew Kirby. 

Audi prototype with solar roof to be built by end-2017

By: Irma Venter     23rd August 2017 German premium car maker Audi and Alta Devices, a subsidiary of Chinese solar-cell specialist, Hanergy, have joined forces in a project that will attempt to use thin-film solar cells in the panoramic glass roofs of Audi models. The electricity these cells generate will flow into the car’s... 

Audi prototype with solar roof to be built by end-2017

New Isuzu SA business to be headed by GMSA CFO, Michael Sacke

By: Irma Venter     22nd August 2017 Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSAf) on Tuesday announced a number of leadership appointments in support of the purchase of all Isuzu-related assets from General Motors South Africa (GMSA), effective January next year. Haruyasu Tanishige, in addition to his current role of senior executive officer... 

New Isuzu SA business to be headed by GMSA CFO, Michael Sacke
Michael Sacke

Imperial to have answer on unbundling ‘by this time next year’

By: Irma Venter     22nd August 2017 In a quest for shareholder value, work is in progress to determine the viability and benefits to Imperial shareholders of listing Imperial Logistics and Motus separately, says Imperial CEO Mark Lamberti. Speaking at the announcement of the JSE-listed group’s financial results for the year ended... 

Imperial to have answer on unbundling ‘by this time next year’
Imperial CEO Mark Lamberti

Hyundai SA mulls heavy truck introduction, awaits 2019 small SUV

By: Irma Venter     21st August 2017 Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) is testing the Xcient heavy-duty truck for possible introduction into the South African new-vehicle market. HASA CEO Niall Lynch says the truck, with a gross vehicle mass of 36.6 t, is undergoing road tests within Imperial Logistics. 

Hyundai SA mulls heavy truck introduction, awaits 2019 small SUV
The Xcient

New branding, again, for SA’s premier motoring event

By: Irma Venter     18th August 2017 From Auto Africa, to the Johannesburg International Motor Show, to the Festival of Motoring, to the South African (SA) Motoring Experience . . . In an effort to seek increased support from cost-conscious motor manufacturers and consumers, South Africa’s premier motoring event has again been... 

Despite rising EV tide, automaker urges SA to implement cleaner-fuels vision

By: Irma Venter     18th August 2017 Research published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) this month shows that electric vehicles (EVs) may account for 54% of all new light-duty vehicle sales globally by 2040. However, it is unlikely that South Africa will follow this trend to the same degree. 

BMW’s SA unit seeks removal of duties on electric vehicles

By: Irma Venter     18th August 2017 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) is seeking 0% import duties on pure electric vehicles (EVs). The local arm of the German car maker in December 2016 submitted a formal application to the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) for the reduction of the import duty on... 

New-vehicle sales rose by 4.1% in July

By: Irma Venter     18th August 2017 New-vehicle sales in July increased 4.1% compared with the same month last year, to 46 719 units. Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry earlier this month showed that new passenger car sales increased by 6.2%, to 30 826 units. 

Metair ready for market shift to electric vehicles, says Loock

By: Irma Venter     17th August 2017 Metair is ready for the anticipated revolution in the automotive industry, including the introduction of electric vehicles (EV), hybrid vehicles and autonomous drive vehicles. These vehicle still need lights, brakes and wiring harnesses, for example, said Metair MD Theo Loock on Thursday at the... 

Metair ready for market shift to electric vehicles, says Loock
Metair MD Theo Loock

Imperial’s Motus division acquires UK automotive dealer group for R493m

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th August 2017 Imperial Holdings’ vehicle division Motus has acquired UK automotive dealer group Pentagon Motor Holdings for R493-million. “Imperial has strong global partnerships with leading vehicle manufacturers and we are delighted to expand our international retail footprint into the passenger and light... 

No fireworks expected for 2018 SA, sub-Saharan new-vehicle markets

By: Irma Venter     14th August 2017 The 2017 new-vehicle market will probably end the year “slightly up” on 2016, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) CEO Andrew Kirby. TSAM’s forecast is for a market of 552 000 vehicles in 2017, compared with 547 000 units in 2016. At 555 000 units, 2018 does not hold much promise, either. 

No fireworks expected for 2018 SA, sub-Saharan new-vehicle markets

Bloodhound set to be driven for the first time in October

By: Irma Venter     11th August 2017 The Bloodhound supersonic car (SSC) will be driven for the first time at Cornwall Airport Newquay, in the UK, this October, twenty years after the current land-speed record of 1 228 km/h was set.   Wing Commander Andy Green, who steered the Thrust SSC to a new record on October 15, 1997, will... 

Electric vehicles to comprise majority of cars sold globally by 2040

By: Irma Venter     11th August 2017 Electric vehicles (EVs) will make up the majority of new-car sales worldwide by 2040, and account for 33% of all the light-duty vehicles on the road, according to new research published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). The forecast draws on detailed analysis of likely future reductions in... 

Versatile UTV use prompts increased marketing

By: Victor Moolman     11th August 2017 Equipment supplier Maubra – which supplies the products of equipment manufacturer Kubota to South Africa – has increased marketing efforts regarding the RTV-X900 utility vehicle (UTV) by placing more advertisements with printed media, increasing social media awareness of the UTV and approaching... 

Toyota SA creates R42m empowerment trust

By: Irma Venter     10th August 2017 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has announced the creation of the Toyota Empowerment Trust (TET). The TET has been seeded with R42-million in start-up funding and will focus on skills and enterprise development initiatives in the automotive industry. 

Toyota SA creates R42m empowerment trust
Toyota SA CEO Andrew Kirby

Toyota SA pursues production of budget car at Durban plant 

By: Irma Venter     10th August 2017 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) is investigating the possibility of manufacturing a new passenger car at its Prospecton plant, in Durban. “We are seeking the opportunity to produce something more affordable,” says TSAM CEO Andrew Kirby. 

Toyota SA pursues production of budget car at Durban plant
Production at Toyota's Durban plant

Volvo Car SA ready for hybrid, electric vehicle rollout post-2019, says MD

By: Irma Venter     10th August 2017 Volvo Car South Africa (VCSA) MD Greg Maruszewski is confident the local arm of the Swedish group will be able to thrive under its parent company’s new powertrain policy. Volvo announced last month that all new cars launched globally from 2019 onwards will be partially or completely... 

Volvo Car SA ready for hybrid, electric vehicle rollout post-2019, says MD
Volvo Car South Africa MD Greg Maruszewski

Macozoma concerned South Africa may miss out on big electric-vehicle opportunity 

By: Terence Creamer     8th August 2017 Leading business personality Saki Macozoma has expressed concern that South Africa is not fully aligning its economic and industrialisation plans to areas of future demand, including in the area of electric vehicles (EVs). Speaking at the launch of a new book authored by political commentator... 

Macozoma concerned South Africa may miss out on big electric-vehicle opportunity
Photo by Duane Daws
Saki Macozoma

Daimler invests in startup that pools passengers travelling in a similar direction

By: Irma Venter     7th August 2017 Daimler Buses’ subsidiary EvoBus has secured a minority investment in CleverShuttle. Based in Berlin, Germany, CleverShuttle pools passengers travelling in a similar direction together in an electric vehicle, driven by a professional driver. The startup’s app determines the fastest and cheapest... 

 Daimler invests in startup that pools passengers travelling in a similar direction

TrenTyre rolls out FleetFirst tyre management programme in S Africa

By: Irma Venter     7th August 2017 TrenTyre has launched FleetFirst, a tyre management solution offered by Goodyear, in the South African fleet market. FleetFirst currently takes care of more than 200 000 trucks in 28 European countries, including Spain and the UK. 

TrenTyre rolls out FleetFirst tyre management programme in S Africa

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