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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... 

Production of new Hilux models starts at Toyota’s Durban plant

By: Irma Venter     18th March 2016 The first new Hilux pickup models started to roll off the assembly line at the Toyota South Africa Motors plant (TSAM), in Durban, in February. Exports, mainly to Europe, will kick off shortly. The new Hillux will seek to duplicate the success of its predecessor, also built in South Africa, which... 

Production of new Hilux kicks off in Durban; new mining version unveiled

By: Irma Venter     26th February 2016 The first new Hilux pickup models started to roll off the assembly line at the Toyota South Africa Motors plant (TSAM), in Durban, earlier this month. Exports, mainly to Europe, will kick off shortly. The new Hillux will seek to duplicate the success of its predecessor, also built in South... 

Hyundai unveils big extension to warranty terms

By: Irma Venter     19th February 2016 Hyundai Automotive South Africa (SA) has announced that it will introduce a manufacturer’s warranty of 7 years, or 200 000 km, on its vehicles, up from the 5 year/150 000 km warranty introduced at the end of 2007. The company believes this “bold and confident new feature will ensure even greater... 

Hyundai SA pushes warranty up to 7 years/200 000 km

By: Irma Venter     1st February 2016 Hyundai Automotive South Africa (SA) has announced that it will introduce a manufacturer’s warranty of 7 years, or 200 000 km, on its vehicles, up from the 5 year/150 000 km warranty introduced at the end of 2007. The company believes this “bold and confident new feature will ensure even greater... 

New Suzuki mini truck to make SA debut this year

By: Irma Venter     29th January 2016 Suzuki Auto South Africa (SA) will introduce a new commercial vehicle to the local market in 2016. The introduction of the four-door Baleno hatchback is also on the cards, with no launch date confirmed yet.   Suzuki Auto SA MD Yukio Sato says the commercial vehicle to make its debut this year... 

Suzuki aims for small truck, budget markets as economy bites

By: Irma Venter     24th November 2015 Suzuki Auto South Africa (SA) will introduce a new commercial vehicle to the local market in 2016. The introduction of the four-door Baleno hatchback is also on the cards, with no launch date confirmed yet.   Suzuki Auto SA MD Yukio Sato says the commercial vehicle to make its debut next year... 

Mahindra’s new SA chief outlines priorities

By: Irma Venter     23rd October 2015 New CEO at Mahindra South Africa (MSA), Sanjoy Gupta, has set seven priorities for the Indian importer to improve its performance in the local market. The first priority is to improve Mahindra’s brand acceptance in the passenger car market, building on its strong presence in the bakkie market,... 

Mahindra SA to launch passenger car offensive over next 12 months

By: Irma Venter     30th September 2015 New CEO at Mahindra South Africa (MSA), Sanjoy Gupta, has set seven priorities for the Indian importer to improve its performance in the local market. The first priority is to improve Mahindra’s brand acceptance in the passenger car market, building on its strong presence in the bakkie market,... 

New-vehicle sales continued downward spiral in August

By: Irma Venter     18th September 2015 New-vehicle sales continued their downward spiral in August, dropping by 8.2%, to 51 055 units, compared with the same month last year. New-vehicle sales in the domestic market declined by 6.1% in July and 4.8% in June. 

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.” 

Mercedes-Benz launches fresh assault on competitive van segment

By: Irma Venter     17th July 2015 Mercedes-Benz has launched a fresh attack on the highly competitive van segment with the launch of its new V-Class multipurpose vehicle (MPV). The V-Class replaces the Viano. 

Tough van market sees introduction of new luxury Merc V-Class

By: Irma Venter     23rd June 2015 Mercedes-Benz has launched a fresh attack on the highly competitive van segment with the launch of its new V-Class multipurpose vehicle (MPV). The V-Class replaces the Viano. 

Toyota opens revamped taxi plant, increases local content on Ses’fikile

By: Irma Venter     22nd June 2015 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) on Monday officially opened its completely knockdown (CKD) Quantum Ses’fikile minibus plant, in Durban, following a R550-million investment in its local taxi assembly operations. Construction on the CKD plant started in January 2014. 

Milestone for East London plant as millionth car rolls off production line

By: Irma Venter     12th June 2015 The Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) plant, in East London, in May saw its one-millionth passenger car, a white C200 C-Class model, roll off the assembly line. The first Mercedes-Benz passenger car produced in South Africa was a W121 Nap Vista Blue Mercedes-Benz 190, assembled in January 1958. 

One-millionth Merc car produced in East London; plant increasing capacity by 25%

By: Irma Venter     28th May 2015 The Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) plant, in East London, on Thursday saw its one-millionth passenger car, a white C200 C-Class model, roll off the assembly line. The first Mercedes-Benz passenger car produced in South Africa was a W121 Nap Vista Blue Mercedes-Benz 190, assembled in January... 

Bakkies, affordable cars led SA's 2014 sales race

By: Irma Venter     30th January 2015 Bakkies and more affordable cars dominated South Africa’s new vehicle market in 2014. Unaudited data from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) shows that South Africa’s most popular vehicle in 2014 was the Toyota Hilux, selling 37 562 units. 

Bakkies, budget cars, made-in-SA on top in 2014

By: Irma Venter     8th January 2015 Bakkies and more affordable cars dominated South Africa’s new vehicle market in 2014. Unaudited data from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) shows that South Africa’s most popular vehicle in 2014 was the Toyota Hilux, selling 37 562 units. 

Mercedes-Benz E-Class named SA’s ‘best-quality passenger car’

By: Irma Venter     10th October 2014 The Mercedes-Benz E-Class has been crowned the best-quality passenger car in South Africa, followed by the C-Class Coupé and the C-Class petrol model. This title has been awarded by research house Ipsos, based on telephonic interviews conducted with new vehicle buyers after three months of... 

E-Class, Hilux best quality vehicles in SA – Ipsos

By: Irma Venter     22nd August 2014 The Mercedes-Benz E-Class has been crowned the best-quality passenger car in South Africa, followed by the C-Class Coupé and the C-Class petrol model. This title has been awarded by research house Ipsos, based on telephonic interviews conducted with new vehicle buyers after three months of... 

Tyre group invests to raise PE plant’s run-flat output, energy efficiency

By: Irma Venter     8th August 2014 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 Elizabeth “has gone through the... 

Turbochargers propel future of A-segment

By: Dylan Slater     25th July 2014 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). 

Continental Tyre invests R300m in plant, relaunches General Tyre brand

By: Irma Venter     21st July 2014 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 Elizabeth “has gone through the... 

CMH says new car prices may increase up to 11%, e-toll billing 'unworkable'

By: Irma Venter     23rd April 2014 New car prices should, on average, increase between 8% and 11% this year, compared with 3% last year, predicted Combined Motor Holdings (CMH) group CEO Jebb McIntosh on Wednesday. He said in Johannesburg that some some importers had already upped the price tags on their cars by 14% since January. 

Continental Tyre set to make fresh investment in PE facility

By: Irma Venter     17th January 2014 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 of the German tyre and parts... 

Continental ups capacity at PE plant, eyes global speciality tyre market

By: Irma Venter     2nd December 2013 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 of the German tyre and parts... 

Assembly at new FAW truck plant could begin in April

By: Irma Venter     9th August 2013 The FAW truck plant, currently under construction in the Eastern Cape, should start vehicle assembly in April or May next year, says FAW trucks and passenger cars Africa project leader Cheng Zhang. Construction of the plant, with an initial output of roughly 5 000 units a year, should be... 

FAW hopes to start building SA car plant in 2015

By: Irma Venter     9th July 2013 The FAW truck plant, currently under construction in the Eastern Cape, should start vehicle assembly in April or May next year, says FAW trucks and passenger cars Africa project leader Cheng Zhang. Construction of the plant, with an initial output of roughly 5 000 units a year, should be... 

Purchase and service experience awards made for 2013

By: Irma Venter     28th June 2013 Audi has taken top honours in the 2013 Ipsos passenger car (PC) purchase and service experience awards, with Isuzu in pole position in the light commercial vehicle (LCV) purchase category. The top LCV service experience award goes to Volkswagen. 

Audi, Isuzu and VW on top in service, purchase survey 

By: Irma Venter     7th June 2013 Audi on Friday took top honours in the 2013 Ipsos passenger car (PC) purchase and service awards, with Isuzu in pole position in the light commercial vehicle (LCV) purchase category. The top LCV service experience award went to Volkswagen. The awards were given based on a survey that included... 

Meet Maxx, the new Polo Vivo

By: Irma Venter     1st March 2013 South Africa’s best-selling passenger car in 2012, the Uitenhage made Polo Vivo, has been expanded with the addition of the sized-up derivative named Maxx. Volkswagen of South Africa sold 34 873 of its entry-level Polo Vivos in 2012. 

RMI chief forecasts year of two halves for car market

By: Irma Venter     8th February 2013 Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI) CEO Jeff Osborne warns that South Africans should not wait too long before they “start thinking of buying a new car”. He notes that the RMI, representing 14 sectors in the local automotive industry, believes new vehicle sales will rise by 8% in 2013 over... 

Buy your new car now, advises RMI, before 2013 price jumps

By: Irma Venter     21st January 2013 Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI) CEO Jeff Osborne on Monday warned that South Africans should not wait too long before they “start thinking of buying a new car”. He noted that the RMI, representing 14 sectors in the local automotive industry, believed new vehicle sales would rise by 8% in... 

Aerodynamic truck design helps cut fuel consumption

By: Irma Venter     19th October 2012 A truck pretty much looks like a box, right? Not necessarily, says German truck maker MAN. The company has unveiled an aerodynamic road train it says can cut fuel consumption and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 25%. The design study, launched at the IAA Commercial Vehicles fair in Hanover,... 

MAN promises 25% cut in fuel spend as it unveils new concept truck, trailer

By: Irma Venter     26th September 2012 A truck pretty much looks like a box, right? Not necessarily, says German truck maker MAN. The company has unveiled an aerodynamic road train it says can cut fuel consumption and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 25%. The design study, launched at the IAA Commercial Vehicles fair in Hanover,... 

Great Wall Motors South Africa turns attention to passenger market

By: Irma Venter     21st September 2012 Great Wall Motors South Africa (GWM SA) chairperson Tony Pinfold wants to sell 200 units a month of the company’s new passenger car offering, the C10. With GWM SA moving around 700 vehicles a month in 2012, another 200 would push the Chinese importer ever closer to that magical 1 000-unit target.... 

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