New automotive trade figures might intensify recent calls for the government to hasten the release of the local motor industry from Covid-19 lockdown.

Vehicle and components manufacturers achieved a record R27.1bn trade surplus in 2019 — 61% higher than the previous year’s R16.8bn. Exports rose 12.8% to R201.7bn, while imports grew 7.8% to R174.6bn. 

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