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Sep 05, 2014
DRIVING DEMAND South African diesel vehicle sales have shown positive growth over the past few years
An increasing local demand for diesel vehicles is pushing further development of diesel fuels to become more environment-friendly while increasing engine power, reports petroleum industry company BP.
Sep 05, 2014
LUBRICATION OIL AVAILABLE Modern gearboxes put enormous pressure on the lubricant
Petroleum products refining company Engen announced in July that it launched its Gengear XEP-series industrial gearbox oils for high-performance under pressure applications to the local market.
Sep 05, 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...
Sep 05, 2014
APPROPRIATE FILTRATION The local oil industry needs to employ filters for holding-tank breather pipes
The quality of all grades of oil produced and refined in South Africa is subpar in terms of international standards and industry best practices, according to Kyalami-based wear control company Filter Focus.
Sep 05, 2014
Many African countries are opening their doors to business, increasingly welcoming investors, says General Motors (GM) Africa president Mario Spangenberg. These countries are working hard to become more investor friendly, and South Africa has to take notice and...
Sep 04, 2014
South Africa’s new vehicle business market has declined by 14.2% for the year to end August compared with the same period last year, says Standard Bank Vehicle and Asset Finance business markets head Toni Fritz. The used vehicle business market has dropped by 18.1%...
Sep 01, 2014
Statistics released by the Department of Trade and Industry on Monday, showed that August new vehicle sales declined by 1.4%, to 55 722 units, compared with the same month last year. Assisted by the car rental market, the South African new passenger car market, at 37...
Sep 01, 2014
The M4 SUV
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 importer, but rather Super Group taking a controlling interest in the...
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Aug 27, 2014
The JSE-listed Imperial group breached the R100-billion revenue mark for the first time in the past financial year, ended June 30. Revenue was up 12% on the previous financial year, to R103.6-billion, with operating profit up 2%, to R6.2-billion.
Aug 26, 2014
Aug 22, 2014
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
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...
Aug 22, 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 22, 2014
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...
Aug 20, 2014
Isuzu Midnite
Many African countries were opening their doors to business, increasingly welcoming investors, said General Motors (GM) Africa president Mario Spangenberg on Wednesday. These countries were working hard to become more investor friendly, and South Africa had to take...
Aug 19, 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) said in its second...
Aug 19, 2014
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Any user-pays project where less than half the users pay, is a failure, said Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) chairperson Wayne Duvenage on Tuesday. Outa is opposed to electronic tolling on Gauteng’s highways, as implemented last year.
Aug 18, 2014
Component manufacturer Metair on Monday reported a 32% increase in revenue for the six months ended June 30, to R3.23-billion, compared with the same period last year. Operating profit was up 16%, to R319-million. These interim results included the first full-period...
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...
Aug 08, 2014
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...
Aug 08, 2014
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.
Aug 08, 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.
 
 
 
 
Aug 07, 2014
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The fuel-cell sedan
Japanese carmaker Toyota has revealed the exterior design and Japanese market-guide pricing of its hydrogen-powered fuel-cell sedan, following the car’s appearance in concept form at last year's Tokyo Motor Show. The four-door saloon will be introduced in Japan...
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 2005 Nuna 3
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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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