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No steering problem on SA Corolla – Toyota SA 

By: Irma Venter     19th February 2010 There is no similar problem with the Corolla steering mechanism in South Africa as has been reported on some Corolla models in the US, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) spokesperson Leo Kok. “The specifications of the left-hand drive Corolla are very different than those of our model. “We... 

Tyre group's Uitenhage plant makes big water-saving inroads

By: Irma Venter     12th February 2010 Tyre manufacturer Goodyear South Africa has cut water use by 5,6-million litres a month as part of a recycling initiative, and in an effort to save water in the drought-stricken Eastern Cape. 

Auto component producers urge Eskom to focus on cost savings

By: Irma Venter     5th February 2010 Vehicle manufacturers require their component suppliers to achieve real savings of 3% a year, and should Eskom be tasked with a similar 3% a year savings in primary energy and operating costs, the cumulative savings in five years would be R49-billion. 

Ford sets ambitious weight and fuel targets

By: Irma Venter     5th February 2010 US car manufacturer Ford wants to cut the weight of its cars by up to 340 kg, and shave fuel use by up to 20%. 

Preliminary investigation points to Corolla, Auris, Verso in local recall 

By: Irma Venter     4th February 2010 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) was still determining the list of models that would need to be recalled to fix a potential problem with the accelerator, but the company's investigation was currently pointing to the Corolla, Auris and new generation Verso models, said spokesperson Leo Kok on... 

Global recall puts Toyota's reputation for reliability at risk 

By: Irma Venter     3rd February 2010 Japanese vehicle manufacturer Toyota's once bullet-proof reputation of quality and reliability – embodied by the Japanese word “kaizen,” meaning continuous improvement – is unlikely to escape unharmed from the global recall of some its vehicles owing to a potential problem with the acceleration... 

Honda SA recalls previous Jazz model

By: Irma Venter     1st February 2010 Honda South Africa is recalling its previous generation Jazz, model year 2002 to 2008, in order to inspect and modify driver door power-window switches that the company says “may, in some cases, short circuit as a result of water intrusion into the housing”. This follows a vehicle fire in... 

Take a leaf from our book and cut costs, component makers tell Eskom 

By: Irma Venter     21st January 2010 Vehicle manufacturers require their component suppliers to achieve real savings of 3% a year, and should Eskom be tasked with a similar 3% a year savings in primary energy and operating costs, the cumulative savings in five years would be R49-billion. This would have a “very significant impact”... 

Hey, who muzzled my Mustang?

By: Irma Venter     18th January 2010 A Ford Mustang should run, not trot. It should growl and grunt and not purr. It is, after all, not a demure family sedan used to cart the kids to school, but a pedigree American pony designed to eat asphalt. But what to do when advances in automotive technology muzzles the famous Mustang... 

First assemblers being courted for new multibrand East London car plant

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2010 The East London industrial development zone (ELIDZ) expects to make an announcement before the end of March on the first vehicle manufacturer (original equipment manufacturer, or OEM) to make use of its new multi-OEM assembly plant to be built in the IDZ, says ELIDZ business development manager... 

South Africa works on electric vehicle battery production vision 

By: Irma Venter     11th December 2009 South Africa is gearing up to produce batteries for electric vehicles. These batteries could be viewed as the 21st century’s ‘new oil’, with any country able to produce them securing a significant portion of their energy future.  

New East London plant to announce first assembler by end March

By: Irma Venter     10th December 2009 The East London industrial development zone (ELIDZ) expects to make an announcement before the end of March on the first vehicle manufacturer (original equipment manufacturer, or OEM) to make use of its new multi-OEM assembly plant to be built in the IDZ, says ELIDZ business development manager... 

Progress being made on finalisation of new auto investment scheme

By: Irma Venter     4th December 2009 “Good progress” has been made over the last few weeks to finalise the details of the automotive investment scheme (AIS), which falls under government’s new industry support programme, the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP), says Volkswagen of South Africa MD and National... 

Inflatable seat-belt solution combines air-bag technology with traditional safety mechanism

By: Irma Venter     27th November 2009 US vehicle manufacturer Ford is bringing to market the world’s first inflatable seat belts, combining attributes of traditional seat belts and air bags to provide what the company describes as “an added level of crash safety protection for rear-seat occupants”. 

Progress being made in APDP discussions – Powels

By: Irma Venter     20th November 2009 “Good progress” has been made over the last few weeks to finalise the details of the automotive investment scheme (AIS), which falls under government's new industry support programme, the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP), says Volkswagen of South Africa MD and National... 

Ford appoints new MD for SA operations 

By: Irma Venter     20th November 2009 US car manufacturer Ford Motor Company has appointed Jeffery Nemeth as the new president and CEO of Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA), effective January 1, 2010. Nemeth is currently president of Ford Lio Ho (Taiwan). Nemeth will replace FMCSA's current president and CEO, Hal Feder,... 

2009 vehicle sales likely to slump 25% year-on-year

By: Irma Venter     20th November 2009 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) expects 2009 new vehicle sales to decline by 25% compared with 2008 numbers. 

Future of SA autocat industry in the balance, interest group warns

By: Irma Venter     20th November 2009 An analysis by the Catalytic Converter Interest Group (CCIG) indicated that, over the last 12 months, the industry has lost new business contracts with a combined revenue value of R7,9-billion, says CCIG chairperson and Johnson Matthey South Africa commercial manager Paul Thompson. 

Dorbyl posts R39m interim loss

By: Chanel de Bruyn     19th November 2009 Challenging economic conditions have continued to put pressure on JSE-listed automotive component manufacturer Dorbyl’s margins and volumes, leading to a net loss of R38,9-million in the six months ended September 30, 2009, compared with a net loss R81,6-million the year before. The manufacturer... 

VWSA to double exports, increase production by 50%

By: Irma Venter     19th November 2009 Volkswagen of South Africa (VWSA) will export 55 000 new generation Polo's next year, doubling this year's export volume of 28 000 units, of which 19 000 will be new Polo's. In 2008, exports from the company's Uitenhage plant amounted to around 40 000 units, up from the roughly 35 000 units... 

Ford introduces inflatable seat belts 

By: Irma Venter     17th November 2009 US vehicle manufacturer Ford is bringing to market the world’s first inflatable seat belts, combining attributes of traditional seat belts and air bags to provide what the company describes as “an added level of crash safety protection for rear-seat occupants”. The restraint system is designed... 

October vehicle exports rise 20% 
on previous month’s figure

By: Irma Venter     13th November 2009 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) reports that October vehicle exports surprised on the upside. 

Nissan plant to return to 2007 production levels, thanks
to new export opportunities, solid demand for new pick-up

By: Irma Venter     13th November 2009 Vehicle production at Nissan South Africa’s (NSA’s) plant in Rosslyn, near Pretoria, will return to around 45 000 units this financial year, after falling well short of this target in 2008 as vehicle demand slumped in the face of a global recession. 

Automaker halts production of the Citi Golf

By: Irma Venter     13th November 2009 There will be no more nights on the town for the Citi Golf.  

SA autocat industry lost orders worth R8bn over past year

By: Irma Venter     10th November 2009 An analysis by the Catalytic Converter Interest Group (CCIG) indicated that, over the last 12 months, the industry has lost new business contracts with a combined revenue of R7,9-billion, says CCIG chairperson and Johnson Matthey South Africa commercial manager Paul Thompson. “We fear further... 

Recession has had 'catastrophic effect' on local catalytic converter industry

By: Irma Venter     9th November 2009 The “worst global downturn in the motor industry in decades has had a catastrophic effect” on South Africa’s local catalytic converter industry, says Catalytic Converter Interest Group (CCIG) chairperson and Johnson Matthey South Africa commercial manager Paul Thompson. CCIG represents the... 

Chinese auto group considering the sourcing of autocats from SA

By: Irma Venter     6th November 2009 Chinese vehicle manufacturer Chery is investigating the possibility of sourcing catalytic converters from South Africa for its production plants in China, says Chery International Asia Pacific and South Africa GM Tony Sun. 

October vehicle exports up sharply on September volumes

By: Irma Venter     3rd November 2009 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) on Tuesday reported that vehicle exports during October had surprised on the upside. Export sales, at 20 948 vehicles, reflected a decline of 7 149 vehicles, or a fall of 25,4% compared with the 28 097 vehicles... 

End of an era as Citi Golf retires 

By: Irma Venter     2nd November 2009 There will be no more nights on the town for the Citi Golf. The 31-year old on Monday retired her little black dress officially as Volkswagen of South Africa (VWSA) announced that it would no longer produce the entry-level hatchback at its Uitenhage plant, in the Eastern Cape. However, more... 

Nissan SA's output starts to recover following 2008 slump

By: Irma Venter     30th October 2009 Vehicle production at Nissan South Africa's plant in Rosslyn, near Pretoria, could return to around 45 000 units this financial year, after falling well short of this target in 2008 as vehicle demand slumped in the face of a global recession. The company produced 33 000 units last year, and 45... 

Auto bosses wring their hands over SA’s declining competitiveness. Can the situation be salvaged?

By: Irma Venter     30th October 2009 The local automotive industry contributed 7,3% to South Africa’s gross domestic product in 2008.  

Auto investment support guidelines soon

By: Irma Venter     30th October 2009 The guidelines of the automotive investment scheme (AIS), which falls under government’s new industry support programme, the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP), should be concluded by the end of October, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa... 

Component jobs will be lost if power prices surge, association warns

By: Irma Venter     30th October 2009 The cumulative impact of power utility Eskom’s tariff application to increase electricity prices by 45% each year over the next three years will result in “the loss of many jobs in automotive component manufacturing”, says National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers... 

German auto-part group invests in Uitenhage 
as local-content push accelerates

By: Irma Venter     30th October 2009 German vehicle component producer Benteler Automotive will invest R178-million to set up a plant in the Nelson Mandela Bay Logistics Park, in Uitenhage. 

No retrenchments, no bonuses IDC bail-out beneficiaries told

By: Terence Creamer     22nd October 2009 Strict conditions had been placed on those firms that had, or would, receive bail-out money from the State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), including restrictions on retrenchments, dividends and executive bonuses. Executive and chief economist Lumkile Mondi reported this week that... 

Chinese auto manufacturer investigates sourcing catalytic converters from SA

By: Irma Venter     21st October 2009 Chinese vehicle manufacturer Chery is investigating the possibility of sourcing catalytic converters from South Africa for its production plants in China, says Chery International Asia Pacific and South Africa GM Tony Sun. This not only provides opportunities in terms of local manufacture, but... 

Component body calls for 'significant' rate cut

By: Irma Venter     21st October 2009 The National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) has called for a “significant” rate cut ahead of the start of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting in Pretoria on Wednesday. “Now is the right time to do this,” said executive director Roger Pitot.... 

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