* Germany - Daimler Trucks sees Brazil upturn, keeps U.S. plantFrankfurt/Hamburg,Germany -Reuters, by Michael Shields & Jan Schwartz -Sep 30, 2009: -- Daimler will hire 800 more staff for its Brazilian commercial vehicles business and keep open a U.S. truck plant as the two key markets show signs of reviving, the world's biggest truckmaker said... The moves offer a glimmer of hope for commercial vehicle manufacturers slammed by the global economic crisis and could signal a broader uptick because truck sales often act as a leading indicator of economic health... But industry officials have warned against expecting any quick rebound for truckmakers until the global economy accelerates and boosts demand for goods transport... More than 12,600 people work at the Sao Bernardo do Campo plant there, Daimler's biggest heavy truck plant outside Germany... (Photo: Aerial view Mercedes Benz do Brasil Ltds's Sao Bernardo Plant)
* USA - Oshkosh Corp. Gets $801M Military Order For TrucksOshkosh,WIS,USA -AP -Sep 29, 2009: -- The defense division of Oshkosh Corp. has signed a roughly $800 million deal with the Pentagon to deliver nearly 2,500 new and rebuilt military vehicles... Oshkosh Defense said Tuesday it will provide more than 1,450 new trucks and trailers. It will also deliver more than 1,000 tactical trucks that have been restored to like-new condition after being damaged in warfare... The Oshkosh, Wis.-based company says it expects the work to be completed by May 2011... * Saudi Arabia - Zahid Tractor supplies 100 Volvo trucks to Al-Theyab TransportationSaudi Arabia -AME Info -30 Sept 2009: -- Al-Theyab Transportation, one of the biggest transportation companies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has signed a contract with Zahid Tractor Commercial Vehicle Division for the supply of 100 Volvo trucks... The first batch of the order has already been delivered as part of Al-Theyab's fleet expansion plan...
* UK - LCV of the yearLondon,UK -HGV UK -September 30, 2009: -- Citroën’s Berlingo continues its award-winning ways with the announcement on that the new Berlingo Crew Van has been voted the Institute of Transport Management’s LCV of the year... This recently launched addition to the Berlingo range appealed to the Institute of Transport Management’s (ITM) panel of judges for its green credentials, low CO2 emissions, ultra-flexible combination of passenger and load capacity and excellent value-for-money... The ITM judges were impressed by the Berlingo Crew Van’s flexibility, with its innovative sliding/folding rear seat and bulkhead... A further impressive feature of the Berlingo Crew Van was the inclusion of Trafficmaster Smartnav and Trackstar stolen vehicle tracking system – which is unique in this LCV sector. The Berlingo Crew Van is competitively priced and the VAT is fully reclaimable by UK-registered businesses... (Picture: The Berlingo)
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