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George Mienie
#CommerceMonth: The rise of the 24-hour digital showroom

From a 24-page magazine in 1992 to a trusted digital showroom with a loyal online community, AutoTrader has come a long way in 23 years. We interviewed George Mienie, AutoTrader's CEO...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 1 day ago

Jeff Osborne
#CommerceMonth: Q&A with Gumtree Auto's Jeff Osborne

As head of automotive for Gumtree SA and an authoritative voice in the media, we called on Jeff Osborne to provide insight into today's digital consumer...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 3 days ago

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Vehicle industry on the road to growth

The motor industry improved its annual trade balance considerably last year through a combination of record exports and slower import growth. But is this the first surplus since the automotive policy was introduced...

By David Furlonger 3 days ago

New Volvo goal: 1m electrified vehicles sold by 2025
New Volvo goal: 1m electrified vehicles sold by 2025

Volvo Cars has announced that it aims to sell a total of up to one million electrified cars by 2025. The Swedish company plans to achieve this by offering at least two hybrid versions of every model in its range...

25 Apr 2016

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Current economic climate presents automotive opportunities

As we entered 2016, the economic outlook and business climate was still somewhat uncertain, casting some doubt on the future...

20 Apr 2016

Ian Robertson at the new M showroom
BMW sees long-term value in performance

You would be forgiven for thinking that BMW would open its second biggest standalone showroom in the world dedicated purely to its performance M-division cars in a country such as Germany, the US or the UK...

By Mark Smyth 19 Apr 2016

Branding and Mustang
Branding and Mustang

17 April was Global Ford Mustang Day and the 50th anniversary of the iconic vehicle. It's been a brand that keeps on giving too, going through many reiterations in the past 50 years while retaining...

By Jeff Nemeth 18 Apr 2016

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VW says sales down 1.3% in first quarter

Embattled German carmaker Volkswagen has said that worldwide sales of its own-brand cars were down 1.3% in the first three months of this year, with gains seen only in the Asia-Pacific region and...

18 Apr 2016

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New cabs service to revolutionise metered taxi industry

SA Taxi aims to revolutionise the metered - or point to point - taxi industry by including the metered industry in its portfolio through establishing the Zebra Cabs brand...

15 Apr 2016

Opel's 2016 European Car of the Year arrives in SA
Opel's 2016 European Car of the Year arrives in SA

Opel's award-winning eleventh generation Astra which was crowned the 2016 European Car of the Year just last month has reached South African showrooms. The Astra, which arrives at dealers...

15 Apr 2016

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Uber upset shines critical light on ride-booking industry

Cabs were a luxury until Uber entered the scene and flooded the market...

By Guyck van Heerden 14 Apr 2016

Top Volvo dealers awarded at DOTY awards
Top Volvo dealers awarded at DOTY awards

Hosted by the Volvo Car South Africa (VCSA) board of directors on 12 and 13 April 2016 in Kwa-Zulu Natal, the exclusive 2015 VCSA Dealer of the Year (DOTY) awards saw the country's finest...

14 Apr 2016

Renault's new Kadjar hits SA market
Renault's new Kadjar hits SA market

The new Renault Kadjar SUV Crossover is set to make its mark on one of South Africa's most hotly contested vehicle categories. New Kadjar expands Renault's presence in this segment...

13 Apr 2016

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The success of Tesla's Model 3 goes far beyond its affordability

Tesla Motors has already established its electric cars as fast, well-sized and capable of competing with petrol cars in how far they can go without needing a recharge. Now, the US firm run by Elon Musk...

By Chris Ebbert 12 Apr 2016

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Uber cuts rates for winter rides

Uber started reducing rates on UberX in Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Durban by up to 20%. Not only will riders pay less for trips, but driver-partners will earn more through..

11 Apr 2016

Africa's continental opportunity for digital and technology
Africa's continental opportunity for digital and technology

Over the last 16 years, I have had the pleasure of travelling across Africa and during this time I've witnessed many things change. I have seen air conditioners installed in Lagos airport which...

By Johnny Aucamp 6 Apr 2016

2016 World Green Car of the Year announced
2016 World Green Car of the Year announced

The Toyota Mirai, a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, has been named 2016 World Green Car at the New York International Auto Show...

5 Apr 2016

Tesla racks up 276,000 Model 3 orders in just days
Tesla racks up 276,000 Model 3 orders in just days

Orders for the much-hyped Tesla Model 3, a cheaper version of its electric car aimed at the mass market, have surged to 276,000 in just three days, company founder Elon Musk said on Sunday, 3 April...

5 Apr 2016

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Plunge in new vehicle sales worse than feared

Motor industry analysts were scrambling at the weekend to find any positives in last month's new-vehicle sales...

By David Furlonger 4 Apr 2016

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New vehicle sales in March fall 14% y/y to 47‚631: DTI

South African new vehicle sales took another pounding in March...

By David Furlonger 4 Apr 2016

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All-new Mazda MX-5 scoops top accolades

The Mazda MX-5 has won the 2016 World Car of the Year award. In addition to taking the main award this year, the MX-5 has also been named World Car Design of the Year...

29 Mar 2016

First Car Rental booking app now available on Android
First Car Rental booking app now available on Android

First Car Rental now offers corporate and leisure renters rent-on-the-go mobile apps with their latest Android booking app for smartphones and tablets, and iOS app for iPhones and iPads...

24 Mar 2016

Jaguar to recreate iconic XKSS 'supercar'
Jaguar to recreate iconic XKSS 'supercar'

Jaguar is to build the XKSS as an ultra-exclusive continuation model. Nine new XKSS's - often referred to by experts as the world's first supercar - will be hand built by Jaguar Classic to the exact specification...

24 Mar 2016

Mazda MX-5 RF makes global debut
Mazda MX-5 RF makes global debut

Mazda Motor Corporation has revealed the Mazda MX-5 RF (retractable fastback). While staying true to the original MX-5 Retractable Hardtop's goal of making open-top driving more accessible...

23 Mar 2016

#BrandManagerMonth: Tracy Maclear from Goodyear South Africa
#BrandManagerMonth: Tracy Maclear from Goodyear South Africa

Tracy Maclear shares strategic insights into ensuring brand sustenance for the innovative tyre manufacturer...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 22 Mar 2016

Midbay Group the new owner of Peugeot Citroën Richards Bay
Midbay Group the new owner of Peugeot Citroën Richards Bay

Peugeot Citroën South Africa's corporate restructuring in 2014 was aimed at streamlining the organisation and reshaping the company to improve efficiency, innovation and customer experience...

22 Mar 2016

Import/export container market to contract by 5%
Import/export container market to contract by 5%

According to the Maersk Trade Report, it is anticipated that the import and export container market will contract by about 5% during the first quarter...

18 Mar 2016

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Motor sales decline as effects of local interest rate hikes begin to show

Motor sales in SA continue to decline as the effects of last year's multiple interest rate hikes become apparent. Measured in nominal terms (current prices), motor trade sales decreased 2.7%...

18 Mar 2016

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