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Passenger Cars, Bakkies & Vans News

Positive outlook for automotive industry

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th February 2017 Increased new-car production levels, which include an expected growth in vehicle exports, are likely to drive improvement in South Africa’s automotive industry this year, says industrial equipment supplier Bearings International sales representative Cherry Slater. 

Production capacity grows in SA automotive industry

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th February 2017 The outlook for the local automotive industry for the next three to five years is very positive, with several manufacturers planning upgrades and expansions at their facilities to increase capacity, says drive technology provider SEW Eurodrive South Africa (SA) sales engineer Willem Strydom. 

Production capacity grows in SA automotive industry
WILLEM STRYDOM AND CLIVE O’REILLY SEW Eurodrive SA’s products can help automotive manufacturers optimize their operations as they expand their product lines

S Africa to keep pace with automotive technology advances

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th February 2017 With American analyst firm Gartner predicting that there will be a quarter of a billion connected vehicles on the road globally by 2020, equipped with new in-vehicle services and automated driving capabilities, asset and vehicle tracking solutions company Ctrack, part of Inseego Corp, says cars... 

S Africa to keep pace  with automotive  technology advances
BETTER FLEET MANAGEMENT Ctrack’s range of on-board devices and mobile software can help fleet managers to prevent road accidents in South Africa

Spark plug range provides unsurpassed coverage

     10th February 2017 Aftermarket automotive products supplier Federal-Mogul, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation, is now offering the new EON-Titan spark plug range from automotive products manufacturer Champion, which incorporates innovative use of the latest spark plug technology. 

Spark plug range provides  unsurpassed coverage
COMPREHENSIVE RANGE The new Champion EON-Titan spark plug range provides car parc coverage of 90% with only 18 product references

Two ‘gold’ Rolls-Royce Phantoms to be added to fleet at ultraluxury Macau hotel

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 Two ‘gold’ Rolls Royce Phantoms are set to join a fleet of 30 Phantoms soon to operate at Chinese billionaire Stephen Hung’s The 13 ultra-luxury hotel development in Macau, southern China. The 13’s fleet of Phantoms, valued at R236-million when placed in 2014, represents the single largest order... 

Enormous global demand on way for copper, platinum, zinc – Friedland

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2017 Enormous global demand is building up for copper, platinum and zinc, driven by new technology, mitigation of health risks in hospitals and agricultural augmentation, Ivanhoe Mines executive chairperson Robert Friedland said on Wednesday. In a comprehensive address to the Investing in African... 

Enormous global demand on way for copper, platinum, zinc – Friedland
Photo by Duane Daws
Ivanhoe chairperson Robert Friedland

AA calls for local vehicle safety rating, must be displayed at point of sale 

By: Irma Venter     3rd February 2017 South Africa’s Automobile Association (AA) has called for the implementation of a local vehicle safety ratings scale. The association on Friday said that such a ratings scale would ensure consumers had a better understanding of the safety of the vehicle they intended purchasing. 

AA calls for local vehicle safety rating, must be displayed at point of sale

Electric-vehicle market share expected to rise sharply by 2040

By: Irma Venter     3rd February 2017 Electric vehicles (EVs) could make up 15% to 35% of worldwide new vehicle sales in 2040, says IHS Markit, a specialist in critical information, analytics and solutions. The findings are part of a new research project, ‘Reinventing the Wheel’, that the company will conduct over the first half of... 

New leader for Fiat Group Automobiles South Africa

     3rd February 2017 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has announced the appointment of Robin van Rensburg as the new CEO and MD of Fiat Group Automobiles South Africa, the importer of Fiat, Fiat Professional, Abarth and Alfa Romeo brands. Van Rensburg will hold the same title at Chrysler South Africa, the importer of... 

Transformation a top priority for new Naacam chief

By: Irma Venter     3rd February 2017 The biggest goal of newly appointed National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) executive director Renai Moothilal is to increase the participation of black South Africans in the country’s automotive sector. He says there are “opportunities to drive... 

Consumers may benefit from aggressive car marketing in 2017

By: Irma Venter     27th January 2017 New-car prices jumped by around 11.03% in 2016, says asset finance house WesBank. The increase has been measured based on the average transaction value WesBank recorded on new-vehicle sales last year. 

New-vehicle sales fell for third straight year in 2016

By: Irma Venter     27th January 2017 Data released by the Department of Trade and Industry in January shows that South African new-vehicle sales declined for the third year in a row in 2016. Sales dropped by 11.4%, to 547 442 units, compared with 617 648 units in 2015. New-vehicle sales fell 4.1% in 2015 and 0.7% in 2014. 

SA industry takes wait-and-see approach as Trump piles pressure on carmakers

By: Irma Venter     27th January 2017 It is too early to speculate on the effects the incoming Trump administration may have on automotive trade between South Africa and the US, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) director Nico Vermeulen. “It is best to wait for the installation of the new... 

Three SA-built vehicles finished Dakar in top ten

By: Irma Venter     27th January 2017 Winning the gruelling Dakar race has again proved an elusive goal for the Toyota Gazoo Racing team. The team could not secure a podium position in this year’s rather chaotic race, following its third spot last year. 

It’s like Tinder, but for car buyers, and made in SA

By: Irma Venter     25th January 2017 Like it? Swipe right on your smartphone screen. Not interested? Swipe left. Three young South Africans have developed a smartphone app similar to dating app Tinder, but with one important difference – Carter aims to facilitate a long-term relationship between its users and the cars of their dreams.  

It’s like Tinder, but for car buyers, and made in SA
Tom Gardner, Amit Bholla and Vikash Govindjee

New body to tackle public perception, cost of electric vehicles 

By: Irma Venter     25th January 2017 The Electric Vehicle Industry Association’s (EVIA’s) first goal is to demonstrate to the South African public that they can use electric vehicles (EVs) with confidence, says South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) cleaner mobility programme GM Carel Snyman. The second goal is... 

New body to tackle public perception, cost of electric vehicles
The BMW i3

Mercedes-Benz invests in automated delivery robots

By: Irma Venter     23rd January 2017 Mercedes-Benz Vans (MB Vans) has expanded its goal of automated driving to also include automated delivery. The German manufacturer has announced that it is now the lead investor in Starship Technologies, a start-up company for the development of ground-based, autonomous delivery robots. 

Mercedes-Benz invests in automated delivery robots
The van-robot mothership concept was unveiled last year

Gold and diamonds for most expensive Rolls-Royce Phantoms ever built

By: Irma Venter     23rd January 2017 Two ‘gold’ Rolls-Royce Phantoms are set to join a fleet of 30 Phantoms soon to operate at Chinese billionaire Stephen Hung’s The 13 ultra-luxury hotel development in Macau, southern China. THE 13’s fleet of Phantoms, valued at R236-million when placed in 2014, represents the single largest order... 

 Gold and diamonds for most expensive Rolls-Royce Phantoms ever built
The fleet of 30 vehicles on their way to Macau

Owners of other Ford models join complaints over burning vehicles

By: News24Wire      20th January 2017 Owners of other models of the Ford Kuga  say their vehicles have also caught fire, challenging the vehicle manufacturer's claims that only one version of the car has a fault that could result in it bursting into flames. The National Consumer Commission (NCC) on Thursday confirmed it had received... 

New CEO confirmed for MBSA as former chief heads for Beijing

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2017 German automaker Daimler has announced the appointment of Andreas Engling as the new CEO and manufacturing executive director of Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA).Current CEO, Arno van der Merwe, will start a new chapter in his career as president and CEO of Beijing Benz Automotive (BBAC). Both... 

Porsche to open technician training centre in Cape Town

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2017 German sports car manufacturer Porsche will, from the middle of this year, train 75 young South Africans from disadvantaged backgrounds as service technicians at its new Porsche Training and Recruitment Centre, in Cape Town. The course has a duration of three years. Those who complete the course... 

Tesla expects SA offering to become increasingly attractive as tariffs rise

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2017 Tesla has finally arrived in South Africa, even if in a somewhat unexpected guise. With the availability of the US company’s electric cars apparently still some way off, South Africans do, however, now have access to its energy storage solutions. The stationary, rechargeable lithium-ion battery... 

Vehicle owners to sue Ford over Kuga saga

By: African News Agency      17th January 2017 The majority of families whose Ford Kuga SUVs burst into flames in South Africa in the past few months will be filing a class action lawsuit, their attorney announced on Tuesday. “Initially I have been instructed by the Jimmy family [Reshall Jimmy died in December 2015 after his Ford Kuga burst... 

Too early to speculate on US trade policy, says South African auto body

By: Irma Venter     17th January 2017 It is too early to speculate on the effects the incoming Trump administration may have on automotive trade between South Africa and the US, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) director Nico Vermeulen. “It is best to wait for the installation of the new... 

Too early to speculate on US trade policy, says South African auto body

Ford South Africa recalls Kuga model   

By: Anine Kilian     16th January 2017 Ford South Africa has recalled its 1.6 litre Ford Kuga model. CEO Jeffrey Nemeth on Monday said the recall was limited to 1.6 litre models manufactured in Valencia, Spain, between December 2012 and February 2014. About 4 556 vehicles will be affected by the safety recall. 

Ford South Africa recalls Kuga model
Ford announces safety recall of its Kuga model. Video: Nicholas Boyd, Editing Lionel Da Silva.

BMW SA to escape effects of Trump’s 35% duty threat

By: Irma Venter     16th January 2017 BMW Group South Africa (SA) on Monday said it would not suffer any negative effect from US president-elect Donald Trump’s threat to implement a 35% import duty on German cars. BMW Group SA exports the 3 Series from its Rosslyn plant, in Tshwane, to the US. 

BMW SA to escape effects of Trump’s 35% duty threat
Photo by Bloomberg
Donald Trump

Toyota Gazoo misses out on podium spot at Dakar 2017

By: Irma Venter     16th January 2017 Winning the gruelling Dakar race has again proved an elusive goal for the Toyota Gazoo Racing team. The team could not secure a podium position in this year’s rather chaotic race, following its third spot last year. 

 Toyota Gazoo misses out on podium spot at Dakar 2017
Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz at the finish line

Govt's proposed fuel changes a ticking time-bomb – Naamsa

By: News24Wire      12th January 2017 Time is running out for government to avoid the oil currently refined in SA from becoming illegal, Stuart Rayner, chair of the fuel and emissions committee of the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa), told Fin24 on Wednesday. Rayner explained that Naamsa... 

VW promises big changes after agreeing to record US fine

By: African News Agency      12th January 2017 Volkswagen has given details about a change process that will “transform its core business” after admitting guilt this week in the emissions scandal and agreeing to pay a total of $4.3-billion in penalties in the US The total fine, significantly more than the $1.2-billion penalty against Toyota... 

Sports car sales show that SA’s rich still have money to spend

By: Irma Venter     11th January 2017 While new-vehicle sales were down 11.4% in 2016 in a tough-as-nails domestic economy, Ferrari sales grew from 91 units in 2015, to 94 prancing horses finding new homes in 2016. Maserati had an ever better year. South African sales grew from 45 units in 2015, to 113 in 2016. 

 Sports car sales show that SA’s rich still have money to spend

New-car prices jumped 11% in 2016, fuel costs a concern for 2017

By: Irma Venter     10th January 2017 New-car prices jumped by around 11.03% in 2016, says asset finance house WesBank. The increase has been measured based on the average transaction value WesBank recorded on new-vehicle sales last year. 

New-car prices jumped 11% in 2016, fuel costs a concern for 2017
Rudolf Mahoney

Fiat Chrysler SA appoints new CEO

By: Irma Venter     10th January 2017 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) on Tuesday announced the appointment of Robin van Rensburg as the new CEO and MD of Fiat Group Automobiles South Africa, the importer of Fiat, Fiat Professional, Abarth and Alfa Romeo brands. Van Rensburg will hold the same title at Chrysler South Africa, the... 

Fiat Chrysler SA appoints new CEO

New-vehicle sales drop 11.4% in 2016; uptick possible in 2017 – Naamsa

By: Irma Venter     9th January 2017 Data released by the Department of Trade and Industry on Monday shows that South African new-vehicle sales declined for the third year in a row in 2016. Sales dropped by 11.4%, to 547 442 units, compared with 617 648 units in 2015. New-vehicle sales fell 4.1% in 2015 and 0.7% in 2014. 

New-vehicle sales drop 11.4% in 2016; uptick possible in 2017 – Naamsa

Tesla makes Reno a critical pit stop on way to Las Vegas and CES

By: Bloomberg     29th December 2016 As far as Tesla’s concerned, what’s happening in Las Vegas can stay in Las Vegas. The real action is some 400 dusty miles northwest, across the state in Reno. The electric-car maker is seizing on next week’s consumer electronics show to host investors and analysts at Gigafactory 1, the sprawling... 

Tesla makes Reno a critical pit stop on way to Las Vegas and CES
Photo by Reuters
Tesla Model S

Bank says new-vehicle sales may fall again next year after 12% 2016 slump

By: Irma Venter     16th December 2016 New-vehicle sales in South Africa will drop by around 12% in 2016 compared with 2015, says First National Bank (FNB) senior industry analyst Jason Muscat. The same forecast model used to determine this decline suggests that sales in 2017 may drop another 5%, as a worst case scenario, he adds. 

Funding secured for metered taxi owner-driver scheme

By: Irma Venter     16th December 2016 SA Taxi has secured R300-million in funding from Futuregrowth Asset Management, which it will use to provide financing to the company’s Zebra Cabs owner-driver scheme.  SA Taxi is South Africa’s largest financier of minibus taxis. It acquired Zebra Cabs metered taxis in 2015, motivated by the... 

Negative vehicle sales trend continued in November

By: Irma Venter     16th December 2016 November new-vehicle sales provided little festive cheer ahead of the holiday season, continuing the negative trend evident throughout this year by dropping 9.6%, to 46 413 units, compared with November last year. Statistics released by the Department of Trade and Industry show that November... 

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