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Mar 24, 2015
The new Automotive Incubation Centre at Nissan, which will be launched on Wednesday, is expected to radically transform the economy. “Established automotive companies are extremely important to our drive to radically transform our economy and foster increased...
Mar 20, 2015
BMW i3
A second full electric vehicle has entered the South African market, following the local debut of the Nissan Leaf in 2013. The BMW i3 BEV sells for R525 000, while the derivative with a range extender, the i3 REx, sells for R595 000.
Mar 20, 2015
The closure of any vehicle manufacturer’s operations in South Africa will be “a total disaster”, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) president and CEO Dr Johan van Zyl. He is also the president of the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South...
Mar 20, 2015
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Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) is positive its new entry-level vehicle, the Up, will not cannabalise sales of the locally manufactured, budget Polo Vivo, says VWSA sales and marketing director Petra Hoffmann. She says the three-door Up is “significantly...
Mar 19, 2015
The Porsche Macan
The Porsche Macan sports-utility vehicle on Wednesday night secured top honours in the 2015 WesBank/South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ) Car of the Year (COTY) competition. Last night’s victory was the third time in a row for the German sportscar...
Mar 19, 2015
JSE-listed logistics solutions provider OneLogix on Thursday launched its R130-million Umlaas logistics hub, near Cato Ridge. Designed to “substantially” enhance the group’s ability to offer quality and cost-effective logistics services to its customers, the hub...
Mar 16, 2015
The Transit Connect
Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) continues its product offensive for 2015 – a year in which it plans to launch ten new models – with the introduction of the new Transit Connect and Tourneo Connect. The new Transit Connect panel van focuses on the...
Mar 16, 2015
Projected capital expenditure (capex) in the South African automotive assembly industry should reach a record R7.48-billion this year, said the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) in its 2014 fourth quarter business review,...
Mar 13, 2015
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Mar 11, 2015
Mike Whitfield
The South African automotive industry was unlikely to see wage settlements at a level lower than the 8% to 10% increases a year agreed to in a range of three-year wage deals signed in the retail, component and assembly sectors in 2013, said Nissan South Africa MD and...
Mar 06, 2015
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A second full electric vehicle has entered the South African market, following the local debut of the Nissan Leaf in 2013. The BMW i3 BEV sells for R525 000, while the derivative with a range extender, the i3 REx, sells for R595 000.
Mar 06, 2015
The biggest challenge Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) faces in producing the C-Class in East London was labour instability, and not energy supply security. MBSA CEO and executive director manufacturing Arno van der Merwe says it is vital for South Africa to have...
Mar 05, 2015
Johan van Zyl
The closure of any vehicle manufacturer’s operations in South Africa would be “a total disaster”, said Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) president and CEO Dr Johan van Zyl on Thursday. He was also the president of the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers...
Mar 04, 2015
TSAM president and CEO Dr Johan van Zyl
Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) president and CEO Dr Johan van Zyl will, from April 1, also take responsibility for Toyota Europe. In addition to his roles as TSAM president and CEO and CEO of Toyota Africa region, he would now also become president and CEO of...
Mar 03, 2015
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Finance MEC Barbara Creecy
The Gauteng government has set aside R10-billion of its R95.3-billion 2015/16 budget to fund its five development corridors, which are being pursued across the so-called ‘City Region’. Gauteng, which is South Africa’s smallest province by area, is also the country...
Feb 28, 2015
Consumer electronics giant Apple is being sued by lithium-ion battery producer A123 Systems for "systematically" poaching employees to establish a new battery division, expected to power the company’s foray into the electric vehicle (EV) sector. The venture,...
Feb 27, 2015
Daihatsu is set to cease distribution in South Africa. The range on sale domestically comprises the Sirion hatchback, Terios small sports-utility vehicle and Gran Max bakkie.
Feb 27, 2015
More than a century following the invention of the automobile, the horseless carriage continues to evolve. Following an array of developments over the years, such as power steering, run-flat tyres, turbo engines, windscreen wipers, air-conditioning, radio and music...
Feb 27, 2015
MAKING A CHANGE Owing to the rising energy costs and mounting energy challenges, the vehicle manufacturer launched a dedicated environmental engineering department
Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has won its second consecutive Energy Company of the Year award, presented by the Southern Africa Association for Energy Efficiency, for its efforts in energy efficiency.
 
 
 
 
Feb 26, 2015
BMW South Africa (SA) faced three challenges in producing vehicles in South Africa, said MD Tim Abbott on Thursday. Speaking to Engineering News Online ahead of the function to celebrate the one-millionth 3 Series rolling off the assembly line at BMW’s Rosslyn plant,...
Feb 20, 2015
Hyundai Automotive South Africa (SA) hopes the new i20 will see the importer regain its peak of 20% to 25% market share in the popular B-segment, last seen in 2010 to 2012, says marketing director Stanley Anderson. The Hyundai in 2014 took second place to the...
Feb 20, 2015
STABLE INDUSTRY South Africa’s automotive industry is still profitable and will remain so even if sales drop by 2% to 3% this year
Overall new vehicle sales in South Africa dropped 3% year-on-year in 2014, with 630 000 vehicles sold, compared with the 650 000 sold in 2013, says fleet administrator Imperial Fleet Management CEO Nicholas de Canha. “Despite the overall market being slightly down,...
Feb 20, 2015
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The changes to the Labour Relations Act (LRA), which came into force in January 2015, could impact negatively on the profitability of manufacturing companies in the automotive industry, says business law and litigation firm Fasken Martineau labour, employment and...
Feb 20, 2015
The new Ford Fusion, which was launched in Cape Town last month, is the most technologically advanced Ford vehicle ever introduced in South Africa, claims Ford Motor Company Southern Africa marketing, sales and service VP Mark Kaufman. New technologies featured in...
Feb 20, 2015
BREAKING RECORDS South African vehicle sales broke all records for the month of December in 2014, with 51 462 vehicles sold
South African vehicle sales broke all records for the month of December in 2014, with 51 462 vehicles sold. Previously, the highest sales record for the month of December was in 2006, when 49 283 vehicles were sold, says advisory firm KPMG industrial, automotive and...
Feb 20, 2015
South Africa’s automotive domestic market sales reached 52 306 units in the first month of 2015, with automotive manufacturer Toyota achieving 21% of overall sales, ending the month with 11 191 units sold. Toyota topped the log of overall sales for January 2015, and...
Feb 20, 2015
VEHICLE LEASING Ariva offers individuals the opportunity to lease a new vehicle after three years without having to pay an expensive settlement price
JSE-listed Imperial group affiliate and specialist vehicle leasing company Ariva is aiming to expand its vehicle brand offering for its leasing service provision, says Ariva MD Keith Watson. Currently, the company offers leasing agreements of up to 60 months on...
Feb 19, 2015
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MBSA CEO Arno van der Merwe
The biggest challenge Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) faced in producing the C-Class in East London was labour instability, and not security in energy supply. MBSA CEO and executive director manufacturing Arno van der Merwe said on Thursday that it was vital for...
Feb 18, 2015
The VW Up
Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) is positive its new entry-level vehicle, the Up, will not cannabalise sales of the locally manufactured, budget Polo Vivo, says VWSA sales and marketing director Petra Hoffmann. She says the three-door Up is “significantly...
 
 
 
 
Feb 17, 2015
To bolster the automotive industry’s contribution to Gauteng's economic growth, Premier David Makhura has urged local vehicle manufacturers to limit imports of automotive parts, components and accessories from other countries. Speaking at an engagement session with...
Feb 16, 2015
Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has won its second consecutive Energy Company of the Year award, presented by the Southern Africa Association for Energy Efficiency, for its efforts in energy efficiency.
Feb 13, 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,...
Feb 13, 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...
Feb 13, 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...
Feb 13, 2015
January new vehicle sales fell by 1.2%, to 52 306 units, compared with the same month last year. Statistics released by the Department of Trade and Industry show that the domestic new passenger car market declined by 3.6%, to 36 982 units, compared with 12 months ago.
Feb 13, 2015
Oil prices can bounce back to $65, $70 a barrel, with the price already strengthening in February to above $50 a barrel, says Econometrix director and chief economist Dr Azar Jammine. He says collapsing oil prices have seen the cost of domestic fuel come down by...
Feb 06, 2015
The new i20
Hyundai Automotive South Africa (SA) hopes the new i20 will see the importer regain its peak of 20% to 25% market share in the popular B-segment, last seen in 2010 to 2012, says marketing director Stanley Anderson. The Hyundai in 2014 took second place to the...
Feb 06, 2015
Four dealerships in South Africa will sell the BMW i3 electric city car and the i8 hybrid sports car when these vehicles go on sale in the domestic market in March. BMW Group South Africa (SA) says these dealerships will be Club Motors Fountains, in Pretoria; Sandton...
Feb 06, 2015
DDS2 The new drug detection system, provided exlusively to Alco-safe by Alere Toxicology, gives instant test results for six types of drugs
South Africa-based electronic alcohol detection and drug-testing equipment supplier Alco-Safe will supply the Lion Detection System 20 (DS20) interlock system – a breathalyser attached to the starter motor of a vehicle – by the end of April says Alco-Safe director...
 
 
 
 
Feb 06, 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...
Feb 04, 2015
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Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) and Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) have moved to the containerisation of vehicles as MBSA grows and expands the geographical reach of its exports. MBSA’s plant, based in East London, in 2013 exported 36 234 C-Class vehicles to the US...
Feb 03, 2015
Oil prices could bounce back to $65, $70 a barrel, with the price already strengthening in February to above $50 a barrel, said Econometrix director and chief economist Dr Azar Jammine on Tuesday. Speaking at a breakfast meeting in Pretoria, hosted by Ford, he said...
Feb 02, 2015
January new vehicle sales fell by 1.2%, to 52 306 units, compared with the same month last year. Statistics released on Monday by the Department of Trade and Industry showed that the domestic new passenger car market declined by 3.6%, to 36 982 units, compared with...
Jan 30, 2015
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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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