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Automotive News

First delivery of locomotives expected in Q4

By: Simone Liedtke     4th August 2017 Rail technology provider Bombardier Transportation (BT) will hand over the first of 240 Bombardier Traxx Africa locomotives to State-owned freight utility Transnet, during the fourth quarter of this year. 

Goodyear to wrap up R1bn investment in E Cape plant this year

By: Irma Venter     2nd August 2017 Goodyear South Africa (SA) will wrap up its R1-billion investment programme into the company's Uitenhage plant, in the Eastern Cape, by the end of the year, says group FD Manoel Almeida. The investment programme started in 2015. 

Goodyear to wrap up R1bn investment in E Cape plant this year

Introduce stringent anti-emission laws – Royal Bafokeng Platinum

By: Martin Creamer     2nd August 2017 The South African government must introduce stringent anti-emission legislation as well as press for the platinum equivalent of the gold Kruger Rand, Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri insists. Phiri expressed dismay at the government, as custodian of the world’s major platinum endowment,... 

Introduce stringent anti-emission laws – Royal Bafokeng Platinum
Photo by Duane Daws
Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri

July new-vehicle sales record 4.1% growth

By: Irma Venter     1st August 2017 New-vehicle sales in July increased 4.1% compared with the same month last year, to 46 719 units. Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry on Tuesday showed that new passenger car sales increased by 6.2%, to 30 826 units. 

July new-vehicle sales record 4.1% growth
VW Polos ready for export

Local assembly of new Hino 500 to start in Durban in November

By: Irma Venter     1st August 2017 Assembly of the new Hino 500 Series truck will start at Toyota South Africa Motors’ Durban plant in November. The first prototypes have already been built, says Hino South Africa senior manager Leslie Long. 

Local assembly of new Hino 500 to start in Durban in November

Marginal year-on-year recovery in new-vehicle sales in June

By: Irma Venter     28th July 2017 Data released by the Department of Trade and Industry on indicates that new-vehicle sales in June delivered some growth, even if marginal, following two months of decline. Sales numbers showed that the South African total new-vehicle market inched up 0.9% compared with June last year, to 45 369... 

Mazda reports positive momentum in tough SA conditions

By: Irma Venter     28th July 2017 Mazda Southern Africa (Mazda SA) appears to be building another positive year in a domestic new-vehicle market that will, most likely, contract yet again. South Africa’s domestic new-vehicle market declined by 11.4% in 2016 over 2015, while Mazda SA managed to grow sales by 33%, from 9 067 units... 

Volvo to phase out pure internal combustion engine cars from 2019

By: Irma Venter     28th July 2017 Volvo Cars has announced that every new Volvo launched from 2019 onwards will feature an electric motor of some kind. The Swedish car maker says pure internal combustion engine (ICE) cars will gradually be phased out and replaced by ICE cars that are enhanced with electrified drivetrains, or... 

New premium car market to decline again in 2017

By: Irma Venter     28th July 2017 The South African new premium car market will this year probably decline by another 7% to 15%, to between 55 000 and 60 000 units, down from the roughly 65 000 units recorded last year. This follows a 20% drop in the domestic new premium car market in 2016, says Audi South Africa (SA) head Trevor... 

Fuel cell electric vehicles provide double the driving range

By: Victor Moolman     28th July 2017 Fuel cell technology developer Isondo Precious Metals (IPM) says hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) will be able to consistently and reliably provide driving ranges comparable to today’s internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. 

Fuel cell electric vehicles provide double the driving range
Photo by Bloomberg
NEW ADDITION The plant will develop membrane electrode assemblies for hydrogen powered cars

SA-designed bakkie tailgate damper gaining traction in Australia

By: Dylan Slater     28th July 2017 The South African-designed and -manufactured bakkie tailgate damper EZDown is becoming increasingly popular and sought-after in the Australian utility-vehicle market.  

SA-designed bakkie tailgate damper gaining traction in Australia
GROWING INTEREST The EZDown tailgate damper is becoming increasingly popular in Australia, being fitted to several brands of utility vehicles and government fleet vehicles

Vehicle industry benefits from process range 

By: Victor Moolman     28th July 2017 Since it obtained its licence from heat treating and manufacturing services company Nitrex in Canada, heat treatment specialist P.H. Heat Treatment provides the automotive industry with controlled nitriding and ferritic nitrocarburising processes for automotive components, which form part of the... 

Vehicle industry benefits from process range
P.H. Heat Treatment managing member Cecil B. Zlotnick explains how heat treatment is done to automotive components. Camerawork: Victor Moolman. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Freight of components can be tracked  

By: Victor Moolman     28th July 2017 To help control import costs and combat the volatile rand, import and working capital specialists Investec Import Solutions’ online client portal BlueLink, offers a complete end-to-end view of your entire import transaction on one platform from order placement through to delivery. 

Freight of components can be tracked
Investec Import Solutions head of corporate accounts Dr Greg Cline explains how the import industry is changing. Camerawork: Victor Moolman. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Automotive future positive through telematics 

By: Victor Moolman     28th July 2017 The future for automotive fleet management through telematics is positive, says JSE-listed fleet management, insurance telematics and stolen vehicle recovery service provider Cartrack. 

Automotive future positive through telematics
Cartack South Africa CEO Andre Ittmann explains how the systems work and what the benefits are. Camerawork: Victor Moolman. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Local company to supply wheel assemblies for new BMW X3  

By: Victor Moolman     28th July 2017 Wheel assembly solution provider Wheel Assemblers will supply tyre and rim assemblies for the new X3 (G01) model from German vehicle manufacturer BMW South Africa (SA) to be built in Rosslyn, Pretoria. 

Local company to supply wheel assemblies for new BMW X3
Wheel Assemblers marketing and finance director Dr Johan-Paul Olivier explains how the company will be supplying wheel assemblies for the BMW X3 vehicle. Camerawork: Victor Moolman. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Spread of counterfeit goods eased through social media  

By: Victor Moolman     28th July 2017 However, he points out that while counterfeiting takes place in these informal markets, the firm has also seen reputable motor parts dealers selling counterfeit goods alongside original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts, which is why some OEMs have appointed regulated parts dealers. 

Spread of counterfeit goods eased through social media
Spoor & Fisher partner Paul Ramara explains the dangers and impact of counterfeits. Camerawork: Victor Moolman. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Ford begins Phase 2 of 1.6-litre Kuga safety recall 

By: Anine Kilian     27th July 2017 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has started the second phase of the safety recall for all affected 1.6-litre Kuga models, and is requesting customers to schedule an appointment with their dealer to have the vehicle enhancements completed.  Around 4 556 1.6-litre Ford Kugas, built... 

BMW Group to launch electric three-door Mini

By: Anine Kilian     26th July 2017 BMW Group’s new battery-electric Mini, a variant of the brand's core three-door model, will go into production in 2019. The fully electric car will increase the choice of Mini powertrains to include petrol and diesel internal combustion engines, a plug-in hybrid and a battery electric vehicle. 

Compensation for taxi drivers affected by Joburg's next BRT phase

By: News24Wire      25th July 2017 Compensation will be paid to minibus taxi operators affected by the next phase of the Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, the City of Johannesburg said on Monday. Owners who will have their vehicles scrapped to make way for the R2.2-billion Phase 1C BRT project, will share more than... 

Compensation for taxi drivers affected by Joburg's next BRT phase

Exhibition facilitates industrial growth in KZN

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st July 2017 This year’s KwaZulu-Natal Industrial Technology Exhibition (Kite) will provide businesses in the province with an ideal access route to the key resources required to ramp up their operations in line with government’s extensive and ongoing investment in new manufacturing endeavours. 

Exhibition facilitates industrial growth in KZN
Photo by Bloomberg
GROWING ECONOMIC HUB Government investment in the Port of Durban will support trade stemming from the ramp-up of manufacturing activites in KZN

Casspir mine-protected vehicle continues to enjoy market success

By: Keith Campbell     21st July 2017 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel announced early this month that 21 of its Casspir NG2000 mine protected vehicles were ready for handing over to an African customer, completing an order for 45 of the vehicles. The first batch of 24 was delivered to the customer in December... 

‘Serious questions’ need to be asked about poor BRT ridership

By: Irma Venter     21st July 2017 South Africa, as a country, has to ask itself some “serious questions” about bus-rapid transit (BRT) systems, says Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi. He says that the three BRT systems in Gauteng – in Tshwane,  Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni – built at a collective cost of around... 

Schäfer appointed African Association of Automotive Manufacturers chair

By: Irma Venter     21st July 2017 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) chairperson and MD Thomas Schäfer has been appointed as chairperson of the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM). Former AAAM chairperson and Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa president and CEO Jeff Nemeth returned to the US on June 8,... 

Partnership to industrialise Hayden Cobra kit car production

By: Irma Venter     21st July 2017 Automotive Investment Holdings (AIH) has partnered with Les Hayden to industrialise Hayden Cobra kit car production in South Africa. Hayden started Cobra replica sports car production in South Africa in the 1980s with the Shamrock Cobra. He produced around 500 kits for the local and export markets. 

Give taxi operators a better deal, Maswanganyi urges

By: Irma Venter     21st July 2017 Government is calling on financial institutions to “give taxi operators a better deal”, says Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi. He notes that the minibus taxi industry is correct in saying it is being exploited when purchasing new vehicles. 

Shell launches Dynaflex technology in South Africa

By: Anine Kilian     20th July 2017 Shell South Africa on Thursday launched its next generation of advanced fuel formulations enhanced with Dynaflex technology. The Dynaflex technology includes a new additive for Shell V-Power 50 ppm. 

Mercedes-Benz seeks ‘fair share’ of growing bakkie market with new X-Class 

By: Irma Venter     20th July 2017 With a new-bakkie market of roughly 110 000 units a year, Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) would like to secure its “fair share” of this lucrative, “but highly competitive” segment with the launch of the new X-Class in the local market in the first half of next year, says Mercedes-Benz Vans... 

Mercedes-Benz seeks ‘fair share’ of growing bakkie market with new X-Class
A preview of the new X-Class, to be launched in South Africa in 2018

Mercedes-Benz lifts veil on production version of new X-Class bakkie

By: Irma Venter     19th July 2017 The premium market finally has a bakkie. German manufacturer Daimler on Tuesday evening in Cape Town lifted the veil on the production version of its Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup, scheduled to launch in South Africa in the first quarter of 2018. 

Mercedes-Benz lifts veil on production version of new X-Class bakkie
Mercedes-Benz X-Class Pure

Mazda South Africa recalls 19 000 vehicles over potentially defective airbags

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th July 2017 Vehicle manufacturer Mazda South Africa is recalling up to 19 000 Mazda2, Mazda6 and RX-8 vehicles in South Africa as a formal global recall over possible defective airbags is extended. Owners of 2003 and newer models of Mazda2, Mazda6 and RX-8 vehicles with VIN numbers starting with MM6DE, JM6GG... 

A million self-driving vehicles on the road by 2030, says Frost & Sullivan

By: Irma Venter     17th July 2017 Autonomous vehicles will become a reality by 2030, says Frost & Sullivan head of mobility for Africa Craig Parker. This does not, however, mean that every car sold will be an autonomous vehicle, he adds, but rather that there will be around one-million level 5 self-driving vehicles on the road... 

A million self-driving vehicles on the road by 2030, says Frost & Sullivan

Eicher Trucks’ medium-duty hauler to be followed by heavy truck, bus launch

By: Irma Venter     17th July 2017 This first phase of VE Commercial Vehicles South Africa’s (VECV SA’s) entry into South Africa will see the introduction of the Eicher medium-duty Pro 3000 series. The 8.5 t gross vehicle mass (GVM) haulage trucks (4 t to 5 t payload) will be followed by the launch of the heavy-duty Pro 6000... 

 Eicher Trucks’ medium-duty hauler to be followed by heavy truck, bus launch
The Pro 3000 haulage truck

Nissan to launch ProPilot technology with the Leaf

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th July 2017 Vehicle manufacturer Nissan plans to launch its latest ProPilot Park technology with the new range of Nissan Leaf vehicles in September. The new Leafs will be the first in the automaker’s global product line-up equipped with ProPilot Park, which helps drivers park by automatically guiding the car... 

New SA truck market treading water, says Isuzu Motors

By: Irma Venter     14th July 2017 South Africa’s new truck market will this year most likely decline by between 2% and 3%, to 26 500 units, compared with the 26 997 units sold last year, says Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSAf) COO Craig Uren. He says the truck market is now entering the season where retailers gear up for... 

New SA truck market treading water, says Isuzu Motors

Despite electric-car future, SA must pursue clean fuel agenda, says VWSA MD

By: Irma Venter     14th July 2017 Research published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) this month shows that electric vehicles (EVs) may account for 54% of all new light-duty vehicle sales globally by 2040. However, it is unlikely that South Africa will follow this trend to the same degree. 

Despite electric-car future, SA must pursue clean fuel agenda, says VWSA MD

Hudaco remains cash generative in tough economic environment 

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th July 2017 Despite a difficult economic and trading environment, JSE-listed industrial products provider Hudaco remains cash-generative, with operations having generated net cash of R247-million for the six months to May 31. Hudaco CEO Graham Dunford emphasised that the results were reported during a... 

Hudaco remains cash generative in tough economic environment
Industrial products provider Hudaco CEO Graham Dunford discusses the group's results for the six months ended May 31, and provides an outlook for the second half of the year. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd

Metair buys into Germany battery manufacturer

By: Irma Venter     14th July 2017 The JSE-listed Metair group has acquired a 25.1% shareholding in Germany-based battery manufacturer and supplier, Akkumulatorenfabrik Moll (Moll), at a cash price of €7.425-million (R111.4-million). Metair is a global manufacturer, distributor and retailer of energy storage solutions and... 

VWSA unveils next Polo generation to be produced in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     14th July 2017 Volkswagen has unveiled the new, sixth-generation Polo that will be produced in South Africa, among other global production locations. The new hatchback will make its debut in South Africa in early 2018, confirms Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA). 

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