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Truck & Bus News

Internal combustion engine car sales in permanent decline – BloombergNEF  

By: Irma Venter     23rd July 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, and more than 260-million electric mopeds, scooters, motorcycles and three-wheelers in traffic globally.  This is according... 

AutoTrader report shows new online search record, jump in used-car pricing

By: Irma Venter     23rd July 2021 The 2021 AutoTrader Mid-year Industry Report reveals that online vehicle searches on AutoTrader have reached a new record. Covering the period from January 1 to June 30, 2021, the report notes a new record of more than 319-million online vehicle searches, representing 44% growth year-on-year. 

An image of AutoTrader SA CEO George Mienie
AutoTrader CEO George Mienie

FAW trucks keeping up with market trends

23rd July 2021 FAW Trucks places a high premium on R&D in order to not only maintain its leadership in the Chinese market, but also to ensure that it keeps up with the rapid advances being made in technology. Its R&D facility is based at the FAW Trucks manufacturing facility in Qingdao, China. 

Payment24 launches cardless fuel-payment solution

By: Irma Venter     23rd July 2021 Fuel management and payment solutions specialist Payment24 has launched FastLane, bringing contactless, cardless and secure fuel payments to the market. FastLane is described as ‘biometrics for the vehicle’. Payment24 says the system instantly identifies any vehicle enrolled in the system as it... 

FlexClub CEO makes case for vehicle subscription over ownership

By: Irma Venter     23rd July 2021 Imagine not buying a car. Imagine buying the use of a car for a minimum of a month, all costs included, and then simply changing that car through logging on to a website and having a new car delivered to your doorstep within a week. Imagine moving from a nippy Kia Picanto in Cape Town’s narrow... 

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Three clients saw 30 000 deliveries cancelled, delayed due to looting – Netstar 

By: Irma Venter     22nd July 2021 Data released by telematics company Netstar has revealed the massive impact the widespread protests and looting seen earlier this month have had on the trucking industry’s ability to deliver goods to market. Netstar says three of its major clients lost more than 613 000 km in delivery miles in... 

Netstart graphic about impact of July 2021 looting on SA truckers

Dunlop tyre maker suffers R90m loss from looting; hotline set up to report stolen tyres 

By: Irma Venter     20th July 2021 Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA), manufacturer of the Dunlop tyre brand, has warned consumers that goods stolen at its KwaZulu-Natal warehouse are currently being advertised for sale on social media and online classifieds sites. SRSA says that its Durban Westville warehouse was invaded and... 

Image of SRSA CEO Lubin Ozoux
SRSA CEO Lubin Ozoux

Toyota says govt has 'gone a long way' in easing its fears about KZN future 

By: Irma Venter     19th July 2021 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has confirmed the authenticity of a letter from its head office in Japan to the Durban mayor, Mxolisi Kaunda, dated July 15, requesting that local government set out its proposed measures to stop the widespread looting seen in KwaZulu-Natal last week, as well as... 

An image of the Toyota plant in Durban

JAC Motors South Africa’s first electric truck starts operations 

By: Irma Venter     16th July 2021 The first electric truck from Chinese auto maker JAC Motors has started operations in South Africa. This 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. 

A photo of the N55 EV
The N55 EV

SA logistics sector bleeding R100m-plus a day, supply chains must be restored  

By: Irma Venter     16th July 2021 South Africa’s logistics sector will “undoubtedly” see the closure of some logistics businesses owing to the unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and parts of Gauteng, says South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) chairperson and Savino Del Bene South Africa director Dr Juanita Maree. “Some... 

An image of the Durban container terminal
The Durban container terminal

Used-car availability, pricing may start improving early next year – InspectaCar

By: Irma Venter     16th July 2021 The availability of used-car stock may start improving in the next six months-plus, as rental companies defleet and consumers increasingly return to the new-car market, trading in their current vehicles, says InspectaCar CEO Pertunia Sibanyoni. Rental companies started to acquire new stock again... 

New-vehicle sales up 20% year-on-year in June

By: Irma Venter     16th July 2021 New-vehicle sales increased by 20.2% in June, to 38 030 units, compared with the same month last year. According to Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council, an estimated 32 847 units of this number, or 86.3%, were dealer sales, with 7.6% going to the vehicle rental industry, 2.2% to government... 

Continental body to accelerate auto subsector agreements under AfCFTA

By: Irma Venter     16th July 2021 The African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) plans to fast-track the development of bilateral automotive subsector agreements between a core group of countries under the larger African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement.  This will be done with the support of the AfCFTA... 

Imperial halts operations in KZN, parts of Gauteng, fends off vandals at warehouses 

By: Irma Venter     14th July 2021 Imperial has halted operations in high-risk areas in South Africa, including KwaZulu-Natal and certain parts of Gauteng, following wide-spread looting, says corporate affairs and investor relations executive VP Esha Mansingh. This was done to “ensure the safety of our drivers and employees, and... 

An image of an Imperial Logistics cold storage warehouse

Toyota suspends production at Durban plant, exports also halted 

By: Irma Venter     14th July 2021 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has suspended production at its Prospecton plant, in Durban, as well as business operations at some of its dealerships in KwaZulu-Natal, as widespread looting and rioting continue in KwaZulu-Natal. Exports from the plant have also been halted. 

Image of Hiace production at the Toyota Prospecton plant in Durban
Hiace production at the Toyota Prospecton plant in Durban

Toyota launches 23-seater bus in local market 

By: Irma Venter     13th July 2021 Toyota has introduced a new medium-sized people-mover to the South African bus and taxi market. The local arm of the Japanese auto maker says the 23-seater Coaster fills the gap in the line-up left between the long-wheel-base Quantum (16-seater) and the Hino 300-based bus conversion, providing... 

Toyota's new Coaster bus
Toyota's new Coaster bus

South Africa has lost its status as gateway to Africa as trucks burn – RFA 

By: Irma Venter     12th July 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa must ensure that the violent scenes currently playing out on South African highways end, says Road Freight Association (RFA) CEO Gavin Kelly. He urges Ramaphosa to see to it “that those that are responsible are held accountable, that the rule of law is shown to be firmly... 

Truck burnt by looters, protestors in unrest around the imprisonment of former SA president Jacob Zuma in July

Hyperloop Transport Technologies, Hamburg port terminal operator unveil hyperloop container solution 

By: Irma Venter     9th July 2021 Hyperloop Transport Technologies (HyperloopTT) has revealed HyperPort, a high-speed cargo and freight solution which it says it “capable of increasing capacity and efficiency while decreasing pollution and congestion at ports worldwide”.  Developed in partnership with terminal operator Hamburger... 

An image of the proposed hyperloop container transport system at the Hamburg port
The proposed hyperloop container transport system at the Hamburg port

Macroeconomic study, sectoral roadmaps needed before transition to e-mobility

By: Irma Venter     9th July 2021 Government’s efforts to promote the production and use of new-energy vehicles (NEVs) in South Africa must include a macroeconomic impact study, as well as sectoral roadmaps detailing how and when electromobility should be achieved. This is according to Intelligent Transport Society South Africa... 

Leg up for women truck owner-drivers

By: Irma Venter     9th July 2021 Building materials company Lafarge South Africa and Volvo Trucks South Africa have joined forces with other stakeholders to launch the AccelerateHer initiative, aimed at speeding up the development of women-owned truck operations in the country. Ten women from KwaZulu-Natal will be selected for... 

Harmonisation of African automotive standards ‘progressing well’

By: Irma Venter     9th July 2021 The project to harmonise standards across the automotive sector in Africa is progressing well, reports the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM). The AAAM says the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) is continuing its support for the African Organisation for Standardisation... 

UAE’s DP World makes R12.7-billion offer to acquire Imperial 

By: Irma Venter     8th July 2021 Global infrastructure-led supply chain solutions provider Dubai Ports World (DP World) has made a R12.7-billion offer to acquire 100% of Imperial, the JSE-listed logistics and market access specialist. The United Arab Emirates-based group is offering R66 a share (cash) to acquire all outstanding... 

Image of an Imperial Logistics warehouse

Tracker launches new addition to fleet management system

By: Irma Venter     5th July 2021 Tracker has introduced a new addition to its fleet management system, Tracker Dashboards & Analytics.  The dashboards provide “a holistic, real-time overview of fleet performance, categorised in terms of key performance indices, safety, utilisation, behaviour and trips”, says the company. 

Merc Trucks launches electric Actros; etrucks also planned for SA 

By: Irma Venter     5th July 2021 Mercedes-Benz Trucks will start series production of its first battery-electric truck in Germany in October. The electric Actros (eActros) is destined for urban heavy-duty distribution haulage markets. 

Merc Trucks launches electric Actros; etrucks also planned for SA

Naspers invests R42m in WhereIsMyTransport

By: Irma Venter     2nd July 2021 Naspers has announced a R42-million investment in Cape Town-based WhereIsMyTransport. The investment is part of a R201-million funding round led by Naspers Foundry, Cathay AfricInvest Innovation Fund and SBI Investment.  

Demand for platinum and palladium in auto sector set to rise as regulations tighten

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd July 2021 Platinum demand from the automotive sector is expected to be 25% up on 2020, reaching almost three-million ounces this year, World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) research director Trevor Raymond says, partly attributing the projected increase to the Euro 6d and China 6a emissions regulations... 

Demand for platinum and palladium in auto sector set to rise as regulations tighten

Port delays, slow vaccine rollout threatening to dent consumption – Naamsa 

By: Irma Venter     1st July 2021 New-vehicle sales increased by 20.2% in June, to 38 030 units, compared with the same month last year. According to Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council, an estimated 32 847 units of this number, or 86.3%, were dealer sales, with 7.6% going to the vehicle rental industry, 2.2% to government... 

Port delays, slow vaccine rollout threatening to dent consumption – Naamsa

AAAM aims to fast-track auto sector agreement under the AfCFTA 

By: Irma Venter     29th June 2021 The African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) plans to fast-track the development of bilateral automotive subsector agreements between a core group of countries under the larger AfCFTA agreement.  This will be done with the support of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)... 

Dave Coffey
Dave Coffey

Toyota’s Van Zyl warns of ramifications of EU’s Green Deal on South African exports

By: Irma Venter     25th June 2021 Europe’s Green Deal is not just a vision or idea, but a well-funded policy that is being implemented, and that is set to have a wide-ranging impact on South African exports, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) executive chairperson Dr Johan van Zyl. Van Zyl stepped down as Toyota Motors Europe... 

uYilo Kick Start Fund opens for 2021 applications

By: Irma Venter     25th June 2021 The uYilo Kick Start Fund has opened for applications for 2021, with successful companies or entrepreneurs to receive up to R1-million in grant funding, aimed at assisting promising e-mobility projects to reach commercialisation. The uYilo eMobility Programme first provided Kick Start funding to... 

Macro-economic study, sectoral road maps required for SA’s NEV transition 

By: Irma Venter     22nd June 2021 Government’s efforts to advance the use and production of new-energy vehicles (NEVs) in South Africa must include a macro-economic impact study, as well as sectoral road maps detailing how and when electro-mobility should be achieved. This is according to Intelligent Transport Society South... 

Macro-economic study, sectoral road maps required for SA’s NEV transition

Payment24 introduces vehicle biometrics to fast-track refuelling ­– pay by car not by card 

By: Irma Venter     18th June 2021 Fuel management and payment solutions specialist Payment24 has launched FastLane, bringing contactless, cardless and secure fuel payments to the market. FastLane is described as ‘biometrics for the vehicle’. Payment24 says the system instantly identifies any vehicle enrolled in the system as it... 

Nolan Daniel and Shadab Rahil
Nolan Daniel and Shadab Rahil

Dealers’ body warns of warranty pitfalls as new aftermarket guidelines take effect

By: Irma Venter     18th June 2021 Consumers have to be aware that taking their vehicle to an independent service provider (ISP) while it is still under warranty may result in some segments of that warranty being voided, should the work, or the part fitted, not be up to standard, cautions National Automobile Dealers’ Association... 

Hino SA upgrades its 300-Series truck range

By: Irma Venter     18th June 2021 Hino South Africa (SA) has upgraded its 300-Series medium truck range, while adding some new features and realigning the model mix. The range now offers 13 derivatives, with a body and payload capability of between 3 390 kg and 5 950 kg, basically covering the 2.5 t, 3 t and 4 t markets. 

New-vehicle sales outpacing forecasts, says association

By: Irma Venter     18th June 2021 New-vehicle sales are continuing to outpace forecasts as the South African automotive industry recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic, says the National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA).  According to Naamsa | the Automotive Business Council, 38 337 new vehicles were sold in the domestic... 

Volkswagen seeks partners for battery materials race

By: Reuters     16th June 2021 Volkswagen is in talks with suppliers to secure direct access to raw materials for electric vehicle (EV) batteries via partnerships, one of its board members told Reuters on Tuesday. The world's second biggest carmaker is trying to exert more control over key components in its supply chain such... 

Volkswagen seeks partners for battery materials race

Lafarge SA, Volvo Trucks SA launch initiative to establish women-owned truck operations

By: Irma Venter     11th June 2021 Building materials company Lafarge South Africa and Volvo Trucks South Africa have joined forces with other stakeholders to launch the AccelerateHer initiative, aimed at speeding up the development of women-owned truck operations in the country. Ten women from KwaZulu-Natal will be selected for... 

Lafarge SA, Volvo Trucks SA launch initiative to establish women-owned truck operations
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