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Automaker groups warn US tariffs will undermine new NAFTA deal

By: Reuters     16th November 2018 US automakers and parts suppliers on Thursday warned that President Donald Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs and threatened car tariffs would undermine the benefits of the new deal to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement, causing widespread job losses. At a wide-ranging hearing... 

VR reinventing education, training in organisations – BSC

By: Simone Liedtke     14th November 2018 Business Science Corporation (BSC) is reinventing itself as the world moves into the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and is focusing on the use of virtual reality (VR) as a cost-effective method of training people. Skills development and the inadequacies of traditional safety training remain... 

South Africa must consider charging strategies before investing in EVs

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th November 2018 South Africa needs to develop controlled charging strategies before it embarks on large-scale investment in electric vehicles (EVs), Council for Scientific and Industrial Research research engineer Paseka Mabina said during the South African Energy Efficiency Confederation conference, on... 

Motus about more than car sales, says acting CEO 

By: Irma Venter     14th November 2018 Motus is on track to list on the JSE on November 22, in the specialised retail sector, following the unbundling of the Imperial group into its two main businesses: Imperial Logistics and Motus, with the latter housing all of its automotive related activities. Imperial was, in fact, founded as a... 

Motus about more than car sales, says acting CEO
Ockert Janse van Rensburg

Electrifying the world no panacea for global warming, IEA says  

By: Bloomberg     13th November 2018 Driving electric cars and scrapping your natural gas-fired boiler won’t make a dent in global carbon emissions, and may even increase pollution levels. Higher electrification may lead to oil demand peaking by 2030, but any reduction in emissions from the likes of electric vehicles will be offset... 

Carmakers lure ride-hailer, delivery drivers in Africa

By: Reuters     9th November 2018 At Suzuki Motor Corp's showroom in the Kenyan capital, hundreds of its Alto compact cars are waiting to be collected. Most of the customers are drivers for ride-hailing company Uber Technologies, which struck a loans and discount deal with the Japanese carmaker and South Africa's Stanbic Bank, at... 

Toyota, VW developing seven black component suppliers, says DTI’s Davies 

By: Irma Venter     9th November 2018 Seven black-owned automotive component suppliers are currently undergoing an 18-month training programme, with the aim of supplying some of South Africa’s vehicle manufacturing plants in future, says Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies. Responding to a question in Parliament this week, he... 

 Toyota, VW developing seven black component suppliers, says DTI’s Davies
Dr Rob Davies

Opel Adam, Honda Civic Sedan come out tops in SA vehicle quality survey

By: Irma Venter     8th November 2018 The Opel Adam has walked away as the best quality passenger car in South Africa’s 2017 Ipsos Vehicle Quality Survey (VQS), followed by the Honda Civic sedan and the Audi A3 sedan. At the bottom of the 50-vehicle-strong pile are the Datsun Go Plus, Renault Kwid and Ford Focus ST hatch. 

 Opel Adam, Honda Civic Sedan come out tops in SA vehicle quality survey

Nissan signs deal to build assembly plant in Ghana

By: Reuters     6th November 2018 Japanese automaker Nissan signed a preliminary deal with Ghana on Tuesday to set up an assembly plant in the West African country, company officials and the government said. Nissan, which leads new car sales in Ghana with a 32% market share, plans to make Ghana its sales hub in West Africa, a... 

Merc’s first electric car to make SA debut in 2019

By: Irma Venter     5th November 2018 Mercedes-Benz’s first battery electric vehicle (EV) will make its debut in South Africa next year, with sales to start in 2020, says Mercedes-Benz Cars South Africa marketing director Selvin Govender. The special edition EQC models to hit the road in 2019 will serve to create awareness for... 

Merc’s first electric car to make SA debut in 2019
The Mercedes-Benz EQC

NCAP results give South African consumers insight into vehicle safety performance

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd November 2018 The Global New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) and the Automobile Association (AA) of South Africa’s second set of SaferCarsForAfrica crash tests, for four models sold in South Africa, was released on Friday, and revealed varying safety concerns and performance parameters for local customers.... 

NCAP results give South African consumers insight into vehicle safety performance
The Nissan NP300 during the NCAP crash test

Naamsa welcomes uptick in October new-vehicle sales

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st November 2018 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers South Africa (Naamsa) on Thursday said the latest domestic new-vehicle sales figures for October reflected an unexpected and welcome uptick of 1.7% to 51 866 units sold, which was largely supported by fairly strong growth in the various... 

Lessons on transforming manufacturing in India

By: Kim Cloete     31st October 2018 Transformational changes in manufacturing in India have been unpacked at the Lean Summit Africa 2018, in Cape Town, holding important lessons for ramping up efficiency and boosting competitiveness in South Africa. Takayuki Furuhashi, who is considered an international guru in the field of... 

Cartrack aims for a million-plus subscribers by 2020

By: Irma Venter     31st October 2018 Cartrack should truly reach economies of scale in the next 24 months, when the mobile asset management and asset recovery company should reach one-million global subscribers, says CEO Zak Calisto. Speaking in Johannesburg as he announced Cartrack’s financial results for the six months ended... 

Cartrack aims for a million-plus subscribers by 2020
Zak Calisto

Former Audi CEO Stadler freed from jail in diesel emissions case

By: Bloomberg     30th October 2018 German judges allowed former Audi CEO Rupert Stadler to leave the jail where he’s been since June, while warning that there’s still strong evidence against him in a criminal probe over diesel-emission cheating. The 55-year-old was told not to contact any potential witnesses in the fraud... 

Natural gas cheaper than soaring diesel, petrol, says NGV Gas  

By: Irma Venter     30th October 2018 When compared with petrol, diesel and liquefied petroleum gas, compressed natural gas (CNG) is the most economic transport fuel, believes CNG group sales and marketing manager Wayne Williams. “On 26 September, natural gas was R7.10c cheaper than a litre of 95 octane petrol in Johannesburg,” he... 

Natural gas cheaper than soaring diesel, petrol, says NGV Gas

Jaguar’s first electric car to cost a cool R1.69-million in SA 

By: Irma Venter     29th October 2018 South Africa’s third commercially available fully electric vehicle (EV) will make its local debut early in 2019, at a starting price of R1.69-million. The Jaguar I-Pace sports-utility vehicle (SUV) will be available in three trim grades, namely S, SE and HSE, as well as a special first edition,... 

Jaguar’s first electric car to cost a cool R1.69-million in SA

Ramaphosa declares end to 'investment strike' and unveils R290bn in commitments  

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa declared an end to South Africa's proverbial 'investment strike', when he unveiled firm investment commitments of R290-billion across a diverse range of sectors, from mining and energy to infrastructure and manufacturing, at a well attended and vibrant investment... 

Ramaphosa declares end to 'investment strike' and unveils R290bn in commitments
President Cyril Ramaphosa

There is room for more ride-hailing services, says Taxify country manager

By: Irma Venter     23rd October 2018 Taxify believes there is room for another electronic ride-hailing service in South Africa. US-based Uber started operations in South Africa in 2013, with Estonia’s Taxify moving into the country in 2016. 

 There is room for more ride-hailing services, says Taxify country manager

Buying only SA-made vehicles could boost GDP by R37bn, says Wits study  

By: Irma Venter     23rd October 2018 New research by the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) shows that a government policy of buying only locally produced cars, bakkies, buses and trucks at national and provincial government level could, through various multiplier effects, increase South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) by... 

Buying only SA-made vehicles could boost GDP by R37bn, says Wits study

Dutch solar road proves successful, moves on to heavy traffic road trial 

By: Irma Venter     19th October 2018 A solar bike path trial in the Netherlands has exceeded all expectations, and will now be rolled out to a road with heavier traffic. The SolaRoad pilot cycle path alongside the N203 near Krommenie, in the Netherlands, was opened in October 2014. It is 90 m long and 3.5 m wide. 

 Dutch solar road proves successful, moves on to heavy traffic road trial

It’s a tough market out there and it’s not getting better, says CMH

By: Irma Venter     17th October 2018 It has been a challenging year for corporate South Africa, says Combined Motor Holdings (CMH). “The economy has suffered from the after-effects of years of corruption and mismanagement, [as well as] the ANC's recent pronouncement that it intends to amend the Constitution to allow land... 

It’s a tough market out there and it’s not getting better, says CMH

Brink Towing Systems SA secures additional export volumes

By: Irma Venter     16th October 2018 An unexpected surge in demand will see Brink Towing Systems South Africa (SA) in October and November export almost 10 000 additional units to its parent company, the Brink Group, in the Netherlands. Brink Towing Systems SA is the largest manufacturer of tow bars in the domestic market, and... 

Brink Towing Systems SA secures additional export volumes
The new Yaskawa robot at the Brink Towing Systems SA factory

Bloodhound project faces financial crunch, seeks R475m

By: Irma Venter     15th October 2018 Bloodhound Programme, the UK company behind Project Bloodhound, the initiative to break the land-speed world record (currently at 1 227.98 km/h), has run into serious financial trouble. The company has entered into administration, with the appointment of Andrew Sheridan and Geoff Rowley, partners... 

Bloodhound project faces financial crunch, seeks R475m
The Bloodhound vehicle in 2017

Lithium leaders tout bright EV future after tough trading debut

By: Bloomberg     12th October 2018 The market for lithium will remain tight through 2025 as producers struggle to lift output fast enough to meet demand for the material that’s essential in making batteries for electric vehicles (EVs), according to the sector’s newest public company, Livent. “We think demand is going to grow... 

Mercedes-Benz rolls out fuel-cell SUV to tackle tech hurdles

By: Bloomberg     10th October 2018 Mercedes-Benz will soon start handing over its latest fuel-cell electric car to fleet customers to keep a toe-hold in a promising technology that’s been hampered by the difficulties of storing and refueling hydrogen. The Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell model combines a fuel cell with a battery that can... 

Mercedes-Benz rolls out fuel-cell SUV to tackle tech hurdles

Ford produces first trial Ranger Raptors in SA, invests another R160m

By: Irma Venter     10th October 2018 The Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa has produced its first batch of trial Ranger Raptor bakkies at its Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria. In preparation for full-scale production of the new model, the plant assembled its first ten official Ranger Raptor units as part of the tooling... 

Ford produces first trial Ranger Raptors in SA, invests another R160m

Numsa members embark on strike at Toyota

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th October 2018 National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) members have embarked on a strike at Toyota South Africa Motors’ (TSAM’s) Prospecton plant, in Durban, as well as at its warehouse facility in Atlas road, in Johannesburg. The union said in a statement on Monday that TSAM routinely failed... 

Application of code of conduct requires ‘extensive' review, says auto industry body

By: Irma Venter     8th October 2018 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) on Monday voiced its support for the Competition Commission’s proposed voluntary Code of Conduct (CoC) for the South African vehicle repair, service and parts supply sectors. However, the association emphasised that it... 

 Application of code of conduct requires ‘extensive' review, says auto industry body

Mercedes-Benz unveils self-driving, electric, interchangeable van vision 

By: Irma Venter     4th October 2018 The future of the van is self-driving, electric and versatile, says Mercedes-Benz. The German manufacturer unveiled its Vision Urbanetic at the 2018 IAA Commercial Vehicle show in Germany last month. The envisaged new member of the Mercedes-Benz Vans family will be based on an all-electric... 

 Mercedes-Benz unveils self-driving, electric, interchangeable van vision
The Vision Urbanetic explained

Current proposed automotive Code of Conduct ‘catastrophic’, warns dealer body

By: Irma Venter     4th October 2018 Implementing the proposed automotive industry Code of Conduct (CoC) in its current form will have a “catastrophic effect on the economy as it undermines investment, employment and consumer welfare in this important sector of our economy”, says National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA)... 

 Current proposed automotive Code of Conduct ‘catastrophic’, warns dealer body
Mark Dommisse

Jaguar I-Pace EV drives from JHB to Durban on two charges 

By: Irma Venter     3rd October 2018 Jaguar has successfully completed the long-distance journey between Johannesburg and Durban in its all-electric I-Pace, using the recently announced Powerway network to charge the vehicle. The pre-production Jaguar I-Pace, in South Africa for testing and homologation purposes, began its trip with... 

Mazda to deploy electrification in all of its production vehicles by 2030

By: Irma Venter     3rd October 2018 Mazda will deploy some form of electrification in all of its production vehicles by 2030. The Japanese car maker expects internal combustion engines, combined with some form of electrification, such as plug-in hybrids, to account for 95% of the vehicles it produces by 2030, and battery electric... 

 Mazda to deploy electrification in all of its production vehicles by 2030

Germany pushes VW, BMW for trade-ins to defuse diesel crisis

By: Bloomberg     2nd October 2018 Germany’s ruling coalition pushed Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW to offer trade-in rebates for older diesel vehicles to avoid driving bans in urban areas and defuse a crisis that’s sullying the country’s reputation as an automotive leader. The plan wasreed by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government... 

New-vehicle market declines by 1.9%, record exports for September

By: Irma Venter     1st October 2018 The South African new-vehicle market declined by 1.9% in September, to 49 670 units, compared with the same month last year. The newest sales numbers, released on Monday, indicated that September new-passenger car sales decreased by 2.6%, to reach 32 786 units. 

New-vehicle market declines by 1.9%, record exports for September

Dutch team Nuon outruns Japan’s Tokai to take gold in Sasol Solar Challenge

By: Irma Venter     1st October 2018 Dutch team Nuon has taken top honours in the 2018 Sasol Solar Challenge, arriving in Stellenbosch on the weekend with 4 030.4 km on the clock. Nuon’s close rivals from Japan, team Tokai, completed 3 941.4 km, and had to be satisfied with second place. 

 Dutch team Nuon outruns Japan’s Tokai to take gold in Sasol Solar Challenge
Dutch team Nuon on the weekend took gold in the 2018 Sasol Solar Challenge

US regulator sues Musk for fraud, seeks to remove him from Tesla

By: Reuters     28th September 2018 The US Securities and Exchange Commission accused Tesla CE Elon Musk on Thursday of fraud and sought to remove him from his role in charge of the electric car company, saying he made a series of “false and misleading” tweets about potentially taking Tesla private last month. In a lawsuit, the... 

US regulator sues Musk for fraud, seeks to remove him from Tesla
Photo by Reuters
Tesla CEO Elon Musk
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