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    US: Toyota Corolla steering under investigation

    In what could develop into the next safety recall at Toyota, the OEM and US officials are now investigating complaints with regard to the Toyota Corolla’s steering system. According to Shinichi Sasaki, Toyota executive in charge of quality control, the OEM is currently reviewing less than 100 complaints about the…

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    Germany: Daimler extends contracts of Zetsche & Weber

    At its meeting on 17 February, the supervisory board of Daimler AG has extended the contracts of Dieter Zetsche and Thomas Weber until 31 December 2013. Zetsche is the chairman of the board of management of Daimler AG, and head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. He has been a member of the…

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    Japan: Toyota sets forth quality reform plan

    Toyota has outlined the steps it plans to take to address the rising quality concerns following its recent recall debacle. Details of the plan were presented at a press conference today (17 February) in Tokyo. A new chief quality officer will be appointed for each principal geographical region. These officers,…

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  • US: NIST opens hydrogen test facility

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Boulder Labs recently opened a hydrogen test facility. The new unit, the largest of its kind in the US, will evaluate how component parts a hydrogen distribution system (such as pipes, valves, fittings and pumps) will react to the gas, which can

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  • India: Tyre shortage impacts Tata Motors’ CV output

    A shortage of key components, such as truck/bus radial tyres, has forced Tata Motors to cut output of its commercial vehicles by 5-10%. “There is no one specific supplier that is leading to this shortfall. Most of the industry has been affected for the last one to two months with…

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  • Australia: Fuso poised to deliver 25 hybrid trucks

    Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), part of the Daimler Trucks Division of Daimler AG, has announced that it is poised to make its largest delivery of hybrid trucks outside Japan, with 25 Fuso Canter Eco Hybrids scheduled to be delivered to Australia by the end of March. The

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  • China: Spartan Chassis receives record order

    Spartan Motors’ subsidiary Spartan Motors Chassis has secured its largest ever order from China, comprising 22 Metro Star Pumper chassis for the Beijing Fire Department. Under this contract, Spartan will supply the Metro Star Pumper chassis to Itasca, Illinois-based company W.S. Darley & Co, which will add the body and…

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  • India: Tata enters combat vehicles sector with TMPV

    As part of its strategy to increase the footprint of its defence business, Tata Motors has launched a Mine Protected Vehicle. The model, its first in the combat and tactical segment, is on display at the ongoing Defexpo India 2010. Tata has been a supplier to India’s defence and paramilitary

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    Japan: Sumitomo Rubber sees profits surge in Q4 2009

    Sumitomo Rubber has reported financial results for its fiscal year ended 31 December 2009, showing a surge in profitability in the final three months of the period, despite continuing pressure on revenue growth. This surge was sufficient to take full-year profits at all levels above the results seen in 2008

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  • US: Navistar awarded US$752m MRAP vehicle contract

    Navistar Defense has secured a contract from the US Marine Corps Systems Command to supply 1,050 enhanced International MaxxPro Dash Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. This contract is valued at US$752m. Navistar says these vehicles will feature DXM independent suspensions provided by Hendrickson Truck Suspension Systems and AxleTech International.…

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  • Brazil: Michelin sells NR plantation

    According to a report in Tire Business, Michelin has halted natural rubber (NR) harvesting at its Mato Grosso plantation in Brazil and sold the land for an undisclosed amount to a local company that plans to change the use to multi-crop farming. Michelin’s decision to cease NR harvesting at Mato…

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  • Switzerland: Nissan new global compact debut for Geneva

    Nissan has confirmed that its new global compact car will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The upcoming model, which will replace the Micra, is the first to be developed on Nissan’s all new V Platform. Sales will begin in Thailand in March, followed by a

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  • Russia: PSA/Mitsubishi plant to launch trial production

    PSA Peugeot Citroen and Mitsubishi’s joint venture plant in Kaluga, Russia is scheduled to begin trial production in March, reports Autostat, citing Ruslan Zalivatsky, the region’s minister of economic development. Full production will begin in mid-April. The plant will begin with the Peugeot 308 model, which will later be joined…

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