Author:focus-on-transport

Ranger moves up a level

The Ford Ranger model line-up has received a boost for 2018 … one such model is the limited-edition Ford Ranger Fx4; which brings a touch more exclusivity to the discerning owner. Since its launch in 2015, the latest Ford Ranger has held the hallmarks of outstanding performance, a bold design, superb comfort and segment-defining technologies. It is little wonder that the Ranger is continually one of South Africa’s best-selling light commercial vehicles. For 2018, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa […]

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Getting even tougherer

The Toyota Hilux range has received some new additions, making it even more appealing in a market where it has a huge fan base. There can be no doubt that the Toyota Hilux is the darling of South Africa’s motoring public. It has endured through more than 40 years and is consistently the best-selling vehicle in the country. Last last year, the eighth generation received a mild update to bring it more in line with changing trends in the light […]

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Braving new markets with trusted strategies

After a successful 2017, Scania South Africa has its eye on new markets in 2018, while keeping most of its cards close to its chest. Scania South Africa had a very busy 2017. It successfully introduced its F-type chassis for commuter buses, held its own in the fluctuating South African market, introduced its heavy tipper to the mining industry and demonstrated its application strategy – which takes total transport solutions to the next level. However, the company also battled the […]

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The art of “trucking, plain and simple”

Harneet Luther, executive director: Tata Automobile Corporation SA, says that “customer centricity and connecting aspirations” are the keys to success in 2018. GAVIN MYERS chats to him. Looking back at the Futuroad Expo, which happened in September 2017, it was clear that Tata Truck & Bus SA is excited about its future in the southern African markets – despite having had a few vehicle supply challenges tossed its way during the year. A few models were also discontinued – but […]

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An integrated approach to fleet management

While leasing as a model is going to be challenged all over the world – due to proposed changes to the accounting standards – there is still the need for the professional services provided by Eqstra Fleet Management. With more than 30 years of experience, Eqstra Fleet Management (EFM) has maintained its reputation as a key player in a highly competitive market. Eqstra is a leading integrated fleet-management solutions provider in sub-Saharan Africa, offering the full spectrum of passenger and […]

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Powerstar now in it for the long haul

While the Powerstar brand of Ever Star Industries performed exceptionally well in 2017, Ever Star Industries still has big plans for 2018 – from introducing a long-haul truck to expanding its business into southern Africa. Ever Star Industries began opertions in South Africa in 2010 and soon became a well-established, highly regarded original equipment manufacturer (OEM). Kits are brought to South Africa from its parent company in China, BeiBen, after which they are assembled at the company’s Pietermaritzburg plant. The […]

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No laughing matter

2016, 2017, 2018 – it’s all becoming a blur of similarity. I’ve just paged through the 2017 Transport Manager’s Handbook and read the editor’s letter I wrote for that edition – I’ll admit, with a bit of a giggle… Not because my writing was witty and humorous, but because so much, yet so little, has changed in the interleading time. I commented how 2016 had been seen by anyone with an opinion to be a year they’d rather forget, and […]

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Questions around the UK’s truck platoon trial

In 2018, the United Kingdom (UK) is set to run a £8,1-million (R152-million) truck platooning test. While similar tests have run successfully in other parts of the world, the UK Institute of Road Transport Engineers (IRTE) has some concerns. A two-year platooning trial is set to begin in the UK in 2018, led by the UK Transport Research Laboratory (TRL). DAF, a market leader in the UK, is among the original equipment manufacturers that will participate in the test with […]

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Rainy days and washaways

The JRA faces an uphill battle as the rainy season has again washed away the best of Joburg’s roads. Humans are strange … aren’t we? Each winter we whine about how cold it is, despite knowing that low mercury levels define the season. Then, as the seasons change, we welcome back the warm embrace of summer and groan about the desperate need for rain. Eventually the rain returns – at which point we moan about it… At least, that’s how […]

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A new winner for SA!

Iveco has brought (one of) its Truck of the Year winners to South Africa – the all-new Eurocargo! Iveco will be opening up the full versatility of the all-new Eurocargo range to the South African market by supplying a staggering 11 000 variants to its customers. It will even be introducing a new tipper model. “We will meet any technical requirement for the heavy commercial vehicle market,” says Elvis Mutseura, product marketing manager at Iveco South Africa. “We will carry […]

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