George Mienie

Insights from AutoTrader Industry Report

The latest bi-annual AutoTrader Car Industry Report, titled #Rebound, has revealed some interesting findings pertaining to both the used and the new-car markets in South Africa. The report covers the period from July to December 2020.

  • 8 April 2021
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Sales grow off a low base in March

The low base in new vehicle sales established in March 2020 at the onset of the COVID-19 hard lockdown was largely responsible for the substantial 31.8% increase in new vehicle sales in March 2021 to 44 217 units from the 33 546 vehicles sold in March 2020.

  • 2 April 2021
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AA opens first franchised service centre

The Automobile Association (AA) has launched its first AA Auto Centre in South Africa in Gauteng and plans to open several similar centres throughout South Africa.

  • 1 April 2021
David Coffey

AAAM to help Ethiopia establish auto sector

The African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) has been appointed to develop an automotive policy for the Ethiopian government that will encourage global original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and component manufacturers to invest in the country.

  • 31 March 2021

New DAF XF and CF arrive in SA

The truck manufacturer, DAF, has just launched its brand new XF and CF models onto the South African market and announced that a local assembly plant would be built in KwaZulu-Natal within the next 12 months.

  • 25 March 2021
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South Africa to discuss EV future

South Africa’s automotive industry is set to meet Trade and Industry and Competition Minister, Ebrahim Patel, this week to discuss the latest developments in the global automotive industry, including decisions by some vehicle manufacturers to bring forward their electromobility plans.

  • 25 March 2021
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The chips are down

A fire at the world’s third largest producer of semiconductors – what the trade calls a chip – may exacerbate the current shortage of chips that is affecting vehicle factories around the world and delaying deliveries of new vehicles to dealerships.

  • 23 March 2021
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Metair says it will EV-proof its business

Metair Investments, the JSE-listed automotive components and energy storage manufacturer, is taking steps to "EV proof" the business and is backtracking on initial plans to split the group in two.

  • 23 March 2021
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BMW says its future is electric

BMW Group's Mini brand will be exclusively fully electric by the early 2030s and it will release the last Mini model with a combustion engine variant in 2025.

  • 23 March 2021
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