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Newcomer to mark SA entry with introduction of medium-duty truck by year-end

By: Irma Venter     11th August 2017 This first phase of VE Commercial Vehicles South Africa’s (VECV SA’s) entry into South Africa will see the introduction of the Eicher medium-duty Pro 3000 series. The 8.5 t gross vehicle mass (GVM) haulage trucks (4 t to 5 t payload) will be followed by the launch of the heavy-duty Pro 6000... 

Eicher Trucks’ medium-duty hauler to be followed by heavy truck, bus launch

By: Irma Venter     17th July 2017 This first phase of VE Commercial Vehicles South Africa’s (VECV SA’s) entry into South Africa will see the introduction of the Eicher medium-duty Pro 3000 series. The 8.5 t gross vehicle mass (GVM) haulage trucks (4 t to 5 t payload) will be followed by the launch of the heavy-duty Pro 6000... 

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. 

BMW lifts veil on SUV model destined for manufacture in Rosslyn

By: Irma Venter     7th July 2017 German carmaker BMW in June lifted the veil on its 2018 X3 sports-utility vehicle (SUV) at its factory in Spartanburg, South Carolina, in the US. The new X3 is also the vehicle the Rosslyn plant is gearing up to produce for the local and export markets, after assembling several generations of 3... 

BMW Group South Africa Rosslyn plant investment programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     30th June 2017 BMW has lifted the veil on its 2018 X3 sports-utility vehicle at its factory in Spartanburg, South Carolina, in the US, which BMW’s Rosslyn plant is also gearing up to produce for local and export markets. 

BMW unveils new X3 that will be built in SA and the US

By: Irma Venter     27th June 2017 German carmaker BMW on Monday lifted the veil on its 2018 X3 sports-utility vehicle (SUV) at its factory in Spartanburg, South Carolina, in the US. This new X3 is also the vehicle the Rosslyn plant is gearing up to produce for the local and export markets, after assembling several generations of... 

BMW Group South Africa Rosslyn plant investment programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     23rd June 2017 Production of the new X3 at the BMW plant will start in the first half of 2018. 

Nissan expects to unveil new Rosslyn production plan later this year

By: Irma Venter     16th June 2017 Nissan South Africa (SA) hopes to make an announcement this year on the production of any new model/models at its Rosslyn plant, in Pretoria, says MD Mike Whitfield. He declines to note the model/s that could be produced at the plant. 

Nissan remains committed to South Africa, says Whitfield

By: Irma Venter     30th May 2017 Nissan South Africa (SA) hopes to make an announcement this year on the production of a new model/models at its Rosslyn plant, in Pretoria, says MD Mike Whitfield. He declines to note the model/s that could be produced at the plant.  

BMW’s Rosslyn plant to start producing X3 early next year

By: Irma Venter     12th May 2017 Production of the new X3 at the BMW plant in Rosslyn, outside Pretoria, for the local and export markets will start in the first half of 2018, says BMW Group South Africa (SA) and sub-Saharan Africa CEO Tim Abbott. The plant currently produces the 3 Series sedan, also for the local and export... 

BMW regional distribution centre and headquarters expansion projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     5th May 2017 BMW Group South Africa plans to invest in a new regional distribution centre and expand its Midrand headquarters. 

BMW Group SA to start X3 production in the first half of 2018

By: Irma Venter     18th April 2017 Production of the new X3 at the BMW plant in Rosslyn, outside Pretoria, for the local and export markets will start in the first half of 2018, says BMW Group South Africa (SA) and sub-Saharan Africa CEO Tim Abbott. The plant currently produces the 3 Series sedan, also for the local and export... 

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. 

BMW to spend R400m on new regional distribution centre, HQ expansion

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2017 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) will, over the next two years, invest R400-million in a new regional distribution centre (RDC) and the expansion of its Midrand headquarters. The R400-million investment is in addition to the R6-billion injection, announced in November 2015, to prepare the... 

BMW SA invests in new warehouse, X3 production to start in 2018

By: Irma Venter     22nd March 2017 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) will, over the next two years, invest R400-million in a new regional distribution centre (RDC) and the expansion of its Midrand headquarters. The R400-million investment is in addition to the R6-billion injection, announced in November 2015, to prepare the... 

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. 

Value-for-money motoring entrenched in 2017

     13th February 2017 The 2017 motoring year will mark the entrenchment of value-added, stylish cars in the South African market, predicts Datsun South Africa General Manager, Des Fenner, as he assesses the changes taking place in local car buying circles. The 2017 motoring year promises to be challenging for South... 

Mini SA welcomes new leader

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 BMW Group South Africa has announced that Thilosh Moodally has been appointed as the new head of Mini South Africa. She succeeds Kabelo Rabotho, who left the company at the end of last year. 

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... 

BMW SA to escape effects of Trump’s 35% duty threat

By: Irma Venter     16th January 2017 BMW Group South Africa (SA) on Monday said it would not suffer any negative effect from US president-elect Donald Trump’s threat to implement a 35% import duty on German cars. BMW Group SA exports the 3 Series from its Rosslyn plant, in Tshwane, to the US. 

2016 new-truck sales seen declining 10% year-on-year

By: Irma Venter     2nd December 2016 South Africa’s new truck market is under pressure, with a 10% drop in sales likely in 2016, says UD Trucks Southern Africa (UDTSA) marketing director Rory Schulz. This means the new truck market should end the year around the 25 000-mark. 

UD Trucks resets business in SA following reshuffle at Volvo group

By: Irma Venter     14th November 2016 South Africa’s new truck market is under pressure, with a 10% drop in sales likely in 2016, says UD Trucks Southern Africa (UDTSA) marketing director Rory Schulz. This means the new truck market should end the year around the 25 000-mark. 

Automotive investment projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     28th October 2016 BMW SA, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa and Volkswagen South Africa Group are undertaking multibillion-rand investment programmes to increase capacity at their respective assembly plants. 

BMW to expand Rosslyn high-tech centres amid strong digitalisation push

By: Irma Venter     30th September 2016 BMW Group South Africa (SA) aims to expand its IT Operations Centre, at the company’s Rosslyn plant, as well as its SAP Shared Services Centre (SSC), in Pretoria East, to employ a combined total of more than 600 people by 2017. The SAP SSC currently employs 200 specialists, with a target of 320... 

Insight into SA’s new auto master plan expected in early 2017

By: Irma Venter     23rd September 2016 The South African automotive industry should have its first glimpse of the strategic direction of the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) new automotive master plan in the first quarter of 2017, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) president Mike... 

BMW SA’s global IT hub to add 220 more hi-tech jobs as auto industry evolves

By: Irma Venter     7th September 2016 BMW Group South Africa (SA) aims to expand its IT Operations Centre, at the company’s Rosslyn plant, as well as its SAP Shared Services Centre (SSC), in Pretoria East, to employ a combined total of more than 600 people by 2017. The SAP SSC currently employs 200 specialists, with a target of 320... 

First glimpse of new auto master plan set for early 2017

By: Irma Venter     2nd September 2016 The South African automotive industry should have its first glimpse of the strategic direction of the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) new automotive master plan in the first quarter of 2017, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) president Mike... 

Anaergia takes over as manager of SA’s first commercial biogas plant

By: Irma Venter     19th August 2016  The day-to-day management of South Africa’s first commercial biogas plant have shifted to biogas expert Anaergia Africa, part of the Anaergia international group of companies, as from July. Anaergia Africa will manage the plant in a two-year contract. 

Bio2Watt appoints Anaergia to manage biogas plant, looks to expand

By: Irma Venter     10th August 2016 The day-to-day management of South Africa’s first commercial biogas plant have shifted to biogas expert Anaergia Africa, part of the Anaergia international group of companies, as from July. Anaergia Africa will manage the plant in a two-year contract. 

Zuma endorses SA efforts to attract investment

By: News24Wire      14th July 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry will in the next few months launch a national one-stop-shop that will be responsible for issuing permits, licences and registering new businesses, President Jacob Zuma said in a written reply to a parliamentary question. Cope MP Deirdre Carter asked Zuma... 

Automotive sector part of South Africa’s manufacturing success story – Davies

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th June 2016 South Africa’s automotive sector is a success story in an embattled manufacturing industry. Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies on Tuesday credited the success of the sector, in part, to the country’s long-term policy certainty and incentives developed under the Industrial Policy Action... 

Presidency reports on progress with 9-point plan

By: News24Wire      21st June 2016 The South African Government is making steady progress in the implementation of its Nine Point Plan to reignite growth and create jobs, the Presidency said on Monday. The plan, which forms part of of the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP), was announced by President Jacob Zuma... 

Trends Driving the African Automotive Industry in 2016 and 2017

     14th June 2016 The global automotive business is in its most disruptive era since the advent of the industry over a century ago, creating an abundance of opportunities for new and established companies in the global automotive market. Frost & Sullivan anticipates the market to grow by 2%, reaching 91 million... 

BMW turns sod on new Rosslyn bodyshop

By: Irma Venter     3rd June 2016 BMW Group South Africa (SA) in May marked the start of construction of a new bodyshop at its Rosslyn plant, in Tshwane. The group acquired a roughly 33 000 m2 site adjacent to the plant for the new building, said BMW Group SA plant director Stefan Huelsenberg at a sod-turning ceremony at the... 

BMW Group South Africa Rosslyn plant investment programme

By: Sheila Barradas     27th May 2016 BMW SA has started the construction of new bodyshop at its Rosslyn plant, in Gauteng. 

BMW SA starts construction of new bodyshop

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2016 BMW Group South Africa (SA) on Thursday marked the start of construction of a new bodyshop at its Rosslyn plant, in Tshwane. The group acquired a roughly 33 000 m2 site adjacent to the plant for the new building, said BMW Group SA plant director Stefan Huelsenberg at a sod-turning ceremony at the... 

Work to start this year on post-2020 auto incentive model

By: Irma Venter     29th April 2016 Some of the investment announcements made in the South African automotive industry in recent months reach beyond 2020, which is why work on a successor programme to the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) will start this year, confirms Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies.... 

Tshwane to spend R188m on land for Automotive City

By: News24Wire      22nd April 2016 The City of Tshwane will spend R188-million on land on which to build an Automotive City in Rosslyn, Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa announced on Thursday. "The City is currently engaged in the process of establishing the Tshwane Automotive City in Rosslyn, which includes the purchasing of land... 

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