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Toyota begins its R365 million parts' warehouse expansion

 

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Work has begun in earnest at the Toyota Parts’ Distribution Warehouse in Atlas Road, East Rand, where Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) is expanding this facility to double in size from 40 000m² to 80 000m². TSAM is investing a total R365 million in the project and, when completed in 2021, the facility will be the largest automotive parts’ warehouse in the Southern Hemisphere. The investment is a reflection of TSAM’s commitment to both the South African economy as well as the local automotive sector.

President and CEO of TSAM Andrew Kirby says: “This investment will also strengthen our position as a Toyota regional manufacturing hub with an ability to fully support any locally manufactured vehicle, regardless of its destination. This will further create an environment in which Toyota and the automotive industry can further expand operations, in turn benefitting our local suppliers and the automotive component industry.”

The expanded parts’ distribution warehouse will allow TSAM to further improve the availability of service and replacement parts on all of its vehicles – including Toyota, Hino and Lexus. It will also support over 250 dealerships in the Southern Africa region, as well as 70 international destinations where proudly South African-built Toyota vehicles are found... more

 

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Mercedes’ French renaissance

By Graham Duxbury @TheRealDux

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This week marks the sixty-sixth anniversary of the return of Mercedes-Benz to top-flight motorsport. At the 1954 French Grand Prix at Reims, Juan Manuel Fangio drove his Mercedes W196 to a debut victory, the German marque’s first in Formula One.

Fangio was ably backed by Karl Kling who shadowed the great Argentinian to finish second.

The unconventional, fully-streamlined Mercedes machines dominated practice and lined up on the front row of the grid alongside Alberto Ascari’s Maserati which seemed vintage by comparison.

The Mercedes W196 featured a normally aspired straight-eight engine with desmodromic valves and mechanical direct fuel Injection – the first such system to be fitted to a successful GP car.

It was adapted from the system Daimler-Benz engineers had refined on the DB 601 high-performance inverted V12 engines which powered the Messerschmitt Bf 109E fighters during WW II.

Photocredits:  Mercedes AMG Petronas

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