Motor industry executives have taken issue with trade & industry director-general Lionel October’s assertion that the government and the industry are "99% in agreement" on future automotive policy. Significant differences still exist between them, one executive said. October told a conference at Kyalami on Friday that negotiations on a successor to the 2013-20 Automotive Production and Development Programme are almost complete and that officials are filling in details before the plan is presented to the cabinet. Trade & industry minister Rob Davies has said he wants to reveal the automotive "masterplan", which will run from 2021 to 2035, before the end of 2018. BMW SA MD Tim Abbott said that even if the final version is not ready, the industry needs clear guidelines on the government’s future thinking. Most motor companies plan at least seven years ahead. Talks under wraps Industry executives and labour representatives have been asked by the department of trade & industry not to div...

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