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Automotive News

Mercedes-Benz SA to launch five EVs this year, 8-year battery warranty added 

By: Irma Venter     24th January 2022 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) will introduce five new battery electric vehicles (BEVs) from the global Mercedes-EQ range during 2022. This will form part of a “clear strategic push to position the brand as a global and local leader in the electric vehicle (EV) market”. 

Daimler Truck, BP to pilot hydrogen-powered fuel cell trucks in UK

By: Irma Venter     21st January 2022 Daimler Truck and BP Advanced Mobility (BP) have announced that they will work together to accelerate the introduction of a hydrogen network in the UK, aimed at decarbonising freight transport. The parties intend to pilot the development of hydrogen infrastructure and the introduction of... 

Porsche, Siemens join world-first project to produce efuel in Chile

By: Irma Venter     21st January 2022 German sports-car manufacturer Porsche and Siemens Energy have joined forces with a number of international companies to build an industrial plant for the production of nearly carbon-dioxide-neutral fuel (efuel) in Punta Arenas, Chile.  A pilot plant is initially being built north of Punta... 

Audi rolls out ultrafast 150 kW EV charging network in South Africa 

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2022 Audi South Africa (SA) is partnering with GridCars to install ultrafast electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the country. In doing this, the local arm of the German car maker says it will become the first EV brand to invest in this technology at publicly accessible sites.  

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CSIR, DSI and NRF establish smart mobility research chair 

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2022 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) have jointly established a research chair in smart mobility, the first of its kind in South Africa.  Professor Marianne Vanderschuren, an expert in... 

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Suzuki reports 67% surge in new-vehicle sales in 2021

By: Irma Venter     18th January 2022 Suzuki Auto South Africa (SASA) saw 67% growth in new-vehicle sales in 2021 as it delivered 27 583 new vehicles to customers, the highest on record for the local arm of the Japanese car manufacturer. SASA reported new-vehicle sales of 16 527 units for 2020. The same year also saw SASA breach the... 

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Long-term solutions required for continuing supply chain disruptions – Tata Africa boss 

By: Irma Venter     18th January 2022 There is no end in sight for the current supply-chain disruptions affecting truck brands, says Tata International Africa and Tata Africa Holdings MD Len Brand. “These disruptions that will eventually put pressure on vehicle prices, resulting in a negative impact on truck sales.” 

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Len Brand

Automechanika postponed to June

By: Irma Venter     17th January 2022 Messe Frankfurt South Africa has decided postpone Automechanika Johannesburg & Futuroad from March this year to June. “After having engaged with our exhibitors and partners in the automotive aftermarket industry, the unanimous feedback has been that the timeline to June will allow for sufficient... 

KLT wants to diversify, expand in SA, says new CEO 

By: Irma Venter     17th January 2022 The KLT Group aims to diversify its business in South Africa following the completion of its large-volume contract with Ford South Africa later this year. KLT’s contract with Ford for the local production of the chassis assembly for the current Ranger bakkie will come to an end in 2022, confirms... 

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KLT SA CEO Ashok Thakur

Moove rolls into Kenya, broadens vehicle finance to bikes and trucks 

By: Irma Venter     14th January 2022 Africa mobility fintech company Moove has launched operations in Nairobi, Kenya, its first city in East Africa and sixth on the continent.  To expand the company’s vehicle and product offerings to customers, the company has partnered with Uber to allow ride-hailing and delivery drivers to... 

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A Moove motorcycle taxi (Boda Boda)

Al Attiyah, Baumel win Dakar 2022 in SA-built Hilux 

By: Irma Venter     14th January 2022 Nasser Al Attiyah and Mattieu Baumel have won the 2022 Dakar rally in their South African-built Gazoo Toyota Hilux. Al Attiyah and Baumel led the 4 000 km two-week race across the Saudi Arabian Desert from start to finish, ultimately winning the race by 27 minutes from Sebastien Loeb and Fabian... 

Image of Nasser Al Attiyah and Mattieu Baumel in their South African-built Gazoo Toyota Hilux
Nasser Al Attiyah and Mattieu Baumel in their South African-built Gazoo Toyota Hilux

VW looks to new types of fuel to cut emission levels in Europe

By: Irma Venter     13th January 2022 Volkswagen plans to reduce the carbon footprint of its fleet in Europe by 40% by 2030 by, for example, increasingly focusing on the development and sales of fully and partially electric vehicles. As a further alternative, however, the German car maker is now also approving models with the... 

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All models with 4-cylinder TDI engines, as with the Tiguan seen here, delivered since the end of June, 2021, can be refuelled with paraffinic fuels

Kenya's new car sales rebound in 2021 on economic recovery

By: Reuters     13th January 2022 New car sales in Kenya jumped by a quarter in 2021 as economic growth rebounded from a pandemic-induced slump the previous year, driving up demand, the industry association said on Thursday. The East African nation is a small market for new vehicles due to limited purchasing power, which leaves... 

Court declares AARTO Amendment Act unconstitutional  

By: Irma Venter     13th January 2022 The High Court has declared the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Amendment Act, on which the planned demerit system for traffic offences is based, unconstitutional and invalid. The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) challenged the constitutional validity of AARTO... 

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Toyota SA does it again – sales leader for 42nd year with market share at 25.4% 

By: Irma Venter     12th January 2022 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) last year marked 42 years – out of 61 years in the local market – as the best-selling automotive brand in South Africa, while it also recorded a remarkable market share of 25.4%, up from the 23.7% of 2020. This means that one in every four vehicles sold locally... 

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The Hilux is once again South Africa's top selling vehicle

Full EVs 65% of all new-car sales in Norway; in SA its 0.2%, hybrids included 

By: Irma Venter     12th January 2022 The Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association (NEVA) reports that the Scandinavian country set a new record for electric vehicle (EV) sales in 2021, with 64.5% of all new cars sold fully electric. The association says last year turned out to be the year “EV sales skyrocketed in Norway, where... 

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The Tesla Model 3

New-vehicle sales up 22.1%, exports pummelled by civil unrest, Transnet cyberattack 

By: Irma Venter     10th January 2022 New-vehicle sales rebounded strongly in the domestic market in 2021, gaining 22.1% to reach 464 122 units for the year, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council. This follows a 29.2% drop in 2020, in a year where sales were heavily impacted by the outbreak of Covid-19. 

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BMW proposes the prospect of on-the-fly vehicle colour changes  

By: Irma Venter     7th January 2022 BMW this week unveiled the iX Flow featuring E Ink at the Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas. The Munich-based premium car manufacturer is offering the prospect of a future technology that uses digitisation to adapt the exterior of a vehicle to different situations and individual wishes.  

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When stimulated by electrical signals, the electrophoretic technology brings different colour pigments to the surface, causing the body skin to take on the desired colouration

Mercedes-Benz unveils its vision for electric mobility – a 1 000 km car 

By: Irma Venter     7th January 2022 Are electric vehicles with their currently limited range suitable for one of life’s more iconic events – the road trip? Mercedes-Benz thinks so. The German car maker used this month's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to lift the veil on a vehicle capable of tackling distances much longer... 

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The Vision EQXX

Tribunal dismisses panel beater's bid to remove its admission of cartel conduct

By: Schalk Burger     6th January 2022 The Competition Tribunal has dismissed an application by Life Wise, trading as Eldan Auto Body, to excise its admission of cartel conduct, as contained in a consent agreement that was confirmed as an order of the tribunal in August 2020. Eldan had sought the removal of its admission on the... 

Peugeot introduces its first hydrogen fuel-cell commercial vehicle

By: Irma Venter     6th January 2022 Peugeot’s e-Expert Hydrogen fuel-cell van has entered production. With this, the French vehicle maker says it has become “one of the very first manufacturers to offer, in addition to its combustion and battery-electric versions, a hydrogen fuel-cell powered version in the commercial vehicle... 

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The Peugeot e-Expert Hydrogen

Chip execs say there’s no short-term fix for supply shortage

By: Bloomberg     6th January 2022 For chip buyers ranging from computer gamers to automakers, there’s no near-term fix on the way for shortages that have caused higher prices and production delays, semiconductor executives said. Nvidia Corp., which makes chips that are the basis of graphics cards selling for thousands of dollars... 

Submissions for uYilo’s Kickstart Fund 2022 now open

By: Irma Venter     4th January 2022 The uYilo Electric Mobility Programme has opened the Kickstart Fund 2022 for submissions. uYilo was established in 2013 as a multistakeholder, collaborative programme focused on enabling, facilitating and mobilising electromobility (e-mobility) in South Africa.  

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And the new iX makes it three…

By: Irma Venter     4th January 2022 Starting from a cool R1.65-million, it is now possible to own BMW Group South Africa’s (BMW SA’s) third fully electric vehicle available in the country – the new iX sports activity vehicle (SAV), adding to the i3 and electric Mini Cooper SE already on the market. The price includes a... 

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The new BMW iX

Toyota to launch 30 electric Toyota, Lexus models by 2030

By: Irma Venter     3rd January 2022 Toyota says it will launch 30 Toyota and Lexus battery electric vehicles (BEVs) by 2030, including the new Toyota bZ4X due for global release later this year. During his presentation, Toyota president Akio Toyoda announced that the Japanese car will expand its options for carbon-neutral vehicles... 

Image of some of the BEVs Toyota will launch to 2030
Some of the BEVs Toyota will launch to 2030

AA, Global NCAP release latest #SaferCarsForAfrica crash test results

By: Irma Venter     3rd January 2022 The Global New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) and the Automobile Association of South Africa (AA South Africa) have unveiled their newest round of #SaferCarsForAfrica crash test results. The fresh round of testing, which looked at the Mazda 2 and the Nissan Almera, was supported by the FIA... 

Image of the Mazda 2 during the Global NCAP crash test
The Mazda 2 during the NCAP crash test

Ford Wildlife Foundation supports penguin rescue project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th December 2021 The Ford Wildlife Foundation (FWF) has extended its support to nonprofit the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds' (SANCCOB's) Penguin Rescue and Rehabilitation project, in Gqeberha, in the Eastern Cape. FWF is funded by the Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa and... 

SANCCOB's Penguin Rescue

NAACAM initiative suggests options to improve South Africa’s skills development landscape

By: Simone Liedtke     15th December 2021 The skills development landscape within South Africa’s automotive component manufacturing sector, which has largely been characterised by limited coordination between key stakeholders and the inconsistent implementation of key initiatives, has contributed to growing concerns about the robustness... 

Third-quarter Real Economy Bulletin shows auto, iron, platinum export weaknesses

By: Schalk Burger     14th December 2021 While the sharp downturn in the latest gross domestic product (GDP) data is largely the result of the civil unrest in July, the third-quarter GDP data points to additional weaknesses in the economy, above all the sharp decline in automotive exports and plummeting prices of iron-ore and platinum,... 

Hydrogen-powered mobility to only take off after 2030 – Fitch Solutions 

By: Donna Slater     14th December 2021 While it expects hydrogen to be a major disruptor for the mobility ecosystem, the nascent maturity of the technology means that it will only “really see a meaningful impact” in decarbonising the transportation system towards the end of the decade, says Fitch Solutions principal autos analyst... 

Hydrogen-powered mobility to only take off after 2030 – Fitch Solutions

South Africa boasts Shelby Heritage production capacity  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th December 2021 Quiet and unassuming, nestled in the seaport town of Gqeberha, there exists a factory, founded by Jimmy Price, where iconic American Shelby Heritage cars are produced for the local and global market. Through the Hi-Tech Automotive factory, the full range of Shelby Mustang conversions are... 

An image showing Shelby cars produced at the Hi-Tech Automotive factory
Shelby cars

R2.5-billion spent on TASEZ development

By: Nadine Ramdass     10th December 2021 The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) has so far contributed R2.5-billion towards the development of the Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ). The money has helped to unlock a R16-billion investment by automotive manufacturer Ford Motor Company and a further... 

Assembly plant makes significant progress at TASEZ

By: Nadine Ramdass     10th December 2021 In the lead-up to the 2022 launch of the Next-Generation Ford Ranger, last month, automotive manufacturer Ford South Africa hosted a high-level delegation for an oversight visit at its Silverton Assembly Plant and the adjacent Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ). This followed the... 

An image of the inside of Ford's Silverton Assembly Plant at the Tshwane Automotive SEZ
INSIDE THE SILVERTON ASSEMBLY PLANT The plant has been modernizes to meet the quality and volume demands globally

TASEZ on road to completion

By: Nadine Ramdass     10th December 2021 Consulting engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Zutari has expanded and updated the traffic impact assessment for the larger Tshwane area affected by the development of the Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ). The assessment indicated that eight major road intersections must... 

An ariel view of the TASEZ Phase 1 project
ARIEL VIEW OF TASEZ PHASE 1 Zutari has provided engineering service for the project

Mercedes-Benz Vans now undertaking taxi conversions in-house

By: Irma Venter     10th December 2021 Mercedes-Benz Vans South Africa (MBVSA) has taken the conversion of the Sprinter panel van into the Sprinter minibus taxi in-house at its Eastern Cape facility. “To deepen our commitment to the local taxi industry and in support of the South African economy, our 23-seater Sprinter Inkanyezi... 

Electric Canter has arrived for local testing – DTBSA

By: Irma Venter     10th December 2021 The all-electric Fuso Canter (eCanter) has arrived in South Africa for local testing, says Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) CEO Michael Dietz. Earlier testing at the beginning of 2020 of a prototype light-duty eCanter with AB InBev Africa was interrupted by the advent of Covid-19. 

2023 cleaner fuels introduction plan gets thumbs up

By: Irma Venter     10th December 2021 Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council says it welcomes the announcement of the next step in government’s clean fuels programme, set to become effective in September 2023. The Department Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has gazetted the introduction of the next phase of the Clean Fuels... 

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