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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... 

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

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... 

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. 

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

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

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... 

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... 

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.

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. 

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. 

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,... 

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

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

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). 

New Kia Motors SA chief on minding the ‘perception gap’

By: Irma Venter     14th July 2017 The biggest challenge facing Kia Motors South Africa (KMSA) is the perception gap that exists in the local market, says CEO designate Gary Scott. The 42-year-old Scott, who joined KMSA in 2002, will take over from Ray Levin on July 1. Scott is currently KMSA’s sales director. 

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... 

African Association of Automotive Manufacturers names Thomas Schaefer as new chairman

By: African News Agency      10th July 2017 The African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) on Monday, announced Thomas Schaefer as its new chairperson. Schaefer was elected at a general meeting of AAAM members held at the end of June. 

African Association of Automotive Manufacturers names Thomas Schaefer as new chairman
Photo by Duane Daws
Thomas Schaefer

Minibus taxi operators exploited, says Transport Minister 

By: Irma Venter     10th July 2017 Government is calling on financial institutions to “give taxi operators a better deal”, Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi said on Monday. Speaking at the Southern African Transport Conference in Pretoria, he noted that the minibus taxi industry was correct in saying it was being exploited when... 

Minibus taxi operators exploited, says Transport Minister
Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi

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