Truck & Bus Articles

  • US: Trucking sector loses 94,000 jobs in 2009

    According to the latest non-farm payroll figures released by the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment among for-hire trucking companies fell 7% in 2009, representing total job losses of 94,200. At the end of 2009, approximately 1.247 million workers were classed as being employed in truck

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  • US: Navistar launches parts recovery programme

    Navistar has launched a programme that allows customers to return new, unused parts from their stock to receive cash or credit for future purchases. The programme, known as Customer Parts Recovery (CPR), supplements and improves upon Navistar’s existing CPRP programme, which was only accessible to large fleet customers. Through

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    Germany: MAN forms military JV with Rheinmetall

    MAN Nutzfahrzeuge and automotive and military equipment supplier Rheinmetall have signed a contract to combine their military operations into a joint company called Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles GmbH (RMMV). The partners have been in talks regarding the venture since last spring. RMMV will offer the entire range of armoured and…

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  • US: BorgWarner to supply transfer cases for Ram trucks

    Chrysler Group LLC has selected BorgWarner to supply it with torque-on-demand (TOD) and electric shift part-time transfer cases for Ram’s four-wheel drive 1500 and 2500/3500 pick-ups. “We are seeing rising interest among OEMs for our active, on-demand systems in the full-sized pick-up segment. These active systems automatically switch the vehicle…

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  • US: DTNA, Navistar & Cummins announce DOE grants

    Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA), Navistar and Cummins will each receive funding from the US Department of Energy (DOE) to develop fuel-efficient technologies. DTNA will receive a grant of nearly US$40m, while Navistar’s Fort Wayne operations will get US$37.3m, towards technologies for heavy-duty trucks. Two projects, aimed at improving fuel…

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    China: Vehicle sales rise 46.1% in 2009

    New vehicle sales in China rose by 46.1% in 2009, boosted by the government’s stimulus measures, to reach 13.64 million units. Xinhua, citing data compiled by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), says passenger car sales accounted for 10.33 million units, a year-on-year increase of 52.9%. Sales of CVs…

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    North America: Ford grabs car/truck of the year awards

    Ford’s Fusion Hybrid has been named the 2010 North American Car of the Year while the Ford Transit Connect has been named 2010 North American Truck of the Year. The awards are decided by a jury of 49 automotive journalists from the US and Canada and take into account a

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  • Slovakia: Car/LCV segments post combined drop of 29.5%

    Sales of passenger cars and LCVs, less than 3.5 tonnes, in Slovakia dropped to 6,474 vehicles in December 2009, compared with 9,185 units sold in the corresponding month a year earlier. Data compiled by Slovakia’s automotive industry association ZAP reveals that total sales last month comprised 4,261 cars (6,393 in…

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  • Germany: MAN Group secures €300m R&D loan

    MAN Group has concluded a €300m (US$436m) loan agreement with the European Investment Bank (EIB). The funding will be used towards research into more fuel efficient and cleaner engines for trucks and buses. The loan is part of a programme to stimulate investment in eco-friendly automotive transport. Over the next…

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  • New Zealand: Car and CV sales down 28% in 2009

    Combined car and commercial vehicle sales in New Zealand fell by around 28% year-on-year for the full year 2009, down to 70,048 units. Of this total, passenger cars accounted for 54,404 units, down 25.9% from 2008 figures of 73,397, while the CV segment fell from 23,933 units to 15,644 units…

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  • US: Cummins receives EPA OK for new SCR engines

    Cummins has announced it has received certification from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its 2010 Heavy-duty big-bore ISX15 and MidRange ISB6.7, ISC8.3 and ISL9 engines. Certification of these engines means that the Cummins 2010 engine line-up for on-highway applications meets the near zero emissions levels required for all engines

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  • North America: Amminex plans new facility

    Amminex of Copenhagen is putting in place plans to supply its North America customers with ASDS, an ammonia storage and delivery system that provides efficient removal of NOx gases from diesel engine exhausts. The new manufacturing facility will compliment a unit the company will establish in Europe to source its

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  • South Africa: Industry reports 13.1% drop in Dec sales

    Combined vehicle sales in South Africa fell by 13.1% last month to 26,958 units, from 31,017 vehicles sold in December 2008. Sales of buses alone grew compared with a year earlier, while LCV numbers remained nearly flat, according to figures released by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South…

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