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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... 

Electric cars to account for 79% of lithium demand by 2030 - Chile

By: Reuters     27th August 2020 The electric car industry will dominate demand for lithium over the next ten years, Chilean state mining agency Cochilco said on Wednesday, accounting for more than three quarters of the ultralight battery metal's consumption by 2030, up from one third in 2019. Cochilco said demand for lithium... 

Electric Mini to make its debut in South Africa in Q4 

By: Irma Venter     26th August 2020 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) will launch South Africa’s fourth electric vehicle (EV) in the fourth quarter of this year, when the Mini SE will make its local debut. The Mini SE follows the new style of EVs, where a known model is turned into an electric car, and the vehicle is not manufactured... 

Electric Mini to make its debut in South Africa in Q4

TSAM provides R15m in Covid-19 aid to eThekwini, KZN governments

By: Irma Venter     26th August 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... 

TSAM provides R15m in Covid-19 aid to eThekwini, KZN governments

Nissan enables customers to check affordability before applying for finance 

By: Irma Venter     25th August 2020 Nissan South Africa has launched what it calls “intuitive digital application technology” to assist customers when applying for vehicle finance online. The Nissan pre-finance tool is powered by WesBank and allows customers to check affordability by completing a pre-approval form before applying... 

Nissan enables customers to check affordability before applying for finance

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

By: Irma Venter     24th August 2020 Suzuki Auto South Africa (SASA) will complete the move to its new head office and warehouse facility in Johannesburg by September 1. The announcement comes shortly after the brand reported 1 213 new vehicle sales in July, with 1 200 of these sold through its dealer network.  

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

Elon Musk is going to have a hard time finding clean nickel

By: Bloomberg     24th August 2020 Elon Musk promises a “giant contract” with the miner that can supply nickel for Tesla Inc. batteries at low cost with minimal environmental impact, yet the industry’s messy track record may make that deal difficult to clinch. Recent accidents such as a diesel spill in Arctic Russia and a burst... 

Elon Musk
Elon Musk

Bridgestone to close PE factory, Brits plant to remain open

By: Irma Venter     21st August 2020 Bridgestone Southern Africa (BSAF) has started the process to close 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 its... 

It’s full steam ahead for Toyota investments, despite Covid-19, says Kirby

By: Irma Venter     21st August 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... 

Andrew Kirby
Andrew Kirby

July new-vehicle sales decline by 30%

By: Irma Venter     21st August 2020 Total South African new-vehicle sales declined 29.6% in July to 32 396 units, compared with the 46 042 vehicles sold in the same month last year. The new-passenger-car market fell by 35.8% to 18 905 units. 

Volkswagen adds Ghana to its list of African assembly plants

By: Irma Venter     21st August 2020 Volkswagen has cut the ribbon on a new vehicle assembly facility in Accra, the capital of Ghana. This makes Ghana the fifth Volkswagen vehicle assembly location in sub-Saharan Africa, with the other plants in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria and Rwanda. 

Schäfer leaves VWSA to become ŠKODA Auto CEO

By: Irma Venter     21st August 2020 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) chairperson and MD Thomas Schäfer is leaving the local arm of the German carmaker to join ŠKODA Auto as its new global CEO, effective August 3. The Czech brand has been a member of the Volkswagen group since 1991. 

The time for S Africa to shift to EV production is now, says TIPS report  

By: Irma Venter     20th August 2020 South African policy-makers and automobile 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... 

The time for S Africa to shift to EV production is now, says TIPS report

Govt ‘in contact’ with companies that have shelved investment pledges  

By: Terence Creamer     19th August 2020 Department of Trade, Industry and Competition director-general Lionel October reported on Wednesday that government would continue to engage with those companies that had withdrawn investment pledges made in 2019 with the intention of reviving the projects should conditions change. Earlier this... 

DTIC director-general Lionel October
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DTIC director-general Lionel October

Covid-19 hands Metair R250m bill, Loock to oversee recovery as a consultant

By: Irma Venter     19th August 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has cost Metair around R250-million, taking into account the measures taken to keep employees safe, as well as the total shutdown of manufacturing, says CFO Sjoerd Douwenga. This number, however, does not include the profit lost, he adds.  

Theo Loock
Theo Loock

Sappi, Fiat in project to help reduce the carbon footprint of cars

By: Irma Venter     14th August 2020 Sappi’s Symbio biocomposite cellulose fibre, derived from responsibly managed renewable forests, has been chosen as the feedstock for the development of lightweight biocomposite materials for the Life Biobcompo project.  This project aims to reduce vehicle carbon dioxide emissions by 8% through... 

Fiat Chrysler SA appoints new CEO

By: Irma Venter     14th August 2020 As part of a restructuring in some African markets, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has announced the appointment of Ismaeel Hassen as the new CEO for FCA South Africa (SA).  Outgoing CEO Pierre Martin Bos will now head up the company’s operations in Morocco. 

EVs of all kinds to overtake ICEs by 2030, says KPMG survey 

By: Irma Venter     13th August 2020 For the first time in the history of the KPMG Global Automotive Executive Survey, executives think that by 2030 the largest share of vehicles will not be powered by an internal combustion engine (ICE). Executives also feel that fuel-cell electric vehicles (FECVs), battery-electric vehicles... 

EVs of all kinds to overtake ICEs by 2030, says KPMG survey

Naacam, Proudly SA launch portal for face shield producers 

By: Irma Venter     12th August 2020 The National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) has joined forces with Proudly South Africa (SA) to launch a Web portal to list the manufacturers of locally produced face shields and visors. A similar portal was launched for face mask producers in May. 

Naacam, Proudly SA launch portal for face shield producers

It’s all online now, just like buying computers and houses, says Motomatch 

By: Irma Venter     11th August 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has seen the proliferation and expansion of online tools in an effort to deal with the demands of physical distancing, with this also the case in the automotive industry.  One of these tools is Motomatch, a virtual marketplace and lead generator that aims to assist dealers... 

It’s all online now, just like buying computers and houses, says Motomatch 

New-vehicle export revenue declined by R21bn in H1 2020 

By: Irma Venter     11th 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... 

Norman Lamprecht
Norman Lamprecht

Create, own your own driving data through AA Connected Car 

By: Irma Venter     7th August 2020 Ordinary motorists may now have access to the digital details of their driving behaviour and vehicle performance, through the launch of the Automobile Association (AA’s) Connected Car.  “This is a truly fantastic product which will not only give individual drivers, but also fleet managers, access... 

Gert Pretorius (left) and Willem Groenewald
Gert Pretorius (left) and Willem Groenewald

2020 Sasol Solar Challenge postponed to early 2021

By: Irma Venter     7th August 2020 The 2020 Sasol Solar Challenge (SSC) has been postponed to early 2021. The solar car racing event is provisionally scheduled to take place from February 19 to February 26, 2021, instead of September this year, as initially planned, say the organisers. 

Cautious optimism in used-car market, says AutoTrader

By: Irma Venter     7th August 2020 There is reason for “cautious optimism” when it comes to the used-car market in South Africa, says AutoTrader CEO George Mienie. “Prices have begun to increase – albeit slightly – while cars are also selling faster than experienced earlier this year. Both of these factors bode well for the... 

Fiat, Peugeot merge to form Stellantis, but no changes yet in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     7th August 2020 Peugeot (Groupe PSA) and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) have announced the corporate name of the new group as they move towards the completion of a 50:50 merger as defined in the combination agreement announced on December 18 last year. The corporate name of the new automaker will be Stellantis. 

Hyundai installs rooftop solar system at its parts centre

By: Irma Venter     7th August 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. 

Local vehicle production to decline by 31% in 2020, says Naamsa 

By: Irma Venter     5th August 2020 Following record new-vehicle production of 631 983 units in 2019, supported by record vehicle exports, 2020 vehicle production is expected to decline by about 31%, to 435 500 units, says the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) in its newest quarterly business... 

Local vehicle production to decline by 31% in 2020, says Naamsa

Sluggish growth in safety features on entry-level cars, says AA report 

By: Irma Venter     5th August 2020 The number of safety features on entry-level vehicles remains low in South Africa, although there have been some positive developments. This is according to the 2020 Automobile Association (AA) Entry-Level Vehicle Safety (ELVS) report, which assesses available safety features on entry-level... 

Sluggish growth in safety features on entry-level cars, says AA report

July new-vehicle sales decline by 30%

By: Irma Venter     4th August 2020 Total South African new-vehicle sales declined by 29.6% in July, to 32 396 units, compared with the 46 042 vehicles sold in the same month last year. The new-passenger-car market fell by 35.8% to 18 905 units. 

July new-vehicle sales decline by 30%

Volkswagen adds Ghana to its list of African assembly plants

By: Irma Venter     4th August 2020 Volkswagen has cut the ribbon on a new vehicle assembly facility in Accra, the capital of Ghana. This makes Ghana the fifth Volkswagen vehicle assembly location in sub-Saharan Africa, with the other plants in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria and Rwanda. 

Volkswagen adds Ghana to its list of African assembly plants

Schäfer leaves VWSA to become ŠKODA Auto CEO 

By: Irma Venter     3rd August 2020 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) chairperson and MD Thomas Schäfer is departing the local arm of the German car maker to join ŠKODA Auto as its new global CEO, effective August 3. The Czech brand has been part of the Volkswagen group since 1991. 

Thomas Schäfer
Thomas Schäfer

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

By: Irma Venter     3rd August 2020 AutoTrader’s new yearly used-car industry report, launched on August 3, 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%... 

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

New-vehicle pricing increasing sharply, shows TransUnion index

By: Irma Venter     31st July 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... 

New-vehicle pricing increasing sharply, shows TransUnion index

Ariya electric car, five new SUVs destined for local market – Nissan SA

By: Irma Venter     31st July 2020 Nissan South Africa (Nissan SA) will launch seven new models in South Africa in the next two years in an effort to streamline its product portfolio in line with international developments at the Japanese manufacturer, says Nissan SA CEO Shinkichi Izumi. These launches will have a strong focus on... 

Coega Development Corporation to implement Tshwane auto SEZ

By: Irma Venter     31st July 2020 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC), the developer and operator of the Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ), has been appointed as the implementing agent to develop and operate the Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ).  The CDC, as a public entity, is the implementing agent of... 

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