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New-vehicle sales down 0.9%, exports jump by 27.5%
1st March 2024 By: Irma Venter

Total domestic new-vehicle sales in February declined by 0.9%, to 44 749 units, compared with the same month last year, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council. The new-passenger-car market... 


Delay announced in Fuso, Hino merger
Delay announced in Fuso, Hino merger
1st March 2024 By: Irma Venter

Daimler Truck, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), Hino Motors and Toyota Motor Corporation have announced a delay in their intent to merge MFTBC and Hino. Toyota owns Hino, while... 


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Hino wraps up order for 33 mobile offices for Home Affairs
29th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Hino South Africa (SA) has completed an order for 33 mobile offices for the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Department of Home Affairs. The fully equipped mobile offices will service some of KZN’s most remote... 


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Pay-per-load electric truck group to roll out next-gen vehicle in March
28th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Pay-per-load trucking company OX Delivers will start building the third generation OX4 electric truck in March, with knock-down kit delivery for assembly in local markets to follow. “Based on... 


The site of the proposed green hydrogen production facility
Lhyfe seeking approval for planned 20 MW green hydrogen plant in the UK
28th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Green hydrogen development company Lhyfe is planning to build, if plans are approved, a 20 MW green hydrogen production facility in Wallsend, North Tyneside, in the UK. The proposed facility will... 


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‘Asian brothers’ coming to SA 'with a force', says Motus boss
27th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Motus’ stable of imported vehicle brands – Hyundai, Kia, Renault and Mitsubishi – all experienced a tough six months at the end of last year. Speaking at the company’s financial results... 


Stellantis, Société Générale, Caetano Squadra Africa sign agreement on vehicle sales, financing in Africa
Stellantis, Société Générale, Caetano Squadra Africa sign agreement on vehicle sales, financing in Africa
26th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Stellantis, in partnership with Paris-based bank Société Générale and vehicle distributor Caetano Squadra Africa, have signed a collaboration agreement aimed at facilitating the sale and financing... 


Vehicle crime ramped up towards end of last year, says Tracker
23rd February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Tracker’s vehicle crime statistics for July to December last year show an increase in vehicle crime, with a peak in November. Data from the asset tracking company also shows that a business-owned... 


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Auto industry pleased with EV allocation, but more will be needed – Naamsa
22nd February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council has welcomed the announcementby Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana in his Budget Speech on Wednesday that government will offer financial support for the... 


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Cape Town’s Mayco recommends extending the N2 Express MyCiTi bus service contract
21st February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee has recommended that the city extends the operating contract of the N2 Express bus service for another two years, until June 30, 2026.  This is to allow for the... 


The Ultra T.14
Tata launches new range of smart trucks in South Africa
16th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Multinational automobile manufacturer Tata Motors, through its authorised distributor Tata Africa, has announced the commercial launch of its range of multipurpose heavy-duty trucks, namely the... 


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Fuel price hike will impact consumers and the road freight industry – RFA
16th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Fuel is rapidly crossing the 50% mark as a share of daily road transport operating costs, depending on the type of transport operation, with rising costs likely to be passed on to the consumer,... 


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Ancillary product reduces harmful emissions
16th February 2024 By: Trent Roebeck

Lubricant supplier FUCHS Lubricants South Africa introduced TITAN AdBlue – an ancillary product that helps reduce diesel exhaust emissions – for use in buses, trucks and agricultural vehicles.... 


Antidumping duties to be slapped on Chinese windscreens
16th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition will impose antidumping duties on windscreens imported from China, to be used in the Southern African Customs Union (Sacu) area as replacement... 


Electric buses to be rolled out in Tshwane, eThekwini
16th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Tshwane and eThekwini could see the roll-out of 39 electric commuter buses by the end of next year. The introduction of the zero-emissions vehicles will form part of a pilot project funded by the... 


New-vehicle sales slide continues
16th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

New-vehicle sales declined by 3.8% in January, to 41 636 units, compared with the same month last year. This continued the decline in new-vehicle sales witnessed in the last five months of 2023. 


Subdued growth expected in transport sector; more freight going to Maputo – Ctrack index
Subdued growth expected in transport sector; more freight going to Maputo – Ctrack index
14th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

The Ctrack Transport and Freight Index (Ctrack TFI) forecasts “another year of fairly subdued growth for the transport sector”. This is based on the assumption of mediocre economic growth in South... 


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Hino to double solar energy output at its Durban plant
13th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Hino South Africa (SA) will this year double the energy output from the solar roof panel project at its truck assembly plant in Durban, says VP Anton Falck.  “Currently the roof panels provide 600... 


Vehicle crime ramped up towards the end of 2023 – Tracker
Vehicle crime ramped up towards the end of 2023 – Tracker
12th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Tracker’s vehicle crime statistics for July to December last year show an increase in vehicle crime, with a peak in November. Data from the asset tracking company also shows that a business-owned... 


2024 Car of the Year finalists announced
2024 Car of the Year finalists announced
12th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

The South African Guild of Mobility Journalists (SAGMJ) has announced the 18 finalists of the Old Mutual Insure 2024 Car of the Year (COTY) competition. “We eagerly await the upcoming competition... 


DTSA incoming CEO Maretha Gerber
DTSA appoints Gerber CEO   
5th February 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Heavy-duty vehicle manufacturer Daimler Truck South Africa (DTSA) has appointed Maretha Gerber to succeed Michael Dietz as CEO and president of the company. Dietz will be taking up a position in... 


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Yet another negative month for new-vehicle sales
1st February 2024 By: Irma Venter

New-vehicle sales declined by 3.8% in January, to 41 636 units, compared with the same month last year. This continued the decline in new-vehicle sales witnessed in the last five months of 2023. 


UD Trucks Southern Africa MD Filip van den Heede
UD Trucks Southern Africa to expand feature, service offerings
1st February 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

As the South African logistics industry continues to undergo a shift, with cargo increasingly being moved by road rather than rail, UD Trucks Southern Africa (UDTSA) is sharpening up its service... 


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DP World, Woolworths unveil axle-powered refrigeration trailer
31st January 2024 By: Irma Venter

Logistics group DP World has partnered with food and clothing retailer Woolworths to roll out a refrigeration trailer featuring AxlePower technology. AxlePower “transforms ordinary road transport... 


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Hino SA introduces new financing package for truck-tractor models
30th January 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Japanese commercial vehicle manufacturer Hino South Africa has announced the introduction of a new Guaranteed Future Value (GFV) Plan on the Hino 700 2841 and 2845 truck-tractor models, Hino South... 


Ashok Leyland enters Southern African market with Dost workhorse
26th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

India’s Ashok Leyland has entered the Southern African commercial vehicle market with its Dost 1.5 l ℓturbodiesel workhorse. Headquartered in Chennai, with nine manufacturing plants, Ashok Leyland... 


Takealot rolls out ten JAC battery-powered delivery trucks
26th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

Online retailer Takealot has deployed ten JAC N75 EV battery electric trucks to make deliveries in Gauteng and the Western Cape. The company in November welcomed four N75 four-ton electric trucks... 


Bell Equipment founder’s grandson named CEO
26th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

Bell Equipment has appointed Ashley Jon Bell (41), grandson of company founder Irvine Bell, as new group CEO, effective January 1. This follows the July resignation of outgoing group CEO Leon... 


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Modified fleets can benefit African sectors
26th January 2024 By: Trent Roebeck

Special vehicle modifications company RMA Automotive South Africa (RMAA SA) has deepened its promise to use “excellent” design expertise and capabilities, as well as “cutting-edge technology” to... 


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Sales of NEVs on the rise in South Africa
25th January 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Amid a global emphasis on green energy and the subsequent global energy transition, total sales of new energy vehicles (NEVs) in South Africa increased by 65% year-on-year in 2023, with hybrid... 


Electric buses to be rolled out in DBSA-funded project in Tshwane, eThekwini 
Electric buses to be rolled out in DBSA-funded project in Tshwane, eThekwini 
19th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

Tshwane and eThekwini could see the rollout of 39 electric commuter buses by the end of next year. The introduction of the zero-emissions vehicles will form part of a pilot project funded by the... 


Eagle Eye Defence aims to roll out in-vehicle biometric security system this year
19th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

South African startup Eagle Eye Defence has developed an in-vehicle security system that uses fingerprint verification to start the powertrain. Cofounder Iviwe Mosana describes Eagle Eye Defence as... 


DHL to test Volkswagen’s electric ID.Buzz Cargo vans in South Africa
19th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has partnered with DHL Express for the pilot testing of the electric ID.Buzz Cargo van in South Africa. Four ID.Buzz Cargo units have been placed at DHL Express... 


DTSA launches online parts platform
19th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

Daimler Truck Southern Africa (DTSA) has launched a new e-commerce platform – the Daimler Truck Parts Portal. The platform works on a click-and-collect basis, which means customers can buy parts... 


Vehicle sales up 0.5% in 2023 – Naamsa
19th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

New-vehicle sales in the domestic market inched up by 0.5% in 2023 compared with 2022, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council. This follows jumps of 13.9% in 2022 and 22.2% in 2021. 


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Cape Town’s waste management directorate procures new compactors, street sweepers
18th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

The City of Cape Town’s (CoCT’s) Urban Waste Management Directorate says it is in the midst of procuring a number of new trucks and equipment for use in and around the city. The directorate has a... 


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