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Truck & Bus News

Clobbered by lockdown, vehicle sales declined by 68% in May

By: Irma Venter     12th June 2020 The new-vehicle market recorded 12 932 unit sales during May as the industry spluttered back to life following the Alert Level 5 national lockdown.  This number is 68% down on May last year and represents only about 30% of the market activity seen in the first two months of the year. 

Gautrain takes a knock to protect customer base

By: Darren Parker     12th June 2020 Gautrain rapid-rail network operator Bombela Concession Company has maintained or, in some cases, increased Gautrain operational capacity despite low passenger numbers. “While maintaining or even increasing capacity at a time when demand has reduced goes against commercial logic, it makes perfect... 

Gautrain takes a knock to protect customer base
STAYING ON TRACK The Gautrain has continued to operate at full capacity despite experiencing a significant reduction in paying customers during lockdown

Ford, Volkswagen to join hands on EV, bakkie projects 

By: Irma Venter     11th June 2020 US car maker Ford Motor Company and its German counterpart Volkswagen have signed agreements that will expand their global alliance to medium pickups (one-ton bakkies) and other commercial and electric vehicles (EVs). The companies anticipate continued growth in global demand for commercial... 

Ford, Volkswagen to join hands on EV, bakkie projects

Trucking regulations harmonisation, digitalisation to aid Covid-19 fight, says World Bank 

By: Irma Venter     10th June 2020 The World Bank Group advises ports to rapidly increase their digitalisation efforts over the short to medium term – one to six months – in an effort to reduce the frequency of people- and paper-based contact, says World Bank Group global lead for transport connectivity and regional integration,... 

Trucking regulations harmonisation, digitalisation to aid Covid-19 fight, says World Bank

Isuzu SA’s new boss targets double cab sales, brand digitalisation 

By: Irma Venter     8th June 2020 Isuzu Motors South Africa (Isuzu SA) has a new captain at the helm. Describing himself as a plaasjapie from Alexandria, in the Eastern Cape, Billy Tom (50) has been appointed CEO and MD from July 1. He succeeds outgoing MD Michael Sacke, who has opted to pursue other opportunities. 

Isuzu SA’s new boss targets double cab sales, brand digitalisation
Billy Tom

South Africa broke auto-export records pre-Covid-19, but outlook is stifled

By: Irma Venter     5th June 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... 

Covid-19 to exact heavy toll on SA’s production of vehicles in 2020

By: Irma Venter     5th June 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... 

Used-car market shrinks, but search stats indicate positive outlook 

By: Irma Venter     3rd June 2020 While used-car sales in South Africa in May mimicked floundering new-car sales, consumers are demonstrating increasing interest in buying used cars, says digital motoring marketplace, AutoTrader. More than 17 000 used cars were sold on AutoTrader in May compared with more than 36 000 in the same... 

Vehicle theft, hijackings down 76% during lockdown

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 2020 Fleet and mobile asset management solutions provider MiX Telematics has released statistics that indicate that the Covid-19 lockdown has had a positive effect on vehicle crime and road-related incidents, owing mainly to the 74% decline in vehicle use and heightened police visibility during the... 

Hino, BYD to collaborate on development of electric trucks

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 2020 Japanese truck manufacturer Hino Motors has signed a strategic business alliance with BYD Commercial Vehicles, of China, to collaborate in developing battery electric vehicles (BEV).  The objective is to find best-fit solutions for the customers of both companies while promoting low-carbon... 

Auto industry awaits new normal as sales drop by 68%

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 2020 The new-vehicle market during May recorded 12 932-unit sales as the industry spluttered back to life following the Alert Level 5 national lockdown.  This number is 68% down on May last year and is only about 30% of the market activity seen in the first two months of the year. 

Auto industry awaits new normal as sales drop by 68%

Ford implements phased restart at vehicle, engine plants 

By: Irma Venter     1st June 2020 Ford has implemented a phased restart for its South African operations beginning June 1, including kicking off vehicle and engine production and bringing back the first wave of employees who are not able to do their jobs remotely. "We’ve been working intently with national government, our safety... 

Ford implements phased restart at vehicle, engine plants

This year's Electra Mining cancelled

By: Donna Slater     29th May 2020 Organisers of Southern Africa’s mining, manufacturing, automation, electrical and power trade exhibition Electra Mining Africa, Specialised Exhibitions, reports that the 2020 edition of the trade fair has been cancelled as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. This year’s show had been scheduled to... 

DHL makes acquisition to grow e-commerce footprint in Africa

By: Irma Venter     29th May 2020 DHL Express has acquired a minority stake in Link Commerce, the UK-based e-commerce firm that helped the logistics company develop its DHL Africa eShop platform. The acquisition demonstrates the company’s commitment to growing e-commerce in Africa, says DHL Express sub-Saharan Africa CEO Hennie... 

DHL makes acquisition to grow e-commerce footprint in Africa

Reopened Merc plant gears up for face-shield, breathing-aid production

By: Irma Venter     29th May 2020 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) will manufacture three-dimensional- (3D-) printed recyclable plastic face shields for use in the mass screening for Covid-19, and for use at clinics and hospitals.  In addition, and pending quality assurance regulatory approval, the local arm of the German auto... 

Cartrack says there has been no spike in cancellations owing to Covid-19

By: Irma Venter     29th 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... 

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... 

VWSA restarts production, exports 
Thomas Schäfer

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
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