Workers want more say in car manufacturing industry

JOHANNESBURG – The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) says workers in the automotive components sector are disgruntled over the failure of employers to offer “equal work for equal pay” and recognise them as a key stakeholder in the industry. Union general secretary Irvin Jim told a panel discussion at the National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers of SA (Naacam) industry show in Durban that workers did not want to be “merely consulted” in the drafting and implementing of new plans to guide the automotive industry. “Workers…

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New car sales under pressure

New vehicle sales declined significantly in February compared with previous months, largely due to load shedding by Eskom, according to the National Automobile Association of SA (Naamsa). Industry sales declined 3016 units and ended the month on 43251 units, 6.5percent down on the same month last year. “While we expect first-half sales to be slow, the market was no doubt rattled by the week-long impact of load shedding at the beginning of the month, which impacted consumer and business confidence,” said Ghana Msibi, WesBank’s executive head of motor. “Reassuringly, however,…

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VW creates entry-level JETTA brand to capture first-time buyers

INTERNATIONAL -Volkswagen on Tuesday said it will launch an entry-level JETTA brand in China in the third quarter this year, as a way to capture first-time buyers in the world’s largest car market which has started to sputter. Car sales in China fell for a seventh straight month in January, the country’s top auto industry association said earlier this month. A third of the Chinese car market is in a segment which is positioned below the main volume segment, where the Volkswagen brand is market leader, VW said. To capture…

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BAIC sets new timelines for projected SA vehicle plant

Beijing Automotive International Corporation (BAIC), the Chinese state-owned company that committed to invest R11 billion in South Africa, now claims that production was set to commence before the end of this year at its vehicle plant in Coega. South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has a 35 percent shareholding in the project. BAIC in July held what it described as a “milestone event” to prepare for semi-knocked down (SKD) production of vehicles at the plant. The company said at the time that “full-scale production” of its X25 compact sport utility vehicle (SUV)…

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Toyota’s Hilux GR Sport is coming to South Africa

Johannesburg – Toyota South Africa has officially confirmed that its Hilux GR Sport limited edition will hit South African showrooms in mid-2019. Although it would be a stretch to call it a rival to the Ford Ranger Raptor – which incidentally is also being launched this year – the Toyota does get modified “off-road biased” suspension, which Toyota has not elaborated on at this point. Of course the main selling point is that it’s packed with a whole lot of Gazoo Racing design flavour, in the form of a unique grille with…

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Honda Announces Global Automobile Manufacturing Restructure

Honda Announces Global Automobile Manufacturing Restructure

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Quantum leap as Transportation Components now supplies to OEM Henred Fruehauf

Transportation Components, a recognised leader in the distribution of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) components to the aftermarket, has taken the quantum leap to a whole new level, with its recent appointment as the supplier of Duroline brake linings to the well-known OEM Henred Fruehauf, the largest trailer and allied products manufacturer in South Africa. Henred Fruehauf are using the Duroline brake linings supplied by Transportation Components in the foundation brakes of the trailers they manufacture. This has not only signified the return of a valued customer. It also means that…

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Production of New Ford Ranger Commences in South Africa

First new Ford Ranger production models emerge from Silverton Assembly Plant Result of over R3-billion investment and extensive upgrades at Ford’s local operations New Ranger and first-ever Ranger Raptor destined for markets in Africa, Europe and Middle East PRETORIA, South Africa, 11 February 2019 – Ford’s Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria has officially commenced production of the new Ford Ranger, bringing a raft of product upgrades and refinements to one of South Africa’s best-selling vehicles and export models. “Following the investment of over R3-billion in our local operations and extensive…

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