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Millennials, Gen-Zs want cars but are struggling to afford them – WesBank
17th May 2024 By: Irma Venter

Young South Africans, aged 35 and younger, are demonstrating a growing preference for private mobility. This is evident in recent WesBank data that shows a consistent increase over the past three... 


New-vehicle sales gain 2.2% after eight months of decline, Suzuki swoops into second place
17th May 2024 By: Irma Venter

New-vehicle sales have finally moved into positive territory following eight gruelling months of decline. Not all market segments experienced growth, however. 


Stellantis assembly-plant site being readied for construction – dtic
15th May 2024 By: Irma Venter

The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has started to prepare the site at the Coega Special Economic Zone for the construction of the new Stellantis vehicle-assembly plant, says the Department of... 


Tshwane Automotive SEZ celebrates training of first cohort of youth
15th May 2024 By: Schalk Burger

The Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ) on May 14 celebrated the first cohort of 526 local youths trained in safety, health, environment and quality to participate in different parts... 


LDV to launch bakkie, SUV, MPV and panel van ranges in SA
14th May 2024 By: Irma Venter

Chinese car maker LDV has confirmed that its full range of passenger and commercial vehicles have been given the go-ahead for introduction in the South African market. The company is part of the... 


Logistics, NEVs in focus for next phase of automotive industry growth
10th May 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Efficient logistics to move vehicles and automotive components up and down the value chain and adapting the local industry to new energy vehicles (NEVs) is crucial to shape the trajectory of the... 


Michelin research shows how transporters can reduce total cost of ownership
10th May 2024 By: Darren Parker

Tyre manufacturer Michelin has launched its latest research focused on total cost of ownership, which is aimed at shifting the mindsets of South African transporters to run more efficient and... 


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Tshwane Automotive SEZ celebrates training of first cohort of youth
15th May 2024 By: Schalk Burger

The Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ) on May 14 celebrated the first cohort of 526 local youths trained in safety, health, environment and quality to participate in different parts... 


LDV to launch bakkie, SUV, MPV and panel van ranges in SA
14th May 2024 By: Irma Venter

Chinese car maker LDV has confirmed that its full range of passenger and commercial vehicles have been given the go-ahead for introduction in the South African market. The company is part of the... 


Logistics, NEVs in focus for next phase of automotive industry growth
10th May 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Efficient logistics to move vehicles and automotive components up and down the value chain and adapting the local industry to new energy vehicles (NEVs) is crucial to shape the trajectory of the... 


Blue Energy, wheel maker ink green power deal
10th May 2024 By: Irma Venter

Local developer and operator of clean energy infrastructure Blue Energy Africa has signed a 20-year deal with Borbet South Africa (SA) for the procurement of power from renewable-energy sources.... 


Commercial vehicle industry poised to grow, grasp new opportunities despite challenges
8th May 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The commercial vehicle industry in South Africa is getting to understand the opportunities in the automotive sector, such as in the autonomous vehicles space, despite various macroeconomic... 


Goodyear South Africa appoints new MD
7th May 2024 By: Irma Venter

Goodyear South Africa (SA) has appointed Paul Gerrard as its new MD, starting from May 1. Gerrard takes over from Richard Fourie, who led the company for two years. 


Auto exports soar to new record; shift to EVs sees drop in catalytic converter numbers
7th May 2024 By: Irma Venter

Despite a tough domestic economy undermining a recovery in new-vehicle sales to pre-pandemic levels, record vehicle exports in 2023 ensured that the South African automotive sector still managed to... 


New Technology

VW Africa laments power outages in Eastern Cape, but Electricity Minister said to be tackling the problem
3rd May 2024 By: Irma Venter

Volkswagen Group Africa (VWA) suffered four power outages at its Kariega plant in the second week of April, says VWA MD and chairperson Martina Biene. This happened while there was no loadshedding... 


Electric trucks too expensive? Now you can rent one from Volvo Trucks SA
3rd May 2024 By: Irma Venter

Volvo Trucks South Africa (SA) has introduced an equipment-as-a-service (EaaS) model for its new electric truck rental business. Following last year’s launch of Volvo electric trucks in South... 


Cape Town takes another stab at rolling out electric buses for its MyCiTi service
3rd May 2024 By: Irma Venter

The City of Cape Town should have battery electric buses (e-buses) operational on its MyCiTi bus service by 2027, says Urban Mobility MMC Rob Quintas. It will be the city’s second stab at rolling... 


Hyundai unveils nano cooling film able to slash interior heat in cars
26th April 2024 By: Irma Venter

The Hyundai Motor Company has unveiled what it says is the world’s first application of a nano cooling film. The South Korean car maker describes the film as “a revolutionary vehicle window tint... 


Volkswagen to invest R4-billion to produce third model at Kariega plant in show of commitment to South Africa
26th April 2024 By: Irma Venter

Volkswagen Group Africa (VWA) will invest R4-billion in its manufacturing plant in Kariega, in the Eastern Cape. The investment will be used to prepare the plant for the addition of a third model... 


‘No operational issues’ as Golden Arrow tests electric Explorer bus
25th April 2024 By: Irma Venter

Golden Arrow Bus Services (GABS) says it will probably make a final decision in the third or fourth quarter of this year on whether it will acquire any Lion’s Explorer E electric buses from MAN... 


South Africa aims to set up three JET-aligned skills development zones
24th April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Three Just Energy Transition (JET) skills development zones focusing on renewables and grids, electric vehicles and green hydrogen value chains are proposed for implementation under the larger JET... 


Passenger Cars, Bakkies & Vans

Stellantis assembly-plant site being readied for construction – dtic
15th May 2024 By: Irma Venter

The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has started to prepare the site at the Coega Special Economic Zone for the construction of the new Stellantis vehicle-assembly plant, says the Department of... 


Tshwane Automotive SEZ celebrates training of first cohort of youth
15th May 2024 By: Schalk Burger

The Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ) on May 14 celebrated the first cohort of 526 local youths trained in safety, health, environment and quality to participate in different parts... 


LDV to launch bakkie, SUV, MPV and panel van ranges in SA
14th May 2024 By: Irma Venter

Chinese car maker LDV has confirmed that its full range of passenger and commercial vehicles have been given the go-ahead for introduction in the South African market. The company is part of the... 


Logistics, NEVs in focus for next phase of automotive industry growth
10th May 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Efficient logistics to move vehicles and automotive components up and down the value chain and adapting the local industry to new energy vehicles (NEVs) is crucial to shape the trajectory of the... 


Blue Energy, wheel maker ink green power deal
10th May 2024 By: Irma Venter

Local developer and operator of clean energy infrastructure Blue Energy Africa has signed a 20-year deal with Borbet South Africa (SA) for the procurement of power from renewable-energy sources.... 


BMW 7 Series clinches 2024 Car of the Year title
9th May 2024 By: Irma Venter

The luxurious BMW 7 Series has been awarded the 2024 South African Car of the Year (COTY) title. In a competition run by the South African Guild of Mobility Journalists (SAGMJ), the the Suzuki... 


Auto exports soar to new record; shift to EVs sees drop in catalytic converter numbers
7th May 2024 By: Irma Venter

Despite a tough domestic economy undermining a recovery in new-vehicle sales to pre-pandemic levels, record vehicle exports in 2023 ensured that the South African automotive sector still managed to... 


Truck & Bus

Michelin research shows how transporters can reduce total cost of ownership
10th May 2024 By: Darren Parker

Tyre manufacturer Michelin has launched its latest research focused on total cost of ownership, which is aimed at shifting the mindsets of South African transporters to run more efficient and... 


Commercial vehicle industry poised to grow, grasp new opportunities despite challenges
8th May 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The commercial vehicle industry in South Africa is getting to understand the opportunities in the automotive sector, such as in the autonomous vehicles space, despite various macroeconomic... 


Auto exports soar to new record; shift to EVs sees drop in catalytic converter numbers
7th May 2024 By: Irma Venter

Despite a tough domestic economy undermining a recovery in new-vehicle sales to pre-pandemic levels, record vehicle exports in 2023 ensured that the South African automotive sector still managed to... 


Electric trucks too expensive? Now you can rent one from Volvo Trucks SA
3rd May 2024 By: Irma Venter

Volvo Trucks South Africa (SA) has introduced an equipment-as-a-service (EaaS) model for its new electric truck rental business. Following last year’s launch of Volvo electric trucks in South... 


Cape Town takes another stab at rolling out electric buses for its MyCiTi service
3rd May 2024 By: Irma Venter

The City of Cape Town should have battery electric buses (e-buses) operational on its MyCiTi bus service by 2027, says Urban Mobility MMC Rob Quintas. It will be the city’s second stab at rolling... 


Braking company developing Africa presence
3rd May 2024 By: Lynne Davies

According to a report by the African Development Bank in the ‘Macroeconomic Performance and Outlook of Africa’ publication, 11 African countries featured in the world’s 20 fastest growing economies... 


New Class 4, 5 vehicles optimised for net-zero emissions
3rd May 2024

Commercial electric truck brand RIZON, the newest brand of all-electric trucks manufactured by Daimler Truck, announced the Canadian launch of its Class 4 and 5 vehicles. The RIZON brand was... 


 

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