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Global supply chain disruptions, civil unrest take toll on Metair 

By: Irma Venter     Updated 2 hours 4 minutes ago Metair warns that the second half of its 2021 financial year will continue to be dominated by the impact of Covid-19, as well as the “severe effect” of global supply-chain disruptions and the global shortage of semi-conductors. Metair manufactures, assembles, distributes and retails energy... 

Isuzu updates govt on R1.2bn plant investment, new D-Max ready for 2022 launch 

By: Irma Venter     26th October 2021 Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSAf) this week welcomed the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition Ebrahim Patel to its plant in Struandale, Gqeberha. Patel previously visited Isuzu in 2019, shortly before the announcement that the Japanese manufacturer would invest R1.2-billion into its... 

Image of Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel and IMSAf CEO Billy Tom
Ebrahim Patel and Billy Tom

First Corolla Cross hybrid electric vehicle rolls off the line at TSAM's KwaZulu-Natal plant 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th October 2021 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) on October 26 officially launched the Corolla Cross production line at its assembly plant in Prospecton, KwaZulu-Natal.  The plant is able to produce 111 Corolla Cross vehicles a day, or about 30 000 units a year, for export to more than 40 countries.  

A photo of President Cyril Ramaphosa at the opening of Toyota South Africa Motors' new Corolla Cross production line in KwaZulu-Natal
Photo by Creamer Media's Marleny Arnoldi
President Cyril Ramaphosa at the opening of Toyota South Africa Motors' new Corolla Cross production line in KwaZulu-Natal

ETGL expands its logistics business into the tractor, motorbike sectors 

By: Irma Venter     25th October 2021 ETG Logistics (ETGL) has announced that it is expanding its product and service offering to the farming and automotive sectors. ETGL is the logistics vertical of ETG, a global conglomerate with business interests across various industries. 

An image of Belarus tractors from Minsk Tractor Works
The range of tractors from Minsk Tractor Works

Motus acquires UK’s FAI Automotive

By: Irma Venter     22nd October 2021 Automotive group Motus has acquired the entire issued share capital of FAI Automotive in the UK. The purchase consideration is based on an enterprise value of roughly R700-million, with the effective cash outflow of R550-million to be funded from available cash resources and funding facilities. 

First Grenadiers to arrive in SA in October next year

By: Irma Venter     22nd October 2021 The first Ineos Grenadier vehicles destined for local customers will arrive in South Africa in October next year, says Ineos Automotive South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa head Tim Abbott. If the name sounds familiar, it is because Abbott is the former boss of the BMW group in South Africa and... 

Semiconductor shortage will slow global auto sales recovery – S&P  

By: Irma Venter     21st October 2021 The intensifying semiconductor shortage will slow the post-Covid-19 global recovery of light-vehicle sales over the next two years, says S&P Global Ratings in a newly published report. "In our revised scenario, we now expect light-vehicle sales will increase more moderately by about 2% to 4% in... 

Image of a man holding a computer chip

Ford’s Silverton plant targets improving built quality as it prepares for new Ranger

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2021 Ford South Africa (Ford SA) is steadily improving built quality at its Silverton plant and it aims to achieve less than ten warranty repairs per 1 000 Ranger bakkies as a yearly average by the end of 2022, says Ford SA quality director Kevin Heunis. This number is seen as the holy grail within... 

Image of the Ford Silverton plant
The Ford Silverton plant

SA green-tech company pilots 100% electric reefer trailers in The Netherlands

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2021 Four companies have initiated a nine-month pilot project in The Netherlands, which will see diesel refrigeration systems in semi-trailers replaced by zero-emission battery-electric prototypes.  This is the first time that refrigerated trailers are being run by 100% electric eco-sustainable power.  

Image of a reefer trailer powered by Maxwell and Spark
The four trailers in this pilot will have a modified Thermo King reefer engine (Advancer A400), in combination with a specialised battery system from Maxwell and Spark (70 kWh)

New chairperson appointed at Isuzu Motors South Africa

By: Irma Venter     19th October 2021 Naohiro Yamaguchi has been appointed as the new chairperson of Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSAf). Yamaguchi has held various leadership roles throughout his 35 years with the Japanese vehicle manufacturer.  

Image of Naohiro Yamaguchi Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSAf) chairperson
Naohiro Yamaguchi 

‘Optimistic outlook’ for Volvo to start electric truck sales in South Africa in 2024 

By: Irma Venter     18th October 2021 Volvo Trucks South Africa (SA) should start the local testing of electric trucks within the next two years, says Volvo Trucks SA product support senior manager Erica Parry. “Sales will be determined by various factors but, most importantly, the investment and availability of charging facilities... 

Image of a Volvo electric truck

Jaguar Land Rover trials world-first digital supply chain for leather using blockchain technology

By: Irma Venter     15th October 2021 Jaguar Land Rover has trialled the use of secure blockchain technology “to ensure full transparency within a sustainable leather supply chain”. In the world-first, the British automaker partnered with supply chain traceability provider Circulor, UK leather manufacturer Bridge of Weir Leather... 

Image of the leather supply chain in Jaguar using blockchain

Ford South Africa exports 500 000th Ranger

By: Irma Venter     15th October 2021 Ford South Africa’s (Ford SA’s) Silverton plant, in Pretoria in September produced its 500 000th Ranger for the export market. This year is the current Ranger’s tenth anniversary, with the new model to be launched next year. 

Brand to succeed retiring MBSA CEO Engling in May

By: Irma Venter     15th October 2021 The World Economic Forum (WEF) has launched a digital toolbox with more than 200 leading practices and case studies to boost sustainability and reduce emissions of cities. Cities have a crucial role to play in the race to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. The platform focuses on solutions that... 

New-vehicle sales momentum continues, despite shortage of some models

By: Irma Venter     15th October 2021 The South African new-vehicle market continued to recover some momentum in September, following the disruptions experienced in the economy during July, says WesBank. “Building on August sales successes, September sales . . . provided some reassurance for a stronger final quarter.” 

September sales propel Suzuki into ‘top three’

By: Irma Venter     15th October 2021 Suzuki Auto South Africa (Suzuki SA) in September broke its month-old all-time sales record set in August by more than 600 units. The company last month recorded 3 134 new-vehicle sales, notching up its best month ever and elevating it to a top-three position in overall vehicle sales in the South... 

Company establishes green rare earth fluoride manufacturing plant based on Necsa intellectual property 

By: Donna Slater     14th October 2021 Over the past two years, Pretoria-based rare earth (RE) minerals refinery Rare Earth Refiners (RER) has designed, built and commissioned a demonstration plant for the green production of RE fluorides using a R15-million grant from the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA). REs, and especially... 

An image of the rare earth fluoride production machine based on intellectual property developed by the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation
The rare earth fluoride production machine based on intellectual property developed by the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation

Nissan introduces made-in-SA Navara single-cab bakkie

By: Irma Venter     14th October 2021 Following the introduction of the new Navara double-cab bakkie in June, Nissan South Africa has announced that it will round out the range with the launch of the single-cab derivative in October. As is the case with the double cab, the single-cab pickup is produced at the Nissan Rosslyn plant, in... 

Image of a Navara single-cab bakkie

Electronics company expects strong growth for fuel cell cars

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th October 2021 A report by IDTechEx forecasts that the market value of on-road fuel cell vehicles will reach $160-billion by 2042, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 23.9% from 2022 to 2042. The electronics company believes that incorporating a fuel cell into an electric vehicle powertrain, generating... 

Hyundai to electrify all of its new commercial vehicle models by 2028

By: Irma Venter     8th October 2021 The Hyundai Motor Group has set out its plans to popularise hydrogen by 2040 through the introduction of new technologies and mobility solutions in the transport and other industrial sectors. At its recent Hydrogen Wave global online forum, Hyundai unveiled plans that will see the electrification... 

Image of the Hyundai Trailer Drone
The Trailer Drone

Fritz to leave MBSA, Raine announced as successor

By: Irma Venter     8th October 2021 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) has announced that co-CEO and Mercedes-Benz Cars executive director Johannes Fritz will be moving back to Germany to head up Mercedes-Benz Cars and Vans in Bavaria, one of the largest sales regions in the German market.  “Fritz, who spent four years in South... 

Hyundai, Mini and Hino come out tops in NADA dealership survey

By: Irma Venter     8th October 2021 Hyundai and Mini walked away with top honours in the 2021 National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI) survey for passenger and light commercial vehicles, while Mitsubishi was named the most improved brand. Gold winners in this segment were Suzuki, Toyota,... 

Messe Frankfurt South Africa appoints Michael Dehn MD

By: Donna Slater     5th October 2021 Events organiser Messe Frankfurt South Africa has appointed Michael Dehn as its new MD, effective October 1. He succeeded Joshua Low who resigned from the company.  

An image of Messe Frankfurt South Africa MD Michael Dehn
Messe Frankfurt South Africa MD Michael Dehn

September sales see Suzuki move into top-three position

By: Irma Venter     5th October 2021 Suzuki Auto South Africa (Suzuki SA) in September broke its month-old all-time sales record set in August by more than 600 units. The company last month recorded 3 134 new-vehicle sales, notching up its best month ever and elevating it to a top-three position in overall vehicle sales in the South... 

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Neale Hill appointed Africa president for Ford Motor Company

By: Irma Venter     1st October 2021 Ford Motor Company has appointed Neale Hill as president of Ford Motor Company Africa, effective October 1. Hill is to lead the company in transforming and modernising Ford’s business across the African continent.  

Image of Neale Hill president of Ford Motor Company Africa
Neale Hill

Motus acquires FAI Automotive in the UK 

By: Irma Venter     1st October 2021 JSE-listed Automotive group Motus has acquired the entire issued share capital of FAI Automotive in the UK. The purchase consideration is based on an enterprise value of roughly R700-million, with the effective cash outflow of R550-million to be funded from available cash 

Image of Motus dealership

Bell Equipment to launch self-driving dump truck next year

By: Irma Venter     1st October 2021 Bell Equipment will launch its first autonomous articulated dump truck (ADT) on the global market next year, says Bell Equipment CEO Leon Goosen. The truck will also be available in South Africa. 

BMW prioritises production at Rosslyn amid global semiconductor shortage 

By: Irma Venter     1st October 2021 The current global semiconductor (computer chip) shortage has not significantly impacted on operations at the BMW plant in Rosslyn, Pretoria, as production at the facility is being prioritised within the German carmaker’s larger manufacturing network. “At BMW we are managing quite well [with the... 

Mahindra South Africa introduces certified pre-owned vehicle franchises

By: Irma Venter     30th September 2021 Mahindra South Africa has introduced the concept of a dedicated Mahindra certified pre-owned vehicle franchise. This is a dedicated used-vehicle division that is being launched at qualifying Mahindra dealers across South Africa.  

Image of the opening of a Mahindra pre-owned vehicle franchise

First Grenadiers to arrive in SA in October next year 

By: Irma Venter     29th September 2021 The first Ineos Grenadier vehicles destined for customers will arrive in South Africa in October next year, says Ineos Automotive South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa head Tim Abbott. If the name sounds familiar, it is because Abbott is the former boss of the BMW group in South Africa and... 

Image of Ineos Grenadier
The Ineos Grenadier

Engling to depart Mercedes-Benz South Africa, Brand to take over

By: Irma Venter     28th September 2021 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) has announced that its CEO and manufacturing executive director, Andreas Engling, will retire on May 1, next year. Engling has been with Mercedes-Benz since 1987, and with MBSA since 2017. 

Image of Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA)  CEO and manufacturing executive director designate Andreas Brand
Andreas Brand

1 200 jobs created as Ford prepares for new Ranger production at Silverton plant

By: Irma Venter     24th September 2021 Ford South Africa (Ford SA) has created about 1 200 incremental jobs by reintroducing a third shift to its operations at the Silverton assembly plant. The additional shift forms part of the US automaker’s $1.05-billion investment in the Pretoria plant to produce the next-generation Ranger bakkie,... 

Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa executive management restructured

By: Irma Venter     24th September 2021 Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) has named Ziyad Gaba as customer service, parts and downstream VP, and Maretha Gerber as sales and marketing VP.  Gaba was previously at the helm of Fuso Trucks Southern Africa, while Gerber was head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks Southern Africa. 

Promotion of e-mobility key before SA starts producing batteries for EVs and hybrids

By: Irma Venter     24th September 2021 One of the first steps for South Africa to participate in the global battery supply chain for battery electric or hybrid vehicles would be the promotion of electromobility in the local market, proposes Mercedes-Benz production and supply chain management board member Dr Jörg Burzer. “This is one... 

Naacam announces MBA scholarship in remembrance of Dr Johan van Zyl

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd September 2021 The National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) has announced it will provide a full manufacturing- focused MBA scholarship at the Toyota Wessels Institute for Manufacturing Studies (TWIMS) for its intake in 2022. The one-off scholarship will be awarded in... 

Left to right: Mbusiswa Ngcobo, Justin Barnes, Andrew Kirby, Renai Moothilal, Ugo Frigerio

Magnesium maelstrom throws up another roadblock for automakers

By: Reuters     21st September 2021 Widespread closures of magnesium smelters in top producer China due to a clampdown on emissions and shortages of energy have propelled prices of the metal to their highest since 2008, posing another headache for automakers. Magnesium, also widely used in the aerospace industry, is needed to make... 

Production of facelifted Polo starts at Kariega plant, on sale in 2022 in SA 

By: Irma Venter     20th September 2021 Production of the new-look Polo has started at Volkswagen’s manufacturing plant in Kariega. Vehicle models typically receive a make-over in the middle of their lifecycle. 

Image of Polos leaving Kariega plant
The first shipment of the new-look Polo leaves the VWSA Kariega plant
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