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Feb 18, 2015
The VW Up
Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) is positive its new entry-level vehicle, the Up, will not cannabalise sales of the locally manufactured, budget Polo Vivo, says VWSA sales and marketing director Petra Hoffmann. She says the three-door Up is “significantly...
Feb 17, 2015
To bolster the automotive industry’s contribution to Gauteng's economic growth, Premier David Makhura has urged local vehicle manufacturers to limit imports of automotive parts, components and accessories from other countries. Speaking at an engagement session with...
Feb 16, 2015
Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has won its second consecutive Energy Company of the Year award, presented by the Southern Africa Association for Energy Efficiency, for its efforts in energy efficiency.
Feb 12, 2015
WesBank is rather bullish on the 2015 new vehicle market, says the vehicle and asset finance group’s head of research Rudolf Mahoney. He believes it is possible for the domestic new vehicle market to grow by between 3% and 5% in 2015 compared with last year. Also,...
Feb 12, 2015
Domestic Opel sales grew by 36%, to 3 700 units, last year compared with 2013, says General Motors South Africa (GMSA) operations VP Ian Nicholls. “I would expect to at least double our Opel sales in 2015. That’s the step up you would expect. It’s going to be a big...
Feb 12, 2015
Yes, empty-nesters will still find the Jazz attractive, but the new model should also appeal to the younger customer, says Honda Motor Southern Africa (HMSA) operations director Graham Eagle. He believes the more dynamic-looking Jazz – the third iteration – will...
Feb 12, 2015
January new vehicle sales fell by 1.2%, to 52 306 units, compared with the same month last year. Statistics released by the Department of Trade and Industry show that the domestic new passenger car market declined by 3.6%, to 36 982 units, compared with 12 months ago.
Feb 12, 2015
Oil prices can bounce back to $65, $70 a barrel, with the price already strengthening in February to above $50 a barrel, says Econometrix director and chief economist Dr Azar Jammine. He says collapsing oil prices have seen the cost of domestic fuel come down by...
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Feb 04, 2015
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Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) and Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) have moved to the containerisation of vehicles as MBSA grows and expands the geographical reach of its exports. MBSA’s plant, based in East London, in 2013 exported 36 234 C-Class vehicles to the US...
Feb 03, 2015
Oil prices could bounce back to $65, $70 a barrel, with the price already strengthening in February to above $50 a barrel, said Econometrix director and chief economist Dr Azar Jammine on Tuesday. Speaking at a breakfast meeting in Pretoria, hosted by Ford, he said...
Feb 02, 2015
January new vehicle sales fell by 1.2%, to 52 306 units, compared with the same month last year. Statistics released on Monday by the Department of Trade and Industry showed that the domestic new passenger car market declined by 3.6%, to 36 982 units, compared with...
Jan 29, 2015
Bakkies and more affordable cars dominated South Africa’s new vehicle market in 2014. Unaudited data from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) shows that South Africa’s most popular vehicle in 2014 was the Toyota Hilux, selling 37 562 units.
Jan 29, 2015
Germany will soon be home to some of the hottest and coldest temperatures, most arid and humid conditions, hurricane force wind speeds, and highest altitudes to be found on the planet, courtesy of a new climatic test centre being built by Ford at its engineering...
Jan 29, 2015
Japanese automaker Mazda has announced that it has, in conjunction with Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, developed a bio-based engineering plastic that can be used for the exterior design parts of automobiles. Mazda says the new plastic will help the group to reduce...
Jan 28, 2015
Domestic Opel sales grew by 36%, to 3 700 units, last year compared with 2013, says General Motors South Africa (GMSA) operations VP Ian Nicholls. “I would expect to at least double our Opel sales in 2015. That’s the step up you would expect. It’s going to be a big...
Jan 27, 2015
Yes, empty-nesters will still find the Jazz attractive, but the new model should also appeal to the younger customer, says Honda Motor Southern Africa (HMSA) operations director Graham Eagle. He believes the more dynamic-looking Jazz – the third iteration – will...
Jan 26, 2015
WesBank is rather bullish on the 2015 new vehicle market, says the vehicle and asset finance group’s head of research Rudolf Mahoney. He believes it is possible for the domestic new vehicle market to grow by between 3% and 5% in 2015 compared with last year. Also,...
Jan 22, 2015
Last year saw new vehicle sales in South Africa decline for the first time since 2009, when the market dropped a whopping 25.9% in response to the then global economic crisis. Unaudited data released by the Department of Trade and Industry earlier this month showed...
 
 
 
 
Jan 19, 2015
Giniel de Villiers
South Africa's Giniel de Villiers and his German navigator Dirk von Zitzewitz this weekend clinched second place in the 2015 Dakar. The pair finished 35:34 minutes behind Qatari driver Nasser Al-Attiyah (Mini). They received their trophies in the Argentine capital of...
Jan 16, 2015
The latest TransUnion Vehicle Pricing Index (VPI) indicates an unusual trend where used car prices are now tracking new car prices. In addition, for the fourth consecutive quarter, used car inflation has increased on a year-on-year basis, rising by 1.36% between the...
Jan 15, 2015
The future of the automotive industry belongs to the current crop of carmakers, as well as technology companies, says Ford Motor Company executive chairperson Bill Ford. It is not an either or situation, he emphasises. “We’ll do it together.”
Jan 15, 2015
Toyota’s Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle went on sale on the open market in Japan on December 15, a few months before the Japanese manufacturer is set to introduce the vehicle in the US, UK and other selected European markets. The Mirai – meaning ‘future’ in...
Jan 15, 2015
Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) will launch the Up small car in South Africa early next year, says VWSA MD David Powels. He says the three-door Up will make its debut under the Polo Vivo, which is currently VWSA’s lowest priced vehicle in the domestic market....
Jan 12, 2015
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The BMW i3
Four dealerships in South Africa will sell the BMW i3 electric city car and the i8 hybrid sports car when these vehicles go on sale in the domestic market in March. BMW Group South Africa (SA) said on Monday that these dealerships would be Club Motors Fountains, in...
Jan 08, 2015
Strains on consumer affordability, high inflation and more cautious lending by banks were expected to continue dragging on new vehicle sales this year, Imperial Fleet Management (IFM) said on Thursday. After scaling to its third highest ever number in 2013, vehicle...
Jan 08, 2015
Toyota's Hilux proved to be the king of the road in 2014
Bakkies and more affordable cars dominated South Africa’s new vehicle market in 2014. Unaudited data from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) shows that South Africa’s most popular vehicle in 2014 was the Toyota Hilux, selling 37 562 units.
Jan 07, 2015
Last year saw new vehicle sales in South Africa decline for the first time since 2009, when the market dropped a whopping 25.9% in response to the then global economic crisis. Unaudited data released by the Department of Trade and Industry on Wednesday showed that...
Jan 07, 2015
Japanese automaker Mazda has announced that it has, in conjunction with Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, developed a bio-based engineering plastic that can be used for the exterior design parts of automobiles. Mazda says the new plastic will help the group to reduce...
 
 
 
 
Jan 06, 2015
Germany will soon be home to some of the hottest and coldest temperatures, most arid and humid conditions, hurricane force wind speeds, and highest altitudes to be found on the planet, courtesy of a new climatic test centre being built by Ford at its engineering...
Dec 11, 2014
South Africa remains an important manufacturing and export platform for Ford Motor Company, says executive chairperson Bill Ford. However, he adds that other countries on the continent are “becoming interesting”, and that the US carmaker is casting its net wider for...
Dec 11, 2014
November new vehicle sales ticked up 0.9%, to 51 098 units, compared with the same month last year. New vehicle export sales, at 28 021 units, were much stronger, gaining 9.9% compared with November last year.
Dec 11, 2014
The new vehicle market in South Africa will probably end the year flat compared with 2013, says Standard Bank Vehicle and Asset Finance personal markets head Nicholas Nkosi. The biggest impact on this year’s sales comes from a weaker rand, which continues to push up...
Dec 09, 2014
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David Powels with the electric version of the VW UP
Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) will launch the UP small car in South Africa early next year, says VWSA MD David Powels. Speaking to Engineering News Online, he says the three-door UP will make its debut under the Polo Vivo, which is currently VWSA’s lowest...
Dec 08, 2014
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The Toyota Mirai
Toyota has announced that it will launch its Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in Japan on December 15, before introducing it in the UK and other selected European markets in September next year. The Mirai – meaning ‘future’ in Japanese – uses hydrogen to generate...
Dec 05, 2014
Suzuki Ertiga
While sales of new vehicles in South Africa appeared to be slowing down, demand for Suzuki Auto South Africa's range of passenger cars continued to accelerate. The brand's share of the overall passenger car market was at its highest level since December 2009, and its...
Dec 02, 2014
November new vehicle sales have, as expected, shown consolidation following the remarkably strong sales performance of October, notes the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa). According to the new vehicle sales statistics for...
Dec 01, 2014
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Bill Ford with the Mustang, set to launch in South Africa in 2015
The future of the automotive industry belongs to the current crop of carmakers, as well as technology companies, says Ford Motor Company executive chairperson Bill Ford. It is not an either or situation, he emphasises. “We’ll do it together.”
Nov 27, 2014
While Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) did not have “significant issues” with power supply in Gauteng, it was a different story in the Eastern Cape, said FMCSA and American Chamber of Commerce in South Africa president Jeff Nemeth earlier this month....
 
 
 
 
Nov 27, 2014
In 2000, exports into Africa from South Africa represented less than 5% of the turnover of Federal Mogul Motorparts Africa, with sales largely centred around Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique. Today, African exports represent 30% of sales, with trade expanded...
Nov 25, 2014
Bill Ford
South Africa remained an important manufacturing and export platform for Ford Motor Company, said executive chairperson Bill Ford in Dubai last week, speaking during a media round table. However, he added that other countries on the continent were “becoming...
Nov 20, 2014
BMW South Africa (SA) has signed a power purchasing agreement with energy company Bio2Watt. The offtake partnership will bring renewable energy to the carmaker’s Rosslyn plant, north of Pretoria.
Nov 20, 2014
“Based on the information available to us at present, we would strongly recommend that fleet managers budget for a 12% to 13% increase in fuel [prices] for 2015,” says Eqstra Fleet Management (EFM) MD Murray Price. In its review of fuel prices over the past few...
Nov 20, 2014
The Imperial Group expects earnings in the 2015 financial year to mirror that of the 2014 financial year. CEO Mark Lamberti says Imperial anticipates earnings in the current six months to decline on the prior year, as the impact of the weak rand on the vehicle...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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