The South African automotive industry is fully integrated into the global automotive environment, deeply entrenched in international supply chains, and dependent on foreign investment. Changes in technology are at the core of the transition to the vehicle of the future, which is primarily linked to electrics and electronics, connectivity, safety, environment and fuel efficiency. Successes have been influenced by different factors, including commitment to innovation, R&D capabilities, large and extensive supply chains, and large and global production capabilities. The COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the presence of industry disrupters have accelerated the OEMs’ focus and adoption of new technologies. Domestic automotive component suppliers need to meet the increasing environmental pressures when selling their products into national and international OEM supply chains. The Automotive industry has invested a record high R9,2 million aggregate Capital expenditure in 2020, with a breakdown of production facility and local product of R7,2 million, land and building at R1,5 million and the support infrastructure and R&D at R3,7 million.