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  • Renault-Nissan Alliance official COP21 passenger car partner with zero-emission fleet
    May 27, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Renault-Nissan Alliance official COP21 passenger…

    Alliance to provide 200 pure electric vehicles to 2015 Paris climate conference The first fully electric shuttle service for United Nation’s climate conference Fleet to include Renault ZOE and Kangoo Z.E, Nissan LEAF and e-NV200 More than 50… more...
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  • Wulf Gaertner Autoparts AG augments its Board of Directors
    May 27, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Wulf Gaertner Autoparts AG augments its Board of…

    Hamburg manufacturer of the brands MEYLE and MEYLE-HD creates two new Board Positions André Sobottka joins the Board for Sales, Marketingand Communications, Michael Knopf for Company Organization, IT and New Business Fields Hamburg, 26 May 2015. On… more...
    Editor 51
  • SA labour imbalance deepens
    May 27, 2015 On the Cees

    SA labour imbalance deepens

    The Quarterly Labour Force Survey for 1Q2015 released by Stats SA sketched a grim picture, with stagnating formal employment and another enormous jump in outsider unemployed and discouraged. Total formal employment only increased by 17 000 in the 12… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 47
  • e-Toll prices down, but route planning still essential to save you money
    May 27, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    e-Toll prices down, but route planning still…

    The Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa recently announced a new hybrid model for e-tolls that cuts the price of travel with only part of the funding coming from charges to motorists passing under gantries. Fees might have been capped at 30c a… more...
    Editor 52
  • Safeline heavy duty brake pads hot off the press
    May 26, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Safeline heavy duty brake pads hot off the press

    Safeline Brake Pads announces the expansion of their product range with the launch of premium heavy duty brake pads. The local brake pad manufacturer has an established reputation manufacturing passenger and light commercial brake pads for over 20… more...
    Editor 82
  • Tiger Wheel & Tyre Voted the #1 Place to Buy Tyres
    May 26, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Tiger Wheel & Tyre Voted the #1 Place to Buy Tyres

    Most people have their favourite brands to buy and places to shop. Usually these are tried and trusted brands and retailers who deliver time and again, but when new and seemingly competitive players enter the market and consumers become spoiled for… more...
    Editor 58
  • Monstrous Mustang, Lamborghinis & Ferraris aplenty at Clarkson, Hammond & May Live
    May 26, 2015 Events

    Monstrous Mustang, Lamborghinis & Ferraris…

    Clarkson, Hammond & May Live is just weeks away and, as well as seeing their three favorite Motoring Presenters live and unplugged, visitors to the event are also going to be treated to a display of some of the most beautiful, powerful and expensive… more...
    Editor 51
  • American fine-tuning
    May 26, 2015 On the Cees

    American fine-tuning

    One would not perhaps expect it from something so big, rich & sophisticated as America, but its economic statistics aren't always entirely flawless. There are blind spots. This can distort the prism. Yet we can't afford a twisted view and badly… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 54
  • IMI VISITS FET COLLEGE IN BLOEMFONTEIN
    May 26, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    IMI VISITS FET COLLEGE IN BLOEMFONTEIN

    Herbert Lonsdale, International Business Development Manager of the Institute of the Motor Industry UK and Louis van Huyssteen, RMI Regional Manager Free State and Northern Cape, met with Mrs MD Phutsisi, Director of the Motheo FET college in… more...
    Editor 60
  • Herbert Lonsdale; Edwin Molusi (head boy St Boniface School; Northern Cape winner and select to participate at Eskom national science Expo) and Anne Maclean.
    May 26, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    IMI AND RMI VISIT STEM SKILLS ACADEMY IN KIMBERLEY

    Herbert Lonsdale, International Business Development Manager of the Institute of the Motor Industry, and Louis van Huyssteen, RMI Regional Manager for the Free State and Northern Cape and National Director of the South African Diesel Fuel Injection… more...
    Editor 58
  • May we Hope?
    May 26, 2015 On the Cees

    May we Hope?

    It may be thin gruel, but change the assumptions and you will change the outlook. Could it be we will navigate 2H2015 better than imagined? SARB last week absolutely went for the bottom of the barrel to dig up its worst set of assumptions. That's… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 54
  • May 26, 2015 Events

    Call for Papers - AAITF Bangkok 2015

    Call for papers: Submissions now open Innovation in the South East Asian Automotive Aftermarket We invite submissions to present at the seminar and workshop program during the automotive aftermarket South East Asia trade show, AAITF Bangkok, 9-11th… more...
    Editor 108
  • TIPS TO HELP GET YOUR VEHICLE WINTER READY
    May 26, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    TIPS TO HELP GET YOUR VEHICLE WINTER READY

    As the seasons change, so does your vehicle’s needs. With winter upon us here are five tips to get your vehicle ready and prepared for the cold months ahead. 1. Keep your headlights bright Your headlights can often be overlooked, but on those… more...
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  • IAAM 2015 (International Automotive Aftermarket Meeting 2015)
    May 26, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    IAAM 2015 (International Automotive Aftermarket…

    Investigating a key aspect of the near future: the relationship between cars and Internet The second day of AutopromotecEDU2015, a venue for widening the after-sales and service activities, opened with the IAAM (International Automotive Aftermarket… more...
    Editor 57
  • Withholding licences is unlawful, unreasonable and procedurally unfair - AA
    May 26, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Withholding licences is unlawful, unreasonable…

    New proposals to withhold vehicle licences until outstanding e-tolls are paid are unlawful, unreasonable and procedurally unfair. This according to the Automobile Association (AA), which was commenting on the new hybrid funding model for e-tolls in… more...
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  • AutopromotecEDU 2015 - “The near future of the independent after-sales and technological advancements: the protagonists compared”
    May 26, 2015 Events

    AutopromotecEDU 2015 - “The near future of the…

    Day two of AutopromotecEDU 2015, a venue for widening the after-sales and service activities, hosted the congress “The near future of the independent after-sales and technological advancements: the protagonists compared”, a moment of exchange and… more...
    Editor 48
  • Exciting first step towards new partnership between Toyota Cheetahs and Toyota Verblitz
    May 26, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Exciting first step towards new partnership…

    Today an exciting new partnership between Toyota Free State Cheetahs and Toyota Verblitz - which will see Toyota Cheetahs forwards coach moving to Japan as forwards coach of Toyota Verblitz - has been announced as a first step of the partnership.… more...
    Editor 55
  • Stuttgart Automotive Shows 2015: bigger than ever
    May 26, 2015 Events

    Stuttgart Automotive Shows 2015: bigger than ever

    World’s leading automotive exhibitions return on 16, 17 & 18 June 2015 Four market-leading events run side-by-side at Messe Stuttgart Record numbers of exhibitors expected at renowned automotive event The world’s leading automotive technology and… more...
    Editor 54
  • Autopromotec 2015 - Return of the GiPA Excellence Awards
    May 26, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Autopromotec 2015 - Return of the GiPA Excellence…

    Autopromotec 2015, the most specialised international exhibition of Automotive Equipment and Aftermarket Products, concluded the first day of AutopromotecEDU with the traditional GiPA Excellence Awards, organized by GiPA Italia and this year in its… more...
    Editor 50
  • E-TOLLING CRITIC SLAMS NEW PLANS
    May 26, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    E-TOLLING CRITIC SLAMS NEW PLANS

    Long-time e-toll opponent Rob Handfield - Jones has slammed the government's latest proposals on e-tolls, saying they do not address the key flaws of the system. He said that government was trying to play the affordability card to neutralise those… more...
    Editor 57
  • Caption the all new Liqui Moly Aero product range
    May 26, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    LIQUI MOLY LAUNCHES A ALL NEW AERO RANGE OF…

    THERE RANGE NOW COVERS AIRCRAFT, MARINE, AUTOMOTIVE, AGRICULTURAL, MINING, CONSTRUCTION, TRANSPORT AND MOTORCYCLES The Liqui Moly range now covers every conceivable market category that uses oil and lubes, there is now nothing that the German brand… more...
    Editor 63
  • Brasil Auto Parts at Automehanika Dubai 2015
    May 26, 2015 Events

    Brasil Auto Parts at Automehanika Dubai 2015

    Brasil is the world's 4th larget vehicle consumer market in 2014, with 41 million vehicles fleet and 29 manufacturers' brands. Click here to see more particpating companies more...
    Editor 51
  • EXTRACT FROM THE DEPUTY PRESIDENTS STATEMENT ON ETOLLS
    May 23, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    EXTRACT FROM THE DEPUTY PRESIDENTS STATEMENT ON…

    Hi Folks… Now that the reality of E Tolls seems to have arrived on our door steps some of us will be somewhat ambivalent while others will no doubt continue to vent - and maybe protest. Since there is greater clarity, this weeks' newsletter shares… more...
    Eugene Herbert 87
  • Jaguar debut the Bloodhound F-TYPE Rapid Response Vehicle
    May 22, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Jaguar debut the Bloodhound F-TYPE Rapid Response…

    World debut of Jaguar F-TYPE R AWD Bloodhound SSC Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV) Jaguar’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8 405kW sports car will support the Bloodhound SSC World Land Speed Record attempt Jaguar will be at the heart of Bloodhound SSC… more...
    Editor 88
  • Loaded, Cocked & Willing
    May 22, 2015 On the Cees

    Loaded, Cocked & Willing

    SARB kept rates unchanged, prime staying at 9.25%. But 2-out-of-6 members voted for a 0.25% increase. The SARB statement concluded that the deteriorating inflation outlook suggests that this unchanged stance CANNOT be maintained indefinitely. Okay,… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 79
  • E-toll reduction will bring welcome relief to hard-pressed consumers
    May 22, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    E-toll reduction will bring welcome relief to…

    The reduction in toll fees will have a significant positive impact on hard pressed consumers. Debt expert Neil Roets, CEO of Debt Rescue, one of the largest debt counselling firms in South Africa, said for commuters who used the toll roads on a… more...
    Editor 87
  • Call for papers: Submissions now open
    May 22, 2015 Events

    Call for papers: Submissions now open

    Innovation in the South East Asian Automotive Aftermarket We invite submissions to present at the seminar and workshop program during the automotive aftermarket South East Asia trade show, AAITF Bangkok, 9-11th December 2015. The two day technical… more...
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  • SARB’s steadying hand
    May 22, 2015 On the Cees

    SARB’s steadying hand

    It is a challenging climate. Disappointing weak growth of less than 2% (half our “repressed” potential, and more like only a third our ‘normal’ potential NDP growth). Volatile inflation, with breakouts beyond 6% (last year) and potentially flaring… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 74
  • NEW E-TOLLS PROPOSALS AN OPPORTUNITY MISSED – AA
    May 22, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    NEW E-TOLLS PROPOSALS AN OPPORTUNITY MISSED – AA

    The new dispensation for e-tolls announced by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is an opportunity missed in dealing once and for all with an unnecessarily burdensome funding model for e-tolls. This is according to the Automobile Association (AA),… more...
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  • A flaring inflation prospect
    May 20, 2015 On the Cees

    A flaring inflation prospect

    After a recent low of 3.9%, riding the petrol/diesel pump price collapse of this summer, our CPI inflation has abruptly started to reverse course on the back of a full reversal of pump price realities (likely completed with the coming 50c/l plus… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 90
  • Alpha Car GLE Coupe
    May 20, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Mercedes-Benz Launches Campaign to Support…

    The dinosaurs are back Stuttgart. This summer, when the long-awaited next installment of the groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World, arrives in theaters, an entire fleet of Mercedes-Benz vehicles will share the spotlight. Alongside the… more...
    Editor 113
  • Rethinking Ta-Ta-Tantrum
    May 20, 2015 On the Cees

    Rethinking Ta-Ta-Tantrum

    The global bond market has repositioned itself over the last few weeks, in a rather abrupt fashion, reminding of the “taper tantrum” of May/June 2013. And there is much in common, most fundamentally that market perception of the future prospect has… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 89
  • Traffic officers know tyres!
    May 19, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Traffic officers know tyres!

    Traffic officers patrolling some of the busiest stretches of road in the country are now well equipped with the technical and legal expertise to detect and fine drivers using unsafe tyres. The South African Tyre Manufacturers Conference (SATMC) has… more...
    Editor 117
  • South African Automotive Week 2016
    May 19, 2015 Events

    South African Automotive Week 2016

    ALL SYSTEMS GO! SAVE THE DATE: 11 - 13 October 2016 The initiative culminates in a Week of conferences, exhibition, networking and tours but as a result of sustained marketing the value to participants, particularly exhibitors in each edition… more...
    Editor 98
  • Paul Grosvenor - Mahle UK
    May 19, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    ERA CONFERENCE PROMOTES ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS

    Founded in the early 1990s, the Engine Rebuilders Association (ERA) strives to improve the overall levels of service in the engine remanufacturing sector. Strict guidelines are set out for any engineering shop wishing to become a member and a… more...
    Editor 99
  • Continuity
    May 19, 2015 On the Cees

    Continuity

    The government this past week created the space for a public sector wage settlement by upping its offer to 7% in a three-year deal (the outer years at inflation+1%), plus better housing & medical contributions. This is outrageous compared to 4%… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 91
  • Taking stock
    May 17, 2015 On the Cees

    Taking stock

    When we forthrightly take stock of our country strength & weaknesses, it is easy to identify the factors which will make us a 5% growth economy, transforming us out of recognition. It is called the National Development Plan, as originally envisaged… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 111
  • JUNE FUEL PRICE OUTLOOK NEGATIVE - AA
    May 17, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    JUNE FUEL PRICE OUTLOOK NEGATIVE - AA

    Fuel price trends have tipped into negative territory, with price hikes on the cards for June. This is according to the Automobile Association, which was commenting on the Central Energy Fund's mid-month unaudited fuel price data. "Despite the… more...
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  • Retirees and Community Entrepreneurs Benefit from Financial Education Workshop
    May 17, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Retirees and Community Entrepreneurs Benefit from…

    PORT ELIZABETH - In a series of financial wellness sessions, General Motors South Africa (GMSA) this week hosted a financial education workshop for the GMSA retirees and the Zinyonka Development Project, a community entrepreneur programme. Presented… more...
    Editor 122
  • STUDY: 25% OF CARS CREATE MOST AIR POLLUTION
    May 17, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    STUDY: 25% OF CARS CREATE MOST AIR POLLUTION

     Hi Folks… According to the statistics we have available, the average ‘car park’ in South Africa is some 14 years old. Can you imagine what pollutants emerge from some of those older vehicles! While I don’t suppose we would be able to attribute… more...
    Eugene Herbert 119
  • NAAMSA QUARTERLY BUSINESS REVIEW:  1ST QUARTER, 2015
    May 17, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    NAAMSA QUARTERLY BUSINESS REVIEW: 1ST QUARTER,…

    Key features: First Quarter 2015 Aggregate Industry employment levels increased by 542 jobs to reach 31 008 positions at end March, 2015. This follows strong gains recorded during the last quarter of 2014. Based on data collated at the beginning of… more...
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  • Ten Dealers in South Africa Named GM International Grandmasters
    May 17, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Ten Dealers in South Africa Named GM…

    Highest honor for men and women who sell and service GM vehicles SAN FRANSISCO - Ten South African dealers officially became 2015 General Motors (GM) International Grandmasters in San Francisco, California, this week. They were among the 167 dealers… more...
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  • Nicholas De Canha
    May 17, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    RENAULT SOUTH AFRICA - EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT…

    Imperial has announced that Nicholas de Canha will be appointed as the chief executive officer of Renault South Africa on the 1st of November 2015. Nicholas will be appointed as the chief executive officer designate from the 1st of July 2015,… more...
    Editor 125
  • INFORMATIVE SADFIA CONFERENCE AT AUTOMECHANIKA JOHANNBURG
    May 17, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    INFORMATIVE SADFIA CONFERENCE AT AUTOMECHANIKA…

    The South African Diesel Fuel Injection Association (SADFIA) held its Nuts & Bolts conference at Automechanika Johannesburg, taking its members on a journey through the evolution of diesel emission control systems and introducing several other… more...
    Editor 138
  • Niall Lynch to take over reigns at Hyundai Automotive SA
    May 17, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Niall Lynch to take over reigns at Hyundai…

    Niall Lynch will take over as chief executive officer (CEO) of Hyundai Automotive South Africa in July 2016, replacing Alan Ross, who has served as executive team leader of this company in the Imperial Group for the past 15 years. Lynch, who has… more...
    Editor 132
  • Continental Increases Sales Expectations for 2015 to More Than 39 Billion Euro After Good First Quarter
    May 17, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Continental Increases Sales Expectations for 2015…

    Sales grow 14 percent to 9.6 billion Euro after three months Net income for the period rises 12 percent to 657 million Euro or 3.28 Euro per share Free cash flow before acquisitions increases significantly to 318 million Euro EBIT at 978 million… more...
    Editor 132
  • MAN TGX EfficientLine
    May 17, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Continental and MAN strengthen cooperation

    MAN TGX EfficientLine 2 equipped with Conti EcoPlus as standard fitment Conti Hybrid and Conti Scandinavia product portfolio as MAN original fitment Continental repeatedly participates in the MAN Trucknology® Days Hannover, May 14. 2015. The… more...
    Editor 141
  • Trophy Negotiations
    May 14, 2015 On the Cees

    Trophy Negotiations

    Social grants recipients and pensioners may average 5%-6% increases a year, the average wage settlement according to Andrew Levy Associates is nearer 8%. It sets the range, and the inflation momentum. But then we have outliers that set different… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 136
  • Porsche has officially opened its new customer experience centre with company headquarters for North America.
    May 14, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Porsche opens customer experience centre and…

    Dubai. Porsche Cars North America officially opened its new $100 million Porsche Experience Centre (PEC) and headquarters in Atlanta last week, with the 27-acre complex becoming the brand’s largest investment ever outside Germany. Showcasing… more...
    Editor 161
  • Peugeot Citroën South Africa Head Office on the Move
    May 14, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Peugeot Citroën South Africa Head Office on the…

    New Premises: Corner 12th Avenue & Rivonia Road Contact numbers: Remain unchanged Peugeot Citroën South Africa is moving, and will take up position in leafy Rivonia, in the heart of Johannesburg’s Northern suburbs. Following the announcement of a… more...
    Editor 142
  • Pearl Thusi with her new Volkswagen Tiguan
    May 14, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Pearl Thusi and Xolani Gwala are Volkswagen's new…

    Television celebrity, Pearl Thusi and 702 radio presenter, Xolani Gwala are the new Volkswagen Brand ambassadors. Pearl and Xolani will be driving a Tiguan and a Touareg respectively for the next 12 months as part of their brand ambassadorial role… more...
    Editor 142
  • L-R - Hartmut Ro?hl, FIGIEFA President; Les Mc Master, Chairman of MIWA; Neil Pattemore, Technical Advisor to FIGIEFA and the EGEA; and Jan Jooste, Director of Innovation at the Vaal University of Technology and Vishal Premlall
    May 14, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    RIGHT TO REPAIR CAMPAIGN GAINING IMPETUS

    The Right to Repair Campaign is gaining impetus in South Africa and this month there will be a big step forward when the local campaign organisers, the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA) holds formal meetings with the vehicle manufacturers… more...
    Editor 147
  • Indy Purpinator launched to automotive customers
    May 14, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Indy Purpinator launched to automotive customers

    Indy Oil, world class lubricant and chemical manufacturer, have launched their specially formulated degreaser in a 750ml retail pack. Indy Purpinator is the number one degreaser for Indy Oil’s industrial and heavy duty customers, available in 20L… more...
    Editor 145
  • BestMed ASG Cycling Team Takes Fuchs Silkolene to the Road
    May 14, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    BestMed ASG Cycling Team Takes Fuchs Silkolene to…

    Using the correct lubricant on a cycling bike is essential, especially for racing. There is a lot of action that takes place during a race and reliability and durability more than anything can either make or break a cyclist’s plan for winning a… more...
    Editor 138
  • Government urged to tighten the screws on degree cheats
    May 14, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Government urged to tighten the screws on degree…

    The private sector should take note of government’s initiative to beef up background checks for public service employees to ensure that all qualifications claimed on CVs were valid. Danie Strydom, CEO of one of South Africa’s largest qualifications… more...
    Editor 149
  • Extensive rail project opportunities are happening in Asia right now.
    May 14, 2015 Events

    Extensive rail project opportunities are…

    Download the prospectus Last month in Vietnam, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dang signaled approval for a modern north-south line for trains traveling at speeds up to 200 kilometers per hour by 2030. Indonesia and China signed a memorandum of… more...
    Editor 118
  • What are hybrid cars? (And which ones should we buy?)
    May 14, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    What are hybrid cars? (And which ones should we…

    Environmentalists have lamented the effects of gasoline-powered vehicles on our ozone layer and recommend that we reduce our emissions. One of the simplest solutions may be opting for a hybrid car. These vehicles are known for having a more positive… more...
    Jeff Osborne 144
  • Time for a coffee break?
    May 14, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Time for a coffee break?

    Welcome to the May issue of the AAITF Bulletin. This month features the latest automotive aftermarket industry news and trends from around the world, an interview with the Automotive Aftermarket University, a free press release opportunity… more...
    Editor 144
  • Eskom’s greed will plunge large numbers of consumers into debt
    May 14, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Eskom’s greed will plunge large numbers of…

    If The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) approved the full 25.3% tariff increase that Eskom has applied for on Friday as expected it would be a catastrophe for the consumer that would see millions more plunged into debt followed by a… more...
    Editor 162
  • Robert Houdet
    May 14, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    SA MOTOR INDUSTRY NEEDS URGENT GUIDELINES FROM…

    The South African motor industry is in urgent need of guidelines from the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) regarding the future of the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP). This message came through loud and clear during a… more...
    Editor 164
  • JP Landman
    May 14, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    ELECTRICITY SEEN AS MAJOR ECONOMIC CONSTRAINT

    Renowned political and trend analyst, JP Landman, sees the shortage and intermittent supply of electricity as the major constraint on the South African economy at present. Speaking at a breakfast of the Motor Industry Staff Association (MISA) at… more...
    Editor 160
  • Our Stable Economy
    May 14, 2015 On the Cees

    Our Stable Economy

    The first inclination may be to say "our struggling economy”. And that sense wouldn’t be misplaced, seeing the effective growth becalming that has taken hold. But with that as main context, the surprise is to behold our current financial stability,… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 131
  • Changing global bets
    May 14, 2015 On the Cees

    Changing global bets

    Global bets are changing. With them South African prospects. Will it mean new shock treatment, or will we sail through relatively unscathed? The Brits surprised last week by thinking rather deeply and deciding that on balance they didn't trust… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 113
  • Quietly riding at anchor
    May 11, 2015 On the Cees

    Quietly riding at anchor

    At first “storm-tossed, demasted, rudderless, dissolute” come to mind as key phrases when trying to grapple with the directionless nature of South Africa’s economy and society at present. Yet it may be we may be merely quietly riding out the storm,… more...
    Editor 147
  •  Bilstein's Mobile Shock Tester Ready for the Road
    May 11, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Bilstein's Mobile Shock Tester Ready for the Road

    Bilstein’s Mobile Shock Tester, fresh from its debut at the Auto Mechanika automotive industry show, is ready to be pressed into service around the country, with the objective of making motorists more aware of the important role shock absorbers play… more...
    Editor 216
  • Joffrey Carbonari was presented the Best Dealer Group Award. Left to right: Stuart Norman, Hiroki Muto, Joffrey Carbonari, Christian Mardrus and Mike Whitfield
    May 11, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Nissan Ignition Awards recognise top-performing…

    ROSSLYN, South Africa (9 May 2015) – Nissan has recognised its top performing dealers in South Africa during the 2014 financial year at its annual 'Nissan Ignition Awards' event. Winning the coveted 'Dealer of the Year Award' for any vehicle brand… more...
    Editor 204
  • GM Helping 'Kinect' Gaming Technology With Child Safety Seats
    May 11, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    GM Helping 'Kinect' Gaming Technology With Child…

    Sensor developed for Xbox360 helps ensure proper fit of child seats DETROIT - With appropriate child safety seats and safety belts now legally required in South Africa, flexibility, adjustability and compatibility will become an increasingly… more...
    Editor 150
  • HANDS-FREE INFOTAINMENT ISN'T RISK-FREE, SAFETY COUNCIL WARNS
    May 11, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    HANDS-FREE INFOTAINMENT ISN'T RISK-FREE, SAFETY…

    Hi Folks… Distracted driving – more importantly the side effects thereof – are being taken more seriously by a number of motorists. Sadly though some are under the impression that because they are talking ‘hands free’ it is safe. Just because a… more...
    Editor 141
  • Pockets of SA Prosperity
    May 11, 2015 On the Cees

    Pockets of SA Prosperity

    There appears an uniformity to the economic slowdown that is deceiving. There are pockets of prosperity that are holding their own, suggesting expansion. Not all are being held down by a crushing restraint. The evidence of weakness is everywhere, in… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 117
  • Aleeshen Kisten, the Mentor and Founder of the CRA
    May 11, 2015 Events

    CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS CHALLENGES FACED IN…

    The rapid technological developments in present day motor vehicles are providing major challenges to the collision repair industry. These challenges and the solutions made up a significant portion of the content at the Collision Repairers'… more...
    Editor 198
  • NAAMSA MEDIA RELEASE ON THE AUTOMOTIVE PRODUCTION DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (APDP)
    May 11, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    NAAMSA MEDIA RELEASE ON THE AUTOMOTIVE PRODUCTION…

    Comment on and criticism of the APDP, attributed to the National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (NAACAM), lacks perspective and is in many respects factually incorrect. The APDP provides a clear, albeit ambitious vision… more...
    Editor 146
  • #90Days2015 - Mission accomplished!
    May 11, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    #90Days2015 - Mission accomplished!

    Natalie Chapman performs 180 gigs in 90 consecutive days in 113 towns to give a voice to survivors of violent and sexual crimes during her #90Days2015 tour KIA Sportage transports Chapman through South African and Lesotho, spreading a message of… more...
    Editor 146
  • DEFUSE ERRORS TO CURB ‘ROAD RAGE’ – AA
    May 11, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    DEFUSE ERRORS TO CURB ‘ROAD RAGE’ – AA

    Patience and tolerance can prevent a minor traffic event from escalating into an incident of so-called road rage. This is according to the Automobile Association, in the wake of the latest tragic incident of road rage that occurred in Bonaero Park… more...
    Editor 146
  • RMI Vehicle Imbizo highlights role of quality parts in vehicle safety
    May 11, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    RMI Vehicle Imbizo highlights role of quality…

    Industry representatives and interested parties gathered at Nasrec on the opening day of Automechanika 2015 to discuss road safety and the carnage on South African roads during an Imbizo hosted by the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI). The… more...
    Editor 174
  • What's Next? GM Predicts Jobs of the Future
    May 11, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    What's Next? GM Predicts Jobs of the Future

    Top 10 jobs of the future that will drive exciting technologies DETROIT - As smartphones get more sophisticated, watches connect us to the world and our homes grow more automated, cars will advance in ways customers cannot imagine. Already, people… more...
    Editor 146
  • Stuttgart Automotive Shows Open for Press Accreditation
    May 11, 2015 Events

    Stuttgart Automotive Shows Open for Press…

    Automotive Testing Expo and Engine Expo 2015 lead Stuttgart 2015 line-up World’s leading automotive exhibitions 16, 17 & 18 June 2015 Stuttgart Messe hosts all four market-leading events showcasing latest technology Annual Stuttgart Automotive Shows… more...
    Editor 119
  • INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS HONOURED AT AUTOMECHANIKA JOHANNESBURG
    May 11, 2015 Events

    INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS HONOURED AT AUTOMECHANIKA…

    Car-O-Liner's Vision2 software was this morning (Wednesday, May 6) awarded a gold certificate for innovation at Automechanika Johannesburg's Innovation Awards 2015. AI Vision's MobilEye Collision Avoidance System won a silver certificate while… more...
    Editor 129
  • May 11, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Put Foot Rally Sponsorship

    The official Put Foot Rally vehicle is wrapped and ready to hit the road, and between 15 June and 2 July, will navigate 8 000km, across five countries in 18 days. More than just a rally, and often referred to as the greatest social rally on earth,… more...
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  • Control Arm
    May 11, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    ZF SERVICES SA LAUNCHES LEMFORDER BRAND LOCALLY

    ZF Services SA is using Automechanika Johannesburg as the local launch platform for its Lemförder brand of replacement steering and suspension components for cars and commercial vehicles. This brand is already well established as a partner in the… more...
    Editor 149
  • Ernst Prost CEO Liqui Moly worldwide
    May 11, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    THE LEADING GERMANY LUBRICANT COMPANY LIQUI MOLY…

    March this year, Liqui Moly SA held a press conference with a difference. The aim of the conference was primarily to introduce Liqui Moly GmbH’s CEO and managing partner Ernst Prost to the company’s South African customers, suppliers, sponsorship… more...
    Editor 157
  • Nadal and Kia Motors Spain President Kyung-Hyun Kim
    May 06, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Rafael Nadal renamed global KIA ambassador

    Rafael Nadal and Kia Motors extend their successful collaboration to 2020 Nadal to feature across global Kia advertising and media campaigns Appearances planned at international events (SEOUL) May 5, 2015 - KIA Motors has announced that tennis… more...
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  • Continental demonstrates in a prototype vehicle how Surround View cameras can be used for assistance while backing up.
    May 06, 2015 aBr Buzz

    Surround View camera technology can help avoid…

    Continental demonstrates in a prototype vehicle how Surround View cameras can be used for assistance while backing up. By making multiple use of sensors, Surround View cameras can be used for this back-up assist and other applications. A joint… more...
    Editor 398
  • New Germans lead GMSA sales push
    May 06, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    New Germans lead GMSA sales push

    05 May 2015 - April NAAMSA new vehicles sales showed a decrease of 10 913 units vs March 2015. Total industry volume was 44 503 units, down 3.3 percent vs April 2014. The main factor behind the significantly lower sales this April was the number of… more...
    Editor 202
  • TOYOTA CONTINUES TO LEAD OVERALL SALES RACE
    May 06, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    TOYOTA CONTINUES TO LEAD OVERALL SALES RACE

    Market segment April 2014 April 2015 % change Passenger vehicles 30,778 30,184 -1.9% Light commercial vehicles 12,851 12,077 -12.2% Medium commercial vehicles 815 777 -4.7% Heavy commercial vehicles 404 442 9.4% Extra Heavy commercial vehicles 1,098… more...
    Editor 261
  • Ford Ranger No.1 selling vehicle in South Africa in April
    May 06, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Ford Ranger No.1 selling vehicle in South Africa…

    Ford's highest-ever market share at 16.3%, 24.5% growth for April and year-to-date sales up by 12.1% Ford Ranger snatches top spot for industry and LCV sales for the second time with 3 095 units sold 67% year-on-year sales increase for expanded… more...
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  • Our becalming condition
    May 06, 2015 On the Cees

    Our becalming condition

    We may not like the notion, but ever so surely we have lost our forward momentum, to the point of becoming a becalmed ship (and in places actually going down, even if in other parts there is still some forward momentum). We see it in our new car… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 248
  • EASTER HOLIDAYS IMPACT NEW VEHICLE SALES
    May 06, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    EASTER HOLIDAYS IMPACT NEW VEHICLE SALES

    New vehicle sales in April 2015 saw a year-on-year decline of 3.3%, with total sales of 44 428, according to the latest data from the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa. Passenger car sales totalled 30 184, representing… more...
    Editor 203
  • Standard Bank: Comments on NAAMSA New Vehicle Sales Report - April 2015
    May 06, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Standard Bank: Comments on NAAMSA New Vehicle…

    “April new car sales showed a decline of 1.93% year on year which is not surprising given the public holidays and the continued pressure on new car sales. Vehicle exports continue to increase to new levels”. General Comments on April 2015 NAAMSA… more...
    Editor 222
  • Absa Commentary: April 2015 NAAMSA Sales Report
    May 06, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Absa Commentary: April 2015 NAAMSA Sales Report

    Vehicle Sales and Export Comments A total of 44 503 new vehicles were sold in the domestic market in April 2015, with sales down by almost 11 000 units in April from March and about 1 500 units less than in April last year. Major seasonal factors… more...
    Editor 203
  •  GABRIEL TO ANNOUNCE WINNERS AT AUTOMECHANIKA
    May 04, 2015 Events

    GABRIEL TO ANNOUNCE WINNERS AT AUTOMECHANIKA

    Gabriel will be announcing the winners of the first Toyota Etios Cross motor vehicle and five Moto Mia Enzo 150cc motor bikes at Automechanika on Saturday 9th May at 11h00 at the Torre Automotive stand (Stand 6D010 Hall 6). The Gabriel Go… more...
    Editor 111
  • The Ingersoll Rand Centac C400 centrifugal air compressors supplied to BMW will streamline their production, and potentially lower their annual electricity consumption by up to one million rand.
    May 04, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Ingersoll Rand streamlines BMW’s production line…

    By replacing their older and larger plant air compressors with two smaller Ingersoll Rand Centac C400 Centrifugal Air Compressors at their Rosslyn manufacturing plant, BMW South Africa will potentially save over a million Rand per year in reduced… more...
    Editor 287
  • May 04, 2015 On the Cees

    The Next Great Growth Push

    In a world low on confidence and growth, with monetary policies universally accommodative to point of pushy (everywhere, not only in the US, Europe and Japan, but also in all those countries which have lowered interest rates this past year), there… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 212
  • Zipper Economics
    May 04, 2015 On the Cees

    Zipper Economics

    The country has a fundamental problem. It could be termed “zipper” economics, the way a zipper opens up, its two parts neatly unwinding in opposite directions? Even conveniently to the right and left? It has to do with this business of having won… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 236
  • The West shifts, Asia too
    May 04, 2015 On the Cees

    The West shifts, Asia too

    We are mid-decade, and many years down-range from the double ground zero of 2008-2009 when the West was shaken by two massive existential shocks, first in the US and then in Europe, too. The repair and recuperation may have been uneven, at times… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 175
  • FUEL PRICES NEARLY FLAT FOR MAY – AA
    May 01, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    FUEL PRICES NEARLY FLAT FOR MAY – AA

    South Africans can expect fuel prices to remain near their current levels in May, with changes of only a few cents per litre. This is according to the Automobile Association which was commenting on unaudited Central Energy Fund data released this… more...
    Editor 299
  • MAHLE acquires thermal management division of U.S. automotive supplier Delphi
    May 01, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    MAHLE acquires thermal management division of…

    Stuttgart/Germany, February 19, 2015 – MAHLE has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the wholly-owned thermal business of U.S. automotive supplier Delphi Automotive PLC (NYSE: DLPH). In 2014, the division and its approximately 7,600 employees… more...
    Editor 276
  • MAHLE finalizes the acquisition of Letrika
    May 01, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    MAHLE finalizes the acquisition of Letrika

    Stuttgart, September 2, 2014 – The transaction approvals have been issued from all relevant antitrust authorities. The acquisition of the majority stake in Letrika d.d., which is listed on the Ljubljana Stock Exchange, is expected to be completed in… more...
    Editor 264
  • Wolf-Henning Scheider as new Chairman of the MAHLE Management Board with effect from July 1, 2015.
    May 01, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Change to senior management at MAHLE

    Stuttgart, December 16, 2014 – The Supervisory Board of MAHLE GmbH has appointed Wolf-Henning Scheider as new Chairman of the MAHLE Management Board with effect from July 1, 2015. He will join the MAHLE Group on April 1, 2015, and will initially… more...
    Editor 291
  • TEN THINGS ALL CAR & TRUCK DRIVERS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT MOTORCYCLES
    May 01, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    TEN THINGS ALL CAR & TRUCK DRIVERS SHOULD KNOW…

    Hi Folks… With a long weekend just having passed and another starting, I couldn’t help but note the number of motorbikes being ridden – myself being one of those riders. In light of that – experienced first-hand – I, as a rider would have… more...
    Eugene Herbert 531
  • May 01, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Collaboration sees Swedish partners embark on 'A…

    Volvo Cars and artist Avicii Feeling Good about the future New Volvo Cars Brand Campaign features Swedish DJ/Producer Avicii Rework of classic Nina Simone song Feeling Good Campaign celebrates the rebirth and renewal of the Volvo Cars brand Volvo… more...
    Editor 261

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