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NADA Comment: Pent-up demand is helping to keep the South African new vehicle market afloat in 2022

on 20 Jun 2022

South Africa, 1 June 2022: “New car buyers who held off purchases during the pandemic over the past two years are now renewing their vehicles thanks to somewhat normalised retail environments,” said Alex Boavida, Vice-Chairperson of the National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) after reviewing the new vehicle sales returns for May 2022.
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NADA Comment: South African motor industry shows immense resilience in a month of severe disruptions

on 18 May 2022

“The South African motor industry continues to astound not only industry commentators on the outside but also those people working inside the industry, with its tremendous ability to overcome setbacks and disruptions,” commented Mark Dommisse, Chairperson of the National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) after studying the retail sales returns for April which were distributed today by naamsa I The Automotive Business Council.
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NADA Comment: Vehicle sales in South Africa continue to soar despite global chaos

on 04 Apr 2022

It is amazing the way new vehicle sales in South Africa continue to grow substantially at a time when the world is in chaos and prices of commodities and other products are rocketing, said Alex Boavida, Vice-Chairperson of the National Automobile Dealer Association (NADA), when commenting on retail sales for March. The retail dealer channel was responsible for 85.8% of sales, which was encouraging as many dealers are still short of stock, both new and used. The passenger car segment was a staggering 27% higher than the same month a year ago, while the medium and heavy truck segments show marked increases too, which signal improved business confidence.
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NADA Lifetime Achievement Award presented to industry stalwart for extraordinary dedication to the retail motor industry

on 30 Mar 2022

Following a hiatus of two years due to the Covid pandemic, the National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) has reinstated its highest honour, the NADA Lifetime Achievement Award. The winner was announced at the Business of the Year (BOTY) event, which took place at the Wanderers Club Ballroom on 22 March 2021.
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NADA Conference ‘Rewired and Inspired’ inspires on the day

on 30 Mar 2022

For the first time since 2019, the National Automobile Dealers’ Association Dealer Performance Programme Conference (NADA DPP Conference) was held in person at the Wanderers Club in Gauteng. The conference also catered for those who were unable to attend in person via a live broadcast from the venue.
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NADA Comment: South Africa’s new vehicle sales boom in 2022’s shortest month

on 01 Mar 2022

“February may be the shortest month of the year, but new vehicle sales in South Africa boomed as the monthly total soared by 18.4% to 44 229 units compared to the 37 369 units retailed in the same month a year ago,” commented Mark Dommisse, Chairperson of the National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) when commenting on the latest sales figures distributed by naamsa I The Automotive Business Council.
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OPINION: Mark Dommisse: The digital car buying journey will always need some human interaction

on 23 Feb 2022

Digitalisation for vehicle retailing is inevitable, and it will be incorporated in future developments of dealer networks. Embraced in the right way, understanding how online can improve and aid offline activities will be the key to the sustainability of retail motor businesses. Ignoring it, or alternatively trying to switch all activities to digital, will be a big mistake and one of the biggest threats to the survival of dealerships in the future.
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NADA projects 10-15% growth in SA vehicle market in 2022

on 09 Feb 2022

The National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) is looking to sales growth of between 10% and 15% in the South African new vehicle market in 2022. The estimate is based on buoyant sales in the first month of the year, together with positive trends seen in 2021, though the projection is dependent on stock supply normalising swiftly.
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NADA Comment: Vehicle sales in South Africa off to flying start in 2022

on 01 Feb 2022

“The South African motor industry remains buoyant despite the disappointing state of the local economy. Total vehicle sales in January of 41 382 units showed a 19.5% increase over sales in the corresponding month a year ago. Franchised dealers were responsible for 84.2% of these sales, which gave them a flying start to a year that promises to build on the upward trend experienced in 2021,” said Mark Dommisse, Chairperson of the National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA), when commenting on the January sales figures distributed by naamsa I The Automotive Business Council.
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Alex Boavida takes on full Vice-Chairperson responsibilities

on 28 Jan 2022

The National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) takes pleasure in announcing that Alex Boavida has taken over sole responsibility as Vice-Chairperson of the Association. She was elected as Joint Vice-Chairperson with Marcia Mayaba at the NADA AGM, which took place in the last quarter of 2021. Her appointment as sole Vice-Chairperson takes effect immediately.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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“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.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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