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Truck & Bus News

SA-linked startup wins UK competition to build hyperloop-type solution

By: Irma Venter     19th October 2018 UK company Magway has won co-funding support of more than £650 000 from Innovate UK, through its emerging and enabling technologies competition, to build a 150 m hyperloop-type demonstration link for high-speed package delivery, east of London. Innovate UK is the UK government’s Research Agency. 

It’s a tough market out there and it’s not getting better, says CMH

By: Irma Venter     17th October 2018 It has been a challenging year for corporate South Africa, says Combined Motor Holdings (CMH). “The economy has suffered from the after-effects of years of corruption and mismanagement, [as well as] the ANC's recent pronouncement that it intends to amend the Constitution to allow land... 

It’s a tough market out there and it’s not getting better, says CMH

Cape Town e-bus rollout in limbo until Whitehead investigation wraps up end-2018 

By: Irma Venter     17th October 2018 The City of Cape Town’s bid to use electric buses within its MyCiti system has been stalled by the investigation into former Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) commissioner Melissa Whitehead. A fleet of eleven electric buses was scheduled for arrival by the end of 2017, “operating by... 

Cape Town e-bus rollout in limbo until Whitehead investigation wraps up end-2018

Commercial vehicle market defies economic downturn 

By: Irma Venter     12th October 2018 The South African new-truck market has increased overall sales by 2.3% year-on-year for the first nine months of the year, defying a slew of negative economic indicators. According to the latest sales statistics released by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa,... 

Commercial vehicle market defies economic downturn
Gert Swanepoel

Volkswagen is near hiring top banks for truck unit IPO

By: Bloomberg     9th October 2018 Volkswagen is close to hiring banks and advisers to work on an initial public offering (IPO) for its heavy-truck division, according to people with knowledge of the matter. Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs Group and JPMorgan Chase & Co are likely to win mandates as global coordinators for... 

Cape Town adds direct routes, 29 new bus stops to MyCiti service

By: Irma Venter     8th October 2018 The City of Cape Town will introduce a number of new routes and bus stops to its MyCiti bus service, starting October 27. “Our transport planners recently conducted a review of the MyCiTi service and the passenger demand on the MyCiTi routes,” says Cape Town Transport and Urban Development MMC... 

Cape Town adds direct routes, 29 new bus stops to MyCiti service

Application of code of conduct requires ‘extensive' review, says auto industry body

By: Irma Venter     8th October 2018 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) on Monday voiced its support for the Competition Commission’s proposed voluntary Code of Conduct (CoC) for the South African vehicle repair, service and parts supply sectors. However, the association emphasised that it... 

 Application of code of conduct requires ‘extensive' review, says auto industry body

Current proposed automotive Code of Conduct ‘catastrophic’, warns dealer body

By: Irma Venter     4th October 2018 Implementing the proposed automotive industry Code of Conduct (CoC) in its current form will have a “catastrophic effect on the economy as it undermines investment, employment and consumer welfare in this important sector of our economy”, says National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA)... 

 Current proposed automotive Code of Conduct ‘catastrophic’, warns dealer body
Mark Dommisse

New-vehicle market declines by 1.9%, record exports for September

By: Irma Venter     1st October 2018 The South African new-vehicle market declined by 1.9% in September, to 49 670 units, compared with the same month last year. The newest sales numbers, released on Monday, indicated that September new-passenger car sales decreased by 2.6%, to reach 32 786 units. 

New-vehicle market declines by 1.9%, record exports for September

Mercedes-Benz aims for 2021 series production of electric Actros

By: Irma Venter     27th September 2018 Mercedes-Benz last week unveiled the electric Actros heavy-duty truck. The first eActros was delivered to German logistics company Hermes in September for use under real-life conditions. 

Mercedes-Benz aims for 2021 series production of electric Actros
The eActros

No side-mirrors for new Actros truck, digital cab unveiled 

By: Irma Venter     27th September 2018 The launch last week of the updated Mercedes-Benz Actros heavy truck in Germany saw the long-touted concept of the MirrorCam finally make its production debut. Gone are the large exterior side-mirrors in favour of two cameras, located outside the vehicle, and two 15-inch in-cab tablets that... 

No side-mirrors for new Actros truck, digital cab unveiled
The new Actros boasts technology that will perform an emergency stop if the driver fails to spot a pedestrian.

Jaguar launches R30m EV charging network in SA

By: Irma Venter     13th September 2018 Jaguar, in partnership with electric vehicle (EV) charging company GridCars, will install 82 new public charging stations for EVs and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) in the country’s major hubs, as well as along frequently-travelled holiday routes. The R30-million infrastructure investment should... 

Jaguar launches R30m EV charging network in SA
Jaguar's EV network coverage

FAW’s Coega plant produces 4 000th truck

By: Irma Venter     10th September 2018 FAW South Africa’s Coega assembly plant, in the Eastern Cape, in August celebrated the assembly of the 4 000th FAW truck in South Africa. Inaugurated in July 2014, the FAW plant was the first large-scale investment made by a China-based company in the region. 

FAW’s Coega plant produces 4 000th truck

Passenger EV sales hit four-million units, fifth million expected in March

By: Irma Venter     10th September 2018 Cumulative passenger electric vehicle (EV) sales have, most likely, surpassed four-million units at the beginning of September, says Bloomberg New Energy Finance (NEF). This includes battery electric passenger vehicles and plug-in hybrid passenger vehicles. 

 Passenger EV sales hit four-million units, fifth million expected in March

GemCap investment allows Linebooker to venture outside South Africa

By: Irma Venter     4th September 2018 African Rainbow Capital Investments subsidiary GemCap has acquired online transport management business Linebooker from the Oceana Group for an undisclosed amount.   “The investment by GemCap is significant in that it gives us the scope and capital to expand our service offering and logistical... 

 GemCap investment allows Linebooker to venture outside South Africa
Nick Hoffman

New-vehicle market drops by 2.5% in August, exports up 7.7%

By: Irma Venter     3rd September 2018 The South African new-vehicle market declined by 2.5% in August, to 47 964 units, compared with the same month last year. The newest sales numbers, released on Monday, indicate that August new-passenger car sales decreased by 2.2%, to reach 31 447 units. 

New-vehicle market drops by 2.5% in August, exports up 7.7%

Volkswagen signs assembly, policy MoUs in Nigeria, Ghana

By: Irma Venter     3rd September 2018 Volkswagen has added Ghana and Nigeria to its list of future vehicle assembly operations in Africa. The German manufacturer is already active on assembly sites in Kenya, Algeria and Rwanda. 

Volkswagen signs assembly, policy MoUs in Nigeria, Ghana
Thomas Schaefer and Alan Kyerenmaten, with Angela Merkel and Ghana VP Mahamudu Bawumia looking on.

Hino SA expects 27% sales jump in flat domestic truck market

By: Irma Venter     30th August 2018 Hino South Africa (SA) expects to see local truck sales grow from 3 400 units in 2017 to 4 300 units in 2018 – a 26.5% jump in a domestic truck market that is likely to remain flat this year. Hino SA VP Ernie Trautmann says the increase is driven by strong growth in Dyna sales, following its... 

Hino SA expects 27% sales jump in flat domestic truck market
Hino assembly at the Durban plant

VECV launches heavy-duty Eicher trucks, mulls bus entry

By: Irma Venter     29th August 2018 VE Commercial Vehicles (VECV) South Africa, a Volvo Group and Eicher Motors joint venture, has entered the domestic heavy-duty truck market, with the start of sale of its Pro 6000 series trucks. This will add to the Pro 3008 8.5 t gross vehicle mass (GVM) truck range introduced when the company... 

 VECV launches heavy-duty Eicher trucks, mulls bus entry
The Pro 6016

Super Group buoyed by commodities, new acquisitions

By: Irma Venter     27th August 2018 An excellent performance from the commodities businesses within Supply Chain Africa, good contributions from a number of acquired businesses and solid results from the SG Fleet have seen Super Group post a 15% jump in operating profit, to R2.4-billion, for the financial year ended June 30.... 

Super Group buoyed by commodities, new acquisitions
Peter Mountford

Small Styx SUV, revived Atos to push Hyundai sales in 2019

By: Irma Venter     27th August 2018 Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) aims to grow sales from the roughly 38 000 units expected this year, to about 45 000 units in 2019, says HASA sales and operations director Stanley Anderson. HASA could very well achieve this 18% growth aspiration, as it is about to launch a raft of new... 

Small Styx SUV, revived Atos to push Hyundai sales in 2019
The Hyundai Kona

Bridgestone to move into new Waterfall head office in 2019

By: Irma Venter     24th August 2018 Bridgestone South Africa will move into its new head office, located in the growing Waterfall City commercial node between Johannesburg and Pretoria, in February next year. The tyre manufacturer’s new headquarters will occupy 4 800 m2 and accommodate a staff complement of more than 200. 

Bridgestone to move into new Waterfall head office in 2019
Bridgestone brick laying ceremony at the Waterfall precinct

Cost-effective braking systems brand launched

By: Paige Müller     24th August 2018 Commercial vehicle technologies supplier WABCO South Africa (SA) last month launched ProVia – a high-quality, price-competitive aftermarket brand for commercial vehicle braking systems – across ten Southern Africa countries. ProVia is a safety-focused and reliable budget parts product range for... 

Cost-effective braking systems brand launched
COST CONCERNS A lack of growth within the local commercial vehicle space has resulted in fleet owners’ buying and installing cheaper, but inferior aftermarket products

Electromobility the future of transport infrastructure

By: Paige Müller     24th August 2018 On the back of introducing its all-electric Volvo FL and FE trucks, global manufacturing company Volvo Trucks aims to be the leading sustainable transport solutions provider globally. Sales and series production of the new Volvo FL and FE trucks – designed for urban distribution and refuse... 

Electromobility the future of transport infrastructure
POLICY PUSH Electromobility technology will become essential to the global transport industry as environment-focused legislative policies begin to take effect

Skimping on maintenance costs fleet owners

By: Paige Müller     24th August 2018 While trying to contain costs it is still essential that commercial fleet owners maintain fuel injection systems to the requisite standards as this will ultimately reduce operating costs. Those operators that are extending these critical service intervals as a cost reduction exercise are not... 

Skimping on maintenance costs fleet owners
INJECTOR REPAIRS Work done on a fuel injection system must be carried out by a competent, skilled and original-equipment manufacturer approved service centre

Auto thought leader on need to build Tier 2 and 3 suppliers as local content falls

By: Irma Venter     24th August 2018 The South African automotive industry is eagerly awaiting the announcement of the details of government’s new support programme, the Automotive Masterplan, which is set to guide the industry’s investment activities from 2020 to 2035. The masterplan will perhaps be South Africa’s most challenging... 

Auto thought leader on need to build Tier 2 and 3 suppliers as local content falls

Addressing historic debt could lead to higher e-toll compliance, says ETC 

By: Irma Venter     22nd August 2018 A big game changer to ensure higher compliance on Gauteng’s open-road toll network (GORT) is to find a solution for the historic debt accumulated within the system, says Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) CEO Coenie Vermaak. He says research done within ETC has shown that a number of people are... 

 Addressing historic debt could lead to higher e-toll compliance, says ETC

Imperial unbundling to be implemented in Q4, says Akoojee

By: Irma Venter     21st August 2018 It is anticipated that the unbundling of the Imperial group will be implemented in the fourth quarter of this calendar year, says Imperial acting CEO Mohammed Akoojee. Speaking at the company’s annual results announcement in Johannesburg on Tuesday, he said Imperial Holdings would be renamed... 

Imperial unbundling to be implemented in Q4, says Akoojee
Mohammed Akoojee

Isuzu SA alive and well, says CEO Sacke

By: Irma Venter     20th August 2018 Isuzu is alive and well in South Africa, following the abrupt departure of General Motors (GM) from the country in 2017. Following the US company’s exit, Japan’s Isuzu Motors acquired General Motors South Africa’s (GMSA’s) Struandale manufacturing plant, in Port Elizabeth – where GMSA assembled... 

Isuzu SA alive and well, says CEO Sacke
Michael Sacke

Toyota aims to increase exports into Africa as market recovers

By: Irma Venter     17th August 2018 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) aims to export 100 000 vehicles a year from its Durban plant, says president and CEO Andrew Kirby. Total plant capacity is 242 000 units a year, which includes a 234 000-unit capacity for the Hilux, Fortuner and Corolla, 13 500 for the Ses’fikile minibus and 5... 

Toyota aims to increase exports into Africa as market recovers
Andrew Kirby

Fuel levy’s revenue-generating prowess to come under intense pressure

By: Irma Venter     17th August 2018 The fuel levy as income source for government is rapidly losing productivity to generate income, says Professor Stephan Krygsman of the University of Stellenbosch’s Department of Logistics (Transport Economics). Taking the year 2000 as starting point, with the fuel levy at 100% productivity,... 

Fuel levy’s revenue-generating prowess to come under intense pressure

Metair to deliver its first lithium-ion batteries before the end of the year

By: Irma Venter     16th August 2018 JSE-listed Metair will deliver its first production lithium-ion batteries to a customer before the end of the year. Metair is a distributor and retailer of energy storage solutions and automotive components. 

 Metair to deliver its first lithium-ion batteries before the end of the year
Theo Loock

Local company develops precision bearing packer 

By: Schalk Burger     10th August 2018 The new precision Pumprite bearing packer was launched last month for bearings used in the transport, mining, engineering and heavy industries. The locally developed unit allows for easy and precise lubrication of bearings with an inner diameter from 15 mm to 150 mm inner diameter and a maximum... 

Local company develops precision bearing packer
Pumprite bearing packer is demonstrated.

Sumitomo Rubber’s truck and bus tyre plant starts production

By: Irma Venter     7th August 2018 Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA), manufacturer of the Dunlop tyre brand, has officially started production at its truck and bus radial (TBR) tyre manufacturing plant in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal. Japanese company Sumitomo Rubber Industries, the world’s fifth-largest producer of automotive tyres... 

Sumitomo Rubber’s truck and bus tyre plant starts production
The SRSA Ladysmith plant

Mathe Group ups tyre processing by 35%, grows steel exports

By: Irma Venter     7th August 2018 The KwaZulu-Natal-based Mathe Group, South Africa’s largest tyre recycler, has developed two steel by-products that are being exported to Australia and Korea in growing quantities. Dr Mehran Zarrebini, head of British investment group PFE International, which is one of the major shareholders in... 

Mathe Group ups tyre processing by 35%, grows steel exports

Road-rail vehicle innovator introduces RailBus

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     3rd August 2018 Olifantsfontein-based road-rail vehicle (RRV) manufacturer RailPro has developed a bimodal vehicle that transports people and goods on road and rail, says MD Ed Magan. The vehicle, called RailBus, was launched in June. 

Road-rail vehicle innovator introduces RailBus
Photo by Bloomberg
FACILITATING MOBILITY Thousands of rural dwellers are situated close to existing rail lines and the RailBus will allow for exploitation of underused rail routes

New-vehicle sales increase in July, 2018 exports set to disappoint

By: Irma Venter     1st August 2018 The South African new-vehicle market expanded by 2.6% in July, to 47 881 units, compared with the same month last year. The newest sales numbers, released on Wednesday, indicate that July new-passenger car sales gained 4.3%, to reach 32 108 units. 

New-vehicle sales increase in July, 2018 exports set to disappoint
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