Volkswagen, Toyota buy into ridesharing
Volkswagen, Toyota buy into ridesharing

SAN FRANCISCO: Toyota and Volkswagen announced separate partnerships on Tuesday with rideshare companies Uber and Gett, in the latest such moves by major carmakers.

21 hours ago

Polestar only for the lucky few
Polestar only for the lucky few

Mercedes-Benz is represented in the performance league by AMG models, Audi joins the fun stable with its S and SR variants, and BMW's M-badged speed-mobiles form the other point of the triangle of expensive ├╝berwagens - and now Swedish carmaker Volvo is also attracting go-fast attention with its limited edition Polestar rocket.

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 23 hours ago

Smart thinking will keep SA's motor industry on course
Smart thinking will keep SA's motor industry on course

Even the most distracted observer of the South African economy will have noticed that new vehicle sales are depressed, falling 9.2% in the first quarter of this year, compared with the same quarter in 2015. Sales of commercial vehicles fell more than 13% in that period.

By Thomas Schaefer 1 day ago

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#AfricaMonth: Driving Ugandan vehicle manufacturing

Kiira Motors Corporation (KMC) is a presidential initiative for automotive manufacturing in Uganda. The company has three successful vehicle prototypes under its belt, including Africa's first solar bus, and has now set itself the mammoth goal to begin the local manufacturing of proudly Ugandan commercial vehicles.

By Lauren Hartzenberg 1 day ago

Hilux, Fortuner production gets investment boost
Hilux, Fortuner production gets investment boost

Japanese automaker Toyota has announced that it has invested over R6,1bn to facilitate production of the all-new Hilux and Fortuner at its Prospecton plant in Durban.

2 days ago

Fiat Chrysler suspected of emissions cheating
Fiat Chrysler suspected of emissions cheating

BERLIN: German regulators suspect that Italian-American auto maker Fiat Chrysler, like Volkswagen, used illegal software to cheat on emissions tests, a newspaper report said on Sunday.

2 days ago

BMW Rosslyn plant
New expansion to double size of BMW SA's body shop

BMW SA will no longer have to accept compromises in the way it assembles its vehicles, after purchasing 30,000m² of waste land next to its Rosslyn assembly plant, says MD Tim Abbott.

By David Furlonger 2 days ago

The customer-centric dealership
The customer-centric dealership

The digitally connected world has flipped the global automotive industry's customer-dealership paradigm on its head. As a result, a number of transformations are taking place, many of which directly affect the traditional dealership model. The 2016 Automotive Future Now Report by Innovation Group South Africa, explores the challenges and trends affecting the future of South African dealerships.

2 days ago

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#InTouch2016: Digital opportunity in the automotive arena

Michael Frans, head of business operations: automotive at T-Systems South Africa, is a firm believer in the old adage 'the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.' It's no wonder that he speaks excitedly about the major shifts the automotive industry will be experiencing at the hand of disruptive technology.

By Lauren Hartzenberg 3 days ago

Powering our way into the future
Powering our way into the future

In the future will car companies still be called car makers? Or will they be energy providers? BMW SA has launched its solar car port, which not only charges your i3 but can also put power into your house. Tesla has its Powerwall and Toyota has its hydrogen-powered Mirai which can give its spare energy back to your home or put it into the grid.

3 days ago

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Google patent glues pedestrians to self-driving cars

SAN FRANCISCO: Google on Thursday had a fresh US patent for a sticky coating that could be applied to self-driving cars so pedestrians stick instead of bouncing off when hit.

3 days ago

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Tesla raising cash to fund accelerated production

Luxury electric carmaker Tesla Motors announced on Wednesday it planned to raise $1.4bn in new capital to help fund stepped-up production of its new Model 3 car.

20 May 2016

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 to higher vehicle prices and lower sales volumes, as consumers increasingly look to more affordable cars or hold on to their vehicles for longer periods.

20 May 2016