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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. 

Passenger car sales carried market in October

By: Irma Venter     24th November 2017 New-vehicle sales in October increased for the fifth month in a row, improving by 4.6% on sales in the same month last year, to reach 51 037 units. Passenger car sales carried the market in October, with all other segments in decline. 

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. 

October new-vehicle sales up 4.6%, Porsche follows in Merc, BMW footsteps

By: Irma Venter     1st November 2017 New-vehicle sales in October increased for the fifth month in a row, improving by 4.6% on sales in the same month last year, to reach 51 037 units. Passenger car sales carried the market in October, with all other segments in decline. 

New Kia Motors SA chief on minding the ‘perception gap’

By: Irma Venter     14th July 2017 The biggest challenge facing Kia Motors South Africa (KMSA) is the perception gap that exists in the local market, says CEO designate Gary Scott. The 42-year-old Scott, who joined KMSA in 2002, will take over from Ray Levin on July 1. Scott is currently KMSA’s sales director. 

Metair buys into Germany battery manufacturer

By: Irma Venter     14th July 2017 The JSE-listed Metair group has acquired a 25.1% shareholding in Germany-based battery manufacturer and supplier, Akkumulatorenfabrik Moll (Moll), at a cash price of €7.425-million (R111.4-million). Metair is a global manufacturer, distributor and retailer of energy storage solutions and... 

Metair acquires 25.1% of German battery manufacturer in R111m deal

By: Irma Venter     4th July 2017 The JSE-listed Metair group has acquired a 25.1% shareholding in Germany-based battery manufacturer and supplier, Akkumulatorenfabrik Moll (Moll), at a cash price of €7.425-million (R111.4-million). Metair is a global manufacturer, distributor and retailer of energy storage solutions and... 

Debunking the rate per square metre cost myth

     28th June 2017 A “cost per square metre rate” is a method of expressing building cost that should be used with extreme caution by both clients and contractors involved in the cost comparison and cost planning process, says former Association of South African Quantity Surveyor President, Bert van den Heever.... 

Kia SA’s new CEO wants to fill perception gap, grow sales

By: Irma Venter     19th June 2017 The biggest challenge facing Kia Motors South Africa (KMSA) is the perception gap that exists in the local market, says CEO designate Gary Scott. The 42-year-old Scott, who joined KMSA in 2002, will take over from Ray Levin on July 1. Scott is currently KMSA’s sales director. 

Luxury vehicle brand sales defied economic gravity in 2016

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 While new-vehicle sales were down 11.4% in 2016 in a tough-as-nails domestic economy, Ferrari sales grew from 91 units in 2015, to 94 prancing horses finding new homes in 2016. Maserati had an ever better year. South African sales grew from 45 units in 2015, to 113 in 2016. 

Sports car sales show that SA’s rich still have money to spend

By: Irma Venter     11th January 2017 While new-vehicle sales were down 11.4% in 2016 in a tough-as-nails domestic economy, Ferrari sales grew from 91 units in 2015, to 94 prancing horses finding new homes in 2016. Maserati had an ever better year. South African sales grew from 45 units in 2015, to 113 in 2016. 

Performance brands resilient amid weak vehicle market

By: Irma Venter     1st July 2016 The South African new-passenger car market has revealed some interesting peculiarities in the first five months of the year. Sales from January to May show the measure by which smaller brands are suffering the effect of the weak rand, while it also indicates the resilience of some of the... 

Weak market hammers small brands, sees Porsche outsell Subaru, Fiat

By: Irma Venter     14th June 2016 The South African new-passenger car market has revealed some interesting peculiarities in the first five months of the year. Sales from January to May show the measure by which smaller brands are suffering the effect of the weak rand, while it also indicates the resilience of some of the... 

First race for new-look Kyalami set down for October

By: Irma Venter     10th June 2016 The Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit has announced that the first race event to be held on the refurbished, new-look track will take place from October 21 to 23. The October race meeting will form part of the Motorsport South Africa Extreme Festival National Racing Road-show, and will feature... 

Leadership key to navigating choppy digital transformation waters

By: Schalk Burger     3rd June 2016 Successful digital transformation – the digitisation of enterprises, their revenue models and operating models – requires support and direction from management, say several domestic and international information technology (IT) experts. Research and consultancy firm the International Data... 

Leadership key to navigating choppy digital transformation waters

By: Schalk Burger     3rd June 2016 Successful digital transformation – the digitisation of enterprises, their revenue models and operating models – requires support and direction from management, say several domestic and international information technology (IT) experts. Research and consultancy firm the International Data... 

New-look Kyalami to host first race in October

By: Irma Venter     27th May 2016 The Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit on Friday announced that the first race event to be held on the refurbished, new-look track would take place from October 21 to 23. The October race meeting would form part of the Motorsport South Africa Extreme Festival National Racing Roadshow, and would feature... 

Cornubia Interchange to create significant benefits for businesses

By: Anine Kilian     25th May 2016 The Cornubia link bridge and interchange, scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2017, will provide businesses in the area unencumbered access to main arterial routes and a dedicated link into the heart of the uMhlanga new town centre. The multibillion-rand Cornubia human settlement... 

Seamless Entrance Solutions for Lynwood Porsche

     25th April 2016 Besam sliding doors from door solutions specialist, ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems, provide seamless entry and exit at the Porsche Lynwood dealership. The dealership required a new reliable and safe entrance and exit system that is capable of withstanding continuous use while ensuring customer... 

Kyalami race track facelift ‘progressing well’

By: Irma Venter     22nd April 2016 Construction work at the Kyalami race track is “progressing well”, says Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit spokesperson Christo Kruger. The 55-year-old race track is being revamped, upgraded and expanded in a multimillion-rand project by new owner, businessman Toby Venter. 

Interactive, less expensive Festival of Motoring seeks broader audience

By: Irma Venter     12th April 2016 The South African Festival of Motoring (FoM), set to replace the Johannesburg International Motor Show (JIMS), would offer local motor companies a less expensive, shorter, less static event that should appeal to a broader range of South Africans, said Konstantin von Vieregge, the recently... 

Kyalami construction on track; first race set for early 2017

By: Irma Venter     30th March 2016   Construction work at the Kyalami race track is “progressing well”, says Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit spokesperson Christo Kruger. 

Three dealerships, 60 units targeted for luxury Bentley brand

By: Irma Venter     29th March 2016 LSM Distributors will be satisfied with sales of around 60 Bentleys a year, says Bentley South Africa spokesperson Christo Kruger. “However, much of this ambition will be informed by Bentley’s product range and presentation of this range,” he adds. 

Ex-Volkswagen CEO was a climate change fallacy victim

By: Kelvin Kemm     16th October 2015 German carmaker Volkswagen (VW) has been in the news for the wrong reasons.  The company was accused of cheating on claims concerning the gaseous emissions of its cars. The emissions measurements are necessary in Europe and the US to show that the cars conform to legislated air-quality standards. 

VWSA says all vehicles comply with South Africa’s emissions standards

By: Irma Venter     16th October 2015 All Volkswagen models affected by the emissions scandal in the US complied with South African emissions standards, says Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA). As the emissions standards are much lower in South Africa (Euro 2) than in Europe (Euro 5) and the US, “all Volkswagen Group diesel... 

Anton Leal

By: Anine Kilian     9th October 2015 This week we feature Anton Leal, CEO of XLink Communications, a telecoms solutions business providing services in the machine-to-machine connectivity market segment 

Strong green-motoring emphasis on display in Frankfurt

By: Irma Venter     9th October 2015 The Frankfurt Motor Show opened in Germany in September, with a strong emphasis on green motoring, as well as a little something special for James Bond fans. Sports car manufacturer Porsche presented its Mission E, the first zero-emission, all-electrically powered four-seat sports car in the... 

All VWs sold in SA comply with local emissions standards – VWSA 

By: Irma Venter     5th October 2015 All Volkswagen models affected by the emissions scandal in the US complied with South African emissions standards, said Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) on Monday. As the emissions standards were much lower in South Africa (Euro 2) than in Europe (Euro 5) and the US, “all Volkswagen Group... 

Electric Porsche, Bond car and Digital Transformer roar into Frankfurt show

By: Irma Venter     21st September 2015 The Frankfurt Motor Show opened in Germany last week, with a strong emphasis on green motoring, as well as a little something special for James Bond fans. Sports car manufacturer Porsche presented its Mission E, the first zero-emission, all-electrically powered four-seat sports car in the brand’s... 

New Kyalami circuit layout emerging as R100m upgrade speeds ahead

By: Irma Venter     21st August 2015 Two months after the start of a R100-million-plus upgrade to the 54-year-old Kyalami race track, the project is running according to plan, says Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit spokesperson Christo Kruger. The new circuit layout has become visible and the extent of the work undertaken is evident all... 

New pit building, increased safety measures in pipeline for new Kyalami

By: Irma Venter     24th July 2015 Two months after the start of a R100-million-plus upgrade to the 54-year-old Kyalami race track, the project is running according to plan, says Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit spokesperson Christo Kruger. The new circuit layout has become visible and the extent of the work undertaken is evident all... 

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... 

Chery Takes A Bold Step With Its New Design Language

     22nd April 2014 Chery, the leading independent Chinese vehicle manufacturer, took an important step forward with the unveiling of its new design language at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition recently.  Chery’s senior executives made a special presentation to the media on the eve of the opening of... 

Chery Takes A Bold Step With Its New Design Language

     22nd April 2014 Chery, the leading independent Chinese vehicle manufacturer, took an important step forward with the unveiling of its new design language at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition recently.  Chery’s senior executives made a special presentation to the media on the eve of the opening of... 

New-vehicle market forecast to contract in 2014

By: Irma Venter     14th March 2014 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. 

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