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Aug 18, 2014
Government’s Automotive and Production Development Programme (APDP) had succeeded in mitigating some effects of the labour action seen in the local automotive industry over the last 12 months, said Metair MD Theo Loock on Monday. The APDP incentivised volume...
Aug 15, 2014
Compared with Europe, where more than 70% of corporates outsource the finance and management of their fleet, the South African market is well behind the global trend, says Eqstra Fleet Management (EFM) head of consulting Hein du Plessis. Only 30% of companies in...
Aug 15, 2014
EXPOSURE All stakeholders must cooperate to expose school children, youths and unemployed adults to industrial activity to enable a smooth transition from school into the workplace
Bridging and specialised courses that provide school-leavers and unemployed youth with the necessary industry entry qualifications to a trade, as well as expose them to how industry works and the technologies used in industry, can help to prepare them for training...
Aug 15, 2014
July new vehicle sales declined by 1.5%, to 57 670 units, compared with the same month last year. The South African new passenger car market, at 39 945 units, shrunk by 418 units, or 1%, compared with July last year.
Aug 15, 2014
The biennial Sasol Solar Challenge will kick off on September 27, in Pretoria, and end in Cape Town, on October 4. Fourteen teams will take part, of which eight are local, says race project manager Annalie van Vuuren.
Aug 12, 2014
Current expectations in the automotive industry are for the domestic new vehicle market to decline to around 619 000 units in 2014, down from the 651 745 units sold in 2013, says Absa vehicle and asset finance head Wessel Steffens. “Interest-rate sensitive sectors in...
Aug 11, 2014
Nicolette Lambrechts
The 2014 South African van market will probably end the year flat compared with 2013, says Mercedes-Benz Vans South Africa  (MB Vans SA) MD Nicolette Lambrechts. All new vehicle markets are under pressure, with the exception of the extra-heavy truck segment, which...
Aug 11, 2014
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Renault South Africa (SA) has had a good year to date. Sales for the first half of the year reached 8 272 units, up 83% on last year’s 4 515 new vehicles, this while the country’s new vehicle market has moved into negative territory for the year. Renault SA MD Niall...
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Aug 07, 2014
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Aug 07, 2014
South Africa’s new vehicle business market declined by 14.5% for the first seven months of the year compared with the same period last year, says Standard Bank Vehicle and Asset Finance business markets head Toni Fritz. The used vehicle business market dropped by 21.8%.
Aug 06, 2014
The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) has announced the event dates of the 2015 Johannesburg International Motor Show (JIMS). The event will take place from October 14 to October 25, 2015, at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec.
Aug 04, 2014
Audi South Africa head Paul Sansom
Volkswagen Group company Audi South Africa has appointed former Audi UK sales director Paul Sansom as head of the business with effect from August 4. He took over the position from Ryan Searle who had been appointed as the MD of Audi Taiwan.
Aug 01, 2014
July new vehicle sales declined by 1.5%, to 57 670 units, compared with the same month last year, reported the Department of Trade and Industry on Friday. The South African new passenger car market, at 39 945 units, shrunk by 418 units, or 1%, compared with July last...
Aug 01, 2014
The next two years will see an aggressive expansion of Ford’s vehicle line-up in sub-Saharan Africa. The US auto maker will launch 25 new or refreshed vehicles in the region, of which 17 will find their way to South Africa.
Aug 01, 2014
Mitsubishi Motors South Africa (MMSA) is gearing up for the August launch of the Mirage, to be introduced as part of a programme to expand the brand’s local footprint. The entry-level, five-door, three-model Japanese hatchback range will compete in the budget- and...
Aug 01, 2014
The BMW Group has named Tim Abbott as the new BMW South Africa (BMW SA) MD. Abbott is currently the MD of BMW Group UK, a post he has held since February 2009. He is 57 years old, was educated at Loughborough University and is married with three children.
Jul 28, 2014
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
Jul 25, 2014
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The biennial Sasol Solar Challenge will kick off on September 27, in Pretoria, and end in Cape Town, on October 4. Fourteen teams will take part, of which eight are local, says race project manager Annalie van Vuuren.
Jul 25, 2014
More than a third (35%) of current car owners who are considering purchasing a new car in the near future, say they will possibly purchase a different car brand to the one they have, this according to a study by Ipsos. A third of car owners are undecided on the matter.
 
 
 
 
Jul 25, 2014
TONY SMALLWOOD New technology is ultimately heading towards creating communication between the connected car and the “smart city”
As vehicles become increasingly technologically advanced, the future of the automotive industry is shifting towards the ‘connected car’ that can communicate with external sources, such as the vehicle manufacturer, says mobile network service provider Vodacom...
Jul 25, 2014
TWIN ENGINE The new Volvo XC90 T8 version offers the features of a plug-in electric car, hybrid car and high-performance car
Swedish vehicle manufacturer Volvo Car Group’s new XC90 sports utility vehicle (SUV) will offer an unrivalled combination of power and efficiency with a dual engine, when the CX90 is revealed later this year.
Jul 25, 2014
TOYOTA SOUTH AFRICA Toyota South Africa was recognised as Energy Company of the Year in November 2013
The growth of the automotive industry, in South Africa and worldwide, is being influenced by the ways in which vehicle manufactures are creating ways of using energy efficiently, according to government initiative the National Cleaner Production Centre of South...
Jul 25, 2014
TURBOCHARGING SKILLS DEVELOPMENT The Ford Struandale Engine Plant donated four turbo-diesel engines to propel skills development and training at the Coega Skills and Training Development Centre
Vehicle manufacturer Ford donated four diesel engines to State-owned entity, the Coega Skills and Training Development Centre, to enhance skills development in the automotive industry.
Jul 25, 2014
POWERING THE A-SEGMENT Instead of marketing the Grand i10 as a B-segment vehicle, Hyundai has retained the vehicle’s A-segment classification
Categorising different vehicle models in specific segments could be a crucial factor when taking into account how car buyers envisage the new-car market, says Hyundai South Africa.
Jul 25, 2014
JEFF OSBORNE The new Car Check Price website is a pricing guide that enables vehicle buyers to make informed decisions
A comprehensive new automotive buying guide provides buyers of new and used cars with greater options, compared with other buying guides, reports online classifieds website Gumtree, a division of the eBay Classifieds Group.
Jul 25, 2014
DUST-FREE ZONE A high velocity sheet of ionised air neutralises the static charge to release the dust
Using ionised compressed air to remove dust from vehicle bodies before painting can assist vehicle manufacturers with quality control in the local and export markets.
Jul 25, 2014
DAVID SMITH A poor market acceptance of vehicle leasing stems from vehicle dealership showrooms, where instalment sales through banks are punted
Vehicle leasing in South Africa, compared with Europe and the US, has had a sluggish start, with the majority uptake coming from mature consumers, according to Edenvale-based vehicle-leasing company Ariva.
Jul 25, 2014
RIGOROUS TESTING The nature of the automotive industry is highly technical and is subject to a vast number of standards
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has set aside R6.1-million to enhance the vehicle-testing facility at the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), in East London and Gauteng
Jul 25, 2014
The future changes constantly. Where it once favoured the car over the horse, then the introduction of new, fuel-efficient, low-emission engines, it is now inhabited by the self-driving car and truck. In fact, the debate around self-driving vehicles, or autonomous...
 
 
 
 
Jul 25, 2014
MORE POWER WITH LESS CAPACITY The new Polo hatchback’s fuel economy has been improved by as much as 20% with the reduction in engine capacity and the addition of a turbocharger
The continual development and enhancement of turbochargers installed on small-capacity engines is set to become the future staple for A-segment cars, or entry-level vehicles, reports German vehicle manufacturer Volkswagen (VW) South Africa (SA).
Jul 23, 2014
Combined Motor Holdings (CMH), the JSE-listed importer and distributor of MG and Maxus vehicles, has announced a number of structural changes for the brands in Africa. MG and Maxus are sold locally through Mandarin Motors.
Jul 22, 2014
The BMW Group on Tuesday named Tim Abbott as the new BMW South Africa (BMW SA) MD. Abbott is currently the MD of BMW Group UK, a post he has held since February 2009. He is 57 years old, was educated at Loughborough University and is married with three children.
Jul 22, 2014
The Ilanga II
The University of Johannesburg (UJ) will participate in the Sasol Solar Challenge 2014 with its latest solar car, the Ilanga II. Ilanga is the isiZulu word for the sun.
Jul 21, 2014
General Tyre production at the Port Elizabeth plant
Continental Tyre South Africa (CTSA) is investing between R300-million and R320-million in its Port Elizabeth facility this year, says CTSA marketing and sales GM Shaun Uys. The investment will focus on increasing energy efficiency, as the electricity price in Port...
Jul 18, 2014
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The next two years will see an aggressive expansion of Ford’s vehicle line-up in sub-Saharan Africa. The US auto maker will launch 25 new or refreshed vehicles in the region, of which 17 will find their way to South Africa.
Jul 18, 2014
An increasing number of buyers, in both the new and used car markets, are opting for finance structures that lower their monthly repayments, says asset financing company WesBank. These include the use of large balloon payments (also known as residuals), as well as...
Jul 16, 2014
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Ford was “really hopeful” employers and workers would “come together as quickly as possible” to resolve the current strike in South Africa’s metals and engineering industry, said Ford Middle East and Africa president Jim Benintende on Wednesday. Ford Motor Company...
Jul 15, 2014
The Mitsubishi Mirage
Mitsubishi Motors South Africa (MMSA) is gearing up for the August launch of the Mirage, to be introduced as part of a programme to expand the brand’s local footprint. The entry-level, five-door, three-model Japanese hatchback range will compete in the budget- and...
Jul 11, 2014
South Africa is the world’s third-largest Polo market, at 24 994 units sold in the first five months of the year. To be fair, this includes sales of the South African-only Polo Vivo (the fourth generation Polo), as well as the fifth-generation Polo, now rejuvenated...
 
 
 
 
Jul 10, 2014
ROGER PITOT Competing demands around the APDP are being carefully considered as part of the APDP review
The review of the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) has benefitted from input from automotive manufacturers, labour unions and component manufacturers and the complete inputs will be presented to the stakeholders for final comments before the...
Jul 10, 2014
More than a third (35%) of current car owners who are considering purchasing a new car in the near future, say they will possibly purchase a different car brand to the one they have, this according to a study by Ipsos. A third of car owners are undecided on the matter.
Jul 04, 2014
IN TOUCH ConnectedDrive is made possible through the use of an embedded Vodafone sim card in the car
BMW South Africa (SA) has launched a new suite of technology that promises its customers improved and wider in-car connectivity, starting in July. The car has become an extension of the home and office, and ConnectedDrive is proof of this fact.
Jul 04, 2014
A company with a 3 000-strong fleet of vehicles, based mainly in Gauteng, this year paid between R400 000 and R500 000 a month extra on its toll fee bill, owing to the start of e-tolling on the Gauteng freeway network at the end of last year, says Standard Bank fleet...
Jul 02, 2014
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has approved the revised guidelines for the Automotive Investment Scheme (AIS) and the People-carrier Automotive Investment Scheme (P-AIS). The amended AIS guidelines provide clarity on the nontaxability of the grant, as well...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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