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Old November 26th, 2013, 05:45 PM   #161
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Old November 27th, 2013, 07:36 PM   #162
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Maserati arrives in Morocco!



Notice to fans of the brand trident, the beautiful Italian Maserati finally arrives in Morocco!

The marketing brand will begin on November 28 in Casablanca two showrooms have been built for the occasion.
The first is located boulevard Zerktouni and the second, also dedicated to after-sales service (VAS), Boulevard Moulay Slimane is in Casablanca.

The Quattroporte, GranTurismo, GranCabrio or the new Ghibli first Maserati model diesel engine ...

All brand models available from 800,000 dhs.

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Old November 29th, 2013, 09:17 PM   #163
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BMW: The 3rd generation X5 arrives in Morocco

Posted on Friday, November 29, 2013 - 10:17 am


Founder of the Sports Activity Vehicle segment, and with over 1.3 million units sold since the first generation,
the most popular vehicle in the world in its segment, the BMW X5 opens a new chapter its success story by launching the third generation of this model.
Exclusive distributor of BMW in Morocco Smeia has announced the arrival of the new X5 in Morocco.
Note that the range of engines available for the commercial launch includes a V8 petrol 330 kW (450 hp) and the BMW X5 xDrive50i
and a 6-cylinder in-line diesel engine delivering 190 kilowatts (258 hp) and the BMW X5 xDrive30d.
Not to mention the M Performance Automobile BMW X5 M50d. And all meet the Euro 6 emissions standard as standard.
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Old November 30th, 2013, 09:50 AM   #164
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Old December 10th, 2013, 06:06 PM   #165
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Auto Hall Morocco launches in the assembly and opened a subsidiary in Mauritania

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 15:15

Auto Hall is one of the first companies in the sector distribution of rolling stock in Morocco.

Auto Hall, giant distribution of motor vehicles has signed a contract with China's ZNA for the assembly and distribution of light commercial vehicles Dongfeng.
Auto Hall also announced the opening of a subsidiary in Mauritania.

This is a first. Auto Hall launches in assembling cars while continuing its expansion in Africa through the creation of a new subsidiary in Mauritania to distribute its products directly,
the group said after a meeting of its Board of Directors on 6 December 2013, the opportunity to communicate on its excellent financial health.
"In order to expand the range of products represented in accordance with the partnership strategy adopted by the Council,
the group signed a contract for the assembly and distribution of light commercial vehicles Dongfeng brand with the ZNA (Dongfeng Motors Group) territory of
Morocco and several African countries, "reads the statement sanctioning the Council.
The group did not give the details of this new partnership, but said that its turnover amounted to 2.9 billion dirhams , up 8% compared to October 2012.
In addition, Auto Hall emphasizes that this new partnership comes in a less favorable context for :
- Market for light commercial vehicles (+5%) and agricultural tractors increased (+24%),
- Depreciation of the yen vis-à-vis the dirham
- Improving services and strengthening customer proximity.
However, the current situation is characterized by the weakness of the commercial vehicle market (-4%) and a decrease of the private car (-8%).
In addition to this contract with Dongfeng Auto Hall statement on its ambitions for 2014. "The Council also approved the budget of Auto Hall and
its subsidiaries for the year 2014 and expects improved results compared to 2013. The consolidated turnover would amount to 4.2 billion dirhams, "the statement said.
The level of investment, the Council noted that the budget of 450 million dirhams , adopted for the period 2012-2015 has been fully committed and will achieve a network of 50 operational sites,
the statement said.
Accordingly, the Council adopted a new program in the amount of 1 billion dirhams to have a network of 100 operational sites in 2020.
Another notable point, the creation of a subsidiary in Mauritania.
"After several successful operations in Mauritania made ​​from the branch of Dakhla, the Council decided to establish a new subsidiary based in Mauritania to directly distribute certain products in its range,"
explains the historical distributor of Ford and Mitsubishi in the kingdom.
As a reminder, Auto Hall is one of the first companies in the sector distribution of rolling stock in Morocco. The group has over thirty locations across Morocco .
For its part, Dongfeng Motors Corporation is a Chinese automotive company which manufactures buses, trucks and cars partially under his name and partly in joint ventures with various companies.
End of 2004, Dong Feng Motors employed 106,000 employees.

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Old December 17th, 2013, 10:05 PM   #166
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The largest car showroom in Morocco open soon

Published: December 17, 2013

Like the BWM European showrooms, the Casablanca, the largest in Morocco and also in Africa (for the German manufacturer) will meet international standards.

The work of the future new showroom of BMW and Mini begin their final straight.
Located on the coastal road Casablanca / Mohammedia at Ain Sebaâ level, the new site is spread over an area of ​​about three hectares,
making it the largest car showroom in Morocco, and also in Africa for manufacturer allemand.Trois separate and independent showrooms therein.
This is BMW, Mini and BMW motorcycle.
Administrative teams Smeia exclusive importer of German brands, come to their home.
Only commercial teams are continuing their work on the old site, pending completion. Started in 2012, they are at the stage finish.
The official opening was likely made in the first quarter of 2014.

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Old January 11th, 2014, 05:42 PM   #167
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Old March 1st, 2014, 01:38 PM   #168
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African free-trade progress vital to sustaining SA auto sector, Toyota chief asserts

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An African free trade agreement (FTA) is one of the most important FTAs the local automotive industry required the South African government to negotiate and sign, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) president and CEO Dr Johan van Zyl.

He says that any such FTA has to include the North African countries of Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Morocco.

Combined, these markets, despite their current political instability, comprise 800 000 new vehicles a year, “which is a big market”.

“If we don’t have an FTA which includes these North African countries, we will have a problem,” notes Van Zyl.

“They are currently talking to Europe about implementing an FTA by 2020, which will make it very difficult to sell South African vehicles there. These countries will disappear as market opportunities for the local automotive industry.

“An African free trade area will create a massive market with massive potential.”

TSAM exports the locally manufactured Corolla, Hilux and Fortuner models into Africa, while other local producers, such as Nissan South Africa, General Motors South Africa and Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa, also exported vehicles to the rest of the continent.


Recent rumours about a new model being added to TSAM’s production line-up appear to be true.
The company looks set to produce another passenger car model at its Durban plant, adding to the 2014 Corolla, which required a R1-billion investment into the 220 000 unit-a-year-capacity plant.

The local arm of the Japanese manufacturer is also building a new truck plant in Durban. In addition to this, TSAM will move from current semi-knockdown assembly of the Ses’fikile minibus taxi to completely knockdown assembly, with much more local value-add, by 2015.

Toyota assembles and sells the Hino truck brand in South Africa, as well as the luxury Lexus brand.

TSAM expects to produce 175 000 units at its Durban operations this year.
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Old March 14th, 2014, 02:46 AM   #169
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Motor industry needs African ‘common market’ — Ford

THE long-term competitiveness of the South African motor industry would require an African "common market" to create the economies of scale necessary for cost-effective manufacturing, says Ford SA CEO Jeff Nemeth.

The benefits would be felt across the continent, he said last week.

Mr Nemeth also said Nigeria’s nascent plans for a motor industry would not succeed unless Africa’s trade barriers were removed.

Ford SA has become the sales and marketing hub for the global parent’s sub-Saharan Africa activities, previously run from the US.

Mr Nemeth said his company’s success in re-establishing itself as a major domestic player had convinced the group it could do the same in Africa.

"We have developed new confidence and are applying our successful strategies to sub-Sahara.

"With our experience, we expect to see accelerated opportunities, especially in places like Nigeria, Angola and Kenya."

However, he said it was not enough for South Africa to sell vehicles to the rest of Africa. The continent has more than 1-billion under-served consumers. South Africa, with its manufacturing infrastructure, was the logical base for a broader sub-Saharan motor industry, Mr Nemeth said.

If South African vehicles could be sold en masse across the continent, it would create the manufacturing economies of scale required to be internationally cost-competitive.

Instead of one factory building 50,000 units of three or four different products, companies could come closer to the business model of European, Asian and American plants, building hundreds of thousands of the same vehicle.

Although growth would be leveraged from South Africa, it would not be limited to it he said. There would be nothing to stop other countries creating their own manufacturing or supply bases. If Nigeria, or other countries, could feed off South Africa and become cost-effective components suppliers, Ford would welcome it.

Europe, North America and Asia have all created dynamic free-trade areas, said Mr Nemeth. "It’s helping all of them develop their industries by creating economies of scale. Different countries become different centres of excellence."

South Africa, he said, should adopt a more outward-looking attitude to industrial policy. "Our manufacturing base is small from a global perspective but we can be leaders for Africa. We need policies that will encourage South Africa to reach out to the continent, to drive industrialisation there."

He confirmed, meanwhile, that the separation of Ford and Mazda in South Africa was on schedule. Following their global split last year, Mazda will operate as an independent brand in South Africa from the third quarter.

The two have been managed jointly in South Africa since 1985.

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He's wrong. If there is one country that doesn't need a common market it's nigeria
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Joe Nemeth sounds like an idiot.
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Old March 14th, 2014, 07:34 AM   #172
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Joe Nemeth sounds like an idiot.
Joe Nemeth? The brother perhaps, of Jeff Nemeth?

Fun fact - to give written insults that wow factor, and some fizz...make sure you know how to read, write and comprehend...and of course, make sure you insult the right person

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Old March 14th, 2014, 09:19 AM   #173
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Only on SSC will the local CEO of a successful major international car brand get called an idiot by people with...what credentials exactly?
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Only on SSC will the local CEO of a successful major international car brand get called an idiot by people with...what credentials exactly?
Fords success is not his work. It's decline perhaps but not its success.
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Fords success is not his work. It's decline perhaps but not its success.
You do realise this is Ford South Africa's CEO, right?
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Old March 14th, 2014, 09:23 PM   #176
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Only on SSC will the local CEO of a successful major international car brand get called an idiot by people with...what credentials exactly?
yeah, like the geniuses that said telkom shouldnt go into nigeria, allowing MTN to take the lead. these guys dont know everything. especially when it comes to places outside SA
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yeah, like the geniuses that said telkom shouldnt go into nigeria, allowing MTN to take the lead. these guys dont know everything. especially when it comes to places outside SA
They certainly know far more about their industries than anyone on SSC does, no matter which way you try to spin it.
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They certainly know far more about their industries than anyone on SSC does, no matter which way you try to spin it.
keep thinking that and pay homage to titles. which is why younger outsiders continually disrupt well established companies
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WILLOWVALE Mazda Motor Industries (WMMI) will soon return to its original business model of assembling different types of cars in an effort to revive its fortunes, an official has said.WMMI, which presently assembles Mazda vehicles only, is a joint venture company between the Zimbabwe government through the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and two Japanese companies, Mazda Motor Corporation and Itochu Corporation.

IDC chief executive officer Mike Ndudzo told the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Industry and Trade that WMMI was considering reverting to the business model that it employed when it was established.When it was established in 1980, WMMI used to assemble any type of car ranging from Toyota, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Peugeot for various clients on contract.

The arrangement was abandoned in 1989 when government directed WMMI to seek a single partner whose vehicles it would assemble.Ndudzo said due to difficulties in marketing the range of cars presently being built by Mazda, the company has decided to revert to the old business model.

“Mazda went upstream and changed strategies and we agreed with them that we are a developing country and we cannot cope with the type of cars they want to produce, so with effect from June this year there will not be any Completely Knocked Down (CKD) kits coming from Mazda. What we have done is we want to go back to the old model, the way we used to operate in the pre-80s, of contract assembling where Willowvale will be assembling different types of cars for importers for a fee,” he said.

“We have approached the Ministries of Finance and Economic Development, and Industry and Commerce and asked them to change the current policy on CKD policy meaning that one can bring any car one wants provided it is in CKD and we assemble it. I am sure that is the thing that is going to come.”

WMMI has been hard hit by the influx of second hand Japanese cars since the adoption of multiple currencies in 2009. Most Zimbabweans are importing second-hand vehicles mainly from Japan which are cheaper compared to buying new vehicles locally

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$4 million project to assemble cars




Quest Motors Manufacturing has invested $4 million at its Mutare car assembly plant for the production of two Chinese models.
The move is expected to create jobs and bring back life to the community.

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This will also be good news for customers as the investment is expected to promote the local motor industry, which suffered from the import of second-hand cars, mainly from Japan.General Manager Tarik Adam confirmed that the project would see the first vehicles roll off the assembly line at the end of this month. The company will assemble the Chery Tiggo, a small SUV and JMC vehicles.

“Our aim is to roll out a selection of models over the next three years from the small passenger car to the minibus. We will build the pick-up range from single cab to double cab (4×4). Once that project is done we will move onto the three and five-tonne trucks,” Adam said.He added that each model would involve $2 million worth of investment and there were plans for expansion over three years.

“We will start by producing about 180 units a month. We will also introduce local content of up to 30/40 percent into the brands we are building to support the downstream industries such as batteries, tyres, glass, upholstery, paints, solvents and sealants. That way we can help to stimulate our local industry,” he said.He said it was crucial that the local industry received support from government in the form of putting an end to the importation of second-hand cars.

Plant Production Manager Tom Sarimana said: “We are working on the vehicles as we speak. We have employed some people and we are saying it is not the end. We are looking at our assembly line and we hope to employ more people.”
The Town Clerk, Obert Muzawazi, was upbeat about the investment. “We support the initiative as it will bring employment to our citizens. There should be a 100 percent local components so that everyone can benefit.”

Hebert Muusha, Chairman of the Manicaland Business Council, said: “We welcome the development and we hope that this will benefit all the people in Manicaland. We urge the government to assist such companies so that we resuscitate the manufacturing industry.”Quest Motors Manufacturing employs 150 personnel at the Mutare plant and is hoping to double or triple that by the end of next year.The company is in the process of building two new showrooms in the city
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