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Pitot reflects on auto landscape as he departs Naacam

By: Irma Venter     7th October 2016   A local automotive industry with five vehicle manufacturers producing 150 000 units each a year might be better than seven to eight manufacturers producing between 50 000 and 100 000 vehicles each a year, says former National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam)... 

Toyota Gazoo Racing SA revamped for Dakar 2017

By: Irma Venter     7th October 2016 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) and Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa (SA) have announced significant changes to their strategy for Dakar 2017 and beyond. This includes the deployment of a new race vehicle, known as the Toyota Hilux Evo, as well as the expansion of the Toyota Gazoo Racing SA... 

Ford begins Everest production at its Silverton plant 

By: Irma Venter     5th October 2016 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) this week started production of the Everest sports-utility vehicle (SUV) at its Silverton plant, in Pretoria. The introduction of the Everest to the assembly line means the Ford plant becomes a two-vehicle assembly facility. The plant currently... 

Ford begins Everest production at its Silverton plant
Everest job 1 at the Silverton plant

South African vehicle exports to the rest of Africa plummet 54%

By: Irma Venter     5th October 2016 New-vehicle exports from South Africa into the rest of Africa fell dramatically in the first eight months of the year.   Exports reached 32 080 trucks, bakkies and cars from January to August 2015, dropping a whopping 54% in 2016, to 14 723 units.   The decline follows a drop in exports from 78... 

South African vehicle exports to the rest of Africa plummet 54%
Dr Norman Lamprecht

Mercedes-Benz unveils electric brand; first car to launch by end-2020 

By: Irma Venter     4th October 2016 Mercedes-Benz will go electric – and in a big way. The German carmaker has launched a new product brand for electric mobility under the name EQ, which stands for ‘electric intelligence’. 

Mercedes-Benz unveils electric brand; first car to launch by end-2020
Mercedes-Benz's new Generation EQ has been unveiled in Paris

Recession in new-vehicle sales ‘accelerated’ in September

By: Irma Venter     3rd October 2016 The recession in the domestic new-vehicle market “accelerated significantly” during September, said the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) on Monday. Statistics released by the Department of Trade and Industry show that September new-vehicle sales declined... 

Recession in new-vehicle sales ‘accelerated’ in September

Nuon makes it two in a row in solar challenge, NWU first SA team

By: Irma Venter     3rd October 2016 Dutch team Nuon, from the Delft University of Technology, won the 2016 Sasol Solar Challenge, with the 2012 winner, from Tokai University, in Japan, in second place, at 4 533 km. Nuon also won the 2014 distance-based event. 

 Nuon makes it two in a row in solar challenge, NWU first SA team
Dutch team Nuon celebrating their win in Cape Town

BMW to expand Rosslyn high-tech centres amid strong digitalisation push

By: Irma Venter     30th September 2016 BMW Group South Africa (SA) aims to expand its IT Operations Centre, at the company’s Rosslyn plant, as well as its SAP Shared Services Centre (SSC), in Pretoria East, to employ a combined total of more than 600 people by 2017. The SAP SSC currently employs 200 specialists, with a target of 320... 

Volkswagen gearing to assemble Polo Vivo in Kenya

By: Irma Venter     30th September 2016 Volkswagen aims to start assembly of the Polo Vivo in Kenya at the end of this year. Kenya will be the first global market outside South Africa to sell the Vivo. 

2017 car of the year finalists announced 

By: Irma Venter     28th September 2016 The South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ) has announced the finalists for the 2017 WesBank South African Car of the Year (COTY) competition. The announcement follows a voting process by a 28-member jury from the SAGMJ. 

2017 car of the year finalists announced
Volkswagen Tiguan

App tracks phone use while driving, promises free coffee if you behave

By: Irma Venter     27th September 2016 Three Japanese companies have joined forces to reward drivers for not using their phones while driving, making use of an innovative smartphone app. Auto maker Toyota Motor Corporation, coffee company Komeda, and telecommunications operator KDDI Corporation kicked off the initiative in September,... 

App tracks phone use while driving, promises free coffee if you behave
Driving Barista explained

Sometimes less is more, says Pitot as he departs Naacam

By: Irma Venter     27th September 2016 A local automotive industry with five vehicle manufacturers producing 150 000 units each a year might be better than seven to eight manufacturers producing between 50 000 and 100 000 vehicles each a year, says former National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam)... 

Sometimes less is more, says Pitot as he departs Naacam
Photo by Duane Daws
Roger Pitot

Ford, BMW dealerships to be built in R170m Newtown development 

By: Irma Venter     26th September 2016 Property investor and developer Atterbury is building premises for two new motor dealerships in the Johannesburg city basin – Joburg City Auto BMW and Joburg City Auto Ford. These showrooms and service facilities, set to open on July 1, next year, are being developed on the northern edge of... 

Ford, BMW dealerships to be built in R170m Newtown development
The Newtown Junction piazza

Geely sponsorship restarts Bloodhound project

By: Irma Venter     26th September 2016 The Bloodhound project has announced a three-year agreement with the Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (ZGH) as its prime sponsor and official automotive partner. The Chinese automotive group – the owner of the Volvo Car Group – will provide technical, as well as financial support to the British... 

Geely sponsorship restarts Bloodhound project
Photo by Stefan Marjoram
The Bloodhound vehicle

Davies urges Tesla to invest in South Africa 

By: African News Agency      26th September 2016 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies, who is attending Monday’s Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) forum in Washington DC, made the most of an opportunity at a business breakfast on Sunday to encourage an investment by South African-born entrepreneur Elon Musk in the country of his... 

Auto industry, unions conclude wage deal to 2019

By: Irma Venter     23rd September 2016 South Africa’s automotive manufacturing sector and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) have concluded their negotiations in Port Elizabeth for a new three-year wage agreement. The agreement will be in force until 2019. 

BMW, Nissan expand national charging footprint for electric vehicles

By: Irma Venter     23rd September 2016 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) and Nissan South Africa has expanded the national charging footprint for electric vehicles (EV) and plug-in electric hybrid vehicles (PHEV) with the introduction of their first joint charging stations in the Western Cape. The continued roll-out of charging... 

Insight into SA’s new auto master plan expected in early 2017

By: Irma Venter     23rd September 2016 The South African automotive industry should have its first glimpse of the strategic direction of the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) new automotive master plan in the first quarter of 2017, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) president Mike... 

Upgraded Kyalami receives key Grade 2 motor racing certification

By: Irma Venter     23rd September 2016 Kyalami’s 4.522 km Grand Prix circuit has been certified by the Federation International de l’Automobile (FIA) as a Grade 2 race track, following an extensive refurbishment process that started in May last year. Kyalami is the only motor-racing facility in Africa with such accreditation, says... 

Renault Kwid set for SA debut in Nov, Oroch small bakkie possibility for 2017

By: Irma Venter     19th September 2016 Renault South Africa (SA) is set to launch a fresh attack on the country’s budget market in November, when it introduces the A-segment Kwid. The India-made Kwid should be priced below Renault SA’s current entry-level Sandero. 

Renault Kwid set for SA debut in Nov, Oroch small bakkie possibility for 2017
The Kwid

Ford sets 2021 target for high-volume, fully autonomous vehicle

By: Irma Venter     16th September 2016 Ford has announced its intent to have a high-volume, fully autonomous vehicle in commercial operation in 2021 in a ride-hailing or ride-sharing service. Ford also notes that it is investing in, or collaborating with, four technology startups to enhance its programme of autonomous vehicle... 

Korean auto firms aiming to assemble bakkies at Benoni plant

By: Irma Venter     16th September 2016 Kia Motors South Africa (KMSA) is close to finalising a deal with Hyundai Motors South Africa (HMSA) to assemble its K2700 and K2500 workhorse bakkies at HMSA’s Benoni plant, says KMSA CEO Ray Levin. HMSA assembles the Hyundai HD65 and HD72 medium-duty trucks at the Benoni facility, as well as... 

Refineries face uncertain future as SA fuel standards lag

By: Irma Venter     16th September 2016 While not able to speak on behalf of the industry, South Africa’s refineries are probably grappling with the question of whether they can afford to upgrade their facilities to produce cleaner diesel and petrol, or whether it is more cost-effective to close down, says Sasol senior technical... 

Beijing Automotive Group and Industrial Development Corporation to build new vehicle plant 

     15th September 2016 Chinese vehicle manufacturer Beijing Automotive Group and South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation has announced the establishment of a new vehicle plant, to be located in the Coega Industrial Development Zone, near Port Elizabeth. 

Beijing Automotive Group and Industrial Development Corporation to build new vehicle plant
Beijing Automotive Group and Industrial Development Corporation to build new vehicle plant

SA’s economic competitiveness stumbling block to Datsun production

By: Irma Venter     15th September 2016 South Africa is the ideal place to produce Datsun vehicles for Africa, “but not today”, says Datsun global head Vincent Cobee. Africa as a continent, with its rapidly growing middle class, is every consumer product company’s dream, he notes. However, it is also a highly complex market, made up of... 

SA’s economic competitiveness stumbling block to Datsun production
Vincent Cobee

Auto industry, Numsa conclude new three-year wage deal

By: Irma Venter     9th September 2016 South Africa’s automotive manufacturing sector and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) have concluded their negotiations in Port Elizabeth for a new three-year wage agreement. The agreement will be in force until 2019. 

Auto industry, Numsa conclude new three-year wage deal

Remote-control parking is here

By: Irma Venter     9th September 2016 Is that parking spot just too tight to allow you to get into and out of your car? Never fear, remote-control parking is here. BMW South Africa (SA) has launched a remote control parking system that allows 7 Series owners to manoeuvre in or out of a garage or forward-parking space – no parallel... 

Volvo Cars, Uber in autonomous-driving partnership

By: Irma Venter     9th September 2016 Volvo Cars and ride-sharing company Uber will join forces to develop autonomous driving (AD) cars. The two companies have signed an agreement to develop base vehicles that will be able to incorporate the latest developments in AD technologies, up to and including, fully autonomous driverless cars. 

Truck, tyre and logistics shows to share stage with Automechanika 2017

By: Irma Venter     8th September 2016 Next year’s Automechanika Johannesburg trade fair for the automotive aftermarket, taking place at the Johannesburg Expo Centre from September 27 to 30, will also play host to three new, related shows. The new shows are Futuroad Expo, Scalex Johannesburg, and REIFEN. 

 Truck, tyre and logistics shows to share stage with Automechanika 2017
SA Shows Messe Frankfurt CEO Konstantin von Vieregge

Kenya to assemble the Polo Vivo from South African kits 

By: Irma Venter     8th September 2016 Volkswagen aims to start assembly of the Polo Vivo in Kenya at the end of this year. Kenya will be the first global market outside South Africa to sell the Vivo. Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) MD and chairperson Thomas Schaefer and the Kenyan government signed the deal for the new plant in the... 

Kenya to assemble the Polo Vivo from South African kits
Thomas Schaefer and Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi

BMW SA’s global IT hub to add 220 more hi-tech jobs as auto industry evolves

By: Irma Venter     7th September 2016 BMW Group South Africa (SA) aims to expand its IT Operations Centre, at the company’s Rosslyn plant, as well as its SAP Shared Services Centre (SSC), in Pretoria East, to employ a combined total of more than 600 people by 2017. The SAP SSC currently employs 200 specialists, with a target of 320... 

BMW SA’s global IT hub to add 220 more hi-tech jobs as auto industry evolves
The BMW SAP Shared Services Centre

New-look Kyalami certified by FIA for 'any racing, except Formula One'

By: Irma Venter     6th September 2016 Kyalami’s 4.522 km Grand Prix circuit has been certified by the Federation International de l’Automobile (FIA) as a Grade 2 race track, following an extensive refurbishment process that started in May last year. Kyalami is the only motor-racing facility in Africa with such accreditation, says... 

New-look Kyalami certified by FIA for 'any racing, except Formula One'
The Kyalami International Convention Centre is situated on the Ingwe Corner

Toyota Dakar 2017 team expands; new-look SA-made Hilux ready to race

By: Irma Venter     5th September 2016 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) and Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa (SA) have announced significant changes to their strategy for Dakar 2017 and beyond.This includes the deployment of a new race vehicle, known as the Toyota Hilux Evo, as well as the expansion of the Toyota Gazoo Racing SA... 

Toyota Dakar 2017 team expands; new-look SA-made Hilux ready to race
The Toyota Hilux Evo

First glimpse of new auto master plan set for early 2017

By: Irma Venter     2nd September 2016 The South African automotive industry should have its first glimpse of the strategic direction of the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) new automotive master plan in the first quarter of 2017, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) president Mike... 

First glimpse of new auto master plan set for early 2017
Photo by Duane Daws
Naamsa president Mike Whitfield

African auto association initiates talks with Nigeria on policy support

By: Irma Venter     2nd September 2016 A delegation from the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM), led by chairperson Jeff Nemeth, has visited the Nigerian capital, Abuja, with the aim of creating a framework for policy development that will support the growth of the Nigerian automotive industry. Nemeth is also the... 

Metair earnings hit by ‘disruptive’ auto components phase

By: Irma Venter     2nd September 2016 A struggling automotive components business saw operating profit at JSE-listed Metair drop 25%, to R260-million, for the six months ended June 30, compared with the same period last year. Revenue at the energy storage solutions and automotive components manufacturer and distributor increased 14%... 

Naamsa hopeful of end to wage discussions in ten days

By: Irma Venter     1st September 2016 National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) president Mike Whitfield says he is hopeful that the current wage negotiations between vehicle manufacturers and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa will be completed in the next ten days, without a strike.... 

Naamsa hopeful of end to wage discussions in ten days
Photo by Duane Daws
Naamsa president Mike Whitfield

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