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Volkswagen, Egyptian govt to undertake feasibility study on shared painting facility
8th December 2023 By: Irma Venter

Volkswagen and the government of Egypt have signed an agreement to develop a feasibility study on a shared automotive painting facility in the East Port Said Automotive Zone (EPAZ) within the East... 


Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel
South African auto sector to produce first EVs in 2026, says Patel at launch of key White Paper
4th December 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (dtic) on December 4 released the Electric Vehicles (EV) White Paper, as well as the Green Hydrogen Commercialisation Strategy final report.... 


naamsa warns port, rail challenges will negatively impact on South Africa's automotive sector
1st December 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Industry organisation naamsa | The Automotive Business Council says the current logistical challenges at South Africa's ports and across the entire freight rail network in the country are impacting... 


GWM launches its first EV in South Africa – priced below R700 000 
1st December 2023 By: Irma Venter

Great Wall Motors (GWM), also the owner of the Haval brand, has launched its first electric vehicle (EV) in the domestic market. Ora is the Chinese carmaker’s new-energy-vehicle-specific brand,... 


Business vehicles twice as likely to be hijacked as stolen – Tracker
1st December 2023 By: Irma Venter

Tracker statistics for the period January to June show that hijackings still dominate national vehicle crime, accounting for 55% of incidents, versus theft at 45%.  However, while the... 


Toyota Gazoo Racing SA to contest Dakar 2024 with three new crews as Al-Attiyah bows out
1st December 2023 By: Irma Venter

Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa (TGR SA) will field three crews at the 2024 Dakar Rally, with all three drivers hailing from South Africa.  Former TGR SA star and Dakar 2023 overall winner Nasser... 


Zeda Group CEO Ramasela Ganda
Zeda reports higher revenue, Ebitda
27th November 2023 By: Schalk Burger

JSE-listed vehicle rental and leasing company Zeda, in its maiden results as a listed company, reported a 12.4% year-on-year increase in revenue to R9.14-billion for the financial year ended... 


VW brand chief Thomas Schaefer
VW struggling with South Africa costs as group targets savings – executive
27th November 2023 By: Reuters

A senior Volkswagen executive involved in a global cost-cutting strategy said on Friday he was "very worried" about the future of the company's operations in South Africa, which is fighting... 


Salt in batteries: shift may herald another shakeup
27th November 2023 By: Bloomberg

Battery giants are starting to put their money on new sodium-based technology, a sign that there could be yet another shakeup in the industry that’s crucial for the energy transition. Sodium —... 


TITAN TRIO
Fuchs Lubricants launched the Titan GT1 Flex C23, the Titan Cargo Maxx II and the Titan Adblue at this year’s Automechanica
Supplier launches innovative lubricant solutions at Automechanika
24th November 2023 By: Simone Liedtke

After careful consideration and customer engagement, innovative lubricant solutions supplier Fuchs Lubricants South Africa launched the TITAN FT1 Flex C23, the TITAN CARGO MAXX II and the TITAN... 


China’s cheaper EVs challenging Western market dominance – report
24th November 2023 By: Irma Venter

A divide in the global transition to electric vehicles (EVs) has emerged as Chinese manufacturers seem to be rushing ahead of their Western counterparts in the production and sale of EVs.  This is... 


Mercedes-Benz SA, BEE partner to roll out 127 electric vehicle charging stations
24th November 2023 By: Irma Venter

Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) will roll out 127 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the country in a R40-million investment. As demand for EVs continues to grow, “ensuring robust... 


Stellantis to launch Strada half-tonner in sub-Saharan Africa, excluding S Africa
24th November 2023 By: Irma Venter

Stellantis has announced that it will launch the Fiat Strada half-ton bakkie in left-hand-drive markets in sub-Saharan Africa, starting this month. This excludes South Africa, where the Strada was... 


MUNRO SERIES-M
Munro Vehicles has completed the first pre-production model of its white Series-M utility all-electric 4x4
Electric 4 × 4 enters production
24th November 2023

Scotland-based automotive manufacturer Munro Vehicles announced the completion of the first pre-production model of its white Series-M utility all-electric 4x4 earlier this month. The vehicle is a... 


Solar-powered e-truck to conquer world’s highest volcano
24th November 2023

Transport company Gebrüder Weiss has dispatched a sophisticated solar-powered e-truck and expedition equipment to Chile, by sea freight, to help a team trying to reach the summit of the world’s... 


Image of the Volvo logo
Volvo Cars launches new business where your car can give power to the grid and your home
23rd November 2023 By: Irma Venter

Volvo Cars has launched Volvo Cars Energy Solutions, a new business unit that will offer energy storage and charging-related technology and services. The Swedish car maker says electric cars and... 


Image of Phase 1 of the MBSA solar project
Mercedes-Benz SA to invest R100m in second solar phase 
22nd November 2023 By: Irma Venter

Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) says it will invest R100-million in Phase 2 of a solar power project at its East London production plant, in the Eastern Cape. An additional 22 847 photovoltaic... 


Image of VWSA's Thomas Milz and DHL SA's Jed Michaletos
DHL to test Volkswagen’s electric ID.Buzz Cargo vans in South Africa
22nd November 2023 By: Irma Venter

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has partnered with DHL Express for the pilot testing of the electric ID.Buzz Cargo van in South Africa. Four ID.Buzz Cargo units will be placed at DHL Express service... 


Image of the CPX Pro
New range of electric two-wheelers goes on sale in SA as EVs become 'highly attractive'
21st November 2023 By: Irma Venter

It is not only the electric car that is challenging the status quo of the global automotive industry, but also the electric motorbike. VMoto Soco South Africa (VSSA) is a new company that aims to... 


Zero Carbon Charge solar power EV charging station
Zero Carbon Charge breaks ground on solar-powered EV charging network
20th November 2023 By: Darren Parker

Electric vehicle (EV) charging station developer Zero Carbon Charge has broken ground on its first 100% renewable energy charging station in Wolmaransstad, in the North West, in what is to become... 


Image of the GWM Ora O3
GWM launches its first EV in South Africa; priced below R700 000 
20th November 2023 By: Irma Venter

Great Wall Motors, also the owner of the Haval brand, has launched its first electric vehicle (EV) in the domestic market. Ora is the Chinese car maker’s new-energy-vehicle-specific brand, with the... 


Avis launches iLease as an alternative to vehicle ownership
17th November 2023 By: Irma Venter

Avis Fleet has introduced iLease, the company’s first leasing product in South Africa. iLease allows consumers the use of a vehicle for any duration between 12 and 48 months, as an alternative to... 


Electric vehicle market stymied by slow public charging roll-out – global study
17th November 2023 By: Irma Venter

A new study from Juniper Research has found that the lack of public infrastructure is severely limiting electric vehicle (EV) adoption in urban environments.  In particular, as flat and apartment... 


Increased exposure, cost concerns among insights revealed by AutoTrader’s EV buyers survey
17th November 2023 By: Irma Venter

AutoTrader’s 2023 South Africa Electric Vehicle (EV) Buyers Survey shows that 63% of respondents believe they would purchase an EV within the next five years, down from 65% in 2022. Some marginally... 


Ford invests R5.2bn to produce hybrid Rangers at Silverton, celebrates 100 years in SA
Ford invests R5.2bn to produce hybrid Rangers at Silverton, celebrates 100 years in SA
16th November 2023

As it celebrates 100 years of existence in South Africa, Ford Motor Company South Africa has announced it will invest R5.2-billion at its plant in Silverton to start producing plug-in hybrid... 


Image of the South African-built GR DKR Hilux T1+
Toyota Gazoo Racing SA to contest Dakar 2024 with three new crews as Al-Attiyah bows out
15th November 2023 By: Irma Venter

Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa (TGR SA) will field three crews at the 2024 Dakar Rally, with all three drivers hailing from South Africa.  Former TGR SA star and Dakar 2023 overall winner, Nasser... 


New-vehicle sales down 1.8% y/y in the third quarter, but NEV sales rise
15th November 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

New-vehicle sales declined by 1.8% year-on-year in the third quarter of this year, but increased by 6.3% quarter-on-quarter. Notably, new energy vehicle (NEV) sales by 17 industry brands increased... 


The signing of the agreement in Egypt
Volkswagen signs agreement with Egyptian government
14th November 2023 By: Irma Venter

Volkswagen and the government of Egypt have signed an agreement to develop a feasibility study on a shared automotive painting facility in the East Port Said Automotive Zone (EPAZ) within the East... 


Image of the Tracker Vehicle Crime Index
Business vehicles twice as likely to be hijacked rather than stolen – Tracker
14th November 2023 By: Irma Venter

Tracker statistics for the period January to June show that hijackings still dominate national vehicle crime, accounting for 55% of incidents, versus theft at 45%.  However, while the... 


Neodymium is a key rare earth mineral in EVs
Automakers' drive to avoid China's EV rare earth as dominance gathers speed
14th November 2023 By: Reuters

The auto industry's drive to make electric vehicle motors with little to no rare earth content has hit high gear, with European, US and Japanese automakers and suppliers racing for alternatives in... 


Image of a MBSA EQ charging station
Mercedes-Benz SA to roll out 127 electric vehicle charging stations
13th November 2023 By: Irma Venter

Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) will roll out 127 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the country in a R40-million investment. As demand for EVs continues to grow, “ensuring robust... 


City of Cape Town study proves business case for electrification of vehicle fleet
10th November 2023 By: Irma Venter

The City of Cape Town has wrapped up a three-year electric vehicle (EV) pilot project, which it says proves the business case for the electrification of municipal vehicle fleets.  “Battery EV... 


Rubicon aims to more than double its charging network by the end of 2024
10th November 2023 By: Irma Venter

Technology group Rubicon aims to expand its electric vehicle (EV) charging network from the current 90 chargers to more than 250 by the end of next year, says e-mobility director Greg Blandford.... 


A Ford Ranger
Ford South Africa investing R5.2bn to produce PHEV Ranger model at Silverton plant
8th November 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

On the occasion of celebrating its 100-year anniversary, automotive manufacturer Ford Motor Company South Africa (FMCSA) has announced it will start producing plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV)... 


Image of the Fiat Strada
Stellantis to launch Strada half-tonner in sub-Saharan Africa, excluding S Africa
8th November 2023 By: Irma Venter

Stellantis has announced that it will launch the Fiat Strada half-ton bakkie in left-hand-drive markets in sub-Saharan Africa, starting this month. This excludes South Africa, where the Strada was... 


Image of naamsa CEO Mikel Mabasa
naamsa disappointed at yet another delay in NEV policy announcement
3rd November 2023 By: Irma Venter

naamsa | The Automotive Business Council says it is disappointed that Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana has postponed the long-awaited announcement on government’s new-energy vehicle (NEV) policy... 


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