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BP and Renault Sport Racing strengthen strategic relationship

9th March 2018 Multinational petroleum company BP has extended its sponsorship of multinational automotive manufacturer Groupe Renault’s motorsport division Renault Sport Racing. BP will continue its support of Renault Sport Formula One Team for at least the next five years and explore new opportunities to... 

Energy company launches new product, expands operation

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     9th March 2018 Independent energy company SA Oil made its new brand of fuel, Accelerate Special Gasoline, available to the market last month. This follows the response to a product trial, which ran between 2016 and 2017, where it was made available in limited quantities and “enthusiastically accepted among... 

Energy company  launches new product,  expands operation
GARY PULLEN SA Oil is entering the agricultural market, with a client-centric service offering

Warning of vehicle affordability being compromised by SA’s tax changes 

By: Irma Venter     9th March 2018 The substantial increase in ad valorem vehicle excise duty rates announced in the National Budget this week – with the maximum duty for motor vehicles rising from 25% to 30% – together with the increases in value added tax (VAT), emissions taxes and the fuel levy, “will compromise vehicle... 

Local content key to safeguarding components industry amid powertrain revolution

By: Irma Venter     9th March 2018 The global automotive industry is facing the rapid development of new power-train technologies, such as electric and hydrogen vehicles, eager to displace the internal combustion engine (ICE) that has powered the industry for more than a century. The local automotive manufacturing industry is... 

Local content key to safeguarding components industry amid powertrain revolution

2025 to see 50% of cars sold online in SA, return of Chinese brands

By: Irma Venter     8th March 2018 More than 50% of new cars will be sold online in South Africa by 2025, says Auric Auto BMW chairperson Eric Scoble. Scoble is a former National Automobile Dealers’ Association chairperson. 

2025 to see 50% of cars sold online in SA, return of Chinese brands

Daimler's R&D chief sees nickel rich batteries gaining traction

By: Reuters     7th March 2018 The car industry is moving towards making electric car batteries with a higher ratio of nickel, Ola Kaellenius, Daimler board member responsible for research and development, said on Tuesday. High cobalt prices have been pushing manufacturers to adjust the recipe for the batteries used to power... 

Audi unveils first electric vehicle in Geneva, set for SA launch by 2020

By: Irma Venter     6th March 2018 Audi has unveiled its e-tron prototype at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, in Switzerland. The prototype offers a preview of the German brand’s first all-electric model. This is also the vehicle that is scheduled for launch in South Africa in 2019 or 2020. 

Audi unveils first electric vehicle in Geneva, set for SA launch by 2020
The Audi e-tron

Fully autonomous vehicle set for October trial in SA 

By: Irma Venter     6th March 2018 The first fully autonomous vehicle may make its debut in South Africa in October, as part of the inaugural Future Mobility Africa event, organised by the Mobility Centre for Africa (MCA). The two electric-powered candidates for the first fully autonomous vehicle trial in South Africa are,... 

Fully autonomous vehicle set for October trial in SA
The Navya autonomous shuttle

Electric, hybrid trucks to reach 2.25m unit sales by 2025, says Frost & Sullivan

By: Irma Venter     5th March 2018 Research firm Frost & Sullivan’s latest analysis of the electric truck market finds that the global light/medium/heavy-duty hybrid and full electric truck segments are expected to reach yearly sales of more than 2.25-million units by 2025. Frost & Sullivan believes China will lead the... 

Electric, hybrid trucks to reach 2.25m unit sales by 2025, says Frost & Sullivan

Cartrack mulls expanding its new affordable insurance offering

By: Irma Venter     2nd March 2018 Fleet management, vehicle recovery and telematics group Cartrack aims to expand its newly launched affordable vehicle insurance product range over the next six to 18 months. Cartrack unveiled a R9.99 product in February, strictly for vehicle theft and hijackings, through its new subsidiary,... 

Cartrack mulls expanding its new affordable insurance offering

Super Group posts 27.5% revenue increase in December half-year

By: Irma Venter     2nd March 2018 Challenging trading conditions and political uncertainty continued to depress trading conditions at transport logistics and mobility company, Super Group. The group on Monday reported a 27.5% increase in revenue for the six months ended December 31, compared with the same period in 2016, to... 

Cartrack introduces ‘low-cost’ theft-only insurance product

By: Irma Venter     2nd March 2018 Fleet management and vehicle tracking group Cartrack has launched a R9.99-a-month theft-only insurance product, although true price is closer to R108.99, when all costs are included. The JSE-listed group says the “first-to-market innovative insurance offering for vehicle theft” targeted the... 

Drive specialist launches new product at event

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd March 2018 Drive engineering specialist SEW Eurodrive will launch its ECDriveS at this year's bauma CONEXPO AFRICA expo for the global construction and mining industries. 

Drive specialist launches new product at event
NORMAN MALEKA Our aim is to offer complete solutions, as opposed to simply being a component supplier

Metair buys into Romanian battery packs, electric drives firm

By: Irma Venter     2nd March 2018 Energy storage and automotive component specialist Metair has acquired 35% in Primemotors (Prime), in Romania, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Rombat, in an effort to accelerate its production of lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries for the growing European market. Metair recently launched a... 

Subaru sales accelerate by 10% in ‘lethargic’ South African market

By: Irma Venter     2nd March 2018 Subaru South Africa (SA) sales increased by 10% last year, reaching 1 002 units, outgunning a lethargic domestic new-vehicle market that managed only a 1.8% gain in 2017 compared with 2016. Subaru has been operating in South Africa for more than twenty-five years. 

Progressive partnership forged in steel

By: Paige Müller     2nd March 2018 Despite the constrained local economy, steel supplier and processor Allied Steelrode and fully women-owned industry newcomer BBD Steel Suppliers have found growth potential in a progressive partnership. “The state of the steel industry in South Africa is challenging . . . There is a lot of... 

Progressive partnership forged  in steel
MONIKA PRETORIUS, ARUN CHADHA AND GWEN MAHUMA Allied Steelrode and BBD Steel Suppliers have formed a lucrative partnership

New-vehicle sales in second month of decline

By: Irma Venter     1st March 2018 Domestic new-vehicle sales faced a second month of decline this year, dropping by 3.8% in February, to 46 347 units, compared with the same month last year. Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry on Thursday showed that February new-passenger car sales inched lower by... 

New-vehicle sales in second month of decline

Goodyear’s soybean breakthrough wins global prize

By: Irma Venter     28th February 2018 The Goodyear Tyre & Rubber Company has won the Tyre Technology International Award for Innovation and Excellence in the category ‘Environmental Achievement of the Year’, during the 2018 Tyre Technology Expo in Hannover, Germany. The technology represents a breakthrough by Goodyear in applying... 

Goodyear’s soybean breakthrough wins global prize

Aarto Amendment Bill too broken to be fixed – Dembovsky

By: Nadine James     28th February 2018 The Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offence (Aarto) Amendment Bill is unconstitutional and will inevitably be challenged once signed into law, Justice Project South Africa chairperson Howard Dembovsky told a National Press Club briefing on Tuesday. He stated that, in addition to being... 

Diesel cars can be banned from German cities, court rules

By: Reuters     27th February 2018 German cities can ban the most heavily polluting diesel cars from their streets, a court ruled on Tuesday, a move likely to be mirrored in other parts of Europe and to force automakers to pay to improve exhaust systems or switch to cleaner vehicles. There has been a global backlash against... 

Hyundai SA launches light-duty truck, believes market will grow over next 5 years


By: Irma Venter     26th February 2018 Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) has replaced its HD72 light-duty truck with the Mighty EX8. The EX8 may be the first introduction in a new commercial vehicle line-up for HASA, with the South Korean manufacturer increasingly keen on expanding its range and reach in right-hand-drive markets,... 

Hyundai SA launches light-duty truck, believes market will grow over next 5 years

The Hyundai EX8

Bidvest appoints new CFO, H1 headline earnings increase 13.4% y/y

By: Simone Liedtke     26th February 2018 Despite continued economic headwinds, South African services, trading and distribution company Bidvest achieved a 13.4% year-on-year increase in headline earnings for the six months ended December 31, to R1.9-billion, while headline earnings a share increased by 12.5% year-on-year to 574c.... 

China puts responsbility for battery recycling on makers of electric vehicles

By: Reuters     26th February 2018 China will make manufacturers of electric vehicles (EV) responsible for setting up facilities to collect and recycle spent batteries, as part of its efforts to tackle mounting waste in the sector, say new rules published on Monday. China, which began promoting electric cars in 2009, aims to... 

Study launched into economic impact of possible EV transition in South Africa 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd February 2018 A macroeconomic study into the impact of a possible transition in the South African transport market from internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to electric vehicles (EVs) has been launched. Initially proposed by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the study is backed by the South... 

Study launched into economic impact of possible EV transition in South Africa

Tax increases likely to shrink market, says auto industry bodies

By: Irma Venter     23rd February 2018 The substantial increase in ad valorem vehicle excise duty rates announced in the National Budget this week – with the maximum duty for motor vehicles rising from 25% to 30% – together with the increases in value added tax (VAT), emissions taxes and the fuel levy, “will compromise vehicle... 

Tax increases likely to shrink market, says auto industry bodies
Andrew Kirby

Bloodhound supersonic car to arrive in South Africa in October

By: Irma Venter     23rd February 2018 The UK-based team chasing a new world land-speed record will send its Bloodhound supersonic car to South Africa in October, the project has confirmed. Following the Bloodhound’s successful 320 km/h runway trial at Cornwall Airport Newquay, in the UK, in October last year, the team will be... 

SUVs push global new-car sales up by 2.4%, EV sales up 78%

By: Irma Venter     21st February 2018 The global new-car and light commercial vehicle (LCV) market grew by 2.4% in 2017, to 86.05-million units, compared with 2016, according to data released by UK automotive business intelligence group JATO Dynamics. “The automotive market performed well in 2017, with established economies... 

 SUVs push global new-car sales up by 2.4%, EV sales up 78%

Volvo Trucks grows 6% in 2017, aims for another 5% in 2018

By: Irma Venter     20th February 2018 Volvo Trucks Southern Africa has increased Volvo truck sales by 6% in 2017, from 1 957 units in 2016, to 2 074 units in 2017. Volvo trucks secured a third sport in the South Africa heavy-duty commercial vehicle segment in 2017, the only segment in which it competes. 

Volvo Trucks grows 6% in 2017, aims for another 5% in 2018
The Volvo Trucks plant in Durban

New Toyota magnet cuts dependence on key rare earth metal for EV motors

By: Reuters     20th February 2018 Toyota Motor Corp has found a way to reduce the amount of a key rare earth metal used in magnets for electric car motors by around 20%, which could tame the cost of producing electric cars and reduce the risk of a supply shortage of materials needed for their production. The Japanese automaker... 

SA, UK political uncertainty dampens trading conditions, says Super Group

By: Irma Venter     19th February 2018 Challenging trading conditions and political uncertainty continued to depress trading conditions at transport logistics and mobility company, Super Group. The group on Monday reported a 27.5% increase in revenue for the six months ended December 31, compared with the same period in 2016, to... 

Sprinter reboots for digital efficiency as global parcel, food deliveries soar

By: Irma Venter     19th February 2018 Global parcel deliveries reached roughly 44-billion units in 2014, growing by almost 48%, to 65-billion parcels, in 2016.  This trend is far from flattening out. Various studies expect yearly growth rates of between 6% and 8% a year through to 2025. 

Sprinter reboots for digital efficiency as global parcel, food deliveries soar

Metair expands lithium-ion capabilities in Romania

By: Irma Venter     19th February 2018 Energy storage and automotive component specialist Metair has acquired 35% in Primemotors (Prime), in Romania, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Rombat, in an effort to accelerate its production of lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries for the growing European market. Metair recently launched a... 

Metair expands lithium-ion capabilities in Romania
Metair MD Theo Loock

Isuzu launches standalone South African business, new mu-X utility vehicle

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th February 2018 Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSA) on Friday not only launched its standalone business at its manufacturing plant in Struandale, Port Elizabeth – apart from the General Motors brand, following the latter’s exit from South Africa last year –  but also showcased its new bakkie-derived sports utility... 

Isuzu launches standalone South African business, new mu-X utility vehicle
Isuzu mu-X

Cartrack launches R9.99 a month anti-theft product

By: Irma Venter     16th February 2018 Fleet management and vehicle tracking group Cartrack has launched a R9.99-a-month theft-only insurance product, although true price is closer to R108.99, when all costs are included. 

Cartrack launches R9.99 a month anti-theft product
Cartrack CEO Zak Calisto

Radial tyre portfolio available on the market

16th February 2018 Technology company Continental is introducing two additional EM-Master E4/L4 radial tyre sizes to the market, the company indicated in an announcement last month. “This now completes our range of radial tyres for use on wheel loaders and dump trucks in particular for construction work and... 

Radial tyre portfolio available  on the market
MASTERCLASS The EM-Master tyre is ideally suited for articulated dump trucks, loaders and dozers

Industry upbeat despite fall in January vehicle sales

By: Irma Venter     16th February 2018 New-vehicle sales in the domestic market declined by 8.9% in the first month of the year, to 45 888 units, compared with January last year. Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry show that January new-passenger car sales dropped by 11.6 %, to 32 642 units. 

East London plant’s performance-car production journey continues

By: Irma Venter     16th February 2018 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) on the very last  day of Januaryproduced its first Mercedes-AMG C 63 S at the East London plant, in the Eastern Cape, following a R200-million investment to allow for the assemblyof three Mercedes-AMG models for the export and local markets. MBSA announced last... 

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