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2012-10-31

TRUCKMAKER5S NEWS * WORLDWIDE

* Germany / Mexico - Daimler Trucks Mexico receives Delivery Orders for 140 Freightliner Trucks from Transport Service Providers

Stuttgart,Germany / Mexico,MEX -Daimler (PR) -Oct 23, 2012: -- In Mexico, two leading transport and logistics companies in Mexico have purchased a formidable package of 140 commercial vehicles of the medium-duty and heavy-duty types Freightliner Business Class M2 and Freightliner Cascadia. Daimler Trucks Mexico has won UNNE Corporate, the logistics company for special transport of construction materials and crude oil derivatives, as a new customer for 50 individualized Freightliner Cascadia trucks. The express- and package delivery service Estafeta already has several years of cooperation with Daimler behind it. The combination of state-of-the-art exhaust and safety technology in every one of the 90 ordered Freightliner trucks convinced the customer once again...


* Sweden - Deliveries from Volvo Trucks down by 6% in the first 9 months 

Stokholm,Sweden -Volvo Group (PR) -24 Oct 2012: -- In September, deliveries in Europe totalled 3,716 trucks, down 9% compared with the same month in 2011. September deliveries in Western Europe were down by 16%, mainly because many customers are hesitating to make purchasing decisions in the present macroeconomic environment. However, in Eastern Europe truck deliveries increased by 7% to 1,365 trucks in September 2012. Volvo Trucks' strong position, especially on the Russian market, contributed to this upswing... September deliveries in Latin America decreased by 13% to 1,746 vehicles in comparison with September 2011. The reduction is mainly explained by very high deliveries in 2011 before the new Euro 5 emission standards were implemented in 2012... In North America truck deliveries decreased by 32% to 1,844 vehicles in comparison with September last year. The lower delivery pace is mainly related to lower demand in the market... In Asia truck deliveries totalled 847 trucks, 44% less than in September 2011. A market slowdown in parts of the region as well as declining construction activity in China contributed to the decrease...


* Sweden - Fuel Advice, a new personal fuel service from Volvo Trucks


Stockholm,Sweden -Video from Youtube, by VolvoTrucks -24 Oct 2012: -- Fuel Advice is a new personal fuel service from Volvo Trucks. The service is a good complement to driver training in fuel-efficient driving, since it offers a constant follow-up on how the drivers are performing. This creates sustainable results and the savings of up to 5%...


* Germany - Volkswagen truck halts production temporarily

(REUTERS photo: Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn (R) stands beside a MAN truck)
Berlin,Germany -Agence France-Presse/Hurriyet Daily News -October 30, 2012: -- MAN, the truck-making arm of German auto giant Volkswagen, said on Oc. 28 that it was halting production at two sites and sending 15,000 staff home next week as it battles falling profits... A spokesman confirmed to AFP that two German plants, one in the southern city of Munich and another in the northern town of Salzgitter, would shut their doors and the staff would be forced to take leave from Monday to Friday... MAN employs approximately 52,500 people worldwide...


* USA - Navistar to Close Garland, Texas, Plant to Reduce Costs 

 Garland,TXS,USA -Dow Jones Newswires/Fox Business -October 31, 2012: -- Navistar International Corp. plans to close its Garland, Texas, assembly plant, as the embattled truck maker shrinks it manufacturing capacity in response to falling demand for commercial trucks... The plant near Dallas employs about 900 workers and has been Navistar's primary site for assembling heavy-duty trucks in recent years. The company intends to cease operations at Garland during first half of next year. Closing Garland is expected to lower Navistar's costs by increasing the utilization of other plants...

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DANGEROUS TRUCKERS * USA

* North Caroline - Video of trucks crashing into a bridge goes viral 

Durham,N.C.,USA -Fleet Owner -Oct. 30, 2012: -- A video showing trucks ramming into what the Huffington Post calls “the toughest bridge in the world” in Durham, N.C., has gone viral. Set to the theme song from Rocky, the video shows truckers hitting the 11’ 8” railroad overpass again and again, despite large, low-clearance warning signs with flashing lights. The video was shot by a local man, who documented the repeated crashes into the bridge...

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MEGA STORM * USA

* New Jersey - "Sandy" Submerges 16 New Fisker Karma EVs, which Then Catch Fire at New Jersey Port


(Picture from Jalopnik: Taken on location by the unnamed source show several examples of the $100,000+ luxury sports car burned to the ground) Newark,NJ,USA -Carscoop -October 30, 2012: -- The bad news for Fisker continues. Among the many victims of Hurricane and then Tropical Storm Sandy are approximately 16 brand new Fisker Karma extended-range hybrids that were parked in Port Newark, New Jersey... An eyewitness told Jalopnik (which like the rest of the Gawker websites, continues to be down after Sandy drowned its data center but is broadcasting temporarily from this site), that the Karma sedans “first submerged in a storm surge and then caught fire, exploded” ... The cause of the fires remains a mystery for now, but we did contact Fisker and will provide an update as soon as we hear back from them... The Karma has been the subject of multiple fire investigations, the most recent of which concerned a parked car that spontaneously self-combusted in California in August...


* New York - "Sandy" Takes Down Jalopnik, Huffington Post and a Bentley Continental Convertible

(Picture from Jalopnik: They were still able to capture this shot of a Bentley Continental GTC Convertible, most likely in the streets or shall we say… river streams of New York City, in the early morning hours of Tuesday) 
New York,NY,USA -Carscoop -October 30, 2012: -- The devastating effects of Superstrom Sandy continue to create havoc on the eastern seaboard of the U.S. The storm, which has already claimed the lives of at least 16 people in the States and one in Canada, adding to an earlier toll of 67, has cut power to more than 7 million people and caused massive floods in many states... In addition, Sandy brought down several popular websites in the New York area such as the entire Gawker family of blogs, which includes our friends over at Jalopnik, along with the The Huffington Post, Mediate and Buzzfeed... 


- TRUCKING INDUSTRY - 

 * New York - Trucking responding to Sandy


NY,USA -Fleet Owner, by Wendy Leavitt -30 October, 2012: ... At Con-way Truckload in Joplin, MO, for instance, the storm is impacting deliveries in the east. Many companies closed down without really notifying us...  According to the report, about two to three hundred of Con-way's 2,800 drivers are either driving through or stuck in the storm zone...  Schneider National issued a prepared statement this afternoon updating customers and others on the state of its operations. Schneider facilities closed yesterday are being examined today for any storm-related damage...  Freight delivery in the area was halted as of noon Monday; we are now assessing customers’ operational statuses so we can make plans to resume deliveries...  Sandy is also forcing several Triad trucking companies to reroute or delay shipments while seeking temporary rest stops for drivers who are stuck in the Northeast, according to an article in The Business Journal...  Scott Fulton, senior vice president of sales for Epes Transport System, Inc. in Greensboro, NC, told the journal that many company truck drivers who made deliveries up north over the weekend are finding temporary places to park due to closed interstates. In a prepared statement issued yesterday, John White, spokesperson for U.S. Xpress, noted that: "We have spent the last few days preparing by moving equipment from harm's way from Maryland through New England and this mainly entails getting our trailing equipment that could be in flood prone areas to higher ground" ...


* Maryland - Transportation restoration efforts at full throttle 

Annapolis,MA,USA -Fleet Owner, by Sean Kilcarr -Oct. 31, 2012: -- Post-Hurricane Sandy efforts to re-open bridges, highways, and railroad tracks are shifting into high gear across the Mid Atlantic and Northeastern U.S., alongside initiatives to re-start public transit systems shut down ahead of the storm in New Jersey and New York City... The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) continues to battle flooding, felled trees and darkened traffic signals in coastal and inland regions affected by the hurricane’s wind and rain, while simultaneously working to clear snow piling up in Maryland’s western mountains, the results of blizzards triggered by the so-called “Frankenstorm” ... The West Virginia Division of Highways (DOH) is currently tackling up to three feet of snow dumped by the super storm system on its roadways, noting that it prepped maintenance crews in all 10 DOH districts ahead of the hurricane by testing plows and other snow equipment while readying chainsaws, generators and mobile messaging boards for deployment... The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) said that it has 1,000 crews and contractors working around the clock to deal with flooding, downed trees and snow/ice accumulation in the western portions of the state... 


* New York - Road to storm relief fraught with restrictions for trucking companies

(Photo by John Minchillo/AP: Consolidated Edision trucks are submerged on 14th Street,NY) 
Grain Valley,MO,USA -Land Line, by Sandi Soendker -2 Nov 2012: -- Getting in and out of the East Coast storm-stricken areas continue to be problematic for trucking companies... Drivers have reported problems getting access to the effective areas due to road closures and delivery delays due to credentialing issues such as not having some sort of company identification or no direct contact for delivery confirmation, etc... On Wednesday, OOIDA Director of Security Operations Doug Morris, was authorized by the National Infrastructure Coordinating Center (NICC) to release access control information to OOIDA members who may be dispatched into storm-damaged areas and who will need details on credentialing... Morris said on Friday that that trucks traveling to New York City should try – whenever possible – to deliver during the hours of midnight to 6 a.m. via the Williamsburg Bridge and during other times use the George Washington Bridge...

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CARMAKERS NEWS * WORLDWIDE

* Italy - Marchionne Wants to Merge with Peugeot and Opel, Outgun VW in Europe

Milan,Italy -Carscoop, by Andrew Tsaousis -October 30, 2012: -- All mainstream European carmakers are, to a higher or lower degree, facing problems due to the debt crisis that’s storming the continent... Ford has started closing down plants, Opel and Peugeot are burning cash each day for the past eight months while they try to figure out how to work on their partnership and, as for Fiat… well, thank God that Chrysler is profitable... According to Bloomberg, the outspoken head of the Fiat Chrysler Group has approached both companies, Opel and Peugeot, again to discuss a possible tie-up...  Marchionne’s proposal is for the French to participate in a new group comprised of Opel and Fiat in exchange for stock in the new entity...  If such a deal did materialize, it would create a mega-group equal to VW in Europe: the three carmakers’ combined sales account for 25 percent of market share, a smidge higher than VW’s 24.8 percent... 

* Italy - Fiat slashes targets due to languishing European sales 
Milan,Italy -Reuters, By Jennifer Clark -Oct 30, 2012: -- Fiat SpA sharply cut its performance targets for the next two years, saying languishing sales in austerity-hit Europe may lop off a third of its previous projections for 2014 trading profit... The sharp downturn in Europe has forced Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne to focus on bolstering Fiat's operations on Europe instead of buying more shares in Chrysler Group LLC, the U.S. automaker in which Fiat has a 58.5 percent stake... Marchionne, who runs both Fiat and Chrysler, repeated his plans to merge the two automakers into a single car company by 2014 or 2015, but said Europe took center stage...


* Malaysia - Honda signs partnership deal with Malaysia's automaker Proton 

Kuala Lampur,Malaysia -AFP/The Economic Times (India) -Oct 30, 2012: -- The parent of automaker Proton will enter a partnership with Japan's Honda, the companies have said, in the troubled Malaysian car manufacturer's latest stab at revival through a foreign tie-up... In a statement to the Malaysian stock exchange on Monday, Honda and Proton's parent DRB-Hicom said the partnership will explore collaboration in "technology enhancement, new product line up, platform and facilities sharing"...



* Brazil - Ford's Jeep Wrangler: The Troller TR-X concept 

(Photo: The TR-X concept)
São Bernardo do Campo,SP,Brazil -Gizmag, by C.C. Weiss -October 29, 2012: -- Ever wonder what Ford's answer to the Jeep Wrangler would look like? A lot like the Wrangler itself with some Toyota FJ Cruiser thrown in, as it turns out. The Troller TR-X is a rugged 4x4 from Ford Brazil's Design Center created for the São Paulo Motor Show... Brazil has really seen some impressive utility vehicle concepts this year. The Troller TR-X joins previous reveals like the Nissan EXTREM and Volkswagen Taigun... The TR-X was designed to celebrate and communicate its rugged purpose, rather than hiding it in a pretty package a la the Land Rover DC-100. The vehicle's muscular stance, bulging hood and beefy tires convey a sense of utter disdain and impatience for paved drives – this thing is clearly meant to go where major roads don't. The green paint serves to reinforce the car's connection with the untamed wild...

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2012-10-30

TRUCKING INDUSTRY NEWS * Australia

* NSW gets closer to port privatisation, warnings sounded on fee structure

Sydney,NSW,Australia -Transport and Logistic News, by Charles Pauka -October 23, 2012: -- Legislation has been passed in the NSW Lower House to enable the 99-year lease of state-owned port assets Port Botany and Port Kembla... Treasurer, Mr. Mike Baird, said proceeds from the transaction will be invested in the NSW Government’s infrastructure fund, Restart NSW, with 30 per cent of funds reserved for projects in regional areas. The government has also committed $100 million of the proceeds for spending on infrastructure projects in the Illawarra region...

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TRUCKMAKERS NEWS * WORLDWIDE

* Germany - Mercedes unveils the all new Antos

(Photo David Meredith - ANTOS LOADER: Mercedes Benz has released a upper medium-duty distribution truck line in the European market)
Suttgart,BAV,Germany -Big Rigs, by David Meredith -27 October 2012: -- When Mercedes-Benz has just released the all-new Antos upper medium-duty distribution truck in the European market... Designed for GVMs of between 18 and 26-tonne and a GCM of 40-tonne, one of the most impressive statistics goes directly to weight and therefore productivity... Benz claims it is the first prime mover for 40-tonne vehicle combinations to come in below 6-tonne for tare weight - and that's even with an engine that is compliant with the Euro VI emissions standard... That's providing you pick the 350hp 1835 LS model with the ClassicSpace cab, aluminium wheels and super single tyres on the rear axle... Even with the larger OM 470 inline six-cylinder Euro VI engine with 428hp, the truck weighs about 6400kg. At this weight, the Antos is positioned very well in the highly competitive environment where margins are wafer thin...

* Germany - Daimler examining cost base in Brazil truck plants 

Franfurt,Germany -Reuters, by Christiaan Hetzner -Oct 25 2012: -- A slump in the Brazilian truck market that has proven to be longer and deeper than expected may have lasting effects on Daimler Truck employees at two local production plants in Juiz de Fora and Sao Bernardo do Campo... The company has already been in talks with labour leaders in Brazil over 15 unpaid vacation days through the end of January and training seminars where part of the wages are covered by unions. Daimler Trucks employs roughly 12,000 workers in Brazil, the lion's share in Sao Bernardo... Daimler expects the Brazilian truck market to fall between 20-25 percent this year due in part to new emission regulations that brought forward demand from this year into the last one... 


* Germany - MAN profitability weighed down by ongoing difficult market environment 


Munich,Germany -MAN's PR -September 30, 2012: -- The MAN Group was confronted with an ongoing difficult economic environment in the third quarter of 2012. The sovereign debt crisis in the euro zone led to market uncertainty and is clearly holding back economic growth. We are also seeing a downturn in a number of markets outside of Europe...  These developments translate into shrinking order books throughout the sector, including at MAN. This is compounded in the commercial vehicles business by other factors such as the introduction of the Euro V emission standard in Brazil at the beginning of 2012. However, we are now receiving more positive reports from South America at the moment... Against this backdrop, the MAN Group’s order intake fell to €3.5 billion in the third quarter, down 14% on the prior-year level. This is attributable to the Commercial Vehicles business area. Order intake at MAN Truck and Bus declined by 16% in the months of July to September...


* China - JAC Exports 500 Light Trucks to Brazil


Hefei,Anhui,China -Anhui News -30 Oct 2012: -- Anhui-based JAC, one of the top 10 auto makers in China, exported 500 light trucks to Brazil on Oct 26, marking the country's largest single deal to a South American nation and showcasing the firm's advanced technology... As one of the two major auto makers in East China's, Anhui province, JAC (Jianghuai Automobile Co, Ltd.) made 40 billion yuan ($6.3 billion) in sales with 500,000 autos in 2011. It is now ranked 249 in China's top 500 list, numbering six in Anhui and first in the provincial capital of Hefei...


* Wiscosin / USA - Truckmaker rejects takeover offer by Icahn as unwelcome 

Oshkosh,WIS,USA -Bloomberg News/Press Display -27 Oct 2012: -- Oshkosh Corp.’s board rejected an unsolicited offer from billionaire activist director Carl Icahn to buy the truck maker for about US$3-billion. Mr. Icahn, Oshkosh’s largest investor with a 9.5% stake, has criticized the firm’s executives for poor performance. He said his proposal, made this month, would amount to about US$32.50 a share. The offer is “inadequate, undervalues the company and is not in the best interests of all Oshkosh shareholders,” the board said Friday. Oshkosh shares gained less than 1% to close at US$29.92 in New York trading and have gained 40% this year. Oshkosh makes commercial trucks and supplies blast-resistant trucks to the U.S. Army and Marine Corps...

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CARMAKERS NEWS * USA

* Michigan - Chrysler's 3Q profit rises 80%


Auburn Hill,MICH,USA -The Detroit News, by Bryce G. Hoffman -October 30, 2012: -- Chrysler Group LLC reported a net profit of $381 million for the third quarter of 2012 on Monday, up 80 percent from the $212 million profit the company reported for the same period a year ago.It was further proof that the Auburn Hills automaker's recovery is continuing, and should help offset the losses that its Italian parent company, Fiat SpA, is expected to announce today...  Monday's results mark the third consecutive quarter of solid profitability for the company, which means the 26,000 members of the United Auto Workers employed in Chrysler's factories are one step closer to receiving the rest of their signing bonus as stipulated by the unions 2011 agreement with the automaker...


* Michigan / USA - Ford Makes a $1.6 billion Q3 Profit Despite Mounting Loses in Europe 
Dearborn,MICH,USA -Carscoop -October 30, 2012: -- The Blue Oval posted its third quarter results on Tuesday reporting a net income of $1.6 billion or 40 cents per share, which is about the same as the third quarter 2011. Ford has been recording a pre-tax profit for 13 consecutive quarters... Even though its European unit continued to downward spiral posting a $468 million loss in the quarter (from a $306 million loss last year), Ford's North America unit achieved its highest quarterly profit and operating margin since at least 2000, at $2.3 billion and a 12 percent operating margin... Ford has already announced a re-structuring plan for its European business that calls for the closure of three facilities in Belgium and the UK and the relocation of production... 

* Michigan - Ford to sell parts operation in Plymouth Twp. Climate control firm is last in plan to sell or close 15 sites 

Dearborn,MICH,USA -The Detroit News, by Karl Henkel -October 30, 2012: -- Ford Motor Co.'s plan to sell or close 15 auto parts operations or plants has come to fruition after seven years... The Dearborn automaker said Monday it plans to sell the last remaining Automotive Components Holding LLC operation — a climate control business in Plymouth Township... The move is a ripple of Ford's spin-off of its parts-making operation as Visteon Corp. in 2000... Ford agreed to take back most of Visteon's North American factories as part of a 2005 bailout and set up a holding company to manage 17 component factories and prepare them for sale or closure... Ford took back two plants... The automaker estimates it saved 20,000 jobs through its efforts with ACH... Ford sporadically sold off ACH operations and plants, including a transaction earlier this year when Ford sold the interior trim components business in Saline and automotive lighting business in Sandusky, Ohio...


* Michigan / USA - So, Is Jeep Really Moving To China, Or What?

Auburn Hill,MICH,USA -The Car Connection, by Richard Read -Oct 29, 2012: ... "In the pre-Fiat days, however, some Jeep models destined for China were built in in Chinese plants" ... That is exactly what the author of the Bloomberg article with the poorly worded headline was going on about. To streamline production during the Great Recession, Chrysler CEO, Sergio Marchionnehad Jeeps for the Chinese market built in the U.S. ... To meet growing demand, however, Marchionne is now in talks with Guangzhou Automobile Group about the possibility of making some -- or perhaps all -- Chinese-bound Jeeps in China itself... 

* Michigan / USA - Chrysler Falls Victim to Internet Fear-Mongering 

Auburn Hill,MICH,USA -Wards Auto, Final Inspection, by Aaron Foley -Oct. 26, 2012: ... Bloomberg reported this week that Jeep is considering production in China after a lengthy absence there. What’s lost in translation is a quickly spread miscommunication that Chrysler would end Jeep production here in the States as a result. Anyone with the slightest hint of common sense knows Chrysler wouldn’t take the chance of riling up the American public during election season by announcing they plan to ship Jeep jobs to China. Michigan’s lawmakers on both sides of the aisle would be up in arms, not to mention the difficulty of breaking ties with the UAW here...  That debunking didn’t reach Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, in time, who reportedly told an Ohio crowd the same night as Raineri’s blog that Jeep, “owned by the Italians, is thinking of moving all production to China” ...  Not true, governor. The Romney camp has yet to correct itself, so perhaps we’ll have to rely on Snopes...

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2012-10-29

ALTERNATIVE FUELS * UK

* Fuel created with water and air


Durham,EN,UK -Green Wave, by Natalia Villaveces -25 October 2012: -- It's no secret that gas prices go up every day, and that the impact of fuel left at the ecological footprint irreversible. Therefore, in the world, scientists are trying alternatives. In recent years there have been great discoveries, but research conducted by scientists in the UK based Air Fuel Synthesis (AFS) are quite surprising, since fuel is created with water and air... To achieve this green gasoline, scientists begin by extracting dioxide from the atmosphere and hydrogen from water. These gases are combined in a reactor and then with the aid of the catalyst, the hydrocarbon is converted into methanol, which is then used as fuel, known as MOBIL... This amazing technique was developed in two years and cost about 1.6 million pounds for the first 1.32 gallons of synthetic gasoline. However, Peter Harrison, CEO of Air Fuel Synthesis, ensures that it will not be difficult to achieve mass production, and to produce materials that are accessible and are found in abundance on our planet...  


* UK - Air + water = gasoline? Not quite...

Durham,EN,UK -Gizmag, Brian Dodson -October 30, 2012: -- Fuel Synthesis, Ltd. (AFS), a small company in the northern English county of Durham, has recently made headlines for a chemical process that claims to synthesize gasoline from air and water. In essence, AFS is using energy to unburn fuel so that it can be burned as fuel again – a great deal of energy. Sixty kWh of electric energy are used up to store 9 kWh of that energy in a liter of gasoline. When you take into consideration that gasoline vehicles are about 15 percent efficient, a car fueled with synthetic gasoline would use roughly 35 times more energy on a given trip than would an electric vehicle. Not, it would seem, a prescription for a commercially valuable green product... To synthesize sufficient gasoline to supply the world's present consumption would require about half of all energy currently being used by civilization in any form – heating, manufacturing, lighting, transportation, and so on. At present, it's estimated that gasoline consumption represents about 6.5 percent of total world energy consumption. Everything considered, it is hard to imagine any situation in which synthetic gasoline can compete with electric power for transportation. To be sure, there are other needs for portable power in which the large energy density of gasoline may be beneficial, but the net sum of these probably still points to what at best will be a minor niche market for synthetic fuels...

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TRUCKMAKERS NEWS * WORLDWIDE

* Japan - Toyota Creates Ultimate Fishing Truck

Toyota City,Aichi,Japan -Complex Rides, by Nick Schongerger -Oct 28, 2012: ... The Japanese car maker has built the ultimate fishing truck... In 2010, Toyota wowed SEMA attendees with the Tundra Sportsman (produced in conjunction with Bass Pro Shops). This year, the great outdoors is again the theme with the Ultimate Fishing Tundra. A supercharged V8 pushes a heavy hitter with a 12-inch lift. Inside, the truck has supple leather, a tackle box, and a TV. Basically, everything a man needs to escape the house... The Ultimate Fishing Tundra is joined by a racing edition of the FJ Cruiser, the FJ-S, equipped with 345 hp...


* Germany - MAN SE to halt truck production for 4 weeks

Berlin,Germany -Reuters/Fox Business, by Andreas Cremer -October 27, 2012: -- MAN SE plans to halt production of heavy-duty vehicles for four weeks at two German factories as the economic downturn curbs demand from freight transporters and construction firms, company sources said... Stoppages at MAN will affect about 15,000 workers and initially be limited to five days starting on Monday, paralyzing headquarters in Munich and another plant in Salzgitter, the two sources said on Saturday on condition they not be identified because the matter is confidential. Truck production will be suspended again between Dec 24 and Jan 11, the sources said, confirming an article by Sueddeutsche Zeitung which reported the stoppages earlier on Saturday... 


* Philippines - Van body maker to open third plant in Bulacan 

Manila,Philippines -Business World -October 30, 2012: -- Truck and van body maker Centro Manufacturing Corp. will open its third production facility in Bulacan in the second quarter of 2013, doubling the company’s monthly manufacturing capacity to 900 units in line with an expected growth in demand, a senior company official said recently. The firm now operates two manufacturing plants: one in Caloocan City and another in Silang, Cavite, which both manufacture truck and van bodies, including the company’s best-sellers: the Mitsubishi L300 FB Deluxe and the Hyundai H100 Shuttle Van...

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CARMAKERS NEWS * USA

* Canada - CAW: Workers go on strike at two auto supplier plants in Ontario 

ONT,CAN -The Detroit News, by Melissa Burden -October 28, 2012: -- Workers at two automotive supplier plants in Ontario, Canada, have gone on strike, according to the Canadian Auto Workers... The union said CAW represented workers went on strike early Sunday morning at Lear Corp.'s Whitby plant after negotiations between the union and auto supplier broke down... CAW Local 222 represents about 400 workers at the plant. They took a strike vote recently, with 97 percent agreeing to strike if necessary... The CAW says workers at Wescast Industries Inc. in Strathroy, Ontario, also went on strike Saturday, due to a souring decision by General Motors Co. to move work completed at the facility to China...



- AUTOS' RECALLS - 

* New Jersey / USA - BMW recalls cars over transmission control problem

Woodcliff Lake,NJ,USA -Associated Press/The Detroit News -October 27, 2012: -- German automaker BMW is recalling some of its 7-Series luxury cars due to reports of transmission control problems that can cause parked vehicles to roll away... The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Saturday that the problem has caused at least 14 crashes and possibly 5 injuries. The recall involves cars with model years from 2005 to 2008 that have push-button start and electronic transmission controls...  The system automatically shifts the car's transmission to park when the driver presses the start/stop button, but it may leave the transmission in neutral if the driver presses the button two or three times in a short span, the NHTSA said Saturday. The cars can then roll away unexpectedly and crash... The recall involves 45,500 vehicles...


* DC - NHTSA investigating 310K Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable cars 


Washington,DC,USA -The Detroit News, by David Shepardson -October 26, 2012: -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday it is opening an investigation into 310,000 older Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable cars over reports of unintended sudden acceleration... Ford spokeswoman, Marcey Zweibelsaid the company is "aware of NHTSA's preliminary investigation on the 2000 to 2003 Taurus and Sable models, and we will cooperate fully with the agency as we conduct our analysis. We have just begun our investigation and have very limited information at this time" ... NHTSA said it is opening an investigation into the 2000-03 models after receiving 50 complaints alleging incidents of stuck throttle due to a broken plastic bracket that holds the speed control cable in place... The vehicles under investigation are equipped with 4-valve 3.0L V6 Duratec engines...

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2012-10-28

TRUCKMAKERS NEWS * WORLDWIDE

* DC / USA - Truck Makers Gear Up for Special Operations Light Vehicle Competition

Washington,DC,USA -National Defense, by Dan Parsons -26 Oct 2012: ...  Special Operations Command wants to purchase up to 1,300 GMVs (Ground Mobility Vehicles) , the program is an enticing opportunity for manufacturers that see few large vehicle contracts coming from a cash-strapped Pentagon... Northrop Grumman took the opportunity to unveil its offering, the Medium Assault Vehicle-Light, or MAV-L...
Humvee manufacturer AM General reworked and upgraded the GMV 1.1, which will reduce the logistical burden of introducing a new vehicle. The AM General candidate is actually 20 inches narrower to increase mobility and transportability by air...
Other companies are offering much lighter, faster vehicles... HDT Global leaned heavily on off-road racing technology in building its Storm — an ultralight truck more reminiscent of a dune buggy than a Humvee...
Oshkosh Defense threw its hat in the ring with the 7-ton Special Purpose All-Terrain Vehicle, or S-ATV. The small vehicle is designed for unconventional warfare missions such as long-range reconnaissance and surveillance and special operations...
MRAP-manufacturer Navistar Defense announced in February that it would team with Indigen Armor and SAIC to compete for GMV 1.1. Its Special Operations Tactical Vehicle offers scalable armor packages and shares 60 percent of its parts with Indigen Armor’s non-standard tactical truck. The special operations vehicle looks more like an up-armored pickup truck than a Humvee. It can go up to 85 miles per hour off road and fits in the cargo bay of a Chinook, as all of the various competitors’ vehicles do. At 6,700 pounds, its also on the lighter end of GMV contenders...
General Dynamics Ordinance and Tactical Systems is also vying for GMV. Its Flyer, a 4,000-pound vehicle, is designed to be reconfigurable for a variety of missions, including light strike, rescue and casualty evacuation and reconnaissance...
Up to 10 of the vehicles can be physically linked with a Kevlar string and driven by a single soldier in the lead vehicle...   General Dynamics Land Systems builds the SPECTRE wide-track vehicle, which also meets many of the GMV 1.1 requirements...  All of the companies vying for the upcoming contract are confident they have met the needs of special operators for a light, mobile vehicle that can serve multiple missions...


* Sweden - Volvo: Renault Trucks Defense Finalizes SEK538 Million Panhard Buy

(Photo: The Panhard VBL armored scout car is in service with 16 countries)
Stockholm,Sweden -Dow Jones Newswires/Fox Business, by Anna Molin -October 25, 2012: -- Swedish truck maker Volvo AB Thursday said its Renault Trucks Defense unit has finalized the SEK538 million acquisition of the French automotive manufacturer Panhard... Panhard is a private company that specializes in the manufacture of small armored vehicles adapted for defense operations...


* China - Daimler, other truckmakers defy doomsayers in the vehicle market

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Shanghai,SH,China -The Shanghai Daily, by Zhu Huanian -Oct 24, 2012: -- Amid a deepening euro debt crisis, international truck makers remain upbeat on growth prospects, especially in emerging economies like China... Daimler AG, predicts global demand for medium- and heavy-duty trucks alone will increase by nearly 40 percent to almost 4 million units by 2020. Daimler set up a joint venture in Beijing with Chinese truck maker Foton this year to produce Auman-brand vehicles. Also in the spotlight were BharatBenz trucks from Daimler's India operations and Actros trucks manufactured in Brazil. Daimler forecasts double-digit growth in its Russian sales this year... At the Hanover show, officials from Munich-based MAN SE said China is a cornerstone of its growth strategy. MAN operates a partnership with China's Sinotruk to develop the Sitrak truck brand... Volvo showcased its newest FH series at the Hanover show...

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