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Truck & Bus News

Recovery possible for SA, sub-Saharan truck markets, says UD Trucks

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2017 Both the South African and sub-Saharan African (SSA) new-truck markets should see growth this year, following a tough 2016, says UD Trucks Southern Africa (UDTSA) marketing director Rory Schulz. The South African new truck market, including exports from South Africa into Africa, declined by 11%,... 

Awards boost drivercentric approach to managing truck drivers

By: Schalk Burger     20th January 2017 Commercial vehicle insurance firm Regent’s Highway Heroes campaign recognises the skill required to safely and efficiently handle a freight vehicle on South Africa’s and Southern Africa’s testing roads, and has demonstrated the benefits of driver-centric initiatives to improve awareness and safe... 

Awards boost drivercentric approach to managing  truck drivers
PAUL DANGERFIELD, LAWRENCE MATAVIRE, WAYNE RAUTENBACH The campaign reminds us how important truck drivers are to the economy

New CEO confirmed for MBSA as former chief heads for Beijing

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2017 German automaker Daimler has announced the appointment of Andreas Engling as the new CEO and manufacturing executive director of Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA).Current CEO, Arno van der Merwe, will start a new chapter in his career as president and CEO of Beijing Benz Automotive (BBAC). Both... 

New-truck sales show small operators hardest hit, says Isuzu Trucks

By: Irma Venter     18th January 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... 

New-truck sales show small operators hardest hit, says Isuzu Trucks

Dangote, China's Sinotruck set up $100m truck plant in Nigeria

By: Reuters     18th January 2017 Africa's richest man Aliko Dangote has partnered with China's heavy duty truck group Sinotruck to set up a $100-million plant to assemble trucks and cars in Nigeria for local use and export, the executive director of Dangote group said. The joint venture, which is 65% owned by Dangote and 35% by... 

Too early to speculate on US trade policy, says South African auto body

By: Irma Venter     17th January 2017 It is too early to speculate on the effects the incoming Trump administration may have on automotive trade between South Africa and the US, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) director Nico Vermeulen. “It is best to wait for the installation of the new... 

Too early to speculate on US trade policy, says South African auto body

Govt's proposed fuel changes a ticking time-bomb – Naamsa

By: News24Wire      12th January 2017 Time is running out for government to avoid the oil currently refined in SA from becoming illegal, Stuart Rayner, chair of the fuel and emissions committee of the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa), told Fin24 on Wednesday. Rayner explained that Naamsa... 

Sports car sales show that SA’s rich still have money to spend

By: Irma Venter     11th January 2017 While new-vehicle sales were down 11.4% in 2016 in a tough-as-nails domestic economy, Ferrari sales grew from 91 units in 2015, to 94 prancing horses finding new homes in 2016. Maserati had an ever better year. South African sales grew from 45 units in 2015, to 113 in 2016. 

 Sports car sales show that SA’s rich still have money to spend

New-car prices jumped 11% in 2016, fuel costs a concern for 2017

By: Irma Venter     10th January 2017 New-car prices jumped by around 11.03% in 2016, says asset finance house WesBank. The increase has been measured based on the average transaction value WesBank recorded on new-vehicle sales last year. 

New-car prices jumped 11% in 2016, fuel costs a concern for 2017
Rudolf Mahoney

Fiat Chrysler SA appoints new CEO

By: Irma Venter     10th January 2017 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) on Tuesday announced the appointment of Robin van Rensburg as the new CEO and MD of Fiat Group Automobiles South Africa, the importer of Fiat, Fiat Professional, Abarth and Alfa Romeo brands. Van Rensburg will hold the same title at Chrysler South Africa, the... 

Fiat Chrysler SA appoints new CEO

New-vehicle sales drop 11.4% in 2016; uptick possible in 2017 – Naamsa

By: Irma Venter     9th January 2017 Data released by the Department of Trade and Industry on Monday shows that South African new-vehicle sales declined for the third year in a row in 2016. Sales dropped by 11.4%, to 547 442 units, compared with 617 648 units in 2015. New-vehicle sales fell 4.1% in 2015 and 0.7% in 2014. 

New-vehicle sales drop 11.4% in 2016; uptick possible in 2017 – Naamsa

Bank says new-vehicle sales may fall again next year after 12% 2016 slump

By: Irma Venter     16th December 2016 New-vehicle sales in South Africa will drop by around 12% in 2016 compared with 2015, says First National Bank (FNB) senior industry analyst Jason Muscat. The same forecast model used to determine this decline suggests that sales in 2017 may drop another 5%, as a worst case scenario, he adds. 

Negative vehicle sales trend continued in November

By: Irma Venter     16th December 2016 November new-vehicle sales provided little festive cheer ahead of the holiday season, continuing the negative trend evident throughout this year by dropping 9.6%, to 46 413 units, compared with November last year. Statistics released by the Department of Trade and Industry show that November... 

Road-rail vehicle firm tailors new offering to rail maintenance market

By: Dylan Slater     16th December 2016 A new 20 t Crane road-rail vehicle (RRV) was launched to the South African market last month by Olifantsfontein-based rail systems manufacturer RailPro, and is intended to meet domestic requirements of rail infrastructure construction and general rail-related maintenance.  

Road-rail vehicle firm tailors new offering to rail maintenance market
LIFTING CAPABILITY The crane rail-road vehicle offers the benefits and low-operating costs of a regular truck with ease of access to rail lines

Components sector must transform as it grows, urges new Naacam director

By: Irma Venter     13th December 2016 The biggest goal of newly appointed National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) executive director Renai Moothilal is to increase the participation of black South Africans in the country’s automotive sector. He says there are “opportunities to drive... 

Components sector must transform as it grows, urges new Naacam director
Photo by Duane Daws
Renai Moothilal

Electric vehicles’ share of market to grow rapidly, says IHS Markit

By: Irma Venter     9th December 2016 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... 

Electric vehicles’ share of market to grow rapidly, says IHS Markit

Advances in biometrics to radically change driving by 2025

By: Irma Venter     9th December 2016 By 2025, advancements in biometrics will radically transform the driving experience; health, wellness and wellbeing of the driver and the security of vehicles. This is the key finding of Frost & Sullivan’s ‘Biometrics in the Global Automotive Industry, 2016–2025 analysis’. 

Volvo Trucks expands sales into rest of Southern Africa

By: Irma Venter     9th December 2016 Volvo Trucks should this year sell around 250 new trucks in Southern African markets outside South Africa, says Volvo Group Southern Africa president Torbjörn Christensson. Three years from now, in 2019, the company wants sales in these Southern African markets to grow to 1 000 trucks a year. 

Boardroom shuffle sees Merc SA’s Van der Merwe head to China 

By: Irma Venter     6th December 2016 German automaker Daimler has announced the appointment of Andreas Engling as the new CEO and manufacturing executive director of Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA). Current CEO, Arno van der Merwe, will start a new chapter in his career as president and CEO of Beijing Benz Automotive (BBAC). 

Boardroom shuffle sees Merc SA’s Van der Merwe head to China
Andreas Engling

2016 new-truck sales seen declining 10% year-on-year

By: Irma Venter     2nd December 2016 South Africa’s new truck market is under pressure, with a 10% drop in sales likely in 2016, says UD Trucks Southern Africa (UDTSA) marketing director Rory Schulz. This means the new truck market should end the year around the 25 000-mark. 

Unions in three-year wage deal with vehicle retailers, components makers

By: Irma Venter     2nd December 2016 South Africa’s component makers and retail motor industry have reached a new three-year wage agreement with the National Union of Metalworkers  of South Africa (Numsa) and the Motor Industry Staff Association. The settlement will see wage increases at component manufacturers of 8.5% in year... 

Toyota to launch fuel cell buses in 2017 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th November 2016 Toyota Motor Corporation on Friday said it would start selling fuel cell buses under the Toyota brand from early 2017. Having already undergone repeated field tests for practical use, the Bureau of Transportation of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government plans to use two of these fuel cell buses as... 

Rail freight system will benefit economy, reduce road maintenance

By: Nadine James     25th November 2016 To limit the damage to the national and provincial road networks – primarily caused by heavy-duty freight vehicles – and cut down on resulting maintenance, government should ensure that South Africa has a workable and reliable rail freight service, says auditing and consulting firm KPMG. KPMG... 

Rail freight system will benefit economy, reduce road maintenance
DE BUYS SCOTT The establishment of a workable rail infrastructure would stimulate job creation and economic growth during the construction phase of rail-related projects

Public transport development driven by lowest cost, not value, says ITSSA

By: Irma Venter     24th November 2016 South Africa’s transport procurement system is often driven by cost, rather than value, says Intelligent Transport Society of South Africa (ITSSA) CEO Dr Paul Vorster. “We tend to look for the lowest-cost supplier of services and equipment and not always the best value. The problem with this is... 

Public transport development driven by lowest cost, not value, says ITSSA

Components makers, retail industry sign wage agreement with Numsa

By: Irma Venter     22nd November 2016 South Africa’s component makers and retail motor industry have reached a new three-year wage agreement with the National Union of Metalworkers  of South Africa (Numsa) and the Motor Industry Staff Association. The settlement will see wage increases at component manufacturers of 8.5% in year... 

 Components makers, retail industry sign wage agreement with Numsa

Biometrics revolution will render car keys obsolete by 2025, says study 

By: Irma Venter     18th November 2016 By 2025, advancements in biometrics will radically transform the driving experience; health, wellness and wellbeing of the driver and the security of vehicles. This is the key finding of Frost & Sullivan’s ‘Biometrics in the Global Automotive Industry, 2016–2025 analysis’. 

Biometrics revolution will render car keys obsolete by 2025, says study

Automotive sales figures reflect decline, but there is hope

By: Aarifah Nosarka     18th November 2016 National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) president and Nissan Group of Africa MD Mike Whitfield tells Engineering News that the recent slight decline in light commercial vehicle (LCV) sales is “positive”, contrasting with the bigger decline in passenger vehicle... 

Bank to install solar-panel carports at Fairland office complex

By: Irma Venter     18th November 2016 Vehicle and asset finance group WesBank and sister company First National Bank (FNB) have announced a R60-million project to replace the shade-net carports at its shared offices in Fairland, Johannesburg, with solar-panel carports. The project will hopefully nudge the 150 000 m2 campus towards a... 

Volvo Trucks targets strong growth in slowly recovering Africa

By: Irma Venter     17th November 2016 Volvo Trucks should this year sell around 250 new trucks in Southern African markets outside South Africa, says Volvo Group Southern Africa president Torbjörn Christensson. Three years from now, in 2019, the company wants sales in these Southern African markets to grow to 1 000 trucks a year. 

Volvo Trucks targets strong growth in slowly recovering Africa

Ford trials tech for drivers to ride a wave of green traffic lights

By: Irma Venter     14th November 2016 Imagine taking the kids to school, driving to work or across town to do some shopping without ever hitting a single red traffic light. US carmaker Ford is testing technology that could make ‘riding the green wave’ a day-to-day reality. 

Ford trials tech for drivers to ride a wave of green traffic lights

UD Trucks resets business in SA following reshuffle at Volvo group

By: Irma Venter     14th November 2016 South Africa’s new truck market is under pressure, with a 10% drop in sales likely in 2016, says UD Trucks Southern Africa (UDTSA) marketing director Rory Schulz. This means the new truck market should end the year around the 25 000-mark. 

UD Trucks resets business in SA following reshuffle at Volvo group

Cartrack to launch low-cost vehicle tracking offering

By: Irma Venter     11th November 2016 Fleet management and vehicle recovery company Cartrack will launch a low-cost vehicle tracking and data-mesh solution for cars priced between R20 000 and R50 000. The solution will be “substantially more affordable” than anything else on the market, said CEO Zak Calisto as he announced the... 

Japanese app offers coffee as reward for smartphone-free driving

By: Irma Venter     11th November 2016 Three Japanese companies have joined forces to reward drivers for not using their phones while driving, making use of an innovative smartphone app. Auto maker Toyota Motor Corporation, coffee company Komeda, and telecommunications operator KDDI Corporation kicked off the initiative in September,... 

New additions planned for 2017 edition of Automechanika Joburg

By: Irma Venter     11th November 2016 Next year’s Automechanika Johannesburg trade fair for the automotive aftermarket, taking place at the Johannesburg Expo Centre from September 27 to 30, will also play host to three new, related shows. The new shows are Futuroad Expo, Scalex Johannesburg, and REIFEN. 

No wage agreement yet in components sector, but outlook positive – Naacam

By: Irma Venter     9th November 2016 Wage negotiations in South Africa’s retail motor and component manufacturing industries are still ongoing. The current three-year wage agreement lapsed at the end of August. 

No wage agreement yet in components sector, but outlook positive – Naacam

Africa-bound vehicle exports down 54% in first eight months of 2016

By: Irma Venter     4th November 2016 New-vehicle exports from South Africa into the rest of Africa fell dramatically in the first eight months of the year.   Exports reached 32 080 trucks, bakkies and cars from January to August 2015, dropping a whopping 54% in 2016, to 14 723 units.   The decline follows a drop in exports from 78... 

Chinese group to supply electric buses, ancillary equipment for Cape Town’s MyCiti service

By: Irma Venter     4th November 2016 The City of Cape Town has awarded the tender for the procurement of ten electric buses and their necessary ancillary equipment for the MyCiTi service to the Chinese BYD conglomerate. A tender for the low-floor electric buses was advertised in February and awarded in September. 

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