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  • Under 8 category winner and international contestant, Nireka Singh with her dad
    Mar 02, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    TOYOTA CALLS FOR ENTRIES

    Are you under 15 years old? Do you like to draw? Do you like using your imagination? If you have answered yes, then Toyota South Africa Motors is looking for you. The 9th annual Toyota Dream Car Art Contest has officially opened and will run until… more...
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  • BRIGHT START TO BRIDGESTONE TYRE CHECK SEASON
    Mar 02, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    BRIGHT START TO BRIDGESTONE TYRE CHECK SEASON

    Bridgestone's Tyre Check initiative kicked off its ninth year in style, with more than 94% of the tyres checked during the first event of 2015 being found to be correctly inflated. Tyre Check is an ongoing project which was launched in 2007 to… more...
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  • Half a windfall (or less?)
    Mar 02, 2015 On the Cees

    Half a windfall (or less?)

    It is an old saying. Half a loaf is better than none. And so with us this year. The oil price windfall that fell in the lap of our households and businesses the past eight months (equating to about a R4/l decline in petrol/diesel prices or R100bn… more...
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  • Do we understand situation?
    Mar 02, 2015 On the Cees

    Do we understand situation?

    On a scale of 0 to 10, do we understand the situation? Japan (10), yes we do. They are in a deflationary trap, with little notion how to get out of it. Painted into a fiscal corner, with a population unwilling to reform its labour market (no pain,… more...
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  • Nissan sponsors minibuses to AIDC’s Gauteng Automotive Learning Centre
    Mar 02, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Nissan sponsors minibuses to AIDC’s Gauteng…

    Rosslyn, South Africa (20 February 2015) - Nissan South Africa has donated two Nissan NV 350 taxis to the Gauteng Automotive Learning Centre. The NV350 vehicles, both 16-seater minibuses tailored specifically for the South African market, will be… more...
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  • MOBILE PHONE DISTRACTION SET TO BECOME BIGGEST KILLER ON BRITISH ROADS BY 2015
    Mar 02, 2015 aBr Buzz

    MOBILE PHONE DISTRACTION SET TO BECOME BIGGEST…

    Hi Folks… Suffice it to say; reading the following report on what is happening in the UK should cause us great concern. Given that – in general – South African drivers are not nearly as law abiding or as well trained as their British counterparts… more...
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  • BIDVEST INSURANCE HELPS VICTIMS OF VEHICLE THEFT
    Mar 02, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    BIDVEST INSURANCE HELPS VICTIMS OF VEHICLE THEFT

    It's a sad fact of life in South Africa that crime is a serious reality. For instance, did you know a vehicle is stolen or hijacked in South Africa approximately every four minutes? But now Bidvest Insurance has come up with a ground-breaking new… more...
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  • Bridgestone Bats for Autism Walk
    Feb 27, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Bridgestone Bats for Autism Walk

    Bridgestone South Africa has announced it is to be one of the sponsors for the 2015 Big Autism Thing, a large-scale coastal walk to raise funding and awareness for autistic people. The walk begins on March 1 in Port Shepstone, KwaZulu-Natal, and… more...
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  • Lexus Achieves 'Grand Slam' as Most Dependable Brand Four Years in a Row
    Feb 27, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Lexus Achieves 'Grand Slam' as Most Dependable…

    Toyota Motor Sales Wins 100th VDS Segment Award Since 2003 Scion (US Toyota brand) Posts Greatest Improvement in Rank Among Brands Toyota Brand Ranks Third Toyota, Lexus and Scion combine for Seven Segment Awards Game, set, and match! The Lexus… more...
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  • Les Mc Master, Chairman of the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA)
    Feb 27, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Quote or estimate from your mechanic – do you…

    Repairs to a car can be a costly exercise so it’s always helpful to know what you are in for before the repair work begins. Unfortunately car owners don’t always understand the difference between an estimate and a quote which can lead to… more...
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  • Budget in a nutshell
    Feb 27, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Budget in a nutshell

    “Following the Budget speech it is clear that public and private partnership is necessary to fast track our efforts to create jobs and drive economic growth. One of the ways we can fast track this process is by creating circular economies. Through… more...
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  • How to Take the edge off the petrol price pinch
    Feb 27, 2015 aBr Buzz

    How to Take the edge off the petrol price pinch

    Many motorists are reeling from Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene’s Budget Speech announcement of rising fuel taxes, which will see South Africans fork out 81c per litre as of April 2015. It’s as good a time as any to start evaluating ways of lowering… more...
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  • Levy increase keeps fuel efficiency top priority for fleet managers
    Feb 27, 2015 aBr Buzz

    Levy increase keeps fuel efficiency top priority…

    Fuel efficiency remains the holy grail for South African fleet managers with the substantial increase in the fuel levies announced by Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene in the latest budget speech, diminishing some of the relief gained by the recent… more...
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  • Malas leads the way in wheel alignment technology
    Feb 27, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Malas leads the way in wheel alignment technology

    Malas, a South African based wheel and tyre retailer and distributor, has invested substantially in upgrading its wheel alignment facility at the iconic Malas Drivestyle Centre, situated in Pretoria. Their technicians have undergone intensive… more...
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  • Volvo Car Group forecasts that sales and profitability will show a clear improvement in 2015
    Feb 26, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Volvo Car Group forecasts that sales and…

    Volvo Car Group (Volvo Cars) expects sales and profitability to show a clear improvement in 2015, driven by continued growth in China and Europe and a return to growth in the US, according to Håkan Samuelsson, President and Chief Executive. The… more...
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  • Messe Frankfurt announces Automechanika in Saudi Arabia in 2016
    Feb 26, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Messe Frankfurt announces Automechanika in Saudi…

    In cooperation with Al-Harithy Company for Exhibitions (ACE) New sales opportunities and direct access to the largest automotive aftermarket in the Middle East Messe Frankfurt is expanding its Mobility & Infrastructure business field further and… more...
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  • SA Budget 2015
    Feb 26, 2015 On the Cees

    SA Budget 2015

    As BusinessDayLive flashed across television screens before Finance Minister Nene even started speaking, income tax rates +1%, fuel levy +30.5c/l and RAF levy +50c/l. That made the entire hour plus of budget reading rather boring. Whatever happened… more...
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  • NAAMSA MEDIA RELEASE ON THE 2015 / 2016 BUDGET: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Feb 26, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    NAAMSA MEDIA RELEASE ON THE 2015 / 2016 BUDGET:…

    Commenting on the budget proposals announced today by the Minister of Finance, Mr Nhlanhla Nene, in Parliament – the President of the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA) – Dr Johan Van Zyl said that against the… more...
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  • Chris Burt, Dealer Principal for KIA Sandton, with Hans Stenger, Parts Director KMSA, and Cher Maharaj, Service Director KMSA
    Feb 26, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    KIA rewards its top performing dealers

    Recognising outstanding talent in the KIA dealer network during 2014 Focus on sales as well as customer service and satisfaction A new home in Pretoria for Dealer of the Year (JOHANNESBURG) February 25, 2015 - KIA Motors South Africa rewarded its… more...
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  • How to save a life
    Feb 26, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    How to save a life

    First aid in a collision Picture a scene where a serious head on collision occurs a few meters in front of you. One person has a serious neck wound and is losing blood. The other driver is unconscious and the car looks like it is at risk of catching… more...
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  • Monroe Team Launch 2015
    Feb 26, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Monroe Team Launch 2015

    Monroe Racing enters 2015 with a fresh look and focus on gaining more exposure value for our prime sponsors Monroe Shock Absorbers, Fuchs Lubricants, Honda South Africa & Motorsport South Africa. Monroe Team Management therefore decided to expand… more...
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  • Fast-growing African automotive aftermarket draws leading international players to Automechanika Dubai 2015
    Feb 26, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Automechanika Dubai 2015 draws leading…

    Fast-growing African automotive aftermarket draws leading international players to Automechanika Dubai 2015 Continent's market for auto parts set to grow 11 per cent annually to reach US$15.3 billion in 2020 – Frost & Sullivan Rapid urbanisation and… more...
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  • AAITF BANGKOK 2015, AUTO AFTERMARKET INDUSTRY AND TUNING TRADE FAIR
    Feb 26, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    AAITF BANGKOK 2015, AUTO AFTERMARKET INDUSTRY AND…

    YOUR PLATFORM TO ENTER THE ASEAN REGION Thailand is a natural regional logistics hub. Geographically, Bangkok is closer to the heart of Asia than any other Asian city aside from Shanghai and Taipei. As the 9th largest automotive production base in… more...
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  • Automechanika Johannesburg 2015
    Feb 26, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Automechanika Johannesburg 2015

    As the month of May draws near, the automotive aftermarket is preparing for the 2015 edition of Automechanika Johannesburg, to take place from 6-9 May at Expo Centre, Nasrec. Since its very first edition in 2009, Automechanika Johannesburg, held… more...
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  • OPINION PIECE: Black Economic Empowerment – A South African Dilemma
    Feb 26, 2015 aBr Buzz

    OPINION PIECE: Black Economic Empowerment – A…

    'You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity'-Adrian Rogers One of the most challenging and controversial issues facing South Africa, if not the most important one, is the issue of transformation. The… more...
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  • SA 2014 GDP growth 1.5%
    Feb 26, 2015 On the Cees

    SA 2014 GDP growth 1.5%

    SA GDP growth accelerated nicely from 2.1% annualised in the 3Q2014 to 4.1% in the 4Q2014. Most of the quarterly recovery action was in mining (going from +4% to +15% annualised) and in manufacturing (going from -1% to +9.5%) as post-strike recovery… more...
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  • Do Something!!!
    Feb 25, 2015 On the Cees

    Do Something!!!

    The impatience is often overwhelming. Wanting government and/or SARB to do more to ‘stimulate’ the economy. Proactively push demand. More spending, less taxes, interest rate cuts. But at the present juncture that's mostly the wrong answer to the… more...
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  • Elvis Hermans HR appointment
    Feb 25, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    GMSA Appoints New HR Head

    PORT ELIZABETH- General Motors South Africa (GMSA) announced the appointment of Elvis Mongezi Hermans as the General Manager Human Resources, Government Relations & Public Policy effective 1 April 2015. This new position came about with the… more...
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  • AA Technical College bridges skills shortage gap
    Feb 25, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    AA Technical College bridges skills shortage gap

    The AA invests in expanding training facilities 24 February 2015: Recognising the shortage of skilled artisans in the automotive industry, the Automobile Association of South Africa (AA) has expanded the premises of its AA Technical College to… more...
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  • BUDDING SOWETO ENTREPRENEUR GETS GLOBAL BRAND BACKING
    Feb 25, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    BUDDING SOWETO ENTREPRENEUR GETS GLOBAL BRAND…

    A Soweto mother’s pioneering vision has earned her the support of global lubricants’ giant Castrol, who has backed her endeavours by installing a first-of-its-kind retail kiosk to help her do better business. The enterprising Bridgette Radebe, who… more...
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  • Continental's ContiPremiumContact 5 among top performers in German tyre test
    Feb 24, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Continental's ContiPremiumContact 5 among top…

    Best overall in dry handling and dry braking Consistently strong performance across all tests Earns top-level "highly recommended" status PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, 24 February, 2015 - Continental's ContiPremiumContact 5 has earned top-level… more...
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  • Recession dynamics
    Feb 24, 2015 On the Cees

    Recession dynamics

    A recession is two or more quarters of falling GDP (national income, output). But what sets it in motion, and how does it play out? And how imminent is one? The onset of a recession is like a three-stage rocket, one stage after the other kicking in… more...
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  • Thule’s VeloCompact makes its SA debut
    Feb 24, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Thule’s VeloCompact makes its SA debut

    Thule’s new VeloCompact bike carrier will soon reach the South African market, a revolutionary product which at the same time introduces local cyclists to the brand’s next-generation tow ball coupling – the key to the VeloCompact’s impressive… more...
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  • Why SA faces rate hikes
    Feb 24, 2015 On the Cees

    Why SA faces rate hikes

    I tweeted this morning, which had consequences. First, I said: Fed options: 1, start early (rate hiking) & move slowly 2, be patient & move more quickly later, gaining clarity re global risks & US energy sector. Fed favours 2. Next I said: SARB has… more...
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  • TOYOTA CELEBRATES TOP PERFORMING DEALERS
    Feb 24, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    TOYOTA CELEBRATES TOP PERFORMING DEALERS

    Halfway Toyota Shelly Beach is the 2014 Toyota Dealer of the Year Halfway Toyota Shelly Beach was recognised for their exceptional performance in 2014 and awarded the 2014 Toyota Dealer of the Year. This marks a first for this dealership and for the… more...
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  • Sales of the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar expand to 13 countries
    Feb 24, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Sales of the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar expand to…

    After substantially exceeding customer demand expectations in 2014, the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar get a renewed production of 750 cars in 2015 and expand to 13 countries around the world. ”We are delighted to see the positive response from… more...
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  • IMPENDING CHANGE TO THE BASIS OF VALUATION OF COMPANY CARS FOR FRINGE BENEFIT TAX PURPOSES EFFECTIVE 1ST MARCH, 2015
    Feb 24, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    IMPENDING CHANGE TO THE BASIS OF VALUATION OF…

    TAXATION LAWS AMENDMENT ACT, 2014 In terms of the provisions of the Taxation Laws Amendment Act 2014, recently published, the income tax provisions applicable to company cars have been amended and, with effect from 1st March, 2015 the fringe benefit… more...
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  • Back row (L - R): Ansley Jacobs (NTT VW King Williams Town), Matome Mokobane (Audi Centre Acradia), Imtiaz Ameer (Lindsay Saker East Rand Mall), Riyaaz Slarmie (Barons VW Tokai), Clinton Tate (Audi Airport), Lourens Johan Steyn (Lindsay Saker Rivonia), Sibabalwe Mlungwana (Lindsay Saker Head Office) and Trevor Naidoo (Lindsay Saker Johannesburg). Front row (L - R): Anil Sewpersadh (Audi Centre Fourways), Isaiah Ntuli (Benoni Citi), Tebatso Manyama (Hatfield VW Bryanston), Michael Kaftel (Hatfield VW Bryanston), Sithembile Mkhize (Audi Vereeniging), Kubendran Chetty (Lindsay Saker Alberton), Leonard Mashele (Audi Hatfield), Sibusiso Mabaso (McCarthy VW Gezina) and Mohlangane Molapo (McCarthy VW Arcadia).
    Feb 24, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Volkswagen expanding transformation in its dealer…

    Volkswagen Group South Africa continued on its road to transformation in the dealer network by expanding the candidate intake of its Dealer Principal Apprentice Programme (DPAP). The programme was conceptualised five years ago with the aim of… more...
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  • Automechanika Kiev 2015 cancelled
    Feb 24, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Automechanika Kiev 2015 cancelled

    In view of the current political situation in the Ukraine, the première of Automechanika Kiev planned for 9 to 11 June 2015 has been cancelled. Automechanika Brand Manager, Michael Johannes, explains: “We have now made two attempts to enable our… more...
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  • SA Economic Prospects 2015-2016
    Feb 24, 2015 On the Cees

    SA Economic Prospects 2015-2016

    SA is shaped not only by its own domestic actions but also by a bigger global reality due to the openness of our economy (exports+imports= 55% of GDP), and also our large current account deficit (6% of GDP = R230bn annually, requiring foreign… more...
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  • Building classrooms for a better future
    Feb 23, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Building classrooms for a better future

    Suzuki Auto South Africa, in conjunction with its advertising agency, Penquin, recently funded the construction of two classrooms at a rural school near East London in the Eastern Cape. The Bulugha Primary School serves some 160 learners from the… more...
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  • Mike Whitfield,  MD of Nissan South Africa (right), handing over keys of NV350 vehicles to  CEO of the Automotive Industry Development Centre,  Barlow Manilal. Nissan has donated the vehicles to  the Gauteng Automotive Learning Centre to assist in transporting students to venues within the Learning Programme.
    Feb 23, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    NISSAN DONATES NV350 MINIBUSES TO LEARNING CENTRE

    Nissan provides ongoing support to Gauteng Automotive Learning Centre with handover of two brand new NV350 minibuses Minibuses will assist in transporting students to venues within Learning Programme ROSSLYN, South Africa (20 February 2015) -… more...
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  • Feb 23, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Making the Right Connections at Tyrexpo Asia 2015

    Business matching is an integral element of the Tyrexpo Asia 2015 (TEA) experience. Now, with the online business matching services powered by Jublia, making relevant connections to facilitate the necessary meetings, to maximise your networking… more...
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  • Learning Academy building progress
    Feb 19, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    COOPERATION BETWEEN MERCEDES-BENZ SOUTH AFRICA…

    R130m invested jointly Artisans trained for local industry to increase PRETORIA - Mercedes-Benz South Africa and National Treasury, through its Jobs Fund, have formed a partnership in a unique job creation initiative through the construction of a… more...
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  • Europe’s 2015 Hydra
    Feb 19, 2015 On the Cees

    Europe’s 2015 Hydra

    Europe’s history is a rich one of changing tapestries and it is far from finished showing its ultimate form. Today’s many problems have been shaping for decades, leaving it to the present crop of politicians to navigate the resulting minefields. How… more...
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  • Latest auto-components on display at ACMA Automechanika's 'New Product Exhibit' zone
    Feb 19, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Latest auto-components on display at ACMA…

    The growing adoption of high-end technologies in vehicles is leading to increased challenges for repair requirements. It is therefore vital for the aftermarket auto component manufacturers to keep pace with the latest technological developments,… more...
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  • Arno van der Merwe
    Feb 19, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Ensuring sustainable future growth - 2014 a…

    Mercedes-Benz Cars achieves no 1 position in market with 25% growth Daimler Trucks and Buses consolidates its position as market leader in the commercial vehicle segment Agility finance offering revolutionizes the market Ramp-up in the plant lays… more...
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  • JAGUAR LAND ROVER AWARDED COMPANY OF THE YEAR BY CAR MAGAZINE
    Feb 19, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    JAGUAR LAND ROVER AWARDED COMPANY OF THE YEAR BY…

    Annual CAR Magazine Top 12 awards recognise greatness in SA motor industry Jaguar Land Rover recognised as Company of the Year Range Rover Sport voted Best Large SUV / Crossover Pretoria, 18 February 2015 – South Africa’s preeminent motoring… more...
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  • PSA Peugeot Citroën ‘Back in the Race’
    Feb 19, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    PSA Peugeot Citroën ‘Back in the Race’

    €2.2 billion of operating Free Cash Flow in 2014, the Group is net debt free €53.6 billion in revenue for the year 1 Recurring Operating Income of €905 million, up €1.3 billion, from a loss of €-364 million in 2013 Favourable swing attributable to… more...
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  • SA Inflation & Retail Gifts
    Feb 19, 2015 On the Cees

    SA Inflation & Retail Gifts

    It came gift wrapped, oil-wise. SA CPI inflation for January 2015 dropped to 4.4% from 5.3%, slightly better than expected. SA retail sales volumes for December 2014 also came in better than expected at +3.4% year-on-year compared to +2.8% expected.… more...
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  • Ford Hires John Casesa To Lead Global Strategy
    Feb 19, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Ford Hires John Casesa To Lead Global Strategy

    Auto analyst and investment banker John Casesa joins Ford as group vice president, Global Strategy Casesa will lead a team focused on enhancing existing business strategies and identifying and evaluating new opportunities for profitable growth… more...
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  • The entrance to the famous MV Agusta Factory, Schiranna
    Feb 19, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    MV AGUSTA CELEBRATES ITS 70th ANNIVERSARY

     STARTING WITH ROUND 1 OF THE WSBK AT PHILLIP ISLAND AUSTRALIA 22ND FEB One of the oldest and most respected brands in the world, MV Agusta is celebrating the seventieth year since its founding. To mark this anniversary the Schiranna-based… more...
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  • Eight teams earn position in Automechanika Kuala Lumpur Mechanics Challenge 2015
    Feb 19, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Eight teams earn position in Automechanika Kuala…

    The results are in from the first round of the Automechanika Kuala Lumpur Mechanics Challenge. Completing an online multiple choice exam on theories, the eight highest scoring teams among 16 registered teams have earned tickets to the final round.… more...
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  • General Tire celebrates
    Feb 18, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    General Tire celebrates "100 Years of Adventure"

    Tradition-rich 4x4 tyre brand founded in 1915 South African operations began in 1949 28 years under the Continental AG umbrella in SA PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, 16 February, 2015 - Tradition-rich US tyre brand General Tire is celebrating its… more...
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  • AA cautions on negative fuel price data
    Feb 18, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    AA cautions on negative fuel price data

    The AA warns motorists be cautious before committing the money they have saved on fuel The months-long downward trend in fuel prices has reversed sharply in February. This is according to the Automobile Association, which was commenting on unaudited… more...
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  • Renault Kangoo - We've got it covered!
    Feb 18, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Renault Kangoo - We've got it covered!

    SKF goes beyond wheel bearings. In this edition we highlight what products SKF can supply for the Renault Kangoo. Click > Renault Kangoo Flyer to read our special Flyer highlighting the products that SKF supplies for the Renault Kangoo. more...
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  • New special zones and tremendous market potential set CAPAS 2015 another successful edition
    Feb 17, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    New special zones and tremendous market potential…

    Returning and new high profile industry leaders to exhibit at show The Chengdu International Trade Fair for Automotive Parts and Aftermarket Services (CAPAS) – one of the leading trade platforms for the automotive sector in Southwest China – will… more...
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  • Has load shedding finally killed the electric car dream?
    Feb 17, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Has load shedding finally killed the electric car…

    Two years ago, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies announced a whopping 35% reimbursement on production costs over three years as an incentive for local electric car manufacturers. Thus far, only Ethiopia and South Africa have attempted to launch… more...
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  • Feb 17, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Hammarsdale investment to boost tyre recycling in…

    A multi-million rand investment in a rubber crumb manufacturing plant in Hammarsdale will take rubber tyre recycling to a whole new level in KwaZulu-Natal. Dr Mehran Zarrebini, head of British investment group PFE International which owns Van Dyck… more...
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  • TOYOTA WINS ENERGY COMPANY OF THE YEAR
    Feb 16, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    TOYOTA WINS ENERGY COMPANY OF THE YEAR

    Energy efficiency has always been a top priority for Toyota South Africa Motors. Their efforts have been rewarded with the second consecutive Energy Company of the Year award. The first award was won in 2013. The award was presented by the Southern… more...
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  • Start Your Engines - click
    Feb 16, 2015 On the Cees

    Start Your Engines - click

    You probably have had the experience some time in your life, not least on cold winter mornings. You want to start the car, and all you get is “click, click”. If you are lucky, it is only a rundown battery. If you don't even get a click, your starter… more...
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  • AUTOMOTIVE AFTERMARKET INDUSTRY AND TUNING TRADE FAIR
    Feb 16, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    AUTOMOTIVE AFTERMARKET INDUSTRY AND TUNING TRADE…

    IN THE NEWS Aging Vehicles & Premium Value Drive Growth for Automotive Aftermarket Industry in 2014, Reports The NPD Group FCA, Iveco, Magneti Marelli And Israel's Fuel Choices Initiative Form Natural Gas-Based Partnership Consumer Focus on… more...
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  • THREE TIME INDY 500 WINNER HELIO CASTRONEVES MAKES AN APPEARANCE AT THE LATIN AUTO PARTS EXPO
    Feb 16, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    THREE TIME INDY 500 WINNER HELIO CASTRONEVES…

    FEBRUARY 2015 Panama, Republic of Panama Helio Castroneves Team Penske's elder statesman – is set to make a guest appearance at the LATIN AUTO PARTS EXPO on June 18th, 2015 in Panama, Rep. of Panama. Currently ranked 2nd in IZOD IndyCar… more...
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  • The key CEO question
    Feb 16, 2015 On the Cees

    The key CEO question

    What is the primary question facing any business CEO (chief executive officer), his CIO (chief investment officer) or for that matter the entire executive team, or even the people watching them from the outside (investors, rating agencies, banks,… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 98
  • SKF Product Information - February 2015
    Feb 16, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    SKF Product Information - February 2015

    SKF range extension Q1 2015 During this quarter, SKF has launched 77 new kits to improve the coverage on all productlines. This Product Information highlights the latest SKF range extension during Q1 2015. See the full Production Information Sheet more...
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  • Treads Unlimited Adds Leading Tyre Brand to Product Line-Up
    Feb 16, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Treads Unlimited Adds Leading Tyre Brand to…

    Treads Unlimited, a wholesale tyre division of South Africa’s TiAuto Group, announced that it has added the globally respected GT Radial brand to its product line-up. The company will distribute a range of models from GT Radial’s passenger,… more...
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  • REVIEW OF THE NATIONAL ROAD SAFETY STRATEGY
    Feb 16, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    REVIEW OF THE NATIONAL ROAD SAFETY STRATEGY

    Hi Folks… This newsletter is somewhat more all-encompassing in terms of the subjects covered but also substantively broader in scope as it looks at a country ( whose road safety record we admire and would love to emulate) and from whom lessons can… more...
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  • SOUTH AFRICA TAKES CENTRE STAGE AS CASTROL SETS ITS SIGHTS ON 22ND WORLD LAND SPEED RECORD
    Feb 16, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    SOUTH AFRICA TAKES CENTRE STAGE AS CASTROL SETS…

    All eyes will be on South Africa this year when a British team attempt to break the current 1,227km/h world land speed record in their brand new BLOODHOUND supersonic car, which is a cross between a racing car and a plane. This time the feat will be… more...
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  • Feb 12, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    INNOVATION DELIVERS DOUBLE WIN FOR MICHELIN

    Michelin is celebrating a double win at the Tyre Technology International Awards for Innovation and Excellence 2015. Michelin scooped the Tyre Manufacturer of the Year prize as well as the Tyre Technology of the Year award at a ceremony at Tyre… more...
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  • SA Growth Momentum
    Feb 12, 2015 On the Cees

    SA Growth Momentum

    We tend to focus on tailwinds boosting growth or headwinds reducing it. Much rarer is the focus on growth momentum. What keeps us ticking over, even steadily, in the presence of many headwinds and few tailwinds? And can it persist, or will it die… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 143
  • KOLOK ANNOUNCES BLACK & DECKER DISTRIBUTION
    Feb 12, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    KOLOK ANNOUNCES BLACK & DECKER DISTRIBUTION

    DIVERSIFIES BUSINESS FOCUS KOLOK, leading ICT distributor and Bidvest company, has entered the automotive and electronics marketplace with a range of products from Black & Decker available to hardware retail partners across the country. The company… more...
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  • Schaeffler`s LuK location in Bühl celebrates the 100 millionth Dual Mass Flywheel: Helmut Reinhardt, Assembly Manager; Dr. Wolfgang Reik, former Head of Development; Norbert Indlekofer, Schaeffler CEO Automotive; Matthias Zink, President of Transmission Systems business division; Dr. Jürgen Kroll, Head of Clutch Systems business unit; Dr. Dieter Eireiner, Head of Production Line (from left to right).
    Feb 12, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    The LuK dual mass flywheel is one of the…

    BÜHL, December 22, 2014. The 100 millionth dual mass flywheel (DMF) has left the production line at the automotive supplier LuK in Bühl (Germany), which is part of the Schaeffler Group. This successful vibration damper has now been manufactured for… more...
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  • Take the Bait or ignore?
    Feb 10, 2015 On the Cees

    Take the Bait or ignore?

    It is striking how much daily bait is dangled in front of us that could change the outlook for growth, Rand, inflation, interest rates, asset markets. Yet do we take the bait, or ignore it, sensing sensationalism, or at least something that is… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 159
  • Boom in auto-exports reflects SA manufacturer resilience
    Feb 09, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Boom in auto-exports reflects SA manufacturer…

    A recent boom in the South African car export business is a sign that the department of trade and industry’s Automotive Production and Development Programme is on the right track. In January 2015, car exports jumped by 84,4% compared to the same… more...
    Editor 337
  • AIDC and SEDA partners to develop manufacturing SMMEs
    Feb 09, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    AIDC and SEDA partners to develop manufacturing…

    The Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) and the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC), have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) which allows both organisations to share resources, and for the AIDC to provide technical expertise to… more...
    Editor 220
  • SAAW 2016: IT'S COMING...
    Feb 09, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    SAAW 2016: IT'S COMING...

    NEXT DATE: South African Automotive Week takes place next in October 2016. The initiative culminates in a Week of conferences, exhibition, networking and tours but as a result of sustained marketing the value to participants, particularly exhibitors… more...
    Editor 146
  • 1980s Firestone prize keeps giving
    Feb 07, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    1980s Firestone prize keeps giving

    In what may be a record for the duration of a prize, one of the winners of a 1987 Firestone competition received his latest set of new tyres last week. 28 years after the Firestone 'Tyres for Life' competition was run, winner André Wentzel had a set… more...
    Editor 183
  • Engen forecourt goes solar
    Feb 07, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Engen forecourt goes solar

    Engen Petroleum, South Africa's leading fuel company, has signalled its commitment to sustainable energy sources with a pilot solar power installation at the Engen All Africa Convenience Centre, Alexandrain Gauteng. The implementation of a solar… more...
    Editor 238
  • LEICHTLAUF ECO 10W-40 HIGH PERFORMANCE SYNTHETIC TECHNOLOGY FROM LIQUI MOLY
    Feb 07, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    LEICHTLAUF ECO 10W-40 HIGH PERFORMANCE SYNTHETIC…

    Liqui Moly announced the introduction of their new 10W-40 Leichtlauf ECO, a specifically unique synthetic high-performance low-friction motor oil for environmentally conscious drivers. It is a high-tech, quality recycling oil featuring,… more...
    Editor 152
  • The most important check you can do on your vehicle battery: the warranty
    Feb 04, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    The most important check you can do on your…

    Car battery failure isn’t a scheduled thing, it can happen when you least expect it. Finding a reliable, quality car battery can be tricky, but if you look out for a long-term guarantee, you’re halfway there. A warranty is essentially the company’s… more...
    Editor 206
  • From left: John Anderson, automotive & OEM manager for Fuchs Lubricants SA; Vic Rich, team manager – Monroe Racing; Themba Khumalo, rider 600cc – Monroe Racing; Paul Deppe, managing director-Fuchs Lubricants SA; and Alf Untersteller, executive vice president-Region Turkey, Middle East and Africa, Fuchs Lubricants.
    Feb 04, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Fuchs extends Sponsorship to Themba Khumalo of…

    Fuchs Lubricants has announced a contribution towards team expensessponsorship for 600cc motorcycle racer Themba Khumalo for 2015 and the supply of Fuchs Silkolene lubricant products. Themba, 19 years old, has just completed his matric. He is the… more...
    Editor 191
  • Castrol partners with BMW Car Club
    Feb 04, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Castrol partners with BMW Car Club

    Johannesburg - BMW Car Club Gauteng and Castrol today announced that the oil company with a long legacy of Motorsport success will be a technical partner to the Bridgestone BMW Club Racing Series. Castrol will be the sole lubricant used in the new,… more...
    Editor 160
  • Queenstown Welcomes a New Automotive Fitment Centre - Tyres & More
    Feb 04, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Queenstown Welcomes a New Automotive Fitment…

    A new Tyres & More automotive fitment centre has opened in Queenstown at 8 Council Crescent. A mover and shaker in the automotive market, Tyres & More is a division of the established TiAuto Group. The chain is rapidly expanding its nationwide… more...
    Editor 159
  • Africa growth gear change
    Feb 04, 2015 On the Cees

    Africa growth gear change

    So how wrong can one be? Barely 8 months ago I wrote “Africa’s Golden Gas Coast” and barely 15 months ago “Ghana: an oil-fueled boom”. And here we are, early 2015, and one senses instead something far less impressive unfolding. The IMF’s Lagarde… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 234
  •  Absa Commentary: January 2015 NAAMSA Sales Report
    Feb 03, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Absa Commentary: January 2015 NAAMSA Sales Report

    Vehicle Sales and Export Comments A total of 52 306 new vehicles were sold in the domestic market in January 2015. This was 1,6% up on December last year, but 1,2% year-on-year (y/y) down on January 2014. Vehicle exports increased strongly by 20,7%… more...
    Editor 219
  • Continental Concludes Veyance Acquisition Following Approval by Brazilian Antitrust Authority
    Feb 03, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Continental Concludes Veyance Acquisition…

    Antitrust authorities approve acquisition with certain conditions Worldwide industrial business strengthened and global presence enhanced ContiTech recorded sales of 5.4 billion euros in 2013 on pro forma basis Hanover/Fairlawn, U.S.A., January 30,… more...
    Editor 180
  • SA pumping a little iron
    Feb 03, 2015 On the Cees

    SA pumping a little iron

    You wouldn't say it when looking at leading indicators, but SA is upping its growth game into 2015 towards 2.5%, a matter of pop-up economics (positive base effects after depressed 2014 base implosions, especially in mining and industry), oil… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 270
  • Risk 2015 reconsidered
    Feb 03, 2015 On the Cees

    Risk 2015 reconsidered

    Risk is things turning out differently than expected. Which constantly raises the question whether we understand the situation. The appearance of Black Swans catch us by surprise. We tend to handle complexity through organisation and planning. In… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 248
  • Our SA cat has nine lives?
    Feb 03, 2015 On the Cees

    Our SA cat has nine lives?

    It is important to realise what hasn't killed us so far, like the average cat supposedly having nine lives, in the way they have of surviving scrapes that would have been the undoing of other species. And this also raises the question how many more… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 241
  • Testing SARB’s Patience
    Jan 30, 2015 On the Cees

    Testing SARB’s Patience

    SARB today held interest rates unchanged, prime remaining at 9.25%. Like the Fed, it looks prepared to remain very 'patient' before making a move. Given the downwards changed inflation outlook, SARB has effectively gone on hold in its interest rate… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 308
  • Drivers benefit from latest engine oils technology
    Jan 30, 2015 aBr Buzz

    Drivers benefit from latest engine oils technology

    South African BMW drivers are now benefiting from Shell’s leading technology in engine oils as South Africa recently commenced the usage of Shell aftermarket engine oils, implementing a global agreement with BMW and Shell covering 140 countries.… more...
    Editor 359
  • Group Managing Director Ernst Prost
    Jan 29, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Keeping things moving

    LIQUI MOLY grew from a small additive producer to an engine oil brand known all around the globe, the group has decades of experience in engine oils and additives and has gained considerable growth over recent years. At the beginning of LIQUI MOLY,… more...
    Editor 246
  • Tempering oil company concern
    Jan 28, 2015 On the Cees

    Tempering oil company concern

    Last week I did a short note on global oil company concerns that the Opec market share defence, resulting oil price collapse and culling of non-Opec supply marginals will lead to new future demand/supply imbalances as not enough new investment will… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 331
  • Soft & Hard Insiders
    Jan 27, 2015 On the Cees

    Soft & Hard Insiders

    A generation ago SA politics was marked by what Wimpie de Klerk ended up calling “verligte” (lite) and “verkrampte” (hardcore) insider nationalists. Today, something similar, yet quite distinct, is on offer. We could term them “soft” and… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 349
  • Macsauto
    Jan 27, 2015 aBr Buzz

    Donations taken to the Macs

    Three hundred food hampers were distributed to needy families during the 2014 festive season, thanks to a generous donation of R55 000 from MACSauto and MACScool, Ruwag, Diesel-Electric Vaal/OFS and Springs and Kiloton as well as a further donation… more...
    Motoring staff 432
  • images/archive/2015/jan/a-trillionrand.jpg
    Jan 27, 2015 On the Cees

    A Trillion Rand a month...

    The old adage about “a trill a day keeps the doctor away” seems to be coming nearer being really true. For central banks are strenuously competing with each other who can inject the most in the shortest possible time, in their own mainstream, and by… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 382
  • All your requirements for your car, motorcycle and more
    Jan 23, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    All your requirements for your car, motorcycle…

    The range of products made by LIQUI MOLY now total 4000 and are made up of engine oils, additives, vehicle care and service products, modern engine oils are high-tech and very specialized for certain models and certain engine types. Additives… more...
    Editor 292
  • LIQUI MOLY INTRODUCES A SPECIAL LINE OF SERVICE PRODUCTS FOR ITS PRO-LINE WORKSHOP RANGE LIMITING THE NECESSARY PRODUCTS NEEDED IN THE WORKPLACE
    Jan 23, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    LIQUI MOLY INTRODUCES A SPECIAL LINE OF SERVICE…

    Limiting the necessary products needed in the workplace At the German Automechanika Trade Fair LIQUI MOLY introduced a new assortment of service products for its Pro-Line workshop range. The purpose of development was to cover the widest possible… more...
    Editor 257
  • ACMA Automechanika New Delhi begins the year on an optimistic note
    Jan 23, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    ACMA Automechanika New Delhi begins the year on…

     with confirmations from over 400 brands Sold-out second edition marks increase in exhibition space and international participation Bosch, one of the largest suppliers of automotive parts and systems, confirms participation as Platinum Partner Keen… more...
    Editor 224
  • The #%£¥€$&@ Response
    Jan 22, 2015 On the Cees

    The #%£¥€$&@ Response

    As a consulting economist, I feel challenged by our daily events, globally and locally, offering an opportunity to tease apart intertwined cause and effect shaping our wellbeing. This as much economically and financially, as politically in which… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 417

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