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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. 

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,... 

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... 

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

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... 

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... 

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... 

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

Volkswagen's talks with cobalt producers end without deal

By: Reuters     28th November 2017 Meetings last week between major cobalt producers including mining giant Glencore to supply the world's largest automaker Volkswagen with the material used to make batteries for electric vehicles ended without a deal, cobalt industry sources said. In September, Reuters reported exclusively that... 

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

Britain to hike levy on most polluting diesel cars

By: Reuters     22nd November 2017 Britain will increase the amount of taxation paid by those driving diesel cars that do not meet more stringent emissions standards, finance minister Philip Hammond said on Wednesday. Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) is paid by British drivers with one rate applying in the first year dependent on... 

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

Artificial intelligence wins big at Mercedes-Benz SA Innovation Challenge

By: Irma Venter     17th November 2017 Artificial intelligence (AI) solutions secured big wins at the Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) Innovation Challenge, held on November 10. The winners were announced following a judging process by a panel that included representatives from MBSA’s parent company, German car maker Daimler. 

Artificial intelligence wins big at Mercedes-Benz SA Innovation Challenge

South African van market continues to underperform

By: Irma Venter     17th November 2017 The total South African new van market currently ranges between 19 000 and 20 000 units a year, estimates Mercedes-Benz Vans Southern Africa VP Nadia Trimmel. “Historically, the market used to be between 22 000 and 23 000 units, but this year we do not expect it to break 20 000. The general... 

Ford investing R3bn to expand Ranger production in Silverton

By: Irma Venter     17th November 2017 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is investing R3-billion ($220-million) in expanding Ranger production at its Silverton plant, in Pretoria. The plant builds the Everest sports-utility vehicle and Ranger pickup, with the latter exported to 148 markets. 

Nissan SA confident of delivering on long-awaited investment promise in 2018

By: Irma Venter     17th November 2017 Vehicle manufacturer Nissan in 2012 confirmed plans to invest R1-billion in its Rosslyn plant, in Pretoria, to build a new one-ton pickup, with capacity at the plant to be increased to around 100 000 units a year. Local production of the new model was set to start in 2014. 

Nissan SA confident of delivering on long-awaited investment promise in 2018

Mercedes-Benz to challenge commuter bus market with entry-level product

By: Irma Venter     15th November 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... 

Mercedes-Benz to challenge commuter bus market with entry-level product

Cartrack reaches subscriber milestone

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th November 2017 Fleet management, stolen vehicle recovery and insurance telematics services provider Cartrack has reached 700 000 active subscribers, it said on Wednesday. The JSE-listed company attributed the robust subscriber growth to its dedicated workforce focusing on consistent customer engagement and the... 

Auto aftermarket franchises earn R32bn in turnover, create 5 573 new jobs

By: Irma Venter     10th November 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... 

 Auto aftermarket franchises earn R32bn in turnover, create 5 573 new jobs
Bendeta Gordon

Automotive skills centre a beacon of hope for empowering youth, industry

By: Dylan Slater     10th November 2017 The Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) is essential to bridging the human resource development challenge in South Africa and the growth of an effective, competitive and sustainable industry, says Deputy President and permanent Human Resource Development Council of South Africa (HRDC)... 

Automotive skills centre a beacon of hope for empowering youth, industry
Photo by Dylan Slater
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

Bloodhound ‘is go’, supersonic car driver announces

By: Irma Venter     10th November 2017 “We came to show the world Bloodhound is go,” says Bloodhound supersonic car (SCC) driver Andy Green. The Bloodhound in October proved to be top dog as it successfully concluded its first official run, stretching its legs at 200 mph (322 km/h) on the Newquay Airport runway, in Cornwall, in the UK. 

Innovative system uses truck engine to refrigerate cold trailers

By: Irma Venter     10th November 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... 

Custom-designed bearing housing supplied to West African gold mine

     10th November 2017 Bearing parts supplier SKF South Africa (SKF) has supplied a custom designed heavy-duty bearing housing assembly and two IMX-S conditioning monitoring systems for a 12 MW semi-autogenous grinding (SAG) mill currently operating on a gold mine in West Africa. “This is the first combination online... 

Custom-designed bearing housing supplied to  West African gold mine
BEARINGS The company has over 17 000 distributors located across the world

Clean-fuel delay to crimp SA’s access to latest vehicle technology

By: Irma Venter     10th November 2017 The delay in the introduction of clean fuels in South Africa will halt the flow of new vehicle technology to South Africa, warns the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa). “With the widespread introduction of new technology, including new four-way... 

BMW M sales expected to have another record year

By: Irma Venter     10th November 2017 BMW M sales should reach another record this year, says BMW M sales and marketing VP Peter Quintus. He says the German car maker’s performance brand sold 67 900 units last year, up 9% compared with 2015 numbers. Sales last year comprised 37 500 M automobiles and 30 400 M performance automobiles. 

Volvo Financial Services launches in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     8th November 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... 

Volvo Financial Services launches in South Africa
Torbjörn Christensson

BAW introduces SA assembled diesel taxi

By: Irma Venter     8th November 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... 

BAW introduces SA assembled diesel taxi
The BAW Sasuka Diesel minibus

Ford, BMW, Daimler and VW launch JV to enable long-distance electric vehicle travel

By: Irma Venter     3rd November 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. 

Ford, BMW, Daimler and VW launch JV to enable long-distance electric vehicle travel

Ford invests R3bn to expand Ranger production, build Raptor locally

By: Irma Venter     3rd November 2017 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is investing R3-billion ($220-million) in expanding Ranger production at its Silverton plant, in Pretoria. The plant builds the Everest sports-utility vehicle and Ranger pickup, with the latter exported to 148 markets. 

Ford invests R3bn to expand Ranger production, build Raptor locally
The Silverton plant
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