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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... 

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

Increased double-cab sales, brand digitalisation high on new Isuzu SA boss’s to-do list

By: Irma Venter     26th June 2020 Isuzu Motors South Africa (Isuzu SA) has a new captain at the helm. Describing himself as a plaasjapie from Alexandria, in the Eastern Cape, Billy Tom (50) has been appointed CEO and MD from July 1. He succeeds outgoing MD Michael Sacke, who has opted to pursue other opportunities. 

Auto sector facing shock at all levels, says Deloitte report 

By: Irma Venter     25th June 2020 The African automotive sector is facing major volatility at all levels of its value chain as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 global crisis, says a Deloitte Covid-19 survey, titled The Economic Impact of the Automotive Value Chain (AVC). “Stakeholders across the sector, from traditional original... 

Auto sector facing shock at all levels, says Deloitte report

Subaru Southern Africa appoints new MD

By: Irma Venter     24th June 2020 Subaru Southern Africa has appointed Andrew Marshall as its new MD from June 1. Marshall has more than 20 years' experience in the automotive sector.  

Subaru Southern Africa appoints new MD
Andrew Marshall

Motus cuts deep into its car rental business as tourism grinds to a halt 

By: Irma Venter     23rd June 2020 Automotive group Motus will reduce its vehicle rental fleet by 40% and will 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. 

Motus cuts deep into its car rental business as tourism grinds to a halt
Osman Arbee

FMCSA supplies 50 000 face shields for frontline health workers

By: Donna Slater     22nd June 2020 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has assembled and supplied 50 000 face shields for the US Department of Defence to shore up its response to the Covid-19 pandemic in the Southern African region. The face shields are being produced in a specially prepared and sanitised facility at... 

Component makers face cash crunch, demand imbalance 

By: Irma Venter     22nd June 2020 The National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) is not aware of any dedicated automotive component 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... 

Component makers face cash crunch, demand imbalance
Photo by Donna Slater
Renai Moothilal

Electric vehicle rally to maintain demand for battery metals despite Covid-19

By: Donna Slater     19th June 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... 

Electric vehicle rally to maintain demand for battery metals despite Covid-19

Naamsa expects 25% drop in vehicle exports, production and sales

By: Irma Venter     19th June 2020 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) expects a drop of roughly 25% in the production, sales and exports of new vehicles in and from South Africa, says Naamsa CEO Mike Mabasa. “This is a huge number. When we started the year, the outlook was for a 5%... 

Metair clinches multibillion-rand contracts as Ford expands in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     19th June 2020 Metair has secured multiple contracts from Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) as the local arm of the US vehicle maker prepares to launch new vehicles for the local and export markets.  The new launches form part of a fresh investment and production expansion programme at Ford to meet... 

African car market can grow materially despite Covid-19 setback

By: Irma Venter     19th June 2020 Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, new-vehicle sales in sub-Saharan Africa, outside South Africa, can grow from about 100 000 a year to about two-million a year in the next 15 years – and this is a “very, very conservative” estimate, says African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) CEO... 

It’s a buyer’s market for used cars, says AutoTrader

By: Irma Venter     18th June 2020 Used car buyers are in for a treat – some of the country’s most-loved vehicles are now selling for R10 000 to R40 000 less than what they cost in March, says the country’s largest motoring marketplace, AutoTrader. The company’s team of data specialists analysed the average prices for cars sold in... 

Used car market to grow as new vehicles face price surge  

By: Irma Venter     17th June 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”... 

Used car market to grow as new vehicles face price surge 
Mark Dommisse

Glencore agrees deal to sell cobalt to Tesla for new car plants

By: Bloomberg     17th June 2020 Glencore will sell cobalt to Tesla for use in vehicles being produced at new car plants in China and Germany, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. The deal could involve Glencore supplying as much as 6 000 t of the metal a year for lithium-ion batteries that power electric cars,... 

New refinery offers hope on clean fuels; Toyota SA to start hybrid production in 2021 

By: Irma Venter     12th June 2020 There has been no progress on introducing cleaner fuel to South Africa since government withdrew the regulations regarding the Clean Fuels Two (CF2) programme in 2017, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM). CF2, first published by government in 2012, was originally scheduled to come into force... 

New refinery offers hope on clean fuels; Toyota SA to start hybrid production in 2021
The Lexus UX 250h EX hybrid

TymeBank set to hit two-million-customer milestone ahead of schedule

By: Martin Creamer     12th June 2020 Fully-digital retail finance house TymeBank is poised to achieve its two-million-customer milestone three months ahead of schedule, African Rainbow Capital (ARC), its majority shareholder, stated on Friday. Following its official launch in February last year, TymeBank acquired one-million... 

TymeBank set to hit two-million-customer milestone ahead of schedule
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Dr Patrice Motsepe

Clobbered by lockdown, vehicle sales declined by 68% in May

By: Irma Venter     12th June 2020 The new-vehicle market recorded 12 932 unit sales during May as the industry spluttered back to life following the Alert Level 5 national lockdown.  This number is 68% down on May last year and represents only about 30% of the market activity seen in the first two months of the year. 

Ford, Volkswagen to join hands on EV, bakkie projects 

By: Irma Venter     11th June 2020 US car maker Ford Motor Company and its German counterpart Volkswagen have signed agreements that will expand their global alliance to medium pickups (one-ton bakkies) and other commercial and electric vehicles (EVs). The companies anticipate continued growth in global demand for commercial... 

Ford, Volkswagen to join hands on EV, bakkie projects

BMW SA restarts exports from its Rosslyn plant 

By: Irma Venter     11th June 2020 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) has restarted exports following the national lockdown to slow the spread of Covid-19. The local arm of the German car maker has dispatched almost 2 000 BMW X3 vehicles to European export markets, in response to global demand, with an approximate value of... 

BMW SA restarts exports from its Rosslyn plant

Naamsa expects a 25% drop in vehicle exports, production, sales 

By: Irma Venter     8th June 2020 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) expects a roughly 25% drop in the production, sale and export of new vehicles in and from South Africa, says Naamsa CEO Mike Mabasa. “This is a huge number. When we started the year, the outlook was for a 5% decline,... 

Naamsa expects a 25% drop in vehicle exports, production, sales

Isuzu SA’s new boss targets double cab sales, brand digitalisation 

By: Irma Venter     8th June 2020 Isuzu Motors South Africa (Isuzu SA) has a new captain at the helm. Describing himself as a plaasjapie from Alexandria, in the Eastern Cape, Billy Tom (50) has been appointed CEO and MD from July 1. He succeeds outgoing MD Michael Sacke, who has opted to pursue other opportunities. 

Isuzu SA’s new boss targets double cab sales, brand digitalisation
Billy Tom

Metair clinches multibillion-rand contracts as Ford expands in South Africa 

By: Irma Venter     5th June 2020 Metair has secured multiple contracts from Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) as the local arm of the US vehicle maker prepares to launch new vehicles for the local and export markets.  The new launches form part of a fresh investment and production expansion programme at Ford to meet... 

Metair clinches multibillion-rand contracts as Ford expands in South Africa

South Africa broke auto-export records pre-Covid-19, but outlook is stifled

By: Irma Venter     5th June 2020 The nearly 100% decline in April new-vehicle sales and export figures serves as barometer of the impact of Covid-19 on the domestic automotive industry and the economy at large, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa and Automotive Industry Export Council executive... 

Covid-19 to exact heavy toll on SA’s production of vehicles in 2020

By: Irma Venter     5th June 2020 Taking into account an anticipated 6.1% decline in South Africa’s economic growth, owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, new-vehicle sales will probably fall by between 20% and 30% in 2020, says a report issued by the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC), titled ‘Re-gearing the Gauteng... 

Used-car market shrinks, but search stats indicate positive outlook 

By: Irma Venter     3rd June 2020 While used-car sales in South Africa in May mimicked floundering new-car sales, consumers are demonstrating increasing interest in buying used cars, says digital motoring marketplace, AutoTrader. More than 17 000 used cars were sold on AutoTrader in May compared with more than 36 000 in the same... 

Covid-19 hampers Wits platinum recycling laboratory

By: Donna Slater     3rd June 2020 The prevailing Covid-19 pandemic has brought research and innovations into recycling platinum-group metals (PGMs) from disused catalytic converts, led by two University of Witwatersrand (Wits) MSc graduates Collins Saguru and Muofhe Singo, to a near standstill. The duo have ventured into the... 

Covid-19 hampers Wits platinum recycling laboratory
Collins Saguru

Battery metals traceability project launched to enhance sustainability of industry

By: Donna Slater     2nd June 2020 Finland-based research, development and innovation organisation VTT says the success of electric vehicles (EVs) may be determined by production methods and information on the origins of battery materials in the future. VTT and the Geological Survey of Finland GTK, there, have launched a battery... 

Auto industry awaits new normal as sales drop by 68%

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 2020 The new-vehicle market during May recorded 12 932-unit sales as the industry spluttered back to life following the Alert Level 5 national lockdown.  This number is 68% down on May last year and is only about 30% of the market activity seen in the first two months of the year. 

Auto industry awaits new normal as sales drop by 68%

Ford implements phased restart at vehicle, engine plants 

By: Irma Venter     1st June 2020 Ford has implemented a phased restart for its South African operations beginning June 1, including kicking off vehicle and engine production and bringing back the first wave of employees who are not able to do their jobs remotely. "We’ve been working intently with national government, our safety... 

Ford implements phased restart at vehicle, engine plants

Reopened Merc plant gears up for face-shield, breathing-aid production

By: Irma Venter     29th May 2020 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) will manufacture three-dimensional- (3D-) printed recyclable plastic face shields for use in the mass screening for Covid-19, and for use at clinics and hospitals.  In addition, and pending quality assurance regulatory approval, the local arm of the German auto... 

Cartrack says there has been no spike in cancellations owing to Covid-19

By: Irma Venter     29th May 2020 Cartrack CEO Zak Calisto is confident the asset management and workforce optimisation company will be able to weather the current Covid-19 storm, provided “the storm doesn’t last forever”. “We have been able to deliver a high level of service to all our customers, despite the economic disruptions... 

VWSA restarts production, exports  

By: Irma Venter     27th May 2020 Following a gradual production ramp-up, the Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) plant in Uitenhage has resumed its manufacturing and export operations. Production was restarted on May 4 already, in line with the regulations pertaining to Alert Level 4 of the Covid-19 lockdown, with essential... 

VWSA restarts production, exports 
Thomas Schäfer

Auto industry to face up to 30% job, production losses, says AIDC report 

By: Irma Venter     27th May 2020 Taking into account an anticipated 6.1% decline in South Africa’s economic growth owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, new-vehicle sales will probably fall by between 20% and 30% in 2020, says a report issued by the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC), titled Re-gearing the Gauteng... 

Auto industry to face up to 30% job, production losses, says AIDC report

Festival of Motoring postponed to August 2021

By: Chanel de Bruyn     26th May 2020 Event organiser Messe Frankfurt South Africa is postponing its Festival of Motoring event to August 2021. The Festival of Motoring, presented by WesBank, is the largest automotive show on the African continent and the only national industry-supported event endorsed by the National Association of... 

New emissions blow for VW as German court backs damages claims

By: Reuters     25th May 2020 Volkswagen must pay compensation to owners of vehicles with rigged diesel engines in Germany, a court ruled on Monday, dealing a fresh blow to the automaker almost five years after its emissions scandal erupted. The ruling by Germany’s highest court for civil disputes, which will allow owners to... 

Van searches double as Alert Level 4 eases restrictions, says AutoTrader

By: Irma Venter     20th May 2020 Digital automotive marketplace AutoTrader says it has seen a sharp uptick in the searches for delivery vans as South Africa entered Alert Level 4 of the national lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19. “We have observed that, since the commencement of Level 4 lockdown, South African search... 

Van searches double as Alert Level 4 eases restrictions, says AutoTrader
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