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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... 


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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... 


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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... 


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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... 


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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... 


Motus to spend R250m in next 18 months on alternative energy sources
3rd March 2023 By: Irma Venter

With no light discernible at the end of the Eskom tunnel, mobility group Motus will spend R250-million over the next 18 months to install alternative energy generation sources, such as solar power,... 


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February new-vehicle sales inch up 2.6%, exports drop by 11.5% 
2nd 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
Vehicle sales growing, but storm clouds loom, warns TransUnion
28th February 2023 By: Irma Venter

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


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Naamsa disappointed in lack of Budget support for new-energy vehicles
28th February 2023 By: Irma Venter

Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council says it is disappointed that last week’s National Budget Speech made no “solid commitment” to a support programme for the manufacturing of new-energy... 


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BMW unveils pilot hydrogen fleet
27th February 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... 


Ford SA starts exports of new Ranger bakkie
24th February 2023 By: Irma Venter

Ford South Africa (SA) has started exports of the new-generation Ranger from its Silverton plant in Pretoria. The pick-up is being shipped to more than 100 markets, with Europe the largest export... 


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Industry must address lack of transformation at dealerships – Legacy group chair
23rd February 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 (LMG)... 


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Naspers backs rent-to-buy car firm in $100m deal
22nd February 2023 By: Bloomberg

Naspers, an early investor in China’s Tencent and still its largest shareholder, is backing rent-to-buy car firm Planet42 in a $100-million debt and equity fundraising. The startup, that mainly... 


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Motus to spend R250m in next 18 months on alternative energy sources
21st February 2023 By: Irma Venter

With no light discernible at the end of the Eskom tunnel, mobility group Motus will spend R250-million over the next 18 months to install alternative energy generation sources, such as solar power,... 


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Naamsa proposes purchase subsidy as the ‘most appropriate’ EV incentive model
20th February 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... 


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Volvo set to expand electric portfolio with new C40 Recharge 
17th February 2023 By: Irma Venter

South Africa’s battery-electric vehicle portfolio continues to grow, with Volvo Car South Africa (Volvo SA) to introduce the new C40 Recharge to the local market in the third quarter of this year.... 


Loadshedding hurting SA auto sector’s ability to compete globally
17th February 2023 By: Irma Venter

Data from a survey the National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) conducted in January indicates that the recent months of prolonged loadshedding have resulted... 


BMW SA adds new i7 to EV mix, says iX1 to follow later this year
17th February 2023 By: Irma Venter

The total battery electric vehicle (BEV) market in South Africa grew by 137% in 2022, says BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA). Just under 420 BEVs were sold in South Africa in the first 11 months of... 


New-vehicle sales up 4.8% in January, exports down 1.8% 
17th February 2023 By: Irma Venter

New-vehicle sales increased by 4.8% in January, to 43 509 units, compared with the same month last year. New-passenger-car sales gained 2.9%, to 31 072 units. 


Toyota SA predicts 7.8% increase in new-vehicle market in 2023
17th February 2023 By: Irma Venter

Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) predicts that this year’s domestic new-vehicle market will grow by 7.8%, to 570 000 units, up from 528 963 units last year. TSAM president and CEO Andrew Kirby... 


Isuzu trucks
Isuzu retains top truck selling position for tenth year, looks to expand diesel alternatives
16th February 2023 By: Donna Slater

Commercial vehicle manufacturer Isuzu Truck, which is celebrating a tenth consecutive year as the truck market leader, is progressing with plans to roll out newer and more environment-friendly... 


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Mercedes-Benz Vans SA to launch electric Sprinter by 2024, minibus set to follow
16th February 2023 By: Irma Venter

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


A graphic showing global spending on EV sales and infrastructure between 2016 and 2022.
EV sales top $1tr in wake-up call for carmakers
15th February 2023 By: Bloomberg

Global spending on electric vehicles (EVs) is surging. According a new report published by BloombergNEF on investment in the energy transition, annual spending on passenger EVs hit $388-billion in... 


Sasol Solar Challenge to return in 2024
10th February 2023 By: Irma Venter

The biennial Sasol Solar Challenge is set to return from September 13 to 20, 2024.  The race will be an eight-day event. 


Toyota SA to invest R800m-plus in renewable energy as it flags loadshedding as a ‘big concern’
10th February 2023 By: Irma Venter

Toyota South Africa Motors’ (TSAM’s) Prospecton production complex in Durban will move to 100% renewable energy by 2028, in an investment that will cost north of R800-million, says president and... 


2023 Car of the Year finalists announced 
10th February 2023 By: Irma Venter

The South African Guild of Mobility Journalists (SAGMJ) has announced the finalists in the Old Mutual Insure 2023 Car of the Year (COTY) awards. There are 21 finalists in the various categories,... 


Toyota SA eyes hybrid, electric Hilux production, awaits clarity on govt support 
10th February 2023 By: Irma Venter

With about 44% of Toyota’s total production from its Durban plant exported to Europe, Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) is set to face a tough challenge as that market increasingly moves to hybrids... 


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