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Solar project roll-out under way as Ford eyes energy self-sufficiency by 2024

By: Irma Venter     4th December 2020 The Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has kicked off a 13.5 MW, R135-million solar-energy project at its Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria. The project forms part of a larger programme to develop an integrated renewable- energy solution for the facility, with the aim to be... 

Local production of ‘spruced-up’ Navara to start early next year

By: Irma Venter     4th December 2020 Japanese carmaker Nissan has unveiled the spruced-up Navara bakkie that will be made in South Africa and exported to sub-Saharan markets. Production of the new Navara at the Rosslyn plant, in Pretoria, will start in the first quarter of next year. 

Transport Minister urged to address licensing department backlogs

By: Irma Venter     4th December 2020 The National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) has written an open letter to Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula, urging him to address backlogs at licensing departments countrywide. The association says that “extensive administrative delays in document turnaround times and vital operational... 

Parts aftermarket increases despite pandemic

4th December 2020 According to market research company Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis ‘Digital Business Models Mitigating Covid-19 Implications on Global Aftermarket Performance in 2020’, released in September, aftermarket revenue expanded by 4.1% in 2019. This was largely driven by a 3.2% growth in vehicles... 

Parts aftermarket increases despite pandemic
PART AND PARCEL The automotive components sector has contracted more than initially forecast owing to the Covid-19 pandemic

New real-time monitoring system enhances safety

4th December 2020 Automotive and truck parts manufacturer Bridgestone in collaboration with technology company Microsoft has developed a unique and innovative monitoring system to detect tyre damage issues in real-time. Bridgestone Europe, Russia, Middle East, India and Africa (EMIA) CEO and president Laurent... 

New real-time monitoring system enhances safety
DAMAGE CONTROL The Tyre Damage Monitoring System uses algorithms to detect and predict failures before they become catastrophic

Rabotho to lead Nissan SA as Izumi departs, Whitfield named Africa boss

By: Irma Venter     3rd December 2020 Japanese car maker Nissan has announced that it will unite its operations on the continent under one region, namely Africa. Several leadership changes have been made as part of this restructuring, effective December 1.  

Rabotho to lead Nissan SA as Izumi departs, Whitfield named Africa boss
Mike Whitfield

Battery costs fall, make electric vehicles cheaper - BMI

By: Reuters     3rd December 2020 The cost of battery cells used for electric vehicles has fallen to an average of $110/kWh, making such cars competitive with those using internal combustion engines (ICE), according to Benchmark Mineral Intelligence (BMI). One barrier to a higher take up of electric vehicles has been the high... 

Battery costs fall, make electric vehicles cheaper - BMI

Buying-down trend, working-from-home impacting new-vehicle sales 

By: Irma Venter     2nd December 2020 Total new-vehicle sales in South Africa declined by 12% in November, to 39 315 units, compared with 44 670 vehicles sold in the same month last year. The new-passenger-car market fell by 18.1%, to 25 707 units, with the car rental industry accounting for 11.6% of car sales in November. 

Buying-down trend, working-from-home impacting new-vehicle sales

Goodyear South Africa appoints new MD

By: Irma Venter     1st December 2020 Piotr Czyzyk has been appointed as the new MD for Goodyear South Africa (SA). In his former role as product business unit commercial director in Europe, Czyzyk was responsible for overseeing Goodyear’s Central European operation. 

Goodyear South Africa appoints new MD
Piotr Czyzyk 

Toyota launches new music, video streaming service

By: Irma Venter     27th November 2020 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM), in partnership with Vodacom, has announced the introduction of a new streaming service to Toyota Connect and Lexus Connect – MyEntertainment.  Included in this service are Vodacom’s Video Play (video streaming) and My Muze (music streaming) services. 

Toyota launches new music, video streaming service

Govt study into local lithium-ion battery value chain almost complete  

By: Irma Venter     27th November 2020 A study into the possible development of a lithium-ion (li-ion) battery value-chain in South Africa will be completed by the end of the year. The study is being undertaken by Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS), on behalf of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC). It... 

Govt study into local lithium-ion battery value chain almost complete
Gaylor Montmasson-Clair

Local consumers willing to buy EVs, but they seek cheaper cars with more range

By: Irma Venter     27th November 2020 The 2020 South Africa Electric Vehicle (EV) Car Buyer Survey shows that consumers are ready to buy EVs, and that they are willing to do so in the next five years. However, they want a vehicle that costs less than R500 000 and they want more range and faster charging than is currently the case... 

Hyundai South Africa expects 15% drop in sales this year

By: Irma Venter     27th November 2020 Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) will probably record a 15% drop in new-vehicle sales in 2020, says CEO Niall Lynch. This is better than the 25% to 30% drop expected in the overall domestic new-vehicle market, he adds. 

Nissan unveils large SUV contender for local market

By: Irma Venter     26th November 2020 Japanese vehicle manufacturer Nissan has lifted the veil on the new Terra, set to make its debut in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa in the latter part of next year. The sports-utility vehicle is based on the Navara pickup, and will compete with the likes of the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Everest. 

Nissan unveils large SUV contender for local market
The new Terra

SVI Engineering unveils armoured Land Cruiser for civilian or military use

By: Irma Venter     26th November 2020 Starting from a cool R1.6-million (excluding VAT), it is now possible to drive around in your own armoured Land Cruiser. Specialist manufacturer of armoured products, SVI Engineering, says its new Max 3 recognises the need for a cost-effective solution to protect vehicle occupants from both... 

SVI Engineering unveils armoured Land Cruiser for civilian or military use

Volkswagen celebrates assembly of four-million vehicles at Uitenhage

By: Irma Venter     25th November 2020 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has celebrated the assembly of its four-millionth vehicle at its Uitenhage plant, in the Eastern Cape. The first of these vehicles was manufactured 72 years ago, in November 1948, when the premises still belonged to South African Motor Assemblers and... 

Volkswagen celebrates assembly of four-million vehicles at Uitenhage

Toyota Gazoo Racing to field four locally built bakkies at the 2021 Dakar Rally

By: Irma Venter     23rd November 2020 Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR) will be entering four crews in the 2021 Dakar Rally, scheduled to start on January 3 in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah.  The works team will consist of Nasser Al-Attiyah and navigator Mathieu Baumel; Giniel de Villiers and navigator Alex Haro; rookie Henk Lategan and... 

Toyota Gazoo Racing to field four locally built bakkies at the 2021 Dakar Rally

Car-buying patterns shifting on the back of Covid-19, says AutoTrader 

By: Irma Venter     20th November 2020 The South African automotive landscape – especially when it comes to consumer buying behaviour – has changed more in the last year than in the last few decades, says AutoTrader CEO George Mienie. Accordingly, the industry has had to adapt like never before in order to survive and prosper during... 

Car-buying patterns shifting on the back of Covid-19, says AutoTrader

New head for BMW SA as Tim Abbott leaves group but remains in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     20th November 2020 South African-born Peter van Binsbergen has been appointed as the new CEO of BMW Group South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa (BMW SA). He replaces outgoing CEO Tim Abbott. Van Binsbergen, who will take up his new position on January 1, started his career with the BMW Group more than 25 years ago,... 

Eastern Cape’s Localisation Supermarket sees healthy uptake

By: Irma Venter     20th November 2020 Local companies have made bids to produce 25% of the automotive parts listed in the Automotive Industry Development Centre Eastern Cape’s (AIDC EC’s) Localisation Supermarket. The Localisation Supermarket is both a physical showcase and online catalogue of automotive components that are currently... 

Next year could see local auto industry regain some momentum

By: Irma Venter     20th November 2020 Next year could see the local automotive industry regain some momentum in terms of domestic sales, exports and production, but it will not manage to claw back all of the losses recorded in a Covid-19-hit 2020. The newest National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa)... 

New-vehicle sales down 25.4% year-on-year in October

By: Irma Venter     20th November 2020 Total South African new-vehicle sales declined by 25.4% in October, to 38 752 units, compared with the 51 968 vehicles sold in the same month last year. The new-passenger-car market also fell by 25.4%, to 26 793 units.  

Automaker notes industry decline, expands African footprint

By: Mamaili Mamaila     20th November 2020 Global automotive company Isuzu Motors South Africa – a subsidiary of Isuzu Motors Limited – expects that domestic vehicle sales will decline by around 30% this year, compared with those of 2019. 

Automaker notes industry decline, expands  African footprint
BILLY TOM Isuzu has maintained its number one position in Kenya, to which it exports semi-knocked down bakkies

Rough road ahead for VUCA-plagued trucking industry

20th November 2020 It is going to take at least five years for South Africa’s economy to recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, says Road Freight Association (RFA) chief executive Gavin Kelly. 

Rough road ahead  for VUCA-plagued trucking industry
DRIVING LEGITIMACY Road freight operators should transport efficiently, safely and refuse to operate in non-sustainable circumstances

Nissan to set up new assembly facility in Ghana with Japan Motors 

By: Irma Venter     19th November 2020 Nissan has appointed Japan Motors Trading as its local partner in setting up a new vehicle assembly facility in Accra, Ghana. The appointment flows from a 2018 memorandum of understanding signed between Nissan and the government of Ghana. 

Nissan to set up new assembly facility in Ghana with Japan Motors
The new Nissan Navara

NADA calls on Transport Minister to address licensing department backlogs 

By: Irma Venter     19th November 2020 The National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) has written an open letter to Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula, urging him to address backlogs at licensing departments countrywide. The association says that “extensive administrative delays in document turnaround times and vital operational... 

NADA calls on Transport Minister to address licensing department backlogs

Britain to ban new petrol cars and vans by 2030 on road to net zero emissions

By: Reuters     18th November 2020 Britain will move up a ban on new petrol and diesel cars and vans to 2030 and is eyeing 250 000 new jobs as part of a green industrial revolution, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said as he tries to meet Britain's net zero emissions climate target. Johnson is seeking to show his government is on... 

Brabus armoured G-Class now available in South Africa 

By: Irma Venter     16th November 2020 Local vehicle armouring specialist, SVI Engineering, has been appointed as the  official distributor of Brabus Automotive armoured products in Africa, starting with the Invicto Mercedes-Benz G-Class range, says SVI Engineering business development manager Nicol Louw. 

Brabus armoured G-Class now available in South Africa

South African-made MellowVan ready for global rollout in 2021 

By: Irma Venter     16th November 2020 The South African conceived and developed MellowVan will enter commercial production next year, says MellowCabs founder Neil du Preez. The electric three-wheeler, aimed at the last-mile delivery market, is currently the subject of a number of advanced large-scale proof-of-concept projects with... 

South African-made MellowVan ready for global rollout in 2021
The MellowVan

Solar roll-out at Ford start of project to be 100% energy self-sufficient by 2024 

By: Irma Venter     13th November 2020 The Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has kicked off a 13.5 MW, R135-million solar-energy project at its Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria. The project forms part of a larger programme to develop an integrated renewable energy solution for the facility, with the aim to be entirely... 

Solar roll-out at Ford start of project to be 100% energy self-sufficient by 2024

Africa new-vehicle sales to be 28% lower this year as pandemic bites

By: Irma Venter     13th November 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on new-vehicle sales in Africa, which are expected to drop from 1.16-million units in 2019, to a current forecast of 830 000 units this year, says African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) CEO Dave Coffey. “This is a 28% reduction, which is... 

Covid-19 taking heavy toll on dealerships, says NADA

By: Irma Venter     13th November 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has seen six amalgamations between dealerships from April 1 to September 30, as well as the sale of 19 others and the closure of a further 38 – all members of the National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) – the association’s national director, Gary McCraw, tells... 

Toyota replaces popular Etios with new Starlet

By: Irma Venter     13th November 2020 In August last year, Toyota and Suzuki announced a formal alliance between the two carmakers in order “to leverage each other’s strengths and compete in the evolving global vehicle market”.  Toyota’s expertise in hybrid technology and autonomous driving would be of benefit to Suzuki, while Toyota... 

Absa considers a combined solar, EV finance package, should domestic market grow  

By: Irma Venter     11th November 2020 Absa is mulling the roll-out of a finance mechanism for electric vehicles (EVs) that will incorporate a solar home installation to charge that vehicle, says Absa Vehicle and Asset Finance (AVAF) business analytics and strategy head Henry Botha. However, before that can happen, South Africa’s EV... 

Absa considers a combined solar, EV finance package, should domestic market grow
Henry Botha

Motus launches its own digital vehicle marketplace 

By: Irma Venter     9th November 2020 The JSE-listed Motus group has launched its own digital vehicle marketplace, called motus.cars. This platform ties together all the Motus business entities in one digital location, with the aim to provide a simplified online shopping experience.  

Motus launches its own digital vehicle marketplace

Tim Abbott to depart BMW, but stay in South Africa; Van Binsbergen new CEO

By: Irma Venter     9th November 2020 South African-born Peter van Binsbergen has been appointed as the new CEO of BMW Group South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa (BMW SA). He replaces outgoing CEO Tim Abbott. Van Binsbergen, who will take up his new position on January 1, started his career 

Tim Abbott to depart BMW, but stay in South Africa; Van Binsbergen new CEO
Peter van Binsbergen

Battery metals beneficiation holds ‘enormous potential’ for South Africa 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th November 2020 There is “enormous potential” for South Africa, should the country pursue green industrialisation and its manufacturing sector invest in the beneficiation of battery metals and the manufacture of various green products, such as electric vehicles (EVs), Department of Trade, Industry and... 

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