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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)... 


South Africa negotiating with Chinese automaker to build local plant – Cabinet
29th September 2023 By: Irma Venter

Government is negotiating with BYD, the Chinese automaker and the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer, to possibly open a manufacturing plant in South Africa, Cabinet announced at... 


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Stellantis’ AUTO24 launches used-car marketplace, offering includes six-month warranty
27th September 2023 By: Irma Venter

AUTO24 has launched its used-car marketplace in four new markets in Africa – Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal and South Africa. This follows a “remarkably successful first year in Côte d’Ivoire ”, says the... 


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Volvo Cars to produce its last diesel vehicle next year
26th September 2023 By: Irma Venter

Volvo Cars will produce its last diesel vehicle early next year. This follows the company’s decision last year to halt the development of any new internal combustion engines. 


The UK is one of the South African automotive industry's top vehicle export destinations.
UK pushes back new petrol car ban by five years
26th September 2023 By: Bloomberg

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak softened key parts of the UK government’s green agenda, including a ban on petrol car sales, as he set out what he called a “new approach” to tackling climate change.... 


Stellantis South Africa MD Mike Whitfield
Stellantis South Africa appoints Whitfield to managing team
22nd September 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Automotive company Stellantis South Africa has announced three new members to its executive committee, including Mike Whitfield as MD. Whitfield was formerly group adviser for strategy, policy and... 


SA component makers aim to invest R4.8bn
22nd September 2023 By: Irma Venter

The South Africa component industry will invest R4.8-billion in the South African economy up to the end of next year, says National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers... 


Feasibility study on Stellantis plant to inform IDC on its contribution
Feasibility study on Stellantis plant to inform IDC on its contribution
20th September 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... 


Vehicles on show at the Maxus dealership in Pretoria
Maxus launches commercial EV dealership in Menlyn, Pretoria
19th September 2023 By: Darren Parker

Chinese electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Shanghai Automotive Industrial Corporation (SAIC) has appointed South African dealer and distributor Maxus to market and sell its commercial EVs. The... 


Image of the Ford Ranger PHEV
Ford to add plug-in hybrid to Ranger bakkie line-up in 2025
19th September 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 is not confirmed yet, says Ford Motor Company of Southern... 


Stora Enso, others invest $18m in bio-graphite firm CarbonScape
19th September 2023 By: Reuters

Finnish-Swedish forestry firm Stora Enso, battery producer Amperex Technology and other parties have invested $18-million in start-up CarbonScape to commercialise bio-graphite for use in batteries,... 


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Metair ups profit despite Hesto bleed, export losses
15th September 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... 


Overstocked Motus faces slowing South African new-vehicle market
15th September 2023 By: Irma Venter

Following seven months of trading, it is clear that the South African new-car market is unlikely to reach the 540 000 to 560 000 units expected at the beginning of the calendar year, says Motus CEO... 


An automotive assembly plant
Japanese agency, dtic entities to collaborate on automotive quality, productivity improvement training
14th September 2023 By: Schalk Burger

The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition's (dtic's) seven National Quality and Productivity Network (NQPN) member organisations and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have... 


Auto maker Stellantis to invest R3bn in new Coega plant
Auto maker Stellantis to invest R3bn in new Coega plant
13th 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)... 


Image of a car's parts
Auto sector should consider increased import substitution – Hudson Rubber
11th September 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... 


Image of a Eurorepar sales stall
Stellantis’ Eurorepar enters the local spare parts market
7th September 2023 By: Irma Venter

Vehicle manufacturer Stellantis has announced the launch of Eurorepar into the South African automotive spare parts industry.  Eurorepar was founded in 2004 by Peugeot Citroën, now a member of the... 


Image of Mini SA head Carmen Myles
MINI SA appoints new boss as it heads for all-electric future
6th September 2023 By: Irma Venter

BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) has appointed Carmen Myles as the new head of MINI South Africa (SA), effective September 1. In her current role as BMW SA transaction pricing and product offers... 


Image of BYD's ATTO 3
SA negotiating with BYD to build local plant – Cabinet
6th September 2023 By: Irma Venter

Government is negotiating with BYD, the Chinese automaker and the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer, to possibly open a manufacturing plant in South Africa, Cabinet announced last... 


Generic accident pic
VIN-search for written-off vehicles launched, but body repairers want more
5th September 2023 By: Irma Venter

The South African Insurance Association (SAIA) has launched a Web-based facility that allows consumers to research the status of a vehicle within the industry’s Vehicle Salvage Database (VSD)... 


naamsa elects new board, Billy Tom as president
4th September 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Industry organisation naamsa | The Automotive Business Council elected a new board on August 24, with Isuzu Southern Africa CEO Billy Tom as its president. naamsa CEO Mikel Mabasa was elected... 


New-vehicle market showing strain – WesBank, NADA
New-vehicle market showing strain – WesBank, NADA
4th September 2023 By: Irma Venter

New-vehicle sales stumbled in August, showing the first potential signs of strain amid growing economic headwinds, says WesBank. To date this year, the market has shown resilience, despite... 


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SA component industry pledges R4.8bn in investments
4th September 2023 By: Irma Venter

The South Africa component industry will invest R4.8-billion in the South African economy up to the end of next year, says National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers... 


Image of the Ford Silverton plant
New-vehicle sales drop by 3.1% in August, exports up 33.5%
1st September 2023 By: Irma Venter

Total new-vehicle sales in August dropped by 3.1%, to 45 679 units, compared with the same month last year. The new-passenger-car market reached 28 951 units last month – a decline of 6.7% when... 


Ford Rangers at port ready for export
Industry bodies unpack importance of continued Agoa access for local automotive industry
1st September 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Industry bodies unpack importance of continued Agoa access for local automotive industry As the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) comes up for potential renewal before its expiry in 2025,... 


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SA’s SP Forge expects strong boost in North American exports in 2024
1st September 2023 By: Irma Venter

SP Metal Forgings Group (SP Forge) will see a significant bump in wheel hub exports to the US next year, says MD Ken Manners. SP Forge has operations in Gauteng and the Eastern Cape. 


Mahindra unveils new concept Pik Up, says its first electric vehicle will go on sale at end of 2024
1st September 2023 By: Irma Venter

Indian vehicle manufacturer Mahindra has unveiled a new concept bakkie aimed at international markets, South Africa included. The new-look vehicle is a significant departure from the Bolero and... 


An EV being charged
NEV disruption holds opportunities for OEMs, component manufacturers
30th August 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

The world is at the beginning of the biggest disruption to the automotive industry in 100 years with the transition to new energy vehicles (NEVs), and in turn a considerable upheaval to the supply... 


Image of Motus CEO Osman Arbee
Overstocked Motus faces slowing South African new-vehicle market
30th August 2023 By: Irma Venter

Following seven months of trading, it is clear that the South African new-car market is unlikely to reach the 540 000 to 560 000 units expected at the beginning of the calendar year, says Motus CEO... 


All-electric FIA World Rallycross Championship heads to Cape Town
All-electric FIA World Rallycross Championship heads to Cape Town
29th August 2023 By: Irma Venter

The FIA World Rallycross Championship is set to make its way to Killarney International Raceway on October 7 and 8 for the penultimate round of the season. An evolution of the popular FIA European... 


Why the EV industry is talking about ‘black mass’
28th August 2023 By: Bloomberg

The latest buzzword in battery materials sounds like a concept borrowed from astrophysics. But “black mass” is just a very literal description of the intermediate product from recycling either... 


Suzuki SA’s car parc reaches 200 000-plus vehicles
25th August 2023 By: Irma Venter

Suzuki Auto South Africa (Suzuki SA) in July handed over the keys to its 200 000th vehicle, ending the month with sales of 4 361 units. This means that overall South African sales for the Japanese... 


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