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New initiatives may salvage this year’s auto industry wage talks

By: Irma Venter     10th May 2016 The South African automotive industry experienced 34 days of labour strikes in 2013 as it negotiated new three-year wage deals within the assembly and component manufacturing sectors, says newly appointed Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) president and CEO Andrew Kirby. This year will see... 

Technical team set up to craft post-2020 automotive master plan 

By: Terence Creamer     9th May 2016 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies formally announced on Monday the establishment of a team of technical experts to develop a “post-2020 Automotive Master Plan”, which would guide support for the sector beyond the current Automotive Production and Development Plan (APDP). Speaking during... 

Technical team set up to craft post-2020 automotive master plan
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies on the establishment of a team of technical experts to develop a post-2020 Automotive Master Plan. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 9.5.2016

Mercedes SA targets entry-level market with launch of new Smart

By: Irma Venter     6th May 2016 The relaunch of the Smart brand in South Africa sees luxury car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) venture into some new territory – that of the entry-level buyer. “The new-look Smart will be a game-changer for us,” says MBSA co-CEO and MBSA Cars executive director Florian Seidler. 

Mercedes SA targets entry-level market with launch of new Smart
Smart Forfour

Car and bakkie exports into Africa declined for third year running in 2015

By: Irma Venter     6th May 2016 South African car and bakkie exports into Africa declined for the third year in a row in 2015, falling from 79 228 units in 2012, to 77 589 units in 2013, 60 189 units in 2014, and 41 446 units last year – this according to the Automotive Industry Export Council’s newest Automotive Export Manual,... 

Hyundai pins hopes on new models to sustain SA sales in 2016

By: Irma Venter     6th May 2016   Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) hopes to see 2016 sales reach around the same level as 2015, defying a South African new-vehicle market most analysts agree will drop around 10% this year. 

Tyrexpo Africa introduces new knowledge exchange platforms

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th May 2016 To tap into opportunities of the South African automotive industry transforming itself into a global engine for the manufacturing and export of vehicles and components, the tyres, automotive repairs and maintenance and accessories exhibition Tyrexpo Africa introduced three new business segments... 

Volvo opting for app over keys as digitisation takes hold

By: Irma Venter     6th May 2016 For decades, drivers have been accustomed to accessing and driving cars with physical keys. However, in a break from tradition, and in keeping with a rapidly digitising world, Volvo Cars aims to become the world’s first car manufacturer to offer vehicles without keys, as from 2017. Instead, Volvo... 

Weight, cost challenges as BMW works to bring fuel-cell vehicle to market

By: Irma Venter     6th May 2016 BMW hopes to have all of the components for a hydrogen fuel-cell powered vehicle ready by “2020-ish”, says BMW head of fuel cell development Dr Merten Jung. Only then will the German car maker decide which model should be launched onto the market as a customer-ready, fuel-cell-powered BMW. “First... 

Weight, cost challenges as BMW works to bring fuel-cell vehicle to market

Mazda records blistering sales growth in faltering local market

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2016 In a bruised domestic market scrambling for volume, Mazda Southern Africa is having a Zen moment. Mazda sales in South Africa reached 9 066 units in 2015, almost double the 4 939 units sold in 2014 – this in a new-vehicle market that dipped 4.2% last year compared with 2014.   Mazda Southern... 

Mazda records blistering sales growth in faltering local market
David Hughes

Creamer Media publishes Automotive 2016: A review of South Africa's automotive sector

     3rd May 2016 Figures from the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa show that 617 749 new vehicles were sold in South Africa in 2015, marking a decline of 4% on the sales recorded in 2014 and representing the second consecutive year of decline for this indicator. In March this year... 

Creamer Media publishes  Automotive 2016: A review of South Africa's automotive sector

South Africa’s auto exports rose strongly in 2015 to nearly R152bn

By: Irma Venter     29th April 2016 Automotive exports from South Africa increased by R35.8 billion – or 30.9% – to R151.5-billion, in 2015, up from the R115.7-billion recorded in 2014. The 2015 numbers mean that auto exports accounted for 14.6% of South Africa’s total export earnings, says National Association of Automobile... 

VWSA invests R120m in new try-out press

By: Irma Venter     29th April 2016 Following a 13 140 km journey from Spain by ship, Volkswagen Group South Africa’s (VWSA’s) new try-out press has arrived at the manufacturer’s Uitenhage plant. VWSA has invested R120-million in a new 21 000 kN try-out press to improve manufacturing capabilities at its Eastern Cape facility. 

Work to start this year on post-2020 auto incentive model

By: Irma Venter     29th April 2016 Some of the investment announcements made in the South African automotive industry in recent months reach beyond 2020, which is why work on a successor programme to the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) will start this year, confirms Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies.... 

Tshwane to spend R188m on land for Automotive City

By: News24Wire      22nd April 2016 The City of Tshwane will spend R188-million on land on which to build an Automotive City in Rosslyn, Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa announced on Thursday. "The City is currently engaged in the process of establishing the Tshwane Automotive City in Rosslyn, which includes the purchasing of land... 

Tshwane to spend R188m on land for Automotive City

Auto industry works to keep labour peace as wage talks near

By: Irma Venter     22nd April 2016 The South African automotive industry has “worked hard this labour season”, holding a number of “premeetings and indabas”, in an effort to be ready for the triennial negotiations to thrash out a new multiyear wage agreement, says Ford Motor Company sub-Saharan Africa president and CEO Jeff... 

Hyundai aims to assemble pick-up in South Africa from 2020

By: Irma Venter     22nd April 2016 Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) hopes to assemble Hyundai’s new Santa Cruz pick-up in South Africa from 2020. HASA marketing director Stanley Anderson says the local distributor is “working very hard” to convince the Korean manufacturer to assemble the bakkie range here in South Africa... 

Kyalami race track facelift ‘progressing well’

By: Irma Venter     22nd April 2016 Construction work at the Kyalami race track is “progressing well”, says Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit spokesperson Christo Kruger. The 55-year-old race track is being revamped, upgraded and expanded in a multimillion-rand project by new owner, businessman Toby Venter. 

South Africa’s 2016 solar-car race set to kick off on September 24

By: Irma Venter     22nd April 2016 This year’s biennial eight-day Sasol Solar Challenge will take place from September 24 to October 1. The event will start in Pretoria, move down to Port Elizabeth and wrap up in Cape Town, similar to the 2014 solar challenge. The 2016 event again revolves around maximising and managing the energy... 

IDC, BAIC to jointly study new Eastern Cape auto plant

By: Terence Creamer     21st April 2016 South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) will sign a ‘Joint Development Agreement’ with the Beijing Automotive International Group (BAIC) in China this weekend, earmarking the Eastern Cape as the proposed location for a new automobile plant. Speaking in Parliament on Thursday,... 

IDC, BAIC to jointly study new Eastern Cape auto plant
Photo by Duane Daws
Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel

Whitfield, Nemeth to tackle growth obstacles through new African auto body

By: Irma Venter     21st April 2016 The initial focus of the newly formed African Association of Automobile Manufacturers (AAAM) would be to assist countries wishing to participate in the automotive value chain to implement the appropriate legislation and regulations that would allow the automotive industry to thrive on the... 

 Whitfield, Nemeth to tackle growth obstacles through new African auto body
Photo by Reuters
Lagos, Nigeria

CMH sees 2.6% revenue increase, CEO warns of tougher times to come

By: Ilan Solomons     19th April 2016 Despite a revenue loss of R360-million following the closure of two large dealerships during the year, investment holding company Combined Motor Holdings (CMH) recorded an increase of 2.6% in total revenue to R11-billion from R10.7-billion for the company’s financial year ended February 29. The... 

CMH sees 2.6% revenue increase, CEO warns of tougher times to come
Combined Motor Holdings CEO Jebb McIntosh

SA car, bakkie exports into Africa continue to slide

By: Irma Venter     15th April 2016 South African car and bakkie exports into Africa declined for the third year in a row in 2015, falling from 79 228 units in 2012, to 77 589 units in 2013, 60 189 units in 2014, and 41 446 units last year – this according to the Automotive Industry Export Council’s newest Automotive Export Manual,... 

SA car, bakkie exports into Africa continue to slide

Ford to invest R2.5bn as it gears up for new Everest SUV production at Pretoria plant

By: Irma Venter     15th April 2016 US car maker Ford will invest R2.5-billion to build the new Everest sports-utility vehicle (SUV) at its Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria. The plant already produces the Ranger pickup for the local market, as well as 148 markets in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. It is the best-selling... 

March new-vehicle sales down 14% year-on-year

By: Irma Venter     15th April 2016 March domestic new-vehicle sales, at 47 631 units, fell by 14% compared with the same month last year. The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) says the proliferation of public holidays during the period, including Easter – last year during April – affected... 

Mercedes-Benz’s new East London academy opens its doors

By: Irma Venter     15th April 2016 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) has opened the doors to its new Learning Academy in East London. Construction on the project started in August 2014. The academy is the result of a R130-million joint investment by MBSA and the National Treasury’s Jobs Fund, which saw the MBSA Technical Training... 

Newly appointed Bentley dealer aiming to sell around 60 units a year

By: Irma Venter     15th April 2016 LSM Distributors will be satisfied with sales of around 60 Bentleys a year, says Bentley South Africa spokesperson Christo Kruger. “However, much of this ambition will be informed by Bentley’s product range and presentation of this range.” 

R2bn expansion, upgrade of KZN tyre plant enters second phase

By: Irma Venter     15th April 2016 Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA) has started the second phase of its R2-billion investment programme to upgrade and expand its tyre manufacturing plant in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal.   SRSA manufactures passenger and commercial tyres, in particular under the Dunlop brand. Plans for expansion of... 

Auto exports surge to R152bn in 2015, Germany top export destination

By: Irma Venter     14th April 2016 Automotive exports from South Africa increased by R35.8 billion – or 30.9% – to R151.5-billion, in 2015, up from the R115.7-billion recorded in 2014. The 2015 numbers mean that auto exports accounted for 14.6% of South Africa’s total export earnings, says National Association of Automobile... 

Auto exports surge to R152bn in 2015, Germany top export destination
Norman Lamprecht

Limusa to take Toyota and Numsa to the CCMA

By: African News Agency      13th April 2016 Newly-formed trade union, the Liberated Metalworkers Union of South Africa (Limusa), on Tuesday said it was taking Toyota South Africa (Toyota SA) and the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) to the CCMA following a dispute about worker representation at the Durban plant. Limusa’s secretary,... 

Limusa to take Toyota and Numsa to the CCMA

Hyundai aims for stable year, sees new-car prices jumping 15% to 20%

By: Irma Venter     13th April 2016 Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) hopes to see 2016 sales reach around the same level as 2015, defying a South African new-vehicle market most analysts agree will drop around 10% this year. HASA marketing director Stanley Anderson says there is “no doubt” the South African new-vehicle market... 

Hyundai aims for stable year, sees new-car prices jumping 15% to 20%
The new Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai SA lobbies for local assembly of the Santa Cruz pick-up

By: Irma Venter     12th April 2016 Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) hopes to assemble Hyundai’s new Santa Cruz pick-up in South Africa from 2020. HASA marketing director Stanley Anderson says the local distributor is “working very hard” to convince the Korean manufacturer to assemble the bakkie range here in South Africa... 

 Hyundai SA lobbies for local assembly of the Santa Cruz pick-up
The Hyundai Santa Cruz

Interactive, less expensive Festival of Motoring seeks broader audience

By: Irma Venter     12th April 2016 The South African Festival of Motoring (FoM), set to replace the Johannesburg International Motor Show (JIMS), would offer local motor companies a less expensive, shorter, less static event that should appeal to a broader range of South Africans, said Konstantin von Vieregge, the recently... 

 Interactive, less expensive Festival of Motoring seeks broader audience
The revamped Kyalami race track

Artisans ‘at the core of driving an economy’, Jonas avers

By: Irma Venter     8th April 2016 If a country’s artisan skills base was weak, chances were its economy would be weak, said Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas at the opening of Mercedes-Benz South Africa’s (MBSA’s) new artisan Learning Centre in East London in March. Part of the transformation South Africa needed to see was... 

Changes at the top of Toyota South Africa

By: Irma Venter     8th April 2016 Less than three months after his appointment as executive VP and COO of Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM), Andrew Kirby has been appointed TSAM president and CEO. He will take up his new position on April 1. 

Connectivity and digitalisation now top-of-mind trends for auto executives

By: Irma Venter     8th April 2016 Last year, 12% of respondents in KPMG’s Global Automotive Executive Survey (GAES) believed that the global automotive industry was somewhat to extremely likely to see a major model disruption in the next five years. This year the figure increased to 82%. The global automotive industry is faced... 

VWSA to host inaugural black-owned suppliers day in May

By: Irma Venter     8th April 2016 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has invited black-owned suppliers to participate in its first ever black-owned suppliers’ day. The event will take place at the VWSA PeoplePavilion in Uitenhage, in the Eastern Cape, on Thursday, May 5. 

Datsun SA launches finance package aimed at Generation Y

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2016 Datsun South Africa (SA) on Thursday introduced fixed-cost motoring to its customers as it launched the All-in-1-Go finance package. For the Datsun Go driver, the offering spelled a single fixed monthly payment that would cover all the major costs associated with vehicle ownership, including... 

Datsun SA launches finance package aimed at Generation Y

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