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Truck & Bus News

Imperial’s gateway to Africa strategy taking shape 

By: Irma Venter     25th February 2020 Logistics group Imperial aims to strengthen its proposition as “the gateway to Africa” with a potential expansion into air/ocean freight management, says CEO Mohammed Akoojee. “We are strong in land-based freight management, but this will unlock a new level for us.” 

VWSA launches e-Golf project, with the aim to sell EVs from 2022 

By: Irma Venter     19th February 2020 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has taken the first step in the roll-out of its local electric mobility programme, through the launch of the e-Golf pilot project. The e-Golf pilot project will see six fully electric vehicles (EVs) being tested by motoring and lifestyle media, selected... 

VWSA launches e-Golf project, with the aim to sell EVs from 2022

Criticism, praise for Competition Commission’s aftermarket guidelines 

By: Irma Venter     18th February 2020 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) has slammed the Competition Commission’s draft Guidelines for Competition in the South African Automotive Aftermarket Industry, published for comment last week. These guidelines will mean, for example, that car owners... 

Criticism, praise for Competition Commission’s aftermarket guidelines
Mike Mabasa

BMW’s Selumane appointed as CEO of transformation fund 

By: Irma Venter     17th February 2020 Jabulani Selumane has been appointed as CEO of the Automotive Industry Transformation Fund (AITF).   Selumane, a mechanical engineer by training, has more than ten years’ experience in the automotive industry. Prior to that he worked at Barloworld. 

BMW’s Selumane appointed as CEO of transformation fund

New-vehicle sales to decline by 3.5%, says WesBank

By: Irma Venter     13th February 2020 South Africa’s new-vehicle sales are set to decline 3.5% in 2020, predicts vehicle finance provider WesBank. Given the economic and political challenges facing the country, it is likely that business and consumer confidence will remain subdued. 

New-vehicle sales to decline by 3.5%, says WesBank

Watchdog needed, not more standards

By: Tracy Hancock     7th February 2020 South Africa would be better served by an industry regulator rather than a standards body to ensure compliance with globally accepted lubricant standards, says industrial and automotive lubricants manufacturer Castrol strategy and projects manager Satha Govender. In the past, local manufacturers... 

Watchdog needed, not more standards
MAGNATEC IN MOTION Castrol’s Magnatec Dual Lock will be available to the South African market in September

Telematics company introduces live streaming

By: Darren Parker     7th February 2020 Fleet and asset management solutions company MiX Telematics has added a live streaming service to its MiX Vision solution. The streaming service enables fleet managers to live-stream footage from up to eight cameras simultaneously using MiX Fleet Manager – MiX Telematics’ online software solution... 

Telematics company introduces live streaming
IN REAL-TIME The live streaming service helps fleet managers to improve driver safety and compliance

OneLogix’s Umlaas hub expansion to wrap up at year-end

By: Irma Venter     6th February 2020 Specialist logistics service provider OneLogix should complete the R300-million, phase 3 expansion of its vehicle distribution hub at Umlaas, in KwaZulu-Natal, by the end of the year, says CEO Ian Lourens. Speaking at the company’s results presentation for the six months to end November, 2019, in... 

 OneLogix’s Umlaas hub expansion to wrap up at year-end
Ian Lourens

Zero emissions transport future will require more copper, platinum

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th February 2020 Canadian mining company Ivanhoe Mines co-chairperson Robert Friedland this week told delegates at the Investing in African Mining Indaba that the world was shifting towards zero emissions transportation and that this will likely result in shortages of 'green' metals, like platinum and copper. He... 

Zero emissions transport future will require more copper, platinum

New-vehicle sales to drop by 4% in 2020, says Toyota

By: Irma Venter     3rd February 2020 The South African new-vehicle sales market will shrink by 4% in 2020, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) president and CEO Andrew Kirby. He says Toyota expects the passenger car market to decline by 4%, to 339 900 units, with the light commercial vehicle market (LCV) to drop by 2%, to 150 585... 

New-vehicle sales to drop by 4% in 2020, says Toyota
Andrew Kirby

Toyota South Africa rolls out R4.3-billion investment at local operations

By: Irma Venter     31st January 2020 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) will invest R4.28-billion in its local operations up to the end of 2020. TSAM president and CEO Andrew Kirby says the investment will straddle a number of areas at the local arm of the Japanese car maker. 

 Toyota South Africa rolls out R4.3-billion investment at local operations
Andrew Kirby

Audi cars aim to ride wave of green traffic lights in Germany

By: Irma Venter     28th January 2020 German premium car maker Audi has expanded its networked traffic light project from Ingolstadt to Düsseldorf. At the end of January, Audi drivers in Düsseldorf will see information from around 150 traffic lights in their cockpit, thus increasing their chance of catching a wave of green traffic... 

Audi cars aim to ride wave of green traffic lights in Germany

Road freight emissions can be cut by up to 46%, suggests new framework 

By: Irma Venter     24th January 2020 As the primary method for freight transportation in South Africa, road freight, excluding passenger freight, emits about 16.8-million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) a year, making it the second largest contributor to carbon emissions, after electricity. One way to reduce these carbon emissions is... 

 Road freight emissions can be cut by up to 46%, suggests new framework
Dr Lee-Anne Terblanche

EV pilot programme can help Rwanda go green

By: Cameron Mackay     24th January 2020 Electric mobility through electric vehicles (EVs) in Rwanda can help the country in its efforts to go green, says Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) CEO Thomas Schäfer.  This comes after Volkswagen launched a pilot project in the country in October last year, where it introduced its first EV in Africa. 

EV pilot programme can help Rwanda go green
Photo by Creamer Media
THOMAS SCHÄFER Africa will develop in many ways with cooperation. We need to learn to work together across the continent, find shared value, and ways of collaborating

SAB hopes to use first electric truck by 2022

By: Irma Venter     22nd January 2020 South African Breweries (SAB) and AB InBev Africa sustainability VP Taryn Rosekilly “dreams” of having a light-duty electric truck (etruck) operational within the beer maker’s South African fleet by 2022. She says SAB is keen to use etrucks as their value is increasingly being proved in markets... 

SAB hopes to use first electric truck by 2022
The eCanter

South African transport operators 'under pressure'; UD Trucks to face year of change 

By: Irma Venter     21st January 2020 South African transport operators are “under severe pressure” as they face a “tough and erratic economic climate”, says UD Trucks Southern Africa marketing director Rory Schulz. This said, the South African new-truck market expanded by 2.1% in 2019 compared with 2018, to reach 28 041 units. 

South African transport operators 'under pressure'; UD Trucks to face year of change

Local lithium-ion battery plant to open its doors this year 

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2020 The Megamillion Energy Company intends to be Africa’s first large-scale producer of lithium-ion batteries, with a mandate to make batteries “in Africa, for Africa’s benefit first”. Megamillion aims to have Africa’s first lithium-ion battery production pilot plant up and running in the second half... 

Local lithium-ion battery plant to open its doors this year
Nechan Naicker

Several South Africans, ladies included, made for a memorable Dakar 2020

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2020 While there was no South African on the overall winner’s podium at Dakar 2020, the country did manage to notch up quite a number of memorable finishes. Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Giniel de Villiers (from South Africa) and Spanish co-driver Alex Haro powered their South African built and run factory... 

 Several South Africans, ladies included, made for a memorable Dakar 2020
Alex Haro and Giniel de Villiers

Grindrod breaks ground at R105m AutoPort project 

By: Irma Venter     17th January 2020 Freight logistics group Grindrod has started construction on a new, R105-million AutoPort, just off the N3 in Camperdown, KwaZulu-Natal. The 270 000 m2 property is located between Pinetown and Pietermaritzburg. 

Grindrod breaks ground at R105m AutoPort project

Hilux, Suzuki, Vivo big winners in 2019; premium brand sales on the decline

By: Irma Venter     8th January 2020 New-vehicle sales in South Africa in 2019 showed a strong buying-down trend, with under-pressure consumers either opting for trusted and/or value-for-money brands, rather than more premium cars. The South African total new-vehicle sales market declined by 2.8% in 2019, to 536 626 units, down from... 

 Hilux, Suzuki, Vivo big winners in 2019; premium brand sales on the decline

New-vehicle sales dip 2.8%; exports set new record 

By: Irma Venter     7th January 2020 The domestic new-vehicle sales market yet again retreated into negative territory, declining by 2.8% in 2019, to 536 626 units, down from the 552 227 units sold in 2018. New-vehicle sales declined by 1% in 2018 from the 557 703 units sold in 2017. 

New-vehicle sales dip 2.8%; exports set new record

SA wants to be continent’s automotive producer of choice – Patel

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th December 2019 Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel is hoping that regular meetings between government, labour and representatives from the vehicle assemblers and automotive component suppliers, will create a stable and predictable environment for automotive investment. The Automotive Executive Oversight... 

BMW boss elected as new Naamsa president

By: Irma Venter     10th December 2019 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) has elected BMW Group South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa CEO Tim Abbott as its new president. He will serve a two-year term. 

BMW boss elected as new Naamsa president
Tim Abbott

Manufacturers join forces for sector development

6th December 2019 In the spirit of Kyodo, automotive manufacturers Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) and Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSAf) have joined forces to create a black supplier development programme for local manufacturer Algoa Components Manufacturers (ACM). When ACM reported concerns about the future... 

Manufacturers join forces for sector development
'COMPONENT' SOCIAL INVESTMENT Both Toyota and Isuzu have undertaken the responsibility of developing an beleaguered local manufacturer

Positive outlook promotes investment in sector

6th December 2019 In light of the positive industry outlook for major automotive manufacturers such as Nissan, steel distributor Allied Steelrode has invested in process technology to assist its predominantly automotive component sector clients. Allied Steelrode's suite of steel beneficiation equipment ranges from... 

Positive outlook promotes  investment in sector
STEELY INVESTMENT Allied Steelrode CEO Arun Chadha and automotive sales GM Lee-Ann Geyser hope to meet customer expectations through investing in new equipment

New-vehicle sales decline by 5.8% in November

By: Irma Venter     2nd December 2019 New-vehicle sales in November declined by 5.8%, to 44 738 units, compared with the same month in 2018. The newest sales numbers, released on Monday, indicated that November new-passenger car sales increased by a modest 1.3%, to reach 31 444 units, with strong support from the car rental industry,... 

New-vehicle sales decline by 5.8% in November

EV charging network gears up for numerous new models 

By: Irma Venter     26th November 2019 Few people know that it is possible to travel on the N1 from Johannesburg to Cape Town with an electric vehicle (EV). EV charging solution specialist GridCars, a Solareff subsidiary, has installed around 100 of the 200 existing public charging stations around the country. Of these 100, 52 are DC,... 

EV charging network gears up for numerous new models

Bus and coach sector enjoys uptick

By: Darren Parker     22nd November 2019 Despite a difficult economic climate for most industries, there has been increased demand in the local bus and coach sector in the second half of 2019. “The demand for reliable, safe transport for commuters is growing, owing to increased urbanisation, thereby placing bus and coach manufacturers... 

Bus and coach sector enjoys uptick
JASON BRUNNINGER Advances in infrastructure are needed for the electrification of buses in Southern Africa

New software module improves truck freight-tracking capability

By: Darren Parker     22nd November 2019 South African software developer Dariel will introduce the finalised, fully realised version of its road freight logistics management software module TripX to the market by the end of the year.  “The company has been testing a simplified version of TripX since 2017 – along with other add-on... 

New software module improves truck freight-tracking capability
BRIDGING THE GAP The weighbridge-based software modules enable users to track and control their logistics from supplier to customer

Value-added service to enhance in-vehicle video camera solution

By: Darren Parker     22nd November 2019 Fleet and mobile asset management solutions group MiX Telematics has launched the gold MiX Vision Bureau Service, which further extends the value of the in-vehicle MiX Vision video camera solution. The service is managed by MiX Telematics’ team of professional video analysts and is offered as... 

Value-added service to enhance in-vehicle video camera solution
GOING FOR GOLD The gold programme includes an array of driver-coaching tools to ensure that risky driver behaviour can be addressed proactively

Road wear an ongoing concern

By: Darren Parker     22nd November 2019 There are multiple factors that contribute to deteriorating road conditions in South Africa, and the road freight industry cannot be held solely responsible, says Road Freight Association (RFA) CEO Gavin Kelly. The volume of cars, trucks and buses using the roads far exceeds the volumes of 30 to... 

Second-hand tyre survey shows 61% are not fit for use 

By: Irma Venter     14th November 2019 The 2019 South African Tyre Manufacturing Conference (SATMC) Used Tyre Survey indicates that only 39% of tyres surveyed this year were deemed safe for use on the road. This is a sharp decrease on safe-to-reuse second-hand tyres when compared with the 47% recorded in the 2014 survey, says Sumitomo... 

Second-hand tyre survey shows 61% are not fit for use

Isuzu announces R1.2bn investment in next-gen bakkie programme  

By: Irma Venter     11th November 2019 Isuzu Motors, of Japan, has confirmed that it will be investing R1.2-billion in the production of its next-generation one-ton bakkie in South Africa, while an additional total local parts and content value of R2.8-billion should be generated through the lifecycle of the assembly programme. This... 

Isuzu announces R1.2bn investment in next-gen bakkie programme
The current generation Isuzu bakkie

Serco invests in renewable energy for its Durban factory

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th November 2019 Truck body manufacturer Serco Industries has invested R5-million in a solar rooftop plant for its Durban factory. A total 1 029 solar panels have been installed on the roof of the truck and trailer building factory, allowing the premises to be off the grid during the day.  

Serco invests in renewable energy for its Durban factory
Serco's factory in Durban with solar panels

Clear buying-down trend in truck market, says UD Trucks

By: Irma Venter     8th November 2019 Despite South Africa’s struggling economy, the truck market has grown by 3.1% in the first ten months of the year, compared with the same period last year. According to the latest sales results, 23 190 new trucks and buses, in total, have been sold so far in 2019.   

Clear buying-down trend in truck market, says UD Trucks

Vehicle manufacturers to launch R6bn auto industry empowerment fund 

By: Irma Venter     6th November 2019 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) will launch a R6-billion Automotive Industry Transformation Fund (AITF) to support black participation in the automotive industry supply chain. The fund was announced on Wednesday at the South African Investment... 

 Vehicle manufacturers to launch R6bn auto industry empowerment fund
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Tim Abbott

Service stations must invest in EV charging stations, says FNB’s Fester 

By: Irma Venter     4th November 2019 With 867 electric vehicles (EVs) registered in South Africa, and with this figure likely to increase in the near future, fuel retailers can no longer ignore the imminent need to invest in battery electric vehicle charging infrastructure, says First National Bank (FNB) fuel brand specialist Ronél... 

 Service stations must invest in EV charging stations, says FNB’s Fester
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