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Covid-19 taking heavy toll on retail market, dealerships, says NADA 

By: Irma Venter     29th October 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has seen six amalgamations between dealerships from April 1 to September 30, as well as the sale of 19 dealerships and the closure of 38 dealerships among the members of the National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA), the association’s national director Gary McCraw... 

Gautrain to complete electric bus pilot project by end-2021  

By: Irma Venter     27th October 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... 

Gautrain to complete electric bus pilot project by end-2021
Tshepo Kgobe

Africa a dumping ground for polluting, unsafe used cars, reveals UN report 

By: Irma Venter     27th October 2020 Millions of used cars, vans and minibuses exported from Europe, the US and Japan to the developing world are of poor quality, while they also contribute significantly to air pollution, thereby hindering efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change, states a new report published by the United... 

Africa a dumping ground for polluting, unsafe used cars, reveals UN report

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

By: Irma Venter     26th October 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. 

Cape Town’s largest bus company becomes a net exporter of green energy 
The solar farm at Golden Arrow

Nissan to launch small Magnite SUV in local market in 2021

By: Irma Venter     23rd October 2020 Japanese car maker Nissan has confirmed that it will bring the newly launched Magnite sports-utility vehicle (SUV) to the local market early next year. Pricing will only be announced nearer to the domestic launch, however. 

Nissan to launch small Magnite SUV in local market in 2021

Increased safety for heavy-duty vehicles

23rd October 2020 Industrial products provider BMG’s comprehensive portfolio of Nord-Lock bolt securing products, includes robust wheel nuts, designed to safely secure wheel joints on both on-road and heavy-duty vehicles – even under severe conditions. “Safe wheel assemblies rely on a high clamp load. Loss of... 

Increased safety for heavy-duty vehicles
A TIGHT HOLD Loss of clamp load leads to movement between the clamped parts in the joint, causing rotation and loosening of the wheel nut

Gloves on offer locally

By: Halima Frost     23rd October 2020 Wholesale personal protective equipment (PPE) and industrial consumables supplier G.Fox has added the patented nitrile Grippaz gloves to its PPE portfolio in the second quarter of this year. The specially formulated gloves combine household gloves and disposable exam glove technology, which makes... 

Gloves on offer locally
GAINLY GRIP The Grippaz glove offers better 'grip-ability' as well as more comfort for the user

Tax breaks, grey import probe needed to revive car market – Naamsa

By: Irma Venter     23rd October 2020 As many European countries reintroduce lockdown measures to deal with a second wave of Covid-19, South Africa’s vehicle exports to these markets are “increasingly under pressure”, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) CEO Mike Mabasa. The European Union,... 

SA’s biggest vehicle export market records worst September in century

By: Irma Venter     23rd October 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has seen South Africa’s biggest new-vehicle export market suffer its worst September sales month this century. According to the UK’s Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, there were only 328 041 new registrations in what is normally the UK’s second most important sales... 

Suzuki defies Covid-19 as it sets new sales record

By: Irma Venter     23rd October 2020 Despite the havoc Covid-19 is wreaking on the domestic economy, Suzuki Auto South Africa (Suzuki SA) set a new sales record in September, retailing 1 787 cars, sports-utility vehicles and commercial vehicles. In doing so, the local arm of the Japanese small-carmaker shattered its previous sales... 

Numsa to picket at RMI, Mibco offices

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd October 2020 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) will hold a march to all the offices of the Retail Motor Industry (RMI) on October 27 to hand over memorandums of demands at each venue. The RMI is an employer body representing many component manufacturers in the automotive industry.  

Numsa to picket at RMI, Mibco offices

Finance agreement volumes and vehicle prices on the up, says TransUnion 

By: Irma Venter     22nd October 2020 The South African car market showed signs of resilience in the third quarter of the year as it bounced back from an all-time-low second quarter to record month-on-month increases in the number of new and used cars financed in August and September, this according to the latest TransUnion South... 

Finance agreement volumes and vehicle prices on the up, says TransUnion
Kriben Reddy

Used-car market recovering faster than new-car sales, says Toyota 

By: Irma Venter     21st October 2020 Pre-owned-vehicle sales are recovering faster than new-vehicle sales, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM). The local arm of the Japanese manufacturer believes the domestic new-vehicle market is going to remain subdued for the remainder of the year owing to the impact of Covid-19 on the local... 

Used-car market recovering faster than new-car sales, says Toyota

GWM’s new P Series bakkie set for November local launch

By: Irma Venter     19th October 2020 Haval Motors South Africa (HMSA) has announced that the GWM P Series bakkie will make its local debut in late November. HMSA says the P Series will be available in 16 derivatives in South Africa and other countries in the Southern African Development Community, including single and double cabs,... 

GWM’s new P Series bakkie set for November local launch

Toyota, Denyo develop fuel-cell power-supply vehicle

By: Irma Venter     16th October 2020 Japanese vehicle manufacturer Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) and Denyo have announced that they have jointly developed a fuel-cell power-supply vehicle.  Denyo, a manufacturer of mobile generators, will work with Toyota to start verification tests with the aim of commercialising the truck. 

Toyota, Denyo develop fuel-cell power-supply vehicle

BMW SA signs new charge point deal with GridCars

By: Irma Venter     16th October 2020 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) has appointed GridCars as its official electric vehicle (EV) charge point operator, with effect from September 1. The local arm of the German manufacturer says the responses from existing BMW i3 drivers were considered before the conclusion of a new three-year... 

Isuzu delays D-Max bakkie launch to 2022 amid Covid uncertainty

By: Irma Venter     16th October 2020 Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSA) has postponed the launch of its new-generation D-Max bakkie from 2021 to the first half of 2022, says IMSA technical operations senior VP Dominic Rimmer. “Our next-generation bakkie programme remains a top priority for the South African market and has the ongoing... 

Cartrack reports profit growth, despite Covid-19 disrupting its growth ambitions 

By: Irma Venter     14th October 2020 Covid-19 was like getting a puncture when you are driving really fast on the highway, says Cartrack CEO Zak Calisto. “We were ready to grow in the 2021 financial year, and we still got growth, but not quite what we anticipated, or what we had planned for, but our economies of scale allowed us to... 

Cartrack reports profit growth, despite Covid-19 disrupting its growth ambitions
Zak Calisto

John Moffat Prolock awarded face-shield tender 

By: Irma Venter     12th October 2020 Johannesburg-based John Moffat Prolock (JMP) has been awarded a contract to supply government hospitals in Gauteng with its locally manufactured face shields. JMP executive director Jerome Govender says the company is facing decreased off-take of its normal products owing to Covid-19, and... 

John Moffat Prolock awarded face-shield tender
JMP factory manager Leon le Roux, Govender and Rootman

Green energy a macro-economic imperative, says VW’s Kamuhinda 

By: Irma Venter     12th October 2020 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%... 

Green energy a macro-economic imperative, says VW’s Kamuhinda

Gauteng inland port developer takes legal steps to halt ‘irrational’ road realignments needed to unlock Tambo-Springs hub 

By: Terence Creamer     12th October 2020 The developer of a private inland port in southern Gauteng, known as Distribution Junxion Port of Gauteng, has initiated legal action against the provincial administration in a bid to prevent it from implementing road infrastructure developments required to facilitate the construction of a... 

Gauteng inland port developer takes legal steps to halt ‘irrational’ road realignments needed to unlock Tambo-Springs hub
Map showing the location of Distribution Junxion Port of Gauteng and Tambo-Springs Logistics Gateway in relation to the road and rail networks in the region.

SA’s biggest new-vehicle export market records worst September this century

By: Irma Venter     9th October 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has seen South Africa’s biggest new-vehicle export market suffer its worst September sales month this century. According to the UK’s Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, there were only 328 041 new registrations in what is normally the UK’s second most important sales... 

SA’s biggest new-vehicle export market records worst September this century

Bidvest International Logistics launches road-freight management portal

By: Irma Venter     9th October 2020 Bidvest International Logistics (BIL) has launched a new road-freight portal that will allow clients to manage deliveries from start to end.  “It takes away the pain of having to procure transport service providers and still manage them,” says BIL road freight director Marcus Ellappan. 

Bidvest International Logistics launches road-freight management portal

Electric trucks on the radar for South Africa, says Daimler 

By: Irma Venter     9th October 2020 There is “definitely a demand for alternative drive vehicles in South Africa”, although the diesel engine, or internal combustion engine, will continue to play an important role in the local transport industry, says Daimler Trucks Southern Africa product management head Christo Kleynhans. “We... 

Electric trucks on the radar for South Africa, says Daimler

Total adds fuel-cell truck maker to alternative energy bets

By: Bloomberg     9th October 2020 Total is making an investment as part of a small funding round in US fuel-cell truck startup Hyzon Motors, an effort by the French oil giant to boost development of cleaner energy sources. The strategic investment was made by the company’s venture-capital arm, Total Carbon Neutrality Ventures,... 

Motus sees new-vehicle market of 420 000-plus in 2021

By: Irma Venter     9th October 2020 Vehicle retail, rental, aftermarket and import group Motus believes that the new-vehicle market could reach between 420 000 and 440 000 units in 2021, up from the expected 350 000 to 380 000 units this year. The decline expected this year in the new-vehicle market, compared with 2019 (when it... 

OneLogix’s profit dips for the first time in 11 years as ‘listless economy’, Covid-19 take toll

By: Irma Venter     9th October 2020 Logistics group OneLogix reported a profit decline for the first time in 11 years, owing largely to the listless domestic economy and the ramifications of the worldwide Covid-19 lockdown, says CEO Ian Lourens. “We faced a very poor economic environment in the first ten months and then Covid hit... 

Auto industry’s EV roadmap aims to accelerate sales and production

By: Irma Venter     9th October 2020 South Africa needs to kick-start the production of electric vehicles (EVs), while it also needs to sell more EVs. This was the single most important recommendation from a Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies report on ‘Harnessing EVs for Industrial Development in South Africa’, released earlier... 

Auto industry’s EV roadmap aims to accelerate sales and production

Suzuki defies effects of Covid-19 as it sets new sales record

By: Irma Venter     8th October 2020 Despite the havoc Covid-19 is wreaking on the domestic economy, Suzuki Auto South Africa (Suzuki SA) set a new sales record in September, retailing 1 787 cars, sports-utility vehicles and commercial vehicles. In doing so, the local arm of the Japanese small-car maker shattered its previous sales... 

Suzuki defies effects of Covid-19 as it sets new sales record

Covid-19 to take 28% bite out of new-vehicle sales in Africa, says AAAM 

By: Irma Venter     8th October 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 to take 28% bite out of new-vehicle sales in Africa, says AAAM

Naamsa, Messe Frankfurt to host auto conference in November 

By: Irma Venter     6th October 2020 Messe Frankfurt South Africa is partnering with the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) in a virtual engagement session on Wednesday, November 18, to probe the way forward for the local and global motor industry.  This event will be staged in association with... 

Toyota replaces popular Etios with new Starlet

By: Irma Venter     6th October 2020 In August last year, Toyota and Suzuki announced a formal alliance between the two carmakers in order “to leverage each other’s strengths and compete in the evolving global vehicle market”.  Toyota’s expertise in hybrid technology and autonomous driving would be of benefit to Suzuki, while Toyota... 

Toyota replaces popular Etios with new Starlet
The Toyota Starlet

New-vehicle sales down 24%, rental companies, govt return to market

By: Irma Venter     2nd October 2020 Total South African new-vehicle sales declined by 23.9% in September, to 37 403 units, compared with the 49 140 vehicles sold in the same month last year. The new-passenger-car market fell by 31.2%, to 22 798 units. 

New-vehicle sales down 24%, rental companies, govt return to market

Tax breaks, grey import probe needed to grow local car market, says Naamsa   

By: Irma Venter     2nd October 2020 As many European countries reintroduce lockdown measures to deal with a second wave of Covid-19, South Africa’s vehicle exports to these markets are “increasingly under pressure”, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) CEO Mike Mabasa. The European Union,... 

Tax breaks, grey import probe needed to grow local car market, says Naamsa 
Mike Mabasa

Government support for automotive manufacturing sector must ‘embrace’ EVs, says uYilo

By: Irma Venter     2nd October 2020 The supporting policy driving vehicle manufacturing in South Africa needs to “evolve and embrace electric vehicles (EVs)” in order for the country to fully adopt the technology, says uYilo eMobility Programme director Hiten Parmar. “It should be clearly defined, incentivising multinational... 

Electric Mini to debut on local shores in fourth quarter

By: Irma Venter     2nd October 2020 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) will launch South Africa’s fourth electric vehicle (EV) in the fourth quarter of this year, when the Mini SE will make its local debut. The Mini SE follows the new style of EVs, where a known model is turned into an electric car, and the vehicle is not manufactured... 

EV demand will spark lithium mining reinvention

By: Bloomberg     30th September 2020 Lithium producers must reinvent mining methods for the key metal used in rechargeable batteries to meet rising demand from the electric-vehicle industry, according to Standard Lithium’s top executive. “The industry’s going to have some challenges as higher purity lithium compounds are required --... 

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