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Toyota to begin Durban assembly of Hino trucks in November

By: Irma Venter     25th August 2017 Assembly of the new Hino 500 Series truck will start at Toyota South Africa Motors’ Durban plant in November. The first prototypes have already been built, says Hino South Africa senior manager Leslie Long. 

Toyota mulls production of ‘affordable’ car at Prospecton plant

By: Irma Venter     25th August 2017 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) is investigating the possibility of manufacturing a new passenger car at its Prospecton plant, in Durban. “We are seeking the opportunity to produce something more affordable,” says TSAM CEO Andrew Kirby. 

VescoPlastics

By: Zandile Mavuso     25th August 2017 South Africa-based self-lubricated polymer-bushing manufacturer VescoPlastics’ bushings continue to be ordered by a large manufacturer and supplier of trailer axles in the Asia-Pacific and Australia-New Zealand areas. 

VescoPlastics

R1bn investment positions Uitenhage as high-tech tyre hub

By: Irma Venter     25th August 2017 Goodyear South Africa (SA) will wrap up its R1-billion investment programme into its Uitenhage plant, in the Eastern Cape, by the end of the year, says group FD Manoel Almeida. The investment programme started in 2015. 

Audi prototype with solar roof to be built by end-2017

By: Irma Venter     23rd August 2017 German premium car maker Audi and Alta Devices, a subsidiary of Chinese solar-cell specialist, Hanergy, have joined forces in a project that will attempt to use thin-film solar cells in the panoramic glass roofs of Audi models. The electricity these cells generate will flow into the car’s... 

Audi prototype with solar roof to be built by end-2017

Ford announces another Kuga recall

By: Anine Kilian     23rd August 2017 After identifying another Ford Kuga fire risk, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa is recalling all Kugas built at the Valencia assembly plant in Spain from July 17, 2012 up to and including June 19, 2014.  In the event of a frontal collision, these vehicles have been identified as having a... 

New Isuzu SA business to be headed by GMSA CFO, Michael Sacke

By: Irma Venter     22nd August 2017 Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSAf) on Tuesday announced a number of leadership appointments in support of the purchase of all Isuzu-related assets from General Motors South Africa (GMSA), effective January next year. Haruyasu Tanishige, in addition to his current role of senior executive officer... 

New Isuzu SA business to be headed by GMSA CFO, Michael Sacke
Michael Sacke

Imperial to have answer on unbundling ‘by this time next year’

By: Irma Venter     22nd August 2017 In a quest for shareholder value, work is in progress to determine the viability and benefits to Imperial shareholders of listing Imperial Logistics and Motus separately, says Imperial CEO Mark Lamberti. Speaking at the announcement of the JSE-listed group’s financial results for the year ended... 

Imperial to have answer on unbundling ‘by this time next year’
Imperial CEO Mark Lamberti

Hyundai SA mulls heavy truck introduction, awaits 2019 small SUV

By: Irma Venter     21st August 2017 Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) is testing the Xcient heavy-duty truck for possible introduction into the South African new-vehicle market. HASA CEO Niall Lynch says the truck, with a gross vehicle mass of 36.6 t, is undergoing road tests within Imperial Logistics. 

Hyundai SA mulls heavy truck introduction, awaits 2019 small SUV
The Xcient

Telematics fleet management solutions guarantee increased profitability

By: Robyn Wilkinson     18th August 2017 When fleet operators are suitably equipped, they are guaranteed to see an increase in profitability as a result of improved fuel consumption, driver behaviour and equipment use while ensuring the safety of their employees and security of their vehicles, says fleet management solutions provider... 

Telematics fleet management solutions guarantee increased profitability
INFORMATION AT A GLANCE The MiX Journey Management tool presents all information relating to cargo’s journey in a clear and efficient manner to facilitate quicker decision-making

Despite rising EV tide, automaker urges SA to implement cleaner-fuels vision

By: Irma Venter     18th August 2017 Research published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) this month shows that electric vehicles (EVs) may account for 54% of all new light-duty vehicle sales globally by 2040. However, it is unlikely that South Africa will follow this trend to the same degree. 

BMW’s SA unit seeks removal of duties on electric vehicles

By: Irma Venter     18th August 2017 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) is seeking 0% import duties on pure electric vehicles (EVs). The local arm of the German car maker in December 2016 submitted a formal application to the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) for the reduction of the import duty on... 

New-vehicle sales rose by 4.1% in July

By: Irma Venter     18th August 2017 New-vehicle sales in July increased 4.1% compared with the same month last year, to 46 719 units. Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry earlier this month showed that new passenger car sales increased by 6.2%, to 30 826 units. 

New truck dealership opens in Lusaka

By: Irma Venter     18th August 2017 Volvo Group Southern Africa, in partnership with Titanium Motors, has opened a new dealer facility in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, in a R130-million investment. The dealership will provide services to Volvo Trucks and UD Trucks customers operating in the region.  “Zambia is a key African market... 

New branding, again, for SA’s premier motoring event

By: Irma Venter     18th August 2017 From Auto Africa, to the Johannesburg International Motor Show, to the Festival of Motoring, to the South African (SA) Motoring Experience . . . In an effort to seek increased support from cost-conscious motor manufacturers and consumers, South Africa’s premier motoring event has again been... 

Metair ready for market shift to electric vehicles, says Loock

By: Irma Venter     17th August 2017 Metair is ready for the anticipated revolution in the automotive industry, including the introduction of electric vehicles (EV), hybrid vehicles and autonomous drive vehicles. These vehicle still need lights, brakes and wiring harnesses, for example, said Metair MD Theo Loock on Thursday at the... 

Metair ready for market shift to electric vehicles, says Loock
Metair MD Theo Loock

Imperial’s Motus division acquires UK automotive dealer group for R493m

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th August 2017 Imperial Holdings’ vehicle division Motus has acquired UK automotive dealer group Pentagon Motor Holdings for R493-million. “Imperial has strong global partnerships with leading vehicle manufacturers and we are delighted to expand our international retail footprint into the passenger and light... 

Mercedes-Benz Trucks 3D-prints an aluminium thermostat cover

By: Irma Venter     14th August 2017 Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ first three dimensional (3D) printed spare part made of metal – a thermostat cover for truck and Unimog models from older model series – has passed all quality assurance processes at Mercedes-Benz, and is now celebrating its premiere. “We ensure the same functionality,... 

Mercedes-Benz Trucks 3D-prints an aluminium thermostat cover
3D printing of an aluminium thermostat cover

No fireworks expected for 2018 SA, sub-Saharan new-vehicle markets

By: Irma Venter     14th August 2017 The 2017 new-vehicle market will probably end the year “slightly up” on 2016, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) CEO Andrew Kirby. TSAM’s forecast is for a market of 552 000 vehicles in 2017, compared with 547 000 units in 2016. At 555 000 units, 2018 does not hold much promise, either. 

No fireworks expected for 2018 SA, sub-Saharan new-vehicle markets

German group starts 3D printing of parts for bus brands

By: Irma Venter     11th August 2017 German vehicle manufacturer Daimler Buses has started three-dimensional (3D) printing of small batches of parts, as well as replacement parts for the Mercedes-Benz and Setra bus brands. Daimler Buses says 3D component production is the ideal solution to enquiries, received on a daily basis, from... 

2017 new-truck sales to be 2% to 3% lower year-on-year

By: Irma Venter     11th August 2017 South Africa’s new truck market will this year most likely decline by between 2% and 3%, to 26 500 units, compared with the 26 997 units sold last year, says Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSAf) COO Craig Uren. He says the truck market is now entering the season where retailers gear up for... 

Newcomer to mark SA entry with introduction of medium-duty truck by year-end

By: Irma Venter     11th August 2017 This first phase of VE Commercial Vehicles South Africa’s (VECV SA’s) entry into South Africa will see the introduction of the Eicher medium-duty Pro 3000 series. The 8.5 t gross vehicle mass (GVM) haulage trucks (4 t to 5 t payload) will be followed by the launch of the heavy-duty Pro 6000... 

Electric vehicles to comprise majority of cars sold globally by 2040

By: Irma Venter     11th August 2017 Electric vehicles (EVs) will make up the majority of new-car sales worldwide by 2040, and account for 33% of all the light-duty vehicles on the road, according to new research published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). The forecast draws on detailed analysis of likely future reductions in... 

Bloodhound set to be driven for the first time in October

By: Irma Venter     11th August 2017 The Bloodhound supersonic car (SSC) will be driven for the first time at Cornwall Airport Newquay, in the UK, this October, twenty years after the current land-speed record of 1 228 km/h was set.   Wing Commander Andy Green, who steered the Thrust SSC to a new record on October 15, 1997, will... 

Company ships dryers and convection oven

     11th August 2017 Global manufacturer of thermal-processing equipment Thermal Product Solutions has shipped two Gruenberg dryers to a prominent diesel engine manufacturer. The drying ovens – whose shipment was announced in March – will be used to dry diesel particulate filters after they are washed during the... 

Company ships dryers and convection oven
Photo by Bloomberg
FUELLING INDUSTRIES Two Gruenberg drying ovens will be used by a prominent diesel engine manufacturer to dry diesel particulate filters

Versatile UTV use prompts increased marketing

By: Victor Moolman     11th August 2017 Equipment supplier Maubra – which supplies the products of equipment manufacturer Kubota to South Africa – has increased marketing efforts regarding the RTV-X900 utility vehicle (UTV) by placing more advertisements with printed media, increasing social media awareness of the UTV and approaching... 

Toyota SA creates R42m empowerment trust

By: Irma Venter     10th August 2017 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has announced the creation of the Toyota Empowerment Trust (TET). The TET has been seeded with R42-million in start-up funding and will focus on skills and enterprise development initiatives in the automotive industry. 

Toyota SA creates R42m empowerment trust
Toyota SA CEO Andrew Kirby

Toyota SA pursues production of budget car at Durban plant 

By: Irma Venter     10th August 2017 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) is investigating the possibility of manufacturing a new passenger car at its Prospecton plant, in Durban. “We are seeking the opportunity to produce something more affordable,” says TSAM CEO Andrew Kirby. 

Toyota SA pursues production of budget car at Durban plant
Production at Toyota's Durban plant

Volvo Car SA ready for hybrid, electric vehicle rollout post-2019, says MD

By: Irma Venter     10th August 2017 Volvo Car South Africa (VCSA) MD Greg Maruszewski is confident the local arm of the Swedish group will be able to thrive under its parent company’s new powertrain policy. Volvo announced last month that all new cars launched globally from 2019 onwards will be partially or completely... 

Volvo Car SA ready for hybrid, electric vehicle rollout post-2019, says MD
Volvo Car South Africa MD Greg Maruszewski

Macozoma concerned South Africa may miss out on big electric-vehicle opportunity 

By: Terence Creamer     8th August 2017 Leading business personality Saki Macozoma has expressed concern that South Africa is not fully aligning its economic and industrialisation plans to areas of future demand, including in the area of electric vehicles (EVs). Speaking at the launch of a new book authored by political commentator... 

Macozoma concerned South Africa may miss out on big electric-vehicle opportunity
Photo by Duane Daws
Saki Macozoma

Daimler invests in startup that pools passengers travelling in a similar direction

By: Irma Venter     7th August 2017 Daimler Buses’ subsidiary EvoBus has secured a minority investment in CleverShuttle. Based in Berlin, Germany, CleverShuttle pools passengers travelling in a similar direction together in an electric vehicle, driven by a professional driver. The startup’s app determines the fastest and cheapest... 

 Daimler invests in startup that pools passengers travelling in a similar direction

TrenTyre rolls out FleetFirst tyre management programme in S Africa

By: Irma Venter     7th August 2017 TrenTyre has launched FleetFirst, a tyre management solution offered by Goodyear, in the South African fleet market. FleetFirst currently takes care of more than 200 000 trucks in 28 European countries, including Spain and the UK. 

TrenTyre rolls out FleetFirst tyre management programme in S Africa

BMW SA approaches govt to scrap import duty on electric vehicles 

By: Irma Venter     7th August 2017 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) is seeking 0% import duties on pure electric vehicles (EVs). The local arm of the German car maker in December 2016 submitted a formal application to the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) for the reduction of the import duty on... 

BMW SA approaches govt to scrap import duty on electric vehicles
Photo by Duane Daws
The BMW i3

Volvo Trucks testing self-steering solution in sugar cane industry

By: Irma Venter     4th August 2017 Volvo Trucks is testing a self-steering truck for use in the sugar cane industry. This follows autonomous refuse collection trials in Gothenburg, Sweden, as well as self-steering vehicle tests at the Kristineberg mine, in northern Sweden.   Volvo Trucks believes its newest self-steering truck can... 

As batteries make power play, South Africa mulls market participation

By: Irma Venter     4th August 2017 The world changed more than could be imagined in the 1990s. Not only was it the advent of all things Internet and digital connectivity, it also saw the birth of the rechargeable lithium battery, required to charge humankind’s new tools, such as cellphones and laptop computers. Today the chase is... 

As batteries make power play, South Africa mulls market participation

Forum to address rail maintenance and rehabilitation

     4th August 2017 A delegation of international rail maintenance and rehabilitation professionals, together with an “unbeatable” line-up of thought leaders in Africa’s transport sector will be in Durban, South Africa in October to address challenges faced by the rail fraternity in Africa. 

MBSA preparing to enter ‘competitive’ bakkie market early next year

By: Irma Venter     4th August 2017 With a new-bakkie market of roughly 110 000 units a year, Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) would like to secure its “fair share” of this lucrative, “but highly competitive” segment with the launch of the new X-Class in the local market in the first half of next year, says Mercedes-Benz Vans... 

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