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Toyota SA to boost hybrid production as battery electric vehicles deemed not yet practical 
9th June 2023 By: Irma Venter

Hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs) are “the most practical solution for carbon neutrality in Africa”, says Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) Africa region CEO Toshimitsu Imai. This is also true for South... 


More bad news than good for auto industry in Q1
9th June 2023 By: Irma Venter

While the first quarter of the year saw new-vehicle sales inch up from the same time last year, domestic vehicle production, exports and employment all moved into negative territory. This is... 


Vehicle ownership costs soaring – WesBank
9th June 2023 By: Irma Venter

Vehicle owners are, on average, paying R3 776 more a month to keep their vehicles running than in May 2019, says WesBank. WesBank says consumers’ budgets are strained and “under pressure in all... 


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Volvo’s newest electric SUV will come to SA at below R800 000
8th June 2023 By: Irma Venter

Volvo Car South Africa (SA) has announced the pricing on its newest model – the all-electric EX30 small sports-utility vehicle (SUV) – ahead of its introduction early next year. Pre-orders for the... 


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‘As-a-service’ goes to the moon
7th June 2023 By: Irma Venter

The US’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) says it is seeking industry proposals for a next-generation lunar terrain vehicle (LTV). The vehicle will have to allow astronauts to... 


May sales jump a pleasant surprise, but odds may be stacked against further growth 
May sales jump a pleasant surprise, but odds may be stacked against further growth 
2nd June 2023 By: Irma Venter

There was a general expectation in the automotive industry that new-vehicle sales would slow in May as many consumers turned their attention to investing in solar panels and inverters, instead of... 


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Ford Ranger takes Car of the Year crown
2nd June 2023 By: Irma Venter

The new, made-in-South Africa Ford Ranger double-cab 4x4 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... 


User-targeted public transport subsidy to be submitted to Cabinet by month-end
2nd June 2023 By: Irma Venter

The proposed new Public Transport Subsidy Policy should reach Cabinet before the end of June, says Department of Transport deputy director-general Mathabatha Mokonyama. Government’s economic... 


Vehicle prices increased steeply in first quarter – TransUnion
2nd June 2023 By: Irma Venter

Vehicle sales in South Africa dropped sharply in the first quarter of the year in the face of ongoing vehicle price inflation, declining consumer disposable income and negative consumer and... 


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New-vehicle sales expands by 10.1% in May, exports up 67.5%
1st 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 in May – a mere 0.1% up on the same... 


Chinese EV battery maker Gotion mulls factory in Morocco
1st June 2023 By: Reuters

Morocco's government and China-based battery maker Gotion High Tech have agreed to look into setting up an electric vehicle battery plant in the kingdom with up to $6.3-billion in eventual... 


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Current economic storm set to push luxury car buyers to EVs, says Merc’s Raine
31st May 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... 


Car imports from China, India surge as cash-strapped consumers buy down
26th 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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Toyota launches its cheapest offering in South Africa – the Vitz
24th May 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. 


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Vehicle ownership costs rising steeply and rapidly – WesBank
24th May 2023 By: Irma Venter

Vehicle owners are, on average, paying R3 776 more a month to keep their vehicles running than in May 2019, says WesBank. WesBank says consumers’ budgets are strained and “under pressure in all... 


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More bad news than good for the auto industry in Q1
22nd May 2023 By: Irma Venter

While the first quarter of the year saw new-vehicle sales inch up from the same time last year, domestic vehicle production, exports and employment all moved into negative territory. This is... 


Electric car demand booming, with sales forecast to increase by 35% this year
19th 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’... 


World’s largest RORO vessel docks at Durban port
19th 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 fully... 


New-vehicle sales 0.2% lower in April
19th 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... 


Vehicle prices increased steeply in the first quarter, says TransUnion
Vehicle prices increased steeply in the first quarter, says TransUnion
17th May 2023 By: Irma Venter

Vehicle sales in South Africa dropped sharply in the first quarter of the year in the face of ongoing vehicle price inflation, declining consumer disposable income and negative consumer and... 


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Volkwagen’s new made-in-SA single cab Amarok to debut this month
15th May 2023 By: Irma Venter

Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) says its new made-in-South Africa Amarok will be available at dealers at the end of the month. The new Amarok is assembled at Ford’s Silverton plant, in... 


Chery, Haval move into new, larger parts warehouses
12th May 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... 


Ranger line-up expanded with new SA-made single-cab, supercab
12th May 2023

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 new-look single-cab and supercab derivatives. The entire range is produced... 


BMW appoints new plant director at Rosslyn operations
12th May 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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Suzuki’s new Eeco small panel van takes on the delivery market
11th May 2023 By: Irma Venter

Suzuki Auto South Africa (Suzuki SA) has launched the Eeco small panel van to add to the Super Carry bakkie in its business portfolio. Suzuki SA says the Eeco is a market leader in countries such... 


Africa needs $700bn of finance for green energy and metals
10th May 2023 By: Bloomberg

Africa will need more than $700-billion in finance over the next decade to develop renewable power and mines to extract the metals required for the green energy transition, according to Standard... 


Norway pushes EVs to 79% of all new cars sold, but will policy change affect this?
Norway pushes EVs to 79% of all new cars sold, but will policy change affect this?
10th May 2023 By: Irma Venter

Norway set a new record in 2022 when 79.3% of all new car sales were fully electric, up from 64.5% in 2021. The top-ten sellers were all electric in the country with its five-million inhabitants... 


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Toyota SA to boost hybrid production as BEVs deemed not yet practical 
10th May 2023 By: Irma Venter

Hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs) are “the most practical solution for carbon neutrality in Africa”, says Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) Africa region CEO Toshimitsu Imai. This is also true for South... 


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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... 


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