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Nickel nears seven-year high with metals rising on demand bets

By: Bloomberg     27th July 2021 Nickel rose for a third straight session, approaching a seven-year high on booming demand for the metal used in stainless steel and electric-vehicle batteries. Copper advanced the most in more than two months. Nickel gained as much as 2.1% to $19 780 a ton. It reached $20 110 in February, the... 

Audi unveils an electric rally car to compete in Dakar 2022 

By: Irma Venter     26th July 2021 Audi Sport has started testing the new Audi RS Q e-tron, which it plans to enter in the 2022 Dakar Rally. Audi says it wants to be the first car manufacturer to use an electrified drivetrain in combination with an efficient energy converter to compete for overall victory against... 

Image of the Audi RS Q e-tron
The Audi RS Q e-tron

Isuzu Motors South Africa appoints Komane Pitso as senior VP

By: Irma Venter     26th July 2021 Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSAf) has appointed Komane Pitso as its new senior VP for commercial operations at the vehicle conversion and distribution centre in Gqeberha.  The commercial operations department has been established to improve efficiency in supply chain management, localisation,... 

An image of new IMSAf senior VP Komane Pitso
Komane Pitso

Internal combustion engine car sales in permanent decline – BloombergNEF  

By: Irma Venter     23rd July 2021 There are currently 12-million passenger electric vehicles (EVs) on the road. There are also more than one-million commercial EVs, including buses, delivery vans and trucks, and more than 260-million electric mopeds, scooters, motorcycles and three-wheelers in traffic globally.  This is according... 

A photo of the Mini SE charging

AutoTrader report shows new online search record, jump in used-car pricing

By: Irma Venter     23rd July 2021 The 2021 AutoTrader Mid-year Industry Report reveals that online vehicle searches on AutoTrader have reached a new record. Covering the period from January 1 to June 30, 2021, the report notes a new record of more than 319-million online vehicle searches, representing 44% growth year-on-year. 

An image of AutoTrader SA CEO George Mienie
AutoTrader CEO George Mienie

TecAlliance strengthens its footprint in S Africa

23rd July 2021 Independent automotive parts market data management specialist TecAlliance is planning the next steps to drive digitisation in South Africa 

Vehicle markets gaining momentum

23rd July 2021 Reflecting on the new-vehicle-sales statistics for last month, naamsa | The Automotive Business Council said that the recovery in the new-vehicle market is gaining momentum in line with industry expectations, notwithstanding the country moving from Alert Level 2 to Alert Level 3 in mid-June and... 

FAW trucks keeping up with market trends

23rd July 2021 FAW Trucks places a high premium on R&D in order to not only maintain its leadership in the Chinese market, but also to ensure that it keeps up with the rapid advances being made in technology. Its R&D facility is based at the FAW Trucks manufacturing facility in Qingdao, China. 

CAS battery enters local market

By: Claire O'Reilly     23rd July 2021 German riveting and processing technology company Gesipa recently introduced the Cordless Alliance System (CAS) battery to the South African market. CAS is used in tools such as Gesipa’s Accubird Pro, Powerbird Pro and Firebird Pro rivnut tools. 

Cordless Rivnut tool with CAS battery used for accessory fitments
FIREBIRD PRO S GE CAS Cordless Rivnut tool with CAS battery used for accessory fitments

Video showcases vehicle specs

23rd July 2021 Coinciding with the arrival of the first models of the new all-electric Taycan Cross Turismo, automobile manufacturer Porsche Middle East and Africa free zone establishment (FZE) is celebrating with a video that showcases the versatile model being pushed to its limits in two remote locations with... 

Porsche's newest electric car in desert terrain
FROM ONE EXTREME Taycan Cross Turismo racing in the scorching, sandy desert in Liwa

Investment event targets S Africa and Germany

By: Halima Frost     23rd July 2021 The annual Africa Financial Services Investment Conference – Investing in Africa event, known as AFSIC, organised by hosting company Africa Events Limited, will be held in London, UK, on October 11 and 12. The event provides a forum for investors, business leaders and dealmakers to build... 

Panel discussion at AFSIC Investing in Africa event
SEATED DEBATE The forums and mini country-summits will focus on highlighting investment and business opportunities in Africa

New premises in Côte d’Ivoire for car manufacturer

23rd July 2021 Automotive manufacturer Tata Côte d'Ivoire announced the opening of its new premises, strategically located in Zone 4, in Marcory, Côte d'Ivoire. 

Launch event for Tata Côte d'Ivoire’s new premises
SHOWING OFF THE SHOWROOM From left to right: Sailas Thangal, Meite Bouake, Vivek Saraswat at the launch event for Tata Côte d'Ivoire’s new premises

Navara built in Africa for Africa

By: Claire O'Reilly     23rd July 2021 The first Nissan Navara vehicles produced in Africa have rolled off the production line at the new Nissan plant in Rosslyn, Pretoria this month. 

First Nissan Navara vehicle manufactured in South Africa
HOME GROUND ADVANTAGE First Nissan Navara vehicle manufactured in South Africa

Payment24 launches cardless fuel-payment solution

By: Irma Venter     23rd July 2021 Fuel management and payment solutions specialist Payment24 has launched FastLane, bringing contactless, cardless and secure fuel payments to the market. FastLane is described as ‘biometrics for the vehicle’. Payment24 says the system instantly identifies any vehicle enrolled in the system as it... 

FlexClub CEO makes case for vehicle subscription over ownership

By: Irma Venter     23rd July 2021 Imagine not buying a car. Imagine buying the use of a car for a minimum of a month, all costs included, and then simply changing that car through logging on to a website and having a new car delivered to your doorstep within a week. Imagine moving from a nippy Kia Picanto in Cape Town’s narrow... 

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Global spark plug supplier faces prosecution for collusion – Comp Comm

By: Irma Venter     22nd July 2021 The Competition Commission (Comp Comm) has filed a referral with the Competition Tribunal for prosecution against NGK Spark Plug (NGK), together with its South African subsidiary, NGK Spark Plugs South Africa (NGK SA), for their involvement in price fixing, market division and collusive... 

Three clients saw 30 000 deliveries cancelled, delayed due to looting – Netstar 

By: Irma Venter     22nd July 2021 Data released by telematics company Netstar has revealed the massive impact the widespread protests and looting seen earlier this month have had on the trucking industry’s ability to deliver goods to market. Netstar says three of its major clients lost more than 613 000 km in delivery miles in... 

Netstart graphic about impact of July 2021 looting on SA truckers

Dunlop tyre maker suffers R90m loss from looting; hotline set up to report stolen tyres 

By: Irma Venter     20th July 2021 Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA), manufacturer of the Dunlop tyre brand, has warned consumers that goods stolen at its KwaZulu-Natal warehouse are currently being advertised for sale on social media and online classifieds sites. SRSA says that its Durban Westville warehouse was invaded and... 

Image of SRSA CEO Lubin Ozoux
SRSA CEO Lubin Ozoux

Volkswagen SA sees recovery in first half of the year 

By: Irma Venter     19th July 2021 Volkswagen South Africa sold 32 603 vehicles in the first half of the year – 6 824 more than the same period last year.  The Volkswagen passenger car brand sold 29 772 units to date this year, while Volkswagen commercial vehicles sold 2 881 units.  

A photo of a Polo Vivo 2021 model

Toyota says govt has 'gone a long way' in easing its fears about KZN future 

By: Irma Venter     19th July 2021 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has confirmed the authenticity of a letter from its head office in Japan to the Durban mayor, Mxolisi Kaunda, dated July 15, requesting that local government set out its proposed measures to stop the widespread looting seen in KwaZulu-Natal last week, as well as... 

An image of the Toyota plant in Durban

BMW Group launches quantum computing challenge in collaboration with Amazon Web Services

By: Yvonne Silaule     16th July 2021 Automotive manufacturer BMW Group has launched a quantum computing challenge in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to crowd-source innovation. The challenge encourages entrants to come up with innovative quantum algorithms and test their solutions on real quantum computing technologies. 

JAC Motors South Africa’s first electric truck starts operations 

By: Irma Venter     16th July 2021 The first electric truck from Chinese auto maker JAC Motors has started operations in South Africa. This arrival of the electric N-series truck marks the start of JAC Motors South Africa's (JMSA’s) local electric vehicle (EV) programme, says public relations manager Braam Faul. 

A photo of the N55 EV
The N55 EV

SA logistics sector bleeding R100m-plus a day, supply chains must be restored  

By: Irma Venter     16th July 2021 South Africa’s logistics sector will “undoubtedly” see the closure of some logistics businesses owing to the unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and parts of Gauteng, says South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) chairperson and Savino Del Bene South Africa director Dr Juanita Maree. “Some... 

An image of the Durban container terminal
The Durban container terminal

Used-car availability, pricing may start improving early next year – InspectaCar

By: Irma Venter     16th July 2021 The availability of used-car stock may start improving in the next six months-plus, as rental companies defleet and consumers increasingly return to the new-car market, trading in their current vehicles, says InspectaCar CEO Pertunia Sibanyoni. Rental companies started to acquire new stock again... 

New-vehicle sales up 20% year-on-year in June

By: Irma Venter     16th July 2021 New-vehicle sales increased by 20.2% in June, to 38 030 units, compared with the same month last year. According to Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council, an estimated 32 847 units of this number, or 86.3%, were dealer sales, with 7.6% going to the vehicle rental industry, 2.2% to government... 

Continental body to accelerate auto subsector agreements under AfCFTA

By: Irma Venter     16th July 2021 The African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) plans to fast-track the development of bilateral automotive subsector agreements between a core group of countries under the larger African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement.  This will be done with the support of the AfCFTA... 

Imperial halts operations in KZN, parts of Gauteng, fends off vandals at warehouses 

By: Irma Venter     14th July 2021 Imperial has halted operations in high-risk areas in South Africa, including KwaZulu-Natal and certain parts of Gauteng, following wide-spread looting, says corporate affairs and investor relations executive VP Esha Mansingh. This was done to “ensure the safety of our drivers and employees, and... 

An image of an Imperial Logistics cold storage warehouse

Toyota suspends production at Durban plant, exports also halted 

By: Irma Venter     14th July 2021 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has suspended production at its Prospecton plant, in Durban, as well as business operations at some of its dealerships in KwaZulu-Natal, as widespread looting and rioting continue in KwaZulu-Natal. Exports from the plant have also been halted. 

Image of Hiace production at the Toyota Prospecton plant in Durban
Hiace production at the Toyota Prospecton plant in Durban

Toyota launches 23-seater bus in local market 

By: Irma Venter     13th July 2021 Toyota has introduced a new medium-sized people-mover to the South African bus and taxi market. The local arm of the Japanese auto maker says the 23-seater Coaster fills the gap in the line-up left between the long-wheel-base Quantum (16-seater) and the Hino 300-based bus conversion, providing... 

Toyota's new Coaster bus
Toyota's new Coaster bus

Cape Town to host Formula E race in 2022, announces Jaguar South Africa

By: Irma Venter     12th July 2021 Cape Town is to host a round of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, says Jaguar and e-Movement. e-Movement is the promoter of the Cape Town race, set to follow events in Saudi Arabia and Mexico. 

Cape Town to host Formula E race in 2022, announces Jaguar South Africa

South Africa has lost its status as gateway to Africa as trucks burn – RFA 

By: Irma Venter     12th July 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa must ensure that the violent scenes currently playing out on South African highways end, says Road Freight Association (RFA) CEO Gavin Kelly. He urges Ramaphosa to see to it “that those that are responsible are held accountable, that the rule of law is shown to be firmly... 

Truck burnt by looters, protestors in unrest around the imprisonment of former SA president Jacob Zuma in July

Hyperloop Transport Technologies, Hamburg port terminal operator unveil hyperloop container solution 

By: Irma Venter     9th July 2021 Hyperloop Transport Technologies (HyperloopTT) has revealed HyperPort, a high-speed cargo and freight solution which it says it “capable of increasing capacity and efficiency while decreasing pollution and congestion at ports worldwide”.  Developed in partnership with terminal operator Hamburger... 

An image of the proposed hyperloop container transport system at the Hamburg port
The proposed hyperloop container transport system at the Hamburg port

Vibration meter serves industries

9th July 2021 Testing technology provider Comtest offers its Fluke 805 vibration meter which measures overall vibration, bearing vibration and temperature simultaneously for clients such as frontline mechanical troubleshooting teams and machine operators of high-end process facilities.... 

The new Comtest vibration meter picks up vibration in mechanical and high end processing facility applications
FEELING THE VIBE The new Comtest vibration meter picks up vibration in mechanical and high end processing facility applications

Macroeconomic study, sectoral roadmaps needed before transition to e-mobility

By: Irma Venter     9th July 2021 Government’s efforts to promote the production and use of new-energy vehicles (NEVs) in South Africa must include a macroeconomic impact study, as well as sectoral roadmaps detailing how and when electromobility should be achieved. This is according to Intelligent Transport Society South Africa... 

Leg up for women truck owner-drivers

By: Irma Venter     9th July 2021 Building materials company Lafarge South Africa and Volvo Trucks South Africa have joined forces with other stakeholders to launch the AccelerateHer initiative, aimed at speeding up the development of women-owned truck operations in the country. Ten women from KwaZulu-Natal will be selected for... 

Harmonisation of African automotive standards ‘progressing well’

By: Irma Venter     9th July 2021 The project to harmonise standards across the automotive sector in Africa is progressing well, reports the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM). The AAAM says the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) is continuing its support for the African Organisation for Standardisation... 

Mercedes-Benz SA starts production of new C-Class, in talks about deepening of East London harbour 

By: Irma Venter     9th July 2021 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) has started production of the new C-Class, the W206, at its East London plant, in the Eastern Cape. Production will include a plug-in hybrid, starting in the fourth quarter of the year. 

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