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Truck & Bus News

VWSA restarts production, exports  

By: Irma Venter     27th May 2020 Following a gradual production ramp-up, the Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) plant in Uitenhage has resumed its manufacturing and export operations. Production was restarted on May 4 already, in line with the regulations pertaining to Alert Level 4 of the Covid-19 lockdown, with essential... 

Auto industry to face up to 30% job, production losses, says AIDC report 

By: Irma Venter     27th May 2020 Taking into account an anticipated 6.1% decline in South Africa’s economic growth owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, new-vehicle sales will probably fall by between 20% and 30% in 2020, says a report issued by the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC), titled Re-gearing the Gauteng... 

Auto industry to face up to 30% job, production losses, says AIDC report

Van searches double as Alert Level 4 eases restrictions, says AutoTrader

By: Irma Venter     20th May 2020 Digital automotive marketplace AutoTrader says it has seen a sharp uptick in the searches for delivery vans as South Africa entered Alert Level 4 of the national lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19. “We have observed that, since the commencement of Level 4 lockdown, South African search... 

Van searches double as Alert Level 4 eases restrictions, says AutoTrader
The VW Caddy

Competition Tribunal approves settlement between Commission, Faurecia

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2020 The Competition Tribunal has approved, as an order, a consent agreement between the Competition Commission and Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies South Africa, owned by Faurecia, in France.   The agreement relates to an investigation initiated by the commission in 2014 against several... 

African car market can grow despite Covid-19, says AAAM’s Coffey 

By: Irma Venter     18th May 2020 Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, new-vehicle sales in sub-Saharan Africa can grow from around 100 000 a year, outside South Africa, to around two-million a year in the next 15 years – and this is a “very, very conservative” estimate, says African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) CEO... 

African car market can grow despite Covid-19, says AAAM’s Coffey

Open up the supply chain, Road Freight Association urges government  

By: Irma Venter     15th May 2020 The Road Freight Association (RFA) is urging government to open up all sectors of the economy to “lessen the already devastating economic impact of the lockdown and Covid-19”. “The movement of both goods and people is vital for the wheels of South Africa’s economy to keep turning,” says RFA CEO... 

Open up the supply chain, Road Freight Association urges government 

Motor vehicle dealers ready for reopening, says dealer association 

By: Irma Venter     15th May 2020 Motor vehicle dealers in South Africa selling both new and used vehicles are ready for the reopening of trade, as announced by government this week, says National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) chairperson Mark Dommisse. NADA has more than 1 300 members including 85% of all new-vehicle... 

Motor vehicle dealers ready for reopening, says dealer association
Mark Dommisse

A number of firsts as electric Jaguar I-Pace named Car of the Year

By: Irma Venter     15th May 2020 The all-electric Jaguar I-Pace EV400 AWD SE has been named the 2020 AutoTrader South African Car of the Year. This is the first time the competition has been won by a Jaguar, and it is also the first win by an electric vehicle. 

Covid-19 lockdown pummels April new-vehicle sales, exports 

By: Irma Venter     15th May 2020 As could be expected during the Level 5 Covid-19 lockdown, new-vehicle sales and exports numbered almost zero in April. With dealerships closed, businesses forced to work remotely and consumers stuck at home, traffic was at an all-time low, never mind sales, notes vehicle and asset finance... 

WesBank receives more than 70 000 requests for payment relief

By: Irma Venter     15th May 2020 WesBank has, to date, received 64 434 individual customer requests for payment relief, owing to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as 5 752 business customer requests, says head of marketing and communication Lebogang Gaoaketse. In March, WesBank announced payment relief plans to assist... 

Bakkies helping to fight pandemic

By: Cameron Mackay     15th May 2020 Automotive manufacturer Isuzu Motors South Africa has made its media test fleet of vehicles available to disaster response nongovernmental organisation (NGO) Gift of the Givers Foundation’s Covid-19 emergency response. “Instead of the bakkies being parked during this time, they were used to help... 

Bakkies helping  to fight pandemic
DISASTER RELIEF EFFORT These Isuzu water tank trucks operate daily between Makhanda and Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape, where severe drought continues

Lubrication solution more accessible for agriculture sector

By: Cameron Mackay     15th May 2020 Industrial lubrication solutions provider Lubrication Engineers (LE) South Africa is supplying its Monolec engine oils in 5 ℓ and 1 ℓ containers to accommodate the requirements of bakkies and small trucks in the local agriculture sector. LE South Africa national sales manager Llewellyn Owen says... 

Lubrication solution more accessible for agriculture sector
LLEWELLYN OWEN It was decided that the Monolec range would be made more accessible to all those in the whole spectrum of industry, and to those in the private markets

Joint venture formed for fuel cell production

15th May 2020 Automotive manufacturers Volvo Group and Daimler Truck have signed a preliminary non-binding agreement to establish a new joint venture (JV) to develop, produce and commercialise fuel cell systems for heavy-duty vehicle applications and other use cases. Both companies share the Green Deal vision... 

Joint venture formed for fuel cell production
CARBON NEUTRAL TRANSPORT Both companies seek to to offer heavy-duty vehicles with fuel cells for demanding long-haul applications in series production in the second half of the decade

Cartrack sees no spike in cancellations owing to Covid-19, says Calisto 

By: Irma Venter     13th May 2020 Cartrack CEO Zak Calisto is confident the asset management and workforce optimisation company will be able to weather the current Covid-19 storm, provided “the storm doesn’t last forever”. “We have been able to deliver a high level of service to all our customers, despite the economic disruptions... 

Cartrack sees no spike in cancellations owing to Covid-19, says Calisto
Zak Calisto

The motor industry re-opens its doors  

By: Irma Venter     13th May 2020 Newly published regulations by the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition have allowed the motor industry to immediately open for business, albeit under strict conditions. “We have carefully crafted new directives which will empower our dealership network across the country to cautiously... 

The motor industry re-opens its doors 

Road-freight platform Saloodo! launches in Mozambique

By: Irma Venter     11th May 2020 Digital road-freight platform Saloodo! has launched its digital logistics platform for shippers and transport providers in Mozambique, in a move the company hopes will further expand its digital road-freight solution in Africa. Saloodo! is a subsidiary of DHL Global Forwarding, which is a... 

Road-freight platform Saloodo! launches in Mozambique
Tobias Maier

VWSA lost 17 000 units owing to lockdown; restarts production 

By: Irma Venter     11th May 2020 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has lost production of around 17 000 vehicles at its Uitenhage plant, in the Eastern Cape, owing to the national Covid-19 lockdown, says chairperson and MD Thomas Schäfer. The plant produces the Polo hatchback for the local and global export markets, with the... 

VWSA lost 17 000 units owing to lockdown; restarts production
Thomas Schäfer

Auto exports broke several records pre-Covid-19, says Lamprecht 

By: Irma Venter     8th May 2020 The nearly 100% decline in April new-vehicle sales and export figures serves as barometer of the impact of Covid-19 on the domestic automotive industry and the economy at large, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa and Automotive Industry Export Council executive... 

Auto exports broke several records pre-Covid-19, says Lamprecht
Norman Lamprecht

VW, German govt in project to convert PE plant into R135m medical facility  

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2020 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has made its Port Elizabeth plant available as a temporary medical facility in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. The goal is to assist the local and provincial government in providing care to Covid-19 patients in Nelson Mandela Bay. 

VW, German govt in project to convert PE plant into R135m medical facility 
The Port Elizabeth plant which will be converted into a medical facility. Thomas Schäfer is to the far left.

Covid-19 lockdown pummels April new-vehicle sales, exports 

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2020 As could be expected during the level 5 Covid-19 lockdown, new-vehicle sales and exports numbered almost zero in April. With dealerships closed, businesses forced to work remotely and consumers stuck at home, traffic was at an all-time low, never mind sales, notes vehicle and asset finance... 

Covid-19 lockdown pummels April new-vehicle sales, exports 

Toyota Yaris fastest-selling used car in South Africa, says AutoTrader

By: Irma Venter     4th May 2020 The Toyota Yaris was the fastest-selling used-vehicle in South Africa from February 1 to March 31, 2020, at 18 days, says online trading platform AutoTrader. This data is derived from AutoTrader’s Used Car Rate of Sale, a metric used to extract insight from AutoTrader’s vehicle taxonomy database.  

Toyota Yaris fastest-selling used car in South Africa, says AutoTrader

WesBank receives more than 70 000 requests for payment relief

By: Irma Venter     30th April 2020 WesBank has, to date, received 64 434 individual customer requests for payment relief owing to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as 5 752 business customer requests, says head of marketing and communication Lebogang Gaoaketse. WesBank in March announced payment relief plans to assist... 

WesBank receives more than 70 000 requests for payment relief

Govt set to lose up to R7bn in April on fuel levies, says AA 

By: Irma Venter     29th April 2020 With the significant drop in fuel use seen during April’s lockdown, government’s revenue from the general fuel levy (GFL), which comprises about 25% of every litre of fuel, is set to suffer a major decline, says the Automobile Association of South Africa (AA). “Considering the annual collection... 

Govt set to lose up to R7bn in April on fuel levies, says AA

Despite drop in revenue, fuel price could save taxi industry  

By: Irma Venter     28th April 2020 South Africa’s minibus taxi industry will, most likely, see a reduction in fare revenue of between R100-million to R200-million a month, or R300 to R600 per taxi a month, owing to the Covid-19 lockdown, says senior strategist and economist Alistair Maxwell, who works with the Ubunye Group. “We’ll... 

Despite drop in revenue, fuel price could save taxi industry 

Car, truck dealers urge govt to allow trade as soon as possible

By: Irma Venter     23rd April 2020 It is imperative that car and truck dealerships be among the first businesses to return to work once lockdown restrictions are eased, says National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) chairperson Mark Dommisse. “In order for the economy to function efficiently, it relies on various forms of... 

Car, truck dealers urge govt to allow trade as soon as possible
Mark Dommisse

Supply chain may be on the cusp of what it can endure, says Toyota boss 

By: Irma Venter     23rd April 2020 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) does not envisage any job losses at its plant owing to the countrywide shutdown to prevent the spread of Covid-19, says CEO and president Andrew Kirby. However, there are some concerns regarding the health of the automotive industry supply chain. 

Supply chain may be on the cusp of what it can endure, says Toyota boss
Andrew Kirby

Best-case scenario a 16% drop in new-vehicle sales, says Toyota 

By: Irma Venter     22nd April 2020 New-vehicle sales in South Africa may, at best, decline by 16% in 2020, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) sales and marketing senior VP Leon Theron. “That is if the situation returns to normal immediately after [the end of lockdown on April 30], which is clearly not possible,” he adds. 

Best-case scenario a 16% drop in new-vehicle sales, says Toyota

Daimler, Volvo form JV to develop, produce fuel-cell systems for trucks

By: Irma Venter     21st April 2020 Two truck-maker heavyweights, Daimler Truck and the Volvo Group, have signed a preliminary nonbinding agreement to establish a new joint venture (JV) to develop, produce and commercialise fuel-cell systems for heavy-duty vehicle applications and other uses.  German truck maker Daimler will... 

Daimler, Volvo form JV to develop, produce fuel-cell systems for trucks

BMW South Africa donates 40 000 high-grade masks to Gauteng govt

20th April 2020 Responding to a call for help from the Gauteng Department of Health, BMW Group South Africa’s (BMW SA) has donated 40 000 protective respiratory (FFP2) face masks to the Gauteng government to assist health-service workers in their fight against Covid-19. FFP2 masks have a minimum of 94%... 

BMW South Africa donates 40 000 high-grade masks to Gauteng govt

Cape Town company wants to disinfect taxis with hypochlorous acid system 

By: Irma Venter     20th April 2020   Cape Town-based holding company, CanbiGold, has designed a conversion to the standard air-ventilation system in vehicles for the dispersion of hypochlorous acid (HOCL), which it says has proven to be effective in the fight against coronaviruses. “There are more than 200 000 minibus taxis in... 

Cape Town company wants to disinfect taxis with hypochlorous acid system

South Africa’s new-car market could drop by 20% in 2020

By: Irma Venter     20th April 2020 The South African new-car market could decline by around 20% this year on the back of the Covid-19 pandemic, says Auric Auto BMW dealer principal and former National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) chairperson Eric Scoble. “Lockdown means economic activity ceases. It doesn’t matter if your... 

South Africa’s new-car market could drop by 20% in 2020

Ford acquires two humanoid robots

By: Irma Venter     16th April 2020 Ford Motor Company has acquired the first two robots off the production line at Agility Robotics, the producer of Digit, a commercially available robot with arms and legs designed to work with humans and in human spaces. This purchase continues the existing research partnership between Agility... 

Ford acquires two humanoid robots

Covid-19 decimates global Q1 new-vehicle sales 

By: Irma Venter     15th April 2020 With March sales reports for most markets in, save for China, it is possible to gain a better view of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on new-vehicle sales, says data analytics and consulting company GlobalData. In Europe, light-vehicle sales were down 46.3% year-on-year in March. 

Covid-19 decimates global Q1 new-vehicle sales

Hino developing heavy-duty fuel-cell truck

By: Irma Venter     14th April 2020 While there is a swing towards electrification for many forms of transportation, Toyota Motor Corporation is continuing its development of hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles, while also bringing Toyota group electric vehicles to market.  One of the Japanese’s company’s latest fuel-cell projects is a... 

Hino developing heavy-duty fuel-cell truck

An African automotive industry is starting to emerge

By: Irma Venter     10th April 2020 The great African automotive story of this year will be Ghana, says Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) chairperson and MD Thomas Schäfer, who is also the president of the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM). The AAAM, established in November 2015, focuses on the expansion of... 

An African automotive industry is starting to emerge

Sandton, Franschhoek most compliant in staying at home, says Tracker 

By: Irma Venter     8th April 2020 South Africans are largely heeding the call to stay home during the national lockdown, says vehicle locating firm Tracker. South Africa entered a national lockdown on March 27 in an attempt to fight the spread of Covid-19.  

Sandton, Franschhoek most compliant in staying at home, says Tracker

PE car terminal scores 96% in Volkswagen audit

By: Irma Venter     8th April 2020 The Port Elizabeth Car Terminal has aced the Volkswagen group’s global quality audit, scoring 96% across sections such as export processes, housekeeping, security, vehicle handling, as well as condition of storage, says Transnet Port Terminals (TPT). The audit is held every five years across all... 

PE car terminal scores 96% in Volkswagen audit
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