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NADA October ’20: Sales slump as supply throttled

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Major supply issues across significant light commercial vehicle brands due to Covid-19 restrictions, plus the run-out of some key models, resulted in a 22.6% reduction in LCV sales from dealers’ doors. Mark Dommisse, chair of the National Automobile Dealers’ Association, told The Corner in a media release: “Demand seems to be… Continue reading NADA October ’20: Sales slump as supply throttled

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Ferrari’s Vettel on Canada pole – but where is Lewis?

MONTREAL, Canada – Sebastian Vettel has given Ferrari its first pole start for the Montreal F1 GP since 2001 when Michael Schumacher put a red car up front – while Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton languished in the fourth slot. Vettel set a track lap record of 1min10.764 to get the hole shot but is still 14… Continue reading Ferrari’s Vettel on Canada pole – but where is Lewis?

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McLaren Special for Canada: Fancy a maple leaf on your car?

OTTAWA, Canada – British supercar manufacturer McLaren Automotive, in partnership with Pfaff Automotive which distributes McLaren cars in Canada, have between them created five very special 570S Spiders to celebrate McLaren’s racing and road-car history in that country. The cars were developed using a ‘Bespoke’ service available through McLaren Special Operations – which, the automaker… Continue reading McLaren Special for Canada: Fancy a maple leaf on your car?

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‘All-new’ Chev Spark lights up auto market in Canada

MONTREAL – Chevrolet s announced that the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Spark will, at around 10 000 Canadian dollars, be the least expensive car in that country “despite being packed with standard features”. The Spark, incredibly popular in South Africa and the preferred mode of unhassled travel for the Stephenson family for the past five years,… Continue reading ‘All-new’ Chev Spark lights up auto market in Canada

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SA national auto sales take leap with Spring

CAPE TOWN, South Africa: South Africa’s retail motor dealers fared better than expected through September 2021 with overall new vehicle sales of 43 130 units 15.8% better than the 37 237 sold in the same month a year earlier. The data came from Mark Dommisse, chairman of the National Automobile Dealers’ Association, after analysis of figures distributed… Continue reading SA national auto sales take leap with Spring

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Keep it in the family: The benefits of sticking with your franchise

ONCE-UPON-A-TIME the normal deal for buying a brand-new car included a service/maintenance plan for a number of years that specified franchised parts as part of that plan – as per the sales agreement. Automotive PR expert ILANA SALANT refreshes your knowledge of the new system… JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – After more than three years in… Continue reading Keep it in the family: The benefits of sticking with your franchise

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Dear Mr Mabula, about our car licences…DO SOMETHING!

NADA has called on South Africa’s Minister of Transport to urgently address licensing department backlogs across South Africa. Here is the dealer organisation’s open letter to Minister Fikile Mbalula… Dear Minister Mbalula, JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Extensive administrative delays in document turnaround times and vital operational systems are drastically impacting motor vehicle sales in South… Continue reading Dear Mr Mabula, about our car licences…DO SOMETHING!

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‘Survival of fittest’ – new mantra for SA auto dealers

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – The South African retail motor industry is getting to grips with the “new normal” caused by Covid-19 countermeasures with most dealers having right-sized and tightened financial controls to counter the downturn in vehicle sales, service appointments, and parts sales. However Mark Dommisse, chairman of the SA National Automobile Dealers’ Association, believes… Continue reading ‘Survival of fittest’ – new mantra for SA auto dealers

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‘Green shoots good news for SA’s auto dealers and economy’

“There’s a natural tendency for South Africans to look at the negatives of the nation’s economy under lockdown but, if we look on the brighter side, green shoots are in plain view.” – Mark Dommisse, chairman, National Automobile Dealers’ Association JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Cheering words indeed not only for the auto industry but also… Continue reading ‘Green shoots good news for SA’s auto dealers and economy’

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Kia SA recall for 2005-09 Sorento and Sedona models

KIA MOTORS SA is recalling 2175 Sorento and Carnival/Sedona units sold in South Africa but assembled in Korea from 2005-2009 to examine their anti-lock brakes and stability control systems. The Corner was told of a possibility that oil or water may have entered the power supply to the ABS module and in ”some instances” this… Continue reading Kia SA recall for 2005-09 Sorento and Sedona models