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  • Summing All our Fears
    Feb 12, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Summing All our Fears

    Global panic infecting key markets is causing growing & spreading disruption, with heavy equity selloffs (into bear market territory), the US 10yr Treasury yield falling to 1.6% and gold reaching $1260 before receding to $1230 reflecting desperate… more
    Cees Bruggemans 48
  • G.U.D. Holdings sponsors Science Laboratory to Open Air School
    Feb 12, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    G.U.D. Holdings sponsors Science Laboratory to…

    On 9 February 2016 G.U.D. Holdings gifted Open Air School with a new Science Laboratory at the schools 95th Birthday celebration. Open Air School has made history in Durban as the first special needs schoolto offer Physics as a matric subject for… more
    Editor 58
  • American Recession?
    Feb 12, 2016 On the Cees

    American Recession?

    From a country genuinely on edge, given everything that has been assaulting us, externally and internally, South Africans have reason to stare at the US where many seem to think they too are heading for recession, too. Mistaken identity? While the… more
    Cees Bruggemans 51
  • SANRAL takes first steps to legal action
    Feb 12, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    SANRAL takes first steps to legal action

    The Automobile Association (AA) says it is sure that the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) understands that it cannot threaten legal action against motorists unless it intends following through with court action. The AA’s comments follow… more
    Automobile Association 68
  • New updated version of the Monroe 2015/16 electronic catalogue
    Feb 12, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    New updated version of the Monroe 2015/16…

    We are pleased to announce that a new updated version of our electronic catalogue is now available for download. This has all recent changes and additions to the 2015 / 2016 Monroe South Africa catalogue. Please use one of the links below depending… more
    Editor 72
  • Ctrack and Arrive Alive partnership attracts more than 1 million website visitors on Arrive Alive website in 2015
    Feb 12, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Ctrack and Arrive Alive partnership attracts more…

    Partnership shows thirteen years of continued commitment to road safety in conjunction with South Africa’s biggest online road safety initiative Ctrack, a global vehicle tracking and fleet management solutions company, announced that it will… more
    Editor 83
  • Automotive incubator opens in Mdantsane
    Feb 12, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Automotive incubator opens in Mdantsane

    With potential to facilitate township revitalisation, a first of its kind, automotive aftermarket incubator opened for business in Fort Jackson, Mdantsane in Buffalo City Municipal area yesterday (Tues 9 February). With the partnership of big… more
    Editor 58
  • Safely using safety technology: The ABS of braking
    Feb 12, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Safely using safety technology: The ABS of…

    In the first part of this series, we looked at how to properly use safety belts to get their full effect. Your anti-lock braking system is another active safety feature which you need to know how to use before you can harness its full advantage. ABS… more
    Editor 58
  • The Recession Bogey
    Feb 12, 2016 On the Cees

    The Recession Bogey

    It took six years of deteriorating terms-of-trade, five years of less than half-mast business confidence, four years of stagnating and then declining SARB leading indicator, 30 months of falling car sales, two years of rising interest rates (so far… more
    Cees Bruggemans 50
  • Top GM Approved Body Repairers Awarded
    Feb 10, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Top GM Approved Body Repairers Awarded

    PORT ELIZABETH - Well equipped, skilled and highly trained to repair all General Motors vehicles that require collision, scratch and dent repairs. These are all traits of the dedicated men and women who work as GM Approved Body Repairers. The… more
    Editor 87
  • Motul unveils Onirika 2853
    Feb 10, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Motul unveils Onirika 2853

    Commissioned by Motul ltalia, the Motul Onirika 2853 is designed to break the mould. The project was conceived to celebrate Motul's forward-thinking vision, whilst supporting the fundraising initiatives of the Motul Corazon charity organization. The… more
    Editor 54
  • Questions about 2016
    Feb 10, 2016 On the Cees

    Questions about 2016

    It is not smooth sailing, 2016, after a wild January beginning. It may have come as a bit of a surprise that February has started so meek, encouraging even? We are still suffering from the ding-dong Nene firing. With junk hanging over our collective… more
    Cees Bruggemans 78
  • EPA Seeks to Prohibit Conversion of Vehicles into Racecars
    Feb 10, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    EPA Seeks to Prohibit Conversion of Vehicles into…

    SEMA To Oppose Action As Threat to Modified Racecars and Parts Suppliers Washington, DC (February 8, 2016) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a regulation to prohibit conversion of vehicles originally designed for on-road… more
    Editor 54
  • Opinion piece: I'm ‘white’: What's my role?
    Feb 10, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Opinion piece: I'm ‘white’: What's my role?

    I'm 'white'. I have no mandate to write this, no political constituency. The views I express herein are influenced by my prejudice, to what extent I don't know. I cannot be completely objective; my experience, knowledge and understanding is simply… more
    Editor 63
  • AIDC and GEP support auto body repair students with tooling kits
    Feb 10, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    AIDC and GEP support auto body repair students…

    Winterveld, Pretoria (29 January 2016): The Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC), along with small business development agency partner, Gauteng Enterprise Propeller (GEP), brought some late festive cheer to 33 students who recently… more
    Editor 72
  • Entrepreneurial Leaders to Share their Insight
    Feb 10, 2016 Events

    Entrepreneurial Leaders to Share their Insight

    Luvuyo Rani, entrepreneur and businessman will be inspiring speakers at this year’s Economic Development Conference 2016 hosted by the Rotary districts of Southern Africa, taking place at Kelvin Grove in Cape Town on Saturday, 27 February 2016. The… more
    Editor 88
  • Build an empire, save Jozyville
    Feb 10, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Build an empire, save Jozyville

    By looking at waste differently, there are opportunities to make money and build an empire. Johannesburg – February, 2016 – To drive education about the benefits and opportunities that can be found in waste, the Recycling and Economic Development… more
    Editor 76
  • WABCO Rhino Incentive Programme
    Feb 10, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    WABCO Rhino Incentive Programme

    Read the latest edition of Braking News for the full details of the competition and other interesting information on the Wildlands Projects. For further information please contact Lorraine at lorrainew@wabco.co.za more
    Editor 94
  • What you need to know about Takata air bag recalls
    Feb 10, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    What you need to know about Takata air bag recalls

    Better safe than sorry – check your car “Our first message to all motorists in vehicles fitted with these air bags is not to panic but to nonetheless take the safety recall very seriously. Millions of cars around the world have been fitted with… more
    Automobile Association 105
  • Rand & Bond clawbacks?
    Feb 08, 2016 On the Cees

    Rand & Bond clawbacks?

    After the December Nene firing hurting us deeply, doubled up in January by another instalment of Chinese liberalization tribulations, the SA Rand and long bond yields ended up in deeply overshot territory. Indeed effective junk. There has been some… more
    Cees Bruggemans 78
  • Muddling Through NO option
    Feb 08, 2016 On the Cees

    Muddling Through NO option

    Borrowing from the British experience, their long drawn-out social muddles of the 19th and 20th century, in which social conscience (Labour) and greed a.k.a. commercial self-interest (Capitalists) battled each other, though not quite to a… more
    Cees Bruggemans & Prof Willie Esterhuyse 76
  • One-in-seven suffer memory gaps when driving
    Feb 08, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    One-in-seven suffer memory gaps when driving

    Hi Folks… Ever heard of the expression – ‘driving on auto pilot’? Typically, it refers to when someone can’t recall what happened on a drive, particularly on a familiar route such as between home and work. According to research by the UK based AA,… more
    Eugene Herbert 221
  • Interest rate resistance
    Feb 08, 2016 On the Cees

    Interest rate resistance

    Emerging Markets like SA face two kinds of major external risks. Shock events roiling them (like the Chinese market liberalization disturbances). Or too much liveliness in major economies putting upward pressure on interest rates, affecting capital… more
    Cees Bruggemans 75
  • Continental Urea Sensor Helps to Make Diesel Engines Cleaner
    Feb 08, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Continental Urea Sensor Helps to Make Diesel…

    Continental begins producing urea sensors for more efficient exhaust-gas aftertreatment in diesel engines The sensors measure the level, quality, and temperature of the aqueous urea solution in the “AdBlue®” tank, and ensure a lasting reduction in… more
    Editor 111
  • ContiTech timing belts offer high resistance to elongation, degradation and wear caused by high temperatures and under-bonnet conditions.
    Feb 08, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    RAM timing belts rebranded ContiTech

    RAM timing belts will be phased out and replaced by ContiTech timing belts The phasing out of RAM belts begins in January 2016 Johannesburg, January 2016.From January 2016, RAM timing belts will be discontinued in South Africa and be replaced with… more
    Editor 97
  • Looking to predict the future? Your car might hold the answers
    Feb 04, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Looking to predict the future? Your car might…

    Thought F1 was fast-paced? The speed of innovation in the automotive industry makes it look like a donkey cart race. The last few years have seen the development of disruptive new technologies that are set to change the face of society forever. Ever… more
    Editor 105
  • GM Reports Record Net Income of $9.7 Billion and Record EBIT-Adjusted of $10.8 Billion for 2015
    Feb 04, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    GM Reports Record Net Income of $9.7 Billion and…

    Full-year 2015 EPS of $5.91; EPS-adjusted of $5.02, up 65 percent from 2014 Fourth quarter EPS of $3.92; EPS-adjusted of $1.39, up 17 percent from 2014 Fourth quarter net income of $6.3 billion; record EBIT-adjusted of $2.8 billion Returned $5.7 billion… more
    Editor 90
  • Jaguar Land Rover to road test future technology on the Uk's first connected corridor
    Feb 04, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Jaguar Land Rover to road test future technology…

    A new 66 kilometre ‘living laboratory’ of UK roads will be used to test and develop next-generation connected and autonomous vehicle technologies A fleet of 100 ‘smart’ connected and autonomous technology research vehicles, including Jaguar and Land… more
    Editor 108
  • Tork Craft’s Palm Wrench the must have multi tool for everyone
    Feb 04, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Tork Craft’s Palm Wrench the must have multi tool…

    A perfect product to stock Looking at 2nd revenue guarantee, stock up with the Tork Craft Palm Wrench, display them at your tills, counters or areas where they can be seen by all and guaranteed they will sell. They look desirable, interesting and… more
    Editor 111
  • Your car needs a service – you don’t need to be fooled
    Feb 04, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Your car needs a service – you don’t need to be…

    AA advises motorists to do their homework before servicing their cars One indication of how bad this problem is, is the fact that the Motor Industry Ombudsman (MIOSA) handles more than 4000 calls a month. Any disputes relating to work done on your… more
    Automobile Association 95
  • Psychology comeback?
    Feb 04, 2016 On the Cees

    Psychology comeback?

    After being bruised and battered in the closing moments of 2015 and by the opening moves of 2016, psychology appears to be making a modest comeback. But is it durable or of short duration? This as much by way of global markets being encouraged to… more
    Cees Bruggemans 94
  • First National Battery joins drought aid efforts
    Feb 04, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    First National Battery joins drought aid efforts

    Following the drought which has ravaged large parts of South Africa, First National Battery has taken the initiative to lend a hand during this time of need. Automotive Director at First National Battery, Andrew Webb, stated that they’re very… more
    Editor 104
  • Gumtree Head of Automotive, Jeff Osborne
    Feb 04, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Online car sales thrive, while new vehicle market…

    Online classified site Gumtree has once again been named the most trafficked online automotive site in South Africa, as per the latest release of Effective Measures (January 2015). Despite the fact January new vehicle sales demonstrated a whopping… more
    Editor 99
  • Vida and Shell announce 100th store in SA, in under 3 years
    Feb 04, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Vida and Shell announce 100th store in SA, in…

    There's no secret South Africans love their coffee - with new stores popping up on a weekly basis across the country, both through independent and retail chains. Two of the country's biggest players are leading the pack in the explosion of coffee in… more
    Editor 109
  • Hino SA's successful 2015 benefits from total support strategy
    Feb 02, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Hino SA's successful 2015 benefits from total…

    The Hino Total Support programme, with its self-explanatory slogan of becoming a Partner of the Customer, which was rolled out globally two years ago by the leading Japanese truck manufacturer, was the main driver for the success enjoyed by Hino… more
    Editor 119
  • Mazda Motor Corporation extends the Airbag Recall Campaign on certain Mazda6 and Mazda RX-8 vehicles
    Feb 02, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Mazda Motor Corporation extends the Airbag Recall…

    Mazda has announced a formal global recall covering a wider manufacturing period in order to place the highest priority on the safety of Mazda customers. This recall follows investigative recalls by Mazda in Japan and North America for three… more
    Editor 121
  • Revisiting Shock & Awe
    Feb 02, 2016 On the Cees

    Revisiting Shock & Awe

    Military terminology has its uses. Shock & awe. You get in a flash where that is leading. Are we witnessing the equivalent in our economy, being a small EM commodity producer in a badly upended world, further raked by many internal forces completely… more
    Cees Bruggemans 118
  • Mazda Financial Services celebrates its 1st Birthday
    Feb 02, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Mazda Financial Services celebrates its 1st…

    Yesterday marked one year since Mazda Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd announced the Retail Finance Partnership with WesBank. On the 1st February 2015, Mazda Financial Services commenced operations as the official finance partner for Mazda Southern Africa… more
    Editor 129
  • What Lies in Store for 2016 – a Female Perspective
    Feb 02, 2016 The Phoenix

    What Lies in Store for 2016 – a Female Perspective

    From most perspectives, 2016 is threatening to be a tough year. Most pundits are having a field day predicting all sorts of economic pestilences that are to be visited upon us. This is particularly harsh for us hard-working and industrious folk, who… more
    The Phoenix 133
  • Our Enormous Black Swan
    Feb 02, 2016 The Phoenix

    Our Enormous Black Swan

    Harold Wilson, British prime minister in the 1960’s and 1970’s, is quoted as saying that “A week is a long time in politics”. Ironically this quote came in the midst of the sterling crisis in 1964, and long before the UDI (Universal Declaration of… more
    The Phoenix 104
  • Used market gains momentum as new car sales decline
    Feb 02, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Used market gains momentum as new car sales…

    New vehicle sales saw a sharp decline in the first month of 2016, reflecting the current sentiment in South Africa’s economy. The latest consolidated sales data from the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) shows… more
    Editor 116
  • Absa commentary: January 2016 Naamsa new vehicle sales report
    Feb 02, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Absa commentary: January 2016 Naamsa new vehicle…

    Vehicle Sales and Exports A total of 48 615 new vehicles were sold in the South African market in January 2016, which were 552 units and 1.1% less than total sales volumes in December last year. Sales were down by 3 613 units in January compared to… more
    Editor 114
  • Standard bank comments on Naamsa January 2016 new vehicle sales report
    Feb 02, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Standard bank comments on Naamsa January 2016 new…

    Nicholas Nkosi – Head of Standard Bank Vehicle and Asset Finance, Retail Banking “New car sales continued on a downward trend declining by 6.9% year on year. This was slightly offset by the car rental industry making a strong 24.6% contribution.… more
    Editor 116
  • Naamsa comment on the January, 2016 South African new vehicle sales statistics
    Feb 02, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Naamsa comment on the January, 2016 South African…

    In amplification of the new vehicle sales statistics for the month of January, 2016 – released today for public consumption on the website of the Department of Trade & Industry - the Association commented that in line with general industry… more
    Editor 129
  • Thinking about this summer
    Feb 01, 2016 On the Cees

    Thinking about this summer

    It has been, to say the least, a very strange few weeks (months) this summer. How to place events in context? What implications, if any, for the year ahead? Things may look straightforward, but could easily not be. Five very distinct events happened… more
    Cees Bruggemans 169
  • The Life of Theobald M
    Feb 01, 2016 On the Cees

    The Life of Theobald M

    When history comes knocking, it looks like one darn thing after another but isn't. Exceptional personalities are of every age, yet when they rise to prominence they tend to be major tools, for good, bad or very bad. In our own modernity one can… more
    Cees Bruggemans & Prof Willie Esterhuyse 114
  • New Textar spare parts catalogue now available
    Feb 01, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    New Textar spare parts catalogue now available

    with online and mobile versions Luxemburg/Leverkusen, January 2016 – TMD Friction launches new and even more user-friendly Textar spare parts catalogue for commercial vehicles The 2016 Textar spare parts catalogue provides a full overview of… more
    Editor 116
  • SAAW 2016: Meet Global Buyers
    Feb 01, 2016 Events

    SAAW 2016: Meet Global Buyers

    The South African Automotive Week is an international trade show that will take place from 11-13 October 2016. It is Africa’s automotive intellectual gathering and focuses on stimulating trade and partnership opportunities in manufacturing and the… more
    Editor 300
  • NTSB 'most wánted' list for 2016: Reduce fatigue-related crashes
    Feb 01, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    NTSB 'most wánted' list for 2016: Reduce…

    Hi Folks… We are almost 1/12th into the year and, if we haven’t already done so in 2015, noted what we will be doing in 2016 to reduce crashes and fatalities in our organisations. Listed as the most wanted by NTSB (National Transportation Safety… more
    Eugene Herbert 143
  • Subaru Heads to Midmar Mile
    Feb 01, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Subaru Heads to Midmar Mile

    Subaru Pietermaritzburg is the 2016 Vehicle Partner of the aQuelle Midmar Mile From 13-14 February 2016, record numbers of international and local swimmers will head downstream to Midmar Dam just outside of Pietermaritzburg, to take on the challenge… more
    Editor 118
  • Coveted design awards for all-new KIA Sportage and Optima
    Feb 01, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Coveted design awards for all-new KIA Sportage…

    iF Design Awards for new compact SUV and mid-sized sedan Kia awarded prestigious design award seven years in a row KIA Motors has been awarded two new awards to add to its growing collection of prestigious prizes for the outstanding design of its… more
    Editor 123
  • SARB’s deeper dilemmas
    Feb 01, 2016 On the Cees

    SARB’s deeper dilemmas

    The SARB Governor likes to talk about his “policy dilemma”, the one about a weak (and weakening) economy and a high (and rising) inflation rate. What to do? Favour the weak economy with a dovish policy stance? Play the inflation nutter, resisting… more
    Cees Bruggemans 162
  • CAPAS expects significant increases in both exhibitors and buyers at 2016 show
    Jan 29, 2016 Events

    CAPAS expects significant increases in both…

    Huge success of previous CAPAS shows and favourable market make this an exhibition not to be missed New SUV and Off-Road Vehicle zone will meet demands of flourishing market and even more activities planned this year The Chengdu International Trade… more
    Editor 318
  • Interest rate announcement January 2016
    Jan 29, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Interest rate announcement January 2016

    January 2016 – WesBank has noted the Reserve Bank’s decision to hike the interest by 50 basis points, bringing the effective repo rate to 6.75%. The prime lending rate will now change to 10.25%. The rate hike will affect buyers who have vehicle… more
    Editor 126
  • Renault reaffirms its ambitions in Iran
    Jan 29, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Renault reaffirms its ambitions in Iran

    For more than ten years, Groupe Renault has been active in Iran and consistent in its strategic choices. Since 2003, Renault and its Iranian partners, SAIPA and IRAN KHODRO, have produced close to 500,000 vehicles. Following the launches of the… more
    Editor 136
  • Exchange rate woes masked by weak oil price
    Jan 29, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Exchange rate woes masked by weak oil price

    Only oil's ongoing lower price is protecting South African motorists against the rampant Rand / US dollar exchange rate. This is according to the Automobile Association (AA) which was commenting on unaudited month-end data released by the Central… more
    Automobile Association 124
  • New Appointments at Continental in the Truck Tires Replacement
    Jan 29, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    New Appointments at Continental in the Truck…

    Hanover, January, 2016. At the start of 2016, Continental reorganized its Truck Tires Replacement Business in the EMEA region. With the position of Sales Director for Truck Tires, the German premium tire manufacturer has established a separate… more
    Editor 144
  • The aftermath of a night on the town
    Jan 28, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    The aftermath of a night on the town

    a look at the dangers of working machinery with a “hang-over” It has been a tough day. You make your way home, sit down in front of the TV, pop open a beer and unwind. You sit down for dinner and have another, and another. Before you know it, you… more
    Editor 164
  • Ulrich Kromer, Management Representative at Messe Stuttgart
    Jan 28, 2016 Events

    AMB Iran: New platform for expert knowledge in…

    VDW and Messe Stuttgart cooperate in Iran / AMB Iran Exhibition & Conference to take place from 30 May – 1 June 2016 in Teheran Messe Stuttgart and the German Machine Tool Builders' Association (VDW) are to organise a joint symposium with a trade… more
    Editor 329
  • Post-Traumatic Global Stress
    Jan 28, 2016 On the Cees

    Post-Traumatic Global Stress

    You had to live through 2007-2009 to understand financial failure left many people around the world traumatized. Coming back was never going to be easy. And it hasn't been. The second and third round of resulting traumatizing events are only now… more
    Cees Bruggemans 132
  • ‘CNN Marketplace Africa’: Toyota in Africa
    Jan 28, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    ‘CNN Marketplace Africa’: Toyota in Africa

    During January, ‘CNN Marketplace Africa’ is airing a series of episodes featuring four of the biggest global brands in Africa. Each week, the programme focuses on operations of a brand on the ground, showing how it deals with infrastructural and… more
    Editor 195
  • Warren Olsen takes over as CEO of Sewells group in SA
    Jan 28, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Warren Olsen takes over as CEO of Sewells group…

    Warren Olsen has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Sewells Group in Sub-Sahara Africa. Sewells is a global consulting and outsourcing firm which specialises in the automotive industry and has been operating in South Africa since the late… more
    Editor 169
  • Social Pact Chimera
    Jan 28, 2016 On the Cees

    Social Pact Chimera

    A social pact is an agreement, to act in the best interests of all concerned, each perhaps doing some water in the wine, but overall achieving a practical “peace”, allowing society to achieve better outcomes rather than remaining in endless… more
    Cees Bruggemans 135
  • Taking quality to another level: Silicon carbide-based mechanical seals in many MEYLE water pumps
    Jan 26, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Taking quality to another level: Silicon…

    Newly developed mechanical seal material to extend service life Seal type of the MEYLE water pumps goes above and beyond the quality standards typically available in the independent aftermarket and is also used by leading car manufacturers Minimum… more
    Editor 138
  • A shockable summer
    Jan 26, 2016 On the Cees

    A shockable summer

    This summer, we got shocked (though not electrocuted) three times in quick succession: the Nene firing, the New Year financial Chinese fireworks, vicious drought. It sunk the Rand, and has by implication spiked inflation projections. Are interest… more
    Cees Bruggemans 148
  • AA becomes newest drop off site for Hope Grass Project
    Jan 26, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    AA becomes newest drop off site for Hope Grass…

    Bring your lawn cuttings to us to help feed needy animals The Automobile Association (AA) has partnered with AgriSA to become the newest drop-off site for the Hope Grass Project. This project collects lawn cuttings from homes, plots, and businesses,… more
    Editor 161
  • Quinton Pienaar, CEO of Agilitude
    Jan 25, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    The reinvention of customer service through…

    Companies looking to leverage the advantages of advanced analytics and omni-channel communication require a deeper understanding of the customer journey. That’s the latest word on customer service from Quinton Pienaar, CEO of Agilitude a… more
    Editor 225
  • Second lucky draw segment at Tyrexpo Africa 2016
    Jan 25, 2016 Events

    Second lucky draw segment at Tyrexpo Africa 2016

    and a new Tyrexpo show added to the series Singapore, January 2016 - The Tyrexpo Africa 2016 is now just seven weeks away from opening at its established venue – The Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg between 8 to 10 March 2016. Following the… more
    Editor 313
  • Danger of too narrow stories
    Jan 25, 2016 On the Cees

    Danger of too narrow stories

    Want to know what happened? THIS is what happened. Many stories, but mostly one story line, converging on a common tale, one dominant interpretation. Too little diverse thought. Yet Nature survives through wide diversification, many eggs, many… more
    Cees Bruggemans 151
  • A Tactical Retreat?
    Jan 24, 2016 On the Cees

    A Tactical Retreat?

    The rethink regarding finance Minister Nene’s successor in emergency session by the ANC leadership on December 13 was not an indication of a different school of political thinking winning out. Instead, pure self-preservation to the fore, apparently… more
    Cees Bruggemans & Prof Willie Esterhuyse 148
  • Sexy Scooters for Top Sellers
    Jan 24, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Sexy Scooters for Top Sellers

    DEALERS REWARDED In December 2015, South Africa’s only OE shock absorber supplier to locally assembled passenger cars, Monroe, concluded a highly successful 2015 summer promotional campaign in conjunction with one of its major distributors,… more
    Editor 229
  • SAAW 2016: Make the most of these opportunties
    Jan 22, 2016 Events

    SAAW 2016: Make the most of these opportunties

    South African Automotive Week is the only automotive event in South Africa and one of a few on the continent that focuses on component manufacturing and the opportunities for trade in the manufacturing and down and up-stream sectors. Held every two… more
    Editor 361
  • Ford Transforms Lives with Second Phase of Vastrap Container Housing Project
    Jan 22, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Ford Transforms Lives with Second Phase of…

    Five shipping containers converted into 10 housing units, plus multi-purpose container for community activities, at Vastrap informal settlement in Booysens Park, Port Elizabeth Expansion from original five shipping containers installed during Ford's… more
    Editor 187
  • Central banks gearing up
    Jan 22, 2016 On the Cees

    Central banks gearing up

    The moment to get hawkish never materialised globally. Instead, the doves have seemingly right of way. The Fed may have started liftoff last month, but events since then have taken the world rather in a different direction in a matter of weeks.… more
    Cees Bruggemans 161
  • Will self driving cars allow for drinking & driving?
    Jan 22, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Will self driving cars allow for drinking &…

    Hi Folks... Welcome back - we trust that 2016 will be a safe driving experience for all whom you encounter. Obviously the horrific number of fatalities in the festive season still weighs heavily on our minds. One imagines, and trusts something will… more
    Editor 172
  • Weasel® nominated for the IFOY Award 2016
    Jan 22, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Weasel® nominated for the IFOY Award 2016

    SSI Schäfer wins a nomination for the inhouse-developed fleet solution with Weasel® driverless transport systems implemented at the NextLevel Logistik GmbH company near Schweinfurt in Germany. Be it containers, cartons, trays or other products of… more
    Editor 366
  • Racism: Do not whitewash the reality
    Jan 21, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Racism: Do not whitewash the reality

    Without condoning the remarks by Penny Sparrow, she's done this nation a huge favour. Depending on your background and where you find yourself, you may also think that in various areas of society our nation is in severe trouble. Penny's remarks have… more
    Editor 178
  • Getting our bearings
    Jan 21, 2016 On the Cees

    Getting our bearings

    Events in recent weeks have been dominated mainly by political and financial news. The shock reaction to the Nene firing, the Rand reaching 18:$ before only partially correcting, the jump in long bond yields to nearly 10% (whereas America’s is below… more
    Cees Bruggemans 172
  • Save fuel the smart way
    Jan 21, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Save fuel the smart way

    Automobile Association says a little saved every month will add up It is going to be rough year, and as we try to make that December salary last to the end of January, there are some things we can do save money, and stretch our Rand a little… more
    Automobile Association 177
  • Keep your car battery cool in the heat
    Jan 21, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Keep your car battery cool in the heat

    Whether you’re out on the open road or just at home, your car battery can take a beating during the summer months. Contrary to popular belief, skyrocketing temperatures pose a greater threat to your car battery than winter chills. Here’s why.… more
    Editor 185
  • Martina Bergmann to be the new Vice President Digital Business at Messe Frankfurt
    Jan 21, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Martina Bergmann to be the new Vice President…

    As of 1 April 2016, Martina Bergmann will be taking over as Vice President of Digital Business at Messe Frankfurt, where she will be responsible for the continued development of online products and services for exhibitors and visitors on the… more
    Editor 166
  • Market Puzzles
    Jan 20, 2016 On the Cees

    Market Puzzles

    Perhaps I am the only one to be surprised, in which case pass. But I have found the response to some Chinese and oil events puzzling, as if markets have only very recently woken up to certain tendencies whereas these have been there for much longer.… more
    Cees Bruggemans 182
  • Tyre safety project enters tenth year - Bridgestone
    Jan 20, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Tyre safety project enters tenth year -…

    Bridgestone South Africa's ongoing Tyre Safety initiative enters its tenth year in 2016. Since the project started with pilot surveys in two locations in 2007, it has grown to five to six surveys a year, conducted in both inland and coastal areas of… more
    Editor 177
  • Continental invites stakeholders to a global dialog on automated driving
    Jan 20, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Continental invites stakeholders to a global…

    Now the future of automated driving has a neutral, public address online, www.2025AD.com The new website fosters discussions of legal and social aspects on the mobility of the future Detroit, Michigan. The technology company Continental launched… more
    Editor 185
  • Birth Pangs 2016
    Jan 19, 2016 On the Cees

    Birth Pangs 2016

    The year wasn't supposed to start like this. One darn thing after another. Not so much crisis stations as having to manage the unexpected, with fallout of course registering in Rand and JSE stock market. The Big Thing, feared for well over a year,… more
    Cees Bruggemans 306
  • South Africa balancing on the edge
    Jan 19, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    South Africa balancing on the edge

    corporate SA share their views for 2016 Johannesburg, January 2016 – South Africa will narrowly escape a technical recession with economic growth of 1.5%1 expected for the year 2015. With a marginal rise in GDP growth predicted for 2016 (to 1.7%2),… more
    Editor 205
  • SA consumer resilience
    Jan 18, 2016 On the Cees

    SA consumer resilience

    With the economy performing all weaker, to the point of setting in motion a recession debate (meaning national output and real income actually dropping for two or more quarters), agriculture devastated by the lowest rainfall in 55 years, motor car… more
    Cees Bruggemans 197
  • Emotion takes over?
    Jan 18, 2016 On the Cees

    Emotion takes over?

    There are two major areas where emotion has heated up to the point of driving events. Domestically, race is getting more attention. Globally, financial markets are giving the impression of more than just an orderly retreat, meaning there are whiffs… more
    Cees Bruggemans 205
  • What are we to believe?
    Jan 18, 2016 On the Cees

    What are we to believe?

    Finance Minister Gordhan has made an early start with damage control following unfortunate events late last year, with him apparently the cabinet’s new point man to clear debris. But worse than no information is a little information that is open to… more
    Cees Bruggemans 166
  • Andrew Kirby appointed as Executive Vice President of Toyota South Africa Motors
    Jan 18, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Andrew Kirby appointed as Executive Vice…

    Andrew Kirby appointed as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Toyota South Africa Motors takes pleasure in announcing the appointment of Andrew Kirby, Senior Vice President of Corporate Administration, to the position of the… more
    Editor 200
  • Ford Achieves Record Sales in 2015
    Jan 18, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Ford Achieves Record Sales in 2015

    Ford was South Africa's second-best selling brand through dealer channel last year Best-ever annual sales volume, up 10.4% year-on-year, overall market share of 14.2% Ford Ranger the top-selling vehicle in December, annual sales up by 18.1% EcoSport… more
    Editor 190
  • Toyota wins inaugural Cars.co.za brand of the year
    Jan 18, 2016 Events

    Toyota wins inaugural Cars.co.za brand of the year

    Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) was named 2016 Brand of the Year at the inaugural Cars.co.za Consumer Awards on Thursday. In this category, South African car owners rated their own vehicles for reliability, after-sales service, cost of ownership… more
    Editor 504
  • Ford Accelerates Production of Performance Cars for Europe as First All-New Focus RS Rolls off the Line
    Jan 18, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Ford Accelerates Production of Performance Cars…

    Ford expects to produce about 41,000 performance cars - including Fiesta ST, Focus ST, Focus RS, Mustang and Ford GT - destined for customers in Europe in 2016 - up from 29,000 in 2015 - a 40 per cent increase year-on-year Demand for Ford's… more
    Editor 193
  • Oil price bonanza muted by exchange rate
    Jan 18, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Oil price bonanza muted by exchange rate

    South Africa's sagging Rand / US dollar exchange rate continues to take the shine off ongoing international oil price weakness. This is based on unaudited mid-month data released by the Central Energy Fund (CEF). "Had the exchange rate remained flat… more
    Automobile Association 175
  • Updated Volvo XC90 trophy cabinet
    Jan 18, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Updated Volvo XC90 trophy cabinet

    Updated Volvo XC90 trophy cabinet The internationally applauded Volvo XC90 continues to rack up trophies on both the South African and international stages. As the first in Volvo's new line-up of exquisitely-crafted, ultimately Swedish luxury… more
    Editor 248
  • Rafael Nadal unveils KIA’s newest X-Car at Australian Open 2016
    Jan 18, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Rafael Nadal unveils KIA’s newest X-Car at…

    Rafael Nadal unveils customer KIA Sportage inspired by Twentieth Century Fox’s X-Men character, Mystique KIA Motors supplies 110 official fleet vehicles for this year’s Australian Open Championship (SEOUL) January 15, 2016 – Tennis superstar and KIA… more
    Editor 200
  • Revealing Start to 2016
    Jan 15, 2016 On the Cees

    Revealing Start to 2016

    It isn't only the prez that should be in focus but also the Board, that handful of individuals running the larger political show, and not for ceremony either it would seem, considering finance minister recalls. A closing 2015 Etv interview with Tito… more
    Cees Bruggemans 182
  • Continental Continues to Play a Major Role in Enhancing Vehicle Engine Performance
    Jan 15, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Wards 10 best engines 2016

    Continental Continues to Play a Major Role in Enhancing Vehicle Engine Performance Seven of the Ward’s 10 Best Engines feature Continental powertrain technologies Continental supplies components for highly efficient gasoline and electric engines… more
    Editor 212
  • Volvo Cars showcases intelligent media streaming and wearable voice control
    Jan 15, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Volvo Cars showcases intelligent media streaming…

    Intelligent video streaming to optimise new-age bandwidth on the road Autonomous driving time dedicated to driver relaxation and entertainment Wearable technology meets Volvo cars with voice control Volvo Cars and Ericsson developing intelligent… more
    Editor 230
  • The Naked Tide
    Jan 14, 2016 On the Cees

    The Naked Tide

    Warren Buffett likes to say that when the tide goes out, we can see who has been swimming naked. That applies to overborrowed households and overleveraged companies. But it also applies to monoculture countries, ones who have allowed any narrow… more
    Cees Bruggemans 204
  • GM Increases Earnings Outlook for 2016; Announces Increased Returns to Shareholders
    Jan 14, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    GM Increases Earnings Outlook for 2016; Announces…

    2016 EPS-adjusted outlook increased to between $5.25 and $5.75 Share repurchase program now totals up to $9.0 billion Six percent increase in quarterly dividend to $0.38 per share DETROIT - General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) today announced an increase… more
    Editor 211
  • Konstantin von Vieregge to join South African Shows Messe Frankfurt as CEO
    Jan 14, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Konstantin von Vieregge to join South African…

    Effective 1 March 2016, Konstantin von Vieregge (37) will be the new CEO of African subsidiary South African Shows Messe Frankfurt in Johannesburg. In doing so, he will be joining the existing management team. Uwe Behm, Member of the Executive Board… more
    Editor 227
  • Volvo Cars reports global sales record of 503 127 units in 2015
    Jan 14, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Volvo Cars reports global sales record of 503 127…

    Volvo Cars sold 503 127 vehicles in 2015, the first time it has sold more than half a million cars in its 89 year history. The new sales record underscores the strength and sustainability of Volvo's ongoing operational and financial transformation.… more
    Editor 210
  • Identifying alcohol or drug abuse in the workplace is beneficial both to employers and employees
    Jan 13, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Identifying alcohol or drug abuse in the…

    Alcohol or substance dependence has a significant effect on an employee’s ability to contribute to the company’s success. Economically speaking, an addiction can increase absenteeism, reduce productivity and escalate accident rates. However,… more
    Editor 231
  • SA 2016 inward focus
    Jan 13, 2016 On the Cees

    SA 2016 inward focus

    Six years out of seven on average in the US economy, (according to ex-Fed chair Alan Greenspan, a practiced observer of things practical), the forces of growth prevail. In the seventh year these don't so much rest as go on the backfoot, to the point… more
    Cees Bruggemans 212
  • Win A Free Night Hotel Accommodation at Tyrexpo Africa 2016
    Jan 13, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Win A Free Night Hotel Accommodation at Tyrexpo…

    Singapore, January 2016 - With the impending opening of yet another Tyrexpo Africa show on 8 March 2016, the enthusiastic interest in this highly important show for the South African tyre market continues to gather momentum. In particular, the new… more
    Editor 253
  • Road death statistics are deeply worrying
    Jan 13, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Road death statistics are deeply worrying

    AA calls for concerted effort to reduce road crash fatalities Figures released by Transport Minister Dipuo Peters in Pretoria today show that road fatalities over the festive season increased by a staggering 14 percent on the previous year.… more
    Automobile Association 203
  • Dream Result for the Dream-Car Brand
    Jan 13, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Dream Result for the Dream-Car Brand

    Detroit. Mercedes-Benz starts the New Year with the wind in its sales. In 2015, the brand delivered over 13 percent more vehicles worldwide than in the previous year - achieving its fifth record result in a row. The new E-Class, which celebrates its… more
    Editor 215
  • Stay on top of automotive technology with the MEYLE training program
    Jan 13, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Stay on top of automotive technology with the…

    Sharing field-relevant knowledge: Wulf Gaertner Autoparts AG offers services to ensure professional repairs Four training modules translate theory into practice Upon agreement with parts dealer: training seminars when and where you need them… more
    Editor 208
  • Infiniti Breaks New Global Sales Record in 2015
    Jan 12, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Infiniti Breaks New Global Sales Record in 2015

    Record sales of 215,250 vehicles; 16% increase year-over-year Passing 200,000 global sales mark for the first time in history All-time record in all regions and many individual markets Fastest growing premium brand in China second year in a row… more
    Editor 228
  • Rand sinks away 2001-style
    Jan 12, 2016 On the Cees

    Rand sinks away 2001-style

    The last time the Dollar more than doubled in value against the Rand was in 2000-2001, when it went from 6:$ to 13.85:$. This time it took five years to crack the same barrier, from 7:$ in 2010 through 14:$ in 2015. These past four weeks we added… more
    Cees Bruggemans 197
  • Toyota's winning streak: 36 years as top-selling brand
    Jan 12, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Toyota's winning streak: 36 years as top-selling…

    Toyota still leads the way after 36 years Hilux remains SA's favourite vehicle in 2015 Toyota led the way in 2015 as South African new-vehicle sales recorded yet another dip in year-on-year sales. Posting the company's 36th straight year as the… more
    Editor 241
  • Targets for 2015 Comfortably Achieved: Continental Posts Good Performance in Challenging Environment
    Jan 12, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Targets for 2015 Comfortably Achieved:…

    Automotive supplier publishes preliminary key data for fiscal 2015 Sales up 14 percent to about 39.2 billion Euros Adjusted EBIT of 4.4 billion Euros generated (margin 11.7 percent) Outlook for 2016: targeted increase in sales of around 5 percent to… more
    Editor 209
  • Pentosin CHF 11S
    Jan 12, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Pentosin fluid for vehicle hydraulics and power…

    Pentosin CHF 11S Long-Life Synthetic Hydraulic Fluid For Vehicle Hydraulics Following the worldwide acquisition of Pentosin by Fuchs Lubricants, Fuchs has made available a range of Pentosin lubricants for the local market. Pentosin, based in… more
    Editor 251
  • Datsun SA reveals 100 000 Stories winner and runners up
    Jan 12, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Datsun SA reveals 100 000 Stories winner and…

    Little more than a year after its launch, the Datsun GO reached the 100 000 customer mark. In celebration of this milestone, the company invited proud GO owners in Russia, Indonesia, India and South Africa to submit their inspirational and… more
    Editor 244
  • Find your best - Episode 3 - #EveryTerrain
    Jan 11, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Find your best - Episode 3 - #EveryTerrain

    Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 experiences the best in the heart of Wild Coast, Eastern Cape The third episode from the hugely successful #EveryTerrain, Find Your Best campaign will be released in 13 days. 'Find your Best' is a six part series of showcase… more
    Editor 272
  • Gordhan resetting the dial?
    Jan 11, 2016 On the Cees

    Gordhan resetting the dial?

    SA is still absorbing external headwinds (commodity prices sliding), has to face up to a major drought, and remains on a Zuma trajectory of clashing public and private paradigms, fading business confidence, growth stagnation and slipping fiscals… more
    Cees Bruggemans 231
  • Dirty Politics?
    Jan 11, 2016 On the Cees

    Dirty Politics?

    The dirtiness of American politics is legendary, and the Trump-Clinton kiss-and-tell promises to plump new depths shortly. But take a closer look at Europe, and not only Britain, France, Greece, Spain or Italy. It is Germany of late that makes me… more
    Cees Bruggemans 208
  • We adjust to non-normal
    Jan 11, 2016 On the Cees

    We adjust to non-normal

    It starts with a confession. We can't forecast the future, look around corners, foresee “surprise” events not logically deductible from previous trends. We do mainly extrapolate known economic relationships, what we have identified as “normal” in… more
    Cees Bruggemans 197
  • Challenging SA ambivalence
    Jan 11, 2016 On the Cees

    Challenging SA ambivalence

    It isn't easy to penetrate the haze surrounding our economic reality. Yet money interests never rest. Markets need to price. Uncertainty needs to be given form, and discounted. And in the absence of facts, assumptions need to be made. Not… more
    Cees Bruggemans 226
  • Children of VW Bursary Focuses on Education
    Jan 11, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Children of VW Bursary Focuses on Education

    Volkswagen invests in education with flagship Children of VW Bursary Over 30 learners assisted by the Bursary in the past four years The Children of VW Bursary, which places learners in well-resourced schools from Grades 10 to 12, has seen the… more
    Editor 244
  • South Africa has moved from a predominantly new to a second-hand car market in 10 years
    Jan 11, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    South Africa has moved from a predominantly new…

    According to the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA), new car sales are continuing to decline. 617,000 total new vehicles were sold in 2014, compared to 714,000 in 2005. Conversely, used vehicle sales continue… more
    Editor 233
  • Challenging 2016 Risks
    Jan 08, 2016 On the Cees

    Challenging 2016 Risks

    For a while it looked as if the Fed was going to be our main 2016 risk (and Zuma our main headache). How quickly things change (and doubtlessly will keep shifting). What will be our main disrupters in 2016? We are now being devoured by devastating… more
    Cees Bruggemans 235
  • Naamsa comment on the December, 2015 South African new vehicle sales statistics
    Jan 08, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Naamsa comment on the December, 2015 South…

    COMMENT ON THE DECEMBER 2015 MONTHLY SALES, CALENDAR 2015 NEW VEHICLE SALES STATISTICS AND PROSPECTS FOR 2016 1. BRIEF COMMENT ON DECEMBER, 2015 SALES With the exception of light commercial vehicle sales, industry sales ended 2015 on a weak note… more
    Editor 231
  • Piloted, electrified and fully connected – Audi at CES 2016
    Jan 07, 2016 Events

    Piloted, electrified and fully connected – Audi…

    Electrification, digitalization and piloted driving: Audi is making these three future trends of the automotive industry the focus of its appearance at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The world’s most important electronics show takes… more
    Editor 675
  • Self-driving across the highways of Nevada
    Jan 07, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Self-driving across the highways of Nevada

    New Mercedes-Benz E-Class with test licence for autonomous driving New Mercedes-Benz E-Class is the world's first standard-production vehicle to be awarded a test licence for autonomous driving Standard-production vehicle is extensively equipped… more
    Editor 246
  • Continental at CES 2016: Product and Innovation Highlights
    Jan 07, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Continental at CES 2016: Product and Innovation…

    Dynamic eHorizon proves how the Internet enables better cars New usability concept on next generation head unit revolutionizes the user experience The cockpit’s wow factor, a Curved Integrated Centerstack System Continental’s thin Adaptable… more
    Editor 239
  • Nene’s lawless SA state
    Jan 07, 2016 On the Cees

    Nene’s lawless SA state

    The paramount chief writ runs large, at least for some it does. But a lot of it depends on personality rather than being institutionalised in a properly run state. Having certainty over time. That's what law is for internally. But what about… more
    Cees Bruggemans 232
  • Falsifying matric qualifications is fraud
    Jan 07, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Falsifying matric qualifications is fraud

    On the 5th of January 2016, Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga announced the matric pass rate of 70.7%. This means that out of the 799 306 full- and part-time candidates that sat for their examinations, only 565 109 passed. This reflects a… more
    Editor 221
  • The contrarian windfall Funk
    Jan 06, 2016 On the Cees

    The contrarian windfall Funk

    I don't know about you, but I am getting ready for my next fix. Prof De Kiewiet after decades of much study & contemplation promised us years ago (1946) that SA progresses by way of political disaster and economic windfalls. We have had our fair… more
    Cees Bruggemans 249
  • KIA models awarded trio of GOOD DESIGN awards
    Jan 06, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    KIA models awarded trio of GOOD DESIGN awards

    KIA Sorento, Optima and Trail’ster honoured in ‘Transportation’ category Second consecutive year KIA has taken home three GOOD DESIGN awards Products judged on design, technology, form, materials, function, efficiency and environmental sensitivity… more
    Editor 233
  • Oil: till death do us part
    Jan 06, 2016 On the Cees

    Oil: till death do us part

    The oil and greater energy scenario wasn't supposed to go like this. First the great 2010 surprise (US fracking starting off, on turbo from 2013 as oil output rose dramatically). Then the great 2014 surprise (Saudi capitulating, switching to… more
    Cees Bruggemans 239
  • Jonathan Muirhead awarded OBE in the New Year’s Honours List for 2016
    Jan 05, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Jonathan Muirhead awarded OBE in the New Year’s…

    Scottish Leather Group, Renfrewshire, Scotland January 2016 – Scottish Leather Group Chairman, Jonathan Muirhead, has been named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the New Year’s Honours List for services to the leather industry.… more
    Editor 318
  • Highlights of President Ma’s New Year’s Day Message
    Jan 05, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Highlights of President Ma’s New Year’s Day…

    ROC President Ma Ying-jeou, in his New Year’s Day message “Eight Years of Reform Create a Better Taiwan,” stressed achievements in diplomacy, relations with mainland China, and social justice, while expressing concerns for the future development of… more
    Editor 244
  • AIDC, UNIDO and ILO Automotive Competitiveness Project Kick-off
    Jan 05, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    AIDC, UNIDO and ILO Automotive Competitiveness…

    The Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) in Gauteng, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and the International Labour Office (ILO), have launched a pilot programme for the development and application of a methodology… more
    Editor 243
  • AIDC hosts successful India Best Practice Tour
    Jan 05, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    AIDC hosts successful India Best Practice Tour

    Pretoria, November 2015: The Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) in Gauteng has once again hosted a successful Best Practice Tour to India during November 2015. The Tour consisted of 19 delegates (representing 12 companies) who visited six… more
    Editor 454
  • Taking the SA Pulse: fireworks
    Jan 05, 2016 On the Cees

    Taking the SA Pulse: fireworks

    Anecdotal impressions may not be representative and not allow generalization to larger populations. Then again, impressions often assist in rounding out a general picture. So, too, perhaps fireworks, though the disclaimer is noted. How poor, or how… more
    Cees Bruggemans 234
  • Thinking about the Rand
    Jan 05, 2016 On the Cees

    Thinking about the Rand

    What is top of mind when thinking about Rand prospects, near term and far? It isn't all daily randomness. There is structure, some of it obvious, some of it requiring more digging, giving us a better probability of getting the levels right where the… more
    Cees Bruggemans 441
  • The Incomplete Restoration
    Jan 04, 2016 On the Cees

    The Incomplete Restoration

    We sadly waved finance minister Nene goodbye, unceremoniously dumped one Wednesday night in early December, as so much unwanted rubbish put out in the road, only to hear about a surprising senior ANC leadership meeting the next Sunday after an orgy… more
    Cees Bruggemans 291
  • Wars of the Ottoman Succession
    Jan 04, 2016 On the Cees

    Wars of the Ottoman Succession

    History abhors a vacuum. An empire may come into being, flowers and reaches maturity, after which the long (or abrupt) slide to oblivion. But the hole it leaves wants to be filled anew. What comes after can matter hugely. Remember the wars of the… more
    Cees Bruggemans 245
  • An Interesting Year
    Jan 04, 2016 On the Cees

    An Interesting Year

    It was an interesting year. Many also say it was a horrible year, and it certainly was for some, indeed momentous in some respects. But the JSE didn't lose 80% of its value as in 1969, we didn't have massacres like Sharpeville 1960, Soweto 1976,… more
    Cees Bruggemans 249
  • Fuel price again rescued by oil weakness
    Jan 04, 2016 Buzz Press Release

    Fuel price again rescued by oil weakness

    Ongoing weakness in international petroleum prices has protected South Africans from the sagging exchange rate. This is according to the Automobile Association which was commenting on unaudited fuel price data released at month end by the Central… more
    Automobile Association 240
  • The main 2016 surprise?
    Jan 04, 2016 On the Cees

    The main 2016 surprise?

    So what is the most likely major 2016 bet turning out different? It is probably not the deepening SA drought condition whose full force is yet to show itself. Or the Zuma policy-factor undermining business confidence and laying low SA growth. Or… more
    Cees Bruggemans 245
  • Changing Europe (and an activist ECB)
    Jan 04, 2016 On the Cees

    Changing Europe (and an activist ECB)

    Europe is changing rapidly. Becoming more fearful, intolerant, nationalistic. Less welcoming to foreigners. Less governable as politics fragments. Possibly less confident, too, giving Draghi more growth headaches, or is it really only inflation… more
    Cees Bruggemans 248
  • Great Global Consumer Adjust
    Jan 04, 2016 On the Cees

    Great Global Consumer Adjust

    It has been a momentous adjustment decade for consumers nearly everywhere, with heavy cyclical & structural overlays. It has been slowly ending in some regions, in the nature of a recuperation gradually nearing an end, while still deeply worsening… more
    Cees Bruggemans 233
  • The short road to ruin
    Jan 04, 2016 On the Cees

    The short road to ruin

    In all the excitement of recent weeks, a bigger picture may have escaped me. Namely that the Nene firing didn't come in isolation. Only a mere three months ago, the mining industry was rudely awakened to suddenly find itself saddled with a new… more
    Cees Bruggemans 238
  • South Africa’s Road Forward
    Jan 04, 2016 On the Cees

    South Africa’s Road Forward

    SA history has had a few very major modern turnings in the road. The 1948 election outcome ending the Smuts era. The 1960 MacMillan Winds of Change speech. The 1964 Mandela Rivonia trial speech from the dock. The Verwoerd parliamentary knifing in… more
    Cees Bruggemans & Prof Willie Esterhuyse 253
  • Merry Christmas.....
    Dec 24, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Merry Christmas.....

    This is pretty cool. The snow comes down right in front of your house This is amazing, if you have not seen it before just type in your address or any family addresses and look through the window at the snow falling on your home today. It's… more
    Editor 276
  • Warren Buffett Upside Down
    Dec 24, 2015 On the Cees

    Warren Buffett Upside Down

    Warren Buffett is known for many sayings, having a worldwide following as the world’s most successful serial investor. One pays attention when Warren says “only when the tide goes out, do you discover who's been swimming naked”. In other words, when… more
    Cees Bruggemans 311
  • Recapturing the State
    Dec 23, 2015 On the Cees

    Recapturing the State

    Does the obvious stare us in the face? First losing the state and then having to recapture it. But that still begs two questions: did we ever fully lose the state, and can we truly recapture her, if already critically lost in parts? There is the… more
    Cees Bruggemans 305
  • Processing reliability in screwdriving technology
    Dec 23, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Processing reliability in screwdriving technology

    New service feature: On-site calibration Minimise downtime and save costs the easy way An estimated twelve kilos of screws are used to build a medium-sized vehicle. The safety risk “danger to life and limb” applies to 15% of these. Precision and… more
    Editor 267
  • Looming Fork in the Road
    Dec 23, 2015 On the Cees

    Looming Fork in the Road

    You may be forgiven for thinking that the crucial fork in the road lies behind us. The ascent of Jacob Zuma to the purple in 2009 may come to be seen as having been such a moment, on a journey starting much further back in time. Or the creation of… more
    Cees Bruggemans 315
  • The Rake’s Progress
    Dec 22, 2015 On the Cees

    The Rake’s Progress

    The original Rake’s Progress (1733) was a set of eight paintings showing the decline & fall of Tom Rakewell, the spendthrift son & heir of a rich merchant, who comes to London, wastes all his money on luxurious living, prostitution & gambling, and… more
    Cees Bruggemans 304
  • Messe Frankfurt - Ifo Institute: The Trade Fair Index
    Dec 22, 2015 Events

    Messe Frankfurt - Ifo Institute: The Trade Fair…

    Messe Frankfurt in cooperation with the Ifo Institute, Munich, releases new key figures on consumer and capital goods trade fairs in Germany Exhibitors at international trade fairs report stronger business performance and assess their competitive… more
    Editor 895
  • Drivers need to take responsibility behind the wheel this festive season
    Dec 22, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Drivers need to take responsibility behind the…

    Calling on government to do more is only part of the solution warns AA Weekend reports that the number of fatalities on South African roads this festive season have already surpassed 500 is of great concern and does not bode well for the rest of… more
    Automobile Association 299
  • The three-dimensional Zuma
    Dec 20, 2015 On the Cees

    The three-dimensional Zuma

    There appear to be three faces to our president, not unlike the Three Faces of Eve, that don't make it any easier to understand the man, his actions, his times & what comes next. But one should perhaps try, for we have an ever sharper duality,… more
    Cees Bruggemans 364
  • Inaugural trade show provides much needed networking platform to lucartive Asean auto aftermarket
    Dec 20, 2015 Events

    Inaugural trade show provides much needed…

    18/12/2015 –The inaugural Automotive Aftermarket International Trade Fair, AAITF Bangkok 2015, was a success attracting a strong global audience of key industry trade buyers and leading exhibiting brands. The B2B exhibition and conference program,… more
    Editor 1000
  • Renault's Batilly plant sets production records
    Dec 20, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Renault's Batilly plant sets production records

    Batilly, France Renault Plant, home of the Renault Master and others, breaks production records. Batilly achieves highest-ever annual production for all brands combined, including 126,000+ vans through assembly line. Renault Master breaks production… more
    Editor 313
  • BMW Group Production reaches new record highs in 2015
    Dec 20, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    BMW Group Production reaches new record highs in…

    Munich. With the end of the year fast approaching, it is apparent that the BMW Group’s production network will be posting new record highs for the business year 2015. Due to the high customer demand and the launch of numerous new models, such as the… more
    Editor 347
  • Rand takes Fed in stride
    Dec 20, 2015 On the Cees

    Rand takes Fed in stride

    Long feared, after 7 years of zero interest rates, the Fed liftoff on Wednesday went off smoothly, with global markets orderly and responding mostly positively to the small 0.25% rate increase (equities rising bullishly, bonds warily on the… more
    Cees Bruggemans 308
  • Walter Martin retires after sixty years on the job
    Dec 20, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Walter Martin retires after sixty years on the job

    Martin saddened by the end of an era Port Elizabeth - I have been going to the office for 60 years but I have never worked for a day in my life. I enjoyed every single day. These were the words of Walter Martin (80), who retired this week after… more
    Editor 308
  • G.U.D. Filters
    Dec 20, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    G.U.D. Filters delivers great engine protection…

    In celebration of their 65th birthday SA’s iconic automotive filter brand, G.U.D. Filters, ran a retailer promotional campaign to reward retailers that are loyal to the G.U.D. Filters brand and products. As an incentive to maintain their G.U.D.… more
    Editor 332
  • Joburg's Biggest Day Out: the Rand Show gets even bigger in 2016.
    Dec 20, 2015 Events

    Joburg's Biggest Day Out: the Rand Show gets even…

    With eleven exhibitor categories and a full line-up of family and youth-focused entertainment, the 2016 Rand Show is expected to be a bumper attraction. Marketed as 'Joburg's Biggest Day Out,' this year's iconic event, which runs from March 25th to… more
    Editor 885
  • General Motors South Africa
    Dec 20, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Care-free, Thanks to Complete Care

    JOHANNESBURG - General Motors South Africa continues to live up to the ethos of its Complete Care programme, with employees at the company's Sales and Marketing offices in Woodmead recently signing the I Care pledge. This simple act represents a… more
    Editor 306
  • REDISA - 2015 in review
    Dec 20, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    REDISA - 2015 in review

    2015 has been a busy and productive year for REDISA, with several milestones achieved in the second year of operation. As 2015 draws to a close, here is a summary of the key highlights: Circular Economy Conference In March, REDISA participated in… more
    Editor 321
  • Festive Cheer for Needy Children
    Dec 17, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Festive Cheer for Needy Children

    PORT ELIZABETH - "We give back" is the mantra that General Motors South Africa (GMSA) employees live by. When the Christmas trees, filled with tags for disadvantaged children, are set up a month before Christmas at all GMSA sites, employees rush to… more
    Editor 314
  • Blocked, Bloodied but Unbowed
    Dec 17, 2015 On the Cees

    Blocked, Bloodied but Unbowed

    It has now been suggested that senior ANC members were briefed about Zuma intentions to fire finance minister Nene last week, giving their acquiescence. Nene had for months resisted and become an obstacle to specific government intentions. He had to… more
    Cees Bruggemans 332
  • Continental´s Connected Energy Management for better fuel efficiency and a smoother ride
    Dec 17, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Continental´s Connected Energy Management for…

    For the first time Continental presents a 48 volt mild hybrid demo car with connected Energy Management (cEM) at the CES, Las Vegas The innovative cEM offers fuel efficiency guidance to the driver, which can be used to save an additional 3 to 4… more
    Editor 343
  • The Zim Road Pushback
    Dec 17, 2015 On the Cees

    The Zim Road Pushback

    On what kind of road is Zim, and are we following in her footsteps? Or are we different, more complex, resilient, less easily taken, forwards evolving where Zim by now has retreated 500 years into past medievalism and still accelerating? The Zim… more
    Cees Bruggemans 327
  • Mitsubishi drives battle to own beaches
    Dec 17, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Mitsubishi drives battle to own beaches

    Hot beaches, hot bodies, Hot Summer of Touch. and Mitsubishi! The Hot Summer of Touch once again hits the Southern Cape coastline in December this year for the 2015 instalment of this hugely popular series of Touch Rugby. The Tour enjoys its 15th… more
    Editor 328
  • McLarens in miniature - stocking fillers
    Dec 17, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    McLarens in miniature - stocking fillers

    As production ends of the McLaren P1™, availability continues in miniature Sizes from 1:64 to 1:8, from approximately 75mm to 595mm Prices from under £10 to over £8,000 Production of the full size McLaren P1™ may have ended but McLaren Automotive… more
    Editor 331
  • Super Salesman Pravin Gordhan
    Dec 17, 2015 On the Cees

    Super Salesman Pravin Gordhan

    There are genuine rewards & recognitions, and then there are hospital passes. What happened to Pravin Gordhan last Sunday was a bit of both when Zuma re-offered him (as a pair of ultimate safe hands capable of damage control) the position of Finance… more
    Cees Bruggemans 307
  • Clayton Whitaker to steer manufacturing in Africa
    Dec 17, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Local Plant Manager to Head Up Manufacturing in…

    PORT ELIZABETH - General Motors South Africa (GMSA) announced the appointment of Clayton Whitaker as Vice President, Manufacturing GM Africa, with immediate effect. Currently General Manager Manufacturing Operations GM South Africa, Whitaker will… more
    Editor 320
  • Weak oil offsets Rand plunge to save SA motorists pain at pumps in December
    Dec 15, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Weak oil offsets Rand plunge to save SA motorists…

    South African motorists are set to feel the first direct impacts of the unexpected removal of Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene and the resulting exchange rate chaos. This is according to the Automobile Association (AA), which was commenting on… more
    Automobile Association 300
  • The Impact of Fossil Fuels
    Dec 15, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    The Impact of Fossil Fuels

    FOSSIL FUELS KILL MORE PEOPLE EVERY YEAR THAN WARS, MURDERS, & TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS COMBINED Hi Folks… Departing somewhat from our conventional subjects we thought it appropriate to share the challenges of the motor industry, albeit from a slightly… more
    Eugene Herbert 316
  • Putting the brakes on drinking this festive season
    Dec 15, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Putting the brakes on drinking this festive season

    We have all seen it, the carnage of road accidents over the December period, covered across a vast spectrum of media. We have all seen the warnings and we know of the repercussions of getting behind the wheel after drinking, yet still, a select few… more
    Editor 327
  • Township Entrepreneur Awards finalists announced
    Dec 15, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Township Entrepreneur Awards finalists announced

    REDISA provides technical and business support to small and medium enterprises, helping them to succeed, grow and, in turn, create further job opportunities. Entrepreneurs create and bring to life new technologies, products and services, building… more
    Editor 336
  • Millennials shaping the evolution of motoring
    Dec 15, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Millennials shaping the evolution of motoring

    In a market where car ownership is becoming increasingly expensive, it would be a mistake to assume that the younger generation of South African motorists are finding it difficult to enter the new-car market. In fact, according to Des Fenner,… more
    Editor 338
  • Zuma “changes” his mind
    Dec 14, 2015 On the Cees

    Zuma “changes” his mind

    A rather unexpected course of events late Sunday night (13 December 2015), as Zuma “reconsiders” his decision to fire finance minister Nene, and reappoints Pravin Gordhan (who should never have been replaced last year in the first place with a… more
    Cees Bruggemans 341
  • Fearful, Fearless
    Dec 14, 2015 On the Cees

    Fearful, Fearless

    I have a problem. It is called a duality. Thinking South Africa (there is a much bigger other South Africa, worthy of its own psychoanalysis), breaks down into two clear groupings, those fearful (many by now petrified) and those not fearful (many to… more
    Cees Bruggemans 337
  • New record: Porsche exceeds the 200,000 mark of vehicles delivered
    Dec 14, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    New record: Porsche exceeds the 200,000 mark of…

    Dubai. Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG has delivered 209,894 cars worldwide from January to November 2015. This corresponds to a 24 per cent increase in comparison to the same period in 2014. For the first time in the history of the company, Porsche has… more
    Editor 320
  •   United Uations “Momentum for Change” award for BMW i and ChergePoint. Peter Schwarzenbauer (BMW), Achim Steiner (UNEP), Dimitrios Papadogonas (ChargePoint) (12/2015)
    Dec 14, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    BMW i receives “Momentum for Change” award from…

    BMW i at the forefront of worldwide EV charging infrastructure pilot projects BMW i is shaping the future of individual mobility – not only with groundbreaking products and services, but also with a global involvement in the expansion of the… more
    Editor 372
  • BMW Group sales achieve new high in November
    Dec 14, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    BMW Group sales achieve new high in November

    Sales up 4.9% to total 197,480 Over 2 million vehicles delivered so far in 2015 Year-to-date increase of 6.9% BMW i sales top 25,000 worldwide Monthly sales of MINI 5 door double year-on-year Munich. The BMW Group has achieved new record sales for… more
    Editor 343
  • Renault Board approves alliance stability covenant between Renault and Nissan
    Dec 14, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Renault Board approves alliance stability…

    As early as 16th April 2015, the Renault Board of Directors unanimously reiterated that the sustainability, success and resilience of the Alliance since its very inception in 1999 were based on a balance of shares held by Renault and Nissan. Since… more
    Editor 418
  • The Imperial Presidency
    Dec 14, 2015 On the Cees

    The Imperial Presidency

    We are supposed to have a democratic Presidency, with a two-term limit. But some people see evidence of monarchy and unlimited term limit. And could one argue the presence of an Imperial Presidency? The President has sole discretion about who he… more
    Cees Bruggemans 332
  • Corrine Hitzeroth (left) and Andre Labercensie are two of the employees that took part in the conservation programme.
    Dec 14, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    General Motors Employees Start New Landscaping…

    PORT ELIZABETH - Employees at General Motors South Africa's (GMSA) Parts and Distribution Centre (PDC) got their hands dirty recently when they participated in a new landscaping project. Situated in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), the… more
    Editor 360
  • The Ford Struandale Engine Plant and freight partner, WE Deane SA, ensured Christmas arrived early for the community-based Mandela Metro School of Arts in Bethelsdorp, Port Elizabeth. The companies provided the shipping for 71 musical instruments that were collected and donated by Prof Arne Bjorhei from the University of Tromso in Norway.
    Dec 14, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Ford Assists with Shipping of Musical Instruments…

    Shipping of 71 donated musical instruments facilitated by Ford from University of Tromso in Norway to Mandela Metro School of Arts in Bethelsdorp Ford freight partner, WE Deane SA, provided shipping, storage and customs clearing Ford Struandale… more
    Editor 339
  • Driver safety 101: braking, steering & scanning the road
    Dec 14, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Driver safety 101: braking, steering & scanning…

    Hi Folks… This, our penultimate newsletter for 2015, is intended to give a slightly different perspective to driving tips - so prevalent at this time of the year. Rather see this as an opportunity to implement behavioural changes which should stay… more
    Eugene Herbert 335
  • Les Mc Master, Chairman of the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA)
    Dec 14, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Don’t become a statistic on the roads this…

    Every year the number of accidents and fatalities on our roads during the festive season is alarming. Les Mc Master, Chairman of the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA), says all drivers need to take responsibility for their vehicles and the… more
    Editor 296
  • KIA takes first place in Auto Bild magazine’s Quality Report 2015
    Dec 14, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    KIA takes first place in Auto Bild magazine’s…

    KIA ranks highest among 20 leading carmakers on German market for customer satisfaction, reliability and long-term quality KIA Motors has been named in first place according to the Quality Report 2015 published by Auto Bild magazine (issue 50/2015),… more
    Editor 333
  • First Intersect outside Japan opened this week in Dubai
    Dec 14, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    First Intersect outside Japan opened this week in…

    The first Intersect by Lexus luxury brand experience space outside Japan opened this week in Dubai, UAE. Intersect by Lexus goes well beyond the concept of a dealership or traditional retail space, offering guests a unique luxury space where they… more
    Editor 434
  • If you love your children, ensure they buckle up
    Dec 14, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    If you love your children, ensure they buckle up

    One of the biggest tragedies in South Africa is the preventable death of hundreds of children in cars on our roads each year. Too often parents do not secure their children while driving and the consequences of this negligence are severe injuries… more
    Automobile Association 318
  • NAAMSA Comment on ministerial appointments
    Dec 13, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    NAAMSA Comment on ministerial appointments

    NAAMSA recognises that ministerial appointments are the constitutional prerogative of the President and the Association therefore will not comment on the merits of the announced changes in the leadership responsible for financial administration and… more
    NAAMSA 339
  • Festive Treat for General Motors Retirees
    Dec 11, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Festive Treat for General Motors Retirees

    PORT ELIZABETH - General Motors South Africa (GMSA) once again spread some festive cheer to the company's retirees this year by presenting them with Spar vouchers. A total of 1700 Spar vouchers were distributed to the value of R1.2 million. Retiree,… more
    Editor 354
  • Ford Sensor Technology Applied to Motorcycles for New Mobility Insights; Improves Medical Care for Rural Africa
    Dec 11, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Ford Sensor Technology Applied to Motorcycles for…

    Ford is now equipping motorcycles with sensor kits inspired by its OpenXC hardware platform to map areas of community health care services in rural West Africa. Capturing data on additional transportation types is helping researchers detect patterns… more
    Editor 370
  • Mega Trends 2015, 2010s, 2100s?
    Dec 11, 2015 On the Cees

    Mega Trends 2015, 2010s, 2100s?

    Technological disruption. Geopolitical radicalisation. Economic shock treatment. Demographic displacement. These are the mega trends, as much initiators as consequences, that seem to shape the present, projecting deep into future years. Parachuting… more
    Cees Bruggemans 263
  • The Zuma Ran
    Dec 11, 2015 On the Cees

    The Zuma Rand

    It just goes to show that apparently anyone can be finance minister, just that you know. Swimming naked has suddenly acquired a new meaning as SA got a new finance minister ready to do his master’s bidding, which is to approve trillion Rand nuclear… more
    Cees Bruggemans 354
  • Tow safely this holiday
    Dec 11, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Tow safely this holiday

    Be alert and stick to the rules, warns AA “Towing another vehicle requires extra attention from the driver. Apart from ensuring the towing vehicle is safe and in a good condition, the vehicle that is being towed also needs to be roadworthy and… more
    Automobile Association 342
  • Crime Over the Christmas Period – Do Not be a Victim
    Dec 11, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Crime Over the Christmas Period – Do Not be a…

    As we approach the end of the year, it is once again necessary to be more diligent and aware than normal when it comes to crime, warns the South African Insurance Crime Bureau (SAICB). “People are either more relaxed at this time of the year and are… more
    Editor 360
  • The effect of indigenisation on financial development
    Dec 11, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    The effect of indigenisation on financial…

    Every economy needs a highly developed and efficient financial system in order to drive financial and economic development. However, the financial development index reveals that, on average, financial development is progressively decreasing. A new… more
    Editor 330
  • Intensive Dune Buggy Desert Routes and Arctic Testing Help Ensure Ford Intelligent All Wheel Drive is Ready for Anything
    Dec 11, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Intensive Dune Buggy Desert Routes and Arctic…

    Ford's Intelligent All Wheel Drive technology tested across monster sand dunes in middle of Mojave Desert in California Performance and durability also endures Arctic Circle snow and high-altitude European Alps; and temperatures that range from -30C… more
    Editor 372
  •  Land Rover Defender takes over London
    Dec 11, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Land Rover Defender takes over London

    Land Rover Defender taxi cab spotted on streets of London ahead of special Defender 2 000 000 charity auction at Bonhams on 16 December Specially modified Defender is part of nostalgic celebration film shot in the capital to commemorate 67 years of… more
    Editor 374
  • Dec 11, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    "FIND YOUR BEST CHALLENGE" Powered by…

    With a unique heritage, Southern Africa is packed with unrivalled natural splendour and vibrant landscapes. Inspiration can be found in each and every country and across all types of terrain. No vehicles are better equipped for a journey of… more
    Editor 365
  • Be Prepared - even if you’re not a Boy Scout or Girl Guide
    Dec 11, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Be Prepared - even if you’re not a Boy Scout or…

    Travelling over the Festive season? Then travel safe. And that means carrying a first aid kit. But have you thought about a second one - for your tyres? Mickey Thompson South Africa, which imports and distributes the eponymous range of all-American… more
    Editor 337
  • The State of our Governance
    Dec 11, 2015 On the Cees

    The State of our Governance

    With the President blaming the state of the world for our poor performance, 70%-85% of surveyed business executives indicating our political condition being a constraint on business, and every quoted & unquoted company busily globalising away from… more
    Cees Bruggemans 339
  • Third-generation MEYLE hydraulic engine mounts
    Dec 09, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Third-generation MEYLE hydraulic engine mounts

    Comprehensive range of made-in-Germany switchable engine mounts to fit a wide array Audi applications Damping and insulating characteristics geared to match each specific vehicle model Wulf Gaertner Autoparts AG now also supplies the third… more
    Editor 381
  • Messe Frankfurt Group reports record sales of around €645 million
    Dec 09, 2015 Events

    Messe Frankfurt Group reports record sales of…

    Messe Frankfurt is continuing to grow. The company is the leading international trade fair organiser with its own exhibition grounds. On presenting the Group’s preliminary key figures for 2015, Wolfgang Marzin, President and Chief Executive Officer… more
    Editor 948
  • Skil 1144 rotary polisher - designed for getting the best polishing, light cutting and finishing results
    Dec 09, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Compact and lightweight – the Skil 1144…

    Compact and lightweight – the Skil 1144 polisher’s design reduces fatigue when polishing large surfaces Cars and other recreational vehicles such as boats, caravans and trailers can be transformed into pristine condition with the Skil 1144 rotary… more
    Editor 369
  • Road accidents deadliest cause of loss of life in the country
    Dec 09, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Road accidents deadliest cause of loss of life in…

    According to a report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) titled World Report on Road Traffic Injury Prevention, about 1, 2 million people are killed in traffic accidents around the world each year, with Africa by far the continent with the most… more
    Editor 358
  • Employee appreciation is essential
    Dec 09, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Employee appreciation is essential

    As the end of the year draws closer, business owners should be thinking about acknowledging their staff for contributing to the company’s success in 2015. This is according to Kay Vittee, CEO of Quest Staffing Solutions, South Africa’s leader in… more
    Editor 371
  • Understanding Stagnation
    Dec 08, 2015 On the Cees

    Understanding Stagnation

    I think I understand growth cycles (long periods of strong expansion). Also, recessions (episodic GDP pullbacks). And even depressions (prolonged periods of output, income & employment well below potential, with excessive resource slack). But… more
    Cees Bruggemans 346
  • 24 hours to go... here's what to expect
    Dec 08, 2015 Events

    24 hours to go... here's what to expect

    Tomorrow is the first day of the inaugural Automotive Aftermarket International Trade Fair, AAITF Bangkok 2015 - the meeting place for the SE Asian auto aftermarket. Online registration is now closed but you can still register onsite for free from… more
    Editor 1028
  • Drunk Drivers: Don’t Spend the Festive Season Behind Bars
    Dec 08, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Drunk Drivers: Don’t Spend the Festive Season…

    According to a recent report by the World Health Organisation, South Africa has the highest number of drunk-driving related deaths in the world. Over the 2014 festive season, approximately 1 000 people were arrested for driving whilst intoxicated.… more
    Editor 385
  • Mazda MX-5 wins car of the year Japan
    Dec 08, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Mazda MX-5 wins car of the year Japan

    In a close battle, Mazda’s MX-5 held onto its narrow lead to beat the fast-finishing Honda S660 mini-sports car to win the Car of the Year Japan award. At an award ceremony held at the Tokyo International Exchange Center in Tokyo Bay, the MX-5… more
    Editor 354
  • Green light for Mission E
    Dec 08, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Green light for Mission E

    Porsche to invest around a billion euros - more than 1,000 new jobs Dubai. The first 100 per cent electrically powered Porsche is on its way. During its meeting last Friday, the supervisory board of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG gave the green light… more
    Editor 371
  • Get road trip ready with these top tips
    Dec 08, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Get road trip ready with these top tips

    There’s no time like summertime to set off on a road trip with friends or family. In the spirit of road safety and a love for open road adventures, Battery Centre is encouraging South Africans to conduct important vehicle checks before taking to the… more
    Editor 359
  • Volkswagen Crafters continue to move kids forward in the Nelson Mandela Metro
    Dec 08, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Volkswagen Crafters continue to move kids forward…

    Three Volkswagen Crafters handed over to local charities The handover is part of the Volkswagen for Good Campaign What do Masifunde, United Through Sport and The House of Resurrection Haven have in common? Over and above the work they do to uplift… more
    Editor 365
  • Stealth policy & Evasive action
    Dec 07, 2015 On the Cees

    Stealth policy & Evasive action

    Warfare isn't what it just to be: trying to stay below the radar, out of sight (stealth); and refusing head-on engagement, preferring evasive action, doing things stealthily in return, giving pursuers the slip. What applies to warfare, can also be… more
    Cees Bruggemans 359
  • Uncomfortable Car Sales Truth
    Dec 07, 2015 On the Cees

    Uncomfortable Car Sales Truth

    It is an uncomfortable reality. The onset of year-on-year SA car sales declines signaled the imminent start of economic business cycle downswings in seven such episodes since 1970 (the present being the eight, but this as yet unconfirmed). And such… more
    Cees Bruggemans 371
  • Albrecht Reimold new Member of the Executive Board, Production and Logistics
    Dec 07, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Albrecht Reimold new Member of the Executive…

    Dubai. Following its meeting last Friday, the Porsche Supervisory Board announced the appointment of Albrecht Reimold (54) as new Member of the Executive Board for Production and Logistics at Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG. He will take up his new post… more
    Editor 423
  • On Edge but not in Crisis
    Dec 06, 2015 On the Cees

    On Edge but not in Crisis

    There are many commentators describing SA as being politically on the brink of an economic crisis. The President's lingering presence is seen as especially problematical. If he doesn't go soon, the argument runs, crisis will engulf us all. It is… more
    Cees Bruggemans 401
  • Shifting goalposts hitting hard
    Dec 06, 2015 On the Cees

    Shifting goalposts hitting hard

    An extraordinary week in which US non-farm payrolls for November came in above expectations (all but sealing Fed liftoff shortly), the ECB intensified & extended its monetary support (but succeeded in disappointing markets, inviting sharp asset… more
    Cees Bruggemans 415
  • Four Volvos up for grabs at this year's Nedbank Golf Challenge
    Dec 06, 2015 Events

    Four Volvos up for grabs at this year's Nedbank…

    Volvo Car South Africa is the proud vehicle partner of the 2015 Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted at the spectacular Gary Player Golf course at Sun City this December. 2015 marks the 14th year of this successful partnership and Volvo is proud to be… more
    Editor 972
  • Mickey Thompson Legends, December: towing tips for travellers, check out our tyre First Aid kit, and more ATZp3 sizes now available
    Dec 06, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Mickey Thompson Legends, December: towing tips…

    Gavin Wilkins is a legend in local drag racing, and has won yet another national championship on M/T rubber. When you travel you pack a first aid kit. Now we've invented one for your tyres... Do you tow? Do you tow legally? And safely? Find out in… more
    Editor 386
  • Head restraints cut injuries by 11%
    Dec 04, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Head restraints cut injuries by 11%

    Hi Folks… There are a number of things we take for granted in new vehicles which, because of the modern world we live in, hardly warrant a second thought. One such feature is Head Restraints. Research from the US reveals that vehicle seat/head… more
    Eugene Herbert 407
  • Automobile Association advises motorists to be patient and tolerant
    Dec 04, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Automobile Association advises motorists to be…

    Association says drivers need to consder consequences of their actions Many motorists will be thinking ahead to their annual vacations as 2015 begins winding down. But this is also a time when, after a long work year, tempers become frayed and the… more
    Editor 384
  • Buckle up – we don’t want new members
    Dec 04, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Buckle up – we don’t want new members

    The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) will ask motorists to wear their seat belts this festive season in order to prevent a spinal cord injury in the event of a crash. This Festive Season, you will see quadriplegics & paraplegics deployed… more
    Editor 397
  • Volkswagen Community Trust donates over half a million to local charities
    Dec 04, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Volkswagen Community Trust donates over half a…

    Seven Nelson Mandela Bay charities, latest beneficiaries of the Volkswagen for Good initiative This year the Volkswagen Community Trust has supported 27 local charities with quarterly donations amounting to over R2 million The Volkswagen Community… more
    Editor 425
  • Team RHIDE SA - fund raiser - presentation and auction
    Dec 04, 2015 Events

    Team RHIDE SA - fund raiser - presentation and…

    CLICK HERE TO RSVP more
    Editor 1044
  • Infiniti Q30 officially starts production in Sunderland, UK
    Dec 04, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Infiniti Q30 officially starts production in…

    First Infiniti vehicle built in Europe, expanding global manufacturing footprint £250m investment, new facilities and 300 newly created jobs to support premium quality First vehicles to be exported from Sunderland to the USA and China… more
    Editor 555
  • Continental Tyre SA Receives ISO 9001:2008 Quality Certification
    Dec 04, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Continental Tyre SA Receives ISO 9001:2008…

    ISO 9001:2008 awarded to Continental Tyre SA Plant Warehouse in Port Elizabeth Quality audit conducted by SABS, passed with zero findings Demonstrates company's consistently high quality standards, customer satisfaction and processes for continuous… more
    Editor 394
  • Multiple Driving Personalities on the Roads
    Dec 04, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Multiple Driving Personalities on the Roads

    Research conducted by the LSE and Goodyear reveals seven driving personalities. November 2015 - Whether on summer holidays, or commuting to work, the time people spend on the road can be a stressful and frustrating experience, as indicated by social… more
    Editor 394
  • South African Automotive Week 2016: Book NOW!
    Dec 04, 2015 Events

    South African Automotive Week 2016: Book NOW!

    This will be one not to miss. make sure you are there by booking today! more
    Editor 1010
  • Honda wins fifth consecutive spot in Top 100 Global Innovators list
    Dec 03, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Honda wins fifth consecutive spot in Top 100…

    Honda has been named in Thomson Reuters' prestigious Top 100 Global Innovators report for the fifth year in a row. The annual report, which was published last week, identifies companies that develop new inventions and successfully patent them.… more
    Editor 448
  • Moving on
    Dec 03, 2015 On the Cees

    Moving on

    It has been a week in which goal posts were moved. Globally & locally, economically & politically, events unfolded that will likely shape 2016, often in unexpected ways. Iron ore dropped below $40/t, as new (Aussie) supplies kept coming on market,… more
    Cees Bruggemans 385
  • Ford Develops High-Tech Plasma Process That Can Save an Engine from the Scrapyard While Reducing CO2 Emissions
    Dec 03, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Ford Develops High-Tech Plasma Process That Can…

    Ford is using an innovative new process to give a new lease of life to old engines that would otherwise be scrapped Special thermal spray coating technology means that instead of requiring a new engine cylinder block, existing units are… more
    Editor 419
  • Jaguar XE and all-new XF achieve five star Euro Ncap safety rating
    Dec 03, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Jaguar XE and all-new XF achieve five star Euro…

    Two newest Jaguar sedans pass stringent safety tests. Full complement of safety features as standard in XE and XF. Optional safety features enhance active safety. The Jaguar XE and all-new Jaguar XF have been awarded the maximum five-star rating in… more
    Editor 412
  • Congratulations to all Automechanika Johannesburg participants and supporters
    Dec 03, 2015 Events

    Congratulations to all Automechanika Johannesburg…

    Automechanika Johannesburg Scoops Prestigious PMR.Africa Diamond Arrow Award PMR.africa awarded the Diamond Arrow Award to Automechanika Johannesburg in the category for exhibitions of 20 000m² - 25 000m². PMR.africa annually conducts independent… more
    Editor 950
  • Naamsa comment on the November, 2015 South African new vehicle sales statistics
    Dec 03, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Naamsa comment on the November, 2015 South…

    In amplification of the new vehicle sales statistics for the month of November, 2015 – released today for public consumption on the website of the Department of Trade and Industry – the Association commented that domestic new vehicle sales and… more
    Editor 418
  • New Model Onslaught Creates Sales Impetus for Ford
    Dec 03, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    New Model Onslaught Creates Sales Impetus for Ford

    Ford the second-best selling brand in November, market share of 14.6% Overall Ford sales have increased 12.3% year-to-date, Ranger up by 20.5% Impressive month for Ford Figo on 1 263 units, EcoSport leads compact SUV category Ford was the… more
    Editor 409
  • Toyota holds sales momentum for market leadership
    Dec 03, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Toyota holds sales momentum for market leadership

    Toyota makes it 11 out of 11 months of sales success for 2015 Hilux #1 LCV for 2015 Marked increase shown for newly launched models Toyota South Africa Motors signed off the second last month of 2015 with another month of unstoppable market… more
    Editor 390
  • Key Themes 2016
    Dec 03, 2015 On the Cees

    Key Themes 2016

    With four weeks to go, what key themes might confront us in 2016? Definitely central bank divergence sharpening. Possibly Europe isolating itself. No guarantee that global commodity Dollar prices have bottomed. Anxiety about multi-year SA drought… more
    Cees Bruggemans 409
  • New Ford Autonomous Tech Turns Traffic Jams into Chill Time and Parks Your Car by Remote Control
    Dec 03, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    New Ford Autonomous Tech Turns Traffic Jams into…

    Ford is developing technology that could take some of the pain out of being in a traffic jam by reducing driver stress, improving traffic flow, and potentially help to prevent accidents In congestion, the semi-autonomous technology Traffic Jam… more
    Editor 398
  • SKF has the Opel Astra H covered!
    Dec 02, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    SKF has the Opel Astra H covered!

    See the full Product Information Sheet attached that shows how SKF supports the Opel Astra H! Production Information Sheet more
    Editor 688
  • Policy Paradigm of President X
    Dec 02, 2015 On the Cees

    Policy Paradigm of President X

    The sitting President likes to blame the state of the world for our woes. If it were that simple, it would be complicated enough. For the present state of the world requires an adequate response if a structurally unbalanced commodity producer is to… more
    Cees Bruggemans 382
  • RGMPowered, December 2015: time for a pitstop
    Dec 02, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    RGMPowered, December 2015: time for a pitstop

    (but get your car sorted first), Bakkies and his bakkie, our Golf7 R goes for a curry, and Novatune joins our stable December is upon us, and here's our last edition of RGMpowered for 2015! It's been a busy one, where hard work and outside-the-box… more
    Editor 383
  • Miracles do happen
    Dec 02, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Miracles do happen

    Johannesburg – With an ever-increasing number of disadvantaged children across South Africa and a fast approaching festive season, Peugeot South Africa has donated a brand new competition car in an effort to spread some festive cheer. The donation… more
    Editor 409
  • Chevrolet supports Gauteng's annual Toy Run
    Dec 02, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Chevrolet supports Gauteng's annual Toy Run

    Chevrolet Ute Force has for a second year supported the annual motorcycle ride to collect toys. JOHANNESBURG - The Chevrolet Ute Force has once again lent their support to the annual Toy Run motorcycle ride that took place at the Benoni Sports… more
    Editor 400
  • Urgent action needed to address road safety in South Africa
    Dec 02, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Urgent action needed to address road safety in…

    Government and road users must take accountability South Africans have again ended another disastrous weekend on the country’s roads with one incident alone claiming the lives of 19 people in Westonaria in Gauteng. The human cost of these crashes is… more
    Automobile Association 410
  • Facebook page for MEYLE fans
    Dec 02, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Facebook page for MEYLE fans

    Link up directly with Hamburg-based spare parts manufacturer Become a MEYLE fan and stay informed: Christmas countdown with the MEYLE advent calender: 24 windows packed with prizes and surprises Wulf Gaertner Autoparts uses Facebook for swift and… more
    Editor 404
  • SA (multi-year) Drought
    Dec 02, 2015 On the Cees

    SA (multi-year) Drought

    After a few days of sporadic thunderstorms, and good rains in places in the interior (100mm in places) in mid/late November, it was back to dry hot weather in too many places. Despite hopeful statements that this may merely prove to be a late start… more
    Cees Bruggemans 399
  • The Right, Wrong, Crooked
    Dec 02, 2015 On the Cees

    The Right, Wrong, Crooked

    A simple framework distinguishes between right & wrong, the good & the bad. But in SA we have to acknowledge yet a third possibility: the crooked. And it turns out the crooked are in charge, making fools of both the right & wrong. This makes for… more
    Cees Bruggemans 388
  • Bosch at the Consumer Electronics Show 2016, Las Vegas
    Dec 02, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Bosch at the Consumer Electronics Show 2016, Las…

    Simply.Connected. Whether at home, in the car, in the city, or at work – Bosch connected technology is increasingly making the world “Simply.Connected.” At CES 2016, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas from January 6 to 9, 2016, we will be… more
    Editor 438
  • Traffic fatalities up in first half of 2015
    Dec 02, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Traffic fatalities up in first half of 2015

    Having attended 3 separate events on road safety in the last 3 weeks the one thing that has become apparent is the lack of real world statistics and data for South Africa with regard to fatalities on our roads and, more importantly the contributing… more
    Eugene Herbert 415
  • Navigating South Africa’s hazardous roads
    Dec 02, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Navigating South Africa’s hazardous roads

    Midas provides tips and hints for safer driving, including safe driver behaviour and how to maintain your car in tip-top condition Johannesburg, 27 November 2015 – South Africa has one of the highest traffic-accident fatality rates in the world.… more
    Editor 401
  • GDP growth bounces, slows
    Dec 01, 2015 On the Cees

    GDP growth bounces, slows

    The biggest surprise about the GDP estimates released by Stats SA this week? No revision to the 2Q15, remaining stuck at -1.3%. So despite much SARB surprise & conviction that (upwards) revision was inevitable, it hasn't happened (yet). But then… more
    Cees Bruggemans 428
  • Laureus Celebrates Youth Leaders at YES Graduation
    Dec 01, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Laureus Celebrates Youth Leaders at YES Graduation

    The 2015 Laureus Youth Empowerment Through Sport (YES) programme concluded with a special graduation event at the Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) Head Office in Pretoria today. Laureus Ambassadors Quinton Fortune and Grant Lottering, as well as… more
    Editor 437
  • Fallen fees won’t fix unemployment
    Nov 26, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Fallen fees won’t fix unemployment

    South Africa’s future leaders (students) recently participated in #FeesMustFall protests across the country. While President Jacob Zuma announced that there would be no hikes in tertiary education fees for 2016, this alone is unlikely to have an… more
    Editor 423
  • SA building trade prospects
    Nov 26, 2015 On the Cees

    SA building trade prospects

    SA residential building activity is still cyclically expanding since its 2008 low, but it apparently remains an uphill struggle, and still very far from previous peak activity levels. Non-residential activity has been through a far more uneven… more
    Cees Bruggemans 393
  • Slight fuel drop as oil price battles Rand
    Nov 26, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Slight fuel drop as oil price battles Rand

    Petrol is set for a drop of approximately six cents a litre for unleaded 95, and two cents a litre for 93. The price reduction for diesel is expected to be two to four cents a litre, with illuminating paraffin down by a cent, according to the… more
    Automobile Association 428
  • MidEast implications for SA
    Nov 25, 2015 On the Cees

    MidEast implications for SA

    It isn't everyone’s cup-of-tea. The Middle East wars are faraway, the oil price low & falling, and what possible negative or positive consequences could there be for SA, either shortly or medium-term? Someone else's conflict, impossible to… more
    Editor 406
  • PSA Peugeot Citroën and Transport & Environment will cooperate to publish real-world fuel economy data
    Nov 25, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    PSA Peugeot Citroën and Transport & Environment…

    In order to continuously improve fuel economy information in the interest of customers, PSA Peugeot Citroën and the NGO Transport & Environment have agreed to work together to measure and publicize real-world fuel economy figures as a first step by… more
    Editor 474
  • Mirror Mirror on the Wall – Who’s Got the Best Vehicle Wrap of Them All?
    Nov 25, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Mirror Mirror on the Wall – Who’s Got the Best…

    Graffit Gives Shimmy a Make Over with Imported Specialised Vinyl Wrap Graffiti, pioneers in the field of transit (vehicle and trucking) and fixed large format branding, has recently given Shimmy Beach Club’s Jeep Sahara a make-over using a… more
    Editor 445
  • Vehicle-to-X technology from Continental protects vulnerable road users
    Nov 25, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Vehicle-to-X technology from Continental protects…

    V2X technology enables communication between vehicles and vulnerable road users Future will see smartphones exchanging position and movement data with vehicles via short-range communication Number of fatal traffic accidents involving cyclists and… more
    Editor 449
  • Metair enters UK battery market through distributor acquisition
    Nov 25, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Metair enters UK battery market through…

    Provides UK foothold and distribution opportunities in the region Strengthens relationship with key OEMs Supports international strategy Unlocks synergies with operations in Romania and Turkey Metair Investments Limited (“Metair”), a leading… more
    Editor 442
  • Green car finance helps curb carbon emissions
    Nov 24, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Green car finance helps curb carbon emissions

    Curbing carbon emissions is no longer the exclusive domain of government and big business. By making choices such as buying ‘green’ rather than ‘brown’ vehicles, individual consumers have the power to substantially reduce their carbon footprints –… more
    Editor 466
  • By Michael Frans, Head of Business Operations: Automotive at T-Systems South Africa
    Nov 24, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    How M2M will revolutionise the automobile sector

    The technology industry’s love affair with the so-called ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) continues unabated. Technologists in almost every industry are touting the future of connected sensors, devices, components, and actuators – all pumping information… more
    Editor 428
  • BMW Motorrad recalls “BMW Sport Helmet”. There is no safety risk.
    Nov 24, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    BMW Motorrad recalls “BMW Sport Helmet”

    There is no safety risk. Munich. BMW Motorrad is recalling the motorcycle helmet model "BMW Sport Helmet". Owners are asked to hand their helmet in at an authorised BMW Motorrad dealership. Regardless of the age of the helmet, the relevant model can… more
    Editor 449
  • The SARB rate trajectory
    Nov 24, 2015 On the Cees

    The SARB rate trajectory

    We now have had 125 points of SARB rate tightening in two years, with the repo rate at 6.25% & prime at 9.75%. This represents a real tightening, from a mildly negative real rate to a mildly positive real repo-rate but this in the face of an ever… more
    Cees Bruggemans 400
  • South African Champion brand ambassador Rob Byrne
    Nov 24, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Avoid being a statistic, practice road safety…

    Traffic accidents are responsible for around 32 deaths per 100 000 in South Africa, making our roads the sixth most dangerous globally, and the second most dangerous in Africa. A large proportion of accidents occur over the festive season, when an… more
    Editor 506
  • DIY Editor does his own Liqui Moly service
    Nov 24, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    DIY Editor does his own Liqui Moly service

    WITH IMMEDIATE AND OUTSTANDING RESULTS – GARETH GREATHEAD JOURNALIST/EDITOR “I drive a 2007 Ford Fiesta 1.4i with a twin cam Duratec motor. Ford recommends M2C 913 C. In the owner’s manual it clearly states the use of oil with a different spec will… more
    Editor 500
  • SA economy labours on
    Nov 24, 2015 On the Cees

    SA economy labours on

    Despite an electricity starvation diet, and deeply depressed commodity export Dollar prices, the SA economy did not get tempted by recession in 3Q2015. And this could well remain true in the 4Q15. At the time of the 2Q15 SARB quarterly bulletin… more
    Cees Bruggemans 435
  • SA Tourism: up, up & away?
    Nov 23, 2015 On the Cees

    SA Tourism: up, up & away?

    SA tourism has not had a good decade, marked by global economic crisis & falloff in travel, reinforced by own goals on the visa front. A steadily weaker domestic economy and hash-tag protest marches upsetting potential foreign visitors completes the… more
    Cees Bruggemans 481
  • KIA Motors concludes construction on first manufacturing plant in Mexico
    Nov 23, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    KIA Motors concludes construction on first…

    Plant in Pesquería, Nuevo León will undergo six-month period of quality assurance testing and pilot production in lead up to mass production of Cerato sedan KIA Motors Mexico Plant will have annual production capacity of 300 000 vehicles KIA Motors… more
    Editor 437
  • Alcohol and road use needs new strategy
    Nov 23, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Alcohol and road use needs new strategy

    New strategies are required to combat alcohol use by road users. This is according to the Automobile Association (AA), which said that tougher action was needed. "The current strategy has not yielded results," the AA said. The Association said that… more
    Cees Bruggemans 417
  • Automechanika Shanghai 2015 Fringe Programme has record-breaking offerings this year
    Nov 23, 2015 Events

    Automechanika Shanghai 2015 Fringe Programme has…

    One-stop exhibition for industry networking, knowledge, brand-building and much more At this year’s 11th Automechanika Shanghai, Asia’s largest trade fair for automotive parts, accessories, equipment and services, a record-breaking 50 highly… more
    Editor 1083
  • Fallbrook Technologies
    Nov 20, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Continental and Fallbrook Technologies Inc. to…

    Continental is set to develop continuously variable automatic transmissions for private urban transport incorporating Fallbrook Technologies’ NuVinci® technology Regensburg / Nueremberg (Germany), Cedar Park, Texas (USA). November 19, 2015. The… more
    Editor 433
  • Car lock-in
    Nov 20, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Car lock-in "heads up"

    Hi Folks, Given the current drought in most parts of the country and inevitable heat, it is worth reminding motorists with keyless vehicle remotes or car deadlocks to understand exactly how they operate to prevent accidental lock-ins this summer,… more
    Eugene Herbert 439
  • GABRIEL – as South African as it gets!
    Nov 20, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    GABRIEL – as South African as it gets!

    A new, engaging FaceBook campaign has broken for the nation’s leading shocks brand #AsSouthAfricanAsItGets “Not everyone knows that our huge range of shocks and struts is manufactured in South Africa,” says Francois Smith, Marketing Manager Ride… more
    Editor 473
  • Which brands resonate with South Africa’s Youth?
    Nov 20, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Which brands resonate with South Africa’s Youth?

    Considering that 51% of the South African population is under 34, knowing which brands resonate with South Africa’s Youth and why is very important for marketers. The South African youth are growing up in a very different consumer landscape to their… more
    Editor 447
  • Third joint Continental and Schaeffler Premium Supplier Day. Nine companies were given Premium Supplier status and are now part of the Premium Supplier Circle.
    Nov 20, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Cooperation in Purchasing between Continental and…

    Nine new suppliers added to the Premium Supplier Circle Continental and Schaeffler select nine suppliers to be added to the Premium Supplier Circle 28 Premium Suppliers have their status confirmed for the next two years In total, 37 suppliers now… more
    Editor 453
  • Mercedes-AMG to build twelve-cylinder engines in Mannheim
    Nov 20, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Mercedes-AMG to build twelve-cylinder engines in…

    Affalterbach. Due to strong demand for its high-performance automobiles, Mercedes-AMG is to start the assembly of its twelve-cylinder engines in a new location at Daimler's site in Mannheim. The traditional AMG "one man, one engine" philosophy… more
    Editor 459
  • Throwing the Kitchen-sink
    Nov 19, 2015 On the Cees

    Throwing the Kitchen-sink

    Ask a mainstream academic economist what is wrong with SA policy, and he/she will throw the academic kitchen-sink at you. In other words, the collective technical western wisdom accumulated not only in the economic sphere these past 300 years… more
    Cees Bruggemans 420
  • Allocation to SANRAL defeats e-tolls on two fronts
    Nov 19, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Allocation to SANRAL defeats e-tolls on two…

    Association says allocation contradicts SANRAL’s “user pays” argument The Automobile Association (AA) said the allocation completely takes the users of the system out of the picture and places the burden of funding on all taxpayers in the province,… more
    Automobile Association 500
  • Naacam comment on the BMW investment
    Nov 19, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Naacam comment on the BMW investment

    NAACAM is appreciative of BMW's announcement on their investment to produce the X3 locally. We know these decisions are not made easily, and this is positive news for the South African economy. We note no details have been released indicating… more
    Editor 477
  • Automechanika Birmingham attracts phenomenal support from UK automotive industry.
    Nov 19, 2015 Events

    Automechanika Birmingham attracts phenomenal…

    More than 500 exhibitors expected, making Birmingham the biggest ever launch of Automechanika outside Frankfurt. With seven months until the event, over 400 exhibitors have already joined the inaugural Automechanika exhibition in the UK. First… more
    Editor 1309
  • Impressions
    Nov 19, 2015 On the Cees

    Impressions

    What's striking recently is the retreat of Chinese luxury, the impression of weak global industry but strong services sectors, weak developing but resilient developed market economies, the advance of Putin, the SA drought, and EM & commodity… more
    Cees Bruggemans 444
  • Ford Motor Company Fund and Riders for Health Join Forces to Improve Health Care in Nigeria
    Nov 19, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Ford Motor Company Fund and Riders for Health…

    Ford Motor Company Fund is expanding in Nigeria for the first time to improve health care service delivery as part of company's growing community outreach in Africa Riders works with Ministry of Health and other health-related partners in order to… more
    Editor 484
  • Jeff Nemeth President and CEO Ford Sub Saharan Africa region alongside Dr Cosmos Maduka President and CEO Coscharis Group celebrating the first customer ready Ranger assembled in Nigeria
    Nov 19, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Ford Begins Assembling Ranger Trucks In Nigeria

    Vehicle assembly operation in Nigeria to create new jobs Ford Ranger one of the most capable pick-ups in its class Ford's commitment to growth in Nigeria stronger than ever As part of its ambitious expansion in Africa, Ford Motor Company assembled… more
    Editor 475
  • Toyota starts new dream car contest
    Nov 19, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Toyota starts new dream car contest

    If you have a wild imagination, an overload of creativity and are under 15 years old, then Toyota South Africa Motors is looking for you. If you like to draw, then you should enter the 10th annual Toyota Dream Car Art Contest. The contest runs from… more
    Editor 455
  • SE Asian auto aftermarket exhibition to host thousands of innovative products
    Nov 17, 2015 Events

    SE Asian auto aftermarket exhibition to host…

    The inaugural Automotive Aftermarket International Trade Fair, AAITF Bangkok 2015, will take place 9-11 December 2015 at the world class IMPACT Forum Exhibition Centre, Bangkok. The three day B2B event, free to attend for trade visitors, is… more
    Editor 1239
  • Fuel price
    Nov 17, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Fuel price tug of war continues

    South African motorists remain caught in a tug of war between the oil price and the Rand / US dollar exchange rate. This is according to the Automobile Association (AA) which was commenting on unaudited mid-month fuel price data released by the… more
    Automobile Association 468
  • Maserati hosts Cape Town Race Week
    Nov 17, 2015 Events

    Maserati hosts Cape Town Race Week

    Following on the success of the Maserati Charity Regatta of 2013, Maserati South Africa has extended its involvement with the South African Sailing community by acquiring the title sponsorship of the premier event on the local sailing calendar, the… more
    Editor 1496
  • BRICs & European Strains
    Nov 17, 2015 On the Cees

    BRICs & European Strains

    Following my article yesterday (Rex Column “The 2016 Crises”), Prof PDF Strydom follows up with a further, in-depth look at the BRICs & European institutional & performance crises playing out globally, and South Africa’s reality in it. This article… more
    Cees Bruggemans 442
  • Leading car wash manufacturers will exhibit at Automechanika Frankfurt 2016
    Nov 17, 2015 Events

    Leading car wash manufacturers will exhibit at…

    Vehicle care and reconditioning grouped together for the first time in Hall 9.1 The “who’s who” of the car wash business will gather once again from 13 to 17 September 2016 at Automechanika in Frankfurt. At present, 85 per cent of the exhibitors… more
    Editor 1263
  • KIA maps out five-year ambition for green car leadership
    Nov 17, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    KIA maps out five-year ambition for green car…

    Green car line-up expected to grow from four to 11 models by 2020 KIA targeting hydrogen fuel cell vehicle production within five years KIA aiming to improve average fuel consumption by 25% over 2014 levels Roadmap for low emission cars includes… more
    Editor 437
  • The Puzey Bladez Scooter range, 125 Jet Auto,  G-Wizz, Storm and the 150 Salsa
    Nov 17, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Get mobile for only R12 990 or R302 per month on…

    Puzey’s Bikers Warehouse will get you mobile and independent on one of their 4 scooter models from just R12 990 or a monthly cost of R 302 and a running cost of less than R 7 per day for fuel The Puzey Motor Corporation offers four quality scooter… more
    Editor 474
  • The 2016 Crises
    Nov 16, 2015 On the Cees

    The 2016 Crises

    We are less than seven weeks away from Yearend 2015. What possible crises will 2016 offer us? It will not be a Chinese economic implosion. Or an Anglo-Saxon financial crisis repeat. Or another energy crisis (on its own). These are spent efforts.… more
    Cees Bruggemans 529
  • When push comes to shove
    Nov 16, 2015 On the Cees

    When push comes to shove

    When push comes to shove, the politically entrenched have a way of offering pushback. But their preferred styles & policy choices may have their own logic, in democracies leading to performance disappointment and from there to eventual turning of… more
    Cees Bruggemans & Prof Willie Esterhuyse 444
  • Volkswagen Group delivers 8.26 million vehicles to customers worldwide in first 10 months
    Nov 16, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Volkswagen Group delivers 8.26 million vehicles…

    VWSA dominates local passenger car market Polo and Polo Vivo best-selling passenger models From January to October, the Volkswagen Group handed over 8.26 million vehicles to customers. Worldwide deliveries did not present a uniform picture.… more
    Editor 465
  • Modern Quotations
    Nov 16, 2015 On the Cees

    Modern Quotations

    Now and then, one comes across a paragraph either full of wisdom, or shedding light where only darkness used to prevail. I had a few such sensations in quick succession this week, with deep implications for economic life. Herewith is what made me… more
    Cees Bruggemans 420
  • Questions asked of Zim
    Nov 16, 2015 On the Cees

    Questions asked of Zim

    If you could pose a few serious questions to Zim policymakers, what would they be? I reached out to a few friends (who will stay incognito, but acknowledged nonetheless – my appreciation for responding so quickly). What follows was their top-of-mind… more
    Cees Bruggemans 381
  • AMG Performance Tour set to revolutionise Sandton
    Nov 16, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    AMG Performance Tour set to revolutionise Sandton

    Mercedes-AMG is driving performance to the streets of Sandton with a specialised event for customers and members of the public. Patrons will be exposed to the full Mercedes-AMG product line-up including the star of the show - the Mercedes-Benz SLS… more
    Editor 602
  • Warn Zeon winch used in forthcoming James Bond movie
    Nov 16, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Warn Zeon winch used in forthcoming James Bond…

    In the forthcoming James Bond movie Spectre, one of the customised vehicles driven by Bond, played by Daniel Craig, is a Land Rover Defender fitted with the latest WARN ZEON winch. The movie will open in South Africa on November 27, 2015. The… more
    Editor 474
  • Denise van Huyssteen elected to chair GM's International Women's Council
    Nov 16, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    South African appointed to head up company's…

    PORT ELIZABETH - Plans to ensure that the General Motors Women's Council priorities becomes fully integrated within the company's overall business strategy is high on the agenda of the newly appointed General Motors International (GMI) chairperson,… more
    Editor 482
  • TÜV NORD Hanover auditors Harald Brandt (1st from left) and Kay Jürgensen (centre) congratulate VWSA on the ISO9001:2015 certification with António Pinto (Production Director), Percy Smith (Human Resources Director) and John Loughead (VWSA Quality Assurance).
    Nov 16, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Volkswagen Group South Africa among first to…

    ISO9001:2015 standard certification ensures continuation of the Uitenhage plant‘s export programme Uitenhage is the first production plant of the 119 plants in the Volkswagen Group to achieve this new international standard Volkswagen Group South… more
    Editor 479
  • DEKRA acquires shares from WesBank in joint venture
    Nov 13, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    DEKRA acquires shares from WesBank in joint…

    DEKRA – an international player in the business of providing safety and quality for people dealing with technology, the environment and mobility – is acquiring the full control of DEKRA Automotive Pty. Ltd. (SA) by purchasing WesBank’s 50% stake.… more
    Editor 517
  • Liqui Moly team and riders, water points, and pits stops
    Nov 13, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Liqui Moly’s free bi-cycle wash and lube support…

    Liqui Moly’s unique support promotion of a free bi-cycle wash and lube stations for all competitors on this last weekend’s 94.7 MTB race was again hugely successful and is proving to be very popular amongst all riders and teams “The promotion has… more
    Editor 662
  • Fanus Coetzee, head: adjustment services at Santam
    Nov 13, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Spiraling cost of car parts could lead to pricey…

    The recently released Kinsey Report highlighted the considerable increase in the cost of spare and replacement motor vehicle parts. The significance of this is the knock-on effect that such price hikes have on the overall cost of vehicle repairs.… more
    Editor 540
  • AA unveils enhanced packages for South African motorists
    Nov 13, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    AA unveils enhanced packages for South African…

    Improved benefits prove AA offers the most comprehensive roadside assistance in the country The Automobile Association (AA) will, from November, offer new and existing Members who renew their Membership an exciting range of enhanced benefits as part… more
    Automobile Association 486
  • Know how to jumpstart your vehicle the right way
    Nov 13, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Know how to jumpstart your vehicle the right way

    With many of us looking forward to the holiday time ahead and possibly a long drive to our holiday destination, now is a good time to know how to deal with a flat car battery, says Les Mc Master, Chairman of the Motor Industry Workshop Association… more
    Editor 491
  • The Scourge of our Time
    Nov 13, 2015 On the Cees

    The Scourge of our Time

    Discouragement, to the point of no longer looking for work, and thus no longer counted as unemployed and therefore no longer recognised as part of the labour force (something the unemployed still are, not quite having given up hope). Discouragement… more
    Cees Bruggemans 443
  • PSA Peugeot Citroën produces 200 000th Turbo PureTech petrol engine
    Nov 11, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    PSA Peugeot Citroën produces 200 000th Turbo…

    The 200,000th Turbo PureTech petrol engine rolled off the production line at the Française de Mécanique plant on Saturday, 7 November 2015. Manufactured by the weekend team deployed since October to meet growing demand for the three-cylinder model,… more
    Editor 492
  • Uber and WesBank in multimillion-rand partnership to fuel growth in passenger transport industry
    Nov 11, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Uber and WesBank in multimillion-rand partnership…

    Uber and WesBank in multimillion-rand partnership to fuel growth in passenger transport industry 10 November 2015 - The economic prospects of professional drivers in South Africa’s passenger transport industry are set to be transformed thanks to a… more
    Editor 694
  • AIDC Implements Augmented – Reality Welding Training
    Nov 11, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    AIDC Implements Augmented – Reality Welding…

    The Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) in Rosslyn, Pretoria, has implemented an augmented-reality welding solution for its trainees, supplied by Sangari South Africa, an education solutions provider. The AIDC is an implementation agency… more
    Editor 547
  • Countdown, Ignition, liftoff
    Nov 11, 2015 On the Cees

    Countdown, Ignition, liftoff

    Following startlingly robust October employment data, the Fed is likely to be finally ready to start its ignition sequence, after which it is “all stations go” and we have liftoff (16 December). After which eons of radio silence, for the Fed has… more
    Cees Bruggemans 443
  • Dacia - 3,500,000 Dacias sold already!
    Nov 10, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Dacia - 3,500,000 Dacias sold already!

    In just over ten years, Dacia has won over more than 3,500,000 customers in Europe and the Mediterranean basin. The 3,500,000th Dacia sold was a Sandero Stepway purchased by a customer in England. Denis Le Vot, SVP Sales & Marketing for Europe G9,… more
    Editor 502
  • Dr. David Masondo appointed as CEO of AIDC
    Nov 10, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Dr. David Masondo appointed as CEO of AIDC

    Rosslyn, Gauteng (25 October 2015): Dr. David Masondo, who has served as acting CEO of the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) since April 2015, has been appointed CEO of the organisation. Masondo brings a wealth of government, managerial… more
    Editor 529
  • AAITF Bangkok 2015 - Official pre show guide
    Nov 10, 2015 Events

    AAITF Bangkok 2015 - Official pre show guide

    WELCOME TO AAITF BANGKOK 2015 Thanks to its location within SE Asia’s leading trading and transport hub, AAITF Bangkok offers an unrivalled opportunity to make new commercial contacts across some of the world’s fastest developing automotive… more
    Editor 1475
  • Hyundai launches new global luxury brand 'Genesis'
    Nov 10, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Hyundai launches new global luxury brand 'Genesis'

    New 'Genesis' brand will compete with world's leading luxury car brands Six-model line-up begins roll-out from December Refined performance, athletic elegance in design and human-focused innovation will elevate the Genesis brand Hyundai Motor has… more
    Editor 480
  • Les Mc Master, Chairman of the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA)
    Nov 10, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Free car check has kicked off!

    Every year workshops get flooded in December with motorists wanting vehicle checks and needing repairs just days before they plan to leave on holiday. What motorists don’t realise is that should maintenance be needed on their vehicle and spare parts… more
    Editor 515
  • Naamsa quarterly business review:  3rd quarter 2015
    Nov 10, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Naamsa quarterly business review: 3rd quarter…

    QUARTERLY REVIEW OF BUSINESS CONDITIONS: MOTOR VEHICLE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY / AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR: 3RD QUARTER 2015 Attached, for information purposes, is a copy of NAAMSA’s quarterly review of business conditions for the South African motor vehicle… more
    NAAMSA 505
  • Be the wild card in your life
    Nov 10, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Be the wild card in your life

    ENGEN Pitch & Polish is a lateral-thinking national workshop and competition designed to give smaller, local communities access to expert guidance and input on how to polish their business pitches. It is an opportunity to have their ideas… more
    Editor 503
  • Jaco Scheepers, winner of Jaguar Land Rover South Africa’s Technician of the Year title
    Nov 10, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    South African talent shines in global technical…

    Jaco Scheepers excels in Global Technician of the Year contest Third place achieved after full day of comprehensive examination Jaguar Land Rover South Africa develops world-class skills Jaco Scheepers, winner of Jaguar Land Rover South Africa’s… more
    Editor 498
  • Ford Motor Company Celebrates 15 years of Conservation and Environmental Grants
    Nov 10, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Ford Motor Company Celebrates 15 years of…

    US$50 000 available for environmental grants in Sub-Saharan Africa Program helps projects dedicated to environmental sustainability and conservation Ford Conservation and Environmental Grants initiative celebrates 15 years in Middle East and North… more
    Editor 514
  • The cornerstone of the South African tyre market
    Nov 10, 2015 Events

    The cornerstone of the South African tyre market

    Having successfully staged its latest Tyrexpo India 2015 show in Chennai in July, SingEx Exhibitions, the organiser of the Tyrexpo Series, is now turning its attention to the sixth edition of Tyrexpo Africa 2016 in Johannesburg next March. With the… more
    Editor 1412
  • On Track: Continental Confirms Sales Projection and Raises Annual Forecast Again
    Nov 10, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    On Track: Continental Confirms Sales Projection…

    Net income climbs by 16 percent to 2.1 billion Euro after nine months Sales up 14 percent at over 29 billion Euro Sales projection for 2015 of more than 39 billion Euro confirmed EBIT of 3.2 billion Euro after three quarters Forecast for adjusted… more
    Editor 509
  • All smiles as the quarter millionth Chevrolet Utility rolls off the production line. Ian Nicholls, President and Managing Director of GM Sub-Saharan Africa Operations (second from right), Clayton Whitaker, Plant Manager (right), and the assembly team celebrated this milestone at the Struandale plant today.
    Nov 10, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Major Production Milestone for Chevrolet Utility

    Quarter millionth Utility rolls off the line at General Motors South Africa PORT ELIZABETH - The 250 000th Chevrolet Utility rolled off the production line at the Struandale plant in Port Elizabeth today. The quarter of a millionth unit, a 1.8… more
    Editor 508
  • Ford supports the Santa Shoebox project
    Nov 10, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Ford supports the Santa Shoebox project

    Ford have teamed up with the Santa Shoebox project to bring Christmas cheer to needy children during the festive season. In order to put smiles on little faces Ford has decided to put its commercial vehicles to good use by assisting the Santa… more
    Editor 486
  • Distracted Driving Detection Technology
    Nov 10, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Distracted Driving Detection Technology

    Hi Folks … Following on from last weeks’ newsletter on the true extent of a distracted driving action we share some positive comments on dealing with this challenge, particularly from a cognitive perspective. Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has… more
    Eugene Herbert 508
  • Laconic, Lacunose, Lunatic Debate
    Nov 10, 2015 On the Cees

    Laconic, Lacunose, Lunatic Debate

    Class, meeting, gathering will now come to order. We are here together to debate the state of the nation. In order to do so transparently, we need to apply some truth serum first. Art thou ready? First of all, regarding those here gathered together,… more
    Cees Bruggemans 422
  • Asia Becomes the top region for corporate R&D spend as Europe falls behind and North America remains consistent, according to the 2015 Global Innovation 1000 Study from Strategy&, PwC’s strategy consulting business
    Nov 10, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Asia Becomes the top region for corporate R&D…

    Asia Becomes the top region for corporate R&D spend as Europe falls behind and North America remains consistent, according to the 2015 Global Innovation 1000 Study from Strategy&, PwC’s strategy consulting business China and India lead dynamic R&D… more
    Editor 507
  • NAAMSA comment on the outcome of the review of the Automotive Production Development Programme (APDP)
    Nov 10, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    NAAMSA comment on the outcome of the review of…

    The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr R Davies, held discussions with automotive industry leaders, including the Chief Executives of the major vehicle manufacturers in South Africa, in Cape Town on 6th November, 2015 to announce the outcome of the… more
    Editor 498
  • NAACAM comment on minister's announcement of APDP changes
    Nov 10, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    NAACAM comment on minister's announcement of APDP…

    NAACAM welcomes Governments' continued support for the automotive sector. Two years since the introduction of the APDP, vehicle assemblies in South Africa continue to grow albeit modestly, despite poor local and global economics. The review… more
    Editor 514
  • Neale Hill Appointed as Director of Marketing, Sales and Service for Ford's Sub-Saharan Africa Region
    Nov 10, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Neale Hill Appointed as Director of Marketing,…

    15 years' experience in Ford South Africa's Marketing and Sales division Key roles as launch and brand manager in APA, followed by MD of Ford's New Zealand operations and General Manager - Sales at Ford Australia Focus will be on growing Ford's… more
    Editor 498
  • It's here... your exclusive AAITF Bangkok 2015 pre-show guide
    Nov 10, 2015 Events

    It's here... your exclusive AAITF Bangkok 2015…

    With 5 weeks to go today until the inaugural SE Asian auto aftermarket trade fair, AAITF Bangkok 2015, we have created a pre-show guide to let you know what you can expect onsite and start to plan your visit. Inside are exciting updates on the… more
    Editor 1499
  • Ford Mustang Named Ultimate Stunt Car by Former 'Stig' Ben Collins in New Film; 10,000 Mustangs Sold in Europe
    Nov 10, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Ford Mustang Named Ultimate Stunt Car by Former…

    Ford Mustang is crowned the ultimate stunt car in "Ben Collins: Stunt Driver," a new Lionsgate U.K. film starring the stunt driver, racing driver and former "Stig" on BBC's "Top Gear" Mustang fastback with 421 PS 5.0-litre V8 beats high-performance… more
    Editor 501
  • Weak data, Strong heart
    Nov 10, 2015 On the Cees

    Weak data, Strong heart

    The high-frequency data (monthly reporting cycle) keeps spewing distressing news. Business chiefs merrily keep globalising, pushed by stagnation prospects to find better growth alternatives elsewhere, pitching ever higher foreign shares of activity,… more
    Cees Bruggemans 448
  • Learning leadership
    Nov 10, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Learning leadership

    As companies transform themselves to remain locally and globally relevant in a tough economic climate, the workplace has grown into a pressurised and competitive environment where continuous learning is important to guarantee future career… more
    Editor 430
  • Is SA job flow resilient?
    Nov 05, 2015 On the Cees

    Is SA job flow resilient?

    There are two major employment surveys undertaken by StatsSA, reinforced by periodic census surveys, which in some respects suggest to date a greater job resilience than perhaps expected from the general news flow, while in other respects… more
    Cees Bruggemans 474
  • AAITF Bangkok buyer preview
    Nov 05, 2015 Events

    AAITF Bangkok buyer preview

    AUTOMOTIVE AFTERMARKET INTERNATIONAL TRADE FAIR BANGKOK There are only 5 weeks until the auto aftermarket international trade fair, AAITF Bangkok 2015, and we wanted to give you a sneak preview of who you will be meeting when exhibiting at the show.… more
    Editor 1487
  • RGMpowered, November 2015: meet the awesome foursome, take advantage of our year-end specials, and beat the heat this Summer
    Nov 05, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Meet the awesome foursome, take advantage of our…

    RGMpowered, November 2015: meet the awesome foursome, take advantage of our year-end specials, and beat the heat this Summer It's out: your monthly fix of motoring news from RGMotorsport, South Africa's leading tuner. modifier, upgrader and 'fixer'… more
    Editor 534
  • BMW Group South Africa’s Supertech Durban dealership achieves 4-Star Green Building Rating
    Nov 05, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    BMW Group South Africa’s Supertech Durban…

    First automotive dealership in South Africa to achieve prestigious accreditation. BMW S outh Africa head office in Midrand recently awarded 5-Star rating by Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). Midrand – In its efforts to achieve a more… more
    Editor 547
  • Ford Struandale Engine Plant Launches New Generation Duratorq TDCi Engine
    Nov 05, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Ford Struandale Engine Plant Launches New…

    Upgraded 2.2 and 3.2 Duratorq TDCi engines offer improved fuel economy, lower emissions, reduced NVH Installed capacity increases from 75 000 to 110 000 on engine assembly Machining capacity expands from 208 000 to 265 000 components sets by 2016,… more
    Editor 550
  • Tata Motors partners with the Football Legend - Lionel Messi
    Nov 05, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Tata Motors partners with the Football Legend…

    Tata Motors partners with the Football Legend - Lionel Messi as the global brand ambassador for its Passenger Vehicles The first-in-the-series, new association campaign #madeofgreat, will break online tomorrow Key Highlights The Passenger Vehicle… more
    Editor 573
  • Peugeot and ATP Announce Global Partnership
    Nov 05, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Peugeot and ATP Announce Global Partnership

    PEUGEOT and the ATP announced a new global partnership, beginning in 2016. The partnership will see PEUGEOT become the Official Car of the ATP World Tour, with a fleet of 500 vehicles worldwide. Please find attached the related press release as well… more
    Editor 538
  • Things warranting concern
    Nov 05, 2015 On the Cees

    Things warranting concern

    The things to fear most at present? There is so much to choose from. Even when excluding the personal and focusing only on the economy, there still remains a rich list. There is Blade holding forth on wealth taxes for the rich to pay for his… more
    Cees Bruggemans 471
  • Indy Oil Engine Flush – Use the best for your car’s engine
    Nov 05, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Indy Oil introduces Engine Flush to its product…

    Local lubricant manufacturer, Indy Oil, have expanded their product range to include an engine flush. Developed by Indy Oils’ chemist using the highest quality specialty additives, Indy Engine Flush effectively breaks up and removes harmful deposits… more
    Editor 560
  • Consumers Digest Awards four FCA Vehicles With 'Best Buys' for 2016 Model Year
    Nov 05, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Consumers Digest Awards four FCA Vehicles With…

    Midrand - The results are in for the Consumers Digest "Best Buys" for 2016 model year and several FCA brands are driving away with accolades. The 2016 Jeep® Renegade earned a place on Consumers Digest's list of automotive 'Best Buys,' joining three… more
    Editor 529
  • Saxonsea Primary School learners put their skills to the test during the tournament are from left Roy-Keane Du Plessis, (12), Gr6, Thorne Thomas (11) Gr5 and Ashwin Daniels (12), Gr6
    Nov 03, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Chevrolet Take Dreams to Cape Town

    Chevrolet Ute Force and Dreamfields Projects spread the joy of soccer throughout Cape Town. Cape Town, Western Cape. Chevrolet Ute Force spent a week in the heart of Cape Town making dreams come true for players, aspiring youngsters and hopeful… more
    Editor 561
  • Volkswagen's PeoplePavilion wins architectural award
    Nov 03, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Volkswagen's PeoplePavilion wins architectural…

    Volkswagen's R30 million multi-purpose complex recognised by the Eastern Cape Institute of Architects The Eastern Cape Institute of Architects (ECIA) has recognised Volkswagen's PeoplePavilion as one of the Eastern Cape's leading architectural… more
    Editor 565
  • Automobile Association clarifies Regulation 32A
    Nov 03, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Automobile Association clarifies Regulation 32A

    The Automobile Association (AA) has noted several reports in the media on the new rules relating to the renewing of license discs that came into effect on 1 November. While there has been some speculation regarding the details and implications of… more
    Editor 602
  • Naamsa comment on the October, 2015 South African new vehicle sales statistics
    Nov 03, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Naamsa comment on the October, 2015 South African…

    In amplification of the new vehicle sales statistics for the month of October, 2015 – released today for public consumption on the website of the Department of Trade & Industry – the Association commented that both domestic new vehicle sales and… more
    NAAMSA 570
  • Bentley curates collection for Christmas
    Nov 03, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Bentley curates collection for Christmas

    Christmas gifting streamlined with Top 10 Bentley recommendations Stylish new Bentley Collection inspires festive generosity Options for customers and enthusiasts alike (Crewe, November 2015) As the season of goodwill approaches, Bentley is curating… more
    Editor 531
  • African technical talent headed for prestigious international contest
    Nov 03, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    African technical talent headed for prestigious…

    Jaguar Land Rover hosts international Technician of the Year competition South African winner to face off against international competitors Contest reinforces commitment to employees and technical skills development Pretoria, November 2015 – Two top… more
    Editor 545
  • Driving your car at optimal performance in South Africa
    Nov 03, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Driving your car at optimal performance in South…

    Fuel costs, a tougher economy and an unhappy consumer market are pushing motorists to get better returns out of their vehicles Johannesburg, 02 November 2015 – Rising fuel costs, a weakening rand and a tougher economic environment, alongside an… more
    Editor 539
  • Mr. Alex Chung, President of KIA Motors Middle East and Africa Regional Headquarters, accepts the 2015 MECOTY Public Car of the Year award.
    Nov 03, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    KIA Sorento wins coveted Public Car of the Year…

    Sorento wins MECOTY Award for Public Car of the Year after securing highest number of public votes from across the region (SEOUL) November, 2015 – KIA’s all-new Sorento emerged as the winner of the coveted Public Car of the Year honour at the… more
    Editor 534
  • Private, public and civil society pledges at Road Safety Symposium in Botswana
    Nov 03, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Private, public and civil society pledges at Road…

    The first National Road Safety Symposium, ‘Effective Partnerships for Road Safety’, which took place on 28-29 October 2015 at the Gaborone International Convention Centre in Botswana, saw pledges made by the private, public and civil society sectors… more
    Editor 556
  • Growth in a Time of Strife
    Nov 03, 2015 On the Cees

    Growth in a Time of Strife

    You might think that at revolutionary moments like these all our clocks stop, all attention is absorbed by the revolution, and the economy grinds to a complete halt. Not quite, though. Despite the many breathless media events, the economy instead… more
    Cees Bruggemans 482
  • A Strategic Mistake?
    Nov 02, 2015 On the Cees

    A Strategic Mistake?

    Outsiders have little right to judge strategic decisions made by insiders who, having the inside track, do all the political running. But for what it is worth, an outsider opinion from distant sidelines may offer considerations which when weighed,… more
    Cees Bruggemans 536
  • Expo Milano 2015: Having won several awards, the German Pavilion “Fields of Ideas” issues a positive final assessment:
    Nov 02, 2015 Events

    Expo Milano 2015: Having won several awards, the…

    Maximum capacity achieved with around three million visitors Over 6,000 protocol visitors from politics, industry and academia With around three million visitors, the German Pavilion “Fields of Ideas” has issued a positive final assessment at the… more
    Editor 1351
  • PE Surfer Aims To Break Surfing Record
    Nov 02, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    PE Surfer Aims To Break Surfing Record

    PORT ELIZABETH - An avid Port Elizabeth surfer, Josh Enslin will put his mental and physical prowess to the test when he attempts to break the Guinness World Record for the longest surfing marathon on 14 and 15 November 2015. The 30-year old surfer… more
    Editor 559
  • Felipe Massa drives Bond villain’s Jaguar C-X75 supercar in Mexico City
    Nov 02, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Felipe Massa drives Bond villain’s Jaguar C-X75…

    WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING driver Felipe Massa plays Bond villain for the day in stunt Jaguar C-X75 featured in SPECTRE Drive at race track celebrates SPECTRE Americas Premiere and Formula One™ Grand Prix back in Mexico City Mexico City features… more
    Editor 531
  • MzansiGirl making some #NissanMagic in a Qashqai
    Oct 30, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    MzansiGirl making some #NissanMagic in a Qashqai

    Rosslyn, South Africa, 30 October 2015 – Twenty four hours may seem like a short time, but for the energetic Meruschka Govender it is ample time to crisscross her home town in a Qashqai in search of some #NissanMagic. “I want to inspire young people… more
    Editor 557
  • (From left) Raymond Kirk, a mechanic at Auto Advantage, and Les Kirk, owner of Auto Advantage, receive their five-star grading certificate from the Director of MIWA, Vishal Premlall.
    Oct 30, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    (From left) Raymond Kirk, a mechanic at Auto…

    Independent workshop steps in to assist disgruntled dealership customer In the space of a few weeks, a car owner was disappointed twice by the service he received from two different dealerships. The car owner (who wishes to remain anonymous) took… more
    Editor 603
  • Driver distractions extend 27 seconds beyond act
    Oct 30, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Driver distractions extend 27 seconds beyond act

    Hi Folks… We recently participated in the development of a series of infographics and posters on the dangers of DWD and therefore take note of new information on the subject – information that lends clarity, perspective and above all renewed… more
    Eugene Herbert 562
  • International recognition for local success
    Oct 30, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    International recognition for local success

    REDISA (Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa) has been recognised for its innovative and efficient systems for the second consecutive year at the Oracle Awards REDISA gained international recognition for its management… more
    Editor 620
  • Wellness Innovation Award for Ford Struandale Engine Plant
    Oct 30, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Wellness Innovation Award for Ford Struandale…

    Top accolades for Ford's wellness initiatives in Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber 2015 Health and Wellness Awards First place in the Wellness Innovation category for Ford's far-reaching community projects Wellness counsellor Serano Vardy earns… more
    Editor 556
  • Lifting the lid on innovation
    Oct 29, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Lifting the lid on innovation

    How do you fit 22 soccer players into a Nissan Qashqai?- SANDTON, South Africa. When is a Qashqai not a car? When it’s a foosball table. And that’s the secret to fitting 22 soccer players into a Qashqai! Nissan, one of the world’s most innovative… more
    Editor 584
  • Oil retreat gives fuel price breather
    Oct 29, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Oil retreat gives fuel price breather

    Association advises motorists not to take future price reductions for granted "Our mid-month concerns over stronger oil prices have been allayed by an ongoing retreat," the AA said. "The situation has been further strengthened by a modest flattening… more
    Automobile Association 546
  • Volkswagen recognised for its Health and Wellness programme
    Oct 29, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Volkswagen recognised for its Health and Wellness…

    VWSA wins Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber Health and Wellness Award, for the second time VWSA's 1-hour health check-up focuses on chronic diseases amongst employees Volkswagen Group South Africa has been recognised by the Nelson Mandela Bay… more
    Editor 569
  • Meet the finalists of the 2015 South AfricanSmall Business Awards
    Oct 29, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Meet the finalists of the 2015 South AfricanSmall…

    The finalists of the 2015 South African Small Business Awards were announced today by the National Small Business Chamber (NSBC). This year marks the seventh anniversary of the South African Small Business Awards, recognising the tireless journey,… more
    Editor 554
  • Nissan IDS Concept: Nissan’s vision for the future of EVs and autonomous driving
    Oct 29, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Nissan IDS Concept: Nissan’s vision for the…

    Rosslyn, PRETORIA (October, 2015) – As the Tokyo Motor Show 2015 kicks off today, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. unveiled a concept vehicle that embodies Nissan’s vision of the future of autonomous driving and zero emission electric vehicles (EVs): the… more
    Editor 563
  • Post Office: National Govt ignores the serious implications of a strike
    Oct 29, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Post Office: National Govt ignores the serious…

    The National Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services has chosen not to get involved in this alarming issue, stating that salary issues are between employees and the employer, the South African Post Office (SAPO). I will today write to… more
    Editor 574
  • Updated data critical to making informed decisions – AA
    Oct 29, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Updated data critical to making informed decisions

    WHO figures cannot be measured against current statistics The report highlights that there were 13 802 fatalities in the 2010/2011 period in South Africa. It further notes that the government has set a target of a 50% reduction of this figure. The… more
    Automobile Association 567
  • AICA and Autopromotec at SEMA Show
    Oct 29, 2015 Events

    AICA and Autopromotec at SEMA Show

    Las Vegas, November 3-6, with the initiative Excellence Automotive AICA - Italian Garage Equipment Manufacturers Association together with Autopromotec announces a special initiative devoted to the Italian automotive equipment industry that will… more
    Editor 1614
  • REDISA achievements update October 28 2015
    Oct 28, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    REDISA achievements update October 28 2015

    Since its inception, REDISA (Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa), as gazetted by the Department of Environmental Affairs to clean the environment of tyre waste has been able to alleviate the problem of waste tyres in South… more
    Editor 550
  • Addressing the SA automotive parts challenge
    Oct 28, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Addressing the SA automotive parts challenge

    - through a streamlined supply chain Despite the competitiveness of the South African automotive industry, questions around the affordability and availability of spare parts and maintaining the sustainability of the sector remain. Adam Orlin, CEO of… more
    Editor 529
  • Need-to-know training at SAEE Convention 2015
    Oct 28, 2015 Events

    Need-to-know training at SAEE Convention 2015

    Energy savings reporting seems so simple, you compare last month’s bill to this month’s, isn’t it? In reality there are factors and variables that need to be considered. You might have a hot summer, therefore you use more air-conditioning. What… more
    Editor 1489
  • SA labour force dynamics
    Oct 28, 2015 On the Cees

    SA labour force dynamics

    SA has two major labour market surveys, both run by StatsSA. They both use acceptable methodology. But their messages differ somewhat. The Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) survey of registered businesses and organisations reported (core) formal… more
    Cees Bruggemans 480
  • New MEYLE ball joint kits for Peugeot 407/508 and Citroën C5/C6
    Oct 28, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    New MEYLE ball joint kits for Peugeot 407/508 and…

    Kits come with stainless steel seal ring including mounting material High-grade materials ensure above-average service life Hamburg. Committed to expanding its product portfolio for French makes and models, Wulf Gaertner Autoparts AG now also… more
    Editor 602
  • AA launches exciting competition to ease fuel bills
    Oct 28, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    AA launches exciting competition to ease fuel…

    R200 000 in fuel to be won in December and January One lucky winner will win R36 000 in fuel – enough to keep their car on the road for an entire year. To qualify for entry, existing AA Members must either renew their Membership, add a spouse or… more
    Automobile Association 593
  • Finance or lease? How to pay for your new car
    Oct 28, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Finance or lease? How to pay for your new car

    The only thing that causes more consternation than deciding which car to buy is figuring out how to pay for it. With very few South Africans able to pay cash for a vehicle outright, it’s important to understand the options available when you’re… more
    Editor 620
  • Mazda Celebrates Start of Engine Production at New Powertrain Plant in Thailand
    Oct 28, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Mazda Celebrates Start of Engine Production at…

    Mazda Motor Corporation announced it held a ceremony to celebrate the start of engine production at its powertrain plant in Thailand, Mazda Powertrain Manufacturing (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (MPMT). Approximately 400 people attended the ceremony,… more
    Editor 569
  • First National Battery rewarded for excellence at NAPA Awards
    Oct 27, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    First National Battery rewarded for excellence at…

    First National Battery, wholly owned subsidiary of JSE listed Metair Investments Limited, South Africa’s leading manufacturer of lead acid batteries, has been awarded a National Automobile Parts Association (NAPA) Emerald Supplier of the Year Award.… more
    Editor 598
  • SA & Europe on the Ropes?
    Oct 27, 2015 On the Cees

    SA & Europe on the Ropes?

    Only two months ago, speculation was rife about a Chinese implosion, there had been repeated seasonal doubts about the staying power of the US economy, and Japan has so far not succeeded in gaining cruising altitude. Especially Chinese market… more
    Cees Bruggemans 467
  • GMSA Donates Lifesaving Medical Equipment
    Oct 27, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    GMSA Donates Lifesaving Medical Equipment

    Cape Town - A donation of medical equipment by General Motors South Africa (GMSA) will go a long way in saving the lives of children with respiratory distress and pneumonia at New Somerset Hospital in the Western Cape. The handover of a high flow… more
    Editor 561
  • SHOW UPDATE: Workshops, seminars & modification features
    Oct 27, 2015 Events

    SHOW UPDATE: Workshops, seminars & modification…

    With just under 6 weeks to go, have you pre-registered for free for the B2B Automotive Aftermarket International Trade Fair, AAITF Bangkok, 9-11 December 2015? Here are some exciting updates on the exhibition, including not previously announced… more
    Editor 1389
  • Placid Flaccid
    Oct 27, 2015 Wilder Things

    Placid Flaccid

    Do you remember the 1989 Porsche ad which went; “Small Penis? Have I got a car for you.” I don’t remember the ad, but some people swear that it did run. Either way, it is a great ad, because it hits the button, based on the belief that those with… more
    Fingal Wilde 466
  • Stop Slaughtering Our Rhino
    Oct 27, 2015 Wilder Things

    Stop Slaughtering Our Rhino

    I was watching the news the other night and there was a documentary on the ongoing killing of our rhinos. One particularly distressing image was of a rhino, still alive, bleeding to death, with its horns having being hacked off by some uncaring… more
    Fingal Wilde 448
  • The Resilience of the South African Automotive Industry
    Oct 27, 2015 The Phoenix

    The Resilience of the South African Automotive…

    There was an old joke in the 1970’s, which is still applicable today. It goes something like this: God was busy with the creation of Earth, and he was directing his assistant in pouring minerals onto the continents. When they came to southern… more
    The Phoenix 495
  • Volkswagen emissions – what is the impact in South Africa?
    Oct 26, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Volkswagen emissions – what is the impact in…

    The Automobile Association of South Africa (AA) has received numerous enquiries from the public and media since mid-September relating to Volkswagen AG’s use of defeat devices on certain diesel vehicles. Since the announcement by the US… more
    Automobile Association 654
  • The Confusion of Transition
    Oct 26, 2015 On the Cees

    The Confusion of Transition

    The past week’s October Student Revolt (it is better to be precise, there may be future editions) is intriguing for its many windows on multi-faceted problems, whose agendas have suddenly been greatly accelerated. What can we learn from these events… more
    Cees Bruggemans 503
  • Drunk Driving - South Africa rated the worst
    Oct 26, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Drunk Driving - South Africa rated the worst

    Statistics are of course something we can’t do without – that said, some are so frightening that we could possibly wish they weren’t as indelibly imprinted on our brain, such is the case with road fatalities in South Africa. The realities of what a… more
    Eugene Herbert 594
  • UKZN’s Solar Car team, Hulamin, at the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge finish line in Adelaide, Australia.
    Oct 26, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    UKZN Solar Car ‘Hulamin’ shines!

    crosses the finish line at the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia. UKZN Solar Car, Hulamin, has crossed the finish line at the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia! The team has provisionally been placed in 12th position among… more
    Editor 577
  • KIA Motors Umlazi donates car engine to Chief Ngonyama Technical School in KwaZulu-Natal
    Oct 26, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    KIA Motors Umlazi donates car engine to Chief…

    KIA engine to be utilised for practical experience of mechanical technology (JOHANNESBURG) – KIA Motors Umlazi, with the support of KIA Motors South Africa, recently handed over a KIA Optima engine to the Chief Ngonyama Technical School in… more
    Editor 566
  • John Pangilinan creates a Hyundai Tucson Adventuremobile for SEMA Motor Show
    Oct 26, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    John Pangilinan creates a Hyundai Tucson…

    John Pangilinan, the renowned Southern California tuner known for creating vehicles that blur the lines between lifestyle and automotive, has released details on his 2016 Tucson SEMA build. Dubbed the "Adventuremobile", the vehicle blends Hyundai's… more
    Editor 573
  • Volkswagen South Africa manufactures 500 000th Polo at its Uitenhage plant
    Oct 26, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Volkswagen South Africa manufactures 500 000th…

    Premier of the Eastern Cape Phumulo Masualle and Deputy Premier of Lower Saxony Stefan Wenzel, together with the Executive Mayor of the Nelson Mandela Metro Danny Jordaan witness the 500 000th Polo rolling of the assembly line in Uitenhage… more
    Editor 554
  • Revolt in Times of Flux
    Oct 23, 2015 On the Cees

    Revolt in Times of Flux

    Discontent of all kinds simmers just below the surface, indicative that the nation’s managers aren't quite managing to stay on top of things. This could get worse, if expectations keep expanding exponentially while delivery keeps failing to keep… more
    Cees Bruggemans 480
  • Ford Earns Top Product Quality Awards from Ipsos South Africa
    Oct 23, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Ford Earns Top Product Quality Awards from Ipsos…

    Ford Ranger ranked as Best One-Ton Single-Cab LCV brand, second in Double Cab Gold award for Ford Ranger in the Diesel Single Cab category Ford Focus Hatch - Most Improved Volume Passenger Car in quality rankings Awards based on survey of over 30… more
    Editor 603
  • Four Gold Awards for KIA in the 2015 Ipsos Product Quality Awards
    Oct 23, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Four Gold Awards for KIA in the 2015 Ipsos…

    KIA Rio dominates in Small Hatch category, with Sorento topping the list in Best New Recreational Vehicle category KIA Sportage scores Gold Award in Most Improved Recreational Vehicle category KIA Motors takes Gold in Best Volume Passenger Car Brand… more
    Editor 633
  • GM Reports Third-Quarter Net Income of $1.4 Billion
    Oct 23, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    GM Reports Third-Quarter Net Income of $1.4…

    - and Record EBIT-Adjusted of $3.1 Billion EPS of $0.84; EPS adjusted of $1.50, up 55 percent from a year ago GM North America sets records for EBIT-adjusted and EBIT-adjusted margin DETROIT - General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) today announced… more
    Editor 584
  • Safely using safety features (part 1)
    Oct 23, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Safely using safety features (part 1)

    Technology in our cars is so advanced, driving takes little effort today: you do not have to park by yourself, have extra sensors looking out for pedestrians and automatic beam control for your lights. International stats say there are over 7 000… more
    Editor 605
  • Toyota tops quality survey
    Oct 23, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Toyota tops quality survey

    Ipsos South Africa released the 2015 Product Quality Awards and Toyota South Africa Motors stood out with three platinum awards, one gold award as well as three category wins. This illustrating once more that quality is synonymous with Toyota.… more
    Editor 597
  • The South Korean Response
    Oct 23, 2015 On the Cees

    The South Korean Response

    Like many other countries, South Korea has been experiencing an economic slowdown that increasingly feels structural (long-term) in nature. Their response: to move on. Korea has identified innovative technology & creative businesses as its next… more
    Cees Bruggemans 479
  • Bridgestone concerned over Durban tyre survey
    Oct 23, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Bridgestone concerned over Durban tyre survey

    Bridgestone's long-running Tyre Check project has released data from its recent survey held in Durban. The event was the fifth of its kind to be undertaken in KwaZulu-Natal since 2007. Bridgestone's team of tyre specialists set up shop in the car… more
    Editor 590
  • Renault new parts & distribution centre (PDC) aims to set the benchmark
    Oct 23, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Renault new parts & distribution centre (PDC)…

    With no expense spared in terms of logistical fixtures and fitments, Renault's new PDC located in Spartan is on track to be an industry-leading facility. Integral to Renault SA's strategic plan is to ensure the ongoing supply of parts and create… more
    Editor 607
  • The World has gone Quiet
    Oct 21, 2015 On the Cees

    The World has gone Quiet

    Just a few weeks ago (in September), American equity markets experienced a sickening fall (reading too much into US & Chinese data?), with Japan (& Taiwan & Singapore) back in recession, even as war raged in Syria and Europe saw a growing flood of… more
    Cees Bruggemans 498
  • Automotive Technology Specialists is the exclusive distributor of Brembo performance products
    Oct 21, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Automotive Technology Specialists is the…

    Automotive Technology Specialists (ATS) remains the sole importer of Brembo’s range of performance products and upgrade kits, and has access to a wide range of high-tech stopping solutions directly from Brembo in Italy. These include the sought… more
    Editor 627
  • KIA Grand Sedona drives Imperial Road Safety’s “Car Seats for Kids” in Cape Town
    Oct 21, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    KIA Grand Sedona drives Imperial Road Safety’s…

    There is no doubt that road safety is a key priority for all businesses that operate in the transport sector, and of course, ensuring the safety of our most precious cargo – our children – is even more critical, especially in light of the newly… more
    Editor 670
  • Looking to the Gecko for Answers
    Oct 21, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Looking to the Gecko for Answers

    Ford to Seek Solutions by Mimicking Nature Ford researchers will study the gecko's sticky toe pads for clues to improve adhesives and increase the recyclability of auto parts Biomimicry is an innovative approach that looks to nature for sustainable… more
    Editor 609
  • New Automechanika Shanghai venue this year accommodating thriving growth
    Oct 21, 2015 Events

    New Automechanika Shanghai venue this year…

    Many updated services and benefits abound at this year’s show In response to the rapidly expanding Automechanika Shanghai, Asia’s largest trade fair for automotive parts, accessories, equipment and services, this year’s show, held 2 – 5 December… more
    Editor 1855
  • Slim pickings to rejoice
    Oct 21, 2015 On the Cees

    Slim pickings to rejoice

    In stressed times, even small mercies loom large. And so in the short term we can identify a few snippets supporting our drifting condition. The main news originates overseas, how a spate of disappointing US data releases in recent weeks (months… more
    Cees Bruggemans 488
  • REDISA achievements update
    Oct 19, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    REDISA achievements update October

    Since its inception, REDISA (Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa), as gazetted by the Department of Environmental Affairs to clean the environment of tyre waste has been able to alleviate the problem of waste tyres in South… more
    Editor 635
  • Ernst Prost CEO/MD Liqui Moly International Head Office in Germany
    Oct 19, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Liqui Moly can make huge cuts to your fleet…

    Fuel additives from Liqui Moly the additive specialists are reducing fuel consumption of the bus fleets by more than 3 percent and 335 tons of CO2. The potential annual savings in operating costs for large fleets are worth millions. This test was… more
    Editor 656
  • 2015 National Small Business Survey reveals SME optimism despite challenges
    Oct 19, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    2015 National Small Business Survey reveals SME…

    Results from the 2015 National Small Business Survey released by the National Small Business Chamber (NSBC) show the continued resilience of South African SMEs in the face of economic challenges. The annual survey canvassed 18 500 small businesses… more
    Editor 402
  • The data perhaps don't lie?
    Oct 19, 2015 On the Cees

    The data perhaps don't lie?

    We tend to discredit data, especially data that doesn't make sense. But then sometimes one needs to go wider to get confirmation. Perhaps the data doesn't mislead as much as sometimes suspected? This matter of whether there is (slightly) more demand… more
    Cees Bruggemans 538
  • Liqui Moly’s huge range, services all vehicles, industry and equipment
    Oct 19, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Liqui Moly’s huge range, services all vehicles,…

    Liqui Moly’s range has the total vehicle and industry equipment market covered with their tailor made, specific products for cars, trucks, earth moving, aeroplanes, motorcycles, marine, motor racing, bi-cycles, all industry machinery and garden… more
    Editor 641
  • Obama signs important reman act
    Oct 19, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Obama signs important reman act

    On October 7, President Obama signed The Federal Vehicle Repair Cost Savings Act of 2015. As a result, USA’s new remanufacturing legislation is now law. The new law requires federal agencies to encourage the use of remanufactured parts in federal… more
    Editor 601
  • BMW South Africa’s Rosslyn plant receives first renewable energy from Bio2Watt biogas plant.
    Oct 19, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    BMW South Africa’s Rosslyn plant receives first…

    25% to 30% of Plant Rosslyn’s electricity requirement will now be generated from renewable sources. 10-year renewable energy agreement between BMW and Bio2Watt. Bio2Watt’s 500 tons of waste per day used to generate renewable energy. Plant Rosslyn… more
    Editor 733
  • Stronger oil keeps up fuel price pressure
    Oct 19, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Stronger oil keeps up fuel price pressure

    Outlook at this early stage indicates small or no change to fuel price for November Stronger international oil prices have kept up the pressure on South Africa's local fuel prices. This is according to the Automobile Association which was commenting… more
    Automobile Association 591
  • The Zuma era Reinterpreted
    Oct 19, 2015 On the Cees

    The Zuma era Reinterpreted

    In our never-ending quest to understand our times and be better prepared for what might still be coming, if at all feasible (forewarned being forearmed?), we sometimes have to dig deep. Complex behaviour at variance with common sense assumptions… more
    Cees Bruggemans & Prof Willie Esterhuyse 483
  • Toyota named world's most valuable automotive brand
    Oct 19, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Toyota named world's most valuable automotive…

    For the fourth consecutive year Toyota remains the world's most valuable automotive brand, and one of the top-10 brands overall in the latest annual report by the international consultancy Interbrand. It is the fourth year running that the company… more
    Editor 715
  • Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe to star in Johannesburg charity event
    Oct 19, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe to star in Johannesburg…

    Midrand - The Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe, one of South Africa's most unique and sought-after performance cars is set to take centre-stage at a gala evening of fundraising with Women of Worth (WOW) Johannesburg, a social group of like-minded and positive… more
    Editor 644
  • 2015 Honda VFR800X Crossrunner
    Oct 19, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    2015 Honda VFR800X Crossrunner

    Model updates: Honda's premium adventure sports tourer evolves substantially for 2015, with a host of upgrades designed to deliver more hard-riding excitement. It features more mid-range torque and top-end power from its upgraded V4-VTEC engine,… more
    Editor 413
  • GM Sold 7.2 Million Vehicles in the First Nine Months of 2015
    Oct 19, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    GM Sold 7.2 Million Vehicles in the First Nine…

    DETROIT - General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) sold 7.2 million vehicles globally in the first nine months of 2015. The company posted sales increases in four of its five largest markets, with record sales in China and strong retail sales gains in the… more
    Editor 616
  • Toyota leading the way to reduce cost of ownership
    Oct 19, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Toyota leading the way to reduce cost of ownership

    The recently announced 2015 Kinsey Survey and introduction of Toyota Value Service pays testimony to efforts by Toyota South Africa to ensure competitive parts pricing and reasonable cost of ownership. 2015 Kinsey Survey Toyota has made its mark… more
    Editor 611
  • Storm Season Progressing Well
    Oct 15, 2015 On the Cees

    Storm Season Progressing Well

    Things could have been a whole lot worse, thinking October 1929, 1987, 2008. But they are not. We aren't on the brink of 85% market crashes, and the onset of Great Depressions, Great Recessions & more such great stuff. Instead, we are being mildly… more
    Cees Bruggemans 529
  • Wulf Gaertner Autoparts invites visitors on virtual tour of the company
    Oct 15, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Wulf Gaertner Autoparts invites visitors on…

    Looking inside and around the Hamburg-based manufacturer's premises with Google Business View Interactive visitor experience to enhance transparency Virtual tour can be taken on Google, Google Maps and Google+ Hamburg, October 2015. Under its MEYLE… more
    Editor 617
  • South Africa’s Manufacturers Under Pressure
    Oct 15, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    South Africa’s Manufacturers Under Pressure

    While power shortages remain one of a number of challenges South African manufacturers are facing in 2015, there is a silver lining: solid demand and efforts to trim costs and boost operational efficiencies are expected to shore up earnings in… more
    Editor 665
  • KIA continues its upward move on Interbrand’s Best Global Brands list
    Oct 15, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    KIA continues its upward move on Interbrand’s…

    Brand value increases by 5% despite tough global economic conditions Retains record-breaking 2014 position KIA Motors Corporation has retained its position at number 74 on Interbrand’s Best Global Brands list for 2015, with the company successfully… more
    Editor 660
  • Bentley opens first showroom in Morocco
    Oct 15, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Bentley opens first showroom in Morocco

    Bentley Casablanca increases brand’s international presence Centrale Automobile Chérifienne announced as authorised partner Customers in Morocco can now order Bentayga, Bentley’s SUV (Crewe / Casablanca, October 2015) Bentley Motors announces the… more
    Editor 648
  • Rejigging Chinese assumptions
    Oct 14, 2015 On the Cees

    Rejigging Chinese assumptions

    There is a deep anxiety about China that may be wildly overdone. China’s financial markets, to put it mildly, are rather immature. Post-2009, the Chinese stock markets did very little, still smarting after earlier excesses, but then from mid-2014… more
    Cees Bruggemans 483
  • Nissan sponsors global cricket events in major ICC partnership deal
    Oct 14, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Nissan sponsors global cricket events in major…

    Nissan becomes a global ICC sponsor through 2023 including ICC Cricket World Cup and World Twenty20 - MUMBAI, India (October 14, 2015) – Nissan has agreed to a major eight-year deal with the International Cricket Council (ICC) that further… more
    Editor 665
  • Connecting to the future: Continental Presents Holistic Connectivity Demo Car
    Oct 14, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Connecting to the future

    Continental Presents Holistic Connectivity Demo Car At the ITS World Congress, Continental presents its Holistic Connectivity demo car. Big data and on-board data: Connected services understand the context of the driver’s condition and even… more
    Editor 626
  • Adrian Smith New Regional Manager for African Country Units
    Oct 14, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Hytec appoints New Regional Manager for African…

    The Hytec Group of Companies has appointed Adrian Smith as Regional Manager, African Country Units, effective 20 August 2015. Smith assumes responsibility for four of the Group’s southern-African operations – Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia and… more
    Editor 618
  •  Les Mc Master, Chairman of the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA)
    Oct 14, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Get your car holiday ready now with a free car…

    Believe it or not there are only a few weeks left until the December school holidays start. Now is the time to consider getting your pre-holiday vehicle checks done before the last-minute scramble begins, advises Les Mc Master, Chairman of the Motor… more
    Editor 625
  • NUMSA Strike – PROTEST AGAINST CORRUPTION
    Oct 14, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    NUMSA Strike – PROTEST AGAINST CORRUPTION

    The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) has been spearheading the anticipated anticorruption protest, which has support from civil society organisations, faith-based groups, and nongovernmental organisations. Workers have been… more
    Editor 614
  • Sinazo Cebisa with (from left to right) Bernd Osterloh (President of the Volkswagen Group Works Council), Matthias Müller (Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG) and Dr. Horst Neumann (Member of the Board of Management responsible for Human Resources, Organization and IT at Volkswagen AG).
    Oct 14, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    VWSA apprentice honoured by Volkswagen Group

    "Best Apprentice Award 2015" for 45 young talents from 19 countries on five continents Chemical Engineer Sinazo Cebisa represents VWSA in Germany The Volkswagen Group recently presented its "Best Apprentice Awards 2015" to young top achievers from… more
    Editor 699
  • Cash in Transit vehicle branding promotes wildlife sustainability
    Oct 14, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Cash in Transit vehicle branding promotes…

    Cash services and solutions company SBV Services has partnered with the Endangered Wildlife Fund in promoting the conservation of South Africa’s Big Five. As part of a wider company strategy and a plan to replace its cash carrying fleet, cash… more
    Editor 653
  • Renault-Nissan Alliance accelerates gender diversity
    Oct 14, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Renault-Nissan Alliance accelerates gender…

    Percentage of women employees, particularly those in manager-level positions, keeps increasing year over year At Renault, 22% of global key positions are held by women; Nissan Japan has more than triple the national average percentage of women… more
    Editor 617
  • Drive safer during wet weather
    Oct 14, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Drive safer during wet weather

    Automobile Association warns motorists to be vigilant in wet conditions "A wet road might only have half as much grip as a dry road," the AA said. "Motorists need to give thought to earlier braking, slower cornering speeds and looking further… more
    Automobile Association 614
  • What have Meguiars, Sussex Autoparts and RUPES S.p.A all got in common?
    Oct 14, 2015 Events

    What have Meguiars, Sussex Autoparts and RUPES…

    They are exhibiting at the Automotive Aftermarket International Trade Fair, AAITF Bangkok 2015 With just under 2 months to go until the launch of the Automotive Aftermarket International Trade Fair, AAITF Bangkok, 9-11 December 2015, there are very… more
    Editor 1983
  • The Big SA job disrupters
    Oct 14, 2015 On the Cees

    The Big SA job disrupters

    We tend to think of global shocks & their recession consequences, and excessive domestic wage demands inviting businesses to hold the line on wage bills by way of other means, as the big threats to jobs. But a bigger threat to our employment by far… more
    Cees Bruggemans 492
  • Proposed amendment to the compulsory specification for hydraulic brake and clutch fluid
    Oct 13, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Proposed amendment to the compulsory…

    Government Notice No. 609 of 2015 It Is hereby made known, under Section 13 (4) of the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications Act (Act 5 of 2008) that I, Dr Rob Davies, the Minister of Trade and Industry, intends to amend the Compulsory… more
    Editor 630
  • The meeting place for the SE Asian automotive aftermarket
    Oct 13, 2015 Events

    The meeting place for the SE Asian automotive…

    The inaugural Automotive Aftermarket International Trade Fair, AAITF Bangkok 2015, will take place 9-11 December 2015 at the world class IMPACT Forum Exhibition Centre, Bangkok. The three day B2B event, free to attend for trade visitors, is… more
    Editor 2218
  • NUMSA Protected strike action on 14 October 2015
    Oct 13, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    NUMSA Protected strike action on 14 October 2015

    NUMSA notified NEDLAC on 8 July 2015 that it planned to embark on nationwide stay ways, strikes, marches and demonstrations in protest of the escalating corruption in the country. NUMSA has now served a notice of the intention to embark on protest… more
    Editor 661
  • The ultimate aftermarket destination
    Oct 13, 2015 Events

    The ultimate aftermarket destination

    AUTOMOTIVE AFTERMARKET INDUSTRY AND TUNING TRADE FAIR BANGKOK With just under 2 months to go, have you pre-registered for free for the B2B Automotive Aftermarket International Trade Fair, AAITF Bangkok, 9-11 December 2015? A SOURCING HUB FOR… more
    Editor 2234
  • SARB rate hikes & consumers
    Oct 12, 2015 On the Cees

    SARB rate hikes & consumers

    It is a serious question: how badly does a SARB interest rate hike hit our SA households? Impacting disposable income. Shifting buying power away from consumer businesses towards bank depositors (favoured by higher interest income)? Although… more
    Cees Bruggemans 514
  • A MAN TGX designed like the legendary Porsche-Martini racing cars
    Oct 12, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    A MAN TGX designed like the legendary…

    Porsche Centrum Gelderland has a new MAN special transporter Since July, a special MAN truck can be seen cruising around Dutch roads: Porsche Centrum Gelderland uses an MAN TGX special transporter with paintwork matching the colours of the legendary… more
    Editor 742
  • A Spasm-Free Future?
    Oct 12, 2015 On the Cees

    A Spasm-Free Future?

    The world is playing defensive. Offensive is different. It may be that offense is the best defence, but not under all circumstances. What does that make the present? Economic upswings run out of runway (resources) or speculative forces take a grip… more
    Cees Bruggemans 512
  • Continental Tyre South Africa (CTSA) Launches New Website
    Oct 12, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Continental Tyre South Africa (CTSA) Launches New…

    Fresh new look with improved navigation and functionality Built in dealer locator Detailed tyre information and tips Mobile friendly Port Elizabeth, South Africa, 09 October 2015- Continental Tyre South Africa is pleased to announce the launch of… more
    Editor 765
  • Unisa SBL acknowledges Advocate Thuli Madonsela’s steadfast leadership
    Oct 09, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Unisa SBL acknowledges Advocate Thuli Madonsela’s…

    ‘Gracefully anchored’ was the appropriate theme of the flagship event dinner at which Advocate Thuli Madonsela, South Africa’s Public Protector, was awarded the 22nd Unisa Graduate School of Business Leadership (SBL) Leadership in Practice Award… more
    Editor 668
  • SEMA eNews, Vol. 18, No. 41
    Oct 09, 2015 Events

    SEMA eNews, Vol. 18, No. 41

    SEMA Member Directory of Data Innovators The SEMA Data Co-op has become “data central” for hundreds of specialty parts brands. This directory is designed to guide data users to brands that have successfully undertaken the challenge to manage their… more
    Editor 2455
  • BMW Eco Team Pro winners of the 2015 Shell Eco – marathon
    Oct 09, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    BMW Eco Team Pro wins the 2015 Shell Eco-marathon…

    BMW South Africasponsors University of Johannesburg students to participate in the 2015 Shell Eco-marathon Challenge BMW team to participate in the 2016 shell eco-marathon International race in london. Team driver to join the BMW Graduate Programme… more
    Editor 909
  • SA Industry Line-Up Update
    Oct 09, 2015 On the Cees

    SA Industry Line-Up Update

    The 3Q15 keeps shaping poorly, but it isn't all gloom & doom. Mining in Aug15 was +3.8% yoy but that was still off a strike-depressed base, with PGMs +63% & diamonds +24%. Impressive picture but distorted. And there was more in an underlying sense.… more
    Cees Bruggemans 480
  • Hyundai Motor reputation once again acknowledged by Interbrand
    Oct 09, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Hyundai Motor reputation once again acknowledged…

    Hyundai Motor rises to 39th place in Interbrand's annual global brand value rankings Hyundai Motor rated as top Korean automotive brand and the industry's number seven Brand value grows to $11,3 billion, up 8,5% since 2014 Hyundai Motor is the… more
    Editor 677
  • Honda strengthens global brand value
    Oct 09, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Honda strengthens global brand value

    Honda has seen a strengthening in the value of its brand for the third year in a row. International consultancy Interbrand have recently published the 2015 edition of its Best Global Brands ranking, placing Honda as the 19th most valuable global… more
    Editor 647
  • Thai Diplomats Visit GMSA Struandale Plant
    Oct 09, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Thai Diplomats Visit GMSA Struandale Plant

    Delegates and officials of the Royal Thai Embassy this week visited the General Motors South Africa (GMSA) Struandale plant in Port Elizabeth. The delegation was led by Dr Chakarin Komolsiri (front), Trade Commissioner of the Thai Embassy. According… more
    Editor 643
  • The Rand: stay of execution?
    Oct 07, 2015 On the Cees

    The Rand: stay of execution?

    Proof positive keeps accumulating that recent months have been rather poor for the world economy, with as yet no clear let-up. Besides querying the downside of Chinese growth data, with especially her poor industry results impacting further on… more
    Cees Bruggemans 498
  • SE Asian aftermarket news and how to enter the lucrative market
    Oct 07, 2015 Events

    #AAITF - SE Asian aftermarket news and how to…

    IN THE NEWS THIS MONTH SE ASIA Strong growth for Myanmar automotive aftermarket ASEAN is the next world factory ASEAN vehicle manufacturers drive demand for Australian automotive aftermarket products Low-cost manufacturing hubs emerge in ASEAN Car… more
    Editor 2464
  • Goodyear South Africa (Pty) Ltd gets Top Employer South Africa certification again!
    Oct 07, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Goodyear South Africa (Pty) Ltd gets #TopEmployer…

    Two years running - Goodyear South Africa (Pty) Ltd is proud to announce that it has been officially certified by the Top Employers Institute for its exceptional employee offerings for two consecutive years. The Top Employers Institute globally… more
    Editor 659
  • New tyres for animal welfare bakkie
    Oct 07, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    New tyres for animal welfare bakkie #bridgestone…

    Animal welfare got a recent boost when Bridgestone South Africa donated a set of tyres to a bakkie used by the National Council for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The bakkie is used by the NSPCA's wildlife unit as a 'disaster vehicle' to… more
    Editor 652
  • Land Rover ambassador Kingsley Holgate conquers the heart of Africa
    Oct 07, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Land Rover ambassador Kingsley Holgate conquers…

    Heart of Africa reached after gruelling journey through six countries Beacon planted at verified co-ordinates Kingsley talk about his experience: Pretoria, 5 October 2015 – Thirty-nine days after departing from Gauteng’s Lesedi Cultural Village, in… more
    Editor 653
  • Intensifying Twisters
    Oct 07, 2015 On the Cees

    Intensifying Twisters

    Tornados are also known as “twisters”, swirling winds capable of reaching hurricane strength and where they touch ground destroying mostly everything in their direct path. Looking inwards & outwards, both our internal SA situation & the global… more
    Cees Bruggemans 517
  • Nissan fastest rising automotive brand
    Oct 07, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    #Nissan fastest rising automotive brand

    Nissan rises to 49th place in Interbrand study, up from 56th last year and 90th place in 2011 Value of the Nissan brand increases by 19% to $9.082 billion YOKOHAMA, Japan (October 2015) – Nissan has been named one of the world's most valuable brands… more
    Editor 649
  • We’re in a heat wave! What to do when your car overheats
    Oct 07, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    We’re in a heat wave! What to do when your car…

    With most of the country experiencing unusually high temperatures this week, it’s inevitable that many of us will have to deal with a car overheating. “While it is rare for modern vehicles to overheat in hot weather, the two most common reasons for… more
    Editor 647
  • SKF Technical Bulletin - VKML 82000
    Oct 06, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    SKF Technical Bulletin - VKML 82000

    Please find herewith the latest Technical Bulletin from SKF on the VKML 82000 - SKF's recommendation for timing chain replacement. Proper lubrication is one of the most important precautions for maximum timing chain durability. It is often observed… more
    Editor 730
  • Official Statement from Volkswagen Group South Africa
    Oct 05, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Official Statement from Volkswagen Group South…

    There has been extensive international media coverage relating to irregularities in Nitrogen oxide emission values measured during‎ dynamometer regarding the emission standard Euro 5 of Volkswagen diesel vehicles fitted with the type EA189 Euro 5… more
    Editor 756
  • That sinking feeling: 3Q15
    Oct 05, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    That sinking feeling: 3Q15

    July offered a good start to 3Q15, with mining, manufacturing & retail output up on monthly averages for 2Q15, suggesting a promising beginning to the quarter. But it didn't last, thereafter an avalanche of many negatives giving that sinking… more
    Cees Bruggemans 665
  • The Age of Renewal
    Oct 05, 2015 On the Cees

    The Age of Renewal

    Distinct eras, marked by clearly typifying characteristics, tend to be known by a descriptive word or phrase. In SA, the era since 1652 is known by the moniker ‘colonialism’. In 1806 an extra twist was given by yet more new entrants from distant… more
    Cees Bruggemans & Prof Willie Esterhuyse 535
  •  Daniella de Pauw - New Sub-Saharan Africa Chief Executive Officer
    Oct 05, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    DHL Global Forwarding Appoints Daniella de Pauw

    Daniella de Pauw returns to DHL to helm the Sub-Saharan Africa region effective from 19 August 2015 DHL Global Forwarding (http://www.dpdhl.com), leading provider of air, sea and road freight services in Europe and Asia, has appointed Daniella de… more
    Editor 702
  • KIA supports Ultimate Challenge in support of Little Fighters Cancer Trust
    Oct 05, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    KIA supports Ultimate Challenge

    On Monday, 5 October 2015, a 21-year old student from Potchefstroom will attempt to wake up South Africa, one pedal stroke at a time, in what will be known as the 24 Hour Ultimate Challenge. His motivation? To raise awareness of childhood cancer,… more
    Editor 715
  • Ford GCM at Prosperitus -Varnished the tables and donated stoves as well as cookware
    Oct 05, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    6 700 Hours Spent On Community Work During Global…

    Ford celebrates its 10th year of Global Week of Caring Over 30 projects selected across Sub-Saharan Africa Over 940 employees took time off work to give back to the community During September Ford employees and numerous community members contributed… more
    Editor 662
  • Minister of Basic Education, Mrs Angie Motshekga, Microsoft Global Vice President of Education, Anthony Salcito recently opened a brand new exhibit at Sci-Bono Discovery Centre.
    Oct 05, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Minister opens Microsoft EduLab at Sci-Bono

    Minister of Basic Education, Mrs Angie Motshekga, Microsoft Global Vice President of Education, Anthony Salcito recently opened a brand new exhibit at Sci-Bono Discovery Centre. The exhibit will showcase the future of the classroom to local learners… more
    Editor 674
  • Self-parking technology: it works, but drivers avoid it
    Oct 05, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Self-parking technology: it works, but drivers…

    We have often commented on the benefits on improved technology in our new vehicle models and the benefits associated therewith. We have however also added a few “caveats” and some cautionary notes with regard to taking them for granted. When it… more
    Eugene Herbert 684
  • Trade day
    Oct 03, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Trade day

    The Automotive Trade Day hosted by Diesel-Electric, Kiloton and MACSauto at Emerald Casino on Friday, 18 September was a huge success. Customers from all over Gauteng came through to visit the three companies and their suppliers. There were live… more
    Editor 517
  • The Next Level?
    Oct 03, 2015 On the Cees

    The Next Level?

    What if things progress a bit more than now foreseen? Taking things to the Next Level. Where could that lead? What if the Chinese adjustment is more robust, deeper & more prolonged? The commodity producers’s recessions more challenging, and many… more
    Cees Bruggemans 540
  • MasterDrive takes on Africa
    Oct 03, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    MasterDrive takes on Africa

    If you find the state of South African roads during rainy season and the occurrence of reckless drivers dismal, be warned the situation north of the border may not be that much better. If you or your company travels beyond South African borders you… more
    Editor 708
  • Oliver Blume is new Chairman of the Executive Board
    Oct 03, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Oliver Blume is new Chairman of the Executive…

    Dubai. At its meeting today, the Supervisory Board of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG appointed Dr. Oliver Blume (47) the Chairman of the Executive Board of the sports car manufacturer effective October 1, 2015. Blume succeeds Matthias Müller (62), who… more
    Editor 674
  • EcoMobility Annoucement | Sandton Still Accessible
    Oct 03, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    EcoMobility Annoucement | Sandton Still Accessible

    While you enjoy the EcoMobility initiative launched by the City of Johannesburg, please remember that Sandton City is still accessible via car for your convinience. All you have to do is use one of the following roads: Rivonia rd, Sandton drive and… more
    Editor 660
  • Thuli Madonsela (middle), accompanied by GMSA Managing Director, Ian Nicholls (right) and GM Africa Communications Manager, Denise van Huyssteen
    Oct 03, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Public Protector Encourages Workplace Diversity

    PORT ELIZABETH - Public Protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela, today inspired employees of General Motors South Africa (GMSA) when she addressed them on the role of women in the workplace at the GMSA Struandale plant. Madonsela was the guest speaker… more
    Editor 673
  • NAAMSA comment on the September, 2015 South African new vehicle sales statistics
    Oct 02, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    NAAMSA comment on the September, 2015 South…

    In amplification of the new vehicle sales statistics for the month of September, 2015 – released today for public consumption on the website of the Department of Trade & Industry – the Association commented that current conditions in the automotive… more
    Editor 736
  • European House of Ambrosetti South Africa- Italy Summit
    Oct 02, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    European House of Ambrosetti South Africa- Italy…

    Strengthening the “South-South axis” has become one of the key issues into the new geo-political scenario for the African continent. The relationships between industrialized economies and African countries are now facing a new phase of increasing… more
    Editor 680
  • On Your Marx, Get Set, Do Not Pass Go
    Oct 02, 2015 Wilder Things

    On Your Marx, Get Set, Do Not Pass Go

    During a recent discussion with a colleague on his studies at varsity, he mentioned that he had studied Marxism, and that he was quite a fan of the fellow. My mind went back some six years ago (and apologies if I have written about this before),and… more
    Fingal Wilde 576
  • I’ve been Gored, and so have U
    Oct 02, 2015 Wilder Things

    I’ve been Gored, and so have U

    Medical Aida have always been a mystery to me, mainly because I have always paid far more each year than I have ever claimed. But I have always felt quite noble, after over 40 years of subsidising the sick. But lately I have started to realise that… more
    Fingal Wilde 515
  • AA welcomes decision on tolling in Cape Town
    Oct 01, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    AA welcomes decision on tolling in Cape Town

    Association says right decision was made in favour of consumers The Association also welcomes the decision by Judge Ashley Binns-Ward to set aside then Transport Minister Jeff Radebe’s 2008 decision to declare sections of the N1 and N2 as toll… more
    Automobile Association 678
  • Fuel price rides exchange rate see-saw
    Oct 01, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Fuel price rides exchange rate see-saw

    Rand weakness has taken its toll, Association says "Our expectation is that diesel will increase by around 52 cents a litre, with illuminating paraffin up by 49 cents," the AA said. "Petrol will see only minor changes, with a drop of around two… more
    Automobile Association 653
  • Got a used car battery? Here’s what to do with it
    Oct 01, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Got a used car battery? Here’s what to do with it

    The disposal of batteries in SA is a key concern particularly when it comes to the recycling of lead acid batteries. For leading manufacturer and distributor of automotive and industrial batteries in South Africa, First National Battery, a wholly… more
    Editor 713
  • SA 2Q15 jobs resilient
    Oct 01, 2015 On the Cees

    SA 2Q15 jobs resilient

    It could have been so much, much more worse. SA formal non-agricultural employment as per Quarterly Employment Statistics survey at registered businesses & organisations fell by only 1000 in the 2Q15 to 8 944 000. This represents just over 80% of… more
    Cees Bruggemans 583
  • Kwanele Gumbi, Chairperson BASA, Stacey Davidson, Director REDISA, Elinor Sisulu, Chairperson Puku, Minister Nathi Mthethwa, Minister of Arts and Culture (picture by Gareth Jacobs photography)
    Oct 01, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    REDISA wins ‘First Time Sponsor Award’

    The Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) Board in partnership with Hollard hosted the 18th Annual Business Day BASA Awards ceremony on Monday, 21 September 2015. Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (REDISA) was awarded… more
    Editor 663
  • Alwyn and Melanie Jordaan of Namibia, winners of the inaugural International Spirit of Amarok competition
    Oct 01, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Team South Africa wins the inaugural…

    Team South Africa was crowned as the overall winners of the inaugural International Spirit of Amarok Trophy in Botswana recently. The five South African teams dominated the competition from the start and amassed outstanding 10 153 points in total.… more
    Editor 830
  • Seven Years of Redemption
    Sep 29, 2015 The Phoenix

    Seven Years of Redemption

    I am writing this editorial 30 000 feet above sea level on flight BA 6275, bound for Windhoek. It is 16 July 2015, and I am pretty laid back, with a glass of dry white wine in my hand. My thoughts turn to 22 July 2008, when I was also on a flight to… more
    The Phoenix 527
  • It’s a Scaaaaandal
    Sep 29, 2015 The Phoenix

    It’s a Scaaaaandal

    During June 2015 I attended a function in Kempton Park, when Bridgestone handed over a cheque for one million Rand to PinkDrive, a breast cancer Public Benefit Organisation (PBO), which educates the public on breast cancer, with a specific focus on… more
    The Phoenix 555
  • The Rand on a Precipitous Slide
    Sep 29, 2015 The Phoenix

    The Rand on a Precipitous Slide

    Anyone who has been reading the Phoenix for any length of time will know that I am an avid currency follower. Exchange rates can tell you so much about the state of affairs of a country, and you can identify specific events just by what the exchange… more
    The Phoenix 526
  • Carpe Diem
    Sep 29, 2015 The Phoenix

    Carpe Diem

    In the May 2014 issue of aBr I reported on my visit in April 2014 to the Automec show in São Paulo Brazil, and the broader part of my visit, in investigating the Brazilian automotive market, in many of its aspects. I was also there to see if there… more
    The Phoenix 534
  • Datsun GO gets extra drive from strong history in SA
    Sep 29, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Datsun GO gets extra drive from strong history in…

    The strength and association that motorists have with their favourite brands depends largely on their memories associated with a name and the iconic status they have achieved - all aspects that have helped Datsun re-enter the South African market… more
    Editor 691
  • When to throw SA switches
    Sep 29, 2015 On the Cees

    When to throw SA switches

    We are experiencing definite trends in our data, sickening easing in GDP growth, weakening trend in the Rand, rising tendency in inflation. When can we expect these trends to break the other way? Growth to rise, Rand to firm, inflation to ease? Our… more
    Cees Bruggemans 538
  • Women power Battery Centres across SA
    Sep 29, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Women power Battery Centres across SA

    Feminist Charlotte Whitton said “Whatever women do, they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.” For these three Battery Centre owners, this rings true. As women forging a path in a traditionally… more
    Editor 715
  • Cleaning up the automotive industry, sustainably
    Sep 29, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Cleaning up the automotive industry, sustainably

    Washing cars has often been listed on the ‘top ten’ list of water wasters world-wide. While home-washing usually utilises far more water than professional cleaning services, either way, natural resources are going to waste. While the wasted water… more
    Editor 713

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