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Truck & Bus News

Volvo Trucks invests in fitment of safety features at Durban plant

By: Irma Venter     Updated 7 hours ago 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. 

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

New online system allows transporters to bid directly on loads

By: Irma Venter     11th April 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),... 

New online system allows transporters to bid directly on loads
Linebooker online

SA’s junk status will increase costs in auto production chain, warns analyst

By: Irma Venter     10th 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... 

SA’s junk status will increase costs in auto production chain, warns analyst

Metair in multiyear deal to supply enhanced batteries to Germany’s Daimler

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2017 Manufacturer, distributor and retailer of energy storage solutions and automotive components, Metair, has secured a multiyear supply agreement, from 2018 onwards, for the supply of enhanced flooded start/stop batteries to German car maker Daimler, in Europe, says MD Theo Loock. Speaking in... 

MoU could pave way for Tata-VW cooperation

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2017 India’s Tata Motors has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (oU) with the Volkswagen Group and its Skoda division, aimed at possible joint product development. The agreement has been signed by Tata Motors CEO Günter Butschek, Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Müller and Skoda Auto... 

Higher local content in SA-made vehicles could create 49 000 jobs, says Barnes 

By: Irma Venter     6th 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... 

Higher local content in SA-made vehicles could create 49 000 jobs, says Barnes
Naacam president Dave Coffey, Volkswagen Group South Africa MD Thomas Schäfer, Ethekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies and Naacam executive director Renai Moothilal at the Naacam Show

Cabinet reshuffle could have ‘far-reaching consequences’, warns auto body

By: Irma Venter     3rd 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 last week fired Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, as well as his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas, as... 

Cabinet reshuffle could have ‘far-reaching consequences’, warns auto body

SA new-vehicle exports into Africa plummet 73% since 2013

By: Irma Venter     3rd 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... 

SA new-vehicle exports into Africa plummet 73% since 2013

Export strategies likely to be feature of updated auto support programme

By: Irma Venter     31st March 2017 Given the poor outlook for growth in sub-Saharan Africa since the sharp decline in oil and commodity prices, “it would be reasonable to conclude” that any government support programme for the South African automotive industry requires a “sustainable export strategy”, says Mercedes-Benz South... 

Opel Astra crowned 2017 Car of the Year

By: Irma Venter     31st March 2017 The Opel Astra has been crowned South Africa’s 2017 Car of the Year, as voted for by the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists. The nine finalists for the 2017 WesBank South African Car of the Year competition were the Audi A4; Honda Civic; Hyundai Tucson; Jaguar F-Pace; Opel Astra; Renault... 

South Africa lagging badly in fuel quality stakes, Naamsa warns

By: Irma Venter     31st March 2017 South Africa is fifteen years behind the rest of the world in terms of legislation regulating the quality of fuel available at the pump, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers (Naamsa) director Nico Vermeulen. He says new clean fuel legislation should have been in place in 2017,... 

Sugar industry reduces haulage costs by R38m

By: Robyn Wilkinson     31st March 2017 The South African sugar cane industry should be congratulated on the progress it has made over the past ten years in improving the efficiency of its haulage system in line with the South African National Roads Agency’s Road Traffic Management System (RTMS), says South African Cane Growers’... 

Motus seeks synergies, cost savings, says CEO Arbee

By: Irma Venter     29th March 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. 

Motus seeks synergies, cost savings, says CEO Arbee
Osman Arbee

Nemeth to depart Ford SA, Toyota’s Kruger appointed new MD

By: Irma Venter     29th March 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. 

Nemeth to depart Ford SA, Toyota’s Kruger appointed new MD
Casper Kruger

Cape Town to take delivery of 11 electric buses by year-end

By: Irma Venter     24th March 2017 Cape Town’s fleet of eleven electric buses are scheduled for arrival by the end of 2017, “operating by the beginning of 2018, or sooner”, says Cape Town Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) commissioner Melissa Whitehead. The buses will be supplied by Chinese green energy firm BYD, in... 

Argosy truck out, electric vehicles in, says Merc SA

By: Irma Venter     22nd March 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. 

Argosy truck out, electric vehicles in, says Merc SA

Tata Motors signs MoU with VW, Skoda to develop affordable vehicles

By: Irma Venter     17th March 2017 India’s Tata Motors has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Volkswagen Group and its Skoda division, aimed at possible joint product development. The agreement has been signed by Tata Motors CEO Günter Butschek, Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Müller and Skoda Auto... 

Tata Motors signs MoU with VW, Skoda to develop affordable vehicles
Skoda Auto CEO Bernhard Maier, Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Müller and Tata Motors CEO Günter Butschek

Impact of Opel sale on South Africa not immediately clear

By: Irma Venter     17th March 2017 General Motors (GM) and Peugeot-Citroen (PSA) has announced the sale of GM’s Opel/Vauxhall subsidiary and GM Financial’s European operations to the PSA group, in a transaction valued at €1.3-billion and €0.9-billion, respectively. With the addition of Opel/Vauxhall, which generated revenue of... 

SA vehicle exports at the ‘lower end of expectations’ in February

By: Irma Venter     17th March 2017 New-vehicle sales held steady in February, at 48 113 units, compared with the 48 144 units sold in the same month last year. This said, however, the new passenger car market declined by 4.4%, to 31 400 units. 

Volkswagen restructures to fill sub-Saharan Africa gaps

By: Irma Venter     17th March 2017 German car manufacturer Volkswagen has established Volkswagen Sub-Saharan Africa as a regional operation, in a move aimed at developing and strengthening the African market. The new region joins the existing regions of North America, South America and China, and forms part of Volkswagen’s... 

Govt, rental markets to drive 1.7% growth in 2017 new-vehicle sales

By: Irma Venter     16th March 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%. 

Govt, rental markets to drive 1.7% growth in 2017 new-vehicle sales

New APDP must boost volumes, exports, says Merc SA CEO

By: Irma Venter     15th March 2017 Given the poor outlook for growth in sub-Saharan Africa since the sharp decline in oil and commodity prices, “it would be reasonable to conclude” that any government support programme for the South African automotive industry requires a “sustainable export strategy”, says Mercedes-Benz South... 

New APDP must boost volumes, exports, says Merc SA CEO

39% of South Africans interested in self-driving cars – Deloitte

By: Irma Venter     14th March 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 on Tuesday.... 

39% of South Africans interested in self-driving cars – Deloitte

Merc SA adds three AMG models to production line in R200m investment

By: Irma Venter     13th March 2017 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) will, in the second half of the year, add three new derivatives to its production line at the company’s East London plant, in the Eastern Cape. The new derivatives are AMG models, which refers to Mercedes-Benz’s range of high-specification performance vehicles. 

 Merc SA adds three AMG models to production line in R200m investment
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