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New patent on filter system for metalworking announced

29th November 2019 Motion and control technologies provider Parker Hannifin Corporation’s industrial gas filtration and generation division launched an important new patent for the metalworking industry. Announced in August, the patent is designed to optimise drainage within the SmogHog SHM Machine Mount... 

South Africa’s auto sector most likely to attract more German investment  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th November 2019 Through the Southern African–German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the German government on Thursday hosted a Baden-Württemberg Meets Gauteng business forum, to promote further trade and investment. Baden-Württemberg is the third-largest state in Germany and has as a gross domestic product... 

EV charging network gears up for numerous new models 

By: Irma Venter     26th November 2019 Few people know that it is possible to travel on the N1 from Johannesburg to Cape Town with an electric vehicle (EV). EV charging solution specialist GridCars, a Solareff subsidiary, has installed around 100 of the 200 existing public charging stations around the country. Of these 100, 52 are DC,... 

EV charging network gears up for numerous new models

Datsun launches automatic Go; says it is here to stay

By: Irma Venter     25th November 2019 The Datsun brand is set to remain in South Africa, says Datsun South Africa (SA) head Hide Kuwayama. He describes current media reports around the future of the brand as “speculation”. 

Datsun launches automatic Go; says it is here to stay
The Datsun Go CVT

Renault edges out Suzuki in inaugural WesBank Fuel Economy Tour  

By: Irma Venter     19th November 2019 Renault has edged out Suzuki to take the crown as South Africa’s most fuel efficient brand in the inaugural WesBank South Africa Fuel Economy Tour. The five-day, 2 500 km event saw 40 competing vehicles travel from Johannesburg to Cape Town, via Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth and George. 

Renault edges out Suzuki in inaugural WesBank Fuel Economy Tour

Second-hand tyre survey shows 61% are not fit for use 

By: Irma Venter     14th November 2019 The 2019 South African Tyre Manufacturing Conference (SATMC) Used Tyre Survey indicates that only 39% of tyres surveyed this year were deemed safe for use on the road. This is a sharp decrease on safe-to-reuse second-hand tyres when compared with the 47% recorded in the 2014 survey, says Sumitomo... 

Second-hand tyre survey shows 61% are not fit for use

Automotive component makers to invest R2.4bn in South Africa  

By: Irma Venter     12th November 2019 Eight auto component manufacturers will invest R2.4-billion in their South African operations as they either expand their footprint, or gear up for new business opportunities, says National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) executive director Renai Moothilal.... 

Automotive component makers to invest R2.4bn in South Africa

Isuzu announces R1.2bn investment in next-gen bakkie programme  

By: Irma Venter     11th November 2019 Isuzu Motors, of Japan, has confirmed that it will be investing R1.2-billion in the production of its next-generation one-ton bakkie in South Africa, while an additional total local parts and content value of R2.8-billion should be generated through the lifecycle of the assembly programme. This... 

Isuzu announces R1.2bn investment in next-gen bakkie programme
The current generation Isuzu bakkie

Clear buying-down trend in truck market, says UD Trucks

By: Irma Venter     8th November 2019 Despite South Africa’s struggling economy, the truck market has grown by 3.1% in the first ten months of the year, compared with the same period last year. According to the latest sales results, 23 190 new trucks and buses, in total, have been sold so far in 2019.   

Clear buying-down trend in truck market, says UD Trucks

BMW set to launch electric Mini in South Africa in 2020 

By: Irma Venter     8th November 2019 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) will launch the fifth fully electric vehicle (EV) to enter the local market in the middle of next year – the Mini Cooper SE. This move means BMW SA will also be the first manufacturer to have two EV models available in the local market. 

BMW set to launch electric Mini in South Africa in 2020

The Hyundai Atos returns as the new-car market continues to struggle

By: Irma Venter     7th November 2019 The Hyundai Atos is back. The re-entry of the small passenger car, following its departure in 2013, should strengthen Hyundai Automotive South Africa’s (HASA’s) position in the popular entry-level segment of the local market. 

 The Hyundai Atos returns as the new-car market continues to struggle
The new Hyundai Atos

Toyota to invest R2.4bn to produce new passenger car in Durban

6th November 2019 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) will invest R2.43-billion in the production of a new passenger car at its Prospecton plant, in Durban. The model has not been named. 

Toyota to invest R2.4bn to produce new passenger car in Durban
Photo by Dylan Slater
Andrew Kirby

Vehicle manufacturers to launch R6bn auto industry empowerment fund 

By: Irma Venter     6th November 2019 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) will launch a R6-billion Automotive Industry Transformation Fund (AITF) to support black participation in the automotive industry supply chain. The fund was announced on Wednesday at the South African Investment... 

 Vehicle manufacturers to launch R6bn auto industry empowerment fund
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Tim Abbott

R3.5bn Tshwane SEZ to support proposed doubling of production at Ford plant 

By: Irma Venter     5th November 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa has officially kickstarted construction of the Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (SEZ). The R3.5-billion development, funded by government, will be housed next door to the Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) plant, in Silverton. It will act as an... 

R3.5bn Tshwane SEZ to support proposed doubling of production at Ford plant

Service stations must invest in EV charging stations, says FNB’s Fester 

By: Irma Venter     4th November 2019 With 867 electric vehicles (EVs) registered in South Africa, and with this figure likely to increase in the near future, fuel retailers can no longer ignore the imminent need to invest in battery electric vehicle charging infrastructure, says First National Bank (FNB) fuel brand specialist Ronél... 

 Service stations must invest in EV charging stations, says FNB’s Fester

BMW, ACSA unveil EV charging stations at three airports 

By: Irma Venter     4th November 2019 Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) and BMW South Africa have launched BMW ChargeNow electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA), Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) and King Shaka International Airport (KSIA). ORTIA and CTIA each have two ChargeNow... 

BMW, ACSA unveil EV charging stations at three airports
Tim Abbott and Fundi Sithebe

Tshwane Automotive SEZ expected to be jobs, industrialisation catalyst

By: Irma Venter     1st November 2019 The establishment of the Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (SEZ) will – “without a doubt” – aid in job creation and economic growth, says Gauteng Economic Development, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development MEC Morakane Mosupyoe. The proposed SEZ will be developed on 162 ha of land... 

Next round of emobility innovation funding opens

By: Irma Venter     1st November 2019 The uYilo Electric Mobility Programme has opened the grant funding call for its 2019 Kick Start Fund Project. uYilo was established in 2013 as an initiative of the Technology Innovation Agency, with the aim to enable, facilitate and mobilise electric mobility (e-mobility) in South Africa. 

Mahindra South Africa on track for another record year

By: Irma Venter     30th October 2019 Mahindra South Africa (SA) appears on track to deliver another new yearly sales record. Looking at sales for the first three quarters of 2019, the group had almost reached its  full year sales volume for 2018 by September this year. 

Mahindra South Africa on track for another record year

Volkswagen launches pilot electric mobility project in Rwanda

By: Irma Venter     30th October 2019 Volkswagen has launched a pilot project, in partnership with Siemens, to test the feasibility of electric mobility in Africa. The pilot project, which will form part of the German car maker’s operations in Rwanda, was announced by Volkswagen Group South Africa CEO Thomas Schäfer, who is also... 

Volkswagen launches pilot electric mobility project in Rwanda
The launch of the electric mobility agreement was attended by Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa CEO Sabine Dall’Omo, Rwanda Trade and Industry Minister Soraya Hakuziyaremye, Rwanda Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente, Schäfer, and Volkswagen Mobility Solutions Rwanda CEO Michaella Rugwizangoga

Mazda celebrates five years as a standalone brand with 60% growth 

By: Irma Venter     24th October 2019 It has been a prosperous five years for Mazda as a standalone company in South Africa, following the split from Ford in the local market in 2014. Starting out with 9  067 vehicles sold in 2015, sales have grown by 60%, to around 14 500 units in 2018, says Mazda Southern Africa MD Craig Roberts. 

Mazda celebrates five years as a standalone brand with 60% growth
Craig Roberts

Fourth electric car to launch in South Africa next year 

By: Irma Venter     22nd October 2019 Mercedes-Benz’s first battery electric vehicle (EV) will go on sale in South Africa in 2020, says Mercedes-Benz Cars South Africa marketing director Selvin Govender. This means South Africa will have four full EVs on the market next year, namely the Nissan Leaf, the BMW i3, the Jaguar I-Pace and... 

Fourth electric car to launch in South Africa next year
The Mercedes-Benz EQC

Renault joins Toyota, Mercedes with hydrogen delivery van

By: , Bloomberg     22nd October 2019 Renault will offer its electric Kangoo van with added hydrogen fuel-cells before the end of the year and roll out the technology to another model in 2020. The move sees the French carmaker joining competitors Toyota Motor Corporation and Hyundai Motor in sticking with fuel-cell vehicles even as... 

South Africa will not escape change in car-use patterns, says Absa 

By: Irma Venter     21st October 2019 The rise of self-driving and electric vehicles (EVs) will impact the vehicle insurance industry, despite the fact that personal use cars will remain an aspirational consumer asset in South Africa for the foreseeable future, says Absa Vehicle and Asset Finance managing executive Faisal Mkhize.... 

South Africa will not escape change in car-use patterns, says Absa

Citroën returns to South Africa, launches three new models 

By: Irma Venter     21st October 2019 Citroën has returned to South Africa following an almost three-year absence. Known for its unconventional styling, Citroën makes a comeback to South Africa as part of French parent company, Groupe PSA, reclaiming ownership of its brand in South Africa. 

Citroën returns to South Africa, launches three new models
The C3

Grant funding for local electric vehicle innovations up for grabs

By: Irma Venter     18th October 2019 The uYilo Electric Mobility Programme has opened the grant funding call for its 2019 Kick Start Fund Project. uYilo was established in 2013 as an initiative of the Technology Innovation Agency, with the aim to enable, facilitate and mobilise electric mobility in South Africa. UYilo says its 2019... 

Grant funding for local electric vehicle innovations up for grabs

Tshwane special economic zone will create jobs, says govt 

By: Irma Venter     16th October 2019 The establishment of the Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (SEZ) will – “without a doubt” – aid in job creation and economic growth, says Gauteng Economic Development, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development MEC Morakane Mosupyoe. The proposed SEZ will be developed on 162 ha of land... 

Tshwane special economic zone will create jobs, says govt
Morakane Mosupyoe

Toyota gives R70m endowment towards manufacturing studies 

By: Irma Venter     14th October 2019 The Toyota Wessels Institute for Manufacturing Studies (TWIMS) has received a R70-million endowment from the Toyota South Africa (SA) Educational Trust to create a manufacturing ambassador scholarship to fund promising students who want to complete a manufacturing-focused Master of Business... 

Toyota gives R70m endowment towards manufacturing studies
The TWIMS campus

Numsa rejects employers proposal in motor retail, components sector

By: African News Agency      14th October 2019 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has rejected the latest wage agreement proposals by employer bodies in the motor retail and components sectors, Numsa said on Sunday. Numsa had met employer bodies from the Motor Industries Bargaining Council (Mibco) for the last day of... 

Volvo, Geely to merge engine units in electric car push

By: , Bloomberg     7th October 2019 Volvo Cars and China’s Geely plan to merge their engine operations into a standalone company, a step the Swedish automaker says will cut costs as it shifts to a fully electrified lineup. The combined unit would supply two million diesel and gasoline-powered engines, compared with the 600 000... 

Taxis to have access to discounted tyres through Bridgestone, SA Taxi deal 

By: Irma Venter     7th October 2019 Tyre manufacturer Bridgestone South Africa (SA) has entered into a strategic partnership with SA Taxi for the supply of a tyre specifically designed for the Toyota minibus taxi. The tyre will be locally produced, at the Bridgestone plant in the North West. 

Taxis to have access to discounted tyres through Bridgestone, SA Taxi deal
Photo by Creamer Media's Irma Venter
Bridgestone SA CEO Jacques Fourie and Santaco president Phillip Taaibosch

Toyota increases localisation through expanded Hiace Ses’fikile plant

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th October 2019 Automotive manufacturer Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) on Friday unveiled its upgraded Hiace Ses’fikile assembly plant, in KwaZulu-Natal, which manufactures South Africa’s most popular minibus taxi. TSAM invested R454-million to upgrade the facility, which now uses 13 Kawasaki robots for... 

Powerstar targets long-haul market, expands FT series

By: Irma Venter     30th September 2019 Powerstar is committed to developing a presence in the long-haul trucking market, says Everstar Industries COO David Gao. Everstar Industries assembles and distributes Powerstar trucks in South Africa. 

Powerstar targets long-haul market, expands FT series
The new FT10

Extrusion press concept for aluminium sector developed

By: Halima Frost     27th September 2019 As a global service partner for clients, metallurgical industry plant and integrated systems provider, SMS group has developed a concept for extrusion presses offering significant flexibility and efficiency for the steel and aluminium industries. “SMS group service technicians are specifically... 

Extrusion press concept for aluminium sector developed
KEEP ROLLING ROLLING ROLLING A cold rolling production line supplied to an international client by SMS group

UD Trucks ups its tech offering as it launches new Quon range

By: Irma Venter     26th September 2019 UD Trucks Southern Africa (UDTSA) has introduced the new Quon extra-heavy truck range to the local market. The new range has an array of fresh technologies to cater for increasingly sophisticated customer demands. 

UD Trucks ups its tech offering as it launches new Quon range
The new Quon

Daewoo Trucks stages a comeback, launches new Maximus

By: Irma Venter     26th September 2019 South Korean commercial vehicle brand Daewoo Trucks is steadily making a comeback in the South Africa market. Daewoo Trucks has been on sale in South Africa since 2004, but in earlier years failed to make a significant impact, owing largely to poor parts availability and after-sales service, says... 

Daewoo Trucks stages a comeback, launches new Maximus
The Maximus KL3TX

Toyota unveils all-new connected car offering as standard 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th September 2019 Toyota South Africa Motors, in collaboration with partners Altron and Vodacom Business, has deployed connectivity features and in-car Wi-Fi on all new Toyota and Lexus models from September. Natasha Odendaal tells us more. 

Toyota unveils all-new connected car offering as standard
Toyota unveils all-new connected car offering as standard
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