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Feb 21, 2014
MADE IN SA The new Corolla has 50% local content
Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has launched volume production of the new Corolla at its Durban plant. The new model is the eleventh generation of this best-selling car. TSAM invested R1-billion at its Durban plant, as well as in the development of its staff and...
Feb 21, 2014
The automotive industry is facing a fast-moving evolution, says Bronwyn Kilpatrick, who heads up the automotive sector at Deloitte. The concept of mobility is changing rapidly, and no longer necessarily means someone owns, or wants to own a vehicle.
Feb 21, 2014
The board of directors of Italian car maker Fiat has approved the formation of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) as a fully integrated, unified global automaker. This follows Fiat’s acquisition in early January of the remaining equity interest in US vehicle...
Feb 21, 2014
New vehicle sales in South Africa decreased by 6.8% in January, to 53 025 units, compared with the same month last year – this according to statistics released by the Department of Trade and Industry. During January, 38 008 new passenger cars were sold – a 7%...
Feb 21, 2014
Feb 21, 2014
The current weak rand is expected to provide a boost to vehicle exports, especially from the second half of 2014, says Econometrix director and chief economist Dr Azar Jammine. He says the recuperating US and European economies mean that South Africa’s export...
Feb 20, 2014
Chris de Kock
The local new vehicle market will contract by around 0.6% in 2014 compared with last year, says WesBank CEO Chris de Kock. The new car market will most likely shrink 2% to 441 432 units, with bakkies and vans expected to grow 2%, to 172 618 units.
Feb 20, 2014
VWSA MD David Powels
There had been a clear buying-down trend in the South African new car market over the last four to five years, said Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) MD David Powels on Thursday. South Africans bought smaller, more affordable cars in 2013, and the trend was set to...
Feb 19, 2014
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Feb 11, 2014
MSA CEO Ashok Thakur
Mahindra South Africa (MSA) in 2013 experienced its best sales year ever since it opened its doors ten years ago, the company said on Tuesday. The local arm of the Indian conglomerate sold 4 056 new vehicles in 2013, up 4% on the 3 895 units sold in 2012.
Feb 10, 2014
The new Corolla
The South African new vehicle market may well dip to 640 000 units in 2014, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) sales and marketing senior VP Calvyn Hamman. This is the first prediction that anticipates a drop in the market. To date economists and industry bodies...
Feb 07, 2014
NEW LOOK The new C-Class is set for introduction onto the South African market in June
Production of the new C-Class has started at Mercedes-Benz South Africa’s (MBSA’s) East London plant, and will slowly ramp up to full capacity during the year. The new C-Class was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show, held in Detroit, earlier...
Feb 07, 2014
Renault South Africa (SA) has a new MD. Son of former Imperial Holdings CEO Bill Lynch, Niall Lynch, will take over the reins at the French brand, with current CEO Susumu Uchikoshi to take up a senior position at Nissan – Renault’s alliance partner – as the...
Feb 05, 2014
Jeff Nemeth
Associated Motor Holdings (AMH) and Amalgamated Automobile Distributors (AAD) acted as a “big drag” on new vehicle sales in January, while members of the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) held steady, says Econometrix...
Feb 05, 2014
As of midnight, when the fuel price increased to record highs, consumers will have to spend 36.5% of their monthly mobility budget on fuel, and 38.6% on vehicle instalments – this according to WesBank’s February Monthly Mobility Calculator. The calculator takes...
Feb 04, 2014
The new Corolla
Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) on Tuesday launched volume production of the new Corolla at its Durban plant. The new model is the eleventh generation of this best-selling car. TSAM invested R1-billion at its Durban plant, as well as in the development of its staff...
Feb 04, 2014
The current weak rand was expected to provide a boost to vehicle exports, especially from the second half of 2014, said Econometrix director and chief economist Dr Azar Jammine on Tuesday. Speaking at a Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa media briefing in...
Feb 03, 2014
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The Ford Figo
The top three countries from which South Africa imported vehicles in 2013 were India, at number one, with 97 167 vehicles, with South Korea second, at 62 058 units, and Germany third, at 56 997 units, said Standard Bank vehicle and asset finance head Sydney Soundy on...
Feb 03, 2014
Polo Vivo
New vehicle sales in South Africa decreased by 6.8% in January, to 53 025 units, compared with the same month last year, reported the Department of Trade and Industry on Monday. During January, 38 008 new passenger cars were sold – a 7% drop compared with the same...
 
 
 
 
Jan 31, 2014
South Africans love money-cars. The more-expensive, upper-end-of-the-market premium cars. In South Africa the premium market makes up 13% of the total new vehicle market, while the global figure is 11%. Should the country follow the global trend, the local premium...
Jan 30, 2014
The board of directors of Italian car maker Fiat has approved the formation of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) as a fully integrated, unified global automaker. This follows Fiat’s acquisition in early January of the remaining equity interest in US vehicle...
Jan 29, 2014
The automotive industry is facing a fast-moving evolution, says Bronwyn Kilpatrick, who heads up the automotive sector at Deloitte. The concept of mobility is changing rapidly, and no longer necessarily means someone owns, or wants to own a vehicle.
Jan 24, 2014
Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) will, in March, welcome its first South Africa-born CEO since the company became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler. Arno van der Merwe will take over the reins at the local arm of the German auto giant when current CEO Dr Martin...
Jan 24, 2014
US technology consultant Doug Newcomb is confident the cars we drive now will change completely over the next 25 years – and he is not referring to the continued push in drivetrain technology that wants to replace the internal combustion engine with batteries or...
Jan 24, 2014
STRONG MOKKA? The Opel Mokka is a small sports utility vehicle and will compete in the local market with the likes of the Nissan Juke
There is a “realistic opportunity” to double Opel sales in South Africa in the short term, says General Motors South Africa (GMSA) operations VP Ian Nicholls. GMSA will sell around 2 915 Opels in South Africa in 2013.
Jan 24, 2014
The rapid growth in imported tyres is becoming an increasing concern to local producers, says Continental Tyre South Africa (CTSA) MD and South African Tyre Manufacturers Conference (SATMC) chairperson Dieter Horni. “Chinese exports to South Africa are growing and...
Jan 24, 2014
Unaudited data released by the Department of Trade and Industry earlier this month shows that new vehicle sales in South Africa increased by 3.2%, to 650 620 units, in 2013 over 2012. This number signals the fourth year of consecutive growth for the local industry,...
Jan 22, 2014
The 2014 C-Class
Production of the new C-Class has started at Mercedes-Benz South Africa’s (MBSA’s) East London plant, and will slowly ramp up to full capacity during the year. The new C-Class was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show, held in Detroit, earlier...
Jan 21, 2014
Niall Lynch
Renault South Africa (SA) has a new MD. Son of former Imperial Holdings CEO Bill Lynch, Niall Lynch, will take over the reins at the French brand, with current CEO Susumu Uchikoshi poised to take up a senior position at Nissan – Renault’s alliance partner – as...
 
 
 
 
Jan 17, 2014
OLL-OUT The investments at the New Brighton West plant will focus on increasing 4 × 4 tyre production capacity and run-flat tyre production capacity, as well as speciality tyre production
Continental Tyre South Africa (CTSA) will invest a three-figure sum – more than R100-million – in its local tyre manufacturing plant in Port Elizabeth in 2014, says CTSA MD Dieter Horni. Horni is unwilling to disclose the full investment figure in the local arm...
Jan 17, 2014
PONY CAR The new Mustang will be in local showrooms in 2015
As US car maker Ford unveiled its new Mustang on the global stage in December, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) announced that local fans can look forward to seeing the iconic pony car in local showrooms in 2015. The new Ford Mustang has been redesigned...
Jan 17, 2014
The Lexus IS has been crowned South Africa’s best-quality vehicle for 2013, with the locally made Mercedes-Benz petrol C-Class, the Audi A3 and Mazda 2 hatchback following close on its heels. This title has been awarded by research house Ipsos, based on telephonic...
Jan 08, 2014
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Johan de Nysschen
South Africans love money-cars. The more-expensive, upper-end-of-the-market premium cars. In South Africa the premium market makes up 13% of the total new vehicle market, while the global figure is 11%. Should the country follow the global trend, the local premium...
Jan 07, 2014
Unaudited data released by the Department of Trade and Industry on Tuesday showed that new vehicle sales in South Africa increased by 3.2%, to 650 620 units, in 2013 over 2012. This number signalled the fourth year of consecutive growth for the local industry,...
Jan 07, 2014
Arno van der Merwe
Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) will, in March, welcome its first South Africa-born CEO since the company became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler. Arno van der Merwe will take over the reins at the local arm of the German auto giant when current CEO Dr Martin...
Dec 23, 2013
Sanral is misleading the public by saying the failure to pay toll fees is against the law, regardless whether an invoice is issued or not, Justice Project SA (JPSA) said on Monday. JPSA was responding to a statement the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) made...
Dec 13, 2013
CHARGE IT A Leaf charging station at a Nissan dealership
Sales of electric cars should pick up once more such vehicles become available on the South African market, says Nissan South Africa (SA) chief marketing manager Ross Garvie. The local arm of the Japanese car company launched the country’s first fully electric...
Dec 13, 2013
New vehicle sales in South Africa decreased by 4.6% in November, to 50 806 units, compared with the same month last year. Commenting on the statistics, issued by the Department of Trade and Industry, the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South...
Dec 12, 2013
The Opel Mokka
There is a “realistic opportunity” to double Opel sales in South Africa in the short term, says General Motors South Africa (GMSA) operations VP Ian Nicholls. GMSA will sell around 2 915 Opels in South Africa in 2013.
 
 
 
 
Dec 09, 2013
The rapid growth in imported tyres is becoming an increasing concern to local producers, says Continental Tyre South Africa (CTSA) MD and South African Tyre Manufacturers Conference (SATMC) chairperson Dieter Horni. “Chinese exports to South Africa are growing and...
Dec 06, 2013
MUD, SWEAT AND GEARS Mitsubishi is slowly gaining ground again following the discontinuation of the popular Colt bakkie
Mitsubishi Motors South Africa (MMSA) has introduced a 4x2 derivative of its Pajero Sport sports-utility vehicle (SUV), which will give it access to a substantial slice of the full-size SUV market, where it will compete with the likes of the Ford Everest, Chevrolet...
Dec 06, 2013
LAP OF LUXURY The many safety and ride-comfort technology features explain why the S-Class is often used as a chauffeur-driven vehicle
Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) president and CEO Dr Martin Zimmermann describes the new S-Class as “a special place to be”, with the car creating a sense of “wellness” once you are seated inside the German brand’s flagship model. It is difficult to argue...
Dec 06, 2013
MILESTONE Toyota started Corolla production in 1975
Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has celebrated production of the millionth South African-manufactured Corolla. The vehicle rolled off the production line at the company’s Prospecton plant in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.
Dec 05, 2013
The new Ford Mustang
As US car maker Ford on Thursday unveiled its new Mustang on the global stage, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) announced that local fans can look forward to seeing the iconic pony car in local showrooms in 2015. The new Ford Mustang has been redesigned...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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