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Seven down, one country to go for Nissan Daring Africa 2024

Seven down, one country to go for Nissan Daring Africa 2024

DARING Africa 2024, Nissan’s overland adventure across eight countries with four Nissan Navara pick-ups and an X-Trail SUV, has completed its Kenya leg, the expedition’s penultimate stop before transitioning to Egypt. “It has been an amazing journey so far,” says Nissan South Africa and Independent Markets Africa’ managing director, Maciej Klenkiewicz. “We set out to celebrate our African footprint and our 60-year-old light commercial vehicle (LCV) legacy on the continent through this incredible vehicle which, of course, was designed for Africa and is built in Africa by Africans. All that remains now is the final instalment of this odyssey, in…
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New beginnings for Nissan in Algeria

New beginnings for Nissan in Algeria

NISSAN’s long-standing Algerian partner, Groupe Hasnaoui, has signed a renewed distributor agreement extending its history with the Japanese OEM, which dates back to 1993. It is a brand-new beginning, says Nissan Africa President Joni Paiva, in a very important market which was previously one of the top three automotive markets in Africa and is now ramping-up. “It’s a momentous occasion for us, as we seek to unite the entire continent under one organisation for the first time in our global company’s 90-year history,” he said. “This is part and parcel of our mid-term growth strategy, to unlock the potential that…
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Da Costa wins Africa’s 1st ePrix in Cape Town

Da Costa wins Africa’s 1st ePrix in Cape Town

ON a beautiful sunny afternoon, right under the Table Mountain, Antonio Felix da Costa made history by winning the ABB FIA Formula E world championship - The Cape Town ePrix - and the first on African soil. The street race was filled with drama, with several key drivers, including championship leader Pascal Wehrlein, crashing out. Da Costa, driving for Porsche, drove a bold race and impressed with his brave overtaking skills after starting 11th, to register his first win in the championship. The victory also delivered glimpses of the ability of Da Costa, who won the championship in the 2019-20…
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African auto manufacturers support Ghana

African auto manufacturers support Ghana

THE African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) has come out in full support of the government of Ghana, as it moves ahead in implementing the balance of the provisions of its progressive Automotive Development Policy, which since its initial inception has seen three new assembly plants commence production of OEM models from VW, Toyota, Nissan and Peugeot. The new assembly plants are in addition to Ghana’s own assembler, Kantanka. This means that before the end of 2022 three more OEMs will commence the assembling of Hyundai, Kia and Isuzu vehicles. Working in partnership with the Ghana Ministry of Trade and…
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All New Nissan Navara now built in Africa for Africa

All New Nissan Navara now built in Africa for Africa

THE first Nissan Navara vehicles to be manufactured in Africa by Africans have begun rolling off the Nissan manufacturing production facility in Rosslyn on their way to South Africa and the rest of Africa. The official start of production (SOP) was witnessed by Mike Whitfield, Africa Regional Business Unit Managing Director; Kabelo Rabotho, Nissan South Africa Country Director; Shafick Solomons, Nissan South Africa Plant Director; and a group of Nissan employees due to COVID-19 regulations, as the rest of the company celebrated the milestone virtually. “This is a significant day for Nissan continentally,” said Whitfield. “Three years ago, Nissan South…
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Nissan sets up new business unit for African region

Nissan sets up new business unit for African region

JAPANESE automotive group Nissan is to set up a new regional business unit for Africa as it seeks to boost manufacturing capacity and penetrate one of the world’s biggest undeveloped new car markets. The move marks a reorganisation of the company’s disparate operations on the continent, bringing them within one entity headed by Mike Whitfield, who has previously served as managing director of Nissan’s units in both South Africa and Egypt. “Beyond internal operating enhancements, this also positions Nissan to focus on the massive opportunity that Africa presents to the organisation globally,” the company said in a statement on Wednesday.…
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Nissan launches X-Terra to expand its SUV lineup

Nissan launches X-Terra to expand its SUV lineup

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER THE world of special utility vehicles (SUV) is about to experience a revolution. Nissan, one of Africa’s biggest vehicle manufacturers has unveiled the all-new Nissan X-Terra,  an addition tht further solidifies the brand’s presence in the market. Nissan said the launch of the all-new Nissan X-Terra represents a new addition to the lineup in the region, bolstering the brand’s extensive SUV portfolio, while also addressing customer demands in the rapidly growing D-SUV segment. “It also takes forward the Nissan Next transformation journey, which began earlier this year with the global launch of the Nissan Ariya and continued…
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EXCLUSIVE-S.Africa’s COVID-hit carmakers ask govt to cut taxes on new cars

EXCLUSIVE-S.Africa’s COVID-hit carmakers ask govt to cut taxes on new cars

EMMA RUMNEY  SOUTH Africa's carmakers have asked the government to reduce taxes on new vehicle purchases as part of a proposed stimulus package for the coronavirus-hit sector, according to a presentation from an industry body seen by Reuters. The proposal, aimed at boosting local sales of new cars as rising coronavirus cases threaten demand in key export markets, was presented to the government on Monday by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA), its chief executive Mike Mabasa said. NAAMSA represents global car giants like Nissan and Toyota which produce vehicles in South Africa, with around 64%…
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