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Passenger Cars, Bakkies & Vans News

Probe into alleged tyre-industry price fixing begins

By: Irma Venter     11th February 2022 The Competition Tribunal at the end of January started online hearings into alleged price fixing in the domestic tyre industry.   

Mercedes-Benz SA to launch five EVs this year, eight-year battery warranty added

By: Irma Venter     11th February 2022 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) will introduce five new battery electric vehicles (BEVs) from the global Mercedes-EQ range during 2022. This will form part of a “clear strategic push to position the brand as a global and local leader in the electric vehicle (EV) market”. 

Long-term solutions required for continuing supply chain disruptions – Tata Africa boss

By: Irma Venter     11th February 2022 There is no end in sight to the current supply chain disruptions affecting truck brands, says Tata International Africa and Tata Africa Holdings MD Len Brand. “These disruptions that will eventually put pressure on vehicle prices, resulting in a negative impact on truck sales.” 

Barloworld reports solid performance in first-quarter trading update

By: Schalk Burger     10th February 2022 Diversified industrial multinational Barloworld says it continued to deliver a solid performance in the first quarter of the current financial year, bolstered by favourable results in December, particularly in the Equipment Southern Africa and the Car Rental and Leasing businesses. The results... 

2021 AutoTrader Car Industry Report shows soaring interest in EVs, BMW 

By: Irma Venter     8th February 2022 The 2021 AutoTrader Car Industry Report reveals that electric vehicles (EVs) and BMWs have soared in popularity. The report, covering the period from January to December, shows that searches for EVs surged by 110%, to half-a-million last year, while BMW received eight-million more consumer advert... 

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George Mienie

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

By: Irma Venter     7th February 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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Standard Bank sees 8% to 10% growth in 2022 new-vehicle market 

By: Irma Venter     7th February 2022 The new-vehicle market could grow by between 8% and 10% this year, reaching a level of 500 000 units, says Standard Bank South Africa (SBSA) automotive retail finance head Cyril Zhungu. “After a series of unprecedented events over the past two years owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, the automotive... 

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Mahindra breaks through the 1 000-unit-a-month mark

By: Irma Venter     4th February 2022 Mahindra, which this year celebrates its eighteenth birthday in South Africa, in January reached “the important 1 000-unit milestone”, when it sold 1 010 units in the first month of the year. This is a 77% improvement over the same month last year.  

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30 electric Toyota, Lexus models to be launched by 2030

By: Irma Venter     4th February 2022 Toyota says it will launch 30 Toyota and Lexus battery electric vehicles (BEVs) by 2030, including the new Toyota bZ4X due for global release later this year. During his presentation, president Akio Toyoda announced that the Japanese carmaker will expand its options for carbon-neutral vehicles by... 

KLT wants to diversify, expand in South Africa – new CEO 

By: Irma Venter     4th February 2022 The KLT Group aims to diversify its business in South Africa following the completion of its large-volume contract with Ford South Africa later this year. KLT’s contract with Ford for the local production of the chassis assembly for the current Ranger bakkie will come to an end in 2022, confirms... 

Audi rolls out ultrafast 150 kW EV charging network in SA

By: Irma Venter     4th February 2022 Audi South Africa (SA) is partnering with GridCars to install ultrafast electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the country. In doing so, the local arm of the German carmaker says it will become the first EV brand to invest in this technology at publicly accessible sites.  

Suzuki new-vehicle sales up 67% in 2021

By: Irma Venter     4th February 2022 Suzuki Auto South Africa (SASA) saw 67% growth in new-vehicle sales in 2021 as it delivered 27 583 new vehicles to customers, the highest on record for the local arm of the Japanese car manufacturer. SASA reported new-vehicle sales of 16 527 units for 2020. The same year also saw SASA breach the... 

January new-vehicle sales off to a flying start, but component shortages likely to remain – NADA 

By: Irma Venter     3rd February 2022 The South African motor industry remains buoyant despite the disappointing state of the local economy, says National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) chairperson Mark Dommisse. January new-vehicle sales of 41 382 units showed a 19.5% increase over sales in the corresponding month last year.  

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Alex Boavida

Competition Commission charges WesBank, Toyota Financial Services with collusion 

By: Irma Venter     3rd February 2022 The Competition Commission has referred FirstRand Bank (FirstRand), as well as motor-vehicle finance institutions WesBank (a division of FirstRand) and Toyota Financial Services South Africa (TFS), to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution on collusion charges. The commission alleges that... 

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Mercedes-Benz CEO says raw material scarcity could delay e-mobility - Die Zeit

By: Reuters     2nd February 2022 Scarce supply of raw materials for electric cars could slow the transition from fossil-fuel burning vehicles to electric ones, Mercedes-Benz CEO Ola Kaellenius said in an interview with German paper Die Zeit on Wednesday. "The industrialization of mines and refinery capacities may not progress... 

Nissan, Renault, Mitsubishi alliance to launch 35 new EVs by 2030

By: Irma Venter     2nd February 2022 The alliance of Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors has announced that it will launch 35 new electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030, based on five common EV platforms. “The three member-companies have defined a common roadmap towards 2030, sharing investments in future electrification and connectivity... 

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New-vehicle sales start the year with 19.5% gain, exports down 9.3% 

By: Irma Venter     1st February 2022 The new-vehicle market started the year “on a very positive note”, continuing its gradual recovery to pre-Covid-19 levels, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council. Domestic new-vehicle sales in January increased by 19.5%, to 41 382 units, compared with the same month last year. 

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Daimler renamed to Mercedes-Benz Group

By: Irma Venter     1st February 2022 German vehicle manufacturer Daimler on Tuesday changed its name to the Mercedes-Benz Group, following the split from Daimler Truck. The Mercedes-Benz brand was created in 1926 when the companies of Carl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler merged.  

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SAGMJ announces the 25 finalists in the Car of the Year competition 

By: Irma Venter     31st January 2022 The South African Guild of Mobility Journalists (SAGMJ) has announced the 25 finalists for the 2022 South African Car of the Year (COTY) competition.  “This year’s COTY finalists show us the tremendous speed of research and development in the automotive industry,” says SAGMJ chairperson Carl... 

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Competition Tribunal starts hearing on alleged price fixing in the tyre industry

By: Irma Venter     31st January 2022 The Competition Tribunal on Monday started online hearings into alleged price-fixing in the domestic tyre industry. The respondents are Apollo Tyres South Africa; Goodyear South Africa; Continental Tyres South Africa; Bridgestone South Africa; and the South African Tyre Manufacturers Conference... 

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Fully electric vehicles made up 65% of Norway’s new-car sales last year

By: Irma Venter     28th January 2022 According to the Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association (NEVA) this Scandinavian country set a new record for electric vehicle (EV) sales in 2021, with 64.5% of all new cars sold fully electric. The association says last year turned out to be the year “EV sales skyrocketed in Norway, where... 

New-vehicle sales up 22.1% but civil unrest, Transnet hacking weigh on exports

By: Irma Venter     28th January 2022 New-vehicle sales rebounded strongly in the domestic market in 2021, gaining 22.1% to reach 464 122 units for the year, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council. This follows a 29.2% drop in 2020, in a year where sales were heavily impacted on by the outbreak of Covid-19. 

Toyota SA’s best-selling auto brand once again as market share tops 25.4%

By: Irma Venter     28th January 2022 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) last year marked 42 years – out of 61 years in the local market – as the best-selling automotive brand in South Africa, while it also recorded a remarkable market share of 25.4%, up from the 23.7% of 2020. This means that one in every four vehicles sold locally... 

Vodacom Business and Toyota extend WiFi, telematics solution to SMEs

By: Irma Venter     28th January 2022 The Web-based tool MyToyota Fleet Lite has been added to the Toyota Connect hub as part of a tripartite agreement involving Vodacom Business, Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) and Netstar. “Keeping businesses connected is critical in today’s environment and Fleet Lite, being an innovative WiFi... 

Domestic vehicle sales increase draws attention to road safety standards

28th January 2022 The 27% increase in domestic vehicle sales in South Africa in October last year, compared with the same period in 2020, has resulted in more vehicles being transported across the country. As a result, attention is being drawn to safety concerns related to the transportation sector, particularly... 

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GOING THE DISTANCE October 2021 saw a 27% increase in domestic vehicle sales in South Africa

VWSA appoints new sales and marketing director

By: Irma Venter     27th January 2022 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has appointed Thomas Milz as its new sales and marketing director. Milz has occupied various positions across the Volkswagen Group since 1997, in a career spanning Germany, the US, the Middle East and Russia.  

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Thomas Milz

Online tyre retailer launched in South Africa

By: Darren Parker     26th January 2022 Multinational online tyre retailer Blackcircles has launched its service in South Africa. Following a soft launch in December, the company kicked off full promotion in early January. The company was originally founded in 2001 by UK entrepreneur Michael Welch. It was later acquired by tyre... 

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Blackcircles GM Devlin Moodley

AIDC Eastern Cape, SABS sign MoU focused on EVs 

By: Irma Venter     26th January 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... 

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Thabo Shenxane and Jodi Scholtz

Volkswagen’s Kariega plant manufactures it 100 000th Polo Vivo

By: Irma Venter     26th January 2022 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) this week celebrated a production milestone at its Kariega plant, in the Eastern Cape, with the hundred-thousandth unit of the current Polo Vivo rolling off the production line. This comes just more than four years after the plant began manufacturing the... 

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Pick n Pay rolls out licence renewal service to more stores, at lower cost

By: Darren Parker     25th January 2022 Retailer Pick n Pay launched its new vehicle licence disc renewal service nationally on January 25. Customers can now renew their vehicle licence discs in more than 500 Pick n Pay stores across South Africa for R250 – which excludes the added courier fee of R99.99 for delivery to customers. 

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Licence renewals can now be done at Pick n Pay

Motus reports rise in new-vehicle sales, flags ongoing supply chain constraints

By: Donna Slater     25th January 2022 Automotive group Motus expects to report a 20% to 26% year-on-year improvement in operating profit to between R2.1-billion and R2.2-billion for the six months ended December 31. This translates into a profit before tax increase of between 40% to 50% year-on-year, rising from R1.28-billion for... 

Isuzu appoints Marcia Mayaba as dealer, business development executive

By: Irma Venter     25th January 2022 Marcia Mayaba has joined the Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSAf) senior executive team as the newly appointed department executive for dealer and business development.  Mayaba has more than two decades’ experience in the automotive industry. She has been active in various fields, including truck... 

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Marcia Mayaba

Mercedes-Benz SA to launch five EVs this year, 8-year battery warranty added  

By: Irma Venter     24th January 2022 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) will introduce five new battery electric vehicles (BEVs) from the global Mercedes-EQ range during 2022. This will form part of a “clear strategic push to position the brand as a global and local leader in the electric vehicle (EV) market”. 

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The EQA

Daimler Truck, BP to pilot hydrogen-powered fuel cell trucks in UK

By: Irma Venter     21st January 2022 Daimler Truck and BP Advanced Mobility (BP) have announced that they will work together to accelerate the introduction of a hydrogen network in the UK, aimed at decarbonising freight transport. The parties intend to pilot the development of hydrogen infrastructure and the introduction of... 

Porsche, Siemens join world-first project to produce efuel in Chile

By: Irma Venter     21st January 2022 German sports-car manufacturer Porsche and Siemens Energy have joined forces with a number of international companies to build an industrial plant for the production of nearly carbon-dioxide-neutral fuel (efuel) in Punta Arenas, Chile.  A pilot plant is initially being built north of Punta... 

Audi rolls out ultrafast 150 kW EV charging network in South Africa 

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2022 Audi South Africa (SA) is partnering with GridCars to install ultrafast electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the country. In doing this, the local arm of the German car maker says it will become the first EV brand to invest in this technology at publicly accessible sites.  

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CSIR, DSI and NRF establish smart mobility research chair 

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2022 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) have jointly established a research chair in smart mobility, the first of its kind in South Africa.  Professor Marianne Vanderschuren, an expert in... 

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