July 17, 2017, Johannesburg: VE Commercial Vehicles (VECV), the joint venture of Volvo Group & Eicher Motors Ltd launched Eicher trucks (pronounced ‘eye-sher’) at a mega event called the TruckX Expo, Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit. Eicher showcased its Pro series range of trucks including the Pro 6000 heavy duty freight carrier and construction tipper range. Globally, Eicher trucks are known for their fuel efficiency. This attribute of the trucks was experienced by visitors and fleet company CEOs at the event through live tracking of fuel consumption in collaboration with Ctrack, at the Dynamic Handling track of the circuit. The VECV joint venture has already set up its base in the country in form of a 100% wholly owned subsidiary known as VECV South Africa (PTY) Ltd with the vision of ‘Integrating global technology with local commercial transportation ecosystems.’ VECV brings together, the Volvo Group’s global expertise and world-class technology along with the innovative engineering and proven DNA of fuel efficiency from Eicher. This approach has resulted in the development of Eicher Pro series, a range of next generation trucks, which together with a growing service network in South Africa, is ushering in a Pro League of Trucking. Eicher Pro Series has been designed and developed in a modern, high-tech, multi-facility manufacturing plant which also houses a next-generation engine plant - built in collaboration with the Volvo Group. The facility not only manufactures heavy duty engines, but also supplies Euro VI compliant automotive engines internationally to the Volvo Group. On the Pro Series assembly line, the state-of-the-art production processes include a robotic cab weld shop, a CED paint shop and a 100% hot test facility, all of which are aimed at achieving quality and reliability in line with top international standards. The massive product development initiative for the entire Pro series range involved an investment of 3 million hours of . . .
If you live in South Africa and are a motorist, you are aware of and take caution against a possible hijacking and other vehicle-related crime. It is in this light that Cartrack, known for its Stolen Vehicle Recovery technology, has issued an in-depth article about new vehicle-related crimes as well as provided insight into actions one can take to further prevent incidents. “As leaders within the Stolen Vehicle Recovery industry we are privileged to updated statistics and latest techniques which, in turn, helps us to educate the general public with safety and preventative tips which could help them in the event of an unforeseen circumstance,” says Andre Ittmann, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cartrack. “Below we have summarised some of the latest findings surrounding vehicle-related crimes along with some basic tips on what to do”, says Ittmann. Hijacking More than 1,400 vehicles are hijacked each month in South Africa, according to the latest crime statistics by the South African Police Service's (SAPS). Interestingly, the SAPS crime statistics, for April - December 2016, report an increase in so-called “trio crimes”; car-hijackings, house robberies and robberies at non-residential areas. Be sure to keep an eye on people at intersections (or unfamiliar cars in your neighbourhood) Never disregard someone because they are well dressed If you are approached by a hijacker keep your hands visible at all times Unlock your car only when you're close by A well-maintained car is less likely to break down and leave you vulnerable – make sure you have had your car serviced regularly Avoid driving with your windows open and keep the doors locked. Put all valuables out of sight If you suspect you are being followed, drive to your nearest police station or a busy public area When approaching a red traffic light, slow down so that you only reach it when it turns green Remote jamming Remote jamming has become quite popular in South Africa. . . .
Respected South African business leader and leadership author Brand Pretorius is among the stellar line-up of speakers to address delegates at the upcoming Nelson Mandela Bay Leadership Summit later this month. Pretorius is widely respected for the role he played in McCarthy’s turn-around strategy and for saving thousands of jobs when the company was technically insolvent in 2001 as result of massive debt write-offs in the Prefcor division. In 2011, he retired as CEO of McCarthy and as an executive director of its controlling shareholder, Bidvest. He holds several national marketing, motor industry and leadership awards including Marketing Person of the Year, Automobil Man of the Year, and Boss of the Year, as well as honorary professorships at the University of Johannesburg, University of Pretoria, University of the Free State and an honorary doctorate in marketing from the Durban University of Technology. He is a Fellow in Leadership at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) and the chairman of the Italtile Foundation. Pretorius serves as non-executive director on the boards of Agrinet, Tongaat Hulett, Reunert, Italtile and Tata Africa Holdings and is the non-executive chairman of Metair Investments. In 2013, Pretorius published, “In the driving seat – lessons in leadership,” which was the most popular business biography in South Africa in 2013, according to Nielsen Bookstats. In the book, Pretorius reflects on four decades in business to distil leadership lessons allowing other leaders to navigate all of our country's complexities. In the upcoming Leadership Summit, various speakers explore the dimensions of ethical leadership and how it can be harnessed to create and cultivate a stronger strain of forward-thinking, responsible and sustainable organisations in South Africa. Pretorius will discuss ethical behaviour as a pre-requisite for effective leadership. Other speakers at this year’s event include: Sipho Mila Pityana, chairman . . .
• Launch of Automotive Styling Shades Trendbook 2019 at European Coatings Show • Trend and color collection with innovative color solutions • Color shades inspired by the colors of the sea: "Marine Magic" Muttenz, March 31, 2017 – Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, suggests a sea of underwater-inspired shades to bring more color to our roads in 2019 in its new global Automotive Trendbook. The “Marine Magic” collection of automotive styling shades is based on Clariant’s color know-how and observations of social trends, topics and industry developments. Clariant’s biennial global Automotive Trendbook presents the color areas that will play a role in the automotive industry in the future. It includes analysis of color popularity and offers innovative solutions based on its organic pigments. Clariant is one of only a few pigment producers worldwide spearheading color trend forecasting for the automotive industry. For the year 2019, Clariant explores the mesmerizing colors of the oceans and reefs, and the strikingly colored and camouflaged “outfits” of marine life. It delves into the infinite variety of hues and nuances found in the depths, and thinks about what meaning they convey above the water. The result is a presentation of four color families which are likely to attract different types of personalities and mindsets: Fancy Flexibility: SHINY MULTITUDES Some colors are like a common denominator, something everybody can live with even when they come in multitudes. They bring a sense of optimism into our technology- and efficiency-focused lifestyle, but do not attract attention. Because of their simple effects, they require only little maintenance and remain beautiful even at low light. A taste for Tradition: SOLITARY ELEGANCE These colors provide a car with a touch of timelessness. They are decent and low-key, yet the effects appear valuable, but unintrusive. This is why such colors stand for traditional and rock solid values like . . .
Port Elizabeth, 17 May 2017: Pedestrian safety remains a top priority for the South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) as they build 20km of walkways along the N2 from Mzeke to Mount Frere in the Eastern Cape. The project’s value is approximately R35-million and the expected duration is about 18-months. The construction of the pedestrian walkways started in October last year (2016) and has created work for 234 people from the Mhlontlo and Mzimvubu Local Municipalities. “This project has changed the lives of the communities in many ways by providing skills development, employment opportunities, local SMME business development and local economic growth as well as training people to work on other projects,” said Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region Manager. The Pedestrian walkway is 1,8 m wide along the 20km stretch of national road. The project provides skills development, employment opportunities, SMME Business Development, and Local Economic Growth. The programme is implemented along the N2 section 19, between Qumbu and Mount Frere Towns. The majority of the pedestrian walkway are being constructed at the entrances to the towns of Qumbu and Mount Frere and other villages, with high pedestrian traffic. According the Department of Transport from 1 December 2015 to 11 January 2016 the Eastern Cape had the second highest number of pedestrian deaths in South Africa. The death toll for the 2015/16 financial year was 278 in the Eastern Cape with Kwazulu Natal at 302. The training provided on the project include CETA Accredited Skills Programme for Construction to SMME company owners, Supervisors and Foremen. Training includes the development of construction tender documents; workplace training, mentoring and assessments of SMME contractors during construction. Retraining, final assessment and certification of SMME on completion of the skills programmes; and CIDB upgrades on completed of the works by SMME entities. “The response from the . . .
Toyota South Africa is positioning the much-loved Toyota Hilux as a truly premium vehicle with a new commercial that celebrates its more aspirational qualities, while holding on to the marque’s authentic, South African charm. The ad introduces Toyota fans to Hilux’s new tone of voice and sets it up as the vehicle for those who can handle anything – from navigating challenging terrain to impressing their future father-in-law. Nobel laureate, Rudyard Kipling, provided the inspiration for the FCB Joburg team tasked with curating the brand’s evolution. “Toyota Hilux is and always has been a much-admired South African brand. People love it for its rugged, outdoor capabilities and tough attitude,” said Chief Creative Officer Brett Morris, who crafted the piece together with Creative Director Tian Van den Heever, Copywriter Tracy-Lynn King and Art Director Georja Romano. “But, not everyone is fully aware of its more sophisticated side. The latest Hilux is a top-quality, reliable and innovative vehicle with a rich heritage. Not to mention its serious good looks. “Kipling’s poem ‘If’ is a well-recognised and inspiring form of paternal advice in which Kipling tells his son about what it takes to be a man. “As the brand that claims to be ‘tougher-er’, the Hilux creative team looked at re-interpreting this classic piece of literature and sharing an entertaining story about what it really means to be a tough guy in today’s modern world,” he said. The commercial was directed by Adrian Garces of Velocity Films, and launched on television on May 7. There is also a cinema version and online versions. View the ad here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJ-1ZDGGAMo Creative Credits: Client: Toyota South Africa Brand: Toyota Hilux Marketing Executive: Aidan Castille Creative agency: FCB Joburg Executive Business Manager: Reagen Kok Account Director: Jacqui Teixeira Chief Executive Creative Office: Brett Morris Creative director: Tian Van den . . .
Safety is in the DNA of every Volvo Truck that is produced and this is not just lip-service. “Volvo Trucks prides itself with regard to safety and this has always been one of our core values,” says Torbjörn Christensson, president of Volvo Group Southern Africa. Proof of this is the fact that in every vehicle on the road a part of Volvo safety remains – the three point safety belt. Emphasizing its continued commitment to safety, Volvo Trucks South Africa has made an investment of R6.5 million into its Durban SKD Manufacturing plant which will allow the facility to install and calibrate selected unique features that were previously not available to the market. “We believe that all original equipment manufacturers (OEM) in our industry have a responsibility to provide the safest transport solutions to their customers – as this has a trickle-down effect to all road users,” adds Torbjörn. The impact that a truck has when involved in a collision is often very serious and to this end Volvo Trucks is constantly increasing the safety of its vehicles in a bid to decrease the overall impact to all road users in the event of a collision. This includes pedestrians and to this end, we hope that our holistic approach to safety through not only our products but also our “Stop, look, wave” campaign which is a programme designed by Volvo Trucks to teach children around the world about the dangers they face in traffic everyday, for more information about ‘Stop, Look, Wave,” visit http://www.volvotrucks.co.za/en-za/about/safety/stop-look-wave.html . The aim of this programme is to change and shape behaviours in road users from a young age. The features that form part of The Volvo Active Safety Package which has recently become available to the local market will be available as optional extras on most* Volvo Truck range models fitted with Electronic Brake System (EBS)*, Electronic Stability Control and Disc Brakes. The Volvo Active Safety package consists of: Adaptive . . .
Port Elizabeth, 3 May 2017: The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) provides crucial training to engineering graduates at its Training Academy in Port Elizabeth. “The advantage of being part of SANRAL’s Training Academy is that it affords young graduates the opportunity to participate in a structured training programme under the supervision of experienced professional civil engineers. They gain experience which will allow them to achieve the expected outcomes required to register with the Engineering Council of South Africa and to take their rightful place in the civil engineering industry,” said Ivan Ellis, Training Academy mentor and professional civil engineer. SANRAL established its Training Academy in 2014, starting with three engineering graduates who completed their civil engineering studies under a SANRAL bursary. This number has since grown to 27 graduates including three from the Eastern Cape Department of Transport who have been seconded to the Training Academy to gain experience in the planning and design of road infrastructure. In an industry that has always been male dominated, Ellis finds it very encouraging that 10 of the 27 graduates at the Academy are women. “SANRAL has developed a Candidate Training Masterplan to enable candidates in meeting the Engineering Council of South Africa outcomes. Participants undergo intensive training in the investigation and design aspects of projects under SANRAL’s continuous National Road programme of works. The masterplan covers all disciplines of road engineering, primarily focused on: Geometric design; Traffic analysis and capacity; Materials investigation and utilisation; Pavement and materials evaluations and design; and Storm water drainage (including sub-surface drainage). Some of the projects that the graduates are currently working on include the N2 Sections 12 and 13, from Nanaga to Komgha River and the R75 between Uitenhage and Graaff Reinet. These include . . .
(East London) – Sports car fanatics will be in for a rare treat when over a hundred Porsche vehicles roar into Hemingways Mall for the SA Porsche Club showcase on Monday. The public will be able to see 112 gleaming examples of the iconic motorcar on display at the Pick n Pay rooftop entrance between 10am and 4pm on Workers’ Day. The display forms part of the bi-annual Porsche Club Parade, which will see 220 members of the South African chapter descending on East London for five days of motoring festivities. It has been 10 years since Buffalo City last hosted this event, which changes host cities every two years. Hemingways Mall marketing manager Estee Roos said the shopping centre was delighted to welcome aficionados of the famous “prancing horse” marque and to be part of the Porsche Club programme. “The ‘show and shine’ display fits perfectly with Hemingways’ emphasis on quality and style, and we invite shoppers to come on down and enjoy these classic cars.” Organiser Dave Kirkman said there would be a variety of cars on display, ranging from the older air-cooled 911 models to the most recent GT3 and GT2 and “turbo rockets”. The Porsche Club event starts on Friday with registration at the Blue Lagoon Hotel in Bonza Bay. On Saturday, there will be high-speed driving demonstrations at Bulembu Airport in Bhisho, followed by time-trials at the East London Grand Prix Circuit on Sunday. The Hemingways Mall showcase brings the event to a close on Monday. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
For 25 years waiting rooms and living rooms have been anchored by the thick wedge that was AutoTrader’s flagship – a magazine with pages densely packed with cars for sale from all throughout the country. This month the magazine says goodbye to the South African public; a milestone that is both an end and a bold new beginning, and goes fully digital for the first time. AutoTrader CEO George Mienie said, “The magazine was the start of our business and was the heart of the business for 15 years before the transition to digital started in 2008. At one stage it was so popular that our printers told us we had to hold off as the magazine size was going to break the binder! In fact, there were several instances when AutoTrader was late to retail shelves as a result of it having broken the binders. But today we live in a far more exciting reality. There’s no doubt that it’s time to fully embrace the digital age.” The move to online only is the result of visionary thinking and extensive research, a process that has been in operation for nearly ten years. “We launched our magazine in 1992 and our website in 1998,” said Mienie. “It was in 2008 that we realised our magazine had a shelf-life. The internet was developing so fast, and the possibilities of what could be done online were so vast.” Mienie and his team hit on a novel way to track the change. As with all AutoTrader policy making, they put the process in the consumers’ hands, monitoring changing consumer preference as a guide to when it would be time to make the full digital jump. “We had to let our customers decide, after all, it’s their platform,” said Mienie. “We created two unique sets of telephone response numbers, one printed in the magazine and the other on our website. We then knew whether our users were responding via the magazine or the website, and through tracking it month-by-month we could see how quickly their preference was changing.” Having a finger on the digital versus print pulse . . .