Electric Vehicle Road Trip (EVRT) Africa sees government and industry work together in electrification, automation and connectivity

ROSSLYN, South Africa (October, 2019) As technology continues to shape and reshape our everyday lives, new trends cause shifting customer expectations to place new demands on the automotive sector as well as on government. The two both have a role to play in paving the way for a new era of electrification, automation and connectivity, says Kabelo Rabotho, Marketing Director, Nissan South Africa. Nissan South Africa and Generation.e in conjunction with the Department of Transport and Gauteng Provincial Government, will be embarking on the trip between Johannesburg and Cape Town.…

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What’s driving our electric future?

Imagine pulling into your local shopping centre to buy your groceries and leaving the parking lot fully refuelled. Or perhaps you’d prefer to fill up your tank in your own garage overnight? Except you won’t be using fuel at all — rather clean, unharmful energy. This is the reality promised by an electric future. Less clear, is how we’re going to get there. For the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SA, the first step is simple: reduce the import tariffs on electric vehicles (EVs). In an initiative spearheaded by…

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Nissan, BMW and Volkswagen are in talks to jointly invest in the electric car market in South Africa

The announcement is made by Mike Mabasa, Executive Director of the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA). Will the electric car market finally take off in South Africa? That is the question that three car manufacturers want to address. They are: the Japanese Nissan, the Germans BMW and Volkswagen. Negotiations are currently underway to invest in the South African market. In concrete terms, they want to make proposals to authorities. Among the proposals is a 23% reduction in import duties on electric cars. These duties are currently…

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Nissan to build Navara in SA as part of R3bn investment

Pretoria – Nissan South Africa has announced a R3 billion investment in its Rosslyn plant in Gauteng, which will see it produce the Navara bakkie for the first time ever. Navara production will commence from 2020 on an upgraded, and more flexible, production line that will see it built alongside the existing older-generation NP300 and the unibody NP200 compact bakkie. The Navara is currently sold in South Africa as a limited range of imported double cab models, but Nissan SA said that it would produce a “full” line-up of Navara…

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Renault aims to restart Nissan merger talks within 12 months – FT

INTERNATIONAL – France’s Renault SA intends to restart merger talks with Japan’s Nissan Motor Co Ltd within 12 months, after which it will set sight on a bid to buy Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday. The plans signal a return to the strategies supported by former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn who held talks about merging Renault with Fiat Chrysler two to three years ago, the report, which cited sources familiar with the matter, said, adding the French government had opposed the move. Late last year, Ghosn…

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