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#BizTrends2017: Key challenges for OEMs to tackle in 2017
#BizTrends2017: Key challenges for OEMs to tackle in 2017

I'm sure that everyone would agree that 2016 was a tough year as a result of our slow economic growth. Although we saw a definite decline in vehicle sales...

By Ricardo Coetzee 11 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: The auto industry will face its biggest disruption yet
#BizTrends2017: The auto industry will face its biggest disruption yet

The auto industry has always faced massive disruption. The heart of the industry has always been engineering, and advances have shifted the balance...

By Jeff Osborne 10 Jan 2017

'Personal flying machine' maker plans deliveries this year
'Personal flying machine' maker plans deliveries this year

A Silicon Valley "flying car" startup, reportedly backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, released a video of its Kitty Hawk prototype... [video]

6 hours ago

Competition Commission hosts workshop on automotive aftermarket
Competition Commission hosts workshop on automotive aftermarket

The Competition Commission has received numerous complaints from industry participants across the automotive aftermarket sector over a number of years. Therefore, in mid-March, through its advocacy programme, it hosted a consultative workshop...

By Ahmore Burger-Smidt 1 day ago

China's quota threat charges up electric car market
China's quota threat charges up electric car market

SHANGHAI, China: China's electric-car market is already the world's biggest, but a government proposal to introduce "new energy" vehicle quotas for automakers is further charging it up...

1 day ago

Two flying car prototypes launched on French Riviera
Two flying car prototypes launched on French Riviera

MONACO: Two flying car prototypes were launched on Thursday on the French Riviera, at an event showcasing "supercars" in Monaco... [video]

21 Apr 2017

TransUnion releases Vehicle Price Index report
TransUnion releases Vehicle Price Index report

TransUnion released Q1 of the Vehicle Price Index 2017 today. The VPI report examines the link between the year-on-year increase in vehicle pricing for new and used vehicles...

20 Apr 2017

Mike Whitfield
Want to become a winning auto company in Africa? Here's how

Almost four years after Nissan ventured into auto assembly in Nigeria, it fills me with pride when I comment on our success as an auto company operating in Africa...

By Mike Whitfield 20 Apr 2017

World Car Awards names Jaguar F-Pace Car of the Year
World Car Awards names Jaguar F-Pace Car of the Year

The Jaguar F-Pace has officially been named Car of the Year at the 2017 World Car Awards. In addition, it also scooped the World Car Design of the Year title...

19 Apr 2017

New car? Things to avoid for engine longevity
New car? Things to avoid for engine longevity

So, you've made the big decision, put down your deposit, and you finally get to drive that brand-new car home. But did you know that even the slightest early ‘mistreatment' can lead to engine problems...

By Ané Theron 13 Apr 2017

What junk status means for car owners
What junk status means for car owners

South Africa has been downgraded to junk status by Standard & Poor's and Fitch Ratings. The long-term effects of being downgraded will lead to higher interest rates...

13 Apr 2017

Isuzu expands model range with X-Rider
Isuzu expands model range with X-Rider

Originally introduced in 2016 as a limited run of just over 700 units, the Isuzu model range has been expanded with the X-Rider model...

12 Apr 2017

Women in auto taking the wheel
Women in auto taking the wheel

As Marilyn Monroe said: “It's okay to live in a man's world as long as I can be a woman in it.” But is the car industry really a man's world?

By CarZar Staff Writer 10 Apr 2017

Win a Jaguar Simola Hillclimb VIP package at new Tokai dealership
Win a Jaguar Simola Hillclimb VIP package at new Tokai dealership

Jaguar Land Rover Constantiaberg is giving you and a partner the opportunity to be a part of the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb in Knysna with a complete VIP package...

9 Apr 2017

Tesla now worth more than 100-year-old Ford
Tesla now worth more than 100-year-old Ford

NEWSWATCH: Last week saw Elon Musk's clean transportation and power company, Tesla, reach $298.56 in Nasdaq trading (a 7.3% increase)...

By Ilse van den Berg 4 Apr 2017

March shows growth in new vehicle sales
March shows growth in new vehicle sales

Amidst uncertainty, South Africa's new vehicle industry grew 2.1% in March, with total sales of 48,534 vehicles according to the latest data from Naamsa... [infographic]

4 Apr 2017

Francesca Berta
#BrandManagerMonth: Francesca Berta on CarZar disrupting the auto-trade industry

We recently chatted to Francesca Berta, CMO of tech startup, CarZar, which aims to streamline the often onerous task of buying or selling a second-hand car...

By Ilse van den Berg 29 Mar 2017

Volvo wafts into the future
Volvo wafts into the future

I have been on a magical carpet ride into the future of motoring, courtesy of the Volvo XC90 armed with two power sources - a two-litre petrol engine and an electric rear axle drive...

By Henrie Geyser 28 Mar 2017

Mazda BT-50 is designed for fun
Mazda BT-50 is designed for fun

Smartened up for the city, cool enough to be enjoyed and admired by the leisure crowd, and tough enough for the rough and tumble of a challenging off-road meander – that's the face-lifted Mazda BT-50...

By Henrie Geyser 24 Mar 2017

Future of automotive technologies: Insights for South Africa
Future of automotive technologies: Insights for South Africa

According to the recently released Deloitte's Global Automotive Consumer Study, South African consumers are more likely to desire advanced automation technology when choosing cars...

22 Mar 2017

Tata Motors to enter long-term partnership with VW, Skoda
Tata Motors to enter long-term partnership with VW, Skoda

Tata Motors has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a long-term partnership with Volkswagen Group and Skoda to explore strategic alliance opportunity...

20 Mar 2017

Conference to provide advice on investing in classic cars
Conference to provide advice on investing in classic cars

There are thousands of books, websites and experts when it comes to investing. Whether it is in stocks, fine art or even wine. But what about classic cars?

By Mark Smyth 20 Mar 2017

Opel Astra wins 2017 WesBank South African Car Of The Year
Opel Astra wins 2017 WesBank South African Car Of The Year

The Opel Astra is the Wesbank South African Guild of Motoring Journalists' 2017 Car of the Year, on the back of a multitude of awards both in South Africa and abroad for the 11th-generation Astra...

18 Mar 2017

Minor growth predicted for new vehicle sales
Minor growth predicted for new vehicle sales

WesBank has forecast that 2017 will see minor growth in the new vehicle sales industry. The past three years have seen sales decline, with 2016 sales falling 11.4%...

16 Mar 2017

How much is your car depreciating?
How much is your car depreciating?

It is an unfortunate fact that all cars depreciate in value annually. In fact, as soon as your brand new car has been driven off the showroom floor, the car is already worth less...

By Sherryn de Vos 16 Mar 2017

All-new Navara arrives in SA
All-new Navara arrives in SA

The new Nissan Navara has landed on local shores and is reportedly set to redefine the market for pick-ups on the continent...

14 Mar 2017

NCR warns about pawning vehicles for loans
NCR warns about pawning vehicles for loans

The National Credit Regulator (NCR) is concerned about the rising number of consumers who pawn their motor vehicles in order to obtain loans...

10 Mar 2017

#BrandManagerMonth: Ross Adami's Uber-cool job
#BrandManagerMonth: Ross Adami's Uber-cool job

Ross Adami, marketing manager at Uber South Africa, reports back from Uber's nomad programme, a three-month learning and development programme that matches candidates to teams around the globe to tackle some of the most interesting and challenging issues facing Uber today...

By Jessica Tennant 10 Mar 2017

VW to extend footprint
VW to extend footprint

Volkswagen Group South Africa is making inroads into its ambitious regionalisation strategy through the establishment of its new sub-Saharan region...

8 Mar 2017

Peugeot 3008 SUV named European Car of the Year 2017
Peugeot 3008 SUV named European Car of the Year 2017

On Monday, 6 March 2017, the new Peugeot 3008 was named the European Car of the Year 2017 by a judging panel comprising 58 European journalists from 22 countries...

7 Mar 2017

Volkswagen releases limited edition Citi Vivo
Volkswagen releases limited edition Citi Vivo

As a tribute to its Citi Golf model, Volkswagen is introducing the limited edition Citi Vivo. Citi Vivo is bringing back the three colours of red, yellow and blue...

6 Mar 2017

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