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2013-01-29

TRUCKMAKERS NEWS * WORLWIDE

* Germany - VW will extend cooperation with Mercedes

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Wolfsburg,Germany -Kamion-Bus (Croatia) -10 January 2013: -- Cooperation between Mercedes and VW to produce Sprinter and Crafter lasts for several years with the vehicles produced in the Mercedes-Benz factory, a cooperation agreement highlights the 2016th year. Cars are, except the engine and transmission, identical... Although Mercedes wanted to continue to work (and it may include Renault), VW decided next Crafter develop and produce independently (not yet known), since it is a minority partner had little impact on the development and customization of vehicles to different purposes. A new generation of Crafter is scheduled for the 2016th (until then will Crafter come from Mercedes-operation), and it will certainly involve MAN that is already in production VW light trucks. Now that is a MAN in his ownership, VW would have made good use of it...


* China - Dongfeng to tie up with Volvo -co official

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Beijing,China -Reuters, by Jonathan Standing -Jan 23, 2013:  -- Chinese state-owned auto maker Dongfeng Motor Group Co. is set to announce as early as this weekend a strategic alliance with Swedish truck maker Volvo AB, according to a Dongfeng official. He said Dongfeng may gain access to Volvo technology, through the deal. Chinese media reports on Tuesday had said the deal is likely to involve a joint venture to produce and market Volvo trucks in China... Dongfeng is a major exporter of heavy trucks to emerging markets, including Africa and South America, and the alliance would help the company further expand its global reach, the official added... Volvo, the world's No.2 truck maker, said in December it would cut back production in North America due to tough conditions... Dongfeng will hold a media event in Beijing on Saturday to announce the signing of a strategic alliance with one of the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturers, according to the invitation to the event... A spokesman for Dongfeng declined to give details...


  * Japan - Nissan offers truck drivers an all-round video view


Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi,Japan -The Asahi Shimbun -January 28, 2013: -- Nissan Motor Co. said it has released some versions of its Atlas F24 dry and refrigerated van with video cameras offering the driver greater all-round visibility... Images from cameras positioned at four locations on the top of the truck are relayed to a screen in the upper part of the cab, Nissan said... The images include a view of space to the rear of the truck, considered an aid to the driver when trying to park. Two others show possible obstructions at the sides and the fourth shows clearance above the roof, the company said... It already offers comparable video systems on some passenger cars...


* South Africa - Hino plans to build on 2012’s sales growth in 2013

Spartan Crescent,Marlboro,SA -3D Car Shows, by Gerald Ferreira -January 28, 2013: -- Hino SA, not only had a very satisfactory year as regards sales in 2012, but it is now looking to increase its volume in the local market by 10% in 2013. Last year was the best ever for the Hino brand in SA with 3 295 units sold, while adding in sales of the 1,5-ton Toyota Dyna 4-093 lifts the overall total of trucks sold to 3 631 units for the year. The target for 2013 is to do even better than last year...


* France - First European construction vehicle on 24-inch wheels customized road driving


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Saint-Priest,Lyon,France -Kamion-Bus (Croatia) -22 January 2013: -- Renault Trucks has expanded its line of trucks Renault Kerax 8x4 Xtreme in Europe, the new version of the 24-inch wheels. Specially adapted most demanding conditions at the site, 50 t, this Renault Kerax first European car with 24-inch wheels customized road... With enhanced distance from the ground to the front and rear axle, Renault Kerax 8x4 XTREM with 24-inch wheels, is currently the only vehicle with 24-inch wheels in Europe adapted to run on open roads (within legal regulations). With this vehicle customers receive robust workhorse load of 50 tons, which would easily be able to move from one site to another because it is the only such vehicle in the European market with a license for road use, it offers significant advantages in terms of operating costs, as well as terms of ease of distribution vehicles...

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