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Ford acquires two humanoid robots

By: Irma Venter     16th April 2020 Ford Motor Company has acquired the first two robots off the production line at Agility Robotics, the producer of Digit, a commercially available robot with arms and legs designed to work with humans and in human spaces. This purchase continues the existing research partnership between Agility... 

Covid-19 decimates global Q1 new-vehicle sales 

By: Irma Venter     15th April 2020 With March sales reports for most markets in, save for China, it is possible to gain a better view of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on new-vehicle sales, says data analytics and consulting company GlobalData. In Europe, light-vehicle sales were down 46.3% year-on-year in March. 

Covid-19 decimates global Q1 new-vehicle sales

An African automotive industry is starting to emerge

By: Irma Venter     10th April 2020 The great African automotive story of this year will be Ghana, says Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) chairperson and MD Thomas Schäfer, who is also the president of the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM). The AAAM, established in November 2015, focuses on the expansion of... 

An African automotive industry is starting to emerge

Covid-19 forces Bloodhound land-speed record attempt into hibernation

By: Irma Venter     9th April 2020 The Bloodhound land-speed record (Bloodhound LSR) attempt has gone into hibernation. Following successful high-speed testing in South Africa in October and November, Bloodhound LSR has been focussed on securing sponsorship to further fund its world land-speed record campaign, says CEO Ian... 

Covid-19 forces Bloodhound land-speed record attempt into hibernation

Ford South Africa starts face shield production 

By: Irma Venter     9th April 2020 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has started production of 57 000 protective face shields that will be donated to front-line medical and essential services personnel who are most at risk of contracting Covid-19.  The face shields, which protect the user’s eyes, nose and mouth, are... 

Ford South Africa starts face shield production
Face shield production at Ford

Sandton, Franschhoek most compliant in staying at home, says Tracker 

By: Irma Venter     8th April 2020 South Africans are largely heeding the call to stay home during the national lockdown, says vehicle locating firm Tracker. South Africa entered a national lockdown on March 27 in an attempt to fight the spread of Covid-19.  

Sandton, Franschhoek most compliant in staying at home, says Tracker

PE car terminal scores 96% in Volkswagen audit

By: Irma Venter     8th April 2020 The Port Elizabeth Car Terminal has aced the Volkswagen group’s global quality audit, scoring 96% across sections such as export processes, housekeeping, security, vehicle handling, as well as condition of storage, says Transnet Port Terminals (TPT). The audit is held every five years across all... 

PE car terminal scores 96% in Volkswagen audit

Covid-19 puts EV sales, carbon emission targets at risk, says GlobalData 

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2020 Data analytics and consulting company GlobalData says lower oil prices as a result of the Covid-19 crisis could reduce electric vehicle (EV) demand and impair European Union (EU) efforts to significantly reduce average new vehicle carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the European car market.... 

Review the market longevity of vehicles made locally, asks EV programme  

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2020 Government’s incentive scheme for the local automotive industry, the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP), implemented in 2013 and ending in 2020, has no direct incentive for the production of alternative drivetrain technologies, such as battery electric vehicles (BEVs), says... 

Review the market longevity of vehicles made locally, asks EV programme

Toyota has repaired 70 essential service vehicles since lockdown started

By: Irma Venter     6th April 2020 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) says it has, as of close of business on April 3,  supplied vehicle parts and made repairs to about 70 essential-services vehicles since the start of the nationwide lockdown on March 27.  “We have dealerships in every province and we will continue to do our part... 

Toyota has repaired 70 essential service vehicles since lockdown started

As Covid-19 clears the air in the 13th most polluted city, rethink EVs, urges uYilo  

By: Irma Venter     6th April 2020 By the end of last year, a total of 1 119 plug-in electric vehicles had been sold in South Africa, of which 545 were battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and 574 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), says the newly released State of Electric Vehicles (EVs) in South Africa report, published by the... 

As Covid-19 clears the air in the 13th most polluted city, rethink EVs, urges uYilo

March used-car sales provide a glimmer of hope, says AutoTrader 

By: Irma Venter     3rd April 2020 There is little positive news at the moment, but used-car sales in South Africa during March do provide a glimmer of hope, says AutoTrader CEO George Minnie. He says March began well, and used-car sales were on track to sustain this year’s positive performance. 

March used-car sales provide a glimmer of hope, says AutoTrader

Auto industry faces ‘existential threat’, says GlobalData

By: Irma Venter     2nd April 2020 The automotive sector is facing its biggest existential threat since the 2007 to 2009 financial crisis, with multidimensional challenges at its door, says data analytics and consulting company GlobalData. These include supply-chain restrictions, workforce safety and demand drop off. 

Auto industry faces ‘existential threat’, says GlobalData

New-vehicle sales plummet by 30%

By: Irma Venter     1st April 2020 New-vehicle sales fell by 30% in March, to 33 545 units, compared with the same month last year. South Africa is in a lockdown since March 27 as it works to curb the spread of Covid-19. 

New-vehicle sales plummet by 30%

Taxis allowed 100% of capacity only with masks – Mbalula  

By: Sane Dhlamini     1st April 2020 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula announced on Wednesday that taxis could carry their full loads during the national lockdown, provided that all passengers wore masks. Mbalula was addressing taxi operators and commuters at the MTN Taxi Rank in Johannesburg after he held discussions with the... 

Taxis allowed 100% of capacity only with masks – Mbalula
Transport Minister Fikille Mbalula

Volkswagen expands operations in Kenya

By: Irma Venter     1st April 2020 Just more than three years after German car manufacturer Volkswagen ventured into sub-Saharan Africa, the brand’s assembly facility in Kenya has added another model to its line-up. The assembly facility, which was opened in December, 2016, in Thika, Kenya, was the first semi-knockdown operation... 

Volkswagen expands operations in Kenya

WesBank announces payment relief as Covid-19 bites 

By: Irma Venter     30th March 2020 In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, WesBank has announced payment relief plans to assist its customers and partners who have been impacted by the pandemic. WesBank provides a range of financial products to the retail and corporate market in South Africa, including vehicle and asset finance,... 

WesBank announces payment relief as Covid-19 bites
WesBank CEO Chris de Kock

An essential service? Need to service your vehicle? NADA has the answers 

By: Irma Venter     30th March 2020 Not all vehicles will be parked in residential garages during the 21-day shutdown, scheduled to end on April 17. Some, such as taxis, will carry essential workers to their places of employment and some will be delivering goods to supermarkets and service stations. Engineering News & Mining Weekly... 

An essential service? Need to service your vehicle? NADA has the answers
NADA national director Gary McGraw

New-vehicle sales could recover by up to 7% in 2021

By: Irma Venter     27th March 2020 S&P Global Ratings believes global new light-vehicle sales could recover by between 10% and 12% in the US in 2021, following a 15% to 20% decline in 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Sales in China could grow by between 2% and 4% next year, after seeing an 8% to 10% decline this year. 

New-vehicle sales could recover by up to 7% in 2021

Oil, Covid-19 to take heavy toll on Africa’s new-vehicle market  

By: Irma Venter     27th March 2020 Some of West Africa’s major economies are going to face “significant headwinds” in the time ahead, says Deloitte emerging markets and Africa MD Dr Martyn Davies. “There is some real economic pain coming.” 

Oil, Covid-19 to take heavy toll on Africa’s new-vehicle market 

S&P Global Ratings sees 15% drop in global light-vehicle sales

By: Irma Venter     25th March 2020 S&P Global Ratings says it projects that global light-vehicle sales will fall by almost 15% in 2020, owing to the Covid-19 pandemic and sharply lower global growth.  “In our updated scenario, global light-vehicle sales will likely decline to less than 80-million units in 2020, versus 90.3-million... 

S&P Global Ratings sees 15% drop in global light-vehicle sales

Covid-19 ‘disastrous’ for component sector; part makers gear up for ventilator manufacture 

By: Irma Venter     23rd March 2020 The temporary closure of the BMW and Ford vehicle assembly plants in South Africa, with a third vehicle manufacturer advising that it is expecting significant volume cuts in the future, has had an “immediate and disastrous impact” on the component supplier base, National Association of Automotive... 

Covid-19 ‘disastrous’ for component sector; part makers gear up for ventilator manufacture

Ford suspends production in South Africa as Covid-19 takes its toll 

By: Irma Venter     23rd March 2020 Ford Motor Company (FMC) is temporarily suspending vehicle and engine production at its international markets group (IMG) manufacturing sites, including South Africa, in response to the growing impact of Covid-19. IMG production suspensions began Saturday, March 21, and will continue for several... 

Ford suspends production in South Africa as Covid-19 takes its toll

Renault suspends production in Casablanca and Tangier

By: African News Agency      20th March 2020 French car manufacturer Renault on Thursday temporarily suspended its manufacturing operations in Casablanca and Tangier amid global concern over the Covid-19 outbreak. The plants employ over 11 000 people, according to online publication Morocco World News.  

BMW HQ shutters Rosslyn plant as Covid-19 cools demand 

By: Irma Venter     18th March 2020 The BMW Group will shut down its European plants, as well as its Rosslyn plant, in Tshwane, South Africa, by the end of the week, owing to shrinking demand as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Rosslyn plant produces the X3 sports-activity vehicle for the local and global markets. 

BMW HQ shutters Rosslyn plant as Covid-19 cools demand

Metair investing R650m in auto components business 

By: Irma Venter     18th March 2020 International manufacturer, distributor and retailer of energy storage solutions and automotive components, Metair, is investing R650-million in a range of automotive component businesses, says MD Theo Loock. This comes as each of the businesses in the Automotive Components Vertical “successfully... 

Metair investing R650m in auto components business
Theo Loock

Local car plants to continue operating as many European operations shut down 

By: Irma Venter     17th March 2020 Despite automotive plants closing down in Europe owing to the Covid-19 outbreak, South African vehicle production sites are still operational. The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) on Tuesday said that there were no production disruptions in the pipeline at... 

Local car plants to continue operating as many European operations shut down

VW shutters Europe plants as pandemic slams auto industry

By: , Bloomberg     17th March 2020 Volkswagen will halt production at its plants in Europe, deepening the economic pain the rapidly spreading coronavirus is inflicting on the struggling car industry. The world’s largest automaker, joining European rivals and suppliers in suspending output, said the shutdown will last about two... 

Fiat to halt production at certain sites as Covid-19 slows market demand

By: Irma Venter     16th March 2020 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) says its subsidiaries, FCA Italy and Maserati, will temporarily suspend production across the majority of their European manufacturing plants. “The temporary suspension, which will be in effect through March 27, continues the implementation of a comprehensive set... 

Fiat to halt production at certain sites as Covid-19 slows market demand

South African factory output contracts For eighth straight month

By: , Bloomberg     12th March 2020 South Africa manufacturing output contracted for the eighth straight month in January as fewer wood products, paper and vehicles were made. Manufacturing output fell 2% from a year earlier, compared with a 5.9% decline in the December, Pretoria-based Statistics South Africa said Thursday on its... 

Japanese aid to South Africa focuses on the transfer of expertise

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th March 2020 Most Japanese assistance to South Africa takes the form of the provision of expertise and the secondment of technical experts, Japanese Ambassador Norio Maruyama tells Engineering News. "We [Japan] have a lot of assistance programmes, but each country must request assistance from us," he... 

Mahindra SA sees scope for growth in SUV market

By: Irma Venter     9th March 2020 Mahindra South Africa (SA) is keen to retain the momentum it has built over recent years, says CEO Rajesh Gupta. Having focused first on building capacity, the brand is now growing rapidly following the launch of its new-generation products, starting in 2015. 

Mahindra SA sees scope for growth in SUV market
The Mahindra KUV100

e-Movement outlines plans to host a Formula E race in Cape Town 

By: Irma Venter     9th March 2020 e-Movement, the Formula E Bid company, has confirmed its intention and plans to host a Formula E race using a street circuit in the heart of Cape Town. e-Movement says it has secured the backing of Jaguar South Africa as founding partner for the initial stages of the project. 

e-Movement outlines plans to host a Formula E race in Cape Town

Hyundai parts centre goes green 

By: Irma Venter     6th March 2020 Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) has cut the ribbon on a more than R3-million solar energy system at its parts distribution centre (PDC) in Ekurhuleni. PDC parts operations director Sam Matlhola says this was the first solar energy project within the HASA group, with other business units to... 

Hyundai parts centre goes green
Sam Matlhola

New-vehicle sales drop by 0.7% in February

By: Irma Venter     3rd March 2020 Domestic new-vehicle sales dropped by 0.7% in February, to 43 485 units, compared with the same month last year – a much smaller margin of decline than expected from forecasts that have predicted up to a 4% drop in the market in 2020. New-vehicle sales numbers released on Monday showed that... 

New-vehicle sales drop by 0.7% in February

Ford to build 700 000th Ranger in South Africa this year

By: Irma Venter     2nd March 2020 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is on track to build its 700 000th Ranger in 2020, says FMCSA operations VP Ockert Berry. “This is a fantastic achievement for our local plants, our employees and the extensive network of suppliers that support our business.” 

Ford to build 700 000th Ranger in South Africa this year

BMW tests electric iNext in Southern Africa ahead of 2021 production start 

By: Irma Venter     28th February 2020 Testing of the battery-electric BMW iNext sports-utility vehicle (SUV) has moved from the polar circle to the heat of Southern Africa. The all-weather tests are being conducted ahead of series production in 2021 at the Dingolfing plant in Germany. 

 BMW tests electric iNext in Southern Africa ahead of 2021 production start
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