NADA Comment: South African vehicle sales hold up well in November
on 01 Dec 2021
“New vehicle sales figures for November 2021 show that the market is holding up surprisingly well despite a number of factors that we thought would have resulted in a slowdown of new vehicle business,” commented Mark Dommisse, Chairperson of the National Automobile Dealer Association (NADA), after analysing the figures distributed today by naamsa I The Automotive Business Council.
NADA Comment: South African motor industry shows resilience, again
on 01 Dec 2021
The South African domestic motor industry once again showed amazing resilience in October in the face of several serious challenges. Retail sales of 41 035 vehicles represented a 6.1% improvement on the figure for the same month a year ago, with franchised dealer networks responsible for 82.5% of these sales.
South Africa’s retail motor dealers fare better than expected in September
on 04 Oct 2021
“South Africa’s retail motor dealers fared better than expected in September with the overall new vehicle market of 43 130 units being a welcome 15.8% higher than the 37 237 units sold in the same month a year previously. With these sorts of volumes, the industry could expect to end the year at the high end of analyst forecasts for 2021,” commented Mark Dommisse, Chairperson of the National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA), after analysing the sales figures distributed by naamsa I The Automotive Business Council on 1 October.
Keep it in the family: The benefits of maintaining your car at a franchise dealer
on 01 Oct 2021
After more than three years in the works, the final Guidelines for Competition in the South African Automotive Aftermarket came into effect on 1 July 2021. This means that as the guidelines are adopted by Original Equipment Manufacturers, Distributors and Importers (collectively referred to as OEMs) over time, South African motorists will have more choice in how they service and maintain their vehicles, with options to either purchase plans offered by OEM franchise dealers, buy independent aftermarket plans or choose not to buy any plans at all. While consumers have been granted more freedom, it’s important to understand this freedom comes with increased responsibility.
The NADA Dealer Satisfaction Index survey now in its 25th year
on 15 Sep 2021
The National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) Dealer Satisfaction Index Survey (DSI) results were released recently, following its suspension in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2021 a total of 39 independently researched brands formed part of the survey. A total of 1,223 completed responses were received, 1,054 of these responses were from Passenger / Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) dealerships and 169 were from Commercial Vehicle dealerships.
Statement from the National Automobile Dealers’ Association on the untimely passing away of Dr Johan van Zyl
on 23 Aug 2021
It is with great sadness that the National Automobile Dealers’ Association learned of the passing away of Dr Johan van Zyl on the weekend. We have lost a great industry leader. NADA sends its deepest condolences to Dr van Zyl’s family at this difficult time. The automotive industry mourns with you and celebrates this remarkable man, who’s knowledge and expertise were evident in every aspect of his leadership.
“Perfect Storm” takes a heavy toll on the South African Motor Industry
on 23 Aug 2021
“The month of July saw the South African economy being hit by the ‘perfect storm’ and the impact on the motor industry was huge,” commented Mark Dommisse, the Chairperson of the National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA), after studying the latest vehicle retail sales figures distributed by naamsa.
Dealer sales holding up as South Africa’s vehicle market continues its rebound
on 01 Jul 2021
“The fact that 86.3% of the 38 030 new vehicles sold in South Africa in June went through the retail dealer channels is a strong indicator of growing confidence in buying capital assets by both the business and consumer sectors of the market,” said Mark Dommisse, Chairperson of the National Automobil Dealers’ Association (NADA), after analysing the latest sales data distributed today by naamsa.
Franchise dealers recognised for important role played in automotive aftermarket ecosystem
on 04 Jun 2021
The final Guidelines for Competition in the South African Automotive Aftermarket were published by the Competition Commission on 10 December 2020 and come into effect next month, on 1 July 2021. They were issued to provide practical guidance to industry players towards the adoption of pro-competitive measures in the automotive aftermarket and to promote greater participation of small businesses and historically disadvantaged individuals in the industry.
New vehicle sales in South Africa continue to outpace forecasts
on 03 Jun 2021
South Africa, 01 June 2021: New vehicle sales in South Africa are continuing to outpace forecasts as the industry recovers from the dire situation it experienced a year ago.
“This is very heartening, particularly the fact that dealer sales represented 87.8% of the total reported new vehicles sales of 38 337 units in May,” commented Mark Dommisse, the Chairperson of the National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA).
Encouraging new vehicle sales throughout the first quarter but setbacks could be on the cards
on 04 May 2021
New vehicle sales in April were 17.6% down from last month but still showed encouraging signs of market recovery when considering it was an especially short trading month with only 19 selling days.
BOTY Awards 2020 Live Broadcast
on 19 Apr 2021
They tackled the global headwinds of the 2020 COVID pandemic with resilience. They innovated, led and delivered, despite harsh economic realities. This year’s finalists are true high achievers. Watch the Live Stream of the awards
MSX NADA Business of the Year Awards finalists and winners announced
on 29 Mar 2021
At the recent annual MSX NADA Business of the Year 2020 Awards (BOTY), it was broadly acknowledged that to have been nominated as a finalist and won awards in these times is a phenomenal achievement. Automotive retail went through a very difficult period at the onset of the hard lockdown in March last year. Despite extremely trying times, dealers were able to triumph through the most adverse times. They were able to innovate, show leadership and commitment and still succeed. Now in its 22nd year, the MSX NADA Business of the Year Awards honour the exceptional performance of managers and their teams at automotive dealerships across the country. It is the only independent validation of dealership profitability
NADA Commentary: Encouraging vehicle sales in February
on 02 Mar 2021
Vehicle sales in February were more encouraging than expected for a shorter trading month than January. Overall dealer sales across all segments increased by almost 3,000 units month-on-month. Passenger Vehicle sales increased by almost 1,500 units and Light Commercial Vehicle sales improved by close to 2,000 units, said Mark Dommisse, Chairperson of the National Automobile Dealers' Association (NADA).
South Africa’s new vehicle dealers expected to get back on the gas in 2021
on 23 Feb 2021
NADA foresees an improved, but by no means smooth, road ahead for South African new car dealers in 2021. Mark Dommisse, NADA Chairperson stresses, however, that any market predictions are risky given the many uncertainties both locally and globally. A number of forces, some of which are outside South Africa’s control, could still impact the economy and dampen recovery efforts.
NADA DPP Live Broadcast - 18 February 2021
on 19 Feb 2021
Join our panel of industry speakers as they take a critical look at the challenges and opportunities facing the Automotive Retail sector in 2021.
Hosted by Mark Dommisse, NADA Chairman and MD of the North Motor Group and featuring;
Chris de Kock - WesBank CEO,
Marq Roberts - Fury Group CEO
Squeeze is on for vehicle buyers
on 01 Feb 2021
A drop of 18% in the new car market in January, compared to January 2020, is a clear indication that the economic squeeze is on for vehicle buyers in South Africa, according to Mark Dommisse, the Chairperson of the National Automobile Dealers’ Association, which is the professional body representing more than 1 300 motor dealerships, and includes 85% of the new vehicle franchised outlets.
South African vehicle owners overburdened by taxes
on 01 Feb 2021
While the pandemic has had a dramatic impact on business and industrial landscapes, both locally and abroad, one of the industries that has had to adapt or die quickly is the automotive industry, in all its facets. This has meant rethinking the way it does business and what stimulus packages would help to get it firing on all cylinders again.
Motor dealers feeling cautiously optimistic about the future
on 03 Dec 2020
South Africa’s hard-pressed motor dealers are feeling cautiously optimistic about the future, following the release of the November new vehicle retail sales figures by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers’ of South Africa (naamsa).
An open letter to the Honourable Minister Fikile Mbalula
on 19 Nov 2020
Extensive administrative delays in document turnaround times and vital operational systems are drastically impacting motor vehicle sales in South Africa. This is having a dramatic knock-on effect in the industry with many related businesses unable to do business and secure much needed income at this critical time.