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Automotive News

Botswana seeks opportunities to integrate into S Africa auto value chain 

By: Irma Venter     1st March 2021 The Botswana government believes there is an opportunity for the country to participate in the South African automotive sector. “Around 60% of the components used in South African vehicles are still imported from outside Africa. Given Botswana’s proximity to South Africa, we see this as an... 

Bidvest delivers strong interim performance

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st March 2021 JSE-listed Bidvest delivered a strong operating and financial performance for the six months ended December 31, 2020, with revenue up 3.4% year-on-year to R44.4-billion. Trading profit increased by 3.5% year-on-year to R4.1-billion, off a pre-pandemic base, which was enhanced by the consolidation... 

Stop AARTO now, says the Road Freight Association

By: Irma Venter     26th February 2021 The Road Freight Association (RFA) says it is “shocked and deeply concerned” about the suspension of Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA) CEO Japh Chuwe, amid allegations of maladministration. “This has a severe impact on the implementation of the highly controversial Administrative... 

UD Trucks sees L-shaped recovery, no news on Isuzu tie-up

By: Irma Venter     26th February 2021 The South African new-truck market should see an L-shaped recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, says UD Trucks Southern Africa (UDTSA) marketing and sales director Rory Schulz. The combined medium, heavy and extra-heavy truck and bus market reached 22 736 units in 2020, down 19% from the 28 012... 

Auto dealers call on govt to reduce vehicle taxes

By: Irma Venter     26th February 2021 The automotive industry needs a “significant financial stimulus package” from government to allow it to accelerate its recovery, says National Automobile Dealers’ Association (Nada) chairperson Mark Dommisse. “The most effective way to increase sales will be to make new vehicles more affordable... 

New-vehicle sales to recover, but market fundamentals not healthy

By: Irma Venter     26th February 2021 New-vehicle sales will show double-digit growth this year off last year’s unforeseen low base, but will also continue to show a decline in real economic terms, says vehicle and asset finance provider WesBank. WesBank CEO Chris de Kock says two considerations need to be taken into account when... 

Ford adds armoured Rangers to South African portfolio

By: Irma Venter     26th February 2021 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA), together with SVI Engineering, has announced the availability of Ford-approved armoured protection for the Ranger pickup. “The Ranger is among the best-selling vehicles in South Africa, and the introduction of armoured protection will help establish... 

Agreement between Mahindra SA, SsangYong comes to an end

By: Irma Venter     25th February 2021 Mahindra South Africa (MSA) says the multiyear agreement between itself and the SsangYong Motor Company (SYMC) has ended, which means that MSA will no longer act as the local distributor for SYMC, as from February 28. This marks the end of a multiyear agreement, during which MSA took over full... 

Convergence Partners to acquire Ctrack in Africa, Middle East 

By: Irma Venter     25th February 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.  The transaction will be the maiden investment for its third fund, the Convergence Partners Digital Infrastructure Fund (CPDIF).  

Convergence Partners to acquire Ctrack in Africa, Middle East

Energy tariff increases to slam brakes on auto industry competitiveness – AIDCEC 

By: Irma Venter     25th February 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... 

Energy tariff increases to slam brakes on auto industry competitiveness – AIDCEC

Renergen Covid-19 vaccine transport solution unveiled 

25th February 2021 South African emerging domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen earlier this month unveiled its Covid-19 vaccine transport solution, the Cryo-Vacc. Creamer Media journalist Simone Liedtke, who attended the unveiling event, tells us more. 

Renergen Covid-19 vaccine transport solution unveiled
Renergen Covid-19 vaccine transport solution unveiled

Strong used-car, aftermarket sales see Motus bounce back 

By: Irma Venter     24th February 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 owing to the Covid-19 pandemic in the last half of the previous financial year. Reporting on the company’s results for the first six months... 

Strong used-car, aftermarket sales see Motus bounce back 

Nissan CEO who oversaw Ghosn’s downfall testifies in court

By: Bloomberg     24th February 2021 Former Nissan Motor CEO Hiroto Saikawa told a Tokyo court that he agreed that former chairperson Carlos Ghosn should have been paid more to prevent him from going to a rival automaker. Greg Kelly, the former Nissan director who was arrested on the same day as Ghosn in November 2018, is standing... 

Mercedes-Benz unveils the new C-Class to be assembled in East London

By: Irma Venter     24th February 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 (MBSA) plant, in East London, following a R10-billion investment by the German parent company. 

The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class
The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Local advancement of electric vehicles must be accelerated, says Naamsa

By: Irma Venter     22nd February 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 the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) in its fourth... 

Local advancement of electric vehicles must be accelerated, says Naamsa

WeBuyCars kicks off the new year with record trading month 

By: Irma Venter     19th February 2021 WeBuyCars kicked off the new year with record trading numbers, with January sales up 10% on the same period last year, says CEO Faan van der Walt. The used-car trader says there has been a strong recovery in domestic used-vehicle sales, despite the prevailing economic climate, as can be seen by... 

WeBuyCars kicks off the new year with record trading month

Volvo Trucks launches four new ranges in local market 

By: Irma Venter     19th February 2021 Volvo Trucks South Africa has introduced four new truck ranges to the local market, with a strong focus on the driver environment, safety and productivity.   The launch of the four new-generation extra-heavy commercial trucks - the Volvo FH, FH16, FM and FMX - is the biggest in the company’s... 

Volvo Trucks launches four new ranges in local market

Naacam optimistic positive momentum seen at end of ‘tough 2020’ will be sustained this year

By: Irma Venter     19th February 2021 The South African component manufacturing sector had a tough 2020, says National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) executive director Renai Moothilal. There is, however, hope that some of the positive momentum seen at the end of last year will be sustained in... 

Toyota projecting 21% new-vehicle sales increase this year

By: Irma Venter     19th February 2021 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) believes the domestic new-vehicle market may grow by 21% this year, to about 460 000 units, following a decline of 29% in 2020. TSAM president and CEO Andrew Kirby says the recovery seen in the latter half of a Covid-19-hit 2020 bodes well for an increase in... 

Peugeot Citroen South Africa takes over local Opel distribution 

By: Irma Venter     19th February 2021 Peugeot Citroën South Africa (PCSA) has announced that it will take over responsibility for German car brand Opel in the local market. This comes as US manufacturer General Motors (GM) sold Opel in 2017 to the French PSA group, which owns, among others, the Peugeot, Vauxhall and Citroën brands. 

New partnership to launch Cape Town eMobility Festival

By: Irma Venter     19th February 2021 Live Company Group has announced that it has, through E-Movement Holdings, its wholly owned subsidiary, partnered with Messe Frankfurt South Africa for the launch of the eMobility Festival 2021. The eMobility Festival will focus on electric vehicles (EVs) of all kinds, the future of e-mobility... 

OneLogix in good health despite Covid-19, says Lourens 

By: Irma Venter     18th February 2021 OneLogix CEO Ian Lourens says that all of the niche logistics provider’s 12 companies “remain in good health”, despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The group reported a 16% drop in revenue, to R1.22-billion, for the six months ended November 30, compared with the same period in 2019.... 

OneLogix in good health despite Covid-19, says Lourens

Afreximbank, AAAM sign MoU on Africa auto industry financing 

By: Irma Venter     18th February 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... 

Afreximbank, AAAM sign MoU on Africa auto industry financing

Nissan SA to push start of Navara assembly to Q2, halt NP300 production 

By: Irma Venter     16th February 2021 Nissan South Africa (SA) will delay the start of volume production and sales of the Nissan Navara one-ton bakkie to June this year, says Nissan SA marketing director Stefan Haasbroek. He says this is owing to operational issues related to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Nissan SA to push start of Navara assembly to Q2, halt NP300 production

New-vehicle sales to recover, but market fundamentals not healthy, says WesBank

By: Irma Venter     16th February 2021 New-vehicle sales will show double-digit growth this year off last year’s unforeseen low base, but will also continue to show a decline in real economic terms, says vehicle and asset finance provider WesBank. WesBank CEO Chris de Kock says two considerations need to be taken into account when... 

Chris de Kock
Chris de Kock

Aura builds WhatsApp security chatbot in partnership with Tracker

By: Irma Venter     15th February 2021 Security and medical response platform Aura has launched a WhatsApp security chatbot in partnership with stolen vehicle recovery specialist Tracker. Powered by Aura, the Tracker CareGuard service promises rapid mobile emergency response anywhere, anytime within South Africa. 

Aura builds WhatsApp security chatbot in partnership with Tracker

Daimler to split into two; majority listing of Daimler Truck on the cards 

By: Irma Venter     15th February 2021 German vehicle manufacturer Daimler says it plans a fundamental change in its structure, “designed to unlock the full potential of its businesses in a zero-emissions, software-driven future”.  The supervisory board and the board of management of Daimler says they have agreed to evaluate a... 

Daimler to split into two; majority listing of Daimler Truck on the cards 

Biden faces South African push to extend trade concessions

By: Bloomberg     15th February 2021 South Africa is apprehensive about striking a new trade deal with the US and would rather maintain existing relations with the world’s largest economy, the nation’s top trade official said. South Africa is currently party to the so-called Generalised System of Preferences and the African Growth... 

Mercedes-Benz South Africa signs e-sports partnership with ATK  

By: Irma Venter     12th February 2021 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) and local electronic sports (e-sports) company ATK has announced the first-ever motorsport partnership to encompass e-sports teams, events and gaming spaces in the country.  MBSA will be the first motorsport sponsor for a South African e-sports team, entering the... 

Mercedes-Benz South Africa signs e-sports partnership with ATK 

South African car market faces challenging 2021, says TransUnion 

By: Irma Venter     12th February 2021 The South African automotive industry faces a challenging 2021, with new-vehicle prices continuing to climb well above the inflation rate in a market already severely constrained by the financial effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.  This is according to the latest TransUnion South Africa Vehicle... 

South African car market faces challenging 2021, says TransUnion

Specialist installs humidifier at tobacco plant

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     12th February 2021 Humidification specialist Humidair, in collaboration with air conditioning contractor Fifty-two Engineering, completed a humidification project for a tobacco company in Edenvale, Gauteng at the end of last year. The project entailed the installation of large JetSpray humidifier systems comprising... 

Ford investing R15.8bn to build new Ranger in SA, mulling high-capacity rail corridor

By: Irma Venter     12th February 2021 Ford will invest R15.8-billion in its South African operations to produce the new-generation Ranger pickup at its Silverton assembly plant, in Tshwane, for the local, as well as more than 100 export markets, starting in 2022. The plant currently produces the current-generation Ranger pickup, also... 

Corolla Cross production at Toyota’s Durban plant to start in fourth quarter

By: Irma Venter     12th February 2021 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) will start production of the Corolla Cross at its Prospecton plant, in Durban, in the fourth quarter of this year. The sports-utility vehicle will be produced in both left- and right-hand-drive variants for the local market, as well as markets in the rest of... 

New owner sought for Bloodhound land-speed record project

By: Irma Venter     12th February 2021 The UK’s Bloodhound land-speed record (LSR) project is looking for a new owner to take the team through to its world LSR attempt in 2022.  In 2019, the Bloodhound team deployed to South Africa to conduct high-speed testing, with the car hitting a peak speed of 1 011 km/h, thereby proving that the... 

Vehicle finance on cusp of revolution, says WesBank’s Msibi 

By: Irma Venter     11th February 2021 The demands on financial institutions are changing rapidly as younger age groups start to actively participate in the acquisition of assets, says WesBank Motor CEO Ghana Msibi. “I expect the motoring industry, including vehicle finance, to evolve more in the next five years than it has in the... 

Ghana Msibi
Ghana Msibi

Stop AARTO now, says the Road Freight Association 

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2021 The Road Freight Association (RFA) says it is “shocked and deeply concerned” about the suspension of Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA) CEO Japh Chuwe, amidst allegations of maladministration. “This has a severe impact on the implementation of the highly controversial Administrative... 

Gavin Kelly
Gavin Kelly

Buying or servicing a car? Things are about to change, says AutoTrader

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2021 There are significant changes on the horizon for the local automotive industry, and they will affect every South African seeking to buy, repair or service a car, says AutoTrader. The changes, effective July 1, are owing to a series of guidelines published by the Competition Commission last year,... 

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