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Truck & Bus News

Daimler Buses initiates 3D printing of specialised, replacement parts

By: Irma Venter     21st June 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... 

Volvo Trucks, UD Trucks open R130m facility in Zambia

By: Irma Venter     20th June 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... 

Volvo Trucks, UD Trucks open R130m facility in Zambia

Kia SA’s new CEO wants to fill perception gap, grow sales

By: Irma Venter     19th June 2017 The biggest challenge facing Kia Motors South Africa (KMSA) is the perception gap that exists in the local market, says CEO designate Gary Scott. The 42-year-old Scott, who joined KMSA in 2002, will take over from Ray Levin on July 1. Scott is currently KMSA’s sales director. 

Kia SA’s new CEO wants to fill perception gap, grow sales
Gary Scott

Product and process innovation key to future success of components firms

By: Irma Venter     16th June 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... 

Naamsa believes sales growth still possible despite 2017 headwinds

By: Irma Venter     16th June 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... 

Composites cluster charts way forward for basalt in composites

By: Irma Venter     16th June 2017 Nelson Mandela Bay Composites Cluster MD Andy Radford says the cluster has mapped the value chain for the production and application of basalt in composites. He says the cluster is at an advanced stage of securing local and global beneficiators and buyers for the mineral for use in composite... 

UD Trucks launches new heavy-duty truck range in SA

By: Irma Venter     9th June 2017 UD Trucks Southern Africa (UDTSA) has launched its new Croner heavy commercial vehicle (HCV) range, named after Chronos, the god of time in Greek mythology. Featuring 13 variants, the new product range offers up to 21 configurations. 

UD Trucks launches new heavy-duty truck range in SA

SA car buyers had widest choice-to-market-size ratio globally in 2016

By: Irma Venter     9th June 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... 

Vadi concerned about slow pace of BRT development in Gauteng

By: Irma Venter     9th June 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 held... 

No taxi protests planned 'for now' over rising price of Quantum

By: News24Wire      8th June 2017 There will be no taxi protest "over the escalating price of the Toyota Quantum in Durban for now", the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) said on Thursday. Santaco had threatened to shut down the whole country if the highly used Toyota Quantum manufacturer did not respond to their demands within... 

BMW SA seeks greater govt commitment for EV expansion in SA 

By: Irma Venter     8th June 2017 Two years after its market launch in South Africa, the BMW i-brand has established itself as the best selling electric vehicle (EV) and plug-in-hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) in the country. Since the i-brand’s market introduction in March 2015, a total of 419 BMW i models have been delivered to... 

BMW SA seeks greater govt commitment for EV expansion in SA
The BMW i3 and i8

Component exports up 6.8% in 2016, engines show strong growth

By: Irma Venter     6th June 2017 Component exports from South Africa in 2016 were again dominated by catalytic converters. Data published in the Automotive Export Manual 2017 shows that catalytic converter exports made up 41.3% of all component exports from South Africa, by value, earning R21.9-billion, up from last year’s... 

Component exports up 6.8% in 2016, engines show strong growth

Indian truck brand Eicher poised to enter the SA market

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 2017 VE Commercial Vehicles (VECV), the joint venture between the Volvo Group and Eicher Motors, has announced that it will introduce India-made Eicher trucks into the South African truck market by the end of June. The joint venture has already set up base in South Africa in the form of a 100%... 

Indian truck brand Eicher poised to enter the SA market

GM’s withdrawal from SA to be negative for component suppliers

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 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... 

Isuzu sees opportunity as it buys GM’s Port Elizabeth plant

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 2017 US vehicle manufacturer General Motors (GM) has announced that it will disinvest from South Africa as part of a global restructuring process. GM South Africa (GMSA) sells the Opel, Isuzu and Chevrolet brands in South Africa. 

Truck model previously imported from India now being assembled in East London

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 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. 

Cartrack expands subscriber base to more than 600 000

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 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... 

New-vehicle sales dip by 2.6% in May, exports down 12%

By: Irma Venter     1st June 2017 A tough domestic economy continued to take its toll in May, with new-vehicle sales in the local market declining by 2.6%, to 41 783 units, compared with May last year. Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry on Thursday showed that new passenger car sales declined by 2.5%... 

New-vehicle sales dip by 2.6% in May, exports down 12%

Taxi drivers block Durban roads

By: News24Wire      31st May 2017 Minibus taxi operators in Durban and surrounding areas have started blocking busy Durban roads ahead of their protest to Toyota in Prospection, Isipingo later on Wednesday. Streets in the Durban CBD, Umlazi, Isipingo, and the N2 have been blockaded with Toyota Quantum minibuses. 

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... 

SA’s component sector should pursue growth strategies, says report
Photo by Duane Daws
Renai Moothilal

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. 

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... 

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),... 

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