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Ineos Grenadier debuts Quartermaster double-cab bakkie
14th July 2023 By: Irma Venter

British car maker Ineos Grenadier has lifted the veil on the second model to arrive within its stable – the Grenadier Quartermaster double-cab bakkie.  Developed and built alongside the Grenadier... 


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Mercedes-Benz, Super Group unveil blueprint for new luxury dealerships
14th July 2023 By: Irma Venter

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


BMW to invest R4.2bn to produce new X3, including plug-in hybrid, in South Africa
14th July 2023 By: Irma Venter

BMW will invest R4.2-billion over the next five years in its Rosslyn plant in South Africa to build the new-generation X3 sports-activity vehicle, including a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle... 


Volvo Car SA expects big jump in electric vehicle sales this year
14th July 2023 By: Irma Venter

It is impossible to know what the real demand is for Volvo Car South Africa’s (SA’s) fully electric vehicles (EVs), as persistent supply challenges have skewed the sales numbers, says Volvo Car SA... 


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Irena concerned about overconcentration of critical minerals supply chains
12th July 2023 By: Darren Parker

A new report published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) on the geopolitics of critical minerals points to a significant concentration in supply chains and calls for... 


South Africa lobbies to retain preferential access to US markets
11th July 2023 By: Bloomberg

A South African government delegation will embark on a charm offensive in the US this week in a bid to defuse tensions with the African nation’s second-biggest trading partner over foreign policy... 


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Chery signs off on 100-unit deal with Hertz
11th July 2023 By: Irma Venter

Chinese vehicle importer Chery has wrapped up its first large fleet transaction, handing over 100 Chery Tiggo 4 Pro models to Hertz Rent A Car. The transaction follows shortly after Chery created a... 


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Dept moves towards implementation of Green Transport Strategy
11th July 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

Department of Transport (DoT) research and development chief director Themba Tenza has confirmed that the department is moving towards implementation of its Green Transport Strategy (GTS), which... 


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Ford’s Silverton plant achieves record daily production volume
7th July 2023 By: Irma Venter

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


Toyota SA expects new-energy vehicles to comprise 10% of its local sales by 2025
7th July 2023 By: Irma Venter

Toyota Motors South Africa (TSAM) aims for 10% of its sales, or 22 000 units, to be new-energy vehicles (NEVs) in 2025. This means the local arm of the Japanese manufacturer aims for total market... 


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German pilot project unveils largest-ever FCEV taxi fleet
7th July 2023 By: Darren Parker

According to the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC), the H2 Moves Berlin pilot project, in Germany, will show how fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) are suitable for everyday use as a... 


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Fedex deploys 10 EV delivery vehicles in SA, more to come 
5th July 2023 By: Irma Venter

FedEx Express has deployed its first ten electric delivery vehicles in South Africa. FedEx aims to transform its entire global pickup and delivery fleet to zero-emission electric vehicles by 2040,... 


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Steady flow of new, popular cars keeps new-vehicle sales positive 
4th July 2023 By: Irma Venter

 A continuous flow of new and updated models, particularly in high-volume selling segments, along with the improved availability of popular models, all appear to be sustaining the growth of... 


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New-vehicle sales expand by 14% in June, exports down 12.6%
3rd July 2023 By: Irma Venter

Domestic new-vehicle sales in June increased by 14%, to 46 810 units, compared with the same month last year. The new-passenger-car market reached 29 795 units last month – a gain of 0.8% over June... 


Sipho Mbhokota and Andile Afrika
CSIR, AIDC partner to boost SMMEs, NEV knowledge in auto sector
3rd July 2023 By: Irma Venter

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC), a subsidiary of the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency, have signed a memorandum... 


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Festival of Motoring returns in August
30th June 2023 By: Irma Venter

The Festival of Motoring is revving up for its sixth edition, set to run from August 25 to 27 at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in Midrand. "The Festival of Motoring has become an annual... 


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EV car sales to reach 22m a year in 2025, ICE sales in long-term decline
30th June 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... 


The Atto 3 is BYD’s first launched EV in South Africa
BYD launches Atto 3 EV in South Africa
30th June 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

Chinese electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Build Your Dreams (BYD) has officially launched its battery-powered Atto 3 crossover model EV in the South African market. At a launch event in Melrose... 


Toyota launches its cheapest offering in South Africa
30th June 2023 By: Irma Venter

Toyota South Africa Motors has launched what will be its cheapest new-vehicle offering in the local market.  The Vitz small car arrives in the country with a starting price of R189 900. 


Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council CEO Mikel Mabasa
Auto associations call for targeted govt support in NEV transition
29th June 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council CEO Mikel Mabasa has made a clarion call for government to provide more targeted support to the automotive sector, if it is to transform to manufacturing... 


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Discovery Pothole Patrol introduces advanced AI to assist in pothole detection
29th June 2023 By: Darren Parker

Insurance company Discovery Insure has introduced advanced artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to its Pothole Patrol fleet, which will enable it to detect road defects more accurately and... 


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BMW to invest R4.2bn to produce the new X3 in SA, plug-in hybrid included
29th June 2023 By: Irma Venter

BMW will invest R4.2-billion over the next five years in its Rosslyn plant in South Africa to build the new-generation X3 sports-activity vehicle, including a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle... 


Isuzu Motors South Africa president and automotive executive oversight committee skills development workstream chairperson Billy Tom
Host of new occupations in automotive sector demands skills
27th June 2023 By: Darren Parker

The demands of digitalisation, electrification, autonomous vehicles, sustainability and changing consumer preferences have given rise to a host of new occupations within the automotive sector,... 


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Emissions from new cars, vans in Europe falling as electric sales grow – EEA
26th June 2023 By: Irma Venter

The average carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of new cars and vans in Europe dropped in 2022 for the third year in a row, according to provisional data published by the European Environment Agency... 


Rwanda Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources Dr Ildephonse Musafiri, Volkswagen Image of Group South Africa MD Martina Biene, and  Volkswagen Mobility Solutions Rwanda CEO Serge Kamuhinda
Volkswagen signs MoU with Rwandan government to start GenFarm project
26th June 2023 By: Irma Venter

Volkswagen has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the government of Rwanda to establish “a modern farm with electric tractors”.  The MoU was signed by Minister of Agriculture and... 


Green Riders to add more e-bikes, e-motorbikes to delivery fleet
23rd June 2023 By: Irma Venter

E-mobility solutions group Green Riders will expand its fleet of electric delivery bicycles from the current 200 units to 500 by the end of July, says founder and CIO Craig Atkinson. This means... 


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Highly qualified automotive technicians becoming increasingly scarce – NADA
22nd June 2023 By: Irma Venter

Highly qualified automotive technicians are becoming increasingly scarce in South Africa, with their training now encompassing not only internal combustion engines, but also hybrid technology and... 


An EV charging
Auto firms race to secure non-Chinese graphite for EVs as shortages loom
21st June 2023 By: Reuters

Automakers, including Tesla and Mercedes, are rushing to lock in graphite supply from outside dominant producer China, as demand for electric vehicle (EV) batteries outpaces other uses for the... 


Image of Legacy Motor Group (LMG) public relations, marketing and customer experience GM Edward Makwana
Car-sharing represents ‘significant and exciting opportunities’ – Legacy Group
20th June 2023 By: Irma Venter

Considering South Africa’s many transportation challenges, the emergence of car-sharing represents significant and exciting opportunities for boosting socio-economic development and inclusive... 


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Toyota SA targets ambitious sales growth up to 2030
19th June 2023 By: Irma Venter

Toyota Motors South Africa (TSAM) aims for 10% of its sales, or 22 000 units, to be new-energy vehicles (NEVs) in 2025. This would mean the local arm of the Japanese manufacturer aims for total... 


10.1% more new vehicles year-on-year sold in May as exports rose by 67.5%
16th June 2023 By: Irma Venter

Domestic new-vehicle sales in May jumped by 10.1%, to 43 060 units, compared with the same month last year. The new-passenger-car market reached 27 401 units last month – a mere 0.1% up on May last... 


Current economic storm set to push luxury car buyers to electric vehicles, says Merc’s Raine
16th June 2023 By: Irma Venter

When considering the current energy crisis in the country, South Africa’s luxury vehicle market is destined to become an electric vehicle (EV) market, says Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) co-CEO... 


Ford Ranger takes Car of the Year 2023 accolade
16th June 2023 By: Irma Venter

The new made-in-South Africa Ford Ranger double-cab 4 x 4 has been crowned as South Africa’s Old Mutual Insure South African Car of the Year (COTY) for 2023. The South African Guild of Mobility... 


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Japanese motorbike manufacturers to study hydrogen options for ‘small mobility’ applications
15th June 2023 By: Irma Venter

Kawasaki, Suzuki, Honda and Yamaha will form a technological research group called Hydrogen Small Mobility and Engine Technology (HySE), with the aim to develop hydrogen-powered motorcycles, among... 


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Volvo Car SA expects big jump in EV sales this year
15th June 2023 By: Irma Venter

It is impossible to know what the real demand is for Volvo Car South Africa’s (SA’s) fully electric vehicles (EVs), as persistent supply challenges have managed to skew the sales numbers, says... 


NMU, AIDC-EC launch Chair in Automotive Engineering
13th June 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

The Nelson Mandela University (NMU) has launched a new Automotive Industry Development Centre – Eastern Cape (AIDC-EC) Chair in Automotive Engineering. The AIDC-EC has endowed the new research... 


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