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Automobiles going green and conversing

 In 2013 we trundled along to Hillfox in Johannesburg to attend the opening of a new Kia dealership. Hardly big news you might think, but while car makers were already scrambling around coming up with green technology ideas for their cars, some manufacturers were giving thought to greening their dealerships. Kia's Hillfox facility was the first for the Korean brand in SA to be powered by solar energy. It recycled its water and collected.... Read more »

Posted on : Monday , 5th December 2016

Tata SA goes Flash(y)

 Cape Town - Tata South Africa has introduced an additional, limited-edition variant of its Indica hatchback. The new model, called the Flash, is based on the Indica LGi model, with several distinguishing features and significant additions to its list of equipment, says Tata. The automaker says the Flash is now specified well above the standard specification of its main competitors in the market. At R124 995, it's only R6000 more than.... Read more »

Posted on : Saturday , 3rd December 2016

East Africa: Uganda President Pushes for Ban On Importation of Vehicles

Kampala — East African Community (EAC) member states are spearheading a proposal to ban the importation of cars from outside countries.   President Museveni disclosed yesterday that they are in final stages with other East African states to ensure that no cars are imported into the region, but their spare parts, which will be assembled here to create jobs for East Africans.   However, he warned that this can only be possible.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 29th November 2016

CHINA’S KEEN INTEREST IN THE AFRICAN AUTOMOTIVE MARKET

  The global automotive business is in its most disruptive era since the advent of the industry over a century ago, creating an abundance of opportunities for new and established companies in the global automotive market. Analysts anticipate the market to grow by 2%, reaching 91 million new units sold in 2016. The African economy has seen steady growth for the past decade and even with sustained low oil and commodity prices, the automotive.... Read more »

Posted on : Monday , 28th November 2016

India-made Suzuki Baleno launches in South Africa in 3 variants

 The second India-made hatchback that went into the South African market place this month is the Suzuki Baleno. The car made its world debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, and ever since has been exploring Europe, Asia and Oceania. Over 100,000 units of the car have been produced over the last year.   Charl Grobler, manager of sales and product planning of Suzuki Auto South Africa says the Baleno is “ideal for individuals.... Read more »

Posted on : Friday , 25th November 2016

Kenya: Pioneer Brings New Line of in-Vehicle Audio Experience to Kenya

 Pioneer Electronics, a leader in after market car electronics has introduced a new range of in-vehicle infotainment products in Kenya. According to the company, this move will enhance motorists experience and further boost its market share.   The new products include two new AV recievers aimed at enhancing in-vehicle connectivity and entertainments. Also announed are in-car recievers based on new hardware platforms to enable more.... Read more »

Posted on : Thursday , 24th November 2016

AFRICA - THE NEXT GROWTH MARKET

Africa is currently home to five of the fastest growing economies in the world. According to a global study, the continent's economy is forecast to grow to $2.6 trillion in 2020 from $1.6 trillion in 2008, fuelled by booms in mining, agriculture and development of ports, roads and other infrastructure. This rapid economic growth is what is creating substantial new business opportunities in the region. Over the past decade, Africa’s real.... Read more »

Posted on : Thursday , 24th November 2016

Turkish Exporters Target Africa

 At a time when struggling Turkish exporters are looking for ways to diversify their target markets, Africa is poised to become the new frontier market for Turkish firms as they position themselves to become major stakeholders in the region’s rapidly growing industries. Africa has recorded an annual growth rate of 5 percent over the last decade and is expected to continue this trend in the coming years. Six out of ten fastest growing.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 23rd November 2016

Kenya Vehicle Manufacturers steps up assembly of Hyundai light trucks

 NAIROBI, KENYA: Kenya Vehicle Manufacturers (KVM) has stepped up the assembly of Hyundai light trucks for CICA Motors, the distributor for Kenya. To meet the demand for three and five tonne trucks.   The assembly of Hyundai light trucks by KVM commenced early in 2012 after an intensive training programme, followed by checks and tests by KVM quality controllers and trainers from Korea. Technical audit teams from Hyundai Motor Company.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 23rd November 2016

Dubai-based auto group opens regional customer experience academy

 The opening of the first Al-Futtaim Automotive Academy in Sub Sahara Africa, is part of the Dubai based automotive firm’s strategic effort to boost its customer experience and after sales capacity in East Africa.   Speaking when he officiated at the opening of the new purpose equipped training facility, the visiting Al-Futtaim Automotive Group President, Len Hunt said the investment in a state of the art technical training.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 22nd November 2016

Nissan Altima to be introduced