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Barloworld to exit logistics, shed 2 500 jobs in auto, logistics business

By: Irma Venter     30th June 2020 Barloworld will be exiting the logistics sector, says CEO Dominic Sewela. Announcing the company financial results for the six months ended March 31, he said that the business had been given a three-year period to turn around, with a decision on its future scheduled for September this year. 

Durban car terminal sets new record 

By: Irma Venter     26th June 2020 The Durban Car Terminal (DCT) has broken its handling record for two years running, with exports and transhipments playing a key role in the latest achievement.   The terminal handled more 526 000 fully built vehicles/units (FBUs) against a target of 487 000 FBUs during the 2019/20 financial... 

Durban car terminal sets new record

Toyota starts construction on R365m parts warehouse 

By: Irma Venter     26th June 2020 Work has begun in earnest at the Toyota Parts Distribution Warehouse in Atlas Road, East Rand, where Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) is doubling the facility’s size from 40 000 m² to 80 000 m².  TSAM is investing R365-million in the project and, when completed in 2021, the facility will be the... 

Toyota starts construction on R365m parts warehouse
Toyota's parts warehouse is doubling in size

Increased double-cab sales, brand digitalisation high on new Isuzu SA boss’s to-do list

By: Irma Venter     26th June 2020 Isuzu Motors South Africa (Isuzu SA) has a new captain at the helm. Describing himself as a plaasjapie from Alexandria, in the Eastern Cape, Billy Tom (50) has been appointed CEO and MD from July 1. He succeeds outgoing MD Michael Sacke, who has opted to pursue other opportunities. 

Hino developing heavy-duty fuel cell truck

By: Irma Venter     26th June 2020 While there is a swing towards electrification for many forms of transport, Toyota Motor Corporation is continuing its development of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, and also bringing Toyota group electric vehicles to market.  One of the Japanese company’s latest fuel cell projects is a joint... 

Auto sector facing shock at all levels, says Deloitte report 

By: Irma Venter     25th June 2020 The African automotive sector is facing major volatility at all levels of its value chain as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 global crisis, says a Deloitte Covid-19 survey, titled The Economic Impact of the Automotive Value Chain (AVC). “Stakeholders across the sector, from traditional original... 

Auto sector facing shock at all levels, says Deloitte report

Motus cuts deep into its car rental business as tourism grinds to a halt 

By: Irma Venter     23rd June 2020 Automotive group Motus will reduce its vehicle rental fleet by 40% and will close 20 sites within its rental business, says CEO Osman Arbee. Motus operates the Europcar and Tempest vehicle hire brands, operating through 100 car rental outlets in South Africa and 17 outlets in neighbouring countries. 

Motus cuts deep into its car rental business as tourism grinds to a halt
Osman Arbee

Component makers face cash crunch, demand imbalance 

By: Irma Venter     22nd June 2020 The National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) is not aware of any dedicated automotive component company that has closed its doors following the Covid-19 lockdown period, says executive director Renai Moothilal. “But, I don’t think the full impact of the... 

Component makers face cash crunch, demand imbalance
Photo by Donna Slater
Renai Moothilal

Naamsa expects 25% drop in vehicle exports, production and sales

By: Irma Venter     19th June 2020 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) expects a drop of roughly 25% in the production, sales and exports of new vehicles in and from South Africa, says Naamsa CEO Mike Mabasa. “This is a huge number. When we started the year, the outlook was for a 5%... 

Metair clinches multibillion-rand contracts as Ford expands in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     19th June 2020 Metair has secured multiple contracts from Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) as the local arm of the US vehicle maker prepares to launch new vehicles for the local and export markets.  The new launches form part of a fresh investment and production expansion programme at Ford to meet... 

African car market can grow materially despite Covid-19 setback

By: Irma Venter     19th June 2020 Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, new-vehicle sales in sub-Saharan Africa, outside South Africa, can grow from about 100 000 a year to about two-million a year in the next 15 years – and this is a “very, very conservative” estimate, says African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) CEO... 

It’s a buyer’s market for used cars, says AutoTrader

By: Irma Venter     18th June 2020 Used car buyers are in for a treat – some of the country’s most-loved vehicles are now selling for R10 000 to R40 000 less than what they cost in March, says the country’s largest motoring marketplace, AutoTrader. The company’s team of data specialists analysed the average prices for cars sold in... 

Used car market to grow as new vehicles face price surge  

By: Irma Venter     17th June 2020 The depreciation of the rand could see new-car prices increase by up to 10% over the next quarter, says National Automobile Dealers' Association (Nada) chairperson Mark Dommisse. He says the dealership environment is currently seeing a “resilience” in the used-car market, with a “bit of hunger”... 

Used car market to grow as new vehicles face price surge 
Mark Dommisse

New refinery offers hope on clean fuels; Toyota SA to start hybrid production in 2021 

By: Irma Venter     12th June 2020 There has been no progress on introducing cleaner fuel to South Africa since government withdrew the regulations regarding the Clean Fuels Two (CF2) programme in 2017, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM). CF2, first published by government in 2012, was originally scheduled to come into force... 

New refinery offers hope on clean fuels; Toyota SA to start hybrid production in 2021
The Lexus UX 250h EX hybrid

Clobbered by lockdown, vehicle sales declined by 68% in May

By: Irma Venter     12th June 2020 The new-vehicle market recorded 12 932 unit sales during May as the industry spluttered back to life following the Alert Level 5 national lockdown.  This number is 68% down on May last year and represents only about 30% of the market activity seen in the first two months of the year. 

Gautrain takes a knock to protect customer base

By: Darren Parker     12th June 2020 Gautrain rapid-rail network operator Bombela Concession Company has maintained or, in some cases, increased Gautrain operational capacity despite low passenger numbers. “While maintaining or even increasing capacity at a time when demand has reduced goes against commercial logic, it makes perfect... 

Gautrain takes a knock to protect customer base
STAYING ON TRACK The Gautrain has continued to operate at full capacity despite experiencing a significant reduction in paying customers during lockdown

Ford, Volkswagen to join hands on EV, bakkie projects 

By: Irma Venter     11th June 2020 US car maker Ford Motor Company and its German counterpart Volkswagen have signed agreements that will expand their global alliance to medium pickups (one-ton bakkies) and other commercial and electric vehicles (EVs). The companies anticipate continued growth in global demand for commercial... 

Ford, Volkswagen to join hands on EV, bakkie projects

Trucking regulations harmonisation, digitalisation to aid Covid-19 fight, says World Bank 

By: Irma Venter     10th June 2020 The World Bank Group advises ports to rapidly increase their digitalisation efforts over the short to medium term – one to six months – in an effort to reduce the frequency of people- and paper-based contact, says World Bank Group global lead for transport connectivity and regional integration,... 

Trucking regulations harmonisation, digitalisation to aid Covid-19 fight, says World Bank

Isuzu SA’s new boss targets double cab sales, brand digitalisation 

By: Irma Venter     8th June 2020 Isuzu Motors South Africa (Isuzu SA) has a new captain at the helm. Describing himself as a plaasjapie from Alexandria, in the Eastern Cape, Billy Tom (50) has been appointed CEO and MD from July 1. He succeeds outgoing MD Michael Sacke, who has opted to pursue other opportunities. 

Isuzu SA’s new boss targets double cab sales, brand digitalisation
Billy Tom

South Africa broke auto-export records pre-Covid-19, but outlook is stifled

By: Irma Venter     5th June 2020 The nearly 100% decline in April new-vehicle sales and export figures serves as barometer of the impact of Covid-19 on the domestic automotive industry and the economy at large, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa and Automotive Industry Export Council executive... 

Covid-19 to exact heavy toll on SA’s production of vehicles in 2020

By: Irma Venter     5th June 2020 Taking into account an anticipated 6.1% decline in South Africa’s economic growth, owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, new-vehicle sales will probably fall by between 20% and 30% in 2020, says a report issued by the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC), titled ‘Re-gearing the Gauteng... 

Used-car market shrinks, but search stats indicate positive outlook 

By: Irma Venter     3rd June 2020 While used-car sales in South Africa in May mimicked floundering new-car sales, consumers are demonstrating increasing interest in buying used cars, says digital motoring marketplace, AutoTrader. More than 17 000 used cars were sold on AutoTrader in May compared with more than 36 000 in the same... 

Vehicle theft, hijackings down 76% during lockdown

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 2020 Fleet and mobile asset management solutions provider MiX Telematics has released statistics that indicate that the Covid-19 lockdown has had a positive effect on vehicle crime and road-related incidents, owing mainly to the 74% decline in vehicle use and heightened police visibility during the... 

Hino, BYD to collaborate on development of electric trucks

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 2020 Japanese truck manufacturer Hino Motors has signed a strategic business alliance with BYD Commercial Vehicles, of China, to collaborate in developing battery electric vehicles (BEV).  The objective is to find best-fit solutions for the customers of both companies while promoting low-carbon... 

Auto industry awaits new normal as sales drop by 68%

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 2020 The new-vehicle market during May recorded 12 932-unit sales as the industry spluttered back to life following the Alert Level 5 national lockdown.  This number is 68% down on May last year and is only about 30% of the market activity seen in the first two months of the year. 

Auto industry awaits new normal as sales drop by 68%

Ford implements phased restart at vehicle, engine plants 

By: Irma Venter     1st June 2020 Ford has implemented a phased restart for its South African operations beginning June 1, including kicking off vehicle and engine production and bringing back the first wave of employees who are not able to do their jobs remotely. "We’ve been working intently with national government, our safety... 

Ford implements phased restart at vehicle, engine plants

This year's Electra Mining cancelled

By: Donna Slater     29th May 2020 Organisers of Southern Africa’s mining, manufacturing, automation, electrical and power trade exhibition Electra Mining Africa, Specialised Exhibitions, reports that the 2020 edition of the trade fair has been cancelled as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. This year’s show had been scheduled to... 

DHL makes acquisition to grow e-commerce footprint in Africa

By: Irma Venter     29th May 2020 DHL Express has acquired a minority stake in Link Commerce, the UK-based e-commerce firm that helped the logistics company develop its DHL Africa eShop platform. The acquisition demonstrates the company’s commitment to growing e-commerce in Africa, says DHL Express sub-Saharan Africa CEO Hennie... 

DHL makes acquisition to grow e-commerce footprint in Africa

Reopened Merc plant gears up for face-shield, breathing-aid production

By: Irma Venter     29th May 2020 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) will manufacture three-dimensional- (3D-) printed recyclable plastic face shields for use in the mass screening for Covid-19, and for use at clinics and hospitals.  In addition, and pending quality assurance regulatory approval, the local arm of the German auto... 

Cartrack says there has been no spike in cancellations owing to Covid-19

By: Irma Venter     29th May 2020 Cartrack CEO Zak Calisto is confident the asset management and workforce optimisation company will be able to weather the current Covid-19 storm, provided “the storm doesn’t last forever”. “We have been able to deliver a high level of service to all our customers, despite the economic disruptions... 

VWSA restarts production, exports  

By: Irma Venter     27th May 2020 Following a gradual production ramp-up, the Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) plant in Uitenhage has resumed its manufacturing and export operations. Production was restarted on May 4 already, in line with the regulations pertaining to Alert Level 4 of the Covid-19 lockdown, with essential... 

VWSA restarts production, exports 
Thomas Schäfer

Auto industry to face up to 30% job, production losses, says AIDC report 

By: Irma Venter     27th May 2020 Taking into account an anticipated 6.1% decline in South Africa’s economic growth owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, new-vehicle sales will probably fall by between 20% and 30% in 2020, says a report issued by the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC), titled Re-gearing the Gauteng... 

Auto industry to face up to 30% job, production losses, says AIDC report

Van searches double as Alert Level 4 eases restrictions, says AutoTrader

By: Irma Venter     20th May 2020 Digital automotive marketplace AutoTrader says it has seen a sharp uptick in the searches for delivery vans as South Africa entered Alert Level 4 of the national lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19. “We have observed that, since the commencement of Level 4 lockdown, South African search... 

Van searches double as Alert Level 4 eases restrictions, says AutoTrader
The VW Caddy

Competition Tribunal approves settlement between Commission, Faurecia

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2020 The Competition Tribunal has approved, as an order, a consent agreement between the Competition Commission and Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies South Africa, owned by Faurecia, in France.   The agreement relates to an investigation initiated by the commission in 2014 against several... 

African car market can grow despite Covid-19, says AAAM’s Coffey 

By: Irma Venter     18th May 2020 Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, new-vehicle sales in sub-Saharan Africa can grow from around 100 000 a year, outside South Africa, to around two-million a year in the next 15 years – and this is a “very, very conservative” estimate, says African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) CEO... 

African car market can grow despite Covid-19, says AAAM’s Coffey

Open up the supply chain, Road Freight Association urges government  

By: Irma Venter     15th May 2020 The Road Freight Association (RFA) is urging government to open up all sectors of the economy to “lessen the already devastating economic impact of the lockdown and Covid-19”. “The movement of both goods and people is vital for the wheels of South Africa’s economy to keep turning,” says RFA CEO... 

Open up the supply chain, Road Freight Association urges government 

Motor vehicle dealers ready for reopening, says dealer association 

By: Irma Venter     15th May 2020 Motor vehicle dealers in South Africa selling both new and used vehicles are ready for the reopening of trade, as announced by government this week, says National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) chairperson Mark Dommisse. NADA has more than 1 300 members including 85% of all new-vehicle... 

Motor vehicle dealers ready for reopening, says dealer association
Mark Dommisse
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