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Green energy a macroeconomic imperative, says VW’s Kamuhinda

By: Irma Venter     22nd January 2021 Green technology, electric cars included, are coming to Africa not just because of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, but because Africa has a problem of energy supply, says Volkswagen Africa business development director Serge Kamuhinda. “For a country like Rwanda, fuel imports account for 12%... 

New-vehicle sales down 29.1% in ‘extraordinary year’ – Naamsa

By: Irma Venter     22nd January 2021 An “extraordinary year” that brought “unprecedented challenges” to South Africa’s economy has seen new-vehicle sales decline by 29.1%, says the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa). This follows a 2.8% drop in sales in 2019. 

Volvo Group and Daimler Truck sign agreement for new fuel cell JV

By: Irma Venter     22nd January 2021 The Volvo Group and Daimler Truck have signed a binding agreement for a joint venture (JV) to develop, produce and commercialise fuel cell systems for use in heavy-duty trucks as the primary focus, as well as other applications.  Both partners say they hope to make the new company a leading... 

Company facilitates workshops, audits for road compliance

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd January 2021 Local auditing company JC Auditors has played an integral supporting role in the efforts of the Road Transport Management System’s (RTMS’) National Steering Committee by conducting audits and hosting RTMS workshops, having hosted the first RTMS workshop in 2003.   RTMS is an industry-led and... 

VITAL FIRST INSPECTIONS
JC Auditors were able to conduct on site truck inspections with the onset of Covid-19 Level 3 restrictions last year
VITAL FIRST INSPECTIONS JC Auditors were able to conduct on site truck inspections with the onset of Covid-19 Level 3 restrictions last year

Motus sharpens aim at used-car market with launch of Motus Select

By: Irma Venter     21st January 2021 The JSE-listed Motus group has kicked off the year with the launch of Motus Select, which replaces the long-standing Imperial Select as the retail motor group’s pre-owned vehicle brand. Traditionally Motus Select was the used-car brand for only the Motus Hyundai, Kia and Renault multifranchise... 

Motus sharpens aim at used-car market with launch of Motus Select

Study points to ‘cutting-edge’ South African firms in lithium-ion value chain  

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2021 A study into the possible development of a lithium-ion (li-ion) battery value chain in South Africa has just been completed. The study was undertaken by Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS), on behalf of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC). It was funded by the... 

Volvo Trucks to test LNG trucks for possible South African debut 

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2021 Volvo Trucks Southern Africa has brought two liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks to South Africa to test their performance under local conditions.  The trucks have specifically been developed for heavy regional and long-haul operations. 

Motus launches its own digital vehicle marketplace

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2021 The JSE-listed Motus group has launched its own digital vehicle marketplace, called motus.cars. This platform ties together all the Motus business entities in one digital location, with the aim to provide a simplified online shopping experience.  

AIDC EC appoints new CEO

By: Irma Venter     14th January 2021 The Automotive Industry Development Centre Eastern Cape (AIDC EC) has appointed a new CEO. Thabo Shenxane joins the AIDC EC from his position as trade, investment and innovation head at the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC).  

Thabo Shenxane 
Thabo Shenxane 

Live Company and Messe Frankfurt SA partner for Cape Town eMobility Festival  

By: Irma Venter     14th January 2021 Live Company Group has announced that it has, via E-Movement Holdings, a 100% subsidiary of Live Company Group, partnered with Messe Frankfurt South Africa for the launch of the eMobility Festival 2021. The eMobility Festival will focus on electric vehicles of all kinds, the future of e-mobility... 

Live Company and Messe Frankfurt SA partner for Cape Town eMobility Festival 

Toyota’s Kirby elected as new Naamsa president

By: Irma Venter     11th January 2021 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) has appointed Toyota South Africa Motors CEO Andrew Kirby as president following the retirement of BMW Group South Africa boss Tim Abbott at the end of last year. Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa MD Neale Hill... 

SVI sees armoured vehicle sales grow as crime increases

By: Irma Venter     11th January 2021 In 2011/12, there were 9 417 carjackings in South Africa. By 2018/19, this number had grown to 16 026 incidents. Crime is on the increase and Covid-19 has not helped, particularly as the pandemic has pushed up unemployment figures. 

SVI sees armoured vehicle sales grow as crime increases

German automotive industry strengthens links with Africa

By: Irma Venter     11th January 2021   The German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) has joined hands with the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) as part of the ‘PartnerAfrica’ project of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.  

VDA president Hildegard Müller
VDA president Hildegard Müller

New-vehicle sales down 29.1% in ‘extraordinary year’, says Naamsa 

By: Irma Venter     8th January 2021 An “extraordinary year” that has brought “unprecedented challenges” to South Africa’s economy has seen new-vehicle sales decline by 29.1%, says the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa). This follows a 2.8% drop in sales in 2019. 

New-vehicle sales down 29.1% in ‘extraordinary year’, says Naamsa

African Association of Automotive Manufacturers applauds AfCFTA launch

By: Irma Venter     7th January 2021 The Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) which was finalised at a virtual African Union (AU) summit in December, is an important milestone for the realisation of the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers’ (AAAM’s) vision, says the association in a statement. This vision is... 

Dave Coffey
Dave Coffey

Border PPP needed as truck queues at Lebombo grow, say transport bodies 

By: Irma Venter     7th January 2021 The queues of trucks at the Lebombo border crossing between South Africa and Mozambique are now stretching more than 25 km, in temperatures often exceeding 32 ˚C, says the Federation of East and Southern African Road Transport Associations (Fesarta) and the South African Association of Freight... 

Border PPP needed as truck queues at Lebombo grow, say transport bodies

Hyundai introduces new brand to represent its hydrogen fuel-cell business

By: Irma Venter     6th January 2021 The Hyundai Motor Group has introduced HTWO as a new brand to represent the group’s hydrogen fuel-cell system.  The South Korean car maker says the brand builds on its 20-year-plus experience in hydrogen fuel-cell technology and will aim to present hydrogen as “a positive energy for humanity”.  

Hyundai introduces new brand to represent its hydrogen fuel-cell business

Competition Commission publishes final automotive aftermarket guidelines

By: Donna Slater     11th December 2020 The Competition Commission has issued its final Guidelines for Competition in the South African Automotive Aftermarket, which are now available on the commission’s website and which will take effect from July 1, 2021. The guidelines were prepared in terms of Section 77 of the Competition Act (89... 

Volvo sells UD Trucks to Isuzu as part of alliance deal, but impact in SA unclear

By: Irma Venter     11th December 2020 Sweden’s Volvo Group and Japan’s Isuzu Motors have agreed to form a strategic alliance within the commercial vehicle sector, in accordance with a memorandum of understanding signed in 2019.  The agreement includes Isuzu Motors’ acquisition of UD Trucks from the Volvo Group for ¥243-billion. 

Absa to launch EV financing should critical mass be attained

By: Irma Venter     11th December 2020 Financial services group Absa is mulling the roll-out of a finance mechanism for electric vehicles (EVs) that will incorporate a solar home installation to charge that vehicle, says Absa Vehicle and Asset Finance (AVAF) business analytics and strategy head Henry Botha. However, before that can... 

Barloworld to focus on industrial goods, food sector

By: Irma Venter     11th December 2020 Barloworld will, in the medium to long term, focus on two verticals, namely industrial goods and related services, as well as food and food ingredients, says CEO Dominic Sewela. “As we manage the pivoting out of the automotive and logistics business, we are very clear that we don’t want to be a... 

Toyota Financial Services appoints new CEO

By: Irma Venter     10th December 2020 Toyota Financial Services South Africa (TFSSA) has appointed Thabo Manaka as its new CEO, effective January 1.  Manaka is succeeding Marius Burger, who is retiring at the end of the year, after seven years at the TFSSA helm.  

Thabo Manaka
Thabo Manaka

TransUnion partners with Jeff Osborne as it seeks to expand

By: Irma Venter     8th December 2020 TransUnion Africa has partnered with Jeff Osborne as a business development partner as the company looks to evolve and extend its offering in the local automotive sector. Osborne was the CEO of the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI) for nearly 14 years before leaving to form online auto... 

Jeff Osborne
Jeff Osborne

Solar project roll-out under way as Ford eyes energy self-sufficiency by 2024

By: Irma Venter     4th December 2020 The Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has kicked off a 13.5 MW, R135-million solar-energy project at its Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria. The project forms part of a larger programme to develop an integrated renewable- energy solution for the facility, with the aim to be... 

Transport Minister urged to address licensing department backlogs

By: Irma Venter     4th December 2020 The National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) has written an open letter to Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula, urging him to address backlogs at licensing departments countrywide. The association says that “extensive administrative delays in document turnaround times and vital operational... 

Parts aftermarket increases despite pandemic

4th December 2020 According to market research company Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis ‘Digital Business Models Mitigating Covid-19 Implications on Global Aftermarket Performance in 2020’, released in September, aftermarket revenue expanded by 4.1% in 2019. This was largely driven by a 3.2% growth in vehicles... 

PART AND PARCEL
The automotive components sector has contracted more than initially forecast owing to the Covid-19 pandemic
PART AND PARCEL The automotive components sector has contracted more than initially forecast owing to the Covid-19 pandemic

Localisation supermarket to showcase products

By: Halima Frost     4th December 2020 Automotive Industry Development Centre Eastern Cape (AIDC EC) business development manager Hoosain Mahomed says the AIDC EC is embarking on Phase 2 of its localisation supermarket. The localisation supermarket is a physical showcase and online catalogue of automotive components that are imported,... 

LAID OUT
The products on offer thought the Locatisation Supermarket are available to view on an online portal available at the AIDC EC's website
LAID OUT The products on offer thought the Locatisation Supermarket are available to view on an online portal available at the AIDC EC's website

New real-time monitoring system enhances safety

4th December 2020 Automotive and truck parts manufacturer Bridgestone in collaboration with technology company Microsoft has developed a unique and innovative monitoring system to detect tyre damage issues in real-time. Bridgestone Europe, Russia, Middle East, India and Africa (EMIA) CEO and president Laurent... 

DAMAGE CONTROL
The Tyre Damage Monitoring System uses algorithms to detect and predict failures before they become catastrophic
DAMAGE CONTROL The Tyre Damage Monitoring System uses algorithms to detect and predict failures before they become catastrophic

Buying-down trend, working-from-home impacting new-vehicle sales 

By: Irma Venter     2nd December 2020 Total new-vehicle sales in South Africa declined by 12% in November, to 39 315 units, compared with 44 670 vehicles sold in the same month last year. The new-passenger-car market fell by 18.1%, to 25 707 units, with the car rental industry accounting for 11.6% of car sales in November. 

Buying-down trend, working-from-home impacting new-vehicle sales

Goodyear South Africa appoints new MD

By: Irma Venter     1st December 2020 Piotr Czyzyk has been appointed as the new MD for Goodyear South Africa (SA). In his former role as product business unit commercial director in Europe, Czyzyk was responsible for overseeing Goodyear’s Central European operation. 

Piotr Czyzyk 
Piotr Czyzyk 

Govt study into local lithium-ion battery value chain almost complete  

By: Irma Venter     27th November 2020 A study into the possible development of a lithium-ion (li-ion) battery value-chain in South Africa will be completed by the end of the year. The study is being undertaken by Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS), on behalf of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC). It... 

Gaylor Montmasson-Clair
Gaylor Montmasson-Clair

Gautrain to complete electric-bus pilot project by end-2021

By: Irma Venter     27th November 2020 The Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) is busy with a feasibility study to investigate the possible future use of alternative drivetrains in the Gautrain bus fleet, says GMA COO Tshepo Kgobe. As part of this programme, the GMA expects to complete a pilot project, employing an electric bus, at the... 

FAW receives order for 150 trucks, set to launch long-haul model in 2021 

By: Irma Venter     23rd November 2020 Transport group BHL has placed an order for 150 J5N 28.2380FT 6 X 4 trucks with FAW Vehicle Manufacturers South Africa (FAW SA). The order is made up of 140 trucks with a flatdeck superlink combination, and ten units with a tautliner superlink combination.  

The JH6, currently being tested.
The JH6, currently being tested.

Car-buying patterns shifting on the back of Covid-19, says AutoTrader 

By: Irma Venter     20th November 2020 The South African automotive landscape – especially when it comes to consumer buying behaviour – has changed more in the last year than in the last few decades, says AutoTrader CEO George Mienie. Accordingly, the industry has had to adapt like never before in order to survive and prosper during... 

Car-buying patterns shifting on the back of Covid-19, says AutoTrader

Eastern Cape’s Localisation Supermarket sees healthy uptake

By: Irma Venter     20th November 2020 Local companies have made bids to produce 25% of the automotive parts listed in the Automotive Industry Development Centre Eastern Cape’s (AIDC EC’s) Localisation Supermarket. The Localisation Supermarket is both a physical showcase and online catalogue of automotive components that are currently... 

Next year could see local auto industry regain some momentum

By: Irma Venter     20th November 2020 Next year could see the local automotive industry regain some momentum in terms of domestic sales, exports and production, but it will not manage to claw back all of the losses recorded in a Covid-19-hit 2020. The newest National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa)... 

New-vehicle sales down 25.4% year-on-year in October

By: Irma Venter     20th November 2020 Total South African new-vehicle sales declined by 25.4% in October, to 38 752 units, compared with the 51 968 vehicles sold in the same month last year. The new-passenger-car market also fell by 25.4%, to 26 793 units.  

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