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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... 


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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... 


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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... 


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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... 


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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... 


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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... 


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. 


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