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Passenger Cars, Bakkies & Vans News

Bloodhound land-speed record attempt plagued by funding issues

By: Irma Venter     4th October 2017 The Bloodhound supersonic car (SSC) will, most likely, not travel from the UK to South Africa’s Hakspeenpan in 2018 to attempt a new world land-speed record of 1 600 km/h. The current land-speed record, set 20 years ago, is 1 228 km/h. 

BMW SA to invest another R160m in Rosslyn plant

By: Anine Kilian     2nd October 2017 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) will invest an additional R160-million into its Rosslyn manufacturing facility to enhance production linespeed. The enhancement raises the maximum production capacity by almost 10%, from 71 000 units to 76 000 units, leaving the plant with potential in the future... 

BMW SA to invest another R160m in Rosslyn plant
Photo by Duane Daws
BMW SA CEO Tim Abbott

Production version of Honda concept EV set for Europe launch in 2019

By: Irma Venter     29th September 2017 Honda has revealed an all-new electric vehicle (EV), the Urban EV Concept, at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The concept car is built on a completely new platform, and sets the direction for the technology and design that will appear on a future battery electric Honda production model. 

Trade deals, emissions laws set to challenge SA auto industry, warns Toyota Europe’s Van Zyl

By: Irma Venter     29th September 2017 In an effort to clean up ever-increasing pollution, the UK in July announced a proposal that sales of new diesel and petrol cars would come to an end by 2040. This announcement mirrors one made earlier by the French government, with a similar timeline and intent. This means two of South Africa’s... 

Trade deals, emissions laws set to challenge SA auto industry, warns Toyota Europe’s Van Zyl

New JV aiming to incorporate solar cells in glass roofs of Audi cars

By: Irma Venter     29th September 2017  German premium car maker Audi and Alta Devices, a subsidiary of Chinese solar-cell specialist, Hanergy, have joined forces in a project that will attempt to use thin-film solar cells in the panoramic glass roofs of Audi models. The electricity these cells generate will flow into the car’s... 

Poor macro economics acting as ‘handbrake’ and ‘roadblock’, says Audi’s Hill

By: Irma Venter     26th September 2017 The poor macro-economic environment must be acknowledged as the most fundamental roadblock to the development of the local new vehicle market, and as a handbrake to manufacturing investment, says Audi South Africa head Trevor Hill. While the South African automotive market can expect to see... 

Poor macro economics acting as ‘handbrake’ and ‘roadblock’, says Audi’s Hill
Trevor Hill

CMH expects higher H1 earnings a share

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd September 2017 JSE-listed Combined Motor Holdings (CMH) expects to report a 5% to 15% increase in headline earnings per share (HEPS) to between 122.4c and 134.1c for the six months ended August 31. HEPS were 116.6c for the six months to August 31, 2016. 

Industries should prepare for increased use of HFO gases

By: Nadine James     22nd September 2017 As a result of the Kigali Agreement, countries will gradually start phasing out the use of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) gases, replacing them with hydrofluoro-olefin (HFO) gases and natural refrigerants like ammonia, carbon dioxide and hydrocarbons, says industrial gases supplier A-Gas South Africa.... 

Industries should prepare for  increased use of HFO gases
MULTiFACETED OPERATION A-Gas offers a range of products to assist across a broad range of sectors, including shipping, refrigeration, air conditioning, automotive and mining

Korean group may introduce new heavy-duty truck to SA market

By: Irma Venter     22nd September 2017 Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) is testing the Xcient heavy-duty truck for possible introduction into the South African new-vehicle market. HASA CEO Niall Lynch says the truck, with a gross vehicle mass of 36.6 t, is undergoing road tests within Imperial Logistics. 

Solareff makes green-mobility acquisition

By: Irma Venter     22nd September 2017 JSE-listed information and communication technology (ICT) group, Alviva Holdings, has, through its subsidiary Solareff, acquired 75% of GridCars, a Pretoria-based startup that focuses on the manufacture of electric vehicle (EV) charge points and back office charge point management systems.... 

Daddy, you don’t know anything about car shopping

By: Irma Venter     22nd September 2017 The teenage daughter of Nissan Motor Corporation chief digital officer Madhu Nutakki last year shopped for a car, as California legislation allowed her to drive herself to school and back from the age of 15-and-a-half. Nutakki is based in Silicon Valley. 

Leaf 2 offers advanced technologies, dynamic new design 

21st September 2017 The effects of global warming are driving the case for electric vehicles, or EVs, such as the latest zero-emissions EV from global vehicle manufacturer Nissan, the much-anticipated Leaf 2. Tracy Hancock attended the launch in Japan. 

Leaf 2 offers advanced technologies, dynamic new design
Leaf 2 offers advanced technologies, dynamic new design

IFC provides $150m loan to assist BMW SA’s production plans

By: Irma Venter     20th September 2017 The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank, will assist in financing BMW Group South Africa’s (BMW SA’s) R6-billion investment in its Rosslyn plant, set to produce the new BMW X3. The $150 million loan comes as South Africa “seeks new sources of economic growth after... 

IFC provides $150m loan to assist BMW SA’s production plans

2018 Car of the Year finalists range from small to big, budget to luxury

By: Irma Venter     19th September 2017 The South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ) has announced the finalists in the 2018 WesBank Car of the Year competition. The announcement follows a voting process by a 30-member jury from the SAGMJ. The finalists are the Alfa Romeo Giulia; Audi Q5; BMW 5 Series; Kia Picanto; Land... 

 2018 Car of the Year finalists range from small to big, budget to luxury
The Volvo S90

Daimler teams up with firm that promises five-minute EV charging 

By: Irma Venter     19th September 2017 The trucks division of German mobility group Daimler has invested in Israeli firm StoreDot, in an effort to accelerate the adoption of FlashBattery technology in the electric vehicle (EV) market. StoreDot, a Tel Aviv-based company founded in 2012, is a nanotechnology materials firm focused on the... 

Daimler teams up with firm that promises five-minute EV charging
Charging the Fuso electric Canter truck

Attractive sales incentives which support new vehicle demand

By: Irma Venter     15th September 2017 New-vehicle sales in August increased by 6.7% compared with the same month last year, to 49 222 units. Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry show that new passenger car sales jumped by 5.4%, to 32 161 units. 

IDC confident BAIC’s Coega plant will begin production in mid-2018

By: Irma Venter     15th September 2017 It has been a year since Chinese vehicle manufacturer Beijing Automotive Group (BAIC) and South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) broke ground on a new vehicle assembly plant in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), near Port Elizabeth. BAIC is the major shareholder in the... 

Locally built vehicles gaining ground, says financier

By: Irma Venter     15th September 2017 Locally built vehicles have been gaining ground in the South African new-vehicle market in recent years, says asset finance group WesBank. In fact, nine of the ten top-selling vehicles in the first seven months of the year are South African-built cars and bakkies.  

Tyre management solution now available to SA fleet market

By: Irma Venter     15th September 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. 

Suzuki Auto SA sales jump 37% in stagnant market

By: Irma Venter     13th September 2017 Suzuki Auto South Africa (SA) in August broke through the magical 1 000-unit-a-month sales mark, making it the single biggest sales month for the brand since it was formally established in South Africa in 2008. Suzuki sold 1 004 units in August, compared with 504 units in the same month last... 

Suzuki Auto SA sales jump 37% in stagnant market

Second international car shipping company faces prosecution by tribunal 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th September 2017 Norwegian car shipping company Hoegh Autoliners has been referred to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution on seven charges relating to alleged collusive tendering, price fixing and market division.   The charges stem from a probe into alleged widespread anticompetitive conduct in the market... 

Honda previews 2019 electric car, showcases revenue opportunity for EV owners

By: Irma Venter     12th September 2017 Honda has revealed an all-new electric vehicle (EV), the Urban EV Concept, at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The concept car is built on a completely new platform, and sets the direction for the technology and design that will appear on a future battery electric Honda production model. 

 Honda previews 2019 electric car, showcases revenue opportunity for EV owners
The Urban EV Concept

The Netherlands trials pavement traffic light system for smartphone users

By: Irma Venter     12th September 2017 The Netherlands is test-driving a pavement traffic light system for obsessive smartphone users. The system, called +Lichtlijn, is designed to aid mobile phone users to cross the road safely. 

The Netherlands trials pavement traffic light system for smartphone users

Two years to convert post-Millennials to car ownership, warns Nissan

By: Irma Venter     11th September 2017 The teenage daughter of Nissan Motor Corporation chief digital officer Madhu Nutakki last year shopped for a car, as California legislation allowed her to drive herself to school and back from the age of 15-and-a-half. Nutakki is based in Silicon Valley. 

Two years to convert post-Millennials to car ownership, warns Nissan

Leaf production under way at Oppama 'fairly small', but expected to grow

By: Tracy Hancock     11th September 2017 Vehicle manufacturer Nissan intends to initially produce about 140 Leaf 2 electric vehicles (EVs) a day from its Oppama mixed-model vehicle manufacturing plant in Yokohama, Japan, the company said on Thursday. Leaf production has just started at the plant, so it is currently "fairly small", but... 

Leaf production under way at Oppama 'fairly small', but expected to grow

Passenger pooling startup attracts interest from Daimler unit

By: Irma Venter     8th September 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... 

Jaguar Land Rover South Africa plots launch of full electric sports utility vehicle

By: Irma Venter     8th September 2017 Jaguar Land Rover South Africa (JLR SA) will launch the full electric I-Pace sports-utility vehicle in the local market towards the end of 2018 or the start of 2019, says Jaguar Land Rover South Africa and Sub-Sahara Africa MD Richard Gouverneur. “We are now entering the journey toward electric... 

Volvo Car SA expecting big change in EV perceptions in coming years

By: Irma Venter     8th September 2017 Volvo Car South Africa (VCSA) MD Greg Maruszewski is confident the local arm of the Swedish group will be able to thrive under its parent company’s new powertrain policy. Volvo announced last month that all new cars launched globally from 2019 onwards will be partially or completely... 

Toyota expects SA vehicle market to show modest growth in 2017

By: Irma Venter     8th September 2017 The 2017 new-vehicle market will probably end the year “slightly up” on 2016, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) CEO Andrew Kirby. TSAM’s forecast is for a market of 552 000 vehicles in 2017, compared with 547 000 units in 2016. At 555 000 units, 2018 does not hold much promise, either. 

Public transport efficiency seen as key to scaling up user base

By: Dylan Slater     8th September 2017 More efficient public transport would not only go a long way towards attracting a larger user base, thereby reducing car owners’ reliance on private vehicles for their transport needs, but also assist in decreasing the prevalent trend of cars being used predominantly by one person, says... 

Shell rolls out electric car charging points in UK, aims to test SA market

By: Irma Venter     7th September 2017 Energy giant Shell is exploring the possibility of adding electric vehicle charging points to its forecourts in a number of countries. The Shell brand is traditionally associated with fuel, engine oils and lubricants and service stations in South Africa. 

Shell rolls out electric car charging points in UK, aims to test SA market

Private sector makes first move to build electric vehicle infrastructure in SA

By: Irma Venter     7th September 2017 JSE-listed information and communication technology (ICT) group, Alviva Holdings, has, through its subsidiary Solareff, acquired 75% of GridCars, a Pretoria-based startup that focuses on the manufacture of electric vehicle (EV) charge points and back office charge point management systems.... 

Private sector makes first move to build electric vehicle infrastructure in SA

Leaf EV real alternative to conventional car – Nissan

By: Tracy Hancock     6th September 2017 Vehicle manufacturer Nissan will start selling the new Nissan Leaf 2 electric vehicle (EV) in Japan on October 2 at the same price point as the original Leaf while offering a 40% increase in range and an improved driving experience.  At this point Nissan is looking to introduce the Leaf 2 to the... 

Local is lekker as SA-built vehicles excel in marketplace

By: Irma Venter     5th September 2017 Locally built vehicles have been gaining ground in the South African new-vehicle market in recent years, says asset finance group WesBank. In fact, nine of the ten top-selling vehicles in the first seven months of the year are South African-built cars and bakkies.  

Local is lekker as SA-built vehicles excel in marketplace
WesBank brand and communications head Rudolf Mahoney

BAIC Eastern Cape plant on track, says IDC

By: Irma Venter     4th September 2017 It has been a year since Chinese vehicle manufacturer Beijing Automotive Group (BAIC) and South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) broke ground on a new vehicle assembly plant in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), near Port Elizabeth. BAIC is the major shareholder in the... 

BAIC Eastern Cape plant on track, says IDC

August new-vehicle sales strengthen by 6.7%

By: Irma Venter     4th September 2017 New-vehicle sales in August increased by 6.7% compared with the same month last year, to 49 222 units. Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry on Friday show that new passenger car sales jumped by 5.4%, to 32 161 units. 

August new-vehicle sales strengthen by 6.7%

Autonomous vehicles to become a reality by 2030

By: Irma Venter     1st September 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... 

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