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NAACAM Holds Black Supplier Day, AGM and Annual Dinner with Keynote Speaker Springbok Schalk Brits

The National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (NAACAM) held their 40th annual general meeting on 4 December at the BMW SA Training Academy in Rosslyn. The event was attended by NAACAM members from across the country… more

Announcement of NAAMSA elected office bearers for the term 2020 - 2022

NAAMSA is very pleased to announce that at its Annual General Meeting held in Pretoria on December 05, 2019: Mr. Tim ABBOTT, Managing Director, BMW Southern Africa [Pty] Ltd was elected President of NAAMSA for the 2-year term; Mr. Neale HILL,… more

Participation skyrockets as the 15th edition of Automechanika Shanghai 2019 draws to a close

The 15th edition of Automechanika Shanghai, which took place from 3 to 6 December 2019, has recorded even more industry participation than ever before. 159,728 visitors connected with 6,590 exhibitors across the show floor. The show illustrated… more

Mobility Beat

Connectivity in logistics – a look at future technologies

What are LPWAN, NB-IoT, and LTE-M actually about? And what benefits do these future technologies offer specifically for logistics? Connectivity is the key to tomorrow’s logistics Besides facilitating the exchange of data, connectivity is also… more

Corporate South Africa has a fundamental role to play in road safety

Road carnage in South Africa is a huge crisis, especially during the festive season where last year, the festive season road death toll was estimated at a shocking 1 612. “If we consider these statistics, there is no doubt that corporate South… more

Gearing up to self-driving cars

When most of us are asked about Artificial Intelligence (AI), our first notion is to respond with how little we know about what AI actually is, and how it is used. The truth is, you’re probably using AI to get from point A-to-Z already.… more


Toyota RAV4 wins Japan Car of the Year 2019

For the first time in a decade, Toyota captures Japan Car of the Year award with its RAV4 while BMW’s 3-Series picks up the import car trophy. Celebrating its 40th year, the Japan Car of the Year organization gathered at the Tokyo International… more

Opel Front Camera Wins 'Car Connectivity Award 2019'

The innovative Opel front camera has won the 'Car Connectivity Award 2019'. The system, which is offered in the Opel Insignia flagship (not available in Southern Africa) and the best-selling Astra compact, was voted into first place in the… more

Insider report - Car design is rapidly evolving – inside and out

As the automobile industry undergoes massive changes, it is also ushering in new frontiers for design – from materials to manufacturing execution. by Siddharth Vinayak Patankar It can be said that design is more important to manufacturers, is… more


F1’s young chargers

By Graham Duxbury @TheRealDux


After Carlos Sainz had been confirmed as the third-place finisher in this year’s Brazilian GP – following Lewis Hamilton’s post-race penalty – it transpires that the three podium finishers represent the youngest ever podium. On race day, the combined average age of Max Verstappen (22), Pierre Gasly (24) and Sainz (25) equated to 23 years, 8 months and 23 days - a new record.

We have to go back to the Italian GP of 2008 to find the previous record. Sebastian Vettel (then 21), won the race for Toro Rosso. (This remains Toro Rosso’s only GP win). He stood on the top step of the podium flanked by Heikki Kovalainen (27 at the time) and Robert Kubica (24). The combined average age of these podium finishers (pictured) was 23 years, 11 months and 16 days.

By contrast, the average age of drivers on the podium at the 1950 Swiss GP was 46 years, 8 months and 20 days – nearly double that of Brazil’s record. The drivers were Nino Farina, the winner, who was 43, his teammate Luigi Fagioli (52) and Louis Rosier (44).

As a matter of interest, only two drivers have stood on the podium for the first time before their twentieth birthdays: Max Verstappen (18) at the 2016 Spanish GP and Lance Stroll (18) at the 2017 Azerbaijan GP. The oldest podium finisher was Fagioli (53) at the 1951 French GP.

Sebastian Vettel holds the record for the youngest ever World Champion (23 in 2010), while Juan Manuel Fangio is the oldest. He was double Seb’s age (46) when he won his fifth and final title in 1957.

Photocredit: MotorSport

Dakar 2020: Champions aplenty set for Saudi edition

Dakar 2020 promises to be another thrilling year as the race moves into its third chapter in Saudi Arabia after a decade in South America. The event had of course raced from Paris to Dakar since its 1980s inception with one race to Cape Town… more

Dakar Portal 2020

Toyota has made it easy for you keep up-to-date on all the latest Dakar race action and daily developments with a dedicated Information Portal. Follow the exploits of Giniel, Nasser, Bernard and Alonso as they tackle the sands of Saudi Arabia.… more

Automotive Business Review November / December 2019

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