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Passenger Cars, Bakkies & Vans News

EV charging network gears up for numerous new models 

By: Irma Venter     26th November 2019 Few people know that it is possible to travel on the N1 from Johannesburg to Cape Town with an electric vehicle (EV). EV charging solution specialist GridCars, a Solareff subsidiary, has installed around 100 of the 200 existing public charging stations around the country. Of these 100, 52 are DC,... 

Datsun launches automatic Go; says it is here to stay

By: Irma Venter     25th November 2019 The Datsun brand is set to remain in South Africa, says Datsun South Africa (SA) head Hide Kuwayama. He describes current media reports around the future of the brand as “speculation”. 

Datsun launches automatic Go; says it is here to stay
The Datsun Go CVT

Value-added service to enhance in-vehicle video camera solution

By: Darren Parker     22nd November 2019 Fleet and mobile asset management solutions group MiX Telematics has launched the gold MiX Vision Bureau Service, which further extends the value of the in-vehicle MiX Vision video camera solution. The service is managed by MiX Telematics’ team of professional video analysts and is offered as... 

Value-added service to enhance in-vehicle video camera solution
GOING FOR GOLD The gold programme includes an array of driver-coaching tools to ensure that risky driver behaviour can be addressed proactively

Road wear an ongoing concern

By: Darren Parker     22nd November 2019 There are multiple factors that contribute to deteriorating road conditions in South Africa, and the road freight industry cannot be held solely responsible, says Road Freight Association (RFA) CEO Gavin Kelly. The volume of cars, trucks and buses using the roads far exceeds the volumes of 30 to... 

Decision on next-gen Isuzu bakkie to be made soon

By: Darren Parker     22nd November 2019 Truck and bakkie manufacturer Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSAF), a subsidiary of Isuzu Motors, in Japan, is hoping that the next-generation (gen) Isuzu bakkie will receive manufacturing endorsement in South Africa later this year. The new bakkie was launched in Thailand last month before being... 

Decision on next-gen Isuzu bakkie to be made soon
NEXT IN LINE The next generation Isuzu bakkie will replace the existing D-Max generation

Renault edges out Suzuki in inaugural WesBank Fuel Economy Tour  

By: Irma Venter     19th November 2019 Renault has edged out Suzuki to take the crown as South Africa’s most fuel efficient brand in the inaugural WesBank South Africa Fuel Economy Tour. The five-day, 2 500 km event saw 40 competing vehicles travel from Johannesburg to Cape Town, via Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth and George. 

Renault edges out Suzuki in inaugural WesBank Fuel Economy Tour

Second-hand tyre survey shows 61% are not fit for use 

By: Irma Venter     14th November 2019 The 2019 South African Tyre Manufacturing Conference (SATMC) Used Tyre Survey indicates that only 39% of tyres surveyed this year were deemed safe for use on the road. This is a sharp decrease on safe-to-reuse second-hand tyres when compared with the 47% recorded in the 2014 survey, says Sumitomo... 

Second-hand tyre survey shows 61% are not fit for use

Global appetite for SUVs could offset benefits of switch to EVs, IEA warns 

By: Terence Creamer     13th November 2019 The growing global consumer appetite for bigger and heavier sports utility vehicles (SUVs) could offset the emission benefits set to arise from electric cars, the International Energy Agency (IEA) warns in its latest World Energy Outlook. The global fleet of SUVs increased from 35-million in 2010... 

Global appetite for SUVs could offset benefits of switch to EVs, IEA warns
IEA executive director Dr Fatih Birol

Isuzu announces R1.2bn investment in next-gen bakkie programme  

By: Irma Venter     11th November 2019 Isuzu Motors, of Japan, has confirmed that it will be investing R1.2-billion in the production of its next-generation one-ton bakkie in South Africa, while an additional total local parts and content value of R2.8-billion should be generated through the lifecycle of the assembly programme. This... 

Isuzu announces R1.2bn investment in next-gen bakkie programme
The current generation Isuzu bakkie

Japan-South Africa Business Council aims to add to winning World Cup momentum 

By: Terence Creamer     8th November 2019 Hot on the heels of South Africa’s famous Rugby World Cup victory in Yokohama on November 2, Japan and South Africa have formally agreed to create a business council that will seek to further strengthen trade and investment relations between the two countries. The Japan-South African Business... 

Japan-South Africa Business Council aims to add to winning World Cup momentum
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Japanese Ambassador to South Africa Norio Maruyama

AIDC to deliver, operate auto SEZ, eighteen confirmed occupancies so far

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th November 2019 The Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) will deliver and operate Africa’s first automotive city project, on behalf of the Gauteng provincial government. The Tshwane Automotive City Special Economic Zone (SEZ) was launched by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday.  

AIDC to deliver, operate auto SEZ, eighteen confirmed occupancies so far
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Automotive SEZ launch

VWSA notches up production record, in the hunt for annual record

By: Irma Venter     8th November 2019 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has set a new record for the number of vehicles produced in one month. The company’s plant in Uitenhage, in the Eastern Cape, produced 16 453 vehicles in October, exceeding the company’s previous record, set a decade ago, in October, 2009, when the plant... 

VWSA notches up production record, in the hunt for annual record

BMW set to launch electric Mini in South Africa in 2020 

By: Irma Venter     8th November 2019 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) will launch the fifth fully electric vehicle (EV) to enter the local market in the middle of next year – the Mini Cooper SE. This move means BMW SA will also be the first manufacturer to have two EV models available in the local market. 

BMW set to launch electric Mini in South Africa in 2020

The Hyundai Atos returns as the new-car market continues to struggle

By: Irma Venter     7th November 2019 The Hyundai Atos is back. The re-entry of the small passenger car, following its departure in 2013, should strengthen Hyundai Automotive South Africa’s (HASA’s) position in the popular entry-level segment of the local market. 

 The Hyundai Atos returns as the new-car market continues to struggle
The new Hyundai Atos

Toyota to invest R2.4bn to produce new passenger car in Durban

6th November 2019 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) will invest R2.43-billion in the production of a new passenger car at its Prospecton plant, in Durban. The model has not been named. 

Toyota to invest R2.4bn to produce new passenger car in Durban
Photo by Dylan Slater
Andrew Kirby

Vehicle manufacturers to launch R6bn auto industry empowerment fund 

By: Irma Venter     6th November 2019 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) will launch a R6-billion Automotive Industry Transformation Fund (AITF) to support black participation in the automotive industry supply chain. The fund was announced on Wednesday at the South African Investment... 

 Vehicle manufacturers to launch R6bn auto industry empowerment fund
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Tim Abbott

R3.5bn Tshwane SEZ to support proposed doubling of production at Ford plant 

By: Irma Venter     5th November 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa has officially kickstarted construction of the Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (SEZ). The R3.5-billion development, funded by government, will be housed next door to the Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) plant, in Silverton. It will act as an... 

R3.5bn Tshwane SEZ to support proposed doubling of production at Ford plant

Service stations must invest in EV charging stations, says FNB’s Fester 

By: Irma Venter     4th November 2019 With 867 electric vehicles (EVs) registered in South Africa, and with this figure likely to increase in the near future, fuel retailers can no longer ignore the imminent need to invest in battery electric vehicle charging infrastructure, says First National Bank (FNB) fuel brand specialist Ronél... 

 Service stations must invest in EV charging stations, says FNB’s Fester

BMW, ACSA unveil EV charging stations at three airports 

By: Irma Venter     4th November 2019 Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) and BMW South Africa have launched BMW ChargeNow electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA), Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) and King Shaka International Airport (KSIA). ORTIA and CTIA each have two ChargeNow... 

BMW, ACSA unveil EV charging stations at three airports
Tim Abbott and Fundi Sithebe

Expected new-car market turnaround failed to materialise, says Naamsa 

By: Irma Venter     1st November 2019 The turnaround in the new-vehicle market, anticipated for the second half of the year has failed to materialised, says the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa. The current low growth environment and an increase in the country’s fiscal risks do not bode well for the... 

Expected new-car market turnaround failed to materialise, says Naamsa

Tshwane Automotive SEZ expected to be jobs, industrialisation catalyst

By: Irma Venter     1st November 2019 The establishment of the Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (SEZ) will – “without a doubt” – aid in job creation and economic growth, says Gauteng Economic Development, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development MEC Morakane Mosupyoe. The proposed SEZ will be developed on 162 ha of land... 

Mahindra South Africa on track for another record year

By: Irma Venter     30th October 2019 Mahindra South Africa (SA) appears on track to deliver another new yearly sales record. Looking at sales for the first three quarters of 2019, the group had almost reached its  full year sales volume for 2018 by September this year. 

Mahindra South Africa on track for another record year

Volkswagen launches pilot electric mobility project in Rwanda

By: Irma Venter     30th October 2019 Volkswagen has launched a pilot project, in partnership with Siemens, to test the feasibility of electric mobility in Africa. The pilot project, which will form part of the German car maker’s operations in Rwanda, was announced by Volkswagen Group South Africa CEO Thomas Schäfer, who is also... 

Volkswagen launches pilot electric mobility project in Rwanda
The launch of the electric mobility agreement was attended by Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa CEO Sabine Dall’Omo, Rwanda Trade and Industry Minister Soraya Hakuziyaremye, Rwanda Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente, Schäfer, and Volkswagen Mobility Solutions Rwanda CEO Michaella Rugwizangoga

Mazda celebrates five years as a standalone brand with 60% growth 

By: Irma Venter     24th October 2019 It has been a prosperous five years for Mazda as a standalone company in South Africa, following the split from Ford in the local market in 2014. Starting out with 9  067 vehicles sold in 2015, sales have grown by 60%, to around 14 500 units in 2018, says Mazda Southern Africa MD Craig Roberts. 

Mazda celebrates five years as a standalone brand with 60% growth
Craig Roberts

Cartrack to add ‘Airbnb for your car’, other mobility solutions 

By: Irma Venter     23rd October 2019 Cartrack is looking at introducing a host of new mobility-linked services to its vehicle tracking and telematics platforms, says CEO Zak Calisto. Cartrack customers would, for example, soon be able to rent out their private vehicles – “as a sort of Airbnb for your car”, he notes. 

Cartrack to add ‘Airbnb for your car’, other mobility solutions
Zak Calisto

Fourth electric car to launch in South Africa next year 

By: Irma Venter     22nd October 2019 Mercedes-Benz’s first battery electric vehicle (EV) will go on sale in South Africa in 2020, says Mercedes-Benz Cars South Africa marketing director Selvin Govender. This means South Africa will have four full EVs on the market next year, namely the Nissan Leaf, the BMW i3, the Jaguar I-Pace and... 

Fourth electric car to launch in South Africa next year
The Mercedes-Benz EQC

Renault joins Toyota, Mercedes with hydrogen delivery van

By: Bloomberg     22nd October 2019 Renault will offer its electric Kangoo van with added hydrogen fuel-cells before the end of the year and roll out the technology to another model in 2020. The move sees the French carmaker joining competitors Toyota Motor Corporation and Hyundai Motor in sticking with fuel-cell vehicles even as... 

South Africa will not escape change in car-use patterns, says Absa 

By: Irma Venter     21st October 2019 The rise of self-driving and electric vehicles (EVs) will impact the vehicle insurance industry, despite the fact that personal use cars will remain an aspirational consumer asset in South Africa for the foreseeable future, says Absa Vehicle and Asset Finance managing executive Faisal Mkhize.... 

South Africa will not escape change in car-use patterns, says Absa

Citroën returns to South Africa, launches three new models 

By: Irma Venter     21st October 2019 Citroën has returned to South Africa following an almost three-year absence. Known for its unconventional styling, Citroën makes a comeback to South Africa as part of French parent company, Groupe PSA, reclaiming ownership of its brand in South Africa. 

Citroën returns to South Africa, launches three new models
The C3

Grant funding for local electric vehicle innovations up for grabs

By: Irma Venter     18th October 2019 The uYilo Electric Mobility Programme has opened the grant funding call for its 2019 Kick Start Fund Project. uYilo was established in 2013 as an initiative of the Technology Innovation Agency, with the aim to enable, facilitate and mobilise electric mobility in South Africa. UYilo says its 2019... 

Grant funding for local electric vehicle innovations up for grabs

Bloodhound car lands in South Africa, gears up for high speed runs 

By: Irma Venter     18th October 2019 The Bloodhound land-speed record car has arrived safely at Hakskeenpan, in the Northern Cape, where it will stay for the next month as the team prepares for the car’s first high-speed test runs. The test runs are part of an effort to set a new world land-speed record. The current land-speed... 

Bloodhound car lands in South Africa, gears up for high speed runs

Tshwane special economic zone will create jobs, says govt 

By: Irma Venter     16th October 2019 The establishment of the Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (SEZ) will – “without a doubt” – aid in job creation and economic growth, says Gauteng Economic Development, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development MEC Morakane Mosupyoe. The proposed SEZ will be developed on 162 ha of land... 

Tshwane special economic zone will create jobs, says govt
Morakane Mosupyoe

Toyota gives R70m endowment towards manufacturing studies 

By: Irma Venter     14th October 2019 The Toyota Wessels Institute for Manufacturing Studies (TWIMS) has received a R70-million endowment from the Toyota South Africa (SA) Educational Trust to create a manufacturing ambassador scholarship to fund promising students who want to complete a manufacturing-focused Master of Business... 

Toyota gives R70m endowment towards manufacturing studies
The TWIMS campus

Volvo, Geely to merge engine units in electric car push

By: Bloomberg     7th October 2019 Volvo Cars and China’s Geely plan to merge their engine operations into a standalone company, a step the Swedish automaker says will cut costs as it shifts to a fully electrified lineup. The combined unit would supply two million diesel and gasoline-powered engines, compared with the 600 000... 

Toyota increases localisation through expanded Hiace Ses’fikile plant

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th October 2019 Automotive manufacturer Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) on Friday unveiled its upgraded Hiace Ses’fikile assembly plant, in KwaZulu-Natal, which manufactures South Africa’s most popular minibus taxi. TSAM invested R454-million to upgrade the facility, which now uses 13 Kawasaki robots for... 

Auto industry faces major paradigm shift, warns Toyota SA boss 

By: Irma Venter     4th October 2019 It will be ten years-plus before South Africans will see a fully autonomous vehicle, or driverless vehicle, on the country’s roads, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) president and CEO Andrew Kirby. South Africa will need real-time data, he notes – infrastructure that will allow for constant... 

Auto industry faces major paradigm shift, warns Toyota SA boss
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
TSAM president and CEO Andrew Kirby

SA auto industry prefers private, competitive EV charging network  

By: Irma Venter     2nd October 2019 It will be best if South Africa’s automotive industry is not dependent on municipalities to provide charging infrastructure for electric vehicles (EVs), says Jaguar Land Rover South Africa (JLRSA) network development director Brian Hastie. Hastie is also the chairperson of the EV subcommittee at... 

SA auto industry prefers private, competitive EV charging network

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