Automotive Trends 2016

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Daimler opens new Regional Centre for Commercial Vehicles

Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA), along with its brand divisions Daimler Trucks & Buses and Mercedes-Benz Vans, has opened a new Regional Centre Southern Africa (RCSA) in Pretoria...

Ctrack, Arrive Alive continues road safety partnership

Ctrack will continue its partnership with Arrive Alive, making 2016 the thirteenth consecutive year the two companies will be working together...

Motoring industry hurt by weak economy

The latest research of new vehicle sales from Lightstone Auto reveals that the motoring industry has been particularly affected by the weak rand and economy...

Road Accident Fund costs you thousands of rands each year

If you've ever been in a car accident you've probably heard of the Road Accident Fund. In theory, the Road Accident Fund sounds like a great idea...

BMW holds back as rivals steal marque on fuel cell vehicles

Despite all its talk about hydrogen lately, senior BMW officials have now confirmed that the company won't have a fuel cell-powered car on sale before 2023 at the earliest...

By Michael Taylor

Ford to launch FordPass to enhance consumer convenience

Ford Motor Company has announced the launch of FordPass - a platform that reimagines the relationship between the automaker and consumer...

R465m shortfall hits Bloodhound SSC plan

The land speed record attempt by the Bloodhound Supersonic car at Hakskeenpan in the Northern Cape will now only take place in 2017, due to financial problems...

Isuzu bakkies are tough contenders

Bakkies are hugely popular in this country, just like "utes" in Australia and "trucks" in Yankeeland, and South Africans have a vast choice of brands and models in 4x2 or 4x4...

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor

Chinese market electrifying for 'green' cars

Government subsidies are fuelling a boom in electric vehicles in China, driving hopes for the industry's global future as the world's biggest car market offers economies...

Honda recalls 2.2 million cars over airbag concerns

Japanese carmaker Honda is recalling 2.23 million cars equipped with potentially defective airbags that could rupture, deepening the deadly scandal surrounding parts supplier Takata...

Mercedes wins Sensible Innovation Award for CO2 air conditioning system

The German consumer journal "Guter Rat" and the magazine "SUPERillu" have chosen the CO2 air conditioning system by Mercedes-Benz as the "2016 Sensible Innovation"...

VW boss sees bright future

It was a challenging year for one of South Africa's biggest car manufacturers, but one year on Volkswagen SA head Thomas Schaefer is optimistic about the company's future...

Looking to predict the future? Your car might hold the answers

Thought F1 was fast-paced? The speed of innovation in the automotive industry makes it look like a donkey cart race. The last few years have seen the development of disruptive...

By Howard Blake

Uber comes of age and gets a new look, logo and branding

The next time you see Uber, you might not recognise it. That is because the company has had a massive aesthetic makeover to rival all of Donatella Versace's...

By Myolisi Sikupela

Missed opportunities for SA car brands on social media

What's the point of being on social media as a business? Well obviously, it's because your customers are there...

By Nick Paul

Exports give Mercedes sales impetus

Mercedes-Benz SA is exporting nearly 90% of C-Class production at its East London assembly plant, as the addition of new foreign markets compensates for a continuing industrywide slide...

By David Furlonger

Can technology-enabled collaborative consumption drive prosperity in Africa?

The last few years has seen a substantial rise in wealth accumulation in the global commerce. Oxfam indicates that by 2016, the wealthiest 1% of the world population...

By Ntando Kubheka

Do you know your vehicle cover?

It's 10pm at night and you're driving on the freeway when you suddenly hear a loud bang, followed by your car pulling to the left. You stop at the side of the road...

Used market gains momentum as new car sales slump

New vehicle sales saw a sharp decline in the first month of 2016, reflecting the current mood in South Africa's economy. The latest consolidated sales data from the National Association...

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