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May 2013

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Japanese Vehicle Recall

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All-New Kuga green, capable and high tech IN N OVAT I ON S

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New Cyclist Detection system

Inside Apps for vehicles winners announced Scania’s service statement in KZN ‘Earthing’ the fifth wheel PAGE 1


May 2013

CONTENTS 12

Cover Stories Japanese Vehicle Recall

10

Apps For Vehicles winners announced

18

All-New Kuga green, capable and high tech

19

New Cyclist Detection System

50

Scania’s service statement in KZN

54

‘Earthing’ the fifth wheel

58

Trade Talk

18

Highlights of global and local industry news

04

Thank you to Ford Motor Company South Africa for our cover photo.

News Forum

20

Japanese vehicle recall

10

Ford's Focus is world's best-selling nameplate

12

RMI invites MIBCO to attend negotiations

14

China to become the biggest PND and telematics market

16

Apps For Vehicles winners announced

18

Kuga – green, capable and high tech

19

Auto Safety How you sit is key

20

How safe are your shoes?

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Editorial Its Automechanika JHB time again, and that means South African members of the trade have access to the latest in technology and products right on our doorstep. Its an event that has certainly proven its worth and we hope you are holding this issue in your hands after wandering through the vast exhibition space and marveling at all thats new and exciting in the sector. Even if you did not happen to meet up with the AutoForum team while at the show, make sure you sign up for our Twitter feed and like our Faceook page to keep updated on all the latest in sector news, in between issues.

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R-M moves with technology

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New facilities for Barloworld Coachworks & Motor Retail Academy

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Ensuring your right to repair

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Business Forum The bloom is off the boom

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The coming global aftermarket boom

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Open knowledge opens doors to training

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Automotive deals stall in 2012

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Used car inflation down further

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Innovations New Cyclist Detection system even brakes automatically

50

Honda launches City-Brake Active System

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Commercial Vehicles Scania’s service statement in KZN

54

UD Trucks honours top dealers

56

‘Earthing’ the fifth wheel

58

Underride guards – still a hot topic

60

Longer, rounder truck cabs safer, cheaper

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Show Time Beijing’s Auto Maintenance and Repair 2013

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Aftermarketplace Directory Listing

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How congested is your city? Last month, TomTom released the results of its 2012 Congestion Index, which measures traffic congestion in 161 cities across five continents and compares it to congestion levels in 2011. This latest index has found that South Africa has an overall congestion level of 25% (which means that a journey in congestion will take approximately 25% longer). It also found that journey times in Johannesburg are, on average, increased by as much as 30%, with a 43 minute delay to be expected when driving in peak periods. TomTom believes that its Congestion Index is the world’s most accurate barometer of congestion in urban areas – and is based on real travel time data captured by vehicles driving the entire road network. The company’s traffic database contains over six trillion data measurements and, it says, grows by five billion measurements every day. The top ten most congested global cities, ranked by overall Congestion Level, in 2012 were:

UK motorists also hate tolls So it’s not just South Africans who do not trust toll funds to be used correctly and are hopping mad about the tolling issue. According to a new study, 91% of UK motorists do not trust their government to reinvest money made from tolls on new roads. According to a survey by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), 60% of British motorists do not support toll roads, and 79% of motorists would not support the introduction of tolls on existing roads. The study also found that 40% of motorists in that country would back more expensive tax discs instead of charging tolls on roads. Forty-one percent wouldn’t support toll roads even if other types of tax were reduced. IAM says that its research concluded that motorists are divided on using toll roads. Forty-seven percent said they don’t plan their journey to deliberately avoid using toll roads, while 44% do. IAM Chief Executive Simon Best said: “The cost of motoring is currently at an all-time high, and it’s clear that the idea of bringing in toll roads has no support among everyday motorists. A toll on motorways, our safest roads, may force motorists on to more dangerous rural roads, to save money.” “The government has a very hard job ahead to convince drivers that tolls are the only way to deliver new roads and improve existing ones. Only by reducing other motoring taxes can this policy gain the support of the motorist.”

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1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Moscow 66% Istanbul 55% Warsaw 42% Marseille 40% Palermo 39% Los Angeles 33% Sydney 33% Stuttgart 33% Paris 33% Rome 33%

Hardly surprisingly, Johannesburg was highlighted as the most congested city in SA – although overall congestion levels have decreased from 2011. Area

2011

2012

Johannesburg

32%

30%

Cape Town

27%

26%

Pretoria

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26%

East Rand North

*

25%

*

23%

16%

18%

East Rand South Durban

*These cities/towns were not measured in the 2012 survey

The Congestion Index, including individual continent and city reports, can be found at www.tomtom.com/ congestionindex.


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Victor Reinz® presents its new Aftermarket website For the first time, Dana is introducing a website specifically geared towards Victor Reinz Aftermarket products. Customers will now find extensive information on the brand’s products and services at www.victorreinz.com. Much attention was paid to making this website as userfriendly as possible, while providing a wealth of linked information. For instance, users searching for information on PTFE oil seals will find what they’re looking for through a link containing the most important facts and specifications under the menu item “Products.” They will also find related subjects such as assembly and installation instructions at the same place. These include practical tips and information as well as technical service info. The Victor Reinz web catalogue is also just one click away. The informative new website is rounded out by a comprehensive “Service & Download” area, which contains all of the technical service and practical information, brochures and the entire catalogue of 15 000 items. Regularly updated news, product and service info, trade fair dates and the company newsletter ensure that Victor Reinz Aftermarket customers are always up to speed. Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Chairman, Li Shufu

Geely Chairman's very positive SA outing Last month, Chinese industrialist and Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Chairman, Li Shufu, returned to his homeland after an exciting and “very pleasing” visit to South Africa which he conducted following his attendance of the BRICS conference in Durban. The founder and Chairman of Geely Automobile, the biggest private automaker in China, visited the independent Geely South Africa after the conference, and also paid a visit to Volvo SA, the local subsidiary of the Swedish automaker taken over by his company in October 2010. He encouraged talks between Volvo and Geely SA for local collaboration in the short term and the investigation of further benefits such as local assembly. As far as Geely South Africa is concerned, Li undertook to “push the right-hand drive version of the GX7 SUV” and continue with a new bakkie project. He also expressed his wishes for Geely SA “to take up discussions with Volvo SA” for greater synergies, particularly with regard to shared back offices at this stage. “As always, it was an honour to meet him and spend some valuable time with him. I think he was suitably impressed with local operations, however, more importantly, he was particularly interested in South Africans’ love affair with SUVs and pickups,” said Geely SA Managing Director Henri Meistre. Described as “a very positive outing”, the 2013 South African excursion was Li’s first visit to the country.

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Visitors can sign up for the quarterly newsletter under the “News” menu – or by pushing the “Newsletter” button which appears at the bottom of every page. A direct link to the Victor Reinz YouTube channel can also be found here. The new Victor Reinz Aftermarket website is now online at www.victorreinz.com. Visit us at Automechanika Johannesburg 8 to 11 May 2013. Hall 5, Stand no. 5C013.


Trade Talk

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UK new car buyers rather offset than go hybrid A new survey, which looked at UK motorists’ attitudes towards the environmental impact of car ownership, has found that almost 40% of respondents would consider offsetting the emissions of their vehicle, 10% more than would buy a hybrid or electric alternative. In addition, the costs of offsetting carbon emissions of a typical family car were overestimated by 300% by respondents to the survey. Nearly 1 500 motorists were asked a series of questions around concerns for the environment and steps car owners in that country could take to reduce their environmental impact. Asked ‘when purchasing your next vehicle, which cars would you consider purchasing?’ 38% responded with “a carbon offset vehicle”. The survey was conducted by What Car?, in association with CNI UK Limited – a company that focuses on generation, provision and distribution of voluntary carbon credits by contacting members of its 3 000-strong ‘Motoring Panel’. The survey researchers point out that it also illustrates that consumers are becoming increasingly concerned with environmental performance and the costs of poor performance, with nearly 60% stating vehicle efficiencies strongly influence their purchase decision.

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van Zyl new CEO for Toyota in Africa Dr Johan van Zyl, President and CEO of Toyota South Africa Motors, has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Toyota in Africa as part of a major restructuring announced by Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC). The move falls in line with the Toyota Global Vision - announced in March 2011 - which set a new strategic direction for the company, and calls for more “local initiative in management”. The new position will see all executive responsibilities assigned to Dr van Zyl, and will cover all aspects of the company’s vibrant automotive business on the continent, including product planning, sales, manufacturing and exports. Other major structural changes at TMC on a global level, include its dividing of operations into four distinct divisions - Lexus International (Lexus business); Toyota No. 1 (North America, Europe and Japan); Toyota No. 2 (China, Asia and Middle East, East Asia and Oceania; Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean); and Unit Centre (engine, transmission and other “unit”-related operations). Dr van Zyl’s previous position as Deputy Chief Officer of the Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean and Latin American region will now fall away, but he will retain his responsibilities as President and CEO of Toyota South Africa Motors.

Dr Johan van Zyl, President and CEO of Toyota South Africa Motors

TVS back in SA TVS friction materials return to the South Africa market after an absence of five years. The familiar premium quality CV brake linings and disc pads will be available from ALFA INTERNATIONAL regional warehouses starting in Durban from April this year. Full roll out of the programme to all regions will be completed during the balance of this year. New grades of brake lining and disc pads will be available which exceed the recently uprated NRCS regulations. An extensive range of part numbers has been developed to suit South African applications. All these part numbers will be available off the shelf to satisfy user needs and minimise vehicle downtime. Contact your regional ALFA INTERNATIONAL distribution centre for more details.

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The latest global news

Japanese vehicle recall

- Roy Cokayne

The recall of 3.4 million vehicles sold around the world by four Japanese motor manufacturers - because airbags provided by a supplier were at risk of catching fire or injuring passengers - also affects hundreds of Nissan, Toyota and Honda vehicles sold in South Africa.

The global recall includes vehicles from Toyota Motor Corporation, Nissan Motor Co, Honda Motor Co and Mazda Motor Corporation. However, a spokeswoman for the Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa, which distributes and markets Mazda locally, said none of its South African customers were affected by the recall of some Mazda models because of the faulty air bags. Toyota, Honda and Nissan said there were no reports of injuries or deaths because of the defective airbags, which were made by Takata, the world’s second-largest supplier of airbags and seatbelts. Reuters reported that US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

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documents indicated that Takata was aware of only six cases where an inflator ruptured in vehicles in the field - four in the United States and two in Japan - as well as six cases in salvage yards in Japan. Airbags are flexible fabric envelopes that inflate rapidly to cushion occupants in an accident. They were rolled out broadly in the mid-1980s and early 1990s, and are now required in most developed countries, with many vehicles offering multiple airbags. Veralda Schmidt, a spokeswoman for Nissan South Africa, said the recall affected 694 vehicles sold in South Africa, largely Nissan Patrol and Nissan X-Trail models, all manufactured between 2000 and 2004.

Roy Cokayne is a senior financial reporter for Business Report.


Schmidt said Nissan SA would contact customers affected by the recall to advise them to take their vehicle to their nearest dealer, where the faulty part would be replaced at no cost to the customer. Leo Kok, a Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) spokesman, said only Corolla models manufactured between 2000 and 2004 were affected by the recall. However, Kok said not all Corolla units manufactured in this period were affected because TSAM sourced air bags from several suppliers. It could therefore not quantify yet how many Corolla units were affected by the recall and was going through its manufacturing database to determine which units were affected, he said. Kok said TSAM produced about 120 000 Corolla units in this four-year period, of which about 60 000 units were sold in the South African market and the balance exported. He said it would take an hour and a half to replace the faulty part, which would be replaced at no cost to the owners,

and TSAM would contact owners of Corolla units affected by the recall directly.

CR-V models manufactured between 2002 and 2003.

Joeline Dabrowski, a spokeswoman for Honda Motor Southern Africa, said a small number of Honda units in SA were affected by the recall, which involved 1 047 Honda Civic units manufactured between 2001 and 2003 and 121 Honda

Dabrowski said - recall was a precautionary measure and Honda had not received any reports of injuries related to the faulty airbags. She said owners of affected vehicles would be contacted by letter requesting them to make an appointment with their Honda dealer.


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Ford's Focus is world's best-selling nameplate

F

ord Focus is officially the world’s best-selling passenger car - that’s according to the final 2012 Polk global market registration data. The Ford F-Series pickup comes in third and Ford Fiesta comes in as the best-selling subcompact. Sales of the compact Focus totalled 1 020 410 cars worldwide according to the automotive data and trends forecasting leader. Market gains for Focus were driven by consumer demand in China and the United States. China registrations were up 51 percent last year, with the market responsible for just more than one out of four Focus vehicles sold globally according to Polk vehicle registration data. US Focus sales were up 40% in 2012, also contributing to the car’s global growth. In addition to holding the title of world’s bestselling vehicle overall, Polk data also confirm the Ford Fiesta earned the top spot as the best-selling subcompact car globally, with 723 130 registrations last year. Together, registrations of Ford’s small cars – Fiesta and Focus – totalled 1 743 540 vehicles in 2012, according to Polk.

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As Jim Farley, Ford Executive Vice President, Global Marketing, Sales and Service explains: “Focus and Fiesta represent the culmination of our One Ford global product strategy. Our global products are resonating with consumers – especially in the best-selling, most competitive segments – with their unique combination of fuel efficiency, high quality, rich content and fun-to-drive personalities. Through One Ford, we’re able to bring economies of scale and fantastic value to customers all around the world.” Global new vehicle registrations for the F-Series totalled 785 630 trucks last year, putting it in the No. 3 spot among all vehicles sold worldwide. F-Series has been America’s best-selling pickup for 36 straight years. “Since its launch in China in late March of last year, Focus sales continue to strengthen, with the car now ranking as the best-selling passenger car in China in 2012 for the first time ever,” Farley said. “With additional manufacturing capacity added last year, we now have a tremendous opportunity to further strengthen our global small car sales in 2013, with sales off to a very strong start already.”


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RMI invites MIBCO to attend negotiations Recently the RMI sent out an open invitation to all employers falling within the scope of jurisdiction of the Motor Industry Bargaining Council (Mibco), to attend the negotiations with the trade union parties NUMSA and MISA at centralised level for a new main agreement – related to wages and other conditions of employment. This comes as the current wage and substantive agreement expires on 31 August 2013 (after three years). “The RMI draws its mandate from members, which agreement when gazetted and extended is applicable to non-parties/non-RMI members as well. Recent events in the collective bargaining arena and the widespread violent strike action in other industries has shown that the RMI and industry can expect a very challenging round of negotiations, the

process and negotiated outcomes of which would ultimately impact on the entire industry (RMI members and nonRMI members). “ “In preparation for the negotiations, the RMI believes that it is absolutely critical to have a strong mandate from the industry prior to approaching the

negotiations which begin in May 2013.” As such, the organisation has invited all employers, irrespective of RMI membership affiliation and status, to attend one of the many meetings it will be holding. Please contact the RMI to register for the events.

Date

Region

Meeting Venue

Time

Contact Person

6 May 2013

Nelspruit

Mercure Hotel Nelspruit, Cnr N4 & Graniet Street, Nelspruit

18:00 – 20:00

wilma.oosthuizen@rmi.org.za (012) 348-9311

7 May 2013

Johannesburg & Pretoria (Component Manufacturers only)

RMI Office, 330 Surrey Avenue, Ferndale, Randburg

10:00 – 12:00

winnie.walaza@rmi.org.za (011) 789-2542 or (011) 886-6300

7 May 2013

Johannesburg

RMI Office, 330 Surrey Avenue, Ferndale, Randburg

18:00 – 20:00

winnie.walaza@rmi.org.za (011) 789-2542 or (011) 886-6300

MBA Conference Centre MBA Building 40 Essex Terrace, Westville

10:00 – 12:00

jenny.freeman@rmi.org.za (031) 266-7031

14 May 2013

KwaZulu-Natal

14 May 2013

KwaZulu-Natal (Component Manufacturers only)

MBA Conference Centre MBA Building 40 Essex Terrace, Westville

12:00 – 14:00

jenny.freeman@rmi.org.za (031) 266-7031

14 May 2013

Bloemfontein

Emoya Estate 8 Frans Kleynhans Road, Groenvlei, Bloemfontein

18:30 – 20:30

mark.erasmus@rmi.org.za (051) 430-3294

15 May 2013

East London

East London Golf Club, 22 Glen Eagles Road, Bunkers Hill, East London

14:30 – 16:30

sheena.kotze@rmi.org.za (041) 364-0070

16 May 2013

Port Elizabeth

Old Grey Club, 2 Lenox Street, Glendinningvale

11:00 – 13:00

sheena.kotze@rmi.org.za (041) 364-0070

16 May 2013

Port Elizabeth

Old Grey Club, 2 Lenox Street, Glendinningvale

14:00 – 16:00

sheena.kotze@rmi.org.za (041) 364-0070

17 May 2013

Cape Town

Oakdale Club, Bloemhof Street, Bellville

10:00 - 12:00

zelda.snyman@rmi.org.za (021) 939-9440

20 May 2013

Polokwane

Pietersburg Club, 119 Suid Street, Polokwane

11:00 – 13:00

wilma.oosthuizen@rmi.org.za (012) 348-9311

20 May 2013

Pretoria

Pretoria Office, 77 Ringwood Road, Pretoria

18:30 – 20:30

wilma.oosthuizen@rmi.org.za (012) 348-9311

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China to become the biggest PND and telematics market

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s vehicle sales continue to rise globally, China is set to be one of the biggest markets for automotive telematics services as well as personal navigation devices (PND) and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) navigation systems. That’s according to a new report from Frost & Sullivan, which also found that all vehicle manufacturers are following the embedded approach to offer complete packages to clients who demand connectivity and telematics services in vehicles. The report, entitled: Key Trends and Forecasts for the Chinese Automotive Navigation and Telematics Services Market, also expects that an era of low-cost navigation will emerge with the partnership of OEMs and PND manufacturers. Mobile phone-based

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telematics, it believes, is to dominate due to high Smartphone penetration. The report continues that in terms of overall navigation systems (embedded, aftermarket and PND), demand is set to increase from 10.4 million units in 2012 to 21.0 million units by 2018. Real-time connected services and co-operation with OEMs will help maintain the vitality of PND in China. However, the aftermarket embedded in-dash market share is projected to decline due to the rising penetration of Smartphone navigation and OEM navigation. The number of Smartphone subscribers with navigation applications is estimated to expand from 93.2 million in 2012 to 400 million by 2018, making China one of the largest Smartphone navigation markets in the world. Higher

Smartphone penetration and interfacing solutions, such as MirrorLink, coupled with competitive pricing strategies will also motivate the need for Smartphone navigation in cars. “The Chinese market for telematics services will swell from 0.4 million subscribers in 2012 to nearly 4.0 million subscribers by 2018,” notes Frost & Sullivan Senior Research Analyst Krishna Jayarman. “As decreasing costs boost adoption rates, more domestic telematics services participants are expected to participate in the market, which will focus on customer retention for services after the free period.” “Developing new business models for the mass market automotive segment will be pivotal,” advised Jayaraman. “The idea is to offer navigation and


value-added connected services to the mass market segment to leverage the exponential auto sales in China.”

could reap significant market success on the basis strategic partnerships with Chinese players.”

With increasing value chain integration, industry cooperation is required to ensure the development of the Chinese telematics market. For instance, to retain some level of control over navigation revenues, the most promising strategy for OEMs would be to engage and collaborate with PND suppliers. Telematics service providers must find opportunities to bundle other valueadded services, as well as include basic requirements, to differentiate their solutions in the market. “Connected navigation will proliferate with the development of cloud computing and the integration of vehicle and consumer electronics,” concluded Jayarman. “Sales volume of Smartphones will grow swiftly and Smartphone Apps will have a bigger role in the connected car environment. Several large-scale non-native firms

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AutoForum - May 2013 Grand Prize - Judges Pick. Dash Labs, Inc.

Apps for Vehicles winners announced

T

he US Energy Department recently announced the winners of its Apps for Vehicles Challenge - a competition that required app developers and entrepreneurs to demonstrate how the open data available on most vehicles can be used to improve vehicle safety, fuel efficiency and comfort. Dash was named the winner of the Judges’ Prize; MyCarma, walked away with the Popular Choice prize; Green Button Gamer won the Safety Innovation award and Fuel Economy Coach received the Fuel Efficiency Innovation award. The Apps for Vehicles Challenge is focused on spurring innovative projects or services to reduce fuel costs and increase safety for consumers by utilising vehicle-generated information, including data on engine speed, brake position, headlights, and distance travelled. Entries were judged based on their potential to help consumers

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improve fuel efficiency, creativity and innovation, use of open vehicle data, and consumer accessibility.

OpenXC Platform and Moj.io, a startup company focused on utilising vehicle data and connecting cars.

The US Energy Department announced the competition during the first Energy Datapalooza - an Administration-wide strategy of making government and non-government data available and accessible, while rigorously protecting privacy and national security - in October 2012. Nearly 40 entries were submitted for the first phase of the competition, and seven were selected as finalists to advance to the second stage. These finalists also received guidance on their business plans and early stage prototypes from the industry experts, including Google, Connected World Magazine, Greenstart, OSISoft, CleanWeb and SAE International as well as the Departments of Energy and Transportation and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Specialised technical support was provided in the form of sample data creation by Ford Motor Company’s

The products developed through the Apps for Vehicles Challenge are now available for download (http://vehicles. challenge.gov), providing consumers with unique solutions that improve vehicle safety, comfort and fuel efficiency. For example, MyCarma offers a personalised fuel economy sticker that is based on the driver, instead of a standard test cycle, allowing car buyers to predict fuel consumption based on their unique driving patterns. Dash turns any vehicle into a “smart car” by providing real diagnostics and alerts to enable the driver to maximise engine performance, minimise carbon emissions, and save money. For additional information on the Apps for Vehicles Challenge, visit vehicles. challenge.gov.


Kuga – green, capable and high tech

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ccording to Ford, its all-new Kuga that is making its debut locally will shatter the myth that an SUV can’t be green, high-tech, capable and exceptional all at once. That, it says, is because the model is able to deliver on space, design, enhanced driving dynamics, fuel efficient engines and a host of technologies. The latter includes SYNC – the handsfree automatic tailgate - Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system, Active City Stop, Lane Keeping Aid, Blind Spot Indication System amongst others. As Ford Marketing Manager Gavin Golightly explains: “The all-new Kuga lineup is well-rounded and comprehensive with a host of fantastic features that make it the perfect choice for families. Ford’s smart technologies offer extensive safety and convenience benefits that will be welcomed in this market.”

The all-new Kuga boasts great safety as part of the package, with a fivestar Euro NCAP rating. It achieved an overall protection score of 88%, the highest-ever for a mid-sized SUV. Driver assistance technologies are offered as optional extras and include Active Park Assist, Blind Spot Information System, Active City Stop, Lane Keeping Aid, and Lane Departure Warning. It also features ultra-high strength steel in the body structure of the vehicle, as well as a specially designed ring reinforcement around the panoramic roof to ensure rigidity and strength, Roll Stability Control and Trailer Sway Control. All models in the line-up feature seven airbags, ISOFIX child seat attachments, Antilock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) and Electronic Stability Control (ESP).

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Auto Safety

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INNOVATIONS

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The latest automotive safety

AUTO SAFETY

How you sit is key

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ccording to the Automobile Association of South Africa’s Head of Public Affairs, Gary Ronald, the driver’s seat comes with unique hazards. And sitting correctly when driving can reduce injuries in a crash. “In a crash, the driver of a vehicle has the least survival space of all the occupants,” says Ronald. “The pedals in the footwell can trap the feet, and column stalks and switches can cause hand lacerations and even broken fingers. But the biggest threat is from the steering wheel, which halves the survival space available to the driver compared to other occupants.” He continues that in early vehicles, the steering wheel was connected to the steering box via heavy brackets and supports, and the steering box itself was bolted to the chassis. These vehicles didn’t have seatbelts or crumple zones, meaning that millions of drivers who were flung against the steering wheel in frontal crashes died of chest and abdominal injuries. Research in the 1950s and 1960s led to development of padded steering wheels with impact-absorbing rims and collapsible steering columns. As crumple zone technology improved and seatbelts became more widespread, drivers became better-protected from steering wheel impacts. The development of airbags further improved protection for drivers,

and these and other safety improvements have been proven by decades of crash-testing. “Unfortunately, drivers don’t always adopt the best seating position to take advantage of all this technology,” Ronald comments. “One often sees drivers sitting too close to the steering wheel. An airbag inflates at around 300 km/h and this can be dangerous to a driver who is too close to the wheel.” He advises drivers to sit so that their chest is at least 30-40 cm from the wheel. “This gives the airbag enough space to inflate fully without injuring you - and then allows it to absorb impact energy by deflating as you make contact with it.” He also cautions against sitting too far away from the steering wheel, or reclining the driver’s seat excessively. “If you sit too far away, you won’t contact the airbag squarely in a crash, which could lead to additional injuries.” Airbags are a supplementary restraint system designed to operate along with the vehicle’s crumple zones and seatbelts to reduce impact forces on occupants. “If you’re not wearing a seatbelt, you may hit the steering wheel through the airbag in a severe crash, and you are also at risk of head contact with the windscreen,” he says. “Sitting at the correct distance from the steering wheel with your seatbelt fastened is the simplest way to minimise your risk of steering wheel-related injuries.”


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AUTO SAFETY

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How safe are your shoes? “Automobile Association research in Great Britain (AAGB) shows that more than a quarter of drivers reported driving difficulties caused by the shoes they were wearing,” revealed Gary Ronald, Head of Public Affairs at The Automobile Association of South Africa (AA) recently.

AUTO SAFETY

“British drivers are some of the safest in the world, so if a quarter of them report trouble with footwear, we believe South African drivers might have similar issues,” continued Ronald. “Our warm climate means many people wear flip-flops, and the British survey makes mention of this. Almost one-third of respondents said they’d had trouble with flip-flops.”

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The dangers of driving in flip-flops range from trouble applying full braking to having them get stuck in the floor mats when releasing the clutch, brake or accelerator. They also leave the foot mostly exposed in the event of footwell deformation in a frontal crash. While footwear is unlikely to prevent these injuries, a decent pair of shoes may assist in reducing injuries in less serious crashes. The AAGB research also mentioned high heels in some detail; a fifth of women reported problems caused by high heels. However, 84% of women said they kept a spare pair of shoes in the vehicle for days when they were wearing heels but had to drive. “If you take off your heels in favour of more practical driving shoes, remember not to leave the heels lying in the driver’s footwell where they could slide

forward and obstruct the brake or clutch,” Ronald advised. He also reminded motorists to keep a small towel in their vehicles to dry the soles of their shoes if they had to walk through water to get to the vehicle. “Wet shoes can cause feet to slip off the pedals, which has obvious risks in the first few minutes of a drive, especially when leaving a car park with pedestrians milling about, or reversing out of a confined driveway.” The typical leather shoe worn by business people is a good choice for driving. It fits well without being uncomfortable, and is bulky enough to offer some foot protection in crashes. Running shoes and similar types of footwear are also ideal driving shoes. “It’s interesting that South African law doesn’t say anything about the footwear car drivers should be wearing,” Ronald commented. “However, the AAGB research shows that it’s a safety concern and we advise people to wear comfortable, close-fitting shoes when they drive.”


Body repair insight

In association with BodyShop News Asia and Australian BodyShop News

Contents 24

R-M moves with technology

New facilities for Barloworld 25 Coachworks & Motor Retail Academy

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Ensuring your right to repair


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BODYSHOP NEWS

R-M moves with technology R-M has decided to make use of the new technologies available via new media in order to enrich its services and allow more modern and user-friendly communication. It has recently launched a new “Library” functionality and a new website, a mobile Color Explorer Online application for smartphones and tablets, as well as a new mobile website. It also boasts a growing popularity of its presence on Facebook and YouTube. The new ‘Library’ functionality offers ‘Product’, ‘Colour’, ‘Programmes For Success’ and ‘Training Programmes’ literature, or more general brand brochures can be downloaded. With more mobile peripheral devices than computers now sold worldwide, smartphones and tablets are becoming daily tools. R-M is developing new versions of its colour search tool and its website, specially designed for these new media.

The company recently launched its new mobile Color Explorer Online application for smartphones and tablets — which can be downloaded free of charge from the AppStore or from the Google Playstore. To acess the mobile site visit http://mobile.rmpaint.com. For more up-to-date news and features, customers are able to view the company’s website or Facebook page.

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ecently, Barloworld proudly opened the new combined panel shop and training centre with a launch function for the press and their customers at their impressive new premises in Diesel Road, Isando. The result of an amalgamation and consolidation of the Wynberg and Germiston branches, this high tech facility covers 10 000m2 at a cost of R25 million, ensuring the Barloworld Motor Retail remains at the forefront of vehicle repair technology. Built to specification, the state of the art Barloworld Coachworks is fully commissioned to facilitate specialised aluminum body repair and refinish. In addition to the four

SprayboothOvens and two mixing rooms, this facility comprises 38 preparation and repair bays, curtained polishing area, wash bays, hard covered storage and parking, vehicle damage assessment and customer inspection and delivery areas. Barloworld Motor Retail Academy is a fully accredited and equipped training facility, aligned with and adjoined to the coachworks facility. With four unique training rooms and permanent employees, the academy is ideally suited to accommodate all the training requirements of the Barloworld Motor Retail as well as any further individual or corporate training.

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New facilities for Barloworld Coachworks & Motor Retail Academy

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BODYSHOP NEWS

AutoForum - May 2013

Ensuring your right to repair

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n our modern free-market economy many manufacturers, in various industries, are now resorting to the courtroom to maintain marketshare and profitability. Intellectual property wars have become the central business premise used to ensure market dominance, not innovation, price competitiveness or quality of service in many instances. There is perhaps no better example of this business practice than the automotive industry, specifically with regard to replacement parts and components. A disturbing trend has grown in prominence around the world, as original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have resorted to registering design rights over every component of their vehicles, including bonnets and bumpers, in an attempt to monopolise the aftermarket.

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- Ian Pluke

To govern this process, distinctions were made between aesthetic and functional design features. Aesthetic features are described in the Designs Act as features that are “judged solely by the eye”, while functional design registrations protect features that are new and are necessitated by function. However, when the Designs Act was amended to make provision for the registration of functional designs, it was also amended to exclude spare parts from its ambit. Section 14(6) of the act reads: “In the case of an article which is in the nature of a spare part for a machine, vehicle or equipment, no feature… of such article shall afford the registered proprietor of a functional design applied to any one of the articles

in question, any rights in terms of this Act in respect of such features”. Yet, sadly for consumers, OEMs have exploited design rights and registrations in an attempt to keep tight control over the vehicle repair and servicing industry, and ensure that the consumer has little choice. While design rights are important to protect intellectual property, their initial intended purpose was to reward innovation. However, design rights are now being used to stifle competition and secure industry monopolies, all at the expense of the consumer. In the face of sluggish economic growth and the associated decline in new car sales, car manufacturers around the world are trying to monopolise the after sales parts market by obtaining

Ian Pluke is the Managing Director of Grandmark Glass Insurance Fitment Division


restrictive aesthetic design registrations on visible components, which afford exclusive protection for up to 15 years. In addition to this anti-competitive behaviour, OEMs have also tried to ‘force’ design rights for auto parts through as aesthetic designs when they cannot be registered as functional designs. Over and above the intellectual property protections, motor manufacturers then insist that damaged or ageing vehicles still under warranty or motor plan can only be fitted with OEM-approved parts to maintain their cover. These actions could be seen as an attempt to protect their lucrative and long-standing monopoly in selling auto parts, especially as profit margins in the motor industry are weighted towards vehicle servicing and the supply of parts, as opposed to the actual sale of new vehicles. This notion was supported in a recent study conducted by France’s competition authority, where it determined that the country’s motor manufacturers “have a veritable legal monopoly on more than 70% of the sales of parts, and a duopoly with parts makers on the remaining 30%” of the market for visible parts such as mirrors, lights and bumpers. The study noted that French motor manufacturers also tend to generate higher profit margins from repair and maintenance than car sales. The authority said France, unlike other countries in the European Union, allows for copyright protection covering visible parts and that lawmakers should lift that protection. Motor manufacturers should also clarify warranty contracts regarding whether owners can service their cars outside the manufacturer’s own repair network without jeopardising their coverage, the regulator said. This is a notion being echoed in the United States, where manufacturers like Ford, Honda and Toyota are being taken to task over anti-competitive behaviour in the automotive parts market. In arguing their point, organisations like the Quality Parts Coalition are referring to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975 to support their calls for a more open parts market. The Act provides that any warrantor warranting a consumer product to a consumer by means of a written warranty must disclose, fully and conspicuously, in simple and readily understood language, the terms and conditions of the warranty to the extent required by the rules of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The FTC has enacted regulations governing the disclosure of written consumer product warranty terms and conditions on consumer products that cost the consumer more than $15. Under the terms of the Act, ambiguous statements in a warranty are construed against the drafter of the warranty. Likewise, service contracts must fully, clearly and conspicuously disclose their terms and conditions in simple and readily understood language. Most importantly for the motor industry, the Act states that warrantors cannot require that only branded parts be used with the product in order to retain the warranty. This is commonly

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AutoForum - May 2013

referred to as the “tie-in sales” provision and is frequently mentioned in the context of third-party parts. And it is not just the Quality Parts Coalition that is challenging the status quo on design patents and the monopolistic hold on the industry they give patent holders. A growing number of industry players and consumer rights organisations are starting to make strides in championing the cause of a more competitive automotive parts industry and the right of consumers to repair their vehicles at a lower cost. There is now a drive globally to ensure patent law preserves both competition and protects the consumer’s right to benefit from quality, lower-cost alternative replacement parts. This is because there is no reason why consumers shouldn’t have the option to use either the higher-priced original or a more cost-effective high quality generic part to repair or service a vehicle. The fact of the matter is that quality replacement parts can now offer the same level of quality at a vastly reduced cost to the consumer, with high quality generic parts costing in the region of 30-40% less than the OEM equivalent in some instances.

process of implementing legislative changes that govern the registration of designs and patents and better regulate the monopolistic behaviour of OEMs. This ability to choose quality replacement parts is already saving consumers up to $1.2 billion a year in the United States, for example. Most European Union countries, (with the notable exception of France) and Australia have already set a global precedent in this regard, but South Africa and the United States continue to lag behind. However, 2012 was a landmark year for the automotive parts market in South Africa, thanks in part to the efforts of Grandmark International, a local parts importer and distributor. A landmark legal ruling on a matter between Grandmark International and BMW SA has the

monopoly right BMW had sought to enforce over its design rights. This ruling has the potential to loosen the monopolistic stranglehold that OEMs and parts manufacturers currently have on the local parts market. This would significantly reduce the cost and increase the availability of spare parts, as both OEM and generic aftermarket parts would be suitable replacements. This would benefit local consumers in many ways, including reduced replacement and repair costs, as well as reduced short-term insurance premiums and excesses. Lower replacement costs would reduce the cost of insurance claims and also minimise write-offs, which conceivably means that insurers would be able to pass these savings back to consumers. These lower insurance premiums would also have the additional benefit of increasing the insurability of the growing number of low-to-middle income road users. This would benefit all South African road users as only about 35% of motorists in the country have car insurance. Short-term insurers have therefore been tasked to design a product that would suit the other 65% who cannot afford cover at current entry-level insurance premiums, which average between R400-600 a month. Given that around 40% of all premiums collected are motor related and 60% of the cost of motor repair is parts related, it is essential for the industry to get a handle on the cost of replacement motor parts.

A landmark legal ruling has the potential to reshape the local automotive parts market

There are also many reputable and established aftermarket spares suppliers that are committed to quality. These generic parts are manufactured in accordance with the original part specifications, through manufacturing processes that comply with international quality standards as measured by third-party authorities such as the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) and the European Conformity (CE), to name a few. In fact, many aftermarket parts come out of the very same factories and off the same manufacturing lines as OEM parts. These parts therefore offer a good value alternative to the OEM equivalent. Based on these facts many countries around the world have or are in the

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potential to reshape the local automotive parts market. In a protracted legal battle BMW SA initially claimed that Grandmark had infringed on certain of its intellectual property rights by importing and selling spare parts that were fitted to BMW models. However, Grandmark challenged the legitimacy of BMW’s design registrations in a counter-application, saying they did not qualify as aesthetic designs as the parts are functional in nature and lack novelty or originality. Grandmark also stated in court papers that BMW’s practice of registering designs for many of its vehicle parts, as well as aggressively pursuing replacement part suppliers who allegedly infringed its design rights could be deemed to be anti-competitive. The landmark judgement found in favour of Grandmark International. In addition to various rulings pertaining to the alleged intellectual property rights infringements, the court held that BMW had not proved any aesthetic features of its parts that warranted protection in the aesthetic register under the Designs Act. As such, the presiding Judge said it was not clear what merited the

Recent studies have also shown that price inflation in the parts market is escalating at around 20% per annum. In order to create a sustainable platform for motor insurance and increase the number of insured vehicles on the road the industry needs to control the biggest cost component without sacrificing quality or safety. However, by eliminating the possible use of lower cost quality automotive part alternatives through design rights, motor manufacturers are effectively removing the consumer’s right to repair.


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8.05 – 11.05.2013 Johannesburg Expo Centre, South Africa

Metropolis of Mobility

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Automechanika Johannesburg is licensed to Dogan Exhibitions & Events (Pty) Ltd


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Automechanika JHB 8 to 11 May 2013

Entrance to Hall 5

Hall 5 Hall 5

Mercedes-Benz South Africa

Mercedes-Benz South Africa

OS1-A001

OS1-A002

AFRICA TRUCK PARTS

Alert Engine Parts

C&J SERVICES

Cummins SA 5A006

5A007

DYCER ENGINEERING

DEFENCE CONCEPTS

5A005

5A004

5A003

Willard Batteries 5A002

5A001

KC HiLiTES

Parsat Piston

Supreme Spring

HELLA Automotive

DIESEL-ELECTRIC

GUD KTR-Kalundu POS Service Holland 5A012

5A015

5A016

5A017

5A013E

5A014

5A013B

5B003

5B002

Chemchamp Africa

MISA ZF Services

5A011

Liqui Moly

Mercedes-Benz South Africa

Vierol AG

5B023

GOLDWAGEN

Ring Automotive

HiFi Filter - Jura 5B019B

5C009

5B017

Asnu

Trailquip

DPH SA

Leyland

5A013A

Control Instruments

Imcomex

5A013D

5A008

5A013C

5B021

5A020

5C002

5B022

OE Aircon 5B024

C-Track 5B025

FAB

5C016

Eurolub 5C013

5D018

Trucktec 5C017

Technik

MWS Information Germany

5C019

5C001

RAVENOL

CTP 5C020

BIZOL Bita Trading 5D015

ALLEURO 5D017

5C021

BrakeQuip

ClimAir PLAVA 5C022

5C031

FRANCE

MAHA

Goodyear Accessories

Capricorn

Flösser 5D014

Planet

5C026

Trysome 5C023

5C027

5D008

5D002

5C029

KORTEC Tecno-Tradex 5D01

GERMANY

Link 5/6

Otto BBT Nussbaum

YTS

5D027

PFK

H Oetiker

5D029

5E017

5D025

5D034

Eurofren

SPAIN

5E010

5D033

5D032

5D035

Sernauto

IADA

5E015

Filtros Cartes

SPJ

RTS REINZ Spicer

5D031

Philips

AUGER 5D023

PPE 5D44

5D039

Air Fren

5E008

PRECISION POWER COMPONENTS

5E006

ST ENG

Spanjaard

5E001

5D042

5D040

Nordic 5E022

Fuchs Lubricants

Larcier AutoZone

5E023

5E27A

4X4 MegaWorld

Olipes SL

5E031

Andaç Otomotiv

Carbox

5E026

5E025

5E024

Yiğit Akü

Eku Fren Diesel Technic AG

5E27C

Lucas Elektrik 5E032

Orjin Otomotiv 5F008

5E29

Ditaş

Kaçmazlar

5E033

FSS 5E035

5E034

Tut Kelepçe

Ateks

Rexoil Petrokinya

5F007

5F004

5F005

ICC Clamps

5E036

S&S Truck Parts 5E38 Illinois Truck

5F002

5F001

TURKEY

5F017

5F018

5F019

5F020

5F021

5F022

Automotive Brands

Sonne Kolben

Cape Reef

Sure Filters

Tork 5F029

Sertplas 5G022

5G021

5G020

5G019

5G018

5F023

5F026

5G011

5F028

5F031

Atlantik Petrol 5G009

Temel Conta

Güneş Supap

5F034

5G006

Chloride

5F035

UIB

Orbay

Yenmak

5G005

5G001 5F038

5G023

PARTINFORM

BG Auto

5G025

5G026

5G027

5G028

5H022

5H021

5H020

5H019

5H023

5H028

5H029

5H030

5G029

5G034

GAHBIN

5H017

5G031

5H032

Tainta \RAW 4X4 5H034 5H035

TENNECO

Dixon Batteries

Air Auto

5H013

PT BBL Universal Astra Batteries Coolers OTOPARTS 5G043 5G044 5F041

Future Parts

5G024

5G035

Turbo Direct

5G040

5H003

Powerdown

Keko

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AA 5H036

Chopra

SAC Truck 5H037

5H042

Isic Westa

5H044

ASP 5H045

Car Spares 5H001

Auto man 5H046

5H002


Exhibitors List SOUTH AFRICA Company Name

Company Name

Hall

Stand No.

Hall

Stand No.

4X4 Mega World

Hall 5

5,00E+26

Barkocel - U-Pol

Hall 6

6D022

AA Quality Assured - The AA

Hall 5

5H036

BBL Batteries

Hall 5

5G043

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Hall 5

5F022B

Accelerate Magazine

Hall 6

6BAL3

Aer-O-Cure

Hall 6

6,00E+23

Turnkey design & manufactures of Aer-o-cure products, spray booths, paint mixing rooms, preparation bays, central dry flattening systems, mobile and overhead infrared systems, workshop equipment. Importers of Car-o-liner chassis straigtening equipment, Car-o-tronic electronic measuring systems, compressors, spot welding machines, pneumatic tools, etc.

Tel: +27 12 262 0128 Cell: +27 82 450 1114 Website: www.solitebattery.co.za Bosch (Pty) Ltd.

Tel: +27 11 444 6454 Fax: +27 11 444 5677 Email: walter@aerocure.co.za Website: www.aerocure.co.za

Bosch (Pty) Ltd Bosch is a leading global supplier of automotive technology and services offering complete range of automotive parts, diagnostic and workshop concepts for the automotive market. Bosch manufactures automotive technology at 120 locations on all five continents. Tel: +27 11 651 9600 Website: www.bosch.co.za

Africa Truck Parts

Hall 5

5A007

Air Auto

Hall 5

5H017

Alert Engine Parts

Hall 5

5A004

Allijam cc

Outdoor

ESP B-02

APC Storage Solutions

Hall 6

6D078

Brake Hose & Components Supplies (Pty) Ltd Quickbrake, Cef, Hel

Hall 5

5F022L

Apollo 21 Truck Parts

Hall 6

6,00E+88

BrakeQuip Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd

Hall 5

5C026

ASNU Africa

Hall 5

5A017

Brent Oil (Pty) Ltd

Hall 6

6B071

C & J Services

Hall 5

5A005

Capricorn Society Ltd

Hall 5

5D008

CAR Magazine

Link 5-6

L1-A

Carspares - Giant Auto Parts

Hall 5

5H001

CEF, Brake Hoses

Hall 5

5F022P

Celette SA

Hall 6

6,00E+78

Chemchamp Africa

Hall 5

5B023

Chemspec

Hall 6

6,00E+84

Chevron Lubricants

Hall 6

6D073

City of Tshwane

Hall 6

6D13

Asnu Africa offers Sales, Service and Training of Petrol/Diesel Injection Equipment and Specialised Tools. The most up-to-date equipment is available with outstanding after sales service and backup to help keep you in business and assist you in maintaining your knowledge of the latest developments in an ever-changing market.

BrakeQuip Southern Africa offers a unique business opportunity to existing business owners within the motor industry to add an additional revenue steam to their businesses. The BrakeQuip hose manufacturing system provides the tools to make and test any brake or clutch hose on the spot conforming to international safety standards.

Tel: +27 11 828 7958 Email: ray.asnu@mweb.co.za Website: www.asnuafrica.co.za

Tel: +27 11 608 4234 Fax: +27 11 608 3388 Email: rtownsend@brakequip.co.za Website: www.brakequip.com

ATE - Alfred Teves Brake Systems

Hall 5

5F022A

Atlas-Utas (Pty) Ltd

Hall 6

6D083

AutoForum

Hall 6

6BAL7

AutoForum remains the largest circulating independent publication, which targets the entire automotive aftermarket . With a 25 year history, the publication has unparalleled reach into Sub Saharan Africa, with both print and digital editions. Tel: +27 82 855 7750 Tel: +27 76 727 8161 Email: wr@autoforum.co.za Email: grant@autoforum.co.za Website: www.autoforum.co.za

Automotive Brands South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Hall 5

5F023

Collision Repairers Association

Hall 6

6BAL6

Automotive Business Review

Hall 6

6BAL4

Commercial Auto Glass (Pty) Ltd

Hall 6

6B011

Automotive Refinisher

Hall 6

6BAL5

Connectco / Fascor

Hall 6

6D088D

AutoZone Retail & Distribution (Pty) Ltd

Hall 5

5,00E+25

Control Instruments

Hall 5

5A016

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Automechanika JHB

Hall 6

8 to 11 May 2013

Hall 6 Discussion Area

6A47B

6B39A

6B39B

6B40A

6C039

6B40B

6D039

6D040

6D041

6D042

6-COFFEE

Body Repair

6LK04

PriMotive

Jagdambay Engg

Moto Health

6A046

Holomat 6A045

Multi Cat

e-Mobility

e-Mobility

6B045

FORTRON SA

6A044

6LK03

6LK30

Moto clips 6A043

6B052

6B043

6C052

6D038

6D052

6C053

6D037

6D053

6C054

6D036

6D054

6C055

6D035

6D055

6D051

6E038

6E037

6D056

6N063

6N062

6N061

6N060

6N059

6N058

6N057

6N056

6N055

6N054

CHINA

6E036

6N044

6N045

6N046

6N047

6N048

6N049

6N050

6N051

6N052

6N053

6E035

6N043

6N042

6N041

6N040

6N039

6N038

6N037

6N036

6N035

6N034

6N024

6N025

6N026

6N027

6N023

6N022

6N021

6LK16

6LK17

6LK18

6LK19

6LK20

6LK21

6A47A

6LK01

Hong Kong Tien Shien

6B034

Gaolian

6LK02

THL BTV

Homgs

6A042

ASI

6B059

6C034

Golden Pride

Sanmak

S端d-Technik

6B033

6A041

Ensemble Trading

100h

6B060

6C059

6C033

Bright Technology

Rahimafooz Global

6D033

6N028

6N029

6N030

6N031

6N032

6N033

6N020

6N018

6N017

6N016

6N015

6N014

6N013 6D060

6N012

Shree Amba Shiv-Om 6A040

EEPC India

Barnala

Jaidarshan

6A039

6A038

6B030

6A60

6C031

6B061

6A037

Indy Oil

6B029

MM Diesel

AXCL Gulf

6B063

Happy Steels

Bharat

6C062

D Afrique International

Balwindra

6C061

Kyong Dong 6D030

6N001

6N002

6N003

6N004

6N005

6N006

6N007

6N008

6N009

6N010

6M021

6M020

6M019

6M018

6M017

6M016

6M015

6M014

6M013

6M012

6M001

6M002

6M003

6M004

6M005

6M006

6M007

6M008

6M009

6M010

6L022

6L021

6L020

6L019

6L018

6L017

6L016

6L015

6L014

6L013

6M011

Glue Devil

6C063

Wheelquip

Luthra

6A036

Hurricane Spraybooths (Silver Falcon)

Mandarin Parts

Al-Bahiya

6B031

VRAJ

6N011

6C032

Haks International

6A061

Sandeep Axels

Motul

Eisional

6B032

6A055

6L012

Indolube

6B028

6B064

6C028

6C064

6D063

6D028

6L011

Auto Forum

6L001

6L002

6L003

6L004

6L005

6L006

6L007

6L008

6L009

6L010

6K023

6K022

6K021

6K020

6K019

6K018

6K107

6K016

6K015

6K014

6K001

6K002

6K003

6K004

6K005

6K006

6K007

6K008

6K009

6K010

6J021

6J020

6J019

6J018

6J017

6J016

6J015

6J014

6J013

6J012

6J001

6J002

6J003

6J004

6J005

6J006

6J007

6J008

6J009

6J010

6I021

6I022

6I023

6I024

6I025

6I106

6I027

6I028

6I029

6I030

7BAL7

Wheelquip 6K013

6BAL6

AER-O-CURE

Auto Refinisher

6A033

6BAL5

ABR

6K012

Sika

Focus on Transport

6BAL4

6B024

Dask

6B023

6A031

6BAL3

6C023

6BAL2

Brent Oil

Sicad

Barkocel

6B071

6BAL1

6K011

EZECARE PREMIUM CAR CARE

Accelerate

PIDILITE INDUSTRIES Cyclo

6D022

6C022

Bigvel Accor Lubricants Exportacion 6B072

Space upstairs

Leaderquip

6C020

6I031 6D074

6C019 DS AUTO ELECTRONICS

6A026

6I032

6D020

6C071

Viva

HENKEL

LAUNCH TECHNOLOGIES

6J011

Kanye Vimba

Reinol

6B073

Dual Fuel

6D021

6C021

MBT Pretoleum 6A028

Engen

6E019

Maxi

6C074

6D019

Tokheim

Slime

6B074

6I020

6I019

6I018

6I017

6I016

6I015

6I014

6I013

6I012

6I011

6I001

6I002

6I003

6I004

6I005

6I006

6I007

6I008

6I009

6I010

Chevron

6D075

6C075

6D073

Talbros Automotive Components

6A025

6C017

Manson

GN Auto 6B076

6A024

Will Tools

6C016

ACMA India

Allied Nippon

6A010

6B017

Spec Auto

Gruner Traum

6C015

Rising Sun

Shriram Pistons & Rings

6A009

6B079

Autolite

6C078

M&M 6C079

6C014

6D017

6H047

6H046 6G039

6G038

6G037

6H017

6H018

6G034

6G035

6G036

6H016

6H019

6G033

6G032

6G031

6H014

6H021

6G028

6G029

6G030

6H013

6H022

6H045

6D078 6D016

6D015

6D014

CELETTE 6D079

HAWEKA Pro-Cut 6H044

Automotive Valves

6B080

6B013

6A021

6C076

Japji

APC Storage Solutions

Syco Machinery

Brakewell

City of Tshwane

Pevisa Auto Parts

ACMA INDIA

Entrance to Hall 6

Setco Automotive

CHINA

Devendra 6D080

6D013

6C080

6C013

6E013

6E078

Euro Diesel

6H043

6A008

6C012

6A019

Alientech

6B011

Genon

6A018

6B010

Windscreen Distributors

Sangsin Brake

6A016

6B008

6C011

Sidat 6B084

6A005

R.G.M

CEIP / FRAP / G.S.A. / Regione Piemonte / Torino

6C081

6G026

6G025

6H012

6H023

6G022

6G023

6G024

6H011

6H024

6G021

6G020

6G019

6H009

6H026

6G016

6G017

6G018

6H008

6H027

6E083

6D084A

AXXON

Gomet

6D010

6C083

LE. MA

6C008

6B085

6D083

6H042

6G027

SME

6D012

ANI

Danny's Auto Body

Atlas Utas

6D084B

Errecom / SPIN

CHEMSPEC

6H041

6H040

Mego 6D085

6D008

6C085

Brembo

6E008

6E084

Ko Chou

Gamela

Yi-Lin

6B005

Hsing Ning

Hong Bing

Tzer Li

6A011

Jiuh Men

GA Union

Center Elec

6C007

Chengfen -Chihhui

6B088

Echo Tools

6B004

6B089

Shiey Joung

6B003

6C086

6C006

6B087

MFC

6B090

6C087

Formosa

6C005

6C090

6G015

6G014

6G013

6H007

6H028

6G010

6G011

6G012

6H006

6H029

6G009

6G008

6G007

6H005

6H031

6H036

6G004

6G005

6G006

6H004

6H032

6H035

6H001

6H002

6E088 6H038

TIKZN

Pulo

6C088

6C003

APOLLO 21

6D007

6H037

6D005

MAROUNS

6D003

6D088

6E089

TAIWAN Yuholi 6A001B

K.S. 6A001A

Yi-Way 6B002

Sloop 6B001

NAK Sealing 6C002B

6H034

CMI 6C002A

Lii -Chau 6C001

Punch Video 6D002

Huan Dah 6D001

Embun Persona 6D092

Diayo Die-Castings 6D091

Entrance to Hall 6

6A003A

Taiwan Info

6B086

6B006

Kao Pin 6A012

6A004A

6A003B

Yungyuan

6B007

6A013

Mighty Seven

Home Soon

Sajones

Gatx

6A014

6A004B

Jung Kaung

High -Pro

Mobiletron

6A015

Rich Parts

Machan

Trans Forward

Power Lai

Keenco

6H039

6A002

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Dimsport

6B082

MIT

Whirlpower

Conference Centre

6A006

Isher Trading

Roberto Nuti

6B081

Golden Spring

Termomeccanica

Meat & Doria

SIRENA

Commercial Auto Glass

6A020

ITALY

6A007

Idromatic

Al Ibitihaj

MAG

Hansafrique Trading Company 6E091

ZK Wheels 6F002

ZK Wheels 6G001

Asia Pacific News 6G002

6G003

6H003


Exhibitors List SOUTH AFRICA Company Name

Hall

Company Name

Stand No.

Hall

Stand No.

Crisp Air (Pty) Ltd

Hall 6

6D088G

Future Parts

Hall 5

5G040

CTrack South Africa

Hall 5

5B025

G.U.D Holdings (Pty) Ltd

Hall 5

5A013B

Cummins South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Hall 5

5A006

G.U.D Holdings (Pty) Ltd

Hall 5

5F022F

Cyclo Industries, Inc.

Hall 6

6A28

Gabriel Shock Absorbers South Africa

Hall 5

5F022D

D'Afrique International

Hall 6

6B063

Golden Spring & Engineering Services

Hall 6

6,00E+83

Outdoor

ESP-B03

Dannys Auto Body Parts (Pty) Ltd DASK Distributors (Pty) Ltd

Hall 6

6A31

Golden Spring & Engineering Services cc

Hall 6

6A019

Defence Concepts SA (Pty) Ltd

Hall 5

5A003

Goldwagen - Worldwide Automotive Group (Pty) Ltd

Hall 5

5B022

Diesel-Electric

Hall 5

5A014

Hansafrique Trading Company (Pty) Ltd

Hall 6

6,00E+91

Dixon Batteries

Hall 5

5H013

Haweka SA

Hall 6

6,00E+13

Dogan Exhibitions & Events

ORG

ORG001

HELLA Automotive South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Hall 5

5A012

ESPA01

Henkel - Locktite, Teroson

Hall 5

5F022H

Henkel South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Hall 6

6C019

Hesto Harness

Hall 6

6D088I

Holomatrix (Pty) Ltd

Hall 6

6A045

Holts - ABRO, Redex, Simoniz, Ultimoil

Hall 5

5F022I

Imcomex

Hall 5

5A015

Indy Oil SA (Pty) Ltd

Hall 6

6C028

Indy Oil SA (Pty) Ltd

Outdoor

OD6A02

International Clamps (Pty) Ltd

Hall 5

5F017

JTC Auto Tools - Spec Auto Tools cc

Hall 6

6A021

Kanye Vimba Trading

Hall 6

6D020

KC HiLiTES

Hall 5

5A008

KTR - Kalundu Trading (Pty) Ltd

Hall 5

5A013A

KwaZulu-Natal Tooling Initiative

Hall 6

6D088J

KZN Oils

Hall 6

6D088H

DongFeng Trucks

Outdoor

Dph SA Industrial, Mining & Automotive Supplies

Hall 5

5B003

DS Auto Electronics

Hall 6

6B074

Dual Fuel Green Technologies

Hall 6

6D021

Dycer Engineering

Hall 5

5A002

Engen Petroleum

Hall 6

6C073

Ensemble Trading (Pty) Ltd

Hall 6

6C059

Ezecare Premium Car Care cc

Hall 6

6B023

Fedral Mogul - AE, Champion, Ferodo, Glyco, Coetze, Nural, Payen

Hall 5

5F022E

We are a global supplier of quality products to manufacturers of automotive, light commercial, heavy-duty and off-highway vehicles, as well as in power generation, aerospace, marine, rail and industrial. Federal Mogul brands are: AE, Champion, Ferodo, PP Diesel, Glyco, Goetze Moog, National, Rural, Payen, Wagner, Brake Products and Wagner Lightning Tel: +27 11 630 3000 Fax: +27 11 630 3214 Website: www.federalmogul.com

First National Battery

Hall 5

5F022C

Launch Technologies SA (Pty) Ltd

Hall 6

6A026

Leaderquip Auto Services

Hall 6

6,00E+19

Leisure Wheels

Link 5-6

L1-B

LEADERQUIP AUTO SERVICES is the franchised distributor of HUNTER ENGINEERING COMPANY (U.S.A.) Wheel Aligners and related equipment for the Undercar Service Industry in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. We also distribute a select variety of products like Tyre Changers, Lifts, Air Jacks and Wheel Balancers, from highly esteemed companies like; SICE (Italy), SIVIK Engineering & Production Group (Russia), AGM COSMET (Italy), TG Pneu (Czech Republic) and WERTHER International SpA (Italy). LEADERQUIP combines quality products with the vast experience and specialised expertise of the finest team of hand-picked staff members.

“In one of many firsts for South Africa a comprehensive range of Exide branded Enhanced Flooded Batteries designed for use in microhybrids featuring start/stop technology was recently introduced to the South African aftermarket. Exide AGM (VRLA) batteries were awarded a Gold certificate for innovation at Automechanika 2011. Exide truck batteries are extremely vibration resistant due to the use of a hot-melt plate locating process and end cell plate locks. Exide the name you can trust”

Tel: +27 11 334 1680 Fax: +27 11 334 1694 Tel: +27 83 252 1920 JAN Tel: +27 83 450 6063 JOSE Email: info@leaderquip.co.za Website: www.leaderquip.co.za

Tel: 0800 112 600 Website: www.battery.co.za

Fortron SA

Hall 6

6B043

FRAM Filters

Hall 5

5F022G

Fuchs Lubricants South Africa

Hall 5

5E27A

Liqui Moly SA

Hall 5

5C009

Link 5/6 L4

Mandarin Parts Distributors

Hall 6

6C062

Marouns Auto Paint Centre

Hall 6

6F003

Future Group Automotive

Link 5-6

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Exhibitors List SOUTH AFRICA Company Name

Hall

Company Name

Stand No.

MBT Petroleum

Hall 6

6B073

Retail Associates

Mercedes-Benz South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Hall 5

5B021

Mercedes-Benz South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Shops

Office 23

Goodyear automotive accessories will be exhibited in hall 5D 002/003 by the exclusive African distributors, Retail Associates. The Goodyear range of product includes seat and steering wheel covers, car mats, cleaning softs and liquids, gear locks, booster cables and more. Distributors and dealers in Africa should visit the booth or contact:

Mercedes-Benz South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Outdoor

Messe Frankfurt Global Booth

Link 5-6

MIT Auto Parts (Pty) Ltd

Hall 6

Modul-System SA

OS1A02

Stand No.

5D002

PA S S I O N

Link 5/6 L6

Y M6A018

Outdoor

Hall

Hall 5

ESP-B01

Moto Health Care

Hall 6

6B045

Motor Industry Staff Association

Hall 5

5B019A

Clayton Cronje. 082-228-5774 Mark Nash. 083-292-2434 Tel: +27 10 226 4400 Fax: +27 86 513 6867 Email: clayton@evolutionholdings.co.za markn@evolutionholdings.co.za

MISA is a registered trade union organising employees exclusively in the retail motor sector. Membership is focused on office-, stores-, sales-, and clerical employees, apprentices and artisans.

Ring Automotive (Plus 4 Global)

Hall 5

5B019B

SAA (Pty) Ltd

Tel: +27 11 678 4537 Email: info@ms.org.za Website: www.misa.org.za

Link 5-6

Link 5/6 L5

Sabat Batteries (Powertech)

Hall 5

5F023P

THE INTELLIGENT ALTERNATIVE

TRADE UNIONS ARE NOT ALL THE SAME !

Batteries hasSABAT truly found its way into the MY PASSIONSABAT STARTS WITH

Multicat (Pty) Ltd

hearts and psyche of many South Africans. SABAT also sponsors batteries to members of the Quadriplegic Association of South Africa to power their electric wheelchairs. SABAT Batteries has also continues its support and involvement in the Pick SABAT batteries now come with‘n a “Magic Pay “Stay Alert, Stay Alive” campaign. Eye” to check the charge of the battery, ) allows for the Call Centre ( Hall 6 while 6A043 immediate delivery and fitment ifTel: needed. +27 11 776 4300 Fax: +27 11 776 4324 Hall 6 For entrepreneurs 6C061 who want to become SABAT Batteries retail agents or channel Website: www.sabat.co.za contact Sandrie Ligthelm Hall 6 partners, 6A044 on (011) 776 - 4300.

National Adhesive Distributors cc

Hall 6

6D028

O.E Airconditioning

Hall 5

5B24

Opposite Lock

Hall 5

5H002

Osiba Automotive

Hall

6LK02

SAC Trucks

Hall 5

5H037

Partinform

Hall 5

5F022

Hall 5

5F022J

Partinform & AAMA

Hall 5

5F022

Schaeffl er South Africa-Automotive Aftermarket LUK INA FAG

Pertamina SA

Hall 6

6C065

SICAD SA

Hall 6

6BAL1

PFK Electronics

Hall 5

5D025

Sika South Africa

Hall 6

6B024

Planet Electronics

Hall 5

5C031

Silver Falcon - Hurricane Spraybooths

Hall 6

6D063

Popular Mechanics

Link 5-6

L2

SKF

Hall 5

5F022N

Slime Tyre Sealant

Hall 6

6D018

POS Service Holland (SA) Pty Ltd

Hall5

5A013A

Snap-on Africa (Pty) Ltd

Hall 6

Powertech Batteries

Hall 5

5A001

COMP001

Precision Power Components

Hall 5

5D040

Space Upstairs

Hall 6

6D071

Precision Power Components (Sure Filters)

Hall 5

5F026

Spanjaard Limited

Hall 5

5D042

Ramsay Media

Link 5-6

Link 5/6 L1

Supreme Spring

Hall 5

5A013D

Syco Machinery (Pty) Ltd

Hall 6

6D079

Rapid Airtools / Advanced Fastening Systems

Hall 6

6D088B

Tainta

Hall 5

5H034

Rapid Truck Bodies

Hall 6

6D088F

Technobrake

Hall 5

5D007

Reef & Cape Supplies

Hall 5

5F028

Reinol-Janek Chemicals (Pty) Ltd

Hall 6

6C020

JOIN MISA AND EXPERIENCE PEOPLE WHO REALLY CARE AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Membership is open to all Office -, Stores -, Sales – and Clerical THE INTELLIGENT ALTERNATIVE

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Exhibitors List SOUTH AFRICA Company Name

Tenneco (MONROE Shock Absorbers)/Rancho

Hall

Stand No.

Hall 5

5F022K

Company Name

Hall

Wheelquip

Quality manufacturer of Monroe and Rancho brand shock absorbers & steering dampers for cars, LDV’s, SUV’S, vans, trucks, buses, trailers; as well as Protection Kits, Mounting Kits, MaxLifts gas springs, Steering & Suspension components and vehicle springs. Also an approved supplier to the new vehicle manufacturer.

Wheelquip is the sole importer and distributor of Corghi Wheel Service Equipment for Southern Africa.

Tel: +27 11 574 5600 Fax: +27 11 574 5618 Email: plutz@tenneco.com Website: www.monroe.co.za

Tel: +27 21 949 0010 Email: info@wheelquip.co.za Website: www.remorevolution.com Website: www.wheelquip.co.za

Stand No.

Hall 6

6A033

It has offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban and Welkom as well as in Windhoek Namibia.

Tenneco Ride Control SA

Hall 5

5G035

Thule Group (Pty) Ltd

Hall 6

6D088E

Wheelquip

Hall 6

6B065

Tokheim South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Hall 6

6D075

Will Professional Tools

Hall 6

6A010

Toptul Hal

l6

6BAL2

Willard Batteries

Hall 5

5F022O

Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal

Hall 6

6D088A

Windscreen & Radiator Distributors

Hall 6

6A016

Trail Quip cc

Hall 5

5B002

TriMotive Asia Pacifi c-Africa

Hall 6

6B052

Trysome Auto Electrical

Hall 5

5C023

YTS Tyre Sales (Pty) Ltd

Hall 5

5D23

ZF Services South Africa

Hall 5

5B017

Windscreen Distributors are suppliers of motor glass parts to business’s in the trade in South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. We currently house distribution points in Polokwane, Pretoria, Nelspruit, Boksburg ( Head Office ), Bloemfontein, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Harare in Zimbabwe. Our core business being windscreens we also have a wide range on door glasses, rearlites, cab-sliders and frames.

Trysome Auto Electrical is the largest single source supplier of auto- electrical, heavy duty components in Southern Africa. Trysome also specialises in collision avoidance and safety systems for the mining and construction industry. Products: Starters, Alternators, Work Lights, Safety Lifts, Back-up Alarms, Switches, Converters, Globes, Fuses, Gauges, Solenoids, Rear View Camera Systems.

Tel: +27 11 397 8910 Fax: +27 11 397 8479 Website: www.windscreendistributors.co.za

Tel: +27 11 823 5650 Email: trading@trysome.cc Website: www.trysome.cc

Turbo Direct SA

Hall 5

5H003

Universal Clips cc

Hall 6

6C031

Universal Coolers

Hall 5

5G044

Van Ryn Rubber Holdings (Pty) Ltd

Hall 5

5G030

Veyance Technologies Africa - Ram

Hall 5

5F022M

Hall: 5

Tried and tested under the extreme conditions and manufactured to OEM specifications and standards, dimensionally stable Goodyear timing belts deliver precise timing with long service life. • Specialised compounds for modern engine needs. *Durable and smooth running. * Precision-moulded teeth made from tough, shearresistant rubber. *Precise toleranceson pitch and length. * Reduced pulley friction. *Exceptional heat, abrasion and ozone resistance.

Stand no: 5B017 & 5C010

ZF Services South Africa (Pty) Ltd ZF Services South Africa is the Sales & Service organization of Transmissions, Steerings, Axles as well as the supply of: ZF Parts, ZF Sachs Clutches, ZF Sachs Shock Absorbers & ZF Lemförder Suspension parts. In addition, we are suppliers of Test Systems, Special Driveline Technology, Electronic Systems, Marine Propulsion Systems, Aviation Technology & Wind Power Technology. Brands of ZF

Driveline and Chassis Technology

ZF Services South Africa (Pty) Ltd - Lemforder, Sachs, ZF Parts

Tel: +27 11 248 9400 Email: sa.rammail@veyance.co.za Website: www.ramauto.co.za

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Viva Oil (Pty) Ltd

Hall 6

6C074

Walter McNaughtan Pty Ltd

Hall 6

6D088C

Hall 5

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Business Forum

AutoForum - May 2013

Business insight

The bloom is off the boom

I

used to be hooked on a computer game called ‘Railroad Tycoon’ that involved creating and building a railroad company delivering the right goods to the right stations as economically as possible. Every now and then, a newsflash would pop up on the screen saying: “The bloom is off the boom”. This meant simply it cost a lot to deliver less – and really is pretty much the same as is happening to our economy right now. Those economists who predicted a slowdown in car sales were right, and the fairly frenetic activity at the end of last year and into the first couple of months of 2013, has run its course. Sales have taken a dip. Some of this can be blamed on the Easter break that trimmed the number of sales days available as the first quarter closed, but pundits are still predicting a ‘softening of the market’. Interestingly though, Mike Glendinning, Director: Sales and Marketing at Volkswagen Group South Africa, says: “The

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- Colin Windell

picture changes when one analyses the selling rate of new cars per day during the month. The selling rate per day of the new cars was 2.3% up on February 2013 and 4.5% up on March 2012.”

During March, 37 596 new cars were sold, which represents a decline of 1 400 units or a fall of 3.6% compared to the 38 996 new cars sold in March last year.

“The average selling rate of new cars per day in the first quarter of 2013 was 5.7% up on the average selling rate per day in the first quarter on 2012. This is probably a more accurate reflection of market conditions so far in 2013 versus 2012.”

Sales of Industry new light commercial vehicles, bakkies and mini buses at 14 794 units during reflected an increase of 189 units or 1.3% compared to the 14 605 light commercial vehicles sold during the corresponding month last year.

In fact, March last year benefited from only two additional selling days compared to March this year and this would have contributed to the decline in aggregate industry sales of 1 206 units or 2.1% to 54 946 vehicles from 56 152 units in March last year.

Sales of vehicles in the medium and heavy truck segments of the Industry at 1 015 units and 1 541 units, respectively, had recorded an increase of 32 units or 3.3% in the case of medium commercial vehicles, and a decline of 27 units or 1.7% in the case of heavy trucks and buses, compared to the corresponding month last year.

Overall, out of the total detailed reported Industry sales of 54 946 vehicles, 48 101 units or 87.5% represented dealer sales, 4.4% represented sales to the vehicle rental industry, 4.2% to government and 3.9% to Industry corporate fleets.

According to Naamsa: “The near term outlook for the automotive sector would be affected by upward new vehicle pricing pressure as a result of the weaker exchange rate and the April,

Colin Windell is the Editor of Fleet Magazine.


2013 increase in CO2 vehicle emissions taxes on cars and certain categories of light commercials.” “This could result in some moderation in the rate of growth in sales over the balance of the year. There were a number of factors, however, that should lend support going forward and these included the low interest rate environment, continued strong replacement demand, a highly competitive trading environment with attractive incentives, low debt servicing costs and high tech new model introductions.” “On the negative side, however, rising inflationary pressures facing consumers would dampen growth in consumers’ real disposable income. New vehicle exports and industry production, however, should register strong growth in 2013.” “We are continuously optimistic of low levels of market growth during the year,” says Glendinning.

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Despite softening demand for new vehicles, sales of Peugeot passenger and light commercial vehicles showed an increase of 17% on February levels. The trend is mirrored when comparing year-on-year sales, with Peugeot SA’s year-to-date sales for 2013 showing an increase of 17.7% on the same period last year. “The March sales are heartening, and a welcome sign our consistent efforts on the customer car front are paying dividends,” says Francis Harnie, Managing Mirector of Peugeot SA. “Market conditions are not easy at present, and to show strong growth at this juncture is particularly gratifying.” Broken down, the first quarter activity looks like this: Market segment

2012

2013

% change

Passenger vehicles

38 996

37 596

-3.6%

Light commercial vehicles

14 605

14 794

+1.3%

Medium commercial vehicles

983

1 015

+3.3%

Heavy commercial vehicles

426

393

-7.7%

Extra Heavy commercial vehicles

1 011

1 036

+2.5%

Bus

131

112

-14.5%

Vehicle exports

23 968

28 338

+18.2%

Overall market 56 152 (local)

54 946

-2.1%

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AutoForum - May 2013 “March sales were boosted by several factors,” says Dr Johan van Zyl, President and CEO of Toyota South Africa Motors. “As the end of the quarter and the end of the fiscal for many public and private companies March traditionally sees large bulk purchases and final tender allocations. This is of course further supported by high retail activity from vehicle retailers who want to end the quarter in the black.” According to van Zyl, these positive factors are counterbalanced by increasing pressure on disposable income. Several fuel price increases and continued food price inflation has put a damper on household spending, which supports the view of lower vehicle sales growth in 2013.

“We expect vehicle sales to return to growth for the rest of the year, albeit at a much slower pace than in 2012. This expectation considers a lower rate of GDP growth and continued pressure on disposable income on the one hand and continued marketing, many new vehicle introductions and a low interest rate environment on the other,” says van Zyl.

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February 2013 Model Volume 1. VW Polo 2 293 2. VW Polo Vivo 2 170 3. Toyota Etios 1 736 4. Mercedes C-Class 1 415 5. BMW 3-Series 1 401 6. Ford Figo 1 109

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The coming global aftermarket boom Total vehicle population to grow 30 percent by 2020. Frost & Sullivan recently held a free webinar that looked at what it has described as “the coming aftermarket boom” and which was led by Stephen Spivey, Programme Leader at the research house.

A

ccording to Spivey, total light vehicles in operation worldwide (passenger cars and light trucks) are set to increase by 30% by 2020. This growth will generate increased global demand for aftermarket parts and service to meet the maintenance and repair needs of so many more vehicles. However, in regions forecasted to have the highest vehicle population growth, there are often few parts and service options for vehicle owners. The landscape suggests there are emerging growth opportunities across the aftermarket value chain in many parts of the world. Spivey forecasts that growth in the overall vehicle population will drive demand for parts and service across the world, but particularly in China and throughout Asia. GDP per Capita has more than quadrupled in Brazil, China and Russia and has more than doubled in many other countries over the past 10 years, giving hundreds of millions more people the chance to own vehicles. In China, the number of vehicles per 1 000

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people has jumped from 15 to 58 between 2003 and 2010, with smaller increases in the other emerging countries. He believes that in China, the continuing economic growth will push the market by another 8% to reach the 20 million mark in 2013. SUV, pickup and premium vehicles will continue to be the buzz word for the Chinese market. Low vehicle penetration, increasing income levels and urbanisation will continue to push the market for vehicles. At the same time, economic growth of about 3.5% owing to the infrastructure developments for FIFA World Cup in 2014, slash in interest rates and local production of Brazil specific models will maintain the year-on-year growth in Brazil for 2013. Spivey quoted other expected growth rates as follows: • The replacement market and high customer confidence is expected to

push the Russian Light Vehicle market to join the 3 million club in 2013. Budget cars and premium models will continue to drive the market. • Rising inflation is one of the key reason to slow down the growth rate in the Indian market for vehicles. • Based on current trends, Asia will be home to one in three personal-use vehicles by 2020, while more mature regions will see their share of total cars and light trucks decline. He continued that the global aftermarket is ripe with opportunity, but there are also challenges to address, such as the lack of skilled labour and changes in the mix of vehicles that will require parts and service. The top 20 product categories only represents about half of all revenues, illustrating the total size and diversity of the aftermarket. He also sees a lack of aftermarket distribution structure in many regions of the world, suggesting possible lucrative opportunities to consolidate these

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AutoForum - May 2013 players or invest in new start-ups. Spivey believes growth rates will be comparatively low in the early years of the vehicle life cycle, but the revenue potential will increase more as they age and enter the aftermarket in greater numbers. Key points to consider are : • The aftermarket is benefiting from the slow recovery of the economic recession. • More existing vehicle owners are keeping their cars longer instead of buying a new one, driving demand for maintenance and repair services. • Products in the maintenance categories are expected to grow at strong rates, including brake parts, tyres and exhaust components. • Some low-growth categories, such as batteries, lighting and starters/alternators are threatened by low-cost competition. Others include a wide range of different products including accessories, electronics, fluids, tools and remanufactured components as well as many others.

Open knowledge opens doors to training - Kirsty Chadwick

Advances in e-learning are making world-class learning available to more people across the globe than ever before. It’s now possible for anyone, whether on a farm in rural Africa or living in a city in Sweden, to virtually attend lectures at some of the world’s top universities – all they need is access the Internet to ‘sit in’ on classes at Harvard, MIT or Stanford. This has great implications for the fleet industry, which has a long history of success with e-learning.

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or some time e-learning courseware has included video footage of teachers explaining course content. A new development that is taking the digital learning world by storm, ‘lecture capture’, is very similar. It simply means capturing video footage of live classes or lectures and broadcasting them free over the Internet. What is revolutionary about these classes is that anybody can ‘attend’ them at no cost. Harvard University was one of the pioneers of this type of free access to world-class learning and has been offering free broadcasts of lectures for five years which, in the online world, is a very long time. Continued on page 44

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Kirsty Chadwick is the founder and director of e-learning design and development company The Training Room Online. www.thetrainingroomonline.com


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AutoForum - May 2013 Simulation training, a type of e-learning, is widespread in the fleet industry because it’s the most effective way to improve driver safety. Besides reducing injury to drivers, it reduces accidents, too. This keeps insurance premiums lower, while also reducing the need to repair and replace costly vehicles. E-learning needn’t be limited to driver training, however. It can and should extend beyond the training of heavy vehicle operators in the fleet industry because it offers a cost-effective way to train management, too. Research by US company certifyme.net has found that using e-learning rather than face-to-face trainer-led learning, organisations can save up to 75% on upskilling staff. At the same time, e-learning is available at any time, at any place, and on just about any device, meaning that heavy vehicle

drivers can study on the go and have the chance to advance in an organisation from the ground up. Some of the best universities that offer lecture capture are known as the “edX” universities, which include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of Toronto and the University of California, Berkeley. EdX, a non-profit enterprise founded by MIT and Harvard, offers a number of free online courses to students across the globe. At the same time, it uses its online platform to research how people learn and how technology is transforming – and can transform – campuses around the world. All you need to take an edX course is a computer and an Internet connection. MIT’s first edX course, Circuits and Electronics, had an enrolment of over 150 000 people from 160 countries.

Students who complete these courses and others like it receive “certificates of mastery” but don’t qualify for full degrees or diplomas. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t get a full degree online. The American University of Wisconsin now offers a recognised degree that doesn’t require any class time unless practical components must be completed for the degree to be awarded. The University of Wisconsin is the first university to organise “massive open online classes”, or MOOCs, into a bachelor’s degree. Together the edX universities offer a number of business courses that could be a very useful resource for anybody undergoing business or management training – or wishing to do so in the future.

Automotive deals stall in 2012

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utomotive mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the first half of 2012 has given way to macroeconomic pressures, resulting in passive M&A activity in 2012 overall. That’s according to a recent PwC report in Driving Value: Automotive M&A Insights 2012.’ The automotive industry’s overall M&A deal volume declined 18% and deal value declined by 33%, compared to 2011. In comparison, in 2012, global cross-sector M&A activity declined less than the automotive sector, with deal volumes declining by seven percent and deal value declining by 17% compared to 2011. While some regions continue to show signs of stabilisation and profitability after the recession in 2008-2009, the economic crisis in Europe is still an ongoing issue of concern. Europe’s share of global automotive deal volumes is down for the second straight year, while Asia continues to grow its presence, becoming the largest acquirer region in 2012.

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With Europe’s debt crisis weighing heavily on the European automotive sector, automotive M&A activity declined in terms of deal volume and value when compared to 2011, when a total of 594 deals were completed for a disclosed value of $44.9 billion. The automotive sector transacted 98 deals during Q4 2012, marking the third straight quarter of decreasing deal volume. As Paul Elie, US Automotive Transaction Services Leader explains: “Uncertainty is hurting the deal value more than the actual recession. There is increased speculation resulting from the looming economic challenges in Europe and many unknowns in the regulatory environment. As soon as the macroeconomic environment improves, we likely will see a wave of pent-up demand resulting in increased deal activity.”

The PwC report also found that:

Vehicle manufacturers experienced their strongest year in the past five years, in terms of volume and disclosed value, while seeking cost

synergies such as technology and platform sharing through strategic alliances. Component suppliers saw steady transaction volumes in the first half of 2012, but declined significantly in the second half. The most active region for vehicle manufacturers was Asia, where 41 of the 97 deals in 2012 were transacted. The “others” category, including retail, aftermarket, rental/leasing and wholesale, etc., experienced a significant slowdown in 2012. Financial buyers’ share of M&A volume declined to 24%, which represented the lowest levels witnessed since the depths of the recession. Financial buyers continued to shift their focus away from Europe and toward US and Asian assets.

Regional snapshot

New car demand in the Europe Union and European Free Trade Association (EU+EFTA) declined by 7.8% percent to 12.5 million units in 2012, while new car sales in

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Europe stalled at 3.5 units below its 2007 peak. North American acquirers’ share of global M&A increased from 20% in 2010 to 27% in 2012, while North American entities achieved 34 out of 102 cross border deals. Asia made up more than one third of the global automotive M&A volume during 2012, with most of the activity transacted within its

own region. Emerging countries like China and India are likely to capitalise on the opportunity to acquire technology or market access at favourable valuations in Europe. Looking ahead, PwC’s positive outlook for M&A stems from the forecasted 30 million units estimated to be added to the industry between 2012 and 2019. Key factors predicted to spark

automotive M&A growth are: High levels of liquidity on corporate balance sheets; Strategic initiatives to expand market share and grow customer, technological and product portfolios; Resolution of Europe’s sovereign debt issues of its member states; Strong economic recovery and pent-up demand in developed countries; and Resumption of trend line economic growth in China and India.

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Used car inflation down further

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ast month, TransUnion released its Vehicle Pricing Index (VPI) for the first quarter of 2013, which indicated that used passenger vehicle price inflation slipped further into negative territory to -1.4%. This represents a significant drop from the 3.6% rise in price inflation in the same period last year. According to TransUnion, this contrasted with Q1 new car price inflation, which continued to climb steadily at 2.4%, slightly up from 2.1% in Q4 2012.

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TransUnion continues that this trend is evident from its used vehicle financial registration statistics. These are based on data received from SA’s leading vehicle financing institutions, verification enquiry volumes and dealer sales returns. The data indicates that the ratio of new vehicles to used passenger vehicles financed is narrowing. From an average ratio of 1.79 used cars for every new car financed in 2012, the used to new ratio dropped to 1.48 in February this year – its lowest level in more than four years. “The result is that used dealers are buying and selling used units at ever

lower prices – an indication that used car price deflation is likely to continue for the next few months. Nevertheless, the used market did experience positive overall growth in the first few months of this year.” “Given the weakening of the Rand – which could result in a slight acceleration of new vehicle price inflation – along with fuel price hikes and the inevitable introduction of toll fees for Gauteng motorists - it’s possible that the pendulum will once again swing back in favour of used vehicles in the current year,” adds von Höne.

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The latest automotive technology

New Cyclist Detection system even brakes automatically

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olvo recently announced what it says is a world first - technology that detects and automatically brakes for cyclists swerving out in front of the car. The new system forms part of the existing detection and auto brake technology and will be called Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with full auto brake. Volvo points out that recent accident data has indicated that about 50% of all cyclists’ fatalities in European traffic are as a result of a collision with a car. The automaker’s new Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection technology is aimed at addressing these statistics. While there are no official cyclist injury/fatality statistics for South Africa, it’s a fact that the number is high – sadly proven by the death earlier this year of Burry Stander - and Pedestrian Detection is expected to be a sought-after feature. As Doug Speck, Senior Vice President Marketing, Sales and Customer Service at Volvo Car Group explains: “Our solutions for avoiding collisions with pedestrians and cyclists are unique in the industry. By covering more and more objects and situations, we reinforce our world-leading position within automotive safety. We keep moving towards our long-term vision to design cars that do not crash.” The system works by virtue of an advanced sensor system that scans the area ahead of the vehicle. If a cyclist heading in the same

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direction as the car suddenly swerves out in front of the car and a collision is imminent, there is an instant warning and full braking power is applied. The car’s initial speed obviously plays a large role in the outcome. If the collision can’t be avoided entirely, the brake application will at least slow the vehicle down as much as possible - a lower speed of impact means that the risk of serious injury is significantly reduced. Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with full auto brake consists of a radar unit integrated into the car’s grille, a camera fitted in front of the interior rear-view mirror and a central control unit. The radar’s task is to detect objects in front of the car and to determine the distance to them, while the camera determines the object type. Thanks to the dual-mode radar’s wide field of vision, pedestrians and cyclists can be detected early on. The high-resolution camera makes it possible to spot the moving pattern of pedestrians and cyclists, and the central control unit continuously monitors and evaluates the traffic situation. The auto brake system requires both the radar and the camera to confirm the object. Cyclist Detection will be available in South Africa on all MY14 Volvo’s toward the end of the year.


Around View Monitor gives 360-degree vision

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he average human has a field of vision of around 120-degrees, but drivers of the new Nissan Note will be able to see a full 360-degrees. That’s thanks to the automaker’s new Safety Shield system - a package of technologies that delivers a new level of driver assistance in the small car segment - along with the advanced Around View Monitor. Nissan says that the new technology allows drivers to know what it would be like to have eyes in the back of their heads, as the system gives owners unrivalled vision to help minimise the risk of accidents and to make manoeuvres easier and safer. Safety Shield incorporates Nissan’s Blind Spot Warning system, Lane Departure Warning and Moving Object Detection through its innovative convex-lens camera located, unconventionally, at the rear of the car. The camera provides drivers with over 180-degrees of visibility from a point just below the rear windscreen. The system also alerts drivers to potential dangers, such as a child walking towards their reversing vehicle or other vehicles hidden in blind spots.

Making use of a further three cameras - one on the front grille and one on each door mirror - the Note also features the helicopter view parking aid, Around View Monitor, giving drivers a bird’s-eye view of their car. The 12.7 cm dashboard mounted screen displays a full, virtual 360-degree view. The Nissan Note is the first car in its segment to offer this sophisticated yet easy-to-use system. Geraldine Ingham, Chief Marketing Manager for small cars for Nissan in Europe commented: “From talking to drivers through our research groups, we found that being able to see what’s happening around them is a key factor in making them feel safer and more confident when driving and manoeuvring. With this in mind, we wanted to develop a technology that gave Nissan drivers a better view of the road. Safety Shield and Around View Monitor have been engineered to enhance drivers’ vision and let them see more of their surroundings, helping to keep them safer and minimise accidental bumps and scrapes.”

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INNOVATIONS

Honda launches City-Brake Active System

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onda has launched a new safety technology called the City-Brake Active System, which operates when the vehicle is travelling at speeds of less than 18 mph (around 29 km/h).The system uses a laser radar installed in the upper part of the windscreen to detect when a collision is imminent. If it deems there is a high risk of collision, it will issue audio and visual warnings to the driver. If the driver does not respond by taking appropriate action, the system then automatically applies the brakes. According to the automaker, the City-Brake Active System also protects drivers from accidental acceleration at speeds of less than 6 mph (around 9 km/h) or from standstill. If the

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system determines that the driver has pressed too hard on the accelerator pedal, for example by mistakenly stepping on the accelerator pedal instead of the brake pedal, when there is another vehicle within 4 m of the front of the vehicle, the driver will receive audio and visual warnings and the City-Brake Active System will control engine output to restrict the vehicle from moving forward. The new system will be introduced on the Honda Fit, which will go on sale in Japan later this year. The introduction of this new technology to Honda models in the rest of the world has yet to be confirmed.

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Scania’s service statement in KZN - Dave Scott

Even if your truck has the highest quality and best fuel consumption, without adequate parts availability and a service support network, downtime is a killer. And truck service facilities are massive investments. This is no less so for Scania South Africa’s brand new Durban branch which represents around R70 million CAPEX just off the N2 in River Horse Valley north of Durban central – it’s easily accessible from the freeway to accommodate 7-axle interlinks and 15 minutes from King Shaka Airport for the inevitable emergency parts shipment. It’s easy to make verbal statements of intent. And then there is a physical statement of reality and image that goes with installing and launching a modern truck service centre. That takes guts in this economic climate of diminished attitudes to fixed investment. Scania obviously has a confident eye on the future.

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here’s also something about a Scania that lends itself to ‘bling’, a cultural characteristic of owner-drivers and self-made road-transport hauliers – flaming paintwork with chrome bull-bars and an aggressive ‘king-of-the-road’ appearance are the in-thing. The launch of Scania Durban was no less of an occasion. But it’s a deserved event and could not have come sooner. There are around 8 000 Scania trucks on Southern African roads – including 800 in Namibia – and the KwaZulu-Natal Scania population is approximately 1 250. Add to this the fact that Durban is the end of

the major port trunk route on the N3 and the route-servicing demand for support outside of KZN Scania fleets makes this an essential step forward. The 13-bay 2 500 m2 workshop can handle 26 trucks at any one time depending on full staff compliment. This includes a new feature, an ADR bay – what’s that? Says Bryan James, Regional Services Manager: “With the fuel companies generally having a Europeanbased parent company they will comply with the ‘European Agreement Concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road’ (ADR) and obviously Scania would Continued on page 56

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Dave Scott is a member of the S.A. Guild of Motoring Journalists, and is a monthly contributor to the press on transport and trucking related subjects. In 2002 and 2003 Dave Scott was the S.A. Guild of Motoring Journalists winner of the category ‘Business Motoring’. As a member of the S.A. Institute of Tribology he takes a keen interest in the application of lubricants to road transport maintenance and the cost of ownership. His key writing focus is on fleet management including the technology of trucks and road transport.


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want to assist our companies in being able to comply with these requirements. The decision to offer an ADR dedicated area/bay was easy.” This ADR bay is self-contained within the workshop and not just a cordoned-off area.

The good news according to Scania South Africa Managing Director, Steve Wager, is that “Scania has plans to incorporate trailer servicing”. Apparently they first need to ensure readiness before offering trailer servicing and the roll-out should commence during the second quarter of 2013. The 20 000 m2 facility is fully concreted and can handle full-length 22 m rigs that will improve overall safety of 56-ton combinations. Finally it’s all about people (they do count). Apart from top-class staff facilities, a truck driver rest area is a separate building away from the main building, allowing drivers to rest in a quiet environment. This is equipped

with bunk-style beds, air-conditioning, TV, small kitchen, plus ablution and shower facilities. Go for it Scania!

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UD Trucks honours top dealerS

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t its Annual Dealer Conference held in Cape Town recently, UD Trucks Southern Africa also took the opportunity to recognise its top performing dealers. As Managing Director Jacques Carelse explains: “As a manufacturer, we at UD Trucks are extremely privileged that we don’t just have a dealer network through which we merely retail our trucks. We have a network of extremely knowledgeable and experienced transport experts, who are also our business partners in every sense.” “I know that UD Trucks has a dealer network that not only understands the business, but is committed to making this brand more and more successful, now and into the future.” The company’s dealer network is compelled to adhere to stringent quality standards, and is continuously measured across all disciplines, from parts to sales, service and admin, to bring customers only the best service and after sales support. It believes that its key differentiator is the level of service

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provided to customers, no matter the size of their fleet. “We and our dealer network are committed to reducing downtime on customers’ vehicles through various strategies that include a high level of parts availability and offering support during breakdowns when our customers need it most,” continues Carelse. The company has invested more than R100 million in the upgrade and establishment of facilities around the southern African region, with new key dealerships opening in Rustenburg and Pretoria during 2013. At the same time it has invested more than R9 million in the training of staff and members of the community. The latter includes training 180 students in a variety of fields, including diesel mechanics, sales and parts consultants, service advisors, industrial and mechanical engineering, as well as a number of experiential learners in HR, marketing, finance and IT. “Dealer of the Year” was awarded to McCarthy Commercial Vehicles Alrode

based in Alberton, Gauteng. “The Best Medium Dealer” award went to Produkta Trucks from Nelspruit and the “Best Export Dealer” award to Duly Trucks of Zimbabwe.

McCarthy Commercial Vehicles Alrode was recently named the UD Trucks Dealer of the Year. Dealer Principal, Fernando de Sousa (middle) is presented with the award by Marle Visagie, Senior Manager Retail Development at UD Trucks, and Managing Director, Jacques Carelse.


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‘Earthing’ the fifth wheel

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odern trucks are very electronic. From engine management systems to stability, retardation and braking it’s all ‘black-box’ stuff. And all these systems have to be protected from spikes and shorts where truck original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) do their best to ensure product integrity. Aircraft makers are even better at it where they deal with lightning strikes on the airframe in the sky. Experience shows that South African trailers are generally badly maintained. There are a few exceptions but the overall neglect of trailers is also a wiring problem where the effect of side-cutters and insulation tape is evident in loose, hanging cables. Some truck OEMs, such as UD Trucks even insert a fusible link on the truck tractor side into trailer electrical connections – this is to prevent trailer short-circuits from flashing back into UD electronic systems, especially on the QUON range.

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- Dave Scott

It’s interesting how International extraheavy truck approach the problem of trailer shorts and spikes. All International truck tractors come equipped with a very prominent fifth wheel earth-cable – why? According to the International automotive engineers, ‘this is fitted to safeguard the truck electrical system. In the event of a trailer short-circuit the trailer will have a ground connection from the trailer chassis to truck chassis via the fifth wheel and fifth wheel earth cable. Depending on the severity of the trailer short-circuit (there is a high current supply to trailer ABS braking systems), the current applied to the negative connection could exceed the capacity of the negative cable in the trailer socket. This could cause a vehicle fire. Some trailers have high-current electrical tail-lifts, and this also protects the truck from any malfunction on these systems.’ Phew! This is shocking stuff!

This all makes much so much sense when it’s a simple maintenance-free device such as an earth-cable. But, of course, the contacts must be kept clean for the ‘earthing’ to be effective. We must then ask why do other truck OEMs not use the same method to protect their electronics – this fifth wheel earthcable does not appear to be standard practice in the market? I do know of a Freightliner incident where the truck powered down to limp mode and when the trailer was disconnected full engine power was restored – the root cause was the trailer. Just how many incidents International have managed to avoid due to their fifth wheel earth-cable will remain unknown but the logic and simplicity of the connection cannot be faulted. It doesn’t cost much and it’s not a ‘snake-oil’ idea where costly downtime and electronic failure can be avoided.


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Underride guards – still a hot topic It’s a topic we at AutoForum have covered before, but new research has indicated the problem remains. Modern semitrailers, for the most part, do a good job of keeping passenger vehicles from sliding underneath them, greatly increasing the chances of surviving a crash into the back of a large truck, recent tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) show. But in crashes involving only a small portion of the truck’s rear, most trailers fail to prevent potentially deadly underride.

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ost semitrailers internationally are required to have underride guards. These are steel bars that hang from the backs of trailers to prevent the front of a passenger vehicle from moving underneath during a crash. Earlier research showed that the minimum strength and dimensions required for underride guards are inadequate, prompting the Institute to petition the US organisation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2011 for tougher standards. The Institute also asked the agency to consider applying the standards to other types of large trucks such as dump trucks that aren’t required to have any underride guards. Although NHTSA hasn’t responded yet, trailer manufacturers already are installing guards that are much stronger than the agency requires. These guards generally work well to prevent underride, except in crashes occurring at the outer edges of trailers, the crash tests show. One likely reason US manufacturers are installing guards that are stronger than required is a tougher standard that trailers in Canada have had to meet since 2007. More recently, IIHS crash tests have drawn attention to the issue, and at least one manufacturer has started

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selling a trailer with an improved underride guard since the tests began. To see how well the latest guards work, IIHS engineers put trailers from the eight largest manufacturers through a series of progressively tougher crash tests. All of the trailers had underride guards that met both US and Canadian standards. Both standards require a guard to withstand a certain amount of force at various points. Under the Canadian regulation, a guard must withstand about twice as much force as required by the US rule, at the point where it attaches to its vertical support. In each crash test, a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu struck a parked truck at 35 mph (56 km/h). In the first scenario, the car was aimed at the centre of the trailer. All eight guards successfully prevented underride, including one from Hyundai Translead, whose previous model failed a full-width test by IIHS. In the second test, in which only half the width of the car overlapped with the trailer, all but one trailer passed. However, when the overlap was reduced to 30%, every trailer except one from the Canadian manufacturer, Manac, failed. Manac sells dry van trailers in the US under the name Trailmobile. The Institute uses a 30% overlap for the most challenging

underride test, because it is the minimum overlap under which a passenger vehicle occupant’s head is likely to strike a trailer if an underride guard fails. “Our tests suggest that meeting the stronger Canadian standard is a good first step, but Manac shows it’s possible to go much further,” says David Zuby, the Institute’s Chief Research Officer.

The danger of underride All the improvements in occupant protection that have helped drive down crash deaths in recent decades count for little when the front of a passenger vehicle ends up under a truck. When this happens, the top of the occupant compartment gets crushed because the structures designed to absorb the energy of a crash are bypassed. The airbags and safety belts can’t do their jobs, and people inside can experience life-threatening head and neck injuries. The crash tests show how this occurs. The 2010 Malibu was an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK, and in the 40 mph (around 64 km /h) moderate overlap barrier test used to evaluate the Malibu’s frontal crashworthiness, measurements recorded by a dummy in the driver seat indicated serious injuries


were unlikely. Similarly, in the underride tests in which the guards held up, the Malibu’s structure and airbags protected the dummy, and injury measures were generally low and not life-threatening. In contrast, when the guards failed, head and neck injury measures were so high that real drivers would have died.

Crash test results The Institute previously released the results of an initial round of crash testing on three semitrailers conducted in 2010 and 2011. The weakest guard tested at that time was from Hyundai. It met the US standard for strength, but not the Canadian one. When the Malibu hit the centre of the Hyundai trailer at 35 mph in a full-width crash, the guard broke, resulting in catastrophic underride. In 50% overlap tests, the underride guard on a Vanguard trailer allowed moderate underride at 25 mph and severe underride at 35 mph.

Since the initial evaluations, IIHS tested Hyundai and Vanguard trailers again after those companies made changes to their underride guards. Trailers from five more companies were also tested. All eight manufacturers now have underride guards meeting the Canadian standard, and none of the current designs had any difficulty passing the full-width test.

this structure as the underride guard’s attachment point means the vertical supports are located an average of 28 inches (71 cm) from the trailer’s edge.

Most passed the 50% overlap test, too. The exception was the Vanguard. The guard’s vertical support broke off the trailer when the guard was hit by the car, just as it did in the test of the previous design.

Manac, the only trailer to pass the 30% test, takes a different approach. The supports of its underride guard are attached to a reinforced floor and spaced just 18 inches (around 46 cm) from the edge. The Malibu and the dummy inside it not only fared better, but the Manac trailer also had damage estimates among the lowest of all the trailers. It required only a replacement underride guard.

Although the rest of the trailers passed the 50% overlap test, most had the same difficulty with the 30% overlap. The problem stems from the location of the underride guards’ vertical supports. On most trailers, the supports are attached to the slider rails, which run lengthwise under the trailer and allow the position of the wheels to be changed depending on the load. Using

“If trailer manufacturers can make guards that do a better job of protecting passenger vehicle occupants while also promising lower repair costs for their customers, that’s a win-win,” Zuby says. “While we’re counting on NHTSA to come up with a more effective regulation, we hope that in the meantime trailer buyers take note of our findings and insist on stronger guards.”

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AutoForum - May 2013

Longer, rounder truck cabs safer, cheaper New proposals regarding changes to truck cabs have been welcomed by London’s Transport Commissioner as well as the European Federation of Road Traffic Victims (FEVR) and Transport & Environment (T&E) campaigning groups.

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EVR president Jeannot Mersch said: “Lorries have an infamous reputation when it comes to road safety, and rightly so. Currently, a frontal crash with a lorry is like hitting a brick wall. Design changes to the nose of the lorry cab will help to reduce severe injuries and save hundreds of lives each year. These improvements should be mandated for all lorries as soon as possible.” Transport & Environment Policy Officer William Todts, agreed, saying: “European lorries/trucks have been stuck in the past and this is costing Europe billions of Euros in wasted fuel. The proposal is a small step towards freight transport fit for the 21st century.” Following a a recent fatal cyclist/ truck collision in London, Mayor Boris Johnson said he wanted to ban heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) from the capital unless they were fitted with cyclesafety measures, including ‘skirts’ and special mirrors. The new plan would free up designers to develop deeper cabin skirts as part of a round, deflecting nose shape and extended crumple zone. The bigger cabs would also improve driver vision.

London’s Transport Commissioner Sir Peter Hendy welcomed the plan as a positive step forward, saying: “The revision of this directive allowing for greater visibility of cyclists and other vulnerable road users is an important step in the development of a safer and more efficient goods vehicle.” “We continue to lead the way in pushing for the adoption of safer lorries and safer lorry driving within the capital. We have been actively working with local and national government and the European Commission to adopt strict emission and safety standards for commercial vehicles.” The Commission acknowledged that current, 30-year-old, rules on truck weights and dimensions did not have energy efficiency or other environmental objectives in mind. And on safety, a Commission statement said: “In practice the current rules now actually prevent the introduction of innovative designs - such as more rounded cabins - which are essential to increase fuel efficiency and safety.” The existing EU directive restricting heavy goods vehicle weight to 44 tonnes maximum will not change

but current maximum length 18.75 metres will be increased - as long as the increase is in the cab section and improves safety and aerodynamic efficiency. That answers the current problem of HGV designers squeezing cab size to capitalise on load space. If approved by MEPs and EU transport ministers, they would be able to alter dramatically the current ‘brick’-shaped cab that rules out rounder, more streamlined front sections. Aerodymanic flaps could also be fitted at the back of the trailer without breaching maximum length requirements. EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas, unveiling the proposals in Brussels, said: “A brick is the least aerodynamic shape you can imagine, that’s why we need to improve the shape of the lorries on our roads. “These changes make road transport cleaner and safer. They will reduce hauliers’ fuel bills and give European manufacturers a head-start in designing the truck of the future, a greener truck for the global market.” According to T&E, trucks account for only 3% of the European vehicle fleet but they cause 25% of road transport emissions and are involved in 18% of fatal crashes, which kill approximately 7 000 people annually. A rounder truck front could reduce air resistance by 12% and improve fuel economy by 3-5% - an estimated saving of 1 500 Euro (around R18 000) per truck per year, as well as a significant cut in exhaust emissions.

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SHOW TIME

Show Time Beijing’s Auto Maintenance and Repair 2013 As the worldwide economic situation lingers on, many equipment manufacturers in the automotive and repair industries have increased their focus on the Chinese market. This trend is evident in the number of international brands that exhibited at this year’s Auto Maintenance and Repair expo in Beijing. Regular exhibitors at the annual show included many of the biggest names in the global market, with over 100 000 m2 of exhibition space occupied for the show in a full seven halls. The event remains the largest in Asia and third largest worldwide. The number of Chinese companies exhibiting is also on the rise.

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hat is not to say that the global pinch is not being felt in China – along with the new premier have come some penny pinching cuts, evident in the lack of pomp and splendour we have experienced in years past. Gone are the big opening ceremonies and VIP dinners, but rather the focus has shifted to attracting a larger audience from countries such as South Africa. Partnering with AutoForum, AMR offered free accommodation for this year’s show, and a number of distributors, buyers and even technicians were in attendance. The organisers claim over 4 500 out of the 55 000 visitors, from 68 other countries, came through the gates in the first days of April – even though the show fell on the Easter weekend. A dedicated VIP area with WiFi access, snacks and drinks and matchmaking facilitators also enabled better use of a visitors’ time at the show. Many of these attendees used the show as an opportunity to visit their existing suppliers in

China. David Barendse Garage Trade Supplies visited his supplier’s factory and came away extremely impressed. “When dealing with suppliers in another country, it is really difficult to know that the promises being made at deal time can actually be kept. After visiting our suppliers, I can only say that it has really built our confidence in their product, their technical facilities, the manufacturing standards and their ability to deliver for our clients.” Following the lead of all the big international shows, a training and technical exchange programme is also held as a feature, including this year’s Energy Saving and Green Repair seminar. As AMR continues to grow, AutoForum is proud to continue our association with the organisers, and actively participate in their continual efforts to improve the experience for international visitors. AMR 2014 is already 80% booked, so make a point of diarising next year’s show, from 26 February, and stay in contact with us for any special offers.


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