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WesBank receives more than 70 000 requests for payment relief

By: Irma Venter     30th April 2020 WesBank has, to date, received 64 434 individual customer requests for payment relief owing to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as 5 752 business customer requests, says head of marketing and communication Lebogang Gaoaketse. WesBank in March announced payment relief plans to assist... 

Govt set to lose up to R7bn in April on fuel levies, says AA 

By: Irma Venter     29th April 2020 With the significant drop in fuel use seen during April’s lockdown, government’s revenue from the general fuel levy (GFL), which comprises about 25% of every litre of fuel, is set to suffer a major decline, says the Automobile Association of South Africa (AA). “Considering the annual collection... 

Govt set to lose up to R7bn in April on fuel levies, says AA

Despite drop in revenue, fuel price could save taxi industry  

By: Irma Venter     28th April 2020 South Africa’s minibus taxi industry will, most likely, see a reduction in fare revenue of between R100-million to R200-million a month, or R300 to R600 per taxi a month, owing to the Covid-19 lockdown, says senior strategist and economist Alistair Maxwell, who works with the Ubunye Group. “We’ll... 

Despite drop in revenue, fuel price could save taxi industry 

Car, truck dealers urge govt to allow trade as soon as possible

By: Irma Venter     23rd April 2020 It is imperative that car and truck dealerships be among the first businesses to return to work once lockdown restrictions are eased, says National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) chairperson Mark Dommisse. “In order for the economy to function efficiently, it relies on various forms of... 

Car, truck dealers urge govt to allow trade as soon as possible
Mark Dommisse

Supply chain may be on the cusp of what it can endure, says Toyota boss 

By: Irma Venter     23rd April 2020 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) does not envisage any job losses at its plant owing to the countrywide shutdown to prevent the spread of Covid-19, says CEO and president Andrew Kirby. However, there are some concerns regarding the health of the automotive industry supply chain. 

Supply chain may be on the cusp of what it can endure, says Toyota boss
Andrew Kirby

Best-case scenario a 16% drop in new-vehicle sales, says Toyota 

By: Irma Venter     22nd April 2020 New-vehicle sales in South Africa may, at best, decline by 16% in 2020, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) sales and marketing senior VP Leon Theron. “That is if the situation returns to normal immediately after [the end of lockdown on April 30], which is clearly not possible,” he adds. 

Best-case scenario a 16% drop in new-vehicle sales, says Toyota

Daimler, Volvo form JV to develop, produce fuel-cell systems for trucks

By: Irma Venter     21st April 2020 Two truck-maker heavyweights, Daimler Truck and the Volvo Group, have signed a preliminary nonbinding agreement to establish a new joint venture (JV) to develop, produce and commercialise fuel-cell systems for heavy-duty vehicle applications and other uses.  German truck maker Daimler will... 

Daimler, Volvo form JV to develop, produce fuel-cell systems for trucks

BMW South Africa donates 40 000 high-grade masks to Gauteng govt

20th April 2020 Responding to a call for help from the Gauteng Department of Health, BMW Group South Africa’s (BMW SA) has donated 40 000 protective respiratory (FFP2) face masks to the Gauteng government to assist health-service workers in their fight against Covid-19. FFP2 masks have a minimum of 94%... 

BMW South Africa donates 40 000 high-grade masks to Gauteng govt

Cape Town company wants to disinfect taxis with hypochlorous acid system 

By: Irma Venter     20th April 2020   Cape Town-based holding company, CanbiGold, has designed a conversion to the standard air-ventilation system in vehicles for the dispersion of hypochlorous acid (HOCL), which it says has proven to be effective in the fight against coronaviruses. “There are more than 200 000 minibus taxis in... 

Cape Town company wants to disinfect taxis with hypochlorous acid system

South Africa’s new-car market could drop by 20% in 2020

By: Irma Venter     20th April 2020 The South African new-car market could decline by around 20% this year on the back of the Covid-19 pandemic, says Auric Auto BMW dealer principal and former National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) chairperson Eric Scoble. “Lockdown means economic activity ceases. It doesn’t matter if your... 

South Africa’s new-car market could drop by 20% in 2020

Ford acquires two humanoid robots

By: Irma Venter     16th April 2020 Ford Motor Company has acquired the first two robots off the production line at Agility Robotics, the producer of Digit, a commercially available robot with arms and legs designed to work with humans and in human spaces. This purchase continues the existing research partnership between Agility... 

Ford acquires two humanoid robots

Covid-19 decimates global Q1 new-vehicle sales 

By: Irma Venter     15th April 2020 With March sales reports for most markets in, save for China, it is possible to gain a better view of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on new-vehicle sales, says data analytics and consulting company GlobalData. In Europe, light-vehicle sales were down 46.3% year-on-year in March. 

Covid-19 decimates global Q1 new-vehicle sales

Hino developing heavy-duty fuel-cell truck

By: Irma Venter     14th April 2020 While there is a swing towards electrification for many forms of transportation, Toyota Motor Corporation is continuing its development of hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles, while also bringing Toyota group electric vehicles to market.  One of the Japanese’s company’s latest fuel-cell projects is a... 

Hino developing heavy-duty fuel-cell truck

An African automotive industry is starting to emerge

By: Irma Venter     10th April 2020 The great African automotive story of this year will be Ghana, says Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) chairperson and MD Thomas Schäfer, who is also the president of the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM). The AAAM, established in November 2015, focuses on the expansion of... 

An African automotive industry is starting to emerge

Sandton, Franschhoek most compliant in staying at home, says Tracker 

By: Irma Venter     8th April 2020 South Africans are largely heeding the call to stay home during the national lockdown, says vehicle locating firm Tracker. South Africa entered a national lockdown on March 27 in an attempt to fight the spread of Covid-19.  

Sandton, Franschhoek most compliant in staying at home, says Tracker

PE car terminal scores 96% in Volkswagen audit

By: Irma Venter     8th April 2020 The Port Elizabeth Car Terminal has aced the Volkswagen group’s global quality audit, scoring 96% across sections such as export processes, housekeeping, security, vehicle handling, as well as condition of storage, says Transnet Port Terminals (TPT). The audit is held every five years across all... 

PE car terminal scores 96% in Volkswagen audit

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. 

Standard Bank takes a 40% stake in Payment24
Nolan Daniel and Shadab Rahil 

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
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