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Passenger Cars, Bakkies & Vans News

Rolls Royce goes black, Toyota unveils small crossover and Ferrari now seats four

By: Irma Venter     9th March 2016 The eighty-sixth Geneva International Motor Show is set to end this weekend. It produced, as always, an impressive unveiling of exotic cars, aimed at those with deep pockets. However, some manufacturers have also used the Swiss platform to introduce a number of mainstream models, some of which... 

Anticipating junk status, WesBank sees new-vehicle sales drop 12% in 2016

By: Irma Venter     9th March 2016 Vehicle finance house WesBank expected new-vehicle sales to decline by 12%, or around 34 000 units, this year, said CEO Chris de Kock on Tuesday at the WesBank Car of the Year banquet. Compared with sales of 617 691 units in 2015, 2016 would end the year at 543 306 units, he predicted. 

 Anticipating junk status, WesBank sees new-vehicle sales drop 12% in 2016
Chris de Kock

Volvo XC90 named SA Car of the Year

By: Irma Venter     9th March 2016 The Volvo XC90 sports-utility vehicle has been crowned as South Africa’s 2016 Car of the Year, as voted for by the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists. The twelve finalists in the competition were the Citroen C4 Cactus, Ford Fusion, Honda HR-V, Jaguar XE, Kia Sorento, Land Rover Discovery... 

Volvo XC90 named SA Car of the Year
The Volvo XC90

SA can only benefit from rand, political stability, says BMW

By: Irma Venter     7th March 2016 South Africa can only benefit from greater political and currency stability, says BMW purchasing and supplier network board member Dr Klaus Draeger. He says the German vehicle manufacturer has noted, with some concern, the strong depreciation of the rand, as well as the “not so strong” political... 

SA can only benefit from rand, political stability, says BMW

BMW SA to assume responsibility for SADC, nine other African countries

By: Irma Venter     4th March 2016 BMW South Africa (SA) would “any time now” expand its responsibility to sub-Saharan Africa, said BMW sales and marketing board member Dr Ian Robertson. This move would see the company steer all the markets in the Southern African Development Community, as well as nine other African countries.... 

BMW SA to assume responsibility for SADC, nine other African countries

Naamsa cuts new-vehicle sales forecast as economy takes toll

By: Irma Venter     4th March 2016 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) has adjusted its forecast for the domestic new-vehicle market to 564 500 units for 2016, down sharply from the forecast of 622 500 units as reported in November last year, and the 598 200-unit market as predicted in... 

Naamsa cuts new-vehicle sales forecast as economy takes toll

Land-speed record attempt at Hakskeen Pan pushed back to 2017

By: Irma Venter     4th March 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. 

Rebooted Datsun brand sells 5 645 units to claim number one position in entry-level A-segment

By: Irma Venter     4th March 2016 Datsun sold 5 645 new vehicles in South Africa last year, which made it the number one seller in the entry-level A-segment, says Datsun South Africa (SA) GM Des Fenner. This number equates to around 470 units a month. Fenner is hopeful sales will reach 500-plus units a month by March, which... 

Electric cars to comprise 35% of new-vehicle sales by 2040, says study

By: Irma Venter     26th February 2016 The future of electric vehicle (EV) could be brighter than governments and oil companies have anticipated. New research by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) suggests that further, big reductions in battery prices lie ahead, and that EVs will, in the 2020s, become a more economic option than... 

Electric cars to comprise 35% of new-vehicle sales by 2040, says study

Auto execs provide insight into 2016’s biggest risks and opportunities

By: Irma Venter     26th February 2016 This year offers few silver linings for the local automotive industry. Faced with a faltering rand, a jittery global and domestic economy, as well as the trepidation local elections and triennial wage negotiations bring, it seems local vehicle importers and manufacturers will have to hunt for a... 

Auto execs provide insight into 2016’s biggest risks and opportunities

Naamsa questions increase in carbon tax in absence of clean fuel

By: Irma Venter     25th February 2016 The local automotive industry objected to the increase in vehicle emission tax as noted in Wednesday’s national Budget, in light of the absence of cleaner fuel in South Africa, said National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) president Dr Johan Van Zyl. “The... 

Naamsa questions increase in carbon tax in absence of clean fuel

Datsun to roll out new models, dealers, finance options as economy bites

By: Irma Venter     23rd February 2016 Datsun sold 5 645 new vehicles in South Africa last year, which made it the number one seller in the entry-level A-segment, says Datsun South Africa (SA) GM Des Fenner. This number equates to around 470 units a month. Fenner is hopeful sales will reach 500-plus units a month by March. The Datsun... 

Datsun to roll out new models, dealers, finance options as economy bites
The Redi-Go

Static FY growth expected as Imperial faced depressed economic conditions

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd February 2016 Despite a “pleasing” start to the second half of the financial year, JSE-listed Imperial expects a somewhat stifled performance for the full year amid a depressed trading environment. Single-digit revenue growth and unchanged operating profit in continuing operations was expected to be the order... 

Static FY growth expected as Imperial faced depressed economic conditions
Photo by Duane Daws
Imperial CEO Mark Lamberti

Affordability and function key in buying a new car

     19th February 2016 While a first car might mean freedom for both a newly licensed child and the taxi-operating parents, Japanese motor vehicle manufacturer Datsun believes that parents should consider the vehicle’s form, function and affordability before over hastily purchasing. Datsun South Africa GM Des Fenner... 

Affordability and  function key in buying a new car
CHEAP, ECONOMIC AND RELIABLE The running and maintenance costs of an old car can easily outweigh the costs of buying an affordable, new economy car

Auto components sector wants far-reaching overhaul of APDP after 2020

By: Irma Venter     19th 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... 

Automotive industry highly unlikely to show growth in 2016 – KPMG

By: Simon Sonnekus     19th February 2016 The lacklustre economy, consumers’ desparate financial position and affordability of vehicles are three key areas that will stunt the growth of the South African automotive industry this year, says audit, advisory and tax services firm KPMG. According to KPMG automotive sector partner Gavin... 

Automotive industry highly unlikely to show growth in 2016 – KPMG
Photo by Duane Daws
GRIM YEAR AHEAD FOR MOTOR INDUSTRY The weakened economy has made the auto motive market less conducive for buying and even operating vehicles 

Bumpy ride for South African motorists

By: Simon Sonnekus     19th February 2016 The expected rise in Brent crude oil prices, and geopolitical decisions by South Africa will influence the petrol price and vehicle prices in 2016, says the Automobile Association (AA) of South Africa.  According to audit, advisory and tax services firm KPMG automotive sector partner Gavin Maile,... 

Bumpy ride for South African motorists
Photo by Duane Daws
PETROL PRICE HIKE Motorists could pay about R20/ℓ for petrol this year

Donaldson filters ensure seamless Dakar

     19th February 2016 With racing taking place in high altitudes during the Dakar rally, trusted filtration systems, such as those provided by filtration company Donaldson Filtration Solutions, are key for bakkies attempting to conquer the race. Owing to this, Midrand-based racing outfit Toyota Gazoo Racing Team... 

Donaldson filters  ensure seamless Dakar
FILTRATION FOR FLUID RACING Donaldson Fuel filters, used by Toyota Gazoo racing during Dakar 2016, insured that the direct injection engines were fed the cleanest fuel possible

Hyundai extends warranty to seven years

     19th February 2016 Korean motor vehicle manufacturer Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) has extended its manufacturer’s warranty to ensure a better resale value. The Bedfordview-based company has implemented a long, five year/150 000 km warranty period since 2007. Moreover the company, which sold around... 

Hyundai extends warranty to seven years
EXTENDED WARRANTY Hyundai’s face lifted H1 Bus also falls under the seven year/200 000 km warranty

Hyundai unveils big extension to warranty terms

By: Irma Venter     19th 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... 

New Suzuki transmission given green light for SA market

     19th February 2016 Japanese vehicle producer Suzuki has unveiled their refined hybrid version of an automatic and manual transmissions to be used in its range of motor vehicles. 

New Suzuki transmission given green light  for SA market
AGS TRANSMISSION Suzuki keeps the cost of this auto-shifting option low while also ensuring that repairs and maintenance remain easy and cost effective

Swedish motorcycle brand launches 701 bike range in SA

By: Simon Sonnekus     19th February 2016 Swedish motorcycle manufacturer Husqvarna launched its 701 Enduro and Supermoto models at wholesaler Puzey’s Biker’s Warehouse, in Gauteng, last month. The range will spearhead the new range of Husqvarna road motorcycles. The company, which was acquired by Austrian motorcycle company KTM from... 

Swedish motorcycle  brand launches 701  bike range in SA
HUSQVARNA 701 ENDURO Husqvarna has introduced the flagship models the 701 Enduro and Supermoto

Toyota topped seller charts in January

     19th February 2016 Japanese automotive manufacturer Toyota have built on good form to once again be crowned the top-selling brand in the South African Automotive Industry for the month of January after selling 6 463 units. A slower start to the auto market in January has not hindered the Midrand-based company,... 

Toyota topped seller  charts in January
8TH GENERATION HILUX Toyota’s Hilux bakkie was the topselling light commercial vehicle in 2015 with 35 684 units

Used-car market rises while new-car sales decline

     19th February 2016 Sales data released by South African automotive industry information provider the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa), has noted that while new-vehicle sales have declined by 6.9% since January 2015, data from vehicle finance and insurance provider Wesbank... 

Used-car market rises while new-car sales decline
SIMPHIWE NGHONA Cash-strapped and budget-conscious consumers atempt to address affordability

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... 

Volvo upgrading its sedan  segment with new S90
COMPETITION IN THE EXCUTIVE SEDAN SEGMENT The S90 will be powered by a T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid emitting 298 kW of power

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

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