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Truck & Bus News

Isuzu updates govt on R1.2bn plant investment, new D-Max ready for 2022 launch 

By: Irma Venter     26th October 2021 Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSAf) this week welcomed the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition Ebrahim Patel to its plant in Struandale, Gqeberha. Patel previously visited Isuzu in 2019, shortly before the announcement that the Japanese manufacturer would invest R1.2-billion into its... 

Bell founders look to buy out Bell Equipment minority shareholders, delist the group

By: Irma Venter     25th October 2021 In a joint announcement published on Friday, Bell Equipment and IA Bell, the Bell family holding company and largest shareholder in Bell Equipment, have announced IA Bell’s intention to acquire all the issued shares in the JSE-listed capital equipment manufacturer it does not already own for R10... 

Image of a Bell ADT

Bakers adds 90 Merc trucks to its fleet; City Logistics expands by 43 Canters 

By: Irma Venter     22nd October 2021 Daimler Trucks and Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) has handed over a fleet of 90 Mercedes-Benz Actros 2645LS trucks to Bakers South Africa (SA).  This purchase adds to Bakers’ current fleet of nearly 650 vehicles, which comprises 100% of Mercedes-Benz Truck products. 

Image of the Bakers SA fleet

Payabill launches online global payment solution for small businesses

By: Irma Venter     22nd October 2021 Nedbank is promising prospective car buyers a “complete end-to-end digital vehicle shopping experience, saving them vast amounts of time and energy, through the new Avo virtual vehicle-mall feature”. “While there are already quite a few websites and aggregators where people can browse vehicles,... 

Motus acquires UK’s FAI Automotive

By: Irma Venter     22nd October 2021 Automotive group Motus has acquired the entire issued share capital of FAI Automotive in the UK. The purchase consideration is based on an enterprise value of roughly R700-million, with the effective cash outflow of R550-million to be funded from available cash resources and funding facilities. 

New-vehicle sales seen reaching 485 000 units if supply holds

By: Irma Venter     22nd October 2021 The South African new-vehicle market could reach about 485 000 units this year, says Ford Motor Company Africa president Neale Hill. This will be a significant increase from the 380 000-unit sales recorded last year. 

SA green-tech company pilots 100% electric reefer trailers in The Netherlands

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2021 Four companies have initiated a nine-month pilot project in The Netherlands, which will see diesel refrigeration systems in semi-trailers replaced by zero-emission battery-electric prototypes.  This is the first time that refrigerated trailers are being run by 100% electric eco-sustainable power.  

Image of a reefer trailer powered by Maxwell and Spark
The four trailers in this pilot will have a modified Thermo King reefer engine (Advancer A400), in combination with a specialised battery system from Maxwell and Spark (70 kWh)

New chairperson appointed at Isuzu Motors South Africa

By: Irma Venter     19th October 2021 Naohiro Yamaguchi has been appointed as the new chairperson of Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSAf). Yamaguchi has held various leadership roles throughout his 35 years with the Japanese vehicle manufacturer.  

Image of Naohiro Yamaguchi Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSAf) chairperson
Naohiro Yamaguchi 

‘Optimistic outlook’ for Volvo to start electric truck sales in South Africa in 2024 

By: Irma Venter     18th October 2021 Volvo Trucks South Africa (SA) should start the local testing of electric trucks within the next two years, says Volvo Trucks SA product support senior manager Erica Parry. “Sales will be determined by various factors but, most importantly, the investment and availability of charging facilities... 

Image of a Volvo electric truck

Volvo Trucks aims for all new-vehicle sales to be electric by 2040

By: Irma Venter     15th October 2021 Volvo Trucks aims for 50% of all global new-vehicle sales to be electric by 2030, says global product management senior VP Jessica Sandström. By 2040, the goal is for 100% of global sales to be fossil-fuel free, whether that will be through the sale of battery-electric of fuel-cell electric trucks. 

Image of the Volvo FM Electric truck
The Volvo FM Electric truck

New-vehicle sales momentum continues, despite shortage of some models

By: Irma Venter     15th October 2021 The South African new-vehicle market continued to recover some momentum in September, following the disruptions experienced in the economy during July, says WesBank. “Building on August sales successes, September sales . . . provided some reassurance for a stronger final quarter.” 

Hyundai to electrify all of its new commercial vehicle models by 2028

By: Irma Venter     8th October 2021 The Hyundai Motor Group has set out its plans to popularise hydrogen by 2040 through the introduction of new technologies and mobility solutions in the transport and other industrial sectors. At its recent Hydrogen Wave global online forum, Hyundai unveiled plans that will see the electrification... 

Image of the Hyundai Trailer Drone
The Trailer Drone

Hyundai, Mini and Hino come out tops in NADA dealership survey

By: Irma Venter     8th October 2021 Hyundai and Mini walked away with top honours in the 2021 National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI) survey for passenger and light commercial vehicles, while Mitsubishi was named the most improved brand. Gold winners in this segment were Suzuki, Toyota,... 

Local EV appetite is growing, but perception problems remain – AutoTrader survey 

By: Irma Venter     6th October 2021 The newest AutoTrader South African Electric Vehicle Buyers Survey indicates that local electric vehicle (EV) appetite has grown year-on-year, says AutoTrader CEO George Mienie. AutoTrader is one of South Africa’s largest digital automotive marketplaces. 

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George Mienie

New-vehicle sales gain momentum in September, some models in short supply 

By: Irma Venter     4th October 2021 The South African new-vehicle market continued to recover some momentum in September, following the disruptions experienced in the economy during July, says WesBank. “Building on August sales successes, September sales . . . provided some reassurance for a stronger final quarter.” 

Image of parked cars

New-vehicle sales up 15.8% in September, exports tank by 57% 

By: Irma Venter     1st October 2021 The South African new-vehicle market continued its gradual recovery during September, but the knock-on effects of the July riots, as well as the subsequent cyberattack on Transnet, were still visible in vehicle exports numbers, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council. “Much will depend on... 

Image of vehicles waiting to be exported at the Durban harbour

Motus acquires FAI Automotive in the UK 

By: Irma Venter     1st October 2021 JSE-listed Automotive group Motus has acquired the entire issued share capital of FAI Automotive in the UK. The purchase consideration is based on an enterprise value of roughly R700-million, with the effective cash outflow of R550-million to be funded from available cash 

Image of Motus dealership

Bell Equipment to launch self-driving dump truck next year

By: Irma Venter     1st October 2021 Bell Equipment will launch its first autonomous articulated dump truck (ADT) on the global market next year, says Bell Equipment CEO Leon Goosen. The truck will also be available in South Africa. 

Commuter mobility platform to expand in Africa and beyond after raising R175m

By: Irma Venter     1st October 2021 Zeelo, a smart commuter mobility platform for organisations in South Africa and Europe, has raised R175-million to accelerate its expansion in Africa, the UK, the US and Europe. The funding will also aid investment in Zeelo’s software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology offering, and its continued... 

Barloworld reflects on resilient group performance

By: Schalk Burger     28th September 2021 JSE-listed equipment and services company Barloworld says the group achieved a resilient performance for the 11 months to August 31, in what remains a tough operating environment. The resilient performance was driven by a robust performance from industrial equipment, together with a substantial... 

Record 54 520 vehicles exported through Durban Car Terminal in August

By: Irma Venter     24th September 2021 Growing transshipments and improving new-vehicle exports from South Africa saw the Durban Car Terminal set a new record in August, with the facility handling 54 520 fully built units that month.  This followed the previous handling record of 51 407 fully built units, set in June this year.  

First electric truck from China’s JAC Motors starts operations in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     24th September 2021 The first electric truck from Chinese auto maker JAC Motors has started operations in South Africa. The arrival of the electric N-series truck marks the start of JAC Motors South Africa's (JMSA’s) local electric vehicle (EV) programme, says public relations manager Braam Faul. 

Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa executive management restructured

By: Irma Venter     24th September 2021 Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) has named Ziyad Gaba as customer service, parts and downstream VP, and Maretha Gerber as sales and marketing VP.  Gaba was previously at the helm of Fuso Trucks Southern Africa, while Gerber was head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks Southern Africa. 

Nedbank expands its Avo app to include end-to-end digital vehicle shopping 

By: Irma Venter     22nd September 2021 Nedbank is promising prospective car buyers a “complete end-to-end digital vehicle shopping experience, saving them vast amounts of time and energy, through the new Avo virtual vehicle-mall feature”. “While there are already quite a few websites and aggregators where people can browse vehicles,... 

Image of someone using the Nedbank Avo app

Netstar appoints new chief technology officer

By: Irma Venter     20th September 2021 Vehicle-recovery and fleet-intelligence company Netstar has appointed Clifford de Wit as its new chief technology officer. De Wit will take over from Francois Stols, who is retiring at the end of the year. 

Image of Netstar CTO Clifford de Wit
Clifford de Wit

Mercedes-Benz hands over final bus in 100-unit order from Putco 

By: Irma Venter     17th September 2021 Mercedes-Benz Buses has handed over the last unit in a 100-bus order from transport operator Putco. The delivery of this fleet was staggered into batches from December. 

Image of keys handover from Mercedes-Benz to Putco

Serco accelerates truck manufacture, repair following destruction of 100 units in July unrest

By: Irma Venter     17th September 2021 Truck and trailer building company Serco says it is fast-tracking the construction of vehicles, as well as repairs to vehicles, as it works to help the transport and food sectors return to normal in the wake of the recent unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and parts of Gauteng. Serco CEO Clint Holcroft says... 

New-vehicle supply constraints could ease towards year-end – Motus

By: Irma Venter     17th September 2021 Automotive group Motus expects new-vehicle supply, currently constrained by a global computer chip shortage, to start normalising towards the end of the year, says CEO Osman Arbee. “Yes, there are some constraints with the supply of new vehicles globally, not only in South Africa. There are... 

New initiative to empower almost 1 000 women in transport sector

By: Irma Venter     17th September 2021 A new initiative championed by the Commercial Transport Academy (CTA) will aim to empower almost 1 000 women in the transport sector. The Women Inspiring Women to Lead in Transport initiative comprises three structured programmes: CTA Excellence, Run With It and Iron Women.  

Hyundai, Mini and Hino come out tops in NADA dealership survey 

By: Irma Venter     15th September 2021 Hyundai and Mini have walked away with top honours in the 2021 National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) Dealer Satisfaction Index Survey (DSI) for passenger and light commercial vehicles, while Mitsubishi was the most improved brand. Gold winners in this segment were Suzuki, Toyota,... 

Image of a Hino dealership

Bell Equipment to launch self-driving truck in 2022 

By: Irma Venter     10th September 2021 Bell Equipment will launch its first autonomous articulated dump truck (ADT) on the global market next year, says Bell Equipment CEO Leon Goosen. The truck will also be available in South Africa. 

Image of Bell ADT trucks
The Bell ADT

Internal combustion engine car sales in permanent decline – BloombergNEF 

By: Irma Venter     3rd September 2021 There are currently 12-million passenger electric vehicles (EVs) on the road. There are also more than one-million commercial EVs, including buses, delivery vans and trucks, as well as more than 260-million electric mopeds, scooters, motorcycles and three-wheelers in traffic globally.  This is... 

New intervention aims to improve engineering skills pipeline in Eastern Cape

By: Irma Venter     3rd September 2021 An intervention launched with public technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges in the Eastern Cape is expected to aid the output of engineering training and boost the pipeline of skills required by South Africa’s automotive industry. The intervention will place mechanical... 

New-vehicle sales jump by 25% in August, exports down 16% 

By: Irma Venter     1st September 2021 New-vehicle sales in August increased by 24.6%, to 41 425 units, compared with the same month last year. Out of the total industry sales an estimated 83.6% represented dealer sales, with 12% of vehicles going to the rental industry. Around 2.5% of new vehicles were sold to industry corporate... 

Image of cars being exported from Durban harbour

New-vehicle supply constraints could ease towards the end of the year – Motus

By: Irma Venter     31st August 2021 Automotive group Motus expects new-vehicle supply, currently constrained by a global computer chip shortage, to start normalising towards the end of the year, says CEO Osman Arbee. “Yes, there are some constraints with the supply of new vehicles globally – not only in South Africa. There are... 

Image of a Motus dealership

Lockdown, recent civil unrest could stunt auto-sector green shoots – TransUnion

By: Irma Venter     27th August 2021 While the latest indicators for the second quarter (Q2) of the year suggest an uptick in the local car market, the combined effects of the lockdown measures prompted by the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic and the civil unrest witnessed in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal in July could take a heavy... 

Used-car market continues to surge, prices set to rise further

By: Irma Venter     27th August 2021 Digital motoring marketplace AutoTrader saw a 36% increase in searches for used vehicles in the second quarter of this year, compared with the same period last year. However, normalising for the Covid-19-induced lockdown in the second quarter of last year, vehicle-search growth would have been... 

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