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Automotive News

Numsa members embark on strike at Toyota

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th October 2018 National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) members have embarked on a strike at Toyota South Africa Motors’ (TSAM’s) Prospecton plant, in Durban, as well as at its warehouse facility in Atlas road, in Johannesburg. The union said in a statement on Monday that TSAM routinely failed... 

Cape Town adds direct routes, 29 new bus stops to MyCiti service

By: Irma Venter     8th October 2018 The City of Cape Town will introduce a number of new routes and bus stops to its MyCiti bus service, starting October 27. “Our transport planners recently conducted a review of the MyCiTi service and the passenger demand on the MyCiTi routes,” says Cape Town Transport and Urban Development MMC... 

Cape Town adds direct routes, 29 new bus stops to MyCiti service

Application of code of conduct requires ‘extensive' review, says auto industry body

By: Irma Venter     8th October 2018 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) on Monday voiced its support for the Competition Commission’s proposed voluntary Code of Conduct (CoC) for the South African vehicle repair, service and parts supply sectors. However, the association emphasised that it... 

 Application of code of conduct requires ‘extensive' review, says auto industry body

Automotive aftermarket distributor looking to expand

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     5th October 2018 Automotive aftermarket distributor AfriPart is focusing on expanding its footprint into the sub-Saharan Africa market and on adding value for clients by improving its operating, product and technology platforms, says MD Andrew Sommerville and sales and marketing head Richard Berner. AfriPart is... 

Automotive aftermarket distributor looking  to expand
AUTOMOTIVE AFTERMARKET AfriPart is the country’s first automotive aftermarket distributor that is 100% owned and operated through an empowered employee trust

Importers tightening control over logistics processes

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     5th October 2018 Amid government’s Automotive Masterplan support programme that targets 60% local component production and manufacturing, automotive businesses are tightening control over their logistics processes – where trade finance is being viewed as a broader import finance solution rather than a... 

Importers tightening control over logistics processes
TECHNOLOGICAL VISIBILITY Technology is becoming critical in the importing process

Mercedes-Benz unveils self-driving, electric, interchangeable van vision 

By: Irma Venter     4th October 2018 The future of the van is self-driving, electric and versatile, says Mercedes-Benz. The German manufacturer unveiled its Vision Urbanetic at the 2018 IAA Commercial Vehicle show in Germany last month. The envisaged new member of the Mercedes-Benz Vans family will be based on an all-electric... 

 Mercedes-Benz unveils self-driving, electric, interchangeable van vision
The Vision Urbanetic explained

Current proposed automotive Code of Conduct ‘catastrophic’, warns dealer body

By: Irma Venter     4th October 2018 Implementing the proposed automotive industry Code of Conduct (CoC) in its current form will have a “catastrophic effect on the economy as it undermines investment, employment and consumer welfare in this important sector of our economy”, says National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA)... 

 Current proposed automotive Code of Conduct ‘catastrophic’, warns dealer body
Mark Dommisse

Jaguar I-Pace EV drives from JHB to Durban on two charges 

By: Irma Venter     3rd October 2018 Jaguar has successfully completed the long-distance journey between Johannesburg and Durban in its all-electric I-Pace, using the recently announced Powerway network to charge the vehicle. The pre-production Jaguar I-Pace, in South Africa for testing and homologation purposes, began its trip with... 

Mazda to deploy electrification in all of its production vehicles by 2030

By: Irma Venter     3rd October 2018 Mazda will deploy some form of electrification in all of its production vehicles by 2030. The Japanese car maker expects internal combustion engines, combined with some form of electrification, such as plug-in hybrids, to account for 95% of the vehicles it produces by 2030, and battery electric... 

 Mazda to deploy electrification in all of its production vehicles by 2030

Germany pushes VW, BMW for trade-ins to defuse diesel crisis

By: Bloomberg     2nd October 2018 Germany’s ruling coalition pushed Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW to offer trade-in rebates for older diesel vehicles to avoid driving bans in urban areas and defuse a crisis that’s sullying the country’s reputation as an automotive leader. The plan wasreed by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government... 

New-vehicle market declines by 1.9%, record exports for September

By: Irma Venter     1st October 2018 The South African new-vehicle market declined by 1.9% in September, to 49 670 units, compared with the same month last year. The newest sales numbers, released on Monday, indicated that September new-passenger car sales decreased by 2.6%, to reach 32 786 units. 

New-vehicle market declines by 1.9%, record exports for September

Dutch team Nuon outruns Japan’s Tokai to take gold in Sasol Solar Challenge

By: Irma Venter     1st October 2018 Dutch team Nuon has taken top honours in the 2018 Sasol Solar Challenge, arriving in Stellenbosch on the weekend with 4 030.4 km on the clock. Nuon’s close rivals from Japan, team Tokai, completed 3 941.4 km, and had to be satisfied with second place. 

 Dutch team Nuon outruns Japan’s Tokai to take gold in Sasol Solar Challenge
Dutch team Nuon on the weekend took gold in the 2018 Sasol Solar Challenge

US regulator sues Musk for fraud, seeks to remove him from Tesla

By: Reuters     28th September 2018 The US Securities and Exchange Commission accused Tesla CE Elon Musk on Thursday of fraud and sought to remove him from his role in charge of the electric car company, saying he made a series of “false and misleading” tweets about potentially taking Tesla private last month. In a lawsuit, the... 

US regulator sues Musk for fraud, seeks to remove him from Tesla
Photo by Reuters
Tesla CEO Elon Musk

Record-high margins for aluminium sales

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     28th September 2018 Johannesburg-based precision water-cutting and -profiling company AquaJet Profiles noted record-high aluminium sales profit margins earlier this year, owing to the sanctions placed on Russian suppliers exporting to the US, claims AquaJet Profiles director Preeshan Naidoo. The sanctions were... 

Record-high margins for aluminium sales
Photo by Reuters
TARIFF SEE-SAW US tariffs have had a positive and negative effect on aluminium profit margins

Mercedes-Benz aims for 2021 series production of electric Actros

By: Irma Venter     27th September 2018 Mercedes-Benz last week unveiled the electric Actros heavy-duty truck. The first eActros was delivered to German logistics company Hermes in September for use under real-life conditions. 

Mercedes-Benz aims for 2021 series production of electric Actros
The eActros

No side-mirrors for new Actros truck, digital cab unveiled 

By: Irma Venter     27th September 2018 The launch last week of the updated Mercedes-Benz Actros heavy truck in Germany saw the long-touted concept of the MirrorCam finally make its production debut. Gone are the large exterior side-mirrors in favour of two cameras, located outside the vehicle, and two 15-inch in-cab tablets that... 

No side-mirrors for new Actros truck, digital cab unveiled
The new Actros boasts technology that will perform an emergency stop if the driver fails to spot a pedestrian.

Abland to develop combined-use Menlyn Maine Towers

By: Schalk Burger     19th September 2018 Property developer Abland will develop a combined motor dealership and premium office space, called Menlyn Maine Towers, in Pretoria, and aims to achieve a 4-star green rating accreditation with the Green Building Council of South Africa. The development for the Barloworld Toyota Menlyn... 

World’s first hydrogen fuel cell train enters commercial service

By: Simone Liedtke     17th September 2018 The world’s first hydrogen fuel cell train, the Coradia iLint, made its debut this past weekend. The train is equipped with fuel cells that convert hydrogen and oxygen into electricity, thereby eliminating pollutant emissions related to propulsion. 

World’s first hydrogen fuel cell train enters commercial service

Jaguar Land Rover to cut output at UK car plant after warnings on Brexit, diesel

By: Reuters     17th September 2018 Britain's biggest carmaker Jaguar Land Rover said it will go down to a three-day week at its Castle Bromwich plant in central England just days after its boss warned about the impact of Brexit and diesel policy. The Castle Bromwich facility will operate a three-day week from October until the... 

SA delegation arrives in Japan for investment mission 

By: African News Agency      17th September 2018 A South African delegation arrived in Tokyo, Japan on Monday for an investment mission which is set to take place until Saturday. The delegation, led by the acting head of Invest South Africa, Yunus Hoosen will be meeting with leading companies in an effort to attract them to invest and expand... 

SA delegation arrives in Japan for investment mission
Acting Head of Invest South Africa Yunus Hoosen

Top trends that are likely to change the way we work and live

By: Kim Cloete     14th September 2018 Quantum computing and flying cars are two of the top trends that Frost & Sullivan has outlined within its top trends for 2018/19 at its CEO Think Tank in Cape Town.  The company has looked at trends that are changing the way we work and live. 

Tribunal approves OTS’s acquisition of controlling share of Chevron South Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     13th September 2018 The Competition Tribunal on Thursday approved, with conditions, the proposed merger between Off The Shelf Investments 56 (OTS) and Chevron South Africa (CSA). The approval follows after the tribunal heard the second bid to acquire the controlling 75% stake in CSA and after receiving a minor... 

Jaguar launches R30m EV charging network in SA

By: Irma Venter     13th September 2018 Jaguar, in partnership with electric vehicle (EV) charging company GridCars, will install 82 new public charging stations for EVs and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) in the country’s major hubs, as well as along frequently-travelled holiday routes. The R30-million infrastructure investment should... 

Jaguar launches R30m EV charging network in SA
Jaguar's EV network coverage

FAW’s Coega plant produces 4 000th truck

By: Irma Venter     10th September 2018 FAW South Africa’s Coega assembly plant, in the Eastern Cape, in August celebrated the assembly of the 4 000th FAW truck in South Africa. Inaugurated in July 2014, the FAW plant was the first large-scale investment made by a China-based company in the region. 

FAW’s Coega plant produces 4 000th truck

Passenger EV sales hit four-million units, fifth million expected in March

By: Irma Venter     10th September 2018 Cumulative passenger electric vehicle (EV) sales have, most likely, surpassed four-million units at the beginning of September, says Bloomberg New Energy Finance (NEF). This includes battery electric passenger vehicles and plug-in hybrid passenger vehicles. 

 Passenger EV sales hit four-million units, fifth million expected in March

South Africa's Automotive Masterplan 

7th September 2018 Government and the automotive industry are said to be close to reaching consensus on the South African Automotive Masterplan. Irma Venter tells us more. 

South Africa's Automotive Masterplan
South Africa's Automotive Masterplan

SAIW receives robot welding system for training  

By: Donald Makhafola     7th September 2018 South Africa-based Japanese automation and robotic company Yaskawa Southern Africa is handing over a complete robot welding system to the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) for its new robot-welding training programme. The programme comprises the training of robotic-welding operators,... 

SAIW receives robot welding system for training
Yaskawa Southern Africa chairperson and key account manager Terry Rosenberg provides his perspective on robotic welding in South Africa, and Yaskawa’s relationship with the Southern African Institute of Welding. Camerawork & Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

High demand for SAIW fabricator certification

7th September 2018 Nonprofit technical organisation Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) is encouraged to see a high number of large companies applying for Welding Fabricators Certification Scheme (WFCS) which is a quality requirement for fusion welding of metallic materials, as well as certified... 

High demand for SAIW fabricator certification
HERMAN POTGIETER I'm encouraged by the growing demand for Welding Fabricators Certification Scheme in the country

GemCap investment allows Linebooker to venture outside South Africa

By: Irma Venter     4th September 2018 African Rainbow Capital Investments subsidiary GemCap has acquired online transport management business Linebooker from the Oceana Group for an undisclosed amount.   “The investment by GemCap is significant in that it gives us the scope and capital to expand our service offering and logistical... 

 GemCap investment allows Linebooker to venture outside South Africa
Nick Hoffman

New-vehicle market drops by 2.5% in August, exports up 7.7%

By: Irma Venter     3rd September 2018 The South African new-vehicle market declined by 2.5% in August, to 47 964 units, compared with the same month last year. The newest sales numbers, released on Monday, indicate that August new-passenger car sales decreased by 2.2%, to reach 31 447 units. 

New-vehicle market drops by 2.5% in August, exports up 7.7%

Bidvest lifts FY18 HEPS despite volatile market

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd September 2018 JSE-listed services, trading and distribution company Bidvest on Monday declared a final dividend of 301c a share, bringing the total dividend for the financial year ended June 30 to 556c, amid a volatile market, which the company said was characterised by weak economic growth and consumer spend,... 

Volkswagen signs assembly, policy MoUs in Nigeria, Ghana

By: Irma Venter     3rd September 2018 Volkswagen has added Ghana and Nigeria to its list of future vehicle assembly operations in Africa. The German manufacturer is already active on assembly sites in Kenya, Algeria and Rwanda. 

Volkswagen signs assembly, policy MoUs in Nigeria, Ghana
Thomas Schaefer and Alan Kyerenmaten, with Angela Merkel and Ghana VP Mahamudu Bawumia looking on.

Automotive Masterplan '99% there', says DTI’s October

By: Irma Venter     31st August 2018 Government and the automotive industry have reached “99% consensus” on the South African Automotive Masterplan, says Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) director-general Lionel October. “We are close. We are 99% there. We are just finalising the targets.” 

Automotive Masterplan '99% there', says DTI’s October
Photo by Dylan Slater
DTI director-general Lionel October

Radar Optiwave aids measurement

31st August 2018 Industrial instrumentation solutions manufacturer and supplier Khrohne says the use of radar has expanded into various sectors. 

Mobility as a Service could be defining in the future of city transport – ITLS

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th August 2018 Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) can, when integrated with smart mobility and public transport, provide efficient transport services for city inhabitants, says Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS) founder and director and Sydney Business School Professor David Hensher. Speaking at a... 

Record production anticipated at BMW’s Rosslyn plant in 2019

By: Irma Venter     30th August 2018 Production at BMW Group South Africa’s (BMW SA’s) Rosslyn plant could, potentially, reach a new record in 2019. BMW SA started production of its first X3 models in April, following a R6.2-billion investment to move from 3 Series sedan assembly to building the new X3 sports-utility vehicle. 

Record production anticipated at BMW’s Rosslyn plant in 2019
BMW Group SA and sub-Saharan Africa CEO Tim Abbott

KLT’s community partnerships in S Africa recipe for meeting global production standard 

30th August 2018 India-based automotive component manufacturer KLT Automotive and Tubular Products South Africa plans to add 1 000 people to its 900-strong work force in the next eight years. Anine Kilian tells us more. 

KLT’s community partnerships in S Africa recipe for meeting global production standard
KLT’s community partnerships in S Africa recipe for meeting global production standard

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