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African auto industries not viable without policy support

By: Irma Venter     30th May 2018 If African governments do not develop sustainable, long-term automotive industry policies – including policy measures that address the issue of the sale of used vehicles – they will fail to develop automotive sectors within their economies, says African Association of Automotive Manufacturers... 

Electric vehicles could increase to 220m in 2030 – IEA

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th May 2018 The International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) ‘Global Electric Vehicles Outlook’ has found that the number of electric and plug-in hybrid cars on the world’s roads exceeded three-million in 2017, which is a 54% increase compared with 2016.  

Electric vehicles could increase to 220m in 2030 – IEA

Mahindra, AIH start local bakkie assembly in Durban

By: Irma Venter     25th May 2018 Mahindra & Mahindra South Africa (MMSA) has initiated contract assembly of its Mahindra and Bolero bakkies in KwaZulu-Natal. Production volume will be 2 500 a year in a single shift, but can be increased to 4 000 units a year. Production is from semi-knockdown kits, imported from India through... 

Mahindra, AIH start local bakkie assembly in Durban

US auto import probe borders on provocation – Germany's DIHK

By: Reuters     24th May 2018 The US decision to launch a national security investigation into car imports marks a further low point in business ties with Europe and could lead to costs of 6 billion euros, Germany's DIHK Chambers of Industries and Commerce said on Thursday. "To cite aspects of national security as... 

Volvo Group Southern Africa to invest millions in youth empowerment

By: African News Agency      21st May 2018 Volvo Group Southern Africa said it was planning to invest more than R20-million on apprenticeship training, automotive industry learnerships, disabled person learnerships, as well as internships in 2018. President of Volvo Group Southern Africa, Torbjörn Christensson, said that since 2015, the... 

Barloworld H1 profits, revenue rise on higher Southern African, Russian equipment sales

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st May 2018 Despite a weaker first quarter, the global economy remains on track to show solid growth for 2018 in both developed and emerging markets, while South Africa’s economic outlook is also improving, benefiting multinational Barloworld. The company on Monday reported a 14.2% year-on-year increase in... 

Barloworld H1 profits, revenue rise on higher Southern African, Russian equipment sales
Barloworld CE Dominic Sewela

Ford hopes ‘licence plate’ innovation will free up commercial drone use

By: Irma Venter     17th May 2018 Just as founder Henry Ford had a vision of “opening the highways to all mankind”, US car maker Ford says it wants to open the skies. Ford is the only automaker on the US Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) rule-making committee, and a proactive participant in the regulatory conversation... 

 Ford hopes ‘licence plate’ innovation will free up commercial drone use

R3bn Rosslyn Hub to create 160 000 jobs

By: Nadine James     16th May 2018 The R3-billion mixed-use Rosslyn Hub development was launched at the African Smart Cities Summit, co-located with the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo, at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, on Wednesday. The Rosslyn Hub is a crucial step towards the creation of the... 

Bloodhound project revises dates for first runs in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     16th May 2018 The UK team attempting to break the world landspeed record has announced a revised timeline for the project. It has been the expectation that the Bloodhound supersonic car would travel to South Africa, where the record attempt will take place, later this year. 

Bloodhound project revises dates for first runs in South Africa

SA to be ‘left behind’ if it does not move quickly on EVs, warns Whitfield

By: Irma Venter     15th May 2018 If South Africa does “not move quickly” on creating a market for electric vehicles, “we’ll be left behind”, warns Nissan Group of Africa MD Mike Whitfield. Also, should the South African automotive industry wish to achieve its long-stated objective of producing a million or more vehicles a year... 

 SA to be ‘left behind’ if it does not move quickly on EVs, warns Whitfield
The Nissan Leaf 2

Some inroads made after ten years of the Industrial Policy Action Plan - Davies

By: Kim Cloete     15th May 2018 Ramping up production in the automotive sector, resuscitating the ailing tooling industry and boosting the clothing, textiles, leather and footwear industries are among successes the government has listed in its review of ten years of the Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap). Despite a... 

Some inroads made after ten years of the Industrial Policy Action Plan - Davies

Government releases its tenth Industrial Policy Action Plan 

By: Kim Cloete     15th May 2018 The government has released its Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap) 2018, with a sharp focus on deepening industrial development, speeding up radical economic transformation and increasing the ability to produce higher value-added products. Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said it was... 

Government releases its tenth Industrial Policy Action Plan
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Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

Ctrack launches fleet-tracking solution for small businesses

By: Irma Venter     11th May 2018 Ctrack, a member of the Nasdaq-listed Inseego group, has launched a low-cost fleet tracking and optimisation tool, called Drive, for small and medium companies. Ctrack says Drive is ideal for companies with fleets of 30 vehicles or less, such as florists, plumbers, pathology labs and towing... 

Ctrack launches fleet-tracking solution for small businesses

Brink produces 350 000th tow bar, mulls importing steel

By: Irma Venter     9th May 2018 Brink Towing Systems this month produced its 350 000th tow bar at its plant in KwaZulu-Natal. The Pietermaritzburg-based company is a manufacturer and importer of towing solutions. 

Brink produces 350 000th tow bar, mulls importing steel

BMW’s Rosslyn plant exports the first made-in-SA X3s

By: Irma Venter     8th May 2018 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) last week dispatched its first made-in-South Africa X3 vehicles for export, transporting more than 100 units on 27 wagons via train to the Durban port, with Europe the final destination. “[This is] the result of a R6.1-billion investment into the country and the... 

BMW’s Rosslyn plant exports the first made-in-SA X3s

Auto exports earned South Africa R165bn in 2017

By: Irma Venter     4th May 2018 Total earnings from South African automotive exports reached R164.9-billion in 2017, comprising 13.9% of South Africa’s total export earnings. This number is down from the record R171.1-billion achieved in 2016, at 15.6% of total export earnings. Total automotive revenue in the South African... 

Auto exports earned South Africa R165bn in 2017
Dr Norman Lamprecht

Ford’s new CEO tackles brand revitalisation in wake of Kuga recall

By: Irma Venter     4th May 2018 Ford Motor Company of South Africa (FMCSA) will lure South Africans back to the blue oval not with special deals or big promises, but by the steadfast improvement of every customer interface. When former CEO Jeff Nemeth departed FMCSA in 2017, he did so at the end of a seven-year tenure, and in... 

Ford’s new CEO tackles brand revitalisation in wake of Kuga recall

Ford South Africa’s new CEO tackles brand revitalisation 

2nd May 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Irma Venter about Ford South Africa CEO Dr Casper Kruger’s plans to lure consumers back to the Ford brand. 

Ford South Africa’s new CEO tackles brand revitalisation
Ford South Africa’s new CEO tackles brand revitalisation

April new-vehicle sales improve by 3.6%

By: Irma Venter     2nd May 2018 The South African new-vehicle market grew by 3.6% in April, to 36 346 units, compared with the same month last year. The number is not the final tally, however, as it is expected to increase by about 350 units once Fiat Chrysler Automobiles South Africa submits its delayed sales tally by the... 

April new-vehicle sales improve by 3.6%

Nissan’s Rosslyn investment decision draws nearer; NP200, NP300 life extended 

By: Irma Venter     25th April 2018 Nissan South Africa (Nissan SA) expects to announce the decision on the production of a new model at its Rosslyn plant in the next three months, says Nissan Group of Africa MD Mike Whitfield. Speaking at a media function at Gerotek, in Pretoria, on Wednesday, he said the announcement was “not a... 

Nissan’s Rosslyn investment decision draws nearer; NP200, NP300 life extended
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Nissan Group of Africa MD Mike Whitfield

SA component suppliers 'making real progress', says benchmarking study

By: Irma Venter     24th April 2018 Despite certain areas of weakness, South African component suppliers have advanced their competitiveness and productivity in recent years, shows the South African Automotive Supplier Industry Benchmarking Report 2018. “It is clear that South African suppliers are making real progress, and that... 

 SA component suppliers 'making real progress', says benchmarking study

Porsche’s Toby Venter to add Lamborghini to his stable

By: Irma Venter     23rd April 2018 Toby Venter’s LSM Distributors will, in May, expand its South African portfolio with the addition of the Lamborghini brand. LSM currently distributes sports car brand Porsche and super-luxury marque Bentley in South Africa. 

Porsche’s Toby Venter to add Lamborghini to his stable
The Lamborghini Urus

Call made for ‘broad coalition’ to reverse South Africa’s premature deindustrialisation 

By: Terence Creamer     20th April 2018 A new no-holds-barred study of South Africa’s economic transformation over the past two decades concludes that the country has not only deindustrialised prematurely, but has also failed to materially transform its economic structure to one that encourages inclusive growth and development. Titled... 

Call made for ‘broad coalition’ to reverse South Africa’s premature deindustrialisation

Porsche unveils two new GTS models

By: Irma Venter     20th April 2018 The beauty of the new Porsche 718 Boxter GTS and the 718 Cayman GTS is that you can inch along with the Joburg morning traffic and travel over the occasional speed bump without any problem, or that you can switch to Sport Plus mode, which makes the German gentlemen clear their throats like... 

Porsche unveils two new GTS models
The 718 Cayman GTS

DTI opposed to temporary scrapping of EV duties, but open to EU tariff re-set 

By: Terence Creamer     20th April 2018 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has confirmed that it is opposed to reducing protection on the import of electric vehicles (EVs) as a way of increasing domestic demand, arguing that automotive firms should, instead, use the duty offsets available to them through production rebate... 

DTI opposed to temporary scrapping of EV duties, but open to EU tariff re-set

CMH achieves 17.2% y/y increase in FY18 headline earnings despite challenges

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th April 2018 Investment holding company Combined Motor Holdings (CMH) on Tuesday reported a good set of results for the financial year ended February 28, despite ongoing challenges including a difficult economic, trading and political environment.  

BMW opens R260m regional distribution centre in Midrand

By: Irma Venter     11th April 2018 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) has cut the ribbon on its new regional distribution centre at the Waterfall precinct, in Midrand, Gauteng. Project developer Attacq and BMW SA jointly invested around R260-million to create the facility. 

BMW opens R260m regional distribution centre in Midrand

Mahindra SA appoints new CEO

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2018 Car manufacturer Mahindra South Africa (SA) has appointed Rajesh Gupta to succeed Sanjoy Gupta as CEO.  

Mahindra SA appoints new CEO
Mahindra CEO Rajesh Gupta

Cable theft in Rosslyn reaching crisis proportions, warns Gauteng MEC

By: Irma Venter     4th April 2018 The Gauteng government on Wednesday expressed its concern about continuous electricity supply disruptions at the Automotive Supplier Park (ASP) in Rosslyn, Tshwane. In recent weeks, production had been halted several times owing to cable theft, said Gauteng Economic Development, Environment,... 

Cable theft in Rosslyn reaching crisis proportions, warns Gauteng MEC

Kobe Steel to invest $471m to raise automotive steel output

By: Reuters     4th April 2018 Kobe Steel, Japan's third-biggest steelmaker, said on Wednesday it will invest 50-billion yen ($471-million) in domestic facilities to increase output of high-tensile steel to meet a growing need for lighter materials from automakers. It is the company's first major capital investment since it... 

New-vehicle market sees first positive month as March sales increase by 1.1%

By: Irma Venter     3rd April 2018 The domestic new-vehicle market expanded for the first time this year as March new-vehicle sales inched up 1.1%, to 49 233 units, compared with the same month last year.   Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry on Tuesday showed that March new-passenger car sales gained... 

 New-vehicle market sees first positive month as March sales increase by 1.1%

Next-generation Ranger investment decision 'imminent', says Ford

By: Irma Venter     28th March 2018 US car maker Ford’s decision on where to produce the next-generation Ranger pickup “is imminent”, says Ford Middle East and Africa president Jacques Brent. South Africa is currently one of three global production sites for the Ranger. 

 Next-generation Ranger investment decision 'imminent', says Ford
Jacques Brent

South Korea steel shares rise on US steel tariff exemption

By: Reuters     26th March 2018 South Korea's steelmakers rose on Monday, with market heavyweight Posco leading the overall sector after the United States agreed to exempt South Korea from its new steel tariffs. Washington will impose a quota on steel imports instead, while South Korea in return will improve access for U.S.... 

BMW to push EV range to 700 km, 12 new EVs set for launch by 2025

By: Irma Venter     23rd March 2018 Powered by the fifth generation of battery and drivetrain technology, from 2021, BMW will be able to offer all-electric vehicles (EVs) with a range of up to 700 km, and plug-in hybrids with an electrical range of up to 100 km, the German car maker said this week as it released its annual... 

 BMW to push EV range to 700 km, 12 new EVs set for launch by 2025
Photo by Irma Venter
Harald Krüger

Cartrack aiming to expand affordable vehicle insurance cover

By: Irma Venter     23rd March 2018 Fleet management, vehicle recovery and telematics group Cartrack aims to expand its newly launched affordable vehicle insurance product range over the next six to 18 months. Cartrack unveiled a R9.99 product in February, strictly for vehicle theft and hijackings, through its new subsidiary,... 

Audi unveils prototype of its first all-electric model

By: Irma Venter     23rd March 2018 Audi has unveiled its e-tron prototype at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, in Switzerland. The prototype offers a preview of the German brand’s first all-electric model. This is also the vehicle that is scheduled for launch in South Africa in 2019 or 2020. 

Nitrogen inflation adoption grows despite market misinformation

By: Paige Müller     23rd March 2018 Despite misinformation on the benefits of nitrogen tyre inflation there is significant adoption of nitrogen tyre inflation in sectors such as mining and transportation, says nitrogen inflation systems manufacturer NitraLife sales director Tom Sowry. “The lack of industry-related information... 

Nitrogen inflation adoption grows despite market misinformation
NITROGEN GENERATORS AND INFLATORS WIDELY AVAILABLE Nitrogen generators and tyre inflators are widely available at petrol stations all over the country

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