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Standard Bank takes a 40% stake in Payment24

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2020 Standard Bank has acquired a 40% stake in digital fuel management solutions and telematics company Payment24.  Payment24 is a technology development firm that supports companies with large fleets. 

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

By: Irma Venter     7th April 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.... 

Review the market longevity of vehicles made locally, asks EV programme 

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2020 Government’s incentive scheme for the local automotive industry, the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP), implemented in 2013 and ending in 2020, has no direct incentive for the production of alternative drivetrain technologies, such as battery electric vehicles (BEVs), says... 

Review the market longevity of vehicles made locally, asks EV programme

Toyota has repaired 70 essential service vehicles since lockdown started

By: Irma Venter     6th April 2020 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) says it has, as of close of business on April 3,  supplied vehicle parts and made repairs to about 70 essential-services vehicles since the start of the nationwide lockdown on March 27.  “We have dealerships in every province and we will continue to do our part... 

Toyota has repaired 70 essential service vehicles since lockdown started

As Covid-19 clears the air in the 13th most polluted city, rethink EVs, urges uYilo 

By: Irma Venter     6th April 2020 By the end of last year, a total of 1 119 plug-in electric vehicles had been sold in South Africa, of which 545 were battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and 574 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), says the newly released State of Electric Vehicles (EVs) in South Africa report, published by the... 

As Covid-19 clears the air in the 13th most polluted city, rethink EVs, urges uYilo

Volvo Trucks to provide support to essential fleets

By: Irma Venter     2nd April 2020 Volvo Trucks Southern Africa says it will support transport companies that are delivering essential services during the Covid-19 lockdown in South Africa.  “We are indeed living in extraordinary times and I want to assure customers that Volvo Trucks, together with our nationwide network, is doing... 

Volvo Trucks to provide support to essential fleets

New-vehicle sales could recover by up to 7% in 2021

By: Irma Venter     27th March 2020 S&P Global Ratings believes global new light-vehicle sales could recover by between 10% and 12% in the US in 2021, following a 15% to 20% decline in 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Sales in China could grow by between 2% and 4% next year, after seeing an 8% to 10% decline this year. 

New-vehicle sales could recover by up to 7% in 2021

Oil, Covid-19 to take heavy toll on Africa’s new-vehicle market  

By: Irma Venter     27th March 2020 Some of West Africa’s major economies are going to face “significant headwinds” in the time ahead, says Deloitte emerging markets and Africa MD Dr Martyn Davies. “There is some real economic pain coming.” 

Oil, Covid-19 to take heavy toll on Africa’s new-vehicle market 

S&P Global Ratings sees 15% drop in global light-vehicle sales

By: Irma Venter     25th March 2020 S&P Global Ratings says it projects that global light-vehicle sales will fall by almost 15% in 2020, owing to the Covid-19 pandemic and sharply lower global growth.  “In our updated scenario, global light-vehicle sales will likely decline to less than 80-million units in 2020, versus 90.3-million... 

S&P Global Ratings sees 15% drop in global light-vehicle sales

Covid-19 ‘disastrous’ for component sector; part makers gear up for ventilator manufacture 

By: Irma Venter     23rd March 2020 The temporary closure of the BMW and Ford vehicle assembly plants in South Africa, with a third vehicle manufacturer advising that it is expecting significant volume cuts in the future, has had an “immediate and disastrous impact” on the component supplier base, National Association of Automotive... 

Covid-19 ‘disastrous’ for component sector; part makers gear up for ventilator manufacture

Volvo Trucks end finance alliance with WesBank

By: Irma Venter     20th March 2020 Volvo Financial Services South Africa has announced the end of its alliance with asset finance group WesBank. However, Volvo Financial Services, the global captive finance company of the Volvo Group, which began doing business in South Africa in 2017, will continue to offer financial services... 

Volvo Trucks end finance alliance with WesBank

Metair investing R650m in auto components business 

By: Irma Venter     18th March 2020 International manufacturer, distributor and retailer of energy storage solutions and automotive components, Metair, is investing R650-million in a range of automotive component businesses, says MD Theo Loock. This comes as each of the businesses in the Automotive Components Vertical “successfully... 

Metair investing R650m in auto components business
Theo Loock

Local car plants to continue operating as many European operations shut down 

By: Irma Venter     17th March 2020 Despite automotive plants closing down in Europe owing to the Covid-19 outbreak, South African vehicle production sites are still operational. The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) on Tuesday said that there were no production disruptions in the pipeline at... 

Local car plants to continue operating as many European operations shut down

Mahindra SA sees scope for growth in SUV market

By: Irma Venter     9th March 2020 Mahindra South Africa (SA) is keen to retain the momentum it has built over recent years, says CEO Rajesh Gupta. Having focused first on building capacity, the brand is now growing rapidly following the launch of its new-generation products, starting in 2015. 

Mahindra SA sees scope for growth in SUV market
The Mahindra KUV100

e-Movement outlines plans to host a Formula E race in Cape Town 

By: Irma Venter     9th March 2020 e-Movement, the Formula E Bid company, has confirmed its intention and plans to host a Formula E race using a street circuit in the heart of Cape Town. e-Movement says it has secured the backing of Jaguar South Africa as founding partner for the initial stages of the project. 

e-Movement outlines plans to host a Formula E race in Cape Town

New-vehicle sales drop by 0.7% in February

By: Irma Venter     3rd March 2020 Domestic new-vehicle sales dropped by 0.7% in February, to 43 485 units, compared with the same month last year – a much smaller margin of decline than expected from forecasts that have predicted up to a 4% drop in the market in 2020. New-vehicle sales numbers released on Monday showed that... 

New-vehicle sales drop by 0.7% in February

Position paper to chart way forward for electric vehicle market in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     28th February 2020 South Africa has a tiny electric vehicle (EV) market compared with the rest of the world. Just more than 400 – 407, to be precise – hybrids, plug-in hybrids and battery electric vehicles (BEVs) were sold in the domestic market last year, says Toyota South Africa Motors CEO and president Andrew... 

Position paper to chart way forward for electric vehicle market in South Africa

Competition Commission guidelines will have to change, says Motus 

By: Irma Venter     26th February 2020 The Competition Commission’s draft Guidelines for Competition in the South African Automotive Aftermarket Industry, published for comment earlier this month, will “have to change”, says Osman Arbee, CEO of the JSE-listed Motus automotive group. The guidelines will mean, for example, that car... 

Competition Commission guidelines will have to change, says Motus
Osman Arbee

Imperial’s gateway to Africa strategy taking shape 

By: Irma Venter     25th February 2020 Logistics group Imperial aims to strengthen its proposition as “the gateway to Africa” with a potential expansion into air/ocean freight management, says CEO Mohammed Akoojee. “We are strong in land-based freight management, but this will unlock a new level for us.” 

Imperial’s gateway to Africa strategy taking shape
Mohammed Akoojee

VWSA launches e-Golf project, with the aim to sell EVs from 2022 

By: Irma Venter     19th February 2020 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has taken the first step in the roll-out of its local electric mobility programme, through the launch of the e-Golf pilot project. The e-Golf pilot project will see six fully electric vehicles (EVs) being tested by motoring and lifestyle media, selected... 

VWSA launches e-Golf project, with the aim to sell EVs from 2022

Criticism, praise for Competition Commission’s aftermarket guidelines 

By: Irma Venter     18th February 2020 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) has slammed the Competition Commission’s draft Guidelines for Competition in the South African Automotive Aftermarket Industry, published for comment last week. These guidelines will mean, for example, that car owners... 

Criticism, praise for Competition Commission’s aftermarket guidelines
Mike Mabasa

BMW’s Selumane appointed as CEO of transformation fund 

By: Irma Venter     17th February 2020 Jabulani Selumane has been appointed as CEO of the Automotive Industry Transformation Fund (AITF).   Selumane, a mechanical engineer by training, has more than ten years’ experience in the automotive industry. Prior to that he worked at Barloworld. 

BMW’s Selumane appointed as CEO of transformation fund

New-vehicle sales to decline by 3.5%, says WesBank

By: Irma Venter     13th February 2020 South Africa’s new-vehicle sales are set to decline 3.5% in 2020, predicts vehicle finance provider WesBank. Given the economic and political challenges facing the country, it is likely that business and consumer confidence will remain subdued. 

New-vehicle sales to decline by 3.5%, says WesBank

Watchdog needed, not more standards

By: Tracy Hancock     7th February 2020 South Africa would be better served by an industry regulator rather than a standards body to ensure compliance with globally accepted lubricant standards, says industrial and automotive lubricants manufacturer Castrol strategy and projects manager Satha Govender. In the past, local manufacturers... 

Watchdog needed, not more standards
MAGNATEC IN MOTION Castrol’s Magnatec Dual Lock will be available to the South African market in September

Telematics company introduces live streaming

By: Darren Parker     7th February 2020 Fleet and asset management solutions company MiX Telematics has added a live streaming service to its MiX Vision solution. The streaming service enables fleet managers to live-stream footage from up to eight cameras simultaneously using MiX Fleet Manager – MiX Telematics’ online software solution... 

Telematics company introduces live streaming
IN REAL-TIME The live streaming service helps fleet managers to improve driver safety and compliance

OneLogix’s Umlaas hub expansion to wrap up at year-end

By: Irma Venter     6th February 2020 Specialist logistics service provider OneLogix should complete the R300-million, phase 3 expansion of its vehicle distribution hub at Umlaas, in KwaZulu-Natal, by the end of the year, says CEO Ian Lourens. Speaking at the company’s results presentation for the six months to end November, 2019, in... 

 OneLogix’s Umlaas hub expansion to wrap up at year-end
Ian Lourens

Video: Zero emissions transport future will require more copper, platinum 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th February 2020 Canadian mining company Ivanhoe Mines co-chairperson Robert Friedland this week told delegates at the Investing in African Mining Indaba that the world was shifting towards zero emissions transportation and that this will likely result in shortages of 'green' metals, like platinum and copper. He... 

Video: Zero emissions transport future will require more copper, platinum
Ivanhoe Mines co-chairperson discusses the global move away from internal combustion engines towards electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd

New-vehicle sales to drop by 4% in 2020, says Toyota

By: Irma Venter     3rd February 2020 The South African new-vehicle sales market will shrink by 4% in 2020, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) president and CEO Andrew Kirby. He says Toyota expects the passenger car market to decline by 4%, to 339 900 units, with the light commercial vehicle market (LCV) to drop by 2%, to 150 585... 

New-vehicle sales to drop by 4% in 2020, says Toyota
Andrew Kirby

Toyota South Africa rolls out R4.3-billion investment at local operations

By: Irma Venter     31st January 2020 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) will invest R4.28-billion in its local operations up to the end of 2020. TSAM president and CEO Andrew Kirby says the investment will straddle a number of areas at the local arm of the Japanese car maker. 

 Toyota South Africa rolls out R4.3-billion investment at local operations
Andrew Kirby

Audi cars aim to ride wave of green traffic lights in Germany

By: Irma Venter     28th January 2020 German premium car maker Audi has expanded its networked traffic light project from Ingolstadt to Düsseldorf. At the end of January, Audi drivers in Düsseldorf will see information from around 150 traffic lights in their cockpit, thus increasing their chance of catching a wave of green traffic... 

Audi cars aim to ride wave of green traffic lights in Germany

Road freight emissions can be cut by up to 46%, suggests new framework 

By: Irma Venter     24th January 2020 As the primary method for freight transportation in South Africa, road freight, excluding passenger freight, emits about 16.8-million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) a year, making it the second largest contributor to carbon emissions, after electricity. One way to reduce these carbon emissions is... 

 Road freight emissions can be cut by up to 46%, suggests new framework
Dr Lee-Anne Terblanche

EV pilot programme can help Rwanda go green

By: Cameron Mackay     24th January 2020 Electric mobility through electric vehicles (EVs) in Rwanda can help the country in its efforts to go green, says Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) CEO Thomas Schäfer.  This comes after Volkswagen launched a pilot project in the country in October last year, where it introduced its first EV in Africa. 

EV pilot programme can help Rwanda go green
Photo by Creamer Media
THOMAS SCHÄFER Africa will develop in many ways with cooperation. We need to learn to work together across the continent, find shared value, and ways of collaborating

SAB hopes to use first electric truck by 2022

By: Irma Venter     22nd January 2020 South African Breweries (SAB) and AB InBev Africa sustainability VP Taryn Rosekilly “dreams” of having a light-duty electric truck (etruck) operational within the beer maker’s South African fleet by 2022. She says SAB is keen to use etrucks as their value is increasingly being proved in markets... 

SAB hopes to use first electric truck by 2022
The eCanter

South African transport operators 'under pressure'; UD Trucks to face year of change 

By: Irma Venter     21st January 2020 South African transport operators are “under severe pressure” as they face a “tough and erratic economic climate”, says UD Trucks Southern Africa marketing director Rory Schulz. This said, the South African new-truck market expanded by 2.1% in 2019 compared with 2018, to reach 28 041 units. 

South African transport operators 'under pressure'; UD Trucks to face year of change

Local lithium-ion battery plant to open its doors this year 

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2020 The Megamillion Energy Company intends to be Africa’s first large-scale producer of lithium-ion batteries, with a mandate to make batteries “in Africa, for Africa’s benefit first”. Megamillion aims to have Africa’s first lithium-ion battery production pilot plant up and running in the second half... 

Local lithium-ion battery plant to open its doors this year
Nechan Naicker

Several South Africans, ladies included, made for a memorable Dakar 2020

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2020 While there was no South African on the overall winner’s podium at Dakar 2020, the country did manage to notch up quite a number of memorable finishes. Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Giniel de Villiers (from South Africa) and Spanish co-driver Alex Haro powered their South African built and run factory... 

 Several South Africans, ladies included, made for a memorable Dakar 2020
Alex Haro and Giniel de Villiers

Grindrod breaks ground at R105m AutoPort project 

By: Irma Venter     17th January 2020 Freight logistics group Grindrod has started construction on a new, R105-million AutoPort, just off the N3 in Camperdown, KwaZulu-Natal. The 270 000 m2 property is located between Pinetown and Pietermaritzburg. 

Grindrod breaks ground at R105m AutoPort project
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