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Dealer profitability: Rethink needed
Dealer profitability: Rethink neededArticle

Dealerships remain at the heart of the motor retail operating model, despite significant changes in the automotive landscape...

2 Oct 2018

New SA app is the Tinder for car buying
New SA app is the Tinder for car buyingArticle

Carter, a South African developed smartphone app aims to help users find the perfect new car for their needs, and connect them to accredited dealers...

25 Jan 2017

Black Badge revealed at new Rolls-Royce pop-up
Black Badge revealed at new Rolls-Royce pop-upArticle

There's a new pop-up shop in the Mother City and the brand in question is as premium as they come...

Lauren Hartzenberg 20 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Five steps to improve your lead conversion
#BizTrends2017: Five steps to improve your lead conversionArticle

The inability for the automotive industry to embrace change is staggering. It's almost as if the only positive movement comes in the face of insurmountable evidence...

David Sieff 20 Dec 2016

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

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

Jeff Osborne 12 Dec 2016

Toyota dealers dominant at halfway mark in Business of the Year contest
Toyota dealers dominant at halfway mark in Business of the Year contestArticle

Toyota dealers are leading the way at the halfway mark in the National Automobile Dealers' Association's Business of the Year (BOTY) contest...

29 Nov 2016

Key strategies for motor retail dealers to take into 2017
Key strategies for motor retail dealers to take into 2017Article

Sewells MSXI shared a list of strategies for retail motor dealers...

24 Nov 2016

New car sales continue downward spiral
New car sales continue downward spiralArticle

South Africa's new vehicle sales market continued deteriorating in October 2016. The latest aggregated sales data from Naamsa...

2 Nov 2016

Sharp decline in September new car sales
Sharp decline in September new car salesArticle

September saw new vehicle sales continue declining, according to the latest sales data from Naamsa. Only 47,399 new vehicles were sold...

4 Oct 2016

#CARconferenceSA: Digital change grips the motor industry
#CARconferenceSA: Digital change grips the motor industryArticle

The global automotive industry and many related facets of the business are changing rapidly as the digital revolution...

6 Sep 2016

Demand for new vehicles sees biggest decline in seven years
Demand for new vehicles sees biggest decline in seven yearsArticle

South Africa's new vehicle industry saw sales plummet 17% this past month, according to the latest aggregated sales figures...

2 Aug 2016

New vehicle sales in June decline as expected
New vehicle sales in June decline as expectedArticle

The new vehicle industry sales continued its decline in June. Aggregated sales data from the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa shows that industry sales...

4 Jul 2016

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New vehicle sales in May fall 10.3%Article

South Africa's new vehicle market continued to decline this past month, with total industry sales of only 42,907 new vehicles sold - a 10.3% fall. Within this, respective drops of 12.9% and 5.3% were seen...

2 Jun 2016

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

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

4 May 2016

Prism judging panel selected
Prism judging panel selectedArticle

The Prism Awards, taking place on 17 April, have announced this year's judging panel, which comprises a diverse mix of experts in communication, advertising, corporate affairs, public relations, brand strategy and media...

4 Apr 2016

Checking your cell... for a car
Checking your cell... for a carArticle

South Africans are following global trends when it comes to buying cars online, including younger motorists increasingly using their cellphones to browse for the most suitable vehicle.

John Harvey 3 Jul 2014

Barloworld earnings climb 10% to 336c
Barloworld earnings climb 10% to 336cArticle

Diversified industrial group‚ Barloworld grew its revenue 5% to R29.9bn in the six months to March‚ boosting headline earnings per share by 10% to 336c.

Alistair Anderson 20 May 2014

Combined Motor Holdings earnings up to 154.9c a share
Combined Motor Holdings earnings up to 154.9c a shareArticle

Motor retail group Combined Motor Holdings (CMH) reported that its diluted basic earnings per share were 154.9c for the year ended February, up from 142.4c a year ago.

24 Apr 2014

Peugeot rates Asian factories above SA's
Peugeot rates Asian factories above SA'sArticle

South African manufacture of Peugeot's 301 sedan, which is designed for emerging markets, would give the French car maker the local credibility it has lacked since returning to the market in 2002.

David Furlonger 9 Apr 2014

Barloworld earnings up 26% in tough conditions
Barloworld earnings up 26% in tough conditionsArticle

Barloworld saw headline earnings per share (HEPS) rise by 26% in the year to September‚ despite a wobbly global mining sector and SA's construction industry still largely stagnant.

Mark Allix 20 Nov 2013

Barloworld earnings up 26% in tough conditions
Barloworld earnings up 26% in tough conditionsArticle

Barloworld (BAW) saw headline earnings per share (HEPS) shoot up 26% in the year to the end of September 2013‚ despite a wobbly global mining sector and SA's construction industry still largely being stagnant.

Mark Allix 19 Nov 2013

Motor retail strike to continue over weekend
Motor retail strike to continue over weekendArticle

The national strike by petrol attendants, component manufacturing workers and panelbeaters is set to continue after two days of wage negotiations ended inconclusively on Thursday (12 September) and concerns of spill-over effects into SA's already battered motor industry continue to grow.

13 Sep 2013

BMW, Ford exports affected by motor industry strike
BMW, Ford exports affected by motor industry strikeArticle

As industrial action in the vehicle manufacturing sector continues, the latest National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SA (Naamsa) data shows that BMW and Ford Motor's export operations have been negatively affected by the labour unrest.

Karl Gernetzky and Alistair Anderson 3 Sep 2013

Renault Cape Town moves premises
Renault Cape Town moves premisesArticle

Renault Cape Town has moved from its Strand Street premises and officially opened the doors of its new showroom in Motor City Culemborg on 13 August 2013.

23 Aug 2013

CUT receives R10 million investment from merSETA for engineering development
CUT receives R10 million investment from merSETA for engineering developmentArticle

Government has committed to closing the skills gap in the field of engineering, and is receiving support in this endeavour from the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT).

28 Jun 2013

Barloworld's share earnings up 31%
Barloworld's share earnings up 31%Article

Barloworld‚ a diversified industrial group‚ saw revenue rise 11%‚ operating profit increase 14% and headline earnings per share shoot up 31% for the interim period that ended in March.

Mark Allix 21 May 2013

Worn tyre recycling levy criticised
Worn tyre recycling levy criticisedArticle

Government's plan to hit tyre-makers with a recycling levy, to remove the blight of dumped tyres has been vigorously opposed by tyre manufacturers who will have to pay hundreds of millions of rand each year.

Moyagabo Maake 8 Apr 2013

Barloworld operating profit up by 31%
Barloworld operating profit up by 31%Article

Barloworld yesterday (20 November) delivered "a very pleasing result" for the year ended September, with operating profit up 31% and headline earnings per share increasing by 46%.

21 Nov 2012

Plastics SA to research its industry
Plastics SA to research its industryArticle

The Manufacturing‚ Engineering and Related Services Education and Training Authority (merSETA)‚ in association with Plastics SA‚ has launched a pilot study aimed at developing a better understanding of the shape and size of the plastics industry in SA.

Alistair Anderson 31 Aug 2012

Plastics SA to research its industryArticle

The Manufacturing‚ Engineering and Related Services Education and Training Authority (merSETA)‚ in association with Plastics SA‚ has launched a pilot study aimed at developing a better understanding of the shape and size of the plastics industry in SA.

Alistair Anderson 29 Aug 2012

Only two weeks left to register
Only two weeks left to registerArticle

Trade Conferences International is hosting a Digital Media Conference and Exhibition on 25, 26 and 27 July, Indaba Hotel, Fourways, Johannesburg. Potential delegates should book now and secure their seats since time is running out, with only two weeks left to go.

Issued by Trade Conferences International 9 Jul 2012

Toyota to open R40m facility in SowetoArticle

Toyota South Africa Motors said it is currently constructing a R40 million facility in Soweto. The new facility, a joint venture between Barloworld Motor Retail and the well-known Maponya-family was scheduled for completion in November and would have the capacity to retail in excess of 30 new vehicles and 25 approved used Automark vehicles every month.

11 Jul 2011

Toyota to open R40m facility in SowetoArticle

Toyota South Africa Motors said it is currently constructing a R40 million facility in Soweto.

11 Jul 2011

Furniture retailers solidly builtArticle

Business models are as good as their ability to stand up in tough conditions. In furniture retail none has proved more resilient than Lewis's unique model, honed over more than 70 years.

Stafford Thomas 3 Jun 2011

Dr Graeme Codrington
How to forecast the future: pitfalls to avoid 2Blog post

As I elaborated on in my last post, individuals with a good grasp of the world and a strong sense of adventure might be able to predict some major world trends; however, if we want to predict the future effectively, we need to steer clear of attempting specific predictions.

Dr Graeme Codrington 3 Nov 2009

Imperial to bide its time before trying takeover trailArticle

Imperial Holdings, which has an annual turnover of about R52bn, says it is still difficult to value potential acquisition targets even though earnings visibility was improving.

Artwell Dlamini 9 Oct 2009

Imperial sees opportunity in adverse marketArticle

Imperial Holdings CEO Hubert Brody says the distressed market presents acquisition opportunities for the group, but notes that it is hard to value businesses because earnings visibility is low.

Artwell Dlamini 20 Jul 2009

Bleak future for motor retail industryArticle

Motor retail industry stalwart Brand Pretorius has painted a bleak picture of the state of the franchising industry and called for constructive partnerships with car manufacturers to keep it alive.

Mathabo le Roux, Trade and Industry Editor 7 Apr 2009

Bleak future for motor retail industryArticle

Motor retail industry stalwart Brand Pretorius has painted a bleak picture of the state of the franchising industry.

Mathabo le Roux 24 Mar 2009

Retail ops affected by global slowdown: SteinhoffArticle

Furniture maker and distributor Steinhoff International says its trading operations have been affected to a varying degree by the global economic slowdown and negative consumer sentiment.

2 Dec 2008

Morrisjones in driving seat with McCarthyArticle

Advertising agency Morrisjones&Co. has announced that they have been appointed to handle advertising for the McCarthy dealership account. McCarthy is the largest motor retail organisation in South Africa and includes most major car marques. This is the third account win for Morrisjones this year.

3 Apr 2007

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