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Truck & Bus News

AIDC Eastern Cape, SABS sign MoU focused on EVs

By: Irma Venter     26th January 2022 The Automotive Industry Development Centre Eastern Cape (AIDC EC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS). This forms part of the AIDC EC’s strategy to position the domestic automotive supply chain for growth and innovation, particularly in... 

Isuzu appoints Marcia Mayaba as dealer, business development executive

By: Irma Venter     25th January 2022 Marcia Mayaba has joined the Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSAf) senior executive team as the newly appointed department executive for dealer and business development.  Mayaba has more than two decades’ experience in the automotive industry. She has been active in various fields, including truck... 

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Marcia Mayaba

Daimler Truck, BP to pilot hydrogen-powered fuel cell trucks in UK

By: Irma Venter     21st January 2022 Daimler Truck and BP Advanced Mobility (BP) have announced that they will work together to accelerate the introduction of a hydrogen network in the UK, aimed at decarbonising freight transport. The parties intend to pilot the development of hydrogen infrastructure and the introduction of... 

CSIR, DSI and NRF establish smart mobility research chair 

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2022 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) have jointly established a research chair in smart mobility, the first of its kind in South Africa.  Professor Marianne Vanderschuren, an expert in... 

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Long-term solutions required for continuing supply chain disruptions – Tata Africa boss 

By: Irma Venter     18th January 2022 There is no end in sight for the current supply-chain disruptions affecting truck brands, says Tata International Africa and Tata Africa Holdings MD Len Brand. “These disruptions that will eventually put pressure on vehicle prices, resulting in a negative impact on truck sales.” 

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Len Brand

Automechanika postponed to June

By: Irma Venter     17th January 2022 Messe Frankfurt South Africa has decided postpone Automechanika Johannesburg & Futuroad from March this year to June. “After having engaged with our exhibitors and partners in the automotive aftermarket industry, the unanimous feedback has been that the timeline to June will allow for sufficient... 

Moove rolls into Kenya, broadens vehicle finance to bikes and trucks 

By: Irma Venter     14th January 2022 Africa mobility fintech company Moove has launched operations in Nairobi, Kenya, its first city in East Africa and sixth on the continent.  To expand the company’s vehicle and product offerings to customers, the company has partnered with Uber to allow ride-hailing and delivery drivers to... 

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A Moove motorcycle taxi (Boda Boda)

Court declares AARTO Amendment Act unconstitutional  

By: Irma Venter     13th January 2022 The High Court has declared the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Amendment Act, on which the planned demerit system for traffic offences is based, unconstitutional and invalid. The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) challenged the constitutional validity of AARTO... 

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Toyota SA does it again – sales leader for 42nd year with market share at 25.4% 

By: Irma Venter     12th January 2022 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) last year marked 42 years – out of 61 years in the local market – as the best-selling automotive brand in South Africa, while it also recorded a remarkable market share of 25.4%, up from the 23.7% of 2020. This means that one in every four vehicles sold locally... 

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The Hilux is once again South Africa's top selling vehicle

New-vehicle sales up 22.1%, exports pummelled by civil unrest, Transnet cyberattack 

By: Irma Venter     10th January 2022 New-vehicle sales rebounded strongly in the domestic market in 2021, gaining 22.1% to reach 464 122 units for the year, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council. This follows a 29.2% drop in 2020, in a year where sales were heavily impacted by the outbreak of Covid-19. 

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Submissions for uYilo’s Kickstart Fund 2022 now open

By: Irma Venter     4th January 2022 The uYilo Electric Mobility Programme has opened the Kickstart Fund 2022 for submissions. uYilo was established in 2013 as a multistakeholder, collaborative programme focused on enabling, facilitating and mobilising electromobility (e-mobility) in South Africa.  

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Toyota to launch 30 electric Toyota, Lexus models by 2030

By: Irma Venter     3rd January 2022 Toyota says it will launch 30 Toyota and Lexus battery electric vehicles (BEVs) by 2030, including the new Toyota bZ4X due for global release later this year. During his presentation, Toyota president Akio Toyoda announced that the Japanese car will expand its options for carbon-neutral vehicles... 

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Some of the BEVs Toyota will launch to 2030

Mercedes-Benz Vans now undertaking taxi conversions in-house

By: Irma Venter     10th December 2021 Mercedes-Benz Vans South Africa (MBVSA) has taken the conversion of the Sprinter panel van into the Sprinter minibus taxi in-house at its Eastern Cape facility. “To deepen our commitment to the local taxi industry and in support of the South African economy, our 23-seater Sprinter Inkanyezi... 

Electric Canter has arrived for local testing – DTBSA

By: Irma Venter     10th December 2021 The all-electric Fuso Canter (eCanter) has arrived in South Africa for local testing, says Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) CEO Michael Dietz. Earlier testing at the beginning of 2020 of a prototype light-duty eCanter with AB InBev Africa was interrupted by the advent of Covid-19. 

2023 cleaner fuels introduction plan gets thumbs up

By: Irma Venter     10th December 2021 Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council says it welcomes the announcement of the next step in government’s clean fuels programme, set to become effective in September 2023. The Department Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has gazetted the introduction of the next phase of the Clean Fuels... 

Government promises to expedite driver-related policy changes in road freight industry

By: Irma Venter     26th November 2021 Government has committed to speeding up policy changes in the road-freight sector following recent protests by truck drivers against foreign nationals filling job opportunities they believe should go to local drivers, as well as what they view as the lack of regulation in the road-freight... 

Team appointed to study feasibility of rolling out green transport in Gauteng

By: Irma Venter     26th November 2021 Gauteng Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure MEC Jacob Mamabolo has appointed Gauteng Transport Authority head Jack van der Merwe to lead a team to investigate the possibility of rolling out green transport, including electric vehicles (EVs), within the structures of the provincial... 

Daimler Trucks SA to split from Mercedes-Benz SA on December 1

By: Irma Venter     26th November 2021 Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) will officially split from Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) on December 1, mirroring an amicable global divorce between the German truck and car manufacturers The two manufacturers will, however, continue to share the three-pointed star, with... 

DTIC to submit EV policy to Cabinet before year-end – Mlota

By: Irma Venter     26th November 2021 The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) should present a refined new-energy vehicle (NEV) policy to Cabinet before the end of the year, says DTIC automotives chief director Mkhululi Mlota. The DTIC in May issued a Draft Green Paper on the Advancement of New-Energy Vehicles in... 

Auto industry welcomes the introduction of cleaner fuels in 2023 – Naamsa 

By: Irma Venter     25th November 2021 Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council says it welcomes the announcement of the next step in government’s clean fuels programme, set to become effective in September 2023. The Department Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) earlier this year gazetted the introduction of the next phase of the... 

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JAC Motors expands its dealership network into Namibia, eSwatini

By: Irma Venter     19th November 2021 Chinese vehicle importer JAC Motors South Africa has appointed five new dealers, increasing its total number of dealer outlets to 60.  The three new local dealerships are in Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Pietermaritzburg.  

JAC Motors expands its dealership network into Namibia, eSwatini

Semiconductor shortage to continue into 2022 – DTBSA

By: Irma Venter     19th November 2021 The global shortage of semiconductors, or computer chips, will remain an issue well into 2022, says Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) CEO Michael Dietz. He confirms that the local truck and bus maker is especially affected by the shortage, as it is a premium brand with sophisticated... 

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Maretha Gerber

Dunlop launches new people carrier tyre

19th November 2021 Dunlop has launched the SP VAN01, a durable and fuel-efficient tyre for drivers and owners of minibus taxis, privately owned people carriers, vans and light trucks. 

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DUNLOP SP VAN01 Drivers of private or public transport vehicles need to consider many factors when selecting the right tyre for their people carrier

Naamsa elects new office bearers, expects market recovery only in 2023

By: Irma Venter     19th November 2021 Ford Motor Company Africa president Neale Hill has taken over the reins at Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council until 2023. He succeeds Toyota South Africa Motors president and CEO Andrew Kirby. The new manufacturing original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) VP at the automotive industry body... 

October new-vehicle sales up 6.1%, exports down 30%

By: Irma Venter     19th November 2021 October new-vehicle sales and exports were heavily impacted on by the three-week strike in the steel and engineering sector, as well as the return of load-shedding, which affects the local automotive industry’s ability to plan and grow, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council. This was in... 

Sharp production drop at VW, Daimler as semiconductor shortage bites

By: Irma Venter     19th November 2021 Two German automakers at the end of October reported that they have been heavily impacted on by the global semiconductor shortage and that the problem is likely to persist beyond this year. Volkswagen (VW) saw third-quarter vehicle deliveries decline by 26%, to 1.1-million vehicles. 

Accolades prove company’s local commitment

By: Anna Moross     19th November 2021 Truck manufacturer FAW Trucks’ commitment to the South African market is reflected in the various achievements and accolades it has received this year, with the most recent being a Silver Award in the 2021 National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI) survey. 

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FAW TRUCKS FAW Trucks plans to further expand its product offering in 2022 with the launch of the JK6 15.220FL 8 ton 4 x 2 freight carrier

System aims to improve driver performance, safety

By: Anna Moross     19th November 2021 Software company 5DT’s (Fifth Dimension Technologies’) new DriveVUE is an automated artificial intelligence (AI) driver behaviour improvement system that aims to improve driver performance and safety. “DriveVUE, [our] latest AI product, is a device mounted behind the rear-view mirror of a... 

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DriveVUE When the DriveVUE device detects an event, it gives the driver an audio warning –essentially speaking to the driver

New tender contracts, dire consequences

By: Anna Moross     19th November 2021 Subsidy and contract regime changes are necessary to transform the public transport industry after nearly two decades of policy uncertainty, but the new tender contract DRT 35/11/2019, issued by the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport (GDRT) to transform the public transport system, may... 

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Transport Industry Changes to the subsidy and contract regime for the public transport sector requires proper engagement with the industry

Electric Canter has arrived for local testing – DTBSA

By: Irma Venter     18th November 2021 The all-electric Fuso Canter (eCanter) has arrived in South Africa for local testing, says Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) CEO Michael Dietz. Earlier testing at the beginning of 2020 of a prototype light-duty eCanter with AB InBev Africa was interrupted by the arrival of Covid-19. 

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The eCanter

DTIC to submit EV policy to Cabinet before the end of the year – Mlota  

By: Irma Venter     15th November 2021 The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) should present a refined new-energy vehicle (NEV) policy to Cabinet before the end of the year, says DTIC automotives chief director Mkhululi Mlota. The DTIC in May issued a Draft Green Paper on the Advancement of New-Energy Vehicles in... 

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Mkhululi Mlota

Mamabolo appoints team to look at EVs, green transport deployment in Gauteng govt 

By: Irma Venter     15th November 2021 Gauteng Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure MEC Jacob Mamabolo has appointed Gauteng Transport Authority head Jack van der Merwe to lead a team to investigate the possibility of rolling out green transport, including electric vehicles (EVs), within the structures of the provincial... 

Jack van der Merwe
Jack van der Merwe

SA green-tech company pilots 100% electric reefer trailers in The Netherlands

By: Irma Venter     12th November 2021 Four companies have initiated a nine-month pilot project in The Netherlands, which will see diesel refrigeration systems in semi-trailers replaced by zero-emission battery-electric prototypes.  This is the first time that refrigerated trailers are being run by 100% electric eco-sustainable power.  

Recognition of foreign truck driving permits to end soon

By: Irma Venter     12th November 2021 The Department of Transport (DoT) anticipates that foreign nationals will soon be unable to drive South African-registered trucks while in possession of foreign professional driving permits (PDPs). The DoT in April published an amendment to the Road Traffic Act regulations, which incorporates a... 

Bell family to buy out Bell Equipment minority shareholders, delist group

By: Irma Venter     12th November 2021 In a joint announcement published late last month, Bell Equipment and IA Bell, the Bell family holding company and largest shareholder in Bell Equipment, announced IA Bell’s intention to acquire all the issued shares in the JSE-listed capital equipment manufacturer it does not already own for R10... 

Daimler Trucks SA to split from Mercedes-Benz SA on December 1

By: Irma Venter     11th November 2021 Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) will officially split from Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) on December 1, mirroring a global, amicable, divorce between the German truck and car makers. The two manufacturers will, however, continue to share the three-pointed star, with... 

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Michael Dietz

Govt promises to expedite driver-related policy changes in the road freight industry 

By: Irma Venter     9th November 2021 Government has committed to speeding up policy changes in the road-freight sector following recent protests by truck drivers against foreign nationals filling job opportunities they believe should go to local drivers, as well as what they view as the lack of regulation in the road-freight... 

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