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AutoTrader report shows new online search record, jump in used-car pricing

By: Irma Venter     23rd July 2021 The 2021 AutoTrader Mid-year Industry Report reveals that online vehicle searches on AutoTrader have reached a new record. Covering the period from January 1 to June 30, 2021, the report notes a new record of more than 319-million online vehicle searches, representing 44% growth year-on-year. 

FlexClub CEO makes case for vehicle subscription over ownership

By: Irma Venter     23rd July 2021 Imagine not buying a car. Imagine buying the use of a car for a minimum of a month, all costs included, and then simply changing that car through logging on to a website and having a new car delivered to your doorstep within a week. Imagine moving from a nippy Kia Picanto in Cape Town’s narrow... 

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Global spark plug supplier faces prosecution for collusion – Comp Comm

By: Irma Venter     22nd July 2021 The Competition Commission (Comp Comm) has filed a referral with the Competition Tribunal for prosecution against NGK Spark Plug (NGK), together with its South African subsidiary, NGK Spark Plugs South Africa (NGK SA), for their involvement in price fixing, market division and collusive... 

Dunlop tyre maker suffers R90m loss from looting; hotline set up to report stolen tyres 

By: Irma Venter     20th July 2021 Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA), manufacturer of the Dunlop tyre brand, has warned consumers that goods stolen at its KwaZulu-Natal warehouse are currently being advertised for sale on social media and online classifieds sites. SRSA says that its Durban Westville warehouse was invaded and... 

Image of SRSA CEO Lubin Ozoux
SRSA CEO Lubin Ozoux

Toyota says govt has 'gone a long way' in easing its fears about KZN future 

By: Irma Venter     19th July 2021 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has confirmed the authenticity of a letter from its head office in Japan to the Durban mayor, Mxolisi Kaunda, dated July 15, requesting that local government set out its proposed measures to stop the widespread looting seen in KwaZulu-Natal last week, as well as... 

An image of the Toyota plant in Durban

Continental body to accelerate auto subsector agreements under AfCFTA

By: Irma Venter     16th July 2021 The African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) plans to fast-track the development of bilateral automotive subsector agreements between a core group of countries under the larger African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement.  This will be done with the support of the AfCFTA... 

Toyota suspends production at Durban plant, exports also halted 

By: Irma Venter     14th July 2021 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has suspended production at its Prospecton plant, in Durban, as well as business operations at some of its dealerships in KwaZulu-Natal, as widespread looting and rioting continue in KwaZulu-Natal. Exports from the plant have also been halted. 

Image of Hiace production at the Toyota Prospecton plant in Durban
Hiace production at the Toyota Prospecton plant in Durban

Toyota launches 23-seater bus in local market 

By: Irma Venter     13th July 2021 Toyota has introduced a new medium-sized people-mover to the South African bus and taxi market. The local arm of the Japanese auto maker says the 23-seater Coaster fills the gap in the line-up left between the long-wheel-base Quantum (16-seater) and the Hino 300-based bus conversion, providing... 

Toyota's new Coaster bus
Toyota's new Coaster bus

Vibration meter serves industries

9th July 2021 Testing technology provider Comtest offers its Fluke 805 vibration meter which measures overall vibration, bearing vibration and temperature simultaneously for clients such as frontline mechanical troubleshooting teams and machine operators of high-end process facilities.... 

FEELING THE VIBE
The new Comtest vibration meter picks up vibration in mechanical and high end processing facility applications
FEELING THE VIBE The new Comtest vibration meter picks up vibration in mechanical and high end processing facility applications

Mercedes-Benz SA starts production of new C-Class, in talks about deepening of East London harbour 

By: Irma Venter     9th July 2021 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) has started production of the new C-Class, the W206, at its East London plant, in the Eastern Cape. Production will include a plug-in hybrid, starting in the fourth quarter of the year. 

Macroeconomic study, sectoral roadmaps needed before transition to e-mobility

By: Irma Venter     9th July 2021 Government’s efforts to promote the production and use of new-energy vehicles (NEVs) in South Africa must include a macroeconomic impact study, as well as sectoral roadmaps detailing how and when electromobility should be achieved. This is according to Intelligent Transport Society South Africa... 

Harmonisation of African automotive standards ‘progressing well’

By: Irma Venter     9th July 2021 The project to harmonise standards across the automotive sector in Africa is progressing well, reports the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM). The AAAM says the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) is continuing its support for the African Organisation for Standardisation... 

Volvo sets sights on 1 000 km EV range  

By: Irma Venter     6th July 2021 Volvo Cars says it aims to achieve 1 000 km of “real driving range” on a battery electric vehicle (EV) later this decade. As the Swedish car maker rapidly moves towards becoming a fully electric car company, the company says it aims to tailor its future batteries to the needs of its customers,... 

The concept Recharge electric vehicle
The concept Recharge electric vehicle

Merc Trucks launches electric Actros; etrucks also planned for SA 

By: Irma Venter     5th July 2021 Mercedes-Benz Trucks will start series production of its first battery-electric truck in Germany in October. The electric Actros (eActros) is destined for urban heavy-duty distribution haulage markets. 

Merc Trucks launches electric Actros; etrucks also planned for SA

Michelin appoints AIME region president

By: Schalk Burger     5th July 2021 Tire manufacturing multinational Michelin has appointed Gaganjot Singh as Michelin Africa, India and Middle East region president. He succeeds Marc Pasquet and will be based out of Pune, India. 

Former Mahindra SA boss returns as KLT Automotive SA CEO

By: Irma Venter     2nd July 2021 Former Mahindra South Africa (Mahindra SA) boss Ashok Thakur has been appointed CEO of KLT Automotive and Tubular Products South Africa (KLT Automotive SA). Thakur, 60, has been involved in international business in Africa for the past 25 years.  

Demand for platinum and palladium in auto sector set to rise as regulations tighten

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd July 2021 Platinum demand from the automotive sector is expected to be 25% up on 2020, reaching almost three-million ounces this year, World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) research director Trevor Raymond says, partly attributing the projected increase to the Euro 6d and China 6a emissions regulations... 

Demand for platinum and palladium in auto sector set to rise as regulations tighten

Mercedes-Benz South Africa starts production of new C-Class 

30th June 2021 Mercedes-Benz South Africa in June started production of the new C-Class, the W206, at its East London plant, in the Eastern Cape. Tasneem Bulbulia attended the launch. 

Mercedes-Benz South Africa starts production of new C-Class
Mercedes-Benz South Africa starts production of new C-Class

AAAM aims to fast-track auto sector agreement under the AfCFTA 

By: Irma Venter     29th June 2021 The African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) plans to fast-track the development of bilateral automotive subsector agreements between a core group of countries under the larger AfCFTA agreement.  This will be done with the support of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)... 

Dave Coffey
Dave Coffey

Toyota’s Van Zyl warns of ramifications of EU’s Green Deal on South African exports

By: Irma Venter     25th June 2021 Europe’s Green Deal is not just a vision or idea, but a well-funded policy that is being implemented, and that is set to have a wide-ranging impact on South African exports, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) executive chairperson Dr Johan van Zyl. Van Zyl stepped down as Toyota Motors Europe... 

Nissan SA kicks off Navara production, exports to start in third quarter

By: Irma Venter     25th June 2021 Nissan South Africa has started production of the new Navara pick-up at its Rosslyn plant, with the first local customers to receive their double-cab units this month. The plant is currently operating on one shift, producing 134 units a shift, excluding overtime, and including Navara, NP200 and... 

Mazda to launch new BT-50 bakkie in SA in July

By: Irma Venter     24th June 2021 Mazda Southern Africa will launch the all-new Mazda BT-50 bakkie in the local market in July. The pickup launched in the international market in June last year already. 

Mazda to launch new BT-50 bakkie in SA in July

Mercedes-Benz SA starts production of new C-Class, in talks about deepening of East London harbour  

By: Irma Venter     24th June 2021 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) has started production of the new C-Class, the W206, at its East London plant, in the Eastern Cape. Production will include a plug-in hybrid, starting in the fourth quarter of the year. 

The new C-Class
The new C-Class

Macro-economic study, sectoral road maps required for SA’s NEV transition 

By: Irma Venter     22nd June 2021 Government’s efforts to advance the use and production of new-energy vehicles (NEVs) in South Africa must include a macro-economic impact study, as well as sectoral road maps detailing how and when electro-mobility should be achieved. This is according to Intelligent Transport Society South... 

Macro-economic study, sectoral road maps required for SA’s NEV transition

VWSA produces its 400 000th current generation Polo

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2021 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) celebrated a production milestone on Monday, June 21, when the 400 000th unit of the current Volkswagen Polo rolled off the production line in Kariega.  With the completion of this unit, the plant had produced a total of 61 635 Polos and 10 373 Polo Vivos this... 

VWSA produces its 400 000th current generation Polo

Used-car availability, pricing may start improving early next year – InspectaCar 

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2021 The availability of used-car stock may start improving in the next six months-plus, as rental companies defleet and consumers increasingly return to the new-car market, trading in their current vehicles, says InspectaCar CEO Pertunia Sibanyoni. Rental companies only recently started to acquire... 

Pertunia Sibanyoni
Pertunia Sibanyoni

Dealers’ body warns of warranty pitfalls as new aftermarket guidelines take effect

By: Irma Venter     18th June 2021 Consumers have to be aware that taking their vehicle to an independent service provider (ISP) while it is still under warranty may result in some segments of that warranty being voided, should the work, or the part fitted, not be up to standard, cautions National Automobile Dealers’ Association... 

Hino SA upgrades its 300-Series truck range

By: Irma Venter     18th June 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. 

Volkswagen seeks partners for battery materials race

By: Reuters     16th June 2021 Volkswagen is in talks with suppliers to secure direct access to raw materials for electric vehicle (EV) batteries via partnerships, one of its board members told Reuters on Tuesday. The world's second biggest carmaker is trying to exert more control over key components in its supply chain such... 

Volkswagen seeks partners for battery materials race

Tribunal approves the Motus Group’s acquisition of Kia, Honda dealerships 

By: Irma Venter     14th June 2021 The Competition Tribunal has unconditionally approved the Motus Group’s acquisition of the North Motor Group’s Kia Bryanston and Honda Sandton motor dealerships.   The Tribunal has concluded that the transaction does not substantially prevent or lessen competition in any relevant market.... 

Shoprite to add 39 solar-powered refrigerated trucks to its fleet

By: Irma Venter     11th June 2021 Shoprite Group will, by the end of this month, 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-powered nitrogen refrigerated rigid trucks to our... 

Ford to help dealers speed up repairs through wearable tech

By: Irma Venter     11th June 2021 Ford South Africa is rolling out a new, high-tech approach to vehicle repairs at its dealerships. The local arm of the US carmaker has already conducted a pilot study of the RealWear HMT-1 Hands-free Remote Collaboration Tool, which remotely connects Ford dealership technicians with the company’s... 

BMW SA’s first South African CEO on the struggling premium market and electromobility

By: Irma Venter     11th June 2021 The name Peter van Binsbergen may sound German, but the new CEO of BMW Group South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa (BMW SA) carries a South African passport and ID. He can also still speak Afrikaans, despite spending several years abroad. The 54-year-old, who took up his new position on January 1,... 

BMW SA’s first South African CEO on the struggling premium market and electromobility

uYilo Kick Start Fund opens for 2021 applications 

By: Irma Venter     10th June 2021 The uYilo Kick Start Fund has opened for applications for 2021, with successful companies or entrepreneurs to receive up to R1-million in grant funding, aimed at assisting promising e-mobility projects to reach commercialisation. The uYilo eMobility Programme first provided Kick Start funding to... 

Hiten Parmar
Hiten Parmar

Former Mahindra SA boss returns as KLT Automotive SA CEO

By: Irma Venter     9th June 2021 Former Mahindra South Africa (Mahindra SA) boss Ashok Thakur has been appointed as the CEO of KLT Automotive and Tubular Products South Africa (KLT Automotive SA). Thakur (60) has been involved in international business in Africa for the past 25 years.  

Ashok Thakur
Ashok Thakur

EU’s Green Deal will have wide-ranging impact on SA exports, cautions Van Zyl  

By: Irma Venter     8th June 2021 Europe’s Green Deal is not just a vision or an idea, but a well-funded policy that is being implemented, and that is set to have a wide-ranging impact on South African exports, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) executive chairperson Dr Johan van Zyl. Van Zyl stepped down earlier this year as... 

Johan Van Zyl
Johan Van Zyl

First-quarter GDP up 4.6% 

By: Donna Slater     8th June 2021 South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) increased at a yearly rate of 4.6% during the first quarter of 2021, reports Statistics South Africa (Stats SA). The mining and quarrying sectors combined grew by 18.1%, contributing 1.2 percentage points to the overall GDP figure, while the... 

First-quarter GDP up 4.6%
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