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Truck & Bus News

Jaguar launches R30m EV charging network in SA

By: Irma Venter     13th September 2018 Jaguar, in partnership with electric vehicle (EV) charging company GridCars, will install 82 new public charging stations for EVs and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) in the country’s major hubs, as well as along frequently-travelled holiday routes. The R30-million infrastructure investment should... 

FAW’s Coega plant produces 4 000th truck

By: Irma Venter     10th September 2018 FAW South Africa’s Coega assembly plant, in the Eastern Cape, in August celebrated the assembly of the 4 000th FAW truck in South Africa. Inaugurated in July 2014, the FAW plant was the first large-scale investment made by a China-based company in the region. 

FAW’s Coega plant produces 4 000th truck

Passenger EV sales hit four-million units, fifth million expected in March

By: Irma Venter     10th September 2018 Cumulative passenger electric vehicle (EV) sales have, most likely, surpassed four-million units at the beginning of September, says Bloomberg New Energy Finance (NEF). This includes battery electric passenger vehicles and plug-in hybrid passenger vehicles. 

 Passenger EV sales hit four-million units, fifth million expected in March

GemCap investment allows Linebooker to venture outside South Africa

By: Irma Venter     4th September 2018 African Rainbow Capital Investments subsidiary GemCap has acquired online transport management business Linebooker from the Oceana Group for an undisclosed amount.   “The investment by GemCap is significant in that it gives us the scope and capital to expand our service offering and logistical... 

 GemCap investment allows Linebooker to venture outside South Africa
Nick Hoffman

New-vehicle market drops by 2.5% in August, exports up 7.7%

By: Irma Venter     3rd September 2018 The South African new-vehicle market declined by 2.5% in August, to 47 964 units, compared with the same month last year. The newest sales numbers, released on Monday, indicate that August new-passenger car sales decreased by 2.2%, to reach 31 447 units. 

New-vehicle market drops by 2.5% in August, exports up 7.7%

Volkswagen signs assembly, policy MoUs in Nigeria, Ghana

By: Irma Venter     3rd September 2018 Volkswagen has added Ghana and Nigeria to its list of future vehicle assembly operations in Africa. The German manufacturer is already active on assembly sites in Kenya, Algeria and Rwanda. 

Volkswagen signs assembly, policy MoUs in Nigeria, Ghana
Thomas Schaefer and Alan Kyerenmaten, with Angela Merkel and Ghana VP Mahamudu Bawumia looking on.

Hino SA expects 27% sales jump in flat domestic truck market

By: Irma Venter     30th August 2018 Hino South Africa (SA) expects to see local truck sales grow from 3 400 units in 2017 to 4 300 units in 2018 – a 26.5% jump in a domestic truck market that is likely to remain flat this year. Hino SA VP Ernie Trautmann says the increase is driven by strong growth in Dyna sales, following its... 

Hino SA expects 27% sales jump in flat domestic truck market
Hino assembly at the Durban plant

VECV launches heavy-duty Eicher trucks, mulls bus entry

By: Irma Venter     29th August 2018 VE Commercial Vehicles (VECV) South Africa, a Volvo Group and Eicher Motors joint venture, has entered the domestic heavy-duty truck market, with the start of sale of its Pro 6000 series trucks. This will add to the Pro 3008 8.5 t gross vehicle mass (GVM) truck range introduced when the company... 

 VECV launches heavy-duty Eicher trucks, mulls bus entry
The Pro 6016

Super Group buoyed by commodities, new acquisitions

By: Irma Venter     27th August 2018 An excellent performance from the commodities businesses within Supply Chain Africa, good contributions from a number of acquired businesses and solid results from the SG Fleet have seen Super Group post a 15% jump in operating profit, to R2.4-billion, for the financial year ended June 30.... 

Super Group buoyed by commodities, new acquisitions
Peter Mountford

Small Styx SUV, revived Atos to push Hyundai sales in 2019

By: Irma Venter     27th August 2018 Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) aims to grow sales from the roughly 38 000 units expected this year, to about 45 000 units in 2019, says HASA sales and operations director Stanley Anderson. HASA could very well achieve this 18% growth aspiration, as it is about to launch a raft of new... 

Small Styx SUV, revived Atos to push Hyundai sales in 2019
The Hyundai Kona

Bridgestone to move into new Waterfall head office in 2019

By: Irma Venter     24th August 2018 Bridgestone South Africa will move into its new head office, located in the growing Waterfall City commercial node between Johannesburg and Pretoria, in February next year. The tyre manufacturer’s new headquarters will occupy 4 800 m2 and accommodate a staff complement of more than 200. 

Bridgestone to move into new Waterfall head office in 2019
Bridgestone brick laying ceremony at the Waterfall precinct

Cost-effective braking systems brand launched

By: Paige Müller     24th August 2018 Commercial vehicle technologies supplier WABCO South Africa (SA) last month launched ProVia – a high-quality, price-competitive aftermarket brand for commercial vehicle braking systems – across ten Southern Africa countries. ProVia is a safety-focused and reliable budget parts product range for... 

Cost-effective braking systems brand launched
COST CONCERNS A lack of growth within the local commercial vehicle space has resulted in fleet owners’ buying and installing cheaper, but inferior aftermarket products

Electromobility the future of transport infrastructure

By: Paige Müller     24th August 2018 On the back of introducing its all-electric Volvo FL and FE trucks, global manufacturing company Volvo Trucks aims to be the leading sustainable transport solutions provider globally. Sales and series production of the new Volvo FL and FE trucks – designed for urban distribution and refuse... 

Electromobility the future of transport infrastructure
POLICY PUSH Electromobility technology will become essential to the global transport industry as environment-focused legislative policies begin to take effect

Skimping on maintenance costs fleet owners

By: Paige Müller     24th August 2018 While trying to contain costs it is still essential that commercial fleet owners maintain fuel injection systems to the requisite standards as this will ultimately reduce operating costs. Those operators that are extending these critical service intervals as a cost reduction exercise are not... 

Skimping on maintenance costs fleet owners
INJECTOR REPAIRS Work done on a fuel injection system must be carried out by a competent, skilled and original-equipment manufacturer approved service centre

Auto thought leader on need to build Tier 2 and 3 suppliers as local content falls

By: Irma Venter     24th August 2018 The South African automotive industry is eagerly awaiting the announcement of the details of government’s new support programme, the Automotive Masterplan, which is set to guide the industry’s investment activities from 2020 to 2035. The masterplan will perhaps be South Africa’s most challenging... 

Auto thought leader on need to build Tier 2 and 3 suppliers as local content falls

Addressing historic debt could lead to higher e-toll compliance, says ETC 

By: Irma Venter     22nd August 2018 A big game changer to ensure higher compliance on Gauteng’s open-road toll network (GORT) is to find a solution for the historic debt accumulated within the system, says Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) CEO Coenie Vermaak. He says research done within ETC has shown that a number of people are... 

 Addressing historic debt could lead to higher e-toll compliance, says ETC

Imperial unbundling to be implemented in Q4, says Akoojee

By: Irma Venter     21st August 2018 It is anticipated that the unbundling of the Imperial group will be implemented in the fourth quarter of this calendar year, says Imperial acting CEO Mohammed Akoojee. Speaking at the company’s annual results announcement in Johannesburg on Tuesday, he said Imperial Holdings would be renamed... 

Imperial unbundling to be implemented in Q4, says Akoojee
Mohammed Akoojee

Isuzu SA alive and well, says CEO Sacke

By: Irma Venter     20th August 2018 Isuzu is alive and well in South Africa, following the abrupt departure of General Motors (GM) from the country in 2017. Following the US company’s exit, Japan’s Isuzu Motors acquired General Motors South Africa’s (GMSA’s) Struandale manufacturing plant, in Port Elizabeth – where GMSA assembled... 

Isuzu SA alive and well, says CEO Sacke
Michael Sacke

Toyota aims to increase exports into Africa as market recovers

By: Irma Venter     17th August 2018 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) aims to export 100 000 vehicles a year from its Durban plant, says president and CEO Andrew Kirby. Total plant capacity is 242 000 units a year, which includes a 234 000-unit capacity for the Hilux, Fortuner and Corolla, 13 500 for the Ses’fikile minibus and 5... 

Toyota aims to increase exports into Africa as market recovers
Andrew Kirby

Fuel levy’s revenue-generating prowess to come under intense pressure

By: Irma Venter     17th August 2018 The fuel levy as income source for government is rapidly losing productivity to generate income, says Professor Stephan Krygsman of the University of Stellenbosch’s Department of Logistics (Transport Economics). Taking the year 2000 as starting point, with the fuel levy at 100% productivity,... 

Fuel levy’s revenue-generating prowess to come under intense pressure

Metair to deliver its first lithium-ion batteries before the end of the year

By: Irma Venter     16th August 2018 JSE-listed Metair will deliver its first production lithium-ion batteries to a customer before the end of the year. Metair is a distributor and retailer of energy storage solutions and automotive components. 

 Metair to deliver its first lithium-ion batteries before the end of the year
Theo Loock

Local company develops precision bearing packer 

By: Schalk Burger     10th August 2018 The new precision Pumprite bearing packer was launched last month for bearings used in the transport, mining, engineering and heavy industries. The locally developed unit allows for easy and precise lubrication of bearings with an inner diameter from 15 mm to 150 mm inner diameter and a maximum... 

Local company develops precision bearing packer
Pumprite bearing packer is demonstrated.

Sumitomo Rubber’s truck and bus tyre plant starts production

By: Irma Venter     7th August 2018 Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA), manufacturer of the Dunlop tyre brand, has officially started production at its truck and bus radial (TBR) tyre manufacturing plant in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal. Japanese company Sumitomo Rubber Industries, the world’s fifth-largest producer of automotive tyres... 

Sumitomo Rubber’s truck and bus tyre plant starts production
The SRSA Ladysmith plant

Mathe Group ups tyre processing by 35%, grows steel exports

By: Irma Venter     7th August 2018 The KwaZulu-Natal-based Mathe Group, South Africa’s largest tyre recycler, has developed two steel by-products that are being exported to Australia and Korea in growing quantities. Dr Mehran Zarrebini, head of British investment group PFE International, which is one of the major shareholders in... 

Mathe Group ups tyre processing by 35%, grows steel exports

Road-rail vehicle innovator introduces RailBus

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     3rd August 2018 Olifantsfontein-based road-rail vehicle (RRV) manufacturer RailPro has developed a bimodal vehicle that transports people and goods on road and rail, says MD Ed Magan. The vehicle, called RailBus, was launched in June. 

Road-rail vehicle innovator introduces RailBus
Photo by Bloomberg
FACILITATING MOBILITY Thousands of rural dwellers are situated close to existing rail lines and the RailBus will allow for exploitation of underused rail routes

New-vehicle sales increase in July, 2018 exports set to disappoint

By: Irma Venter     1st August 2018 The South African new-vehicle market expanded by 2.6% in July, to 47 881 units, compared with the same month last year. The newest sales numbers, released on Wednesday, indicate that July new-passenger car sales gained 4.3%, to reach 32 108 units. 

New-vehicle sales increase in July, 2018 exports set to disappoint

Honda’s Eagle takes over the reins at Fiat Chrysler SA

By: Irma Venter     30th July 2018 Graham Eagle has been appointed as the CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles South Africa (FCA SA), with immediate effect.   His appointment follows the recent resignation of Robin van Rensburg. 

Honda’s Eagle takes over the reins at Fiat Chrysler SA
Graham Eagle

Imperial CEO takes extended medical leave until Jan

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th July 2018 JSE-listed Imperial Holdings CEO Osman Arbee has been placed on medical leave until January 2019, after he underwent surgery in June that subsequently led to a minor stroke. Once Arbee has recovered, he will continue his role as Motus CEO.  

Embrace new auto tech, or pay more for old tech, warns Nissan

By: Irma Venter     30th July 2018 South Africa is behind the curve on the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), and this is not a sustainable situation, warns Nissan South Africa MD Mike Whitfield. “Industry and government need to cooperate a lot more. We are behind the curve. There are no two ways about it. The interaction... 

Embrace new auto tech, or pay more for old tech, warns Nissan

Growth potential positive – Naamsa

By: Halima Frost     27th July 2018 Owing to the right policies, interventions and goodwill by all automotive industry stakeholders, National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) director Nico Vermeulen says the industry’s growth potential remains positive. “Currently, the automotive industry is the... 

D2M system grows its Plascon Acryline range

By: Halima Frost     27th July 2018 Owing to global demand for smarter painting systems that are cost effective and reduce process time, coatings company Kansai Plascon has introduced its Acryline Direct-2-Metal (D2M) system of automotive paints, which is considered as one of South Africa’s leading commercial-vehicle (CV) coating... 

D2M system grows its Plascon Acryline range
A RAINBOW OF COLOURS Kansai Plascon’s D2M range is available in thousands of different hues

Ford hits carbon emissions reduction target eight years early

27th July 2018 In June, automotive manufacturer Ford Motor Company announced that it had met its goal to reduce manufacturing emissions – eight years ahead of schedule. Ford hit the target twice as fast as expected. The results are dramatic, with a global manufacturing carbon emissions reduction of more than... 

Ford hits carbon  emissions reduction  target eight years early
EMISSION OMISSION Ford’s plug-in Hybrids score a 10 for lowered greenhouse gas emissions

Company completes reusable bins supply for new vehicle model

By: Halima Frost     27th July 2018 Rotational and low pressure injection moulding specialists Kaymac Structural Foam (KSF) completed a contract with a leading German automobile manufacturer last month, where it supplied reusable collapsible bins for components of a new vehicle model being manufactured in South Africa for world... 

Company completes reusable bins supply for new vehicle model
HOLDING IT TOGETHER Collapsible bins were produced to hold automotive parts

No longer flavour of the month, SA rethinks its bus rapid transit systems

By: Irma Venter     27th July 2018 It seems government’s love affair with bus rapid transit (BRT) systems has cooled. Courted in the Brazilian city of Curutiba – it is difficult to find a local government transport executive who has not been there on a study tour – and sworn to fidelity in the pressure cooker years before the... 

No longer flavour of the month, SA rethinks its bus rapid transit systems

Budgetary constraints hindering sustainable practices, says report

By: Irma Venter     26th July 2018 Sixty-four percent of respondents in this year’s Barloworld Logistics supplychainforesight report indicate that their companies have adopted sustainable business practices. Of the remaining 36% of respondents, 23% say it will only be a priority in the next three years, 6% say it will be a... 

Budgetary constraints hindering sustainable practices, says report

New Actros promises R300 000 in savings, despite SA’s dirty fuel

By: Irma Venter     26th July 2018 The new Mercedes-Benz Actros truck can save South African fleet owners up to 6% in fuel compared with the previous model, says Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) executive director Jasper Hafkamp. If calculated over a four-year period, this could mean a saving of up to R300 000 per... 

New Actros promises R300 000 in savings, despite SA’s dirty fuel
The new Mercedes-Benz Actros

Ford vehicles face extreme conditions in new €70m weather factory

By: Irma Venter     25th July 2018 US car manufacturer Ford has invested €70-million in a new weather factory, based in Germany. The facility features three climate wind tunnels, including a high-altitude lab, and four temperature-controlled test chambers. 

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