German OEMs set down roots across Africa

Is Africa the next China? Germany’s car manufacturers certainly hope so. They’re setting down roots across the entire continent, counting on rising prosperity to create an appetite for its vehicles – but also working out new formulas to connect its high-priced product to low-income consumers. With more than a billion people, Africa has 17% of the world’s population. Yet it accounts for barely 1% of global car sales. As pointed out in a recent report by German broadcaster DW, Africa has just 45 vehicles per 1,000 inhabitants, well below the…

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Six new bakkies to look forward to in 2021 and 2022

JOHANNESBURG – As far as bakkie sales are concerned, Toyota’s Hilux has a stranglehold on the South African market, as it has for decades now, but that has never stopped its rivals from stepping up to the plate with some compelling alternatives. And while the Hilux just got more competitive than ever with its recent round of upgrades, the competition is preparing to go to war in the next two years with an array of all-new models. These are six of the newcomers that we are looking forward to in…

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EV shift will turn Mercedes into a smaller company

FRANKFURT – Mercedes parent company Daimler will be a smaller company five years from now, focused on capturing recurring revenues with software-based services as its premium car brand seeks to redefine luxury in an era of electric self-driving cars, Chief Executive Ola Kaellenius said. The Stuttgart-based company is accelerating plans to shift the carmaker beyond combustion-engine vehicles, a step which will result in job losses. “The next five years we will become a smaller company,” Kaellenius told a Reuters Events broadcast on Thursday. “We will have a fundamental change in…

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Ford’s Silverton Factory In South Africa Is Getting A Massive 13.5 MW Of Solar PV

The Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa’s factory in Silverton, Pretoria, South Africa is getting a massive 13. 5 megawatt (MW) solar system. This will make it one of the largest solar PV systems installed at a factory worldwide. The system will have solar carports enough to cover 4,200 parking bays. The PV plant will cost R135 million (US$8.7 million). This means the grid-tied project will come in at about $0.64/W, which is pretty impressive for a carport system. The Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa wants to have the factory fully self-sufficient…

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South Africans want electric cars but they are still too expensive

Although there is demand for electric vehicles (EVs) from South African customers, the high prices are the biggest hurdle for the consumer. This is according to the 2020 Electric Vehicle Buyers Survey, conducted by AutoTrader in partnership with smart mobility solutions provider Generation.e. The study was conducted to understand potential buyers’ willingness to purchase an EV in SA, based on a sample size of 3 105 people who responded to AutoTrader’s questionnaire on its Web site. The report, revealed yesterday at theSmarter Mobility Africa LIVEevent, found the main areas which require serious…

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Women in Wheels | How Liz Gorbunov made an impact at Nissan SA and what drives her ambition

• Liz Gorbunov joined Nissan South Africa in 2016. • In 2021, she’ll be responsible for commercialising the new Nissan Navara. • Liz believes that women are just as capable as their male counterparts. • For more motoring stories, go to www.Wheels24.co.za Nissan celebrates the production of the 500 000th Leaf Nissan’s all-electric car, the Leaf, saw the 500 000th unit being built. In 2016, Nissan South Africa gained a gem in Liz Gorbunov. The dynamic lady took on the role of the general manager for sales and aftersales operations for Sub-Saharan Africa. While stimulating, Liz…

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South Africa’s auto industry highlights the social and employment cost of innovation

In South Africa, local operations of international motor manufacturing companies must constantly innovate to meet global demands and offer competitive value. The way work is done is constantly changing. The current technologies adopted in the workplace are ever smarter than those that went before. This trend, driven by economic forces, does not always lead to social improvements. Automation and the use of robots in manufacturing, combined with new working methods and systems, can have negative social impacts on workers. Job automation in South Africa There has been an increase in technology in South Africa’s automobile sector since 2003. Most…

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SA’s Covid hit carmakers asks government to cut taxes on new cars

  JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s car makers have asked the government to reduce taxes on new vehicle purchases as part of a proposed stimulus package for the coronavirus-hit sector, according to a presentation from an industry body seen by Reuters. The proposal, aimed at boosting local sales of new cars as rising coronavirus cases threaten demand in key export markets, was presented to the government on Monday by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA), its chief executive Mike Mabasa said. NAAMSA represents global car giants like…

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Automotive component suppliers commit R4.3bn to establish operations in Tshwane

    Government is investing R3.5bn in the SEZ, which is set to create thousands of jobs. Ford says 12 of its suppliers and related services companies have made the commitment, while another 10 are showing ‘keen interest’. Image: Supplied More than R4.3 billion is to be invested in the Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ) by 12 Ford suppliers and related services companies that have committed to establishing operations in the SEZ. Ford’s executive director of government affairs for Africa, Dhiren Vanmali, confirmed this on Tuesday, adding that another…

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R2 MILLION PRODUCT TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR 300 MDANTSANE AUTO MECHANICS RESUMES

R2 MILLION PRODUCT TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR 300 MDANTSANE AUTO MECHANICS RESUMES

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