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Metair won’t build lithium-ion plant in South Africa unless it secures offtake deal

By: Irma Venter     2nd April 2021 Newly appointed Metair CEO Riaz Haffejee says the group is in a “good position” to be a “good partner” to a lithium-ion (li-ion) battery manufacturer in South Africa, or to partner with a vehicle manufacturer to produce these batteries. He says the group is currently piloting a plant at its... 

Volvo aiming to be EV-only group by 2030

By: Irma Venter     2nd April 2021 Volvo Cars says it aims to become a fully electric vehicle (EV) company, on a global level, by 2030. By then, the company intends to sell only fully electric cars and phase out any car in its global portfolio with an internal combustion engine, including hybrids. 

Ford donates R2.5m to bolster government’s Covid-19 surveillance system

By: Irma Venter     2nd April 2021 Ford South Africa has donated R2.5-million to help fund the enhancement of the National Occupational Health Surveillance System (OHSS), a programme implemented by the National Institute for Occupational Health (NIOH). The OHSS monitors workers in the public and private sectors using data supplied... 

New-vehicle sales jump by 31.8%, exports up 38.6% 

By: Irma Venter     1st April 2021 The expected turnaround in South Africa’s new-vehicle market has started, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council. Naamsa on Thursday released the new-vehicle sales statistics for March, which is the first month of the year to produce comparable year-on-year numbers, considering the fact... 

New-vehicle sales jump by 31.8%, exports up 38.6%

The AA launches the first of many planned auto centres

By: Irma Venter     31st March 2021 The Automobile Association (AA) has opened its first AA Auto Centre, with the aim to “provide motorists with cost-effective, reliable and trusted services”. The centre is located in Strijdom Park, Johannesburg. 

Willem Groenewald and Noelan Vandayar
Willem Groenewald and Noelan Vandayar

AAAM hosts exploratory visit by component manufacturers in Ghana

By: Irma Venter     31st March 2021 The African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) in March hosted an exploratory visit by automotive component manufacturers to Ghana.  The AAAM says the objective was to introduce potential investors to the Ghanaian automotive market.  

The component manufacturer delegation in Ghana
The component manufacturer delegation in Ghana

Kia SA to assess local EV appetite, infrastructure with EV6 test unit(s) 

By: Irma Venter     30th March 2021 Kia Motors South Africa (KMSA) will “initially, at the very least” bring a single EV6 unit to the domestic market to “gather intelligence” and to conduct “feasibility studies” on the possibility of introducing this electric vehicle (EV) to the local market, says KMSA marketing GM Christo... 

The Kia EV6
The Kia EV6

Jaguar Land Rover SA shows the AA the ropes on EV recovery 

By: Irma Venter     29th March 2021 Jaguar Land Rover South Africa (JLRSA) has partnered with the Automobile Association (AA) to train a group of line managers on electric vehicle-specific roadside assistance and vehicle recovery. JLRSA’s training academy in Pretoria opened its doors to the AA to share its technical expertise on a... 

Jaguar Land Rover SA shows the AA the ropes on EV recovery

Hino-Connect to be rolled out as standard on all Hino trucks

By: Irma Venter     29th March 2021 Full fleet management system Hino-Connect will be installed as standard on the entire range of trucks offered by Hino South Africa (SA), including the Dyna, 300, 500 and 700 models, as from April. The project is a joint venture with mobility solutions provider Cartrack. 

Ernie Trautmann
Ernie Trautmann

First Extreme E racing season kicks off on April 3

By: Irma Venter     26th March 2021 The new established Extreme E off-road racing series is about to kick off, with the vehicles of the nine participating teams on their way across the Mediterranean to the inaugural race on April 3 and 4, in Saudi Arabia. Extreme E is an off-road racing championship for all-electric sports-utility... 

First Extreme E racing season kicks off on April 3

AAAM, German partner to develop Ethiopian auto policy  

By: Irma Venter     26th March 2021 The African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) has been appointed to develop an automotive policy for the Ethiopian government that will ultimately aim to encourage global original equipment manufacturers (OEMs, or vehicle manufacturers) and component manufacturers to invest in... 

David Coffey
David Coffey

African auto industry financing MoU signed

By: Irma Venter     26th March 2021 The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the financing and promotion of the automotive industry in Africa.  “The strategic partnership with AAAM will facilitate the... 

Suzuki sets yet another monthly sales record, sells 100 000th car

By: Irma Venter     26th March 2021 Suzuki Auto South Africa ended February with total sales of 2 142 units.  This is a new record for the brand since the Japanese carmaker entered the South African market in 2008, and only four months since Suzuki broke through the 2 000-barrier for the first time ever. 

Automechanika postponed to next year

By: Irma Venter     25th March 2021 The sub-Saharan Africa trade fair for the automotive service industry is set to return to the Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec, from March 15 to 18, 2022. Automechanika Johannesburg is collocated with Futuroad Expo, aimed at the truck, bus and commercial vehicle industry, as well as Scalex... 

Automechanika postponed to next year

Capacitate Sars, create green lanes for cargo at border posts – SAAFF 

By: Irma Venter     24th March 2021 South Africa’s logistics sector will operate more efficiently under an increasingly capacitated South African Revenue Service (Sars), rather than a Border Management Agency (BMA), as proposed by government, says South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) chairperson Dr Juanita Maree.... 

Capacitate Sars, create green lanes for cargo at border posts – SAAFF

Supply an issue as new-vehicle market continues to recover, says Motus 

By: Irma Venter     24th March 2021 The South African new-vehicle market is on the recovery path, with sales bouncing back in February compared with January. The main issue currently holding back manufacturers is not market appetite, but the ability to supply sufficient vehicles to meet demand, says vehicle retailer Motus. 

Supply an issue as new-vehicle market continues to recover, says Motus

Volvo Car SA to bring host of EVs to South Africa, says MD 

By: Irma Venter     19th March 2021 Volvo Car South Africa (SA) MD Greg Maruszewski says the local arm of the Swedish car manufacturer plans to bring the full range of Volvo electric vehicles (EVs) to South Africa, but adds that “business dynamics will obviously contribute to the decision”. Volvo Car SA will launch the Swedish... 

Volvo Car SA to bring host of EVs to South Africa, says MD

EVs to account for lion’s share of global vehicle sales by 2038 – South African auto body

By: Irma Venter     19th March 2021 Electric vehicle (EV) sales are forecast to exceed internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle sales by 2038, with sales in the European Union (EU) projected to comprise 40% EVs by 2030, and 80% by 2040, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council in its fourth-quarter (Q4) business review. “The... 

Naamsa adopts new name

By: Irma Venter     19th March 2021 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) has announced a change in its naming conventions, as it says it represents a wider community of stakeholders than only vehicle manufacturers.  “Traditionally, we were established to primarily represent the interests of... 

Tech investor to acquire Ctrack in Africa, Middle East

By: Irma Venter     19th March 2021 Technology investor Convergence Partners has entered into an agreement with Inseego to acquire 100% of Ctrack’s operations in Africa and the Middle East.  

Production of Mercedes-Benz’s new generation C-Class to start this year

By: Irma Venter     19th March 2021 Mercedes-Benz has lifted the veil on its new-generation C-Class. Production of the model is set to start later this year – for the local and export markets – at the Mercedes-Benz South Africa plant, in East London,  following a R10-billion investment by the German parent company. 

Local lithium-ion plant would require offtake agreement first, says Metair 

By: Irma Venter     18th March 2021 Newly appointed Metair CEO Riaz Haffejee says the group is in a “good position” to be a “good partner” to a lithium-ion (li-ion) battery manufacturer in South Africa, or to partner with a vehicle manufacturer to produce these batteries. He says Metair is currently piloting a plant at its battery... 

Riaz Haffejee
Riaz Haffejee

Auto sector needs 485 new Tier 2 businesses to reach SAAM goals – RMB 

By: Irma Venter     17th March 2021 The South African Automotive Master Plan (SAAM) envisages growing local content in South African assembled vehicles from around 37% (as of 2015) to 60% by 2035. “To meet this objective, the South African automotive industry needs to create 485 new businesses in Tier 2 automotive products by... 

Auto sector needs 485 new Tier 2 businesses to reach SAAM goals – RMB

Babcock adds new truck models to its transport portfolio 

17th March 2021 Transport equipment and engineering solutions provider Babcock International added the latest DAF XF 480, XF 530 and CF 430 truck models to its transport portfolio earlier this month, bringing many improvements compared to older trucks in the portfolio. Marleny Arnoldi visited the company. 

Babcock adds new truck models to its transport portfolio
Babcock adds new truck models to its transport portfolio

Ford donates R2.5m to bolster govt’s Covid-19 surveillance system 

By: Irma Venter     16th March 2021 Ford South Africa has donated R2.5-million to help fund the enhancement of the National Occupational Health Surveillance System (OHSS), a programme implemented by the National Institute for Occupational Health (NIOH). The OHSS monitors workers in the public and private sectors, using data... 

Neale Hill
Neale Hill

Tata Africa launches e-commerce heavy commercial vehicle parts portal  

By: Irma Venter     15th March 2021 Tata International Africa has launched an e-commerce parts website and portal.  The online store – partskart.co.za ­­– will enable customers anywhere in South Africa to order Tata and Daewoo heavy commercial vehicle (HCV) parts with doorstep delivery, including the most remote parts of the... 

Tata Africa launches e-commerce heavy commercial vehicle parts portal 

TATA International Africa sets up finance offering, uptime strategy supports growth

By: Schalk Burger     12th March 2021 Trading and distribution company TATA International Africa's uptime strategy has allowed it to improve turnover and profitability over the past year. It also supports the pursuit of its growth and expansion objectives, says TATA International Africa CEO Len Brand. 

Nissan appoints new AMIEO chairperson

By: Donna Slater     12th March 2021 Nissan Motor has appointed Guillaume Cartier its new Africa, Middle East, India, Europe and Oceania (AMIEO) chairperson, replacing Gianluca De Ficchy who served for three years as Nissan Europe chairperson and then the expanded AMIEO region. Effective April 1, Cartier will lead all Nissan... 

Incoming Nissan Africa, Middle East, India, Europe and Oceania chairperson Guillaume Cartier
Incoming Nissan Africa, Middle East, India, Europe and Oceania chairperson Guillaume Cartier

Production plant upgrade heralds next-gen coolant

By: Darren Parker     12th March 2021 Local petroleum and petrochemical products manufacturer African Oil Blending Corporation (AOBC) has secured about R130-million to repurpose and upgrade its Harrismith lubricant blending production facilities, in the Free State, pivoting to manufacture water-based and monoethylene glycol- (MEG-)... 

COOL STUFF
South Africa is a good location for water-based coolants because ambient temperatures seldom drop below freezing point
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COOL STUFF South Africa is a good location for water-based coolants because ambient temperatures seldom drop below freezing point

Electricity tariff hike will make local auto sector less competitive globally – AIDCEC

By: Irma Venter     12th March 2021 The Eastern Cape Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDCEC) has warned that the 15% electricity tariff increase that comes into effect on April 1, will slam the brakes on the South African automotive supply chain's drive to achieve greater levels of global competitiveness.  The AIDCEC says... 

Strong used-car, aftermarket sales see Motus bounce back 

By: Irma Venter     12th March 2021 A buoyant used-car market and strong aftermarket parts sales have helped mobility group Motus bounce back from the significant decline the group experienced as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic in the last half of the previous financial year. Reporting on the company’s results for the first six... 

February new-car sales dip by 13.3%

By: Irma Venter     12th March 2021 New-vehicle sales fell by 13.3% in February, to 37 521 units, compared with the same month last year, reports Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council. An estimated 31 635 units, or 84.3%, were dealer sales, with 10% going to the vehicle rental industry, 3.4% to government, and 2.3% of total... 

Compounder adds new plant capacity

By: Darren Parker     12th March 2021 Speciality compound producer Continental Engineering Compounds has invested R25-million in building a new specialised production line at its Westmead factory, in KwaZulu-Natal. The added capacity will help the company to increase supply of locally manufactured compounds used for packaging,... 

EXTRA, EXTRA
The capacity expansion will assist in terms of local supply to the industrial and automotive sectors
EXTRA, EXTRA The capacity expansion will assist in terms of local supply to the industrial and automotive sectors

Mercedes-Benz SA postpones launch of its first EV to 2022

By: Irma Venter     12th March 2021 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) has postponed the local introduction of its first fully electric vehicle (EV), the EQC. “The market introduction and start of sales of the EQC was set to take place in 2020, but, due to the significant disruption of Covid-19 and other contributing factors, we... 

SA-UK PACT announces funding for uYilo’s EV capacity building project 

By: Irma Venter     11th March 2021 The South Africa-UK Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions (SA-UK PACT) programme has announced that it will fund ten local projects to the tune of more than £3-million.  The aim is to help South Africa transition to a low-carbon, inclusive, climate-resilient economy and society. 

SA-UK PACT announces funding for uYilo’s EV capacity building project

Babcock introduces new truck models to its transport equipment portfolio

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th March 2021 Transport equipment and engineering solutions provider Babcock International has added the latest DAF XF 480, XF 530 and CF 430 truck models to its transport portfolio. Transport solutions sales director Mark Gavin says the new models bring many improvements compared to older DAF trucks in... 

Babcock International's latest DAF truck models on offer
Photo by Creamer Media's Marleny Arnoldi
Babcock International's latest DAF truck models on offer

Prepaid car accident cover now available in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     11th March 2021 Car-accident cover on demand is now available in South Africa. Vaai.co compares its product to cell phone airtime – “you buy the cover you can afford only when you need it, and recharge when you need to do so”. 

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