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Government support for automotive manufacturing sector must ‘embrace’ EVs, says uYilo

By: Irma Venter     2nd October 2020 The supporting policy driving vehicle manufacturing in South Africa needs to “evolve and embrace electric vehicles (EVs)” in order for the country to fully adopt the technology, says uYilo eMobility Programme director Hiten Parmar. “It should be clearly defined, incentivising multinational... 

EV demand will spark lithium mining reinvention

By: Bloomberg     30th September 2020 Lithium producers must reinvent mining methods for the key metal used in rechargeable batteries to meet rising demand from the electric-vehicle industry, according to Standard Lithium’s top executive. “The industry’s going to have some challenges as higher purity lithium compounds are required --... 

South Africa's Covid-hit carmakers ask govt to cut taxes on new cars 

By: Reuters     29th September 2020 South Africa's car makers have asked the government to reduce taxes on new vehicle purchases as part of a proposed stimulus package for the coronavirus-hit sector, according to a presentation from an industry body seen by Reuters. The proposal, aimed at boosting local sales of new cars as rising... 

Naamsa CE Mike Mabasa
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Naamsa CE Mike Mabasa

South Africa is hatchback country, says AutoTrader

By: Irma Venter     29th September 2020 The Volkswagen Polo is the country’s most-searched-for hatchback under R250 000, with Volkswagen also dominating this important segment of the motor industry, says AutoTrader. AutoTrader is the country’s largest digital automotive marketplace. 

BMW SA signs new charge point deal with GridCars 

By: Irma Venter     29th September 2020 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) has appointed GridCars as its official electric vehicle 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 agreement... 

BMW SA signs new charge point deal with GridCars

Battery electric vehicles to make up 25% of Kia sales by 2029

By: Irma Venter     28th September 2020 “By refocusing our business on electrification, we are aiming for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) to account for 25% of our total worldwide sales by 2029,” says Kia president and CEO Ho Sung Song. Kia says it plans to establish a leadership position in the global electric vehicle (EV) market by... 

Kia CEO Ho Sung Song
Kia CEO Ho Sung Song

Green shoots evident in local economy, says NADA chairperson 

By: Irma Venter     28th September 2020 “There is a natural tendency for South Africans to look at the negative aspects of the nation’s economy under lockdown, but if we look on the brighter side, green shoots are in plain view,” says National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) chairperson Mark Dommisse. “Firstly, we are pleased... 

Mark Dommisse
Mark Dommisse

Diesel vehicle push could boost platinum demand, says WPIC 

By: Donna Slater     25th September 2020 A resurgence in encouraging vehicle buyers to buy diesel vehicles could result in a boost for platinum demand, says the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC). In January 2021, the European Commission will measure the average fleet carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of each European automotive... 

Toyota provides R15m in Covid-19 aid to KZN

By: Irma Venter     25th September 2020 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health, as well as the eThekwini metropolitan municipality, to support the fight against Covid-19. The MoA, signed by TSAM president and CEO Andrew Kirby, KwaZulu-Natal Department of... 

Work on Tshwane auto SEZ in full swing after lockdown

By: Irma Venter     25th September 2020 Work on the R3.4-billion Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ) is forging ahead, following delays caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, with clearing of the site, groundworks and the installation of bulk infrastructure under way. The public–private partnership, located next to the Ford... 

Suzuki moves to bigger head office, parts warehouse as sales soar

By: Irma Venter     25th September 2020 Suzuki Auto South Africa (SASA) completed the move to its new, larger head office and warehouse facility in Johannesburg on September 1. The announcement came shortly after the brand reported 1 213 new-vehicle sales in July, with 1 200 of these sold through its dealer network.  

Covid-19 pushes out launch of new D-Max to 2022  

By: Irma Venter     23rd September 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... 

The new generation D-Max bakkie from Isuzu
The new generation D-Max bakkie from Isuzu

Musk say Tesla plans new $25 000 EV in about three years

By: Bloomberg     23rd September 2020 Tesla plans to manufacture a car that will cost $25 000 in about three years’ time, fulfilling an elusive long-term objective to sell a cheap mass-market electric vehicle, CEO Elon Musk said Tuesday. “This has always been our dream from the very beginning,” Musk said at an event showcasing... 

Elon Musk
Elon Musk

Cartrack launches mobile phone rapid response safety app

By: Irma Venter     22nd September 2020 Mobility solutions company Cartrack has launched a rapid response safety app, called Karu Safety. Karu Safety is a mobile phone app that allows subscribers to access private security services at the touch of a button. 

Call for improved enforcement as construction transport accidents run up R352m tab

By: Irma Venter     22nd September 2020 Statistics provided by the Federated Employers Mutual Assurance Company (FEM) – the workmen’s compensation insurer for the building industry – indicate that there were 929 motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) in 2018 involving people working within the construction industry.  “While this may seem low,... 

Call for improved enforcement as construction transport accidents run up R352m tab

Big Toyota investments proceeding, despite Covid-19

By: Irma Venter     18th September 2020 Toyota Motors South Africa (TSAM) is going ahead with its three big investment projects, despite the Covid-19 pandemic, says TSAM president and CEO Andrew Kirby.  “Largely, we have been able to protect and secure all of our big projects that were originally planned in 2019, despite the fact that... 

August new-vehicle sales decline by a disappointing 30%

By: Irma Venter     18th September 2020 Total South African new-vehicle sales declined by 26.3% in August to 33 515 units, compared with the 45 484 vehicles sold in the same month last year. The new-passenger-car market fell by 32.6% to 19 545 units. 

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

By: Irma Venter     16th September 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... 

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

Roll-out of AARTO a big concern, says Road Freight Association 

By: Irma Venter     15th September 2020 The Road Freight Association (RFA) says it is working with all relevant role-players to ensure that the proposed Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) is “considered properly” before implementation, and that AARTO will achieve its main purpose of ensuring road safety, says... 

Gavin Kelly
Gavin Kelly

Electric car racing series announces cyber protection deal

By: Irma Venter     14th September 2020 Airspeeder, which aims to be the world’s first electric flying car racing series, has announced a technical and strategic partnership with cyber protection specialist Acronis. The deal will see the racing series, created by Australian performance electric flying car manufacturer, Alauda, receive... 

Electric car racing series announces cyber protection deal

Ford improves efficiency at Silverton plant with new wheel and tyre facility 

By: Irma Venter     11th September 2020 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has upgraded the wheel and tyre facility at its Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria. The plant produces the Ranger pickup and Everest sports-utility vehicle for the domestic market, as well as more than 100 export markets. 

The new wheel and tyre facility at Ford's Silverton plant
The new wheel and tyre facility at Ford's Silverton plant

The time for SA to shift to EV production is now – report

By: Irma Venter     11th September 2020 South African policymakers and automotive manufacturing sector stakeholders need to develop a coherent strategy for the shift to the production of electrical vehicles (EVs), or fall behind global developments and lose their edge in the export market. This emerged as a key message from a report on... 

Used-car market value climbs 3.8% to more than R100bn

By: Irma Venter     11th September 2020 AutoTrader’s new yearly used-car industry report, launched in August, shows that South Africans used the country’s largest digital used-car trading portal to conduct 401-million online searches from July last year to the end of June this year.  This is an all-time record and an almost 40%... 

Bridgestone to close PE factory, Brits plant to remain open

By: Irma Venter     11th September 2020 Bridgestone Southern Africa (BSAF) has started the process of closing its bias tyre manufacturing plant in Port Elizabeth.  The company says this move is in line with the recently announced mid- to long-term business strategy as set out by the Bridgestone Corporation, which plans to strengthen... 

Battery metals to boom despite widespread Covid-19 disruption

By: Donna Slater     11th September 2020 Battery metals, which are used in modern energy efficient electrical products, are playing an increasingly important role in climate change mitigation and the shift towards a lower carbon-intensive future. Battery metals, including lithium, vanadium, copper, cobalt, nickel, lead and graphite are... 

Battery metals to boom despite widespread Covid-19 disruption

Ford and partners roll out self-parking project

By: Irma Venter     7th September 2020 Autonomous driving may not sound like a lot of fun, but autonomous parking may just be a different kettle of fish. Ford Motor Company, real estate developer Bedrock and Bosch are launching a demonstration project with connected Ford test vehicles that can drive and park themselves inside... 

Ford and partners roll out self-parking project

Nissan’s Mike Whitfield elected AAAM president

By: Irma Venter     4th September 2020 Nissan Africa South (NAS) chairperson Mike Whitfield has been elected president of the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM). He replaces former Volkswagen Group of South Africa chairperson and MD Thomas Schäfer. 

Festival of Motoring rescheduled for August, 2021

By: Irma Venter     3rd September 2020 Following its cancellation this year owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Festival of Motoring will now return to the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit from August 26 to 29, 2021. Event organiser, Messe Frankfurt South Africa, says next year’s event will be the fifth edition of the yearly motoring... 

Festival of Motoring rescheduled for August, 2021

Audi South Africa CEO departs for Germany, no successor announced yet

By: Irma Venter     3rd September 2020 Audi South Africa CEO Trevor Hill has departed the company after his contract came to an end on August 31. Hill, who was born in South Africa, left the country in 1997, returning in 2017 to head up the Audi brand within the local Volkswagen group. 

Trevor Hill
Trevor Hill

Dekra, AIH partner in project to provide Covid-19 safety seal

By: Irma Venter     3rd September 2020 German testing, inspection and certification group Dekra and Automotive Investment Holdings (AIH) have partnered to provide a range of business sectors with a Covid-19 safety seal. The Covid-19 Dekra Standard Trusted Facility Seal is available to the automotive; retail; supply and manufacturing;... 

Dekra, AIH partner in project to provide Covid-19 safety seal

August new-vehicle sales decline by a disappointing 30% 

By: Irma Venter     2nd September 2020 Total South African new-vehicle sales declined by 26.3% in August, to 33 515 units, compared with the 45 484 vehicles sold in the same month last year. The new-passenger-car market fell by 32.6%, to 19 545 units. 

August new-vehicle sales decline by a disappointing 30%

Volkswagen’s Lionesses Den announces winners

By: Irma Venter     31st August 2020 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA), in partnership with Lionesses of Africa, have announced the winners of the Volkswagen’s Lionesses Den competition.   The panel of judges selected the top three pitches after calling on female-owned businesses in South Africa to share a two-minute pitch to win... 

Volkswagen’s Lionesses Den announces winners

Supporting policy must embrace EVs, says uYilo 

By: Irma Venter     28th August 2020 The supporting policy driving vehicle manufacturing in South Africa needs to “evolve and embrace electric vehicles (EVs)” in order for the country to fully adopt the technology, says uYilo eMobility Programme director Hiten Parmar. “It should be clearly defined, incentivising multinational... 

Hiten Parmar
Hiten Parmar

National Automobile Dealers Association appoints Marcia Mayaba as VP

By: Irma Venter     28th August 2020 Barloworld Motor Retail franchise executive Marcia Mayaba has been elected the National Automobile Dealers Association (Nada) VP. “We are extremely excited to have Marcia on board,” says Nada chairperson Mark Dommisse. “We look forward to working closely with her on various matters impacting... 

New-vehicle export revenue declined by R21bn in H1 2020

By: Irma Venter     28th August 2020 Vehicle exports from South Africa declined by 73 419 vehicles, or 40.3%, in the first half of the year, compared with 2019, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) trade, exports and research executive manager Dr Norman Lamprecht. This decline saw vehicle... 

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

By: Irma Venter     28th August 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.... 

New-vehicle pricing increasing sharply, TransUnion index shows

By: Irma Venter     28th August 2020 The South African car market experienced record lows in the second quarter of the year, as the combination of minimal trading owing to the Covid-19 lockdown and the depressed economy saw a 71% decline in the number of new and used cars financed over the same period in 2019. This is according to... 

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