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Giuricich Bros secures Vukile’s investment for a section of the new prime offices at 104 Oxford Rd

25th October 2018 JSE-listed SA retail real estate investment trust (REIT) Vukile Property Fund has acquired a substantial section of Giuricich Bros Construction’s new premium-grade offices at 104 Oxford Road, Rosebank. Giuricich, the leading South African family-owned construction firm, began work on the 6,400sqm... 

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. 

Wärtsilä and Hyundai Motor Group announce energy storage partnership maximizing second-life electric vehicle batteries

27th June 2018 Global partnership between the fifth largest automaker and energy systems integrator to enable sustainability in second-life EV battery opportunity The technology group Wärtsilä and Hyundai Motor Group have signed a technology and commercial partnership designed to utilize second-life electric... 

General improvement in business, investor confidence good for Imperial

By: Simone Liedtke     10th May 2018 While it is still early days, the advent of new political leadership in South Africa has given rise to a general improvement in business and investor confidence, which is expected to benefit JSE-listed Imperial Holdings. The group warns, however, that despite the World Bank and Standard & Poor’s... 

Finalists for 2018 Car of the Year competition unveiled

By: Irma Venter     6th October 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. 

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... 

Ghana officials showcase progress on international airport project

By: David Oliveira     1st September 2017 The construction of a new terminal at Ghana’s Kotoka International Airport (KIA), in Accra, is expected to transport five-million passengers a year once completed in April next year. The project, funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB), with a $120-million facility, will not only improve... 

Imperial’s Motus division acquires UK automotive dealer group for R493m

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th August 2017 Imperial Holdings’ vehicle division Motus has acquired UK automotive dealer group Pentagon Motor Holdings for R493-million. “Imperial has strong global partnerships with leading vehicle manufacturers and we are delighted to expand our international retail footprint into the passenger and light... 

Chief selected for Imperial’s newest business venture

By: Irma Venter     12th May 2017 The automotive business of the JSE-listed Imperial group has a new leader. Former Imperial CFO, Osman Arbee, was named as the CEO of Imperial’s newest business venture, the Motus Corporation, in January. Arbee has been with Imperial for close to 13 years. 

Motus seeks synergies, cost savings, says CEO Arbee

By: Irma Venter     29th March 2017 The automotive business of the JSE-listed Imperial group has a new leader. Former Imperial CFO, Osman Arbee, was named as the CEO of Imperial’s newest business venture, the Motus Corporation, in January. Arbee has been with Imperial for close to 13 years. 

Renault SA to have new head as De Canha moves to Imperial’s new Motus unit

By: Irma Venter     3rd March 2017 Renault South Africa (SA) will have a new MD from July 1. Current Renault SA MD Nicholas de Canha has already started work at Imperial’s new Motus division – managing everything to do with motoring within the JSE-listed group – where he will look after a number of brands, including Tata, Renault,... 

Restructured Imperial Holdings has sold, or is busy selling, 42 businesses since 2015

By: Irma Venter     3rd March 2017 A new-look, restructured Imperial Holdings has, since 2015, disposed of, or is busy disposing of, 42 businesses with a total revenue of R11.9-billion and operating profit of R937-million. These disposals include Regent Insurance’s non-South African operations, as well as Jurgens Caravans and... 

Restructured Imperial continues disposal spree

By: Irma Venter     21st February 2017 A new-look, restructured Imperial Holdings has, since 2015, disposed of, or is busy disposing of, 42 businesses with a total revenue of R11.9-billion and operating profit of R937-million. These disposals include Regent Insurance’s non-South African operations, as well as Jurgens Caravans and... 

Renault has a new MD, Kwid sales surprise on the upside

By: Irma Venter     13th February 2017 Renault South Africa (SA) will have a new MD from July 1. Current Renault SA MD Nicholas de Canha has already started work at Imperial’s new Motus division – managing everything to do with motoring within the JSE-listed group – where he will look after a number of brands, including Tata, Renault,... 

Luxury vehicle brand sales defied economic gravity in 2016

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 While new-vehicle sales were down 11.4% in 2016 in a tough-as-nails domestic economy, Ferrari sales grew from 91 units in 2015, to 94 prancing horses finding new homes in 2016. Maserati had an ever better year. South African sales grew from 45 units in 2015, to 113 in 2016. 

Lucky Engen customer wins a Kia Picanto

26th January 2017 Bongane Nkonyane is the lucky winner of a brand new Kia Picanto as part of the Shift into Gear this Summer competition run by Engen Swaziland. Out of three finalists, Bongane chose the winning key which opened the door to his new car.   The Engen promotion which ran from 1 October to December... 

Sports car sales show that SA’s rich still have money to spend

By: Irma Venter     11th January 2017 While new-vehicle sales were down 11.4% in 2016 in a tough-as-nails domestic economy, Ferrari sales grew from 91 units in 2015, to 94 prancing horses finding new homes in 2016. Maserati had an ever better year. South African sales grew from 45 units in 2015, to 113 in 2016. 

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.  

Ria Pelser

2nd December 2016 This week we feature Ria Pelser, owner/director of Interpast, which is involved in the manufacturing and development of quality control equipment for companies such as South African Breweries and SABMiller (ABInbev), Distell, Coca-Cola, Heineken and Pioneer Foods   

AMH’s De Canha to step down in 2018 as Imperial moves to take full ownership

By: Irma Venter     1st April 2016 Associated Motor Holdings (AMH) CEO Manny de Canha is set to retire in January 2018. AMH imports brands such as Hyundai and Kia into South Africa. 

Volvo SUV crowned South Africa’s 2016 Car of the Year

By: Irma Venter     25th March 2016 The Volvo XC90 sports-utility vehicle has been crowned as South Africa’s 2016 Car of the Year, as voted for by the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists. The twelve finalists in the competition were the Citroen C4 Cactus, Ford Fusion, Honda HR-V, Jaguar XE, Kia Sorento, Land Rover Discovery... 

De Canha to retire, Imperial to 'enhance value' of its vehicle business

By: Irma Venter     14th March 2016 Associated Motor Holdings (AMH) CEO Manny de Canha is set to retire in January 2018. AMH imports brands such as Hyundai and Kia into South Africa. 

Chinese truck group signs new sales and maintenance partnership

By: Irma Venter     19th February 2016 FAW Vehicle Manufacturers South Africa (FAW SA) and Associated Motor Holdings (AMH), a member of the JSE-listed Imperial Group, have signed an agreement that will see AMH act as FAW SA’s exclusive sales, parts, service and maintenance partner in Zambia and Malawi. FAW has changed misconceptions... 

AMH expands into Africa, appointed FAW partner in Zambia, Malawi

By: Irma Venter     1st February 2016 FAW Vehicle Manufacturers South Africa (FAW SA) and Associated Motor Holdings (AMH), a member of the JSE-listed Imperial Group, have signed an agreement that will see AMH act as FAW SA’s exclusive sales, parts, service and maintenance partner in Zambia and Malawi. FAW has changed misconceptions... 

Hilux, Datsun Go, sports and electric cars winners in 2015

By: Irma Venter     8th January 2016 South African new-vehicle sales declined by 4.1% in 2015 compared with 2014. This follows a 0.7% drop in 2014 compared with 2013. Here are a few interesting statistics from 2015. 

Giuricich Bros build expertise in retail development and celebrate new WWF green building landmark

3rd December 2015 Giuricich Bros Construction – a leading South African independent and family owned construction firm – has increased its presence in the retail development sector by securing the lucrative building contracts for the new 45,000m² Springs Mall at Blue Crane Eco Park and the 15,000m² expansion of... 

Renault gearing up for 2017 bakkie debut in ‘competitive’ SA market

By: Irma Venter     27th November 2015 Renault South Africa (SA) will introduce the Alaskan one-ton bakkie to the local market in 2017, says new CEO Nicolas de Canha. “We hope to build it here, as it shares a platform with the new Nissan Navara.” 

Latest Kinsey Report highlights some alarmingly high auto-parts prices

By: Irma Venter     13th November 2015 South African motoring guru Malcolm Kinsey in October released his twenty-sixth Kinsey Report. This report compares prices of the most common automotive parts that may require replacement on a vehicle. The 2015 Kinsey Report covers 74 vehicles in nine categories – the same number of vehicles as... 

Renault hopes new one-ton bakkie will be assembled in SA

By: Irma Venter     12th November 2015 Renault South Africa (SA) will introduce the Alaskan one-ton bakkie to the local market in 2017, says new CEO Nicolas de Canha. “We hope to build it here, as it shares a platform with the new Nissan Navara.” 

Survey tests quality of vehicles sold in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     6th November 2015 Research house Ipsos has revealed the winners in its yearly survey to find the best quality vehicles sold in South Africa, as well as the local plants producing the best quality vehicles. The awards are based on telephonic interviews conducted with new vehicle buyers after three months of... 

More car price increases on cards as rand weakness bites

By: Irma Venter     30th October 2015 South African consumers should brace themselves for another round of new-car price increases, says Associated Motor Holdings (AMH) CEO Manny de Canha. AMH imports brands such as Kia, Tata and Hyundai. 

Some parts prices ‘alarmingly high’, rand not always to blame – Kinsey report 

By: Irma Venter     23rd October 2015 South African motoring guru Malcolm Kinsey in October released his twenty-sixth Kinsey Report. This report compares prices of the most common automotive parts that may require replacement on a vehicle. The 2015 Kinsey Report covers 74 vehicles in nine categories – the same number of vehicles as... 

Tata Motors unveils $5bn product development strategy

By: Irma Venter     23rd October 2015 Continuous product development changed the fortunes of Korean car makers Hyundai and Kia, and Indian car maker Tata Motors wants to see the same happen to its brand. Tata Motors passenger vehicles president Mayank Pareek says the group will launch two new models a year under a new $5-billion... 

Ipsos names Lexus ES SA’s best quality vehicle for 2014

By: Irma Venter     21st October 2015 Research house Ipsos on Wednesday revealed the winners in its yearly survey to find the best quality vehicles sold in South Africa, as well as the local plants producing the best quality vehicles. The awards are based on telephonic interviews conducted with new vehicle buyers after three months... 

Tata Motors seeks reinvented future, also in SA

By: Irma Venter     9th October 2015 Continuous product development changed the fortunes of Korean car makers Hyundai and Kia, and Indian car maker Tata Motors wants to see the same happen to its brand. Tata Motors passenger vehicles president Mayank Pareek says the group will launch two new models a year under a new $5-billion... 

More car-price pain on its way, warns AMH boss

By: Irma Venter     8th October 2015 South African consumers should brace themselves for another round of new-car price increases, says Associated Motor Holdings (AMH) CEO Manny de Canha. AMH imports brands such as Kia, Tata and Hyundai. 

Imperial looks to reduce motor industry dependence

By: Irma Venter     4th September 2015 Imperial had the desire to reduce its dependence on the motor industry and South Africa, owing to the impact of the weak rand on vehicle imports, and the high market share the company already had in South Africa, which limited its domestic growth opportunities, said CEO Mark Lamberti as he... 

Imperial to lessen dependence on auto, SA markets 

By: Irma Venter     25th August 2015 The Imperial group had the desire to reduce its dependence on the motor industry and South Africa, owing to the impact of the weak rand on vehicle imports, and the high market share the company already had in South Africa, which limited its domestic growth opportunities, said CEO Mark Lamberti on... 

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