ARTICLES RELATING TO CAR SALES

Forget water - it's Chinese headlight torture

2014-08-11 07:41

We've all heard of 'Chinese water torture' - mythical or not - but now a police force in that country has come up with 'flashing headlights' torture.

Auto brand loyalty under threat in SA

2014-07-10 10:30

Brand loyalty is not as strong as it used to be here in South Africa. Younger buyers are less likely to do a 'repeat buy' of the same brand, according to a survey.

Rolls-Royce sales soar worldwide

2014-07-09 08:46

Luxury automaker Rolls-Royce has reported a steep increase in sales globally. Since January 2014, the automaker has sold 1968 units...each costing millions of rands.

New cars not 'worth it' in SA

2014-06-03 14:41

Wheels24 reader Duncan Kipling says that owning a new vehicle "is not worth it" if owners are paying a premium for poor 'aftersales service'.

SA market slump: Toyota still No.1

2014-02-04 09:44

The local vehicle market is starting to show signs of slowing down but Toyota still leads the pack in sales.

Vehicle sales down in November

2013-12-03 10:51

New vehicle sales slowed during November reflecting a slowing economy, strike-related supply problems and moderating consumer demand, says Naamsa.

Small-car sales force SUV slump

2013-09-19 11:03

With the fall of the rand and high fuel prices South Africans are being won over by smaller, fuel-efficient cars and downsizing from big SUV's.

High-odo salesman beats age rap

2013-08-13 11:38

If you’re clocking past 50 could be you’re too old to be a car salesman. Gary Hawkins lost his job when his employer said he was too old at 52 but Gary fought back...

European car sales sink to 20-yr low

2013-07-17 11:39

European car sales have slumped to their lowest in 20 years, with a 6.3% drop in June suggesting no let up for an industry battered by overcapacity and weak demand.

Struggling Italians go for bikes

2013-05-27 14:19

Bikes are out-selling cars in cash-strapped Italy but while Milanese cyclists say their city is ready for a two-wheeled lifestyle there are daily nuisances for riders on Rome's clogged streets.

SA car sales on the rise

2013-05-03 12:16

Additional selling days benefited car sales during April 2013 over the same month a year earlier with aggregate industry sales of 50 920 – an increase of 19.5% (8312) – showing improved demand.

Toyota, Ford row over car sales

2013-04-16 08:32

Toyota and Ford have both claimed to produce the world's top-selling car... twice. The clash shows just how complicated it is to count global car sales.

Britain to save Euro car market

2013-02-21 08:05

The European market saw a 17-year low in 2012, with Britain being it’s only bright light in an otherwise dreary sales year.

Toyota quadruples April-December profit

2013-02-05 09:17

Toyota says that its net profit has quadrupled for the nine months to December as the auto giant revised upward its full-year profit and sales forecast.

VW sales up, warns on debt crisis

2012-07-13 15:14

Despite an 8.9% increase in global vehicle, carmaker Volkswagen has warned of the risks posed by Europe's debt crisis.

BMW car sales break records

2012-04-11 13:03

BMW, the world's largest luxury carmaker, says first-quarter demand has broken all previous records.

Chevrolet hits sale record in 2011

2011-12-30 09:10

With its 100th birthday behind it, Chevrolet is on pace to set an all-time global sales record in 2011 with 4.8 million units sold by end-November.

Toyota to make Prius in China

2011-09-04 15:10

Toyota will manufacture the Prius hybrid and its key parts in China in a bid to boost sales in the world's largest car market, a company spokesperson says.

Honda profit plunges, but lifts forecasts

2011-08-01 10:47

Honda says its net profit for the April-June quarter fell nearly 90% on the strong yen and the impact of the March disasters on production and sales.

New vehicle sales hit speedbump

2011-06-02 11:18

Component shortages after Japan's earthquake crippled local production, adding to lower vehicles sales in May, says Naamsa.

French auto sales drop: trade data

2011-05-02 14:41

Sales of new cars in France fell by 11.2% in April on a 12-month comparison with the ending of a bonus for scrapping cars, says the CCFA association of vehicle manufacturers.

Demand for low-priced cars rising

2011-03-11 06:45

Against the background of rising fuel prices and e-toll fees the affordable vehicle segment will continue to expand, according to an industry specialist.

Vehicle sales still going strong

2011-03-02 11:39

Naamsa says new car as well as medium and heavy commercial vehicle sales in particular registered exceptional gains compared to last year's figures.

Car sector recovery accelerates

2011-01-10 13:08

New car sales boosted industry figures for December indicating the sector was maintaining its growth momentum.

 

Audi SA: Nearly 10 000 sold despite strikes

2014-07-15 12:33

Despite challenging market conditions, Audi has enjoyed a successful first six months of 2014, with nearly 10 000 vehicles sold in South Africa from January to June.

BMW group tops 1-million sales in 2014

2014-07-09 10:35

The BMW Group has reached a new milestone as it breaks its first 1-million mark in sales from January to June 2014.

US automakers see big gains in May

2014-06-04 08:34

Car sales have been rather gloomy in the US during the past few years and while South African sales have started to decline, the US is finally seeing a market boost.

Tata profit soars on back of JLR

2014-02-11 09:07

In 2008 Indian automaker Tata Motors bought Land Rover and Jaguar to save the two luxury brands. Now, those two brands have saved the mother ship as the company reported tripled quarterly net profit.

Van Zyl re-elected Naamsa president

2013-12-09 13:41

Toyota SA CEO Johan van Zyl has been re-elected president of the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SA.

Car sales still stymied by strikes

2013-11-04 09:43

The South African auto industry strike cut export numbers by 75% in September but a glimmer of hope seemed to peep through in October.

New vehicle sales down by 3.7%

2013-09-02 17:22

The number of new vehicles sold in August declined by 3.7% to 38 892 units, the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SA says.

US clunkers no longer junkers

2013-08-08 08:29

Americans are keeping their cars and trucks longer, says TOM KRISHER, and, even with new car sales increasing, the average age will continue to rise.

Euro car sales in grim decline

2013-07-17 09:29

The European vehicle industry is showing further signs of distress as car sales continue to decline, with the industry reporting its worst June figures in 17 years.

Hurry! Buy a new car now - RMI

2013-05-14 08:47

Retail Motor Industry CEO Jeff Osborne says now's the time to buy a new car, as Fleet magazine reports. Why...?

Hidden histories of dodgy cars

2013-05-03 11:20

The dodgy car salesperson image is all too familiar and there might be some truth to this perception - see why.

Mercedes sales hit record high

2013-04-05 14:56

Solid volume growth in its new range of compact cars has helped push sales of Daimler's Mercedes-Benz to its highest monthly tally ever.

Britain to save Euro car market

2013-02-20 10:52

The European market saw a 17-year low in 2012, with Britain being it’s only bright light in an otherwise dreary sales year.

German car sales down

2013-02-04 15:20

New car registrations in Germany, a key measure of demand in one of the most crucial sectors of Europe's top economy, fell sharply in January, official data shows.

Automotive sector gears up for record

2012-04-15 16:30

Although the global economic crisis has left its mark, the local vehicle and component industry is still on track to test a record export level of R100bn.

Mercedes-Benz pulls out of Naamsa stats

2012-01-09 14:30

Naamsa says Mercedes-Benz SA has suspended participation in domestic new vehicle sales and export statistics for the time being because of an EU probe.

Car Buyers' Guide: What you MUST know.

2011-11-10 15:48

Thinking of upgrading? Here's what you need to consider first.

Mahindra to launch SUV in SA

2011-09-02 08:26

Indian carmaker Mahindra & Mahindra plans to launch a new sport utility vehicle in South Africa by end-2011, its head of automotive equipment says.

Renault sales slide in Europe

2011-07-11 11:05

French carmaker Renault says its vehicle sales have fallen 7.4% in Europe, including France, in the first half of the year despite worldwide growth.

Audi races ahead in customer care

2011-05-30 17:24

Buyers of Audi cars are most likely to be satisfied by the experience, says an industry survey.

Peugeot shares jump on strong sales

2011-04-20 11:24

French auto group Peugeot has reported a 10.2% surge in sales in the first quarter and stood by operating forecasts for 2011 despite the impact of disruption in Japan.

Car Buyers' Guide

2011-03-10 12:00

Time for an upgrade? Be prepared & know what to expect with these top tips!

Car Buyers' Guide

2011-02-25 12:00

Shopping for a new used car? Be prepared with these top tips…

Used car sales dip

2011-01-17 16:59

A vehicle pricing index says fewer used cars were sold in the last quarter of 2010 and those sold fetched lower prices.

New car sales maintain pace

2010-12-14 14:43

Vehicle sales in the third quarter were sharply higher than the same period last year, boosted in part by the drop in interest rates.

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