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Truck & Bus News

Hino leads Q1 DATATrack study with its highest score ever

By: Irma Venter     16th April 2021 Hino South Africa (SA) has retained its leadership position in the DATATrack comparative truck industry study. The local arm of the Japanese truck maker achieved top spot in the first quarter study’s overall combined ratings, and also topped all three categories – sales, parts and service.  

Continental body, Germany partner to develop Ethiopian auto policy 

By: Irma Venter     16th April 2021 The African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) has been appointed to develop an automotive policy for the Ethiopian government that will ultimately aim to encourage global original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs, or vehicle manufacturers) and component manufacturers to invest in... 

Capacitate Sars, create green lanes for cargo at border posts

By: Irma Venter     16th April 2021 South Africa’s logistics sector will operate more efficiently under an increasingly capacitated South African Revenue Service (Sars) rather than a Border Management Agency (BMA), as proposed by government, says South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) chairperson Dr Juanita Maree.... 

Online vehicle searches jump to a record high

By: Irma Venter     16th April 2021 The latest biannual AutoTrader Car Industry Report shows that online vehicle searches on AutoTrader have reached a new record. Covering the period from July 1 to December 31, 2020, the report notes that 276-million searches were conducted on AutoTrader, which is 54.1% growth year-on-year.  

Golden Arrow rolls out electric bus pilot study  

By: Irma Venter     14th 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. 

Golden Arrow rolls out electric bus pilot study

Isuzu Motors SA funds cherry picker localisation 

By: Irma Venter     13th April 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... 

Isuzu Motors SA funds cherry picker localisation

Courier industry growing rapidly as e-commerce expands – SAEPA 

By: Irma Venter     9th April 2021 The express parcel industry has more than doubled over the last decade, says South African Express Parcel Association (SAEPA) CEO Garry Marshall, and is currently the fastest growing transport sector in the country.  He says studies show that the formal industry recorded R8-billion in turnover in... 

Courier industry growing rapidly as e-commerce expands – SAEPA

SA-UK PACT announces funding for uYilo’s EV capacity building project

By: Irma Venter     9th April 2021 The South Africa-UK Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions (SA-UK PACT) programme has announced that it will fund ten local projects to the tune of more than £3-million.  The aim is to help South Africa transition to a low-carbon, inclusive, climate-resilient economy and society. 

Tata launches e-commerce parts portal

By: Irma Venter     9th April 2021 Tata International Africa has launched an e-commerce parts website and portal.  The online store – partskart.co.za – will enable customers anywhere in South Africa, including those in the remotest parts of the country, to order Tata and Daewoo heavy commercial vehicle (HCV) parts, with doorstep... 

Botswana seeks opportunities to integrate into South African auto value chain

By: Irma Venter     9th April 2021 The Botswana government believes there is an opportunity for the country to participate in the South African automotive sector. “Around 60% of the components used in South African vehicles are still imported from outside Africa. Given Botswana’s proximity to South Africa, we see this as an... 

Isuzu Motors completes acquisition of UD Trucks 

By: Irma Venter     7th 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 the CFO, effective April 1. 

Isuzu Motors completes acquisition of UD Trucks

Tata Africa to expand its product range and footprint in Africa, says Brand  

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2021 Tata International Africa (TIA) aims to double its turnover in the next four years, says CEO Len Brand. Brand 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. 

Len Brand
Len Brand

Consumers are delaying car purchases owing to Covid-19 – Deloitte report 

By: Irma Venter     6th 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. 

Consumers are delaying car purchases owing to Covid-19 – Deloitte report

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

By: Irma Venter     6th 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... 

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

Metair won’t build lithium-ion plant in South Africa unless it secures offtake deal

By: Irma Venter     2nd April 2021 Newly appointed Metair CEO Riaz Haffejee says the group is in a “good position” to be a “good partner” to a lithium-ion (li-ion) battery manufacturer in South Africa, or to partner with a vehicle manufacturer to produce these batteries. He says the group is currently piloting a plant at its... 

New-vehicle sales jump by 31.8%, exports up 38.6% 

By: Irma Venter     1st April 2021 The expected turnaround in South Africa’s new-vehicle market has started, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council. Naamsa on Thursday released the new-vehicle sales statistics for March, which is the first month of the year to produce comparable year-on-year numbers, considering the fact... 

New-vehicle sales jump by 31.8%, exports up 38.6%

AAAM hosts exploratory visit by component manufacturers in Ghana

By: Irma Venter     31st March 2021 The African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) in March hosted an exploratory visit by automotive component manufacturers to Ghana.  The AAAM says the objective was to introduce potential investors to the Ghanaian automotive market.  

The component manufacturer delegation in Ghana
The component manufacturer delegation in Ghana

Hino-Connect to be rolled out as standard on all Hino trucks

By: Irma Venter     29th March 2021 Full fleet management system Hino-Connect will be installed as standard on the entire range of trucks offered by Hino South Africa (SA), including the Dyna, 300, 500 and 700 models, as from April. The project is a joint venture with mobility solutions provider Cartrack. 

Ernie Trautmann
Ernie Trautmann

AAAM, German partner to develop Ethiopian auto policy  

By: Irma Venter     26th March 2021 The African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) has been appointed to develop an automotive policy for the Ethiopian government that will ultimately aim to encourage global original equipment manufacturers (OEMs, or vehicle manufacturers) and component manufacturers to invest in... 

David Coffey
David Coffey

African auto industry financing MoU signed

By: Irma Venter     26th March 2021 The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the financing and promotion of the automotive industry in Africa.  “The strategic partnership with AAAM will facilitate the... 

Capacitate Sars, create green lanes for cargo at border posts – SAAFF 

By: Irma Venter     24th March 2021 South Africa’s logistics sector will operate more efficiently under an increasingly capacitated South African Revenue Service (Sars), rather than a Border Management Agency (BMA), as proposed by government, says South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) chairperson Dr Juanita Maree.... 

Capacitate Sars, create green lanes for cargo at border posts – SAAFF

Supply an issue as new-vehicle market continues to recover, says Motus 

By: Irma Venter     24th March 2021 The South African new-vehicle market is on the recovery path, with sales bouncing back in February compared with January. The main issue currently holding back manufacturers is not market appetite, but the ability to supply sufficient vehicles to meet demand, says vehicle retailer Motus. 

Supply an issue as new-vehicle market continues to recover, says Motus

EVs to account for lion’s share of global vehicle sales by 2038 – South African auto body

By: Irma Venter     19th March 2021 Electric vehicle (EV) sales are forecast to exceed internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle sales by 2038, with sales in the European Union (EU) projected to comprise 40% EVs by 2030, and 80% by 2040, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council in its fourth-quarter (Q4) business review. “The... 

Naamsa adopts new name

By: Irma Venter     19th March 2021 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) has announced a change in its naming conventions, as it says it represents a wider community of stakeholders than only vehicle manufacturers.  “Traditionally, we were established to primarily represent the interests of... 

Tech investor to acquire Ctrack in Africa, Middle East

By: Irma Venter     19th March 2021 Technology investor Convergence Partners has entered into an agreement with Inseego to acquire 100% of Ctrack’s operations in Africa and the Middle East.  

Local lithium-ion plant would require offtake agreement first, says Metair 

By: Irma Venter     18th March 2021 Newly appointed Metair CEO Riaz Haffejee says the group is in a “good position” to be a “good partner” to a lithium-ion (li-ion) battery manufacturer in South Africa, or to partner with a vehicle manufacturer to produce these batteries. He says Metair is currently piloting a plant at its battery... 

Riaz Haffejee
Riaz Haffejee

Auto sector needs 485 new Tier 2 businesses to reach SAAM goals – RMB 

By: Irma Venter     17th March 2021 The South African Automotive Master Plan (SAAM) envisages growing local content in South African assembled vehicles from around 37% (as of 2015) to 60% by 2035. “To meet this objective, the South African automotive industry needs to create 485 new businesses in Tier 2 automotive products by... 

Auto sector needs 485 new Tier 2 businesses to reach SAAM goals – RMB

Babcock adds new truck models to its transport portfolio 

17th March 2021 Transport equipment and engineering solutions provider Babcock International added the latest DAF XF 480, XF 530 and CF 430 truck models to its transport portfolio earlier this month, bringing many improvements compared to older trucks in the portfolio. Marleny Arnoldi visited the company. 

Babcock adds new truck models to its transport portfolio
Babcock adds new truck models to its transport portfolio

Tata Africa launches e-commerce heavy commercial vehicle parts portal  

By: Irma Venter     15th March 2021 Tata International Africa has launched an e-commerce parts website and portal.  The online store – partskart.co.za ­­– will enable customers anywhere in South Africa to order Tata and Daewoo heavy commercial vehicle (HCV) parts with doorstep delivery, including the most remote parts of the... 

Tata Africa launches e-commerce heavy commercial vehicle parts portal 

TATA International Africa sets up finance offering, uptime strategy supports growth

By: Schalk Burger     12th March 2021 Trading and distribution company TATA International Africa's uptime strategy has allowed it to improve turnover and profitability over the past year. It also supports the pursuit of its growth and expansion objectives, says TATA International Africa CEO Len Brand. 

Electricity tariff hike will make local auto sector less competitive globally – AIDCEC

By: Irma Venter     12th March 2021 The Eastern Cape Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDCEC) has warned that the 15% electricity tariff increase that comes into effect on April 1, will slam the brakes on the South African automotive supply chain's drive to achieve greater levels of global competitiveness.  The AIDCEC says... 

Strong used-car, aftermarket sales see Motus bounce back 

By: Irma Venter     12th March 2021 A buoyant used-car market and strong aftermarket parts sales have helped mobility group Motus bounce back from the significant decline the group experienced as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic in the last half of the previous financial year. Reporting on the company’s results for the first six... 

February new-car sales dip by 13.3%

By: Irma Venter     12th March 2021 New-vehicle sales fell by 13.3% in February, to 37 521 units, compared with the same month last year, reports Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council. An estimated 31 635 units, or 84.3%, were dealer sales, with 10% going to the vehicle rental industry, 3.4% to government, and 2.3% of total... 

Babcock introduces new truck models to its transport equipment portfolio

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th March 2021 Transport equipment and engineering solutions provider Babcock International has added the latest DAF XF 480, XF 530 and CF 430 truck models to its transport portfolio. Transport solutions sales director Mark Gavin says the new models bring many improvements compared to older DAF trucks in... 

Babcock International's latest DAF truck models on offer
Photo by Creamer Media's Marleny Arnoldi
Babcock International's latest DAF truck models on offer

Vehicle finance on cusp of revolution, says WesBank’s Msibi

By: Irma Venter     5th March 2021 The demands on financial institutions are changing rapidly as younger age groups start to actively participate in the acquisition of assets, says WesBank Motor CEO Ghana Msibi. “I expect the motoring industry, including vehicle finance, to evolve more in the next five years than it has in the... 

Challenging 2021 predicted for South African car market

By: Irma Venter     5th March 2021 The South African automotive industry faces a challenging 2021, with new-vehicle prices continuing to climb well above the inflation rate in a market already severely constrained by the financial effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.  This is according to the latest TransUnion South Africa Vehicle... 

Daimler Truck, Volvo Group wrap up deal to form fuel-cell joint venture

By: Irma Venter     4th March 2021 German group, Daimler Truck, and Swedish truck maker, the Volvo Group, have wrapped up the deal to form a fuel-cell joint venture (JV).  The Volvo Group has acquired 50% of the interest in the existing Daimler Truck Fuel Cell company for about 600-million euro on a cash and debt-free basis.  

Daimler Truck, Volvo Group wrap up deal to form fuel-cell joint venture
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