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Hilux, Polo Vivo top 2017 new-vehicle sales charts yet again

By: Irma Venter     10th January 2018 The Toyota Hilux in 2017 again took the crown in the annual brawl for the top spot on the bakkie sales charts. Becoming more of a heavyweight bout in recent years, as Ford stepped up its game in this lucrative segment of the local market, Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) sold 36 422 Hilux... 

South African new-vehicle sales inch up 1.8% in 2017, exports, production down

By: Irma Venter     9th January 2018 After spending three years in negative territory, South African new-vehicle sales finally managed to inch forward in 2017, growing by 1.8%, to 557 586 units, compared with 2016. New-vehicle sales dropped by 11.4% in 2016, 4.1% in 2015 and 0.7% in 2014. 

South African new-vehicle sales inch up 1.8% in 2017, exports, production down

Jaguar Land Rover to decide whether to build electric cars in UK in 2018

By: Reuters     8th January 2018 Britain's biggest carmaker Jaguar Land Rover will have to decide in the next 12 months whether to build electric cars in its home market, its director of sales Andy Goss said on Monday. Its first electric model, the I-PACE, will be built in Austria. 

AIDC, Nissan South Africa receives international training accrediation

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th December 2017 The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) on Monday reported that the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC), in partnership with Nissan South Africa, has successfully met the training criteria to become an IMI-approved international centre in South Africa. After successfully completing a... 

AI solutions come out tops in auto group’s innovation challenge

By: Irma Venter     15th December 2017 Artificial intelligence (AI) solutions secured big wins at the Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) Innovation Challenge, held in November. The winners were announced following a judging process by a panel that included representatives from MBSA’s parent company, German car maker Daimler. 

Another positive month for vehicle sales in November

By: Irma Venter     15th December 2017 South African new-vehicle sales experienced yet another positive month in November, countering general negative economic sentiment for the sixth month in a row, with new-vehicle sales up 7.2% compared with November last year. Statistics released by the Department of Trade and Industry show that... 

Alternative fuel and vehicle technologies viable, necessary for SA

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th December 2017 Different fuel and vehicle technologies will be required for a successful and sustainable transition to a low-carbon future, and how the transport sector evolves amid growing global demand for energy will have a significant impact on efforts to address climate change, indicates energy giant Shell... 

Mercedes-Benz launches entry-level commuter bus in SA

By: Irma Venter     15th December 2017 Daimler Trucks and Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) has launched an entry-level Mercedes-Benz commuter bus aimed at fleet operators such as Putco and Golden Arrow Bus Services. The OF-1723 (pronounced 17-23) bus chassis is currently imported from the Daimler plant in India, but should be assembled... 

VWSA uses competition to select five black suppliers to enter supply chain

By: Irma Venter     15th December 2017 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has crowned five black-owned component supplier companies as the winners in its Ntinga Project. The Ntinga Project was launched on October 19, with the announcement of ten finalists. These finalists were each provided mentorship by an existing VWSA supplier,... 

Morocco announces auto industry deals worth $1.45bn

By: Reuters     12th December 2017 Morocco said on Monday it had signed deals for 26 auto industry projects worth a total of €1.23-billion ($1.45-billion) as it seeks to build its position as an international hub for the sector. The deals include six agreements with French company Renault to expand an "industry ecosystem" allowing... 

SA new-vehicle sales forecast to grow in 2018 – Naamsa

By: Irma Venter     8th December 2017 South African new-vehicle sales are projected to grow by 2% in 2017 compared with 2016, while 2018 is expected to produce further “modest growth”, says the National Association of Automotive Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa). The association of Friday released its third quarter review of... 

SA new-vehicle sales forecast to grow in 2018 – Naamsa

Volvo Financial Services makes Southern African debut

By: Irma Venter     8th December 2017 Volvo Financial Services (VFS), the global finance arm of the Volvo Group, has announced the launch of Volvo Financial Services Southern Africa. VFS Southern Africa will provide financial services to customers of Volvo Group Southern Africa, which includes the UD Trucks, Volvo Bus, Volvo Trucks... 

Number of auto aftermarket franchises rising

By: Irma Venter     8th December 2017 The number of franchised systems (or business networks) within the automotive aftermarket has grown from 60 in 2012, to 79 in 2017, shows the 2017 Franchise Factor report. Thirty of the 79 systems tallied this year are new franchised systems. The automotive franchise aftermarket has also seen the... 

Metair and partners to produce lithium-ion batteries

By: Irma Venter     8th December 2017 Energy storage and automotive component specialist Metair has launched a programme to produce lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries across its operations in South Africa, Turkey and Romania. The programme will see Metair partner with universities and industry agencies for the production and... 

Electric vehicle growth puts pressure on nickel supply

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th December 2017 Global research and consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie estimates that nickel demand for electric vehicle (EV) batteries will increase from about 40 000 t in 2016 to 220 000 t in 2025, as demand for hybrid, plug-in and full EVs grows in developed countrie 

Electric vehicle  growth puts pressure on nickel supply
SEAN MULSHAW An increase in demand for passenger electric vehicles will be driven predominantly by the Asia-Pacific region – especially China – as well as Europe and North America

Toyota Gazoo Racing SA revs up for Dakar 2018 with three-car line-up

By: Irma Venter     8th December 2017 Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa (SA) has announced a three-car line-up for Dakar 2018. All three vehicles have been produced in South Africa. The Japanese manufacturer first fielded a Toyota Hilux in the Dakar rally in 2012. The team could not secure a podium position in 2017, following its... 

Poor fuel consumption raises hackles of vehicle buyers

By: Irma Venter     8th December 2017 Poor fuel consumption has emerged as the major gripe from customers in the newest Ipsos Quality Survey. Fuel consumption was the biggest cause for customer complaint in 13 of the 16 vehicle model segments into which Ipsos divides the South Africa market.  

DTI, EU negotiating new tariff deal for electric vehicles, small cars

By: Irma Venter     6th December 2017 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is negotiating with the European Union (EU) to reduce import tariffs on electric vehicles (EVs) down from 25% to 18%. In return, South Africa would like to increase the import duties on vehicles with an engine size smaller than 1 000 cc to 18%, said DTI... 

DTI, EU negotiating new tariff deal for electric vehicles, small cars

New, adaptive prototype zebra crossing responds to pedestrian behaviour

By: Irma Venter     4th December 2017 UK-based technology company Umbrellium has installed an interactive pedestrian crossing in South London that responds dynamically, in real-time, to its environment. Umbrellium says the familiar zebra crossing design (originating in the 1940s) has not been updated for the ways that city... 

New, adaptive prototype zebra crossing responds to pedestrian behaviour

November sees healthy jump in new-vehicle sales

By: Irma Venter     1st December 2017 South African new-vehicle sales experienced yet another positive month in November, countering general negative economic sentiment for the six month in a row, with new-vehicle sales up 7.2% compared with November last year. Statistics released by the Department of Trade and Industry on Friday... 

November sees healthy jump in new-vehicle sales

Local company popularises electrical heat tracing

By: Nica Schreuder     1st December 2017 Amid escalating costs of heating containers using traditional methods, such as steam or gas, a more cost-effective, efficient and controlled method of ensuring the constant heating of containers is electrical heat tracing (EHT), says eltherm South Africa MD Peter Stone. EHT specialist eltherm... 

Local company popularises electrical heat tracing
EFFICIENT HEATING Eltherm’s EHT system makes controlled, efficient and constant heating solutions for tanktainers and road tankers

Green cleaning products can pack a punch

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2017 Midrand-based cleaning solutions provider Blendwell Chemicals has completed the development of the company’s Enviro Waterless Car Wash, and is aiming to officially launch the product early next year. 

Green cleaning products can pack a punch
JUDY SUNASKY Companies are constantly developing products, but consumers are still hesitant to use green cleaning products

Barloworld puts underperforming logistics unit on notice

By: Irma Venter     1st December 2017 Barloworld may exit its logistics business should it not reach certain milestones by September next year, says CEO Dominic Sewela. Barloworld Logistics is currently the focus of a turnaround strategy under new divisional CEO, Kamogelo Mmutlana, who took control of the business in March. 

New range of filters introduced, new materials enhance filtration

     1st December 2017 Drive and control specialist Bosch Rexroth has introduced a new range of hydraulic filter elements that incorporate new materials which enhance filtration performance for hydraulic systems while reducing operating costs through increased service life. The new Pure Power range of elements has been... 

Chinese auto group dips toe in SA’s diesel-taxi waters

By: Irma Venter     1st December 2017 Beijing Automotive Works South Africa (BAW SA) will test a new diesel minibus taxi in the local market through sales at four selected dealers in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and KwaZulu-Natal’s South Coast. Should the market accept the vehicle, availability would grow to most of the 28 BAW... 

New entry-level vehicle safety report released

By: Irma Venter     1st December 2017 The Automobile Association of South Africa (AA) has released its second yearly Entry-level Vehicle Safety Report.   The report considers the safety features of 25 vehicles available in South Africa, priced under R160 000. This is R10 000 (6.7%) more than the vehicles considered last year, to... 

Auto firms back deployment of high power EV charging network in Europe

By: Irma Venter     1st December 2017 BMW, Daimler, Ford and the Volkswagen group, which includes Audi and Porsche, have announced Ionity as a joint venture (JV) that will develop and implement a high-power charging (HPC) network for electric vehicles (EVs) across Europe. Ionity will launch 400 HPC stations by 2020. 

Volkswagen names fives winners in empowerment supplier project

By: Irma Venter     30th November 2017 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has crowned five black-owned component supplier companies as the winners in its Ntinga Project. The Ntinga Project was launched on October 19, with the announcement of ten finalists. These finalists were each provided mentorship by an existing VWSA supplier,... 

Volkswagen names fives winners in empowerment supplier project

Volvo Cars owner buys US flying car aspirant, targets 2019 launch

By: Irma Venter     28th November 2017 China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely) will acquire the operations and assets of Terrafugia, a US-based company focused on the engineering and production of flying cars and other future technologies. Geely also owns Lotus and Volvo Cars, and sells taxis under the London Taxi brand. 

Volvo Cars owner buys US flying car aspirant, targets 2019 launch
The Terrafugia VTOL

WesBank, Haval sign finance agreement

By: Irma Venter     28th November 2017 WesBank, a division of First Rand Bank, has concluded an agreement with Haval Motors South Africa (HMSA) to provide finance products for the brand’s expanding customer base in South Africa. The Chinese vehicle manufacturer Great Wall Motors (GWM) has traded in South Africa since 2007. 

WesBank, Haval sign finance agreement

BAIC’s investment into South African vehicle assembly project bolstering bilateral investment

By: Anine Kilian     28th November 2017 Chinese vehicle manufacturer Beijing Automotive Group’s (BAIC’s) decision to invest in a vehicle assembly plant, in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), near Port Elizabeth, could help drive further investment by Chinese firms in South Africa. This is according to South African Embassy in... 

BAIC’s investment into South African vehicle assembly project bolstering bilateral investment
BAIC D20 hatchback

Metair launches SA lithium-ion battery production programme

By: Irma Venter     27th November 2017 Energy storage and automotive component specialist Metair has launched a programme to produce lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries across its operations in South Africa, Turkey and Romania. The programme will see Metair partner with universities and industry agencies for the production and... 

Metair launches SA lithium-ion battery production programme

Sasol the most successful service station brand in SA, says Lightstone Explore

By: Irma Venter     27th November 2017 Sasol service stations are attracting the most feet per service station in South Africa, with Shell service stations in second position. Engen, with its much larger service station footprint, attracts more visitors, in total, than any other brand. 

 Sasol the most successful service station brand in SA, says Lightstone Explore

Passenger car sales carried market in October

By: Irma Venter     24th November 2017 New-vehicle sales in October increased for the fifth month in a row, improving by 4.6% on sales in the same month last year, to reach 51 037 units. Passenger car sales carried the market in October, with all other segments in decline. 

Epic 3 190 km Uber trip a sub-Saharan Africa record

By: Irma Venter     24th November 2017 The longest Uber trip on record in sub-Saharan Africa was recorded in South Africa this year – 3 190 km from Cape to Durban, via Bloemfontein. The electronic ride hailing service does not disclose why the journey was made. The Uber app does, however, provide an estimated cost for the journey, at... 

Global NCAP, AA South Africa launch #SaferCarsforAfrica initiative

By: Anine Kilian     22nd November 2017 The Global New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP), together with the Automobile Association (AA) of South Africa, on Wednesday launched the #SaferCarsforAfrica initiative, in Cape Town, with the first independent crash test assessment of some of South Africa’s most popular compact and small cars.... 

Barloworld will consider logistics exit should unit not meet September targets

By: Irma Venter     20th November 2017 Barloworld may exit its logistics business should it not reach certain milestones by September next year, says CEO Dominic Sewela. Barloworld Logistics is currently the focus of a turnaround strategy under new divisional CEO, Kamogelo Mmutlana, who took control of the business in March. 

Barloworld will consider logistics exit should unit not meet September targets

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