ARTICLES RELATING TO INDUSTRY

SA vehicle sales decline: Part of a larger trend?

2014-09-18 11:05

Automakers in South Africa are “struggling to move metal and therefore trying to hold prices as much as they can,” writes Keith Dye, chief executive of TransUnion Auto Information Solutions, as local vehicle sales continue to decline.

11 ways to make it as an actor in South Africa

2014-08-29 11:50

Want to be an actress in South Africa? Here are some ways to make that happen.

Hyundai SA opens first vehicle factory

2014-08-12 15:38

Hyundai has started vehicle production at its Benoni factory in Gauteng, making it the first assembly facility for the South Korean automaker in South Africa.

Sappi creates 1 000 permanent jobs

2014-06-22 20:00

Sappi has launched a new R3.3bn specialised cellulose fibre plant in Mpumalanga and 1 000 new permanent jobs have been created.

BMW to recall over 3000 cars in SA

2014-04-14 14:02

BMW is recalling nearly half a million vehicles due to a possible engine-bolt defect. South African owners are affected!

Ever more high-polluting industries in China

2014-03-26 12:28

China has long struggled to strike a balance between protecting the environment and keeping up economic growth, resulting in steadily worsening air quality.

Buyer? Get ready for repayment shocks

2014-02-25 13:57

"Car-buyers are more concerned about the weak rand," claims Bidvest Bank which believes it has the perfect tool.

Toyota Prius recall: SA affected

2014-02-12 09:21

Toyota has recalled all 1.9-million of its third-generation Prius because of a programming glitch in its hybrid system. It could shut down 'possibly while being driven'. What's more, South African owners are affected!

Oz crisis: 50 000 jobs to be axed?

2014-02-11 15:09

Ford, Mitsubishi, Holden, Toyota... Australia could be facing an economic crisis the likes of which haven't been seen 'since the Great Depression' with 50 000 jobs on the line.

Toyota ends 50 years in Oz

2014-02-10 10:22

Toyota is to close its vehicle production plant in Australia despite appeals by prime minister Tony Abbott - a move that will leave the country with no auto manufacturing .

VWSA appoints new 'first lady'

2014-02-03 15:30

Volkswagen SA has appointed a new general manager for sales and marketing for the passenger cars brand with immediate effect.

Unions wary of Fiat, Chrysler deal

2014-01-03 10:08

Shares in Fiat soared following the news that the Italian automaker will take full ownership of Chrysler. Some Italian unions are worried what the deal will mean for jobs and investments in the country...

Fiat gains full control of Chrysler

2014-01-02 10:02

Fiat has reached an agreement with the United Auto Workers to purchase the rest of Chrysler. The R38-billion deal marks the culmination of years of negotiations between the automakers.

10 tips for selling your car

2013-11-06 09:21

From preparing your vehicle, meeting a potential buyer, to sealing the deal, check out our top tips for selling your car.

GM announces new sales VP

2013-09-06 15:05

General Motors SA has announced the appointment of Brian Olson as its new vice-president for vehicle sales, service and marketing.

Auto shutdown: Numsa on march

2013-08-21 07:51

SA’s auto industry strikers are planning nationwide marches to "take the battle to the automakers' doorsteps". They want 14% more pay.

Toyota case finally heads to court

2013-07-22 12:02

The first case heads to trial to determine Toyota's liability for sudden unintended acceleration in its vehicles. The issue has plagued the Japanese automaker and led to lawsuits, settlements and recalls of millions of its vehicles.

Engine Oil: Synthetic vs. mineral

2013-07-19 11:42

A basic understanding of lubricants and the differences between synthetic and mineral oils can lead to cleaner engines that operate more efficiently. Do you know the difference?

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.

SA parts ban: Industry shake-up

2013-07-03 13:09

If the government goes ahead with plans to ban the sale of second-hand car parts the industry could be severely damaged, writes FAnews' Jonathan Faurie.

Pump-jockeys want R6000 a month

2013-06-19 12:12

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA is in a wage dispute with the auto industry, demanding that even entry-level workers get at least R6000 a month.

Automakers tuning-out CD, radio

2013-05-02 07:19

CD players are taking a back seat to Bluetooth... and the car radio is doomed as automakers tune out old tech.

Renault to build Nissan's next hatch

2013-01-25 08:58

Nissan is planning to build its next hatchback at one of alliance partner Renault's French factories.

Barloworld rises on order book

2012-01-25 16:08

Shares in Barloworld went up more than 2% after the industrial giant said it had grown its order book to R6bn.

 

Hyundai truck plant opens it doors

2014-09-05 11:06

Hyundai South Africa has rolled off the first trucks from their new assembly plant in Gauteng, as they look to secure a piece of the commercial vehicle sector pie.

New PR for Kia South Africa

2014-08-13 11:28

Kia South Africa has announced a new public relations and product manager has joined the automaker in August 2014.

Naamsa: SA vehicle sales to bounce back?

2014-08-04 08:14

South Africa’s vehicle sales showed reliance despite ongoing economic pressure as vehicle sales dropped by 891 to 57 670 units compared to the same period in 2013, reports the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SA.

BMW to recall over 3000 cars in SA

2014-04-14 15:12

BMW is recalling nearly half a million vehicles due to a possible engine-bolt defect. South African owners are affected!

GM engineers 'on leave' in recall case

2014-04-10 14:56

GM has reportedly placed two of its engineers on paid leave while a lawyer has been hired to determine why the automaker was so slow in recalling 1.6-million cars in the US that have been tied to 13 deaths.

Vehicle sales to reach 'peak car'?

2014-03-02 11:29

Fuel price, traffic, public transport... Analysts believe that the automotive industry will head into a new era as annual global sales could plateau. What's more, automaker's could shift their focus from selling vehicles to providing mobility services with self-driving cars.

Toyota Prius recall: SA affected

2014-02-12 13:36

Toyota has recalled all 1.9-million of its third-generation Prius because of a programming glitch in its hybrid system.

Oz auto crisis: Unions to blame?

2014-02-12 08:19

Australian government treasurer Joe Hockey believes one of Toyota's reasons for quitting Australia was union militancy but the Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union denies it.

SA market woes: Toyota responds

2014-02-10 15:00

High vehicle prices, struggling rand and low consumer confidence... Conditions are troubling in the South African vehicle market.

Headed for SA: Next Subaru Legacy

2014-02-10 11:37

Subaru unveiled its next Legacy at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show sporting a new design, a host of new features and upmarket trim. And it could be headed for South Africa in 2015.

SA market woes: Toyota responds

2014-02-10 08:48

High vehicle prices, struggling rand and low consumer confidence... Conditions are troubling in the South African vehicle market. Wheels24 speaks to Toyota SA's Calvyn Hamman...

New top man at Mercedes-Benz SA

2014-01-13 09:00

Mercedes-Benz South Africa prepares to welcome its new South African-born chief executive, Arno van der Merwe.

Cuban ban on car imports is history

2014-01-03 08:50

Cuba is now allowing new cars to be imported, revoking a ban that has lasted for decades..

Mercedes SA strikes quality gold

2013-11-29 09:45

Mercedes-Benz' East London factory has trumped manufacturing rivals to be named the best local production facility in the 2013 Ipsos Quality Awards. Oh yes, and its C-Class units are highly rated by owners.

'Jims poor bet': Auto moguls respond

2013-10-25 11:51

Chrysler SA CEO Trent Barcroft called the 2013 Johannesburg Motor Show "a poor investment". We asked SA automakers to respond and received responses from automotive heavyweights - Naamsa president Johan van Zyl and Toyota SA's Calvyn Hamman.

Renault No.2 gets the boot

2013-08-30 09:21

Renault has announced that its deputy head, Carlos Tavares (55), will leave immediately since the executive sad publicly that he wanted to head a US auto group.

Jobs slashed in SA car industry

2013-07-23 14:49

The number of people employed in the SA vehicle manufacturing industry has declined in the past three months, reports the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers.

Shattering SA's glass monopoly

2013-07-22 08:50

A third major automotive glass company has started up in South Africa with the aim of bringing down prices and challenging the established leaders in the field.

Ford to close UK plants

2013-07-17 09:30

Ford will close two plants in the UK this month (July 2013) as part of the automaker’s plan to restructure its European operations.

IAC, Feltex JV a boost for SA

2013-07-10 11:30

Good news for South Africa's vehicles industry - International Automotive Components (IAC) will partner with SA-based car component supplier Feltex Automotive. What’s more, local passenger car production is on track to exceed 600 000 units.

Fuel price: Increase details

2013-06-28 08:07

“I’m afraid it’s not good news," reports one economists as experts warn the Central Energy Fund is about to announce an 80-90c/litre increase in the petrol price.

US automakers begin hiring spree

2013-06-10 10:46

US automakers have begin a hiring spree as manufacturers and parts suppliers race to snap up engineers, technicians and factory workers.

General Motors gaining on Toyota

2013-04-17 09:48

General Motors edged out Volkswagen in its first-quarter sales as both companies try to close the gap with Toyota for the global sales crown.

Good times over for SA auto market?

2012-11-14 07:14

The relatively good times of 2012 for the local automotive industry are unlikely to continue in 2013, according to credit information company TransUnion.

Concern as India's industrial output slumps

2011-12-12 12:36

India's industrial output fell in October for the first time in more than two years, ramping up pressure on the central bank to ease monetary or liquidity conditions.

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