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Audi rolls out ultrafast 150 kW EV charging network in South Africa 

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2022 Audi South Africa (SA) is partnering with GridCars to install ultrafast electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the country. In doing this, the local arm of the German car maker says it will become the first EV brand to invest in this technology at publicly accessible sites.  

Suzuki reports 67% surge in new-vehicle sales in 2021

By: Irma Venter     18th January 2022 Suzuki Auto South Africa (SASA) saw 67% growth in new-vehicle sales in 2021 as it delivered 27 583 new vehicles to customers, the highest on record for the local arm of the Japanese car manufacturer. SASA reported new-vehicle sales of 16 527 units for 2020. The same year also saw SASA breach the... 

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Long-term solutions required for continuing supply chain disruptions – Tata Africa boss 

By: Irma Venter     18th January 2022 There is no end in sight for the current supply-chain disruptions affecting truck brands, says Tata International Africa and Tata Africa Holdings MD Len Brand. “These disruptions that will eventually put pressure on vehicle prices, resulting in a negative impact on truck sales.” 

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Len Brand

Automechanika postponed to June

By: Irma Venter     17th January 2022 Messe Frankfurt South Africa has decided postpone Automechanika Johannesburg & Futuroad from March this year to June. “After having engaged with our exhibitors and partners in the automotive aftermarket industry, the unanimous feedback has been that the timeline to June will allow for sufficient... 

KLT wants to diversify, expand in SA, says new CEO 

By: Irma Venter     17th January 2022 The KLT Group aims to diversify its business in South Africa following the completion of its large-volume contract with Ford South Africa later this year. KLT’s contract with Ford for the local production of the chassis assembly for the current Ranger bakkie will come to an end in 2022, confirms... 

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KLT SA CEO Ashok Thakur

Moove rolls into Kenya, broadens vehicle finance to bikes and trucks 

By: Irma Venter     14th January 2022 Africa mobility fintech company Moove has launched operations in Nairobi, Kenya, its first city in East Africa and sixth on the continent.  To expand the company’s vehicle and product offerings to customers, the company has partnered with Uber to allow ride-hailing and delivery drivers to... 

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A Moove motorcycle taxi (Boda Boda)

Al Attiyah, Baumel win Dakar 2022 in SA-built Hilux 

By: Irma Venter     14th January 2022 Nasser Al Attiyah and Mattieu Baumel have won the 2022 Dakar rally in their South African-built Gazoo Toyota Hilux. Al Attiyah and Baumel led the 4 000 km two-week race across the Saudi Arabian Desert from start to finish, ultimately winning the race by 27 minutes from Sebastien Loeb and Fabian... 

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Nasser Al Attiyah and Mattieu Baumel in their South African-built Gazoo Toyota Hilux

VW looks to new types of fuel to cut emission levels in Europe

By: Irma Venter     13th January 2022 Volkswagen plans to reduce the carbon footprint of its fleet in Europe by 40% by 2030 by, for example, increasingly focusing on the development and sales of fully and partially electric vehicles. As a further alternative, however, the German car maker is now also approving models with the... 

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All models with 4-cylinder TDI engines, as with the Tiguan seen here, delivered since the end of June, 2021, can be refuelled with paraffinic fuels

Full EVs 65% of all new-car sales in Norway; in SA its 0.2%, hybrids included 

By: Irma Venter     12th January 2022 The Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association (NEVA) reports that the Scandinavian country set a new record for electric vehicle (EV) sales in 2021, with 64.5% of all new cars sold fully electric. The association says last year turned out to be the year “EV sales skyrocketed in Norway, where... 

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The Tesla Model 3

BMW proposes the prospect of on-the-fly vehicle colour changes  

By: Irma Venter     7th January 2022 BMW this week unveiled the iX Flow featuring E Ink at the Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas. The Munich-based premium car manufacturer is offering the prospect of a future technology that uses digitisation to adapt the exterior of a vehicle to different situations and individual wishes.  

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When stimulated by electrical signals, the electrophoretic technology brings different colour pigments to the surface, causing the body skin to take on the desired colouration

Mercedes-Benz unveils its vision for electric mobility – a 1 000 km car 

By: Irma Venter     7th January 2022 Are electric vehicles with their currently limited range suitable for one of life’s more iconic events – the road trip? Mercedes-Benz thinks so. The German car maker used this month's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to lift the veil on a vehicle capable of tackling distances much longer... 

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The Vision EQXX

Tribunal dismisses panel beater's bid to remove its admission of cartel conduct

By: Schalk Burger     6th January 2022 The Competition Tribunal has dismissed an application by Life Wise, trading as Eldan Auto Body, to excise its admission of cartel conduct, as contained in a consent agreement that was confirmed as an order of the tribunal in August 2020. Eldan had sought the removal of its admission on the... 

Peugeot introduces its first hydrogen fuel-cell commercial vehicle

By: Irma Venter     6th January 2022 Peugeot’s e-Expert Hydrogen fuel-cell van has entered production. With this, the French vehicle maker says it has become “one of the very first manufacturers to offer, in addition to its combustion and battery-electric versions, a hydrogen fuel-cell powered version in the commercial vehicle... 

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The Peugeot e-Expert Hydrogen

Submissions for uYilo’s Kickstart Fund 2022 now open

By: Irma Venter     4th January 2022 The uYilo Electric Mobility Programme has opened the Kickstart Fund 2022 for submissions. uYilo was established in 2013 as a multistakeholder, collaborative programme focused on enabling, facilitating and mobilising electromobility (e-mobility) in South Africa.  

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And the new iX makes it three…

By: Irma Venter     4th January 2022 Starting from a cool R1.65-million, it is now possible to own BMW Group South Africa’s (BMW SA’s) third fully electric vehicle available in the country – the new iX sports activity vehicle (SAV), adding to the i3 and electric Mini Cooper SE already on the market. The price includes a... 

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The new BMW iX

Toyota to launch 30 electric Toyota, Lexus models by 2030

By: Irma Venter     3rd January 2022 Toyota says it will launch 30 Toyota and Lexus battery electric vehicles (BEVs) by 2030, including the new Toyota bZ4X due for global release later this year. During his presentation, Toyota president Akio Toyoda announced that the Japanese car will expand its options for carbon-neutral vehicles... 

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Some of the BEVs Toyota will launch to 2030

AA, Global NCAP release latest #SaferCarsForAfrica crash test results

By: Irma Venter     3rd January 2022 The Global New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) and the Automobile Association of South Africa (AA South Africa) have unveiled their newest round of #SaferCarsForAfrica crash test results. The fresh round of testing, which looked at the Mazda 2 and the Nissan Almera, was supported by the FIA... 

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The Mazda 2 during the NCAP crash test

NAACAM initiative suggests options to improve South Africa’s skills development landscape

By: Simone Liedtke     15th December 2021 The skills development landscape within South Africa’s automotive component manufacturing sector, which has largely been characterised by limited coordination between key stakeholders and the inconsistent implementation of key initiatives, has contributed to growing concerns about the robustness... 

R2.5-billion spent on TASEZ development

By: Nadine Ramdass     10th December 2021 The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) has so far contributed R2.5-billion towards the development of the Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ). The money has helped to unlock a R16-billion investment by automotive manufacturer Ford Motor Company and a further... 

Mercedes-Benz Vans now undertaking taxi conversions in-house

By: Irma Venter     10th December 2021 Mercedes-Benz Vans South Africa (MBVSA) has taken the conversion of the Sprinter panel van into the Sprinter minibus taxi in-house at its Eastern Cape facility. “To deepen our commitment to the local taxi industry and in support of the South African economy, our 23-seater Sprinter Inkanyezi... 

Electric Canter has arrived for local testing – DTBSA

By: Irma Venter     10th December 2021 The all-electric Fuso Canter (eCanter) has arrived in South Africa for local testing, says Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) CEO Michael Dietz. Earlier testing at the beginning of 2020 of a prototype light-duty eCanter with AB InBev Africa was interrupted by the advent of Covid-19. 

2023 cleaner fuels introduction plan gets thumbs up

By: Irma Venter     10th December 2021 Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council says it welcomes the announcement of the next step in government’s clean fuels programme, set to become effective in September 2023. The Department Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has gazetted the introduction of the next phase of the Clean Fuels... 

TASEZ on road to completion

By: Nadine Ramdass     10th December 2021 Consulting engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Zutari has expanded and updated the traffic impact assessment for the larger Tshwane area affected by the development of the Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ). The assessment indicated that eight major road intersections must... 

An ariel view of the TASEZ Phase 1 project
ARIEL VIEW OF TASEZ PHASE 1 Zutari has provided engineering service for the project

Jendamark Automation invests in a rooftop solar system

By: Irma Venter     8th December 2021 Jendamark Automation has installed a R3.2-million rooftop solar plant at its manufacturing facility in Gqeberha, in the Eastern Cape.  The system comprises 481 solar panels capable of generating up to 274.5 MWh of electricity a year. 

The Jendamark solar installation
The Jendamark facility

Volkswagen includes South African in group of best apprentices

By: Irma Venter     7th December 2021 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) employee Zintle Mvana has been named one of the best apprentices in the global Volkswagen Group. This is an honour bestowed each year to only a handful of the German car maker’s top young talent across the world.  

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Zintle Mvana

VWSA to introduce ID.4 EV test fleet in SA next year

By: Irma Venter     3rd December 2021 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has taken the next step in its electric mobility strategy, which kicked off in 2020 with the launch of an electric-Golf test fleet.  The e-Golfs were used for research purposes and testing by motoring media, as well as Volkswagen dealers, in an effort to gain... 

Chip shortage to slow global auto sales recovery – S&P 

By: Irma Venter     3rd December 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... 

New Ranger to spark big rise in production and exports from Ford’s Silverton plant

By: Irma Venter     3rd December 2021 Ford South Africa (SA) is on schedule with its R15.8-billion expansion programme to significantly boost its exports from the Silverton plant in Pretoria as from next year, says Ford Motor Company Africa president Neale Hill. Ford SA will produce the new-generation Ranger pick-up at the Tshwane... 

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Auto import substitution a growing reality

3rd December 2021 Replacing imported automotive products with locally manufactured finished goods and components is a growing reality, states local supplier KLT Automotive and Tubular Products South Africa CEO Ashok Thakur. He adds that substitution of imported products in favour of locally manufactured goods is... 

Support programme aims to improve local content production capacity

3rd December 2021 Local manufacturers find it difficult to participate directly in the value chain supplying components for commercial vehicles owing to stringent requirements. As a result, many downstream suppliers are unable to make use of local upstream producers. Industry support programme the National Foundry... 

Investment company supports localisation drive

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd December 2021 The South African Automotive Master Plan 2035 (SAAMP), introduced in July this year, aims to increase transformation and localisation in the automotive industry, which is also evident through the launch of the Automotive Industry Transformation Fund (AITF) in 2019. The fund has, to date, set... 

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ASAVELA LUMKWANA We want to invest long-term and be in partnerships where we can pool resources for the growth of local businesses, and subsequently the industry

Industry body helps to develop electric vehicle capabilities

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd December 2021 Local automotive industry body the Automotive Industry Development Centre Eastern Cape (AIDC EC) has aligned its strategy and resources to facilitate the attainment of the South African Automotive Masterplan targets in the Eastern Cape, states AIDC EC CEO Thabo Shenxane. These targets include... 

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THABO SHENXANE Our research continues to monitor export opportunities in Africa with a view to providing the Eastern Cape with scientific and evidence-based interventions

Lubricant focus smoothing way into automotive

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd December 2021 The automotive industry provides lubricant company FUCHS LUBRICANTS South Africa with growth opportunities in Africa, as a lot of growth on the continent is focused on the automotive sector, says FUCHS South Africa sales director Andrew Cowling. FUCHS LUBRICANTS have a range of more than 10 000... 

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SUPPLY STRENGTH FUCHS LUBRICANTS have a range of more than 10 000 products and related service lines, covering the main categories of lubricants, including automotive lubricants

Ford announces R600m investment in South African engine plant 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd December 2021 Automotive company Ford Motor Company on December 2 announced an investment of R600-million into its Struandale engine plant, in Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth). This investment will support the launch of a new 3 litre V6 turbodiesel engine, as well as upgrades to the existing assembly line... 

Ford's Struandale engine plant
Ford's Struandale engine plant

EV industry must work closer with lithium suppliers, executives say

By: Reuters     2nd December 2021 Automakers must work closer with lithium producers to guarantee supply of specialized types of the white metal that boost an electric vehicle's range and performance, Albemarle Corp and Livent Corp executives told the Reuters Next conference on Wednesday. As... 

Even the battery boom can’t escape world’s supply chain woes

By: Bloomberg     1st December 2021 Soaring commodity prices and supply chain bottlenecks threaten to push up the cost of batteries seen as crucial in the fight against climate change. Higher raw material costs could push the average price of a lithium-ion battery pack to $135 per kilowatt-hour in 2022, a 2.3% gain from this year’s... 

Auto execs confident industry will see more profitable growth in next five years – survey

By: Simone Liedtke     30th November 2021 Global automotive executives are confident that the industry will see more profitable growth in the next five years and that the market share of electric vehicles (EVs) will grow dramatically by 2030, a new survey by KPMG shows. KPMG’s Annual Global Automotive Executive survey further finds that... 

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