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Electric trucks – MAN and CNL begin practical testing

Joachim Drees, chairman of the Executive Board of Man Truck & Bus AG, and his board colleague Dr. Ulrich Dilling, responsible for production and logistics, handed over the first electric trucks of the type MAN eTGM at the Steyr production site at nine member companies of the Austrian Council for Sustainable Logistics (CNL). This also…


Autonomous vehicles face major stumbling block

One of the biggest issues facing the development of fully autonomous vehicles comes from perhaps not the most obvious source – the quality of road markings. “Clear visibility of road markings is required by autonomous vehicle sensors to work,” explained Harald Mosböck, executive committee member at the European Union Road Federation (ERF). Mr Mosböck was…


New Black Entrant Logistics Company gets Help from Drones

A new black-owned logistics company servicing the KZN and inland fuel depot route is being aided by some of the newest tech (drones) in logistics, as it goes toe to toe with big transport companies. Using drones to create their niche in the complex business of fuel distribution, Crusade Logistics plans routes and monitors driver safety…

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Small series Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck

STUTTGART- This year, Mercedes-Benz Trucks is bringing the world´s first all-electric heavy-duty truck to market in a small series. Following the presentation of the Urban eTruck with 25 t perm. GVW and a range of up to 200 km at the International Commercial Vehicle Show in 2016, the first vehicles will be delivered to customers this year. Electric…

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RDW approval for camera/monitor system CornerEye

World premiere: Orlaco makes front and kerb mirrors redundant Barneveld, The Netherlands – Truck manufacturers no longer have to equip their trucks with mirrors. Orlaco is the first company to receive an RDW approval to deliver a camera/monitor system that replaces both mirrors for class V and VI (front and kerb view) entirely: CornerEye. With…

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Daimler Trucks at the IAA 2016: Networked, Efficient and Safe

HANNOVER – At this year’s IAA International Commercial Vehicle Show, (22 to 29 September 2016) the focus is on the megatrends of the future: digitalisation and e-mobility. The key to the sustainable and efficient logistics of the future is called connectivity. Logistics rely on a network of players, including trucks, manufacturers, customers, hauliers, infrastructure, other vehicles,…


New strategic future initiative adVANce and Vision Van

Mercedes-Benz Vans is presenting the van of the future: Intelligent, Interconnected and Electric STUTTGART – The globally successful van manufacturer Mercedes-Benz Vans has unveiled its strategic future initiative adVANce for the transport industry. This sees the division systematically taking up its customers’ changing requirements. Mercedes-Benz Vans launches future initiative adVANce to expand its growth strategy and…


Mercedes-Benz first fully electric truck – the eTruck

Stuttgart – The world’s most successful truck manufacturer Daimler Trucks is presenting the Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck in Stuttgart today, as the first fully electric truck with an admissible total weight of up to 26 tonnes. This means that in the future, heavy trucks will take part in urban distribution operations with zero local emissions and…

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Daimler connected truck, a success for all

Tomorrow: the fast steps towards the fully autonomous truck Connectivity is when everyone communicates with everyone and everything else, to the benefit of all parties involved. This is also when all those participating in this tight-knit communication network receive the correct information at the right time and in the right place. Always on: truck sends…

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Scania foresees a year of muscle, brawn and brains

Scania foresees a year of muscle Scania’s slug-line on their website featuring the successful Streamline range, “In shape to stay ahead”, is echoed by Managing Director of Scania South Africa, Steve Wager, as he responded to Trucks and Heavy Equipment’s questions. 2014 UNDER REVIEW Did the 2014 truck market perform as you expected? “The heavy…


FUSO FJ 16-230 The Truck of Choice

FUSO FJ 16-230 The Truck of Choice for Medium to Heavy Applications in Southern Africa. FUSO Trucks, a division of Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa today launched its latest medium to heavy-duty truck, the FUSO FJ 16-230, set to be the truck of choice in the southern African region. Custom-made solutions for varying customers’ requirements…

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Adventure Tours Company Switches to Hino Trucks

Nomad Africa Adventure Tours, one of the leading operators providing this service in sub-Saharan Africa, has bought 25 Hino 500-Series 1626 trucks as replacements for 20 trucks in its fleet of 47 vehicles. These are the first Hino trucks bought by Nomad with the decision to switch to the leading Japanese brand resulting from detailed…

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More truck for your buck

At a very affordable R259 000 (excluding VAT) the FAW 8.140 FL chassis cab provides one the lowest cost-per-ton vehicles on the market today. Cheng Zhang, Marketing & Strategy Manager for FAW Vehicle Manufacturers SA, explains the rationale behind FAW’s bold move in the local southern Africa region: “In a business environment where total cost of ownership…


Decline in MCV sales reflects distressed economy

The depressed economy is reflected in the continuing slide in the sale of Medium Commercial Vehicles in South Africa. The depressed economy is reflected in the continuing slide in the sale of Medium Commercial Vehicles in South Africa. The slowdown in business and a general lack of confidence is impacting severely on the operations of…

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The Iveco Daily, Supreme flexibility

DNA from Iveco’s heavy trucks, the Iveco Daily ensures robustness and long-lasting performance The Iveco Daily is a versatile commercial vehicle concept that meets all the transport needs of professionals. Structurally it derives its DNA from Iveco’s heavy trucks, which ensures its robustness and long-lasting performance. The Iveco Daily offers good power, safety, technology and…


Special Report on Medium Trucks and Big Panel Vans.

In the special feature we report on the market in this segment. The trend showed that sales of medium commercial vehicles in SA were on a decline in the first two months of 2014 after strong growth a year previously. January-February 2013 had been 8,3% higher than the 1 579 medium trucks The 1 691…

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Doosan’s DX220LCA-2 excavators for greater productivity in daily operation

The DX220LCA-2 is Doosan’s new entry into the 20 to 22 ton excavator class, developed with advanced design features for greater productivity in daily operation – even in the harshest conditions on African soil. “Not only do these robust machines boast pristine manufacturing standards, but Doosan’s advanced technologies have been introduced in the latest excavator…

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Jump-starting careers with Babcock’s apprenticeships

Driving job creation and skills development is fundamental to Babcock’s apprentice training programme that simultaneously contribute to building a motivated and committed workforce. This is achieved by creating a stimulating environment for young trainees to learn and enhance their skills through both theoretical knowledge and practical training. The apprenticeship programmes, ranging from three to four…


Doosan DISD SD310 wheel loader series by Doosan July 2018

The robust Doosan DISD SD310 wheel loader series by Doosan is known for high performance and cost-efficient operation in tough operating conditions. SD310 wheel loaders have a fuel-saving, environmentally-friendly, low-speed Tier 11 6 cylinder turbo, direct injection engine Also read: New Spec Doosan A Tough Competitor The Doosan DISD SD310 wheel loaders have a fuel-saving, environmentally-friendly,…


Continental signs collaborative agreement with Caterpillar

Hanover, Germany (February 22, 2017) –  Continental and Caterpillar Inc. have signed an agreement to equip Cat Off-Highway-Trucks (model series 770 to 775) with Continental RDT-Master tires in sizes 18.00R33, 21.00R33 and 24.00R35. The agreement also calls for the two companies to collaborate on designing new tires for two other Cat products: Medium Wheel Loaders…

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Off-road and on-road: news on Mercedes-Benz construction vehicles

HANOVER – At the 66th IAA International Motor Show for Commercial Vehicles, Mercedes-Benz presented a cross-section of its wide range of two, three, and four-axle chassis, tractor units and tippers for the construction industry and ancillary trades. The range of models on show featured a wealth of technical innovations and customer-oriented advancements in construction vehicles….


New spec Doosan a tough competitor

Heavy-duty Doosan DX340LCA hydraulic excavators, designed for efficient operation and high productivity in demanding work environments, are gaining popularity locally in diverse sectors, including quarrying, mining and heavy construction. “There are currently over 2 500 Doosan machines in operation locally and we expect to further consolidate Doosan’s market position and soon reach the 3 000…


Doosan Digs In

There are already more than 350 Doosan excavators operating in South Africa, and with the introduction of the brand’s newest generation hydraulic excavators – the heavy-duty DX225LCA series – this is set to increase. The new series has been designed for greater operator comfort, improved fuel efficiency, enhanced productivity and minimal maintenance requirements. “There are…


Ringing the bell on bad roads

Bell Equipment recently handed over 30 Bell 670G graders to the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport in Pietermaritzburg for deployment in road maintenance and infrastructure. KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Willies Mchunu, said the graders have been allocated to various regions in the province and would be used to keep the province’s 23…


Shantui ’s bulldozer – It’s all about moving dirt!

These Shantui mechanical muscle machines building structures in more than 150 countries Shantui ’s bulldozer sales volume has remained number one in the world for four successive years, making the brand synonymous with bulldozers well beyond the borders of China. In fact, these mechanical muscle machines have been used to build structures in more than…


XCMG’s superior quality specialist machinery available in South Africa

XCMG mining and construction equipment has been available in South Africa since 2007. Working with local and international partners, their presence in the market stands to grow significantly. At present, it ranks 5th in the global construction machinery market. With a worldwide footprint that includes exports to 169 countries and a turnover of US$16,4 billion…


BPW acquires JMR Trailer Parts to extend reach

BPW Axles has acquired a majority stake in the JMR Trailer Parts Group as part of BPW’s global strategy to expand its presence in the aftermarket. BPW distributes its spare parts in southern Africa through a wide network of independent distributors, among which JMR Trailer Parts performs a major role. JMR is a reputable spare…


The best thing since sliced bread?

New truck and trailer combinations recently built by Serco for Pioneer Foods (Sasko Bakeries) are now being used to deliver thousands of loaves of bread across the Western Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. Van body trucks, drawbar trailers and step-deck trailers Built at the Serco plant in Cape Town, the vehicles are designed to carry the…

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Serco delivers on large order for Vital Distribution Solutions Fleet

Serco has delivered 70 refrigerated trucks to Vital Fleet, part of Vital Distribution Solutions, a large logistics company operating throughout southern Africa. Debi Dabner, Fleet Manager at Vital Fleet, said the new trucks brought to more than 100 the number of units her company had bought from Serco over the past three years, boosting Vital’s…


AFRIT gives savvy advice, a trailer industry leader

AFRIT is one of the most respected and innovative trailer manufacturers in Africa, and is highly regarded by many customers operating in the transport industry. While the company ethos is one of ‘delivering the goods’, the people at AFRIT are not boastful and generally shy away from the limelight. Given the company’s vast experience in…


Serco ‘steps up’ to meet the volume challenge

Serco challenged to meet new design for trailers and accommodate maximum volumetric capacity Serco was recently challenged when they received an order for specially- designed trailers to accommodate maximum volumetric capacity. The client wanted dry freight vehicles which could carry lightweight products cost effectively. The team got down to it and started work on what…

Bus #1000 from MAN to GABS

MAN Truck & Bus delivers Bus #1000

The room was floodlight with the branded MAN Bus nr 1000 which represented a culmination of 15 years of unique co-operation between customer and supplier that has successfully ensured a partnership that will endure for a very long time. On Tuesday 8th November 2016 the longstanding business relationship between MAN Trucks and Buses South Africa…

An electric Volvo city bus in Sweden.

‘People Transport’ remains a critical issue in South Africa

The 2016 Southern African Bus Operators Association (SABOA) conference earlier this year highlighted just how crucial a modern, well-developed public transport infrastructure is to South Africa’s economic development and socio-political transformation. The transport sector has the potential to unleash opportunities for the much needed economic growth the country seeks. Add to this the needs of…


Mercedes-Benz Bus & Coach South Africa offers savvy solutions

The Department of Transport’s strategic goals are to ensure an efficient and integrated infrastructure network that serves as a catalyst for social and economic development; ensure a transport sector that is safe and secure; improve rural access, infrastructure and mobility; improve public transport systems; increase the contribution of the transport sector to job creation; and…


Touring, the first-class way

The Scania Touring remains a hallmark option amongst the various bus and coach brands. The Touring is available in a number of attractive interior designs, and operators can choose between Classic-line and Comfort-line, each with different upholstery and colour options. However, whatever the choice of finishes, passengers will feel they’re travelling ‘first-class’ all the way….

The Volvo 7900 Electric bus on Route 55 in Gothenberg.

Successful year for Volvo electric bus service in Sweden

on Route 55 in Gothenburg, Sweden, it is clear that the expectations have been surpassed. The aim is to run a three-year project to test and evaluate how electric public transport can contribute to a better and more sustainable urban environment, and to examine how the technical solutions function in real life. After one year…

The Voith DIWA.6 automatic transmission.

Voith stop-start technology proven

Already a common feature in modern passenger cars, stop-start technologies also provide an efficient solution for the reduction of fuel consumption and emissions in city buses. City buses spend up to 40% of their time in idling mode The Voith DIWA.6 automatic transmission is perfectly engineered to deliver stop-start functionality during idling mode, thus reducing…

Afriway bus – a product of Iveco’s ‘Born in South Africa’ initiative

Iveco Bus goes on the offensive!

Launched at the SABOA annual convention at the beginning of March, Iveco’s new Afriway bus range can accommodate both intercity and long-distance applications. Available initially in a 4×2 two-axle configuration (12,3m) with manual or automatic transmission, a 6×2 three-axle version (14m) is to follow. The Afriway bus – a product of Iveco’s ‘Born in South…


Jo’burg Bus Rapid Transit considering Mercedes-Benz safety as a prime choice

A rapidly improving public transport system has allowed Johannesburg to claim its place as a world-class African city, and Mercedes- Benz South Africa (MBSA) Bus and Coach continues to play a vital role in enabling this progression. In 2013, MBSA Bus and Coach was part of the winning tender, and has since then supplied bus…


Iveco: 40 years excellence, 150 years experience

On 19 June, Iveco marked its 40th anniversary globally. The relatively ‘young’ brand represents a success story that tells of great international acclaim. This anniversary marks an important milestone for the brand, and Iveco plan to celebrate its significance until the end of the year. Iveco products are manufactured at production facilities in Europe, China,…


Interstate Bus Lines – 40th anniversary and 100th MAN bus

Founded in 1975 by commuter bus pioneers, Abel Erasmus and Fred Kinnear, Interstate Bus Lines is the largest passenger bus operation in the Free State province, deploying 253 buses with routes running between Bloemfontein and outlying rural areas including Thaba ‘Nchu, Botshabelo, Brandfort and Soutpan. Interstate Bus Lines, the largest passenger bus operation in the…

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Cummins ISF Engine Range is Ideal for Light Vehicles

ISF engines, 2.8 and 3.8 litre four-cylinder,  are the latest additions to Cummins’ extensive range of dependable engines, and are ideal for use in light commercial vehicles. Customers stand to benefit from exceptional performance and low operating costs, with the reliability and durability expected from Cummins, Sales and Business Development Manager Bo Fu (Bob) states, adding…

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The new Volkswagen Crafter

With a maximum permitted weight of 5.0 metric tonnes, a larger maximum cargo volume of 17.5 m³ and an excellent variety of drive types and derivatives, the new Crafter offers highly functional solutions for everyday use that will meet customer expectations for individual transport tasks in all areas. In contrast to its predecessor, the new…

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Sumitomo Rubber South Africa fits Hilux Black Edition

Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (PTY) LTD (SRSA) is proud to be selected as the sole tyre supplier for the latest Toyota Hilux Black Edition and Toyota Fortuner 18 inch derivatives. This means that Sumitomo Rubber is the only tyre manufacture that successfully meets Toyota’s stringent performance characteristics for this size 265/60R18 110H Grandtrek AT25. Sumitomo…

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The New Nissan Navara,The Freedom To Be Yourself

ROSSLYN, South Africa (November 14, 2017) American rock ‘n roll legend and lead singer of the Doors, Jim Morrison, once said: “A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself,” and what better friend could you ask for than the all-new Nissan Navara, which gives you the ultimate freedom to go wherever…


Hilux affirms market dominance in local sales

Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has once again racked up an impressive sales tally in September, further cementing its position as a market leader despite volatility in the local economic market. Continued buoyant demand for Toyota vehicles across the spectrum enabled the manufacturer to deliver no less than 11 123 units last month. Taking a…

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Toyota Reigns Supreme In The Kinsey Report

Toyota has walked off with most of the trophies in the 2017 Kinsey Report, winning four categories and clinching seven podium places. This makes it the best result for the brand ever: in 2016 there were six podiums and three wins, in 2015 the tally was seven podiums and three wins and the year before…


Toyota is Car Brand of Choice For SA Business

Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has clinched top spot in the Sunday Times Top Brands 2017 awards as the best regarded car brand in the Business category. In the past two years TSAM had won consecutive awards as the best car brand in the Consumer category. The 2017 survey results were announced at a glittering gathering in…

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Third annual International Spirit of Amarok kicks off this weekend

The International Spirit of Amarok competition, which will see teams from South Africa, Australia, Botswana, Germany, Namibia, Russia and the United Kingdom battling it out to be named the toughest amateur 4×4 precision driver, takes place in the Kalahari Desert on 13-19 August 2017. The countdown to the start of the third annual International Spirit…


Ford’s Production Capacity Expands Following R125-million Upgrade to Vehicle Conveyor System at Silverton Assembly Plant

PRETORIA, South Africa, 6 June 2017 – Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has invested more than R125-million to upgrade the 3 000-metre vehicle conveyor system at its Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria in order to increase its production capacity for the locally-built Ford Ranger and Everest. Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa has…

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Nissan brings jam-packed stand to 2017 Nampo Harvest Day

Rosslyn, South Africa, 11 May 2017 – Visitors to Nissan’s stand at this year’s Nampo Harvest Day show near Bothaville in the Free State will be treated to unrestricted access to the all-new Nissan Navara and a showcase of its entire pick-up range and related accessories. Nissan is a regular at the Nampo show, where…

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Great advice on forklifts

The thin line between success and failure of forklift operations can most often be traced back to the quality of advice offered by the equipment supplier at the time of the original purchase. With a bewildering amount of types of machines for mixed and varied applications and with diesel, gas or electric options, the decision…


The Robots Are Here

Disruption and innovation are two key attributes that have found their way into a number of industries today. The automotive industry, in particular, has been an early adopter of robotics and it has shown to be a viable investment. And at present, warehouses and distribution centres (DCs) are in the midst of the new generation…


How to meet forklift training regulation

The need to send employees for forklift training is not only fuelled by its potential to reduce costs and injury, but is an important legal requirement as well. According to the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 85 of 1993, Driven Machinery Regulations 18 (11) says: Working environments have to be free of any hazards. Operation…


Narrow Aisles no match for Linde

Narrow Aisles no problem. German company, Linde Material Handling (MH), is the European market leader in the custom industrial truck and lifting industry, with an annual sales value of €3,077 billion in 2014. Part of the Kion Group Linde MH is among the world’s foremost makers of forklifts and warehouse trucks. According to Dr Ralf…


BOOM, BOOM, BOOM! Tadano’s New 8-axle Triple-boom Crane

Tadano’s New 8-axle Triple-boom Crane Presenting a world first, also available to the SA market through Babcock, Tadano is introducing a new ATF 600G-8 ‘serious’ generation of large cranes. The ATF 600G-8 is an all-terrain eight-axle crane which unites a revolutionary world-first with proven technologies that benefit crane owners economically. Featuring Tadano’s newly developed triple-boom…

Chasing Productivity at the Cost of Safety?

Chasing Productivity at the Cost of Safety?

Chasing Productivity at the Cost of Safety? Today’s fast turnaround, customer satisfaction-driven economy puts more pressure than ever on distributiant aspects of driving lift trucks are often overlooked by employers. In a White Paper published by Yale Materials Handling Corporation, some key points have been highlighted. Hire the right people Many human resource managers are…


P – MATIC – Linde Launches First Robotic Trucks

Linde P-MATIC robotic tractor New technological developments bring unmanned, robotic industrial trucks into focus as solutions for even more efficient in-house material flow are sought. Sold under the umbrella of Linde Robotics(L-MATIC and P – MATIC) and developed in cooperation with robotics specialist Balyo, the devices are easy to install and navigate relying on the warehouse…

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Southwest Group and DCD Venco launch Gravico brand

The Netherlands-based Southwest Group specialises in the engineering and development of a wide range of surface mining aftermarket attachments across the globe, to which it holds the full intellectual property rights to. Locally, the attachments will be branded as Gravico, and will be manufactured exclusively at DCD Venco’s 25ha production facility in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal. DCD…

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Linde Forklift leadership in materials handling

Linde Forklift has been in the local market for well over 30 years and in that time has established itself as one of the leading brands in the materials handling market. Linde forklifts had carved a niche for themselves in certain markets with some die-hard customers in the past, but today the product is very…

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Tadano and Babcock – a winning formula

Manufactured by the Tadano-Faun Group, Tadano cranes have achieved a reputation in the market with their range of mobile lifting equipment – be it rough terrain, all-terrain or until recently their new telescopic boom, crawler mounted Mantis crane. Tadano-Faun have maintained their reputation by developing cranes in line with market requirements. Using the synergies of…