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Truck, Trailer, Bus and Bakkie

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. 

Monitoring vehicles expected to boost safety

By: thamashni naidoo     24th November 2006 South Africa’s largest bus company, Putco, announced early last month that it will deploy four new monitoring vehicles on Moloto road in Mpumalanga and Gauteng. 

JV firm targets specialist truck market

24th November 2006 In a significant move for the local industry, General Motors South Africa (GMSA) and Isuzu Motors Limited Japan have announced the formation of a local joint venture company in a 50:50 partnership - Isuzu Truck South Africa. 

Joburg adds 38 buses in refleeting drive

By: thamashni naidoo     24th November 2006 Johannesburg’s Metropolitan Bus Service launched 38 new Mercedes-Benz buses as part of its refleeting programme last month. 

GPRS enables uninterrupted vehicle monitoring

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     24th November 2006 Fleet-management specialist Geotab has opted for general packet radio service (GPRS) as its live data transfer option, as it provides constant data transfer which enables uninterrupted monitoring of vehicles. 

Branded spares and accessories available nationally

24th November 2006 Engineering consumables supplier Bearing Man’s specialist automotive division, Top Class, markets an extensive range of quality branded spares and accessories for the automotive industry that are compatible with the requirements of most vehicles on South African roads. 

World’s biggest on-highway truck-tractors now in SA 

24th November 2006 Barloworld Equipment Energy-Power Systems has appointed TAS Automotive, of Rosherville, as a Truck Engine Product Support (TEPS) dealer for the world’s largest truck-tractor, developed and built by French special vehicle manufacture Nicolas Industrie. 

Customised solutions improve efficiency, reduce costs

24th November 2006 Global logistics specialist UTI, through its supply chain planning and organisational services, designs and implements customised solutions for companies that improve efficiencies and reduce the overall costs of each customer’s supply chain. 

Newly refurbished coach to meet 2010 passenger demands

22nd November 2006 Transport Minister Jeff Radebe has unveiled a newly refurbished coach to enhance customer services ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup as well as to meet future passenger demands. 

Indian group prepares to enter commercial, agricultural scene

By: Irma Venter     17th November 2006 Vehicle company Mahindra South Africa will launch a range of commercial vehicles into the local market within the next 12 to 18 months, says CEO Vijay Nakra. 

Long-distance taxi operators take delivery of new vehicles

By: Nelendhre Moodley     15th November 2006 Ten taxi owners recently took delivery of the first batch of twenty-five Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Commuter mini-buses from the Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle dealership in Centurion. 

GM and Isuzu to set up new SA trucking venture

By: Irma Venter     10th November 2006 With “our truck performance not what we want it to be”, General Motors South Africa (GMSA) and Japanese truck maker Isuzu Motors Limited Japan have each invested R40-million in a 50:50 partnership to form Isuzu Truck South Africa (Itsa), says GMSA sales and marketing director Malcolm... 

Tata Africa to make SA vehicle-assembly decision soon

By: Irma Venter     10th November 2006 A decision on whether local arm of Indian conglomerate Tata Africa will start vehicle assembly in South Africa is due within the next four months, says Tata Africa MD Raman Dhawan. 

Spoornet incorporate manufacturing spin-off model into procurement scheme

By: Terence Creamer     3rd November 2006 Railways utility Spoornet, which signed a R1,12-billion locomotive-acquisition deal for the supply of 32 new class 15E electric locomotives for the Sishen–Saldanha iron-ore channel, has promised that some 55% of the contract value will be conducted locally. 

SAA launches controversial low-cost carrier, promising best prices

By: Mariaan Webb     30th October 2006 South Africa's national carrier, South African Airlines (SAA), launched its controversial low-cost domestic airline, Mango, on Monday, committing itself to operate flights which will, initially, be priced at around R200 a ticket between Johannesburg and Cape Town. Low-cost operators in South... 


By: Irma Venter     27th October 2006 Vehicle manufacturer DaimlerChrysler South Africa (DCSA), in collaboration with the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Merseta), and the Transport Education and Training Authority (Teta), have introduced a professional-driver learnership... 

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