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Nissan’s Mike Whitfield elected as AAAM president

By: Irma Venter     28th July 2020 Nissan Africa South (NAS) chairperson Mike Whitfield has been elected president of the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM). He replaces Volkswagen Group of South Africa chairperson and MD Thomas Schäfer. 

Cautious optimism in used-car market, says AutoTrader 

By: Irma Venter     27th July 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... 

Cautious optimism in used-car market, says AutoTrader

Premium car market to decline by 35%, Land Rover to gain from new Defender

By: Irma Venter     24th July 2020 South Africa’s new premium car market was down 45% for the first six months of the year compared with 2019, says Jaguar Land Rover South Africa (JLR SA) MD Richard Gouverneur. “We are expecting a gradual recovery for the rest of the year. We expect that the premium market will be down 35% for the... 

Premium car market to decline by 35%, Land Rover to gain from new Defender
The new 110 Defender

Toyota starts construction on R365m parts warehouse

By: Irma Venter     24th July 2020 Work has begun in earnest at the Toyota Parts Distribution Warehouse, in Atlas road, East Rand, where Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) is doubling the facility’s size from 40 000 m² to 80 000 m².  TSAM is investing R365-million in the project and, when completed in 2021, the facility will be the... 

Covid-19 is pushing back start of Navara production, says Nissan SA

By: Irma Venter     24th July 2020 The start of assembly of the one-ton Navara pick-up at Nissan South Africa’s (Nissan SA’s) Rosslyn plant, in Pretoria, has been pushed back from November to early next year, says Nissan Group of Africa MD Shinkichi Izumi. “Covid-19 has caused a slight delay in the start of production.” 

BMW SA expects premium market to slump by 20%

By: Irma Venter     24th July 2020 The South African premium new-car market will probably decline by about 20% in 2020, says BMW Group South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa (BMW SA) CEO Tim Abbott. Although he expects a slight improvement in the second half of the year from the first half, “we don’t see a recovery better than that”. 

Lower human activity limiting tyre sales

By: Tracy Hancock     24th July 2020 Every business is going to face the consequences of lower human activity and, thereby, commercial activity, as South Africans consume less or differently, owing to Covid-19, says automotive tyre manufacturer and supplier Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (Sumitomo Dunlop) CEO Riaz Haffejee. Tyre sales... 

Lower human activity limiting tyre sales
REBOUNDING DEMAND Demand for Sumitomo Dunlop’s tyres is increasing since the restrictions of lockdown have eased

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

By: Irma Venter     22nd July 2020 Peugeot (Groupe PSA) and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) have announced the corporate name of the new group as they move toward 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 auto maker will be Stellantis. 

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

Ariya electric car, five SUVs to come to SA, says Nissan SA 

By: Irma Venter     21st 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 CEO Shinkichi Izumi. These launches will have a strong focus on... 

Ariya electric car, five SUVs to come to SA, says Nissan SA

June new-vehicle sales decline by 31%, exports down 39%

By: Irma Venter     17th July 2020 The South African new-vehicle market returned to its first full month of sales in June since the Covid-19 lockdown started.  However, this did not mean a return to the level of sales seen before the pandemic, as the domestic market remains under pressure. 

Durban car terminal sets new record

By: Irma Venter     17th July 2020 The Durban Car Terminal (DCT) has broken its handling record for two years running, with exports and transhipments playing a key role in the latest achievement.   The terminal handled more than 526 000 fully built vehicles/units (FBUs) against a target of 487 000 FBUs during the 2019/20 financial... 

Nissan to launch Ariya SUV with 610 km range in Japan, Europe, US next year

By: Irma Venter     16th July 2020 Nissan has introduced the Ariya, a 100% electric sports-utility vehicle (SUV) with a range of up to 610 km – or a one-way trip to Durban from Johannesburg or five to six days of travelling between Pretoria and Johannesburg. The Japanese auto maker believes the Ariya is perfect for the daily... 

Nissan to launch Ariya SUV with 610 km range in Japan, Europe, US next year

Coega Development Corporation to implement Tshwane auto SEZ 

By: Irma Venter     13th 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 choice... 

Fiat Chrysler SA appoints new CEO

By: Irma Venter     13th July 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. 

Fiat Chrysler SA appoints new CEO
Ismaeel Hassen

South Africa urged to recycle more of its copper scrap

By: Donna Slater     10th July 2020 Given limited domestic copper production, South Africa should prioritise the recycling of copper scrap to ensure there remains sufficient stock as the economy changes to be more energy efficient and less reliant on fossil fuels, Copper Development Association Africa (CDAA) executive chairperson... 

Ford enters fourth month of face shield production 

By: Irma Venter     10th July 2020 As the number of recorded Covid-19 cases continues to climb in South Africa, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has entered its fourth month of producing protective face shields at its Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria. To date, the vehicle manufacturer has assembled 285 000 face... 

Ford enters fourth month of face shield production 

VW’s Lionesses Den initiative seeks business pitches from female entrepreneurs

By: Irma Venter     10th July 2020 Volkswagen and Lionesses of Africa are on the hunt for three winning business pitches to win a total of R175 000 in cash to support their businesses. As part of its partnership with Lionesses of Africa, the one-million-plus-strong all-female business network in Africa, Volkswagen has introduced... 

BMW, German govt in R76m partnership to upgrade South African hospitals

By: Irma Venter     10th July 2020 German carmaker BMW and the German government will assist in upgrading eight South African hospitals and four clinics in the fight against Covid-19, in a project valued at R76-million. BMW will contribute €2.7-million, with the German government to add €1.6-million. 

Barloworld to exit logistics, shed 2 500 jobs in auto, logistics unit

By: Irma Venter     10th July 2020 Barloworld will be exiting the logistics sector, says CEO Dominic Sewela. Announcing the company’s financial results for the six months ended March 31, he said that the business had been given a three-year period to turn around, with a decision on its future scheduled for September. 

Mazda unveils new BT-50, supplied by Isuzu 

By: Irma Venter     7th July 2020 Mazda Motor Corporation has lifted the veil on its all-new Mazda BT-50 bakkie.  Fully redesigned for the first time in nine years, the new BT-50 is supplied by fellow Japanese manufacturer, Isuzu Motor Limited.  

Mazda unveils new BT-50, supplied by Isuzu
The new BT-50

EVs are starting to buoy the global metals market

By: Bloomberg     7th July 2020 The market gloom over the metals that will power the cars of the future is starting to lift. Supply overhangs and then the coronavirus pandemic had crushed short-term prospects for the minerals used to make rechargeable batteries. But new government commitments to green transport in China and... 

Covid-19 pushes back start of Navara production at Nissan SA  

By: Irma Venter     6th July 2020 The start of assembly of the one-ton Navara pickup at Nissan South Africa’s (Nissan SA’s) Rosslyn plant, in Pretoria, has been pushed back from November this year to early next year, says Nissan Group of Africa MD Shinkichi Izumi. “Covid-19 has caused a slight delay in the start of production.” 

Covid-19 pushes back start of Navara production at Nissan SA
Shinkichi Izumi

Jaguar Land Rover, partners to launch wireless charging taxi project in Oslo

By: Irma Venter     3rd July 2020 In a programme known as ‘ElectriCity’, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will join Nordic taxi operator Cabonline (NorgesTaxi), the region’s largest charge point operator Fortum Recharge, US technology developer Momentum Dynamics and the City of Oslo to build wireless, high-powered charging infrastructure... 

Jaguar Land Rover, partners to launch wireless charging taxi project in Oslo

EV rally to maintain demand for battery metals despite Covid-19

By: Donna Slater     3rd July 2020 Although subdued as a result of Covid-19, demand for battery metals, including cobalt, lithium and copper, will remain strong as a result of growth in the global electric vehicles (EV) market, business intelligence company CRU UK cobalt, lithium and battery markets senior analyst George Heppel... 

EV rally to maintain demand for  battery metals despite Covid-19

Components makers face cash crunch, demand imbalance

By: Irma Venter     3rd July 2020 The National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) is not aware of any dedicated automotive components company that has closed its doors following the Covid-19 lockdown period, says executive director Renai Moothilal. “But I don’t think the full impact of the... 

Used-car market poised to grow as new-vehicle prices surge

By: Irma Venter     3rd July 2020 The depreciation of the rand could see new-car prices increase by up to 10% over the next quarter, says National Automobile Dealers Association (Nada) chairperson Mark Dommisse. He says the dealership environment is currently seeing a “resilience” in the used-car market, with a “bit of hunger”... 

Motus to cull 40% of rental fleet as Covid-19 takes toll

By: Irma Venter     3rd July 2020 Automotive group Motus will reduce its vehicle rental fleet by 40% and close 20 sites within its rental business, says CEO Osman Arbee. Motus operates the Europcar and Tempest vehicle hire brands, operating through 100 car rental outlets in South Africa and 17 outlets in neighbouring countries. 

Value of AutoTrader used-car sales surge to R7.3bn in June

By: Irma Venter     2nd July 2020 AutoTrader data shows that the value of used-car sales through its platform increased by 46% month-on-month in June, while the market in the Western Cape – which saw a 101% increase in sales last month – is on the boil.  The Volkswagen Polo Vivo was the most popular used car sold in the Western... 

Value of AutoTrader used-car sales surge to R7.3bn in June

June new-vehicle sales decline by 31%, exports down 39%

By: Irma Venter     2nd July 2020 The South African new-vehicle market returned to its first full month of sales in June since the Covid-19 lockdown started.  However, this did not mean a return to the level of sales seen before the pandemic, as the domestic market remains under pressure. 

June new-vehicle sales decline by 31%, exports down 39%

New study pushes for safer used vehicles to be imported into Africa 

By: Irma Venter     1st July 2020 A new study by the Automobile Association of South Africa (AA), funded by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) Region I, shows that the unregulated importation of cars into many African countries has had a negative effect on the continent’s environment, health, society and economy.... 

New study pushes for safer used vehicles to be imported into Africa

VW’s Lionesses Den initiative seeks to reward female entrepreneurs

By: Irma Venter     1st July 2020 Volkswagen and the Lionesses of Africa are on the hunt for three exceptional business pitches to win a total of R175 000 cash. As part of its partnership with Lionesses of Africa, the one-million-plus-strong all-female business network in Africa, Volkswagen has introduced 'The Lionesses Den' and... 

VW’s Lionesses Den initiative seeks to reward female entrepreneurs

Premium market expected to decline by 20%, says BMW SA boss

By: Irma Venter     30th June 2020 The South African premium new-car market will probably decline by around 20% in 2020, says BMW Group South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa (BMW SA) CEO Tim Abbott. Although he expects a slight improvement in the second half of the year from the first half, “we don’t see a recovery better than that”. 

Premium market expected to decline by 20%, says BMW SA boss
Tim Abbott

Barloworld to exit logistics, shed 2 500 jobs in auto, logistics business

By: Irma Venter     30th June 2020 Barloworld will be exiting the logistics sector, says CEO Dominic Sewela. Announcing the company financial results for the six months ended March 31, he said that the business had been given a three-year period to turn around, with a decision on its future scheduled for September this year. 

Barloworld to exit logistics, shed 2 500 jobs in auto, logistics business
Dominic Sewela

BMW partners with SA, German govts in R76m project to upgrade hospitals 

By: Irma Venter     29th June 2020 German car maker BMW and the German government will assist in upgrading eight South African hospitals and four clinics in the fight against Covid-19, in a project valued at R76-million. BMW will contribute 2.7-million Euros, with the German government to add 1.6-million Euros. 

BMW partners with SA, German govts in R76m project to upgrade hospitals

Taxi assistance approved in principle, says TAG’s Van der Merwe 

By: Irma Venter     29th June 2020 Government has taken the policy decision to financially assist minibus taxis, but the mechanism to do this has not yet been determined, says Transport Authority of Gauteng (TAG) head Jack van der Merwe. “The short answer is that government has made a decision that taxis are a very important role... 

Taxi assistance approved in principle, says TAG’s Van der Merwe

Durban car terminal sets new record 

By: Irma Venter     26th June 2020 The Durban Car Terminal (DCT) has broken its handling record for two years running, with exports and transhipments playing a key role in the latest achievement.   The terminal handled more 526 000 fully built vehicles/units (FBUs) against a target of 487 000 FBUs during the 2019/20 financial... 

Durban car terminal sets new record

Toyota starts construction on R365m parts warehouse 

By: Irma Venter     26th June 2020 Work has begun in earnest at the Toyota Parts Distribution Warehouse in Atlas Road, East Rand, where Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) is doubling the facility’s size from 40 000 m² to 80 000 m².  TSAM is investing R365-million in the project and, when completed in 2021, the facility will be the... 

Toyota starts construction on R365m parts warehouse
Toyota's parts warehouse is doubling in size
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