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Truck & Bus News

Automechanika postponed to next year

By: Irma Venter     7th May 2021 The sub-Saharan Africa trade fair for the automotive service industry is set to return to the Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec, from March 15 to 18, 2022. Automechanika Johannesburg is co-located with the Futuroad Expo, which is aimed at the truck, bus and commercial vehicle industry, as well as... 

Isuzu Motors SA funds cherry picker localisation

By: Irma Venter     7th May 2021 Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSAf) has issued an enterprise development grant of close to R500 000 for the localisation of an extended reach aerial platform, also known as a cherry picker in South Africa. The SLT 180 telescopic aerial platform will be developed and manufactured locally by Isuzu... 

Fleet management system to be installed on all Hino trucks

By: Irma Venter     7th May 2021 Full fleet management system Hino-Connect will from now on be installed as standard on the entire range of trucks offered by Hino South Africa (SA), including the Dyna, 300, 500 and 700 models. The project is a joint venture with mobility solutions provider Cartrack. 

2021 market to be determined by stock availability – Toyota, Hino 

By: Irma Venter     6th May 2021 The size of the South African new-vehicle market will be determined by the availability of stock this year, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) sales and marketing senior VP Leon Theron. “It’s a weird, weird year. The market is quite difficult to call. 

2021 market to be determined by stock availability – Toyota, Hino
The new Hino 300

SA’s Supreme Spring and Ghana’s Springs and Bolts sign MoU 

By: Irma Venter     6th May 2021 The African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) has welcomed the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Supreme Spring, a subsidiary of JSE-listed group Metair, and Springs and Bolts, based in Ghana. Supreme Spring MD Mark Barley and Springs and Bolts CEO Derrick... 

SA’s Supreme Spring and Ghana’s Springs and Bolts sign MoU
The Supreme Spring, and Springs and Bolts teams at the South African facility

SKF testing autonomous electric goods transport on public roads in Sweden

By: Schalk Burger     6th May 2021 Bearing and seal manufacturer SKF is testing a self-driving electric truck to transport goods on a public road between its factory and warehouse in Gothenburg, Sweden. It has partnered with Swedish transport technology company Einride. 

Johan van Zyl returns to Toyota SA to help plot company’s long-term strategy 

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2021 Dr Johan van Zyl has stepped down as Toyota Motors Europe president and CEO, and has returned to Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) to serve as executive chairperson. Van Zyl was TSAM president and CEO, as well as Africa region CEO, before his departure to Europe six years ago.  

Johan van Zyl returns to Toyota SA to help plot company’s long-term strategy 
Johan van Zyl

New guidelines set to transform auto supply chain – AIDCEC 

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2021 The newly drafted guidelines for the automotive aftermarket sector, set to take effect on July 1, will allow for the increased participation of small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs), and/or black-owned firms in South Africa’s aftersales value chain, says the Automotive Industry... 

New guidelines set to transform auto supply chain – AIDCEC

April new-vehicle sales show recovery is continuing, but supply problems loom large 

By: Irma Venter     4th May 2021 On paper, the South African new-vehicle market grew by an astounding 6 133.3% in April compared with the same month last year. However, this is not a fair comparison, as South Africa was in a hard Covid-19 induced lockdown during April last year, with only 574 units sold for the entire month. 

April new-vehicle sales show recovery is continuing, but supply problems loom large

Tata International Africa launches local commercial vehicle asset finance solution

By: Irma Venter     30th April 2021 Tata International Africa (TIA) has expanded its retail finance offering to South Africa, with the product already on offer in countries such as Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana and Zambia. “The financing of heavy commercial vehicles, construction equipment and agricultural machinery presents its... 

Tata International Africa launches local commercial vehicle asset finance solution

Golden Arrow rolls out electric bus pilot study

By: Irma Venter     30th April 2021 Golden Arrow Bus Services (GABS), in Cape Town, has started testing two fully electric buses in an effort to determine the viability of introducing the technology to its fleet, says GABS company engineer Gideon Neethling. The tests will continue until January next year. 

Electrified vehicle sales in SA remain dismal, says uYilo

By: Irma Venter     30th April 2021 The cumulative number of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) sold in South Africa since 2013 had reached only 637 units by the end of 2020, says uYilo eMobility Programme director Hiten Parmar. The BMW i3 leads the market by a substantial margin, at 445 vehicles, followed by the Nissan Leaf, at 94... 

No timeframe yet for the development of green hydrogen corridor – Toyota SA

By: Irma Venter     30th April 2021 There is no time or cost framework yet for the proposed pilot project by Sasol and Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) to develop a green hydrogen mobility corridor, says the local arm of the Japanese car maker. “We have just started this exploration, hence no time and cost information may be made... 

Electric car sales jumped by 41% last year; Europe now the largest market 

By: Irma Venter     29th April 2021 The global sales of electric cars grew by 41% last year, despite the shock of Covid-19, says the International Energy Agency (IEA) in its ‘Global Electric Vehicle Outlook 2021’ report. The IEA’s Jacopo Tattini, who coordinated the analysis and production of the report, says many people expected... 

Electric car sales jumped by 41% last year; Europe now the largest market

Isuzu Motors completes acquisition of UD Trucks

By: Irma Venter     23rd April 2021 Isuzu Motors has wrapped up the acquisition of UD Trucks from the Volvo Group, as part of the completion of a strategic alliance between the Volvo Group and Isuzu Motors.   Naoto Hakamata has been appointed chairperson of UD Trucks and Tetsuya Aiba as CFO, effective April 1. 

Tata to increase product range, footprint in Africa

By: Irma Venter     23rd April 2021 Tata International Africa (TIA) aims to double its turnover in the next four years, says CEO Len Brand. He has been leading a turnaround at the group that will see TIA enter its third year of profitability for the financial year ending March 31. 

March sales hint at a more positive 2021 than initially expected – Nada

By: Irma Venter     23rd April 2021 Considering the number of vehicles sold in March, it is possible that 2021 may deliver better sales than expected, says National Automobile Dealers’ Association (Nada) chairperson Mark Dommisse. “It is evident that the delayed replacement cycle is starting to catch up, helped by interest rates... 

Consumers delaying car purchases owing to Covid-19

By: Irma Venter     23rd April 2021 Deloitte’s 2021 Global Automotive Consumer Study has found that the Covid-19 pandemic has had a major impact on consumer behaviour in the automotive industry.  The study surveyed more than 24 000 consumers in 23 countries, including South Africa. 

DTBSA’s TruckStore expands, aims to double sales volumes 

By: Irma Venter     22nd April 2021 Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) is expanding its used-truck business through TruckStore, as part of a programme to double its used-truck sales. Another significant driver is the growing demand for pre-owned trucks in the domestic Covid-19-hit economy. 

DTBSA’s TruckStore expands, aims to double sales volumes
Annelie van Rooyen

GridCars warns fleet operators to time the EV revolution correctly

By: Irma Venter     22nd April 2021 There is a “very real danger” that fleet owners may be stuck with stranded assets if they do not time the change-over to battery electric or fuel-cell vehicles correctly, says GridCars MD Winstone Jordaan. GridCars is a South African EV charging solution specialist. 

GridCars warns fleet operators to time the EV revolution correctly

Cargo heists, and security costs, on the rise – Rhenus Logistics 

By: Irma Venter     20th April 2021 A surge in international freight rates of up to 700% is putting many companies under pressure and forcing them to take drastic measures to ensure their sustainability.  In some cases, organisations are left with little choice but to cut costs when moving cargo, with some opting to reduce the... 

Cargo heists, and security costs, on the rise – Rhenus Logistics
Martin Taylor

No timeframe yet for the development of green hydrogen corridor – Toyota SA 

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2021 There is no time or cost framework yet for the proposed pilot project by Sasol and Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) to develop a green hydrogen mobility corridor, says the local arm of the Japanese car maker. “We have just started this exploration, hence no time and cost information may be made... 

No timeframe yet for the development of green hydrogen corridor – Toyota SA
A new generation Toyota fuel-cell truck

Hino leads Q1 DATATrack study with its highest score ever

By: Irma Venter     16th April 2021 Hino South Africa (SA) has retained its leadership position in the DATATrack comparative truck industry study. The local arm of the Japanese truck maker achieved top spot in the first quarter study’s overall combined ratings, and also topped all three categories – sales, parts and service.  

Hino leads Q1 DATATrack study with its highest score ever
Pieter Klerck

Continental body, Germany partner to develop Ethiopian auto policy 

By: Irma Venter     16th April 2021 The African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) has been appointed to develop an automotive policy for the Ethiopian government that will ultimately aim to encourage global original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs, or vehicle manufacturers) and component manufacturers to invest in... 

Capacitate Sars, create green lanes for cargo at border posts

By: Irma Venter     16th April 2021 South Africa’s logistics sector will operate more efficiently under an increasingly capacitated South African Revenue Service (Sars) rather than a Border Management Agency (BMA), as proposed by government, says South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) chairperson Dr Juanita Maree.... 

Online vehicle searches jump to a record high

By: Irma Venter     16th April 2021 The latest biannual AutoTrader Car Industry Report shows that online vehicle searches on AutoTrader have reached a new record. Covering the period from July 1 to December 31, 2020, the report notes that 276-million searches were conducted on AutoTrader, which is 54.1% growth year-on-year.  

Golden Arrow rolls out electric bus pilot study  

By: Irma Venter     14th April 2021 Golden Arrow Bus Services (GABS), in Cape Town, has started testing two fully electric buses in an effort to determine the viability of introducing the technology to its fleet, says GABS company engineer Gideon Neethling. The tests will continue until January next year. 

Golden Arrow rolls out electric bus pilot study

Isuzu Motors SA funds cherry picker localisation 

By: Irma Venter     13th April 2021 Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSAf) has issued an enterprise development grant of close to R500 000 for the localisation of an extended reach aerial platform, also known as a cherry picker in South Africa. The SLT 180 telescopic aerial platform will be developed and manufactured locally by Isuzu... 

Isuzu Motors SA funds cherry picker localisation

Courier industry growing rapidly as e-commerce expands – SAEPA 

By: Irma Venter     9th April 2021 The express parcel industry has more than doubled over the last decade, says South African Express Parcel Association (SAEPA) CEO Garry Marshall, and is currently the fastest growing transport sector in the country.  He says studies show that the formal industry recorded R8-billion in turnover in... 

Courier industry growing rapidly as e-commerce expands – SAEPA

SA-UK PACT announces funding for uYilo’s EV capacity building project

By: Irma Venter     9th April 2021 The South Africa-UK Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions (SA-UK PACT) programme has announced that it will fund ten local projects to the tune of more than £3-million.  The aim is to help South Africa transition to a low-carbon, inclusive, climate-resilient economy and society. 

Tata launches e-commerce parts portal

By: Irma Venter     9th April 2021 Tata International Africa has launched an e-commerce parts website and portal.  The online store – partskart.co.za – will enable customers anywhere in South Africa, including those in the remotest parts of the country, to order Tata and Daewoo heavy commercial vehicle (HCV) parts, with doorstep... 

Botswana seeks opportunities to integrate into South African auto value chain

By: Irma Venter     9th April 2021 The Botswana government believes there is an opportunity for the country to participate in the South African automotive sector. “Around 60% of the components used in South African vehicles are still imported from outside Africa. Given Botswana’s proximity to South Africa, we see this as an... 

Isuzu Motors completes acquisition of UD Trucks 

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2021 Isuzu Motors has wrapped up the acquisition of UD Trucks from the Volvo Group, as part of the completion of a strategic alliance between the Volvo Group and Isuzu Motors.   Naoto Hakamata has been appointed chairperson of UD Trucks and Tetsuya Aiba as the CFO, effective April 1. 

Isuzu Motors completes acquisition of UD Trucks

Tata Africa to expand its product range and footprint in Africa, says Brand  

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2021 Tata International Africa (TIA) aims to double its turnover in the next four years, says CEO Len Brand. Brand has been leading a turnaround at the group that will see TIA enter its third year of profitability for the financial year ending March 31. 

Tata Africa to expand its product range and footprint in Africa, says Brand
Len Brand

Consumers are delaying car purchases owing to Covid-19 – Deloitte report 

By: Irma Venter     6th April 2021 Deloitte’s 2021 Global Automotive Consumer Study has found that the Covid-19 pandemic has had a major impact on consumer behaviour in the automotive industry.  The study surveyed more than 24 000 consumers in 23 countries, including South Africa. 

Consumers are delaying car purchases owing to Covid-19 – Deloitte report

March sales hint at a more positive 2021 than expected – Nada 

By: Irma Venter     6th April 2021 Considering the number of vehicles sold in March, it is possible that 2021 may deliver better sales than expected, says National Automobile Dealers’ Association (Nada) chairperson Mark Dommisse. “It is evident that the delayed replacement cycle is starting to catch up, helped by interest rates... 

March sales hint at a more positive 2021 than expected – Nada

Metair won’t build lithium-ion plant in South Africa unless it secures offtake deal

By: Irma Venter     2nd April 2021 Newly appointed Metair CEO Riaz Haffejee says the group is in a “good position” to be a “good partner” to a lithium-ion (li-ion) battery manufacturer in South Africa, or to partner with a vehicle manufacturer to produce these batteries. He says the group is currently piloting a plant at its... 

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