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Amplats takes another step towards fuel cell realisation

By: Martin Creamer     15th September 2016 In the latest step towards the potential adoption of zero-emission fuel cell technology on a large scale, platinum mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) on Thursday announced an investment in a company engaged in small-scale gas-to-liquids technology that converts flare gas, natural... 

Fuel cell thrust continuing – Anglo American Platinum 

By: Martin Creamer     25th July 2016 The momentum around fuel cell vehicles as one of the zero-emission technologies of the future is continuing to build as shown by launches and proposed launches of commercially available fuel cell electric vehicles by major car manufacturers. Pictures of fuel cell electric vehicles bearing... 

Audi features strongly in latest customer satisfaction survey

By: Irma Venter     17th June 2016 Audi and Volkswagen new-car buyers are happiest with their purchasing experience, while much the same is true for new Isuzu, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen light commercial vehicle (LCV) owners in South Africa. The newest annual Ipsos customer satisfaction survey also awarded Audi the top customer... 

Audi, VW owners happiest new-car buyers, shows survey

By: Irma Venter     27th May 2016 Audi and Volkswagen new-car buyers are happiest with their purchasing experience, while much the same is true for new Isuzu, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen light commercial vehicle (LCV) owners in South Africa. The newest annual Ipsos customer satisfaction survey also awarded Audi the top customer... 

Prototyping firm helps Honda with its push towards driverless technology

     26th April 2016 A prototyping company from Letchworth has been helping car manufacturing giant Honda with its push towards driverless technology. Hertfordshire firm Ogle’s cutting-edge technology was used to create concept models for Honda as part of the Japanese multinational’s bid to develop autonomous driving... 

Volvo SUV crowned South Africa’s 2016 Car of the Year

By: Irma Venter     25th March 2016 The Volvo XC90 sports-utility vehicle has been crowned as South Africa’s 2016 Car of the Year, as voted for by the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists. The twelve finalists in the competition were the Citroen C4 Cactus, Ford Fusion, Honda HR-V, Jaguar XE, Kia Sorento, Land Rover Discovery... 

More car price increases on cards as rand weakness bites

By: Irma Venter     30th October 2015 South African consumers should brace themselves for another round of new-car price increases, says Associated Motor Holdings (AMH) CEO Manny de Canha. AMH imports brands such as Kia, Tata and Hyundai. 

Ipsos names Lexus ES SA’s best quality vehicle for 2014

By: Irma Venter     21st October 2015 Research house Ipsos on Wednesday revealed the winners in its yearly survey to find the best quality vehicles sold in South Africa, as well as the local plants producing the best quality vehicles. The awards are based on telephonic interviews conducted with new vehicle buyers after three months... 

More car-price pain on its way, warns AMH boss

By: Irma Venter     8th October 2015 South African consumers should brace themselves for another round of new-car price increases, says Associated Motor Holdings (AMH) CEO Manny de Canha. AMH imports brands such as Kia, Tata and Hyundai. 

VW debacle unlikely to hit platinum hard – Sibanye

By: Martin Creamer     7th October 2015 Precious metals mining company Sibanye, which is bulking up on platinum, does not expect a consumer backlash against diesel vehicles, which are major platinum users. JSE- and NYSE-listed Sibanye, which is taking steps to acquire Rustenburg Platinum from Anglo American Platinum as well as the... 

VW debacle puts favourable spotlight on zero-emission platinum fuel cell 

By: Martin Creamer     25th September 2015 The attack on diesel vehicles and the Volkswagen emissions debacle are putting a favourable new spotlight on the zero-emission value of fuel cell electric vehicles that use considerable volumes of platinum. This year has seen several global car manufacturers steadfastly advancing the... 

Waterfall Estate secures slice of key HQ market 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th August 2015 Providing capital growth fund Attacq with a 15-year project pipeline, the Waterfall City mixed-use development, in Midrand, has attracted a suite of corporates looking to consolidate their satellite centres into a single Gauteng foothold.  

As others embrace autonomous driving, SA faces dirty fuel, connectivity roadblocks 

By: Irma Venter     31st July 2015 Daimler truck test engineer Dirk Stranz pushes one button and then retracts his hands from the steering wheel of the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025. “And now the truck is driving itself.” It is unsettling to see the steering wheel move unaided as the truck gently turns the corner next to an... 

As others embrace autonomous driving, SA faces dirty fuel, connectivity roadblocks  

By: Irma Venter     31st July 2015 Daimler truck test engineer Dirk Stranz pushes one button, and then retracts his hands from the steering wheel of the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025. “And now the truck is driving itself.” 

Waterfall Estate secures slice of key HQ market 

By: Natalie Greve     29th July 2015 Providing capital growth fund Attacq with a 15-year project pipeline, the Waterfall City mixed-use development, in Midrand, has attracted a suite of corporates looking to consolidate their satellite centres into a single Gauteng foothold. Companies such as Massmart, PwC, Novartis, Cummins,... 

Platinum bridal jewellery demand up in China, fuel cells powering blocks of flats

By: Martin Creamer     23rd July 2015 Platinum marketing money previously devoted largely to discounts and commissions is now being used to boost platinum jewellery, investment and fuel cell promotion, says Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) CEO Chris Griffith. Bridal platinum jewellery demand is growing in China, platinum demand... 

Bt Technology Delivering Improved Performance For Williams Martini Racing

     3rd July 2015 The first results of BT’s partnership with WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING are showing how BT technology is helping improve car performance with the team through real time pitstop practice data analysis, accelerated race video analysis, improved applications performance and real time telemetry. A new... 

Japanese shipping liner fined R104m for collusion

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th June 2015 The Competition Commission has reached a settlement agreement with Japanese shipping liner Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) for contravening the Competition Act in the transportation of motor vehicles to and from South Africa by sea. This settlement followed the commission’s investigation of... 

Niall Lynch to lead Hyundai Automotive South Africa

By: Irma Venter     5th June 2015 Niall Lynch will take over as CEO of Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) in July next year, replacing Alan Ross, who has served as executive team leader of this company in the Imperial Group for the past 15 years. Lynch, who has been Renault South Africa (SA) MD since December 2013, will serve... 

1 000 platinum-powered Hyundais in UK this year – Amplats 

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2015 Fuel cell electric vehicles will allow platinum mining to build its future in a truly sustainable way on the back of zero exhaust emissions and the use of the world’s endless supply of hydrogen as a fuel source, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) CEO Chris Griffith has told Platinum Week 2015 in... 

New CEOs announced for Renault, Hyundai SA

By: Irma Venter     15th May 2015 Niall Lynch will take over as CEO of Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) in July next year, replacing Alan Ross, who has served as executive team leader of this company in the Imperial Group for the past 15 years. Lynch, who has been Renault South Africa (SA) MD since December 2013, will serve... 

First Car Rental Adds 165 New Cars To Car Hire Fleet

     20th April 2015 First Car Rental is excited to announce that this month it is adding an additional 165 new cars to its car hire fleet. There will be 100 new Toyota Etios 1.5 XS sedans added to Group C; 50 new Honda Brio 1.2 auto sedans in Group D; and 15 new Honda Mobilio 1.5 Comfort 7-seaters in Group I. Says... 

Ford adds to commercial-market offering

By: Irma Venter     3rd April 2015 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) continues its product offensive for 2015 – a year in which it plans to launch ten new models – with the introduction of the new Transit Connect and Tourneo Connect. The new Transit Connect panel van focuses on the commercial market, while the Tourneo... 

Porsche Macan takes podium in Car of the Year contest

By: Irma Venter     3rd April 2015 The Porsche Macan sports-utility vehicle has secured top honours in the 2015 WesBank/South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ) Car of the Year (COTY) competition. The victory is the third time in a row for the German sportscar brand, having scooped the 2013 and 2014 titles with the... 

Chicago Pneumatic launches new tampers range to meet compaction challenges

     27th March 2015 International construction equipment manufacturer Chicago Pneumatic has launched the new MS 595 and MS 695 tampers range to address productivity and manoeuvrability challenges in compaction tasks. The new range, its most compact and lightweight range of tampers in its 100 year history, provides... 

Porsche takes Car of the Year – again

By: Irma Venter     19th March 2015 The Porsche Macan sports-utility vehicle on Wednesday night secured top honours in the 2015 WesBank/South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ) Car of the Year (COTY) competition. Last night’s victory was the third time in a row for the German sportscar brand, having scooped the 2013 and... 

Ford expands LCV family, launches Avanza, Caddy competitor

By: Irma Venter     16th March 2015 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) continues its product offensive for 2015 – a year in which it plans to launch ten new models – with the introduction of the new Transit Connect and Tourneo Connect. The new Transit Connect panel van focuses on the commercial market, while the Tourneo... 

New floor saws from Wacker Neuson: Longer operating times and more comfort

     12th March 2015 The gasoline-driven floor saws from Wacker Neuson were revised and now offer additional benefits for end users and contractors. It was possible to reduce the hand-arm vibrations even further, which makes longer operating times and fatigue-free working possible. In addition, the high quality... 

Platinum fuel cells to power five-million Japanese homes – Ivanhoe 

By: Martin Creamer     11th February 2015 Japan was building platinum-using fuel cells to provide clean electricity and heat to 5.3-million homes, Ivanhoe Mines executive chairperson Robert Friedland told the Mining Indaba on Wednesday. Japan was also planning to run the Tokyo Olympics on fuel cells to showcase the arrival of the... 

Fuel cells, cleaner fuel to create new platinum demand

By: Martin Creamer     9th February 2015 A move towards cleaner fuel and a focus on fuel cells for cars would be the sources of new demand for platinum, SFA Oxford chairperson Stephen Forrest told the Mining Indaba on Monday. Forrest said that Toyota, Honda and Hyundai were all expected to release fuel-cell cars next year, with Daimler... 

Naamsa surprised by scope of commission’s auto-parts probe

By: Irma Venter     7th November 2014 The investigation into the automotive component sector, announced by the South African Competition Commission in October, has its origins in the US, Europe and the East, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) director Nico Vermeulen. “As Naamsa, we are... 

No, no – automakers are not being taken for a ride by components suppliers

By: Kelvin Kemm     31st October 2014 I have seen news reports that the Competition Commission has launched an investigation into elements of the automotive industry relating to the supply of components to original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs). My immediate reaction a sense of unease. I suspect that the Competition Commission in... 

Batch Plants Come Clean

     28th October 2014 Concrete batch plants in Australia’s ready-mix industry understand that plant maintenance efficiency is a fundamental key objective.  Keeping the equipment clean facilitates essential maintenance.  Progressive operators are adopting petrol or diesel drive pressure cleaners in the 3,000 to 5,000... 

Commission probes anticompetitive conduct in auto-parts sector

By: Irma Venter     24th October 2014 The Competition Commission has launched an investigation into what it says are “price fixing, market division and collusive tendering in the market for the manufacture and supply of automotive components to original equipment manufacturers” (OEMs, or vehicle manufacturers) such as Toyota,... 

Aussie Blaster Breakthrough

     23rd October 2014 Aussie Pumps has launched a new 3,000 psi engine drive pressure cleaner designed to set a new standard in cleaning power and value for money. Called the Aussie 30 Scud, the new machine will change the way farmers, civil contractors and even tradies think of portable engine drive pressure... 

Auto industry expresses surprise at Competition Commission probe

By: Irma Venter     14th October 2014 The investigation into the automotive component sector announced by the South African Competition Commission earlier this week had its origins in the US, Europe and the East, said National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) director Nico Vermeulen on Tuesday. “As... 

Competition Commission starts probe into auto industry 

By: Irma Venter     13th October 2014 The Competition Commission on Monday announced that it had launched an “investigation into price fixing, market division and collusive tendering in the market for the manufacture and supply of automotive components to original equipment manufacturers” (OEMs, or vehicle manufacturers) such as... 

On-The-Air (26/09/2014) 

By: Martin Creamer     26th September 2014 An exciting new technology, which has the potential to boost platinum sky-high, has passed its first tests 

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