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Suzuki SA breaks another sales record with fun-to-drive cars

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Suzuki Auto SA has just completed its best dealer and overall sales month on record. Naamsa, the automotive business council, reported last week that Suzuki sold 2397 vehicles through March 2021 which broke the previous best by nearly 12% and improved on its March 2020 sales performance by 92%. More importantly,… Continue reading Suzuki SA breaks another sales record with fun-to-drive cars

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18-year low for auto trade – but resurgence pending

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – The burden of the flu pandemic, continued economic pressure, and the consequent low levels of business and consumer confidence took their toll on new-vehicle sales through January. In fact 2020 was the auto industry’s worst performance in 18 years. However, the pundits say, ”there is light amidst that gloom” because the… Continue reading 18-year low for auto trade – but resurgence pending

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Electric vehicles: Next threat to SA’s automakers

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – South Africa’s built-up vehicle export programme is under threat from two major fronts according to Messe Frankfurt SA’s recent Hypermobility virtual conference. The problem was also mentioned by several speakers at the conference. Hypermobility was fully supported by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) and had AutoTrader… Continue reading Electric vehicles: Next threat to SA’s automakers

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Thinking of going electric? Here’s the SA situation…

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Is the country ready for electric vehicles? A study released in October (2020) has highlighted some fascinating insight into the future of these vehicles in the country. AutoTrader – the biggest digital automotive marketplace in South Africa – and Generation.e – partnered to provide insights into consumer perception, expectation, purchase intent,… Continue reading Thinking of going electric? Here’s the SA situation…

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Cars down, bakkies up, as sales stutter into new normal

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Sales of new vehicles in South Africa through July, according to finance house WesBank, may have shown a clearer sign of market activity as lockdown regulations ease and the economy begins to recover. WesBank warned, however, that it was too early to define a trend or level of normality as the… Continue reading Cars down, bakkies up, as sales stutter into new normal

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Suzuki hits record sales despite Covid shutdown crisis

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Suzuki Auto SA  believes its sales for June 2020 have surprised the local market with  sales back at pre-lockdown levels and its dealer network breaking records. The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers (Naamsa) reports that Suzuki Auto SA has leapt up the sales chart with 1433 unit sales, all but one… Continue reading Suzuki hits record sales despite Covid shutdown crisis

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Vehicle sales look brighter – but beware rising prices for ‘used’

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – The new vehicle market returned to its first full month of sales in June 2020 since the Covid lockdown started but the market remains under ”immense pressure”. The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SA (Naamsa) told The Corner new vehicle sales were down by 38% down on June 2019 by… Continue reading Vehicle sales look brighter – but beware rising prices for ‘used’

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VWSA revs up: Production, exports, resume at SA plant

UITENHAGE, South Africa – Production of VW products in South Africa has resumed in full after re-starting on May 4 2020 with the phased arrival if essential employees. That has been followed by a gradual ramp-up of its local production in Uitenhage, near the coastal city of Port Elizaeth. Since then the automaker has begun… Continue reading VWSA revs up: Production, exports, resume at SA plant