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    Turkey: Combined vehicle sales in 2009 up 9.4%

    New vehicle sales in Turkey, all segments combined, totalled 91,386 units in December 2009, up 105.7% compared with sales of 44,418 vehicles in the corresponding month a year earlier. The sales figure recorded last month was the best posted by the industry since December 2007. Last month’s rise in sales…

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  • US: Quantum CERV hybrid on show at Detroit

    Quantum’s Clandestine Electric Reconnaissance Vehicle (CERV), an all-wheel-drive diesel hybrid electric vehicle, was displayed by the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. TARDEC’s National Automotive Center collaborated with Quantum on the design and development of the

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  • Ethiopia: Volvo secures order for 1,000 trucks

    Volvo Trucks has secured a contract to provide trucks to Derba Cement in Ethiopia. Around 550 trucks will be delivered this year. The customer expects to buy a total of 1,000 trucks. “This is a major order that besides trucks, includes supplying transport competence development and building a service organisation…

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  • Thailand: Hino to produce diesel engines locally

    Toyota’s commercial vehicle subsidiary Hino will, starting mid-2010, produce diesel engines for its locally-built trucks at an engine plant located at its existing truck manufacturing facility at Amata Nakhon, Chon Buri in Thailand. This move to produce engines locally is aimed at preparing Hino Thailand to export trucks to ASEAN…

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  • US: Nova Bus secures new order from CT Transit

    Volvo Bus subsidiary Nova Bus has secured an order from Connecticut Transit (CT Transit) for 35 LFS Artic buses. The deal also includes options on an additional 35 articulated vehicles, over a four-year period. This order is valued at around US$60m. CT Transit has selected a mix of clean-diesel and…

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  • US: Heavy truck orders set to tumble in Q1 2010

    According to the latest release of ACT Research’s North American Commercial Vehicle Outlook, net orders for heavy-duty commercial vehicle markets closed 2009 slightly stronger than expected, but will likely slow dramatically in Q1 2010 before recovering in the second half of the year. ACT predicts heavy-duty (Class 8) vehicle production…

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  • Sweden: Finn Johnsson resigns as AB Volvo chairman

    The chairman of AB Volvo’s board of directors, Finn Johnsson, has informed the board of this intention to resign. “I have worked on various Volvo boards since 1989, in particular the board of AB Volvo, of which I have been a member since 1998 and chairman since 2004, but I…

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  • Germany: CV market contracts by 28% in 2009

    While new passenger car registrations rose by 23%, boosted by the scrappage incentive, new commercial vehicle registrations in Germany fell 28% to 242,200 units. Comparatively, the industry had accounted for registrations of 334,999 units in 2008. There were no surprises in December 2009 either, with the CV industry in Germany…

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  • Belgium: Wabco launches new system to cut trailer theft

    Wabco, a supplier of safety and control systems for the commercial vehicle segment, has introduced a security innovation to increase protection against trailer theft. The new Trailer Immobilizer system has been incorporated as an additional function in Wabco’s trailer electronic braking system (EBS). The system blocks the wheels of a…

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  • India: GM-SAIC JV to launch 3 LCVs in 2011

    The Indian joint venture between General Motors and Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) will enter the country’s light commercial vehicle (LCV) market in 2011, with the launch of three vehicles in this segment. According to GM India president and managing director Karl Slym, the LCVs will be produced at the…

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    India: Low base effect boosts December truck sales

    Truck sales in India shot up by 201.1% year-on-year in December 2009, due to a low base effect, compared with the corresponding month a year earlier. This figure could indicate an improvement in the economy, as sales of trucks are an indicator of the movement of goods. Times of India,…

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  • Belgium: Volvo CEO elected chairman of ACEA CV Board

    The Commercial Vehicle Board of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has elected Volvo Group’s president and chief executive officer Leif Johansson as its new chairman for 2010. The ACEA CV Board elects a new chairman every year. The association’s CV members are Daimler, DAF Trucks, Iveco, MAN, Scania, Volkswagen…

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  • Thailand: Local Nissan Diesel assembler sues Volvo

    Nissan Diesel Thailand, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore-based company Tan Chong International, is suing Swedish commercial vehicles manufacturer Volvo Group for breaching various terms of a distribution and technical-assistance agreement, a report carried by The Nation says. Tan Chong, the report says, is claiming Baht 11.3bn (US$341.96m) in compensation from…

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