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Poor fuel consumption raises hackles of vehicle buyers

By: Irma Venter     8th December 2017 Poor fuel consumption has emerged as the major gripe from customers in the newest Ipsos Quality Survey. Fuel consumption was the biggest cause for customer complaint in 13 of the 16 vehicle model segments into which Ipsos divides the South Africa market.  

Ford Struandale plant exceeds 3m engine production milestone, eyes 2018 expansion

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st December 2017 The Ford Struandale engine plant, in Port Elizabeth, is celebrating the assembly of 500 000 Duratorq TDCi turbodiesel engines since 2011, bringing the total of engines produced at the plant to 3.3-million units since its establishment in 1964. Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is now... 

Electric vehicle revolution a rare investment opportunity as metals demand spikes

By: Henry Lazenby     1st December 2017 The rate at which global automotive markets are adopting electric vehicles (EVs) is accelerating at a much faster pace than even some of the keenest market observers estimated at the start of 2017, and is opening up once- in-a-lifetime investment opportunities among the four key ‘energy metals’ –... 

DTI part of the reason for SA’s jobs dearth

     1st December 2017 Editor – A request to the public to support engineers addressing Parliament on mass job creation 

Auto firms back deployment of high power EV charging network in Europe

By: Irma Venter     1st December 2017 BMW, Daimler, Ford and the Volkswagen group, which includes Audi and Porsche, have announced Ionity as a joint venture (JV) that will develop and implement a high-power charging (HPC) network for electric vehicles (EVs) across Europe. Ionity will launch 400 HPC stations by 2020. 

Outlook for vehicle market hinges on political landscape – bank

By: Irma Venter     17th November 2017 It is impossible to accurately forecast where the new-vehicle market will end the year, or what the 2018 market will look like, says Standard Bank Vehicle and Asset Finance (VAF) group head Simphiwe Nghona. “Everything hinges on the political landscape. Anything can happen in the last quarter.... 

Automotive skills centre a beacon of hope for empowering youth, industry

By: Dylan Slater     10th November 2017 The Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) is essential to bridging the human resource development challenge in South Africa and the growth of an effective, competitive and sustainable industry, says Deputy President and permanent Human Resource Development Council of South Africa (HRDC)... 

Far too high up

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     10th November 2017 Some time ago, I was in a court case as an expert witness. The advocate gave me a number to call him. It was his wife's cellphone number; he said it was no good me calling his cellphone because it was switched off, as the press never stopped calling him and he thought they may be bugging his... 

Ford, BMW, Daimler and VW launch JV to enable long-distance electric vehicle travel

By: Irma Venter     3rd November 2017 BMW, Daimler, Ford and the Volkswagen group, which includes Audi and Porsche, have announced Ionity as a joint venture (JV) that will develop and implement a high-power charging (HPC) network for electric vehicles (EVs) across Europe. Ionity will launch 400 HPC stations by 2020. 

New car, bakkie owners unhappy about fuel consumption, reveals Ipsos survey

By: Irma Venter     30th October 2017 Poor fuel consumption has emerged as the major gripe from customers in the newest Ipsos Quality Survey. Fuel consumption was the biggest cause for customer complaint in 13 of the 16 vehicle model segments into which Ipsos divides the South Africa market.  

Politics muddying new-vehicle market forecasts

By: Irma Venter     24th October 2017 It is impossible to accurately forecast where the new-vehicle market will end the year, or what the 2018 market will look like, says Standard Bank Vehicle and Asset Finance (VAF) group head Simphiwe Nghona. “Everything hinges on the political landscape. Anything can happen in the last quarter.... 

Automotive investment projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     6th October 2017 BMW SA will invest an additional R160-million in its Rosslyn manufacturing facility to enhance production linespeed. 

Trade deals, emissions laws set to challenge SA auto industry, warns Toyota Europe’s Van Zyl

By: Irma Venter     29th September 2017 In an effort to clean up ever-increasing pollution, the UK in July announced a proposal that sales of new diesel and petrol cars would come to an end by 2040. This announcement mirrors one made earlier by the French government, with a similar timeline and intent. This means two of South Africa’s... 

Trade deals, emissions laws set to challenge SA auto industry, warns Toyota Europe’s Van Zyl

By: Irma Venter     29th September 2017 In an effort to clean up ever-increasing pollution, the UK in July announced a proposal that sales of new diesel and petrol cars would come to an end by 2040. This announcement mirrors one made earlier by the French government, with a similar timeline and intent. This means two of South Africa’s... 

Low-skilled labour plan could provide solution to unemployment challenge

By: David Oliveira     8th September 2017 Industrial research and development engineering company Greville Wood Developments (GWD) is awaiting funding to recreate a 1986 manufacturing proof study and farming plan, called the Warrenton Plan, which could collectively create about 2 300 jobs in Warrenton, in the Northern Cape, then rolled... 

Premium doors for top-end vehicle marque showroom from Maxiflex

     4th August 2017 Door and loading dock specialist, Maxiflex, secured the order to supply and install three stylish fully glazed overhead sectional glass door systems to complement the brand new elegant showroom of premium brand vehicle dealership, Jaguar Land Rover Waterford, in Johannesburg’s Northern suburb of... 

SA-designed bakkie tailgate damper gaining traction in Australia

By: Dylan Slater     28th July 2017 The South African-designed and -manufactured bakkie tailgate damper EZDown is becoming increasingly popular and sought-after in the Australian utility-vehicle market.  

Now Audi SA stops reporting detailed new-vehicle sales numbers

By: Irma Venter     7th July 2017 New CEO at Audi South Africa (Audi SA), Trevor Hill, says the German premium brand will, by the end of July, stop providing detailed new-vehicle sales numbers to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). This announcement follows in the footsteps of Mercedes Benz South Africa (MBSA) and BMW... 

Automotive investment projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     7th July 2017 Volkswagen has unveiled the new, sixth-generation Polo that will be produced in South Africa, among other global production locations. 

Audi SA third carmaker to halt detailed sales reporting

By: Irma Venter     23rd June 2017 New CEO at Audi South Africa (Audi SA), Trevor Hill, says the German premium brand will, by the end of July, stop providing detailed new-vehicle sales numbers to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). This announcement follows in the footsteps of Mercedes Benz South Africa (MBSA) and BMW... 

SA car buyers had widest choice-to-market-size ratio globally in 2016

By: Irma Venter     9th June 2017 South African car buyers had access to 55 passenger car brands in 2016, with 3 458 model derivatives to choose from, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) executive manager Dr Norman Lamprecht. “This afforded car buyers the widest choice to market-size... 

Ford’s R1m offer a slap in the face, says Reshall Jimmy’s family

By: African News Agency      25th May 2017 The family of Reshall Jimmy, who died after his Ford Kuga burst into flames in December 2015, revealed on Thursday that they had felt deeply insulted by the company’s offer of another Ford vehicle, valued up to R1 million. Renisha Jimmy, Reshall’s sister, said outgoing Ford sub-Saharan Africa... 

South Africans spoilt for choice when buying new vehicles 

By: Irma Venter     23rd May 2017 South African car buyers had access to 55 passenger car brands in 2016, with 3 458 model derivatives to choose from, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) executive manager Dr Norman Lamprecht. “This afforded car buyers the widest choice to market-size... 

From incandescent light bulbs to laser lights

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     19th May 2017 The incandescent light bulb, rated at about 60 W, is one we all know and which endeared for about 130 years. Along the way had been invented various other types of light: gas-discharge lamps (such as streetlights) fluorescent lamps, metal halide lamps, and so on. But, for a very long time, basic... 

Automotive investment projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     7th April 2017 Volkswagen South Africa Group aims to ramp up production of the new Polo at the Uitenhage plant by the third quarter of this year. 

Shipping group expects SA auto exports to continue to grow

By: David Oliveira     31st March 2017 Shipping group Safmarine believes the immediate outlook for automotive exports from South Africa is positive in light of ongoing investments by established and emerging original-equipment manufacturer (OEMs). Safmarine global key account manager Dave Everett notes that sector attracted major... 

Authorities help to curb counterfeit car part imports

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th March 2017 The South African Police Service (SAPS), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the South African Revenue Service’s Customs offices are committed to reducing the number of imported counterfeit spare parts for motor vehicles, says law firm Spoor & Fisher. 

Nuclear build programme will bring immense benefits 

By: Kelvin Kemm     24th March 2017 South Africa builds and exports Mercedes-Benz vehicles from East London.  BMW cars are built in Pretoria, as are Ford cars. Other vehicle brands are also built are this country.  I have toured the BMW and Ford plant several times, and I can assure you that what you see is South African workers... 

How engineers are revolutionising the automotive industry: five major trends

     20th March 2017 Find out which new major trends are shaping the automotive industry. 

Sasol officially launches 2017 GTC Championship

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th March 2017 The Sasol GTC Championship team on Thursday welcomed newest team member Robert Wolk, who will be behind the wheel of the team’s BMW GTC racer. Thirty-one-year-old Wolk replaces Hennie Groenewald, who stepped down to start a new business venture in Cape Town. Wolk has been racing since the age of... 

Musical chairs in the SA automotive industry

By: Irma Venter     3rd March 2017 South Africa’s automotive industry has seen a number of shake-ups in the first two months of the year. WesBank has announced the appointment of Mark Finlayson as the CEO of its Motor division following the departure of Simphiwe Nghona on February 1. 

Global Perspective At South Africa's Automotive Show

     17th February 2017 Up to 400 executive-level delegates, representing South Africa's automotive manufacturing industry will gather to confer with and learn from global experts at its official event, the NAACAM Show in Durban during April.   Acclaimed London-based, global thought leader and charismatic futurist... 

Mazda Southern Africa appoints new MD

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 Japanese car manufacturer Mazda Motor Corporation has appointed South Africa’s Craig Roberts as the new MD at Mazda Southern Africa. Roberts currently serves as the head of sales at Mazda Southern Africa. He will start work in his new role on April 1. 

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. 

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... 

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... 

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... 

Tooling capabilities open up new prospects for SA auto-parts firm

By: David Oliveira     20th January 2017 Cable management solutions provider HellermannTyton South Africa’s 2014 acquisition of PVS Engineering has significantly improved the company’s tooling manufacturing capabilities and placed the company in a strong position within the group internationally. HellermannTyton South Africa network... 

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