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Truck & Bus News

Standard Bank promises fleet savings as fuel price surges

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2018 A number of fleet management solutions can save businesses the additional costs of the recent value-added tax (VAT) and fuel price increases, says Standard Bank Fleet Management executive head Derick de Vries. He says this year’s increase in VAT to 15% from 14% can be “comfortably offset” by... 

VW, Ford confirm talks on possible commercial vehicle tie-up

By: Reuters     20th June 2018 Volkswagen and Ford Motor Co are talking about jointly developing and building a range of commercial vehicles including vans, the companies confirmed on Tuesday. A Reuters story earlier on Tuesday said VW and Ford were discussing joint production of vans. 

As Gary Bell steps down as CEO, he urges SA manufacturers to embrace future

By: Irma Venter     15th June 2018 There is no need to cower in the corner when considering the future of manufacturing. Artificial intelligence and three-dimensional printing can open up a multitude of opportunities for South African manufacturers, says Bell Equipment CEO Gary Bell. Bell Equipment is, in fact, readying itself to... 

As Gary Bell steps down as CEO,  he urges SA manufacturers to embrace future

One in every three cars exported from SA in 2017 a Merc

By: Irma Venter     7th June 2018 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) last year again produced a record number of vehicles. MBSA’s East London plant built 106 500 vehicles (passenger cars and commercial vehicles) in 2015, growing this to a new record of 118 700 vehicles in 2016. 

One in every three cars exported from SA in 2017 a Merc

New-vehicle market shows improvement in all segments in May

By: Irma Venter     1st June 2018 The South African new-vehicle market grew by 2.4% in May, to 42 984 units, compared with the same month last year. Sales numbers released on Friday showed that May new-passenger car sales gained 0.7%, to reach 26 561 units. 

Electric vehicle sales to reach 1.6m this year, battery prices tumbling

By: Irma Venter     1st June 2018 Electric vehicle (EV) sales are on pace to reach more than 1.6-million units this year, up from just a few hundred thousand in 2014. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s (BNEF’s) Electric Vehicle Outlook 2018, there are a number of reasons for this increase, including the fact that... 

Electric vehicle sales to reach 1.6m this year, battery prices tumbling

East African vehicle market dominated by cheap cash purchases

By: Irma Venter     31st May 2018 The most important consideration when buying a car (new or used) in Kenya is fuel efficiency – this according to the Deloitte Africa Automotive Insights report on East Africa, published this month. Fuel efficiency is followed by safety and value for money. 

East African vehicle market dominated by cheap cash purchases
Nairobi, Kenya

African auto industries not viable without policy support

By: Irma Venter     30th May 2018 If African governments do not develop sustainable, long-term automotive industry policies – including policy measures that address the issue of the sale of used vehicles – they will fail to develop automotive sectors within their economies, says African Association of Automotive Manufacturers... 

 African auto industries not viable without policy support
Lagos, Nigeria

Electric vehicles could increase to 220m in 2030 – IEA

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th May 2018 The International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) ‘Global Electric Vehicles Outlook’ has found that the number of electric and plug-in hybrid cars on the world’s roads exceeded three-million in 2017, which is a 54% increase compared with 2016.  

Electric vehicles could increase to 220m in 2030 – IEA

‘Movement’ key to economic growth – report

By: Anine Kilian     23rd May 2018 Investing in transport, logistics and infrastructure to improve the movement of goods is a key driver of economic growth, the ‘Avis Van Rental Movement Report 2018’ reveals. Unpacking key report findings at the launch in Midrand, on Tuesday, Avis Movement Southern Africa commercial vehicles... 

Renergen, SAB tap into gas to reduce carbon emissions with landmark transaction

By: Simone Liedtke     21st May 2018 Natural gas development company Renergen has signed an offtake agreement with Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev)subsidiary South African Breweries (SAB) for the supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to power its delivery trucks. The agreement sees the initial roll out of compressed natural gas to a... 

Renergen, SAB tap into gas to reduce carbon emissions with landmark transaction
Renergen CEO Stefano Marani

Ford hopes ‘licence plate’ innovation will free up commercial drone use

By: Irma Venter     17th May 2018 Just as founder Henry Ford had a vision of “opening the highways to all mankind”, US car maker Ford says it wants to open the skies. Ford is the only automaker on the US Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) rule-making committee, and a proactive participant in the regulatory conversation... 

 Ford hopes ‘licence plate’ innovation will free up commercial drone use

Growing FAW becomes SA’s second biggest truck exporter

By: Irma Venter     16th May 2018 FAW South Africa (SA) first appeared as one of South Africa’s top five truck exporters in 2016, debuting in fifth position. In 2017, the company has moved up to the number two spot, behind the Volvo group. Exports reached 159 units in 2016, growing to 212 units in 2017. 

Growing FAW becomes SA’s second biggest truck exporter

Ctrack launches fleet-tracking solution for small businesses

By: Irma Venter     11th May 2018 Ctrack, a member of the Nasdaq-listed Inseego group, has launched a low-cost fleet tracking and optimisation tool, called Drive, for small and medium companies. Ctrack says Drive is ideal for companies with fleets of 30 vehicles or less, such as florists, plumbers, pathology labs and towing... 

Ctrack launches fleet-tracking solution for small businesses

UD Trucks aims to offer fully electric, autonomous trucks towards 2030

By: Irma Venter     8th May 2018 UD Trucks has joined the global pursuit to develop fully electric and self-driving trucks. The group launched a road map, called Fujin & Raijin, Vision 2030, that aims to deliver fully-electric and autonomous trucks over the next 12 years. 

 UD Trucks aims to offer fully electric, autonomous trucks towards 2030

Auto exports earned South Africa R165bn in 2017

By: Irma Venter     4th May 2018 Total earnings from South African automotive exports reached R164.9-billion in 2017, comprising 13.9% of South Africa’s total export earnings. This number is down from the record R171.1-billion achieved in 2016, at 15.6% of total export earnings. Total automotive revenue in the South African... 

Auto exports earned South Africa R165bn in 2017
Dr Norman Lamprecht

Firm sees taxis and mine trucks as logical hydrogen transport pioneers

By: Schalk Burger     4th May 2018 Hydrogen transportation technology can serve the local taxi industry and be used in large opencast mines where several haul trucks operate in a limited radius. One hydrogen fuelling station could serve an entire fleet. Such applications would eliminate the need for a dispersed suburban and urban... 

April new-vehicle sales improve by 3.6%

By: Irma Venter     2nd May 2018 The South African new-vehicle market grew by 3.6% in April, to 36 346 units, compared with the same month last year. The number is not the final tally, however, as it is expected to increase by about 350 units once Fiat Chrysler Automobiles South Africa submits its delayed sales tally by the... 

April new-vehicle sales improve by 3.6%

Fuso aims for a 10% share in South Africa’s new-truck market

By: Irma Venter     2nd May 2018 Daimler Trucks and Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) wants to grow Fuso’s share of the local new-truck market from 6.1% in 2017, to 10% in 2020, says DTBSA executive director Jasper Hafkamp. Fuso market share in 2014 was 4.2%. The South African new-truck market reached 22 268 units in 2017. 

Fuso aims for a 10% share in South Africa’s new-truck market
The Canter Lift FE4-130

Parties in bus drivers' strike still 'far apart' - unions

By: African News Agency      27th April 2018 The five unions involved in the national bus drivers' strike have slammed efforts at resolving the almost two-week long impasse, saying despite interventions at the highest levels the parties remain "far apart" and that the strike action will continue into the long weekend. In a statement issued... 

Parties in bus drivers' strike still 'far apart' - unions

Commuter bus firm Hosken lists on the JSE

By: Nadine James     24th April 2018 Commuter transport company Hosken Passenger Logistics and Rail, which operates the Golden Arrow bus service, on Tuesday became the second company this year to list on the JSE’s main board.  Welcoming Hosken to the exchange, JSE primary markets head Prejelin Naggan said that the listing should... 

SA component suppliers 'making real progress', says benchmarking study

By: Irma Venter     24th April 2018 Despite certain areas of weakness, South African component suppliers have advanced their competitiveness and productivity in recent years, shows the South African Automotive Supplier Industry Benchmarking Report 2018. “It is clear that South African suppliers are making real progress, and that... 

 SA component suppliers 'making real progress', says benchmarking study

Haulage company offers discounted rates

By: Paige Müller     20th April 2018 Standard and specialised load transportation company Transcon Haulers is offering a haulage discount rate on specific national routes in South Africa. “The special rates offering is aimed at maximising fleet productivity by securing useful loads for return journeys, for trailers that would... 

Haulage company offers discounted rates
LONG-LENGTH LOADS Transcon Haulers demonstrates its long-length load capability

Volvo Trucks launches first all-electric truck, sales to start in 2019

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2018 Volvo Trucks has introduced its first all-electric truck for commercial use. The FL Electric will be used for urban distribution and refuse operations, among other applications. Sales and series production of the new model will start in Europe next year. 

Volvo Trucks launches first all-electric truck, sales to start in 2019

Bell laments import duties on steel, tyres; Kamaz assembly could start in 2019 

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2018 “South African manufacturers are paying 22% too much for their steel; whether you are making lamp posts or electrical cabinets, you are not going to pay what you would pay on the global market,” says Bell Equipment CEO Gary Bell. Bell Equipment manufactures six lines of capital equipment,... 

 Bell laments import duties on steel, tyres; Kamaz assembly could start in 2019
The Bell Equipment factory in Richards Bay

New-vehicle market sees first positive month as March sales increase by 1.1%

By: Irma Venter     3rd April 2018 The domestic new-vehicle market expanded for the first time this year as March new-vehicle sales inched up 1.1%, to 49 233 units, compared with the same month last year.   Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry on Tuesday showed that March new-passenger car sales gained... 

 New-vehicle market sees first positive month as March sales increase by 1.1%

MAN expands retail operations

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th March 2018 Commercial vehicle provider MAN’s retail operations will on April 1 open a wholly owned operation in Port Elizabeth, which the company considers to be an important location on the Garden Route, to offer support to its clients.  

Cartrack aiming to expand affordable vehicle insurance cover

By: Irma Venter     23rd March 2018 Fleet management, vehicle recovery and telematics group Cartrack aims to expand its newly launched affordable vehicle insurance product range over the next six to 18 months. Cartrack unveiled a R9.99 product in February, strictly for vehicle theft and hijackings, through its new subsidiary,... 

Hyundai launches Mighty EX8 truck in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     23rd March 2018 Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) has replaced its HD72 light-duty truck with the Mighty EX8. The EX8 may be the first introduction in a new commercial vehicle line-up for HASA, with the South Korean manufacturer increasingly keen on expanding its range and reach in right-hand-drive markets,... 

Industry buoyant owing to exports growth on automation adoption

By: Paige Müller     23rd March 2018 A high demand for automotive component exports has enabled the South African automotive components industry to remain stable, despite a local downswing in disposable income spending on cars, says fibre laser cutting and consumables supplier First Cut which supplies tier 1 and 2 manufacturers in... 

Industry buoyant owing to exports growth on automation adoption
ANDREW POOLE Automotive component manufacturers which have aligned themselves with the export market have been doing reasonably well

Nitrogen inflation adoption grows despite market misinformation

By: Paige Müller     23rd March 2018 Despite misinformation on the benefits of nitrogen tyre inflation there is significant adoption of nitrogen tyre inflation in sectors such as mining and transportation, says nitrogen inflation systems manufacturer NitraLife sales director Tom Sowry. “The lack of industry-related information... 

Nitrogen inflation adoption grows despite market misinformation
NITROGEN GENERATORS AND INFLATORS WIDELY AVAILABLE Nitrogen generators and tyre inflators are widely available at petrol stations all over the country

Europe’s FlixBus to test electric buses on long-distance bus network

By: Irma Venter     16th March 2018   Europe’s largest long-distance mobility provider, FlixBus, will be the first company worldwide to test electric buses (e-buses) on its longer-distance bus routes. Beginning in April, the first all-electric Flix-E-Buses will begin test operations on the 150 km route between Paris and Amiens,... 

Europe’s FlixBus to test electric buses on long-distance bus network

WesBank forecasts meagre 0.75% growth in new-vehicle sales

By: Irma Venter     14th March 2018 South Africa’s new-vehicle industry is forecast to grow by 0.75% in 2018 compared with last year, says vehicle finance provider WesBank. WesBank CEO Chris de Kock delivered the bank’s view on the market at the 2018 Car of the Year awards held on Tuesday, in Gauteng. 

WesBank forecasts meagre 0.75% growth in new-vehicle sales
WesBank CEO Chris de Kock

Warning of vehicle affordability being compromised by SA’s tax changes 

By: Irma Venter     9th March 2018 The substantial increase in ad valorem vehicle excise duty rates announced in the National Budget this week – with the maximum duty for motor vehicles rising from 25% to 30% – together with the increases in value added tax (VAT), emissions taxes and the fuel levy, “will compromise vehicle... 

Local content key to safeguarding components industry amid powertrain revolution

By: Irma Venter     9th March 2018 The global automotive industry is facing the rapid development of new power-train technologies, such as electric and hydrogen vehicles, eager to displace the internal combustion engine (ICE) that has powered the industry for more than a century. The local automotive manufacturing industry is... 

Local content key to safeguarding components industry amid powertrain revolution

Fully autonomous vehicle set for October trial in SA 

By: Irma Venter     6th March 2018 The first fully autonomous vehicle may make its debut in South Africa in October, as part of the inaugural Future Mobility Africa event, organised by the Mobility Centre for Africa (MCA). The two electric-powered candidates for the first fully autonomous vehicle trial in South Africa are,... 

Fully autonomous vehicle set for October trial in SA
The Navya autonomous shuttle

Electric, hybrid trucks to reach 2.25m unit sales by 2025, says Frost & Sullivan

By: Irma Venter     5th March 2018 Research firm Frost & Sullivan’s latest analysis of the electric truck market finds that the global light/medium/heavy-duty hybrid and full electric truck segments are expected to reach yearly sales of more than 2.25-million units by 2025. Frost & Sullivan believes China will lead the... 

Electric, hybrid trucks to reach 2.25m unit sales by 2025, says Frost & Sullivan
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