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Truck, Trailer, Bus and Bakkie

New medium-haul product supports 2010 vision

By: Jonathan Faurie     21st November 2008 A new medium-haul bus has been introduced into the local market by German automotive company Mercedes-Benz South Africa, part of the DaimlerChrysler group, as part of the company’s 2010 vision.  

Commercial vehicles group invests to boost SA regional exposure

By: Jonathan Faurie     22nd August 2008 Commercial vehicles focused group, Navistar, has invested $40-million in a production and assembly facility in Johannesburg as part of the company’s goal to increase its exposure in the southern African region. 

Japanese workhorse leads vehicle manufacturer's SA growth charge

By: Jonathan Faurie     22nd August 2008 The Quon, a popular extra-heavy commercial vehicle (EHCV) in Japan, is set drive the growth of commercial vehicle manufacturing company, Nissan Diesel, in the local commercial vehicle market, reports the company. 

Macroeconomic forces drive commercial vehicle sales

By: Jonathan Faurie     22nd August 2008 The commendable performance of the commercial vehicles industry during the recent period of decreased new vehicle sales, in particular the sales of trucks into the market, is largely being driven by macroeconomic forces, comments economic consultancy Econometrix. 

Truck, bus company sets sights on sales growth 

By: Jonathan Faurie     22nd August 2008 The newly appointed CEO of MAN Truck and Bus South Africa, Thomas Hemmerich, has been given specific directives from the MAN group to develop the African sales region to grow annual sales by between 3 000 and 5 000 units by 2015, reports MAN Truck and Bus South Africa. 

Gauteng manufacturer unveils SA’s largest road trailer, working on even bigger versions

By: Dennis Ndaba     11th July 2008 A Gauteng-based company, Grant Gore & Sons, has designed and manufactured what it believes to be the largest road trailer yet to be developed in South Africa. 

Fresh produce retailer replaces carriers

23rd November 2007 A total of ten Hino trucks has been supplied to fresh produce retailer Fruit & Veg City by Toyota Trucks for use in local delivery in Gauteng.  

New smart card improves commuting operating efficiencies

By: Sylvester Haskins     23rd November 2007 A new smart card tracking and fare collection system introduced by Gauteng bus operator Putco is aimed at achieving greater operation efficiencies and enable a process of monitoring customer behaviour, says Putco MD Franco Pisapia. 

GPS solution boosts productivity

By: Sylvester Haskins     23rd November 2007 A global positioning system (GPS) solution by BMM Electronics provides fleet management and global positioning technology that increases efficiency and productivity, and leads to an increase in profitability by reducing substantial fuel costs and vehicle maintenance costs, says director Juliana... 

Positioning technology improves vehicle fleet operations

By: Sylvester Haskins     23rd November 2007 Global positioning systems (GPSs) linked to mobile data are not only a convenience to modern day fleet managers but is a vital asset management resource that improves the operations of the vehicle fleet of an organisation, says GPS distributor Avnic Trading’s executive director Jason Theunissen. 

New bus fleet moves the people of eThekwini

By: Sylvester Haskins     23rd November 2007 The official launch of an bus transport initiative known as People Mover has obtained a total of ten buses from MAN Truck & Bus in a deal worth over R10-million, reports the vehicle manufacturer. 

Media company supplies ‘Bokke’ buses

By: Sylvester Haskins     23rd November 2007 Mobile media company SP Media is the proud owner of the Johannesburg Metrobus media contract and has been contracted to provide mobile advertisements to large corporates, such as petrochemical company Sasol, the South African Revenue Service, Tsogo Sun and First National Bank.  

Shuttle service provides transport for UCT students

By: Sylvester Haskins     23rd November 2007 A new fleet of buses has been supplied to transport service solution company Sibanye Bus Services by truck manufacturer MAN Truck & Bus for use in the former’s contract to provide a shuttle service with the University of Cape Town’s (UCT’s) Transport Management. 

New trailer series suits rough terrain

23rd November 2007 A new series of Martin stepdeck trailers has been introduced by Grant Gore and Sons, a specialist designer and manufacturer of heavy-duty trailers for the construction, mining and transport industries. 

Oil-level controller provides peace of mind

By: Sylvester Haskins     23rd November 2007 A new oil level control (OLC) instrument makes use of a special dipstick to monitor and maintain oil levels for trucks, buses and construction equipment when the ignition is switched on, automatically adding oil when required, says Lincoln South Africa marketing director Patrick Sandker. 

Heavy vehicle sales untouched by interest rate hikes

By: Sylvester Haskins     23rd November 2007 Rising interest rates and the national credit act (NCA) have not impacted on medium-to-heavy truck sector sales, which have instead shown a marked increase in sales when compared with last year’s figures, says the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers chairperson, Geoff Du Plessis.  

Record growth for truck, bus company

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     24th August 2007 Original transport equipment manufacturing company MAN Truck & Bus is currently experiencing an unprecedented growth rate, both locally and in an international context. 

Record year for South African truck sales

24th August 2007 The South African truck market recorded 33 083 sales in 2006, beating the previous absolute record of 30 742 units set in 1981, by 7,6 %. 

Alternative engine available to transport contractor

24th August 2007 Fleet managers and owner-operators can now order their International 7600 series with a Caterpillar powered engine, following a decision by International Trucks South Africa to round out its engine offering. 

Truck maker expands dealerhsip range

24th August 2007 Automotive manufacturing company First Auto Works (FAW) currently has more than 7000 trucks operating in South Africa alone, with thousands more in southern Africa. 

Trailer system lifts off

24th August 2007 Heavy lift specialist Vanguard recently completed its first job using its new Goldhofer modular, multi-axle trailer system. 

Substandard products may harm more than distributors pockets

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     24th August 2007 Substandard products flooding the market not only creates a problem for the distributors of the real products, but can also lead to accidents and the loss of life, Supply of Automotive Lubrication and Transmission (SALT) financial director Ernest Janion tells Engineering news. 

Maintenance, quality important factors in safety critical parts

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     24th August 2007 Bearings and power transmission products distributor Bearings International is distributing a 'hybrid' bearing, developed in conjunction with global bearing supplier KML. 

City aims to have 94 km bus network in place in time for World Cup

By: Irma Venter     9th February 2007 The City of Johannesburg aims to have its R2-billion Rea Vaya rapid bus transport system operational in 2009 � in time for the 2010 soccer World Cup. 

Truck makers believe a new sales base has been laid at all-time-high levels

By: Irma Venter     2nd February 2007 Truck makers are positive that 2007 will be another good year for the industry. 

Road freight employers optimistic on wage settlement

By: Matthew Hill     30th January 2007 Road freight employers and truck drivers are likely to reach an agreement by February 12 after wage disputes, thereby avoiding a national strike in mid-February, the Road Freight Employers Association (RFEA) said on Tuesday. RFEA executive officer Magretia Brown told Engineering News Online that... 

Jo'burg bus strike had 'very little impact' - Metrobus

By: Matthew Hill     29th January 2007 Johannesburg commuter bus service provider Metrobus said that Monday's strike by South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) members had had “very little impact” and 80% of its buses were running according to schedule. 

Nissan Diesel SA to invest R95m in infrastructure, skills

22nd January 2007 Truck manufacturer Nissan Diesel has announced that it would spend R89-million on new infrastructure developments across South Africa. 

Mpumalanga bus service expects demand to continue to surge

By: Irma Venter     19th January 2007 We already carry 120 000 passengers a day, and this figure is growing at an alarming rate. 

Gauteng hopes to introduce dedicated buses to high-occupancy lanes

By: Irma Venter     19th January 2007 The Gauteng government will go out on tender for the operation of dedicated buses in high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes on selected highways and metropolitan area roads early this year. 

Truck drivers threaten February strike as wage talks fail

By: Matthew Hill     18th January 2007 South African truck drivers will begin a nationwide strike in mid-February, after talks between the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) and the road freight sector collapsed, the union cautioned on Thursday. 

Commercial vehicles now driving the market

By: Irma Venter     15th December 2006 Sales of light-commercial vehicles and heavy trucks continue to surge ahead – this while passenger car and medium-commercial vehicle sales have slowed significantly in November. 

Group sees yet more bus-sales growth in 2007

By: Irma Venter     8th December 2006 The Mercedes Benz commercial vehicle-division hopes to sell more than 350 buses next year, says divisional manager Kobus van Zyl. 

Chinese firm makes local inroads

24th November 2006 Auto Africa was full of the usual pomp and ceremony with many of the truck and bus manufacturers showing off a glittering array of new and exciting technology. 

Grindrod announces new director

By: Matthew Hill     24th November 2006 JSE-listed shipping company Grindrod Limited announced late on Thursday that David Polkinghorne has been appointed as a company director, effective from November 22. 

Truck and bus sales burgeon

24th November 2006 No speed bumps in sight. The frenetic level of new-product launches at the Auto Africa 2006 Truck and Bus expo, held from October 26 to November 5, could beinterpreted as an indicationof the current buoyant market conditions in South Africa for commercial vehicles over 3 500-kg gross vehicle mass... 

Acquisition won’t affect local division – Nissan Diesel

24th November 2006 Nissan Diesel Motor Japan has announced that AB Volvo, its largest shareholder, has reached an agreement to buy some of the Japanese truck manufacturer’s preferred shares to the value of  

Popular double cab now available as 4 5 4

24th November 2006 Nissan’s all-conquering Proudly South African Navara 4x4, which is currently leading the Absa South African off road championship, is now available in standard production form. 

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