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Construction of Tshwane SEZ progressing well – October

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 2021 Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ) chairperson Lionel October says he is satisfied with the progress made on the construction of the roughly R8-billion project.  October visited the TASEZ site, located next to the Ford Ranger assembly plant in Silverton, with a team of officials... 

Mercedes-Benz to introduce green steel in vehicles in 2025

By: Irma Venter     1st June 2021 German car maker Mercedes-Benz has taken an equity stake in Swedish start-up H2 Green Steel (H2GS) as a method to introduce carbon-dioxide-free (CO2-free) steel into series production.  H2GS was founded in 2020 and aims to build a large-scale fossil-free steel production facility in northern... 

Mercedes-Benz to introduce green steel in vehicles in 2025

Quality stainless steel components supplied during pandemic

28th May 2021 Engineering solutions specialists BMG provided engineering components and support services to all sectors during the Covid-19 pandemic. “The BMG team is committed to making sure industry continues to operate as safely and efficiently as possible during this challenging time. It is absolutely... 

COMPLETE SAFETY 
BMG works closely with its customers in all sectors to ensure that each plant is well-prepared to maintain full production
COMPLETE SAFETY BMG works closely with its customers in all sectors to ensure that each plant is well-prepared to maintain full production

Draft Green Paper on electric vehicle production out for public comment

By: Irma Venter     28th May 2021 The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) has issued a Draft Green Paper on the Advancement of New-Energy Vehicles in South Africa. New-energy vehicles (NEVs) include hybrids, battery electric vehicles (EVs) and fuel-cell vehicles. 

Tata International Africa launches commercial vehicle asset finance solution in SA

By: Irma Venter     28th May 2021 Tata International Africa (TIA) has expanded its retail finance offering to South Africa, with the product already on offer in countries such as Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana and Zambia. “The financing of heavy commercial vehicles, construction equipment and agricultural machinery presents its... 

Customers returning to showrooms, but new-vehicle stock availability an issue

By: Irma Venter     28th May 2021 The size of the South African new-vehicle market will be determined by the availability of stock this year, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) sales and marketing senior VP Leon Theron. “It’s a weird, weird year. The market is quite difficult to call. 

Naamsa assessing industry readiness to implement Competition Commission’s aftermarket guidelines 

By: Irma Venter     21st May 2021 Naamsa | the Automotive Business Council says the local automotive industry is assessing its state of readiness to implement the Automotive Aftermarket Guidelines on July 1. These Guidelines were published by the Competition Commission of South Africa on December 10 and aim to provide improved... 

Mikel Mabasa
Mikel Mabasa

Firms pledge R18m to help boost manufacturing in South Africa, rest of the continent

By: Irma Venter     21st May 2021 The advancement of manufacturing in South Africa and on the rest of the continent has received a boost from four South African manufacturers. JSE-listed groups Illovo Africa, Metair and The Foschini Group (TFG), as well as local vehicle manufacturer Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM), have pledged... 

Van Zyl back at TSAM to help plot company’s strategy 

By: Irma Venter     21st May 2021 Dr Johan van Zyl has stepped down as Toyota Motors Europe president and CEO, and has returned to Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) to serve as executive chairperson. Van Zyl was TSAM president and CEO, as well as Africa region CEO, before his departure for Europe six years ago.  

New guidelines to usher more SMMEs, black businesses into aftersales value chain

By: Irma Venter     21st May 2021 The newly drafted guidelines for the automotive aftermarket sector, set to take effect on July 1, will allow for the increased participation of small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs), and/or black-owned firms in South Africa’s aftersales value chain, says the Automotive Industry... 

DTIC publishes draft green paper on electric vehicle production 

By: Irma Venter     18th May 2021 The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) has issued a Draft Green Paper on the Advancement of New-Energy Vehicles in South Africa. New-energy vehicles (NEVs) includes hybrids, battery electric vehicles (EVs) and fuel-cell vehicles. 

DTIC publishes draft green paper on electric vehicle production

Ford to help dealers speed up repairs through wearable tech

By: Irma Venter     14th May 2021 Ford South Africa is rolling out a new, high-tech approach to vehicle repairs at its dealerships. The local arm of the US car maker has already conducted a pilot study of the RealWear HMT-1 Hands-free Remote Collaboration Tool, which remotely connects Ford dealership technicians with the... 

Ford to help dealers speed up repairs through wearable tech

Electric car sales accelerated 41% last year, Europe now largest market

By: Irma Venter     14th May 2021 Global sales of electric cars grew by 41% last year, despite the shock of Covid-19, says the International Energy Agency (IEA) in its ‘Global Electric Vehicle Outlook 2021’ report. The IEA’s Jacopo Tattini, who coordinated the analysis of the sales data and the production of the report, says many... 

Manufacturer gears forth despite pandemic

By: Theresa Bhowan     14th May 2021 Amid ongoing research and development (R&D) of diesel engines for trucks and other vehicles, and the optimisation of engine emissions, US engine designer, manufacturer and distributor Cummins in South Africa was not immune to the Covid-19 pandemic. Cummins in South Africa partners with... 

TAKING STRIDES
Cummins in South Africa partners with original-equipment manufacturers as part of its R&D strategies
TAKING STRIDES Cummins in South Africa partners with original-equipment manufacturers as part of its R&D strategies

Mahindra SA opens new training centre

By: Irma Venter     14th May 2021 Mahindra South Africa (SA) has opened the doors to its new training centre in Centurion, Gauteng. The new centre more than doubles the available space of the previous facility.  

AA launches the first of many planned auto centres

By: Irma Venter     14th May 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. 

Hino South Africa upgrades its 300-Series

By: Irma Venter     13th May 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. 

The new Hino 300 Crew Cab
The new Hino 300 Crew Cab

Volvo SA prices first electric car at R1.2m; launches online store 

By: Irma Venter     12th May 2021 Volvo Car South Africa (Volvo SA) has announced local pricing for the Swedish brand’s first all-electric vehicle, the XC40 P8 Recharge sports-utility vehicle. Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge orders are being taken from this month. 

The Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge
The Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge

Vehicle exports decline by R27bn; component exports reach new record 

By: Irma Venter     11th May 2021 The value of total automotive exports from South African declined by R26-billion, or 12.9%, from the record R201.7-billion reported in 2019, to R175.7-billion in 2020.  This is according to the Automotive Industry Export Council’s newly released 2021 Automotive Export Manual. 

Norman Lamprecht
Norman Lamprecht

Automechanika postponed to next year

By: Irma Venter     7th May 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 co-located with the Futuroad Expo, which is aimed at the truck, bus and commercial vehicle industry, as well as... 

Mahindra opens new parts warehouse in Gauteng

By: Irma Venter     7th May 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 about a third larger than Mahindra’s old Jet Park warehouse.  

Isuzu Motors SA funds cherry picker localisation

By: Irma Venter     7th May 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... 

Fleet management system to be installed on all Hino trucks

By: Irma Venter     7th May 2021 Full fleet management system Hino-Connect will from now on be installed as standard on the entire range of trucks offered by Hino South Africa (SA), including the Dyna, 300, 500 and 700 models. The project is a joint venture with mobility solutions provider Cartrack. 

2021 market to be determined by stock availability – Toyota, Hino 

By: Irma Venter     6th May 2021 The size of the South African new-vehicle market will be determined by the availability of stock this year, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) sales and marketing senior VP Leon Theron. “It’s a weird, weird year. The market is quite difficult to call. 

The new Hino 300
The new Hino 300

SA’s Supreme Spring and Ghana’s Springs and Bolts sign MoU 

By: Irma Venter     6th May 2021 The African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) has welcomed the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Supreme Spring, a subsidiary of JSE-listed group Metair, and Springs and Bolts, based in Ghana. Supreme Spring MD Mark Barley and Springs and Bolts CEO Derrick... 

The Supreme Spring, and Springs and Bolts teams at the South African facility
The Supreme Spring, and Springs and Bolts teams at the South African facility

Johan van Zyl returns to Toyota SA to help plot company’s long-term strategy  

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2021 Dr Johan van Zyl has stepped down as Toyota Motors Europe president and CEO, and has returned to Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) to serve as executive chairperson. Van Zyl was TSAM president and CEO, as well as Africa region CEO, before his departure to Europe six years ago.  

Johan van Zyl
Johan van Zyl

New guidelines set to transform auto supply chain – AIDCEC 

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2021 The newly drafted guidelines for the automotive aftermarket sector, set to take effect on July 1, will allow for the increased participation of small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs), and/or black-owned firms in South Africa’s aftersales value chain, says the Automotive Industry... 

New guidelines set to transform auto supply chain – AIDCEC

April new-vehicle sales show recovery is continuing, but supply problems loom large 

By: Irma Venter     4th May 2021 On paper, the South African new-vehicle market grew by an astounding 6 133.3% in April compared with the same month last year. However, this is not a fair comparison, as South Africa was in a hard Covid-19 induced lockdown during April last year, with only 574 units sold for the entire month. 

April new-vehicle sales show recovery is continuing, but supply problems loom large

TWIMS receives R18m for the advancement of manufacturing in SA, rest of Africa 

By: Irma Venter     30th April 2021 The advancement of manufacturing in South Africa and on the rest of the continent has received a boost from four South African manufacturers. JSE-listed groups Illovo Africa, Metair and The Foschini Group (TFG), as well as local vehicle manufacturer Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM), have pledged... 

The TWIMS campus
The TWIMS campus

Suzuki sets new sales record – again

By: Irma Venter     30th April 2021 Suzuki Auto South Africa (SASA) in March yet again set a new all-time sales record, this time of 2 397 vehicles sold during that month.  In doing so, the Japanese vehicle manufacturer broke its month-old record by nearly 12%. 

No timeframe yet for the development of green hydrogen corridor – Toyota SA

By: Irma Venter     30th April 2021 There is no time or cost framework yet for the proposed pilot project by Sasol and Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) to develop a green hydrogen mobility corridor, says the local arm of the Japanese car maker. “We have just started this exploration, hence no time and cost information may be made... 

Electric car sales jumped by 41% last year; Europe now the largest market 

By: Irma Venter     29th April 2021 The global sales of electric cars grew by 41% last year, despite the shock of Covid-19, says the International Energy Agency (IEA) in its ‘Global Electric Vehicle Outlook 2021’ report. The IEA’s Jacopo Tattini, who coordinated the analysis and production of the report, says many people expected... 

Electric car sales jumped by 41% last year; Europe now the largest market

Battery metal rush pits miners against marine biologists

By: Bloomberg     26th April 2021 Controversial plans to mine the ocean floor face a key test this year when a United Nations body unveils rules that could spur the exploitation of hundreds of billions of dollars of battery metals. The International Seabed Authority is preparing to pass regulations in July that could trigger a... 

Battery metal rush pits miners against marine biologists

Kia to assess local appetite for electric vehicles with newly unveiled EV6

By: Irma Venter     23rd April 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) into the local market, says KMSA marketing GM Christo... 

Tata to increase product range, footprint in Africa

By: Irma Venter     23rd April 2021 Tata International Africa (TIA) aims to double its turnover in the next four years, says CEO Len Brand. He 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. 

Consumers delaying car purchases owing to Covid-19

By: Irma Venter     23rd 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. 

DTBSA’s TruckStore expands, aims to double sales volumes 

By: Irma Venter     22nd April 2021 Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) is expanding its used-truck business through TruckStore, as part of a programme to double its used-truck sales. Another significant driver is the growing demand for pre-owned trucks in the domestic Covid-19-hit economy. 

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Annelie van Rooyen
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