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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... 


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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... 


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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... 


Image of GAC SA MD Leslie Ramsoomar
GAC Motor joins inflow from China; Ramsoomar appointed as MD
25th March 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... 


Nissan Africa president Joni Vila
Jordi Vila appointed Nissan Africa president
22nd March 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Automotive manufacturer Nissan has appointed Jordi Vila as Nissan Africa president. He currently serves as Nissan Europe sales and marketing divisional VP. Vila will succeed Nissan Africa president... 


Image of the Hilux 48 V mild hybrid
Toyota adds Hilux, Fortuner hybrids to its local production line-up
22nd March 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... 


Toyota, Ford and VW come out tops in 2023 AutoTrader report
Toyota, Ford and VW come out tops in 2023 AutoTrader report
15th March 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 used model, at 20 156... 


2024 Car of the Year finalists announced
15th March 2024 By: Irma Venter

The South African Guild of Mobility Journalists (SAGMJ) has announced the 18 finalists of the Old Mutual Insure 2024 Car of the Year (COTY) competition. “We eagerly await the upcoming competition... 


Standard Bank partners with mobility startup Planet42
Standard Bank partners with mobility startup Planet42
14th March 2024 By: Irma Venter

Standard Bank has partnered with Planet42 in a R300-million deal it believes will enable the mobility startup “to shake up the passenger car market by broadening access to personal vehicles and... 


Image of the Mazda BT-50
Mazda Southern Africa discontinues BT-50 bakkie sales
14th March 2024 By: Irma Venter

Mazda Southern Africa has announced that the Mazda BT-50 double-cab bakkie has reached the end of the line in the local market. Since it debuted in 2008, replacing Mazda’s B-series of... 


Volkswagen SA spends big to counter loadshedding, now sole Polo supplier
8th March 2024 By: Irma Venter

Volkswagen Group South Africa, now trading as Volkswagen Group Africa (VWA), is investing R55-million to generate 3 MW in additional solar energy for its assembly plant in Kariega, in the Eastern... 


VWSA could announce third production model this year, expects uptick in 2024 car market
8th March 2024 By: Irma Venter

Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) will hopefully this year receive the final confirmation on the production of a third model at the Kariega plant, says MD Martina Biene. This third model will... 


'Asian brothers' coming to SA 'with a force', says Motus boss
8th March 2024 By: Irma Venter

Motus’ stable of imported vehicle brands – Hyundai, Kia, Renault and Mitsubishi – all experienced a tough six months towards the end of last year. Speaking at the company’s financial results... 


Grindrod to spend big at Matola terminal as MPDC grows Maputo capacity
Grindrod to spend big at Matola terminal as MPDC grows Maputo capacity
7th March 2024 By: Irma Venter

Ports and logistics group Grindrod is set to invest big in its Matola drybulk terminal in Mozambique. Announcing Grindrod’s financial results for the year ended December 31 on Thursday, CEO Xolani... 


Hawks fleet boosted with new cars to widen operational footprint
Hawks fleet boosted with new cars to widen operational footprint
6th March 2024

The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, also known as the Hawks, was given a new fleet of cars last month to improve its response time and broaden the national footprint of the... 


Hermogene Nsengimana and Lungelo Ntobongwana
African experts meet to discuss auto industry standardisation
4th March 2024 By: Irma Venter

South Africa is hosting the African Organisation for Standardisation Technical Committee 59 (ARSO/TC 59) this month to discuss technical standardisation within the African automotive industry. The... 


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New-vehicle sales down 0.9%, exports jump by 27.5%
1st March 2024 By: Irma Venter

Total domestic new-vehicle sales in February declined by 0.9%, to 44 749 units, compared with the same month last year, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council. The new-passenger-car market... 


African shared mobility sector to almost double in size by 2030 – report
1st March 2024 By: Irma Venter

The size of Africa’s shared mobility market, which includes services such as ride-hailing, scooter or e-bike rentals, as well as car-sharing, will almost double by 2030, creating an additional 550... 


Volkswagen Group Africa opens new airbag deployment test centre
Volkswagen Group Africa opens new airbag deployment test centre
29th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Volkswagen Group Africa (VWA) has officially opened its new R20-million airbag deployment centre, following a construction period of nearly two years. The facility, based at the company’s B Plant... 


The site of the proposed green hydrogen production facility
Lhyfe seeking approval for planned 20 MW green hydrogen plant in the UK
28th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Green hydrogen development company Lhyfe is planning to build, if plans are approved, a 20 MW green hydrogen production facility in Wallsend, North Tyneside, in the UK. The proposed facility will... 


Image of Motus CEO Osman Arbee
‘Asian brothers’ coming to SA 'with a force', says Motus boss
27th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Motus’ stable of imported vehicle brands – Hyundai, Kia, Renault and Mitsubishi – all experienced a tough six months at the end of last year. Speaking at the company’s financial results... 


Stellantis, Société Générale, Caetano Squadra Africa sign agreement on vehicle sales, financing in Africa
Stellantis, Société Générale, Caetano Squadra Africa sign agreement on vehicle sales, financing in Africa
26th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Stellantis, in partnership with Paris-based bank Société Générale and vehicle distributor Caetano Squadra Africa, have signed a collaboration agreement aimed at facilitating the sale and financing... 


Suzuki ends 2023 just shy of 50 000 unit sales, starts January with a bang
23rd February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Suzuki Auto South Africa (Suzuki SA) ended 2023 with sales of 49 573 vehicles – up more than 460% from the 8 833 vehicles sold in 2017. Over the past six years, the Japanese compact-car specialist,... 


Vehicle crime ramped up towards end of last year, says Tracker
23rd February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Tracker’s vehicle crime statistics for July to December last year show an increase in vehicle crime, with a peak in November. Data from the asset tracking company also shows that a business-owned... 


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