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World’s first electric truck in series production makes US debut


By: Irma Venter     18th September 2017 Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) has launched the world’s first all-electric truck in series production, the Fuso eCanter, in the US. MFTBC is a member of the Daimler group. 

IDC confident BAIC’s Coega plant will begin production in mid-2018

By: Irma Venter     15th September 2017 It has been a year since Chinese vehicle manufacturer Beijing Automotive Group (BAIC) and South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) broke ground on a new vehicle assembly plant in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), near Port Elizabeth. BAIC is the major shareholder in the... 

Locally built vehicles gaining ground, says financier

By: Irma Venter     15th September 2017 Locally built vehicles have been gaining ground in the South African new-vehicle market in recent years, says asset finance group WesBank. In fact, nine of the ten top-selling vehicles in the first seven months of the year are South African-built cars and bakkies.  

Equipment manufacturer inaugurates new facility

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th September 2017 Heavy-equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has officially inaugurated its new parts distribution facility, near Johannesburg, in Gauteng. The 60 000 m2 facility consolidates two smaller parts-distribution sites – Linbro Park and Isando – and offers several advantages, including the ability to work... 

Equipment manufacturer inaugurates new facility
SHEER ADVANTAGE The 60 000 m2 facility allows for the ability to work more efficiently while increasing capacity to provide unmatched parts availability for customers across Africa

Tyre management solution now available to SA fleet market

By: Irma Venter     15th September 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. 

Durban needs more than 1 000 buses of all sizes for GO! network

By: Irma Venter     13th September 2017 Around 200 rigid buses, 180 articulated buses and 765 midi-buses will be required for eThekwini’s new GO!Durban integrated rapid public transport network over the next five years, says eThekwini Transport Authority head  Thami Manyathi. In addition, 250 commuters buses will be required as part of... 

Durban needs more than 1 000 buses of all sizes for GO! network

Suzuki Auto SA sales jump 37% in stagnant market

By: Irma Venter     13th September 2017 Suzuki Auto South Africa (SA) in August broke through the magical 1 000-unit-a-month sales mark, making it the single biggest sales month for the brand since it was formally established in South Africa in 2008. Suzuki sold 1 004 units in August, compared with 504 units in the same month last... 

Suzuki Auto SA sales jump 37% in stagnant market

Second international car shipping company faces prosecution by tribunal 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th September 2017 Norwegian car shipping company Hoegh Autoliners has been referred to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution on seven charges relating to alleged collusive tendering, price fixing and market division.   The charges stem from a probe into alleged widespread anticompetitive conduct in the market... 

Honda previews 2019 electric car, showcases revenue opportunity for EV owners

By: Irma Venter     12th September 2017 Honda has revealed an all-new electric vehicle (EV), the Urban EV Concept, at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The concept car is built on a completely new platform, and sets the direction for the technology and design that will appear on a future battery electric Honda production model. 

 Honda previews 2019 electric car, showcases revenue opportunity for EV owners
The Urban EV Concept

The Netherlands trials pavement traffic light system for smartphone users

By: Irma Venter     12th September 2017 The Netherlands is test-driving a pavement traffic light system for obsessive smartphone users. The system, called +Lichtlijn, is designed to aid mobile phone users to cross the road safely. 

The Netherlands trials pavement traffic light system for smartphone users

Two years to convert post-Millennials to car ownership, warns Nissan

By: Irma Venter     11th September 2017 The teenage daughter of Nissan Motor Corporation chief digital officer Madhu Nutakki last year shopped for a car, as California legislation allowed her to drive herself to school and back from the age of 15-and-a-half. Nutakki is based in Silicon Valley. 

Two years to convert post-Millennials to car ownership, warns Nissan

Passenger pooling startup attracts interest from Daimler unit

By: Irma Venter     8th September 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... 

Jaguar Land Rover South Africa plots launch of full electric sports utility vehicle

By: Irma Venter     8th September 2017 Jaguar Land Rover South Africa (JLR SA) will launch the full electric I-Pace sports-utility vehicle in the local market towards the end of 2018 or the start of 2019, says Jaguar Land Rover South Africa and Sub-Sahara Africa MD Richard Gouverneur. “We are now entering the journey toward electric... 

Volvo Car SA expecting big change in EV perceptions in coming years

By: Irma Venter     8th September 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... 

Toyota expects SA vehicle market to show modest growth in 2017

By: Irma Venter     8th September 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. 

Shell rolls out electric car charging points in UK, aims to test SA market

By: Irma Venter     7th September 2017 Energy giant Shell is exploring the possibility of adding electric vehicle charging points to its forecourts in a number of countries. The Shell brand is traditionally associated with fuel, engine oils and lubricants and service stations in South Africa. 

Shell rolls out electric car charging points in UK, aims to test SA market

Private sector makes first move to build electric vehicle infrastructure in SA

By: Irma Venter     7th September 2017 JSE-listed information and communication technology (ICT) group, Alviva Holdings, has, through its subsidiary Solareff, acquired 75% of GridCars, a Pretoria-based startup that focuses on the manufacture of electric vehicle (EV) charge points and back office charge point management systems.... 

Private sector makes first move to build electric vehicle infrastructure in SA

Leaf EV real alternative to conventional car – Nissan

By: Tracy Hancock     6th September 2017 Vehicle manufacturer Nissan will start selling the new Nissan Leaf 2 electric vehicle (EV) in Japan on October 2 at the same price point as the original Leaf while offering a 40% increase in range and an improved driving experience.  At this point Nissan is looking to introduce the Leaf 2 to the... 

Local is lekker as SA-built vehicles excel in marketplace

By: Irma Venter     5th September 2017 Locally built vehicles have been gaining ground in the South African new-vehicle market in recent years, says asset finance group WesBank. In fact, nine of the ten top-selling vehicles in the first seven months of the year are South African-built cars and bakkies.  

Local is lekker as SA-built vehicles excel in marketplace
WesBank brand and communications head Rudolf Mahoney

BAIC Eastern Cape plant on track, says IDC

By: Irma Venter     4th September 2017 It has been a year since Chinese vehicle manufacturer Beijing Automotive Group (BAIC) and South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) broke ground on a new vehicle assembly plant in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), near Port Elizabeth. BAIC is the major shareholder in the... 

BAIC Eastern Cape plant on track, says IDC

Manufacturer to improve efficiency through software and sensors

By: Simone Liedtke     1st September 2017 With industry moving towards embracing the technology advancement of Industry 4.0, manufacturing company DMG MORI aims to improve machine tools operation efficiency through remote maintenance, operation status management and accurate failure prediction for machines using networking, software and... 

Manufacturer to improve efficiency through  software and sensors
DMU210P The DMU210P is available with up to 5-axis and is valued at about €1.2-million

Autonomous vehicles to become a reality by 2030

By: Irma Venter     1st September 2017 Autonomous vehicles will become a reality by 2030, says Frost & Sullivan head of mobility for Africa Craig Parker. This does not, however, mean that every car sold will be an autonomous vehicle, he adds, but rather that there will be around one-million level 5 self-driving vehicles on the road... 

Imperial to make restructuring call in coming few months

By: Irma Venter     1st September 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... 

Isuzu Motors South Africa unveils leadership changes

By: Irma Venter     1st September 2017 Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSAf) has 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 for the... 

Metair says lead-acid battery will still have key role as EV revolution takes hold

By: Irma Venter     1st September 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 at the announcement... 

Toyota Empowerment Trust to focus on training, enterprise development

By: Irma Venter     1st September 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. 

Jaguar Land Rover South Africa to launch full electric SUV by 2019

By: Irma Venter     25th August 2017 Jaguar Land Rover South Africa (JLR SA) will launch the full electric I-Pace sports-utility vehicle in the local market towards the end of 2018 or the start of 2019, says Jaguar Land Rover South Africa and Sub-Sahara Africa MD Richard Gouverneur. “We are now entering the journey toward electric... 

Jaguar Land Rover South Africa to launch full electric SUV by 2019
The Jaguar I-Pace

Intelligent truck axle saves 6% in fuel costs

25th August 2017 Global automotive manufacturer Mercedes-Benz has pioneered the production of a lightweight truck axle, designed to aid in reducing the fuel consumption of the Mercedes-Benz Actros, a heavy-duty truck first introduced to the market in 1995. The axle is now available from Mercedes-Benz.  

Intelligent truck axle saves 6% in fuel costs
GRAND TOURISMO The Mercedes-Benz RHD saves fuel consumption by 4.5%

Truck manufacturer makes Nada history

25th August 2017 Last month, truck manufacturer Hino made history at the 2017 National Automobile Dealers Association- (Nada-) hosted Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI) Awards when it won platinum, as well as the top spot in the commercial vehicle category, placing it first overall in South Africa. This is the first... 

Truck manufacturer makes Nada history
Photo by Bloomberg
PLATINUM AWARD Hino improved its dealer satisfaction index score by 1.8%, in line with the company’s vision to become the top truck brand in South Africa

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. 

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

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

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

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