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Automotive News

South Africa realigns auto incentives as it seeks to raise local content to 60% by 2035 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd November 2018 South Africa’s revamped automotive industry framework places local content at the centre of any future support for the industry, with government having set a target of raising local content from less than 40% currently to 60% by 2035. The local-content target is outlined in the newly released... 

WesBank departs Car of the Year, seeks ‘modernised’ approach to industry competitions  

By: Irma Venter     23rd November 2018 Vehicle and asset finance company WesBank is no longer the headline sponsor of the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists’ (SAGMJ’s) Car of the Year (COTY) competition. WesBank has sponsored the annual COTY competition for 32 consecutive years. There have been 33 COTY competitions to date. 

WesBank departs Car of the Year, seeks ‘modernised’ approach to industry competitions

BASF makes low-nickel wager amid scramble for battery metals

By: Reuters     23rd November 2018 German chemicals giant BASF is betting on a new recipe for electric car batteries which stretches the time between charges while cutting dependence on nickel to help shave costs and grab more of a growing market. It is part of flurry of activity in the sphere of cathodes materials, a major... 

Contract provides positive outlook for supplier

By: Halima Frost     23rd November 2018 Aftermarket specialists Transportation Components is aiming to double its capacity after being awarded a contract to supply truck-body manufacturer Henred Fruehauf with Duroline frictional material brake liners. The agreement, signed last month, was approved after Henred Fruehauf axles, fitted... 

Contract provides positive outlook for supplier
AGAINST THE GRAIN Frictional material brake liners affixed to the axle

New Euro 6-rated engine suited to buses and trucks

By: Halima Frost     23rd November 2018 Automotive engine manufacturer Cummins has added its ISL9 Euro 6 rated diesel engine to its offering, which is suited for buses and light to medium duty vehicles. With more than 2 000 units sold globally since its launch in September last year, the engine is lighter on fuel consumption and has a... 

New Euro 6-rated engine suited to  buses and trucks
SMALL ADMISSION The lighter engine gives off less emissions

JSE listing to unlock shareholder value, says Motus

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd November 2018 Motus Holdings, which was recently unbundled from Imperial Holdings, says its independent listing on the JSE enables improved strategic focus, operational efficiency and has unlocked shareholder value. Motus listed in the specialised retail sector of the JSE on Thursday, with a starting trade... 

JSE listing to unlock shareholder value, says Motus
Photo by Dylan Slater
Motus acting CEO Ockert Janse van Rensburg celebrates the JSE listing of Motus

Motus’ empowerment scheme lists on EESE

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd November 2018 Broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) scheme Ukhamba 2 on Thursday listed on the Equity Express Securities Exchange (EESE). Ukhamba 2 is JSE-listed Motus’ employment empowerment scheme. Motus was unbundled from Imperial Holdings earlier this year and listed on the JSE on Thursday.  

Cabinet approves extension of motor industry support programme to 2035 

By: Irma Venter     22nd November 2018 Cabinet announced on Thursday that it had approved the extension of the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) from 2021 to 2035. The government support programme for the domestic vehicle manufacturing industry was originally scheduled to come to an end in 2020. 

Cabinet approves extension of motor industry support programme to 2035

Risk of remote cyber control of vehicles growing, says cybersecurity firm VP 

By: Irma Venter     22nd November 2018 The risk of remote cyber control of vehicles is growing as more cars become constantly connected to the Internet via a cellular link, says Inside Secure strategy VP Asaf Ashkenazi. Inside Secure is a France-based mobile and connected devices security solutions provider. 

 Risk of remote cyber control of vehicles growing, says cybersecurity firm VP
Asaf Ashkenazi

Nissan ousts Ghosn as chair after arrest, NHK reports

By: Bloomberg     22nd November 2018 Nissan Motor’s board removed Carlos Ghosn as chairperson, the NHK reported, as the directors moved to contain the damage from the iconic executive’s shock arrest. Japan’s national broadcaster didn’t provide further details. A Nissan spokesman declined to comment. The board was meeting Thursday to... 

Datsun adds features to Go as competition heats up in entry-level market 

By: Irma Venter     21st November 2018 Datsun South Africa has sold just under 25 000 new Datsuns onto the local market since its launch in April 2014, says Datsun South Africa marketing manager Tessa Cooke. The revived entry-level Japanese brand has two products available in South Africa, namely the Go hatchback and the Go+... 

 Datsun adds features to Go as competition heats up in entry-level market
The refreshed Datsun Go

2018 new-vehicle sales, exports flat, but 2019 offers some hope, says Naamsa 

By: Irma Venter     20th November 2018 In its latest quarterly report, the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) says it expects South African new-vehicle sales to reach 558 000 units this year, inching up from last year’s 557 701 units. At this point in time, the association expects only a marginal... 

2018 new-vehicle sales, exports flat, but 2019 offers some hope, says Naamsa

Ford starts production of Raptor engine in Port Elizabeth 

By: Irma Venter     20th November 2018 The Ford Struandale engine plant, in Port Elizabeth, has started production of the new-generation diesel engines that are set to power the Ford Ranger Raptor and selected Ranger and Everest models that will be launched in the first half of 2019. The Port Elizabeth facility opened its doors in... 

Ford starts production of Raptor engine in Port Elizabeth

Nissan boss' downfall sparks questions about links to property deals

By: Bloomberg     20th November 2018 Almost 24 hours after Carlos Ghosn’s shock arrest, details are emerging of the alleged financial transgressions that have the auto industry titan facing jail-time in Japan, throwing the car alliance that he built into turmoil. Nissan Motor Co., one of three companies in the world’s biggest... 

Startup launches water-based fuel

By: Irma Venter     20th November 2018 An Australian-Israeli startup says it has found a way to use water to power fuel-cell vehicles. Electriq-Global, formerly known as Terragenic, has developed a fuel that comprises 60% water. The company says its technology extracts hydrogen from the water-based fuel, which is then harnessed to... 

Startup launches water-based fuel
Guy Michrowski

Automaker groups warn US tariffs will undermine new NAFTA deal

By: Reuters     16th November 2018 US automakers and parts suppliers on Thursday warned that President Donald Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs and threatened car tariffs would undermine the benefits of the new deal to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement, causing widespread job losses. At a wide-ranging hearing... 

VR reinventing education, training in organisations – BSC

By: Simone Liedtke     14th November 2018 Business Science Corporation (BSC) is reinventing itself as the world moves into the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and is focusing on the use of virtual reality (VR) as a cost-effective method of training people. Skills development and the inadequacies of traditional safety training remain... 

South Africa must consider charging strategies before investing in EVs

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th November 2018 South Africa needs to develop controlled charging strategies before it embarks on large-scale investment in electric vehicles (EVs), Council for Scientific and Industrial Research research engineer Paseka Mabina said during the South African Energy Efficiency Confederation conference, on... 

Motus about more than car sales, says acting CEO 

By: Irma Venter     14th November 2018 Motus is on track to list on the JSE on November 22, in the specialised retail sector, following the unbundling of the Imperial group into its two main businesses: Imperial Logistics and Motus, with the latter housing all of its automotive related activities. Imperial was, in fact, founded as a... 

Motus about more than car sales, says acting CEO
Ockert Janse van Rensburg

Strong relationship bodes well for boosting India/South Africa trade and investment

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th November 2018 South Africa and India already have a solid framework for strong relations, not least in the areas of trade and investment, Indian High Commissioner to South Africa (Ms) Ruchira Kamboj tells Engineering News Online. "India and South Africa are old friends and historical partners," she highlights.... 

Electrifying the world no panacea for global warming, IEA says  

By: Bloomberg     13th November 2018 Driving electric cars and scrapping your natural gas-fired boiler won’t make a dent in global carbon emissions, and may even increase pollution levels. Higher electrification may lead to oil demand peaking by 2030, but any reduction in emissions from the likes of electric vehicles will be offset... 

Carmakers lure ride-hailer, delivery drivers in Africa

By: Reuters     9th November 2018 At Suzuki Motor Corp's showroom in the Kenyan capital, hundreds of its Alto compact cars are waiting to be collected. Most of the customers are drivers for ride-hailing company Uber Technologies, which struck a loans and discount deal with the Japanese carmaker and South Africa's Stanbic Bank, at... 

Toyota, VW developing seven black component suppliers, says DTI’s Davies 

By: Irma Venter     9th November 2018 Seven black-owned automotive component suppliers are currently undergoing an 18-month training programme, with the aim of supplying some of South Africa’s vehicle manufacturing plants in future, says Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies. Responding to a question in Parliament this week, he... 

 Toyota, VW developing seven black component suppliers, says DTI’s Davies
Dr Rob Davies

Allied Steelrode launches second stretcher leveller to meet growing demand 

By: Simone Liedtke     8th November 2018 As a result of increasing demand for stretched and flattened steel, local steel supplier and processing company Allied Steelrode on Thursday launched a second stretcher leveller at its Midvaal-based facility for the production of Allied Steelrode Stretcher Material (ASSM). Having the stresses of... 

Allied Steelrode launches second stretcher leveller to meet growing demand
Allied Steelrode executive director Warne Rippon and group CE Arun Chadha speak to Engineering News Online about the company’s most recent purchase, a second stretcher leveler, as well as some of the company’s corporate social investments in the Midvaal area. Video & Editing: Nicholas Boyd

Opel Adam, Honda Civic Sedan come out tops in SA vehicle quality survey

By: Irma Venter     8th November 2018 The Opel Adam has walked away as the best quality passenger car in South Africa’s 2017 Ipsos Vehicle Quality Survey (VQS), followed by the Honda Civic sedan and the Audi A3 sedan. At the bottom of the 50-vehicle-strong pile are the Datsun Go Plus, Renault Kwid and Ford Focus ST hatch. 

 Opel Adam, Honda Civic Sedan come out tops in SA vehicle quality survey

Nissan signs deal to build assembly plant in Ghana

By: Reuters     6th November 2018 Japanese automaker Nissan signed a preliminary deal with Ghana on Tuesday to set up an assembly plant in the West African country, company officials and the government said. Nissan, which leads new car sales in Ghana with a 32% market share, plans to make Ghana its sales hub in West Africa, a... 

Merc’s first electric car to make SA debut in 2019

By: Irma Venter     5th November 2018 Mercedes-Benz’s first battery electric vehicle (EV) will make its debut in South Africa next year, with sales to start in 2020, says Mercedes-Benz Cars South Africa marketing director Selvin Govender. The special edition EQC models to hit the road in 2019 will serve to create awareness for... 

Merc’s first electric car to make SA debut in 2019
The Mercedes-Benz EQC

NCAP results give South African consumers insight into vehicle safety performance

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd November 2018 The Global New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) and the Automobile Association (AA) of South Africa’s second set of SaferCarsForAfrica crash tests, for four models sold in South Africa, was released on Friday, and revealed varying safety concerns and performance parameters for local customers.... 

NCAP results give South African consumers insight into vehicle safety performance
The Nissan NP300 during the NCAP crash test

Naamsa welcomes uptick in October new-vehicle sales

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st November 2018 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers South Africa (Naamsa) on Thursday said the latest domestic new-vehicle sales figures for October reflected an unexpected and welcome uptick of 1.7% to 51 866 units sold, which was largely supported by fairly strong growth in the various... 

Lessons on transforming manufacturing in India

By: Kim Cloete     31st October 2018 Transformational changes in manufacturing in India have been unpacked at the Lean Summit Africa 2018, in Cape Town, holding important lessons for ramping up efficiency and boosting competitiveness in South Africa. Takayuki Furuhashi, who is considered an international guru in the field of... 

Cartrack aims for a million-plus subscribers by 2020

By: Irma Venter     31st October 2018 Cartrack should truly reach economies of scale in the next 24 months, when the mobile asset management and asset recovery company should reach one-million global subscribers, says CEO Zak Calisto. Speaking in Johannesburg as he announced Cartrack’s financial results for the six months ended... 

Cartrack aims for a million-plus subscribers by 2020
Zak Calisto

Ekurhuleni BRT system extended to OR Tambo International

By: Schalk Burger     31st October 2018 The Ekurhuleni bus rapid transit (BRT) system, called Harambee, has been extended from Tembisa to OR Tambo International Airport, Ekurhuleni executive mayor Mzwandile Masina said at a media briefing at the Intercontinental Hotel, at the airport, on Wednesday. The Harambee project was part of the... 

HELLA South Africa to move head office to Coega SEZ

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th October 2018 In line with Germany-based lighting and electronics specialist HELLA’s decision to position its sub-Saharan African operations to serve as a gateway into Africa, HELLA Automotive South Africa (HELLA SA) will build a new R30-million operations hub in zone two of the Coega special economic zone... 

Former Audi CEO Stadler freed from jail in diesel emissions case

By: Bloomberg     30th October 2018 German judges allowed former Audi CEO Rupert Stadler to leave the jail where he’s been since June, while warning that there’s still strong evidence against him in a criminal probe over diesel-emission cheating. The 55-year-old was told not to contact any potential witnesses in the fraud... 

Natural gas cheaper than soaring diesel, petrol, says NGV Gas  

By: Irma Venter     30th October 2018 When compared with petrol, diesel and liquefied petroleum gas, compressed natural gas (CNG) is the most economic transport fuel, believes CNG group sales and marketing manager Wayne Williams. “On 26 September, natural gas was R7.10c cheaper than a litre of 95 octane petrol in Johannesburg,” he... 

Natural gas cheaper than soaring diesel, petrol, says NGV Gas

GM cautious on switch to platinum even as palladium price soars  

By: Bloomberg     30th October 2018 Palladium’s surge to a record has intensified talk among analysts that carmakers will look to replace it with cheaper platinum for use in pollution-control devices. The auto industry’s answer: Not so fast. Palladium, mainly used to control smog from gasoline engines, is trading near the highest... 

Advocacy organisation urges better enforcement of second-hand tyre regulations

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th October 2018 Newly launched advocacy organisation Part Worn Africa is calling on governments and regulatory bodies across the African continent to develop and enforce stronger regulations governing the sale of part-worn and second-hand tyres. Part Worn Africa advocates that part-worn and second-hand tyres... 

Advocacy organisation urges better enforcement of second-hand tyre regulations

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