National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA) News

BMW plant in Rosslyn, South Africa

South Africa in Talks With Five Automakers About New Plant

South Africa is in talks with five vehicle manufacturers about a proposed new assembly plant in the port city of East London, a potential boost for an industry that’s using government incentives to attract investment from companies including Ford Motor Co. and BMW AG.

Ford Everest

Ford invests $167 million in South Africa to build Everest SUV

Ford Motor Co. will invest 2.5 billion rand ($167 million) in the U.S. automaker’s South African operations to start production of the Everest sport utility vehicle and create about 1,200 jobs.

Volkswagen plant in Uitenhage, South Africa. Photographer: Henner Frankenfeld/Bloomberg

Volkswagen to Invest $340 Million in South African Car Business

Volkswagen AG, which is seeking to become the world’s largest automaker by 2018, is investing more than 4.5 billion rand ($340 million) in South Africa for new products and infrastructure.

There were 66,000 BWM-3 series produced in South Africa in 2013. Of those made for export, the cars were sent to Japan, Australia, Singapore, as well as sub-Saharan Africa.

Car makers in the driving seat of South Africa's economy

The smells of oil, tires and hard work surround Monwabisi Bokwe as he stands on the Volkswagen production line.