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Automotive Industry

Car giant unveils luxury sedan to be made in East London

By: Irma Venter     2nd February 2007 German motor manufacturer DaimlerChrysler has unveiled the long-awaited new Mercedes Benz C-Class. 

Japanese auto gaint overtakes German competitors as SA's biggest car exporter

By: Irma Venter     2nd February 2007 Vehicle manufacturer Toyota South Africa (TSA) has taken over the number one position among the country�s built-up vehicle exporters, after more than a decade of trailing German subsidiaries Volkswagen, BMW and DaimlerChrysler. 

Jan vehicle sales rose 6,9% y-on-y

2nd February 2007 New vehicle sales had started 2007 on a positive note, the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) said on Friday, when it reported that almost 7% more units were sold in January, than in the same month last year. The 6,9% improvement in sales translated into 3... 

High-tech weighbridge at Durban port improves efficiency, turnaround times

By: Nelendhre Moodley     31st January 2007 The South African Port Operations(Sapo) has installed a high-tech weighbridge facility that repositions the terminal as a �one-stop shop� at the Maydon Wharf terminal in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, the port operator said in a statement this week. 

Road freight employers optimistic on wage settlement

By: Matthew Hill     30th January 2007 Road freight employers and truck drivers are likely to reach an agreement by February 12 after wage disputes, thereby avoiding a national strike in mid-February, the Road Freight Employers Association (RFEA) said on Tuesday. RFEA executive officer Magretia Brown told Engineering News Online that... 

Gautrain consortium secures R3bn loan

By: Mariaan Webb     30th January 2007 The Bombela Concession company, government's private partner in building the 80-km Gautrain rapid-rail link, and its joint lenders, Standard Bank and Rand Merchant Bank (RMB), have finalised negotiations to fund its R3-billion commitment to the project. Standard Bank and RMB are the lead... 

Taxi alliance to finalise recap legal challenge this week

By: Matthew Hill     29th January 2007 Taxi industry association the National Taxi Alliance (NTA) hoped to have finalised the legal action that it will be taking against the Department of Transport, regarding government's taxi recapitalisation programme, by the end of this week. Speaking in a telephonic interview with Engineering... 

Jo'burg bus strike had 'very little impact' - Metrobus

By: Matthew Hill     29th January 2007 Johannesburg commuter bus service provider Metrobus said that Monday's strike by South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) members had had “very little impact” and 80% of its buses were running according to schedule. 

Transport Month spurs activity

By: cheryl reddy     26th January 2007 With October designated the month of Transport, Metrobus launched its range of city buses, Auto Africa proved a huge success and VWSA are on a huge skills drive with aid from the government.?The Johannesburg Metropolitan Bus Services (Metrobus) announced the launch of 38 new Mercedes-Benz buses... 

Ecommerce portal for car dealerships to launch this year

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     26th January 2007 Integrated information technology (IT) solutions provider Automatic Data Processing (ADP) is set to release a new dealer services software product, offering layered applications, for the automotive industry. 

What the automotive industry needs to make a million vehicles by 2020

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     26th January 2007 Speaking at the CAR conference, in November last year, the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) president and Toyota CEO Johan van Zyl announced that the local motor industry should aim to produce one-million vehicles by 2020. Van Zyl noted that the intended... 

Chemicals company launches noise-reducing foam for automotive industry

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     26th January 2007 International chemical company BASF launched two newly-developed materials - Basotect and Neopolen at last year’s Auto Africa exhibition.?Basotect is a flexible, open-cell foam material made from melamine resin that functions as a sound-absorber and is also heat-resistant and fireproof. 

Wireless technology enables road-hazard early-warning system

26th January 2007 In the near future, motorists will be able to detect danger even if it lies around the next bend or over the horizon. 

Logistics company to launch new vehicle models

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     26th January 2007 Local logistics company Super Group Commercial Vehicles plans to launch 22 new models in the next 18 months to become one of the country’s key vehicle suppliers within a 60-month period. 

New-generation automotives go green

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     26th January 2007 Concept cars at a number of international auto shows in the last quarter of 2006, were dominated by a move towards eco-friendly, hybrid or fuel-cell vehicles. 

New security feature gives cars their own ‘DNA’

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     26th January 2007 In a drive to add value for its customers, Nissan South Africa has introduced a new security feature for all its vehicles sold in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland and Lesotho (member countries of the Southern African Customs Union). 

Fixed investment to drive sales in 2007

By: Irma Venter     26th January 2007 It has been a good year for the heavies, and indications are that 2007 may be an even better one. 

Car output and exports on the rise

By: Irma Venter     26th January 2007 South Africa produced 615 000 vehicles for the domestic and export markets in 2006. 

McCarthy set to launch new range of vehicles and construction equipment from Asian dragon

By: Irma Venter     26th January 2007 A significant development in the local car market for 2007 will be the introduction of more Chinese vehicles into the “value segments of the market”, specifically sport-utility vehicles and light-commercial vehicles, says McCarthy Motor Holdings chairperson Brand Pretorius. 

Local initiative to combat automotive industry skills shortage

By: cheryl reddy     26th January 2007 A future skills project, which aims to combat the national industry skills shortages by developing strategic partnerships with the Department of Labour, Merseta, the Volkswagen dealer network and colleges, is in an advanced planning stage. 

VWSA cuts back on production after UK shipwreck loss

25th January 2007 Motor manufacturer Volkswagen SA on Thursday announced that it had lost a consignment of parts destined for South Africa when the MSC Napoli ran aground off the southern coast of England. 

DaimlerChrysler SA sells dealership stake to BEE group

25th January 2007 Motor manufacturer DaimlerChrysler South Africa and entrepreneur Roy McAllister, announced on Thursday that 40% of their shares in dealership company Sandown Motor Holdings, had been sold to black economic-empowerment group True Class Consortium for R500-million. 

Gauteng begins appointing experts for new transport integration body

By: Matthew Hill     24th January 2007 The Gauteng Department of Transport, Roads and Works (GDTRW) is in the process of appointing transport experts to the board of its new brainchild, the Gauteng Transport Authority (GTA), a department spokesperson told Engineering News Online on Tuesday. In answer to emailed questions, Tebogo... 

Nissan Diesel SA to invest R95m in infrastructure, skills

22nd January 2007 Truck manufacturer Nissan Diesel has announced that it would spend R89-million on new infrastructure developments across South Africa. 

Mpumalanga bus service expects demand to continue to surge

By: Irma Venter     19th January 2007 We already carry 120 000 passengers a day, and this figure is growing at an alarming rate. 

Gauteng hopes to introduce dedicated buses to high-occupancy lanes

By: Irma Venter     19th January 2007 The Gauteng government will go out on tender for the operation of dedicated buses in high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes on selected highways and metropolitan area roads early this year. 

Truck drivers threaten February strike as wage talks fail

By: Matthew Hill     18th January 2007 South African truck drivers will begin a nationwide strike in mid-February, after talks between the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) and the road freight sector collapsed, the union cautioned on Thursday. 

Self-service check in to improve flying convenience

By: Nelendhre Moodley     17th January 2007 South Africa�s national carrier South African Airways (SAA), which launched the first of its new self check-in facility, known as Flightcheck, at Johannesburg�s OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) on Wednesday, intends to roll out a further 70 such kiosks in the near future. 

Low-cost newcomer launches second Kenyan flight route

By: Nelendhre Moodley     15th January 2007 Africa-focused logistics group Lonrho Africa, on Monday announced that Fly540, a recently established low-cost airline based in Nairobi, Kenya, launched its second route, from Nairobi�s main international airport to Kisumu in Western Kenya, last Friday. Fly540, in which Lonrho has a 49% stake,... 

'Buyers' market to prevail' - McCarthy chief

By: Mariaan Webb     10th January 2007 South African vehicle owners are set for more affordable options in the year to come, with the introduction of more Chinese vehicles into the value segments of the market, specifically sport-utility vehicles (SUVs) and light commercial vehicles, McCarthy Motor Holdings chairperson Brand Pretorius... 

SA new vehicle sales rose 15,7% in 2006

9th January 2007 South African domestic new vehicle sales notched up another record year in 2006, up 15,7% from 2005 figures, to 714 340 vehicles, the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) said in a statement on Tuesday. 

Tyre group concludes empowerment deal

By: Irma Venter     15th December 2006 Tyre specialist Bridgestone Maxiprest has concluded a black economic empowerment (BEE) transaction with Abahle Investments, led by Dr Zolile Maqetuka, in which the company acquired a 25% stake in Bridgestone Maxiprest. 

Commercial vehicles now driving the market

By: Irma Venter     15th December 2006 Sales of light-commercial vehicles and heavy trucks continue to surge ahead – this while passenger car and medium-commercial vehicle sales have slowed significantly in November. 

Stronger rand blamed for falling local-content levels

By: Irma Venter     15th December 2006 The local content (by value) of vehicles produced in South Africa has dropped from 38% to 28%. 

Mbeki promises that SA's auto support programme will remain, but hints at refinements

By: Irma Venter     15th December 2006 The South African government will not forsake its support programme for the local automotive industry, the Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP). 

First SA-EU automotive tariff cut takes effect

By: Irma Venter     15th December 2006 The first tariff cut in the agreement between the European Union (EU) and South Africa to reduce tariffs on car and component exports between the two markets will become effective on Friday. The second cut will be implemented next month. It is expected that the trade deal will save local vehicle... 

New JSE-listed companies reveal growing appetite for local mining investment

By: Jade Davenport     15th December 2006 The listing of nine mining-focused companies on the JSE this year is evidencethat the local bourse�s businessdevelopment initiative to attract companies to list in South Africa is yielding significant results. Traditionally, the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX), Australian Stock Exchange and London�s... 

Safmarine to upgrade its SA services as trade-volumes continue to rise

By: Irma Venter     15th December 2006 Shipping company Safmarine is in the process of upgrading its shipping services to and from South Africa, due to increasing trade volumes, says Safmarine South Africa trades executive Alex de Bruyn. 

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