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Electric car growth rate to cool in 2019, says report

By: Irma Venter     23rd January 2019 Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) expects the electric passenger car sales growth rate to cool in 2019. In its ‘Transition in Energy, Transport – 10 Predictions for 2019’ report, BNEF says there are now almost five-million passenger electric vehicles (EVs) on the road globally. 

Ghosn denied bail yet again with trial still months away

By: Bloomberg     22nd January 2019 Carlos Ghosn’s bail application was rejected again, even after the fallen car titan offered to wear an electronic tracker and be monitored by guards to end his custody that has now lasted more than two months. The latest rejection by a Tokyo court is a win for the prosecutors, who can now keep... 

Mahindra breaks through 5 000-unit barrier in 2018

By: Irma Venter     21st January 2019 Mahindra South Africa has recorded its best year ever in 2018, when the company sold 5 486 new vehicles in the domestic market. “Breaking through the 5 000 barrier in 2018 culminated in a very busy year for Mahindra,” says Mahindra South Africa CEO Rajesh Gupta. 

Mahindra breaks through 5 000-unit barrier in 2018
The KUV100

South African-built Hilux wins Dakar 2019

By: Irma Venter     18th January 2019 A South African-built bakkie has clinched the 2019 Dakar rally. Driven by Qatari driver Nasser Al Attiyah and French co-driver Mathieu Baumel, the Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa’s (SA’s) Hilux powered to the checkered flag on Thursday, nearly 47 minutes clear of second-place Nani Roma and Alex... 

South African-built Hilux wins Dakar 2019
Mathieu Baumel, Glyn Hall and Nasser Al Attiyah

Roadshow highlights motion control products to industry

By: Halima Frost     18th January 2019 Electrical solutions provider Magnet Group hosted a roadshow with about five of power management company Eaton’s technicians in October to highlight Eaton’s DILM range of contractors, circuit breakers and overload relays to Magnet clients and end-users. The roadshow, which visited the Durban,... 

Roadshow highlights motion  control products to industry
ON SHOW The DILM Range was highlighted at the recent roadshows held by Magnet

Ghosn ouster from Renault nears as France abandons car titan

By: Bloomberg     17th January 2019 France is turning on Carlos Ghosn almost two months after his arrest in Tokyo, eliminating one of the executive’s last potential allies within the global auto alliance he has held together for almost two decades. The French government has called for Ghosn’s dismissal as chairman and chief... 

Renault board is said ready to oust Ghosn as chairperson, CEO

By: Bloomberg     16th January 2019 Renault SA is preparing to replace jailed chairperson and CEO Carlos Ghosn after his failed bid for bail in Japan signaled he may remain in detention for months, people familiar with the matter said. Some Renault board members have concluded that a decision is needed fast, after reports that... 

Ford, IBM among quartet in Congo cobalt blockchain project

By: Reuters     16th January 2019 Carmaker Ford, technology giant IBM, South Korean cathode maker LG Chem and China's Huayou Cobalt have joined forces in the first blockchain project to monitor cobalt supplies from Democratic Republic of Congo. The pilot, overseen by responsible-sourcing group RCS Global, aims to help... 

Ctrack launches small tracking devices for use on containers, packages, bikes

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2019 Vehicle tracking and telematics provider, Ctrack, has launched its BX500 and BX600 range of wireless, ultra-compact GPS tracking devices. The company says these devices are ideal for use in cars, trucks and motorbikes, such as delivery bikes, quads, golf carts, delivery vans and generators. 

Ctrack launches small tracking devices for use on containers, packages, bikes

Ghosn faces months in jail as another bid for bail is rejected

By: Bloomberg     15th January 2019 Carlos Ghosn’s latest bid to be released on bail was rejected by a Tokyo court, leaving the fallen car titan behind bars for at least another two months as prosecutors continue to build their case against him for financial crimes. Ghosn’s lawyers had submitted the bail application last week after... 

Electric cars seen getting cleaner even where grids rely on coal

By: Bloomberg     15th January 2019 Electric cars are better for the environment than traditional gasoline models, and that benefit will grow as power generators shift away from coal. That’s the conclusion of research by BloombergNEF, which found carbon dioxide emissions from battery-powered vehicles were about 40% lower than for... 

Global auto leaders urge Trump administration to end trade turmoil

By: Reuters     15th January 2019 Auto executives gathered in Detroit on Monday called on the Trump administration and Congress to resolve trade disputes, and end the government shutdown, saying political uncertainty is costing the industry. US trade officials are negotiating a new deal with China in hopes of avoiding new... 

Congo poll leaves uncertainty for miners at heart of EV revolution

By: Reuters     14th January 2019 The surprise outcome of Congo's election - a vote meant to bring closure to years of turmoil under President Joseph Kabila – has done little to ease uncertainty for miners and investors in a country crucial to the electric vehicle revolution. Democratic Republic of Congo is the world's leading... 

Congo poll leaves uncertainty for miners at heart of EV revolution

Ghosn's fresh indictment pulls him deeper into legal quagmire

By: Bloomberg     11th January 2019 Carlos Ghosn’s chances of getting out of jail anytime soon took a serious blow on Friday after he was indicted for a second time by Japanese prosecutors building their case against the fallen car executive, who was detained almost two months ago. The ousted Nissan Motor Co. chairman was indicted... 

Mazda develops world’s first cold-stamped parts using 1 310 MPa-class steel

By: Irma Venter     10th January 2019 Mazda Motor Corporation, working separately with Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation and JFE Steel Corporation, has developed the world’s first cold-stamped vehicle body parts made from 1 310 MPa-class high-strength steel. The parts are used in Mazda’s new-generation Skyactiv vehicle... 

 Mazda develops world’s first cold-stamped parts using 1 310 MPa-class steel

Hilux sales top 40 000 units, Suzuki, Bentley fly, Merc takes a knock 

By: Irma Venter     9th January 2019 The Toyota Hilux is yet again South Africa’s favourite vehicle, selling a whopping 40 018 units in 2018. This is up 10% on 2017 sales, at 36 422 units. 

Hilux sales top 40 000 units, Suzuki, Bentley fly, Merc takes a knock

New-vehicle sales decline by 1% in 2018, exports at record high 

By: Irma Venter     8th January 2019 South African new-vehicle sales yet again retreated into negative territory in 2018, declining by 1%, to 552 190 units, down from the 557 703 units sold in 2017. The new-vehicle market in 2017 lifted its head by 1.9%, after spending the previous three years in the red. 

New-vehicle sales decline by 1% in 2018, exports at record high

Ghosn says he's innocent in first appearance since arrest

By: Bloomberg     8th January 2019 Carlos Ghosn rejected prosecutor claims of financial wrongdoing in the car titan’s first public comments since his shock arrest in Japan almost two months ago. “I have been wrongly accused and unfairly detained based on meritless and unsubstantiated accusations,” the former chairperson of Nissan... 

Daimler offers self-driving big rigs as Tesla plots truck debut

By: Bloomberg     8th January 2019 Daimler will start selling a heavy-duty truck in the U.S. this year that’sle to brake, accelerate and steer at all speeds on its own. This will coincide with the planned launch of electric-car leader Tesla’s Semi truck, which will stoke competition at a time when demand in North America is... 

Bloodhound record attempt back on track as new funder steps in 

By: Irma Venter     7th January 2019 The Bloodhound project to set a new world land-speed record is back on track. The Bloodhound Programme, the UK company behind the Bloodhound project, announced last year that it had been facing financial difficulties and that it had been put under administration. 

Bloodhound record attempt back on track as new funder steps in

Elon Musk sees a future in China for Tesla, and it's muddy

By: Bloomberg     7th January 2019 Standing in a vast field of muddy wasteland that wouldn’t look out of place in an apocalyptic movie scene, Elon Musk exuded his usual mix of optimism and self-deprecating humor. Musk had trekked to these inhospitable outskirts of Shanghai on a rainy Monday to break ground on Tesla’s first... 

Cornubia bridge opened to traffic

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     14th December 2018 The new Cornubia bridge that crosses over the N2 to uMhlanga, in KwaZulu-Natal, has been partially opened to traffic, says construction design and engineering services provider Royal HaskoningDHV project engineer Brian Downie. The project was a joint venture in which Royal HaskoningDHV designed... 

Cornubia bridge opened to traffic
ONE STRUCTURE The Cornubia bridge forms one structure, carrying six mixed-use traffic lanes as well as pedestrian sidewalks and two bus lanes

Electric trucking no silver bullet, but pace of development picking up

By: Irma Venter     14th December 2018 Perusing the floor of the 67th IAA commercial vehicle fair, held in Hannover, Germany, in September, it was clear that the electric truck (ET) is not just a passing fancy. Yes, the so-called electric revolution may not happen in the next year, and not yet for long-distance, heavy-duty deliveries,... 

Electric trucking no silver bullet, but pace of development picking up

Musk wants to open Tesla store in his South African homeland

By: Bloomberg     11th December 2018 It’s been almost 30 years since Elon Musk left South Africa to start a new life in North America. Now, the billionaire may be about to bring his Tesla electric cars back home. “Probably end of next year,” the chief executive officer of Tesla Inc. replied to a South African fan on Twitter, who... 

South Africa's manufacturing output jumps, boosting rand 

By: Reuters     11th December 2018 South Africa's manufacturing output rose more than expected in October to its highest level since June 2016, data showed on Tuesday, lifting the rand as the economy showed further signs of recovering from recession. Africa's most industrialised economy slipped into recession after contractions in... 

South Africa's manufacturing output jumps, boosting rand

E-hailing goods service Droppa to expand to WCape, KZN next year 

By: Irma Venter     10th December 2018 It’s like Uber, but for goods, not people. New e-hailing service Droppa allows you to book a small bakkie or truck to pick up and deliver that fridge that needs moving, or those chairs required at a wedding, or to take home that dinner table you just bought. Droppa is the brainchild of... 

E-hailing goods service Droppa to expand to WCape, KZN next year
Photo by Dylan Slater
Khathu Mufamadi

Bloodhound supersonic car project halted

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th December 2018 Project Bloodhound, the initiative to break the land-speed world record, has been halted, owing to a lack of funds, BBC News and other media reported at the weekend. Engineering News in October reported that Bloodhound Programme, the UK company behind the project, had entered into administration,... 

Ghosn, Nissan indicted in Japan as pay scandal escalates

By: Bloomberg     10th December 2018 Carlos Ghosn was indicted in Tokyo three weeks after his arrest for understating his pay at Nissan Motor, which will also face charges as Japanese prosecutors step up the investigation that has shaken the global car industry. The former Nissan chairman was also re-arrested on allegations of... 

Ghosn, Nissan indicted in Japan as pay scandal escalates

The switch to EVs needs plugs on the world's remotest roads

By: Bloomberg     7th December 2018 The whole four-hour drive to Coober Pedy, Wiebe Wakker knew the inevitable was coming. Less than 15 miles outside town, a sun-scorched outpost of Australia’s Outback that’s served as a backdrop for Mad Max movies, the battery of his electric car ran out. Wakker, a 31-year-old Dutchman, steered... 

Ghosn is said to be indicted in Japan as soon as Monday

By: Bloomberg     7th December 2018 Three weeks after his arrest at a Tokyo airport, Carlos Ghosn is set to be indicted for financial crimes as soon as Monday, according to people familiar with the matter, bringing to a head the case that has sent shock waves through the global auto industry. Prosecutors are also planning to... 

Nissan to recall 150 000 cars on newly found inspection failures

By: Bloomberg     7th December 2018 Nissan Motor is planning to recall 150 000 vehicles in Japan after uncovering more failures in its final vehicle inspection process, dealing another blow to the carmaker whose former chairperson Carlos Ghosn is detained over alleged financial crimes. The new problems include inappropriate tests... 

3D printing surging globally and South Africa is making its mark

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th December 2018 The global take-off of Additive Manufacturing (AM, popularly called 3D printing), it is now apparent, took place some six years ago. "2012 was a turning point in AM, globally," consultancy Wohlers Associates President Terry Wohlers tells "Engineering News". "The technology really gained... 

3D printing surging globally and South Africa is making its mark

Stakeholder development support aids growth in WC

By: Thabi Madiba     7th December 2018 Continued development support offered by Western Cape organisations will aid manufacturing growth in the Western Cape, says event organiser Siyenza MD Liz Hart. These organisations comprise the official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape, Wesgro;... 

Stakeholder development support aids growth in WC
ON DISPLAY Manufacturers exhibited their products during the Manufacturing Indaba

Car, bakkie sales in the red in November, truck and export sales up 

By: Irma Venter     3rd December 2018 New-vehicle sales in November declined by 4.6%, to 47 486 units, compared with the same month last year. The newest sales numbers, released on Monday, indicated that November new-passenger car sales decreased by 5.4%, to reach 31 054 units. 

Car, bakkie sales in the red in November, truck and export sales up

Investors inject R502m into East London development zone

By: African News Agency      3rd December 2018 Meek Mines South Africa and Nulatex Condoms South Africa have announced a R502-million investment into the East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ) expected to create 450 jobs for locals. Meek, which cuts and polishes diamonds mined for supply to both the domestic and foreign market, will... 

New APDP has right intent, but sets challenging targets, says Ford MD 

By: Irma Venter     3rd December 2018 Ford South Africa (SA) and sub-Saharan Africa is still digesting what exactly government’s revised Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) means for its operations in South Africa, says MD Neale Hill. Cabinet has approved extending the current APDP to 2035, but with a target of... 

New APDP has right intent, but sets challenging targets, says Ford MD
Neale Hill

BMW joins project to improve conditions for cobalt mining in Congo

By: Reuters     29th November 2018 German carmaker BMW is exploring ways to improve working conditions for mining cobalt in Congo through a pilot project also supported by chemicals giant BASF, battery maker Samsung SDI and a development agency. Carmakers seeking to boost sales of electric cars are struggling to get their hands on... 

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