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AutoZone joins SA Taxi rewards programme 

By: Irma Venter     8th December 2020 SA Taxi has announced that AutoZone is the latest automotive supplier to join its rewards programme.  This partnership sees the SA Taxi Rewards programme, launched in 2018, expand beyond fuel-based rewards for the first time.  

Latest #SaferCarsforAfrica sees GWM’s Steeds 5 score a zero rating 

By: Irma Venter     8th December 2020 Global New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) and the Automobile Association of South Africa (AA) have released the results of the fourth round of crash tests from its #SaferCarsForAfrica initiative. The project is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the FIA Foundation.   

Latest #SaferCarsforAfrica sees GWM’s Steeds 5 score a zero rating

GWM’s P Series bakkie arrives in SA in commercial, passenger guise

By: Irma Venter     7th December 2020 Haval Motors South Africa (HMSA) has finally lifted the veil on the local version of its new Great Wall Motors (GWM) P Series bakkie. According to HMSA the recent introduction of the P Series has seen GWM make rapid gains in the Chinese bakkie market.  

GWM’s P Series bakkie arrives in SA in commercial, passenger guise

Metair still expects lower full-year output, but green shoots are showing 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th December 2020 As automotive component manufacturer Metair anticipates a full-year decline of 30% in South African production volumes this year, the company remains committed to new model launch projects and overall sustainability of models, markets, projects and customers. Planned model launches and... 

New forming line increases global supply capabilities

4th December 2020 Last month, automotive technology and engineering company Benteler International announced it would be investing in a new forming line for processing of airbag tubes at its Schloss Neuhaus plant, in Germany. The company has expanded its value-added depth in airbag and seat belt pretensioner tubes... 

New forming line increases global supply capabilities
PIPELINE A new forming line for processing of airbag tubes is being invested in by Benteler International

Parts aftermarket increases despite pandemic

4th December 2020 According to market research company Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis ‘Digital Business Models Mitigating Covid-19 Implications on Global Aftermarket Performance in 2020’, released in September, aftermarket revenue expanded by 4.1% in 2019. This was largely driven by a 3.2% growth in vehicles... 

Parts aftermarket increases despite pandemic
PART AND PARCEL The automotive components sector has contracted more than initially forecast owing to the Covid-19 pandemic

Localisation supermarket to showcase products

By: Halima Frost     4th December 2020 Automotive Industry Development Centre Eastern Cape (AIDC EC) business development manager Hoosain Mahomed says the AIDC EC is embarking on Phase 2 of its localisation supermarket. The localisation supermarket is a physical showcase and online catalogue of automotive components that are imported,... 

Localisation supermarket  to showcase products
LAID OUT The products on offer thought the Locatisation Supermarket are available to view on an online portal available at the AIDC EC's website

New real-time monitoring system enhances safety

4th December 2020 Automotive and truck parts manufacturer Bridgestone in collaboration with technology company Microsoft has developed a unique and innovative monitoring system to detect tyre damage issues in real-time. Bridgestone Europe, Russia, Middle East, India and Africa (EMIA) CEO and president Laurent... 

New real-time monitoring system enhances safety
DAMAGE CONTROL The Tyre Damage Monitoring System uses algorithms to detect and predict failures before they become catastrophic

Solar project roll-out under way as Ford eyes energy self-sufficiency by 2024

By: Irma Venter     4th December 2020 The Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has kicked off a 13.5 MW, R135-million solar-energy project at its Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria. The project forms part of a larger programme to develop an integrated renewable- energy solution for the facility, with the aim to be... 

Transport Minister urged to address licensing department backlogs

By: Irma Venter     4th December 2020 The National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) has written an open letter to Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula, urging him to address backlogs at licensing departments countrywide. The association says that “extensive administrative delays in document turnaround times and vital operational... 

Local production of ‘spruced-up’ Navara to start early next year

By: Irma Venter     4th December 2020 Japanese carmaker Nissan has unveiled the spruced-up Navara bakkie that will be made in South Africa and exported to sub-Saharan markets. Production of the new Navara at the Rosslyn plant, in Pretoria, will start in the first quarter of next year. 

Sumitomo Rubber boss to assume CEO position at Metair

By: Irma Venter     4th December 2020 Metair has appointed Riaz Haffejee to replace outgoing CEO Theo Loock, with effect from February 1.  Metair is an international manufacturer, distributor and retailer of energy storage solutions and automotive components. 

SA Taxi Auto Parts sees Black Friday sales drop by 5.9% on back of Covid-19

By: Irma Venter     3rd December 2020 SA Taxi Auto Parts (SATAP) this year again participated in the Black Friday movement as it hosted a variety of consumers, such as taxi operators, taxi drivers, school transportation operators and tour travel operators, at a parts sale at its facility in Midrand. SATAP offers refurbished taxi... 

SA Taxi Auto Parts sees Black Friday sales drop by 5.9% on back of Covid-19

Rabotho to lead Nissan SA as Izumi departs, Whitfield named Africa boss

By: Irma Venter     3rd December 2020 Japanese car maker Nissan has announced that it will unite its operations on the continent under one region, namely Africa. Several leadership changes have been made as part of this restructuring, effective December 1.  

Rabotho to lead Nissan SA as Izumi departs, Whitfield named Africa boss
Mike Whitfield

Battery costs fall, make electric vehicles cheaper - BMI

By: Reuters     3rd December 2020 The cost of battery cells used for electric vehicles has fallen to an average of $110/kWh, making such cars competitive with those using internal combustion engines (ICE), according to Benchmark Mineral Intelligence (BMI). One barrier to a higher take up of electric vehicles has been the high... 

Battery costs fall, make electric vehicles cheaper - BMI

Buying-down trend, working-from-home impacting new-vehicle sales 

By: Irma Venter     2nd December 2020 Total new-vehicle sales in South Africa declined by 12% in November, to 39 315 units, compared with 44 670 vehicles sold in the same month last year. The new-passenger-car market fell by 18.1%, to 25 707 units, with the car rental industry accounting for 11.6% of car sales in November. 

Buying-down trend, working-from-home impacting new-vehicle sales

New CEO announced for Sumitomo Rubber South Africa 

By: Irma Venter     1st December 2020 Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA), the manufacturer of Dunlop, Sumitomo and Falken tyres for the African continent, has announced the appointment of Lubin Ozoux as its new CEO and executive director as from January 1.  Ozoux will take over from outgoing CEO, Riaz Haffejee, who has led the... 

New CEO announced for Sumitomo Rubber South Africa 
Lubin Ozoux

Goodyear South Africa appoints new MD

By: Irma Venter     1st December 2020 Piotr Czyzyk has been appointed as the new MD for Goodyear South Africa (SA). In his former role as product business unit commercial director in Europe, Czyzyk was responsible for overseeing Goodyear’s Central European operation. 

Goodyear South Africa appoints new MD
Piotr Czyzyk 

Invicta’s strategy paying off, says CEO

By: Simone Liedtke     30th November 2020 Investment holding and management company Invicta Holdings is starting to see its strategy, which focuses on lowering debt levels, optimising return on equity, simplifying structures and focusing on key operational areas, pay off. This is despite the negative impact of Covid-19 and related... 

Barloworld to focus on industrial goods, food sector going forward 

By: Irma Venter     30th November 2020 Barloworld will, in the medium to long term, focus on two verticals, namely industrial goods and related services, as well as food and food ingredients, says CEO Dominic Sewela. “As we manage the pivoting out of the automotive and logistics business . . . we are very clear that we don’t want to... 

Barloworld to focus on industrial goods, food sector going forward
Dominic Sewela

Mahle Behr recognized as one of Africa’s top Kaizen performers

By: Irma Venter     30th November 2020 Mahle Behr has been recognised as one of Africa’s top Kaizen performers at the Africa Kaizen Annual Conference (AKAC). Mahle Behr was selected to represent South Africa after being crowned national automotive Kaizen champion, and competed against 22 other nominees from 13 African countries. 

Mahle Behr recognized as one of Africa’s top Kaizen performers

Toyota launches new music, video streaming service

By: Irma Venter     27th November 2020 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM), in partnership with Vodacom, has announced the introduction of a new streaming service to Toyota Connect and Lexus Connect – MyEntertainment.  Included in this service are Vodacom’s Video Play (video streaming) and My Muze (music streaming) services. 

Toyota launches new music, video streaming service

Govt study into local lithium-ion battery value chain almost complete  

By: Irma Venter     27th November 2020 A study into the possible development of a lithium-ion (li-ion) battery value-chain in South Africa will be completed by the end of the year. The study is being undertaken by Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS), on behalf of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC). It... 

Govt study into local lithium-ion battery value chain almost complete
Gaylor Montmasson-Clair

Gautrain to complete electric-bus pilot project by end-2021

By: Irma Venter     27th November 2020 The Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) is busy with a feasibility study to investigate the possible future use of alternative drivetrains in the Gautrain bus fleet, says GMA COO Tshepo Kgobe. As part of this programme, the GMA expects to complete a pilot project, employing an electric bus, at the... 

Local consumers willing to buy EVs, but they seek cheaper cars with more range

By: Irma Venter     27th November 2020 The 2020 South Africa Electric Vehicle (EV) Car Buyer Survey shows that consumers are ready to buy EVs, and that they are willing to do so in the next five years. However, they want a vehicle that costs less than R500 000 and they want more range and faster charging than is currently the case... 

Hyundai South Africa expects 15% drop in sales this year

By: Irma Venter     27th November 2020 Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) will probably record a 15% drop in new-vehicle sales in 2020, says CEO Niall Lynch. This is better than the 25% to 30% drop expected in the overall domestic new-vehicle market, he adds. 

Nissan unveils large SUV contender for local market

By: Irma Venter     26th November 2020 Japanese vehicle manufacturer Nissan has lifted the veil on the new Terra, set to make its debut in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa in the latter part of next year. The sports-utility vehicle is based on the Navara pickup, and will compete with the likes of the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Everest. 

Nissan unveils large SUV contender for local market
The new Terra

SVI Engineering unveils armoured Land Cruiser for civilian or military use

By: Irma Venter     26th November 2020 Starting from a cool R1.6-million (excluding VAT), it is now possible to drive around in your own armoured Land Cruiser. Specialist manufacturer of armoured products, SVI Engineering, says its new Max 3 recognises the need for a cost-effective solution to protect vehicle occupants from both... 

SVI Engineering unveils armoured Land Cruiser for civilian or military use

Payment of compensation to Ford Kuga owners finalised

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th November 2020 The National Consumer Commission (NCC) says the payment of compensation under a  settlement agreement entered into between the NCC and Ford Motor Company South Africa, which was made an order by the National Consumer Tribunal (NCT) in March this year, has been finalised. Under the terms of the... 

Volkswagen celebrates assembly of four-million vehicles at Uitenhage

By: Irma Venter     25th November 2020 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has celebrated the assembly of its four-millionth vehicle at its Uitenhage plant, in the Eastern Cape. The first of these vehicles was manufactured 72 years ago, in November 1948, when the premises still belonged to South African Motor Assemblers and... 

Volkswagen celebrates assembly of four-million vehicles at Uitenhage

Cloud-based vaccine management system launched in Africa

By: Sane Dhlamini     24th November 2020 IT giant Oracle and the Tony Blair Institute announced on Tuesday the launch of the cloud-based Oracle Health Management System, which will help African countries manage large-scale vaccination programmes. Ghana, Rwanda and Sierra Leone are the initial users of the system, which will create... 

Cloud-based vaccine management system launched in Africa

UP conducts real time emissions testing to help inform policy

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd November 2020 The Centre for Transport Development, within the University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology, has acquired a system that can measure vehicle emissions while driving. The portable emissions measurement system (Pems) unit is a first for... 

UP conducts real time emissions testing to help inform policy
An engineering student and Professor Johan Joubert alongside UP's portable emissions measurement system

Toyota Gazoo Racing to field four locally built bakkies at the 2021 Dakar Rally

By: Irma Venter     23rd November 2020 Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR) will be entering four crews in the 2021 Dakar Rally, scheduled to start on January 3 in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah.  The works team will consist of Nasser Al-Attiyah and navigator Mathieu Baumel; Giniel de Villiers and navigator Alex Haro; rookie Henk Lategan and... 

Toyota Gazoo Racing to field four locally built bakkies at the 2021 Dakar Rally

FAW receives order for 150 trucks, set to launch long-haul model in 2021 

By: Irma Venter     23rd November 2020 Transport group BHL has placed an order for 150 J5N 28.2380FT 6 X 4 trucks with FAW Vehicle Manufacturers South Africa (FAW SA). The order is made up of 140 trucks with a flatdeck superlink combination, and ten units with a tautliner superlink combination.  

FAW receives order for 150 trucks, set to launch long-haul model in 2021 
The JH6, currently being tested.

Car-buying patterns shifting on the back of Covid-19, says AutoTrader 

By: Irma Venter     20th November 2020 The South African automotive landscape – especially when it comes to consumer buying behaviour – has changed more in the last year than in the last few decades, says AutoTrader CEO George Mienie. Accordingly, the industry has had to adapt like never before in order to survive and prosper during... 

Car-buying patterns shifting on the back of Covid-19, says AutoTrader

uYilo founding member of the Global Sustainable Mobility Partnership 

By: Irma Venter     20th November 2020 South African national e-mobility programme, uYilo, has announced that it is a founding partner of the Global Sustainable Mobility Partnership (GSMP).  The GSMP is a network of independent, not-for-profit organisations with experience in implementing low and zero-emission mobility.  

Heavy vehicles maker begins LNG testing

20th November 2020 Heavy commercial vehicles manufacturer Volvo Trucks Southern Africa has brought in two liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks to be used for local testing. 

Heavy vehicles maker begins  LNG testing
GREEN AMBITIONS Volvo Trucks' vision is that trucks from Volvo will eventually have zero emissions, although the way of achieving that is not by one single solution
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