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Truck & Bus News

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... 

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... 

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. 

Public transport efficiency seen as key to scaling up user base

By: Dylan Slater     8th September 2017 More efficient public transport would not only go a long way towards attracting a larger user base, thereby reducing car owners’ reliance on private vehicles for their transport needs, but also assist in decreasing the prevalent trend of cars being used predominantly by one person, says... 

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

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

August new-vehicle sales strengthen by 6.7%

By: Irma Venter     4th September 2017 New-vehicle sales in August increased by 6.7% compared with the same month last year, to 49 222 units. Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry on Friday show that new passenger car sales jumped by 5.4%, to 32 161 units. 

August new-vehicle sales strengthen by 6.7%

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

100 years of Ford truck history

25th August 2017 Last month marked exactly 100 years since Ford Motor Company (FMC) created the first Model TT, a small truck based on the Model T car. Since then, FMC has turned into the world’s best-selling bakkie manufacturer. 

100 years of Ford  truck history
MODEL TT The iconic Ford Model TT was as a result of consumer demand for a more multipurpose vehicle

Digitalisation must be embraced by trucking industry

25th August 2017 Digitalisation will rapidly transform the trucking industry in the near future, as it will force the industry to embrace this concept, or risk being unable to compete. This message was emphasised at this year’s fourth annual TruckX and FleetX conference and expo, which took place at the Kyalami... 

Digitalisation must  be embraced by  trucking industry
Photo by Bloomberg
AUTONOMY Autonomous vehicle technology is being tested around the world, and will force the trucking industry to adapt to technological innovations

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%

Johannesburg school invests in luxury liner

25th August 2017 Commercial vehicles, off-road trucks and vehicles manufacturer Iveco recently handed over an Iveco Afriway 65-seater bus to Kingsmead College, a leading girls’ school in Rosebank, Johannesburg. The donation comes as part of Kingsmead College’s ‘Bus Project’, launched in 2015, with the objective... 

Johannesburg school invests  in luxury liner
SPACIOUS TRAVEL Kingsmead College recently invested in a large Iveco bus to better accommodate learners transported for sports and cultural events

Technology to aid fleet management

By: Nica Schreuder     25th August 2017 South Africa-based, international information technology and communications provider T-Systems says technological improvements in sensors, software and management solutions indicate that commercial vehicle owners, such as fleet management and logistics organisations using trucks and bakkies, can... 

Technology to aid  fleet management
DERESHIN PILLAY The influence of technology on fleet management is important for industry growth and consumer satisfaction

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

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

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

Telematics fleet management solutions guarantee increased profitability

By: Robyn Wilkinson     18th August 2017 When fleet operators are suitably equipped, they are guaranteed to see an increase in profitability as a result of improved fuel consumption, driver behaviour and equipment use while ensuring the safety of their employees and security of their vehicles, says fleet management solutions provider... 

Telematics fleet management solutions guarantee increased profitability
INFORMATION AT A GLANCE The MiX Journey Management tool presents all information relating to cargo’s journey in a clear and efficient manner to facilitate quicker decision-making

Despite rising EV tide, automaker urges SA to implement cleaner-fuels vision

By: Irma Venter     18th August 2017 Research published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) this month shows that electric vehicles (EVs) may account for 54% of all new light-duty vehicle sales globally by 2040. However, it is unlikely that South Africa will follow this trend to the same degree. 

BMW’s SA unit seeks removal of duties on electric vehicles

By: Irma Venter     18th August 2017 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) is seeking 0% import duties on pure electric vehicles (EVs). The local arm of the German car maker in December 2016 submitted a formal application to the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) for the reduction of the import duty on... 

New-vehicle sales rose by 4.1% in July

By: Irma Venter     18th August 2017 New-vehicle sales in July increased 4.1% compared with the same month last year, to 46 719 units. Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry earlier this month showed that new passenger car sales increased by 6.2%, to 30 826 units. 

New truck dealership opens in Lusaka

By: Irma Venter     18th August 2017 Volvo Group Southern Africa, in partnership with Titanium Motors, has opened a new dealer facility in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, in a R130-million investment. The dealership will provide services to Volvo Trucks and UD Trucks customers operating in the region.  “Zambia is a key African market... 

Metair ready for market shift to electric vehicles, says Loock

By: Irma Venter     17th August 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 on Thursday at the... 

Metair ready for market shift to electric vehicles, says Loock
Metair MD Theo Loock

Mercedes-Benz Trucks 3D-prints an aluminium thermostat cover

By: Irma Venter     14th August 2017 Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ first three dimensional (3D) printed spare part made of metal – a thermostat cover for truck and Unimog models from older model series – has passed all quality assurance processes at Mercedes-Benz, and is now celebrating its premiere. “We ensure the same functionality,... 

Mercedes-Benz Trucks 3D-prints an aluminium thermostat cover
3D printing of an aluminium thermostat cover

No fireworks expected for 2018 SA, sub-Saharan new-vehicle markets

By: Irma Venter     14th August 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. 

No fireworks expected for 2018 SA, sub-Saharan new-vehicle markets

German group starts 3D printing of parts for bus brands

By: Irma Venter     11th August 2017 German vehicle manufacturer Daimler Buses has started three-dimensional (3D) printing of small batches of parts, as well as replacement parts for the Mercedes-Benz and Setra bus brands. Daimler Buses says 3D component production is the ideal solution to enquiries, received on a daily basis, from... 

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