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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
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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...
Oct 29, 2014
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Construction of the Bio2Watt biogas plant
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.
 
 
 
 
Oct 27, 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...
Oct 27, 2014
Justin Barnes
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...
Oct 24, 2014
The Competition Commission has launched an investigation into what it says are “price fixing, market division and collusive tendering in the market for the manufacture and supply of automotive components to original equipment manufacturers” (OEMs, or vehicle...
Oct 24, 2014
Following a slump in new vehicle sales in recent months, September surprised by delivering an 11.5% increase in sales compared with the same month last year. Data released by the Department of Trade and Industry shows that September new vehicle sales improved to 60...
Oct 17, 2014
Mike Whitfield
Nissan South Africa (SA) faces two lean production years, says MD Mike Whitfield, as the local arm of the Japanese car maker comes to the end of the model lifecycle of its one-ton NP300 pickup. Nissan SA’s Rosslyn plant, in Pretoria, also produces the NP200 half-ton...
Oct 17, 2014
It is second time lucky for Toby Venter. Ten years ago, he negotiated to buy the Kyalami racetrack, but “the deal did not materialise”. “When the opportunity came around again, I told my team that this was our last chance to secure the track. I didn’t think we’d...
Oct 17, 2014
It is second time lucky for Toby Venter. Ten years ago he negotiated to buy the Kyalami racetrack, but “the deal did not materialise”.
Oct 17, 2014
DigiCore Holdings has managed a turnaround in its fortunes, with the telematics specialist reporting profit after tax for the year ended June 30 of R7.8-million, compared with a loss of R59.4-million in the previous financial year. Revenue for the year reached...
Oct 16, 2014
Johan van Zyl
The only real competitive advantage the local automotive industry has over international competitors is the availability of natural resources in the country, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa president and Toyota South Africa...
Oct 16, 2014
WesBank CEO Chris de Kock
The Nigerian Automotive Council (NAC) and WesBank this week signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), which should see the South African vehicle and asset financier enter the Nigerian new vehicle finance market in 2015. “We have an optimistic objective that we can...
 
 
 
 
Oct 15, 2014
Twenty-three companies had signed commitments with technical partners to assemble cars, minibuses, pickups, buses and trucks in Nigeria, under the country’s new Automotive Industry Development Plan (NAIDP), said Nigerian Automotive Council director-general Aminu...
Oct 14, 2014
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Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council head Professor Goran Roos
Danger signs that South Africa’s automotive industry might follow in the footsteps of Australia’s soon to be defunct vehicle assembly sector included a rapid increase in costs, primarily in labour and energy, an inability to produce goods competitively because of...
Oct 14, 2014
Trade and Industry South Africa (Tisa) and the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) were this week awarded Investment Promotion Awards for excellence in promoting foreign direct investment (FDI) projects to advance sustainable development. The awards ceremony was held...
Oct 13, 2014
The Honda Mobilio
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.
Oct 13, 2014
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The Competition Commission on Monday announced that it had launched an “investigation into price fixing, market division and collusive tendering in the market for the manufacture and supply of automotive components to original equipment manufacturers” (OEMs, or...
Oct 10, 2014
In an economic environment where vehicle prices are surging upwards, Great Wall Motors South Africa (GWM SA) has dropped the price on many of its vehicles by between R5 000 and R30 000. COO Warren Olson says this move is not linked to declining sales at the Chinese...
Oct 10, 2014
Japanese car maker Mazda is investing R150-million in the domestic market as the brand separates from Ford in South Africa. As from October 1, Mazda will no longer be distributed through Ford, but through Mazda Southern Africa (MSA).
Oct 10, 2014
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class has been crowned the best-quality passenger car in South Africa, followed by the C-Class Coupé and the C-Class petrol model. This title has been awarded by research house Ipsos, based on telephonic interviews conducted with new vehicle...
Oct 07, 2014
Vehicle and asset finance group WesBank on Tuesday said it expected domestic new vehicle sales to decline by 4.4% in 2014. The group originally forecast a 0.6% decline over 2013.
Oct 06, 2014
Fitment of the jet engine into the Bloodhound body
The Bloodhound build team said it had 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...
 
 
 
 
Oct 06, 2014
The Nuon Solar Team vehicle
Delft University’s Nuon Solar Team, from the Netherlands, on Saturday clinched the 2014 Sasol Solar Challenge title. Ten solar powered cars managed to complete the race, crossing the finish line at the end of the eight-day, Pretoria to Cape Town race.
Oct 06, 2014
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Sanral CEO Nazir Alli
The backlog on South Africa’s road network has reached R197-billion, up from R149-billion in 2010, says South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) CEO Nazir Alli. This backlog included the strengthening and regravelling of roads, and excluded periodic...
Oct 03, 2014
Ikuji Ikeda and Riaz Haffejee
A R1.1-billion investment at Dunlop’s Ladysmith radial car and tyre factory, in Ladysmith, will help Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA) achieve its goal of becoming Africa’s number one tyre company within the next five years. The investment is aimed at increasing...
Oct 03, 2014
Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) will see its exports into Africa drop by around 20% this year over last year, owing largely to policy changes in Algeria and Nigeria. TSAM president and CEO Dr Johan van Zyl says the Algerian government has shifted its support for...
Oct 03, 2014
South African vehicle exports dropped to around 116 000 units for the first six months of the year, down from the 147 600 units recorded for the same period last year. The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) says in its second...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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