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Automotive News

Naamsa cautions domestic market not to lose competitiveness

By: Donna Slater     27th May 2021 naamsa The Automotive Business Council has welcomed the release of the Auto Green Paper on the advancement of so-called new energy vehicles (NEVs), which was published by the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) for public comment last week. The organisation notes, however, that... 

Barloworld's Southern African, Eurasian order books strong

By: Donna Slater     24th May 2021 Industrial processing, distribution and services company Barloworld reports that its industrial equipment and services division performed well in the six months ended March 31, despite challenges. Barloworld’s Equipment Southern Africa division delivered a solid performance despite lower mining... 

Barloworld group CEO Dominic Sewela
Barloworld group CEO Dominic Sewela

Naamsa assessing industry readiness to implement Competition Commission’s aftermarket guidelines 

By: Irma Venter     21st May 2021 Naamsa | the Automotive Business Council says the local automotive industry is assessing its state of readiness to implement the Automotive Aftermarket Guidelines on July 1. These Guidelines were published by the Competition Commission of South Africa on December 10 and aim to provide improved... 

Mikel Mabasa
Mikel Mabasa

Firms pledge R18m to help boost manufacturing in South Africa, rest of the continent

By: Irma Venter     21st May 2021 The advancement of manufacturing in South Africa and on the rest of the continent has received a boost from four South African manufacturers. JSE-listed groups Illovo Africa, Metair and The Foschini Group (TFG), as well as local vehicle manufacturer Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM), have pledged... 

Van Zyl back at TSAM to help plot company’s strategy 

By: Irma Venter     21st May 2021 Dr Johan van Zyl has stepped down as Toyota Motors Europe president and CEO, and has returned to Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) to serve as executive chairperson. Van Zyl was TSAM president and CEO, as well as Africa region CEO, before his departure for Europe six years ago.  

New guidelines to usher more SMMEs, black businesses into aftersales value chain

By: Irma Venter     21st May 2021 The newly drafted guidelines for the automotive aftermarket sector, set to take effect on July 1, will allow for the increased participation of small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs), and/or black-owned firms in South Africa’s aftersales value chain, says the Automotive Industry... 

April new-vehicle sales reveal continuing rebound, but supply glitches loom large

By: Irma Venter     21st May 2021 On paper, the South African new-vehicle market grew by an astounding 6 133.3% in April, compared with the same month last year. However, this is not a fair comparison, as South Africa was in a Covid-19-induced hard lockdown during April last year, with only 574 units sold for the entire month. 

Shoprite to expand solar-powered refrigeration fleet by 39 trucks 

By: Irma Venter     20th May 2021 The Shoprite Group will, by the end of June, have added 39 solar-powered refrigerated rigid trucks to its existing solar-powered fleet of 749 trailers, says group sustainability manager Sanjeev Raghubir. “It’s the first time we are adding solar-power nitrogen refrigerated rigid trucks to our... 

A Shoprite solar-powered refrigerated trailer
A Shoprite solar-powered refrigerated trailer

Glencore, CMOC and ERG to pilot blockchain solution for cobalt tracing

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th May 2021 Major metals and mining companies CMOC, Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) and Glencore are, in collaboration with battery material supplier Umicore, piloting ReISource – a solution to trace responsibly produced cobalt from the mine to the electric car. Re|Source has been designed to proactively... 

ASM cobalt operations in the DRC
ASM cobalt operations in the DRC

DTIC publishes draft green paper on electric vehicle production 

By: Irma Venter     18th May 2021 The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) has issued a Draft Green Paper on the Advancement of New-Energy Vehicles in South Africa. New-energy vehicles (NEVs) includes hybrids, battery electric vehicles (EVs) and fuel-cell vehicles. 

DTIC publishes draft green paper on electric vehicle production

Ford to help dealers speed up repairs through wearable tech

By: Irma Venter     14th May 2021 Ford South Africa is rolling out a new, high-tech approach to vehicle repairs at its dealerships. The local arm of the US car maker has already conducted a pilot study of the RealWear HMT-1 Hands-free Remote Collaboration Tool, which remotely connects Ford dealership technicians with the... 

Ford to help dealers speed up repairs through wearable tech

Solar minibuses for Africa? Data seen as key to green transport switch

By: Reuters     14th May 2021 As emissions from African transport surge, governments need to find ways to encourage a shift to cleaner, healthier electric vehicles, especially among the minibus and motorcycle taxis that dominate transport in many cities, researchers said on Thursday. Investment in generating more... 

Complete electrified truck fleets on the horizon

14th May 2021 With the start of sales of three new heavy-duty all-electric models this year, truck manufacturer Volvo Trucks believes the time is right for a rapid upswing in electrification of heavy road transport. This positive outlook is based on the ability of Volvo’s electric trucks to meet a broad... 

IT’S ELECTRIFYING Technology is developing rapidly and our ambition is also to make the long driving distances electrified
IT’S ELECTRIFYING Technology is developing rapidly and our ambition is also to make the long driving distances electrified

Manufacturer gears forth despite pandemic

By: Theresa Bhowan     14th May 2021 Amid ongoing research and development (R&D) of diesel engines for trucks and other vehicles, and the optimisation of engine emissions, US engine designer, manufacturer and distributor Cummins in South Africa was not immune to the Covid-19 pandemic. Cummins in South Africa partners with... 

TAKING STRIDES
Cummins in South Africa partners with original-equipment manufacturers as part of its R&D strategies
TAKING STRIDES Cummins in South Africa partners with original-equipment manufacturers as part of its R&D strategies

Silicone gasket maker for DIY and automotive repair market

By: Claire O'Reilly     14th May 2021 Industrial and do-it-yourself (DIY) adhesive producer Pratley’s latest innovation for cost-effective DIY and professional auto repairs, the Room Temperature Vulcanisation (RTV) silicone grey gasket maker, is ideal for use in the automotive repair market. 

DIY GASKET MAKER
The Pratley RTV Silicone Grey Gasket Maker is ideal for gasket making in the automotive repair market
DIY GASKET MAKER The Pratley RTV Silicone Grey Gasket Maker is ideal for gasket making in the automotive repair market

Electric car sales accelerated 41% last year, Europe now largest market

By: Irma Venter     14th May 2021 Global sales of electric cars grew by 41% last year, despite the shock of Covid-19, says the International Energy Agency (IEA) in its ‘Global Electric Vehicle Outlook 2021’ report. The IEA’s Jacopo Tattini, who coordinated the analysis of the sales data and the production of the report, says many... 

Mahindra SA opens new training centre

By: Irma Venter     14th May 2021 Mahindra South Africa (SA) has opened the doors to its new training centre in Centurion, Gauteng. The new centre more than doubles the available space of the previous facility.  

AA launches the first of many planned auto centres

By: Irma Venter     14th May 2021 The Automobile Association (AA) has opened its first AA Auto Centre, with the aim to “provide motorists with cost-effective, reliable and trusted services”. The centre is located in Strijdom Park, Johannesburg. 

Toyota unveils new BEV concept, sales to start in 2022

By: Irma Venter     14th May 2021 Toyota has unveiled a concept version of its forthcoming Toyota bZ4X, previewing the first in a series of zero-emission battery electric vehicles (BEVs) from the Japanese carmaker. Toyota says the bZ4X, a medium-size sports-utility vehicle (SUV) with all-wheel drive, is integral to Toyota’s... 

Hino South Africa upgrades its 300-Series

By: Irma Venter     13th May 2021 Hino South Africa (SA) has upgraded its 300-Series medium truck range, while adding some new features and realigning the model mix. The range now offers 13 derivatives, with a body and payload capability of between 3 390 kg and 5 950 kg, basically covering the 2.5 t, 3 t and 4 t markets. 

The new Hino 300 Crew Cab
The new Hino 300 Crew Cab

Tata International Africa signs JCB distribution agreement in Vietnam 

By: Irma Venter     13th May 2021 Tata International Africa (TIA) has signed an agreement with JCB to distribute JCB Construction Equipment in Vietnam, South East Asia. As of April 1, TIA has been selling and supporting the full line of JCB Construction Equipment through the Tata International dealer network in Vietnam, with the... 

Tata International Africa signs JCB distribution agreement in Vietnam 

Volvo SA prices first electric car at R1.2m; launches online store 

By: Irma Venter     12th May 2021 Volvo Car South Africa (Volvo SA) has announced local pricing for the Swedish brand’s first all-electric vehicle, the XC40 P8 Recharge sports-utility vehicle. Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge orders are being taken from this month. 

The Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge
The Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge

Vehicle exports decline by R27bn; component exports reach new record 

By: Irma Venter     11th May 2021 The value of total automotive exports from South African declined by R26-billion, or 12.9%, from the record R201.7-billion reported in 2019, to R175.7-billion in 2020.  This is according to the Automotive Industry Export Council’s newly released 2021 Automotive Export Manual. 

Norman Lamprecht
Norman Lamprecht

Vehicle prices increasing sharply – TransUnion 

By: Irma Venter     7th May 2021 The latest TransUnion South Africa Vehicle Pricing Index (VPI) reveals some bad news for prospective car buyers: new-vehicle prices rose by almost three times the current inflation rate in the first quarter of the year and are expected to continue increasing in coming months.  At the same time,... 

Vehicle prices increasing sharply – TransUnion

German machine tool industry sees 6% growth

7th May 2021 German Machine Tool Builders' Association (VDW) expects production in the German machine tool industry to grow by 6% to around €12.6-billion in 2021. VDW chairperson Dr Heinz-Jürgen Prokop states that improvements in the economy raises the willingness to invest. 

Drills designed for continuous use

7th May 2021 Pneumatic drills which are lightweight and compact, with enhanced ergonomics have been designed for continuous use in the most demanding industrial applications. This range of pneumatic drills – with high power-to-weight ratios – is available in pistol grip, inline and angle configurations, over... 

FIT FOR PURPOSE 
The company’s advanced tools are designed to meet the requirements of quality and safety critical installations
FIT FOR PURPOSE The company’s advanced tools are designed to meet the requirements of quality and safety critical installations

Automechanika postponed to next year

By: Irma Venter     7th May 2021 The sub-Saharan Africa trade fair for the automotive service industry is set to return to the Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec, from March 15 to 18, 2022. Automechanika Johannesburg is co-located with the Futuroad Expo, which is aimed at the truck, bus and commercial vehicle industry, as well as... 

Isuzu Motors SA funds cherry picker localisation

By: Irma Venter     7th May 2021 Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSAf) has issued an enterprise development grant of close to R500 000 for the localisation of an extended reach aerial platform, also known as a cherry picker in South Africa. The SLT 180 telescopic aerial platform will be developed and manufactured locally by Isuzu... 

Fleet management system to be installed on all Hino trucks

By: Irma Venter     7th May 2021 Full fleet management system Hino-Connect will from now on be installed as standard on the entire range of trucks offered by Hino South Africa (SA), including the Dyna, 300, 500 and 700 models. The project is a joint venture with mobility solutions provider Cartrack. 

Mahindra opens new parts warehouse in Gauteng

By: Irma Venter     7th May 2021 Mahindra South Africa has cut the ribbon on its new national parts warehouse in the Linbro Business Park, Gauteng. The new warehouse, situated near the intersection of the N1, M1 and N3 highways in Johannesburg, is about a third larger than Mahindra’s old Jet Park warehouse.  

2021 market to be determined by stock availability – Toyota, Hino 

By: Irma Venter     6th May 2021 The size of the South African new-vehicle market will be determined by the availability of stock this year, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) sales and marketing senior VP Leon Theron. “It’s a weird, weird year. The market is quite difficult to call. 

The new Hino 300
The new Hino 300

SA’s Supreme Spring and Ghana’s Springs and Bolts sign MoU 

By: Irma Venter     6th May 2021 The African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) has welcomed the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Supreme Spring, a subsidiary of JSE-listed group Metair, and Springs and Bolts, based in Ghana. Supreme Spring MD Mark Barley and Springs and Bolts CEO Derrick... 

The Supreme Spring, and Springs and Bolts teams at the South African facility
The Supreme Spring, and Springs and Bolts teams at the South African facility

SKF testing autonomous electric goods transport on public roads in Sweden

By: Schalk Burger     6th May 2021 Bearing and seal manufacturer SKF is testing a self-driving electric truck to transport goods on a public road between its factory and warehouse in Gothenburg, Sweden. It has partnered with Swedish transport technology company Einride. 

Johan van Zyl returns to Toyota SA to help plot company’s long-term strategy  

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2021 Dr Johan van Zyl has stepped down as Toyota Motors Europe president and CEO, and has returned to Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) to serve as executive chairperson. Van Zyl was TSAM president and CEO, as well as Africa region CEO, before his departure to Europe six years ago.  

Johan van Zyl
Johan van Zyl

New guidelines set to transform auto supply chain – AIDCEC 

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2021 The newly drafted guidelines for the automotive aftermarket sector, set to take effect on July 1, will allow for the increased participation of small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs), and/or black-owned firms in South Africa’s aftersales value chain, says the Automotive Industry... 

New guidelines set to transform auto supply chain – AIDCEC

IEA report outlines urgent need to accelerate investment in critical minerals needed to drive energy transitions 

By: Terence Creamer     5th May 2021 A new International Energy Agency (IEA) report is warning of a potential supply deficit for some of the ‘critical minerals’ needed to support a global shift in the energy system that is aligned with the Paris Climate Agreement, as well as the growing number of country commitments to cutting... 

IEA report outlines urgent need to accelerate investment in critical minerals needed to drive energy transitions

April new-vehicle sales show recovery is continuing, but supply problems loom large 

By: Irma Venter     4th May 2021 On paper, the South African new-vehicle market grew by an astounding 6 133.3% in April compared with the same month last year. However, this is not a fair comparison, as South Africa was in a hard Covid-19 induced lockdown during April last year, with only 574 units sold for the entire month. 

April new-vehicle sales show recovery is continuing, but supply problems loom large
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