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Truck & Bus News

Strong used-car, aftermarket sales see Motus bounce back 

By: Irma Venter     Updated 7 hours ago A buoyant used-car market and strong aftermarket parts sales have helped mobility group Motus bounce back from the significant decline the group experienced owing to the Covid-19 pandemic in the last half of the previous financial year. Reporting on the company’s results for the first six months... 

Local advancement of electric vehicles must be accelerated, says Naamsa

By: Irma Venter     22nd February 2021 Electric vehicle (EV) sales are forecast to exceed internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle sales by 2038, with sales in the European Union (EU) projected to comprise 40% EVs by 2030, and 80% by 2040, says the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) in its fourth... 

Local advancement of electric vehicles must be accelerated, says Naamsa

WeBuyCars kicks off the new year with record trading month 

By: Irma Venter     19th February 2021 WeBuyCars kicked off the new year with record trading numbers, with January sales up 10% on the same period last year, says CEO Faan van der Walt. The used-car trader says there has been a strong recovery in domestic used-vehicle sales, despite the prevailing economic climate, as can be seen by... 

WeBuyCars kicks off the new year with record trading month

Volvo Trucks launches four new ranges in local market 

By: Irma Venter     19th February 2021 Volvo Trucks South Africa has introduced four new truck ranges to the local market, with a strong focus on the driver environment, safety and productivity.   The launch of the four new-generation extra-heavy commercial trucks - the Volvo FH, FH16, FM and FMX - is the biggest in the company’s... 

Volvo Trucks launches four new ranges in local market

Naacam optimistic positive momentum seen at end of ‘tough 2020’ will be sustained this year

By: Irma Venter     19th February 2021 The South African component manufacturing sector had a tough 2020, says National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) executive director Renai Moothilal. There is, however, hope that some of the positive momentum seen at the end of last year will be sustained in... 

Toyota projecting 21% new-vehicle sales increase this year

By: Irma Venter     19th February 2021 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) believes the domestic new-vehicle market may grow by 21% this year, to about 460 000 units, following a decline of 29% in 2020. TSAM president and CEO Andrew Kirby says the recovery seen in the latter half of a Covid-19-hit 2020 bodes well for an increase in... 

Afreximbank, AAAM sign MoU on Africa auto industry financing 

By: Irma Venter     18th February 2021 The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the financing and promotion of the automotive industry in Africa. “The strategic partnership with AAAM will facilitate the... 

Afreximbank, AAAM sign MoU on Africa auto industry financing

New-vehicle sales to recover, but market fundamentals not healthy, says WesBank

By: Irma Venter     16th February 2021 New-vehicle sales will show double-digit growth this year off last year’s unforeseen low base, but will also continue to show a decline in real economic terms, says vehicle and asset finance provider WesBank. WesBank CEO Chris de Kock says two considerations need to be taken into account when... 

New-vehicle sales to recover, but market fundamentals not healthy, says WesBank
Chris de Kock

Daimler to split into two; majority listing of Daimler Truck on the cards 

By: Irma Venter     15th February 2021 German vehicle manufacturer Daimler says it plans a fundamental change in its structure, “designed to unlock the full potential of its businesses in a zero-emissions, software-driven future”.  The supervisory board and the board of management of Daimler says they have agreed to evaluate a... 

Daimler to split into two; majority listing of Daimler Truck on the cards 

South African car market faces challenging 2021, says TransUnion 

By: Irma Venter     12th February 2021 The South African automotive industry faces a challenging 2021, with new-vehicle prices continuing to climb well above the inflation rate in a market already severely constrained by the financial effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.  This is according to the latest TransUnion South Africa Vehicle... 

South African car market faces challenging 2021, says TransUnion

Stop AARTO now, says the Road Freight Association 

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2021 The Road Freight Association (RFA) says it is “shocked and deeply concerned” about the suspension of Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA) CEO Japh Chuwe, amidst allegations of maladministration. “This has a severe impact on the implementation of the highly controversial Administrative... 

Stop AARTO now, says the Road Freight Association
Gavin Kelly

Buying or servicing a car? Things are about to change, says AutoTrader

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2021 There are significant changes on the horizon for the local automotive industry, and they will affect every South African seeking to buy, repair or service a car, says AutoTrader. The changes, effective July 1, are owing to a series of guidelines published by the Competition Commission last year,... 

UD Trucks sees L-shaped recovery in market, no news yet on Isuzu tie-up 

By: Irma Venter     5th February 2021 The South African new-truck market should see an L-shaped recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, says UD Trucks Southern Africa (UDTSA) marketing and sales director Rory Schulz. The 2020 combined medium, heavy and extra-heavy truck and bus market reached 22 736 units in 2020, down 19% from the 28... 

UD Trucks sees L-shaped recovery in market, no news yet on Isuzu tie-up
The new Croner LKE 210 freight carrier

Motus sharpening aim at used-car market with Motus Select

By: Irma Venter     5th February 2021 The JSE-listed Motus group has kicked off the year with the launch of Motus Select, which replaces the long-standing Imperial Select as the retail motor group’s pre-owned vehicle brand. Traditionally Motus Select was the used-car brand for only the Motus Hyundai, Kia and Renault multifranchise... 

Barloworld restructures Motor Retail business in R947m deal

By: Irma Venter     5th February 2021 Barloworld has entered into an agreement with NMI Durban South Motors (NMI-DSM) to dispose of its Motor Retail business as a going concern for R947-million. NMI-DSM is a joint venture in which Barloworld and the Akoo family hold a 50% interest each.  

Despite Covid-19 hazard, auto industry hopeful of 2021 sales recovery

By: Irma Venter     5th February 2021 This year should see the South African automotive industry claw back some of the losses experienced in 2020, despite the second wave of Covid-19 raging across the globe.  Market commentators believe the 2021 South African new-car market should improve on last year, and that the used-car market... 

Despite Covid-19 hazard, auto industry hopeful of 2021 sales recovery

Naacam hopes momentum seen at the end of 2020 carries through to the new year 

By: Irma Venter     4th February 2021 The South African component manufacturing sector had a tough 2020, says National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) executive director Renai Moothilal. There is, however, hope that some of the positive momentum seen at the end of last year can be sustained in... 

Naacam hopes momentum seen at the end of 2020 carries through to the new year
Renai Moothilal

New-vehicle sales drop by 14%; three years to recover from Covid-19, says Naamsa 

By: Irma Venter     1st February 2021 New-vehicle sales fell by 13.9% in January, to 34 784 units, compared with the same month last year. An estimated 28 716 units, or 82.6%, were dealer sales, with 11.4% going to the vehicle rental industry, 3.5% to government, and 2.5% of total sales to industry corporate fleets. 

New-vehicle sales drop by 14%; three years to recover from Covid-19, says Naamsa

Nada calls on government to reduce vehicle taxes  

By: Irma Venter     1st February 2021 The automotive industry needs a “significant financial stimulus package” from government to allow it to accelerate its recovery, says National Automobile Dealers’ Association (Nada) chairperson Mark Dommisse. “The most effective way to increase sales will be to make new vehicles more affordable... 

Nada calls on government to reduce vehicle taxes

Toyota expects 2021 new-vehicle market to grow by 21%   

By: Irma Venter     29th January 2021 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) believes the domestic new-vehicle market may grow by 21% this year, to around 460 000 units, following a decline of 29% in 2020. TSAM president and CEO Andrew Kirby says the recovery seen in the latter half of a Covid-19-hit 2020 bodes well for an increase in... 

Toyota expects 2021 new-vehicle market to grow by 21% 
TSAM president and CEO Andrew Kirby discusses the new Corolla Cross that will be produced at the Durban plant from the end of the year.

Electric truck refrigeration manufacturer eyeing global market

By: Irma Venter     29th January 2021 South Africa’s Maxwell and Spark is ready to go global, says CEO Dr Clinton Bemont. Maxwell and Spark is a Durban-based lithium-ion (li-ion) battery and systems manufacturer, responsible for producing the world’s first li-ion  truck refrigeration unit – called the Fridge.Li. 

Toyota’s Kirby elected as new Naamsa president

By: Irma Venter     29th January 2021 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) has elected as Toyota South Africa Motors CEO Andrew Kirby as president following the retirement of BMW Group South Africa boss Tim Abbott at the end of last year. Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa MD Neale Hill... 

German automotive industry strengthens links with Africa

By: Irma Venter     29th January 2021 The German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) has joined hands with the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) as part of the ‘PartnerAfrica’ project of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.  The AAAM is an automotive association with a... 

Global coalition formed to drive net-zero shift in hard-to-decarbonise transport and industrial sectors 

By: Terence Creamer     27th January 2021 A new global partnership has been formally launched in an effort to accelerate the decarbonisation of seven heavy industrial and transport sectors that together represent 30% of global greenhouse-gas emissions and where carbon-abatement pathways have yet to be defined. Known as the ‘Mission... 

Global coalition formed to drive net-zero shift in hard-to-decarbonise transport and industrial sectors

Kia unveils new corporate name, strategy 

By: Irma Venter     25th January 2021 Kia has revealed a strategy it says will see the Korean car maker reach beyond vehicle manufacturing to “sustainable mobility solutions”. Signalling this break-away from its traditional manufacturing-driven business model, Kia has also announced a new corporate name and slogan. 

Kia unveils new corporate name, strategy 
Kia CEO Ho Sung Song

Electric truck refrigeration manufacturer looks to global market 

By: Irma Venter     25th January 2021 South Africa’s Maxwell and Spark is ready to go global, says CEO Dr Clinton Bemont. Maxwell and Spark is a Durban-based lithium-ion (li-ion) battery and systems manufacturer, responsible for producing the world’s first li-ion  truck refrigeration unit ­– called the Fridge.Li. 

Electric truck refrigeration manufacturer looks to global market

Barloworld restructures its Motor Retail business in R947m deal 

By: Irma Venter     22nd January 2021 Barloworld has entered into an agreement with NMI Durban South Motors (NMI-DSM) to dispose of its Motor Retail business as a going concern for R947-million. NMI-DSM is a joint venture of the Barloworld group, in which Barloworld holds a 50% interest alongside the Akoo family.  

Barloworld restructures its Motor Retail business in R947m deal

Green energy a macroeconomic imperative, says VW’s Kamuhinda

By: Irma Venter     22nd January 2021 Green technology, electric cars included, are coming to Africa not just because of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, but because Africa has a problem of energy supply, says Volkswagen Africa business development director Serge Kamuhinda. “For a country like Rwanda, fuel imports account for 12%... 

New-vehicle sales down 29.1% in ‘extraordinary year’ – Naamsa

By: Irma Venter     22nd January 2021 An “extraordinary year” that brought “unprecedented challenges” to South Africa’s economy has seen new-vehicle sales decline by 29.1%, says the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa). This follows a 2.8% drop in sales in 2019. 

Volvo Group and Daimler Truck sign agreement for new fuel cell JV

By: Irma Venter     22nd January 2021 The Volvo Group and Daimler Truck have signed a binding agreement for a joint venture (JV) to develop, produce and commercialise fuel cell systems for use in heavy-duty trucks as the primary focus, as well as other applications.  Both partners say they hope to make the new company a leading... 

Company facilitates workshops, audits for road compliance

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd January 2021 Local auditing company JC Auditors has played an integral supporting role in the efforts of the Road Transport Management System’s (RTMS’) National Steering Committee by conducting audits and hosting RTMS workshops, having hosted the first RTMS workshop in 2003.   RTMS is an industry-led and... 

Company facilitates workshops, audits  for road compliance
VITAL FIRST INSPECTIONS JC Auditors were able to conduct on site truck inspections with the onset of Covid-19 Level 3 restrictions last year

Motus sharpens aim at used-car market with launch of Motus Select

By: Irma Venter     21st January 2021 The JSE-listed Motus group has kicked off the year with the launch of Motus Select, which replaces the long-standing Imperial Select as the retail motor group’s pre-owned vehicle brand. Traditionally Motus Select was the used-car brand for only the Motus Hyundai, Kia and Renault multifranchise... 

Motus sharpens aim at used-car market with launch of Motus Select

Study points to ‘cutting-edge’ South African firms in lithium-ion value chain  

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2021 A study into the possible development of a lithium-ion (li-ion) battery value chain in South Africa has just been completed. The study was undertaken by Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS), on behalf of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC). It was funded by the... 

Volvo Trucks to test LNG trucks for possible South African debut 

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2021 Volvo Trucks Southern Africa has brought two liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks to South Africa to test their performance under local conditions.  The trucks have specifically been developed for heavy regional and long-haul operations. 

Motus launches its own digital vehicle marketplace

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2021 The JSE-listed Motus group has launched its own digital vehicle marketplace, called motus.cars. This platform ties together all the Motus business entities in one digital location, with the aim to provide a simplified online shopping experience.  

AIDC EC appoints new CEO

By: Irma Venter     14th January 2021 The Automotive Industry Development Centre Eastern Cape (AIDC EC) has appointed a new CEO. Thabo Shenxane joins the AIDC EC from his position as trade, investment and innovation head at the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC).  

AIDC EC appoints new CEO
Thabo Shenxane 

Live Company and Messe Frankfurt SA partner for Cape Town eMobility Festival  

By: Irma Venter     14th January 2021 Live Company Group has announced that it has, via E-Movement Holdings, a 100% subsidiary of Live Company Group, partnered with Messe Frankfurt South Africa for the launch of the eMobility Festival 2021. The eMobility Festival will focus on electric vehicles of all kinds, the future of e-mobility... 

Live Company and Messe Frankfurt SA partner for Cape Town eMobility Festival 
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