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Belgium: Crash testing proposed for light commercial vehicles

Euro NCAP, the EU and state government supported body which assesses cars for their safety performance, is to extend its remit to include light commercial vehicles (LCVs) sold in the Union. The Brussels-based organisation points out that vans and pickups are used increasingly for personal and family transport in Europe and, according ...

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US: Wal-Mart to add LNG Peterbilt 386 trucks to fleet

Wal-Mart Stores plans to add four liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelled Peterbilt 386 trucks into service at its distribution centre in Apple Valley, California. The project is supported by funding from the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District’s (MDAQMD) Mobile Source Emission Reductions Competitive Bidding Program. The vehicles feature Westport ...

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US: Goodyear extends DuraSeal technology offering

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has extended its DuraSeal self-sealing tyre technology to the line-haul trucking segment. Thanks to DuraSeal technology, the new Unisteel G316 LHT line-haul trailer tyre allows semi-trucks to continue operating even if a tyre is punctured. The new tyre was introduced to US and Canadian tyre ...

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Japan: Vehicle production up 1.5% in December and 1.0% for CY2007

Japanese automobile production in December came in at 969,457 units, according to the latest figures released by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers’ Association. Compared with the 955,040 units total recorded for the same month of the previous year, this marks an increase of 14,417 units or 1.5%, and a production

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US: Shareholders approve name change to Oshkosh Corporation

Oshkosh Truck Corporation has announced that its shareholders have approved the decision to change the company’s name to Oshkosh Corporation. The name change will not affect the OEM’s New York Stock Exchange stock ticker symbol. This move is not a precursor to

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US: Volvo Trucks extends Cummins ISX offering

Diesel engine supplier Cummins has announced that it has extended an engine agreement with Volvo Trucks North America. The OEM will now offer the 2010 Cummins ISX Heavy-Duty engine in Volvo VN trucks. Details of the agreement were not released.

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Netherlands: DAF engine test centre opened

Dutch prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende performed the official opening ceremony of DAF Trucks‘ extended engine test centre in Eindhoven. Some €50m has been invested in the new facility, according to DAF president Aad Goudriaan. Most significantly the number of engine test cells available to DAF, in what is now a

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