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Jul 25, 2014
RIGOROUS TESTING The nature of the automotive industry is highly technical and is subject to a vast number of standards
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has set aside R6.1-million to enhance the vehicle-testing facility at the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), in East London and Gauteng
Jul 25, 2014
The future changes constantly. Where it once favoured the car over the horse, then the introduction of new, fuel-efficient, low-emission engines, it is now inhabited by the self-driving car and truck. In fact, the debate around self-driving vehicles, or autonomous...
Jul 25, 2014
MORE POWER WITH LESS CAPACITY The new Polo hatchback’s fuel economy has been improved by as much as 20% with the reduction in engine capacity and the addition of a turbocharger
The continual development and enhancement of turbochargers installed on small-capacity engines is set to become the future staple for A-segment cars, or entry-level vehicles, reports German vehicle manufacturer Volkswagen (VW) South Africa (SA).
Jul 23, 2014
Combined Motor Holdings (CMH), the JSE-listed importer and distributor of MG and Maxus vehicles, has announced a number of structural changes for the brands in Africa. MG and Maxus are sold locally through Mandarin Motors.
Jul 22, 2014
The BMW Group on Tuesday named Tim Abbott as the new BMW South Africa (BMW SA) MD. Abbott is currently the MD of BMW Group UK, a post he has held since February 2009. He is 57 years old, was educated at Loughborough University and is married with three children.
Jul 22, 2014
The Ilanga II
The University of Johannesburg (UJ) will participate in the Sasol Solar Challenge 2014 with its latest solar car, the Ilanga II. Ilanga is the isiZulu word for the sun.
Jul 21, 2014
General Tyre production at the Port Elizabeth plant
Continental Tyre South Africa (CTSA) is investing between R300-million and R320-million in its Port Elizabeth facility this year, says CTSA marketing and sales GM Shaun Uys. The investment will focus on increasing energy efficiency, as the electricity price in Port...
Jul 18, 2014
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Ford Mustang
The next two years will see an aggressive expansion of Ford’s vehicle line-up in sub-Saharan Africa. The US auto maker will launch 25 new or refreshed vehicles in the region, of which 17 will find their way to South Africa.
Jul 18, 2014
Jul 16, 2014
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Jul 15, 2014
Jul 11, 2014
 
 
 
Jul 10, 2014
ROGER PITOT Competing demands around the APDP are being carefully considered as part of the APDP review
The review of the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) has benefitted from input from automotive manufacturers, labour unions and component manufacturers and the complete inputs will be presented to the stakeholders for final comments before the...
Jul 10, 2014
More than a third (35%) of current car owners who are considering purchasing a new car in the near future, say they will possibly purchase a different car brand to the one they have, this according to a study by Ipsos. A third of car owners are undecided on the matter.
Jul 04, 2014
IN TOUCH ConnectedDrive is made possible through the use of an embedded Vodafone sim card in the car
BMW South Africa (SA) has launched a new suite of technology that promises its customers improved and wider in-car connectivity, starting in July. The car has become an extension of the home and office, and ConnectedDrive is proof of this fact.
Jul 04, 2014
A company with a 3 000-strong fleet of vehicles, based mainly in Gauteng, this year paid between R400 000 and R500 000 a month extra on its toll fee bill, owing to the start of e-tolling on the Gauteng freeway network at the end of last year, says Standard Bank fleet...
Jul 02, 2014
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has approved the revised guidelines for the Automotive Investment Scheme (AIS) and the People-carrier Automotive Investment Scheme (P-AIS). The amended AIS guidelines provide clarity on the nontaxability of the grant, as well...
Jul 01, 2014
A prolonged strike in the metal and engineering industry would increase the risk of the South African economy moving into a recession, the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa warned on Tuesday, as it released the latest vehicle sales...
Jun 27, 2014
Motorists in South Africa spend an average of 10 working days a year sitting in congested traffic or an average of 13 minutes of each hour of peak-time commuting, but smart, connected devices can help people to choose the most efficient routes daily to halve this...
Jun 27, 2014
To produce Datsun vehicles in South Africa requires sufficient volume, global competitiveness and predictability, says Datsun global head Vincent Cobee. South Africa, however, currently falls short in terms of predictability, especially in its labour situation, as...
Jun 27, 2014
Ever heard of Guadeloupe? It is a group of Caribbean islands roughly 10 400 km from South Africa. It has a population of 400 000 inhabitants and is an overseas region of France. Suriname is a country in South America. It is bordered by French Guiana to the east,...
Jun 27, 2014
The new seven-seater Ertiga is what Suzuki calls a life-utility vehicle (LUV), but it is perhaps better known as a multipurpose vehicle. The Ertiga comes to South Africa from India, with prices starting at R159 900.
 
 
 
 
Jun 27, 2014
Datsun is back. Remember the never-say-die Japanese brand of the seventies and eighties? The modern day market Nissan wants to conquer with the reincarnated badge won’t remember – they are the urban young and restless. The first-time car buyer. The riser, as Datsun...
Jun 24, 2014
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The refreshed Polo
South Africa is the world’s third-largest Polo market, at 24 994 units sold in the first five months of the year. To be fair, this includes sales of the South African-only Polo Vivo (the fourth generation Polo), as well as the fifth-generation Polo, now rejuvenated...
Jun 24, 2014
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Seventy-four cloned vehicles, and 821 duplicate licence plates have, to date, been identified on Gauteng’s e-toll network, says Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) CEO Jamie Surkont. Speaking to Engineering News Online, he says a cloned vehicle is a vehicle identical to...
Jun 20, 2014
A development engineer’s job is never done. While the first new C-Class models have just started rolling off the assembly line at Mercedes-Benz South Africa’s (MBSA’s) East London plant, the German car maker is already peering into the future to see what a new...
Jun 20, 2014
AUTO SHIFTING The gearbox offers both fully automatic and manual shift modes
An advanced gearbox, featuring manual and automatic options for gear shifting will soon be introduced to Japanese vehicle manufacturer Suzuki’s compact range of cars.
Jun 20, 2014
Volkswagen Group South Africaʼs (VWSAʼs) paint shop has launched a project which reduces hazardous waste at the groupʼs Eastern Cape assembly plant, by improving painting efficiency levels. The project sees the replacement of the painting technique used at the plant...
Jun 20, 2014
“All indications are that the market is tightening up and that interest rates are likely to rise soon,” says Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) marketing director Stanley Anderson. This has, and will continue to encourage a buying-down trend in the new vehicle...
Jun 20, 2014
PAUL RAMARA Counterfeiters are constantly becoming more skilled in copying genuine parts
The greatest risk for the automotive components industry is counterfeit critical parts, such as brake pads and shoes, fuel pumps and suspension components, which put the lives of drivers and passengers at risk, says legal firm Spoor & Fisher.
Jun 20, 2014
Rapid prototyping, popularly known as three-dimensional, or 3D, printing, is not as new as some would think. 3D printing was, for example, key in the parts localisation and validation process during the development of the sixth-generation Isuzu KB bakkie, launched in...
Jun 20, 2014
CONNECTED DRIVING The in-car control system is designed to keep eyes on the road and hands on the wheel as much as possible
A large tablet-like touch screen is set to replace buttons in Swedish vehicle manufacturer Volvo’s newly updated sports utility vehicle (SUV), the XC90.
 
 
 
 
Jun 19, 2014
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An increasing number of buyers, in both the new and used car markets, are opting for finance structures that lower their monthly repayments, said WesBank in a statement released on Thursday. These include the use of large balloon payments (also known as residuals),...
Jun 19, 2014
Jun 13, 2014
South Africaʼs vehicle manufacturing industry has a projected, cumulative, record capital expenditure (capex) budget of R7.92- billion for 2014, says the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa). The association states in its first...
Jun 13, 2014
To date, the year has not been kind to Honda Motor Southern Africa (HMSA), but hopefully the new Ballade, launched in May, will lure more buyers to the Japanese brandʼs showrooms, as will the new Jazz when it arrives next year.
Jun 13, 2014
May new vehicle sales plummeted by 9.2%, to 49 465 units, compared with the same month last year, reports the Department of Trade and Industry. The South African new passenger car market, at 32 984 units, declined 4 207 units, or 11.3%, compared with May last year.
Jun 12, 2014
The Suzuki Ertiga GLX
The new seven-seater Ertiga is what Suzuki calls a life-utility vehicle (LUV), but it is perhaps better known as a multipurpose vehicle. The Ertiga comes to South Africa from India, with prices starting at R159 900.
Jun 11, 2014
Dr David Molapo
A company with a 3 000-strong fleet of vehicles, based mainly in Gauteng, this year paid between R400 000 and R500 000 a month extra on its toll fee bill, owing to the start of e-tolling on the Gauteng freeway network at the end of last year, said Standard Bank fleet...
Jun 10, 2014
The 2014 Datsun Go
Datsun is back. Remember the never-say-die Japanese brand of the seventies and eighties? The modern day market Nissan wants to conquer with the reincarnated badge won’t remember – they are the urban young and restless. The first-time car buyer. The riser, as Datsun...
Jun 10, 2014
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To produce Datsun vehicles in South Africa required sufficient volume, global competitiveness and predictability, said Datsun global head Vincent Cobee on Tuesday. South Africa, however, currently fell short in terms of predictability, especially in its labour...
Jun 06, 2014
The first new C-Class has rolled off the production line at the Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) East London plant, in the Eastern Cape. Exports to around 80 markets are scheduled to start at the end of the second quarter.
 
 
 
 
Jun 06, 2014
South Africa’s automotive industry recorded a trade deficit of R24-billion for 2013, almost half the R42.3-billion deficit of 2012. Vehicle and component exports reached R102.7-billion last year, compared with imports to the value of R126.7-billion, says Automotive...
Jun 05, 2014
The Grand i10
“All indications are that the market is tightening up and that interest rates are likely to rise soon,” says Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) marketing director Stanley Anderson. This has, and will continue to encourage a buying-down trend in the new vehicle...
Jun 02, 2014
May new vehicle sales plummeted by 9.2%, to 49 465 units, compared with the same month last year, statistics released by the Department of Trade and Industry showed on Monday. The South African new passenger car market, at 32 984 units, declined 4 207 units, or...
Jun 02, 2014
The new C-Class
A development engineer’s job is never done. While the first new C-Class models have just started rolling off the assembly line at Mercedes-Benz South Africa’s (MBSA’s) East London plant, the German car maker is already peering into the future to see what a new...
May 30, 2014
Everybody – everybody – wants to partici- pate in manufacturing,” turnaround king Alan Mulally told journalists at last year’s Johannesburg International Motor Show. The company boss who trapezed a now buoyant Ford through the global recession, said the US carmaker...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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