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    Russia: Daimler boosts KamAZ stake

    Daimler has signed a memorandum of understanding to acquire an additional 1% of Russian OEM KamAZ from Troika Dialog, boosting its total stake to 11%. Daimler Trucks already has a 10% stake in KamAZ, which it acquired in late 2008. “This is not only a strategically important step for Daimler…

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  • Czech Republic: Tatra sales fall 45%

    Leading Czech truck maker Tatra saw its 2009 sales fall 45% year-on-year to CKr3.3bn (US$173m). The company has cut almost 1,400 of its 3,661 workers and as of January 2010 employs 2,280 people. Tatra’s general manager Ronald Adams, who called last year “catastrophic”, has not yet revealed whether the OEM…

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  • India: Wabco-TVS in supply deal with Mahindra Navistar

    Wabco-TVS, the Indian joint venture between Wabco Holdings and the TVS Group, has arrived at an agreement with Mahindra Navistar Automotives (MNAL) for development and long-term supply of air compressor technology, products for braking systems, and clutch servo technology. MNAL is a JV between Indian utility vehicle manufacturer Mahindra &…

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  • US: Navistar MaxxForce 13 to offer NG capability

    Navistar is enlisting the help of Clean Air Power to develop its MaxxForce 13 big bore engine to run on natural gas and clean diesel fuel. MaxxForce 13 natural gas engines using Clean Air Power’s Dual-Fuel combustion technology will initially be targeted at the North American haul tractor market with

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    US: CARB offers grants to hybrid truck and bus buyers

    The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is to make available a total of US$20m in subsidies to encourage commercial vehicle buyers to specify diesel-electric hybrid vehicles. The newly-announced Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Program is intended, says CARB, to offset up to half the incremental cost of eligible hybrid medium-

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  • US: Mexican truck programme may be renewed

    Mexican trucks could soon be found on US roads again as the government considers renewing a pilot programme that had allowed a small number of Mexican truckers to transport goods directly to US delivery points. Due to restrictions against the vehicles’ use in the US, truckers usually have to leave

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  • US: Ford shows electric Transit Connect at Chicago

    Ford has unveiled the all-electric version of its Transit Connect model at the Chicago Auto Show. The eco-friendly vehicle enters production late this year. The 2011 Transit Connect Electric is the first product in Ford’s electric vehicle offensive, and will be followed by an electric Focus next year, a plug-in…

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    Commercial truck business: the year of muted recovery?

    India’s domestic market for new MHCVs (medium and heavy commercial vehicles [Chart 1 and 2]) took the prize for first place in the struggle to emerge from the Roubini recession* in commercial trucks. Second place went to Brazil’s semi-heavy and heavy-duty sector (Chart 3). Third place probably goes to China. It

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  • Japan: Combined vehicle sales up 21.5% in January

    Combined vehicle sales in Japan rose by 21.5% year-on-year to reach 366,659 units. This sales increase should, however, be seen in the context of the low levels of sales reported in the corresponding period a year earlier. According to data compiled by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA), both passenger…

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  • Spain: Nissan to slash output at Avila

    Nissan’s Avila plant in Spain will continue to operate considerably below capacity for at least the next three years, reports AFP. The plant, which builds the Cabstar and Atleon ranges, has capacity for 26,000 units a year but has been operating well below this since 2008. A spokesman for the…

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    US: Ford MY2011 Super Duty trucks begin to roll

    Although Job 1 of Ford’s MY2011 Super Duty pick-up is slated for 15 February 2010, insiders note that last week, MY2011 vehicles were leaving the production line at the company’s Kentucky Truck Plant (KTP) in Louisville, Kentucky. Sales will begin on 15 March. Ford workers at the plant started to…

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    Brazil: NC2 Global to set up local operations

    NC2 Global, a global joint venture between Navistar International and Caterpillar created in September 2009, has announced plans to produce and sell trucks in Brazil. NC2 intends to enter in the medium and heavy truck segment and is looking for a place to establish a factory in the country. Navistar has…

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  • Germany: CV numbers down 13%

    New commercial vehicle registrations in Germany continued to decline in Germany, even compared with the weak figures recorded in 2009. Last month, registrations were down 13% to 16,250 units, compared with 18,774 CVs accounted for in January 2009. LCVs did not fare badly last month and the segment appears to…

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