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New car sales for Dec 2020 reflect glimmers of hope, but industry remains depressed
New car sales for Dec 2020 reflect glimmers of hope, but industry remains depressed

The South African new-vehicle market continued to recover somewhat in December 2020, but the industry remains depressed as a result of the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, both locally and abroad...

By Gero Lilleike 8 Jan 2021

Kia reveals new corporate logo and global brand slogan
Kia reveals new corporate logo and global brand slogan

The launch of the new logo follows the announcement of Kia's 'Plan S' long-term business strategy in 2020...

7 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: Reshaping the next phase of the motor retail industry
#BizTrends2021: Reshaping the next phase of the motor retail industry

The year 2020 was a ruthless year for many businesses, and the motor retail industry has not been spared from this devastating economic tsunami...

By Mark Dommisse 6 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: Trends that will shape the vehicle industry in the short to medium term
#BizTrends2021: Trends that will shape the vehicle industry in the short to medium term

There are signs of an economic recovery afoot, bringing with it a promise of improved business and consumer confidence and further release of pent-up demand. But it may yet be too early to confirm an ease of pressure on the sales pitch...

By Faisal Mkhize 6 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: Auto industry set to digitally transform
#BizTrends2021: Auto industry set to digitally transform

While 2020 was a year of evolving, planning and building technologies, 2021 will be a year of enterprising and entrepreneurial businesses coming to the fore...

By George Mienie 6 Jan 2021

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, PSA Groupe merge to become Stellantis
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, PSA Groupe merge to become Stellantis

Shareholders from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Groupe have voted to merge and the result is the birth of Stellantis...

By David Taylor 5 Jan 2021

Price of fuel set for steep increase
Price of fuel set for steep increase

In a statement on Monday, 4 January 2021, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) said the price of 93 (ULP and LRP) will go up by 43 cents, while that of 95 (ULP and LRP) will increase by 40 cents...

4 Jan 2021

The 6 vital organs of a car that should be looked after
The 6 vital organs of a car that should be looked after

Maintaining a vehicle consistently is not only cost-effective but necessary for your safety and that of your passengers too...

28 Dec 2020

Rachel Kobo named VW Group's best apprentice for 2020
Rachel Kobo named VW Group's best apprentice for 2020

Rachel Kobo, an employee of Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA), was recently honoured with the Best Apprentice award, which is given to only a handful of top young talents across the Volkswagen Group...

23 Dec 2020

How to deal with reckless drivers this festive season
How to deal with reckless drivers this festive season

One thing you can be sure to encounter as you drive to your destination for the festive season is reckless drivers...

22 Dec 2020

Bizcommunity's festive thank you to the SA business community
Bizcommunity's festive thank you to the SA business community

Since March 2020 when Covid-19 first turned business on its head, Bizcommunity has been the place where virtual business gets done, fully set up to seamlessly steer your business communications through the challenges of lockdowns, meltdowns and new remote working norms...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 18 Dec 2020

Motorists urged to exercise caution
Motorists urged to exercise caution

The Gauteng Traffic Police has called on motorists to be responsible and exercise caution on the roads as traffic volumes are expected to increase this weekend...

18 Dec 2020

What to do when selling your car
What to do when selling your car

Selling a car is a big decision on a big-ticket item and there are several things to consider before selling to ensure you get the best price for your vehicle and avoid settling for a low offer or placing yourself in a dangerous situation...

By Faan Van der Walt 18 Dec 2020

Under fire: Step up trucking safety on the roads
Under fire: Step up trucking safety on the roads

Not only is increased demand post hard lockdown putting pressure on operators, but border delays are impacting timelines. Growing crime and violence are also putting drivers, vehicles and cargo at risk...

By Jason Mellow 17 Dec 2020

Festival of Motoring announces 2021 dates
Festival of Motoring announces 2021 dates

While the pandemic has been an unfortunate setback for the events industry as a whole, the Festival of Motoring, presented by WesBank, is gearing up for its fifth edition at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit, from 27-29 August 2021...

17 Dec 2020

Avoid distracted driving this festive season
Avoid distracted driving this festive season

Whether it is a lack of understanding or appreciation of the danger, each driver needs to make an effort to reduce the prevalence of distracted driving...

17 Dec 2020

Who is the new Smartie on the block?
Who is the new Smartie on the block?

Angelique Lynch, marketing director of AutoTrader, has been invited to join the judging panel of the 2020 Smarties Awards...

Issued by AutoTrader 15 Dec 2020

Travellers to carefully plan and prepare their summer holiday road trips
Travellers to carefully plan and prepare their summer holiday road trips

At the end of an unprecedented year, it is clear that the disruption of our daily lives due to the Covid-19 pandemic is set to continue for the foreseeable future.

15 Dec 2020

Why are we resorting to old methods of testing sobriety when there is safe technology at our disposal?
Why are we resorting to old methods of testing sobriety when there is safe technology at our disposal?

Current, progressive thinking about the indispensable need to use alcohol breathalysers for law enforcement has come up with better solutions than "standing on one leg" or "walking on a straight line" as suggested by some leaders of law enforcement in South Africa...

By Angus MacArthur 15 Dec 2020

#BestofBiz 2020: Automotive
#BestofBiz 2020: Automotive

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2020 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views...

14 Dec 2020

Keeping SA safe on the roads
Keeping SA safe on the roads

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula is expected to sign a ground-breaking partnership with alcoholic beverage producer Distell, that will further intensify road safety efforts...

14 Dec 2020

Toyota Financial Services appoints Thabo Manaka as CEO
Toyota Financial Services appoints Thabo Manaka as CEO

Manaka is succeeding Marius Burger, who is retiring at the end of the year after seven years at the helm...

10 Dec 2020

Uniting for safer roads: Kia Motors and Motus partners with Bakwena for festive road safety campaign
Uniting for safer roads: Kia Motors and Motus partners with Bakwena for festive road safety campaign

Kia Motors South Africa, in partnership with Motus Corporation (Motus), has partnered with Bakwena N1N4. The partnership, which started with Motus in 2012, ensures visible policing during peak holiday seasons...

Issued by Kia Motors South Africa 10 Dec 2020

Toyota announces a new electric SUV
Toyota announces a new electric SUV

The name of this forthcoming new battery-electric SUV from Toyota has yet to be made public but the Japanese automotive giant has divulged that it will be developed for Europe and that it will be built on the brand's new e-TNGA platform...

By Gero Lilleike 9 Dec 2020

BMW SA launches the Young Collectors' Co. initiative
BMW SA launches the Young Collectors' Co. initiative

The BMW Young Collectors' Co. aims to develop a new generation of art collectors by granting exclusive access to the inner-workings of the contemporary market...

8 Dec 2020

Bundu-bashing in the all new Ford Ranger XL Sport
Bundu-bashing in the all new Ford Ranger XL Sport

The Ranger XL is powered by Ford's 2.2l four-cylinder Duratorq TDCi engine which produces 118kW of power, along with 385Nm of torque from 1,500 to 2,500r/min...

By Naresh Maharaj 7 Dec 2020

City of Cape Town launches first free public electric vehicle charger
City of Cape Town launches first free public electric vehicle charger

The charging station is situated in the parking area of the Bellville Civic Centre. This is the first of two solar-powered EV charging stations that will be offered free-of-charge for the first two years to members of the public...

7 Dec 2020

Open call for African startups addressing access to energy, agriculture, mobility issues
Open call for African startups addressing access to energy, agriculture, mobility issues

The search is on for sub-Saharan African startups with tech solutions aimed at addressing access to energy, agriculture and mobility issues...

2 Dec 2020

The new VW T-Roc is finally here
The new VW T-Roc is finally here

The VW T-Roc has finally made its way to South Africa, thus completing the SUV range for the German marque...

1 Dec 2020

Ford SA's Dorah Mmekwa wins Woman of Excellence award
Ford SA's Dorah Mmekwa wins Woman of Excellence award

Mmekwa is a manufacturing engineering manager at Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa's (FMCSA) Silverton Assembly Plant...

1 Dec 2020



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