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Suzuki ends 2023 just shy of 50 000 unit sales, starts January with a bang
23rd February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Suzuki Auto South Africa (Suzuki SA) ended 2023 with sales of 49 573 vehicles – up more than 460% from the 8 833 vehicles sold in 2017. Over the past six years, the Japanese compact-car specialist,... 


Vehicle crime ramped up towards end of last year, says Tracker
23rd February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Tracker’s vehicle crime statistics for July to December last year show an increase in vehicle crime, with a peak in November. Data from the asset tracking company also shows that a business-owned... 


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Premium car market outlook murky as South Africans continue to hunt for Asian bargains
23rd February 2024 By: Irma Venter

The South African new-car market has been shifting steadily over the last few years as consumers continue to battle persistent economic headwinds. Times are tough. Interest rates, living costs,... 


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Auto industry pleased with EV allocation, but more will be needed – Naamsa
22nd February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council has welcomed the announcementby Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana in his Budget Speech on Wednesday that government will offer financial support for the... 


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NEV producers will be able to claim 150% of their investment spend in 2026
21st February 2024 By: Darren Parker

To encourage the production of new energy vehicles (NEVs) in South Africa, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana has proposed that an investment allowance be made available for new investments from... 


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Volkswagen Africa builds 1.5-millionth export vehicle
20th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Volkswagen Group Africa (VWA) this week celebrated building the 1.5-millionth vehicle built at the Kariega plant for the export market. The milestone vehicle, a Polo GTI destined for the UK, also... 


Company calls for Finance Minister to announce incentives to drive EV industry growth
19th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Electric vehicle (EV) renewable energy charging infrastructure company Zero Carbon Charge is calling on Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana to announce a series of fiscal measures to incentivise the... 


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Oil-water separators can aid regulatory compliance
16th February 2024

Oil-water separators are integral to preventing oil-contaminated water run-off from polluting the ecosystem. It is, however, important to ensure that the correct class of separator is installed in... 


Antidumping duties to be slapped on Chinese windscreens
16th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition will impose antidumping duties on windscreens imported from China, to be used in the Southern African Customs Union (Sacu) area as replacement... 


New-vehicle sales slide continues
16th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

New-vehicle sales declined by 3.8% in January, to 41 636 units, compared with the same month last year. This continued the decline in new-vehicle sales witnessed in the last five months of 2023. 


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IEA to launch security programme for minerals critical to energy sector
14th February 2024 By: Reuters

The International Energy Agency (IEA) is launching a programme to secure the supply of minerals critical to energy security, as demand rises fast while manufacturing remains in the hands of a few... 


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Suzuki ends 2023 just shy of 50 000 units, starts January with a bang
13th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Suzuki Auto South Africa (Suzuki SA) ended 2023 with sales of 49 573 vehicles – up more than 460% from the 8 833 vehicles sold in 2017. Over the past six years, the Japanese compact-car specialist,... 


Vehicle crime ramped up towards the end of 2023 – Tracker
Vehicle crime ramped up towards the end of 2023 – Tracker
12th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Tracker’s vehicle crime statistics for July to December last year show an increase in vehicle crime, with a peak in November. Data from the asset tracking company also shows that a business-owned... 


2024 Car of the Year finalists announced
2024 Car of the Year finalists announced
12th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

The South African Guild of Mobility Journalists (SAGMJ) has announced the 18 finalists of the Old Mutual Insure 2024 Car of the Year (COTY) competition. “We eagerly await the upcoming competition... 


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VW could announce third production model this year; expects uptick in 2024 car market
9th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Volkswagen Group Africa (VWA) will hopefully this year receive the final confirmation on the production of a third model at the Kariega plant, says MD Martina Biene. This third model will add to... 


Construction of Stellantis’ R3bn Coega auto assembly plant poised to start in May
9th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Construction work on Stellantis’ assembly plant in the Coega Special Economic Zone, in the Eastern Cape, should kick off in May, says the vehicle manufacturer’s new CEO, Mike Whitfield. The start... 


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Volkswagen spends big to counter loadshedding as it becomes sole Polo supplier
7th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Volkswagen Group South Africa, now trading as Volkswagen Group Africa (VWA), is investing R55-million to generate 3 MW in additional solar energy for its assembly plant in Kariega, in the Eastern... 


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Yet another negative month for new-vehicle sales
1st February 2024 By: Irma Venter

New-vehicle sales declined by 3.8% in January, to 41 636 units, compared with the same month last year. This continued the decline in new-vehicle sales witnessed in the last five months of 2023. 


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Stellantis plant to break ground in May; Citroën key as volume brand going forward – Whitfield
30th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

Construction work on Stellantis’ assembly plant in the Coega Special Economic Zone, in the Eastern Cape, should kick off in May, says the vehicle manufacturer’s new CEO Mike Whitfield. The start of... 


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Ranger, Toyota dominated used car sales in 2023 – AutoTrader
26th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

The number of used-car sales last year increased by 4.6% compared with 2022, this according to AutoTrader data.  Overall, 367 075 used cars changed hands, at an average selling price of R399 163. 


Ashok Leyland enters Southern African market with Dost workhorse
26th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

India’s Ashok Leyland has entered the Southern African commercial vehicle market with its Dost 1.5 l ℓturbodiesel workhorse. Headquartered in Chennai, with nine manufacturing plants, Ashok Leyland... 


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Local electric vehicle roll-out successful, despite challenges
26th January 2024 By: Trent Roebeck

Automotive vehicle manufacturer Audi South Africa (Audi SA) maintains a positive outlook on the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) by customers and businesses in the country, despite the... 


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Model Y most registered new vehicle
26th January 2024

Despite not topping the table at the end of October, the Tesla Model Y proved to be the most popular battery electric vehicle (BEV) in Europe, from January through to October 2023, and may continue... 


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More than 1 000 classic cars to be on show at George Old Car Show
23rd January 2024 By: Schalk Burger

The twenty-seventh George Old Car Show will be held at Eden Technical High School, in Union street, George, on February 10 and 11, with more than 1 000 classical cars expected. Entries, thus far,... 


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More choices for consumers in pre-owned vehicle market
19th January 2024 By: Schalk Burger

South African motorists are currently enjoying a variety of pre-owned vehicles, with price being a significant driver of the pre-owned car market, says motor retailer Kelston Motor Group used... 


Eagle Eye Defence aims to roll out in-vehicle biometric security system this year
19th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

South African startup Eagle Eye Defence has developed an in-vehicle security system that uses fingerprint verification to start the powertrain. Cofounder Iviwe Mosana describes Eagle Eye Defence as... 


DHL to test Volkswagen’s electric ID.Buzz Cargo vans in South Africa
19th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has partnered with DHL Express for the pilot testing of the electric ID.Buzz Cargo van in South Africa. Four ID.Buzz Cargo units have been placed at DHL Express... 


Vehicle sales up 0.5% in 2023 – Naamsa
19th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

New-vehicle sales in the domestic market inched up by 0.5% in 2023 compared with 2022, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council. This follows jumps of 13.9% in 2022 and 22.2% in 2021. 


Study shows SA has the most lenient road rules out of 17 countries
Study shows SA has the most lenient road rules out of 17 countries
17th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

South Africa has been ranked as the country with the most lenient road rules in a new study that compares 17 nations across the globe. This study is not a measure of how strict police and... 


African shared mobility sector to almost double in size by 2030 – report
African shared mobility sector to almost double in size by 2030 – report
11th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

The size of Africa’s shared mobility market, which includes services such as ride-hailing, scooter or e-bike rentals, as well as car-sharing, will almost double by 2030, creating an additional 550... 


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Booming Toyota defies depressed market to achieve record market share
10th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) says it has sold 142 612 vehicles in 2023 – more than 10 000 units up on 2022 numbers. This is an 8% increase in a domestic market that in 2023 inched up 0.5% in... 


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New-vehicle sales inch up 0.5% in 2023, exports at record levels 
9th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

New-vehicle sales in the domestic market inched up by 0.5% in 2023 compared with 2022, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council. This follows a 13.9% jump in 2022 and 22.2% growth in 2021. 


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Ashok Leyland’s Dost workhorse makes its local debut
9th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

India’s Ashok Leyland has entered the Southern African commercial vehicle market with its Dost 1.5 l turbodiesel workhorse. Headquartered in Chennai with nine manufacturing plants, Ashok Leyland is... 


2024 Car of the Year semi-finalists revealed
2024 Car of the Year semi-finalists revealed
19th December 2023 By: Donna Slater

The Car of the Year (COTY) committee has revealed the finalists for the 2024 COTY competition ahead of the thirty-eighth edition of the yearly event, which is sponsored by Old Mutual Insure (OMI)... 


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Eagle Eye Defence aims to roll out an in-vehicle biometric security system next year
13th December 2023 By: Irma Venter

South African startup Eagle Eye Defence has developed an in-vehicle security system that uses fingerprint verification to start the power train. Cofounder Iviwe Mosana describes Eagle Eye Defence... 


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Increasing number of special deals on offer as consumers continue to struggle 
13th December 2023 By: Irma Venter

With consumers continuing to struggle in the current tough economic environment, lower-income individuals are making up an increasingly smaller portion of total vehicle finance deals as they... 


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