Delta Motor Corporation

Delta Motor Corporation was a South African car manufacturer, which was created through a management buy-out after General Motors (GM) divested from South Africa in 1986.[1] It was headed by former GM executive, Bob Price, who had returned to South Africa from Detroit.[2] He had previously served as General Motors South Africa's managing director between 1971 and 1974, and later became president of Motors Trading Corp., a subsidiary that engages in international trade on behalf of GM.[3]

Delta continued to use the Opel, Isuzu and Suzuki brands under licence from GM as well as pay for the supply of assembly kits.[4] It also assembled vehicles for export to other right hand drive markets in the region, such as Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi, Kenya and Mauritius.[5]

Following the transition to democracy in the 1990s, GM acquired a 49 percent stake in the company in 1997 and in 2004 the company once again became a wholly owned subsidiary of General Motors, reverting to its original name, General Motors South Africa.[6]

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  1. ^ General Motors South Africa Overview, General Motors, 10.12.2013
  2. ^ The Ambiguity of South African-Divestment, The New York Times, December 31, 1986
  3. ^ Bob Price Former General Motors Manager in South Africa Dead Associated Press, October 12, 1987
  4. ^ Sanctions Against Apartheid, Community Agency for Social Enquiry (South Africa), New Africa Books, 1989, page 230
  5. ^ The Business of Sustainable Mobility: From Vision to Reality Archived 2016-02-02 at the Wayback Machine, Paul Nieuwenhuis, Philip Vergragt, Peter Wells Greenleaf Publishing, 2006
  6. ^ GM TO SLIP INTO DELTA’S DRIVING SEAT, CAR magazine, October 30th 2003

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