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Big Toyota investments proceeding, despite Covid-19

By: Irma Venter     18th September 2020 Toyota Motors South Africa (TSAM) is going ahead with its three big investment projects, despite the Covid-19 pandemic, says TSAM president and CEO Andrew Kirby.  “Largely, we have been able to protect and secure all of our big projects that were originally planned in 2019, despite the fact that... 

August new-vehicle sales decline by a disappointing 30%

By: Irma Venter     18th September 2020 Total South African new-vehicle sales declined by 26.3% in August to 33 515 units, compared with the 45 484 vehicles sold in the same month last year. The new-passenger-car market fell by 32.6% to 19 545 units. 

Daimler’s first hydrogen fuel-cell truck to start customer trials in 2023  

By: Irma Venter     17th September 2020 Daimler Trucks has unveiled its first hydrogen-based fuel cell truck. The GenH2 Truck is aimed at the long-haul transport market and marks the beginning of commercial fuel-cell drive development for the German truck maker. 

Daimler’s first hydrogen fuel-cell truck to start customer trials in 2023
Take a closer look at the Daimler concept hydrogen fuel-cell truck.

Motus sees new-vehicle market of 420 000-plus in 2021 

By: Irma Venter     16th September 2020 Vehicle retail, rental, aftermarket and import group Motus believes that the new-vehicle market could reach between 420 000 and 440 000 units in 2021, up from the expected 350 000 to 380 000 units this year. The decline expected this year in the new-vehicle market, compared with 2019 (when it... 

Motus sees new-vehicle market of 420 000-plus in 2021

Roll-out of AARTO a big concern, says Road Freight Association 

By: Irma Venter     15th September 2020 The Road Freight Association (RFA) says it is working with all relevant role-players to ensure that the proposed Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) is “considered properly” before implementation, and that AARTO will achieve its main purpose of ensuring road safety, says... 

Roll-out of AARTO a big concern, says Road Freight Association
Gavin Kelly

The time for SA to shift to EV production is now – report

By: Irma Venter     11th September 2020 South African policymakers and automotive manufacturing sector stakeholders need to develop a coherent strategy for the shift to the production of electrical vehicles (EVs), or fall behind global developments and lose their edge in the export market. This emerged as a key message from a report on... 

Used-car market value climbs 3.8% to more than R100bn

By: Irma Venter     11th September 2020 AutoTrader’s new yearly used-car industry report, launched in August, shows that South Africans used the country’s largest digital used-car trading portal to conduct 401-million online searches from July last year to the end of June this year.  This is an all-time record and an almost 40%... 

Bridgestone to close PE factory, Brits plant to remain open

By: Irma Venter     11th September 2020 Bridgestone Southern Africa (BSAF) has started the process of closing its bias tyre manufacturing plant in Port Elizabeth.  The company says this move is in line with the recently announced mid- to long-term business strategy as set out by the Bridgestone Corporation, which plans to strengthen... 

Bell sees recovery following Covid-19, parts ways with John Deere 

By: Irma Venter     8th September 2020 Bell Equipment’s plants are currently operating at roughly 70% of pre-Covid-19 levels, says Bell Equipment CEO Leon Goosen. The South African operation at Richards Bay is running a little bit below this average, however, as it had stocked up on inventory prior to the pandemic in anticipation of a... 

Bell sees recovery following Covid-19, parts ways with John Deere
Leon Goosen

Nissan’s Mike Whitfield elected AAAM president

By: Irma Venter     4th September 2020 Nissan Africa South (NAS) chairperson Mike Whitfield has been elected president of the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM). He replaces former Volkswagen Group of South Africa chairperson and MD Thomas Schäfer. 

Study calls for extension of moratorium on transport height restrictions 

By: Irma Venter     4th September 2020 Many South African industries, especially the fruit industry, could suffer major financial losses if they are not allowed to transport their goods in high-cube containers beyond June next year, a new master’s degree study indicates. This is when government’s seven-year moratorium (running from... 

Festival of Motoring rescheduled for August, 2021

By: Irma Venter     3rd September 2020 Following its cancellation this year owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Festival of Motoring will now return to the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit from August 26 to 29, 2021. Event organiser, Messe Frankfurt South Africa, says next year’s event will be the fifth edition of the yearly motoring... 

Festival of Motoring rescheduled for August, 2021

Audi South Africa CEO departs for Germany, no successor announced yet

By: Irma Venter     3rd September 2020 Audi South Africa CEO Trevor Hill has departed the company after his contract came to an end on August 31. Hill, who was born in South Africa, left the country in 1997, returning in 2017 to head up the Audi brand within the local Volkswagen group. 

Audi South Africa CEO departs for Germany, no successor announced yet
Trevor Hill

Dekra, AIH partner in project to provide Covid-19 safety seal

By: Irma Venter     3rd September 2020 German testing, inspection and certification group Dekra and Automotive Investment Holdings (AIH) have partnered to provide a range of business sectors with a Covid-19 safety seal. The Covid-19 Dekra Standard Trusted Facility Seal is available to the automotive; retail; supply and manufacturing;... 

Dekra, AIH partner in project to provide Covid-19 safety seal

August new-vehicle sales decline by a disappointing 30% 

By: Irma Venter     2nd September 2020 Total South African new-vehicle sales declined by 26.3% in August, to 33 515 units, compared with the 45 484 vehicles sold in the same month last year. The new-passenger-car market fell by 32.6%, to 19 545 units. 

August new-vehicle sales decline by a disappointing 30%

E-commerce has finally arrived in South Africa, says Dawn Wing  

By: Irma Venter     31st August 2020 Despite going through a rough patch during the initial hard lockdown in South Africa, Dawn Wing couriers says it has since seen a significant surge in e-commerce.  “The lockdown period business was really tough as volumes were low, but we made a decision to stay open to support our healthcare... 

E-commerce has finally arrived in South Africa, says Dawn Wing

Supporting policy must embrace EVs, says uYilo 

By: Irma Venter     28th August 2020 The supporting policy driving vehicle manufacturing in South Africa needs to “evolve and embrace electric vehicles (EVs)” in order for the country to fully adopt the technology, says uYilo eMobility Programme director Hiten Parmar. “It should be clearly defined, incentivising multinational... 

Supporting policy must embrace EVs, says uYilo
Hiten Parmar

National Automobile Dealers Association appoints Marcia Mayaba as VP

By: Irma Venter     28th August 2020 Barloworld Motor Retail franchise executive Marcia Mayaba has been elected the National Automobile Dealers Association (Nada) VP. “We are extremely excited to have Marcia on board,” says Nada chairperson Mark Dommisse. “We look forward to working closely with her on various matters impacting... 

New-vehicle export revenue declined by R21bn in H1 2020

By: Irma Venter     28th August 2020 Vehicle exports from South Africa declined by 73 419 vehicles, or 40.3%, in the first half of the year, compared with 2019, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) trade, exports and research executive manager Dr Norman Lamprecht. This decline saw vehicle... 

Covid-19 puts EV sales, carbon emission targets at risk

By: Irma Venter     28th August 2020 Data analytics and consulting company GlobalData says lower oil prices as a result of the Covid-19 crisis could reduce electric vehicle (EV) demand and impair European Union (EU) efforts to significantly reduce average new-vehicle carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the European car market.... 

New-vehicle pricing increasing sharply, TransUnion index shows

By: Irma Venter     28th August 2020 The South African car market experienced record lows in the second quarter of the year, as the combination of minimal trading owing to the Covid-19 lockdown and the depressed economy saw a 71% decline in the number of new and used cars financed over the same period in 2019. This is according to... 

Regulations, pricing a challenge for local LNG uptake

By: Theresa Bhowan     28th August 2020 Despite there being vast benefits to using liquefied natural gas (LNG) locally, natural gas producer Renergen tells Engineering News that regulations and pricing are impeding the growth of the LNG sector. 

Regulations, pricing a challenge  for local LNG uptake
RENEWING ENERGY Renewable energy is fast becoming more affordable

TSAM provides R15m in Covid-19 aid to eThekwini, KZN governments

By: Irma Venter     26th August 2020 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health, as well as the eThekwini metropolitan municipality, to support the fight against Covid-19. The MoA, signed by TSAM president and CEO Andrew Kirby, KwaZulu-Natal Department of... 

TSAM provides R15m in Covid-19 aid to eThekwini, KZN governments

Suzuki moves to bigger head office, parts warehouse as sales soar

By: Irma Venter     24th August 2020 Suzuki Auto South Africa (SASA) will complete the move to its new head office and warehouse facility in Johannesburg by September 1. The announcement comes shortly after the brand reported 1 213 new vehicle sales in July, with 1 200 of these sold through its dealer network.  

Suzuki moves to bigger head office, parts warehouse as sales soar

Bridgestone to close PE factory, Brits plant to remain open

By: Irma Venter     21st August 2020 Bridgestone Southern Africa (BSAF) has started the process to close its bias tyre manufacturing plant in Port Elizabeth.  The company says this move is in line with the recently announced mid- to long-term business strategy as set out by the Bridgestone Corporation, which plans to strengthen its... 

It’s full steam ahead for Toyota investments, despite Covid-19, says Kirby

By: Irma Venter     21st August 2020 Toyota Motors South Africa (TSAM) is going ahead with its three big investment projects, despite the Covid-19 pandemic, says TSAM president and CEO Andrew Kirby.  “Largely we have been able to protect and secure all of our big projects that were originally planned in 2019, despite the fact that... 

It’s full steam ahead for Toyota investments, despite Covid-19, says Kirby
Andrew Kirby

July new-vehicle sales decline by 30%

By: Irma Venter     21st August 2020 Total South African new-vehicle sales declined 29.6% in July to 32 396 units, compared with the 46 042 vehicles sold in the same month last year. The new-passenger-car market fell by 35.8% to 18 905 units. 

Volkswagen adds Ghana to its list of African assembly plants

By: Irma Venter     21st August 2020 Volkswagen has cut the ribbon on a new vehicle assembly facility in Accra, the capital of Ghana. This makes Ghana the fifth Volkswagen vehicle assembly location in sub-Saharan Africa, with the other plants in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria and Rwanda. 

Schäfer leaves VWSA to become ŠKODA Auto CEO

By: Irma Venter     21st August 2020 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) chairperson and MD Thomas Schäfer is leaving the local arm of the German carmaker to join ŠKODA Auto as its new global CEO, effective August 3. The Czech brand has been a member of the Volkswagen group since 1991. 

The time for S Africa to shift to EV production is now, says TIPS report  

By: Irma Venter     20th August 2020 South African policy-makers and automobile manufacturing sector stakeholders need to develop a coherent strategy for the shift to the production of electrical vehicles (EVs), or fall behind global developments and lose their edge in the export market. This emerged as a key message from a report... 

The time for S Africa to shift to EV production is now, says TIPS report

Covid-19 hands Metair R250m bill, Loock to oversee recovery as a consultant

By: Irma Venter     19th August 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has cost Metair around R250-million, taking into account the measures taken to keep employees safe, as well as the total shutdown of manufacturing, says CFO Sjoerd Douwenga. This number, however, does not include the profit lost, he adds.  

Covid-19 hands Metair R250m bill, Loock to oversee recovery as a consultant
Theo Loock

South Africa should take the lead in adopting TIR system, says IRU

By: Irma Venter     17th August 2020 South Africa should take the lead in adopting the Transport Internationaux Routiers (TIR) system in sub-Saharan Africa, says the International Road Transport Union (IRU). TIR is a United Nations convention and enables goods to be shipped from a country of origin, through transit countries, to a... 

South Africa should take the lead in adopting TIR system, says IRU

DHL’s Saloodo! signs MoU with AfricaPLC  

By: Irma Venter     14th August 2020 Digital road freight platform Saloodo!, a subsidiary of DHL Global Forwarding, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to be the first logistics provider to offer digital road freight solutions on AfricaPLC. AfricaPLC is an industrial e-commerce marketplace and fintech platform, managed by... 

Covid-19 to take 18% bite from global road freight revenue, says the IRU 

By: Irma Venter     14th August 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic and corresponding restrictions on movement, and social distancing, have had an enormous impact on commercial road transport operators and those they serve, says International Road Transport Union (IRU) senior adviser Jens Hügel. He says Covid-19-linked disruptions in the... 

Covid-19 to take 18% bite from global road freight revenue, says the IRU

Host of new tech sees Merc trucks save up to 5% on fuel

By: Irma Venter     14th August 2020 The new Actros heavy-duty truck launched in South Africa comes with a host of “next-level innovations”, says Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) CEO Michael Dietz. These include the absence of outside mirrors in favour of in-cab screens (mounted on the A-pillars), which are linked to... 

Sappi, Fiat in project to help reduce the carbon footprint of cars

By: Irma Venter     14th August 2020 Sappi’s Symbio biocomposite cellulose fibre, derived from responsibly managed renewable forests, has been chosen as the feedstock for the development of lightweight biocomposite materials for the Life Biobcompo project.  This project aims to reduce vehicle carbon dioxide emissions by 8% through... 

EVs of all kinds to overtake ICEs by 2030, says KPMG survey 

By: Irma Venter     13th August 2020 For the first time in the history of the KPMG Global Automotive Executive Survey, executives think that by 2030 the largest share of vehicles will not be powered by an internal combustion engine (ICE). Executives also feel that fuel-cell electric vehicles (FECVs), battery-electric vehicles... 

EVs of all kinds to overtake ICEs by 2030, says KPMG survey
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