Author:charleen-clarke

Driven: the BMW X1

Driven: the BMW X1 May 15, 2024 South Africans are absolutely besotted with sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and Sports Activity Vehicles (SAVs). And we’re treated to a gazillion different SUV and SAV options. Some are cheap and cheerful; others are premium. The BMW X1 sDrive18i definitely falls into the latter category – but is it any good? The car in a nutshell BMW is one of the most successful automotive companies on the planet. With a total of 2,253,835 vehicles […]

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Daimler to launch e-trucks in South Africa!

Daimler to launch e-trucks in South Africa! May 6, 2024 On 21 May, Daimler Truck Southern Africa will launch its e-mobility offering for Mercedes-Benz and Fuso Trucks. CHARLEEN CLARKE has already driven the company’s electric trucks; she says South African truck operators are in for a treat. We don’t know exactly which trucks will be launched or whether they will be sold or leased; the details are a closely guarded secret. However, I’m guessing that two trucks will feature in […]

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“As soon as the market is ready, we are ready”

“As soon as the market is ready, we are ready” April 25, 2024 When will Volvo introduce electric buses in South Africa? And what role will Volvo Buses play in shaping the future of urban mobility and smart cities? These were just two of the questions CHARLEEN CLARKE posed to Manish Sahi, vice president – Middle East, Africa and CIS at Volvo Bus Corporation, in this exclusive interview. Sahi was, of course, one of the members of the management team […]

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Loud and proud!

Loud and proud! April 23, 2024 I need to tell you that I am mighty proud of our industry. We’re doing a terrific job – especially when it comes to saving the planet. “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” Those wise words were uttered by a chap called Vince Lombardi (who is considered by many to be the greatest coach in American football history and one of the greatest leaders in the history […]

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Volvo Buses enters new e-mobility era

Volvo Buses enters new e-mobility era April 25, 2024 In what may well be THE bus and coach story of the year, Volvo Buses has launched the BZR Electric: a global platform for city, intercity, and commuter operations. CHARLEEN CLARKE travelled to Gothenburg for the launch, which was held at the remarkable World of Volvo. All the big guns were at the World of Volvo – and they came out with those guns blazing. Volvo Group CEO and president Martin […]

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X-Series wins Truck of the Year Australasia 2024

X-Series wins Truck of the Year Australasia 2024 March 22, 2024 The new Western Star X-Series is the 2024 Truck of the Year Australasia! It has emerged victorious after edging out competition from Scania and Volvo. I know what you’re thinking: why am I writing about a competition in Australasia? Well, when it was launched last year, I was invited to judge this extremely prestigious contest. I accepted immediately for two reasons: I think it’s very interesting for South African […]

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SONA 2024: even more disappointing than expected

SONA 2024: even more disappointing than expected February 14, 2024 We all knew that Cyril Ramaphosa would use his State of the Nation Address (SONA) for electioneering. He’s a politician, after all, and he was speaking in an election year: he would never have been able to resist the opportunity. What we didn’t expect was a litany of lies and ridiculous promises. Anyone in transport and logistics – and indeed the country en masse – was hoping for positive news […]

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Bah humbug! Transnet ruins Xmas… and SA too

Bah humbug! Transnet ruins Xmas… and SA too December 13, 2023 It’s Christmas! But instead of saying “Ho, Ho, Ho,” another expression springs to mind: “Bah humbug!” Bah humbug is, of course, the phrase most famously used by Ebenezer Scrooge, the cold-hearted miser who despises Christmas, in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. It’s become synonymous with anyone putting a damper on Christmas – which is precisely what Transnet is doing. As Ian Pettey writes on page 40 of this issue […]

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Private sector to the rescue!

Private sector to the rescue! November 10, 2023 The Western Cape is facing an export crisis, and it needs to bring in the cavalry. “With the good rains we have experienced, our agricultural goods for export are anticipated to increase by 25%. This is a wonderful opportunity to increase exports and to bring in more revenue,” reveals Mireille Wenger, Western Cape Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities. In direct contrast to this opportunity, there has been significant deterioration at the […]

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MAN makes eBus history

MAN makes eBus history November 16, 2023 History has been made! The first MAN Lion’s Explorer 12 E has been delivered outside Europe. Its destination? None other than South Africa. CHARLEEN CLARKE joined the celebrations as the vehicle was delivered to Golden Arrow Bus Services (GABS) in Cape Town. An electric bus? But South Africa has insufficient electricity, and there are no government subsidies in place. Electric buses just aren’t viable in this country! That’s what the critics of electric […]

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