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May 23, 2014
FIRST ONE The first Nissan Patrol rolled off the production line at an assembly plant in Lagos in April
Nissan has become the first major vehicle manufacturer to build a car in Nigeria, following the announcement of the Nigeria Automotive Policy. The policy in January raised import tariffs on fully built-up cars from 20% to 70% for those companies which do not...
May 23, 2014
Major changes have been announced at PSA Peugeot Citroën as it continues the fight to return to profitability and increase sales. It is especially the overseas markets that have taken a pummelling for the French manufacturer at the beginning of 2014, with the...
May 23, 2014
Technology is being developed to give Land Rover drivers a digital view of the terrain ahead by making the front of the car ‘virtually’ invisible. Cameras located in the vehicle’s grille capture data, which is used to feed a head-up display, effectively creating a...
May 23, 2014
April new vehicle sales dropped by 10.7%, to 46  013 units, compared with the same month last year, shows statistics released by the Department of Trade and Industry. The South African new passenger car market remained under pressure during April and, at 30 848...
May 20, 2014
South Africa’s vehicle manufacturing industry has a projected, cumulative, record capital expenditure (capex) budget of R7.92-billion for 2014, said the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) on Tuesday. The association stated in...
May 20, 2014
Dr Norman Lamprecht
South Africa’s automotive industry recorded a trade deficit of R24-billion for 2013, almost half the R42.3-billion deficit of 2012. Vehicle and component exports reached R102.7-billion last year, compared with imports to the value of R126.7-billion, says Automotive...
May 16, 2014
WesBank’s newest Vehicle sales Confidence Indicator (WVsCI) shows dealers do not expect sales in the new vehicle market to grow over the next three to six months. The indicator predicts the new and used vehicle sales markets for the next six months.
May 16, 2014
Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) will start assembling medium-duty trucks at a plant in Benoni in July, says CEO Alan Ross.   HASA has taken over the old Tyco facility on the East Rand.   The plant, a R110-million investment, will assemble five- and six-ton...
May 16, 2014
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May 05, 2014
Jeff Nemeth
Ford Motor Company was mulling vehicle assembly in Nigeria, said Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) president and CEO Jeff Nemeth on Monday. Addressing a media briefing in Pretoria, he said Nigeria was one of the first African countries outside South...
May 05, 2014
Statistics released by the Department of Trade and Industry on Friday show that April new vehicle sales dropped by 10.7%, to 46  013 units, compared with the same month last year. The South African new passenger car market remained under pressure during April and, at...
May 02, 2014
Affordability is “becoming more and more of an issue” in the South African new car market, “especially if the interest rate goes up between 0.5% or 2% before the end of 2014”, says Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) marketing director Stanley Anderson. Consumers...
May 02, 2014
“The motor insurance claims trends have shown that driver behaviour still contributes to more than 60% of road accidents and 80% of all motor insurance claims are accident related in South Africa,” says South African Short-term Insurance Association (SAIA) insurance...
May 02, 2014
Starting in June, slowly but surely, Nissan South Africa (SA) will take over the distribution of the Japanese manufacturer’s vehicles in a number of African countries where it currently has independent distributors, says MD Mike Whitfield. Nissan SA is already...
Apr 30, 2014
Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) will start assembling medium-duty trucks at a plant in Benoni in July, says CEO Alan Ross.   HASA has taken over the old Tyco facility on the East Rand.   The plant, a R110-million investment, will assemble five- and six-ton...
Apr 29, 2014
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Apr 25, 2014
The Lagos assembly plant
Nissan on Friday said that it had become the first major vehicle manufacturer to build a car in Nigeria, following the announcement of the Nigeria Automotive Policy. The policy in January raised import tariffs on fully built-up cars from 20% to 70% for those...
Apr 25, 2014
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Technology is being developed to give Land Rover drivers a digital view of the terrain ahead by making the front of the car ‘virtually’ invisible. Cameras located in the vehicle’s grille capture data, which is used to feed a head-up display, effectively creating a...
Apr 25, 2014
SMART MOVER What differentiates VWSA’s AGV line from other AGV lines is that it is a completely contactless system
Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has installed an automated guided vehicle (AGV) line to replace the traditional roller conveyor used on the VW250 engine line. An AGV is a mobile robot that follows markers or cabling in the floor, or uses vision or lasers to...
 
 
 
 
Apr 25, 2014
LATE-ARRIVAL BMW The arrival of the i8 supercar has been delayed to March 2015
BMW South Africa has postponed the introduction of the i3 city car and i8 supercar to March 2015, says spokesperson Edward Makwana. The i3 is an electric vehicle, and the i8 a plug-in hybrid. Both models were scheduled for local introduction this year.
Apr 25, 2014
Statistics released by the Department of Trade and Industry shows that March new vehicle sales dipped 0.2%, to 55 363 units, compared with the same month last year. The South African new car market remained under pressure during March and, at 36 798 units, declined...
Apr 24, 2014
Honda has unveiled the newest version of Asimo, its advanced humanoid robot, now featuring the ability to communicate in sign language and climb stairs without stopping. Asimo, which stands for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, was first introduced 14 years ago....
Apr 23, 2014
New car prices should, on average, increase between 8% and 11% this year, compared with 3% last year, predicted Combined Motor Holdings (CMH) group CEO Jebb McIntosh on Wednesday. He said in Johannesburg that some some importers had already upped the price tags on...
Apr 18, 2014
Peugeot Citroën South Africa (PCSA) is “fighting as a team” to secure local assembly of the Peugeot 301 in South Africa, says PCSA MD Francis Harnie. He says the entry-level sedan is only available in left-hand drive at the moment, and that PCSA wants the opportunity...
Apr 18, 2014
Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) sold around 50 000 new vehicles in 2013, a 5% drop from 2012 volumes. This decline follows an almost meteoric rise in sales over the last few years as South Africans warmed to the imported Korean brand. The total new vehicle...
Apr 17, 2014
Major changes have been announced at PSA Peugeot Citroën as it continues the fight to return to profitability and increase sales. It is especially the overseas markets that have taken a pummelling for the French manufacturer at the beginning of 2014, with the...
Apr 16, 2014
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The South African Short-term Insurance Association (SAIA) on Wednesday called on motorists to be careful when driving during the coming Easter Weekend. This warning followed a call for caution by the association in February when heavy rains caused damage to roads and...
Apr 15, 2014
The Accent hatchback
Affordability is “becoming more and more of an issue” in the South African new car market, “especially if the interest rate goes up between 0.5% or 2% before the end of 2014”, says Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) marketing director Stanley Anderson. Consumers...
Apr 14, 2014
WesBank’s newest Vehicle sales Confidence Indicator (WVsCI) shows dealers do not expect sales in the new vehicle market to grow over the next three to six months. The indicator predicts the new and used vehicle sales markets for the next six months.
 
 
 
 
Apr 11, 2014
The South African Battery Manufacturers Association is in the process of launching an application with the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac), for protection against what it views as the dumping of Korean manufactured vehicle...
Apr 11, 2014
Passenger car imports could fall in 2014, after reaching an all-time high in 2013, at 337 000 units. Imports made up 9% of all passenger cars sold in South Africa in 1995 (22 000 units), climbing to 26% in 2000, 50% in 2005, 66% in 2010, and 75% last year.
Apr 11, 2014
Ninety-three thousand passenger cars sold in 2013 were hatchbacks priced under R150 000. It is the biggest segment – at 21% – of the South African car market, says Renault South Africa (SA) marketing and communications VP Fabien Payzan. This segment can be divided...
Apr 11, 2014
Japanese manufacturer Suzuki has adopted a more focused approach to its multifaceted product presence in the local market by integrating all of its divisions into a new, single business entity. As of April 1, all of Suzuki’s brand interests in South Africa will be...
Apr 10, 2014
The NP300 Hardbody
Local production of a new pickup, expected to replace assembly of the NP300 Hardbody in early 2015, has been “moved out”, says Nissan South Africa (SA) MD Mike Whitfield. Nissan has suffered several delays on the global introduction of a new pickup model, set to...
Apr 09, 2014
Ranger production at the Silverton plant, South Africa
Labour stability in South Africa was not a Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) issue, or even an automotive industry issue, but a “country discussion”, said Ford Motor Company (FMC) Europe, Middle East and Africa president Stephen Odell on Wednesday. Odell...
Apr 04, 2014
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has approved 181 projects to benefit from government’s automotive investment scheme (AIS), says DTI AIS director Anna Theron. The scheme forms part of the Automotive Production Development Programme (APDP), which replaced...
Apr 04, 2014
Volkswagen Financial Services, finance arm of the German auto maker, has joined forces with South African vehicle and asset finance company, WesBank, to form Volkswagen Financial Services South Africa (VFSSA). Volkswagen Financial Services owns 51% of the new finance...
Apr 03, 2014
Mike Whitfield
Starting in June, slowly but surely, Nissan South Africa (SA) will take over the distribution of the Japanese manufacturer’s vehicles in a number of African countries where it currently has independent distributors, says MD Mike Whitfield. Nissan SA is already...
Apr 01, 2014
Statistics released by the Department of Trade and Industry on Tuesday showed that March new vehicle sales dipped 0.2%, to 55 363 units, compared with the same month last year. The South African new car market remained under pressure during March and, at 36 798...
 
 
 
 
Apr 01, 2014
Yukio Sato
Japanese manufacturer Suzuki has adopted a more focused approach to its multifaceted product presence in the local market by integrating all of its divisions into a new, single business entity. As of April 1, all of Suzuki’s brand interests in South Africa will be...
Apr 01, 2014
The BMW i8
BMW South Africa has postponed the introduction of the i3 city car and i8 supercar to March 2015, says spokesperson Edward Makwana. The i3 is an electric vehicle, and the i8 a plug-in hybrid. Both models were scheduled for local introduction this year.
Mar 31, 2014
The eSpanBoni trike
Pretoria-based electric vehicle specialist GridCars is in the process of homologating an electric trike, which director Winstone Jordaan hopes will find many commercial uses. GridCars is a registered vehicle manufacturer.
Mar 28, 2014
AROUND THE CLOCK The VWSA engine plant operates a four-shift, seven-day production week
Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) should this year see record production at its engine plant, in Uitenhage, in the Eastern Cape. VWSA MD David Powels says engine plant production reached 110 708 units in 2012, growing to 151 269 units in 2013. This year, he...
Mar 28, 2014
The Recycling Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (Redisa), which has been managing the collection and disposal of waste tyres for the past ten months, has been well received by recyclers who recognise that they can get good-quality waste tyre feedstock...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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