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Truck & Bus News

Morocco biggest contender for SA auto assembly hegemony

By: Cameron Mackay     12th April 2019 Owing to lower costs, access to European markets, attractive incentives offered to industry and high investment into infrastructure, Morocco has become South Africa’s biggest challenger in the automotive manufacturing industry, says multinational professional services firm Deloitte Africa... 

Supportive policy held up as key to unlocking Africa’s auto ambitions

By: Irma Venter     12th April 2019 Policy certainty and flexible thinking will play an important role as Africa increasingly look to the automotive industry to grow its industrialisation footprint, says Thomas Schaefer, chairperson and MD at Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA), as well as chairperson of the African Association of... 

Supportive policy held up as key to unlocking Africa’s auto ambitions

Ctrack launches truck video monitoring system

By: Irma Venter     11th April 2019 Vehicle telematics and tracking services provider, Ctrack, has launched a customisable video monitoring solution for rental vehicles, light delivery vehicles, fleet vehicles, trucks, general machinery and buses. With Ctrack Iris, the number of side or back cameras used within the solution can be... 

Ctrack launches truck video monitoring system

Local telematics market has room to grow, says new Cartrack South Africa CEO 

By: Irma Venter     4th April 2019 Global telematics group Cartrack has appointed Harry Louw as the new CEO for its South African business. Louw is the former CEO of rival Netstar. 

 Local telematics market has room to grow, says new Cartrack South Africa CEO
Harry Louw

Vehicle sales decline for third month in a row in 2019

By: Irma Venter     2nd April 2019 New-vehicle sales continued their downward slide in March, declining for a third month in a row in 2019. March new-vehicle sales were down 3.1%, to 47 718 units, compared with the same month last year. 

Vehicle sales decline for third month in a row in 2019
Ghana Msibi

Capex, skills spend at supplier level a concern, notes new study 

By: Irma Venter     28th March 2019 While South African component suppliers are, on average, holding their own in the international automotive industry, there are one or two warning lights flashing that all is not 100% within the industry. This is, in short, the finding of the newest South Africa Automotive Supplier Performance... 

Capex, skills spend at supplier level a concern, notes new study

Steinhoff sells South African auto showrooms unit to France's CFAO

By: Reuters     28th March 2019 Steinhoff has sold a majority stake in its South African auto dealerships unit, it said on Thursday, days after selling its stake in a local industrial group to shore up its finances following a devastating accounting fraud. Steinhoff revealed details earlier this month of the €6.5-billion fraud... 

Bakers SA goes green as it buys 77 Euro V trucks from Daimler  

By: Irma Venter     27th March 2019 In one of its largest fleet deals concluded to date, Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) has handed over 77 Mercedes-Benz Actros trucks to Bakers South Africa (SA), an independently owned transport and logistics services company, based in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. “This is one... 

Bakers SA goes green as it buys 77 Euro V trucks from Daimler
A sample of the Bakers SA Euro V fleet

UD Trucks re-enters small truck market; launches improved Quester with AMT 

By: Irma Venter     26th March 2019 UD Trucks Southern Africa (UDTSA) has re-entered the light-duty truck sector with the launch of the new Kuzer. Once a stellar performer in this segment of the truck market, the Japanese truck maker has been without a light-duty vehicle in the South African truck market since 2015. 

 UD Trucks re-enters small truck market; launches improved Quester with AMT
Rory Schulz introduces the new Kuzer at Sun City

PE-based e-coating specialist seeks majority empowerment partner 

By: Irma Venter     15th March 2019 Port Elizabeth-based e-coating specialist, Electrocoat, wishes to sell at least 51% of the business to a black investor. Businesses that are successful in implementing major transformational changes will secure a sustained competitive advantage under the South African Automotive Masterplan 2035,... 

PE-based e-coating specialist seeks majority empowerment partner

New-vehicle exports to Africa improved by 10% in 2018 

By: Irma Venter     8th March 2019 New-vehicle exports from South Africa to the rest of Africa have improved by 9.8% in 2018 compared with 2017, “following a number of years of sharp decline”, says the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) in its newest quarterly business review. Export sales to... 

 New-vehicle exports to Africa improved by 10% in 2018

Second month of decline in domestic new-vehicle sales market 

By: Irma Venter     1st March 2019 Domestic new-vehicle sales faced a second consecutive month of decline this year, dropping by 6.5% in February, to 43 251 units, compared with the same month last year. New-vehicle sales numbers released on Friday showed that February new-passenger car sales fell by 13.3%, to 27 000 units. 

Second month of decline in domestic new-vehicle sales market

Mahindra aims for top ten spot in SA market, tractors to launch this year

By: Irma Venter     27th February 2019 Mahindra South Africa (SA) aims to sell more than 6 000 units this year, which will be a significant jump from last year’s new record of more than 5 500 units – a 26% increase on 2017 sales. “We aim for more than 10 000 units by 2022, says Mahindra SA CEO Rajesh Gupta. 

Mahindra aims for top ten spot in SA market, tractors to launch this year
Rajesh Gupta

Naamsa appoints Mika Mabasa as new executive director

By: Irma Venter     26th February 2019 Mike Mabasa is set to take over as new executive director at the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) at the end of March.   He will succeed Nico Vermeulen, who will be retiring after 37 years of service. 

Naamsa appoints Mika Mabasa as new executive director
Nico Vermeulen

Ford South Africa achieves new export and production records

By: Irma Venter     26th February 2019  Ranger exports from Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa’s (FMCSA’s) Silverton plant reached an all-time high in 2018, with the company shipping 68 364 units to export markets. This is a 16.2% increase compared with 2017. 

Ford South Africa achieves new export and production records
The Silverton plant

Hyundai opens assembly plant in Ethiopia

By: Reuters     22nd February 2019 South Korea's Hyundai Motor Co opened a 10 000-a-year vehicle capacity assembly plant in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Thursday, its first factory in East Africa. While second-hand vehicles dominate sales in the Horn of Africa country, Hyundai hopes locally-assembled cars could prove... 

South African new-vehicle market to decline by 0.4% in 2019, says Toyota

By: Irma Venter     20th February 2019 South Africa’s new-vehicle market should reach roughly 550 000 units this year, 0.4% down from last year’s 552 226 units, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) president and CEO Andrew Kirby. He says TSAM expects the first half of 2019 to be tough, especially with elections looming in May. 

South African new-vehicle market to decline by 0.4% in 2019, says Toyota

Daimler Trucks upbeat on 2019 prospects, new Arocs expands range

By: Irma Venter     15th February 2019 Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) CEO Jasper Hafkamp is confident that the momentum seen in the second half of 2018 in terms of new-truck sales in the local market will continue into 2019. The first half of 2018 was “very bad”, but the outlook improved significantly as the year... 

Daimler Trucks upbeat on 2019 prospects, new Arocs expands range
The Arocs distribution range

Isuzu consolidates truck and bakkie manufacturing plants

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th February 2019 Isuzu Motors South Africa has consolidated its truck and bakkie manufacturing plant – relocating its truck production facilities from Kempston Road, in Port Elizabeth, to its new headquarters in Struandale, Port Elizabeth, where all truck and bakkie manufacturing will now take place. The... 

Lance Schultz appointed as Gauteng AIDC CEO

By: Irma Venter     8th February 2019 The Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) in Gauteng has appointed Lance Schultz as its new CEO. He joins the AIDC after a near four-year tenure as CEO of the Centurion Aerospace Village. 

Lance Schultz appointed as Gauteng AIDC CEO
Lance Schultz

Collaboration to ensure better understanding of emission standards

8th February 2019 Oils and lubricants company Shell collaborates with a number of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) transport operators to understand the future vision of emission standards set by the manufacturers and various legislation, as well as taking into consideration the challenges that transport... 

Collaboration to ensure better understanding of emission standards
FUEL ECONOMY The field trials showed that lubricant selection had a significant impact on fuel economy in real-world driving conditions.

OneLogix to broaden logistics footprint in R280m Umlaas project

By: Irma Venter     7th February 2019 Niche logistics provider OneLogix aims to more than double the size of its automotive logistics site at Umlaas, in KwaZulu-Natal, in a project that is named ‘Umlaas 3’. OneLogix CEO Ian Lourens said on Thursday in Johannesburg that the R280-million development, next to the N3 highway, will add... 

OneLogix to broaden logistics footprint in R280m Umlaas project
The Umlaas hub

New investor for Cape Town Cobra maker; electric car on the table

By: Irma Venter     4th February 2019 Les Hayden’s Cobra replica assembly line in Cape Town is up and running again, following a change in ownership.   Automotive Investment Holdings (AIH) in 2017 initiated a project to modernise the Hayden Cobra, but sold its interest in the venture after a decision to return to its core business of... 

New investor for Cape Town Cobra maker; electric car on the table
The Hayden Cobra

2019 kicks off with 7.4% decline in new-vehicle sales 

By: Irma Venter     1st February 2019 New-vehicle sales in the domestic market declined by 7.4% in the first month of the year, to 42 374 units, compared with January last year. Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry on Friday showed that January new-passenger car sales dropped by 10.8%, to 29 040 units. 

2019 kicks off with 7.4% decline in new-vehicle sales

‘Scale’ matters in South Africa’s logistics game

1st February 2019 Scale matters to competitive advantage and doing more with less through technology, consolidation and networking enables South Africa-based and -managed freight solutions provider Bidvest Panalpina Logistics’ (BPL’s) larger service offering at a lower unit cost. The concept of scale – the average... 

New-look APDP could change face of the local auto industry, says Naacam

By: Irma Venter     1st February 2019 Cabinet in November approved a new automotive support programme for the domestic automotive industry. The revised Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) will replace the current APDP in 2021, and will run to 2035. National Association of Automotive Component and Allied... 

New-look APDP could change face of the local auto industry, says Naacam

Hino SA expects truck market to remain flat, aims to set up dedicated EHCV dept

By: Irma Venter     30th January 2019 The South African new-truck market grew by 4.6%, to 27 492 units, in 2018 compared with 2017, says Hino South Africa (SA) VP Ernie Trautmann. Within this market, medium commercial vehicle (MCV) sales increased by 0.3%, to 7 913 units, with heavy commercial vehicle (HCV) sales expanding by 1.7%,... 

 Hino SA expects truck market to remain flat, aims to set up dedicated EHCV dept

Volkswagen signs agreement with Ethiopia to develop auto industry

By: Irma Venter     29th January 2019 Volkswagen has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the government of Ethiopia to deliver a joint vision for the development of an automotive industry in the East African country. The MoU was signed by Volkswagen sub-Saharan Africa region head Thomas Schaefer and Ethiopian Investment... 

Volkswagen signs agreement with Ethiopia to develop auto industry
Thomas Schaefer signs the memorandum of understanding with Abebe Abebayehu. With them are German federal republic president Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Ethiopian minister for finance and economic cooperation Ahmed Shide

WesBank expects 1.5% dip in new-car sales, heavy truck market to drop by 4.4%  

By: Irma Venter     28th January 2019 A slump in the global economy, as well as a local economy offering “little in the way of economic stimulation”,  should result in a 1% decline in new-vehicle sales in South Africa in 2019, says vehicle finance group WesBank. “It is quite comforting to know that we were very close with our 2018... 

 WesBank expects 1.5% dip in new-car sales, heavy truck market to drop by 4.4%

Ctrack launches small tracking devices for use on containers, packages, bikes

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2019 Vehicle tracking and telematics provider, Ctrack, has launched its BX500 and BX600 range of wireless, ultra-compact GPS tracking devices. The company says these devices are ideal for use in cars, trucks and motorbikes, such as delivery bikes, quads, golf carts, delivery vans and generators. 

Ctrack launches small tracking devices for use on containers, packages, bikes

Hilux sales top 40 000 units, Suzuki, Bentley fly, Merc takes a knock 

By: Irma Venter     9th January 2019 The Toyota Hilux is yet again South Africa’s favourite vehicle, selling a whopping 40 018 units in 2018. This is up 10% on 2017 sales, at 36 422 units. 

Hilux sales top 40 000 units, Suzuki, Bentley fly, Merc takes a knock

New-vehicle sales decline by 1% in 2018, exports at record high 

By: Irma Venter     8th January 2019 South African new-vehicle sales yet again retreated into negative territory in 2018, declining by 1%, to 552 190 units, down from the 557 703 units sold in 2017. The new-vehicle market in 2017 lifted its head by 1.9%, after spending the previous three years in the red. 

New-vehicle sales decline by 1% in 2018, exports at record high

Daimler offers self-driving big rigs as Tesla plots truck debut

By: Bloomberg     8th January 2019 Daimler will start selling a heavy-duty truck in the U.S. this year that’sle to brake, accelerate and steer at all speeds on its own. This will coincide with the planned launch of electric-car leader Tesla’s Semi truck, which will stoke competition at a time when demand in North America is... 

Electric trucking no silver bullet, but pace of development picking up

By: Irma Venter     14th December 2018 Perusing the floor of the 67th IAA commercial vehicle fair, held in Hannover, Germany, in September, it was clear that the electric truck (ET) is not just a passing fancy. Yes, the so-called electric revolution may not happen in the next year, and not yet for long-distance, heavy-duty deliveries,... 

Electric trucking no silver bullet, but pace of development picking up

Cornubia bridge opened to traffic

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     14th December 2018 The new Cornubia bridge that crosses over the N2 to uMhlanga, in KwaZulu-Natal, has been partially opened to traffic, says construction design and engineering services provider Royal HaskoningDHV project engineer Brian Downie. The project was a joint venture in which Royal HaskoningDHV designed... 

Cornubia bridge opened to traffic
ONE STRUCTURE The Cornubia bridge forms one structure, carrying six mixed-use traffic lanes as well as pedestrian sidewalks and two bus lanes

E-hailing goods service Droppa to expand to WCape, KZN next year 

By: Irma Venter     10th December 2018 It’s like Uber, but for goods, not people. New e-hailing service Droppa allows you to book a small bakkie or truck to pick up and deliver that fridge that needs moving, or those chairs required at a wedding, or to take home that dinner table you just bought. Droppa is the brainchild of... 

E-hailing goods service Droppa to expand to WCape, KZN next year
Photo by Dylan Slater
Khathu Mufamadi

Car, bakkie sales in the red in November, truck and export sales up 

By: Irma Venter     3rd December 2018 New-vehicle sales in November declined by 4.6%, to 47 486 units, compared with the same month last year. The newest sales numbers, released on Monday, indicated that November new-passenger car sales decreased by 5.4%, to reach 31 054 units. 

Car, bakkie sales in the red in November, truck and export sales up
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