Truck & Bus Articles

  • India: Daimler Buses shows new coach

    Representing an extension of the existing partnership agreement with Sutlej Motors Ltd in India, Daimler Buses has presented its new three-axle travel coach for the luxury segment at the 10th Auto Expo in New Delhi. The coach comes with an O 500 RSD 2436 chassis from Mercedes-Benz, while the body

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  • US: Ford F-Series is top-selling truck for 33rd year

    Ford has announced that for the 33rd year in a row, the company’s F-Series was America’s best-selling truck in 2009, with sales of 413,625 units. The F-Series outsold its nearest truck rival by more than 97,000 units, the largest margin in three years and increased its segment share by four

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  • Israel: Navistar Defense secures US$12m deal

    Navistar Defense, part of Navistar International, has secured a new foreign military deal with Israel’s Ministry of Defence, valued at US$12m. Under the contract, Navistar will deliver 114 medium tactical vehicles by June 2010. The vehicles that Navistar will deliver to Israel are based on its commercial International WorkStar or…

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  • US: DEF availability on target, say suppliers

    Diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), the urea solution required by diesel-engined vehicles equipped with SCR (selective catalytic reduction) control of NOx emissions, is now available from 2,800 locations across the US and Canada, according to the North American SCR Stakeholders Group. It asserts that the fluid (known in Europe as AdBlue)

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  • Belgium: New car sales drop 11.1%

    New car registrations in Belgium fell by 11.1% in 2009 to 476,194 units, compared with 535,947 cars registered in 2008. This drop was the result of sales declines earlier in the year, which offset the 21.1% increase recorded in December 2009. Registration of new cars rose to 26,449 units last…

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  • Australia: Industry posts record December

    Given the low level of automotive sales in December 2008, last month saw the Australian automotive industry post record sales of 88,708 vehicles, up 15.9% compared with 76,510 units sold a year earlier. This boost could, however, only reduce the year-on-year rate of decline for the full year 2009. Last…

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  • US: Commercial trailer orders strengthen

    According to the latest data compiled by ACT Research, November 2009 net orders for commercial trailers declined 27% from a strong October performance, but posted a 73% year-on-year gain over November 2008. In the latest release of ACT’s State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers, the company indicates that a large…

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  • US: Toyo hikes truck tyre prices twice in 30 days

    Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corporation will increase prices on its commercial truck tyres by up to 7% effective 1 February 2010. The increases, which will include in-line adjustments, are necessary because of rising raw material costs, according to the company. Modern Tire Dealer reports it will be the company’s second price…

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    Volvo’s each-way bet on NG-diesel bi-fuelling

    Volvo Trucks has in recent months, rather surprisingly, reached agreement with two different North American proprietary engine converters, enabling its diesels to run on natural gas. Clean Air Power (CAP) of San Diego, California and Westport Innovations of Vancouver, Canada have established separate links with Volvo. The two converters use

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  • India: Mahindra Navistar launches first two HCVs

    Mahindra Navistar Automotives (MNAL) has unveiled two trucks, a 25-tonne unit and a 31-tonne truck, for the Indian market. These are first two vehicles of the company’s heavy CV line-up, and have been developed, especially for the Indian market, with an investment of Rs6.5bn (US$141m). MNAL is a commercial vehicle…

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  • India: Ashok Leyland unveils new U-Truck platform

    Ashok Leyland has unveiled a new truck platform, U-Truck, and has launched a tipper and a tractor on the platform. The Indian CV manufacturer’s intention is to shift its entire product range to the U-Truck platform by 2013. “Starting April this year, we will roll out 25 products in the…

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  • Czech Republic: Avia Ashok Leyland sales/output fall

    Czech OEM Avia Ashok Leyland both made and sold around 300 of its light trucks in 2009, financial director Tomás Juricka informed local business daily Hospodárské noviny. This was a year-on-year fall of approximately 33% and 55%, respectively. The company’s 2008 production reached 474 units, with sales of 583. This…

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    India: Ashok Leyland, Nissan to go with own brands

    Indian commercial vehicle manufacturer Ashok Leyland has clarified that it will not share joint branding for LCVs produced at its new joint venture with Nissan. “There will be no joint badging. Some products in the value segment will bear Ashok Leyland name, while those in the niche segment will have…

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