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January 29, 2024

#BizTrends2024: Looking ahead to the changing landscape of the pre-owned car market in SA

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January 29, 2024

Why Tesla is avoiding South Africa

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January 29, 2024

After 75 Years, BMW’s Munich Plant Will Cease Production of ICE Models

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January 29, 2024

New-vehicle sales inch up 0.5% in 2023, exports at record levels

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January 29, 2024

Electric buses to be rolled out in DBSA-funded project in Tshwane, eThekwini 

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January 29, 2024

8 electric vehicles coming to South Africa in 2024

Industry News
November 17, 2023

New Hyundai boss expects negative 2023 as consumers battle tide of bad news

Not only is the domestic passenger-car market cooling, but the global market is also in upheaval as it struggles to make the transition to electric mobility. Jansen van Rensburg says…
Industry News
November 17, 2023

Suzuki continues setting sales records in South Africa

South Africans have a deep-seated love for Suzuki, and this affection continues to propel the brand’s sales. Suzuki Auto South Africa reported a remarkable achievement in October 2023, with dealers…
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November 17, 2023

Local Production of Plug-In Hybrids Up 5X In South Africa

South Africa is one of the main motor vehicle assembly and manufacturing hubs on the African continent. Vehicles are produced in South Africa for the local South African market, the…
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November 17, 2023

Legacy of Ford in Southern Africa: Iconic vehicles over generations

Ford South Africa has developed and launched several iconic cars for local enthusiasts over the decades. Many of these developments have been unique to the South African market, building the…
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November 17, 2023

Aftermarket Leaders Come Together for Sustainabili-TEA

During the 2023 AAPEX Show, sustainability leaders from across the automotive aftermarket came together to learn about industry association sustainability groups during a “Sustainabili-TEA and Coffee” event on Nov. 2.…
Industry News
October 18, 2023

Automotive manufacturing remains dynamic, govt signals it is alive to industry challenges

Despite the challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic and global supply chain disruptions, the South African automotive manufacturing sector still remains a significant contributor to the local economy, as…
Industry News
October 18, 2023

Automotive transition presents value chain opportunities

The transition of the automotive industry to new-energy vehicles holds potential to impact on many other industries, including mining, manufacturing, freight and energy, but collaboration and a policy framework are…
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October 18, 2023

Mashatile calls for strong government, automotive sector partnership

Deputy President Paul Mashatile says it is important for government and the automotive sector to strengthen their partnership to grow the economy and create jobs. Mashatile was speaking on the…
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October 18, 2023

New Hyundai boss expects negative 2023 as consumers battle tide of bad news

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October 18, 2023

MISA warns of spate of job losses at dealerships, retail stores

The Motor Industry Staff Association (MISA) says a number of dealerships and retail stores have announced their intent to restructure, which could lead to a spate of retrenchments in the…
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October 18, 2023

Nissan NP200 on its way out – And there’s no replacement in sight

Nissan made a big announcement this year when it confirmed that the incredibly-popular NP200 will soon be retired. The NP200 has been one of South Africa’s best-selling vehicles for years,…
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August 18, 2023

Mercedes, Super Group unveil blueprint for luxury dealerships

Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) has unveiled the second of its local dealerships to have adopted the German carmaker’s new ‘luxury’ retail brand appearance, launched globally in 2018, and in South…
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August 18, 2023

Reman 2023 Conference to Unite Industry Leaders 

MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers announced the 2023 Remanufacturing Annual Conference will take place on October 11-12, 2023, at the Genuine Parts Company (GPC) Headquarters in Atlanta, Ga.
Industry News
August 18, 2023

South African Ferrari distributor changes hands 

Smartgrowth Investments has acquired Scuderia South Africa (SA), the official Ferrari distributor in Southern Africa.
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August 18, 2023

Nissan set to end NP200 production next year

Nissan South Africa (SA) will end production of the NP200 half-ton bakkie in March next year, says Nissan SA country director Kabelo Rabotho.
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July 14, 2023

BYD launches Atto 3 EV in South Africa

Chinese electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Build Your Dreams (BYD) has officially launched its battery-powered Atto 3 crossover model EV in the South African market.
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July 14, 2023

Toyota launches its cheapest offering in South Africa

Toyota South Africa Motors has launched what will be its cheapest new-vehicle offering in the local market.
Industry News
July 14, 2023

Festival of Motoring returns in August

The Festival of Motoring is revving up for its sixth edition, set to run from August 25 to 27 at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in Midrand.
Industry News
June 1, 2023

New electric trucks destined for South Africa

On the back of delivering the first ever heavy electric truck to the African continent last month, global manufacturer Volvo says it will deliver its first FM electric truck tractor…
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June 1, 2023

Subaru plans 4 crossover EVs, 400,000 output in dramatic ramp-up

Subaru plans a four EV lineup by the end of 2026 and will add capacity to build 400,000 full-electric cars in Japan from around 2028. Operating profits nearly tripled in…
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June 1, 2023

Toyota SA to boost hybrid production as BEVs deemed not yet practical 

Hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs) are “the most practical solution for carbon neutrality in Africa”, says Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) Africa region CEO Toshimitsu Imai.
Industry News
April 20, 2023

Volvo Trucks South Africa ready for May introduction of electric trucks 

Volvo Trucks South Africa has confirmed that it will start delivering heavy electric trucks to its local customers next month.
Industry News
April 20, 2023

Stellantis MoU targets finalising an assembly plant solution for the local, export markets

Global automotive group Stellantis announced last week that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the South African government’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and the Department of Trade,…
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April 20, 2023

Volkswagen takes over vehicle assembly operations in Ghana

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March 16, 2023

Motus to spend R250m in next 18 months on alternative energy sources

With no light discernible at the end of the Eskom tunnel, mobility group Motus will spend R250-million over the next 18 months to install alternative energy generation sources, such as…
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March 16, 2023

New Hyundai Venue Cargo in South Africa – A compact commercial vehicle

Hyundai South Africa has launched the new Venue Cargo – offering individuals and businesses a compact commercial vehicle to suit their needs.
Industry News
March 16, 2023

SA manufacturing output falls 3.7% in January

Stats SA reports that South African manufacturing production decreased by 3.7% in January 2023 compared with January 2022.
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March 16, 2023

What the new 2035 ban means for SA’s automotive industry

With exports on the rise, South Africa has solidified its status as a key participant in the global automotive market. Last month, the European Parliament officially approved a law to…
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February 20, 2023

Continental Tyre South Africa welcomes Matt Livigni as new MD

Automotive partner Continental Tyre South Africa (CTSA) has welcomed Matt Livigni as its new MD, noting that he brings a wealth of experience to the company, thanks to his 33-year…
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February 20, 2023

Best-selling car brands in South Africa

The auto industry is off to a strong start in South Africa in 2023, with new vehicle sales totalling 43,509 units – a 4.8% increase over the corresponding month in…
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February 20, 2023

Toyota SA predicts 7.8% increase in new-vehicle market in 2023

Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) predicts that this year’s domestic new-vehicle market will grow by 7.8%, to 570 000 units, up from 528 963 units last year.
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February 20, 2023

Toyota SA to invest R800m-plus in renewable energy as it flags loadshedding as a ‘big concern’

Toyota South Africa Motors’ (TSAM’s) Prospecton production complex in Durban will move to 100% renewable energy by 2028, in an investment that will cost north of R800-million, says president and…
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January 18, 2023

New Haval Jolion S launched in South Africa – More power and unique features

Haval has launched the Jolion S in South Africa with an uprated powerplant, unique design, and exclusive features setting it apart from the rest of the range.
Industry News
January 18, 2023

Hino South Africa grows sales by 9.4% despite 41-day plant shutdown

Hino South Africa posted sales of 3 333 trucks for 2022 – 9.4% higher than the figure for 2021, but still 417 units below the retail sales target of 3…
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January 18, 2023

Suzuki unveils its first electric concept, local introduction under investigation

Small-car specialist Suzuki has unveiled its first all-electric concept vehicle.
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January 18, 2023

Volvo launches more electric trucks – also in South Africa

Volvo Trucks continues to expand its range of electric trucks with the launch of several new extra-heavy units, also available in South Africa.
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January 18, 2023

Mahindra records 78% growth in 2022

Mahindra last year increased its new-vehicle sales by 78% compared with 2021 – this in a total domestic market that expanded by a much more moderate 13.9%.
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December 14, 2022

Isuzu Motors SA announces new board members

Isuzu Motors South Africa (Isuzu) has announced its new expanded board of directors, effective 1 December.
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December 14, 2022

Toyota South Africa announces free safety upgrades for these cars

After identifying an uptick in vehicle theft in South Africa using sophisticated attack methods, Toyota has announced free “safety enhancements” for local customers in an effort to mitigate Toyota and…
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December 14, 2022

Tshwane will host NAACAM Show 2023

The City of Tshwane will be the host city for the 2023 iteration of the National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (NAACAM) Show, which will take place from…
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December 14, 2022

Manufacturer launches new bushes material

High-performance plastic products manufacturer igus launched its new range of alternative bushes for the automotive sector at this year’s manufacturing, energy and logistics trade show, Hannover Messe 2022.
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November 17, 2022

Volvo Trucks SA plant starts Euro 5 assembly

Volvo Trucks South Africa (SA) has started assembly of Euro 5 specification trucks at its plant in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.
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November 17, 2022

Production of Ford’s next-gen Ranger bakkie commences in Pretoria

The production of the next-generation Ford Ranger at the company's Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria has begun. The start of the next-gen Ranger production follows a major investment of $1.5bn…
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October 17, 2022

Volvo Trucks starts production of heavy electric trucks, first SA units to arrive next year

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October 17, 2022

South African manufacturing output rises 3.7% in July

Stats SA has reported that total manufacturing output has increased by 3.7% y/y in July after declining by 3.4% y/y in June. This increase breaks the sector's three-month contractionary trend.
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October 17, 2022

Motus buys Motor Parts Direct in the UK for R3.64bn

Automotive group Motus has acquired 100% of UK-based aftermarket parts business Motor Parts Direct for R3.64bn. Motus said the acquisition is aligned with its international growth strategy for the aftermarket…
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September 13, 2022

Toyota SA reopens factory plant: Locally-built Hilux, Corolla Cross back in production

Toyota has resumed operations at its Prospecton plant after production was halted due to damages caused by floods at the facility in April.
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September 13, 2022

Audi Centre Centurion rolls out solar power solution 

Audi Centre Centurion has rolled out a solar solution to aid in powering the dealership and its electric vehicle chargers.
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September 13, 2022

South Africa has 18 months to make strong move to NEVs – Naamsa CEO

If South Africa does not start “to shift and change” to support the increased local production of new-energy vehicles (NEVs) in the next 18 months, the future of the industry…
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September 13, 2022

Goodyear joins Lockheed Martin to develop lunar mobility vehicle

The Goodyear Tyre & Rubber Company will join Lockheed Martin in its development of a lunar mobility vehicle, with the tyre manufacturer to focus on the vehicle’s tyres.
Industry News
September 13, 2022

How Hyundai became the world’s 3rd biggest car company

A podium performance is only worthy if there are many competitors. And in the global automotive sales rankings, with about a dozen conglomerates controlling more than 60 brands, Hyundai's had…
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August 16, 2022

Company drives investment in automotive sector

With government’s having identified the automotive sector as a key sector for economic development, private-equity investment firm Agile Capital is actively looking to invest further in the South African automotive…
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August 16, 2022

Toyota bags platinum across all three automotive brands NADA

Toyota, Hino and Lexus have all walked away with platinum awards at the 2022 National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI) Awards. Now in its 27th year, the…
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August 15, 2022

Hyundai To Manufacture Their Own Automotive Semiconductors

Recognising the challenges faced by the semiconductor industry, Hyundai recently announced that it will be manufacturing its own automotive semiconductors to help secure its own supply chain as it moves…
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August 15, 2022

Suzuki yet again hits new all-time record

Suzuki Auto South Africa (Suzuki SA) is moving ever closer to the magical 5 000-unit-a-month new-vehicle sales figure, with the Japanese budget vehicle specialist selling 4 734 vehicles in July.
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July 15, 2022

Ford South Africa starts up new stamping plant for next generation Ranger

Ford Motor Company has kicked off production at its new stamping plant at the Ranger assembly complex in Silverton, Pretoria.
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July 15, 2022

Volkswagen reveals its new made-in-South-Africa Amarok

Volkswagen on Thursday lifted the veil on its new Amarok bakkie, set to replace the current Amarok after 12 years in the marketplace early next year.
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July 15, 2022

The international automotive aftermarket restarts

Automechanika Frankfurt with high level of international participation – new technologies and innovations focal point of the industry event
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June 15, 2022

Advance Auto Parts Brings 12-Volt DieHard EV Battery to Stores

Advance Auto Parts (AAP), an automotive aftermarket parts retailer, has introduced DieHard EV with xEV by Clarios, becoming an auto parts retailer to sell 12-volt batteries designed specifically for hybrid…
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June 15, 2022

Schaeffler India’s Automotive Aftermarket introduces premium range wiper blades under TruPower brand

Automotive Aftermarket division of Schaeffler India introduced a premium range of wiper blades under the Schaeffler TruPower label. The graphite coated rubber wiper blades from the diversified industrial and automotive…
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June 15, 2022

ZF Aftermarket launches new brake fluid solutions

Mumbai: ZF Aftermarket on Tuesday announced the launch of its new product and so...
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June 15, 2022

Gearing up for Ranger, Grenadier production

Towbar expert Brink Towing Systems, in Pietermartizburg, KwaZulu-Natal, is expanding its manufacturing capacity in preparation for the production of automotive manufacturer Ford’s new-generation Ranger pick-up at its Tshwane plant, in…
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June 15, 2022

Mercedes-Benz SA to sell Sandown Motor Holdings to Motus 

Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) will dispose of the passenger car business of its Gauteng West own-retail operations, as well as a portion of its commercial vehicle business, held in Sandown…
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April 7, 2022

Automechanika Johannesburg automotive aftermarket trade fair returns on 7-10 June

Automechanika Johannesburg will see a return to a face-to-face trade show when it takes place at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec, from 7-10 June 2022. This will be the seventh…
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April 7, 2022

Aftermarket groups promote federal ‘right to repair’ act

Representatives of the aftermarket industry on Monday sought to build support for H.R. 6570, also known as the “Right to Equitable and Professional Auto Industry Repair,” or REPAIR Act. But…
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April 7, 2022

Automotive Aftermarket market is expected to reach the value of 340.25 billion USD by the end of 2027

As per our report, the Automotive After Market size was estimated to be worth 222.50 billion dollars in 2021, and it is predicted to be worth 340.25 billion dollars by…
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March 9, 2022

Parts Authority Acquires Levine Auto and Truck Parts

Parts Authority, one of the largest distributors of automotive and truck parts to the aftermarket industry, has acquired Levine Auto and Truck Parts, headquartered in Danbury, Connecticut. The transaction was…
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March 9, 2022

New Clarios Smart Battery for EVs, Autonomous Vehicles

Clarios announced a new safety critical battery for EVs that will debut in the next two to three years. The company says it produces of one in three of the…
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March 9, 2022

The aftermarket isn’t growing. It’s booming

Good times ahead? No, they're already here for the automotive aftermarket. If the numbers from the United States are a template for the rest of the world.
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January 26, 2022

Heavy-Duty Automotive Aftermarket Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast By 2021-2026

According to IMARC Group’s latest report, titled “ Heavy Duty Aftermarket Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2021-2026”, the global heavy-duty automotive aftermarket market reached a…
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January 26, 2022

Why the aftermarket is only going to grow

There is no doubt in the minds of a number of automotive aftermarket leaders that the industry is going to get bigger as we transition farther away from the pandemic.…
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December 13, 2021

Chery’s new Tiggo 4 Pro now in SA, but the one million km warranty has everyone talking

Chery reaffirmed its entry to the South African market a few months ago and has now launched its new Tiggo 4 Pro in the country. However, the big news around…
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December 13, 2021

New Toyota Belta sedan announced

The Toyota Belta sedan has been announced and is a product of the Suzuki - Toyota partnership agreement that sees the two brands working together. Here's exactly what it means…
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April 23, 2020

The 2020 South African Car of the Year is a:

Johannesburg - For the first time ever, an electric vehicle has won the AutoTrader South African Car of the Year award, with the Jaguar I-Pace EV400 AWD SE taking top…
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April 7, 2020

Auto industry uses lessons from 2008 recession to survive corona chaos

In the spring of 2008, Renault executives in France started receiving alerts from colleagues at Nissan North America about the health of the U.S. auto market. Auction prices for used…
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March 23, 2020

Why these BMW engines won’t survive the new era

For decades BMW has traded on the marketability of an unrivalled portfolio of engines. Despite some of the most iconic designs of the last 50 years, when you think of…
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March 20, 2020

Toyoda urges Japan’s auto industry to stay calm amid crisis

TOKYO -- Akio Toyoda, in his role as head of Japan's automotive lobby, said the global pandemic is taking a big bite out of worldwide sales and production, but he…
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March 18, 2020

Ford weighing shift reductions as UAW presses Big 3 automakers to close factories

The United Auto Workers union has asked the Big Three Detroit automakers to shut down production for two weeks to safeguard its members from the coronavirus outbreak.
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March 18, 2020

2022 Volkswagen Amarok Teased For The First Time, Ford Is Involved

The Nivus small crossover wasnâ??t the only new model teased by Volkswagen during the Annual Media Conference as a design sketch of the second-generation Amarok also made a brief appearance.
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February 28, 2020

Motus increases its presence in China

Motus, the vehicle business of Imperial Holdings that was unbundled and separately listed on the JSE, has set up a distribution centre in Shanghai in China and is planning to…
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February 20, 2020

This is how South Africaâ??s planned car regulations will impact your insurance

The Competition Commission has gazetted draft guidelines for the automotive aftermarket industry in South Africa, promising a big shake-up for car service and warranty plans in South Africa.
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February 19, 2020

Good news! SA is a step closer to servicing your new car at an independent workshop

The Competition Commission announced it will put a plan into action that aims to level the playing field between OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) and independent service providers (ISPs).
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February 18, 2020

WATCH | NSX, F40, MX-5 a car name acronyms you probably didn’t know the meaning of

Cars all over the world are badged with different model names. Some have historical and a deeper meaning behind it while others are simply letter bunched together.
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October 15, 2019

Nissan celebrates Godzilla with GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition

In a few weeks time, South Africans will celebrate Heritage Day (September 24). The aim is to celebrate our different cultures and traditions and in that process learn more about…
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July 2, 2019

Lee Iacocca, Mustang mastermind and tireless Chrysler savior, dies at 94

Lee Iacocca, the mastermind behind the Ford Mustang and the straight-talking captain of Chryslerâ??s historic U.S. rescue and 1980s turnaround that brought him acclaim as Americaâ??s most famous CEO and…
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July 1, 2019

BMW X6 adds more powerful engines for 2020

BMW's X6 is getting redesigned for 2020 with beefier engines and, for the first time, an optional illuminated kidney grille. The 2020 X6 will start at $65,295, including shipping, and…