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EVs to account for lion’s share of global vehicle sales by 2038 – South African auto body

By: Irma Venter     19th March 2021 Electric vehicle (EV) sales are forecast to exceed internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle sales by 2038, with sales in the European Union (EU) projected to comprise 40% EVs by 2030, and 80% by 2040, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council in its fourth-quarter (Q4) business review. “The... 

Naamsa adopts new name

By: Irma Venter     19th March 2021 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) has announced a change in its naming conventions, as it says it represents a wider community of stakeholders than only vehicle manufacturers.  “Traditionally, we were established to primarily represent the interests of... 

Production of Mercedes-Benz’s new generation C-Class to start this year

By: Irma Venter     19th March 2021 Mercedes-Benz has lifted the veil on its new-generation C-Class. Production of the model is set to start later this year – for the local and export markets – at the Mercedes-Benz South Africa plant, in East London,  following a R10-billion investment by the German parent company. 

Local lithium-ion plant would require offtake agreement first, says Metair 

By: Irma Venter     18th March 2021 Newly appointed Metair CEO Riaz Haffejee says the group is in a “good position” to be a “good partner” to a lithium-ion (li-ion) battery manufacturer in South Africa, or to partner with a vehicle manufacturer to produce these batteries. He says Metair is currently piloting a plant at its battery... 

Riaz Haffejee
Riaz Haffejee

Auto sector needs 485 new Tier 2 businesses to reach SAAM goals – RMB 

By: Irma Venter     17th March 2021 The South African Automotive Master Plan (SAAM) envisages growing local content in South African assembled vehicles from around 37% (as of 2015) to 60% by 2035. “To meet this objective, the South African automotive industry needs to create 485 new businesses in Tier 2 automotive products by... 

Auto sector needs 485 new Tier 2 businesses to reach SAAM goals – RMB

Ford donates R2.5m to bolster govt’s Covid-19 surveillance system 

By: Irma Venter     16th March 2021 Ford South Africa has donated R2.5-million to help fund the enhancement of the National Occupational Health Surveillance System (OHSS), a programme implemented by the National Institute for Occupational Health (NIOH). The OHSS monitors workers in the public and private sectors, using data... 

Neale Hill
Neale Hill

Nissan appoints new AMIEO chairperson

By: Donna Slater     12th March 2021 Nissan Motor has appointed Guillaume Cartier its new Africa, Middle East, India, Europe and Oceania (AMIEO) chairperson, replacing Gianluca De Ficchy who served for three years as Nissan Europe chairperson and then the expanded AMIEO region. Effective April 1, Cartier will lead all Nissan... 

Incoming Nissan Africa, Middle East, India, Europe and Oceania chairperson Guillaume Cartier
Incoming Nissan Africa, Middle East, India, Europe and Oceania chairperson Guillaume Cartier

Electricity tariff hike will make local auto sector less competitive globally – AIDCEC

By: Irma Venter     12th March 2021 The Eastern Cape Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDCEC) has warned that the 15% electricity tariff increase that comes into effect on April 1, will slam the brakes on the South African automotive supply chain's drive to achieve greater levels of global competitiveness.  The AIDCEC says... 

Strong used-car, aftermarket sales see Motus bounce back 

By: Irma Venter     12th March 2021 A buoyant used-car market and strong aftermarket parts sales have helped mobility group Motus bounce back from the significant decline the group experienced as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic in the last half of the previous financial year. Reporting on the company’s results for the first six... 

February new-car sales dip by 13.3%

By: Irma Venter     12th March 2021 New-vehicle sales fell by 13.3% in February, to 37 521 units, compared with the same month last year, reports Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council. An estimated 31 635 units, or 84.3%, were dealer sales, with 10% going to the vehicle rental industry, 3.4% to government, and 2.3% of total... 

Mercedes-Benz SA postpones launch of its first EV to 2022

By: Irma Venter     12th March 2021 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) has postponed the local introduction of its first fully electric vehicle (EV), the EQC. “The market introduction and start of sales of the EQC was set to take place in 2020, but, due to the significant disruption of Covid-19 and other contributing factors, we... 

SA-UK PACT announces funding for uYilo’s EV capacity building project 

By: Irma Venter     11th March 2021 The South Africa-UK Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions (SA-UK PACT) programme has announced that it will fund ten local projects to the tune of more than £3-million.  The aim is to help South Africa transition to a low-carbon, inclusive, climate-resilient economy and society. 

SA-UK PACT announces funding for uYilo’s EV capacity building project

Prepaid car accident cover now available in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     11th March 2021 Car-accident cover on demand is now available in South Africa. Vaai.co compares its product to cell phone airtime – “you buy the cover you can afford only when you need it, and recharge when you need to do so”. 

Thabang Butelezi and Duncan Barker
Thabang Butelezi and Duncan Barker

Motus acquires 49% stake in GetWorth

By: Irma Venter     10th March 2021 Motus Holdings has acquired a 49% stake in preowned vehicle company GetWorth. Motus says the acquisition will fast-track its positioning in the online and warehouse retailing segment.  

Motus acquires 49% stake in GetWorth

Volvo to launch its first electric car in South Africa  

By: Irma Venter     9th March 2021 The  Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric – the first all-electric car from the Swedish luxury brand – will be available in South Africa in the second half of the year. The all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) has already demonstrated strong demand internationally. By the start of production at... 

Volvo to launch its first electric car in South Africa

First electric Land Rover to arrive in 2024, Jaguar to become EV-only brand 

By: Irma Venter     9th March 2021 Jaguar Land Rover says its Reimagine plan will see the electrification of both Land Rover and Jaguar brands on separate architectures with “two clear, unique personalities”.  The British car maker, which forms part of India’s Tata group, says Land Rover will welcome six pure electric variants in... 

Thierry Bolloré
Thierry Bolloré

Suzuki sets yet another monthly sales record, sells 100 000th car 

By: Irma Venter     8th March 2021 Suzuki Auto South Africa ended February with total sales of 2 142 units.  This is a new record for the brand since the Japanese car maker entered the South African market in 2008, and only four months since Suzuki broke through the 2 000-barrier for the first time ever. 

The S-Presso
The S-Presso

Online vehicle searches jump to a record high – AutoTrader 

By: Irma Venter     8th March 2021 The latest bi-annual AutoTrader Car Industry Report shows that online vehicle searches on AutoTrader have reached a new record. Covering the period from July 1 to December 31, 2020, the report notes that 276-million searches were conducted on AutoTrader, which is 54.1% growth year-on-year.  

Online vehicle searches jump to a record high – AutoTrader

Vehicle finance on cusp of revolution, says WesBank’s Msibi

By: Irma Venter     5th March 2021 The demands on financial institutions are changing rapidly as younger age groups start to actively participate in the acquisition of assets, says WesBank Motor CEO Ghana Msibi. “I expect the motoring industry, including vehicle finance, to evolve more in the next five years than it has in the... 

Start of Nissan Navara assembly postponed from first quarter to June

By: Irma Venter     5th March 2021 Nissan South Africa (SA) will delay the start of volume production and sales of the Nissan Navara one-ton bakkie to June this year, says Nissan SA marketing director Stefan Haasbroek. He says this is due to operational issues related to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Challenging 2021 predicted for South African car market

By: Irma Venter     5th March 2021 The South African automotive industry faces a challenging 2021, with new-vehicle prices continuing to climb well above the inflation rate in a market already severely constrained by the financial effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.  This is according to the latest TransUnion South Africa Vehicle... 

Volvo aims to become EV-only group by 2030 and to sell them all online

By: Irma Venter     2nd March 2021 Volvo Cars says it aims to become a fully electric vehicle (EV) company, on a global level, by 2030. By then, the company intends to only sell fully electric cars and phase out any car in its global portfolio with an internal combustion engine, including hybrids. 

The Volvo XC40 Recharge
The Volvo XC40 Recharge

February new-vehicle sales down 13.3%; semiconductor shortage set to dent supply 

By: Irma Venter     2nd March 2021 New-vehicle sales fell by 13.3% in February, to 37 521 units, compared with the same month last year, reports Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council. An estimated 31 635 units, or 84.3%, were dealer sales, with 10% going to the vehicle rental industry, 3.4% to government, and 2.3% of total... 

February new-vehicle sales down 13.3%; semiconductor shortage set to dent supply

Naamsa announces name change

By: Irma Venter     1st March 2021 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) has announced a change in its naming conventions, as it says it represents a wider community of stakeholders than only vehicle manufacturers.  “Traditionally, we were established to primarily represent the interests of... 

Botswana seeks opportunities to integrate into S Africa auto value chain 

By: Irma Venter     1st March 2021 The Botswana government believes there is an opportunity for the country to participate in the South African automotive sector. “Around 60% of the components used in South African vehicles are still imported from outside Africa. Given Botswana’s proximity to South Africa, we see this as an... 

Diamonds currently make up 91% of Botswana's exports
Diamonds currently make up 91% of Botswana's exports

Stop AARTO now, says the Road Freight Association

By: Irma Venter     26th February 2021 The Road Freight Association (RFA) says it is “shocked and deeply concerned” about the suspension of Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA) CEO Japh Chuwe, amid allegations of maladministration. “This has a severe impact on the implementation of the highly controversial Administrative... 

Ford adds armoured Rangers to South African portfolio

By: Irma Venter     26th February 2021 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA), together with SVI Engineering, has announced the availability of Ford-approved armoured protection for the Ranger pickup. “The Ranger is among the best-selling vehicles in South Africa, and the introduction of armoured protection will help establish... 

Auto dealers call on govt to reduce vehicle taxes

By: Irma Venter     26th February 2021 The automotive industry needs a “significant financial stimulus package” from government to allow it to accelerate its recovery, says National Automobile Dealers’ Association (Nada) chairperson Mark Dommisse. “The most effective way to increase sales will be to make new vehicles more affordable... 

New-vehicle sales to recover, but market fundamentals not healthy

By: Irma Venter     26th February 2021 New-vehicle sales will show double-digit growth this year off last year’s unforeseen low base, but will also continue to show a decline in real economic terms, says vehicle and asset finance provider WesBank. WesBank CEO Chris de Kock says two considerations need to be taken into account when... 

Agreement between Mahindra SA, SsangYong comes to an end

By: Irma Venter     25th February 2021 Mahindra South Africa (MSA) says the multiyear agreement between itself and the SsangYong Motor Company (SYMC) has ended, which means that MSA will no longer act as the local distributor for SYMC, as from February 28. This marks the end of a multiyear agreement, during which MSA took over full... 

Energy tariff increases to slam brakes on auto industry competitiveness – AIDCEC 

By: Irma Venter     25th February 2021 The Eastern Cape Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDCEC) has warned that the 15% electricity tariff increase that comes into effect on April 1 will slam the brakes on the South African automotive supply chain's drive to achieve greater levels of global competitiveness. The AIDCEC says... 

Energy tariff increases to slam brakes on auto industry competitiveness – AIDCEC

Strong used-car, aftermarket sales see Motus bounce back 

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2021 A buoyant used-car market and strong aftermarket parts sales have helped mobility group Motus bounce back from the significant decline the group experienced owing to the Covid-19 pandemic in the last half of the previous financial year. Reporting on the company’s results for the first six months... 

Strong used-car, aftermarket sales see Motus bounce back 

Nissan CEO who oversaw Ghosn’s downfall testifies in court

By: Bloomberg     24th February 2021 Former Nissan Motor CEO Hiroto Saikawa told a Tokyo court that he agreed that former chairperson Carlos Ghosn should have been paid more to prevent him from going to a rival automaker. Greg Kelly, the former Nissan director who was arrested on the same day as Ghosn in November 2018, is standing... 

Mercedes-Benz unveils the new C-Class to be assembled in East London

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2021 Mercedes-Benz has lifted the veil on its new generation C-Class. Production of the model is set to start later this year – for the local and export markets – at the Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) plant, in East London, following a R10-billion investment by the German parent company. 

The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class
The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Local advancement of electric vehicles must be accelerated, says Naamsa

By: Irma Venter     22nd February 2021 Electric vehicle (EV) sales are forecast to exceed internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle sales by 2038, with sales in the European Union (EU) projected to comprise 40% EVs by 2030, and 80% by 2040, says the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) in its fourth... 

Local advancement of electric vehicles must be accelerated, says Naamsa

WeBuyCars kicks off the new year with record trading month 

By: Irma Venter     19th February 2021 WeBuyCars kicked off the new year with record trading numbers, with January sales up 10% on the same period last year, says CEO Faan van der Walt. The used-car trader says there has been a strong recovery in domestic used-vehicle sales, despite the prevailing economic climate, as can be seen by... 

WeBuyCars kicks off the new year with record trading month

Naacam optimistic positive momentum seen at end of ‘tough 2020’ will be sustained this year

By: Irma Venter     19th February 2021 The South African component manufacturing sector had a tough 2020, says National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) executive director Renai Moothilal. There is, however, hope that some of the positive momentum seen at the end of last year will be sustained in... 

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