Volkswagen produces its 200,000th new Polo
Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) reached a historic milestone on 6 September, when the 200 000th unit of the current Volkswagen Polo rolled off the production line at the Uitenhage plant.   The VWSA production plant has been manufacturing Polos since 1996 when it started local production on the... Read more
VWSA partners with biggest all-female business network
Volkswagen has partnered with the Lionesses of Africa organisation to assist in developing its over 600 000 female entrepreneurs across 54 African countries. Statistics indicate that about 50% of start-up businesses in South Africa fail within 24 months due to a range of factors. Lionesses of Africa, a social... Read more
Local content to move automotive industry forward
Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has unpacked the details of the approved extension of the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) from 2021 to 2035. Briefing reporters at the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) head office in Tshwane on Friday, Davies said Cabinet has approved the extension... Read more
2018 Haval Outreach Expedition a huge success
The 2018 Haval Outreach Expedition, which concluded in Cape Town on 4 October, was a resounding success. The journey, which stretched nearly 4 500km along the east coast of South Africa was completed by a convoy of two Haval H9’s, two Haval H6C’s, a Haval H2 and a GWM... Read more
Strong growth predicted for the  second-hand car market
Recent trends have shown that pre-owned car sales are far outweighing new car sales. In TransUnion’s latest quarterly report, the Vehicle Price Index (VPI), which analyses monthly data it receives from dealers, vehicle financiers and banks throughout the country, it states that vehicle financiers are financing 2.22 used vehicles... Read more
Volkswagen Group South Africa announces senior appointments
Mark Handley to Head up Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Ryan Searle appointed as Volkswagen’s National Sales Manager Volkswagen Group South Africa has announced two senior appointments in two of its Brands. Mark Handley has been appointed as Head of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, which is one of the three brands currently operating... Read more
Land Rover announces 70th anniversary celebration
Giant 250m wide Defender outline drawn in the snow at 2,700m in the French Alps to mark Land Rover’s 70th anniversary Tribute to the Wilks brothers’ first sketch of the original Land Rover shape in the sand of Red Wharf Bay, Anglesey, UK Land Rover announces World Land Rover... Read more
Rental fleet sales hold back new car market
South Africa’s new vehicle industry had a less-than-ideal start to the year, with an 8.9% year-on-year decline in new vehicle sales. A total of 45 888 new vehicles were sold in January 2018, compared with 50 386 units in the same period last year. However, this decline in sales attributed almost... Read more
Volkswagen establishes in Rwanda
The next milestone in Volkswagen Sub Saharan Africa strategy becomes reality with the registration of the company Volkswagen Mobility Solutions Rwanda. The stage is set for the commencement of the roll out of Volkswagen’s integrated automotive mobility solution, a first for the Volkswagen Group, under the auspices of Volkswagen... Read more
2017 vehicle sales end on positive note
The new vehicle industry ended 2017 on a positive note, according to the annual sales data from the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa).  Despite December 2017’s year-on-year sales declining 2.4%, the year-to-date new car sales for 2017 still grew 1.8%. In total, 557 586 new vehicles were... Read more