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Truck & Bus News

Customers returning to showrooms, but new-vehicle stock availability an issue

By: Irma Venter     28th May 2021 The size of the South African new-vehicle market will be determined by the availability of stock this year, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) sales and marketing senior VP Leon Theron. “It’s a weird, weird year. The market is quite difficult to call. 

Naamsa assessing industry readiness to implement Competition Commission’s aftermarket guidelines 

By: Irma Venter     21st May 2021 Naamsa | the Automotive Business Council says the local automotive industry is assessing its state of readiness to implement the Automotive Aftermarket Guidelines on July 1. These Guidelines were published by the Competition Commission of South Africa on December 10 and aim to provide improved... 

Mikel Mabasa
Mikel Mabasa

Firms pledge R18m to help boost manufacturing in South Africa, rest of the continent

By: Irma Venter     21st May 2021 The advancement of manufacturing in South Africa and on the rest of the continent has received a boost from four South African manufacturers. JSE-listed groups Illovo Africa, Metair and The Foschini Group (TFG), as well as local vehicle manufacturer Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM), have pledged... 

Van Zyl back at TSAM to help plot company’s strategy 

By: Irma Venter     21st May 2021 Dr Johan van Zyl has stepped down as Toyota Motors Europe president and CEO, and has returned to Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) to serve as executive chairperson. Van Zyl was TSAM president and CEO, as well as Africa region CEO, before his departure for Europe six years ago.  

New guidelines to usher more SMMEs, black businesses into aftersales value chain

By: Irma Venter     21st May 2021 The newly drafted guidelines for the automotive aftermarket sector, set to take effect on July 1, will allow for the increased participation of small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs), and/or black-owned firms in South Africa’s aftersales value chain, says the Automotive Industry... 

April new-vehicle sales reveal continuing rebound, but supply glitches loom large

By: Irma Venter     21st May 2021 On paper, the South African new-vehicle market grew by an astounding 6 133.3% in April, compared with the same month last year. However, this is not a fair comparison, as South Africa was in a Covid-19-induced hard lockdown during April last year, with only 574 units sold for the entire month. 

Shoprite to expand solar-powered refrigeration fleet by 39 trucks 

By: Irma Venter     20th May 2021 The Shoprite Group will, by the end of June, have added 39 solar-powered refrigerated rigid trucks to its existing solar-powered fleet of 749 trailers, says group sustainability manager Sanjeev Raghubir. “It’s the first time we are adding solar-power nitrogen refrigerated rigid trucks to our... 

A Shoprite solar-powered refrigerated trailer
A Shoprite solar-powered refrigerated trailer

DTIC publishes draft green paper on electric vehicle production 

By: Irma Venter     18th May 2021 The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) has issued a Draft Green Paper on the Advancement of New-Energy Vehicles in South Africa. New-energy vehicles (NEVs) includes hybrids, battery electric vehicles (EVs) and fuel-cell vehicles. 

DTIC publishes draft green paper on electric vehicle production

Solar minibuses for Africa? Data seen as key to green transport switch

By: Reuters     14th May 2021 As emissions from African transport surge, governments need to find ways to encourage a shift to cleaner, healthier electric vehicles, especially among the minibus and motorcycle taxis that dominate transport in many cities, researchers said on Thursday. Investment in generating more... 

Electric car sales accelerated 41% last year, Europe now largest market

By: Irma Venter     14th May 2021 Global sales of electric cars grew by 41% last year, despite the shock of Covid-19, says the International Energy Agency (IEA) in its ‘Global Electric Vehicle Outlook 2021’ report. The IEA’s Jacopo Tattini, who coordinated the analysis of the sales data and the production of the report, says many... 

Complete electrified truck fleets on the horizon

14th May 2021 With the start of sales of three new heavy-duty all-electric models this year, truck manufacturer Volvo Trucks believes the time is right for a rapid upswing in electrification of heavy road transport. This positive outlook is based on the ability of Volvo’s electric trucks to meet a broad... 

IT’S ELECTRIFYING Technology is developing rapidly and our ambition is also to make the long driving distances electrified
IT’S ELECTRIFYING Technology is developing rapidly and our ambition is also to make the long driving distances electrified

Manufacturer gears forth despite pandemic

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     14th May 2021 Amid ongoing research and development (R&D) of diesel engines for trucks and other vehicles, and the optimisation of engine emissions, US engine designer, manufacturer and distributor Cummins in South Africa was not immune to the Covid-19 pandemic. Cummins in South Africa partners with... 

TAKING STRIDES
Cummins in South Africa partners with original-equipment manufacturers as part of its R&D strategies
TAKING STRIDES Cummins in South Africa partners with original-equipment manufacturers as part of its R&D strategies

Hino South Africa upgrades its 300-Series

By: Irma Venter     13th May 2021 Hino South Africa (SA) has upgraded its 300-Series medium truck range, while adding some new features and realigning the model mix. The range now offers 13 derivatives, with a body and payload capability of between 3 390 kg and 5 950 kg, basically covering the 2.5 t, 3 t and 4 t markets. 

The new Hino 300 Crew Cab
The new Hino 300 Crew Cab

Tata International Africa signs JCB distribution agreement in Vietnam 

By: Irma Venter     13th May 2021 Tata International Africa (TIA) has signed an agreement with JCB to distribute JCB Construction Equipment in Vietnam, South East Asia. As of April 1, TIA has been selling and supporting the full line of JCB Construction Equipment through the Tata International dealer network in Vietnam, with the... 

Tata International Africa signs JCB distribution agreement in Vietnam 

Vehicle exports decline by R27bn; component exports reach new record 

By: Irma Venter     11th May 2021 The value of total automotive exports from South African declined by R26-billion, or 12.9%, from the record R201.7-billion reported in 2019, to R175.7-billion in 2020.  This is according to the Automotive Industry Export Council’s newly released 2021 Automotive Export Manual. 

Norman Lamprecht
Norman Lamprecht

Automechanika postponed to next year

By: Irma Venter     7th May 2021 The sub-Saharan Africa trade fair for the automotive service industry is set to return to the Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec, from March 15 to 18, 2022. Automechanika Johannesburg is co-located with the Futuroad Expo, which is aimed at the truck, bus and commercial vehicle industry, as well as... 

Isuzu Motors SA funds cherry picker localisation

By: Irma Venter     7th May 2021 Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSAf) has issued an enterprise development grant of close to R500 000 for the localisation of an extended reach aerial platform, also known as a cherry picker in South Africa. The SLT 180 telescopic aerial platform will be developed and manufactured locally by Isuzu... 

Fleet management system to be installed on all Hino trucks

By: Irma Venter     7th May 2021 Full fleet management system Hino-Connect will from now on be installed as standard on the entire range of trucks offered by Hino South Africa (SA), including the Dyna, 300, 500 and 700 models. The project is a joint venture with mobility solutions provider Cartrack. 

2021 market to be determined by stock availability – Toyota, Hino 

By: Irma Venter     6th May 2021 The size of the South African new-vehicle market will be determined by the availability of stock this year, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) sales and marketing senior VP Leon Theron. “It’s a weird, weird year. The market is quite difficult to call. 

The new Hino 300
The new Hino 300

SA’s Supreme Spring and Ghana’s Springs and Bolts sign MoU 

By: Irma Venter     6th May 2021 The African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) has welcomed the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Supreme Spring, a subsidiary of JSE-listed group Metair, and Springs and Bolts, based in Ghana. Supreme Spring MD Mark Barley and Springs and Bolts CEO Derrick... 

The Supreme Spring, and Springs and Bolts teams at the South African facility
The Supreme Spring, and Springs and Bolts teams at the South African facility

SKF testing autonomous electric goods transport on public roads in Sweden

By: Schalk Burger     6th May 2021 Bearing and seal manufacturer SKF is testing a self-driving electric truck to transport goods on a public road between its factory and warehouse in Gothenburg, Sweden. It has partnered with Swedish transport technology company Einride. 

Johan van Zyl returns to Toyota SA to help plot company’s long-term strategy  

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2021 Dr Johan van Zyl has stepped down as Toyota Motors Europe president and CEO, and has returned to Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) to serve as executive chairperson. Van Zyl was TSAM president and CEO, as well as Africa region CEO, before his departure to Europe six years ago.  

Johan van Zyl
Johan van Zyl

New guidelines set to transform auto supply chain – AIDCEC 

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2021 The newly drafted guidelines for the automotive aftermarket sector, set to take effect on July 1, will allow for the increased participation of small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs), and/or black-owned firms in South Africa’s aftersales value chain, says the Automotive Industry... 

New guidelines set to transform auto supply chain – AIDCEC

April new-vehicle sales show recovery is continuing, but supply problems loom large 

By: Irma Venter     4th May 2021 On paper, the South African new-vehicle market grew by an astounding 6 133.3% in April compared with the same month last year. However, this is not a fair comparison, as South Africa was in a hard Covid-19 induced lockdown during April last year, with only 574 units sold for the entire month. 

April new-vehicle sales show recovery is continuing, but supply problems loom large

Tata International Africa launches local commercial vehicle asset finance solution

By: Irma Venter     30th April 2021 Tata International Africa (TIA) has expanded its retail finance offering to South Africa, with the product already on offer in countries such as Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana and Zambia. “The financing of heavy commercial vehicles, construction equipment and agricultural machinery presents its... 

Tata International Africa launches local commercial vehicle asset finance solution

Golden Arrow rolls out electric bus pilot study

By: Irma Venter     30th April 2021 Golden Arrow Bus Services (GABS), in Cape Town, has started testing two fully electric buses in an effort to determine the viability of introducing the technology to its fleet, says GABS company engineer Gideon Neethling. The tests will continue until January next year. 

Electrified vehicle sales in SA remain dismal, says uYilo

By: Irma Venter     30th April 2021 The cumulative number of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) sold in South Africa since 2013 had reached only 637 units by the end of 2020, says uYilo eMobility Programme director Hiten Parmar. The BMW i3 leads the market by a substantial margin, at 445 vehicles, followed by the Nissan Leaf, at 94... 

No timeframe yet for the development of green hydrogen corridor – Toyota SA

By: Irma Venter     30th April 2021 There is no time or cost framework yet for the proposed pilot project by Sasol and Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) to develop a green hydrogen mobility corridor, says the local arm of the Japanese car maker. “We have just started this exploration, hence no time and cost information may be made... 

Electric car sales jumped by 41% last year; Europe now the largest market 

By: Irma Venter     29th April 2021 The global sales of electric cars grew by 41% last year, despite the shock of Covid-19, says the International Energy Agency (IEA) in its ‘Global Electric Vehicle Outlook 2021’ report. The IEA’s Jacopo Tattini, who coordinated the analysis and production of the report, says many people expected... 

Electric car sales jumped by 41% last year; Europe now the largest market

Isuzu Motors completes acquisition of UD Trucks

By: Irma Venter     23rd April 2021 Isuzu Motors has wrapped up the acquisition of UD Trucks from the Volvo Group, as part of the completion of a strategic alliance between the Volvo Group and Isuzu Motors.   Naoto Hakamata has been appointed chairperson of UD Trucks and Tetsuya Aiba as CFO, effective April 1. 

Tata to increase product range, footprint in Africa

By: Irma Venter     23rd April 2021 Tata International Africa (TIA) aims to double its turnover in the next four years, says CEO Len Brand. He has been leading a turnaround at the group that will see TIA enter its third year of profitability for the financial year ending March 31. 

March sales hint at a more positive 2021 than initially expected – Nada

By: Irma Venter     23rd April 2021 Considering the number of vehicles sold in March, it is possible that 2021 may deliver better sales than expected, says National Automobile Dealers’ Association (Nada) chairperson Mark Dommisse. “It is evident that the delayed replacement cycle is starting to catch up, helped by interest rates... 

Consumers delaying car purchases owing to Covid-19

By: Irma Venter     23rd April 2021 Deloitte’s 2021 Global Automotive Consumer Study has found that the Covid-19 pandemic has had a major impact on consumer behaviour in the automotive industry.  The study surveyed more than 24 000 consumers in 23 countries, including South Africa. 

DTBSA’s TruckStore expands, aims to double sales volumes 

By: Irma Venter     22nd April 2021 Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) is expanding its used-truck business through TruckStore, as part of a programme to double its used-truck sales. Another significant driver is the growing demand for pre-owned trucks in the domestic Covid-19-hit economy. 

Annelie van Rooyen
Annelie van Rooyen

GridCars warns fleet operators to time the EV revolution correctly

By: Irma Venter     22nd April 2021 There is a “very real danger” that fleet owners may be stuck with stranded assets if they do not time the change-over to battery electric or fuel-cell vehicles correctly, says GridCars MD Winstone Jordaan. GridCars is a South African EV charging solution specialist. 

Cargo heists, and security costs, on the rise – Rhenus Logistics 

By: Irma Venter     20th April 2021 A surge in international freight rates of up to 700% is putting many companies under pressure and forcing them to take drastic measures to ensure their sustainability.  In some cases, organisations are left with little choice but to cut costs when moving cargo, with some opting to reduce the... 

Martin Taylor
Martin Taylor

No timeframe yet for the development of green hydrogen corridor – Toyota SA 

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2021 There is no time or cost framework yet for the proposed pilot project by Sasol and Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) to develop a green hydrogen mobility corridor, says the local arm of the Japanese car maker. “We have just started this exploration, hence no time and cost information may be made... 

A new generation Toyota fuel-cell truck
A new generation Toyota fuel-cell truck
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