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Bailout or bail out?

By: Riaan de Lange     24th August 2018 One word or two? So, which is the correct option for South Africa’s State-owned enterprises (SOEs)? Hint: a bailout is the act of giving financial assistance to a failing business or economy to save it from collapse, while to bail out is to abandon a position or situation. As I contemplated what... 

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... 

Nissan announces expansion plans in Africa, Middle East & India

14th June 2018 Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. unveiled a major expansion strategy in the Africa, the Middle East and India region today as part of the company’s six-year midterm plan, Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022. Nissan aims to build on its strengths in markets including South Africa, India, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt... 

Nissan announces Africa, Middle East and India expansion plans

By: Nadine James     13th June 2018 Nissan on Wednesday unveiled a major expansion strategy in the Africa, the Middle East and India region as part of the company’s six-year midterm plan. The automotive manufacturer aims to build on its strengths and “solid profit margins” in markets including South Africa, India, the United Arab... 

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... 

SKF extends commercial vehicle aftermarket offering with new water pump range

11th April 2018 Owners and maintainers of commercial vehicles can now benefit from SKF’s renowned  quality and service for yet another key engine component, with the launch of a new range of premium quality water pumps. Defined by high reliability and long service life, the water pump offering covers all the... 

BP and Renault Sport Racing strengthen strategic relationship

9th March 2018 Multinational petroleum company BP has extended its sponsorship of multinational automotive manufacturer Groupe Renault’s motorsport division Renault Sport Racing. BP will continue its support of Renault Sport Formula One Team for at least the next five years and explore new opportunities to... 

Morocco announces auto industry deals worth $1.45bn

By: Reuters     12th December 2017 Morocco said on Monday it had signed deals for 26 auto industry projects worth a total of €1.23-billion ($1.45-billion) as it seeks to build its position as an international hub for the sector. The deals include six agreements with French company Renault to expand an "industry ecosystem" allowing... 

Poor fuel consumption raises hackles of vehicle buyers

By: Irma Venter     8th December 2017 Poor fuel consumption has emerged as the major gripe from customers in the newest Ipsos Quality Survey. Fuel consumption was the biggest cause for customer complaint in 13 of the 16 vehicle model segments into which Ipsos divides the South Africa market.  

Global NCAP, AA South Africa launch #SaferCarsforAfrica initiative

By: Anine Kilian     22nd November 2017 The Global New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP), together with the Automobile Association (AA) of South Africa, on Wednesday launched the #SaferCarsforAfrica initiative, in Cape Town, with the first independent crash test assessment of some of South Africa’s most popular compact and small cars.... 

Nissan South Africa confident of delivering on long-awaited investment promise in 2018

By: Irma Venter     17th November 2017 Vehicle manufacturer Nissan in 2012 confirmed plans to invest R1-billion in its Rosslyn plant, in Pretoria, to build a new one-ton pick-up, with capacity at the plant to be increased to around 100 000 units a year. Local production of the new model was set to start in 2014. 

Nissan SA confident of delivering on long-awaited investment promise in 2018

By: Irma Venter     17th November 2017 Vehicle manufacturer Nissan in 2012 confirmed plans to invest R1-billion in its Rosslyn plant, in Pretoria, to build a new one-ton pickup, with capacity at the plant to be increased to around 100 000 units a year. Local production of the new model was set to start in 2014. 

New car, bakkie owners unhappy about fuel consumption, reveals Ipsos survey

By: Irma Venter     30th October 2017 Poor fuel consumption has emerged as the major gripe from customers in the newest Ipsos Quality Survey. Fuel consumption was the biggest cause for customer complaint in 13 of the 16 vehicle model segments into which Ipsos divides the South Africa market.  

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... 

MBSA preparing to enter ‘competitive’ bakkie market early next year

By: Irma Venter     4th August 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 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... 

Platinum for new fuel cell Mercedes cut to autocat level  

By: Martin Creamer     12th July 2017 German car manufacturer Daimler has cut the platinum loading of its new fuel cell Mercedes to catalytic converter level. “We reduced the amount of platinum by 90%, which provides a significant cost reduction. Our fuel cell is not much above the platinum loading of a catalytic converter on a... 

Electric car demand boosts companies engaged with lithium 

By: Bloomberg     23rd June 2017 Lithium demand is surging, boosting shares of the companies linked to mining and manufacturing the light metal used in electric-car batteries. Global X Lithium & Battery Tech, an exchange-traded fund of the 27 biggest companies linked to the light metal, has increased 65% in the past 18 months,... 

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. 

Opel Astra crowned 2017 Car of the Year

By: Irma Venter     31st March 2017 The Opel Astra has been crowned South Africa’s 2017 Car of the Year, as voted for by the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists. The nine finalists for the 2017 WesBank South African Car of the Year competition were the Audi A4; Honda Civic; Hyundai Tucson; Jaguar F-Pace; Opel Astra; Renault... 

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. 

Opel Astra takes Car of the Year title

By: Irma Venter     16th March 2017 The Opel Astra has been crowned South Africa’s 2017 Car of the Year, as voted for by the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists. The nine finalists for the 2017 WesBank South African Car of the Year competition were the Audi A4; Honda Civic; Hyundai Tucson; Jaguar F-Pace; Opel Astra; Renault... 

Lubricants company retains top spot for tenth year

10th February 2017 Lubricants supplier Shell Lubricants was being named the number one global lubricants supplier at the end of last year following its retention of an 11.6% market share as indicated in business process management consultant Kline & Company’s ‘Global Lubricants Industry: Market Analysis and... 

Isondo excited about prospects for a viable fuel-cell manufacturing industry 

By: Kim Cloete     8th February 2017 Isondo Precious Metals is rolling out its fuel-cell strategy and is planning to establish a fuel-cell component manufacturing plant in South Africa. Isondo CEO Vinay Somera on Wednesday said he and his team had “scoured the world” for the best-in-class technology with an eye on building a... 

Shell Lubricants Market Leader for the tenth year in a row

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th December 2016 Shell Lubricants has retained its global market leading position in 2015 with 11.6% market share, according to Kline & Company’s Global Lubricants Industry: Market Analysis and Assessment 2016 report. This is the tenth consecutive year that Shell Lubricants has been named the number one global... 

2016 new-truck sales seen declining 10% year-on-year

By: Irma Venter     2nd December 2016 South Africa’s new truck market is under pressure, with a 10% drop in sales likely in 2016, says UD Trucks Southern Africa (UDTSA) marketing director Rory Schulz. This means the new truck market should end the year around the 25 000-mark. 

UD Trucks resets business in SA following reshuffle at Volvo group

By: Irma Venter     14th November 2016 South Africa’s new truck market is under pressure, with a 10% drop in sales likely in 2016, says UD Trucks Southern Africa (UDTSA) marketing director Rory Schulz. This means the new truck market should end the year around the 25 000-mark. 

Mercedes-Benz finally unveils ‘premium pick-up’

By: Irma Venter     11th November 2016 Mercedes-Benz has finally lifted the lid on its X-Class mid-size (one-ton) pickup. The German car maker says the “premium pickup will combine the best of two worlds”. 

Mercedes-Benz X-Class bakkie to launch in SA in 2018

By: Irma Venter     26th October 2016 Mercedes-Benz has finally lifted the lid on its X-Class mid-size (one-ton) pickup. Unveiling the bakkie in Stockholm, Sweden, the German car maker says the “premium pickup will combine the best of two worlds”. 

Finalists for SA Car of the Year competition named

By: Irma Venter     14th October 2016 The South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ) has announced the finalists for the 2017 WesBank South African Car of the Year (COTY) competition. The announcement follows a voting process by a 28-member jury from the SAGMJ. 

2017 car of the year finalists announced 

By: Irma Venter     28th September 2016 The South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ) has announced the finalists for the 2017 WesBank South African Car of the Year (COTY) competition. The announcement follows a voting process by a 28-member jury from the SAGMJ. 

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... 

Rolls Royce goes black, Toyota unveils small crossover and Ferrari now seats four

By: Irma Venter     9th March 2016 The eighty-sixth Geneva International Motor Show is set to end this weekend. It produced, as always, an impressive unveiling of exotic cars, aimed at those with deep pockets. However, some manufacturers have also used the Swiss platform to introduce a number of mainstream models, some of which... 

Volvo taking wait-and-see approach to future SA investments

By: Irma Venter     12th February 2016 It is highly unlikely that the board of the AB Volvo Group will invest in South Africa in 2016 as it did in 2015, says Volvo Group Southern Africa (VGSA) president Torbjörn Christensson. The truck and heavy equipment group invested more than R100-million in the country last year, through the... 

SA not set up as ‘dream scenario’ for investors, says truck maker

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2016 It is highly unlikely that the board of the AB Volvo Group will invest in South Africa in 2016 as it did in 2015, says Volvo Group Southern Africa (VGSA) president Torbjörn Christensson. The truck and heavy equipment group invested more than R100-million in the country last year, through the... 

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... 

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