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Automotive News

Hino SA restarts production after Durban floods

By: Irma Venter     Updated 5 hours ago Hino South Africa (SA) has restarted truck assembly at its plant in the Toyota Prospecton manufacturing complex, in Durban, following extensive flooding in April. The remainder of the Toyota plant remains in recovery mode. 

South Africans can now order their Ineos Grenadiers online

By: Irma Venter     Updated 5 hours ago South African customers can now order their Ineos Grenadier online, with the starting price for the base model set at R1.41-million.  The vehicle launches as a five-seat sports utility vehicle, with permanent four-wheel drive, two-speed transfer case and centre-locking differential included as... 

Port Elizabeth Car Terminal sets new record amid expansion project

By: Irma Venter     30th June 2022 The Port Elizabeth Car Terminal has moved 5 700 export vehicles in a single vessel.  This is the highest volume ever moved through the terminal, including the previous record of 4 500 export units moved in a single vessel, set in September, 2019. 

Vehicles being loaded at the Port Elizabeth car terminal
Vehicles being loaded onto the MV Silver Ray for export

Mercedes-Benz SA says pilot solar project a success; plans expansion 

By: Irma Venter     29th June 2022 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) has declared its pilot solar energy project a success. MBSA piloted the project in order to evaluate the solar yield for the East London manufacturing plant, in the Eastern Cape. 

Image of the solar panel roof installation at MBSA plant

Volvo Trucks starts testing hydrogen vehicles

By: Irma Venter     29th June 2022 Volvo Trucks has started testing commercial vehicles powered by hydrogen technology. The Swedish manufacturer already offers battery electric trucks and trucks that run on renewable fuels, such as biogas. The goal is now for hydrogen trucks to be added to its product portfolio in the second half... 

Image of Volvo hydrogen truck

Motus secures R6.8bn in sustainability-linked finance from Standard Bank

By: Schalk Burger     28th June 2022 Automotive group Motus Holdings has secured a syndicated R6-billion sustainability-linked facility, facilitated by financial services firm Standard Bank, as well as an R800-million sustainability-linked working capital facility from Standard Bank. This South African rand-denominated... 

Three South African technologies pitch for Innovate UK funding 

By: Schalk Burger     28th June 2022 During a briefing by energy technology innovation and funding network Innovate UK for technology innovators and entrepreneurs on June 27, three South African technology companies presented their innovations for potential funding from the UK organisation. The three companies also served as... 

Image of a truck with the Green Thermo Energy logo
Ducere MD André Reyneke discussing Miser Technologies drivetrain fuel savings and emissions reductions systems and Greenthermo Energy operations director Rearabetswe Dire discussing the company's project to increase production of biodiesel

Production continuing despite Nelson Mandela Bay water crisis ­­­– VWSA 

By: Irma Venter     27th June 2022 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) says production of the Polo and Polo Vivo at its Kariega plant in the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality is continuing, despite the water supply crisis in the area. “Our Kariega plant is operating as normal and there are no issues as yet with the water supply,”... 

VWSA's Kariega plant

Compact cutting system launched

24th June 2022 Having realised that consumers want smaller packaging units and functional sets containing components that are designed to work in harmony with one another, cutting and grinding solutions manufacturer PFERD has scaled down the packaging unit for its popular COMBICLICK system. “It’s like all the... 

A small cutting disk on an angle grinding a piece of steel with sparks flying to the side
CUTE CUTTER The smaller packages for PFERD's COMBICLICK system are now available

Pipe welding work completed

24th June 2022 A successful example of technical solutions provider BMG Fluid Power team’s ability to carry out on-site welding during the installation and replacement of piping, plate work, stainless steel and other components has been highlighted during the installation of pipework over a 48-hour shift shut... 

A Jasic branded welding machine with a Jasic welding mask being used by a BMG welder with sparks flying
WONDER WELD BMG’s range of Jasic welding equipment was the preferred brand for on site welding at a pipework installation

Testing of electric minibuses in SA conditions to start in Stellenbosch early next year

By: Irma Venter     24th June 2022 GoMetro has convened a project team consisting of companies and researchers to test the first electric minibus in South African conditions by January next year. GoMetro, a global mobility management technology company with its head office in Cape Town, has collected data on taxi operations across... 

AIDC EC, partners roll out Kaizen programme

By: Irma Venter     24th June 2022 The Automotive Industry Development Centre Eastern Cape (AIDC EC) has partnered with the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to roll out a Kaizen implementation programme aimed at improving the competitiveness of component suppliers within the province’s automotive industry. Kaizen... 

Corolla Cross announced as SA’s 2022 Car of the Year

By: Irma Venter     24th June 2022 The Toyota Corolla Cross has been named as the 2022 Car of the Year (COTY) by the South African Guild of Mobility Journalists. The category winners for this year’s competition are: 

Automotive experts discuss where EV transition leaves ICE manufacturing locally

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd June 2022 Nearly every value-add manufacturing sector in South Africa has been hollowed out by domestic constraints and brutal competition from global players, except for the automotive and components manufacturing sector, consultancy Deloitte emerging markets MD and Deloitte Africa automotive industry... 

Naacam CEO Renai Moothilal
Photo by Creamer Media
Naacam CEO Renai Moothilal

Numsa to picket the Japanese embassy on future of Nissan plant; Nissan denies closure rumours 

By: Irma Venter     23rd June 2022 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) says it will be picketing the Japanese Embassy in Pretoria on Friday. The union intends to hand over a memorandum of demands regarding a “number of grievances” against Nissan’s management in South Africa.  

Image of Navara production at the Rosslyn plant

Driver assistance system wins gold at Automechanika Innovation Awards

By: Irma Venter     23rd June 2022 SynapCAM has clinched the top spot in the Automechanika Johannesburg 2022 Innovation Awards. The product was designed and developed in the US and South Africa by Synap, and launched on the local market at the Automechanika automotive aftermarket and related industries show held in Johannesburg in... 

Global on-road hydrogen vehicles to exceed one-million by 2027 – research study 

By: Irma Venter     22nd June 2022 A new study from UK-based Juniper Research has found that the number of hydrogen vehicles in service globally will exceed one-million units in 2027, from just more than 60 000 in 2022 – growth of more than 1 500%. The Far East and China; West Europe; and North America are expected to lead the... 

Artist's impression of a hydrogen manufacturing site

Final Just Energy Transition Partnership Investment Plan expected by November 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd June 2022 A Just Energy Transition Partnership Investment Plan (JETP-IP), which will seek to unlock $8.5-billion in concessional climate finance to accelerate South Africa’s transition from coal to renewables and support workers and communities currently reliant on the coal value chain, is expected to be... 

COP President Alok Sharma
COP President Alok Sharma

BMW SA adds 16 African countries to its export list 

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2022 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) has added 16 African countries to its existing portfolio of 30 export countries, including Senegal, Nigeria, Angola, Kenya and Ethiopia.  BMW SA produces the BMW X3 sports activity vehicle (SAV) at the Rosslyn plant, in Tshwane. 

Image of the BMW X3
The BMW X3

Stellantis SA introduces something fresh to the SA bakkie mix

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2022 Stellantis South Africa (SA) has just added its entrant to the bakkie wars in South Africa – the Jeep Gladiator. The pickup is available in only one model in the domestic market, namely the Rubicon. 

Image of the Jeep Gladiator
The Jeep Gladiator

BMW, Mini to offer 12-month (or longer) rental periods at dealerships

By: Irma Venter     20th June 2022 BMW Group Financial Services South Africa has unveiled a new product called BMW and Mini Charter, yet again changing the way vehicles can be owned and/or utilised in the local market. Charter is a finance solution that allows consumers the use of a BMW or Mini vehicle, at a fixed monthly rental... 

Image of a BMW iX

Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa renamed following global unbundling

By: Irma Venter     17th June 2022 Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa has been renamed Daimler Truck Southern Africa (DTSA). This follows the global unbundling of the German Daimler group into Daimler Truck and the Mercedes-Benz Group on December 1. 

Hino SA restarts production after Durban floods

By: Irma Venter     17th June 2022 Hino South Africa (SA) has restarted truck assembly at its plant in the Toyota Prospecton manufacturing complex, in Durban, following extensive flooding in April. The remainder of the Toyota plant remains in recovery mode. 

Hino SA restarts production after Durban floods

Calls for petrol price deregulation display lack of knowledge – FRA 

By: Irma Venter     17th June 2022 Increasing calls from the public for the petrol price to be deregulated speak of ignorance, warns Fuel Retailers Association (FRA) CEO Reggie Sibiya. “As fuel prices continue to rise, there is pressure on retailers to cut margins and be in competition with each other, which is absolutely... 

Image of a Shell service station

In tight race to market, EVs becoming less green – research report

By: Irma Venter     17th June 2022 Independent research into electric vehicle (EV) development has found that most automotive companies are more focused on improving range and reducing costs than improving the carbon footprint of these vehicles. This new research has been published by the Manufacturing Intelligence division of... 

Scania sees up to 15% growth in local extra-heavy market as demand rises

By: Irma Venter     17th June 2022 Scania Southern Africa MD Erik Bergvall says he expects the extra-heavy truck market in South Africa to grow by between 10% and 15% this year, with Scania to reflect the same upward momentum. Bergvall was appointed as the new head of Scania Southern Africa at the end of last year. He has spent 15... 

So you bought your first EV? Now, how do you look after it?

By: Irma Venter     17th June 2022 The continuing global mobility move away from fossil fuels means that more of us will drive battery electric vehicles (BEVs) sooner than we probably may imagine. Experts have spoken about consumers’ range anxiety – will my BEV make it to my destination before the juice runs out? – or the fear... 

New JV to produce automotive flooring, acoustics and fibre-based products

By: Irma Venter     17th June 2022 Global Tier 1 supplier of vehicle flooring, acoustic and fibre-based products Auria Solutions and Feltex Automotive, a regional manufacturer of automotive textiles and acoustic components, have announced a joint venture (JV) that will serve selected automotive original-equipment manufacturers... 

Electric vehicles in South Africa: how to avoid making them the privilege of the few

15th June 2022 In the early 1900s, automobiles took the streets of industrialised cities by storm, rapidly displacing horse-drawn vehicles. Fiercely contested at first, the internal combustion engine won the technological battle against electric vehicles which accounted for up to a third of vehicles on the road... 

GreenCape’s 2022 green economy market intelligence reports outline opportunities

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th June 2022 This year’s editions of nonprofit organisation GreenCape’s yearly green economy market intelligence reports (MIRs) have been made available. The reports were officially launched on June 7 by Western Cape Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities Mireille Wenger and Western Cape Minister of... 

May marks a good month for automotive exports, says terminal

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th June 2022 The East London Terminal recorded a 67% increase in container volumes at the end of May. The terminal originally budgeted for the handling of 3 058 twenty-foot-equivalent units (TEUs) but ended up moving 5 131 TEUs. 

The East London car terminal
The East London car terminal

Audi appoints Mulalo Makungo as national sales operations manager

By: Irma Venter     15th June 2022 Audi South Africa has appointed Mulalo Makungo as its new national sales operations manager. Makungo brings with her more than ten years’ experience in the automotive industry. 

Image of Audi South Africa national sales operations manager Mulalo Makungo 
Mulalo Makungo

SA faces unique EV conundrum, warns Frost & Sullivan research director

By: Irma Venter     15th June 2022 It is impossible to draw a direct comparison between South Africa and other countries that have adopted strategies to push the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs), warns Frost & Sullivan research director Craig Parker. He says that South Africa’s economic structure and demographic profile are... 

Image of Frost & Sullivan research director Craig Parker
Craig Parker

VWSA builds wastewater recycling facility, installs solar plant

By: Irma Venter     14th June 2022 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has implemented two projects to reduce the environmental footprint of its Kariega plant, situated in the drought-stricken Nelson Mandela Bay municipality. The first project is a wastewater recycling facility, which has been constructed onsite at the plant.  

Image of project team members for the wastewater facility are Nick Chapman, Hermann Ferreira, Manfred Gie, Gerhardt Goosen and Cibin Mathew
Project team members for the wastewater facility: Nick Chapman, Hermann Ferreira, Manfred Gie, Gerhardt Goosen and Cibin Mathew

Volvo CE starts testing of its first prototype hydrogen articulated hauler

By: Irma Venter     14th June 2022 Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has started testing its first fuel-cell articulated hauler prototype, the Volvo HX04.  The company says the results of the project will provide insights into the possibilities provided by hydrogen and fuel cells as the Swedish group continues research on... 

Image of the Volvo HX04
The Volvo HX04

Key questions remain on journey to a just transition in the liquid fuels industry – Crompton

By: Schalk Burger     10th June 2022 Key considerations and challenges to support a just transition in the liquid fuels industry to a low- and zero-carbon industry include the need for financing, the need to ensure financial viability of technologies proposed for the transition, the impact on the automotive manufacturing industry... 

Drones launched for boiler inspections

By: Mandisa Nyathi     10th June 2022 Rope access specialist Skyriders introduced the new Elios SkyEye drones last month for use in non-destructive testing when inspecting boiler internals at power stations. 

An image of a boiler inspection drone
BOILER INSPECTION Rope access Specialist adds drones for burner inspection
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