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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... 

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

Automaker notes industry decline, expands African footprint

By: Mamaili Mamaila     20th November 2020 Global automotive company Isuzu Motors South Africa – a subsidiary of Isuzu Motors Limited – expects that domestic vehicle sales will decline by around 30% this year, compared with those of 2019. 

Automaker notes industry decline, expands  African footprint
BILLY TOM Isuzu has maintained its number one position in Kenya, to which it exports semi-knocked down bakkies

Rough road ahead for VUCA-plagued trucking industry

20th November 2020 It is going to take at least five years for South Africa’s economy to recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, says Road Freight Association (RFA) chief executive Gavin Kelly. 

Rough road ahead  for VUCA-plagued trucking industry
DRIVING LEGITIMACY Road freight operators should transport efficiently, safely and refuse to operate in non-sustainable circumstances

Eastern Cape’s Localisation Supermarket sees healthy uptake

By: Irma Venter     20th November 2020 Local companies have made bids to produce 25% of the automotive parts listed in the Automotive Industry Development Centre Eastern Cape’s (AIDC EC’s) Localisation Supermarket. The Localisation Supermarket is both a physical showcase and online catalogue of automotive components that are currently... 

Next year could see local auto industry regain some momentum

By: Irma Venter     20th November 2020 Next year could see the local automotive industry regain some momentum in terms of domestic sales, exports and production, but it will not manage to claw back all of the losses recorded in a Covid-19-hit 2020. The newest National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa)... 

New-vehicle sales down 25.4% year-on-year in October

By: Irma Venter     20th November 2020 Total South African new-vehicle sales declined by 25.4% in October, to 38 752 units, compared with the 51 968 vehicles sold in the same month last year. The new-passenger-car market also fell by 25.4%, to 26 793 units.  

New head for BMW SA as Tim Abbott leaves group but remains in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     20th November 2020 South African-born Peter van Binsbergen has been appointed as the new CEO of BMW Group South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa (BMW SA). He replaces outgoing CEO Tim Abbott. Van Binsbergen, who will take up his new position on January 1, started his career with the BMW Group more than 25 years ago,... 

Nissan to set up new assembly facility in Ghana with Japan Motors 

By: Irma Venter     19th November 2020 Nissan has appointed Japan Motors Trading as its local partner in setting up a new vehicle assembly facility in Accra, Ghana. The appointment flows from a 2018 memorandum of understanding signed between Nissan and the government of Ghana. 

Nissan to set up new assembly facility in Ghana with Japan Motors
The new Nissan Navara

NADA calls on Transport Minister to address licensing department backlogs 

By: Irma Venter     19th November 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... 

NADA calls on Transport Minister to address licensing department backlogs

Britain to ban new petrol cars and vans by 2030 on road to net zero emissions

By: Reuters     18th November 2020 Britain will move up a ban on new petrol and diesel cars and vans to 2030 and is eyeing 250 000 new jobs as part of a green industrial revolution, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said as he tries to meet Britain's net zero emissions climate target. Johnson is seeking to show his government is on... 

Brabus armoured G-Class now available in South Africa 

By: Irma Venter     16th November 2020 Local vehicle armouring specialist, SVI Engineering, has been appointed as the  official distributor of Brabus Automotive armoured products in Africa, starting with the Invicto Mercedes-Benz G-Class range, says SVI Engineering business development manager Nicol Louw. 

Brabus armoured G-Class now available in South Africa

South African-made MellowVan ready for global rollout in 2021 

By: Irma Venter     16th November 2020 The South African conceived and developed MellowVan will enter commercial production next year, 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... 

South African-made MellowVan ready for global rollout in 2021
The MellowVan

Battery electric vehicles poised for future growth, says Lux

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th November 2020 Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) are poised to be the future of the automotive industry, posits a new report from Lux Research, titled 'Electric Vehicle Lightweighting 2030', which analyses the future of vehicle lightweighting and necessary BEV success factors over the next decade. In the past,... 

Solar roll-out at Ford start of project to be 100% energy self-sufficient by 2024 

By: Irma Venter     13th November 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 entirely... 

Solar roll-out at Ford start of project to be 100% energy self-sufficient by 2024

Africa new-vehicle sales to be 28% lower this year as pandemic bites

By: Irma Venter     13th November 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on new-vehicle sales in Africa, which are expected to drop from 1.16-million units in 2019, to a current forecast of 830 000 units this year, says African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) CEO Dave Coffey. “This is a 28% reduction, which is... 

Covid-19 taking heavy toll on dealerships, says NADA

By: Irma Venter     13th November 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has seen six amalgamations between dealerships from April 1 to September 30, as well as the sale of 19 others and the closure of a further 38 – all members of the National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) – the association’s national director, Gary McCraw, tells... 

Cape Town’s largest bus company now a net exporter of green energy 

By: Irma Venter     13th November 2020 Cape Town’s largest bus company, Golden Arrow Bus Services (GABS), has become a net exporter of electricity. This achievement is the culmination of a multiyear collaborative effort between Golden Arrow, New Southern Energy and the City of Cape Town. 

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