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Strong Growth in Commercial Vehicle Market

STRONG GROWTH IN COMMERCIAL VEHICLE MARKET TO COME UNDER SPOTLIGHT AT AUTO AFRICA 2004 Bus and truck market grew by 19% in 2003; anticipated growth of 10% in 2004. South Africa’s truck and bus market grew by 19% in 2003, fuelled by spectacular sales of extra heavy commercial vehicles (over 16.5 ton GVM), which climbed by nearly 36%. The surging sales...

International Delegations to Strengthen Ties with South African Automotive Industry

Twelve UK-based companies will visit Auto Africa 2004 on a sponsored mission, through one of Britain’s leading automotive bodies, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The visit to Auto Africa 2004, which takes place between 25 October and 31 October, has been facilitated by British Trade and Investment SA. “The high level of interest from international companies participating...

Auto Africa 2004 goes Green

Environmental issues play a key role in Africa’s premier motor event to be held at Nasrec, in Johannesburg, October 25-31. The Auto Africa Expo 2004 will be a showcase of what automotive companies are doing to protect the environment. The automotive industry is taking the need to be environmentally friendly seriously, particularly in light of depleting fossil fuel resources, as...

FDI in Automotive sector to continue climbing

More than R3,5-billion will be invested by international motor manufacturers in South Africa during 2004, underlining the automotive industry's importance as a magnet for foreign direct investment, employment creation and foreign exchange earnings. The investment in 2004 is considerably up on the R2,3-billion invested in 2003, and Auto Africa 2004 exhibition director Pula Dippenaar expects South Africa to continue to...

Caltex to Celebrate Centenary at Auto Africa 2004

CALTEX TO CELEBRATE CENTENARY AT AUTO AFRICA 2004 International fuel company, Caltex, will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its Havoline Oil brand at the continent’s largest automotive exhibition, Auto Africa 2004, taking place at Nasrec, Johannesburg from 25 to 31 October 2004. According to Caltex’s Johan le Roux, the company will host a lunchtime function on the second day of the...

Auto Africa 2004 Revs its Engines

Motor show to deliver the latest international motoring trends International automotive brands are fine-tuning their multi-million rand plans to showcase the latest and greatest they have to offer the South African market at this year’s Auto Africa 2004, the biennial international motor show, which takes place from 28-31 October 2004 at the Expo Centre, Nasrec, Johannesburg. The exhibition, which is the...

Strong Components Representation at Auto Africa

STRONG COMPONENTS REPRESENTATION AT AUTO AFRICA CONFIRMS BUOYANCY OF SECTOR Statistics show that the automotive component sector is experiencing a period of growth both locally and globally. The export of total South African automotive exports are fast challenging gold as the leading earner of foreign exchange despite the strength of the Rand, says the National Association of Automotive Component and Allied...

Unique 6×6 Amphibian Vehicle

UNIQUE 6X6 AMPHIBIAN VEHICLE –THE NVUBU - TO BE LAUNCHED AT AUTO AFRICA 2004 Is it a boat? Is it a 4X4? Is it something out of the latest James Bond movie? No, it’s Nvubu, South Africa’s own history-making amphibious all-terrain multi-purpose vehicle (AATMPV)! Fully designed here in South Africa, the totally unique Nvubu (which by the way means “hippo” in Zulu) will be...

Automotive Industry Gears up for Auto Africa Expo 2004

R128-billion retail motor industry to be represented at automotive show. South Africa’s retail motor sector, which recorded a turnover of R128-billion in 2002 of which R52,4-billion accounted for new vehicle sales, R33,6-billion used vehicle sales and R42.1-billion after-market sales, will come  under the spotlight at Auto Africa 2004 – the biennial Africa International Automotive Trade Exhibition and Conference – when...

Automotive Sector Continues to attract investment

AFRICA'S AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR CONTINUES TO ATTRACT INVESTMENT; MAKES INCREASING CONTRIBUTION TO GLOBAL AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY Auto Africa Expo to be held in Johannesburg in October puts spotlight on Africa's growing role as manufacturer of vehicles and supplier of components for global export. Africa’s vital role in the global automotive trade will come under the spotlight at this year’s Auto Africa Expo. As...