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Isuzu Motors SA funds cherry picker localisation 

By: Irma Venter     13th April 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... 

Electrified vehicle sales in South Africa remain dismal, says uYilo  

By: Irma Venter     12th April 2021 The cumulative number of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) sold in South Africa since 2013 has reached only 637 units by the end of 2020, says uYilo eMobility Programme director Hiten Parmar. The BMW i3 leads the market by a substantial margin, at 445 vehicles, followed by the Nissan Leaf, at 94... 

Electrified vehicle sales in South Africa remain dismal, says uYilo

Renergen inks landmark Phase 2 helium contract

By: Simone Liedtke     12th April 2021 Domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen has inked its first helium sales agreement with a global tier-one automotive supplier in what is the company’s first direct-to-customer helium deal. For reasons of confidentiality, Renergen says that it is unable to disclose who the customer is or... 

Sales, profitability key focus areas for new BMW SA CEO 

By: Irma Venter     12th April 2021 In the challenging economic climate created by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, new BMW Group South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa CEO Peter van Binsbergen says his focus will be on the company’s profitability and that of its retail partners, as well as on having a customer-first approach. He says... 

Peter van Binsbergen
Peter van Binsbergen

Mahindra opens new parts warehouse in Gauteng 

By: Irma Venter     9th April 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 around a third larger than Mahindra’s old Jet Park warehouse.  

Rajesh Gupta at the new warehouse
Rajesh Gupta at the new warehouse

Courier industry growing rapidly as e-commerce expands – SAEPA 

By: Irma Venter     9th April 2021 The express parcel industry has more than doubled over the last decade, says South African Express Parcel Association (SAEPA) CEO Garry Marshall, and is currently the fastest growing transport sector in the country.  He says studies show that the formal industry recorded R8-billion in turnover in... 

Courier industry growing rapidly as e-commerce expands – SAEPA

SA-UK PACT announces funding for uYilo’s EV capacity building project

By: Irma Venter     9th April 2021 The South Africa-UK Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions (SA-UK PACT) programme has announced that it will fund ten local projects to the tune of more than £3-million.  The aim is to help South Africa transition to a low-carbon, inclusive, climate-resilient economy and society. 

Tata launches e-commerce parts portal

By: Irma Venter     9th April 2021 Tata International Africa has launched an e-commerce parts website and portal.  The online store – partskart.co.za – will enable customers anywhere in South Africa, including those in the remotest parts of the country, to order Tata and Daewoo heavy commercial vehicle (HCV) parts, with doorstep... 

Botswana seeks opportunities to integrate into South African auto value chain

By: Irma Venter     9th April 2021 The Botswana government believes there is an opportunity for the country to participate in the South African automotive sector. “Around 60% of the components used in South African vehicles are still imported from outside Africa. Given Botswana’s proximity to South Africa, we see this as an... 

Volvo Car SA to bring host of EVs to South Africa

By: Irma Venter     9th April 2021 Volvo Car South Africa (SA) MD Greg Maruszewski says the local arm of the Swedish car manufacturer plans to bring the full range of Volvo electric vehicles (EVs) to South Africa, but adds that “business dynamics will obviously contribute to the decision”. Volvo Car SA will launch the Swedish... 

Suzuki sets new record – again 

By: Irma Venter     8th April 2021 Suzuki Auto South Africa (SASA) yet again set a new all-time sales record, this time at 2 397 vehicles sold for the month of March. In doing so, the Japanese vehicle manufacturer broke its month-old record by nearly 12%. 

Suzuki sets new record – again

Isuzu Motors completes acquisition of UD Trucks 

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2021 Isuzu Motors has wrapped up the acquisition of UD Trucks from the Volvo Group, as part of the completion of a strategic alliance between the Volvo Group and Isuzu Motors.   Naoto Hakamata has been appointed chairperson of UD Trucks and Tetsuya Aiba as the CFO, effective April 1. 

Isuzu Motors completes acquisition of UD Trucks

Tata Africa to expand its product range and footprint in Africa, says Brand  

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2021 Tata International Africa (TIA) aims to double its turnover in the next four years, says CEO Len Brand. Brand has been leading a turnaround at the group that will see TIA enter its third year of profitability for the financial year ending March 31. 

Len Brand
Len Brand

Consumers are delaying car purchases owing to Covid-19 – Deloitte report 

By: Irma Venter     6th April 2021 Deloitte’s 2021 Global Automotive Consumer Study has found that the Covid-19 pandemic has had a major impact on consumer behaviour in the automotive industry.  The study surveyed more than 24 000 consumers in 23 countries, including South Africa. 

Consumers are delaying car purchases owing to Covid-19 – Deloitte report

March sales hint at a more positive 2021 than expected – Nada 

By: Irma Venter     6th April 2021 Considering the number of vehicles sold in March, it is possible that 2021 may deliver better sales than expected, says National Automobile Dealers’ Association (Nada) chairperson Mark Dommisse. “It is evident that the delayed replacement cycle is starting to catch up, helped by interest rates... 

March sales hint at a more positive 2021 than expected – Nada

Manufacturer expands abrasive products range

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     2nd April 2021 German-owned abrasive products manufacturer PFERD South Africa is continuing with product line extensions for its coated and bonded abrasive products to meet market needs. This follows the manufacturer’s having noticed a steady shift in the market towards hand-held power tools that can improve... 

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Metair won’t build lithium-ion plant in South Africa unless it secures offtake deal

By: Irma Venter     2nd April 2021 Newly appointed Metair CEO Riaz Haffejee says the group is in a “good position” to be a “good partner” to a lithium-ion (li-ion) battery manufacturer in South Africa, or to partner with a vehicle manufacturer to produce these batteries. He says the group is currently piloting a plant at its... 

Volvo aiming to be EV-only group by 2030

By: Irma Venter     2nd April 2021 Volvo Cars says it aims to become a fully electric vehicle (EV) company, on a global level, by 2030. By then, the company intends to sell only fully electric cars and phase out any car in its global portfolio with an internal combustion engine, including hybrids. 

Ford donates R2.5m to bolster government’s Covid-19 surveillance system

By: Irma Venter     2nd April 2021 Ford South Africa has donated R2.5-million to help fund the enhancement of the National Occupational Health Surveillance System (OHSS), a programme implemented by the National Institute for Occupational Health (NIOH). The OHSS monitors workers in the public and private sectors using data supplied... 

New-vehicle sales jump by 31.8%, exports up 38.6% 

By: Irma Venter     1st April 2021 The expected turnaround in South Africa’s new-vehicle market has started, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council. Naamsa on Thursday released the new-vehicle sales statistics for March, which is the first month of the year to produce comparable year-on-year numbers, considering the fact... 

New-vehicle sales jump by 31.8%, exports up 38.6%

The AA launches the first of many planned auto centres

By: Irma Venter     31st March 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. 

Willem Groenewald and Noelan Vandayar
Willem Groenewald and Noelan Vandayar

AAAM hosts exploratory visit by component manufacturers in Ghana

By: Irma Venter     31st March 2021 The African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) in March hosted an exploratory visit by automotive component manufacturers to Ghana.  The AAAM says the objective was to introduce potential investors to the Ghanaian automotive market.  

The component manufacturer delegation in Ghana
The component manufacturer delegation in Ghana

Kia SA to assess local EV appetite, infrastructure with EV6 test unit(s) 

By: Irma Venter     30th March 2021 Kia Motors South Africa (KMSA) will “initially, at the very least” bring a single EV6 unit to the domestic market to “gather intelligence” and to conduct “feasibility studies” on the possibility of introducing this electric vehicle (EV) to the local market, says KMSA marketing GM Christo... 

The Kia EV6
The Kia EV6

Jaguar Land Rover SA shows the AA the ropes on EV recovery 

By: Irma Venter     29th March 2021 Jaguar Land Rover South Africa (JLRSA) has partnered with the Automobile Association (AA) to train a group of line managers on electric vehicle-specific roadside assistance and vehicle recovery. JLRSA’s training academy in Pretoria opened its doors to the AA to share its technical expertise on a... 

Jaguar Land Rover SA shows the AA the ropes on EV recovery

Hino-Connect to be rolled out as standard on all Hino trucks

By: Irma Venter     29th March 2021 Full fleet management system Hino-Connect will be installed as standard on the entire range of trucks offered by Hino South Africa (SA), including the Dyna, 300, 500 and 700 models, as from April. The project is a joint venture with mobility solutions provider Cartrack. 

Ernie Trautmann
Ernie Trautmann

First Extreme E racing season kicks off on April 3

By: Irma Venter     26th March 2021 The new established Extreme E off-road racing series is about to kick off, with the vehicles of the nine participating teams on their way across the Mediterranean to the inaugural race on April 3 and 4, in Saudi Arabia. Extreme E is an off-road racing championship for all-electric sports-utility... 

First Extreme E racing season kicks off on April 3

AAAM, German partner to develop Ethiopian auto policy  

By: Irma Venter     26th March 2021 The African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) has been appointed to develop an automotive policy for the Ethiopian government that will ultimately aim to encourage global original equipment manufacturers (OEMs, or vehicle manufacturers) and component manufacturers to invest in... 

David Coffey
David Coffey

African auto industry financing MoU signed

By: Irma Venter     26th March 2021 The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the financing and promotion of the automotive industry in Africa.  “The strategic partnership with AAAM will facilitate the... 

Suzuki sets yet another monthly sales record, sells 100 000th car

By: Irma Venter     26th March 2021 Suzuki Auto South Africa ended February with total sales of 2 142 units.  This is a new record for the brand since the Japanese carmaker entered the South African market in 2008, and only four months since Suzuki broke through the 2 000-barrier for the first time ever. 

Automechanika postponed to next year

By: Irma Venter     25th March 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 collocated with Futuroad Expo, aimed at the truck, bus and commercial vehicle industry, as well as Scalex... 

Automechanika postponed to next year

Capacitate Sars, create green lanes for cargo at border posts – SAAFF 

By: Irma Venter     24th March 2021 South Africa’s logistics sector will operate more efficiently under an increasingly capacitated South African Revenue Service (Sars), rather than a Border Management Agency (BMA), as proposed by government, says South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) chairperson Dr Juanita Maree.... 

Capacitate Sars, create green lanes for cargo at border posts – SAAFF

Supply an issue as new-vehicle market continues to recover, says Motus 

By: Irma Venter     24th March 2021 The South African new-vehicle market is on the recovery path, with sales bouncing back in February compared with January. The main issue currently holding back manufacturers is not market appetite, but the ability to supply sufficient vehicles to meet demand, says vehicle retailer Motus. 

Supply an issue as new-vehicle market continues to recover, says Motus

Volvo Car SA to bring host of EVs to South Africa, says MD 

By: Irma Venter     19th March 2021 Volvo Car South Africa (SA) MD Greg Maruszewski says the local arm of the Swedish car manufacturer plans to bring the full range of Volvo electric vehicles (EVs) to South Africa, but adds that “business dynamics will obviously contribute to the decision”. Volvo Car SA will launch the Swedish... 

Volvo Car SA to bring host of EVs to South Africa, says MD

EVs to account for lion’s share of global vehicle sales by 2038 – South African auto body

By: Irma Venter     19th March 2021 Electric vehicle (EV) sales are forecast to exceed internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle sales by 2038, with sales in the European Union (EU) projected to comprise 40% EVs by 2030, and 80% by 2040, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council in its fourth-quarter (Q4) business review. “The... 

Naamsa adopts new name

By: Irma Venter     19th March 2021 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) has announced a change in its naming conventions, as it says it represents a wider community of stakeholders than only vehicle manufacturers.  “Traditionally, we were established to primarily represent the interests of... 

Tech investor to acquire Ctrack in Africa, Middle East

By: Irma Venter     19th March 2021 Technology investor Convergence Partners has entered into an agreement with Inseego to acquire 100% of Ctrack’s operations in Africa and the Middle East.  

Production of Mercedes-Benz’s new generation C-Class to start this year

By: Irma Venter     19th March 2021 Mercedes-Benz has lifted the veil on its new-generation C-Class. Production of the model is set to start later this year – for the local and export markets – at the Mercedes-Benz South Africa plant, in East London,  following a R10-billion investment by the German parent company. 

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