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Passenger Cars, Bakkies & Vans News

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 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

Porsche ponders diesel exit, pushes electric cars – CEO

By: Reuters     18th July 2017 Porsche's latest generation of diesel engines could be its last, Chief Executive Oliver Blume told Reuters, as Volkswagen's cheating on diesel emissions tests starts to cast a shadow over its Porsche sports-car division. Porsche is spending a billion euros ($1.16 billion) to overhaul its main... 

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

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

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... 

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. 

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). 

Next year should see the end of e-tolling, believes Outa 

By: Irma Venter     13th July 2017 Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) COO Ben Theron says electronic tolling (e-tolling) on Gauteng’s freeways should be a “thing of the past” by March next year. Speaking at the FleetX Conference 2017 in Midrand on Thursday, he noted that a test case between Outa and the South African National... 

Next year should see the end of e-tolling, believes Outa

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

Electric cars to reach 54% of new sales by 2040, prices to drop dramatically

By: Irma Venter     7th July 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... 

Electric cars to reach 54% of new sales by 2040, prices to drop dramatically

BMW i-brand now best-selling electric vehicle in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     7th July 2017 Two years after its market launch in South Africa, the BMW i-brand has established itself as the best selling electric vehicle (EV) and plug-in-hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) in the country. Since the i-brand’s market introduction in March 2015, a total of 419 BMW i models have been delivered to... 

BMW lifts veil on SUV model destined for manufacture in Rosslyn

By: Irma Venter     7th July 2017 German carmaker BMW in June lifted the veil on its 2018 X3 sports-utility vehicle (SUV) at its factory in Spartanburg, South Carolina, in the US. The new X3 is also the vehicle the Rosslyn plant is gearing up to produce for the local and export markets, after assembling several generations of 3... 

Now Audi SA stops reporting detailed new-vehicle sales numbers

By: Irma Venter     7th July 2017 New CEO at Audi South Africa (Audi SA), Trevor Hill, says the German premium brand will, by the end of July, stop providing detailed new-vehicle sales numbers to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). This announcement follows in the footsteps of Mercedes Benz South Africa (MBSA) and BMW... 

VWSA aims to use empowerment trust to transform supplier base

By: Irma Venter     7th July 2017 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) last month officially launched its broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) Initiatives Trust. The aim of the trust is to increase the number of black-owned suppliers in the automotive sector value chain.  

Volvo Cars to go all electric from 2019

By: Irma Venter     5th 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... 

Volvo Cars to go all electric from 2019

Metair acquires 25.1% of German battery manufacturer in R111m deal

By: Irma Venter     4th 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... 

Metair acquires 25.1% of German battery manufacturer in R111m deal
Theo Loock

Half-year new-vehicle sales down 1.3%, Ford Ranger tops out Hilux

By: Irma Venter     3rd July 2017 Data released by the Department of Trade and Industry on Monday indicated 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... 

Half-year new-vehicle sales down 1.3%, Ford Ranger tops out Hilux
Ford Ranger production at the Silverton plant

Mazda SA seeks another 8% growth after blistering 2016

By: Irma Venter     3rd 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... 

Mazda SA seeks another 8% growth after blistering 2016

VW shows off new Polo to be produced in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     3rd 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). 

VW shows off new Polo to be produced in South Africa
The new Polo, to be launched in SA in 2018

Catalytic converters still dominate SA’s auto components export mix

By: Irma Venter     30th June 2017 Component exports from South Africa in 2016 were again dominated by catalytic converters. Data published in the Automotive Export Manual 2017 shows that catalytic converter exports made up 41.3% of all component exports from South Africa, by value, earning R21.9-billion, up from last year’s... 

Peugeot Citroën South Africa ‘here to stay’

By: Irma Venter     30th June 2017 Peugeot Citroën South Africa (PCSA) is here to stay, says new PCSA MD Francisco Gaie. “The company forms part of VT Holdings’ long-term strategy in South Africa.” 

Williams Hunt group to distribute Opel in SA

By: Irma Venter     30th June 2017 The German Opel brand will be distributed in South Africa by the Williams Hunt group, as from January 1, 2018. US carmaker General Motors (GM) earlier this year sold the Opel brand to French rival, Peugeot. Peugeot Citroën South Africa will not, however, take responsibility for Opel in the local... 

Automotive sector remains relevant in volatile market

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th June 2017 While South Africa works its way through the impact of the latest economic headwinds, the automotive sector is holding its own in a volatile market, Econometrix director and chief economist Dr Azar Jammine said on Wednesday. Despite an expected contraction in domestic vehicle production and sales... 

Automotive industry confirms commitment to transformation in meeting with ANC

By: Terence Creamer     28th June 2017 South African automotive industry executives reaffirmed their commitment to industry transformation during meetings with African National Congress (ANC) leaders this week, at which they also presented an outline for a proposed R3.5-billion venture capital fund to support black enterprise... 

Automotive industry confirms commitment to transformation in meeting with ANC

BMW unveils new X3 that will be built in SA and the US

By: Irma Venter     27th June 2017 German carmaker BMW on Monday lifted the veil on its 2018 X3 sports-utility vehicle (SUV) at its factory in Spartanburg, South Carolina, in the US. This new X3 is also the vehicle the Rosslyn plant is gearing up to produce for the local and export markets, after assembling several generations of... 

BMW unveils new X3 that will be built in SA and the US
The new BMW X3

Premium market in for another tough year; Audi’s first EV coming to SA 

By: Irma Venter     26th June 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... 

Premium market in for another tough year; Audi’s first EV coming to SA
Trevor Hill

Audi SA third carmaker to halt detailed sales reporting

By: Irma Venter     23rd June 2017 New CEO at Audi South Africa (Audi SA), Trevor Hill, says the German premium brand will, by the end of July, stop providing detailed new-vehicle sales numbers to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). This announcement follows in the footsteps of Mercedes Benz South Africa (MBSA) and BMW... 

Audi SA third carmaker to halt detailed sales reporting

Ford recalls 15 600 cars in South Africa over fire risk

By: Reuters     23rd June 2017 Ford Motor Company is recalling nearly 16 000 Ikon and Figo models in South Africa due to a potential fire risk, it said on Friday. The models were built between 2004 and 2012 in India, Ford said in a statement. 

Haval outlines SA operating model after GWM takeover

By: Irma Venter     23rd June 2017 Haval Motors South Africa (Haval SA) has launched its first new vehicle in the local market since the company took over from Great Wall Motors South Africa (GWM SA). The H2 sports-utility vehicle (SUV) is set to compete with the Ford EcoSport and the Mazda CX3. 

Kaspersky Lab, AVL collaborating on secure-by-design auto components

By: Schalk Burger     23rd June 2017 Cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky Lab and German automotive software, systems and electronics subsidiary AVL Software and Functions are developing secure communications units (SCUs) to protect all automotive communications from cyberthreats. The partnership will help to develop... 

Kaspersky Lab, AVL collaborating on secure-by-design  auto components
ANDREY NIKISHIN The partnership will build a bridge between embedded automotive development and best cybersecurity practices and technologies

R125m conveyor for Ford plant

By: Irma Venter     23rd June 2017 The Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has invested more than R125-million to upgrade the 3 000-m vehicle conveyor system at its Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria. The conveyor system carries vehicles from the plant’s body shop to the paint shop. 

Tough economic conditions reflected in May vehicle sales

By: Irma Venter     23rd June 2017 A tough domestic economy continued to take its toll in May, with new-vehicle sales in the local market declining by 2.6%, to 41 783 units, compared with May last year. Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry earliert his month showed that new passenger car sales declined by... 

VWSA trust makes first investment to grow black supplier base

By: Irma Venter     22nd June 2017 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) on Thursday officially launched its broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) Initiatives Trust. The aim of the trust is to increase the number of black-owned suppliers in the automotive sector value chain.  

VWSA trust makes first investment to grow black supplier base
Thomas Schäfer

Cape Town plant to build Cobra kit car for local, export markets 

By: Irma Venter     21st June 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. 

 Cape Town plant to build Cobra kit car for local, export markets
The Hayden Cobra

Bloodhound supersonic car to start live testing in October

By: Irma Venter     20th June 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... 

Bloodhound supersonic car to start live testing in October
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