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New-vehicle market drops by 2.5% in August, exports up 7.7%

By: Irma Venter     3rd September 2018 The South African new-vehicle market declined by 2.5% in August, to 47 964 units, compared with the same month last year. The newest sales numbers, released on Monday, indicate that August new-passenger car sales decreased by 2.2%, to reach 31 447 units. 

VW, Audi, Nissan provide best purchase, service experience, says Ipsos

By: Irma Venter     2nd August 2018 Volkswagen, Audi and Nissan last year delivered the best vehicle buying and servicing experience in South Africa, says the Ipsos 2017 Competitive Customer Experience survey. The research report, released on Thursday, is based on telephonic interviews with more than 20 000 South African customers... 

New-vehicle sales increase in July, 2018 exports set to disappoint

By: Irma Venter     1st August 2018 The South African new-vehicle market expanded by 2.6% in July, to 47 881 units, compared with the same month last year. The newest sales numbers, released on Wednesday, indicate that July new-passenger car sales gained 4.3%, to reach 32 108 units. 

Growth potential positive – Naamsa

By: Halima Frost     27th July 2018 Owing to the right policies, interventions and goodwill by all automotive industry stakeholders, National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) director Nico Vermeulen says the industry’s growth potential remains positive. “Currently, the automotive industry is the... 

Bridgestone South Africa’s manufacturing plant showcases rubber innovation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th July 2018 Tyre manufacturer Bridgestone South Africa on Wednesday hosted a media tour of its 186 027 m2 manufacturing facility in Brits, North West, to showcase how its technology has evolved from the 1950s to date. Bridgestone manufactures passenger radial, light truck radial, truck and bus radial, and... 

Activities, Interactions – all the Latest at TruckX 2018

2nd July 2018 Competitions, challenges, launches, prizes and more – visitors to TruckX 2018 have a lot to experience and enjoy at this year’s show. TruckX, the most anticipated trucking and fleet event of the year, takes place on 11 and 12 July at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in Midrand. “TruckX is the only... 

New-vehicle market shows improvement in all segments in May

By: Irma Venter     1st June 2018 The South African new-vehicle market grew by 2.4% in May, to 42 984 units, compared with the same month last year. Sales numbers released on Friday showed that May new-passenger car sales gained 0.7%, to reach 26 561 units. 

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... 

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... 

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... 

R3.5bn empowerment venture fund to be launched in auto sector this year

By: Irma Venter     2nd February 2018 South Africa’s seven light vehicle manufacturers plan to launch a R3.5-billion venture fund this year, aimed at boosting black economic empowerment in the domestic automotive manufacturing industry. The seven manufacturers are BMW, Ford, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, Isuzu, Nissan and Volkswagen. They... 

Goscor Earth Moving appoints new GM for SANY range

30th January 2018 Having clinched its first sale of a SANY SY750 excavator to a major coal-mining company, distributor Goscor Earth Moving (GEM), part of the Goscor Group, is confident that the new range will soon gain significant traction in the local mining, construction, and road-building industries. This is... 

SANY hydraulic excavator takes on the toughest working conditions

6th October 2017 Goscor Earth Moving, part of the Goscor Group, is continuing its introduction of the latest SANY equipment into the local market with the launch of a new hydraulic excavator for the toughest African operating conditions. The SY215C hydraulic excavator is one of five models developed specifically... 

Local assembly of new Hino 500 to start in Durban in November

By: Irma Venter     1st August 2017 Assembly of the new Hino 500 Series truck will start at Toyota South Africa Motors’ Durban plant in November. The first prototypes have already been built, says Hino South Africa senior manager Leslie Long. 

Mazda reports positive momentum in tough SA conditions

By: Irma Venter     28th 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

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... 

Automakers eye fast-growing East Africa as they set up shop in Kenya

By: John Muchira     23rd June 2017 Global automakers have, in recent years, established assembly plants in Kenya as they seek to increase sales in East Africa, sub-Saharan Africa's fastest-growing region. East Africa, of which Kenya is the biggest economy, is projected by the World Bank to grow by 5.4% in 2017, compared with... 

SA car buyers had widest choice-to-market-size ratio globally in 2016

By: Irma Venter     9th June 2017 South African car buyers had access to 55 passenger car brands in 2016, with 3 458 model derivatives to choose from, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) executive manager Dr Norman Lamprecht. “This afforded car buyers the widest choice to market-size... 

General Motors rebuffs allegations of acting in bad faith

By: African News Agency      25th May 2017 General Motors (GM) on Wednesday rebuffed allegations that it had acted unilaterally without consulting trade unions about its disinvestment from South Africa and the resulting imminent retrenchments. This comes after GM announced last week that it was disinvesting from South Africa and that it... 

SACP denounces disinvesting General Motors acting in bad faith

By: African News Agency      24th May 2017 The South African Communist Party (SACP) came out in support of workers at General Motors South Africa (GMSA) and its supply chain on Wednesday, denouncing the disinvesting company for allegedly acting unilaterally and in bad faith towards the labour movement. “The SACP expresses its message of... 

Numsa demands full disclosure of GM deal with Isuzu

By: African News Agency      24th May 2017 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said on Wednesday that it was demanding full disclosure on General Motors' (GM's) deal with Isuzu. This comes after the Numsa officials met with GM employees on Tuesday in Port Elizabeth to discuss details of the company’s decision to... 

DTI refuses to release list of black industrialist scheme beneficiaries for fear they will be ‘harassed’ 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd May 2017 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies showcased four recipients of government’s flagship Black Industrialist programme (BIP) during his Budget Vote on Tuesday, but astonishingly refused to release the names of all 46 recipients of the non-refundable government grants and concessional loans.... 

South Africans spoilt for choice when buying new vehicles 

By: Irma Venter     23rd May 2017 South African car buyers had access to 55 passenger car brands in 2016, with 3 458 model derivatives to choose from, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) executive manager Dr Norman Lamprecht. “This afforded car buyers the widest choice to market-size... 

Road-rail vehicle firm tailors new offering to rail maintenance market

By: Dylan Slater     16th December 2016 A new 20 t Crane road-rail vehicle (RRV) was launched to the South African market last month by Olifantsfontein-based rail systems manufacturer RailPro, and is intended to meet domestic requirements of rail infrastructure construction and general rail-related maintenance.  

Results of passenger car product quality survey unveiled

By: Irma Venter     25th November 2016 Research house Ipsos has announced the winners in its newest Ipsos Passenger Car Product Quality Survey. The survey is voluntary, with 17 vehicle brands participating, representing 77% of the new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles sold through retail channels in South Africa. 

Toyota, Audi win big in Ipsos quality survey

By: Irma Venter     9th November 2016 Research house Ipsos has announced the winners in its newest Ipsos Passenger Car Product Quality Survey. The survey is voluntary, with 17 vehicle brands participating, representing 77% of the new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles sold through retail channels in South Africa. 

New-vehicle sales down 17% from July last year

By: Irma Venter     1st August 2016 New-vehicle sales “slumped dramatically” in July, serving as a reflection of the “current difficult economic conditions” in the country, said National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) on Monday. Statistics released by the Department of Trade and Industry showed... 

New-vehicle sales down 10.4% in the first half of 2016 

By: Irma Venter     1st July 2016 Statistics released by the Department of Trade and Industry on Friday revealed that South Africa’s new car market was down 10.4% for the first half of the year compared with the first six months of 2015. Light commercial vehicle (LCV) sales had declined by 8.9% in the first half of 2016, while... 

Bidvest McCarthy invests in Isuzu Trucks dealership

By: Anine Kilian     21st June 2016 Vehicle retailer Bidvest McCarthy has invested in an Isuzu Trucks dealership strategically situated just off the N4 at Gateway Industrial Park in Pretoria East. The Bidvest industrial conglomerate was extensively involved in freight management, logistics services, terminal operations and marine... 

Audi features strongly in latest customer satisfaction survey

By: Irma Venter     17th June 2016 Audi and Volkswagen new-car buyers are happiest with their purchasing experience, while much the same is true for new Isuzu, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen light commercial vehicle (LCV) owners in South Africa. The newest annual Ipsos customer satisfaction survey also awarded Audi the top customer... 

Audi, VW owners happiest new-car buyers, shows survey

By: Irma Venter     27th May 2016 Audi and Volkswagen new-car buyers are happiest with their purchasing experience, while much the same is true for new Isuzu, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen light commercial vehicle (LCV) owners in South Africa. The newest annual Ipsos customer satisfaction survey also awarded Audi the top customer... 

March new-vehicle sales drop 14%, exports down 18.5%

By: Irma Venter     1st April 2016 March domestic new-vehicle sales, at 47 631 units, fell by 14% compared with the same month last year. The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) said on Friday that the proliferation of public holidays during the period, including Easter – last year during... 

Auto execs provide insight into 2016’s biggest risks and opportunities

By: Irma Venter     26th February 2016 This year offers few silver linings for the local automotive industry. Faced with a faltering rand, a jittery global and domestic economy, as well as the trepidation local elections and triennial wage negotiations bring, it seems local vehicle importers and manufacturers will have to hunt for a... 

Auto execs provide insight into 2016’s biggest risks and opportunities

By: Irma Venter     26th February 2016 This year offers few silver linings for the local automotive industry. Faced with a faltering rand, a jittery global and domestic economy, as well as the trepidation local elections and triennial wage negotiations bring, it seems local vehicle importers and manufacturers will have to hunt for a... 

Pick-up war set to intensify as more European brands enter the fray

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2016 In 2015, one-ton bakkie buyers in South Africa could select their wheels from a handful of brands, mostly Japanese. Think Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi Triton, Isuzu KB, Mazda BT-50 and Nissan NP300. In the next four years, however, another six pick-ups may be added to the list, with the European... 

Pick-up war set to intensify as more European brands enter the fray

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2016 In 2015, one-ton bakkie buyers in South Africa could select their wheels from a handful of brands, mostly Japanese. Think Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi Triton, Isuzu KB, Mazda BT-50 and Nissan NP300. In the next four years, however, another six pickups may be added to the list, with the European... 

New-vehicle sales continue decline, exports also slip

By: Irma Venter     2nd November 2015 New-vehicle sales in October declined by 8.6%, to 54 244 units, compared with the same month last year, continuing the downwards trend evident in the last number of months. New-vehicle sales had dropped by 9% in September, 8.2% in August, 6.1% in July and 4.8% in June. 

Competition continues to heat in South Africa's bakkie market

By: Irma Venter     23rd October 2015 In 2011, when Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) introduced its new Ranger bakkie, president and CEO Jeff Nemeth told Engineering News that he wanted to secure the number two spot in the South African pickup market, up from the US manufacturer’s “number three or four position” behind... 

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