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Imports from China, India surge as cash-strapped consumers seek cheaper cars
9th May 2023 By: Irma Venter

The domestic new-vehicle market saw a surge in imports from India and China last year, with buyers increasingly opting for cheaper imported cars than those made in South Africa. India led the... 


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Automotive trade performing strongly after pandemic
5th May 2023 By: Darren Parker

Although the domestic automotive industry’s recovery to prepandemic levels continued in 2022, it was at a slower pace than in 2021, with many key performance indicators still remaining below the... 


SA transport sector’s shift to zero emissions requires move to rail, ban on new ICE vehicle sales by 2035
5th May 2023 By: Irma Venter

For South Africa to cut greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the transport sector to zero, 15% to 20% of road traffic must move to rail. This shift is also key in addressing road congestion, and improving... 


SVI sees strong growth in armoured vehicle demand as crime surges
5th May 2023 By: Irma Venter

SVI Armouring Solutions expects to armour about 200 vehicles this year, up from 130 vehicles in 2020. SVI business development director Nicol Louw says the recent surge in the domestic crime rate,... 


Firm investigating viability of Eastern Cape battery plant
5th May 2023 By: Irma Venter

South African energy company Aqora is investigating the possibility of opening a vertically integrated gigafactory in the country, able to produce anodes, cathodes and lithium-ion batteries for the... 


Truck Trailer Bus and Bakkie Road Freight Association Convention
Yearly convention will address industry priorities
5th May 2023 By: Halima Frost

Industry body The Road Freight Association’s (RFA’s) yearly convention, which will be held later this month, seeks to attract top executives in the trucking, logistics and warehousing sectors to... 


An emerald and metallic green electric truck manufactured by Volvo has been delivered to Morocco as a continent first
New electric trucks destined for S Africa
5th May 2023 By: Halima Frost

On the back of delivering the first ever heavy electric truck to the African continent last month, global manufacturer Volvo says it will deliver its first FM electric truck tractor to a client in... 


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World’s largest RORO vessel docks at Durban port
3rd May 2023 By: Irma Venter

The world’s largest roll-on-roll-off (RORO) vessel, MV Salome, docked at the Durban Car Terminal at the end of April on her maiden voyage to Africa. The vessel carried a consignment of 644... 


Combined Motor Holdings grows full-year revenue, operating profit
3rd May 2023 By: Schalk Burger

JSE-listed investment holding company Combined Motor Holdings has declared a 240c-a-share dividend for the financial year ended February 28. Reporting on its financial results for the period, the... 


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Car sales dip 6.1% in April; truck, bakkie sales show double-digit growth
2nd May 2023 By: Irma Venter

New-vehicle sales in April declined by 0.2%, to 37 107 units, compared with the same month last year. The new passenger car market reached 24 174 units in April – a 6.1% decrease on the same month... 


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Electric car demand booming, with sales to leap 35% this year – IEA
2nd May 2023 By: Irma Venter

Global sales of electric cars are set to surge to yet another record this year, says the International Energy Agency (IEA). The newest edition of the agency’s ‘Global Electric Vehicle Outlook’... 


Suzuki grows by over 300% in five years
28th April 2023 By: Irma Venter

Suzuki Auto South Africa has ended its financial year – it’s fifteenth in South Africa – with total sales of 49 863 vehicles. This is a new record for the Japanese brand, which has now moved into... 


Chery reached new sales record in March
28th April 2023 By: Irma Venter

Chinese vehicle importer Chery has reached a new sales record in the domestic market, with 1 502 Tiggo models sold in March. The Chery Tiggo 4 Pro was the brand’s most popular model, with 918 units... 


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Producer’s branch targets safety critical applications
28th April 2023

According to steel fabricator Macsteel Special Steels Bright Bar in Meyerton, Gauteng, a division of Macsteel South Africa, its Bright Bar range has been created for safety critical applications.... 


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BMW appoints new plant director at Rosslyn operations
24th April 2023 By: Irma Venter

BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) has announced the appointment of Dr Niklas Fichtmüller as the director of its assembly plant in Rosslyn, in Tshwane, effective this month. Fichtmüller succeeds Johan... 


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Automotive OEMs call for incentives to boost BEV uptake
21st April 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer talks about South Africa's significant existing automotive manufacturing capability; the need for policies and incentives to be put in place to support the... 


March new-vehicle sales come in 0.6% lower year-on-year
21st April 2023 By: Irma Venter

March new-vehicle sales dipped by 0.6%, to 50 157 units, compared with the same month last year. But it’s not all bad news, says WesBank marketing and communications head Lebogang Gaoaketse. 


Durban Car Terminal notches up historic milestone
21st April 2023 By: Irma Venter

The Durban Car Terminal (DCT) says it has handled more than 600 000 vehicles this financial year. Towards the end of March, the vessel Cattleya Ace of MOL Shipping offloaded 4 025 fully built... 


Lexus to be first in Toyota stable to dip toe in local electric vehicle market in next two years
21st April 2023 By: Irma Venter

Toyota’s premium vehicle arm, Lexus, is set to launch two battery electric vehicles (EVs) in the local market in the next two years. The introduction of these vehicles will most likely be the... 


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Collapse in rail service has increased road freight volumes and risks
21st April 2023 By: Donna Slater

A spate of attention-grabbing road safety incidents involving trucks has sparked debate about the state of land transport in South Africa and brought the safety of trucks and their operators into... 


Absa partners with BAIC South Africa on vehicle finance solutions
20th April 2023 By: Donna Slater

Financial services provider Absa has entered into a vehicle finance alliance agreement with local subsidiary of the Beijing Automotive Group, BAIC South Africa (BAIC SA), as the vehicle... 


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SVI sees strong growth in armoured vehicle demand as crime surges
14th April 2023 By: Irma Venter

SVI Armouring Solutions expects to armour around 200 vehicles this year, up from 130 vehicles in 2020. SVI business development director Nicol Louw says the recent surge in the domestic crime rate,... 


Chery to add Omoda brand to its local line-up
14th April 2023 By: Irma Venter

Chery’s first Omoda model has gone on sale in South Africa. Omoda, which takes aim at a more premium market than the Chery brand, is already available in South America and Asia, with Europe and... 


AutoTrader launches used-car comparison tool
AutoTrader launches used-car comparison tool
13th April 2023 By: Irma Venter

AutoTrader has launched a new feature called Price Ratings, which will allow car shoppers to see how the used car they are interested in is priced in relation to similar models in the market.... 


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Chery reaches new sales record in March
12th April 2023 By: Irma Venter

Chinese vehicle importer Chery has reached a new sales record in the domestic market with 1 502 Tiggo models sold in March. The Chery Tiggo 4 Pro was the brand’s most popular model, with 918 units... 


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Ford forced to halt operations on the back of Tshwane pylon collapse
12th April 2023 By: Irma Venter

Ford South Africa has been losing 720 Rangers in production a day owing to the pylon collapse in Tshwane. Six pylons collapsed on April 10, cutting off power to large swathes of Pretoria. 


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Suzuki grows by 300%-plus over 5 years, moves into 3rd spot on sales podium
11th April 2023 By: Irma Venter

Suzuki Auto South Africa has ended its financial year – it’s fifteenth in South Africa – with total sales of 49 863 vehicles. This is a new record for the Japanese brand, which has now moved into... 


Metair CEO resigns, interim replacement named
7th April 2023 By: Irma Venter

Metair CEO Riaz Haffejee has resigned after two years at the helm of the components manufacturer. His last working day was March 31. He will, however, be available for two months, up to the end of... 


Challenges ahead as dealerships move to EVs, says LMG’s Dipela
7th April 2023 By: Irma Venter

Legacy Motor Group (LMG) chairperson and shareholder Mpho Dipela says dealerships in South Africa face “significant challenges” as they participate in the transitioning to electric vehicles (EVs).... 


Volkswagen takes over vehicle assembly operations in Ghana
7th April 2023 By: Irma Venter

Volkswagen has taken over new-vehicle assembly operations in Ghana from the brand’s licensed retailer, Universal Motors Limited (UML).  UML was awarded the assembly contract when Volkswagen... 


An aerial view of the sizable manufacturing facility at Columbus stainless in Middleburg South Africa, with buildings, storage facilities and waste water facility as well
Steel producer continues to grow manufacturing capacity
7th April 2023

Spain-based global stainless-steel producer Acerinox says its global footprint has transformed it into one of the most competitive producers of stainless steels and nickel alloys. The company... 


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March sees new-vehicle sales dip, but it’s not all bad news
4th April 2023 By: Irma Venter

March new-vehicle sales dipped by 0.6%, to 50 157 units, compared with the same month last year. But, it’s not all bad news, says WesBank marketing and communications head Lebogang Gaoaketse. 


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SolarAfrica uses Ford Silverton project as springboard into national solar rollout
4th April 2023 By: Donna Slater

Building on its R170-million investment pledge at the South Africa Investment Conference (SAIC) in 2020, solar photovoltaic (PV) energy solutions company SolarAfrica has continued to roll out solar... 


Meeting global EV targets will be ‘extremely challenging’ owing to raw material shortages
31st March 2023 By: Darren Parker

Chemicals company BASF global precious metal services senior VP Timothy Ingle told delegates attending the Platinum Group Metals Day, in Johannesburg, earlier this week, that it would be extremely... 


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Chery, Haval move into new, bigger parts warehouses
31st March 2023 By: Irma Venter

Chery South Africa (SA) has moved into its new parts warehouse in Boksburg, Gauteng, 14 months after opening the doors to its previous facility.  The new facility represents a doubling of storage... 


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Mini unveils pilot EV solar-charging site in Cape Town
31st March 2023 By: Irma Venter

Mini South Africa (SA) has teamed up with Red Bull energy drinks to launch its first Mini-branded solar-powered electric-vehicle (EV) charging station in the country. The charging station is at... 


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