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Automotive News

Record production anticipated at BMW’s Rosslyn plant in 2019

By: Irma Venter     30th August 2018 Production at BMW Group South Africa’s (BMW SA’s) Rosslyn plant could, potentially, reach a new record in 2019. BMW SA started production of its first X3 models in April, following a R6.2-billion investment to move from 3 Series sedan assembly to building the new X3 sports-utility vehicle. 

KLT’s community partnerships in S Africa recipe for meeting global production standard 

30th August 2018 India-based automotive component manufacturer KLT Automotive and Tubular Products South Africa plans to add 1 000 people to its 900-strong work force in the next eight years. Anine Kilian tells us more. 

KLT’s community partnerships in S Africa recipe for meeting global production standard
KLT’s community partnerships in S Africa recipe for meeting global production standard

Hino SA expects 27% sales jump in flat domestic truck market

By: Irma Venter     30th August 2018 Hino South Africa (SA) expects to see local truck sales grow from 3 400 units in 2017 to 4 300 units in 2018 – a 26.5% jump in a domestic truck market that is likely to remain flat this year. Hino SA VP Ernie Trautmann says the increase is driven by strong growth in Dyna sales, following its... 

Hino SA expects 27% sales jump in flat domestic truck market
Hino assembly at the Durban plant

Volkswagen SA appoints Andile Dlamini as new head of group communications

By: Irma Venter     29th August 2018 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has appointed Andile Dlamini as head of group communications. He will take up his new position on September 1. He replaces Matt Gennrich. 

 Volkswagen SA appoints Andile Dlamini as new head of group communications
Andile Dlamini

VECV launches heavy-duty Eicher trucks, mulls bus entry

By: Irma Venter     29th August 2018 VE Commercial Vehicles (VECV) South Africa, a Volvo Group and Eicher Motors joint venture, has entered the domestic heavy-duty truck market, with the start of sale of its Pro 6000 series trucks. This will add to the Pro 3008 8.5 t gross vehicle mass (GVM) truck range introduced when the company... 

 VECV launches heavy-duty Eicher trucks, mulls bus entry
The Pro 6016

The 5%, 50% and 360 km/h of Gauteng’s e-toll network 

By: Irma Venter     28th August 2018 Little is known about the numbers of the Gauteng open-road toll network (GORT), beyond the well publicised 70% of users who don’t pay their toll bills. However, South Africa’s first electronic toll collection system has laid bare an interesting array of data since its 2010 inception. For example,... 

The 5%, 50% and 360 km/h of Gauteng’s e-toll network

Super Group buoyed by commodities, new acquisitions

By: Irma Venter     27th August 2018 An excellent performance from the commodities businesses within Supply Chain Africa, good contributions from a number of acquired businesses and solid results from the SG Fleet have seen Super Group post a 15% jump in operating profit, to R2.4-billion, for the financial year ended June 30.... 

Super Group buoyed by commodities, new acquisitions
Peter Mountford

Small Styx SUV, revived Atos to push Hyundai sales in 2019

By: Irma Venter     27th August 2018 Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) aims to grow sales from the roughly 38 000 units expected this year, to about 45 000 units in 2019, says HASA sales and operations director Stanley Anderson. HASA could very well achieve this 18% growth aspiration, as it is about to launch a raft of new... 

Small Styx SUV, revived Atos to push Hyundai sales in 2019
The Hyundai Kona

Bridgestone to move into new Waterfall head office in 2019

By: Irma Venter     24th August 2018 Bridgestone South Africa will move into its new head office, located in the growing Waterfall City commercial node between Johannesburg and Pretoria, in February next year. The tyre manufacturer’s new headquarters will occupy 4 800 m2 and accommodate a staff complement of more than 200. 

Bridgestone to move into new Waterfall head office in 2019
Bridgestone brick laying ceremony at the Waterfall precinct

2018 motoring costs highest to date, says WesBank

By: Irma Venter     24th August 2018 The average monthly cost of motoring has increased by about R940, or 14% in the last year, and a whopping 31% since 2013, this according to the latest data from vehicle and asset finance specialist WesBank. Despite prevailing interest rates remaining at low levels and favourable vehicle price... 

2018 motoring costs highest to date, says WesBank

Cost-effective braking systems brand launched

By: Paige Müller     24th August 2018 Commercial vehicle technologies supplier WABCO South Africa (SA) last month launched ProVia – a high-quality, price-competitive aftermarket brand for commercial vehicle braking systems – across ten Southern Africa countries. ProVia is a safety-focused and reliable budget parts product range for... 

Cost-effective braking systems brand launched
COST CONCERNS A lack of growth within the local commercial vehicle space has resulted in fleet owners’ buying and installing cheaper, but inferior aftermarket products

Electromobility the future of transport infrastructure

By: Paige Müller     24th August 2018 On the back of introducing its all-electric Volvo FL and FE trucks, global manufacturing company Volvo Trucks aims to be the leading sustainable transport solutions provider globally. Sales and series production of the new Volvo FL and FE trucks – designed for urban distribution and refuse... 

Electromobility the future of transport infrastructure
POLICY PUSH Electromobility technology will become essential to the global transport industry as environment-focused legislative policies begin to take effect

Skimping on maintenance costs fleet owners

By: Paige Müller     24th August 2018 While trying to contain costs it is still essential that commercial fleet owners maintain fuel injection systems to the requisite standards as this will ultimately reduce operating costs. Those operators that are extending these critical service intervals as a cost reduction exercise are not... 

Skimping on maintenance costs fleet owners
INJECTOR REPAIRS Work done on a fuel injection system must be carried out by a competent, skilled and original-equipment manufacturer approved service centre

Auto thought leader on need to build Tier 2 and 3 suppliers as local content falls

By: Irma Venter     24th August 2018 The South African automotive industry is eagerly awaiting the announcement of the details of government’s new support programme, the Automotive Masterplan, which is set to guide the industry’s investment activities from 2020 to 2035. The masterplan will perhaps be South Africa’s most challenging... 

Auto thought leader on need to build Tier 2 and 3 suppliers as local content falls

Ford produces 500 000th Ranger in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     24th August 2018 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa’s (FMCSA’s) Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria, has produced its 500 000th Ford Ranger. “The current Ford Ranger has been a remarkable success story for FMCSA, and we are delighted to have reached the 500 000 mark for this vehicle programme,” says Ford... 

Ford produces 500 000th Ranger in South Africa
FORD RANGER The company invested R3-billion in 2011 and another R3-billion in 2017 to meet worldwide demand for the Ranger

Addressing historic debt could lead to higher e-toll compliance, says ETC 

By: Irma Venter     22nd August 2018 A big game changer to ensure higher compliance on Gauteng’s open-road toll network (GORT) is to find a solution for the historic debt accumulated within the system, says Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) CEO Coenie Vermaak. He says research done within ETC has shown that a number of people are... 

 Addressing historic debt could lead to higher e-toll compliance, says ETC

Imperial unbundling to be implemented in Q4, says Akoojee

By: Irma Venter     21st August 2018 It is anticipated that the unbundling of the Imperial group will be implemented in the fourth quarter of this calendar year, says Imperial acting CEO Mohammed Akoojee. Speaking at the company’s annual results announcement in Johannesburg on Tuesday, he said Imperial Holdings would be renamed... 

Imperial unbundling to be implemented in Q4, says Akoojee
Mohammed Akoojee

Isuzu SA alive and well, says CEO Sacke

By: Irma Venter     20th August 2018 Isuzu is alive and well in South Africa, following the abrupt departure of General Motors (GM) from the country in 2017. Following the US company’s exit, Japan’s Isuzu Motors acquired General Motors South Africa’s (GMSA’s) Struandale manufacturing plant, in Port Elizabeth – where GMSA assembled... 

Isuzu SA alive and well, says CEO Sacke
Michael Sacke

Toyota aims to increase exports into Africa as market recovers

By: Irma Venter     17th August 2018 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) aims to export 100 000 vehicles a year from its Durban plant, says president and CEO Andrew Kirby. Total plant capacity is 242 000 units a year, which includes a 234 000-unit capacity for the Hilux, Fortuner and Corolla, 13 500 for the Ses’fikile minibus and 5... 

Toyota aims to increase exports into Africa as market recovers
Andrew Kirby

Fuel levy’s revenue-generating prowess to come under intense pressure

By: Irma Venter     17th August 2018 The fuel levy as income source for government is rapidly losing productivity to generate income, says Professor Stephan Krygsman of the University of Stellenbosch’s Department of Logistics (Transport Economics). Taking the year 2000 as starting point, with the fuel levy at 100% productivity,... 

Fuel levy’s revenue-generating prowess to come under intense pressure

Metair to deliver its first lithium-ion batteries before the end of the year

By: Irma Venter     16th August 2018 JSE-listed Metair will deliver its first production lithium-ion batteries to a customer before the end of the year. Metair is a distributor and retailer of energy storage solutions and automotive components. 

 Metair to deliver its first lithium-ion batteries before the end of the year
Theo Loock

Ford produces milestone 500 000 Rangers in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     14th August 2018 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa’s (FMCSA’s) Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria, has produced its 500 000th Ford Ranger. “The current Ford Ranger has been a remarkable success story for FMCSA, and we are delighted to have reached the 500 000 mark for this vehicle programme,” Ford Middle... 

Ford produces milestone 500 000 Rangers in South Africa
FORD RANGER 2017

Imperial to repurchase preference shares at R85 apiece

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th August 2018 JSE-listed Imperial Holdings is offering to repurchase its preference shares for R85.53 a share, which is a 29% premium to Friday’s closing price of R64.29. The company on Monday stated that the offer price values the preference shares at R83, with an accrued dividend of R2.53 since June.  

Local company develops precision bearing packer 

By: Schalk Burger     10th August 2018 The new precision Pumprite bearing packer was launched last month for bearings used in the transport, mining, engineering and heavy industries. The locally developed unit allows for easy and precise lubrication of bearings with an inner diameter from 15 mm to 150 mm inner diameter and a maximum... 

Local company develops precision bearing packer
Pumprite bearing packer is demonstrated.

Sumitomo Rubber’s truck and bus tyre plant starts production

By: Irma Venter     7th August 2018 Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA), manufacturer of the Dunlop tyre brand, has officially started production at its truck and bus radial (TBR) tyre manufacturing plant in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal. Japanese company Sumitomo Rubber Industries, the world’s fifth-largest producer of automotive tyres... 

Sumitomo Rubber’s truck and bus tyre plant starts production
The SRSA Ladysmith plant

Mathe Group ups tyre processing by 35%, grows steel exports

By: Irma Venter     7th August 2018 The KwaZulu-Natal-based Mathe Group, South Africa’s largest tyre recycler, has developed two steel by-products that are being exported to Australia and Korea in growing quantities. Dr Mehran Zarrebini, head of British investment group PFE International, which is one of the major shareholders in... 

Mathe Group ups tyre processing by 35%, grows steel exports

Road-rail vehicle innovator introduces RailBus

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     3rd August 2018 Olifantsfontein-based road-rail vehicle (RRV) manufacturer RailPro has developed a bimodal vehicle that transports people and goods on road and rail, says MD Ed Magan. The vehicle, called RailBus, was launched in June. 

Road-rail vehicle innovator introduces RailBus
Photo by Bloomberg
FACILITATING MOBILITY Thousands of rural dwellers are situated close to existing rail lines and the RailBus will allow for exploitation of underused rail routes

VW, Audi, Nissan provide best purchase, service experience, says Ipsos

By: Irma Venter     2nd August 2018 Volkswagen, Audi and Nissan last year delivered the best vehicle buying and servicing experience in South Africa, says the Ipsos 2017 Competitive Customer Experience survey. The research report, released on Thursday, is based on telephonic interviews with more than 20 000 South African customers... 

VW, Audi, Nissan provide best purchase, service experience, says Ipsos

New-vehicle sales increase in July, 2018 exports set to disappoint

By: Irma Venter     1st August 2018 The South African new-vehicle market expanded by 2.6% in July, to 47 881 units, compared with the same month last year. The newest sales numbers, released on Wednesday, indicate that July new-passenger car sales gained 4.3%, to reach 32 108 units. 

New-vehicle sales increase in July, 2018 exports set to disappoint

Auto suppliers retool to chase electric vehicle bonanza

By: Reuters     1st August 2018 In what seems to be a magic trick, Dele Fayemi runs a batch of batteries in a beaker of boiling water - a physical impossibility that should cause a short circuit. But instead of a highly-dangerous combination of water and electricity, the 3M Co (MMM.N) engineer is testing the batteries in Novec,... 

Petrol price to rise 1c/ℓ in August

By: Simone Liedtke     30th July 2018 The petrol price will increase by 1c/ℓ on August 1, while the diesel price will decrease by 4c/ℓ, the Central Energy Fund (CEF) has revealed. Illuminating paraffin will increase by 4c/ℓ and liquefied petroleum gas by 17c/kg. 

Petrol price to rise 1c/ℓ in August

Honda’s Eagle takes over the reins at Fiat Chrysler SA

By: Irma Venter     30th July 2018 Graham Eagle has been appointed as the CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles South Africa (FCA SA), with immediate effect.   His appointment follows the recent resignation of Robin van Rensburg. 

Honda’s Eagle takes over the reins at Fiat Chrysler SA
Graham Eagle

Imperial CEO takes extended medical leave until Jan

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th July 2018 JSE-listed Imperial Holdings CEO Osman Arbee has been placed on medical leave until January 2019, after he underwent surgery in June that subsequently led to a minor stroke. Once Arbee has recovered, he will continue his role as Motus CEO.  

France, Mauritania order 60 6 x 6 Land Cruiser conversion kits from SA 

By: Irma Venter     30th July 2018 South Africa has a new go-anywhere vehicle on the market. Pretoria-based 6 x 6 Africa has converted a standard Toyota Land Cruiser to a 6 x 6 vehicle – yes, with six wheels – to supply the local and export markets. 

France, Mauritania order 60 6 x 6 Land Cruiser conversion kits from SA
6 x 6 Africa shows off the converted Land Cruiser that should soon hit the road abroad.

Embrace new auto tech, or pay more for old tech, warns Nissan

By: Irma Venter     30th July 2018 South Africa is behind the curve on the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), and this is not a sustainable situation, warns Nissan South Africa MD Mike Whitfield. “Industry and government need to cooperate a lot more. We are behind the curve. There are no two ways about it. The interaction... 

Embrace new auto tech, or pay more for old tech, warns Nissan

Growth potential positive – Naamsa

By: Halima Frost     27th July 2018 Owing to the right policies, interventions and goodwill by all automotive industry stakeholders, National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) director Nico Vermeulen says the industry’s growth potential remains positive. “Currently, the automotive industry is the... 

Better integration between systems and machines on offer

By: Halima Frost     27th July 2018 With the automotive industry having shown a need for better integration between machines and systems, software company Syspro simplifies operational effectiveness. “Syspro Software, an enterprise resource planning system, is designed with the automotive industry in mind. It aims to help... 

Better integration  between systems and  machines on offer
DEIDRE FRYER Enterprise resource planning designed with the automotive industry in mind

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