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Employment in the downswing of the super cycle

Until commodity prices crawl their way back to higher levels, there is little hope for South Africa's older economic sectors - manufacturing, mining, electricity, construction and transport - to create jobs.

3 days ago

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Race towards driverless future accelerates

Chinese manufacturers and internet giants are in hot pursuit of their US counterparts in the race to design driverless cars, but the route to market is still littered with potholes.

3 days ago

China's BYD has electric dreams
China's BYD has electric dreams

In contrast to the usual pattern of technological advance, Chinese car firm BYD (Build Your Dreams) has led the way in electric vehicles but now faces increasing competition from Western manufacturers.

3 days ago

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Volkswagen 'is far more than crisis' - CEO

WOLFSBURG: 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.

3 days ago

Mitsubishi Motors to pay owners of fuel-cheating cars
Mitsubishi Motors to pay owners of fuel-cheating cars

Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors plans to compensate customers in a bid to limit the fallout from a fuel-efficiency cheating scandal, the Nikkei recently reported.

28 Apr 2016

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, to find out about this transition and what they've discovered about the buying habits of today's digital consumer.

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

Coupé enriches C-Class appeal
Coupé enriches C-Class appeal

Mercedes-Benz is renowned for producing sexy cars in addition to its executive-pleasing luxury sedans - and they have done it again with the stylish new C-Class coupé which has just arrived in South Africa.

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 26 Apr 2016

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 and Gumtree's differentiation in the online automotive marketplace.

By Lauren Hartzenberg 26 Apr 2016

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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 more than 20 years ago?

By David Furlonger 26 Apr 2016