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Passenger Cars, Bakkies & Vans

Nissan set to end NP200 production next year
25th August 2023 By: Irma Venter

Nissan South Africa (SA) will end production of the NP200 half-ton bakkie in March next year, says Nissan SA country director Kabelo Rabotho. This follows 16 years of production at Nissan’s Rosslyn... 


Intercape states that it’s operations have run a gauntlet of concerted attacks, with a number of incidents in which coaches were shot at or stoned in and around hotspots towns in the Eastern Cape
State slammed for ‘dereliction of Constitutional duty’ over failure to protect Intercape buses
23rd August 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

The Makhanda High Court has slammed the South African government for the “dereliction of its Constitutional duties” in quelling the violence directed at long-distance coach company Intercape. “It... 


Toyota on top in used-car market – AutoTrader report
Toyota on top in used-car market – AutoTrader report
23rd August 2023 By: Irma Venter

AutoTrader’s mid-year car industry report shows that Toyota was the leading brand in the local used-car market for the first six months of the year, selling 28 061 passenger cars and achieving a... 


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Stellenbosch University converts Toyota taxi to EV, testing to start shortly
23rd August 2023 By: Irma Venter

The Department of Industrial Engineering at Stellenbosch University (SU) has joined forces with Rham Equipment to convert a Toyota Hiace Ses’fikele minibus taxi into a battery electric vehicle... 


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EV market stymied by slow public charging roll-out – global research study
21st August 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... 


New passenger car brand head for VSWA
18th August 2023 By: Irma Venter

Niels Wichmann has been appointed as the new head of the Volkswagen passenger cars brand for Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA), effective August 1. Wichmann replaces Steffen Knapp, who will... 


Antidumping duties on Chinese tyre imports welcomed
18th August 2023 By: Irma Venter

The South African Tyre Manufacturers Conference (SATMC) says it welcomes the decision by Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition Ebrahim Patel to impose antidumping duties on what it calls... 


July new-car sales increased by only 1.3% year-on-year
18th August 2023 By: Irma Venter

Affordability becoming an issue in new-car market – WesBank New-vehicle sales showed marginal growth in July, inching up by 1.3%, to 43 389 units, compared with the same month last year. 


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Ineos Automotive acquires vehicle conversion business in Botswana
17th August 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,... 


The Mahindra Global Pik Up
Mahindra unveils new concept Pik Up; electric Thar
17th August 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... 


Ford Ranger at Silverton plant
Naamsa calls for timely NEV policy on back of 100% increase in Q2 sales
15th August 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council reports that new-vehicle sales increased by 8.6% year-on-year in the second quarter of the year, while new energy vehicle (NEV) sales grew by 100.7%... 


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South African Ferrari distributor changes hands 
14th August 2023 By: Irma Venter

Smartgrowth Investments has acquired Scuderia South Africa (SA), the official Ferrari distributor in Southern Africa. This follows the conclusion of negotiations that started in November last year... 


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Suzuki SA’s car parc reaches 200 000­-plus vehicles
11th 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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Nissan set to end NP200 production next year
11th August 2023 By: Irma Venter

Nissan South Africa (SA) will end production of the NP200 half-ton bakkie in March next year, says Nissan SA country director Kabelo Rabotho. This follows 16 years of production at Nissan’s Rosslyn... 


Ford’s Silverton plant achieves record daily production volume
11th August 2023 By: Irma Venter

Ford South Africa’s Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria, has achieved its highest daily production number yet – 704 vehicles. Based on three-shift 24-hour production, the plant is capable of... 


Mercedes, Super Group unveil blueprint for luxury dealerships
11th August 2023 By: Irma Venter

Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) has unveiled the second of its local dealerships to have adopted the German carmaker’s new ‘luxury’ retail brand appearance, launched globally in 2018, and in... 


Toyota SA targets 2024 introduction of hybrid Hilux produced at Prospecton plant
11th August 2023 By: Irma Venter

Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has confirmed that it is targeting the introduction of a mild-hybrid Hilux bakkie into the South African market next year. TSAM says the hybrid version of South... 


Durban Car Terminal goes digital  
Durban Car Terminal goes digital  
8th August 2023 By: Irma Venter

Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) says the digital conversion of more than 60% of the Durban Car Terminal’s (DCT’s) parking bays has been concluded. This should improve the movement of both import and... 


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Mercedes-Benz CEO praises 65 years of manufacturing excellence in South Africa
3rd August 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

Automotive manufacturer Mercedes-Benz South Africa CEO and manufacturing executive director Andreas Brand on August 3 highlighted the significance of the automaker’s 65 years of manufacturing... 


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Niels Wichmann appointed as head of Volkswagen car brand in SA
2nd August 2023 By: Irma Venter

Niels Wichmann has been appointed as the new head of the Volkswagen passenger cars brand for Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA), effective August 1.  Wichmann replaces Steffen Knapp, who will... 


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Affordability becoming an issue in the new-car market – WesBank
2nd August 2023 By: Irma Venter

New-vehicle sales showed marginal growth in July, inching up by 1.3%, to 43 389 units, compared with the same month last year. “It isn’t surprising that the market appeared more subdued during July... 


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New-vehicle sales up 1.3% in July, exports up 47.3%
1st August 2023 By: Irma Venter

Total new-vehicle sales in July inched up by 1.3%, to 43 389 units, compared with the same month last year. The vehicle rental industry accounted for 14.1% of domestic sales last month. 


Image of BMW's new self-driving test site in Sokolov
What to do with an old mine? Turn it into a self-driving test track
28th July 2023 By: Irma Venter

BMW has launched a new test site in Sokolov, Czechia, aimed at developing self-driving and self-parking. The German car maker says the 300-million euro Future Mobility Development Center (FMDC)... 


Image of the Grenadier Demonstrator
Ineos Automotive debuts concept hydrogen Grenadier, EV also in the works
28th July 2023 By: Irma Venter

Ineos Automotive’s hydrogen-fuelled Grenadier Demonstrator has made its debut in the UK.  The hydrogen Grenadier Demonstrator 4 x 4 is identical to the production Grenadier, apart from a bonnet... 


Saudi Ministry signs-off on EV manufacture
28th July 2023

The Saudi Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources has granted an industrial licence to Saudi Arabia’s first electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing brand Ceer, with its vehicles expected to be... 


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SEZs instrumental in SA’s economic growth
28th July 2023

Trade, Industry and Competition Deputy Minister Fikile Majola last month reiterated his department’s commitment to enhance support to special economic zones (SEZs), which he referred to as... 


Automotive industry production line with car bodies
Decentralised drive tech specified for US manufacturer
28th July 2023 By: Tracy Hancock

Automation specialist SEW-EURODRIVE has secured an order to supply the latest decentralised drive technology in its Generation C range to automate a new storage and retrieval system being... 


Global electric vehicle sales to soar to 22m in 2025 as adoption gathers momentum
28th July 2023 By: Irma Venter

Electric vehicle (EV) adoption is set to soar in the coming years, with more than 100-million passenger EVs expected on the roads by 2026, and more than 700-million by 2040. This is a significant... 


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Artificial intelligence is a big driver of global restructuring in terms of addressing shortages of critical skills, especially in the automotive industry
Distributor drives future solutions in automotive industry
28th July 2023 By: Bridget Lepere

Plastics machinery and ancillary equipment provider GreenTech Plastics Machinery says its injection-moulding machines can now incorporate recyclable materials when manufacturing various parts and... 


Ariel view of the expanded Sumitomo Rubber South Africa Ladysmith factory
Tyre manufacturer to boost local production with investment
28th July 2023 By: Bridget Lepere

A proposed new investment drive by tyre manufacturer and distributor Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA) – a division of Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI) – will enable SRSA to undertake a series of... 


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Lubricant to ‘revolutionise’ automotive sector
28th July 2023

Global leader in automotive lubricants Castrol has announced the launch of its “highly anticipated” Castrol MAGNATEC with DUALOCK technology, which is now available in Africa and “promises to... 


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Isuzu adds made-in-SA AT35 to its D-Max line-up
27th July 2023 By: Irma Venter

Isuzu Motors South Africa (Isuzu SA) has added the Arctic AT35 to its locally assembled D-Max bakkie line-up, produced at its Gqeberha plant, in the Eastern Cape. Designed in collaboration with... 


Considerations, opportunities for South Africa’s entrenched automotive manufacturing industry
Considerations, opportunities for South Africa’s entrenched automotive manufacturing industry
26th July 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

South Africa’s automotive manufacturing sector has been a real success story for the country but there are several challenges and considerations that stakeholders must grapple with, as well as... 


BYD launches Atto 3 EV in South Africa
BYD launches Atto 3 EV in South Africa
26th July 2023

Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer Build Your Dreams – also known as BYD - has officially launched its battery-powered Atto 3 crossover model EV in the South African market. Cameron Mackay has... 


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NADA elects new leadership
26th July 2023 By: Irma Venter

The National Automobile Dealers' Association (NADA) has appointed Brandon Cohen as its new national chairperson, with Thembinkosi Pantsi elected as the new national vice-chairperson.  Cohen, who... 


Hydrogen use in the energy sector
PGMs demand to be underpinned by need for green power-to-X
21st July 2023 By: Schalk Burger

The reduction in demand for platinum group metals (PGMs) owing to the phasing out of internal combustion engines, in response to the need to reduce global greenhouse-gas emissions, should be offset... 


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