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Navara built in Africa for Africa

By: Claire O'Reilly     23rd July 2021 The first Nissan Navara vehicles produced in Africa have rolled off the production line at the new Nissan plant in Rosslyn, Pretoria this month. 

Global spark plug supplier faces prosecution for collusion – Comp Comm

By: Irma Venter     22nd July 2021 The Competition Commission (Comp Comm) has filed a referral with the Competition Tribunal for prosecution against NGK Spark Plug (NGK), together with its South African subsidiary, NGK Spark Plugs South Africa (NGK SA), for their involvement in price fixing, market division and collusive... 

Dunlop tyre maker suffers R90m loss from looting; hotline set up to report stolen tyres 

By: Irma Venter     20th July 2021 Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA), manufacturer of the Dunlop tyre brand, has warned consumers that goods stolen at its KwaZulu-Natal warehouse are currently being advertised for sale on social media and online classifieds sites. SRSA says that its Durban Westville warehouse was invaded and... 

Image of SRSA CEO Lubin Ozoux
SRSA CEO Lubin Ozoux

Volkswagen SA sees recovery in first half of the year 

By: Irma Venter     19th July 2021 Volkswagen South Africa sold 32 603 vehicles in the first half of the year – 6 824 more than the same period last year.  The Volkswagen passenger car brand sold 29 772 units to date this year, while Volkswagen commercial vehicles sold 2 881 units.  

A photo of a Polo Vivo 2021 model

Toyota says govt has 'gone a long way' in easing its fears about KZN future  

By: Irma Venter     19th July 2021 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has confirmed the authenticity of a letter from its head office in Japan to the Durban mayor, Mxolisi Kaunda, dated July 15, requesting that local government set out its proposed measures to stop the widespread looting seen in KwaZulu-Natal last week, as well as... 

An image of the Toyota plant in Durban

SA logistics sector bleeding R100m-plus a day, supply chains must be restored  

By: Irma Venter     16th July 2021 South Africa’s logistics sector will “undoubtedly” see the closure of some logistics businesses owing to the unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and parts of Gauteng, says South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) chairperson and Savino Del Bene South Africa director Dr Juanita Maree. “Some... 

An image of the Durban container terminal
The Durban container terminal

Used-car availability, pricing may start improving early next year – InspectaCar

By: Irma Venter     16th July 2021 The availability of used-car stock may start improving in the next six months-plus, as rental companies defleet and consumers increasingly return to the new-car market, trading in their current vehicles, says InspectaCar CEO Pertunia Sibanyoni. Rental companies started to acquire new stock again... 

New-vehicle sales up 20% year-on-year in June

By: Irma Venter     16th July 2021 New-vehicle sales increased by 20.2% in June, to 38 030 units, compared with the same month last year. According to Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council, an estimated 32 847 units of this number, or 86.3%, were dealer sales, with 7.6% going to the vehicle rental industry, 2.2% to government... 

Continental body to accelerate auto subsector agreements under AfCFTA

By: Irma Venter     16th July 2021 The African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) plans to fast-track the development of bilateral automotive subsector agreements between a core group of countries under the larger African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement.  This will be done with the support of the AfCFTA... 

Toyota suspends production at Durban plant, exports also halted 

By: Irma Venter     14th July 2021 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has suspended production at its Prospecton plant, in Durban, as well as business operations at some of its dealerships in KwaZulu-Natal, as widespread looting and rioting continue in KwaZulu-Natal. Exports from the plant have also been halted. 

Image of Hiace production at the Toyota Prospecton plant in Durban
Hiace production at the Toyota Prospecton plant in Durban

Cape Town to host Formula E race in 2022, announces Jaguar South Africa

By: Irma Venter     12th July 2021 Cape Town is to host a round of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, says Jaguar and e-Movement. e-Movement is the promoter of the Cape Town race, set to follow events in Saudi Arabia and Mexico. 

Cape Town to host Formula E race in 2022, announces Jaguar South Africa

Mercedes-Benz SA starts production of new C-Class, in talks about deepening of East London harbour 

By: Irma Venter     9th July 2021 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) has started production of the new C-Class, the W206, at its East London plant, in the Eastern Cape. Production will include a plug-in hybrid, starting in the fourth quarter of the year. 

Macroeconomic study, sectoral roadmaps needed before transition to e-mobility

By: Irma Venter     9th July 2021 Government’s efforts to promote the production and use of new-energy vehicles (NEVs) in South Africa must include a macroeconomic impact study, as well as sectoral roadmaps detailing how and when electromobility should be achieved. This is according to Intelligent Transport Society South Africa... 

Harmonisation of African automotive standards ‘progressing well’

By: Irma Venter     9th July 2021 The project to harmonise standards across the automotive sector in Africa is progressing well, reports the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM). The AAAM says the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) is continuing its support for the African Organisation for Standardisation... 

Volvo sets sights on 1 000 km EV range  

By: Irma Venter     6th July 2021 Volvo Cars says it aims to achieve 1 000 km of “real driving range” on a battery electric vehicle (EV) later this decade. As the Swedish car maker rapidly moves towards becoming a fully electric car company, the company says it aims to tailor its future batteries to the needs of its customers,... 

The concept Recharge electric vehicle
The concept Recharge electric vehicle

GM moves to source lithium in US for its EV batteries

By: Mariaan Webb     5th July 2021 US-based auto giant General Motors (GM) has struck a deal to secure local and low-cost lithium for its electric vehicle (EV) batteries. The company has announced a multi-million-dollar investment in unlisted Controlled Thermal Resources’ (CTR’s) Hell’s Kitchen project, in California, giving it... 

GM moves to source lithium in US for its EV batteries

Quarter-four completion for R135m solar carports project at Ford’s Silverton plant

By: Irma Venter     2nd July 2021 The 13.5 MW, R135-million solar carport project at Ford South Africa’s Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria, should be completed in the fourth quarter of this year, says Uhuru Energy CEO Mark Kaplan. The project forms part of a larger programme – Project Blue Oval – to develop an integrated... 

Former Mahindra SA boss returns as KLT Automotive SA CEO

By: Irma Venter     2nd July 2021 Former Mahindra South Africa (Mahindra SA) boss Ashok Thakur has been appointed CEO of KLT Automotive and Tubular Products South Africa (KLT Automotive SA). Thakur, 60, has been involved in international business in Africa for the past 25 years.  

Demand for platinum and palladium in auto sector set to rise as regulations tighten

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd July 2021 Platinum demand from the automotive sector is expected to be 25% up on 2020, reaching almost three-million ounces this year, World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) research director Trevor Raymond says, partly attributing the projected increase to the Euro 6d and China 6a emissions regulations... 

Demand for platinum and palladium in auto sector set to rise as regulations tighten

Port delays, slow vaccine rollout threatening to dent consumption – Naamsa 

By: Irma Venter     1st July 2021 New-vehicle sales increased by 20.2% in June, to 38 030 units, compared with the same month last year. According to Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council, an estimated 32 847 units of this number, or 86.3%, were dealer sales, with 7.6% going to the vehicle rental industry, 2.2% to government... 

Port delays, slow vaccine rollout threatening to dent consumption – Naamsa

Mercedes-Benz South Africa starts production of new C-Class 

30th June 2021 Mercedes-Benz South Africa in June started production of the new C-Class, the W206, at its East London plant, in the Eastern Cape. Tasneem Bulbulia attended the launch. 

Mercedes-Benz South Africa starts production of new C-Class
Mercedes-Benz South Africa starts production of new C-Class

AAAM aims to fast-track auto sector agreement under the AfCFTA 

By: Irma Venter     29th June 2021 The African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) plans to fast-track the development of bilateral automotive subsector agreements between a core group of countries under the larger AfCFTA agreement.  This will be done with the support of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)... 

Dave Coffey
Dave Coffey

Opinion: Power shift and what it means for South Africa’s automotive industry

29th June 2021 In this opinion article, Deloitte Africa’s Dr Martyn Davies argues that South Africa will have to adapt to the technological shift under way in the automotive sector if it hopes to maintain and further grow its domestic automotive manufacturing industry. 

Toyota’s Van Zyl warns of ramifications of EU’s Green Deal on South African exports

By: Irma Venter     25th June 2021 Europe’s Green Deal is not just a vision or idea, but a well-funded policy that is being implemented, and that is set to have a wide-ranging impact on South African exports, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) executive chairperson Dr Johan van Zyl. Van Zyl stepped down as Toyota Motors Europe... 

Nissan SA kicks off Navara production, exports to start in third quarter

By: Irma Venter     25th June 2021 Nissan South Africa has started production of the new Navara pick-up at its Rosslyn plant, with the first local customers to receive their double-cab units this month. The plant is currently operating on one shift, producing 134 units a shift, excluding overtime, and including Navara, NP200 and... 

uYilo Kick Start Fund opens for 2021 applications

By: Irma Venter     25th June 2021 The uYilo Kick Start Fund has opened for applications for 2021, with successful companies or entrepreneurs to receive up to R1-million in grant funding, aimed at assisting promising e-mobility projects to reach commercialisation. The uYilo eMobility Programme first provided Kick Start funding to... 

Mazda to launch new BT-50 bakkie in SA in July

By: Irma Venter     24th June 2021 Mazda Southern Africa will launch the all-new Mazda BT-50 bakkie in the local market in July. The pickup launched in the international market in June last year already. 

Mazda to launch new BT-50 bakkie in SA in July

Mercedes-Benz SA starts production of new C-Class, in talks about deepening of East London harbour  

By: Irma Venter     24th June 2021 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) has started production of the new C-Class, the W206, at its East London plant, in the Eastern Cape. Production will include a plug-in hybrid, starting in the fourth quarter of the year. 

The new C-Class
The new C-Class

Macro-economic study, sectoral road maps required for SA’s NEV transition 

By: Irma Venter     22nd June 2021 Government’s efforts to advance the use and production of new-energy vehicles (NEVs) in South Africa must include a macro-economic impact study, as well as sectoral road maps detailing how and when electro-mobility should be achieved. This is according to Intelligent Transport Society South... 

Macro-economic study, sectoral road maps required for SA’s NEV transition

VWSA produces its 400 000th current generation Polo

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2021 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) celebrated a production milestone on Monday, June 21, when the 400 000th unit of the current Volkswagen Polo rolled off the production line in Kariega.  With the completion of this unit, the plant had produced a total of 61 635 Polos and 10 373 Polo Vivos this... 

VWSA produces its 400 000th current generation Polo

Used-car availability, pricing may start improving early next year – InspectaCar 

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2021 The availability of used-car stock may start improving in the next six months-plus, as rental companies defleet and consumers increasingly return to the new-car market, trading in their current vehicles, says InspectaCar CEO Pertunia Sibanyoni. Rental companies only recently started to acquire... 

Pertunia Sibanyoni
Pertunia Sibanyoni

Mitsubishi Motors South Africa appoints new MD

By: Irma Venter     18th June 2021 Mitsubishi Motors South Africa (MMSA) has announced the appointment of Thato Magasa as its new MD. Magasa succeeds Pedro Pereira, who led MMSA since 2015. 

Thato Magasa
Thato Magasa

Dealers’ body warns of warranty pitfalls as new aftermarket guidelines take effect

By: Irma Venter     18th June 2021 Consumers have to be aware that taking their vehicle to an independent service provider (ISP) while it is still under warranty may result in some segments of that warranty being voided, should the work, or the part fitted, not be up to standard, cautions National Automobile Dealers’ Association... 

New-vehicle sales outpacing forecasts, says association

By: Irma Venter     18th June 2021 New-vehicle sales are continuing to outpace forecasts as the South African automotive industry recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic, says the National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA).  According to Naamsa | the Automotive Business Council, 38 337 new vehicles were sold in the domestic... 

Nissan SA trains technicians for new Ghana plant

By: Irma Venter     18th June 2021 Twelve Ghanaian technicians have wrapped up three months’ training at the Nissan Rosslyn plant on the assembly of the new Navara pick-up, in anticipation of the opening of a Nissan plant in their home country next year. The first Navara pick-ups for customers are expected to start rolling off the... 

BMW kicks off recycling initiative for tungsten production tools  

By: Irma Venter     17th June 2021 German car maker BMW says it is making raw materials considered to be so-called ‘conflict minerals’ a special focus of its sustainability strategy.  This includes ores where mining or trading is often associated with violations of environmental and social standards.  

BMW kicks off recycling initiative for tungsten production tools 

Volkswagen seeks partners for battery materials race

By: Reuters     16th June 2021 Volkswagen is in talks with suppliers to secure direct access to raw materials for electric vehicle (EV) batteries via partnerships, one of its board members told Reuters on Tuesday. The world's second biggest carmaker is trying to exert more control over key components in its supply chain such... 

Volkswagen seeks partners for battery materials race
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