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Volvo upgrading its sedan segment with new S90

     19th February 2016 Swedish premium automobile manufacturer Volvo will be shaking up the premium sedan segment with the new S90, an executive class sedan, which was launched last month at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit in the US. The luxury sedan, which has made its first public... 

BMW’s new 7 Series parks itself, introduces gesture control 

By: Irma Venter     12th February 2016 The market for the BMW 7 Series in South Africa differs quite significantly from the rest of the world. China, the US and the Middle East almost exclusively buy the long-wheel-base version, using the German manufacturer’s luxury high-end sedan as a chaffeur-driven vehicle. 

Declining vehicle-sales trend continues into 2016

By: Irma Venter     12th February 2016 January new-vehicle sales fell by 6.9%, to 48 615 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 6.1%, to 34 936 units, compared with 12 months ago. 

Fleet managers to tighten belts further in 2016

By: Irma Venter     12th February 2016 South African fleet managers will continue to tighten their belts in 2016, faced with the pressure to reduce costs, and to squeeze every bit of value from their vehicles before replacing them. This means new-vehicle purchases in this segment of the market are likely to be slow this year, in line... 

Bloodhound to make the chase only in 2017

By: Irma Venter     8th February 2016 The Bloodhound project has announced a delay in its attempt to break the land-speed record at Hakskeen Pan, in South Africa. The date for the start of the campaign has been pushed back to 2017. In 2014, it was estimated that the series of runs to break to record would start in 2015. 

Bloodhound to make the chase only in 2017
The Bloodhound SSC

Detector system available for commercial market

By: Lynne Jackson     5th February 2016 Sole supplier of Lion detection systems Alco-Safe recently completed the testing of its Lion Detection System (DS-20), which will soon be available for commercial use. The system was tested on privately owned vehicles to resolve any issues before it is made available to the commercial market. 

Ford achieves highest sales increase, focuses on quality testing

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th February 2016 Automotive producer Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) says it has “wrapped up an exceptional 2015”, with December sales of 6 345 vehicles bringing the total units sold to 78 471 for the year – the highest to date for the brand in South Africa. Despite the overall vehicle market sales... 

Ford achieves highest sales increase, focuses on quality testing
MARKET INTEREST The Ford Ranger emerged as the best-selling vehicle in December with sales of 2 914 vehicles for the month

Volvo, Microsoft unveil car voice control solution

By: Irma Venter     5th February 2016 Vehicle manufacturer Volvo Cars and technology group Microsoft are launching a voice control system that will allow Volvo owners to talk to their cars using the Microsoft Band 2 wearable device. The system will allow owners to instruct their vehicle to perform tasks remotely, such as setting a... 

US ‘optimistic’ on SA meeting Agoa deadline, but flags need for post-Agoa trade model

By: Terence Creamer     3rd February 2016 Leading US trade officials expressed optimism this week that the conditions would be met by the March 15 deadline for South Africa’s continued preferential access for agricultural products under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa). Speaking in Johannesburg during a panel discussion... 

US ‘optimistic’ on SA meeting Agoa deadline, but flags need for post-Agoa trade model

New-vehicle sales down 6.9% in January, exports drop 21.9%

By: Irma Venter     1st February 2016 January new-vehicle sales fell by 6.9%, to 48 615 units, compared with the same month last year. Statistics released by the Department of Trade and Industry on Monday showed that the domestic new passenger-car market declined by 6.1%, to 34 936 units, compared with 12 months ago. 

New-vehicle sales down 6.9% in January, exports drop 21.9%

AMH expands into Africa, appointed FAW partner in Zambia, Malawi

By: Irma Venter     1st February 2016 FAW Vehicle Manufacturers South Africa (FAW SA) and Associated Motor Holdings (AMH), a member of the JSE-listed Imperial Group, have signed an agreement that will see AMH act as FAW SA’s exclusive sales, parts, service and maintenance partner in Zambia and Malawi. FAW has changed misconceptions... 

AMH expands into Africa, appointed FAW partner in Zambia, Malawi
FAW's plant in the Eastern Cape

Hyundai SA pushes warranty up to 7 years/200 000 km

By: Irma Venter     1st February 2016 Hyundai Automotive South Africa (SA) has announced that it will introduce a manufacturer’s warranty of 7 years, or 200 000 km, on its vehicles, up from the 5 year/150 000 km warranty introduced at the end of 2007. The company believes this “bold and confident new feature will ensure even greater... 

Hyundai SA pushes warranty up to 7 years/200 000 km

Component body to lobby for new auto support programme beyond 2020

By: Irma Venter     1st February 2016 The National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) would like to see a completely new programme replace the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) when it concludes in 2020, says Naacam adviser Roger Pitot. “We would like to see something completely... 

Component body to lobby for new auto support programme beyond 2020
Photo by Duane Daws
Roger Pitot

Big data offers prospects for more efficient transport system in South Africa – Wipro

By: Schalk Burger     29th January 2016 Tracking geospatial trends to understand user behaviour and congestion patterns enable transport operators to develop rail and bus networks that suit people’s lifestyles, and incentivise more motorists to move away from private transport by improving visibility and predictability, say Indian... 

IDC, Chinese group mulling $800m SA car manufacturing plant

By: Irma Venter     29th January 2016 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and Beijing Automotive Group Corporation Limited (BAIC) intend to establish a new vehicle manufacturing facility in South Africa, in a $800-million investment, excluding land and buildings, says IDC spokesperson Mandla Mpangase. The plant will produce... 

Kirby promoted to executive VP, COO at Toyota South Africa Motors

By: Irma Venter     29th January 2016 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has announced that corporate administration senior VP Andrew Kirby has been appointed as executive VP and COO at the local arm of the Japanese vehicle manufacturer. In his new position, Kirby will oversee all operational aspects of the company’s automotive... 

New Suzuki mini truck to make SA debut this year

By: Irma Venter     29th January 2016 Suzuki Auto South Africa (SA) will introduce a new commercial vehicle to the local market in 2016. The introduction of the four-door Baleno hatchback is also on the cards, with no launch date confirmed yet.   Suzuki Auto SA MD Yukio Sato says the commercial vehicle to make its debut this year... 

BMW’s new 7 Series parks itself, introduces gesture control

By: Irma Venter     28th January 2016 The market for the BMW 7 Series in South Africa differs quite significantly from the rest of the world. China, the US and the Middle East almost exclusively buy the long-wheel-base version, using the German manufacturer’s luxury high-end sedan as a chaffeur-driven vehicle. Globally, around 85% of... 

BMW’s new 7 Series parks itself, introduces gesture control
The new 7 Series

People to talk to their cars following Volvo Cars, Microsoft deal

By: Irma Venter     22nd January 2016 Vehicle manufacturer Volvo Cars and technology group Microsoft are launching a voice control system that will allow Volvo owners to talk to their cars using the Microsoft Band 2 wearable device. The system will allow owners to instruct their vehicle to perform tasks remotely, such as setting a... 

People to talk to their cars following Volvo Cars, Microsoft deal

New-vehicle sales decline 4.1% in 2015

By: Irma Venter     22nd January 2016 South African new-vehicle sales declined by 4.1% in 2015 compared with 2014. This follows a 0.7% drop in 2014 compared with 2013. s Unaudited data released by the Department of Trade and Industry show that South African new-vehicle sales decreased to 617 927 units in 2015, compared with 644 259... 

Fleet managers tightening their belts, says Standard Bank

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2016 South African fleet managers will continue to tighten their belts in 2016, faced with the pressure to reduce costs, and to squeeze every bit of value from their vehicles before replacing them. This means new-vehicle purchases in this segment of the market are likely to be slow this year, in line... 

Fleet managers tightening their belts, says Standard Bank

Another podium finish for Toyota and Giniel, but gold medal proves elusive

By: Irma Venter     18th January 2016 Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa (SA) has wrapped up Dakar 2016 with a third place in the gruelling South American event. The race was won by Stephane Peterhansel (Peugeot), with Nasser Al-Attiyah (Mini) in second place. 

Another podium finish for Toyota and Giniel, but gold medal proves elusive
Von Zitzewits and De Villiers at the finish line

Andrew Kirby appointed as Toyota SA executive VP

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2016 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) on Friday announced that corporate administration senior VP Andrew Kirby had been appointed as executive VP and COO at the local arm of the Japanese vehicle manufacturer. In his new position, Kirby would oversee all operational aspects of the company’s automotive... 

Andrew Kirby appointed as Toyota SA executive VP
Andrew Kirby

Tough year ahead for vehicle sales

     15th January 2016 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Irma Venter about the 2015 new-vehicle sales and export statistics and the outlook for sales and exports in 2016. 

Tough year ahead for vehicle sales

Entry-level car prices soar as rand plummets

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2016 The entry-level car market ain’t what it used to be. The crowded, highly competitive segment has seen some steep price jumps in recent years as the rand plummeted against almost all currencies, pushing up import costs – this while salary increases have largely failed to keep track of new-vehicle... 

Foton to add sports utility vehicle offering

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2016 Foton South Africa (SA) will introduce the Chinese manufacturer’s Sauvana sports-utility vehicle (SUV) to the country next year. The model name is derived from the Spanish word ’savannah’, which refers to a tropical plateau. 

Internet of Things to change automotive driving, commuting

By: Schalk Burger     15th January 2016 The automotive industry is regarded as perfectly primed to capitalise on the Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) communication advancements, with high-technology companies like Tesla, Apple and Uber having raced into leading positions in the automotive and transportation arenas... 

Internet of Things to change automotive driving, commuting
MICHAEL FRANS The key to unlocking the future potential of M2M is developing platforms to handle the explosion of data

The Ford Mustang hasn’t lost its mojo – 50 years on

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2016 There are far fewer iconic brands in the world than marketers claim. An icon has to outlast its generation and outwit its competitors. It has to communicate something about its owner, and not necessarily that he, or she, has money. That is far too obvious. There is also the danger that iconic... 

US regulator rejects VW's diesel recall plan

By: News24Wire      13th January 2016 Volkswagen's proposed US recall to correct excessive nitrogen emissions from its 2-litre diesel cars is inadequate, California's environmental regulator said Tuesday. The decision in effect sends the German automaker back to the drawing board for a US recall of models sold from 2009-15. 

US regulator rejects VW's diesel recall plan

Hilux, Datsun Go, sports and electric cars winners in 2015

By: Irma Venter     8th January 2016 South African new-vehicle sales declined by 4.1% in 2015 compared with 2014. This follows a 0.7% drop in 2014 compared with 2013. Here are a few interesting statistics from 2015. 

Hilux, Datsun Go, sports and electric cars winners in 2015
The BMW i3

New-vehicle sales decline by 4.1% in 2015, exports set new record

By: Irma Venter     7th January 2016 South African new-vehicle sales declined by 4.1% in 2015 compared with 2014. This follows a 0.7% drop in 2014 compared with 2013. Unaudited data released by the Department of Trade and Industry showed that South African new-vehicle sales decreased to 617 927 units in 2015, compared with 644 259... 

New-vehicle sales decline by 4.1% in 2015, exports set new record

Utilising your data, BMW envisages the car as a ‘digital companion’

By: Irma Venter     6th January 2016 Digitalisation will continue to bring disruptive changes to the automotive industry, said BMW head of development Klaus Fröhlich at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on Tuesday. These disruptions include the fact that information technology will offer customers greater convenience and... 

Utilising your data, BMW envisages the car as a ‘digital companion’
The i Vision Future Interaction concept vehicle

Gautrain expansion feasibility study to be completed by March 

By: Schalk Burger     11th December 2015 The feasibility of expanding the commuter rail Gautrain from Lanseria through Honeydew to Sandton, build an additional line from Mamelodi, north-east of Pretoria, to Naledi, west of Johannesburg, and extend the service from OR Tambo International Airport to Boksburg will be completed by March... 

China, SA State-owned vehicle plant to be established in $800m investment 

By: Irma Venter     9th December 2015 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and Beijing Automotive Group Corporation Limited (BAIC) intend to establish a new vehicle manufacturing facility in South Africa, in a $800-million investment, excluding land and buildings, says IDC spokesperson Mandla Mpangase. The plant will produce... 

 China, SA State-owned vehicle plant to be established in $800m investment

Civilised Mustang comes to town – with a long waiting list

By: Irma Venter     4th December 2015 There are far fewer iconic brands in the world than marketers claim. An icon has to outlast its generation and outwit its competitors. It has to communicate something about its owner, and not necessarily that he, or she, has money. That is far too obvious. There is also the danger that iconic... 

Civilised Mustang comes to town – with a long waiting list
The 2015 Ford Mustang

Cartrack mulling US fleet-management market play

By: Irma Venter     4th December 2015 Fleet management, stolen vehicle recovery and insurance telematics group Cartrack is looking at entering the US market with its fleet management offering. CEO Zak Calisto says the appointment of a management team from that country is likely to determine the location of the group’s office. 

Hyundai unveils Genesis as new luxury brand

By: Irma Venter     4th December 2015 Korean vehicle manufacturer Hyundai Motor Company (HMC) has announced the launch of a new global brand – Genesis – which will compete in the luxury segment of the new-vehicle market. Hyundai says Genesis will be a standalone brand that operates alongside the company’s mainstream Hyundai marque. 

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