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Passenger Cars, Bakkies & Vans News

Team appointed to study feasibility of rolling out green transport in Gauteng

By: Irma Venter     26th November 2021 Gauteng Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure MEC Jacob Mamabolo has appointed Gauteng Transport Authority head Jack van der Merwe to lead a team to investigate the possibility of rolling out green transport, including electric vehicles (EVs), within the structures of the provincial... 

DTIC to submit EV policy to Cabinet before year-end – Mlota

By: Irma Venter     26th November 2021 The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) should present a refined new-energy vehicle (NEV) policy to Cabinet before the end of the year, says DTIC automotives chief director Mkhululi Mlota. The DTIC in May issued a Draft Green Paper on the Advancement of New-Energy Vehicles in... 

Chery re-enters South Africa with new Tiggo, million-km warranty

By: Irma Venter     25th November 2021 Chinese vehicle manufacturer Chery is officially back in South Africa. The local arm of the group this week launched the Tiggo 4 Pro, with a choice of four derivatives, two petrol engines and three transmissions.  

Image of the Chery Tiggo 4 Pro
The new Chery Tiggo 4 Pro

Auto industry welcomes the introduction of cleaner fuels in 2023 – Naamsa 

By: Irma Venter     25th November 2021 Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council says it welcomes the announcement of the next step in government’s clean fuels programme, set to become effective in September 2023. The Department Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) earlier this year gazetted the introduction of the next phase of the... 

Image of vehicle at a Shell garage

Ford unveils the brand-new, set to be made-in-South Africa Ranger bakkie  

By: Irma Venter     24th November 2021 The new Ranger bakkie – or the new Ranger midsize truck, as it is known in the US – finally broke cover on Wednesday. Production of the pickup is set to start at Ford South Africa’s Silverton plant in Pretoria next year for the local market, as well as for more than 100 export markets. 

Image of the new 2022 Ranger

Barloworld’s extensive restructuring pays dividends 

By: Irma Venter     22nd November 2021 Diversified group Barloworld is finally reaping the rewards of an extensive restructuring process. Announcing its financial results for the year ended September 30, the group saw operating profit from continuing operations improve by 119% year-on-year to R4.3-billion. 

Image of Barloworld CEO Dominic Sewela
Dominic Sewela

Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone hosts Ford, govt delegation

By: Irma Venter     22nd November 2021 In the lead-up to next year’s launch of the next-generation Ford Ranger, Ford South Africa has hosted a high-level delegation in an oversight visit at its Silverton assembly plant and the adjacent Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ). The visit followed the announcement in February... 

 A view of the Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone
Progress on the Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone project

JAC Motors expands its dealership network into Namibia, eSwatini

By: Irma Venter     19th November 2021 Chinese vehicle importer JAC Motors South Africa has appointed five new dealers, increasing its total number of dealer outlets to 60.  The three new local dealerships are in Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Pietermaritzburg.  

JAC Motors expands its dealership network into Namibia, eSwatini

Naamsa elects new office bearers, expects market recovery only in 2023

By: Irma Venter     19th November 2021 Ford Motor Company Africa president Neale Hill has taken over the reins at Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council until 2023. He succeeds Toyota South Africa Motors president and CEO Andrew Kirby. The new manufacturing original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) VP at the automotive industry body... 

October new-vehicle sales up 6.1%, exports down 30%

By: Irma Venter     19th November 2021 October new-vehicle sales and exports were heavily impacted on by the three-week strike in the steel and engineering sector, as well as the return of load-shedding, which affects the local automotive industry’s ability to plan and grow, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council. This was in... 

ETGL expands its logistics business into tractor, motorbike sectors

By: Irma Venter     19th November 2021 ETG Logistics (ETGL) has announced that it is expanding its product and service offering to the farming and automotive sectors. ETGL is the logistics vertical of ETG, a global conglomerate with business interests across various industries. 

Isuzu briefs govt on R1.2bn plant outlay, says new D-Max ready for 2022 launch

By: Irma Venter     19th November 2021 Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSAf) at the end of last month welcomed Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel to its plant in Struandale, Gqeberha. Patel previously visited Isuzu in 2019, shortly before the Japanese manufacturer’s R1.2-billion investment into its next-generation... 

Sharp production drop at VW, Daimler as semiconductor shortage bites

By: Irma Venter     19th November 2021 Two German automakers at the end of October reported that they have been heavily impacted on by the global semiconductor shortage and that the problem is likely to persist beyond this year. Volkswagen (VW) saw third-quarter vehicle deliveries decline by 26%, to 1.1-million vehicles. 

System aims to improve driver performance, safety

By: Anna Moross     19th November 2021 Software company 5DT’s (Fifth Dimension Technologies’) new DriveVUE is an automated artificial intelligence (AI) driver behaviour improvement system that aims to improve driver performance and safety. “DriveVUE, [our] latest AI product, is a device mounted behind the rear-view mirror of a... 

An image of the DriveVUE implemented in a vehicle
DriveVUE When the DriveVUE device detects an event, it gives the driver an audio warning –essentially speaking to the driver

VWSA remains passenger-car leader, next year to see launch of new Amarok, small SUV

By: Irma Venter     15th November 2021 In a year that has been heavily impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as a global shortage of semi-conductor chips, Volkswagen has remained South Africa’s best-selling passenger car brand for the first ten months of 2021. “In October, the Volkswagen brand (including Volkswagen Commercial... 

Image of the VW Taigo
The Taigo small SUV (not necessarily SA specifications)

DTIC to submit EV policy to Cabinet before the end of the year – Mlota  

By: Irma Venter     15th November 2021 The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) should present a refined new-energy vehicle (NEV) policy to Cabinet before the end of the year, says DTIC automotives chief director Mkhululi Mlota. The DTIC in May issued a Draft Green Paper on the Advancement of New-Energy Vehicles in... 

Image of DTIC automotive chief director Mkhululi Mlota
Mkhululi Mlota

Mamabolo appoints team to look at EVs, green transport deployment in Gauteng govt 

By: Irma Venter     15th November 2021 Gauteng Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure MEC Jacob Mamabolo has appointed Gauteng Transport Authority head Jack van der Merwe to lead a team to investigate the possibility of rolling out green transport, including electric vehicles (EVs), within the structures of the provincial... 

Jack van der Merwe
Jack van der Merwe

Western lithium-ion supply chain weakness to slow EV adoption – GlobalData

By: Donna Slater     12th November 2021 Data and analytics company GlobalData reports that weakness in availability of lithium-ion battery materials in Western countries is set to impede electric vehicle (EV) adoption and serves to demonstrate China’s dominance of the EV market. China dominates the lithium-ion battery supply chain,... 

Peugeot drives into South African one-ton bakkie market with new Landtrek   

By: Irma Venter     12th November 2021 Peugeot has unveiled its newest addition to the local market in the form of the Landtrek one-ton pickup. “The new Landtrek enables Peugeot to make a comeback in a market where it has a very strong heritage, fuelled by numerous racing victories. It personifies the DNA of legendary models such the... 

Image of the new Peugeot Landtrek
The new Peugeot Landtrek

Opinion: Embracing green energy industrialisation to tackle climate change and drive inclusive growth

10th November 2021 In this opinion article, Boston Consulting Group MD and partner Lucas Chaumontet writes about the need for South Africa to coordinate its climate change adaptation and mitigation plans with its broader national reindustrialisation plans. 

BCG MD and partner Lucas Chaumontet

New-energy vehicle production set to increase in SA; Ford could add to hybrid lineup – Naamsa 

By: Irma Venter     9th November 2021 While new-energy vehicle (NEV) production numbers are currently low in South Africa, Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council is hopeful that the numbers will soon increase. Naamsa CEO Mikel Mabasa says the start of production of the Corolla Cross hybrid at Toyota’s Durban plant this year adds to... 

Image of the Corolla Cross
The Corolla Cross

KZN car owners quick sellers, WCape cash buyers – WeBuyCars 

By: Irma Venter     8th November 2021 According to data from WeBuyCars a vehicle is most likely to change ownership five to six times during its lifetime. “New car owners tend to keep their vehicles for six years, and second-hand car owners for three,” says WeBuyCars executive director Faan van der Walt. 

Image of a row of used cars

South African Investment Conference moved to March  

By: Schalk Burger     8th November 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his weekly letter, said the fourth South African Investment Conference, which would have been held this month has been moved to March next year owing to several events, including the local government elections, the Conference of the Parties (COP26) climate conference... 

A photo of President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Greater adoption of EVs may be able to help energy grids, panel finds

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th November 2021 Electric vehicles (EVs) are increasingly being deployed to solve challenges of air pollution, rising fuel prices and global warming, but also to assist electricity grids as distributed energy sources, making use of large battery packs for more than just mobility. E-mobility company Next... 

South African buyers warming to electric vehicles, survey shows

By: Irma Venter     5th November 2021 The newest AutoTrader South African Electric Vehicle Buyers Survey indicates that local electric vehicle (EV) appetite has grown year-on-year, says AutoTrader CEO George Mienie. AutoTrader is one of South Africa’s largest digital automotive marketplaces. The data was  

Ford’s Silverton plant aims to improve built quality as it prepares for new Ranger production

By: Irma Venter     5th November 2021 Ford South Africa (Ford SA) is steadily improving built quality at its Silverton plant and aims to achieve a yearly average of fewer than ten warranty repairs per 1 000 Ranger bakkies by the end of 2022, says Ford SA quality director Kevin Heunis. This number is seen as the holy grail within the... 

VWSA to introduce ID.4 EV test fleet in SA next year 

By: Irma Venter     4th November 2021 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has taken the next step in its electric mobility strategy, which kicked off in 2020 with the launch of an electric-Golf test fleet.  The e-Golfs were used for research purposes and testing by motoring media, as well as Volkswagen dealers in an effort to gain... 

Image of an ID.4
The ID.4

GM’s battery bet shows off lithium-metal cell that tops rivals

By: Bloomberg     4th November 2021 SES Holdings, a startup backed by General Motors (GM), is unveiling a lithium-metal battery big enough to power a car, a sign the newcomer is pulling ahead of rivals in its efforts to commercialize technology that could boost the range of electric vehicles. Singapore-based SES, which is going... 

Vodacom Business and Toyota extend Wi-Fi, telematics solution to SMEs 

By: Irma Venter     3rd November 2021 The Web-based tool MyToyota Fleet Lite has been added to the Toyota Connect hub as part of a tripartite agreement between Vodacom Business, Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) and Netstar. “Keeping businesses connected is critical in today’s environment and Fleet Lite, being an innovative Wi-Fi... 

Image of a person holding a phone with the Toyota Connect app

October new-vehicle sales up by 6.1%, exports drop by 30% 

By: Irma Venter     3rd November 2021 October new-vehicle sales and exports were heavily impacted by the three-week strike in the steel and engineering sector, as well as the return of load-shedding, which affects the local automotive industry’s ability to plan and grow, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council. This was in... 

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Naamsa appoints new president, expects market recovery only in 2023 

By: Irma Venter     2nd November 2021 Ford Motor Company Africa president Neale Hill has taken over the reins at Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council until 2023. He succeeds Toyota South Africa Motors president and CEO Andrew Kirby. The new manufacturing original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) VP at the automotive industry body... 

Image of Ford Africa president Neale Hill
Neale Hill

Ford to reveal new Ranger on November 24

By: Irma Venter     2nd November 2021 Ford Motor Company says it will reveal the next-generation made-in-South Africa Ford Ranger pickup on November 24.  Ford says it “has reimagined, redesigned and reengineered the Ranger to be the smartest, most versatile and most capable Ranger yet for customers in more than 180 markets around the... 

Teaser image of new generation Ranger pickup

Sharp production drop at VW, Daimler as semiconductor shortage takes toll 

By: Irma Venter     29th October 2021 Two German automakers this week reported that they have been heavily impacted by the global semiconductor shortage and that the problem is likely to persist beyond this year. Volkswagen (VW) saw third-quarter vehicle deliveries decline by 26%, to 1.1-million vehicles. 

Image of a semiconductor

Toyota Gazoo Racing announces four-car team and new vehicle for Dakar 2022

By: Irma Venter     29th October 2021 Toyota Gazoo Racing will enter a four-car team in the upcoming Dakar Rally, set to start in Saudi Arabia on January 2, 2022.  As was the case this year, the team will be spearheaded by Nasser Al-Attiyah and navigator Mathieu Baumel.  

Nissan unveils locally manufactured Navara single-cab bakkie

By: Irma Venter     29th October 2021 Following the introduction of the new Navara double-cab bakkie in June, Nissan South Africa has announced that it will round out the range with the launch of a single-cab derivative in October. As is the case with the double-cab, the single-cab pick-up is produced at the Nissan Rosslyn plant, in... 

EV revolution to be felt in SA in 2022, but affordability concerns linger

By: Irma Venter     29th October 2021 South African new-vehicle buyers will have a choice of about 20 battery electric vehicles (BEVs) by 2023. This is a significant jump from the current four models available in local showrooms. While electric cars have been rapidly gaining traction abroad, especially in Europe and China, South... 

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Isuzu updates govt on R1.2bn plant investment, new D-Max ready for 2022 launch 

By: Irma Venter     26th October 2021 Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSAf) this week welcomed the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition Ebrahim Patel to its plant in Struandale, Gqeberha. Patel previously visited Isuzu in 2019, shortly before the announcement that the Japanese manufacturer would invest R1.2-billion into its... 

Image of Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel and IMSAf CEO Billy Tom
Ebrahim Patel and Billy Tom
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