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Truck & Bus News

June new-vehicle sales up by 7.6%; exports grow by 18%

By: Irma Venter     1st July 2022 Domestic new-vehicle sales in June expanded by 7.6%, to 41 019 units, compared with the same month last year. The new-passenger-car market reached 29 545 units in June – a 20.6% jump on the same month last year. 

Eastern Cape port investment should foster auto sector expansion – AIDC EC 

By: Irma Venter     1st July 2022 The Automotive Industry Development Centre Eastern Cape (AIDC EC) says it applauds Transnet National Port Authority’s (TNPA’s) announcement that it will inject R9.1-billion into its three Eastern Cape ports over the next seven years. AIDC EC CEO Thabo Shenxane says the centre, as well as other... 

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The East London port

Hino SA restarts production after Durban floods

By: Irma Venter     1st July 2022 Hino South Africa (SA) has restarted truck assembly at its plant in the Toyota Prospecton manufacturing complex, in Durban, following extensive flooding in April. The remainder of the Toyota plant remains in recovery mode. 

Port Elizabeth Car Terminal sets new record amid expansion project

By: Irma Venter     30th June 2022 The Port Elizabeth Car Terminal has moved 5 700 export vehicles in a single vessel.  This is the highest volume ever moved through the terminal, including the previous record of 4 500 export units moved in a single vessel, set in September, 2019. 

Vehicles being loaded at the Port Elizabeth car terminal
Vehicles being loaded onto the MV Silver Ray for export

Mercedes-Benz SA says pilot solar project a success; plans expansion 

By: Irma Venter     29th June 2022 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) has declared its pilot solar energy project a success. MBSA piloted the project in order to evaluate the solar yield for the East London manufacturing plant, in the Eastern Cape. 

Image of the solar panel roof installation at MBSA plant

Volvo Trucks starts testing hydrogen vehicles

By: Irma Venter     29th June 2022 Volvo Trucks has started testing commercial vehicles powered by hydrogen technology. The Swedish manufacturer already offers battery electric trucks and trucks that run on renewable fuels, such as biogas. The goal is now for hydrogen trucks to be added to its product portfolio in the second half... 

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Testing of electric minibuses in SA conditions to start in Stellenbosch early next year

By: Irma Venter     24th June 2022 GoMetro has convened a project team consisting of companies and researchers to test the first electric minibus in South African conditions by January next year. GoMetro, a global mobility management technology company with its head office in Cape Town, has collected data on taxi operations across... 

AIDC EC, partners roll out Kaizen programme

By: Irma Venter     24th June 2022 The Automotive Industry Development Centre Eastern Cape (AIDC EC) has partnered with the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to roll out a Kaizen implementation programme aimed at improving the competitiveness of component suppliers within the province’s automotive industry. Kaizen... 

Driver assistance system wins gold at Automechanika Innovation Awards

By: Irma Venter     23rd June 2022 SynapCAM has clinched the top spot in the Automechanika Johannesburg 2022 Innovation Awards. The product was designed and developed in the US and South Africa by Synap, and launched on the local market at the Automechanika automotive aftermarket and related industries show held in Johannesburg in... 

Global on-road hydrogen vehicles to exceed one-million by 2027 – research study 

By: Irma Venter     22nd June 2022 A new study from UK-based Juniper Research has found that the number of hydrogen vehicles in service globally will exceed one-million units in 2027, from just more than 60 000 in 2022 – growth of more than 1 500%. The Far East and China; West Europe; and North America are expected to lead the... 

Artist's impression of a hydrogen manufacturing site

Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa renamed following global unbundling

By: Irma Venter     17th June 2022 Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa has been renamed Daimler Truck Southern Africa (DTSA). This follows the global unbundling of the German Daimler group into Daimler Truck and the Mercedes-Benz Group on December 1. 

Hino SA restarts production after Durban floods

By: Irma Venter     17th June 2022 Hino South Africa (SA) has restarted truck assembly at its plant in the Toyota Prospecton manufacturing complex, in Durban, following extensive flooding in April. The remainder of the Toyota plant remains in recovery mode. 

Hino SA restarts production after Durban floods

Calls for petrol price deregulation display lack of knowledge – FRA 

By: Irma Venter     17th June 2022 Increasing calls from the public for the petrol price to be deregulated speak of ignorance, warns Fuel Retailers Association (FRA) CEO Reggie Sibiya. “As fuel prices continue to rise, there is pressure on retailers to cut margins and be in competition with each other, which is absolutely... 

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In tight race to market, EVs becoming less green – research report

By: Irma Venter     17th June 2022 Independent research into electric vehicle (EV) development has found that most automotive companies are more focused on improving range and reducing costs than improving the carbon footprint of these vehicles. This new research has been published by the Manufacturing Intelligence division of... 

Scania sees up to 15% growth in local extra-heavy market as demand rises

By: Irma Venter     17th June 2022 Scania Southern Africa MD Erik Bergvall says he expects the extra-heavy truck market in South Africa to grow by between 10% and 15% this year, with Scania to reflect the same upward momentum. Bergvall was appointed as the new head of Scania Southern Africa at the end of last year. He has spent 15... 

SA faces unique EV conundrum, warns Frost & Sullivan research director

By: Irma Venter     15th June 2022 It is impossible to draw a direct comparison between South Africa and other countries that have adopted strategies to push the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs), warns Frost & Sullivan research director Craig Parker. He says that South Africa’s economic structure and demographic profile are... 

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Craig Parker

Volvo CE starts testing of its first prototype hydrogen articulated hauler

By: Irma Venter     14th June 2022 Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has started testing its first fuel-cell articulated hauler prototype, the Volvo HX04.  The company says the results of the project will provide insights into the possibilities provided by hydrogen and fuel cells as the Swedish group continues research on... 

Image of the Volvo HX04
The Volvo HX04

Electric vehicle sales surging, but future growth hinges on battery, critical mineral supply diversification – IEA

By: Irma Venter     10th June 2022 Despite electric car sales remaining strong this year, future growth will demand greater efforts to diversify battery manufacturing and critical mineral supply to reduce the risk of bottlenecks and price increases, says the International Energy Agency (IEA).  Sales of electric cars (including... 

Africa new-vehicle sales starting to recover – AAAM

By: Irma Venter     10th June 2022 Sales of new vehicles in Africa have started to recover from a “disastrous” pandemic-hit 2020, says the African Association of Motor Manufacturers (AAAM). Fresh vehicle sales statistics, compiled for the AAAM by the Africa Automotive Data Network for Africa (AADN), show that 2021 sales increased... 

Company produces over 1Mt of corrosion resistant steel

By: Halima Frost     10th June 2022 Stainless steel manufacturer Columbus Stainless, based in Middelburg, Mpumalanga, says that it has produced more than one-million tons of its 3CR12 chromium-containing corrosion-resistant stainless steel for a variety of applications for local and international clients. 3CR12 is a locally... 

A stainless steel 3CR12 exhaust pipe laying among a group of rusted metal exhaust pipes with a small seedling growing n front of it
SHINING LIGHT The notable corrosion resistance of Columbus Stainless's 3CR12 improve on cost of ownership and product longevity

First electric minibus to start testing in Stellenbosch early next year 

By: Irma Venter     9th June 2022 GoMetro has convened a project team consisting of companies and researchers to test the first electric minibus in South African conditions by January next year. GoMetro, a global mobility management technology company with its head office in Cape Town, has collected data on taxi operations across... 

First electric minibus to start testing in Stellenbosch early next year

Fuso to deliver 250 trucks to Baker’s Inn in Zimbabwe

By: Irma Venter     3rd June 2022 Fuso Trucks and its authorised regional distributor, Zimoco, has started delivery of 50 new FE7-136 units to Baker’s Inn. The first 50 units form part of an order of 250 trucks.  

Image of FE7-136 trucks

Mercedes-Benz SA to sell Sandown Motor Holdings to Motus  

By: Irma Venter     3rd June 2022 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) will dispose of the passenger car business of its Gauteng West own-retail operations, as well as a portion of its commercial vehicle business, held in Sandown Motor Holdings (SMH), to the Motus Group. The value of the deal is not disclosed. SMH is a wholly-owned... 

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Truck tyre insurance a local first

By: Tracy Hancock     3rd June 2022 Dunlop Tyres manufacturer and distributor Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA) says it is the first tyre manufacturer in South Africa to launch truck tyre insurance. As of April, the company extended its Dunlop Sure value-added tyre insurance – previously available for only certain passenger... 

TAKE COVER
The Dunlop Sure Truck Tyre Insurance provides fleet owners with peace of mind that s/he will be covered, should a tyre be lost for any unforeseen reason
TAKE COVER The Dunlop Sure Truck Tyre Insurance provides fleet owners with peace of mind that s/he will be covered, should a tyre be lost for any unforeseen reason

Local bus sector under the pump

By: Tracy Hancock     3rd June 2022 The South African bus sector has faced challenges over the past two years, with commercial-vehicle sliding-window designer and manufacturer Widney Transport Components noting a drop in volumes, says sales manager Lucas Mehlape. “Local demand is mainly driven by government tenders, so the more the... 

REDUCED DEMAND About 60% to 70% of Widney Transport Components’ bus orders are linked to government tenders, with activity currently muted
REDUCED DEMAND About 60% to 70% of Widney Transport Components’ bus orders are linked to government tenders, with activity currently muted

Local truck, bakkie markets highly competitive

By: Tracy Hancock     3rd June 2022 The local truck and bakkie accessory markets are highly competitive, with consumers “not spoiled for choice of brands”, says KwaZulu-Natal-based stainless steel and mild steel vehicle accessories manufacturer Maxe Premium Automotive Accessories, which lost two days of production because of... 

Toyota, Woven Planet develop portable hydrogen cartridge prototype 

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 2022 Japanese mobility group Toyota and its subsidiary Woven Planet have developed a working prototype of a portable hydrogen cartridge.  This cartridge design is set to facilitate the everyday transport and supply of hydrogen energy to power a broad range of daily life applications in and outside of... 

Toyota's prototype of the portable hydrogen cartridge
The portable hydrogen cartridge prototype

Converting truck fleets to LNG could reduce transport costs by 30% – Renergen

By: Darren Parker     1st June 2022 With diesel prices at a record high, liquefied natural gas (LNG) has the potential to lower the transportation costs of major logistics companies by up to 30%, LNG and helium developer Renergen CEO Stefano Marani said at the Junior Mining Indaba on June 1. “This means that the conversion of their... 

Renergen CEO Stefano Marani
Renergen CEO Stefano Marani

KwaZulu-Natal floods slash exports, slow down new-vehicle sales momentum 

By: Irma Venter     1st June 2022 Domestic new-vehicle sales in May inched up 2.1%, to 39 177 units, compared with the same month last year. Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council says this marginal growth reflects the damage caused by the severe floods in KwaZulu-Natal in April, as well as the myriad of headwinds increasingly... 

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Net-zero road transport by 2050 still possible as EVs set to quintuple by 2025 – BloombergNEF 

By: Irma Venter     1st June 2022 The road transport sector can still reach the target of net-zero emissions by 2050 through electrification, but urgent action is required from policymakers and industry participants­ ­– this according to research company BloombergNEF’s (BNEF’s) latest yearly Long-Term Electric Vehicle Outlook... 

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Anglo launches world-first hydrogen-powered haul truck 

1st June 2022 Diversified miner Anglo American on May 6 launched the world’s first zero-emission hydrogen-powered mine haul truck, capable of carrying a 290 t payload and generates more power than its diesel predecessor. Marleny Arnoldi attended the launch. 

Anglo launches world-first hydrogen-powered haul truck image
Anglo launches world-first hydrogen-powered haul truck

Scania sees up to 15% growth in local extra-heavy market as demand grows

By: Irma Venter     31st May 2022 Scania Southern Africa (SSA) MD Erik Bergvall says he expects the extra-heavy truck market in South Africa to grow by between 10% and 15% this year, with Scania to reflect the same upward momentum. Bergvall was appointed as the new head of SSA at the end of last year. He has spent 15 years with... 

Image of Scania Southern Africa (SSA) MD Erik Bergvall 
Erik Bergvall 

Ashok Leyland sets its sights on Southern Africa, appoints ETGL as distributor 

By: Irma Venter     30th May 2022 Indian truck manufacturer Ashok Leyland has announced a distribution partnership with ETG Logistics (ETGL), which will include ETGL operating Ashok Leyland dealerships in six countries in Southern Africa. The agreement will cover countries such as Zambia, South Africa and Mozambique. 

Image of a small Ashok Leyland truck
Ashok Leyland's 1.5 t truck set to make its debut in South Africa

Fully electric Fuso Canter being homologated in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     27th May 2022 The fully electric Fuso Canter (eCanter) light duty truck is currently undergoing homologation in South Africa, confirms Daimler Truck Southern Africa (DTSA) sales and marketing VP Maretha Gerber. As the vehicle is still going through the homologation process, no test units have yet been... 

EV sales surging, but future growth needs battery, minerals diversification – IEA 

By: Irma Venter     26th May 2022 Despite electric car sales remaining strong this year, future growth will demand greater efforts to diversify battery manufacturing and critical mineral supply to reduce the risk of bottlenecks and price increases, says the International Energy Agency (IEA).  Sales of electric cars (including... 

Image of a Jaguar I-Pace charging

Africa new-vehicle sales starting to recover – AAAM 

By: Irma Venter     24th May 2022 Sales of new vehicles in Africa have started to recover from a “disastrous” pandemic-hit 2020, says the African Association of Motor Manufacturers (AAAM). Fresh vehicle sales statistics, compiled for AAAM by the Africa Automotive Data Network for Africa (AADN), show that 2021 sales increased to... 

Image of AAAM CEO David Coffey
David Coffey

Intercape urges govt intervention as attacks by rogue taxi operators increase

By: Irma Venter     20th May 2022 Days after long-distance coach company Intercape went public about a violent campaign waged against the industry by rogue taxi associations, three more of its buses came under attack in Gauteng. These attacks, which all happened in the last week of April, came after Intercape appealed to... 

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