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#InTouch2016: Digital opportunity in the automotive arena

Michael Frans, head of business operations: automotive at T-Systems South Africa...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 1 day ago

Car sales hit the brakes
Car sales hit the brakes

TransUnion has reported in its first quarter 2016 Vehicle Pricing index (VPI) that economic pressures are pushing up car prices and squeezing sales in SA. Tough economic conditions have contributed...

20 May 2016

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Super Group closes Mercedes-Benz deal

Transport and fleet management company Super Group has concluded a deal to buy a number of Mercedes-Benz dealerships and property in...

By Fifi Peters 19 May 2016

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Uber-fast rollout sees app-taxi service in hiring mode

Uber wants to add more than 15,000 new job opportunities for partner-drivers in SA over the next two years as well as lift sharing and other new services...

By Hilary Joffe 17 May 2016

What to consider before making the electric car shift
What to consider before making the electric car shift

Well-known entrepreneur Elon Musk last month announced the launch of Tesla Model 3, a mass-market electric car. While the car will initially be released in the United States, South Africa has been listed...

17 May 2016

Barloworld H1 revenue up 4% as Russia and Europe offset weaker Southern Africa
Barloworld H1 revenue up 4% as Russia and Europe offset weaker Southern Africa

Huge jumps in equipment sales in Russia and Europe helped Barloworld offset lower revenue from its Southern African businesses...

By Robert Laing 17 May 2016

Thomas Schaefer, chairman and MD of Volkswagen Group South Africa and Stefan Mecha, director of sales and marketing at Volkswagen Group South Africa with Kevin Pillay of Barons Volkswagen Pietermaritzburg.
Barons Pietermaritzburg named 2015 Volkswagen Dealer of the Year

Barons Pietermaritzburg is the 2015 Volkswagen Dealer of the Year. This was the second consecutive year that Barons Pietermaritzburg was recognised as the best performing dealership in the Volkswagen network...

16 May 2016

Black Rhino Wheels to donate a portion of every wheel sold to Save the Rhino International
Black Rhino Wheels to donate a portion of every wheel sold to Save the Rhino International

Tiger Wheel & Tyre has announced that wheel partner, Black Rhino Wheels, is donating R5 of every wheel sold to Save the Rhino International...

Issued by Tiger Wheel & Tyre 16 May 2016

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Innovation Group report outlines future of automotive industry

Innovation Group South Africa's 2016 Automotive Future Now Report provides...

13 May 2016

Could this weird-looking concept take on the Smart FourTwo?
Could this weird-looking concept take on the Smart FourTwo?

Smart, the Mercedes Benz-owned city car brand, has always set the mark pretty high when it comes to technology and innovation in small vehicles. But if one, relatively unknown, Russian carmaker has its way...

By Stuart Thomas 13 May 2016

Toyota tips profit dive on strong yen, slower emerging markets
Toyota tips profit dive on strong yen, slower emerging markets

Toyota on Wednesday warned that its annual net profit will fall by about a third as a stronger yen, and a slowdown in Chinese growth and other emerging markets dent...

11 May 2016

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JHB to get all-electric Uber rides

The transport sector accounts for 13% of CO2 emissions in South Africa, making it the second largest emitter of CO2 in the country. Uber has thus partnered with BMW and Nissan to bring riders UberGREEN...

5 May 2016

New vehicle sales continued its fall in April
New vehicle sales continued its fall in April

The South African new vehicle sales market continued its 2016 decline this April. According to the latest aggregated figures...

4 May 2016

Shifting focus from the product to the consumer
Shifting focus from the product to the consumer

Traditionally, the automotive industry's primary focus has been on providing bigger, better and faster cars. According to the Automotive Future Now Report, in a world shaped by the Internet...

3 May 2016

Volkswagen 'is far more than crisis' - CEO
Volkswagen 'is far more than crisis' - CEO

Embattled German carmaker Volkswagen vowed on Thursday, 28 April, to overcome its current crisis triggered by the engine-rigging scandal and that it would not allow itself to be slowed down by the affair...

29 Apr 2016

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#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...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 28 Apr 2016

Hyundai Motor Q1 profit falls on poor China sales
Hyundai Motor Q1 profit falls on poor China sales

Currency swings and declining China sales took a toll on Hyundai Motor as the South Korean carmaker on Tuesday, 26 April, reported a drop in net profit for the ninth consecutive quarter...

28 Apr 2016

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#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 26 Apr 2016

Vehicle industry on the road to growth
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...

By David Furlonger 26 Apr 2016

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

Current economic climate presents automotive opportunities
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

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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

Uber upset shines critical light on ride-booking industry
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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