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Nissan unveils prototype production site for all-solid-state batteries

By: Irma Venter     12th April 2022 Nissan has unveiled its prototype production facility for laminated all-solid-state battery cells, which the company aims to bring to market in 2028.  This prototype facility, located within the Nissan Research Centre in the Kanagawa Prefecture, aims to further promote the development of... 

Cost of motoring to surge in 2022 – WesBank

By: Irma Venter     11th April 2022 The average projected total cost of vehicle ownership in South Africa in 2022 is set to surge to R9 356.80 a month, which amounts to a 21.27% increase on last year, and a staggering 39.41% jump on 2017 numbers, says WesBank. The monthly fuel cost for this year is projected to be R3 780 a month,... 

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Durban car terminal volumes jump on used and budget-car imports

By: Irma Venter     11th April 2022 The Durban Car Terminal (DCT) has set a new yearly record of handling 531 755 fully built-up units over the 12-month period ended March 31.  The recovery from Covid-19 is happening sooner than expected in the automotive industry, with car hire companies refleeting as the domestic hospitality... 

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Budget brand Suzuki does it again

By: Irma Venter     8th April 2022 Suzuki Auto South Africa (SASA) has set yet another all-time sales record as 3 347 units changed hands in March for a near 10% share of the local passenger vehicle market. The Japanese importer also exported 17 units. 

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Ford, partners trial tech that turns traffic lights green for emergency vehicles 

By: Irma Venter     8th April 2022 US auto maker Ford has trialled technology that can automatically turn traffic lights green, in an attempt to clear routes for ambulances, fire engines and police vehicles.  The technology could also help reduce the risk of an accident caused by first responders driving through red traffic lights.   

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Ford’s next-generation Everest SUV to be produced in Thailand

By: Irma Venter     8th April 2022 The next-generation Ford Everest, based on the new Ranger bakkie, made its global debut in March. The vehicle will be launched in South Africa later this year. 

Wesbank sees new-vehicle sales climbing to 525 000 units this year but warns of downside risks

By: Irma Venter     8th April 2022 Asset finance group WesBank forecasts that about 525 000 new vehicles will be sold in the local market this year, up from the 464 122 units sold last year. However, rising inflation, increasing fuel prices, low and stagnant economic growth, rising interest rates, the continued semiconductor... 

Nissan commissions Navara assembly plant in Ghana

By: Irma Venter     5th April 2022 Ghanaian President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo has cut the ribbon on Nissan’s new Navara semi-knockdown assembly plant in Tema, outside Accra. The $9-million facility is the culmination of a process that began in 2018 when Nissan signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of the... 

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Navara assembly has started in Ghana

Former VWSA boss appointed as global VW brand COO

By: Irma Venter     4th April 2022 Thomas Schäfer has been named COO of the Volkswagen brand effective April 1. Schäfer will also take over as chairperson of the Volkswagen brand from July 1, and will join the Volkswagen management board as the member responsible for the so-called ‘Volume’ brand group. 

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Thomas Schäfer

March new-vehicle sales up 16.5%, exports down 12.4% as Ukraine conflict bites 

By: Irma Venter     4th April 2022 Domestic new-vehicle sales in March increased by 16.5%, to 50 607 units, compared with the same month last year. This is the highest monthly sales number since the pre-pandemic month of October, 2019, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council. 

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Automechanika Johannesburg eyes sub-Saharan African representation

By: Donna Slater     1st April 2022 With participation from various overseas automotive aftermarket manufacturers, automotive trade industry exhibition Automechanika Johannesburg is encouraging greater participation by exhibitors and visitors from sub-Saharan Africa, says show director Tracy Gounden. Currently, the only... 

Assembly of current D-Max to continue as Isuzu adds new generation to line-up

By: Irma Venter     1st April 2022 Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSA) will be implementing a dual-product strategy by retaining production of a number of key models from the current Isuzu D-Max lineup.  This is a similar strategy to Volkswagen Polo Vivo production and Nissan NP 300 assembly, where the previous model is retained as a... 

Sasol Solar Challenge set to return this year

By: Irma Venter     1st April 2022 The Sasol Solar Challenge (SSC) is set to return from September 9 to 16 this year. “It should come as no surprise that the 2022 challenge is one that is highly anticipated,” says SSC director and owner Robert Walker.  

Audi launches e-tron brand in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     1st April 2022 German premium car manufacturer Audi has officially launched its e-tron range in South Africa. The range of electric vehicles (EVs) includes three e-tron 55 derivatives, the e-tron 55 Sportback, e-tron S Sportback, and the pinnacle of the line-up, the high-performance models in the form of the... 

Ford launches online service calculator, 60-minute express service

By: Irma Venter     30th March 2022 Ford South Africa (SA) has launched a Ranger Online Service Price Calculator, designed to generate a quote for the next scheduled service before the customer takes their vehicle to the dealership. The calculator also allows customers to compare quotes between Ford dealers. 

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De Kock to hand over to Msibi at WesBank

By: Irma Venter     30th March 2022 Chris de Kock will hand over the leadership of WesBank to Ghana Msibi at end of June as he retires after nearly 35 years at the finance group. Msibi is the current CEO of WesBank’s motor retail division. 

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Chris de Kock

Porsche aims for more than 80% of new-vehicle sales to be all-electric by 2030

By: Irma Venter     29th March 2022 Last year almost 40% of all new Porsche vehicles delivered in Europe were either plug-in hybrids or fully electric models.  “In 2025, half of all new Porsche sales are expected to come from the sale of electric vehicles – in other words, all-electric or plug-in hybrid," says Porsche chairperson... 

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The Porsche Taycan

Russia-Ukraine conflict will dent global auto sales – S&P Global Ratings

By: Irma Venter     28th March 2022 Intensifying global supply disruptions owing to the Russia-Ukraine conflict will likely lead to a decline in global light-vehicle sales this year, says S&P Global Ratings in a report published earlier this month. The ratings body now projects that global sales will decline by up to 2% this year... 

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BMW aims for 25% of sales to be online by 2025 

By: Irma Venter     25th March 2022 BMW says it plans to sell around 25% of its vehicles entirely online by 2025. Announcing its results earlier this month in Germany, the car maker said the introduction of two new electric models, the iX and i4, has seen the group “significantly expand its digitalisation of the customer interface”.  

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WeBuyCars officially launches 1 300-vehicle showroom

By: Schalk Burger     25th March 2022 Online car trade company WeBuyCars officially opened the WeBuyCars The Dome on March 24 – the biggest showroom in the group’s portfolio, capable of accommodating more than 1 300 vehicles. The opening of the landmark property is a momentous occasion in the company’s history and marks significant... 

Stellantis to add 10 dealerships, 11 new products this year 

By: Irma Venter     25th March 2022 Stellantis South Africa launched 11 new products into the local market last year, with another 11 planned for this year. Stellantis has now almost completed a full year of operation in South Africa following a global merger that grouped Fiat, Fiat Professional, Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Citroën, Jeep,... 

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Hybrid, EV and sub-compact sales seen benefiting from rising fuel price

By: Irma Venter     25th March 2022 February’s new-vehicle sales have brought an interesting statistic to light, says National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) chairperson Mark Dommisse. Combined sales of electric, plug-in hybrid and traditional hybrid vehicles rose by 535% on a year-to-date basis, from only 34 in the first... 

Formula E reveals Cape Town E-Prix track 

By: Irma Venter     25th March 2022 Formula E has revealed the track route for the inaugural Cape Town E-Prix. The proposed race track has been designed for cars to race around the Green Point Park and Cape Town Stadium area during the local leg of the 2022/23 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. 

Hyundai eyes 18% growth this year, aided by new Tucson

By: Irma Venter     24th March 2022 Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) aims to sell 40 000 units this year, “if we get the supply we want”, says HASA sales and operations director Stanley Anderson. This will be 6 000 units more than the 34 000 units the Korean brand sold in the domestic market last year. 

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The 2022 Tucson

World needs to double efforts to limit warming to 1.5 ºC by 2050 – WoodMac

By: Schalk Burger     24th March 2022 The world is facing its biggest challenge yet in its journey towards net-zero emissions and needs to double-down on plans to achieve the goal of limiting the rise in global temperatures to within 1.5 °C above preindustrial levels by 2050, natural resources market research company Wood Mackenzie... 

Motus opts for secondary listing on A2X

By: Irma Venter     23rd March 2022 Automotive group Motus Holdings will have a secondary listing on A2X Markets, with its shares available for trade from April 1.  Motus will retain its primary listing on the JSE, and its issued share capital will be unaffected by its secondary listing on A2X.  

SA consumers under pressure, warns WesBank’s Msibi 

By: Irma Venter     23rd March 2022 Asset finance group WesBank forecasts that around 525 000 new vehicles will be sold in the local market this year, up from the 464 122 units sold last year. However, growing inflation, increasing fuel prices, low and stagnant economic growth, rising interest rates, the continued semi-conductor... 

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Ghana Msibi

Opinion: South Africa urgently needs to move towards local EV manufacturing 

23rd March 2022 In this opinion article, E-Mobility Congress South Africa event director Robert Walker writes about the urgent need for the local manufacture of electric vehicles (EVs) in South Africa. 

E-Mobility Congress South Africa event director Robert Walker
E-Mobility Congress South Africa event director Robert Walker

Isuzu starts production of the seventh generation D-Max bakkie

By: Irma Venter     18th March 2022 The first locally produced seventh-generation Isuzu D-Max bakkie has rolled off the production line at the Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSAf) plant in Gqeberha.  This signifies the beginning of commercial production of IMSAf’s soon-to-be-launched pickup, in an investment programme valued at... 

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Eastern Cape premier Oscar Mabuyane and IMSAf president and CEO Billy Tom

AIDC Eastern Cape, SABS sign MoU focused on EVs

By: Irma Venter     18th March 2022 The Automotive Industry Development Centre Eastern Cape (AIDC EC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS). This forms part of the AIDC EC’s strategy to position the domestic automotive supply chain for growth and innovation, particularly in... 

Naamsa worried about Ukraine conflict, says February new-vehicle sales increased by 18.4%

By: Irma Venter     18th March 2022 Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council says it is concerned about the potential global impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.  “The current hostilities pose another potential global supply chain challenge for the auto industry, because of Europe’s strategic significance to the global... 

Metair delivers record performance despite supply-chain woes 

By: Irma Venter     17th March 2022 Metair delivered a record financial performance in 2021, despite severe supply-chain challenges. The JSE-listed group is an international manufacturer, distributor and retailer of automotive components and energy storage solutions. 

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Riaz Haffejee

Sasol Solar Challenge set to return this year

By: Irma Venter     16th March 2022 The Sasol Solar Challenge (SSC) is set to return from September 9 to 16 this year. “It should come as no surprise that the 2022 challenge is one that is highly anticipated,” says SCC director and owner Robert Walker. 

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The global fight over chips is only going to get worse

By: Bloomberg     16th March 2022 Magdeburg in former East Germany is famous for its towering gothic cathedral, and not a lot else. It’s now about to play a key role in US and European efforts to tilt the global balance of power. Intel Corp. unveiled plans on March 15 to build a giant, €17-billion factory making cutting-edge... 

Volvo Car South Africa’s local range now almost entirely electrified 

By: Irma Venter     15th March 2022 Volvo Car South Africa (SA) says its local range of vehicles is now almost entirely electrified as the Swedish premium brand moves a step closer to its global ambition of transforming into a fully electric car company by 2030. The updated South African line-up now comprises predominantly... 

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Uber­–Opibus partnership aims to deploy up to 3 000 electric motorcycles in Kenya

By: Irma Venter     14th March 2022 Opibus and Uber have announced a strategic partnership to scale the use of electric motorcycles in Africa. Uber’s platform offers mobility services across the continent. Opibus is a Swedish-Kenyan technology company that designs and develops electric vehicles (EVs) tailored for Africa. 

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The Opibus motorcycle

Electric car sales hit 6.6-million in 2021, tripling their market share from 2019 – IEA

By: Irma Venter     11th March 2022 In 2012, about 130 000 electric cars were sold worldwide. Today, that same amount is moved in the space of a single week, says a new International Energy Agency (IEA) report, authored by Clean Energy Technologies analyst Leonardo Paoli and Energy Technology Policy Division head Timur Gül. In this... 

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