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Volkswagen to spend at least $1.2bn to compensate US dealers – sources

By: Reuters     26th August 2016 Volkswagen has agreed to spend more than $1.2-billion to compensate its 650 US dealers for their losses from the German automaker's diesel emissions scandal, two sources briefed on the matter said on Thursday. The company and a lawyer for VW dealers announced a tentative settlement at a court... 

Auto component body’s new chief has strong policy background

By: Irma Venter     26th August 2016 The National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) has appointed Renai Moothilal as its new executive director. Moothilal will take over from Roger Pitot in September. Pitot has been advising Naacam in part-time capacity since last year, following the departure of... 

New fuel-economy benchmarks for diesel and petrol vehicles

By: Irma Venter     26th August 2016 A Porsche Panamera has set a new South African benchmark for how far a diesel-powered vehicle can travel on one tank of fuel, while Volkswagen’s new Passat has done the same for petrol-powered vehicles. With the backing of Continental Tyre, Porsche South Africa, Volkswagen South Africa, Total and... 

Growing govt procurement, exports can push up local content – truck makers

By: Irma Venter     25th August 2016 Increased parts localisation within the truck assembly industry in South Africa will be difficult, largely because of the relatively low number of trucks sold in the country each year, says Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa executive director Kobus van Zyl. Van Zyl is also vice-chairperson... 

Growing govt procurement, exports can push up local content – truck makers
Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa executive director Kobus van Zyl

Fuso imports second truck from India, looks toward imminent local assembly

By: Irma Venter     24th August 2016 Fuso Trucks Southern Africa (FTSA), a division of Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA), has launched its second made-in-India truck in South Africa. The Fuso FJ 16-230 follows in the footsteps of the FA 9-137, introduced last year. 

Fuso imports second truck from India, looks toward imminent local assembly
The Fuso FJ 16-230

Tesla touts speed and driving range with new upgraded battery

By: Reuters     24th August 2016 Tesla Motors crowned itself the maker of the world's fastest production car on Tuesday, saying a new version of its Model S all-electric sedan can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles an hour in just two-and-a-half seconds. Tesla CE Elon Musk said the company will offer a larger upgraded battery pack... 

Imperial FY profits steady as restructured group enters new era

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd August 2016 JSE-listed Imperial Holdings has held its profits steady and generated record revenue in the year to June 30, in an environment under pressure, while preparing to kick off the new financial year with a restructured group to ride out the sombre economic environment. The group is hoping to break... 

VW, suppliers settle dispute after marathon talks

By: Reuters     23rd August 2016 Volkswagen and two of its parts suppliers on Tuesday resolved a contract dispute that had hit output at more than half of the carmaker's German plants and threatened to undermine its recovery from a diesel emissions scandal. After more than 20 hours of negotiations that went on through the night,... 

VW says six German plants hit by supplier dispute

By: Reuters     22nd August 2016 Volkswagen said it faced production delays at more than half its German plants because of a row with two suppliers that analysts estimate may cost the carmaker tens of millions of euros. About 28,000 workers at six of Volkswagen's (VW) ten German factories were affected after the carmarker halted... 

BMW launches remote-control parking in South Africa 

By: Irma Venter     22nd August 2016 Is that parking spot just too tight to allow you to get into and out of your car? Never fear, remote-control parking is here. BMW South Africa (SA) has launched its remote control parking system that allows 7 Series owners to manoeuvre in or out of a garage or forward-parking space – no parallel... 

BMW launches remote-control parking in South Africa
Remote-control parking in the BMW 7 Series

Volvo Cars and Uber join forces to develop autonomous driving cars

By: Irma Venter     19th August 2016 Volvo Cars and ride-sharing company Uber will join forces to develop autonomous driving (AD) cars. The two companies have signed an agreement to develop base vehicles that will be able to incorporate the latest developments in AD technologies, up to and including, fully autonomous driverless... 

Volvo Cars and Uber join forces to develop autonomous driving cars

VW to cut hours for 10 000 workers in Wolfsburg amid supplier row

By: Reuters     19th August 2016 Volkswagen will cut working hours for more than 10 000 staff at its Wolfsburg base and reduce output at two more German sites, a source close to the company said, as the carmaker faces supply problems caused by a parts maker not keeping to delivery commitments. Europe's largest automaker had said... 

BAIC to build CKD auto plant in Coega industrial zone 

By: Terence Creamer     19th August 2016 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) reports that it has signed a deal with the Beijing Automobile International Corporation (BAIC) for a new automotive investment worth R11-billion into the Eastern Cape industrial development zone (IDZ). The Chinese State-owned company plans to build a... 

BAIC to build CKD auto plant in Coega industrial zone
Photo by Duane Daws
BAIC investment set to be far larger than the recent FAW Trucks Coega investment

Anaergia takes over as manager of SA’s first commercial biogas plant

By: Irma Venter     19th August 2016  The day-to-day management of South Africa’s first commercial biogas plant have shifted to biogas expert Anaergia Africa, part of the Anaergia international group of companies, as from July. Anaergia Africa will manage the plant in a two-year contract. 

Electric drives delivered for truck and bus systems

     19th August 2016 Germany-based manufacturing company ZF offer all-electric drive solutions for urban vehicles with limited range, and hybrid technologies for long distance transport applications where combustion engines continue to be indispensable in the long term. Its newest development is an all-electric... 

Enhanced powertrain improves performance

     19th August 2016 Last month Swedish multinational manufacturing company Volvo Trucks announced that its powertrain is now more efficient than before as it incorporates the latest generation of Euro 6 engines and the integrated intelligent Volvo I-Shift transmission. "Combining good driveability with... 

Enhanced powertrain  improves performance
OPTIMAL INTEGRATION ACHIEVED The company can ensures optimal integration and communication between engine and transmission

July new-vehicle sales show ‘dramatic’ slump

By: Irma Venter     19th August 2016 New-vehicle sales “slumped dramatically” in July, serving as a reflection of the “current difficult economic conditions” in the country, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa). Statistics released by the Department of Trade and Industry show that sales... 

New crane truck launched at open day

By: Kimberley Smuts     19th August 2016 Fleet and specialised equipment provider Lovemore Bros launched its new 80 t/m crane truck at the company’s open day in June, with its second unit to be in production by the end of the year. The new 80 t/m crane truck has a narrow footprint and can fit into tight, restricted spaces with low... 

New crane truck  launched at open day
FLEET CAPACITY INCREASED The company’s fleet consist of crane trucks with hydraulic cranes and abnormal load rigs with extendable trailers

Software system assists with maintenance schedules

By: Kimberley Smuts     19th August 2016 With logistics companies having to deal with breakdowns and repairs of buses and trucks, loss of income from fees being docked at major ports because of delays in collections, penalties incurred for late deliveries or their simply not being able to service a given route, asset management... 

Software system assists with maintenance schedules
OVERCOMING LOGISTICAL CHALLENGES The company notes that the RPM software is not only designed for heavy vehicles but is geared for all types of maintenance

Uber mulls new South African services as it expands African footprint

By: Irma Venter     19th August 2016 There is “huge scope” for Uber to grow in South Africa, says Uber sub-Saharan Africa GM Alon Lits. “My wife and I have one car. I Uber to work every morning and I always drive past all of these cars in traffic with single occupants. I want each and every one of these drivers to switch to Uber.” 

Uber mulls new South African services  as it expands African footprint

Metair’s auto parts business struggles; no immediate fears over failed Turkey coup

By: Irma Venter     18th August 2016 A struggling automotive components business saw operating profit at JSE-listed Metair drop 25%, to R260-million, for the six months ended June 30, compared with the same period last year. Revenue at the energy storage solutions and automotive components manufacturer and distributor increased 14%... 

Metair’s auto parts business struggles; no immediate fears over failed Turkey coup

Bosch worked 'hand-in-glove' with VW in emissions fraud – lawyers

By: Reuters     18th August 2016 German auto supplier Robert Bosch GmbH was a "knowing and active participant" in a decade-long scheme by Volkswagen AG to evade US emissions laws, according to lawyers for US owners of polluting VW diesel vehicles. In a court filing late on Tuesday in US District Court in San Francisco, the... 

African auto body lobbies Nigeria on industry development

By: Irma Venter     17th August 2016 A delegation from the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM), led by chairperson Jeff Nemeth, is visiting the Nigerian capital, Abuja, with the aim of creating a framework for policy development that will support the growth of the Nigerian automotive industry. Nemeth is also the... 

 African auto body lobbies Nigeria on industry development
Photo by Duane Daws
AAAM chairperson Jeff Nemeth

Ford to develop self-driving car for ride-hailing service

By: Irma Venter     17th August 2016 Ford has announced its intent to have a high-volume, fully autonomous vehicle in commercial operation in 2021 in a ride-hailing or ride-sharing service. Ford also notes that it is investing in, or collaborating with, four technology startups to enhance its programme of autonomous vehicle... 

Ford to develop self-driving car for ride-hailing service
Ford’s fully autonomous Fusion Hybrid research vehicle on the streets of Dearborn, US

IDC, BAIC set to unveil plans for new Eastern Cape auto plant

By: Terence Creamer     16th August 2016 South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has indicated that it and the BAIC Automotive Group, of China, will announce details of a new multibillion-rand motor vehicle manufacturing plant in Eastern Cape later this month. The development financier will host its annual... 

IDC, BAIC set to unveil plans for new Eastern Cape auto plant
Photo by Duane Daws
Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel

VW gets approval for another 460 000 diesel-car fixes

By: Reuters     15th August 2016 Volkswagen has won German regulatory approval for technical fixes on another 460 000 diesel cars with illicit emissions control software, it said on Sunday, raising the number of vehicles cleared for repair to over 5 million. Approval by Germany's motor vehicle authority KBA is valid for... 

VW gets approval for another 460 000 diesel-car fixes

Autonomous city buses put through real-life paces in Amsterdam

By: Irma Venter     12th August 2016 Daimler Buses’ Mercedes-Benz Future Bus with CityPilot in July drive autonomously for the first time on a route of around 20 km in Amsterdam, on a section of the longest bus rapid transit (BRT) line in Europe, connecting Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport with the city of Haarlem. Daimler Buses says it... 

Implementation of change in industry increases legitimacy  

By: Sascha Solomons     12th August 2016 Amid the challenges faced by the South African logistics industry, materials management and logistics consultancy Greiner Mendi MD Lars Greiner notes that logistics companies should consider change to mitigate inefficiencies in their operations. He comments that logistics has always been a highly... 

Implementation of change in industry increases legitimacy
Greiner Mendi’s Lars Greiner discusses the challenges and future developments of the logistics industry. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Study shows lower BRT passenger demand than first forecast

By: Irma Venter     12th August 2016 Bus rapid transit (BRT) systems in South Africa generally have lower passenger demand, poorer financial performance and higher subsidy requirements than initially forecast, says Professor Christo Venter of the University of Pretoria’s Centre of Transport Development. One cause of poor passenger... 

Truck company named Doosan dealer of the year

     12th August 2016 In a ceremony held at the Doosan factory, in Korea, in May, forklift supplier Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) was awarded the Doosan Forklift Global Dealer of the Year 2015. While GLTC has won several awards for its performance over the years from Doosan, this is the first time they have won the... 

Truck company named Doosan dealer of the year
EXCEEDING SALES TARGETS Goscor Lift Truck Company was awarded the Doosan Forklift Global Dealer of the Year 2015

Lobby to reduce truck blind spots gathers speed

By: Irma Venter     11th August 2016 A research study by the Loughborough Design School, part of Loughborough University, in the UK, shows that some delivery trucks have single blind spots of up to 1.9 m, while the best-in-class trucks have virtually none. The study found a big difference in the direct vision – what drivers can see... 

Lobby to reduce truck blind spots gathers speed

Naacam appoints DTI’s Moothilal as its new executive director 

By: Irma Venter     11th August 2016 The National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) has appointed Renai Moothilal as its new executive director. Moothilal will take over from Roger Pitot in September. Pitot has been advising Naacam in part-time capacity since last year, following the departure of... 

Naacam appoints DTI’s Moothilal as its new executive director
Renai Moothilal

Porsche Panamera, VW Passat set new fuel benchmarks

By: Irma Venter     10th August 2016 A Porsche Panamera has set a new South African benchmark for how far a diesel-powered vehicle can travel on one tank of fuel, while Volkswagen’s new Passat has done the same for petrol-powered vehicles. With the backing of Continental Tyre, Porsche South Africa, Volkswagen South Africa, Total and... 

Porsche Panamera, VW Passat set new fuel benchmarks

Bio2Watt appoints Anaergia to manage biogas plant, looks to expand

By: Irma Venter     10th August 2016 The day-to-day management of South Africa’s first commercial biogas plant have shifted to biogas expert Anaergia Africa, part of the Anaergia international group of companies, as from July. Anaergia Africa will manage the plant in a two-year contract. 

Bio2Watt appoints Anaergia to manage biogas plant, looks to expand
Sean Thomas

Guard your pension fund, says Roodt 

By: Irma Venter     10th August 2016 The promises of politicians are always greater than the South African taxpayer’s capacity to deliver, says Efficient Group chief economist Dawie Roodt. He says the current ANC/Cosatu/South African Communist Party tripartite government has become ideologically confused, scripting contradictory... 

Guard your pension fund, says Roodt
Dawie Roodt

Rea Vaya BRT system to be extended to Sandton

By: Irma Venter     5th August 2016 The City of Johannesburg aims to bring its Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) system to Sandton central within the next two years. Rea Vaya started operations in 2009, and already runs between areas such as Parktown, Doornfontein and Soweto. 

South Korea suspends sales of most Volkswagen models

By: Reuters     2nd August 2016 South Korea on Tuesday suspended sales of most Volkswagen AG models in a fresh blow to the German automaker as it struggles to overcome the global repercussions of its emissions-test cheating scandal and rebuild its tattered image. The government revoked certification for 80 model variants of VW,... 

South Korea suspends sales of most Volkswagen models
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