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China’s cheaper EVs are challenging Western market dominance – JATO report
3rd 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... 


New Hyundai boss expects negative 2023 as consumers battle tide of bad news
3rd November 2023 By: Irma Venter

Newly appointed Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) CEO Gideon Jansen van Rensburg steps into his new role at a challenging time. Not only is the domestic passenger-car market cooling, but the... 


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New-vehicle sales continue to drop, truck sales jump as rail system falters
1st November 2023 By: Irma Venter

Total new-vehicle sales in October dropped by 2%, to 45 445 units, compared with the same month last year, reports naamsa | The Automotive Business Council. This was the third consecutive month of... 


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Details of incentives for new energy vehicles in February
1st November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana confirmed on Wednesday that government intended implementing tax and expenditure measures to support the domestic automotive sector’s transition to new energy... 


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Avis launches iLease as an alternative to vehicle ownership
31st October 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... 


From the 2023 survey
EV buyers survey notes increase in EV exposure, while high prices remain problematic
27th October 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... 


Association warns of looming spate of retrenchments at dealerships, retail stores
27th October 2023 By: Irma Venter

The Motor Industry Staff Association (MISA) says a number of dealerships and retail stores have announced their intent to restructure, which could lead to a spate of retrenchments in the automotive... 


Martiina Biene
African automotive industry body has a new president
24th October 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

The African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) on Tuesday announced the name of its new president. She is Volkswagen Group South Africa chairperson and MD Martina Biene, who is also... 


Used Ford Ranger bakkies recorded 1 713 unit sales
September used-car sales down 9% from August numbers – AutoTrader
23rd October 2023 By: Irma Venter

Domestic used-car sales generated R39.1-billion in the third quarter, this according to AutoTrader used-car sales data. However, for the first time in three months, September used-car sales went... 


Nissan South Africa country director Maciej Klenkiewicz
New management for Nissan SA, company seeks replacement for soon-to-be-halted NP200 production
20th October 2023 By: Natasha Odendaal

As Independent Markets Africa and new Nissan South Africa country director Maciej Klenkiewicz takes the reins, he is navigating a right-sizing, expansions into Africa, disrupted strategic plans... 


Ford to add plug-in hybrid to Ranger bakkie line-up in 2025
20th October 2023 By: Irma Venter

Ford will add a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) to its Ranger bakkie line-up from early 2025. The source plant for the vehicle has not been confirmed yet, says Ford Motor Company of Southern... 


Mercedes-Benz Cars South Africa co-CEO Mark Raine
Mercedes-Benz local boss urges South Africa to speed up EV shift
19th October 2023 By: Reuters

South Africa needs to regulate swiftly to spur demand for electric vehicles (EVs), the co-CEO of the local unit of Mercedes-Benz said on Wednesday, as the country's automotive industry risks being... 


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Ford celebrates four-million engine production milestone at Struandale
18th October 2023 By: Darren Parker

Car manufacturer Ford’s Struandale engine plant, in Gqeberha, in the Eastern Cape, has produced its four-millionth engine – a 2 ℓ four-cylinder bi-turbo diesel engine that will be installed in a... 


Craig Miller, Priscillah Mabelane and Peter van Binsbergen
Sasol, Anglo American Platinum and BMW ink deal to test hydrogen cars in SA
16th October 2023 By: Irma Venter

Anglo American Platinum, BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) and Sasol have partnered to prove that a hydrogen mobility ecosystem can operate successfully within South Africa. The three companies on... 


Volvo EVs
Electric vehicles can have a lower TCO than ICE vehicles
13th October 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Electric vehicles can have a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) for consumers than internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, but vehicle financing options and automotive manufacturers' business... 


Deputy President Paul Mashatile delivers a keynote address at the SA Auto Week 2023 conference
Automotive manufacturing remains dynamic, govt signals it is alive to industry challenges
13th October 2023 By: Sabrina Jardim

Despite the challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic and global supply chain disruptions, the South African automotive manufacturing sector still remains a significant contributor to the... 


A BMW EV
Automotive transition presents value chain opportunities
13th October 2023 By: Schalk Burger

The transition of the automotive industry to new energy vehicles holds potential to impact on many other industries, including mining, manufacturing, freight and energy, but collaboration and a... 


Ineos acquires Botswana’s Kavango Engineering
13th October 2023 By: Irma Venter

Ineos Automotive, the manufacturer of the Grenadier and Quartermaster, has acquired Botswana-based vehicle conversion specialist Kavango Engineering.  The business has been renamed Ineos Kavango,... 


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EVs are coming, but can SA’s power grid support this rapidly rising technology?
13th October 2023 By: Irma Venter

Whether South Africans like it or not, electric vehicles – EVs, those zero-emission vehicles that must be plugged in to run – are coming. You may adore the purr of a powerful V6 engine, but... 


Fossil fuel-generated and renewable energy infrastructure
Energy transition implications highlighted at SA Auto Week
12th October 2023 By: Sabrina Jardim

Amid local energy constraints and a global focus on increasing renewable energy capacity, the importance of ensuring that proper planning is implemented as South Africa transitions to cleaner... 


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It’s a yes for EVs, shows City of Cape Town study
12th October 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... 


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naamsa emphasises importance of NEV policy finalisation as sales pick up
11th October 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

New energy vehicle (NEV) sales in South Africa recorded a considerable year-on-year increase of 421.7% between 2021 and 2022, increasing from 896 units to 4 764 units. NEV sales, however, remain... 


Dhiren Vanmali
Opinion: Speedbumps, not roadblocks, beckon South African bakkie builders
10th October 2023

In this opinion article, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa sales operations executive director Dhiren Vanmali writes that South Africa's hosting of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa)... 


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MISA warns of spate of job losses at dealerships, retail stores
9th October 2023 By: Irma Venter

The Motor Industry Staff Association (MISA) says a number of dealerships and retail stores have announced their intent to restructure, which could lead to a spate of retrenchments in the automotive... 


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New Hyundai boss expects negative 2023 as consumers battle tide of bad news
9th October 2023 By: Irma Venter

Newly appointed Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) CEO Gideon Jansen van Rensburg steps into his new role at a challenging time. Not only is the domestic passenger-car market cooling, but the... 


naamsa announces Accelerator Awards finalists, adds new categories
6th October 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

In announcing its finalists for the yearly Accelerator Awards competition, naamsa | The Automotive Business Council says it will also acknowledge the socioeconomic contributions of members by... 


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Nissan SA says it may cut jobs as it halts NP200 production
6th October 2023 By: Irma Venter

Nissan South Africa (SA) has announced that it may cut jobs at its local operations as it halts production of the NP200 half-ton bakkie.  While the Nissan SA plant in Rosslyn, Tshwane, is set to... 


Green hydrogen developments in South Africa
Green hydrogen developments in South Africa
6th October 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the latest update on the creation of South Africa's Green Hydrogen Commercialisation Strategy; the launch of a green hydrogen proof-of-concept... 


Metair ups profit despite Hesto bleed, export losses
6th October 2023 By: Irma Venter

Despite the loss of the Russian battery export market, as well as the poor performance of wiring harness maker Hesto, Metair still managed to chalk up a healthy increase in profit for the six... 


Feasibility study on Stellantis plant to inform IDC on its contribution
6th October 2023 By: Irma Venter

The State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) says the bankable feasibility study for the proposed multibillion-rand Stellantis vehicle assembly plant, in Coega, in the Eastern Cape, is... 


Hudson Rubber calls for auto-component import substitution for growth of economy
6th October 2023 By: Irma Venter

Import substitution in the local automotive industry is crucial for the growth of the South African economy, says Hudson Rubber Company MD Stoney Steenkamp. Hudson Rubber is a Hammanskraal-based... 


An Aebi Schmidt electric, solar-powered truck
Swiss team to attempt record high-altitude drive with solar truck
5th October 2023 By: Donna Slater

In an attempt to set a new world record for driving a wheeled vehicle to the highest altitude possible, a team of three men from Switzerland are preparing to reach the summit of the Ojos Del Salado... 


Four key considerations informing NEV policy space in South Africa
2nd October 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

As South Africa’s automotive industry explores adopting new energy vehicles (NEVs), there are four key considerations that are informing policies and initiatives around this, Trade & Industrial... 


Toyota Mirai fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) was refuelled with hydrogen produced by Sasol, using an Air Products dispensing technology
Fuel cell electric vehicle demonstration seen as catalyst for nascent green hydrogen economy
2nd October 2023 By: Terence Creamer

In a milestone for South Africa’s nascent green hydrogen economy, three large corporates have teamed up to showcase the potential of using domestically produced hydrogen as a zero-emission... 


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New-vehicle sales drop by 4.1% in September, exports down 12.6%
2nd October 2023 By: Irma Venter

Total new-vehicle sales in September dropped by 4.1%, to 46 021 units, compared with the same month last year, reports naamsa | The Automotive Business Council. The new-passenger-car market reached... 


Automaker Stellantis to build R3bn plant in Coega
29th September 2023 By: Irma Venter

Vehicle manufacturer Stellantis says it will invest R3-billion to develop a greenfield manufacturing facility in Coega, in the Eastern Cape, along with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC)... 


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