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Automotive News

Zero Carbon Charge signs MoU with Free State govt on EV charger rollout

By: Irma Venter     20th May 2024 Zero Carbon Charge (Zero CC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Free State provincial government on the introduction of what it describes as a “network of solar-powered, offgrid, ultrafast electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the province”. The rollout promises the... 

Yet more Chinese imports on their way, this time electric, and available to rent

By: Irma Venter     17th May 2024 Local importer of Dongfeng Sokon Automobile (DFSK) battery electric vehicles (BEV), Enviro Automotive, says it will make a number of additions to its vehicle line-up. The company introduced the DFSK brand to South Africa in July 2022, with the introduction of the EC35 panel van and EC31 one-ton... 

Image of the DFSK EC35 four-seater panel van
The DFSK EC35 four-seater panel van

Steady increase in demand for MyCiTi bus service

By: Irma Venter     17th May 2024 The latest audited statistics on MyCiTi ridership in and around Cape Town show that there is an increasing demand for the bus service. “It took some time for the service to settle in again after the Covid-19 pandemic, and for operations to return to normal,” says City of Cape Town Urban Mobility... 

Image of a MyCiTi bus and station

Opinion: Government must come to the party on new-energy vehicles

17th May 2024 The automotive sector requires policy certainty and investment incentives to meet the challenges of the future and sustain its vital role in the economy, writes Nedbank Commercial Banking manufacturing national manager Amith Singh. 

Amith Singh
Amith Singh

Rubber companies urged to go green

17th May 2024 There is a strong drive in and among rubber companies to exchange fossil fuels for renewable-energy sources, says steam and boiler service provider Associated Energy Services (AES). AES Gauteng regional manager Jordan Smith and AES operations associate director Ray Lund work closely with rubber... 

AES Gauteng regional manager Jordan Smith standing in front of a company sign for AES
JORDAN SMITH AES Gauteng regional manager Jordan Smith and AES operations associate director Ray Lund work closely with rubber belting and tyre manufacturers in Gauteng and the Eastern Cape

New-vehicle sales gain 2.2% after eight months of decline, Suzuki swoops into second place

By: Irma Venter     17th May 2024 New-vehicle sales have finally moved into positive territory following eight gruelling months of decline. Not all market segments experienced growth, however. 

Startup to build 120 off-grid e-truck charging sites

By: Irma Venter     17th May 2024 Electric vehicle charging startup Zero Carbon Charge has launched a new subsidiary, Zero Carbon Logistics, which it says will roll out 120 off-grid solar photovoltaic (PV) electric truck charging sites on national highways across South Africa. According to Zero Carbon Charge, the project will... 

Millennials, Gen-Zs want cars but are struggling to afford them – WesBank

By: Irma Venter     17th May 2024 Young South Africans, aged 35 and younger, are demonstrating a growing preference for private mobility. This is evident in recent WesBank data that shows a consistent increase over the past three years in the number of vehicle finance applications for new and pre-owned cars by Millennials and... 

Stellantis assembly-plant site being readied for construction – dtic

By: Irma Venter     15th May 2024 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has started to prepare the site at the Coega Special Economic Zone for the construction of the new Stellantis vehicle-assembly plant, says the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (dtic). The CDC is supplying the land on which the factory will be... 

Stellantis assembly-plant site being readied for construction – dtic

Tshwane Automotive SEZ celebrates training of first cohort of youth

By: Schalk Burger     15th May 2024 The Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ) on May 14 celebrated the first cohort of 526 local youths trained in safety, health, environment and quality to participate in different parts of the automotive value chain. These skills were critical in all aspects of the automotive value... 

An automotive component factory in the TASEZ

LDV to launch bakkie, SUV, MPV and panel van ranges in SA

By: Irma Venter     14th May 2024 Chinese car maker LDV has confirmed that its full range of passenger and commercial vehicles have been given the go-ahead for introduction in the South African market. The company is part of the SAIC automotive group. 

Image of an LDV T60 bakkie
The T60 bakkie

Logistics, NEVs in focus for next phase of automotive industry growth

By: Schalk Burger     10th May 2024 Efficient logistics to move vehicles and automotive components up and down the value chain and adapting the local industry to new energy vehicles (NEVs) is crucial to shape the trajectory of the industry into the future, industry development agency Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC)... 

Aluminium vehicle body panels in an assembly plant

Michelin research shows how transporters can reduce total cost of ownership

By: Darren Parker     10th May 2024 Tyre manufacturer Michelin has launched its latest research focused on total cost of ownership, which is aimed at shifting the mindsets of South African transporters to run more efficient and sustainable fleets. The ‘2023 Decarbonising South Africa’s Transport Sector’ outlines that transport is... 

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Blue Energy, wheel maker ink green power deal

By: Irma Venter     10th May 2024 Local developer and operator of clean energy infrastructure Blue Energy Africa has signed a 20-year deal with Borbet South Africa (SA) for the procurement of power from renewable-energy sources. Founded in 1962 by Peter Wilhelm Borbet, the family-owned company has five locations in Germany, as... 

BMW 7 Series clinches 2024 Car of the Year title

By: Irma Venter     9th May 2024 The luxurious BMW 7 Series has been awarded the 2024 South African Car of the Year (COTY) title. In a competition run by the South African Guild of Mobility Journalists (SAGMJ), the the Suzuki Fronx secured second place, with the BMW M2 claiming the bronze medal. 

Image of the BMW 7 Series
The BMW 7 Series

Commercial vehicle industry poised to grow, grasp new opportunities despite challenges

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th May 2024 The commercial vehicle industry in South Africa is getting to understand the opportunities in the automotive sector, such as in the autonomous vehicles space, despite various macroeconomic challenges, event organiser Messe Frankfurt South Africa MD Michael Dehn said during the Futureroad vehicle... 

Messe Frankfurst South Africa MD Michael Dehn
Messe Frankfurst South Africa MD Michael Dehn

Goodyear South Africa appoints new MD

By: Irma Venter     7th May 2024 Goodyear South Africa (SA) has appointed Paul Gerrard as its new MD, starting from May 1. Gerrard takes over from Richard Fourie, who led the company for two years. 

Image of Goodyear South Africa (SA) MD Paul Gerrard
Paul Gerrard

Auto exports soar to new record; shift to EVs sees drop in catalytic converter numbers 

By: Irma Venter     7th May 2024 Despite a tough domestic economy undermining a recovery in new-vehicle sales to pre-pandemic levels, record vehicle exports in 2023 ensured that the South African automotive sector still managed to outperform the rest of the manufacturing sector, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council... 

Image of Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council chief trade and research officer Dr Norman Lamprecht
Norman Lamprecht

New-vehicles sales gain 2.2% after eight months of decline; Suzuki swoops into second place 

By: Irma Venter     6th May 2024 New-vehicle sales have finally moved into positive territory following eight gruelling months of decline. Not all market segments experienced growth, however. 

Image of a Suzuki Swift badge

Biofibre project to enhance competitiveness

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd May 2024 Government economic programme Coega Development Corporation, in partnership with scientific and technology research organisation Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have embarked on an initiative known as the Biofibre Hub Project. Positioned within the expansive 9 003 ha Coega... 

MANUFACTURING POTENTIAL
The Biofibre Hub Project seeks to harness the potential of plant-based fibres, particularly bast and leaf fibres, to innovate in the automotive sector and beyond
MANUFACTURING POTENTIAL The Biofibre Hub Project seeks to harness the potential of plant-based fibres, particularly bast and leaf fibres, to innovate in the automotive sector and beyond

Braking company developing Africa presence

By: Lynne Davies     3rd May 2024 According to a report by the African Development Bank in the ‘Macroeconomic Performance and Outlook of Africa’ publication, 11 African countries featured in the world’s 20 fastest growing economies in 2023, which is why braking systems manufacturer and supplier of safety-critical subsystems for... 

The above image depicts one of the trucks operated by Knorr-Bremse
DIAGNOSTICS ANALYSIS Knorr-Bremse will be conducting technical training solutions, while aiding in diagnostics analyses to help diagnose issues with vehicles while in the field

New Class 4, 5 vehicles optimised for net-zero emissions

3rd May 2024 Commercial electric truck brand RIZON, the newest brand of all-electric trucks manufactured by Daimler Truck, announced the Canadian launch of its Class 4 and 5 vehicles. The RIZON brand was presented in Canada for the first time at Truck World in Toronto, which took place from April 18 to 20 –... 

The above image depicts the latest trucks offered by RIZON
Photo by Rizon
SAFETY SYSTEM The latest trucks offered by RIZON boast a proprietary connectivity service from RIZONCONNECT

RFA helps to address cross-border challenges

By: Lynne Davies     3rd May 2024 The Road Freight Association (RFA) – the largest national trade association in South Africa – is concerned about cross-border transport and the associated regulatory and traffic challenges. Three issues frequently occur at the border post precinct that either influence travel time or physically... 

The image depicts the RFA CEO Gavin Kelly
Photo by RFA
GAVIN KELLY The pre-clearing system has taken 20 years to develop, during which the RFA has attempted to get a variety of departments to agree and then devise sustainable or secure systems

Electric trucks too expensive? Now you can rent one from Volvo Trucks SA

By: Irma Venter     3rd May 2024 Volvo Trucks South Africa (SA) has introduced an equipment-as-a-service (EaaS) model for its new electric truck rental business. Following last year’s launch of Volvo electric trucks in South Africa, the company has been importing a range of configurations to suit local conditions. 

Cape Town takes another stab at rolling out electric buses for its MyCiTi service

By: Irma Venter     3rd May 2024 The City of Cape Town should have battery electric buses (e-buses) operational on its MyCiTi bus service by 2027, says Urban Mobility MMC Rob Quintas. It will be the city’s second stab at rolling out the zero-emission technology, following an unsuccessful attempt as an early adopter in 2018. 

VW Africa laments power outages in Eastern Cape, but Electricity Minister said to be tackling the problem

By: Irma Venter     3rd May 2024 Volkswagen Group Africa (VWA) suffered four power outages at its Kariega plant in the second week of April, says VWA MD and chairperson Martina Biene. This happened while there was no loadshedding scheduled for the Eastern Cape. 

Suzuki breaks through 50 000 unit sales mark

By: Irma Venter     3rd May 2024 Suzuki Auto South Africa (Suzuki SA) has broken through the 50 000-units-a-year sales barrier for the first time in its history. The year in question is the company’s financial year, running from April, 2023, to March, 2024. 

Former Audi SA head moves to Ford as sales director

By: Irma Venter     2nd May 2024 Ford South Africa has appointed Ryan Searle as its new sales director, effective May 1. Searle joins Ford after six years as the head of Volkswagen passenger sales where he was responsible for sales and market share performance for its South African dealer network, including sales strategy and... 

Image of Ford SA sales director Ryan Searle
Ryan Searle

Lower income consumers are being priced out of the car market – TransUnion 

By: Irma Venter     2nd May 2024 TransUnion Africa CEO Lee Naik says a tough economic environment characterised by cost-of-living challenges, high fuel costs and currency depreciations have resulted in a notable decline in vehicle sales and financing in South Africa. However, while this contraction is expected to persist,... 

Image of the Ford Ranger plant

Hyundai unveils nano cooling film able to slash interior heat in cars

By: Irma Venter     26th April 2024 The Hyundai Motor Company has unveiled what it says is the world’s first application of a nano cooling film. The South Korean car maker describes the film as “a revolutionary vehicle window tint that offers a significant improvement in interior cooling performance compared to conventional tint... 

Volkswagen to invest R4-billion to produce third model at Kariega plant in show of commitment to South Africa

By: Irma Venter     26th April 2024 Volkswagen Group Africa (VWA) will invest R4-billion in its manufacturing plant in Kariega, in the Eastern Cape. The investment will be used to prepare the plant for the addition of a third model to the company’s production line-up from early 2027. 

‘No operational issues’ as Golden Arrow tests electric Explorer bus 

By: Irma Venter     25th April 2024 Golden Arrow Bus Services (GABS) says it will probably make a final decision in the third or fourth quarter of this year on whether it will acquire any Lion’s Explorer E electric buses from MAN Truck & Bus South Africa (MAN SA). MAN SA in September provided GABS with its first Lion’s Explorer E... 

Image of the MAN Lion’s Explorer E electric bus
The MAN Lion’s Explorer E electric bus

South Africa aims to set up three JET-aligned skills development zones 

By: Terence Creamer     24th April 2024 Three Just Energy Transition (JET) skills development zones focusing on renewables and grids, electric vehicles and green hydrogen value chains are proposed for implementation under the larger JET Investment Plan (JET-IP), for which pledges of $11.5-billion have been made by several developed... 

Workers unstalling solar panels

Blue Energy signs 20-year green power deal with wheel manufacturer

By: Irma Venter     24th April 2024 Local developer and operator of clean energy infrastructure, Blue Energy Africa, has signed a 20-year deal with Borbet South Africa (SA) for the procurement of power from renewable-energy sources. Founded in 1962 by Peter Wilhelm Borbet, the family-owned company has five locations in Germany, as... 

Blue Energy signs 20-year green power deal with wheel manufacturer

Urgent need to develop Africa’s fuel storage, distribution networks – Puma Energy

By: Irma Venter     23rd April 2024 Puma Energy Africa head Fadi Mitri has issued a call to action to the African Refiners and Distributors Association (ARDA) to urgently develop the continent’s energy infrastructure. ARDA is the pan-African organisation for the downstream oil sector. 

Urgent need to develop Africa’s fuel storage, distribution networks – Puma Energy

IEA expects another record year for EVs in 2024, but sales remain concentrated

By: Terence Creamer     23rd April 2024 The International Energy Agency (IEA) expects electric vehicle (EV) sales to rise to a record 17-million in 2024, representing more than one in every five passenger cars sold, but with sales likely to remain highly concentrated in the Chinese, European and US markets. Sales rose by 35% last year... 

IEA expects another record year for EVs in 2024, but sales remain concentrated

Amaury Vadon appointed MD of Michelin sub-Saharan

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd April 2024 Mobility company Michelin in South Africa has appointed Amaury Vadon as its new sub-Saharan Africa MD, effective April 1. Originally from France, Vadon brings considerable experience and a proven record in sales, operations and management garnered over his 12-year tenure at Michelin, the company... 

An image of Michelin sub-Saharan Africa MD Amaury Vadon
Amaury Vadon
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