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Truck & Bus News

Nemeth to depart Ford SA, Toyota’s Kruger appointed new MD

By: Irma Venter     Updated 33 minutes ago US car maker Ford has announced the appointment of Casper Kruger as Ford Motor Company Sub-Saharan Africa (FMCSA) region MD, as from April 1. Current president and CEO Jeff Nemeth will take up a new position at Ford as part of his planned return to the US on July 1, states the company. 

Cape Town to take delivery of 11 electric buses by year-end

By: Irma Venter     24th March 2017 Cape Town’s fleet of eleven electric buses are scheduled for arrival by the end of 2017, “operating by the beginning of 2018, or sooner”, says Cape Town Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) commissioner Melissa Whitehead. The buses will be supplied by Chinese green energy firm BYD, in... 

Argosy truck out, electric vehicles in, says Merc SA

By: Irma Venter     22nd March 2017 Daimler Trucks and Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) saw a 12.6% drop in sales in 2016 compared with 2015. The company sold 4 631 new trucks and buses in South Africa in 2016, down from the 5 300 units and 5 897 units recorded in 2015 and 2014, respectively. 

Argosy truck out, electric vehicles in, says Merc SA

Tata Motors signs MoU with VW, Skoda to develop affordable vehicles

By: Irma Venter     17th March 2017 India’s Tata Motors has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Volkswagen Group and its Skoda division, aimed at possible joint product development. The agreement has been signed by Tata Motors CEO Günter Butschek, Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Müller and Skoda Auto... 

Tata Motors signs MoU with VW, Skoda to develop affordable vehicles
Skoda Auto CEO Bernhard Maier, Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Müller and Tata Motors CEO Günter Butschek

Impact of Opel sale on South Africa not immediately clear

By: Irma Venter     17th March 2017 General Motors (GM) and Peugeot-Citroen (PSA) has announced the sale of GM’s Opel/Vauxhall subsidiary and GM Financial’s European operations to the PSA group, in a transaction valued at €1.3-billion and €0.9-billion, respectively. With the addition of Opel/Vauxhall, which generated revenue of... 

SA vehicle exports at the ‘lower end of expectations’ in February

By: Irma Venter     17th March 2017 New-vehicle sales held steady in February, at 48 113 units, compared with the 48 144 units sold in the same month last year. This said, however, the new passenger car market declined by 4.4%, to 31 400 units. 

Volkswagen restructures to fill sub-Saharan Africa gaps

By: Irma Venter     17th March 2017 German car manufacturer Volkswagen has established Volkswagen Sub-Saharan Africa as a regional operation, in a move aimed at developing and strengthening the African market. The new region joins the existing regions of North America, South America and China, and forms part of Volkswagen’s... 

Govt, rental markets to drive 1.7% growth in 2017 new-vehicle sales

By: Irma Venter     16th March 2017 Vehicle and asset finance provider WesBank expects new-vehicle sales to grow by 1.74% in 2017. The company was almost spot-on in its March 2016 prediction that last year’s sales would decline by 12%, with the actual number recorded at the end of 2016 a drop of 11.4%. 

Govt, rental markets to drive 1.7% growth in 2017 new-vehicle sales

New APDP must boost volumes, exports, says Merc SA CEO

By: Irma Venter     15th March 2017 Given the poor outlook for growth in sub-Saharan Africa since the sharp decline in oil and commodity prices, “it would be reasonable to conclude” that any government support programme for the South African automotive industry requires a “sustainable export strategy”, says Mercedes-Benz South... 

New APDP must boost volumes, exports, says Merc SA CEO

39% of South Africans interested in self-driving cars – Deloitte

By: Irma Venter     14th March 2017 South Africans are divided on who they trust the most to bring self-driving technology to market, with half of consumers preferring tech companies and the other half choosing traditional car manufacturers, reveals the Deloitte Global Automotive Consumer Study, released in South Africa on Tuesday.... 

39% of South Africans interested in self-driving cars – Deloitte

Merc SA adds three AMG models to production line in R200m investment

By: Irma Venter     13th March 2017 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) will, in the second half of the year, add three new derivatives to its production line at the company’s East London plant, in the Eastern Cape. The new derivatives are AMG models, which refers to Mercedes-Benz’s range of high-specification performance vehicles. 

 Merc SA adds three AMG models to production line in R200m investment

Die-caster prepared for next growth cycle in industry

     10th March 2017 An increasing number of car parts such as engine blocks or structural parts are being manufactured from aluminum using high-pressure die casting, says die-casting technology supplier Bühler Die-Casting. 

Forging market for automotive application to be valued at $56-billion by 2022

     10th March 2017 Market research company Zion Market Research has published a new report highlighting that the global steel forging market for automotive applications was valued at $41.77-billion in 2016 and is expected to reach $56-billion in 2022, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.1% between... 

Forging market for automotive application to be valued at $56-billion by 2022
Photo by Duane Daws
INCREASED DRIVE Increasing cars sales are expected to drive the European automotive and automotive components market within the forecast period

New auto programme to be announced by end-2017, says Naamsa 

By: Irma Venter     6th March 2017 The framework for the government support programme to replace the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) in 2021 is “currently under consideration and should be announced by the end of 2017”, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa director Nico... 

New auto programme to be announced by end-2017, says Naamsa

Dirty fuel conundrum may open door to electric vehicles in Africa 

By: Irma Venter     3rd March 2017 South Africa is fifteen years behind the rest of the world in terms of legislation regulating the quality of fuel available at the pump, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa director Nico Vermeulen. He says new clean fuel legislation should have been in place in... 

Dirty fuel conundrum may open door to electric vehicles in Africa

Renault SA to have new head as De Canha moves to Imperial’s new Motus unit

By: Irma Venter     3rd March 2017 Renault South Africa (SA) will have a new MD from July 1. Current Renault SA MD Nicholas de Canha has already started work at Imperial’s new Motus division – managing everything to do with motoring within the JSE-listed group – where he will look after a number of brands, including Tata, Renault,... 

Restructured Imperial Holdings has sold, or is busy selling, 42 businesses since 2015

By: Irma Venter     3rd March 2017 A new-look, restructured Imperial Holdings has, since 2015, disposed of, or is busy disposing of, 42 businesses with a total revenue of R11.9-billion and operating profit of R937-million. These disposals include Regent Insurance’s non-South African operations, as well as Jurgens Caravans and... 

Toyota Dyna truck redesigned as a light commercial vehicle to sidestep new speed-limiter law

By: Irma Venter     3rd March 2017 Hino South Africa, the commercial vehicle arm of Toyota South Africa Motors, has reclassified its Toyota Dyna truck as a light commercial vehicle (LCV), moving it from the medium commercial vehicle (MCV) segment where it has been competing since its introduction to South Africa in 1965. Toyota... 

Vehicle theft, hijackings on the increase – Cartrack

By: Irma Venter     3rd March 2017 Statistics released by fleet management and stolen vehicle recovery company Cartrack show that carjacking and vehicle theft in South Africa are on the rise. Theft within the base of vehicles protected by Cartrack increased by 31% in the ten months from March to December 2016, while hijackings... 

New-vehicle sales hold steady in Feb, BMW abandons detailed reporting

By: Irma Venter     1st March 2017 New-vehicle sales held steady in February, at 48 113 units, compared with the 48 144 units sold in the same month last year. This said, however, the new passenger car market declined by 4.4%, to 31 400 units. 

New-vehicle sales hold steady in Feb, BMW abandons detailed reporting

Cape Town’s e-buses to arrive at end 2017; e-bus plant on track 

By: Irma Venter     28th February 2017 Cape Town’s fleet of eleven electric buses are scheduled for arrival by the end of 2017, “operating by the beginning of 2018, or sooner”, says Cape Town Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) commissioner Melissa Whitehead. The buses will be supplied by Chinese green energy firm BYD, in... 

Cape Town’s e-buses to arrive at end 2017; e-bus plant on track

AA says vehicle safety ratings scale would equip buyers with vital information

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2017 South Africa’s Automobile Association (AA) has called for the implementation of a local vehicle safety ratings scale. The association on Friday said that such a ratings scale would ensure consumers had a better understanding of the safety of the vehicle they intended purchasing. 

Cummins to grow its Southern African presence as it celebrates 70-years

By: Schalk Burger     24th February 2017 Power and engine multinational Cummins aims to grow its presence in its Southern  African operations, including Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique, says Cummins Southern Africa MD Thierry Pimi. The key industries for Cummins in the region are the mining, power generation and automotive... 

Cummins to grow its  Southern African presence  as it celebrates 70-years
THIERRY PIMI Cummins aims to grow “fairly aggressively” in Southern Africa, and will consolidate its new branches in the region

Dangote Group planning $100m vehicle assembly plant for Lagos

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2017 The Dangote Group plans to establish a $100-million vehicle assembly plant project, in Lagos, Nigeria. The Dangote Group is a Nigerian multinational industrial conglomerate. 

Sanral CEO looks to regain South Africa’s trust despite ongoing e-toll tussle

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2017 Not too long ago the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) was a firm darling among its peers. It was a well-funded State-owned enterprise (SOE) almost never under fire, seldom in retreat, grinding ever onward in its task to manage and expand the country’s road network. Then came... 

Sanral CEO looks to regain South Africa’s trust  despite ongoing e-toll tussle

Restructured Imperial continues disposal spree

By: Irma Venter     21st February 2017 A new-look, restructured Imperial Holdings has, since 2015, disposed of, or is busy disposing of, 42 businesses with a total revenue of R11.9-billion and operating profit of R937-million. These disposals include Regent Insurance’s non-South African operations, as well as Jurgens Caravans and... 

Restructured Imperial continues disposal spree
Photo by Duane Daws
Mark Lamberti

Acquisitions help bolster logistics group in ‘difficult’ market

By: Irma Venter     17th February 2017 Logistics group OneLogix has, for the six-month period ended November 30, reaped the benefit from recent acquisitions and property infrastructure developments. The group reported a 12% increase in revenue compared with the same period in 2015, to more than R1-billion. The jump came as a result of... 

Rental, government segments offer Jan vehicle sales boost

By: Irma Venter     17th February 2017 January new-vehicle sales increased by 3.7%, reaching 50 333 units, compared with the same month last year – the first sales increase in 14 months. However, warns asset finance group WesBank, this positive performance was the result of growth in the rental and government channels, where sales... 

Jaguar, Shell launch in-car app to pay for fuel at service stations

By: Irma Venter     16th February 2017 Jaguar drivers can now use their car’s touchscreen to pay for fuel at the pump, by making use of a new cashless payment app. The Shell app is one of a number of enhancements to Jaguar’s F-PACE, XE and XF models. (Other updates include the addition of gesture technology where the sweep of a foot... 

Jaguar, Shell launch in-car app to pay for fuel at service stations

WesBank announces new CEO for its Motor division

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 WesBank has announced the appointment of Mark Finlayson as the CEO of its Motor division following the departure of Simphiwe Nghona on February 1. Finlayson is the current CEO of DirectAxis, a subsidiary of WesBank specialising in non-secured personal loans. 

WesBank announces new CEO for its Motor division
Mark Finlayson

Hijackings, car theft show sharp increases, warns Cartrack

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 Statistics released this week by fleet management and stolen vehicle recovery company Cartrack show that carjacking and vehicle theft in South Africa are on the rise. Theft within the base of vehicles protected by Cartrack increased by 31% in the ten months from March to December 2016, while... 

Hijackings, car theft show sharp increases, warns Cartrack

Hino SA trims it Dyna model from medium to light commercial vehicle

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 Hino South Africa, the commercial vehicle arm of Toyota South Africa Motors, has reclassified its Toyota Dyna truck as a light commercial vehicle (LCV), moving it from the medium commercial vehicle (MCV) segment where it has been competing since its introduction to South Africa in 1965. Toyota... 

Hino SA trims it Dyna model from medium to light commercial vehicle
The Dyna truck

Rising fuel costs expected to drive truck replacement cycle

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 A sharp increase in fuel tax, triggered by government’s drive to fill its coffers, a stronger oil price and a continued weak rand may lead to a roughly R2/l increase in the price of fuel in the next few months, predicts Isuzu Trucks South Africa (ITSA) director and COO Craig Uren. This will have... 

S Africa to keep pace with automotive technology advances

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th February 2017 With American analyst firm Gartner predicting that there will be a quarter of a billion connected vehicles on the road globally by 2020, equipped with new in-vehicle services and automated driving capabilities, asset and vehicle tracking solutions company Ctrack, part of Inseego Corp, says cars... 

S Africa to keep pace  with automotive  technology advances
BETTER FLEET MANAGEMENT Ctrack’s range of on-board devices and mobile software can help fleet managers to prevent road accidents in South Africa

Dangote, Sinotruk to build $100m truck assembly plant in Nigeria

     6th February 2017 The Dangote Group plans to establish a $100-million vehicle assembly plant project, in Lagos, Nigeria. The Dangote Group is a Nigerian multinational industrial conglomerate. 

Dangote, Sinotruk to build $100m truck assembly plant in Nigeria
Lagos, Nigeria

AA calls for local vehicle safety rating, must be displayed at point of sale 

By: Irma Venter     3rd February 2017 South Africa’s Automobile Association (AA) has called for the implementation of a local vehicle safety ratings scale. The association on Friday said that such a ratings scale would ensure consumers had a better understanding of the safety of the vehicle they intended purchasing. 

AA calls for local vehicle safety rating, must be displayed at point of sale

Electric-vehicle market share expected to rise sharply by 2040

By: Irma Venter     3rd February 2017 Electric vehicles (EVs) could make up 15% to 35% of worldwide new vehicle sales in 2040, says IHS Markit, a specialist in critical information, analytics and solutions. The findings are part of a new research project, ‘Reinventing the Wheel’, that the company will conduct over the first half of... 

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