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  • US: Navistar withdraws lawsuit against CARB

    Navistar International has withdrawn a lawsuit it had filed against the California Air Resources Board (CARB). In its lawsuit, Navistar had charged, “The 2009 Guidance [USEPA 2009] allows engines to operate for multiple and lengthy periods of time with the NOx [oxides of nitrogen] emission control SCR Systems turned off,

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    Fiat five year plan 2010-2014 – a summary

    At the Fiat investor day on 21 April 2010 hosted by Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne, Fiat outlined its new five-year plan for the period 2010-2014. The key points are summarized below. THE HIGHLIGHTS Group net revenues of €93bn ($124.6m) in 2014 Fiat and Chrysler to generate pro-forma net revenues of…

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  • US: Daimler Trucks NA delivers first US EPA 2010 fleet

    Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has announced delivery of its first fleet of US EPA 2010 trucks to Meijer, a supercentre retailer headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan that operates 191 stores throughout the US Midwest. Meijer has purchased 75 EPA 2010 Freightliner Cascadia trucks equipped with Detroit Diesel DD13 engines

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    Sweden: Volvo Group sees return to profitability in Q1

    Volvo has announced that its group net revenue increased by 4.3% to SEK 58,617m (US$8.12bn) during Q1 2010, compared to SEK 56,121m in the same quarter a year earlier. The group’s operating income amounted to SEK 2,799m in Q1 2010 compared to an operating loss of SEK 4,528m in the

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  • US: Kenworth receives order for 1,050 T660 trucks

    Paccar subsidiary Kenworth has announced that it has secured an order for 1,050 Kenworth T660 units from TransAm Trucking, a refrigerated fleet in Olathe, Kansas. The first of TransAm’s 1,050 T660 trucks are scheduled to be delivered beginning summer 2010. The trucks will be powered by Paccar MX 2010 diesel…

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  • US: Isuzu/Utilimaster unveil new commercial walk-in van

    Isuzu Commercial Truck of America and Utilimaster, a manufacturer of speciality chassis and vehicles, have introduced a new commercial van at the American Truck Dealers 2010 Convention & Expo in Orlando. The walk-in van features a heavy-duty Isuzu NPR chassis with a body built by Utilimaster. The Isuzu-Utilimaster commercial walk-in…

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  • US: Spartan to assemble Isuzu N-Series gasoline models

    Speciality chassis and vehicles manufacturer Spartan Motors will assemble all gasoline-engine models of the Isuzu N-Series chassis for Isuzu Commercial Truck of America. Assembly of these trucks is scheduled to commence in the second quarter of 2011 at one of Spartan’s assembly facilities. These trucks will feature a gasoline-powered General…

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  • US: Truck freight volume climbs strongly in March

    Spot market freight availability increased by 259% in March 2010, compared to the same month in 2009, according to TransCore’s North American Freight Index. TransCore noted the high load volume in March, added to the atypically high totals of January and February, contributed to the strongest first quarter volume since

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  • Japan: Mitsubishi Fuso launches new Super Great line

    Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) has unveiled its new Super Great heavy-duty truck line, powered by an all-new 6R10 heavy-duty engine. The first Mitsubishi Fuso Super Great heavy-duty truck launched in 1996. The last major version of the model arrived in 2007. “The new Super Great has arrived,…

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  • India: Ashok Leyland-Nissan JV to roll out LCV in 2011

    Ashok Leyland and Nissan are scheduled to launch an LCV through their joint venture in 2011. “Things [JV with Nissan] are on schedule and everything is moving along. The first light commercial vehicle will be rolled out in 2011,” Press Trust of India quotes Hinduja Automotive executive vice chairman V…

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  • Germany: MAN opens development centre in Nuremberg

    MAN Nutzfahrzeuge has opened its new €35m (US$47m) development centre in Nuremberg. The facility covers 10,000sq metres, offering 16 test beds for engines and one for vehicles, development laboratories and workspace for 150 employees. The new facility boosts the capacity of MAN’s test beds in Nuremberg by 30%. “Thanks to…

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  • US: Class 8 truck orders rise 28% in March

    According to ACT Research’s latest State of the Industry: Classes 5-8 Vehicles report, net orders for heavy-duty Class 8 commercial vehicles rose to 11,285 units in March, up 28% from March 2009. ACT noted that although current month and year-to-date net order gains are strong, they come off a very…

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    US: Paccar generates US$68.3m net profit in Q1

    Paccar has announced details of its financial performance in the first quarter of 2010, showing significant growth in profits versus the same period of 2009. This reflected the benefits of stronger truck sales in North America and an improvement in financial services profits and parts revenues worldwide.  Revenue (excluding financial services)…

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