Automotive Trends 2018

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#GIMS2018: Goodyear moving tyres to the next level

The pace of technological change in the tyre industry is accelerating dramatically, largely focused on four core technology areas - fleets, autonomy, connectivity and electric vehicles. This is what Goodyear calls the new F.A.C.E of mobility...

16 Mar 2018

Factory output surges on higher consumption of food and drinks

Annual South African manufacturing output growth accelerated to 2.5% in January from December's figure, which was revised down to 1.8% from the 2% Statistics SA originally published...

By Sunita Menon 14 Mar 2018

Understanding the lifespan of vehicle parts: brake fluid

So how often should you change your brake fluid? This is a common question workshop mechanics get asked. The braking system of the vehicle remains one of the most overlooked systems in the vehicle and can be one of the most critical too...

By Dewald Ranft 12 Mar 2018

#GIMS2018: Concept Car of the Year goes to Mazda

This year's Geneva International Motor Show saw Mazda's Vision Coupe win the Concept Car of the Year title at the Car Design Night Geneva...

By Ilse van den Berg 8 Mar 2018

'Moving Rwanda' digital mobility concept kicks off

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) kicked off the 'Moving Rwanda' digital mobility concept in Kigali together with key players from the private sector...

7 Mar 2018

Joystick-driven recumbent ebike gets street-legal for Kickstarter

Handlebars seem about as important as wheels in bike design, but Swiss inventor Yvan Forclaz has done away with them in favour of a mode of control you're more likely to associate with aircraft or video games - a joystick...

By Michael Irving 5 Mar 2018

Inaugural event aims to showcase opportunities in advanced manufacturing

South Africa's advanced manufacturing progress will be showcased at the inaugural African Advanced Manufacturing and Composites Show...

28 Feb 2018

Geely buys $9bn stake in Daimler, now biggest investor

Chinese manufacturer, Geely, is buying a $9.2bn stake in German automaker, Daimler - which will effectively make it Daimler's biggest shareholder...

By Ilse van den Berg 28 Feb 2018

Hyundai adds EX8 Mighty to commercial vehicle range

Joining the H100 bakkie and the H1 panel van in Hyundai Automotive SA's commercial vehicle range, is the new Mighty EX8 truck - a successor of the previous HD truck...

26 Feb 2018

BMW plans electric Mini production in China

German auto giant BMW said on Friday it plans to build an electric version of its compact Mini in China, in a possible joint venture with local partner Great Wall...

26 Feb 2018

Isuzu to enter SUV market with mu-X

Isuzu Motors South Africa will be entering the SUV segment in sub-Saharan Africa with the introduction of its Isuzu mu-X in the second half of 2018...

21 Feb 2018

Will Imperial Holdings unbundle logistics, automotive arms?

NEWSWATCH: Imperial Holdings' plans to unbundle Motus, its automotive arm, and Imperial Logistics - which entails transport, warehousing, and distribution management - is still unconfirmed...

By Ilse van den Berg 21 Feb 2018

Isuzu officially launches business operations in SA

Isuzu Motors has announced the official launch of its business operations in South Africa...

19 Feb 2018

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Waymo self-driving trucks to start hauling cargo this week

Waymo has clocked up millions of self-driving miles since starting Google's autonomous vehicle project in 2009, celebrating five million of them by recently releasing a 360-degree video to demonstrate how its cars see the world around them. Now the company is shifting gear by moving into cargo hauling.

By Paul Ridden 12 Mar 2018

Yamaha announces SX Sport Edition of its mega-seller TMAX maxi-scooter

Many years ago, I had the chance to interview Jeffry de Vries, an ex-World Superbike racer who, at the time, was the chief motorcycle tester for Yamaha Europe. This man had ridden and developed basically every motorcycle Yamaha had produced for the last 20-something years.

By Loz Blain 9 Mar 2018

Why car manufacturers need to change their outlook on the future

The world is changing. We are living in a new era and the new age calls for business re-invention, particularly for car manufacturers.

By Morne Bekker 5 Mar 2018

Infineon, SAIC set up electric car joint venture in China

FRANKFURT, Germany - German computer chip maker Infineon said on Friday it is teaming up with China's biggest carmaker, SAIC Motor Corporation, to produce power modules for the Chinese electric car market, the world's biggest.

5 Mar 2018

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