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Passenger Cars, Bakkies & Vans News

Rental, government segments offer Jan vehicle sales boost

By: Irma Venter     17th February 2017 January new-vehicle sales increased by 3.7%, reaching 50 333 units, compared with the same month last year – the first sales increase in 14 months. However, warns asset finance group WesBank, this positive performance was the result of growth in the rental and government channels, where sales... 

SA body makes economic case for embracing global electric-vehicle trend

By: Irma Venter     17th February 2017 The Electric Vehicle Industry Association’s (EVIA’s) first goal is to demonstrate to the South African public that they can use electric vehicles (EVs) with confidence, says South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) cleaner mobility programme GM Carel Snyman. The second goal is... 

Smartphone app aspires to ‘Tinder’ of car market

By: Irma Venter     17th February 2017 Like it? Swipe right on your smartphone screen. Not interested? Swipe left. Three young South Africans have developed a smartphone app similar to dating app Tinder, but with one important difference – Carter aims to facilitate a long-term relationship between its users and the cars of their dreams. 

Jaguar, Shell launch in-car app to pay for fuel at service stations

By: Irma Venter     16th February 2017 Jaguar drivers can now use their car’s touchscreen to pay for fuel at the pump, by making use of a new cashless payment app. The Shell app is one of a number of enhancements to Jaguar’s F-PACE, XE and XF models. (Other updates include the addition of gesture technology where the sweep of a foot... 

Jaguar, Shell launch in-car app to pay for fuel at service stations

Renault explores a new method to market, sell cars

By: Irma Venter     13th February 2017 Renault South Africa (SA) has launched a new method for consumers to explore the French manufacturer’s vehicle range. Operating between 09h00 and 17h00, Monday to Friday, customers can connect to Live Showroom, which offers an online, real-time, no-pressure, virtual dealership experience that... 

Renault explores a new method to market, sell cars

Renault has a new MD, Kwid sales surprise on the upside

By: Irma Venter     13th February 2017 Renault South Africa (SA) will have a new MD from July 1. Current Renault SA MD Nicholas de Canha has already started work at Imperial’s new Motus division – managing everything to do with motoring within the JSE-listed group – where he will look after a number of brands, including Tata, Renault,... 

Renault has a new MD, Kwid sales surprise on the upside
The Kadjar XP

New CEO sends Fiat, Chrysler SA back to the gym 

By: Irma Venter     13th February 2017 “We realise that we have to get ourselves fit again and I am committed to achieving that,” says new CEO at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles South Africa (FCA SA), Robin van Rensburg. “We have not been as versatile in the last while as we should have been.” Van Rensburg joins the Italian-US group from... 

New CEO sends Fiat, Chrysler SA back to the gym
Robin van Rensburg

WesBank announces new CEO for its Motor division

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 WesBank has announced the appointment of Mark Finlayson as the CEO of its Motor division following the departure of Simphiwe Nghona on February 1. Finlayson is the current CEO of DirectAxis, a subsidiary of WesBank specialising in non-secured personal loans. 

WesBank announces new CEO for its Motor division
Mark Finlayson

Mini SA welcomes new leader

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 BMW Group South Africa has announced that Thilosh Moodally has been appointed as the new head of Mini South Africa. She succeeds Kabelo Rabotho, who left the company at the end of last year. 

Mini SA welcomes new leader
Thilosh Moodally

Hijackings, car theft show sharp increases, warns Cartrack

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 Statistics released this week by fleet management and stolen vehicle recovery company Cartrack show that carjacking and vehicle theft in South Africa are on the rise. Theft within the base of vehicles protected by Cartrack increased by 31% in the ten months from March to December 2016, while... 

Hijackings, car theft show sharp increases, warns Cartrack

Hino SA trims it Dyna model from medium to light commercial vehicle

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 Hino South Africa, the commercial vehicle arm of Toyota South Africa Motors, has reclassified its Toyota Dyna truck as a light commercial vehicle (LCV), moving it from the medium commercial vehicle (MCV) segment where it has been competing since its introduction to South Africa in 1965. Toyota... 

Hino SA trims it Dyna model from medium to light commercial vehicle
The Dyna truck

Mazda Southern Africa appoints new MD

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 Japanese car manufacturer Mazda Motor Corporation has appointed South Africa’s Craig Roberts as the new MD at Mazda Southern Africa. Roberts currently serves as the head of sales at Mazda Southern Africa. He will start work in his new role on April 1. 

Mazda Southern Africa appoints new MD
Craig Roberts

Call made for intervention to sustain Gauteng’s key industrial heartland

By: Dylan Slater     10th February 2017 Travelling about 60 km south of Johannesburg through Vereeniging and Vanderbijlpark, a general state of decay is visible in the once thriving industrial heartland known as the Vaal Triangle.  

Call made for intervention to sustain Gauteng’s key industrial heartland

Luxury vehicle brand sales defied economic gravity in 2016

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 While new-vehicle sales were down 11.4% in 2016 in a tough-as-nails domestic economy, Ferrari sales grew from 91 units in 2015, to 94 prancing horses finding new homes in 2016. Maserati had an ever better year. South African sales grew from 45 units in 2015, to 113 in 2016. 

Mercedes-Benz Vans outlines vision for automated driving and delivery

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 Mercedes-Benz Vans (MB Vans) has expanded its goal of automated driving to also include automated delivery. The German manufacturer has announced that it is now the lead investor in Starship Technologies, a start-up company for the development of ground-based, autonomous delivery robots. 

Plastics training crucial for the automotive industry

     10th February 2017 In light of the growing trend within the automotive industry to increase dependency on plastic components and the greater demand this places on employers to train, upskill and transfer skills to employees in South Africa, local plastics industry representative Plastics|SA has been playing an... 

Positive outlook for automotive industry

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th February 2017 Increased new-car production levels, which include an expected growth in vehicle exports, are likely to drive improvement in South Africa’s automotive industry this year, says industrial equipment supplier Bearings International sales representative Cherry Slater. 

Positive outlook for  automotive industry
EXTENSIVE PRODUCT RANGE Bearings International is poised to cater to increased new-car production levels with its wide range of bearings and power transmission products

Production capacity grows in SA automotive industry

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th February 2017 The outlook for the local automotive industry for the next three to five years is very positive, with several manufacturers planning upgrades and expansions at their facilities to increase capacity, says drive technology provider SEW Eurodrive South Africa (SA) sales engineer Willem Strydom. 

Production capacity grows in SA automotive industry
WILLEM STRYDOM AND CLIVE O’REILLY SEW Eurodrive SA’s products can help automotive manufacturers optimize their operations as they expand their product lines

S Africa to keep pace with automotive technology advances

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th February 2017 With American analyst firm Gartner predicting that there will be a quarter of a billion connected vehicles on the road globally by 2020, equipped with new in-vehicle services and automated driving capabilities, asset and vehicle tracking solutions company Ctrack, part of Inseego Corp, says cars... 

S Africa to keep pace  with automotive  technology advances
BETTER FLEET MANAGEMENT Ctrack’s range of on-board devices and mobile software can help fleet managers to prevent road accidents in South Africa

Spark plug range provides unsurpassed coverage

     10th February 2017 Aftermarket automotive products supplier Federal-Mogul, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation, is now offering the new EON-Titan spark plug range from automotive products manufacturer Champion, which incorporates innovative use of the latest spark plug technology. 

Spark plug range provides  unsurpassed coverage
COMPREHENSIVE RANGE The new Champion EON-Titan spark plug range provides car parc coverage of 90% with only 18 product references

Two ‘gold’ Rolls-Royce Phantoms to be added to fleet at ultraluxury Macau hotel

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 Two ‘gold’ Rolls Royce Phantoms are set to join a fleet of 30 Phantoms soon to operate at Chinese billionaire Stephen Hung’s The 13 ultra-luxury hotel development in Macau, southern China. The 13’s fleet of Phantoms, valued at R236-million when placed in 2014, represents the single largest order... 

Enormous global demand on way for copper, platinum, zinc – Friedland

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2017 Enormous global demand is building up for copper, platinum and zinc, driven by new technology, mitigation of health risks in hospitals and agricultural augmentation, Ivanhoe Mines executive chairperson Robert Friedland said on Wednesday. In a comprehensive address to the Investing in African... 

Enormous global demand on way for copper, platinum, zinc – Friedland
Photo by Duane Daws
Ivanhoe chairperson Robert Friedland

Peugeot to assemble two car models in Kenya

By: Reuters     6th February 2017 France's PSA Group, the maker of Peugeot, Citroen and DS cars, said on Saturday it had signed a contract to start assembling two car models in Kenya. PSA, which wants to reduce its dependence on European sales, will assemble the Peugeot 508 and 3008 models from kits of pre-assembled modules with... 

AA calls for local vehicle safety rating, must be displayed at point of sale 

By: Irma Venter     3rd February 2017 South Africa’s Automobile Association (AA) has called for the implementation of a local vehicle safety ratings scale. The association on Friday said that such a ratings scale would ensure consumers had a better understanding of the safety of the vehicle they intended purchasing. 

AA calls for local vehicle safety rating, must be displayed at point of sale

Electric-vehicle market share expected to rise sharply by 2040

By: Irma Venter     3rd February 2017 Electric vehicles (EVs) could make up 15% to 35% of worldwide new vehicle sales in 2040, says IHS Markit, a specialist in critical information, analytics and solutions. The findings are part of a new research project, ‘Reinventing the Wheel’, that the company will conduct over the first half of... 

New leader for Fiat Group Automobiles South Africa

     3rd February 2017 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has announced the appointment of Robin van Rensburg as the new CEO and MD of Fiat Group Automobiles South Africa, the importer of Fiat, Fiat Professional, Abarth and Alfa Romeo brands. Van Rensburg will hold the same title at Chrysler South Africa, the importer of... 

Transformation a top priority for new Naacam chief

By: Irma Venter     3rd February 2017 The biggest goal of newly appointed National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) executive director Renai Moothilal is to increase the participation of black South Africans in the country’s automotive sector. He says there are “opportunities to drive... 

South Africa's January new vehicle sales up 3.7% y/y

By: Reuters     1st February 2017 South Africa's new vehicle sales rose 3.7% year-on-year to 50 333 units in January, data from the trade and industry department showed on Wednesday. Exports, however, were down 10.3% to 11 659 units compared with the same month a year earlier, the department said. 

Consumers may benefit from aggressive car marketing in 2017

By: Irma Venter     27th January 2017 New-car prices jumped by around 11.03% in 2016, says asset finance house WesBank. The increase has been measured based on the average transaction value WesBank recorded on new-vehicle sales last year. 

New-vehicle sales fell for third straight year in 2016

By: Irma Venter     27th January 2017 Data released by the Department of Trade and Industry in January shows that South African new-vehicle sales declined for the third year in a row in 2016. Sales dropped by 11.4%, to 547 442 units, compared with 617 648 units in 2015. New-vehicle sales fell 4.1% in 2015 and 0.7% in 2014. 

SA industry takes wait-and-see approach as Trump piles pressure on carmakers

By: Irma Venter     27th January 2017 It is too early to speculate on the effects the incoming Trump administration may have on automotive trade between South Africa and the US, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) director Nico Vermeulen. “It is best to wait for the installation of the new... 

Three SA-built vehicles finished Dakar in top ten

By: Irma Venter     27th January 2017 Winning the gruelling Dakar race has again proved an elusive goal for the Toyota Gazoo Racing team. The team could not secure a podium position in this year’s rather chaotic race, following its third spot last year. 

It’s like Tinder, but for car buyers, and made in SA

By: Irma Venter     25th January 2017 Like it? Swipe right on your smartphone screen. Not interested? Swipe left. Three young South Africans have developed a smartphone app similar to dating app Tinder, but with one important difference – Carter aims to facilitate a long-term relationship between its users and the cars of their dreams.  

It’s like Tinder, but for car buyers, and made in SA
Tom Gardner, Amit Bholla and Vikash Govindjee

New body to tackle public perception, cost of electric vehicles 

By: Irma Venter     25th January 2017 The Electric Vehicle Industry Association’s (EVIA’s) first goal is to demonstrate to the South African public that they can use electric vehicles (EVs) with confidence, says South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) cleaner mobility programme GM Carel Snyman. The second goal is... 

New body to tackle public perception, cost of electric vehicles
The BMW i3

Mercedes-Benz invests in automated delivery robots

By: Irma Venter     23rd January 2017 Mercedes-Benz Vans (MB Vans) has expanded its goal of automated driving to also include automated delivery. The German manufacturer has announced that it is now the lead investor in Starship Technologies, a start-up company for the development of ground-based, autonomous delivery robots. 

Mercedes-Benz invests in automated delivery robots
The van-robot mothership concept was unveiled last year

Gold and diamonds for most expensive Rolls-Royce Phantoms ever built

By: Irma Venter     23rd January 2017 Two ‘gold’ Rolls-Royce Phantoms are set to join a fleet of 30 Phantoms soon to operate at Chinese billionaire Stephen Hung’s The 13 ultra-luxury hotel development in Macau, southern China. THE 13’s fleet of Phantoms, valued at R236-million when placed in 2014, represents the single largest order... 

 Gold and diamonds for most expensive Rolls-Royce Phantoms ever built
The fleet of 30 vehicles on their way to Macau

Owners of other Ford models join complaints over burning vehicles

By: News24Wire      20th January 2017 Owners of other models of the Ford Kuga  say their vehicles have also caught fire, challenging the vehicle manufacturer's claims that only one version of the car has a fault that could result in it bursting into flames. The National Consumer Commission (NCC) on Thursday confirmed it had received... 

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