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Automotive News

Eicher trucks to be assembled in SA in 2018

By: Irma Venter     9th October 2017 Eicher trucks will be assembled in South Africa in less than 12 months, says VE Commercial Vehicles South Africa (VECV SA) country head Surender Singh. “The project has a one-year lead time. We are currently in discussions to make it happen.” 

New 500 series to grow Hino SA’s market share significantly, says Trautmann

By: Irma Venter     9th October 2017 The new Hino 500 series should assist Hino South Africa (SA) to increase its share of the South African heavy commercial vehicle (HCV) market from 18% to around 22%, 23%, says Hino SA VP Ernie Trautmann. A new 6 X 4 model should also allow the new 500 series to “play in the extra-heavy commercial... 

New 500 series to grow Hino SA’s market share significantly, says Trautmann
The Hino 500 Wide Cab

Eqstra unveils cold trailer powered by truck engine

By: Irma Venter     9th October 2017 Eqstra Flexi Fleet, a division of Eqstra Fleet Management and Logistics, has partnered with New Way, Ice Cold Bodies, and Javgro Transport Refrigeration Solutions to design a cold trailer that will run “80% to 90% of the time” using power from the truck engine, says Javgro MD Kenan Gröss. In... 

Eqstra unveils cold trailer powered by truck engine

Northam backs Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association’s awareness campaign

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th October 2017 Platinum miner Northam is supporting a campaign by US-based Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) to raise awareness of clean energy technology. Globally, governments are being urged to support investment in technology to provide cleaner and more efficient sources of power in the... 

Northam backs Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association’s awareness campaign
Photo by Duane Daws
Northam CEO Paul Dunne

Industry trying to reduce reliance on imports

By: Robyn Wilkinson     6th October 2017 High quality, increased productivity and cost reduction are vital for success as the South African automotive industry works to reduce its reliance on automotive component imports while growing its export potential in a slow economy, says industrial equipment supplier Germ Africa director Robert... 

Industry trying to reduce reliance on imports
WELL-EQUIPPED Germ Africa provides high-quality filtration and dosing pump solutions that improve the automotive manufacturing process

Intra-industry dialogue crucial for components advancement

By: Robyn Wilkinson     6th October 2017 Given the multifaceted nature of South Africa’s automotive sector, intra-industry dialogue and collaboration are crucial to advancing the industry’s ability to provide high-quality products and much-needed employment in a rapidly evolving world, says Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI)... 

Intra-industry dialogue crucial for components advancement
Photo by Bloomberg
KEEPING PACE Advancing education and training in the automotive sector is crucial for keeping up with changes in technology and the local demand for skilled technicians

Local innovation key for growing automotive industry

By: Robyn Wilkinson     6th October 2017 Key to realising the growth potential of South Africa’s automotive sector is local innovation, albeit with due consideration to conditions and operating environments, as local companies are not always able to use international innovations and technologies, says enterprise resource planning (ERP)... 

Local innovation  key for growing automotive industry
PAULO DE MATOS South Africa is no laggard when it comes to the uptake of new technologies, especially in the automotive sector

Mobile workshop enhances interactions with automotive OEMs

By: Robyn Wilkinson     6th October 2017 Science and technology company 3M South Africa has launched its new mobile workshop – Abrasive Solutions On the Move – which will provide easy access to its technologies and services for its original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) clients in the automotive sector. 

Mobile workshop enhances interactions with automotive OEMs
ON THE MOVE 3M’s mobile unit features a full test laboratory, training facilities and capabilities for providing all of the company’s abrasive solutions on site

Supply chain management key to industry success

By: Robyn Wilkinson     6th October 2017 The effective management of financial and physical supply chains is a key differentiator for South African automotive companies wanting to survive in an uncertain market, with access to technologies that can assist in streamlining these functions critical to success, says import and working... 

Supply chain management key to industry success
GREG CLINE Automotive aftermarket imports are growing owing to the depressed state of the economy shifting buying behaviour

Shell mulls adding EV charging points to forecourts in several countries

By: Irma Venter     6th October 2017 Energy giant Shell is exploring the possibility of adding electric vehicle charging points to its forecourts in a number of countries. The Shell brand is traditionally associated with fuel, engine oils and lubricants and service stations in South Africa. 

IFC backs BMW’s R6bn Rosslyn investment

By: Irma Venter     6th October 2017 The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank, will assist in financing BMW Group South Africa’s (BMW SA’s) R6-billion investment in its Rosslyn plant, set to produce the new BMW X3. The $150 million loan comes as South Africa “seeks new sources of economic growth after... 

Finalists for 2018 Car of the Year competition unveiled

By: Irma Venter     6th October 2017 The South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ) has announced the finalists in the 2018 WesBank Car of the Year competition. The announcement follows a voting process by a 30-member jury from the SAGMJ. 

Powerstar to expand into smaller trucks through Foton partnership

By: Irma Venter     4th October 2017 Powerstar sold around 420 trucks in South Africa last year, with the Chinese brand aiming for 500 units this year, says Everstar Industries CEO Bob Wang. The growth will come from the brand expanding its product portfolio from the extra-heavy and heavy commercial vehicle (EHCV, HCV) segments to... 

Bloodhound land-speed record attempt plagued by funding issues

By: Irma Venter     4th October 2017 The Bloodhound supersonic car (SSC) will, most likely, not travel from the UK to South Africa’s Hakspeenpan in 2018 to attempt a new world land-speed record of 1 600 km/h. The current land-speed record, set 20 years ago, is 1 228 km/h. 

Bloodhound land-speed record attempt plagued by funding issues

Tata trucks ‘must be bigger’ in South Africa, says Brand

By: Irma Venter     4th October 2017 Tata Motors South Africa (SA) must grow its position in the South African truck market from the current number eight to number three, says Tata International distribution vertical executive director and head Len Brand. “We must be bigger. We need double digit market share and we want this in the... 

Tata trucks ‘must be bigger’ in South Africa, says Brand
The new Tata Ultra platform

BMW SA to invest another R160m in Rosslyn plant

By: Anine Kilian     2nd October 2017 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) will invest an additional R160-million into its Rosslyn manufacturing facility to enhance production linespeed. The enhancement raises the maximum production capacity by almost 10%, from 71 000 units to 76 000 units, leaving the plant with potential in the future... 

BMW SA to invest another R160m in Rosslyn plant
Photo by Duane Daws
BMW SA CEO Tim Abbott

BMG invests R400m in Joburg distribution centre 

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th September 2017 Technical solutions provider BMG, which is part of Invicta Holdings, has officially launched its BMG World site, in Johannesburg, which is the culmination of a consolidation and supply chain re-engineering strategy that began nearly ten years ago. “The company’s R400-million investment to upgrade... 

BMG invests R400m in Joburg  distribution centre
BMG MD Gavin Pelser discusses the upgraded BMG World site facility in Johannesburg. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

eThekwini rapid public transport system needs hundreds of buses

By: Irma Venter     29th September 2017 Around 200 rigid buses, 180 articulated buses and 765 midi-buses will be required for eThekwini’s new GO!Durban integrated rapid public transport network over the next five years, says eThekwini Transport Authority head  Thami Manyathi. In addition, 250 commuters buses will be required as part of... 

Trade deals, emissions laws set to challenge SA auto industry, warns Toyota Europe’s Van Zyl

By: Irma Venter     29th September 2017 In an effort to clean up ever-increasing pollution, the UK in July announced a proposal that sales of new diesel and petrol cars would come to an end by 2040. This announcement mirrors one made earlier by the French government, with a similar timeline and intent. This means two of South Africa’s... 

Trade deals, emissions laws set to challenge SA auto industry, warns Toyota Europe’s Van Zyl

Production version of Honda concept EV set for Europe launch in 2019

By: Irma Venter     29th September 2017 Honda has revealed an all-new electric vehicle (EV), the Urban EV Concept, at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The concept car is built on a completely new platform, and sets the direction for the technology and design that will appear on a future battery electric Honda production model. 

New JV aiming to incorporate solar cells in glass roofs of Audi cars

By: Irma Venter     29th September 2017  German premium car maker Audi and Alta Devices, a subsidiary of Chinese solar-cell specialist, Hanergy, have joined forces in a project that will attempt to use thin-film solar cells in the panoramic glass roofs of Audi models. The electricity these cells generate will flow into the car’s... 

Fuel retailers need to consider rapidly changing industry dynamics

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th September 2017 A new approach to sustaining the fuel retail industry is required as technology and new trends are set to disrupt the way retailers operate, Absa franchise Africa head Dumisani Bengu said on Wednesday. Speaking at the Fuel Retailers Association Conference, held on the sidelines of the... 

Competition Commission publishes code of conduct for automotive sector

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th September 2017 The Competition Commission on Tuesday called for input on a draft competition code of conduct for the automotive sector aimed at dealing with anticompetitive conduct concerns, as well as at enhancing transformation in the industry and fostering inclusive growth. Automotive industry participants,... 

Poor macro economics acting as ‘handbrake’ and ‘roadblock’, says Audi’s Hill

By: Irma Venter     26th September 2017 The poor macro-economic environment must be acknowledged as the most fundamental roadblock to the development of the local new vehicle market, and as a handbrake to manufacturing investment, says Audi South Africa head Trevor Hill. While the South African automotive market can expect to see... 

Poor macro economics acting as ‘handbrake’ and ‘roadblock’, says Audi’s Hill
Trevor Hill

WhereIsMyTransport targets expansion into rest of Africa

By: Irma Venter     26th September 2017 WhereIsMyTransport is expanding its reach to the rest of Africa. WhereIsMyTransport is a technology company that collects and connects public transport data, centralising regularly updated information about a city’s formal and informally run public transport networks (minibus taxis included) on... 

WhereIsMyTransport targets expansion into rest of Africa

CMH expects higher H1 earnings a share

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd September 2017 JSE-listed Combined Motor Holdings (CMH) expects to report a 5% to 15% increase in headline earnings per share (HEPS) to between 122.4c and 134.1c for the six months ended August 31. HEPS were 116.6c for the six months to August 31, 2016. 

Industries should prepare for increased use of HFO gases

By: Nadine James     22nd September 2017 As a result of the Kigali Agreement, countries will gradually start phasing out the use of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) gases, replacing them with hydrofluoro-olefin (HFO) gases and natural refrigerants like ammonia, carbon dioxide and hydrocarbons, says industrial gases supplier A-Gas South Africa.... 

Industries should prepare for  increased use of HFO gases
MULTiFACETED OPERATION A-Gas offers a range of products to assist across a broad range of sectors, including shipping, refrigeration, air conditioning, automotive and mining

Korean group may introduce new heavy-duty truck to SA market

By: Irma Venter     22nd September 2017 Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) is testing the Xcient heavy-duty truck for possible introduction into the South African new-vehicle market. HASA CEO Niall Lynch says the truck, with a gross vehicle mass of 36.6 t, is undergoing road tests within Imperial Logistics. 

3D-printed metal component passes auto giant’s quality tests

By: Irma Venter     22nd September 2017 Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ first three dimensional (3D) printed spare part made of metal – a thermostat cover for truck and Unimog models from older model series – has passed all quality assurance processes at Mercedes-Benz, and is now celebrating its premiere. “We ensure the same functionality,... 

Solareff makes green-mobility acquisition

By: Irma Venter     22nd September 2017 JSE-listed information and communication technology (ICT) group, Alviva Holdings, has, through its subsidiary Solareff, acquired 75% of GridCars, a Pretoria-based startup that focuses on the manufacture of electric vehicle (EV) charge points and back office charge point management systems.... 

Daddy, you don’t know anything about car shopping

By: Irma Venter     22nd September 2017 The teenage daughter of Nissan Motor Corporation chief digital officer Madhu Nutakki last year shopped for a car, as California legislation allowed her to drive herself to school and back from the age of 15-and-a-half. Nutakki is based in Silicon Valley. 

Leaf 2 offers advanced technologies, dynamic new design 

21st September 2017 The effects of global warming are driving the case for electric vehicles, or EVs, such as the latest zero-emissions EV from global vehicle manufacturer Nissan, the much-anticipated Leaf 2. Tracy Hancock attended the launch in Japan. 

Leaf 2 offers advanced technologies, dynamic new design
Leaf 2 offers advanced technologies, dynamic new design

IFC provides $150m loan to assist BMW SA’s production plans

By: Irma Venter     20th September 2017 The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank, will assist in financing BMW Group South Africa’s (BMW SA’s) R6-billion investment in its Rosslyn plant, set to produce the new BMW X3. The $150 million loan comes as South Africa “seeks new sources of economic growth after... 

IFC provides $150m loan to assist BMW SA’s production plans

2018 Car of the Year finalists range from small to big, budget to luxury

By: Irma Venter     19th September 2017 The South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ) has announced the finalists in the 2018 WesBank Car of the Year competition. The announcement follows a voting process by a 30-member jury from the SAGMJ. The finalists are the Alfa Romeo Giulia; Audi Q5; BMW 5 Series; Kia Picanto; Land... 

 2018 Car of the Year finalists range from small to big, budget to luxury
The Volvo S90

Daimler teams up with firm that promises five-minute EV charging 

By: Irma Venter     19th September 2017 The trucks division of German mobility group Daimler has invested in Israeli firm StoreDot, in an effort to accelerate the adoption of FlashBattery technology in the electric vehicle (EV) market. StoreDot, a Tel Aviv-based company founded in 2012, is a nanotechnology materials firm focused on the... 

Daimler teams up with firm that promises five-minute EV charging
Charging the Fuso electric Canter truck

World’s first electric truck in series production makes US debut


By: Irma Venter     18th September 2017 Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) has launched the world’s first all-electric truck in series production, the Fuso eCanter, in the US. MFTBC is a member of the Daimler group. 

World’s first electric truck in series production makes US debut


Equipment manufacturer inaugurates new facility

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th September 2017 Heavy-equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has officially inaugurated its new parts distribution facility, near Johannesburg, in Gauteng. The 60 000 m2 facility consolidates two smaller parts-distribution sites – Linbro Park and Isando – and offers several advantages, including the ability to work... 

Equipment manufacturer inaugurates new facility
SHEER ADVANTAGE The 60 000 m2 facility allows for the ability to work more efficiently while increasing capacity to provide unmatched parts availability for customers across Africa

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