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Truck & Bus News

Further car sales growth expected this year after 2% uptick in 2017

By: Irma Venter     19th January 2018 South African new-vehicle sales are projected to grow by 2% in 2017 compared with 2016, while 2018 is expected to produce further “modest growth”, says the National Association of Automotive Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa). The association has released its third quarter review of business... 

What’s right and what’s wrong in a world where machines drive us

By: Irma Venter     19th January 2018 A vehicle travels at speed around a bend on a hillside. Several children run on to the road. The options available to the driver are to hit the children, or to drive off the cliffside. Would the driver make a decision of self-preservation, or self-sacrifice? 

What’s right and what’s wrong in a world where machines drive us

New-truck market expected to grow by 1.5% in 2018, says UD Trucks

By: Irma Venter     16th January 2018 The South African new-truck market continued its steady decline in 2017, dropping by 2.65% to 25 042 units, compared with the 27 011 units sold in 2016. The new-truck market reached 30 469 units in 2015 and 31 554 units in 2014. 

New-truck market expected to grow by 1.5% in 2018, says UD Trucks

Autonomous driving in SA faces pedestrian, road sign challenges, finds Merc 

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2018 It may surprise the taxi haters, but South Africa is not the most challenging country to sit behind the wheel of a vehicle in self-driving mode. The winner is China, with its sometimes erratic cyclists, lack of lane markings and confusing traffic signals. Mercedes-Benz at the end of last year... 

Autonomous driving in SA faces pedestrian, road sign challenges, finds Merc
Self-driving mode on the Mercedes-Benz Inteliigent Drive S-Class with Jochen Haab. (See second self-parking video as well)

Hilux, Polo Vivo top 2017 new-vehicle sales charts yet again

By: Irma Venter     10th January 2018 The Toyota Hilux in 2017 again took the crown in the annual brawl for the top spot on the bakkie sales charts. Becoming more of a heavyweight bout in recent years, as Ford stepped up its game in this lucrative segment of the local market, Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) sold 36 422 Hilux... 

Hilux, Polo Vivo top 2017 new-vehicle sales charts yet again
The Toyota Hilux

South African new-vehicle sales inch up 1.8% in 2017, exports, production down

By: Irma Venter     9th January 2018 After spending three years in negative territory, South African new-vehicle sales finally managed to inch forward in 2017, growing by 1.8%, to 557 586 units, compared with 2016. New-vehicle sales dropped by 11.4% in 2016, 4.1% in 2015 and 0.7% in 2014. 

South African new-vehicle sales inch up 1.8% in 2017, exports, production down

AI solutions come out tops in auto group’s innovation challenge

By: Irma Venter     15th December 2017 Artificial intelligence (AI) solutions secured big wins at the Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) Innovation Challenge, held in November. The winners were announced following a judging process by a panel that included representatives from MBSA’s parent company, German car maker Daimler. 

Another positive month for vehicle sales in November

By: Irma Venter     15th December 2017 South African new-vehicle sales experienced yet another positive month in November, countering general negative economic sentiment for the sixth month in a row, with new-vehicle sales up 7.2% compared with November last year. Statistics released by the Department of Trade and Industry show that... 

Alternative fuel and vehicle technologies viable, necessary for SA

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th December 2017 Different fuel and vehicle technologies will be required for a successful and sustainable transition to a low-carbon future, and how the transport sector evolves amid growing global demand for energy will have a significant impact on efforts to address climate change, indicates energy giant Shell... 

Mercedes-Benz launches entry-level commuter bus in SA

By: Irma Venter     15th December 2017 Daimler Trucks and Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) has launched an entry-level Mercedes-Benz commuter bus aimed at fleet operators such as Putco and Golden Arrow Bus Services. The OF-1723 (pronounced 17-23) bus chassis is currently imported from the Daimler plant in India, but should be assembled... 

SA new-vehicle sales forecast to grow in 2018 – Naamsa

By: Irma Venter     8th December 2017 South African new-vehicle sales are projected to grow by 2% in 2017 compared with 2016, while 2018 is expected to produce further “modest growth”, says the National Association of Automotive Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa). The association of Friday released its third quarter review of... 

SA new-vehicle sales forecast to grow in 2018 – Naamsa

Volvo Financial Services makes Southern African debut

By: Irma Venter     8th December 2017 Volvo Financial Services (VFS), the global finance arm of the Volvo Group, has announced the launch of Volvo Financial Services Southern Africa. VFS Southern Africa will provide financial services to customers of Volvo Group Southern Africa, which includes the UD Trucks, Volvo Bus, Volvo Trucks... 

Number of auto aftermarket franchises rising

By: Irma Venter     8th December 2017 The number of franchised systems (or business networks) within the automotive aftermarket has grown from 60 in 2012, to 79 in 2017, shows the 2017 Franchise Factor report. Thirty of the 79 systems tallied this year are new franchised systems. The automotive franchise aftermarket has also seen the... 

Metair and partners to produce lithium-ion batteries

By: Irma Venter     8th December 2017 Energy storage and automotive component specialist Metair has launched a programme to produce lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries across its operations in South Africa, Turkey and Romania. The programme will see Metair partner with universities and industry agencies for the production and... 

Local company popularises electrical heat tracing

By: Nica Schreuder     1st December 2017 Amid escalating costs of heating containers using traditional methods, such as steam or gas, a more cost-effective, efficient and controlled method of ensuring the constant heating of containers is electrical heat tracing (EHT), says eltherm South Africa MD Peter Stone. EHT specialist eltherm... 

Local company popularises electrical heat tracing
EFFICIENT HEATING Eltherm’s EHT system makes controlled, efficient and constant heating solutions for tanktainers and road tankers

Barloworld puts underperforming logistics unit on notice

By: Irma Venter     1st December 2017 Barloworld may exit its logistics business should it not reach certain milestones by September next year, says CEO Dominic Sewela. Barloworld Logistics is currently the focus of a turnaround strategy under new divisional CEO, Kamogelo Mmutlana, who took control of the business in March. 

BAIC’s investment into South African vehicle assembly project bolstering bilateral investment

By: Anine Kilian     28th November 2017 Chinese vehicle manufacturer Beijing Automotive Group’s (BAIC’s) decision to invest in a vehicle assembly plant, in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), near Port Elizabeth, could help drive further investment by Chinese firms in South Africa. This is according to South African Embassy in... 

BAIC’s investment into South African vehicle assembly project bolstering bilateral investment
BAIC D20 hatchback

Metair launches SA lithium-ion battery production programme

By: Irma Venter     27th November 2017 Energy storage and automotive component specialist Metair has launched a programme to produce lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries across its operations in South Africa, Turkey and Romania. The programme will see Metair partner with universities and industry agencies for the production and... 

Metair launches SA lithium-ion battery production programme

Passenger car sales carried market in October

By: Irma Venter     24th November 2017 New-vehicle sales in October increased for the fifth month in a row, improving by 4.6% on sales in the same month last year, to reach 51 037 units. Passenger car sales carried the market in October, with all other segments in decline. 

Shell collaboration helps power London buses with coffee waste

By: Nica Schreuder     20th November 2017 International energy and petrochemicals group Shell, in partnership with London-based clean technology company bio-bean and UK biodiesel producer Argent Energy, is helping power some of London’s buses through a new coffee biodiesel project – launched on Monday – which uses a biofuel made partly... 

Artificial intelligence wins big at Mercedes-Benz SA Innovation Challenge

By: Irma Venter     17th November 2017 Artificial intelligence (AI) solutions secured big wins at the Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) Innovation Challenge, held on November 10. The winners were announced following a judging process by a panel that included representatives from MBSA’s parent company, German car maker Daimler. 

Artificial intelligence wins big at Mercedes-Benz SA Innovation Challenge

Outlook for vehicle market hinges on political landscape – bank

By: Irma Venter     17th November 2017 It is impossible to accurately forecast where the new-vehicle market will end the year, or what the 2018 market will look like, says Standard Bank Vehicle and Asset Finance (VAF) group head Simphiwe Nghona. “Everything hinges on the political landscape. Anything can happen in the last quarter.... 

Investigative unit lauded for role in recovering hijacked trucks

By: Irma Venter     17th November 2017 During the 2016 financial year, Imperial Logistics investigated 86 cases of truck hijackings with a value of more than R134-million. A dedicated Imperial Logistics investigation team successfully recovered more than 90% worth of trucks, trailers and vehicles, says Imperial Logistics chief... 

Ford investing R3bn to expand Ranger production in Silverton

By: Irma Venter     17th November 2017 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is investing R3-billion ($220-million) in expanding Ranger production at its Silverton plant, in Pretoria. The plant builds the Everest sports-utility vehicle and Ranger pickup, with the latter exported to 148 markets. 

Nissan SA confident of delivering on long-awaited investment promise in 2018

By: Irma Venter     17th November 2017 Vehicle manufacturer Nissan in 2012 confirmed plans to invest R1-billion in its Rosslyn plant, in Pretoria, to build a new one-ton pickup, with capacity at the plant to be increased to around 100 000 units a year. Local production of the new model was set to start in 2014. 

Nissan SA confident of delivering on long-awaited investment promise in 2018

City of Johannesburg mulls electric bus pilot project 
 

By: Irma Venter     16th November 2017 The City of Johannesburg hopes to conclude a near-term feasibility study on the use of battery electric and fuel-cell buses by the end of 2019. With this done, it could be possible to introduce an electric bus to the city’s bus fleet in a pilot implementation project in 2023, says City of... 

City of Johannesburg mulls electric bus pilot project 


Mercedes-Benz to challenge commuter bus market with entry-level product

By: Irma Venter     15th November 2017 Daimler Trucks and Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) has launched an entry-level Mercedes-Benz commuter bus aimed at fleet operators such as Putco and Golden Arrow Bus Services. The OF-1723 (pronounced 17-23) bus chassis is currently imported from the Daimler plant in India, but should be assembled... 

Mercedes-Benz to challenge commuter bus market with entry-level product

Innovative system uses truck engine to refrigerate cold trailers

By: Irma Venter     10th November 2017 Eqstra Flexi Fleet, a division of Eqstra Fleet Management and Logistics, has partnered with New Way, Ice Cold Bodies, and Javgro Transport Refrigeration Solutions to design a cold trailer that will run “80% to 90% of the time” using power from the truck engine, says Javgro MD Kenan Gröss. In... 

Clean-fuel delay to crimp SA’s access to latest vehicle technology

By: Irma Venter     10th November 2017 The delay in the introduction of clean fuels in South Africa will halt the flow of new vehicle technology to South Africa, warns the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa). “With the widespread introduction of new technology, including new four-way... 

Gas company secures onshore petroleum production right

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th November 2017 The Petroleum Agency of South Africa has granted integrated alternative and renewable-energy business Renergen’s Tetra4 subsidiary environmental authorisation for its Free State natural gas development. The authorisation, the processing of which has taken more than two years, with multiple rounds... 

Gas company secures onshore petroleum production right
PRODUCTION EXPANSION While Tetra4 already produces compressed natural gas, new expansions will include the liquefaction of the gas – the first in South Africa

Volvo Financial Services launches in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     8th November 2017 Volvo Financial Services (VFS), the global finance arm of the Volvo Group, has announced the launch of Volvo Financial Services Southern Africa. VFS Southern Africa will provide financial services to customers of Volvo Group Southern Africa, which includes the UD Trucks, Volvo Bus, Volvo Trucks... 

Volvo Financial Services launches in South Africa
Torbjörn Christensson

Ford, BMW, Daimler and VW launch JV to enable long-distance electric vehicle travel

By: Irma Venter     3rd November 2017 BMW, Daimler, Ford and the Volkswagen group, which includes Audi and Porsche, have announced Ionity as a joint venture (JV) that will develop and implement a high-power charging (HPC) network for electric vehicles (EVs) across Europe. Ionity will launch 400 HPC stations by 2020. 

Ford, BMW, Daimler and VW launch JV to enable long-distance electric vehicle travel

Ford invests R3bn to expand Ranger production, build Raptor locally

By: Irma Venter     3rd November 2017 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is investing R3-billion ($220-million) in expanding Ranger production at its Silverton plant, in Pretoria. The plant builds the Everest sports-utility vehicle and Ranger pickup, with the latter exported to 148 markets. 

Ford invests R3bn to expand Ranger production, build Raptor locally
The Silverton plant

Eicher trucks to be assembled in Rosslyn

By: Irma Venter     3rd November 2017 Eicher trucks will be assembled in South Africa in less than 12 months, says VE Commercial Vehicles South Africa (VECV SA) country head Surender Singh. “The project has a one-year lead time. We are currently in discussions to make it happen.” 

Hino targets bigger share of heavy commercial vehicle market

By: Irma Venter     3rd November 2017 The new Hino 500 series should assist Hino South Africa (SA) to increase its share of the South African heavy commercial vehicle (HCV) market from 18% to around 22%, 23%, says Hino SA VP Ernie Trautmann. A new 6 X 4 model should also allow the new 500 series to “play in the extra-heavy commercial... 

Chinese truck brand aims to grow SA sales as it expands offering

By: Irma Venter     3rd November 2017 Powerstar sold around 420 trucks in South Africa last year, with the Chinese brand aiming for 500 units this year, says Everstar Industries CEO Bob Wang. The growth will come from the brand expanding its product portfolio from the extra-heavy and heavy commercial vehicle (EHCV, HCV) segments to... 

Complete heavy-vehicle service station concept created through partnership 

     2nd November 2017 Oil and gas multinational ExxonMobil and tyre multinational Michelin Tyre Company, teamed up with local truck service and wheel alignment enterprise Laser Fast to create a truck stop where the vehicles are checked, serviced and wheels aligned while drivers rest. Schalk Burger has the story. 

Complete heavy-vehicle service station concept created through partnership
Complete heavy-vehicle service station concept created through partnership
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