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Truck & Bus News

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.   

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

Expected new-car market turnaround failed to materialise, says Naamsa 

By: Irma Venter     1st November 2019 The turnaround in the new-vehicle market, anticipated for the second half of the year has failed to materialised, says the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa. The current low growth environment and an increase in the country’s fiscal risks do not bode well for the... 

Expected new-car market turnaround failed to materialise, says Naamsa

Tshwane Automotive SEZ expected to be jobs, industrialisation catalyst

By: Irma Venter     1st November 2019 The establishment of the Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (SEZ) will – “without a doubt” – aid in job creation and economic growth, says Gauteng Economic Development, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development MEC Morakane Mosupyoe. The proposed SEZ will be developed on 162 ha of land... 

Mahindra South Africa on track for another record year

By: Irma Venter     30th October 2019 Mahindra South Africa (SA) appears on track to deliver another new yearly sales record. Looking at sales for the first three quarters of 2019, the group had almost reached its  full year sales volume for 2018 by September this year. 

Mahindra South Africa on track for another record year

Zeelo launches commuting service between Eastgate, Sandton

By: Irma Venter     28th October 2019 Personalised shared transport service, Zeelo, in partnership with Eastgate Shopping Centre and Sandton City Shopping Centre, is set to launch a commuting service between the East Rand and Sandton hubs on November 4. Shoppers and commuters will be able to choose between four morning departure... 

Zeelo launches commuting service between Eastgate, Sandton

Cartrack to add ‘Airbnb for your car’, other mobility solutions 

By: Irma Venter     23rd October 2019 Cartrack is looking at introducing a host of new mobility-linked services to its vehicle tracking and telematics platforms, says CEO Zak Calisto. Cartrack customers would, for example, soon be able to rent out their private vehicles – “as a sort of Airbnb for your car”, he notes. 

Cartrack to add ‘Airbnb for your car’, other mobility solutions
Zak Calisto

South Africa will not escape change in car-use patterns, says Absa 

By: Irma Venter     21st October 2019 The rise of self-driving and electric vehicles (EVs) will impact the vehicle insurance industry, despite the fact that personal use cars will remain an aspirational consumer asset in South Africa for the foreseeable future, says Absa Vehicle and Asset Finance managing executive Faisal Mkhize.... 

South Africa will not escape change in car-use patterns, says Absa

Grant funding for local electric vehicle innovations up for grabs

By: Irma Venter     18th October 2019 The uYilo Electric Mobility Programme has opened the grant funding call for its 2019 Kick Start Fund Project. uYilo was established in 2013 as an initiative of the Technology Innovation Agency, with the aim to enable, facilitate and mobilise electric mobility in South Africa. UYilo says its 2019... 

Grant funding for local electric vehicle innovations up for grabs

Tshwane special economic zone will create jobs, says govt 

By: Irma Venter     16th October 2019 The establishment of the Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (SEZ) will – “without a doubt” – aid in job creation and economic growth, says Gauteng Economic Development, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development MEC Morakane Mosupyoe. The proposed SEZ will be developed on 162 ha of land... 

Tshwane special economic zone will create jobs, says govt
Morakane Mosupyoe

Toyota gives R70m endowment towards manufacturing studies 

By: Irma Venter     14th October 2019 The Toyota Wessels Institute for Manufacturing Studies (TWIMS) has received a R70-million endowment from the Toyota South Africa (SA) Educational Trust to create a manufacturing ambassador scholarship to fund promising students who want to complete a manufacturing-focused Master of Business... 

Toyota gives R70m endowment towards manufacturing studies
The TWIMS campus

Leading bus company makes case for greater State support as urbanisation accelerates

By: Irma Venter     11th October 2019 It would probably be fair to say that Golden Arrow Bus Services (GABS) has seen the best and worst the South African transport industry has to offer. The company this year celebrates its 158th birthday, with its roots tracing back through an unbroken chain of acquisitions and mergers to the very... 

Leading bus company makes case for greater State support  as urbanisation accelerates

Construction on Rea Vaya’s Selby depot progressing

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th October 2019 The Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) is making progress with the construction of the Rea Vaya bus rapid transit’s (BRT’s) Selby bus depot, in the Johannesburg central business district (CBD). The depot will be used for Phases 1A and 1B of the Rea Vaya BRT. 

Construction on Rea Vaya’s Selby depot progressing
Photo by Creamer Media's Tasneem Bulbulia
Construction is progressing well

Gauteng can build an economy around transport, says MEC Mamabola 

By: Irma Venter     10th October 2019 With Johannesburg no longer the city of gold, Gauteng has to develop a new economic plan for the future, says Gauteng Transport and Roads MEC Jacob Mamabola. “Smart mobility can be one of the biggest next economies of Gauteng. I think we can reposition transport . . . build an economy around... 

Gauteng can build an economy around transport, says MEC Mamabola

All mobility heading to electric future; solar and storage seen as key enablers

By: Schalk Burger     2nd October 2019 The Department of Science and Innovation’s (DSI’s) electric mobility initiative uYilo director Hilten Parmar on Tuesday highlighted that worldwide all forms of mobility, including personal, freight, aviation and marine transport, were moving towards the use or inclusion of electric systems. The... 

Powerstar targets long-haul market, expands FT series

By: Irma Venter     30th September 2019 Powerstar is committed to developing a presence in the long-haul trucking market, says Everstar Industries COO David Gao. Everstar Industries assembles and distributes Powerstar trucks in South Africa. 

Powerstar targets long-haul market, expands FT series
The new FT10

UD Trucks ups its tech offering as it launches new Quon range

By: Irma Venter     26th September 2019 UD Trucks Southern Africa (UDTSA) has introduced the new Quon extra-heavy truck range to the local market. The new range has an array of fresh technologies to cater for increasingly sophisticated customer demands. 

UD Trucks ups its tech offering as it launches new Quon range
The new Quon

Daewoo Trucks stages a comeback, launches new Maximus

By: Irma Venter     26th September 2019 South Korean commercial vehicle brand Daewoo Trucks is steadily making a comeback in the South Africa market. Daewoo Trucks has been on sale in South Africa since 2004, but in earlier years failed to make a significant impact, owing largely to poor parts availability and after-sales service, says... 

Daewoo Trucks stages a comeback, launches new Maximus
The Maximus KL3TX

Go George vehicle operating company buys its own buses

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th September 2019 The George Integrated Public Transport Network (GIPTN), better known as Go George, reached a milestone this month when MAN Truck & Bus handed over 18 new buses to George Link, the vehicle operating company providing transport services to Go George.  Part of the implementation of the GIPTN project... 

Go George vehicle operating company buys its own buses
Handover. From left: Lionel Fortuin (director), Manon McDonald (George Municipality Fleet Manager), James Robb (GO GEORGE Manager), Hannes Wannenburg (George Link CFO), cllr Charlotte Clarke (Deputy Mayor), John Heathcote (director), Aliva George (director) and Richard von Wielligh (representing the Director of Protection Services, George Municipality)

AMEO, Numsa sign new three-year wage agreement

By: Irma Venter     13th September 2019 The Automotive Manufacturers Employers’ Association (AMEO) has signed a new three-year wage agreement with the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa). The wage increase will be effected retrospectively from July 1. 

AMEO, Numsa sign new three-year wage agreement

BNEF cuts 2019 EV forecast by 6%

By: Irma Venter     13th September 2019 Research service, BloombergNEF (BNEF) has cut its electric vehicle (EV) sales forecast for 2019 by 6%, to 1.5-million units. Global passenger EV sales fell in July for the first time in 30 months, with the last move into the red seen in January 2017. 

 BNEF cuts 2019 EV forecast by 6%

Freight challenges create import-export difficulties

By: Theresa Bhowan     13th September 2019 South Africa is facing many challenges, but those in freight logistics are among the most serious, says industry association South African Association of Freight Forwarders national maritime consultant Dave Watts. 

Vehicle makers, Numsa reach wage agreement, but no deal signed yet, says AMEO

By: Irma Venter     12th September 2019 South Africa’s vehicle manufacturers and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) have reached an in-principle wage agreement, says Automotive Manufacturers Employers' Association spokesperson Andile Dlamini. “The parties met this week to finalise the details of the agreement... 

Vehicle makers, Numsa reach wage agreement, but no deal signed yet, says AMEO

Bell to launch South African-made small truck in Las Vegas in 2020 

By: Irma Venter     9th September 2019 Capital equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment (Bell) will in March launch a new addition to its product portfolio in Las Vegas, in the US. Bell CEO Leon Goosen said on Monday that the “small truck of less than 30 t gross vehicle mass" would be manufactured at Bell’s Richards Bay plant, in... 

Bell to launch South African-made small truck in Las Vegas in 2020
Leon Goosen

Isuzu South Africa explores alternative fuel solutions for trucks 

By: Irma Venter     9th September 2019 Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSAF) has started evaluating two types of trucks that use alternative propulsion technologies, with a view to determine their suitability for the African market. Isuzu is currently testing a compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel truck, and a dual-fuel-powered truck... 

Isuzu South Africa explores alternative fuel solutions for trucks

Company launches management solution

6th September 2019 Petroleum products and solutions provider Masana Petroleum Solutions has extended its long-standing strategic partnership with oil industry company BP Southern Africa (BPSA) – which jointly runs the Sapref refinery located in KwaZulu-Natal – to deliver an innovative fleet management solution, BP... 

ZF starts production at new East London axle plant 

By: Irma Venter     4th September 2019 ZF Lemförder South Africa’s new plant in East London has started production of front and rear axles for its customer, Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA). MBSA – a member of the Daimler group – is investing R10-billion to gear up for production of the new generation C-Class at its nearby plant,... 

ZF starts production at new East London axle plant
The ZF plant in East London

KLT acquires Brits plant, eyes East London expansion

By: Irma Venter     3rd September 2019 Chassis manufacturer, the KLT Group, has acquired the AVMY Steel Science pressing, welding, assembly and e-coating plant, in Brits, in the North West province, in a deal worth roughly R30-million. The move forms part of the Indian group’s production expansion and diversification programme in... 

KLT acquires Brits plant, eyes East London expansion

New-vehicle sales continue to decline; exports set new record 

By: Irma Venter     2nd September 2019 South African new-vehicle sales continued their steady downward trend in August. Total sales for August declined by 5.1%, to 45 537 units, compared with the same month last year. 

New-vehicle sales continue to decline; exports set new record

Fuso launches fresh product assault; expects flat 2019

By: Irma Venter     2nd September 2019 The South African new-truck market will show only a 0.8% improvement this year, forecasts Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) CEO Jasper Hafkamp. The domestic new-truck market reached 23 162 units in 2018. 

 Fuso launches fresh product assault; expects flat 2019
The Fuso FI12-170R

Virginia project to stimulate local gas economy

By: Cameron Mackay     30th August 2019 Alternative fuels investment firm Renergen’s Tetra4 Virginia natural gas project, in the Free State, will produce liquefied natural gas (LNG) in 2021, with a Phase 2 expansion being planned. Tetra4 is a natural gas and helium company, which Renergen acquired 90% of in December 2015. 

Virginia project to stimulate local gas economy
DOMINO EFFECT Once the plant is built and producing commercially, it will inspire confidence for other project developers to bring similar projects on line

Ctrack Logistics Barometer shows encouraging upward momentum 

By: Irma Venter     29th August 2019 Vehicle tracking and telematics provider, Ctrack, has joined forces with economists.co.za to create the Ctrack Logistics Barometer. The Ctrack Logistics Barometer aims to be an accurate co-incident indicator of the state of the South African economy, particularly in terms of the goods economy,... 

Ctrack Logistics Barometer shows encouraging upward momentum
Mike Schüssler

Motus weathers buying-down trend, looks to acquisitions in Aus, UK 

By: Irma Venter     28th August 2019 Current economic conditions are forcing South African consumers to buy down when it comes to vehicle purchases, moving either to pre-owned, entry-level or smaller cars, says Motus CEO Osman Arbee. Motus operates across the automotive value chain through four business segments, namely import and... 

Motus weathers buying-down trend, looks to acquisitions in Aus, UK
Osman Arbee

SKD production set to start at BAIC plant, CKD to follow in 2020, says IDC 

By: Irma Venter     26th August 2019 Semi-knockdown production (SKD) is “about to start” at the BAIC South Africa (SA) plant in the Coega Industrial Development Zone, in the Eastern Cape, says Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) Automotive and Transport Equipment head Joy Balepile. The IDC is a 35% shareholder in BAIC SA, along... 

 SKD production set to start at BAIC plant, CKD to follow in 2020, says IDC
Photo by Dylan Slater
The BAIC plant in Coega

Next phase of taxi recapitalisation gets under way

By: Schalk Burger     23rd August 2019 The revised taxi recapitalisation programme to remove the remaining 63 241 unroadworthy or noncompliant taxis from South Africa’s roads was launched by Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula, in Elandsfontein, Ekurhuleni, on Friday. The initial taxi recapitalisation programme, which was launched in... 

Next phase of taxi recapitalisation gets under way
Photo by Dylan Slater
Taxi being placed into baling machine

Volkswagen to launch EV in South Africa in 2021, urges govt support 

By: Irma Venter     23rd August 2019 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) hopes to launch it first fully electric vehicle (EV) in the local market in 2021, should it be able to convince its German head office to bring the vehicle to South Africa. The ID.3 has a price tag of roughly $36 000 and a range of 420 km. 

Volkswagen to launch EV in South Africa in 2021, urges govt support
A camouflaged ID.3
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