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Automotive News

Tax cut on offer for zero-emission drivers

8th February 2002 Consumers who buy petrol-electric hybrid vehicles in the next seven years would get up to $4 000 in tax credits under President George W Bush’s proposed budget, while buyers of fuel-cell vehicles could get up to $8 000. 

Study to make Italian pick-ups in South Africa

5th February 2002 Vehicle manufacturer Fiat Auto South Africa aims to build the Strada pick-up in this country by 2004. 

SA vehicles sales rise on pre-emptive buying

5th February 2002 South African new vehicle sales rose 8,7% in the year to January on pre-emptive buying ahead of expected price hikes, but negative growth was expected in the coming months, manufacturers said. 

Taxi recap plan still in reverse?

4th February 2002 It seems to have disappeared in the bureaucratic void specially reserved for struggling government projects, to now only be quietly muttered about as such as a good idea at the time, but political suicide should it continue. 

Study on to make Italian pick-ups in SA

By: Irma Venter     1st February 2002 Vehicle manufacturer Fiat Auto South Africa aims to manufacture the Strada pick-up in this country by 2004. 

Taxi recap plan still in reverse?

By: Irma Venter     1st February 2002 It seems to have disappeared in the bureaucratic void specially reserved for struggling government projects, to now only be quietly muttered about as such as a good idea at the time, but political suicide should it continue. 

Nine stations planned for Gauteng bullet

30th January 2002 The Gauteng provincial government has announced the location of the nine stations for the proposed speed-train link between Johannesburg and Pretoria, as well as Sandton and the Johannesburg International Airport. 

Japanese carmaker announces R3,5bn capex plan

29th January 2002 Car manufacturer Toyota South Africa is finally joining the ranks of significant automotive exporters with its R3,5-billion projected capital expenditure (capex) over the next five years. 

Export growth over three years makes SA automaker a winner

By: nkolola halwindi     25th January 2002 Automotive manufacturer BMW South Africa has recorded a 936% export growth since 1998, reports corporate communications manager Julie Humphreys. 

W Cape seat-trim maker finding global markets

25th January 2002 Automotive seat trim manufacturer Extrusa, of Atlantis in the Western Cape, has grown from a five-staff operation five years ago to a supplier exporting to vehicle manufacturers in Japan and Australia as well as Malaysia and Singapore. 

Auto cable harness contract awarded

25th January 2002 The South African arm of an international vehicle manufacturer has awarded a local company with contract to manufacture and supply niche automotive components. 

Auto seminar to focus best practice

25th January 2002 Two important topics will be on the agenda at an automotive industry seminar to be held next month. International best practice criteria and digital loyalty networks will be discussed by automotive industry specialists from Deloitte & Touche. 

Stainless-steel parts firm targets global car market

25th January 2002 Specialists in the manufacture of stainless-steel components Maxe Stainless Steel has established itself as a supplier of quality stainless steel products to the South African and European automotive industries. 

Jo'burg to get 200 new buses by May

By: Irma Venter     18th January 2002 By May this year, 200 new buses will grace the streets of Johannesburg in a R270-million contract to refurbish the ageing Metrobus public transport fleet. 

SA built 269 000 cars last year

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     18th January 2002 South African auto makers built 269 000 passenger cars worth R31-billion last year, 94 000 of which were absorbed by the expanding export market. 

R105m press line for Rosslyn

18th January 2002 Steel supplier Trident is investing R105-million in a state-of-the-art blanking press line at its Rosslyn facility. 

Container giants leaving South Africa high and dry

By: Keith Campbell     18th January 2002 SA ports are quite unable to handle the new giant post Panamax container ships now in service – worldwide these ships are forcing harbour construction at established or new sites. 

Bush puts weight behind fuel-cell

11th January 2002 The Bush administration is walking away from a $1,5-billion eight-year government-subsidised project to develop high-mileage petrol-fuelled vehicles. Instead it is throwing its support behind a plan that the Energy Department and the auto industry have devised to develop hydrogen-based fuel cells... 

Japanese automaker to join SA export push

By: Irma Venter     14th December 2001 With a major export thrust on the cards, Toyota South Africa looks set to finally join the ranks of significant automotive exporters. 

Bids invited for East London–Umtata rail link

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     14th December 2001 The planned East London–Umtata railway line project, in the Eastern Cape, edged closer to implementation late last month, when the province’s Transport Department invited local and international firms to submit bids for preliminary designs, incremental detailed designs for priority... 

Weak currency will lead to 20% hike in car prices

10th December 2001 The South African rand’s steep depreciation across the board could push new vehicle prices higher by up to 20% next year, stunting the industry’s growth prospects, manufacturers said. 

35 trailers for timber industry

7th December 2001 MOSSEL Bay engineering and transportation solution company John Daniel Containers (JDC) has been awarded a R14-million contract for the supply of 35 trailers and the fitment of truck bodies which will be used in the timber transport industry. 

R2bn investment by German automaker

4th December 2001 German luxury carmaker BMW South Africa announced that it would invest two-billion rands on upgrading its plant following a decision by BMW in Munich, which will see future BMW models being built at its Rosslyn manufacturing plant, near Pretoria. 

Local leather for high-performance Italian cars

30th November 2001 Two of Italy’s top leather companies Mario Levi and Ambra Leather have, in joint venture, opened a R39-million automotive leather plant in Uitenhage, Eastern Cape. 

Association in IT overhaul

23rd November 2001 The Automobile Association of South Africa has awarded a R4-million information technology (IT) project to business solutions provider 3fifteen as part of a strategic plan to enhance customer focus and profitability. 

US knife-gate valves arrive in South Africa

By: Deborah Spicer     16th November 2001 A new range of knife-gate valves became available to the paper and pulp, mining, steel, sugar, automotive and sewerage and effluent industries two months ago. 

Multimedia car

By: Karel Smrcka     16th November 2001 Multimedia, Internet, electronic organizers, personal digital assistants, home and office personal computers (PCs) – these electronic communication terms are today’s buzzwords. 

E Cape becomes truck-testing hub

By: Irma Venter     16th November 2001 While truck production ceased at DaimlerChrysler’s East London plant in 1999, the testing department keeps hitting the tar. 

Overarching regional strategy embraced

By: Deborah Spicer     16th November 2001 Regional co-operation and integration was seen as one of the central pillars of Africa’s economic development when the concept of the African Renaissance started being fleshed out three years ago. 

Rolling-stock contract creates 100 jobs

9th November 2001 The Rolling Stock Division (RSD) of Dorbyl group has entered into a contract, valued at R25-million, with Bombardier Transportation SA for the upgrading of 88 Class 5M2A suburban coaches, made up of 22 motor coaches and 66 trailer coaches. 

South African-made German cars

By: Zonika Botha     2nd November 2001 Leading luxury motor vehicle manufacturer BMW SA holds 8% of the local automotive industry’s marketshare. This figure is 6% higher than other BMW subsidiaries’ performances around the world, and 2% higher than in Germany itself. 

Africa a target for Brazilian cars

By: Keith Campbell     2nd November 2001 AFRICA is one of the potential export markets being considered by the Brazilian automotove industry following the downturn in their domestic market. 

Plan to grow local bike market

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     2nd November 2001 The Department of Transport is spearheading a nationwide project that should see bicycles, long-neglected by planners, becoming a significant feature of South Africa’s transport landscape within the next few years. 

BEE firms in Jhb airport upgrade

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     2nd November 2001 The concrete structure of the new domestic terminal being built at Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) is on schedule for completion next month, and kitting it out will take another year. 

Transnet 'end state' document awaited

By: Keith Campbell     19th October 2001 IT is highly unlikely that any significant announcement on the restructuring of Transnet will be made before the end of the year. 

Firm fixes sights on exports

By: Zonika Botha     12th October 2001 With a turnover of R64-million, Nedschroef Johannesburg of the East Rand is the largest automotive fasteners manufacturer in South Africa. 

Auto steel firm moves downstream

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     12th October 2001 The erstwhile loss-making automotive-related business of Baldwins Steel, off-loaded in January, is aiding its new owner, steel merchant and processing company Trident Steel, to achieve its objective of moving up the beneficiation chain. 

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