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Passenger Cars, Bakkies & Vans

Image of the DFSK EC35 four-seater panel van
Yet more Chinese imports on their way, this time electric, and available to rent
17th May 2024 By: Irma Venter

Local importer of Dongfeng Sokon Automobile (DFSK) battery electric vehicles (BEV), Enviro Automotive, says it will make a number of additions to its vehicle line-up. The company introduced the... 


Amith Singh
Opinion: Government must come to the party on new-energy vehicles
17th May 2024

The automotive sector requires policy certainty and investment incentives to meet the challenges of the future and sustain its vital role in the economy, writes Nedbank Commercial Banking... 


Millennials, Gen-Zs want cars but are struggling to afford them – WesBank
17th May 2024 By: Irma Venter

Young South Africans, aged 35 and younger, are demonstrating a growing preference for private mobility. This is evident in recent WesBank data that shows a consistent increase over the past three... 


New-vehicle sales gain 2.2% after eight months of decline, Suzuki swoops into second place
17th May 2024 By: Irma Venter

New-vehicle sales have finally moved into positive territory following eight gruelling months of decline. Not all market segments experienced growth, however. 


Stellantis assembly-plant site being readied for construction – dtic
Stellantis assembly-plant site being readied for construction – dtic
15th May 2024 By: Irma Venter

The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has started to prepare the site at the Coega Special Economic Zone for the construction of the new Stellantis vehicle-assembly plant, says the Department of... 


An automotive component factory in the TASEZ
Tshwane Automotive SEZ celebrates training of first cohort of youth
15th May 2024 By: Schalk Burger

The Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ) on May 14 celebrated the first cohort of 526 local youths trained in safety, health, environment and quality to participate in different parts... 


Image of an LDV T60 bakkie
LDV to launch bakkie, SUV, MPV and panel van ranges in SA
14th May 2024 By: Irma Venter

Chinese car maker LDV has confirmed that its full range of passenger and commercial vehicles have been given the go-ahead for introduction in the South African market. The company is part of the... 


Aluminium vehicle body panels in an assembly plant
Logistics, NEVs in focus for next phase of automotive industry growth
10th May 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Efficient logistics to move vehicles and automotive components up and down the value chain and adapting the local industry to new energy vehicles (NEVs) is crucial to shape the trajectory of the... 


Blue Energy, wheel maker ink green power deal
10th May 2024 By: Irma Venter

Local developer and operator of clean energy infrastructure Blue Energy Africa has signed a 20-year deal with Borbet South Africa (SA) for the procurement of power from renewable-energy sources.... 


Image of the BMW 7 Series
BMW 7 Series clinches 2024 Car of the Year title
9th May 2024 By: Irma Venter

The luxurious BMW 7 Series has been awarded the 2024 South African Car of the Year (COTY) title. In a competition run by the South African Guild of Mobility Journalists (SAGMJ), the the Suzuki... 


Image of Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council chief trade and research officer Dr Norman Lamprecht
Auto exports soar to new record; shift to EVs sees drop in catalytic converter numbers
7th May 2024 By: Irma Venter

Despite a tough domestic economy undermining a recovery in new-vehicle sales to pre-pandemic levels, record vehicle exports in 2023 ensured that the South African automotive sector still managed to... 


Image of a Suzuki Swift badge
New-vehicles sales gain 2.2% after eight months of decline; Suzuki swoops into second place
6th May 2024 By: Irma Venter

New-vehicle sales have finally moved into positive territory following eight gruelling months of decline. Not all market segments experienced growth, however. 


VW Africa laments power outages in Eastern Cape, but Electricity Minister said to be tackling the problem
3rd May 2024 By: Irma Venter

Volkswagen Group Africa (VWA) suffered four power outages at its Kariega plant in the second week of April, says VWA MD and chairperson Martina Biene. This happened while there was no loadshedding... 


Suzuki breaks through 50 000 unit sales mark
3rd May 2024 By: Irma Venter

Suzuki Auto South Africa (Suzuki SA) has broken through the 50 000-units-a-year sales barrier for the first time in its history. The year in question is the company’s financial year, running from... 


The above image depicts one of the trucks operated by Knorr-Bremse
Braking company developing Africa presence
3rd May 2024 By: Lynne Davies

According to a report by the African Development Bank in the ‘Macroeconomic Performance and Outlook of Africa’ publication, 11 African countries featured in the world’s 20 fastest growing economies... 


The above image depicts the latest trucks offered by RIZON
New Class 4, 5 vehicles optimised for net-zero emissions
3rd May 2024

Commercial electric truck brand RIZON, the newest brand of all-electric trucks manufactured by Daimler Truck, announced the Canadian launch of its Class 4 and 5 vehicles. The RIZON brand was... 


The image depicts the RFA CEO Gavin Kelly
RFA helps to address cross-border challenges
3rd May 2024 By: Lynne Davies

The Road Freight Association (RFA) – the largest national trade association in South Africa – is concerned about cross-border transport and the associated regulatory and traffic challenges. Three... 


Image of Ford SA sales director Ryan Searle
Former Audi SA head moves to Ford as sales director
2nd May 2024 By: Irma Venter

Ford South Africa has appointed Ryan Searle as its new sales director, effective May 1. Searle joins Ford after six years as the head of Volkswagen passenger sales where he was responsible for... 


Image of the Ford Ranger plant
Lower income consumers are being priced out of the car market – TransUnion
2nd May 2024 By: Irma Venter

TransUnion Africa CEO Lee Naik says a tough economic environment characterised by cost-of-living challenges, high fuel costs and currency depreciations have resulted in a notable decline in vehicle... 


Volkswagen to invest R4-billion to produce third model at Kariega plant in show of commitment to South Africa
26th April 2024 By: Irma Venter

Volkswagen Group Africa (VWA) will invest R4-billion in its manufacturing plant in Kariega, in the Eastern Cape. The investment will be used to prepare the plant for the addition of a third model... 


Urgent need to develop Africa’s fuel storage, distribution networks – Puma Energy
Urgent need to develop Africa’s fuel storage, distribution networks – Puma Energy
23rd April 2024 By: Irma Venter

Puma Energy Africa head Fadi Mitri has issued a call to action to the African Refiners and Distributors Association (ARDA) to urgently develop the continent’s energy infrastructure. ARDA is the... 


Image of JLR's Bess system
Jaguar Land Rover develops portable charger using second-life batteries 
19th April 2024 By: Irma Venter

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has developed a portable battery energy storage system (Bess) using second-life Range Rover and Range Rover Sport plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) batteries.  The... 


GAC Motor joins inflow from China
19th April 2024 By: Irma Venter

China’s GAC Motor has appointed Salvador Caetano Auto as the distributor and retailer of GAC vehicles, spare parts and related services in South Africa (SA). GAC Motor is a subsidiary of the... 


New-vehicle sales plummet 11.7% in March, extending months-long slide
19th April 2024 By: Irma Venter

New-vehicle sales plummeted by 11.7% in March, to 44 237 units, compared with the same month last year. Sales for the first quarter of the year are now 5.3% below the same period last year. 


Image of a VW Polo
VW Africa laments power outages in ECape; Patel says Electricity Minister is tackling the problem
17th April 2024 By: Irma Venter

Volkswagen Group Africa (VWA) last week suffered four power outages at its Kariega plant, says VWA MD and chairperson Martina Biene. This happened while there was no loadshedding scheduled for the... 


VWA chairperson and MD Martina Biene
Volkswagen to invest R4bn to produce third model at Kariega plant
16th April 2024 By: Irma Venter

Volkswagen Group Africa (VWA) will invest R4-billion in its manufacturing plant in Kariega, in the Eastern Cape. The investment will be used to prepare the plant for the addition of a third model... 


Millennials, Gen-Zs want cars, but are struggling to afford them – WesBank
Millennials, Gen-Zs want cars, but are struggling to afford them – WesBank
15th April 2024 By: Irma Venter

Young South Africans, aged 35 and younger, are demonstrating a growing preference for private mobility. This is evident in recent WesBank data that shows a consistent increase over the past three... 


Image of the Jaecoo J7
Jaecoo launches its first cars in South Africa
15th April 2024 By: Irma Venter

China’s Jaecoo brand has launched its first vehicle in South Africa – the J7 sports-utility vehicle (SUV). Chery/Omoda & Jaecoo South Africa (SA) says the “urban off-road SUV brand” is “poised to... 


Image of the Eeco panel van
Suzuki breaks through the 50 000-unit sales mark
12th April 2024 By: Irma Venter

Suzuki Auto South Africa (Suzuki SA) has broken through the 50 000-units-a-year sales barrier for the first time in its history. The year in question is the company’s financial year, running from... 


Toyota, Ford and VW shine in AutoTrader report
12th April 2024 By: Irma Venter

In 2023, Toyota took top position as South Africa’s most sold used-car brand, with 60 296 units changing hands, while the Ford Ranger reigned supreme as the country's most sold model, at 20 156... 


Toyota adds Hilux, Fortuner hybrids to its local production line-up
12th April 2024 By: Irma Venter

Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has added the Hilux double-cab and Fortuner 48 V mild hybrids to its local production line-up at its Durban plant, in KwaZulu-Natal. The addition of the new models... 


Image of a WeBuyCars supermarket
WeBuyCars lists on the JSE
11th April 2024 By: Irma Venter

Preowned-vehicle sales specialist WeBuyCars on Thursday listed on the main board of the JSE under the share code WBC. The listing follows WeBuyCars’ unbundling from Transaction Capital, which also... 


New-vehicle sales plummet 11.7% in March
New-vehicle sales plummet 11.7% in March
3rd April 2024 By: Irma Venter

New-vehicle sales plummeted by 11.7% in March, to 44 235 units, compared with the same month last year. Sales for the first quarter of the year are now 5.3% below the same period last year. 


Toyota launches expanded accessories programme in SA
29th March 2024 By: Irma Venter

Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has launched a new programme called Associated Accessory Products (AAP). The local arm of the Japanese carmaker says this one-stop-shop offering will complement... 


Image of Metair CEO Paul O’Flaherty
Metair to tackle high debt, gauge Mutlu’s future  
27th March 2024 By: Irma Venter

Metair is still very much open for business and the group is able to accommodate new clients should they need automotive components or energy solutions, says new CEO Paul O’Flaherty. O’Flaherty,... 


Image of the T60 bakkie from LDV
China’s LDV launches in the local bakkie, commercial vehicle market
26th March 2024 By: Irma Venter

LDV is the latest automotive brand from China to enter South Africa, with the Asian country seemingly intensifying its efforts to become the world’s new automotive powerhouse. LDV forms part of... 


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