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VW releases own spy video of Tiguan Allspace, Arteon and Up! GTI being tested in South Africa

We love spy pictures and videos. For fans and enthusiasts, or for journalists and rival carmakers, spy images and videos are coveted. Well, our inherent love for spy images and videos is basically fueled by the fact these graphics allow people to have a basic idea of the overall appearance of a new model. Moreover, these spy graphics helps confirm whether a carmaker is on its way to bring a new vehicle offering to the market.

Spy images and videos are usually taken from afar by enterprising photographers or so-called “carparazzi” while the vehicles or their prototypes are being tested on tracks or on the road. Thus, it was very surprising and highly unusual for Volkswagen to provide a spy video of some of its newest products. VW took some good shots of its new offerings like the Arteon coupe, Tiguan Allspace and Up! GTI being tested in the harsh environment of South Africa.

These vehicles were being tested for their endurance both on paved and rough roads on high temperatures of around 40 degrees Celsius. Frank Welsch, Board Member for Development at Volskwagen, remarked that to push the engines of these new models to the limits, they were driven with the air-conditioning units turned on. This way, VW could make sure that air-conditioning units work even then. He added that these vehicles – especially the Tiguan Allspace – were being tested on dirt and paved roads to make sure that occupants always feel comfortable under any road condition.

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NUMSA strike prompts Toyota and Ford to halt South African output

Toyota Motor Corp. and Ford Motor Co. are halting output operations at their sites in South Africa, no thanks to an ongoing strike that has crippled supply of components. Mary Willemse, spokeswoman for Toyota in South Africa, disclosed that the carmaker will stop output of the Corolla, Hilux and Fortuner models at its Durban site starting Tuesday as prompted by the ongoing strike in the metals industry, which had cut supply of car components for the models.

Ford spokeswoman Alisea Chetty said that the US carmaker halted production at its Silverton site also because of the strike. Mercedes-Benz has said that while production still continues, supplies to its plant in the country were "critical" due to the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) strike in the engineering and metals sector.

BMW spokesman Guy Kilfoil disclosed that the luxury carmaker is now operating on two production shifts instead of three. General Motors, meanwhile, stopped production at its Port Elizabeth site in July 3 and has yet to resume output.

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Ford reiterated long-term commitment to South Africa despite strikes

The president of Ford Motor Co.’s Middle East and Africa operations, Jim Benintende, reaffirmed the carmaker’s commitment to South Africa, dousing concerns over strikes that the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (SEIFSA) claimed had prompted the US company to mull pulling out of the nation.

SEIFSA said that Ford’s local chief Jeff Nemeth told the federation’s chief executive that "he was under pressure from his head office to pull the company's operation out South Africa." SEIFSA spokeswoman Ollie Madlala said that Nemeth told the federation of concerns within Ford over the strikes.

Over 220,000 workers led by the NUMSA metalworkers union has launched a strike action that has affected supply of auto parts. Benintende said Ford has a long-term commitment to South Africa, adding that the carmaker will soon unveil news about future products.

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2014 BMW 3-Series Sedan M Performance Edition announced for South Africa

BMW announced that it will offer a 3-Series Sedan M Performance Edition in South Africa. According to the official press release, 500 limited units will be produce, each available in exclusive Laguna Seca Blue and Valencia Orange metallic paint colours. BMW says that the 3-Series Sedan M Performance Edition will be produced at its Plant Rosslyn in Pretoria and will be available in the 320i, 320d, 328i, 330d and 335i engine derivates.

The 3-Series Sedan M Performance Edition will be offered as standard with the BMW M Sport Package, 19-inch M Sport wheels, M Sport brakes but also a range of M Performance parts consisting of an M Performance aerodynamic package, M Performance side sill with foil, M Performance carbon rear spoiler, M Performance carbon wing mirror caps and black M Performance front grille.

In addition, BMW will offer optional and segment exclusive 20-inch BMW M Performance light alloy wheel Double-spoke, M Performance top stripes, M Performance exhaust system (available only for the 328i and 335i derivates), exclusive Laguna Seca Blue and Valencia Orange metallic paint colours.

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Renault introduced the Duster Detour Concept at the 2013 Johannesburg International Motor Show (JIMS) running from 18 - 27 October at the Expo Centre, Nasrec. If you like what you see, you have to know that this vehicle was created by Renault Design Central Europe and a specialised South African design studio based in Johannesburg.

The Duster Detour Concept is described as a Mad Max with a touch of the Terminator plus some Dakar dust’n’ dirt. As you can see from the photos, the Duster Detour Concept comes in a two-tone Pearl Yellow and Matt Grey finish and features tinted windows with black pillar masks and 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in all-terrain tyres and hidden under widened wheel arches.

Regarding its looks, the Duster Detour Concept comes with a custom front grille, new headlamp clusters finished in Pearl Yellow and daytime running lights. The side shows graphics that dominate the vehicle from front to back and new sills.

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A strike participated by around 30,000 auto industry employees in South Africa has come to an end after the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) accepted a wage offer from companies. NUMSA accepted the offer of a 10-percent increase in the first year and an 8-percent hike in the second and third years from major employers, according to union General-Secretary Irvin Jim.

For employees at small and medium-sized companies, they will receive a 9-percent increase in the first year and 8-percent hike in the second and third years. Workers at seven carmakers operating in South Africa, including Ford and BMW, launched a strike in August and September, leading to around ZAR20 billion ($2 billion) in losses for manufacturers.

A strike by workers in the auto component and retail industries ensued.  The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa said in an e-mailed statement to Bloomberg on Oct. 1 that vehicle sales in the country dropped in September, with exports falling by 75 percent.

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Intense labor strikes that affected the auto industry during the past couple of months in South Africa prompted the BMW Group to stop its expansion plan. In a recent interview, BMW spokesman Guy Kilfoil said that any plans to expand its plant or add to its capacity have been put on hold indefinitely. He explained that because of the current state in South Africa, things have changed.

For three weeks in August and September, the plants of BMW, Toyota Motor Corp., and Volkswagen Group in South Africa were shut down as workers went on strike over demands for higher pay. The Automobile Manufacturers Employers Association said that each day that the labor dispute continues, the industry loses up to 700 million rand ($69.6 million).

Complicating matters and adding to losses is the fact that around 72,000 car industry workers from fuel stations to suppliers also went on strike. BMW has not wavered from its long-term plans in South Africa.

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A strike continues to cripple operations at a number of carmakers in South Africa amid discussions with National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa. The carmakers -- including Toyota Motor Corp., Nissan Motor Co., BMW AG and General Motors Co. – suspended production Monday as around 30,000 workers launch a strike action to demand higher wages at companies’ sites.

Castro Ngobese, a spokesman for NUMSA, told Bloomberg in a phone interview that the nothing has changed and the strike continues in Pretoria, Durban, Port Elizabeth and East London. He said talks were held and strike committee was to discuss the matter. NUMSA is seeking for a 14-percent annual wage increase, improved medical benefits and shift flexibility.

NUMSA General Secretary Irvin Jim said on Aug. 16, 2013 that companies are willing to offer 10 percent in the first year. The strike is disrupting production in the South African auto industry, which accounts for around 7 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, according to estimates by Department of Trade and Industry. Economists and the manufacturers’ association remarked that a prolonged production stoppage will affect economic growth, foreign direct investment, and South Africa’s reputation as a global vehicle supplier.

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A current labor strike in South Africa by 30,000 metalworkers demanding higher pay has affected the production of several carmakers in the country like BMW, General Motors Co. and Volkswagen. Castro Ngobese, a spokesman for the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, confirmed to Bloomberg that the strike has started and negotiations have broken down.

He added the NUMSA is waiting for companies to submit a revised offer. The union wants 14 percent annual wage increase alongside improved medical benefits and shift flexibility, according to NUMSA National Treasurer Mphumzi Maqungo.

The labor strike also affective operations at Daimler, Nissan Motor Co., Toyota Motor Corp. and Ford Motor Co.  The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa expected the strike to cost the auto industry up to ZAR700 million ($69.1 million) daily as it cuts vehicle output by 3,000 vehicles.

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Ford Motor Co. will be exporting its new Ranger pickup truck from South Africa to Europe and other worldwide markets. Joe Hinrichs, head of Ford in Asia and Africa, stated that the Ranger is the truck for Ford all over the world, except for North America. The brand new Ranger is being showcased in the auto show Johannesburg, the biggest city in South Africa.

It will soon be delivered to 148 markets from South Africa, where the company is raising its output of the pickup truck to 110,000 annually.

Hinrichs didn't declare how many of the utility truck the company plans to market, says Autonews. Presently, Ford sells around 275,000 Rangers around the world. The new Ranger will hit showrooms in South Africa towards late November.

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Within 24 hours after the murderer of German Porsche specialist Uwe Gemballa was arrested, there was already a conviction and a 20-year sentence was imposed.

According to the Sunday Times, an arrest was made on 28-year-old Thabiso Mpshe of Pretoria last Friday. He was brought before the high court in Johannesburg that afternoon. It can be recalled that Gemballa’s remains were discovered buried in Atteridgeville on September 28.

Last February, Gemballa went to South Africa for a business deal. A day after, he had disappeared. He made a call to his wife, Christiane, to tell her he had an accident and asked her to transfer €1-million to a bank account.

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Some bad news appeared today on the internet regarding Uwe Gemballa, the founder of the well-known Gemballa tuning company specialized in Porsche cars (but also Ferrari and other fast supercars). According to the German newspaper Stern, it appears that Uwe Gemball was found dead in South Africa.

Apparently, his death involves Czech fugitive and South African organized crime boss, Radovan Krejcir. Uwe Gemballa and Krejcir wanted to import cars in South Africa according to a former business partner of the German tuning company, Juan Meyer. Meyer said that Gemballa delivered a customized Porsche to Krejcir, but the Czech fugitive didn’t pay him he car.

Apparently, this deal was the last for Gemballa. Furthermore, Gemballa was found shot in the head execution-style, and his body was found in Atteridgeville, Pretoria, on Tuesday.

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The closure of several plants in South Africa will lead to a significant loss of volume in certain brands, including the Polo models that are intended for export markets, according to Volkswagen of South Africa spokesperson Bill Stephens.

This plant in Port Elizabeth exports Polos to right-hand drive markets such as the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore.

For eight days last month, General Motors Co., Toyota Motor Corp. and other carmakers shuttered their factories when 31,000 workers, who were asking a 15% pay increase, had gone on strike.The strike ended on Aug. 20 after carmakers agreed to increasing wages by 10%; however, the shutdown resulted to a production loss of about 17,000 cars.

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Volkswagen AG is set to increase car exports from its South African plant from a projected 28,500 in 2009 to 55,000 next year. VW plans to export right-hand drive models of its new Polo to the UK, Ireland and other global markets. The carmaker will nearly double South African car exports under a 27 billion rand ($3.59 billion) global contract for the Polo.

Stevens, a spokesman at Volkswagen South Africa, said that the total contract for the 55,000 cars is worth about 27 billion rand.

The new Polo hatchback will be exported by VW South Africa to all right-hand drive countries, including the UK, Ireland, Australia, Malaysia and Singapore. The model will also be introduced to the South African market early in 2010.

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A strike in South Africa that started on Wednesday will lead to the production loss of over 2,100 vehicles a day, according to a statement from the Automobile Manufacturers Employers Organization. The affected automakers include BMW AG, General Motors Co., Toyota Motor Corp., among others.

It's estimated that about half of this output is intended for export markets. Toyota and BMW shut down their plants in South Africa after workers, who demand a 15% pay increase, went on strike. In an e-mailed statement, GM said that it had halted its main assembly lines at the Port Elizabeth plant and that it has limited operations on Thursday.

The employers organization described the union demands to be unrealistic and fails to consider the highly competitive nature of the global auto industry, as well as its relative lack of competitiveness when costs are compare to carmakers in other countries.

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