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Oct 16, 2013
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Nissan Leaf
The Nissan Leaf electric car would be available in South African showrooms in November, said Nissan South Africa (SA) MD Mike Whitfield on Wednesday as he unveiled the vehicle at the Johannesburg International Motor Show. “The technology is well proved around the...
Oct 16, 2013
Toyota 2014 Corolla
Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) had already started trial production of the 2014 Corolla at its Durban plant, said president and CEO Dr Johan van Zyl on Wednesday, unveiling the vehicle at the Johannesburg International Motor Show. Full production was scheduled to...
Oct 16, 2013
Ford Motor Company CEO Alan Mulally
The recent seven-week-long strike in South Africa’s automotive industry had managed to “dramatically increase” awareness of this business in the country, said Ford Motor Company (FMC) CEO Alan Mulally on Wednesday. Speaking at a media roundtable held at the...
Oct 16, 2013
VWSA MD David Powels
Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) will introduce the e-Golf in South Africa in 2014, as the German brand’s first full electric vehicle in the country, said VWSA MD David Powels on Wednesday. He said VWSA will first test the vehicle’s acceptance and its...
Oct 16, 2013
The recent six-week-long strike in South Africa’s automotive manufacturing industry had been “very unfortunate”, said General Motors South Africa (GMSA) MD Mario Spangenberg on Tuesday night. Speaking at a GMSA dinner in Johannesburg, he said labour instability...
Oct 11, 2013
Canadian clean energy fuel cell specialist Ballard Power Systems has announced the signing of several multiyear definitive agreements in support of its China-based partner Azure Hydrogen’s zero-emission fuel cell bus programme, aimed at the Chinese market,...
Oct 11, 2013
Data specialist Lightstone Auto’s Live app promises to cut down on human error, improve efficiency and reduce fraud when it comes to new and used vehicle transactions. The mobile app operates as a scanning solution, providing all kinds of information to vehicle...
Oct 11, 2013
Romanian lead-acid battery manufacturer Rombat has officially commissioned its new production facility in Bistrita, Romania. Rombat is a 99.42%-held subsidiary of JSE-listed Metair Investments.
Oct 09, 2013
Oct 08, 2013
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Oct 04, 2013
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Sep 30, 2013
Chris de Kock
Asset-based financial solutions provider WesBank has appointed Chris de Kock (45) as its new CEO. De Kock will take over from Brian Riley on January 1.   Currently head of sales and marketing, De Kock joined WesBank in January 1987 as a new business clerk. He worked...
Sep 27, 2013
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EVOS This concept car has features such as a heart-rate monitoring seat
Ford’s Evos concept car will make its South African debut at the 2013 Johannesburg International Motor Show (JIMS), to be held from October 16 to 27, and BMW will lift the veil on its electric i3. The Evos concept reveals the US car maker’s new global design...
Sep 23, 2013
The Datsun brand earlier this month unveiled the second vehicle in its global comeback campaign, the GO+, to be launched in 2014, in Indonesia. The revitalised Datsun brand in July showed off its first new car for the twenty-first century, lifting the covers on the...
Sep 20, 2013
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A new three-year wage agreement between the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) and South African vehicle assemblers secured workers a 10% across-the-board increase in the first year, as well as an extra sum of money, which will vary according to pay scale. The...
Sep 20, 2013
JSE-listed logistics group OneLogix reports steady volumes across its businesses and its logistics trunk extending into Africa is bearing fruit, with 15% of group revenue generated outside South Africa. OneLogix CEO Ian Lourens says the group aims to capitalise on...
Sep 18, 2013
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Transport Minister Dipuo Peters
Research indicated that road accidents cost the South African economy at least R306-billion a year, said Transport Minister Dipuo Peters on Wednesday at a media briefing in Cape Town.   This cost included loss of skills, providing emergency medical and post-crash...
Sep 18, 2013
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Data specialist Lightstone Auto’s Live app promises to cut down on human error, improve efficiency and reduce fraud when it comes to new and used vehicle transactions. The mobile app operates as a scanning solution, providing all kinds of information to vehicle...
Sep 17, 2013
Ford’s Evos concept car will make its South African debut at the 2013 Johannesburg International Motor Show (JIMS), to be held from October 16 to 27, and BMW will lift the veil on its electric i3. The Evos concept reveals the US car maker’s new global design...
Sep 13, 2013
Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) and Japan’s Mazda Motor Corporation (MC) have announced that FMCSA has decided to return Mazda distribution rights for Southern Africa to MC. The handover is expected to be completed before the end of 2014.
Sep 11, 2013
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Naamsa president Dr Johan van Zyl
South Africa’s vehicle assemblers faced another challenging week as a strike in the component industry started to take its toll on production. In what could be described as a 'labour-action relay', the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (Numsa) this...
 
 
 
 
Sep 09, 2013
The three-week strike at South Africa’s truck, bus, bakkie and car assembly plants was over, confirmed the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) chief negotiator Alex Mashilo on Monday. A new three-year wage agreement secured workers a 10% across-the-board...
Sep 06, 2013
IAN NICHOLLS The one-ton pick-up market is very competitive in Africa and in South Africa
General Motors South Africa (GMSA) has started production of left-hand-drive Isuzu pickups at its Port Elizabeth plant. GMSA operations VP Ian Nicholls says the bakkie is set for introduction to left-hand-drive sub-Saharan African markets in the fourth quarter this...
Sep 06, 2013
Like all records, the Bloodhound land-speed record attempt is all about numbers: 1 600 km/h, R515-million, seven tons, 60 people, 135 000 hp, and the year 2016. Yes, the timeframe for the actual 1 600 km/h run will now be 2016, and no longer 2015. Bloodhound...
Sep 06, 2013
The new J2 five-door hatchback carries a big responsibility on its shoulders. It has to be a game-changer for Chery South Africa (SA), which last year saw sales contract by 8%, as opposed to the 3% growth originally expected. South Africa is the first...
Sep 05, 2013
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The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) was awaiting President Jacob Zuma’s signature on the Transport Laws and Related Matters Amendment Bill, before it could start the roll-out of electronic, or e-tolling on Gauteng’s highways, said Sanral CEO...
Sep 02, 2013
Grindrod CEO Alan Olivier
The Maputo port was expected to handle around 18-million tons of cargo this year, up from 15-million tons last year, and 12-million tons in 2011, said Grindrod CEO Alan Olivier on Monday. “We are into new territory here. The port handled 15-million tons at its...
Aug 30, 2013
SUN CHASER What the Parhelion will look like once completed
The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) will enter the 2014 Sasol Solar Challenge with a brand-new vehicle, the Parhelion, currently under construction. Built largely by the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Aeronautical Engineering, the new, modern vehicle...
Aug 28, 2013
A strike in the automotive industry will continue after workers rejected employers' latest wage offer, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) said on Wednesday. "The strike is not suspended after we had interactions with shop stewards, and a significant...
Aug 28, 2013
Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) and Japan’s Mazda Motor Corporation (MC) announced on Wednesday that FMCSA had decided to return Mazda distribution rights for Southern Africa to MC. The handover was expected to be completed before the end of 2014.
Aug 27, 2013
Mahindra is one of the Indian brands expanding its business in Africa
While Africa still sources the bulk of its new vehicles from traditional Western markets, it has been India that has made the most pronounced strides in recent years in growing its vehicle exports to the continent. A Standard Bank report on vehicle demand in Africa,...
 
 
 
 
Aug 23, 2013
With BMW exports from the country set to more than double in 2013, BMW South Africa (SA) has added the Maputo port, in Mozambique, to the Durban port it has historically used to export the Pretoria-made 3 Series to the rest of the world. “BMW SA has increased its...
Aug 23, 2013
Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has big ambitions for its small EcoSport sports-utility vehicle (SUV). “We want to dominate the B SUV segment,” says FMCSA marketing manager Gavin Golightly.
Aug 20, 2013
GMSA operations VP Ian Nicholls
General Motors South Africa (GMSA) has started production of left-hand-drive Isuzu pickups at its Port Elizabeth plant. GMSA operations VP Ian Nicholls says the bakkie is set for introduction to left-hand-drive sub-Saharan African markets in the fourth quarter this...
Aug 15, 2013
The Chery J2
The new J2 five-door hatchback carries a big responsibility on its shoulders. It has to be a game-changer for Chery South Africa (SA), which last year saw sales contract by 8%, as opposed to the 3% growth originally expected. South Africa is the first...
Aug 14, 2013
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Wednesday served the country’s seven vehicle manufacturers with a 48-hour notice to strike. Automobile Manufacturers Employers Organisation (Ameo) chairperson Thapelo Molapo said a nationwide strike...
Aug 09, 2013
SALES SHIFT New vehicles exported to the rest of Africa increased to 42 243 in the first half of 2013
Africa and Asia are continuing to grow in importance as new vehicle export markets for South Africa, and are compensating for slowing sales to the economically depressed Europe, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) executive...
Aug 07, 2013
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What the Parhelion should look like once completed
The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) will enter the 2014 Sasol Solar Challenge with a brand-new vehicle, the Parhelion, currently under construction. Built largely by the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Aeronautical Engineering, the new, modern vehicle...
Aug 02, 2013
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BMW exports through the Maputo port
With BMW exports from the country set to more than double in 2013, BMW South Africa (SA) has added the Maputo port, in Mozambique, to the Durban port it has historically used to export the Pretoria-made 3 Series to the rest of the world. “BMW SA has increased its...
Aug 02, 2013
The Ford EcoSport
Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has big ambitions for its small EcoSport sports-utility vehicle (SUV). “We want to dominate the B SUV segment,” says FMCSA marketing manager Gavin Golightly.
Aug 02, 2013
The revitalised Datsun brand has unveiled its first new car for the 21st century. The all-new Go will go on sale in India early next year.
 
 
 
 
Jul 30, 2013
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The BMW i3
Germany’s BMW Group on Monday unveiled its new i3 in the major global hubs of New York, London and Beijing. The i3 is the luxury brand’s first pure electric series-produced model. “Innovation drives change. The i3 is more than just a car. It’s a revolutionary...
Jul 29, 2013
FMCSA president and CEO Jeff Nemeth
Ford would draft a more holistic strategy for the brand’s growth in Africa in “the next year or two”, said Ford Motor Company group VP and Asia Pacific president David Schoch during a media round table in Pretoria on Monday. This would include an evaluation of...
Jul 26, 2013
A car that drops off its driver, seeks a parking space, parks, and picks up the driver again at the same spot when summoned – this is parking in the future, as envisaged by the Volvo Car Group. The smart, driverless concept car will also interact “safely and...
Jul 26, 2013
From its base of operations at the southern tip of Africa, German car manufacturer, Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA), has entrenched itself as a force to be reckoned with on the global stage, producing vehicles of exceptional quality, class-leading technological...
Jul 26, 2013
Japanese vehicle manufacturer, Honda Motor Company, has reached an agreement with TDK Corporation and Japan Metals & Chemicals Company (JMC) to jointly pursue the reuse of rare-earth metals extracted from nickel-metal hydride batteries, used in hybrid vehicles, to...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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