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BMW’s SA unit seeks removal of duties on electric vehicles

By: Irma Venter     18th August 2017 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) is seeking 0% import duties on pure electric vehicles (EVs). The local arm of the German car maker in December 2016 submitted a formal application to the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) for the reduction of the import duty on... 

Despite rising EV tide, automaker urges SA to implement cleaner-fuels vision

By: Irma Venter     18th August 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. 

New branding, again, for SA’s premier motoring event

By: Irma Venter     18th August 2017 From Auto Africa, to the Johannesburg International Motor Show, to the Festival of Motoring, to the South African (SA) Motoring Experience . . . In an effort to seek increased support from cost-conscious motor manufacturers and consumers, South Africa’s premier motoring event has again been... 

New truck dealership opens in Lusaka

By: Irma Venter     18th August 2017 Volvo Group Southern Africa, in partnership with Titanium Motors, has opened a new dealer facility in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, in a R130-million investment. The dealership will provide services to Volvo Trucks and UD Trucks customers operating in the region.  “Zambia is a key African market... 

New-vehicle sales rose by 4.1% in July

By: Irma Venter     18th 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 earlier this month showed that new passenger car sales increased by 6.2%, to 30 826 units. 

Metair ready for market shift to electric vehicles, says Loock

By: Irma Venter     17th August 2017 Metair is ready for the anticipated revolution in the automotive industry, including the introduction of electric vehicles (EV), hybrid vehicles and autonomous drive vehicles. These vehicle still need lights, brakes and wiring harnesses, for example, said Metair MD Theo Loock on Thursday at the... 

Metair ready for market shift to electric vehicles, says Loock
Metair MD Theo Loock

Mercedes-Benz Trucks 3D-prints an aluminium thermostat cover

By: Irma Venter     14th August 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,... 

Mercedes-Benz Trucks 3D-prints an aluminium thermostat cover
3D printing of an aluminium thermostat cover

No fireworks expected for 2018 SA, sub-Saharan new-vehicle markets

By: Irma Venter     14th August 2017 The 2017 new-vehicle market will probably end the year “slightly up” on 2016, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) CEO Andrew Kirby. TSAM’s forecast is for a market of 552 000 vehicles in 2017, compared with 547 000 units in 2016. At 555 000 units, 2018 does not hold much promise, either. 

No fireworks expected for 2018 SA, sub-Saharan new-vehicle markets

2017 new-truck sales to be 2% to 3% lower year-on-year

By: Irma Venter     11th August 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... 

Bloodhound set to be driven for the first time in October

By: Irma Venter     11th August 2017 The Bloodhound supersonic car (SSC) will be driven for the first time at Cornwall Airport Newquay, in the UK, this October, twenty years after the current land-speed record of 1 228 km/h was set.   Wing Commander Andy Green, who steered the Thrust SSC to a new record on October 15, 1997, will... 

Company ships dryers and convection oven

     11th August 2017 Global manufacturer of thermal-processing equipment Thermal Product Solutions has shipped two Gruenberg dryers to a prominent diesel engine manufacturer. The drying ovens – whose shipment was announced in March – will be used to dry diesel particulate filters after they are washed during the... 

Company ships dryers and convection oven
Photo by Bloomberg
FUELLING INDUSTRIES Two Gruenberg drying ovens will be used by a prominent diesel engine manufacturer to dry diesel particulate filters

Electric vehicles to comprise majority of cars sold globally by 2040

By: Irma Venter     11th August 2017 Electric vehicles (EVs) will make up the majority of new-car sales worldwide by 2040, and account for 33% of all the light-duty vehicles on the road, according to new research published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). The forecast draws on detailed analysis of likely future reductions in... 

German group starts 3D printing of parts for bus brands

By: Irma Venter     11th August 2017 German vehicle manufacturer Daimler Buses has started three-dimensional (3D) printing of small batches of parts, as well as replacement parts for the Mercedes-Benz and Setra bus brands. Daimler Buses says 3D component production is the ideal solution to enquiries, received on a daily basis, from... 

Newcomer to mark SA entry with introduction of medium-duty truck by year-end

By: Irma Venter     11th August 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... 

Toyota SA creates R42m empowerment trust

By: Irma Venter     10th August 2017 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has announced the creation of the Toyota Empowerment Trust (TET). The TET has been seeded with R42-million in start-up funding and will focus on skills and enterprise development initiatives in the automotive industry. 

Toyota SA creates R42m empowerment trust
Toyota SA CEO Andrew Kirby

Toyota SA pursues production of budget car at Durban plant

By: Irma Venter     10th August 2017 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) is investigating the possibility of manufacturing a new passenger car at its Prospecton plant, in Durban. “We are seeking the opportunity to produce something more affordable,” says TSAM CEO Andrew Kirby. 

Toyota SA pursues production of budget car at Durban plant
Production at Toyota's Durban plant

Volvo Car SA ready for hybrid, electric vehicle rollout post-2019, says MD

By: Irma Venter     10th August 2017 Volvo Car South Africa (VCSA) MD Greg Maruszewski is confident the local arm of the Swedish group will be able to thrive under its parent company’s new powertrain policy. Volvo announced last month that all new cars launched globally from 2019 onwards will be partially or completely... 

Volvo Car SA ready for hybrid, electric vehicle rollout post-2019, says MD
Volvo Car South Africa MD Greg Maruszewski

Lithium processors prepare to meet demand in era of electric car 

By: Reuters     7th August 2017 Producers of processed lithium – an essential element for batteries used in electric cars – are agreeing long-term contracts with their customers to fund the investments needed to address a looming shortfall. Demand for battery-grade lithium compounds is expected to skyrocket in the next decades... 

Lithium processors prepare to meet demand in era of electric car

Daimler invests in startup that pools passengers travelling in a similar direction

By: Irma Venter     7th August 2017 Daimler Buses’ subsidiary EvoBus has secured a minority investment in CleverShuttle. Based in Berlin, Germany, CleverShuttle pools passengers travelling in a similar direction together in an electric vehicle, driven by a professional driver. The startup’s app determines the fastest and cheapest... 

 Daimler invests in startup that pools passengers travelling in a similar direction

TrenTyre rolls out FleetFirst tyre management programme in S Africa

By: Irma Venter     7th August 2017 TrenTyre has launched FleetFirst, a tyre management solution offered by Goodyear, in the South African fleet market. FleetFirst currently takes care of more than 200 000 trucks in 28 European countries, including Spain and the UK. 

TrenTyre rolls out FleetFirst tyre management programme in S Africa

BMW SA approaches govt to scrap import duty on electric vehicles 

By: Irma Venter     7th August 2017 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) is seeking 0% import duties on pure electric vehicles (EVs). The local arm of the German car maker in December 2016 submitted a formal application to the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) for the reduction of the import duty on... 

BMW SA approaches govt to scrap import duty on electric vehicles
Photo by Duane Daws
The BMW i3

As batteries make power play, South Africa mulls market participation

By: Irma Venter     4th August 2017 The world changed more than could be imagined in the 1990s. Not only was it the advent of all things Internet and digital connectivity, it also saw the birth of the rechargeable lithium battery, required to charge humankind’s new tools, such as cellphones and laptop computers. Today the chase is... 

As batteries make power play, South Africa mulls market participation

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. 

Forum to address rail maintenance and rehabilitation

     4th August 2017 A delegation of international rail maintenance and rehabilitation professionals, together with an “unbeatable” line-up of thought leaders in Africa’s transport sector will be in Durban, South Africa in October to address challenges faced by the rail fraternity in Africa. 

MBSA preparing to enter ‘competitive’ bakkie market early next year

By: Irma Venter     4th August 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... 

Volvo Trucks testing self-steering solution in sugar cane industry

By: Irma Venter     4th August 2017 Volvo Trucks is testing a self-steering truck for use in the sugar cane industry. This follows autonomous refuse collection trials in Gothenburg, Sweden, as well as self-steering vehicle tests at the Kristineberg mine, in northern Sweden.   Volvo Trucks believes its newest self-steering truck can... 

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

Electric vehicle demand fuels Umicore profit rise

By: Reuters     31st July 2017 Strong demand for materials used in electric vehicles helped Belgian group Umicore to report first-half operating income (EBIT) above analysts' estimates on Monday. Umicore has positioned itself to take advantage of rising demand for electric vehicles, investing €460-million to expand by over... 

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.

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.

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

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.

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... 

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