Title: Size does matter: South Africa's automotive industry during and post the COVID-19 pandemic

Authors: Fabian Hoeft

Addresses: School for Business and Society, University of York, YO10 5DD, York, UK

Abstract: The South African automotive industry is relevant globally as it supplies the local market and other European countries. The automotive industry in the country is experiencing disruption and is transitioning in different forms. This paper aims to explore the South African automotive market, focusing on the role of car manufacturers. Therefore, it investigates market characteristics, automotive sales and distribution, vehicle electrification and environmental sustainability, the implications of black empowerment for car manufacturers, and competitive dynamics in the South African automotive market. One issue car manufacturers face in the country is the need for market size. Export dependency is particularly challenging in times of a global pandemic.

Keywords: South Africa; sustainability policy; globalisation; automotive industry; production networks.

DOI: 10.1504/IJFIP.2023.136716

International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy, 2023 Vol.16 No.2/3/4, pp.220 - 229

Received: 30 Nov 2022
Accepted: 16 Jun 2023

Published online: 19 Feb 2024 *

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