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German automotive industry strengthens links with Africa

By: Irma Venter     29th January 2021 The German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) has joined hands with the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) as part of the ‘PartnerAfrica’ project of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.  The AAAM is an automotive association with a... 

AIH to open first sequencing centre in East London in April, Tshwane to follow

By: Irma Venter     29th January 2021 Automotive Investment Holdings (AIH) will open its first sequencing centre (SC) at the East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ) in April, says group CEO Corrie Kotzé. The 5 300 m2 facility will support new C-Class production at the Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) plant, set to start in... 

GWM’s P Series bakkie arrives in South Africa in commercial, passenger guises

By: Irma Venter     29th January 2021 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.  

Toyota South Africa to produce Corolla Cross at its Durban plant  

By: Irma Venter     28th January 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... 

Toyota South Africa to produce Corolla Cross at its Durban plant 

The Hilux is South Africa’s most desired used car, says AutoTrader

By: Irma Venter     28th January 2021 The Toyota Hilux is South Africa’s most sought after used car, says AutoTrader. This is according to an analysis of AutoTrader search data during the 2020 calendar year.  

The Hilux is South Africa’s most desired used car, says AutoTrader

Global coalition formed to drive net-zero shift in hard-to-decarbonise transport and industrial sectors 

By: Terence Creamer     27th January 2021 A new global partnership has been formally launched in an effort to accelerate the decarbonisation of seven heavy industrial and transport sectors that together represent 30% of global greenhouse-gas emissions and where carbon-abatement pathways have yet to be defined. Known as the ‘Mission... 

Global coalition formed to drive net-zero shift in hard-to-decarbonise transport and industrial sectors

Nissan sets carbon neutral goal for 2050

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th January 2021 Automotive manufacturer Nissan Motor has set the goal to achieve carbon neutrality across the company’s operations and the life cycle of its products by 2050. As part of this effort, by the early 2030s, every all-new Nissan vehicle offering in key markets will be electrified, the company says. 

Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality
Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality

Ford Resource and Engagement Centre awards grants to small businesses

By: Irma Venter     26th January 2021 The Ford Motor Company Fund is awarding the first grants from the Booth Schoch Future Success Fund to budding entrepreneurs at the Ford Resource and Engagement Centre (FREC) in South Africa.  The winners are all FREC programme graduates who will share $10 000 in grants to advance their businesses.  

Ford Resource and Engagement Centre awards grants to small businesses

Bloodhound project up for sale 

By: Irma Venter     26th January 2021 The UK’s Bloodhound land-speed record (LSR) project is looking for a new owner to take the team through to its world land-speed record 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... 

Bloodhound project up for sale

Death of diesel looms as carmakers accelerate to electric future

By: Reuters     26th January 2021 The world's biggest diesel engine factory in Tremery, eastern France, is undergoing a radical overhaul - it's switching to make electric motors. From less than 10% of output in 2020, electric motor production at Tremery will double to around 180 000 in 2021, and is planned to reach 900 000 a... 

Kia unveils new corporate name, strategy 

By: Irma Venter     25th January 2021 Kia has revealed a strategy it says will see the Korean car maker reach beyond vehicle manufacturing to “sustainable mobility solutions”. Signalling this break-away from its traditional manufacturing-driven business model, Kia has also announced a new corporate name and slogan. 

Kia CEO Ho Sung Song
Kia CEO Ho Sung Song

Digital Key Plus technology with ultra-wideband technology coming to the BMW iX.

By: Irma Venter     25th January 2021 German car maker BMW says it will continue with the development and popularisation of its digital key feature. In line with this goal, the group says it will introduce the Digital Key Plus, which allows BMW drivers to unlock and start their vehicles without taking their iPhones out of their bags... 

BMW iX with UWB key
BMW iX with UWB key

Electric truck refrigeration manufacturer looks to global market 

By: Irma Venter     25th January 2021 South Africa’s Maxwell and Spark is ready to go global, says CEO Dr Clinton Bemont. Maxwell and Spark is a Durban-based lithium-ion (li-ion) battery and systems manufacturer, responsible for producing the world’s first li-ion  truck refrigeration unit ­– called the Fridge.Li. 

Electric truck refrigeration manufacturer looks to global market

Barloworld restructures its Motor Retail business in R947m deal 

By: Irma Venter     22nd January 2021 Barloworld has entered into an agreement with NMI Durban South Motors (NMI-DSM) to dispose of its Motor Retail business as a going concern for R947-million. NMI-DSM is a joint venture of the Barloworld group, in which Barloworld holds a 50% interest alongside the Akoo family.  

Barloworld restructures its Motor Retail business in R947m deal

Chains extend equipment operating life

22nd January 2021 Included in engineering solutions provider BMG’s extensive range of Tsubaki high-performance chain, is the robust workhorse elevator series, which offers enhanced strength and reliability, a cleaner environment and extended operating life. “Workhorse elevator chains – manufactured for high... 

POWER CHAIN 
Carefully-selected high-strength steels, advanced manufacturing processes and refined heat treatments, ensures the chain has maximum fatigue strength and protection against failure
POWER CHAIN Carefully-selected high-strength steels, advanced manufacturing processes and refined heat treatments, ensures the chain has maximum fatigue strength and protection against failure

Company facilitates workshops, audits for road compliance

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd January 2021 Local auditing company JC Auditors has played an integral supporting role in the efforts of the Road Transport Management System’s (RTMS’) National Steering Committee by conducting audits and hosting RTMS workshops, having hosted the first RTMS workshop in 2003.   RTMS is an industry-led and... 

VITAL FIRST INSPECTIONS
JC Auditors were able to conduct on site truck inspections with the onset of Covid-19 Level 3 restrictions last year
VITAL FIRST INSPECTIONS JC Auditors were able to conduct on site truck inspections with the onset of Covid-19 Level 3 restrictions last year

Lockdown has heightened risk of counterfeit components

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd January 2021 The national lockdown last year has significantly impacted on the circulation of original, as well as counterfeit, automotive components, says law firm Spoor & Fisher partner Paul Ramara. This can largely be attributed to the restrictions in place during the various levels of lockdown,... 

SELLING LIKE HOT BRAKES
Counterfeit automotive parts poses a number of risks, including safety risks as well as having a negative impact on the economy
SELLING LIKE HOT BRAKES Counterfeit automotive parts poses a number of risks, including safety risks as well as having a negative impact on the economy

New batteries launch for sector

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd January 2021 Following local automotive battery manufacturer AutoX’s 18-month research and development process at its manufacturing plant, in Port Elizabeth, the company launched its gel-based batteries for the local automotive industry at the end of last year. Vehicles, from passenger cars to commercial... 

POSITIVE FEEDBACK
AutoX launched its gel-based batteries for the local automotive industry at the end of last year, after the company received feedback from field trials
POSITIVE FEEDBACK AutoX launched its gel-based batteries for the local automotive industry at the end of last year, after the company received feedback from field trials

Green energy a macroeconomic imperative, says VW’s Kamuhinda

By: Irma Venter     22nd January 2021 Green technology, electric cars included, are coming to Africa not just because of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, but because Africa has a problem of energy supply, says Volkswagen Africa business development director Serge Kamuhinda. “For a country like Rwanda, fuel imports account for 12%... 

New-vehicle sales down 29.1% in ‘extraordinary year’ – Naamsa

By: Irma Venter     22nd January 2021 An “extraordinary year” that brought “unprecedented challenges” to South Africa’s economy has seen new-vehicle sales decline by 29.1%, says the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa). This follows a 2.8% drop in sales in 2019. 

Volvo Group and Daimler Truck sign agreement for new fuel cell JV

By: Irma Venter     22nd January 2021 The Volvo Group and Daimler Truck have signed a binding agreement for a joint venture (JV) to develop, produce and commercialise fuel cell systems for use in heavy-duty trucks as the primary focus, as well as other applications.  Both partners say they hope to make the new company a leading... 

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

By: Irma Venter     22nd January 2021 Japanese carmaker 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, last year.  

NAACAM, members demonstrate innovation, resilience in challenging year 

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd January 2021 The detrimental effects of the Covid-19 pandemic compelled many local companies in the automotive component manufacturing industry to re-evaluate the manner in which they operated this year. Local automotive component manufacturer association, the National Association of Automotive Components and... 

NAACAM, members demonstrate innovation, resilience in challenging year
NAACAM 41st AGM 1 December 2020

Motus sharpens aim at used-car market with launch of Motus Select

By: Irma Venter     21st January 2021 The JSE-listed Motus group has kicked off the year with the launch of Motus Select, which replaces the long-standing Imperial Select as the retail motor group’s pre-owned vehicle brand. Traditionally Motus Select was the used-car brand for only the Motus Hyundai, Kia and Renault multifranchise... 

Motus sharpens aim at used-car market with launch of Motus Select

Peugeot Citroen South Africa takes over local Opel distribution 

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2021 Peugeot Citroen 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) in 2017 sold Opel to the French PSA group, which owns, among others, the Peugeot, Vauxhall and Citroën brands. 

The new Opel Corsa
The new Opel Corsa

Suzuki sets new record even as local market tumbles

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2021 Despite the overall domestic new-vehicle market contracting by 29.1% last year, Suzuki Auto South Africa (SASA) and its 71 dealers celebrated its most successful year yet since the launch of the Japanese small-car specialist in the local market. SASA grew its sales by 6.7% in 2020, to 16 527... 

The S-Presso
The S-Presso

Knapp appointed as head of Volkswagen passenger cars in South Africa 

By: Irma Venter     18th January 2021 Steffen Knapp has been appointed to head the Volkswagen passenger car brand in South Africa.  He replaces Martina Biene. 

Steffen Knapp 
Steffen Knapp 

Study points to ‘cutting-edge’ South African firms in lithium-ion value chain  

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2021 A study into the possible development of a lithium-ion (li-ion) battery value chain in South Africa has just been completed. The study was undertaken by Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS), on behalf of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC). It was funded by the... 

Volvo Trucks to test LNG trucks for possible South African debut 

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2021 Volvo Trucks Southern Africa has brought two liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks to South Africa to test their performance under local conditions.  The trucks have specifically been developed for heavy regional and long-haul operations. 

Motus launches its own digital vehicle marketplace

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2021 The JSE-listed Motus group has launched its own digital vehicle marketplace, called motus.cars. This platform ties together all the Motus business entities in one digital location, with the aim to provide a simplified online shopping experience.  

South African-made MellowVan ready for global roll-out this year

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2021 The South African conceived and developed MellowVan will enter commercial production in 2021, says MellowCabs founder Neil du Preez. The electric three-wheeler, aimed at the last-mile delivery market, is currently the subject of a number of advanced large-scale proof-of-concept projects with... 

Nissan to launch small Magnite SUV in local market

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2021 Japanese carmaker Nissan has confirmed that it will bring the newly launched Magnite sports-utility vehicle (SUV) to the local market early in 2021. Pricing will only be announced nearer to the domestic launch, however. 

AIDC EC appoints new CEO

By: Irma Venter     14th January 2021 The Automotive Industry Development Centre Eastern Cape (AIDC EC) has appointed a new CEO. Thabo Shenxane joins the AIDC EC from his position as trade, investment and innovation head at the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC).  

Thabo Shenxane 
Thabo Shenxane 

Live Company and Messe Frankfurt SA partner for Cape Town eMobility Festival  

By: Irma Venter     14th January 2021 Live Company Group has announced that it has, via E-Movement Holdings, a 100% subsidiary of Live Company Group, partnered with Messe Frankfurt South Africa for the launch of the eMobility Festival 2021. The eMobility Festival will focus on electric vehicles of all kinds, the future of e-mobility... 

Live Company and Messe Frankfurt SA partner for Cape Town eMobility Festival 

UCT launches open-access, African-centric research platform 

By: Sane Dhlamini     12th January 2021 University of Cape Town Libraries director of research and learning services Dr Reggie Raju revealed on Tuesday, the institute’s newly developed continental platform for open access publishing in Africa. The African research community can now create and share its own scholarly content – open... 

UCT launches open-access, African-centric research platform

Mercedes-Benz integrates its front-of-car technology into one single AI screen  

By: Irma Venter     12th January 2021 From a manual radio, to a single in-car touch screen, to a large, easy to operate, curved 141-cm screen that reaches from one side of the car to the other. Also add to this the fact that the system is willing to learn through the use of artificial intelligence (AI).  This is the evolution of the... 

Digital designer Vera Schmidt with the hyperscreen
Digital designer Vera Schmidt with the hyperscreen

AIH to open sequencing centre in East London in April, Tshwane to follow 

By: Irma Venter     12th January 2021 Automotive Investment Holdings (AIH) will open its first sequencing centre (SC) at the East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ) in April, says group CEO Corrie Kotzé. The 5 300 m2 facility will support new C-Class production at the Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) plant, set to start in... 

The sequencing centre in East London
The sequencing centre in East London
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