Truck & Bus

  • 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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  • US: Volvo Group in partnership with Penn State

    Volvo Group has formed a new academic partnership with Penn State (The Pennsylvania State University. The alliance with Penn State is Volvo’s first academic partnership in North America. The OEM launched its Academic Partner Program globally last year to foster research cooperation with certain universities in the areas of production

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  • Germany: MAN board member resigns

    MAN SE has announced that Stefan W Ropers will resign from its supervisory board, effective as of the end of the company’s next annual general meeting on 1 April 2010. Ropers, a member of Bayerische Landesbank’s board of management, has been part of the MAN supervisory board and audit committee

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  • UK: Smith/Proton Power in fuel cell range extender link

    Proton Power Systems has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Smith Electric Vehicles, the commercial electric vehicle division of the Tanfield Group.  Under the agreement, both parties will collaborate to build and market a battery-powered commercial vehicle, equipped with a Proton Power fuel cell system as

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    Germany: Bernhard given new role at Mercedes-Benz Cars

    Daimler plans to make Wolfgang Bernhard, currently head of the Mercedes-Benz Vans division, a full member of the board of management of Daimler AG, with responsibility for Mercedes-Benz Cars Production and Procurement as well as the vans unit. In support of the move, supervisory board chairman Manfred Bischoff will propose to

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    France: Renault confirms new LCV for Sandouville

    France’s Minister of Industry, Christian Estrosi, and Renault chief operating officer Patrick Pélata met on 3 February 2009 to discuss the situation of Renault’s Sandouville plant. Pélata confirmed that Sandouville would be given a new light commercial vehicle in 2012, securing the future of current plant workers. Sandouville currently builds

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  • Japan: Isuzu lowers loss forecasts for FY2010

    Isuzu Motors has reported revenue of ¥285.1bn (US$3.2bn) in the quarter ended 31 December 2009, a fall of 16.2% from the ¥340.4bn generated in the final quarter of 2008, with the bulk of this decline being accounted for by a an overseas revenue decline of 20.1%. Overseas revenue in the

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  • India: Mahindra launches Maxximo minitruck

    Indian utility vehicle manufacturer Mahindra & Mahindra has launched its Maxximo minitruck in the Indian market. The vehicle was first unveiled at the 2010 Auto Expo in New Delhi. The Maxximo is the first product to roll out of the OEM’s plant in Chakan. The truck is powered by a…

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  • US: MaxxForce 15 diesel engine on schedule

    The newest engine from Navistar International, the MaxxForce 15, is on schedule, according to the company. The engine is due for launch in October. Speaking to analysts recently, Daniel Ustian, chairman and chief operating officer, said the arrival of the new engine would allow all International trucks to be powered…

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