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Old March 21st, 2008, 04:09 AM   #21
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Old March 21st, 2008, 10:37 PM   #23
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Great stuff Icosium, I didn't know Algeria had a truck and bus company.
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SA's Car of the Year named

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The Mazda2 1.5 Individual is the South Africa Guild of Motoring Journalists’ Car of the Year for 2008 — marking the inaugural win for the Japanese brand in the competition. The announcement was made on Tuesday 18 March at a gala dinner held at Kyalami, near Johannesburg, attended by nearly 800 representatives of South Africa’s motoring industry.

The winning model was one of two Mazda derivatives nominated to take part in the 23rd running of the Wesbank-sponsored competition — the other being the Mazda5 2.0 Active. In all, nine cars were chosen to vie for top honours — the highest number of vehicles yet to be nominated as participants in the annual competition.

In deciding the winner, each finalist was subject to a rigorous, three-day evaluation session at the hands of a 28-member jury at Gerotek’s vehicle testing facility near Pretoria, the models put through their paces in a series of assessments to determine the benchmarks they set for the vehicle classes in which they compete in the market.

Dynamic ability, performance, safety, engineering quality, technological innovation, styling and comfort were among the factors considered, along with value for money, running costs, fuel economy and emission standards.

The Mazda2 — unveiled in March last year at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland before making its debut in South Africa in October — came home ahead of Fiat’s Bravo 1.4 T-Jet Sport; Honda’s CR-V 2.2 I-CTDI; Land Rover’s Freelander 2.2 TD4 HSE; Lexus’ LS 460; the Mazda5 2.0 Active; Mercedes-Benz’s C220 CDI Elegance; Nissan’s Qashqai 2.0 Acenta and Toyota’s Corolla 1.8 Exclusive.

The SAGMJ said in a statement that while all of the models in the competition were deemed to represent examples of outstanding automotive technology and engineering, the winner was the vehicle that, in the eyes of the jury, set the example for class rivals in terms of quality, all-round excellence and value for money.

“The Mazda2 1.5 Individual bears all the hallmarks of an exemplary automotive product – it sets benchmarks for its class, has been awarded a five-star safety rating, incorporates a broad range of impressive features and represents excellent value. It is truly a worthy winner, a performer beyond expectation,” said Car of the Year chairman Steve Dlamini-Kabini.

The Mazda2 joins models from Alfa Romeo (156 2.0 T-Spark, 1999); Audi (A4 1.8, 1996; A4 1.9 TDI, 2002; Sportback 2.0T FSI, 2006); BMW (735i, 1988; 316i, 1993; 528i, 1997; 320D, 2001); Ford (Fiesta Fun, 1998); Honda (Civic 1.8 VXi Sedan, 2007); Mercedes-Benz (260E, 1987); Nissan (Maxima 300 SE, 1992); Opel (Monza 160 GSI, 1991; Kadett 140, 1994; Astra 160iS, 1995); Renault (Clio RT 1.4, 2000; Megane 1.9 dCi, 2004 Toyota (Corolla Twin Cam Sprinter, 1986; Corolla GLi, 1989; Corolla Sprinter, 1990); Volkswagen (Polo 1.4 TDI, 2002) and Volvo (S40 2.4i, 2005) in the Car of the Year Winner’s Circle.

Doreen Mashinini, marketing manager of Mazda South Africa, said before the announcement that the brand was proud to be the only manufacturer in the competition with two models to be nominated as finalists. “Both the Mazda2 and Mazda5 are worthy contestants and we hope that one of the two will bring home the title,” she said.
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Old March 21st, 2008, 10:41 PM   #25
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Volkswagen temporarily closed as car sales drop


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The down turn in the car market has forced one of South Africa's largest car makers, Uitenhage-based Volkswagen South Africa, to close its plant for eight days. During the eight days, workers will take five days annual leave, while three days will be lost to short time. The measures come into effect today and will continue until the end of April.

Year to date car sales have plummeted by 16% in the first two months of the year, making life difficult for car makers. Volkswagen South Africa communications general manager, Bill Stevens, says the macro economic factors at play in the country have put huge pressure on the car market.
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Old March 22nd, 2008, 06:07 AM   #26
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this factory is in rouiba located 30 km from algiers built in the 70 national company named (societe national vehicule industiel snvi )


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Great stuff Icosium, I didn't know Algeria had a truck and bus company.
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Old March 22nd, 2008, 06:20 AM   #27
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Amazing to read on this one page Volkswagen temporary shuts plant as Hummer starts building vehicles in Africa...?
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Amazing to read on this one page Volkswagen temporary shuts plant as Hummer starts building vehicles in Africa...?
What a world we live in, huh?
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Old March 22nd, 2008, 04:04 PM   #29
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Amazing to read on this one page Volkswagen temporary shuts plant as Hummer starts building vehicles in Africa...?
But its not very difficult to understand if you take into consideration that VW's production in South Africa is both for export and local demand. So if SA's car market goes through a slump as is the case right now (thanks to higher interest rates, new credit act), they are going to have to cut down on production to clear the excess stock.

Unless their exports(currently at 36,000 units) can magically rise to compensate for the loss in domestic demand, they would be forced to temporarily stop production.

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VW's Uitenhage plant is by the way the largest car manufacturing facility in Africa. I think they have produced more than 2.5 million cars from this plant located in the Eastern Cape only about 35 km from Port Elizabeth. Famous for the production of the Golf series for both local and export markets (mainly UK, Australia, Japan, Malaysia etc)

Here's a picture of their celebration of the 2.5 million VWs manufactured here.

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Old March 22nd, 2008, 04:25 PM   #31
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Also VW South Africa is the only place in the world you can still get a brand new VW Cito Golf. I heard somewhere they are now planning to export it to the UK as the demand for smaller cars there is on the rise.

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Old March 22nd, 2008, 04:28 PM   #32
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Here's a map of BMW manufacturing and assembling plants around the world. You will see that BMW has a presence in South Africa (Pretoria) and Egypt (Cairo)

At one point not so long ago BMW only had plants in Germany and SA, same for Mercedes
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Old March 22nd, 2008, 07:13 PM   #33
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This is a South African company that produces mining equipment and so on.....

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Old March 22nd, 2008, 07:44 PM   #34
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 05:04 PM   #35
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This is a South African company that produces mining equipment and so on.....
Yip Bell factory is in Empangani and they make sme really cool stuff there like the only roadworthy 25cube articulated dump truck
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Old March 24th, 2008, 08:30 PM   #37
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Ford to Invest 1.5 Billion Rand in South Africa

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) today announced plans to invest more than R 1.5 billion to expand operations for the production of Ford's next-generation compact pickup truck and Puma diesel engine.

The investment will commence in 2009 and be split between its assembly plant in Silverton, Pretoria and engine facility in Struandale, Port Elizabeth. Production of the new diesel engine is scheduled to begin in 2010, followed by production of the new pickup in 2011.

The investment and new manufacturing contract will transform FMCSA's current production landscape to enhance South Africa's significance as a strategic export base for vehicles, engines and components for Ford Motor Company. Plans call for the Silverton, Waltloo plant to transition from its current production, to a high-volume, flexible single platform line that will accommodate the new pickup.

The investment will increase total annual capacity at the Silverton plant to 110,000 units, with approximately three-quarters of the vehicles being produced for export, primarily to markets in Africa and Europe. The Struandale Engine Plant will increase annual production for its next-generation, turbocharged common-rail Puma diesel engine and components to approximately 180,000 units, with the majority being exported.

"Winning this investment is a major achievement for everyone at FMCSA, as well as our partners in government, NUMSA, and our local suppliers, and highlights our strategic position within the future global footprint of Ford Motor Company," explained Hal Feder, president and CEO of FMCSA. "It also underscores Ford's ongoing commitment to expanding our operations in South Africa."

As part of the investment, FMSCA plans to continue working with the South African government to accelerate and enhance human resources training and development of the auto industry's current and future workforce to ensure they possess the necessary skills required to support the launch.

Both Ford and government recently reconfirmed their full commitment to future growth and development of the South African vehicle manufacturing and associated industries. This included an agreement of strategic objectives to develop worker skills, improve supply base capabilities, and accelerate the transformation of black economic empowerment.

"It's critical for the South African government to continue to support initiatives that help foster a strong and globally competitive auto industry - one that is prepared to capitalize on future opportunities and realize the potential for growth and success," asserted Feder. "We'll also continue to work closely with NUMSA to ensure there is total alignment and commitment to deliver the cost competitiveness and world-class quality and safety standards that have attracted this investment."

The transition of FMCSA operations over the next few years will have no immediate impact on the workforce size, which currently totals nearly 4,500 employees between its two manufacturing facilities. However, FMCSA expects to hire up to 500 additional employees by the time the realigned production kicks off in 2011.

Local suppliers to FMCSA stand to benefit from the expanded capacity, as increased local content will be sourced to meet increased production and output. FMCSA currently achieves about 35 percent local content, which will improve to more than 60 percent when production begins. Working with roughly 110 different South African suppliers, annual spending on local components will increase from an estimated R 441 million each year to approximately R 2.9 billion.

"The magnitude of this project is indicative of how South Africa can benefit from having a globally competitive auto industry. In addition to the direct implications to FMCSA, this investment will have a multiplier effect with indirect job creation for local suppliers, and overall economic benefits from increased demand of locally produced content," said Feder.

FMCSA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ford Motor Company, and first set up operations in South Africa in 1923.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures and distributes automobiles in 200 markets across six continents. With about 260,000 employees and about 100 plants worldwide, the company's core and affiliated automotive brands include Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury and Volvo. Its automotive-related services include Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford's products, please visit www.fordvehicles.com.

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The way this thread is going on clearly shows the state of automobile industry in Africa. In all progresive countries in the world auto industry is an engine of economic growth. That's what happend in Eastern Europe for instance. But I see is not the case in Africa. Except South Africa and Morroco, I see there is no goverment being interested to bring foreign investments in autometive field. All investmets are in buildings, huge buildings, and thats all. I'm sure that Nigeria or Angola won't really have real development until they will have interest in bringing investments in automotive field. Until then, with all their oil, will remain 3rd world.

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India's Tata Motors to make trucks in South Africa

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NEW DELHI, April 9 (Reuters) - India's top vehicle maker, Tata Motors Ltd (TAMO.BO: Quote, Profile, Research) (TTM.N: Quote, Profile, Research), plans to make trucks and buses in South Africa, as it seeks to tap more world markets including for its low-cost Nano car, a senior executive said on Wednesday.

Tata, India's top bus and truck maker, plans to set up a manufacturing facility in Rosslyn in South Africa, Managing Director Ravi Kant said at the India-Africa Summit.

The plan for the facility, which Tata Motors acquired from Nissan Motor (7201.T: Quote, Profile, Research) in 2006, was complete and the project would commence shortly, Kant said.

Tata Motors, which last month signed a deal for Ford Motor's (F.N: Quote, Profile, Research) Jaguar and Land Rover brands, planned to also start assembling pickup trucks in Senegal, where it had previously supplied completely knocked down kits of buses, Kant said.

Tata, also India's No. 3 car maker, was conducting a feasibility study for assembling semi-knocked down kits of commercial vehicles in Congo, and will start selling cars there from this fiscal year, possibly even the low-cost Nano, he said.

"Africa is a key market for Tata Motors," Kant said.

"We are supplying trucks and buses for public transport and one opportunity could be for individual transport ... Nano could fit in that market," he said, without giving details.

Nano, priced at just above 100,000 rupees ($2,500), is scheduled to roll out in India later this year. Tata Motors has said it would focus on local sales for the first two-to-three years. ($1=40 rupees) (Reporting by Devidutta Tripathy; Editing by Ranjit Gangadharan)
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South Africa: March vehicle sales down 17.5% year-on-year but record month for exports

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New vehicle sales in South Africa fell 17.5% year-on-year to 47,778 units in March, continuing the market's poor run in 2008.

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New vehicle sales in South Africa fell 17.5% year-on-year to 47,778 units in March, continuing the market's poor run in 2008. Sales were better than February 2008 though, and were up 3.2% compared with the 46,285 units sold last month.

According to the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA), the disparity was largely due to March 2007 representing one of the highest sales months on record. It also attributes the drop to early Easter holidays this year, which meant fewer business days in March.

Cars were the worst affected last month, with sales down 23.1% to 27,724 units, compared with 36,038 units in March 2007. Compared with February 2008, sales were more or less flat (+0.7%).

Demand in the new car segment has significantly weakened in recent months due to the cumulative effect of past interest rate increases, and pressure on disposable income due to rising energy, food and fuel costs. Sales have also been adversely impacted by negative consumer sentiment and business confidence in the country.

LCVs fared slightly better, with sales dropping 10.7% to 16,616 units, down from 18,612 units in March 2007. Month-on-month, this segment was up 7% from 15,536 units sold in February.

The fall in car and LCV sales resulted in numbers dropping to 141,278 units in Q1 of CY2008, down 13.1% from 162,619 units year-on-year. Car sales were down to 85,703 (-17.6%), while the LCV segment saw a sales decline of 7.9% to 46,343 units.

Toyota remained market leader in March with sales of 6,835 units, followed by Volkswagen with 5,477, then Ford with 3,771 units. Toyota continued its domination of the LCV segment as well, accounting for 5,044 units. With sales of 3,919 units, General Motors took second place, followed by Ford with 3,156 units.

The commercial vehicle market in March 2008 saw sales growth in all segments. The Medium CV segment posted sales of 1,321 units (+2.6%), Heavy CVs accounted for 712 units (+3.8%), and 1,255 Extra Heavy CVs were sold (+8%). In Q1, MCV sales totalled 3,682 units, HCVs 1,781 units and EHCVs 3,429 units. The three segments posted sales growth of 8.3%, 7.5% and 13.4% respectively.

The MCV segment saw Mercedes-Benz, Toyota and Tata Motors emerge as the leaders, while Toyota, Nissan Diesel and Mercedes-Benz led the HCV segment, as the top-three OEMs. Mercedes-Benz took top spot in the EHCV segment, followed by MAN and Nissan Diesel.

The one segment that witnessed significant sales growth in March was Buses, with sales rising 57.9% year-on-year to 150 units, compared to 95 units in March 2007. Sales were up 28.2% compared with February, when 117 buses were sold.

In the first quarter of 2008, Bus sales increased by 53.2% to 340 units, compared with the corresponding quarter of 2007, when sales totalled 222 units. MAN, Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz were the top-three OEMs by way of bus sales last month.

The South African automotive industry exported 22,888 vehicles in March, which is now the best export sales month on record, according to NAAMSA. This figure represents a 54% improvement over the 14,860 units in March last year, and an 11% increase compared with February 2008 export sales.

The association expects continued turbulence in light vehicle sales for the rest of 2008, owing to the prevailing negative economic climate. The medium and heavy truck segments, on the other hand, are expected to continue with their growth pattern this year.

"In contrast to the weak domestic sales environment, production of new motor vehicles is expected to increase substantially during 2008, on the back of significantly higher vehicle exports," NAAMSA says in a statement.
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