Team De Rooy & Goodyear truck tyres take Dakar Glory

Team De Rooy & Goodyear truck tyres take Dakar Glory

Brussels, January 21, 2019 – Gerard De Rooy took 3rd place in the Truck Class of the 2019 Dakar Rally with all four of the Petronas Team De Rooy Ivecos finishing in the Top 10 on standard Goodyear Offroad ORD tyres. Petronas Team De Rooy was the only team to see all its trucks finish. Dutchman Gerard De Rooy two-times winner of the Dakar and winner of the Africa Eco Race 2018 finished 3rd, Argentinian Federico Villagra finished 4th, Ton van Genugten, also from the Netherlands, won the final stage and took 7th place with Maurik van den Heuvel, the third Dutch driver in the team, finishing 10th. 1st and 2nd places in the Truck Class went to Russians Eduard Nikolaev, who has won the event three times before, and Dmitry Sotnikov. Two of their four Kamaz trucks finished. The four Team De Rooy Iveco Powerstar trucks raced on regular Goodyear 375/90R22.5 Offroad ORD tyres. As well as racing on Goodyear tyres, Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco ran Goodyear OMNITRAC mixed service tyres on their service trucks, which followed the team on the rally. “It is not the podium place we hoped for, but it is and remains a podium position,” said Gerard De Rooy. “If you see what has happened in ten days of competition, up to and including the last day, then we certainly can’t complain. With the fact that we are also the only team with all four of our trucks finishing and all in the top 10, I can only be very satisfied. This was one of the toughest Dakars to date and with 70%...
TATA ON THE UP

TATA ON THE UP

Recent improvements to dealer, parts and service networks – with a view to maximising vehicle uptime – have contributed to increased sales for Tata and Daewoo trucks, says Len Brand, CEO of Tata Africa Holdings Limited. Vehicle uptime is a critical factor in ensuring profitability for any transport operator – and it’s that aspect that has helped to shape core strategies for truck brands Tata and Daewoo in South Africa. “Uptime is the first metric I look at when reports come in from the field,” says Len Brand, CEO of Tata Africa Holdings Limited (TAHL), which also promotes locally vehicles produced by Korean brand Daewoo, which was bought by Tata in 2004. “In any transport operation, sustaining uptime is vital to success – and it’s that aspect that has shaped our South African business philosophy. Everything we do is aimed at helping our customers to keep their trucks moving.” Since Brand’s appointment as head of TAHL in August 2016, he and his team have devised and implemented a number of key strategies to ensure that not only are the right products on offer by the right people at the right places at the right time, but that the means of maintaining them properly and efficiently are in place, too. “About 45% of Africa’s truck potential lies in South Africa,” Brand says. “It’s a vitally important market in which reliability, speed and efficiency are crucial to success. Machinery must be seen to work and to keep on working – that’s the essence of profitability.” In the Tata and Daewoo brands, Brand believes that recently implemented changes to the dealer, parts...
WABCO Signs Global Long-Term Agreement with Daimler

WABCO Signs Global Long-Term Agreement with Daimler

BRUSSELS, Belgium, January 14, 2019 – WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC), the leading global supplier of braking control systems and other advanced technologies that improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles, today announced a global long-term agreement to supply its next generation automated manual transmission (AMT) control technology to Daimler, one of the world’s largest commercial vehicle producers. WABCO will develop and introduce its next generation AMT control technology into Daimler‘s global truck and bus series production. With a lighter-weight, robust and more compact design, WABCO’s new gearbox control unit reduces noise levels, optimizes gear shifting performance and increases driver comfort. In addition, the innovative new system is designed to support an extensive range of different truck types, gearboxes and market specific functionalities, which will support global AMT technology to further increase penetration in all regions. With over four million systems sold, WABCO is the global market leader for AMT control solutions. Removing the repetition and exertion of manual gear changing operations by optimally automating gear-shifting, WABCO’s AMT solutions help to improve vehicle safety and comfort for commercial vehicle drivers. Eliminating the distraction of gear changing in diverse driving conditions and environments, the system enables drivers to fully focus their attention on the road. It also removes any performance and efficiency gaps between skilled and less experienced drivers. “We are deeply honored to receive this significant contract for our next generation AMT controls from Daimler which reflects their continued confidence in WABCO’s relentless innovation and technology leadership,” said Nick Rens, WABCO President, EMEA. “Confirming our global market leadership, this latest agreement with Daimler will help powerfully drive...
Team PETRONAS De Rooy IVECO win Stage 7 of Dakar

Team PETRONAS De Rooy IVECO win Stage 7 of Dakar

Lima, 15th January 2019 The first looped stage, beginning and ending in San Juan de Marcona with 323 timed kilometres, was very successful for Team PETRONAS De Rooy IVECO. As in the previous special, Gerard de Rooy, behind the wheel of his IVECO Powerstar #503, clinched the win to close the gap with the first and second trucks in the race. Leader Nikolaev and his guard, Sotnikov, lost valuable minutes – especially the latter, who fell almost one hour and a half behind de Rooy. The Dutchman beat Viazovich by 30m55s to register the best time of the day. Federico Villagra was very close to the lead in Stage 7, but lost time after the fourth checkpoint and finished in fourth place. With this result, the Argentine driver advanced to fourth overall, where he lies three hours away from a podium position. It was a great day for Maurik van den Heuvel, the last driver to join Team PETRONAS De Rooy IVECO. The Ducthman finished in the Top 5 for the first time in this edition of the Dakar, as he arrived fifth, 51m behind his teammate in truck #503. Ton van Genugten, who was leading the stage at the third checkpoint, arrived in San Juan de Marcona in eighth position, almost one hour and a half away from the lead. This has left him with a sour taste, but he will have a rematch tomorrow in his Powerstar #509. With only three days till the end in Lima, the Team PETRONAS De Rooy IVECO is close to achieving its goal of reaching the finish line with its four...
Ctrack launches ultra compact tracking devices

Ctrack launches ultra compact tracking devices

Leading vehicle tracking and telematics provider, Ctrack, has launched its BX500 and BX600 range of wireless, ultra-compact GPS tracking devices. Ideal for use in cars, trucks and motorbikes, quads, golf carts, delivery vans and generators, the new devices are also designed to track non-powered assets like containers, trailers and packages. Both BX models are ultra-compact, meaning either unit can be concealed in cargo easily and both have enough memory to record 25 000 trips. Featuring adaptive tracking, these devices make use of accelerometers as well as data from GPS transmitters, to intelligently detect movements and send live updates. Either model can be scaled to provide continuous tracking information or just once a day in order to preserve internal battery life. The BX500 model is powered by removable Lithium batteries, which can last up to four years when providing a single, daily tracking update. With a robust internal battery pack, the BX600 model can be recharged using the provided micro-USB cable and compact charger. Several BX600 units were recently used to monitor the progress of the recent Sasol Solar Car Challenge, with great success. Each device recorded an average of 96 hours of driving time, having been charged once before the event commenced. The BX600 model is further equipped to detect tampering. This feature makes it ideal for high-value cargo applications. Both tracking devices are enclosed in rugged housings that are made from sturdy ABS/Polycarbonate plastics. Ctrack’s BX units can be remotely configured and updated over the air and, using a single micro-SIM, can be configured to roam across multiple 2G, 3G or 4G networks in South Africa. With either...
Team PETRONAS De Rooy IVECO wins Stage 6 of Dakar Rally 2019

Team PETRONAS De Rooy IVECO wins Stage 6 of Dakar Rally 2019

Lima, 14th January 2019 After the 310 km special in Stage 6, Team PETRONAS De Rooy IVECO keeps a podium position in the overall classification and all four trucks in the race, having covered almost 2,000 timed kilometres since the start of the Dakar 2019. Gerard de Rooy, PETRONAS De Rooy IVECO Team leader and winner of the Dakar 2012 and 2016, and Federico Villagra, who was a few kilometers away from the podium in 2018, achieved very similar times in Stage 6, on a route that was 75% on sand. It included the treacherous Tanaka Dunes, which extend over 155 square kilometers between the Pacific Ocean and de Peruvian Andes in the south-central region of the country. Gerard De Rooy won the stage by 30 seconds over Federico Villagra, who arrived second in San Juan de Marcona. Ton van Genugten was assigned the win for Stage 5 after 15 minutes he spent helping a crashed rival were returned to him. In Stage 6 he was indicated to open roads for Trucks; he didn’t loose much time until he hit trouble after the neutralization zone and fell more than one hour behind. He finished 1h37m behind the leader, but keeps the fourth position overall. Another difficult moment came up for Maurik van den Heuvel, who lost almost one hour in the first checkpoint in his #513 Powerstar. He finished in eighth position, 1h36m behind the leader. IVECO is showing its strength with four trucks still in the race, of which three in the Top 5. Next is the first looped stage, with beginning and end at the bivouac in...