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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... 

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 

Peter van Binsbergen
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... 

Suzuki keeps on growing as it breaks through the 2 000-unit-a-month barrier 

By: Irma Venter     6th November 2020 Suzuki Auto South Africa (SASA) sales have broken through the 2 000-unit-a-month barrier. The local arm of the Japanese small-car specialist started selling vehicles in South Africa in June, 2008. 

Suzuki keeps on growing as it breaks through the 2 000-unit-a-month barrier

VW CEO Diess says pandemic poses biggest near-term challenge

By: Bloomberg     6th November 2020 Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess said the coronavirus pandemic poses the biggest near-term challenge for the world’s largest carmaker, hitting as the company shifts strategy to tackle climate change. While VW has a “healthy order bank” and remains confident on sales in the coming weeks, its... 

BMW to set up pilot plant as it aims for large-scale battery-cell production 

By: Irma Venter     6th November 2020 The BMW Group will set up a pilot plant to produce lithium-ion battery cells. This comes as the German carmaker seeks to penetrate all aspects of the battery-cell value chain: from selection of materials to battery cell composition and design, all the way to near-standard production and recycling.  

Number and prices of financed vehicles up in August, September – TransUnion

By: Irma Venter     6th November 2020 The South African car market showed signs of resilience in the third quarter of the year as it bounced back from an all-time-low second quarter to record month-on-month increases in the number of new and used cars financed in August and September, according to the latest TransUnion South African... 

Nissan unveils new-look Navara, local production to start early next year

By: Irma Venter     5th November 2020 Japanese car marker 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. 

The new Navara
The new Navara

Eastern Cape’s localisation supermarket sees healthy uptake 

By: Irma Venter     4th 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... 

Eastern Cape’s localisation supermarket sees healthy uptake

Fugitive auto executive Ghosn settles scores in new French book

By: Bloomberg     4th November 2020 Executive-turned-international fugitive Carlos Ghosn is gunning for revenge in a new book published this week about the events surrounding his November 2018 arrest in Tokyo, 130-day Japanese imprisonment and dramatic escape to Lebanon. The former high-flying chairman of Nissan Motor Co. and... 

Audi Africa appoints new head

By: Irma Venter     3rd November 2020 Audi South Africa has announced the appointment of Sascha Sauer as the new head of Audi Africa.  He replaces Trevor Hill, who has taken up a position within the Audi Sport division abroad. 

Sascha Sauer
Sascha Sauer

Next year could see local auto industry regain some momentum 

By: Irma Venter     3rd 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)... 

Next year could see local auto industry regain some momentum

New-vehicle sales down 25.4% in October, exports at risk as second Covid wave hits Europe 

By: Irma Venter     3rd 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.  

New-vehicle sales down 25.4% in October, exports at risk as second Covid wave hits Europe

Local consumers ready for EVs, but they seek cheaper cars with more range  

By: Irma Venter     2nd 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 what is currently the... 

George Mienie
George Mienie

Hyundai South Africa expects 15% drop in sales for 2020 

By: Irma Venter     30th October 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. 

The new Grand i10
The new Grand i10

GWM’s new P Series bakkie set for November local launch

By: Irma Venter     30th October 2020 Haval Motors South Africa (HMSA) has announced that the GWM P Series bakkie will make its local debut in late November. HMSA says the P Series will be available in 16 derivatives in South Africa and other countries in the Southern African Development Community region, including single and double... 

Cartrack's operating profit up 16%, despite Covid-19 disruptions

By: Irma Venter     30th October 2020 Covid-19 was like getting a puncture when you are driving really fast on the highway, says Cartrack CEO Zak Calisto. “We were ready to grow in the 2021 financial year, and we still got growth, but not quite what we anticipated, or what we had planned for, but our economies of scale allowed us to... 

Covid-19 taking heavy toll on retail market, dealerships, says NADA 

By: Irma Venter     29th October 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has seen six amalgamations between dealerships from April 1 to September 30, as well as the sale of 19 dealerships and the closure of 38 dealerships among the members of the National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA), the association’s national director Gary McCraw... 

Gary McCraw
Gary McCraw

Africa a dumping ground for polluting, unsafe used cars, reveals UN report 

By: Irma Venter     27th October 2020 Millions of used cars, vans and minibuses exported from Europe, the US and Japan to the developing world are of poor quality, while they also contribute significantly to air pollution, thereby hindering efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change, states a new report published by the United... 

Africa a dumping ground for polluting, unsafe used cars, reveals UN report

Nissan to launch small Magnite SUV in local market in 2021

By: Irma Venter     23rd October 2020 Japanese car maker Nissan has confirmed that it will bring the newly launched Magnite sports-utility vehicle (SUV) to the local market early next year. Pricing will only be announced nearer to the domestic launch, however. 

Nissan to launch small Magnite SUV in local market in 2021

Tax breaks, grey import probe needed to revive car market – Naamsa

By: Irma Venter     23rd October 2020 As many European countries reintroduce lockdown measures to deal with a second wave of Covid-19, South Africa’s vehicle exports to these markets are “increasingly under pressure”, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) CEO Mike Mabasa. The European Union,... 

SA’s biggest vehicle export market records worst September in century

By: Irma Venter     23rd October 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has seen South Africa’s biggest new-vehicle export market suffer its worst September sales month this century. According to the UK’s Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, there were only 328 041 new registrations in what is normally the UK’s second most important sales... 

Suzuki defies Covid-19 as it sets new sales record

By: Irma Venter     23rd October 2020 Despite the havoc Covid-19 is wreaking on the domestic economy, Suzuki Auto South Africa (Suzuki SA) set a new sales record in September, retailing 1 787 cars, sports-utility vehicles and commercial vehicles. In doing so, the local arm of the Japanese small-carmaker shattered its previous sales... 

Finance agreement volumes and vehicle prices on the up, says TransUnion 

By: Irma Venter     22nd October 2020 The South African car market showed signs of resilience in the third quarter of the year as it bounced back from an all-time-low second quarter to record month-on-month increases in the number of new and used cars financed in August and September, this according to the latest TransUnion South... 

Kriben Reddy
Kriben Reddy

Used-car market recovering faster than new-car sales, says Toyota 

By: Irma Venter     21st October 2020 Pre-owned-vehicle sales are recovering faster than new-vehicle sales, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM). The local arm of the Japanese manufacturer believes the domestic new-vehicle market is going to remain subdued for the remainder of the year owing to the impact of Covid-19 on the local... 

Used-car market recovering faster than new-car sales, says Toyota

GWM’s new P Series bakkie set for November local launch

By: Irma Venter     19th October 2020 Haval Motors South Africa (HMSA) has announced that the GWM P Series bakkie will make its local debut in late November. HMSA says the P Series will be available in 16 derivatives in South Africa and other countries in the Southern African Development Community, including single and double cabs,... 

GWM’s new P Series bakkie set for November local launch

BMW SA signs new charge point deal with GridCars

By: Irma Venter     16th October 2020 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) has appointed GridCars as its official electric vehicle (EV) charge point operator, with effect from September 1. The local arm of the German manufacturer says the responses from existing BMW i3 drivers were considered before the conclusion of a new three-year... 

Isuzu delays D-Max bakkie launch to 2022 amid Covid uncertainty

By: Irma Venter     16th October 2020 Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSA) has postponed the launch of its new-generation D-Max bakkie from 2021 to the first half of 2022, says IMSA technical operations senior VP Dominic Rimmer. “Our next-generation bakkie programme remains a top priority for the South African market and has the ongoing... 

Green energy a macro-economic imperative, says VW’s Kamuhinda 

By: Irma Venter     12th October 2020 Green technology, electric cars included, are coming to Africa not just because of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, but because Africa has a problem of energy supply, says Volkswagen Africa business development director Serge Kamuhinda.  “For a country like Rwanda, fuel imports account for 12%... 

Green energy a macro-economic imperative, says VW’s Kamuhinda

SA’s biggest new-vehicle export market records worst September this century

By: Irma Venter     9th October 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has seen South Africa’s biggest new-vehicle export market suffer its worst September sales month this century. According to the UK’s Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, there were only 328 041 new registrations in what is normally the UK’s second most important sales... 

SA’s biggest new-vehicle export market records worst September this century

Motus sees new-vehicle market of 420 000-plus in 2021

By: Irma Venter     9th October 2020 Vehicle retail, rental, aftermarket and import group Motus believes that the new-vehicle market could reach between 420 000 and 440 000 units in 2021, up from the expected 350 000 to 380 000 units this year. The decline expected this year in the new-vehicle market, compared with 2019 (when it... 

OneLogix’s profit dips for the first time in 11 years as ‘listless economy’, Covid-19 take toll

By: Irma Venter     9th October 2020 Logistics group OneLogix reported a profit decline for the first time in 11 years, owing largely to the listless domestic economy and the ramifications of the worldwide Covid-19 lockdown, says CEO Ian Lourens. “We faced a very poor economic environment in the first ten months and then Covid hit... 

Auto industry’s EV roadmap aims to accelerate sales and production

By: Irma Venter     9th October 2020 South Africa needs to kick-start the production of electric vehicles (EVs), while it also needs to sell more EVs. This was the single most important recommendation from a Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies report on ‘Harnessing EVs for Industrial Development in South Africa’, released earlier... 

Auto industry’s EV roadmap aims to accelerate sales and production

Suzuki defies effects of Covid-19 as it sets new sales record

By: Irma Venter     8th October 2020 Despite the havoc Covid-19 is wreaking on the domestic economy, Suzuki Auto South Africa (Suzuki SA) set a new sales record in September, retailing 1 787 cars, sports-utility vehicles and commercial vehicles. In doing so, the local arm of the Japanese small-car maker shattered its previous sales... 

Suzuki defies effects of Covid-19 as it sets new sales record

Covid-19 to take 28% bite out of new-vehicle sales in Africa, says AAAM 

By: Irma Venter     8th October 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 to take 28% bite out of new-vehicle sales in Africa, says AAAM

Naamsa, Messe Frankfurt to host auto conference in November 

By: Irma Venter     6th October 2020 Messe Frankfurt South Africa is partnering with the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) in a virtual engagement session on Wednesday, November 18, to probe the way forward for the local and global motor industry.  This event will be staged in association with... 

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