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Oct 13, 2014
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The Competition Commission on Monday announced that it had launched an “investigation into price fixing, market division and collusive tendering in the market for the manufacture and supply of automotive components to original equipment manufacturers” (OEMs, or...
Oct 10, 2014
In an economic environment where vehicle prices are surging upwards, 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...
Oct 10, 2014
Japanese car maker Mazda is investing R150-million in the domestic market as the brand separates from Ford in South Africa. As from October 1, Mazda will no longer be distributed through Ford, but through Mazda Southern Africa (MSA).
Oct 10, 2014
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...
Oct 07, 2014
Vehicle and asset finance group WesBank on Tuesday said it expected domestic new vehicle sales to decline by 4.4% in 2014. The group originally forecast a 0.6% decline over 2013.
Oct 06, 2014
Fitment of the jet engine into the Bloodhound body
The Bloodhound build team said it had achieved “a significant milestone” in the construction of the land speed record attempt vehicle, when it fitted the EJ200 jet engine to the body of the car on October 1. Normally found powering a Eurofighter Typhoon, the EJ200...
Oct 06, 2014
The Nuon Solar Team vehicle
Delft University’s Nuon Solar Team, from the Netherlands, on Saturday clinched the 2014 Sasol Solar Challenge title. Ten solar powered cars managed to complete the race, crossing the finish line at the end of the eight-day, Pretoria to Cape Town race.
Oct 06, 2014
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Sanral CEO Nazir Alli
The backlog on South Africa’s road network has reached R197-billion, up from R149-billion in 2010, says South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) CEO Nazir Alli. This backlog included the strengthening and regravelling of roads, and excluded periodic...
Oct 03, 2014
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Oct 01, 2014
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Oct 01, 2014
The latest TransUnion Vehicle Pricing Index (VPI) contains a number of small, but significant indications that the tide may at last be turning for the beleaguered used car industry. For the third successive quarter, used car inflation has increased on a year-on-year...
Sep 30, 2014
DigiCore Holdings announced a turnaround in fortunes on Tuesday, with the telematics specialist reporting profit after tax for the year ended June 30 of R7.8-million, compared with a loss of R59.4-million in the previous financial year. Revenue for the year reached...
Sep 26, 2014
The Nuon team, from the Netherlands
The biennial, eight-day Sasol Solar Challenge kicks off in the country’s capital, Pretoria, on Saturday, and is set to end in Cape Town, on October 4. Fourteen teams will take part, of which eight are local, says race project manager Annalie van Vuuren.
Sep 26, 2014
The South African new vehicle market is likely to reach around 630 000 units in 2014, down from the 650 000 units recorded in 2013, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) president and CEO Dr Johan van Zyl. Van Zyl is also president of the National Association of...
Sep 26, 2014
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 37 953 units, contracted by 1 047 units, or 2.7%, compared with August last year.
Sep 26, 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 26, 2014
IAN LOURENS The group’s investments and acquisitions during the year were focused on improving its long-term sustainability and growth
The good performance of JSE-listed logistics firm OneLogix’s new acquisitions and startup companies highlight the group’s significant managerial capabilities and the entrepreneurial flair that the group aims to retain in each, says OneLogix CEO Ian Lourens. Revenue...
Sep 26, 2014
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...
Sep 25, 2014
Sep 19, 2014
The new Mazda3
Japanese car maker Mazda is investing R150-million in the domestic market as the brand separates from Ford in South Africa. As from October 1, Mazda will no longer be distributed through Ford, but through Mazda Southern Africa (MSA).
 
 
 
 
Sep 16, 2014
As from April 2017, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) aims to only support the completely knockdown production (CKD) of trucks in South Africa, and no longer semi-knockdown (SKD) assembly, says DTI automotive chief director Mkhululi Mlota. “It is not yet...
Sep 12, 2014
The South African new truck market is too small to justify increasing local content on vehicles assembled locally, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) president and CEO Dr Johan van Zyl. Van Zyl is also president of the National Association of Automobile...
Sep 12, 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.
Sep 05, 2014
New Polo Vivo
Four years after the introduction of the locally built Volkswagen Polo Vivo to the market in 2010, Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) on Friday launched a new-look Polo Vivo.  Distribution of the new Polo Vivos to the various VW dealerships around the country had already...
Sep 05, 2014
Government’s Automotive and Production Development Programme (APDP) has succeeded in mitigating some effects of the labour action seen in the local automotive industry over the last 12 months, says Metair MD Theo Loock. The APDP incentivises volume component and...
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...
Aug 29, 2014
Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) will see its exports into Africa drop by around 20% this year over last year, owing largely to policy changes in Algeria and Nigeria. TSAM president and CEO Dr Johan van Zyl says the Algerian government has shifted its support for...
Aug 29, 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 29, 2014
Component manufacturer Metair has 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 28, 2014
TSAM president and CEO Dr Johan van Zyl
The South African new vehicle market was likely to reach around 630 000 units in 2014, down from the 650 000 units recorded in 2013, said Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) president and CEO Dr Johan van Zyl on Thursday. Van Zyl was also president of the National...
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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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