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Truck & Bus News

FAW receives order for 150 trucks, set to launch long-haul model in 2021 

By: Irma Venter     23rd November 2020 Transport group BHL has placed an order for 150 J5N 28.2380FT 6 X 4 trucks with FAW Vehicle Manufacturers South Africa (FAW SA). The order is made up of 140 trucks with a flatdeck superlink combination, and ten units with a tautliner superlink combination.  

Car-buying patterns shifting on the back of Covid-19, says AutoTrader 

By: Irma Venter     20th November 2020 The South African automotive landscape – especially when it comes to consumer buying behaviour – has changed more in the last year than in the last few decades, says AutoTrader CEO George Mienie. Accordingly, the industry has had to adapt like never before in order to survive and prosper during... 

Car-buying patterns shifting on the back of Covid-19, says AutoTrader

Eastern Cape’s Localisation Supermarket sees healthy uptake

By: Irma Venter     20th November 2020 Local companies have made bids to produce 25% of the automotive parts listed in the Automotive Industry Development Centre Eastern Cape’s (AIDC EC’s) Localisation Supermarket. The Localisation Supermarket is both a physical showcase and online catalogue of automotive components that are currently... 

Next year could see local auto industry regain some momentum

By: Irma Venter     20th November 2020 Next year could see the local automotive industry regain some momentum in terms of domestic sales, exports and production, but it will not manage to claw back all of the losses recorded in a Covid-19-hit 2020. The newest National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa)... 

New-vehicle sales down 25.4% year-on-year in October

By: Irma Venter     20th November 2020 Total South African new-vehicle sales declined by 25.4% in October, to 38 752 units, compared with the 51 968 vehicles sold in the same month last year. The new-passenger-car market also fell by 25.4%, to 26 793 units.  

Heavy vehicles maker begins LNG testing

20th November 2020 Heavy commercial vehicles manufacturer Volvo Trucks Southern Africa has brought in two liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks to be used for local testing. 

Heavy vehicles maker begins  LNG testing
GREEN AMBITIONS Volvo Trucks' vision is that trucks from Volvo will eventually have zero emissions, although the way of achieving that is not by one single solution

Automaker notes industry decline, expands African footprint

By: Mamaili Mamaila     20th November 2020 Global automotive company Isuzu Motors South Africa – a subsidiary of Isuzu Motors Limited – expects that domestic vehicle sales will decline by around 30% this year, compared with those of 2019. 

Automaker notes industry decline, expands  African footprint
BILLY TOM Isuzu has maintained its number one position in Kenya, to which it exports semi-knocked down bakkies

NADA calls on Transport Minister to address licensing department backlogs 

By: Irma Venter     19th November 2020 The National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) has written an open letter to Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula, urging him to address backlogs at licensing departments countrywide. The association says that “extensive administrative delays in document turnaround times and vital operational... 

NADA calls on Transport Minister to address licensing department backlogs

Africa new-vehicle sales to be 28% lower this year as pandemic bites

By: Irma Venter     13th November 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on new-vehicle sales in Africa, which are expected to drop from 1.16-million units in 2019, to a current forecast of 830 000 units this year, says African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) CEO Dave Coffey. “This is a 28% reduction, which is... 

Covid-19 taking heavy toll on dealerships, says NADA

By: Irma Venter     13th November 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has seen six amalgamations between dealerships from April 1 to September 30, as well as the sale of 19 others and the closure of a further 38 – all members of the National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) – the association’s national director, Gary McCraw, tells... 

Cape Town’s largest bus company now a net exporter of green energy 

By: Irma Venter     13th November 2020 Cape Town’s largest bus company, Golden Arrow Bus Services (GABS), has become a net exporter of electricity. This achievement is the culmination of a multiyear collaborative effort between Golden Arrow, New Southern Energy and the City of Cape Town. 

Absa considers a combined solar, EV finance package, should domestic market grow  

By: Irma Venter     11th November 2020 Absa is mulling the roll-out of a finance mechanism for electric vehicles (EVs) that will incorporate a solar home installation to charge that vehicle, says Absa Vehicle and Asset Finance (AVAF) business analytics and strategy head Henry Botha. However, before that can happen, South Africa’s EV... 

Absa considers a combined solar, EV finance package, should domestic market grow
Henry Botha

Absa wraps up its taxi assistance programme, leaves door open for affected operators 

By: Irma Venter     10th November 2020 The payment relief programme to assist minibus taxi owners with vehicle repayments through the Covid-19 lockdown period has just come to an end, says Absa Vehicle and Asset Finance (AVAF) head of dealer relationships for the Gauteng and Limpopo region, Fulufhelo Mandane, with Absa now considering... 

Absa wraps up its taxi assistance programme, leaves door open for affected operators

Motus launches its own digital vehicle marketplace 

By: Irma Venter     9th November 2020 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.  

Motus launches its own digital vehicle marketplace

BMW to set up pilot plant as it aims for large-scale battery-cell production 

By: Irma Venter     6th November 2020 The BMW Group will set up a pilot plant to produce lithium-ion battery cells. This comes as the German carmaker seeks to penetrate all aspects of the battery-cell value chain: from selection of materials to battery cell composition and design, all the way to near-standard production and recycling.  

Number and prices of financed vehicles up in August, September – TransUnion

By: Irma Venter     6th November 2020 The South African car market showed signs of resilience in the third quarter of the year as it bounced back from an all-time-low second quarter to record month-on-month increases in the number of new and used cars financed in August and September, according to the latest TransUnion South African... 

Electric trucks on the radar for South Africa, says Daimler

By: Irma Venter     6th November 2020 There is “definitely a demand for alternative drive vehicles in South Africa”, although the diesel engine, or internal combustion engine, will continue to play an important role in the local transport industry, says Daimler Trucks Southern Africa product management head Christo Kleynhans. “We... 

Bidvest International Logistics launches road-freight management portal

By: Irma Venter     6th November 2020 Bidvest International Logistics (BIL) has launched a new road-freight portal that will allow clients to manage deliveries from start to end.  “It takes away the pain of having to procure transport service providers and still manage them,” says BIL road freight director Marcus Ellappan. 

Golden Arrow operator keen on running passenger rail service in Cape Town 

By: Irma Venter     5th November 2020 Hosken Passenger Logistics & Rail (HPL&R), which among others operates the Golden Arrow bus service in Cape Town, is interested in expanding its operations to become a private participant in the country’s rail sector, confirms HPL&R spokesperson Bronwen Dyke-Beyer. HPL&R is listed on the JSE, and... 

Golden Arrow operator keen on running passenger rail service in Cape Town

Volvo Trucks to test LNG trucks for possible South African debut 

By: Irma Venter     5th November 2020 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. 

Volvo Trucks to test LNG trucks for possible South African debut 
The Volvo LNG truck

Eastern Cape’s localisation supermarket sees healthy uptake 

By: Irma Venter     4th November 2020 Local companies have made bids to produce 25% of the automotive parts listed in the Automotive Industry Development Centre Eastern Cape’s (AIDC EC’s) Localisation Supermarket. The Localisation Supermarket is both a physical showcase and online catalogue of automotive components that are currently... 

Eastern Cape’s localisation supermarket sees healthy uptake

Next year could see local auto industry regain some momentum 

By: Irma Venter     3rd November 2020 Next year could see the local automotive industry regain some momentum in terms of domestic sales, exports and production, but it will not manage to claw back all of the losses recorded in a Covid-19-hit 2020. The newest National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa)... 

Next year could see local auto industry regain some momentum

Volvo sells UD Trucks to Isuzu as part of alliance deal, impact in SA unclear

By: Irma Venter     3rd November 2020 Sweden’s Volvo Group and Japan’s Isuzu Motors have agreed to form a strategic alliance within the commercial vehicle sector, in accordance with a memorandum of understanding signed in 2019.  The agreement includes Isuzu Motors’ acquisition of UD Trucks from the Volvo Group for 243-billion yen. 

Volvo sells UD Trucks to Isuzu as part of alliance deal, impact in SA unclear

New-vehicle sales down 25.4% in October, exports at risk as second Covid wave hits Europe 

By: Irma Venter     3rd November 2020 Total South African new-vehicle sales declined by 25.4% in October, to 38 752 units, compared with the 51 968 vehicles sold in the same month last year. The new-passenger-car market also fell by 25.4%, to 26 793 units.  

New-vehicle sales down 25.4% in October, exports at risk as second Covid wave hits Europe

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

By: Irma Venter     2nd November 2020 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... 

Daimler’s first hydrogen fuel-cell truck to start customer trials in 2023

By: Irma Venter     30th October 2020 Daimler Trucks has unveiled its first hydrogen-based fuel cell truck. The GenH2 Truck is aimed at the long-haul transport market and marks the beginning of commercial fuel cell drive development for the German truck maker. 

Cartrack's operating profit up 16%, despite Covid-19 disruptions

By: Irma Venter     30th October 2020 Covid-19 was like getting a puncture when you are driving really fast on the highway, says Cartrack CEO Zak Calisto. “We were ready to grow in the 2021 financial year, and we still got growth, but not quite what we anticipated, or what we had planned for, but our economies of scale allowed us to... 

Covid-19 taking heavy toll on retail market, dealerships, says NADA 

By: Irma Venter     29th October 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has seen six amalgamations between dealerships from April 1 to September 30, as well as the sale of 19 dealerships and the closure of 38 dealerships among the members of the National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA), the association’s national director Gary McCraw... 

Covid-19 taking heavy toll on retail market, dealerships, says NADA
Gary McCraw

Gautrain to complete electric bus pilot project by end-2021  

By: Irma Venter     27th October 2020 The Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) is busy with a feasibility study to investigate the possible future use of alternative drivetrains in the Gautrain bus fleet, says GMA COO Tshepo Kgobe. As part of this programme, the GMA expects to complete a pilot project, employing an electric bus, at the... 

Gautrain to complete electric bus pilot project by end-2021
Tshepo Kgobe

Africa a dumping ground for polluting, unsafe used cars, reveals UN report 

By: Irma Venter     27th October 2020 Millions of used cars, vans and minibuses exported from Europe, the US and Japan to the developing world are of poor quality, while they also contribute significantly to air pollution, thereby hindering efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change, states a new report published by the United... 

Africa a dumping ground for polluting, unsafe used cars, reveals UN report

Cape Town’s largest bus company becomes a net exporter of green energy  

By: Irma Venter     26th October 2020 Cape Town’s largest bus company, Golden Arrow Bus Services (GABS), has become a net exporter of electricity. This achievement is the culmination of a multiyear collaborative effort between Golden Arrow, New Southern Energy and the City of Cape Town. 

Cape Town’s largest bus company becomes a net exporter of green energy 
The solar farm at Golden Arrow

Tax breaks, grey import probe needed to revive car market – Naamsa

By: Irma Venter     23rd October 2020 As many European countries reintroduce lockdown measures to deal with a second wave of Covid-19, South Africa’s vehicle exports to these markets are “increasingly under pressure”, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) CEO Mike Mabasa. The European Union,... 

SA’s biggest vehicle export market records worst September in century

By: Irma Venter     23rd October 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has seen South Africa’s biggest new-vehicle export market suffer its worst September sales month this century. According to the UK’s Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, there were only 328 041 new registrations in what is normally the UK’s second most important sales... 

Finance agreement volumes and vehicle prices on the up, says TransUnion 

By: Irma Venter     22nd October 2020 The South African car market showed signs of resilience in the third quarter of the year as it bounced back from an all-time-low second quarter to record month-on-month increases in the number of new and used cars financed in August and September, this according to the latest TransUnion South... 

Finance agreement volumes and vehicle prices on the up, says TransUnion
Kriben Reddy

Toyota, Denyo develop fuel-cell power-supply vehicle

By: Irma Venter     16th October 2020 Japanese vehicle manufacturer Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) and Denyo have announced that they have jointly developed a fuel-cell power-supply vehicle.  Denyo, a manufacturer of mobile generators, will work with Toyota to start verification tests with the aim of commercialising the truck. 

Toyota, Denyo develop fuel-cell power-supply vehicle

Green energy a macro-economic imperative, says VW’s Kamuhinda 

By: Irma Venter     12th October 2020 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%... 

Green energy a macro-economic imperative, says VW’s Kamuhinda

Gauteng inland port developer takes legal steps to halt ‘irrational’ road realignments needed to unlock Tambo-Springs hub 

By: Terence Creamer     12th October 2020 The developer of a private inland port in southern Gauteng, known as Distribution Junxion Port of Gauteng, has initiated legal action against the provincial administration in a bid to prevent it from implementing road infrastructure developments required to facilitate the construction of a... 

Gauteng inland port developer takes legal steps to halt ‘irrational’ road realignments needed to unlock Tambo-Springs hub
Map showing the location of Distribution Junxion Port of Gauteng and Tambo-Springs Logistics Gateway in relation to the road and rail networks in the region.
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