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Truck & Bus News

SA’s component sector should pursue growth strategies, says report

By: Irma Venter     29th May 2017 South Africa’s component industry will be well served by implementing innovative growth strategies in the short to medium term. This emerged as one of the recommendations of the South African Automotive Supplier Performance Report 2017, produced for the National Association of Automotive... 

French logistics group aims to double SA business by 2020

By: Irma Venter     26th May 2017 France-based logistics company ID Logistics hopes to double the size of its business in South Africa by 2020, in terms of revenue and number of contracts and customers, says ID Logistics South Africa (SA) MD Etienne Juillard. The company opened its doors in South Africa in 2012, with a contract... 

SA auto firms join Tripartite Free Trade Area talks

By: Irma Venter     26th May 2017 South African vehicle manufacturers in April joined the negotiations around the formation of an African Tripartite free trade area (TFTA).   The local industry was pursuing duty-free access for new vehicles made in South Africa to the markets included in the TFTA, said National Association of... 

Volvo Trucks makes further investment into Durban plant

By: Irma Venter     26th May 2017 Volvo Trucks South Africa (VTSA) has invested R6.5-million into its semi-knockdown manufacturing plant, in Durban. The investment will allow the facility to install and calibrate selected safety features that were previously not available in the local market. 

New-vehicle sales growth possible in 2017, 2018, says Naamsa

By: Irma Venter     25th May 2017 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) believes it is still possible for the new-vehicle market to grow in 2017, despite “prevailing political and economic uncertainties”. The sales projections for 2017 and 2018, put forward by the association in its newest... 

 New-vehicle sales growth possible in 2017, 2018, says Naamsa

MEC Vadi frustrated with slow pace of BRT, aerotropolis developments

By: Irma Venter     25th May 2017 Gauteng Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi has expressed his concern with the slow pace of development of bus rapid transit (BRT) systems in Gauteng, as well as the delay in rolling out the Aerotropolis project, in Ekurhuleni. Speaking at an Intelligent Transport Systems South Africa (ITSSA) forum in... 

MEC Vadi frustrated with slow pace of BRT, aerotropolis developments
Photo by Duane Daws
Dr Ismail Vadi

South Africans spoilt for choice when buying new vehicles 

By: Irma Venter     23rd May 2017 South African car buyers had access to 55 passenger car brands in 2016, with 3 458 model derivatives to choose from, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) executive manager Dr Norman Lamprecht. “This afforded car buyers the widest choice to market-size... 

South Africans spoilt for choice when buying new vehicles

GM’s exit from SA likely to see the loss of 589 jobs 

By: Irma Venter     22nd May 2017 The decision by General Motors (GM) to pull out of South Africa will, most likely, cut 589 jobs at GM South Africa (GMSA) as it restructures to form Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSA), says GMSA. GMSA employs around 1 800 people. 

GM’s exit from SA likely to see the loss of 589 jobs

GM’s departure from SA will hurt suppliers, says Naacam

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2017 The decision by General Motors (GM) to pull out of South Africa will “have negative consequences on component suppliers to the company’s existing Chevrolet assembly lines”, says National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) executive director Renai Moothilal. “We... 

GM’s departure from SA will hurt suppliers, says Naacam
Photo by Duane Daws
Renai Moothilal

Megabridge construction on N2 highway project to start later this year 

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2017 The construction of two megabridges, as part of the South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) N2 Wild Coast Toll Road (N2WCTR) project, is expected to begin between August and October this year, says Sanral’s bridge network manager Edwin Kruger. “The tenders for the two bridges –... 

Megabridge construction on N2 highway project to start later this year
The proposed Msikaba bridge

Gautrain aiming to augment bus fleet with smaller vehicles

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2017 The Gautrain system will, in the next few months, go out on tender for a number of buses additional to its existing fleet, says Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe. “We would look at deploying smaller buses on additional routes, as well as some larger, more fuel-efficient buses. We... 

Cartrack shows strong subscriber growth, battles weak rand, African market

By: Irma Venter     17th May 2017 JSE-listed fleet management, insurance telematics and stolen vehicle recovery service provider Cartrack, has grown its subscriber base by 19%, to more than 600 000 subscribers over five continents, in the financial year ended February 28, compared with the previous financial year, says CEO Zak... 

Cartrack shows strong subscriber growth, battles weak rand, African market
Zak Calisto

France’s ID Logistics aims to double its SA business by 2020

By: Irma Venter     16th May 2017 France-based logistics company ID Logistics hopes to double the size of its business in South Africa by 2020, in terms of revenue and number of contracts and customers, says ID Logistics South Africa (SA) MD Etienne Juillard. The company opened its doors in South Africa in 2012, with a contract... 

Fuso expands local assembly, looks to double market share

By: Irma Venter     15th May 2017 Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DT&B SA), a member of Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA), has started local assembly of the FA 9-137 truck at MBSA’s East London plant. The truck was previously imported from India as a fully built-up unit. 

Fuso expands local assembly, looks to double market share
Fuso assembly at the East London plant

SA Auto Inc pursues duty-free access for new vehicles in African markets

By: Irma Venter     12th May 2017 South African vehicle manufacturers in April joined the negotiations around the formation of an African Tripartite free trade area (TFTA).   The local industry was pursuing duty-free access for new vehicles made in South Africa to the markets included in the TFTA, said National Association of... 

SA Auto Inc pursues duty-free access for new vehicles in African markets
Dr Norman Lamprecht

Chief selected for Imperial’s newest business venture

By: Irma Venter     12th May 2017 The automotive business of the JSE-listed Imperial group has a new leader. Former Imperial CFO, Osman Arbee, was named as the CEO of Imperial’s newest business venture, the Motus Corporation, in January. Arbee has been with Imperial for close to 13 years. 

Daimler testing the effects of augmented lighting on health of truckers

By: Irma Venter     12th May 2017 A research team from German truck maker Daimler recently explored an interesting question in the darkness of Finland’s polar night: Does the biological effect of light have a positive influence on the wellbeing and performance of truck drivers? Eight Daimler test drivers simulated two typical... 

Online bidding platform aims to ‘disrupt’ truck transport industry

By: Irma Venter     12th May 2017 Linebooker wants to do for the truck transport industry what Uber’s introduction did within the metered taxi industry – disrupt the traditional business model, cut costs and improve competitiveness and convenience. A spinoff from the innovation arm of CCS Logistics (part of the Oceana Group),... 

Gautrain looks to procure new, smaller buses 

By: Irma Venter     9th May 2017 The Gautrain system will, in the next few months, go out on tender for a number of buses additional to its existing fleet, says Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe. “We would look at deploying smaller buses on additional routes, as well as some larger, more fuel-efficient buses. We... 

Gautrain looks to procure new, smaller buses

BAW invests R250m to upgrade Springs taxi plant 

By: Irma Venter     8th May 2017 Beijing Automotive Works (BAW) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) will invest R250-million to expand and upgrade its minibus taxi plant, in Springs, Gauteng. The facility currently assembles the Sasuka 16-seater taxi from semi knocked-down kits, for the South and Southern African... 

BAW invests R250m to upgrade Springs taxi plant
Zhang Wei, Geoffrey Qhena and Lian Zhaoshan

Atlantis Foundries casts for new business as it emerges from Daimler fold

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2017 The current focus of Atlantis Foundries (AF) is to secure new business, products and customers, in addition to the existing business, says AF chief commercial officer Sally Redshaw. “We were unable to source new business under the ownership of Daimler, as it was not part of their strategy.” 

Atlantis Foundries casts for new business as it emerges from Daimler fold

BAIC unveils passenger car offering for SA

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2017 Beijing Automotive Industry Group Company (BAIC) has unveiled the passenger car that it hopes will secure its first customers in the South African market. The D20 compact hatchback and sedan range “is a boutique small car for the South African market”, says BAIC International VP Li Xiaofan. 

New-vehicle sales tumble as economy, politics bite

     2nd May 2017 A tough economy and a slew of public holidays, meaning less selling days, both took their toll on domestic new-vehicle sales in April, which, at 34 956 units, were down 5 392 units compared with the same month last year. Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry on Tuesday... 

New-vehicle sales tumble as economy, politics bite

Volvo Trucks invests in fitment of safety features at Durban plant

By: Irma Venter     28th April 2017 Volvo Trucks South Africa (VTSA) has invested R6.5-million into its semi-knockdown manufacturing plant, in Durban. The investment will allow the facility to install and calibrate selected safety features that were previously not available in the local market. 

Volvo Trucks invests in fitment of safety features at Durban plant

Downgrades to be felt across entire auto value chain

By: Irma Venter     28th April 2017 The effects of Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings having downgraded South Africa to junk status will wash “through the entire value chain of automotive production”, warns Frost & Sullivan Mobility Africa programme manager Craig Parker. The impact of the downgrade, leading to a weaker rand, among... 

Meeting 60% local content goal would transform economy, create 49 000 jobs

By: Irma Venter     28th April 2017 Achieving 60% local content on vehicles assembled in South Africa will make a significant impact on the South African economy, including the creation of 49 000 new jobs and an additional R68-billion in gross domestic product, says Automotive Masterplan lead and B&M Analysts chairperson Dr Justin... 

Trend of declining SA vehicle exports to the rest of Africa continued in 2016

By: Irma Venter     28th April 2017 New-vehicle exports from South Africa into the rest of Africa continued its steep decline in 2016, notes the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) in its newest quarterly business review. Export sales of new vehicles have declined from 78 787 units in 2013, to... 

Truck group says downgrade turbulence could affect market outlook

By: Irma Venter     28th April 2017 The South African truck market demonstrated ongoing resilience in the first quarter of 2017, despite political and economic turmoil, says UD Trucks Southern Africa MD Gert Swanepoel. However, South Africa’ s recent downgrade by two ratings agencies will determine if the marginal growth achieved... 

Naamsa suspends new-vehicle sales projections amid political flux

By: Irma Venter     21st April 2017 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) will, for the time being, suspend all new-vehicle sales projections, in light of recent political events. President Jacob Zuma at the end of March fired Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, as well as his deputy, Mcebisi... 

Revised framework for SA auto sector expected by year-end

By: Irma Venter     21st April 2017 The framework for the government support programme to replace the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) is “currently under consideration and should be announced by the end of 2017”, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa director Nico Vermeulen.... 

Volatile rand has big impact on MBSA’s truck business

By: Irma Venter     21st April 2017 Daimler Trucks and Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) saw a 12.6% drop in sales in 2016 compared with 2015. The company sold 4 631 new trucks and buses in South Africa in 2016, down from the 5 300 units and 5 897 units recorded in 2015 and 2014, respectively. 

Can fake daylight in truck cabs lead to better driver performance?

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2017 A research team from German truck maker Daimler recently explored an interesting question in the darkness of Finland’s polar night: Does the biological effect of light have a positive influence on the wellbeing and performance of truck drivers? Eight Daimler test drivers simulated two typical... 

Can fake daylight in truck cabs lead to better driver performance?

Bank forecasts new-vehicle sales growth, despite weak dealer outlook

By: Irma Venter     14th April 2017 Vehicle and asset finance provider WesBank expects new-vehicle sales to grow by 1.74% in 2017. The company was almost spot-on in its March 2016 prediction that last year’s sales would decline by 12%, with the actual number recorded at the end of 2016 a drop of 11.4%. 

South African to lead local Ford unit for first time since full reinvestment

By: Irma Venter     14th April 2017 US car maker Ford has announced the appointment of Casper Kruger as Ford Motor Company Sub-Saharan Africa (FMCSA) region MD, as from April 1. Current president and CEO Jeff Nemeth will take up a new position at Ford as part of his planned return to the US on July 1, states the company. 

Survey reveals attitude of South Africans towards self-driving technology

By: Irma Venter     14th April 2017 South Africans are divided on who they trust the most to bring self-driving technology to market, with half of consumers preferring tech companies and the other half choosing traditional car manufacturers, reveals the Deloitte Global Automotive Consumer Study, released in South Africa in March.... 

Despite downgrades, truck market can still grow in 2017, says UD Trucks

By: Irma Venter     12th April 2017 The South African truck market demonstrated ongoing resilience in the first quarter of 2017, despite political and economic turmoil, says UD Trucks Southern Africa MD Gert Swanepoel. However, South Africa’ s recent downgrade by two ratings agencies will determine if the marginal growth achieved... 

Despite downgrades, truck market can still grow in 2017, says UD Trucks

BAIC introduces D20 range, second model to follow later this year 

By: Irma Venter     11th April 2017 Beijing Automotive Industry Group Company (BAIC) has unveiled the passenger car that it hopes will secure its first customers in the South African market. The D20 compact hatchback and sedan range “is a boutique small car for the South African market”, said BAIC International VP Li Xiaofan on... 

BAIC introduces D20 range, second model to follow later this year
Photo by Irma Venter
The D20 at the launch in Johannesburg
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