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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... 


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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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Premium car market outlook murky as South Africans continue to hunt for Asian bargains
23rd February 2024 By: Irma Venter

The South African new-car market has been shifting steadily over the last few years as consumers continue to battle persistent economic headwinds. Times are tough. Interest rates, living costs,... 


Image of the Ford Ranger plant in Pretoria
Auto industry pleased with EV allocation, but more will be needed – Naamsa
22nd February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council has welcomed the announcementby Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana in his Budget Speech on Wednesday that government will offer financial support for the... 


An EV being charged
NEV producers will be able to claim 150% of their investment spend in 2026
21st February 2024 By: Darren Parker

To encourage the production of new energy vehicles (NEVs) in South Africa, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana has proposed that an investment allowance be made available for new investments from... 


Image of Volkswagen's 1.5-millionth vehicle exported from South Africa
Volkswagen Africa builds 1.5-millionth export vehicle
20th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Volkswagen Group Africa (VWA) this week celebrated building the 1.5-millionth vehicle built at the Kariega plant for the export market. The milestone vehicle, a Polo GTI destined for the UK, also... 


Company calls for Finance Minister to announce incentives to drive EV industry growth
19th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Electric vehicle (EV) renewable energy charging infrastructure company Zero Carbon Charge is calling on Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana to announce a series of fiscal measures to incentivise the... 


An image of ColVic CEO Vic Hall
Oil-water separators can aid regulatory compliance
16th February 2024

Oil-water separators are integral to preventing oil-contaminated water run-off from polluting the ecosystem. It is, however, important to ensure that the correct class of separator is installed in... 


Antidumping duties to be slapped on Chinese windscreens
16th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition will impose antidumping duties on windscreens imported from China, to be used in the Southern African Customs Union (Sacu) area as replacement... 


New-vehicle sales slide continues
16th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

New-vehicle sales declined by 3.8% in January, to 41 636 units, compared with the same month last year. This continued the decline in new-vehicle sales witnessed in the last five months of 2023. 


IEA executive director Fatih Birol
IEA to launch security programme for minerals critical to energy sector
14th February 2024 By: Reuters

The International Energy Agency (IEA) is launching a programme to secure the supply of minerals critical to energy security, as demand rises fast while manufacturing remains in the hands of a few... 


Image of the Suzuki Fronx
Suzuki ends 2023 just shy of 50 000 units, starts January with a bang
13th 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 the end of 2023 – Tracker
Vehicle crime ramped up towards the end of 2023 – Tracker
12th 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... 


2024 Car of the Year finalists announced
2024 Car of the Year finalists announced
12th February 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... 


Image of the ID.4
VW could announce third production model this year; expects uptick in 2024 car market
9th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Volkswagen Group Africa (VWA) 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 add to... 


Construction of Stellantis’ R3bn Coega auto assembly plant poised to start in May
9th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Construction work on Stellantis’ assembly plant in the Coega Special Economic Zone, in the Eastern Cape, should kick off in May, says the vehicle manufacturer’s new CEO, Mike Whitfield. The start... 


Image of VWSA MD Martina Biene
Volkswagen spends big to counter loadshedding as it becomes sole Polo supplier
7th February 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... 


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