Ford faces renewed U.S. lawsuit over apartheid-era abuses

11:58 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2014
Ford and IBM will again have to face a federal lawsuit claiming they encouraged race-based human rights abuses decades ago in apartheid-era South Africa, despite a series of recent court decisions limiting the right to pursue such cases.... Read More »


Into Africa: Toyota taps last emerging market

8:35 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Toyota President Akio Toyoda visited Kenya for the first time last fall, touring Toyota's knockdown production plant and Toyota Group companies. His trip highlights a new reality for Toyota and rivals from Europe to China: Africa is the last untapped emerging market. And carmakers are jostling for position there.... Read More »


Officials bust vehicle fraud ring

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
An international crime ring that fraudulently acquired vehicles from Canadian dealerships, drove them into the United States and shipped them to western Africa is being thwarted by a cooperative effort, authorities say.... Read More »


U.S. judge dismisses apartheid claims against Daimler

7:37 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 26, 2013
A U.S. judge on Thursday said Daimler AG cannot be held liable for allegedly aiding and abetting South Africa's former apartheid government in race-based attacks and injustices. She declined, however, to immediately dismiss related claims against Ford... Read More »


Auto industry remembers Mandela; 'an inspiration and example to us all'

3:21 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2013
Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid revolutionary and civil rights icon, died Thursday at age 95, and the auto industry joined the rest of the world in remembering him.... Read More »



Peugeot 504: A French warhorse in Africa

Dec. 4, 2013 13:04 CET
PSA may be struggling to find its way but the Peugeot 504 wagon is still going strong on some of the world's most treacherous roads in the former French colonies of West Africa.... Read More »


GM will open Singapore headquarters to back emerging-market thrust

Nov. 13, 2013 08:04 CET
General Motors will open a new headquarters in Singapore headed by former Volvo CEO Stefan Jacoby to oversee markets including Southeast Asia and India.... Read More »


Porsche seeks to rev up Africa sales

Nov. 7, 2013 17:19 CET
Porsche is looking for investors to set up showrooms across Africa where the ultra-wealthy class is burgeoning as economies flourish.... Read More »


Daimler will increase Mercedes output in South Africa despite labor unrest

Oct. 17, 2013 12:15 CET
Daimler will invest in South Africa to boost output of the Mercedes C class, despite recent auto industry strikes that cost carmakers an estimated $2 billion.... Read More »


Porsche aims to enter 15 new countries by 2020

Oct. 14, 2013 06:01 CET
Porsche is looking to enter 15 new countries by the end of the decade, mainly in Africa, as it seeks to boost growth in developing markets.... Read More »


Renault-Nissan plans production in Nigeria

Oct. 9, 2013 10:47 CET
Renault-Nissan plans to build vehicles in Nigeria with a local partner as Nissan prepares to make the country a significant manufacturing hub in Africa, CEO Carlos Ghosn said.... Read More »


Renault expands Morocco plant to meet strong Dacia demand in Europe

Oct. 9, 2013 11:54 CET
Renault is expanding Dacia production at its plant in Tangier, Morocco, to help meet strong demand in Europe for the Sandero, the carmaker's top-selling model in the region.... Read More »


30,000 South African auto workers to return to work after winning raises

6:52 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
About 30,000 South African auto industry employees began returning to work today after the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa accepted a wage offer from companies to end a monthlong strike.... Read More »


South Africa union ends four-week strike in supplier sector

Oct. 7, 2013 14:12 CET
South African trade union NUMSA said it has reached a deal to end a strike in the supplier sector that has hampered car production already hit by previous industrial action at automakers including BMW, Ford and GM.... Read More »


Renault begins work on Algeria plant

Oct. 5, 2013 06:01 CET
Renault started construction of a plant in Algeria to expand its presence in North Africa where car sales are expected to rise by more than 100,000 in the next two years.... Read More »


BMW puts South Africa expansion plans on hold after labor strikes

Oct. 3, 2013 11:34 CET
BMW has put on hold expansion in South Africa following labor strikes that have disrupted the country's auto industry.... Read More »


Auto industry steels itself for 'conflict minerals' rule

10:09 am U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2013
After years of education and preparation, the automotive industry has begun to identify whether certain metals from nine African countries exist in the supply chain. New federal regulations require public companies to disclose whether they use "conflict minerals" -- tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold -- from the Democratic Republic of Congo and eight other African countries that are said to fund violence.... Read More »


Garberding, Pino named to new jobs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2013
Chrysler Group has appointed Mauro Pino, 53, head of manufacturing in North America.... Read More »


South Africa auto strike ends after workers accept revised offer

11:24 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2013
South African carworkers will end a three-week strike and return to work Monday after accepting a revised wage offer from employers including Volkswagen, Ford and Toyota.... Read More »


South African autos strike set to intensify as workers march

1:44 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2013
South African carworkers are demanding a double-digit wage increase for three years and will intensify a two-week-long strike if their demands aren’t met, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa said.... Read More »


South Africa auto dealers may be included in strikes

Aug. 29, 2013 06:01 CET
About 72,000 car dealership and gas station employees in South Africa plan to join striking auto workers next week after a breakdown in wage discussions between employers and the country's labor unions.... Read More »


South Africa auto dealers may be included in strikes

12:09 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2013
About 72,000 car dealership and gas station employees in South Africa plan to join striking auto workers next week after a breakdown in wage discussions between employers and the country’s labor unions.... Read More »


Toyota, BMW, GM hit by third day of strikes in South Africa

Aug. 21, 2013 11:49 CET
South African employees at carmakers including Toyota, BMW and General Motors, halted work for a third consecutive day as a labor leader said the industry scaled back a pay-raise offer.... Read More »


South Africa carmakers' strike continues amid talks with union

2:57 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2013
A strike at carmakers in South Africa -- including Toyota, Nissan, BMW, and General Motors -- continues amid talks with the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa.... Read More »


Volkswagen, GM, BMW hit by strike in South Africa

Aug. 19, 2013 11:04 CET
Volkswagen, General Motors and BMW are among carmakers whose production has been hit by a strike in South Africa today as 30,000 metalworkers seek a deal to increase pay and benefits.... Read More »


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