automotive

DTI secures R28bn in investment

The Department of Trade and Industry has helped to conclude R28-billion in investment in South Africa's economy and aims to facilitate R115-billion in investment over the next few years, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.

Ndebele car art in New York

South Africa’s Esther Mahlangu, the first African artist to participate in the BMW Art Car Programme, is again showing off her colourful creation to the world at an exhibition in New York at the Museum of Arts and Design.
Art Bank Joburg: helping local artists

South Africa secures new Benz contract

Mercedes-Benz South Africa has announced that it will be one of the manufacturers of the next generation C-Class, and will invest a further R2-billion in its East London plant in order to produce the luxury sedan, which will hit global markets in 2014.

Oil refinery ‘will save SA billions’

The proposed Mthombo crude oil refinery will help South Africa escape from the "dependency trap" of having to import refined automotive products, ultimately saving the country billions of rands, says President Jacob Zuma.

A joule of an energy-efficient car

South Africa, which builds BMWs and Mercedes Benzes for the US market, is in the thick of the race to deliver a truly practical – and stylish – electric car. Meet the Joule.
SA market hungry for the Joule

GMSA’s R1bn manufacturing investment

General Motors South Africa has announced an investment of over R1-billion in its Struandale, Port Elizabeth plant to enable the company to build the new generation Chevrolet Spark, Chevrolet Corsa Utility and Isuzu KB vehicles for local and international markets.

Bumper export for Mercedes Benz

In a reassuring sign for South Africa's automotive industry, East London-based Mercedes Benz has shipped over 2 600 locally built C-Class cars to the United States - its largest consignment since November 2008.

Natural fibre takes off

World airline manufacturer Airbus and South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research are teaming up to develop new natural fibre-reinforced materials for use in aircraft.

E London pulls in car part makers

Seven companies have committed themselves to the East London Industrial Development Zone's new Automobile Supplier Park, bringing total investment into the zone to R755-million.

Global companies in South Africa

Global companies with a presence in South Africa all cite numerous advantages for setting up shop in the country, from low labour costs to excellent infrastructure - and a base to export products internationally.