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Motus launches its own digital vehicle marketplace

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2021 The JSE-listed Motus group has launched its own digital vehicle marketplace, called motus.cars. This platform ties together all the Motus business entities in one digital location, with the aim to provide a simplified online shopping experience.  

AIDC EC appoints new CEO

By: Irma Venter     14th January 2021 The Automotive Industry Development Centre Eastern Cape (AIDC EC) has appointed a new CEO. Thabo Shenxane joins the AIDC EC from his position as trade, investment and innovation head at the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC).  

Thabo Shenxane 
Thabo Shenxane 

Live Company and Messe Frankfurt SA partner for Cape Town eMobility Festival  

By: Irma Venter     14th January 2021 Live Company Group has announced that it has, via E-Movement Holdings, a 100% subsidiary of Live Company Group, partnered with Messe Frankfurt South Africa for the launch of the eMobility Festival 2021. The eMobility Festival will focus on electric vehicles of all kinds, the future of e-mobility... 

Live Company and Messe Frankfurt SA partner for Cape Town eMobility Festival 

AIH to open sequencing centre in East London in April, Tshwane to follow 

By: Irma Venter     12th January 2021 Automotive Investment Holdings (AIH) will open its first sequencing centre (SC) at the East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ) in April, says group CEO Corrie Kotzé. The 5 300 m2 facility will support new C-Class production at the Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) plant, set to start in... 

The sequencing centre in East London
The sequencing centre in East London

Toyota’s Kirby elected as new Naamsa president

By: Irma Venter     11th January 2021 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) has appointed Toyota South Africa Motors CEO Andrew Kirby as president following the retirement of BMW Group South Africa boss Tim Abbott at the end of last year. Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa MD Neale Hill... 

Super-rich car brands also felt the Covid-19 pinch in 2020, with the exception of Ferrari

By: Irma Venter     11th January 2021 Luxury and performance car brands in South Africa also felt the pain of the Covid-19 pandemic, with almost all brands showing a decline on 2019 numbers. Luxury brand Bentley saw a 20% drop in sales, from 69 units to 55 units. 

Super-rich car brands also felt the Covid-19 pinch in 2020, with the exception of Ferrari

SVI sees armoured vehicle sales grow as crime increases

By: Irma Venter     11th January 2021 In 2011/12, there were 9 417 carjackings in South Africa. By 2018/19, this number had grown to 16 026 incidents. Crime is on the increase and Covid-19 has not helped, particularly as the pandemic has pushed up unemployment figures. 

SVI sees armoured vehicle sales grow as crime increases

German automotive industry strengthens links with Africa

By: Irma Venter     11th January 2021   The German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) has joined hands with the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) as part of the ‘PartnerAfrica’ project of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.  

VDA president Hildegard Müller
VDA president Hildegard Müller

New-vehicle sales down 29.1% in ‘extraordinary year’, says Naamsa 

By: Irma Venter     8th January 2021 An “extraordinary year” that has brought “unprecedented challenges” to South Africa’s economy has seen new-vehicle sales decline by 29.1%, says the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa). This follows a 2.8% drop in sales in 2019. 

New-vehicle sales down 29.1% in ‘extraordinary year’, says Naamsa

African Association of Automotive Manufacturers applauds AfCFTA launch

By: Irma Venter     7th January 2021 The Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) which was finalised at a virtual African Union (AU) summit in December, is an important milestone for the realisation of the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers’ (AAAM’s) vision, says the association in a statement. This vision is... 

Dave Coffey
Dave Coffey

Hyundai introduces new brand to represent its hydrogen fuel-cell business

By: Irma Venter     6th January 2021 The Hyundai Motor Group has introduced HTWO as a new brand to represent the group’s hydrogen fuel-cell system.  The South Korean car maker says the brand builds on its 20-year-plus experience in hydrogen fuel-cell technology and will aim to present hydrogen as “a positive energy for humanity”.  

Hyundai introduces new brand to represent its hydrogen fuel-cell business

Volkswagen plans to link top executives’ bonuses to ESG targets

By: Bloomberg     18th December 2020 Volkswagen plans to link top executives’ bonuses to environmental, social and governance targets as the German industrial giant seeks to bolster sustainability credentials that are increasingly relevant to investors. VW will seek shareholder approval for the updated remuneration system at its... 

Electric cars closing in on gas guzzlers as battery costs plunge

By: Bloomberg     17th December 2020 Electric vehicles may cost about the same as their gas-guzzling brethren in just three or four years -- and only get cheaper from there, according to a new report from BloombergNEF. Electric cars and buses have long been saddled with bigger up-front costs than those burning gasoline or diesel,... 

Rare earth producers aim to agree global environment standards in 2021

By: Reuters     14th December 2020 Producers of rare earths, under increasing pressure from their industrial buyers over longstanding pollution issues, are hammering out a single set of global environmental standards, the head of the industry association has told Reuters. Manufacturers of products such as electronic goods and... 

Competition Commission publishes final automotive aftermarket guidelines

By: Donna Slater     11th December 2020 The Competition Commission has issued its final Guidelines for Competition in the South African Automotive Aftermarket, which are now available on the commission’s website and which will take effect from July 1, 2021. The guidelines were prepared in terms of Section 77 of the Competition Act (89... 

Absa to launch EV financing should critical mass be attained

By: Irma Venter     11th December 2020 Financial services group Absa is mulling the roll-out of a finance mechanism for electric vehicles (EVs) that will incorporate a solar home installation to charge that vehicle, says Absa Vehicle and Asset Finance (AVAF) business analytics and strategy head Henry Botha. However, before that can... 

Barloworld to focus on industrial goods, food sector

By: Irma Venter     11th December 2020 Barloworld will, in the medium to long term, focus on two verticals, namely industrial goods and related services, as well as food and food ingredients, says CEO Dominic Sewela. “As we manage the pivoting out of the automotive and logistics business, we are very clear that we don’t want to be a... 

Nissan, Japan Motors to set up assembly plant in Ghana

By: Irma Venter     11th December 2020 Nissan has appointed Japan Motors Trading as its local partner in setting up a new vehicle assembly facility in Accra, Ghana. The appointment flows from a 2018 memorandum of understanding signed between Nissan and the government of Ghana. 

Toyota Financial Services appoints new CEO

By: Irma Venter     10th December 2020 Toyota Financial Services South Africa (TFSSA) has appointed Thabo Manaka as its new CEO, effective January 1.  Manaka is succeeding Marius Burger, who is retiring at the end of the year, after seven years at the TFSSA helm.  

Thabo Manaka
Thabo Manaka

Barloworld signals intent to sell 50% of its motor retail division

By: Irma Venter     9th December 2020 Barloworld has advised shareholders that Barloworld South Africa, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barloworld, has started discussions with NMI Durban South Motors – a joint venture of the Barloworld group in which it holds a 50% interest alongside the Akoo family – to dispose of the Barloworld... 

Dominic Sewela
Dominic Sewela

TransUnion partners with Jeff Osborne as it seeks to expand

By: Irma Venter     8th December 2020 TransUnion Africa has partnered with Jeff Osborne as a business development partner as the company looks to evolve and extend its offering in the local automotive sector. Osborne was the CEO of the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI) for nearly 14 years before leaving to form online auto... 

Jeff Osborne
Jeff Osborne

AutoZone joins SA Taxi rewards programme 

By: Irma Venter     8th December 2020 SA Taxi has announced that AutoZone is the latest automotive supplier to join its rewards programme.  This partnership sees the SA Taxi Rewards programme, launched in 2018, expand beyond fuel-based rewards for the first time.  

Latest #SaferCarsforAfrica sees GWM’s Steeds 5 score a zero rating 

By: Irma Venter     8th December 2020 Global New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) and the Automobile Association of South Africa (AA) have released the results of the fourth round of crash tests from its #SaferCarsForAfrica initiative. The project is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the FIA Foundation.   

Latest #SaferCarsforAfrica sees GWM’s Steeds 5 score a zero rating

GWM’s P Series bakkie arrives in SA in commercial, passenger guise

By: Irma Venter     7th December 2020 Haval Motors South Africa (HMSA) has finally lifted the veil on the local version of its new Great Wall Motors (GWM) P Series bakkie. According to HMSA the recent introduction of the P Series has seen GWM make rapid gains in the Chinese bakkie market.  

GWM’s P Series bakkie arrives in SA in commercial, passenger guise

Solar project roll-out under way as Ford eyes energy self-sufficiency by 2024

By: Irma Venter     4th December 2020 The Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has kicked off a 13.5 MW, R135-million solar-energy project at its Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria. The project forms part of a larger programme to develop an integrated renewable- energy solution for the facility, with the aim to be... 

Local production of ‘spruced-up’ Navara to start early next year

By: Irma Venter     4th December 2020 Japanese carmaker Nissan has unveiled the spruced-up Navara bakkie that will be made in South Africa and exported to sub-Saharan markets. Production of the new Navara at the Rosslyn plant, in Pretoria, will start in the first quarter of next year. 

Transport Minister urged to address licensing department backlogs

By: Irma Venter     4th December 2020 The National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) has written an open letter to Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula, urging him to address backlogs at licensing departments countrywide. The association says that “extensive administrative delays in document turnaround times and vital operational... 

Parts aftermarket increases despite pandemic

4th December 2020 According to market research company Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis ‘Digital Business Models Mitigating Covid-19 Implications on Global Aftermarket Performance in 2020’, released in September, aftermarket revenue expanded by 4.1% in 2019. This was largely driven by a 3.2% growth in vehicles... 

PART AND PARCEL
The automotive components sector has contracted more than initially forecast owing to the Covid-19 pandemic
PART AND PARCEL The automotive components sector has contracted more than initially forecast owing to the Covid-19 pandemic

New real-time monitoring system enhances safety

4th December 2020 Automotive and truck parts manufacturer Bridgestone in collaboration with technology company Microsoft has developed a unique and innovative monitoring system to detect tyre damage issues in real-time. Bridgestone Europe, Russia, Middle East, India and Africa (EMIA) CEO and president Laurent... 

DAMAGE CONTROL
The Tyre Damage Monitoring System uses algorithms to detect and predict failures before they become catastrophic
DAMAGE CONTROL The Tyre Damage Monitoring System uses algorithms to detect and predict failures before they become catastrophic

Rabotho to lead Nissan SA as Izumi departs, Whitfield named Africa boss

By: Irma Venter     3rd December 2020 Japanese car maker Nissan has announced that it will unite its operations on the continent under one region, namely Africa. Several leadership changes have been made as part of this restructuring, effective December 1.  

Mike Whitfield
Mike Whitfield

Battery costs fall, make electric vehicles cheaper - BMI

By: Reuters     3rd December 2020 The cost of battery cells used for electric vehicles has fallen to an average of $110/kWh, making such cars competitive with those using internal combustion engines (ICE), according to Benchmark Mineral Intelligence (BMI). One barrier to a higher take up of electric vehicles has been the high... 

Battery costs fall, make electric vehicles cheaper - BMI

Buying-down trend, working-from-home impacting new-vehicle sales 

By: Irma Venter     2nd December 2020 Total new-vehicle sales in South Africa declined by 12% in November, to 39 315 units, compared with 44 670 vehicles sold in the same month last year. The new-passenger-car market fell by 18.1%, to 25 707 units, with the car rental industry accounting for 11.6% of car sales in November. 

Buying-down trend, working-from-home impacting new-vehicle sales

Goodyear South Africa appoints new MD

By: Irma Venter     1st December 2020 Piotr Czyzyk has been appointed as the new MD for Goodyear South Africa (SA). In his former role as product business unit commercial director in Europe, Czyzyk was responsible for overseeing Goodyear’s Central European operation. 

Piotr Czyzyk 
Piotr Czyzyk 

Toyota launches new music, video streaming service

By: Irma Venter     27th November 2020 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM), in partnership with Vodacom, has announced the introduction of a new streaming service to Toyota Connect and Lexus Connect – MyEntertainment.  Included in this service are Vodacom’s Video Play (video streaming) and My Muze (music streaming) services. 

Toyota launches new music, video streaming service

Govt study into local lithium-ion battery value chain almost complete  

By: Irma Venter     27th November 2020 A study into the possible development of a lithium-ion (li-ion) battery value-chain in South Africa will be completed by the end of the year. The study is being undertaken by Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS), on behalf of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC). It... 

Gaylor Montmasson-Clair
Gaylor Montmasson-Clair

Local consumers willing to buy EVs, but they seek cheaper cars with more range

By: Irma Venter     27th November 2020 The 2020 South Africa Electric Vehicle (EV) Car Buyer Survey shows that consumers are ready to buy EVs, and that they are willing to do so in the next five years. However, they want a vehicle that costs less than R500 000 and they want more range and faster charging than is currently the case... 

Hyundai South Africa expects 15% drop in sales this year

By: Irma Venter     27th November 2020 Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) will probably record a 15% drop in new-vehicle sales in 2020, says CEO Niall Lynch. This is better than the 25% to 30% drop expected in the overall domestic new-vehicle market, he adds. 

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