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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... 


BMW bets on design and recycling, not mining, to lower battery costs - finance chief
31st March 2023 By: Reuters

BMW is betting on efficient design and recycling to bring down battery costs and is steering clear of investing in mines, its finance chief said on Friday, setting it apart from some competitors... 


Top SA car brands could be impacted by arrival of hybrids, EVs – AutoTrader’s Mienie
31st March 2023 By: Irma Venter

AutoTrader’s newest Hybrid Car Buyers Survey and Electric Vehicle (EV) Car Buyers Survey show that brand ranks very low in importance among potential buyers of EVs and hybrids. The digital... 


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Hyperinflation, higher costs take big bite out of Metair’s profits
30th March 2023 By: Irma Venter

Metair faced a tough 2022 financial year, with its results significantly impacted by hyperinflation in Türkiye; project costs to support the launch of the new Ford Ranger; higher logistics costs;... 


The new Ndelebe art-inspired marketing BMW South Africa emblem and a new X3 being checked as it rolls of the Plant Rosslyn production line on March 28.
BMW celebrates 50 years of carmaking in South Africa with the release of new emblem
29th March 2023 By: Donna Slater

BMW South Africa is celebrating its 50 years of manufacturing cars in South Africa with the launch of a newly-designed marketing emblem that is inspired by a work of art crafted by South African... 


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Ford expands Ranger line-up with new single-cab, super-cab
24th March 2023 By: Irma Venter

Hot on the heels of the launch of the double-cab Ranger bakkie at the end of last year, Ford South Africa has unveiled the single-cab and super-cab derivatives, set to go on sale this month. The... 


SA transport sector’s shift to zero emissions requires move to rail, banning new ICE vehicle sales by 2035
SA transport sector’s shift to zero emissions requires move to rail, banning new ICE vehicle sales by 2035
24th March 2023 By: Irma Venter

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


Opinion: The role of electric vehicles in SA’s energy transition
24th March 2023

In this opinion article, South African National Energy Development Institute CEO Dr Titus Mathe writes about the role of electric vehicles in South Africa’s energy transition.  


VWSA jump-starts new supplier through BBBEE Initiatives Trust 
24th March 2023 By: Irma Venter

Through the ongoing support of Volkswagen’s Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Initiatives Trust, a former employee of Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has been able to realise his... 


BMW unveils pilot hydrogen fleet
24th March 2023 By: Irma Venter

The BMW Group has unveiled the first vehicles in its pilot hydrogen fleet that will enter service this year.  After four years of development work, the iX5 hydrogen vehicle and development project... 


Image of the 600 000th vehicle to move through the Durban Car Terminal in the 2023 financial year
Durban Car Terminal announces historical milestone
23rd March 2023 By: Irma Venter

The Durban Car Terminal (DCT) says it has handled more than 600 000 vehicles this financial year. This is up from last year’s record of 531 755 fully built-up units over the 12-month period ended... 


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Finally there is an almost affordable EV on the horizon…
23rd March 2023 By: Irma Venter

Volkswagen has revealed its newest concept vehicle – the ID.2all – with the production version set to be unveiled in 2025. The German car maker promises that the production version of the electric... 


UK development finance agency invests in new fund for green African urban development
22nd March 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

UK State development finance institution British International Investment (BII) has announced that it is committing €20-million to the Meridiam Group’s TURF (The Urban Resilience Fund), which is... 


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Lexus set to be first in Toyota stable to dip toe in local electric vehicle market 
20th March 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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Chery to add the Omoda brand to its local line-up
17th March 2023 By: Irma Venter

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


February new-vehicle sales inch up 2.6%, exports slide 11.5% 
17th March 2023 By: Irma Venter

Domestic new-vehicle sales in February increased by 2.6%, to  45 352 units, compared with the same month last year, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council. Year-to-date sales are up 4.3%. 


Vehicle sales growing, but storm clouds loom, warns TransUnion
17th March 2023 By: Irma Venter

South Africa’s automotive industry shrugged off ongoing vehicle price inflation, declining consumer credit health and looming macroeconomic storm clouds to record an increase in vehicle sales in... 


Image of Jeffrey Oppong Peprah, CEO Volkswagen Ghana, Ghana Minister Trade and Industry Samuel Abu Jinapor and Martina Biene, VWSA Chair and MD
Volkswagen takes over vehicle assembly operations in Ghana
16th March 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... 


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uYilo e-Mobility Programme celebrates 10-year milestone
15th March 2023 By: Irma Venter

The uYilo e-Mobility Programme is a decade old this year. The programme, aimed at enabling the ecosystem for electric mobility in South Africa, was established in March, 2013, as an initiative of... 


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Challenges ahead as dealerships move to EVs, says LMG’s Dipela
15th March 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).... 


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Stellantis MoU targets finalising an assembly plant solution for the local, export markets
14th March 2023 By: Irma Venter

Global automotive group Stellantis announced last week that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the South African government’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and the... 


Image of National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) executive director Renai Moothilal.
R66bn worth of component exports at risk from move to EVs, but it’s not all bad news – Naacam
14th March 2023 By: Irma Venter

Catalytic converters, engine parts, engines, clutches/shaft couplings, silencers/exhausts and ignitions/starting equipment are the component groupings most at risk from the global move to electric... 


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Top SA car brands could get disrupted by the arrival of hybrids, EVs, says AutoTrader’s Mienie
10th March 2023 By: Irma Venter

AutoTrader’s newest Hybrid Car Buyers Survey and Electric Vehicle (EV) Car Buyers Survey show that brand ranks very low in importance among potential buyers of EVs and hybrids. The digital... 


Purchase subsidy would be ‘most appropriate’ EV incentive model – Naamsa
10th March 2023 By: Irma Venter

Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council has proposed the “provision of a direct, fixed new-energy vehicle purchase subsidy” as the most appropriate incentive model to support South Africa’s move... 


Transformation at dealerships ‘woefully slow’, says Legacy Motor Group chairperson
10th March 2023 By: Irma Venter

The pace of transformation within vehicle dealerships remains woefully slow, and urgent action is needed if the automotive industry is to achieve true transformation, warns Legacy Motor Group... 


Audi rolls out second phase of EV charging network
10th March 2023 By: Irma Venter

Audi South Africa (SA), in partnership with sustainable technology group Rubicon, has brought 43 additional electric vehicle (EV) charging stations on line across the country.  These chargers can... 


The attendees at the signing ceremony in Pretoria on Wednesday
Stellantis, DTIC and IDC sign framework agreement to make vehicles in SA
8th March 2023 By: Irma Venter

Stellantis has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) to develop a manufacturing... 


A VW Polo
VWSA makes 100 000th Polo for South African market
8th March 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Automotive manufacturer Volkswagen South Africa's (VWSA's) Kariega plant built the 100 000th unit of the current Polo for the local market on March 1. The Kariega plant has been building the... 


Fingerprint sensor, Mercedes-Benz Pay+ turn the car into a payment device
Fingerprint sensor, Mercedes-Benz Pay+ turn the car into a payment device
6th March 2023 By: Irma Venter

The mobility evolution continues at breakneck speed as Mercedes-Benz customers in Germany are now able to authenticate payments via an in-car fingerprint sensor.  With a new digital payment service... 


Mercedes-Benz Vans SA to launch electric Sprinter by 2024, minibus set to follow
3rd March 2023 By: Irma Venter

Mercedes-Benz Vans South Africa will introduce the battery electric Sprinter panel van (eSprinter) to the local market in 2024. “As we embark on a new era of sustainable mobility, we are proud to... 


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