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* Illinois - Trucking companies sue over alleged engine defects

Springfield,ILL,USA -The National Law Journal, by Laura Castro -July 23, 2014: -- Three trucking companies have filed a putative class action against Navistar International Corp. in an Illinois federal court, accusing the manufacturer of knowingly equipping its 2008-2013 model trucks with diesel engines containing defective emission systems that can lead to sudden breakdowns or poisonous exhaust fumes in the passenger compartment... Plaintiffs Denis Gray Trucking, Carmichael Leasing Co. Inc., and GTL Enterprises Inc. sued the trucking company on July 9 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois for unfair, unlawful, and fraudulent business practices, breach of express and implied warranties, and related claims... The suit was filed on behalf of plaintiffs and all current and former purchasers and lessees nationwide of 2008-2013 model year Navistar vehicles equipped with "Maxxforce Advanced EGR diesel Engines" ...  Navistar uses Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) technology in its vehicles to reduce emissions by subjecting exhaust flowing out of the engine to a second burn in the cylinders...

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TRUCKMAKERS NEWS * USA: Ford's - Navistar's

* Michigan - Ford reveals details about engines in aluminum-body F-150s

(Photo by Clarence Tabb Jr / The Detroit News: Doug Scott, marketing manager of Ford trucks, shows off the weight difference between the 2014 F-150 on the left and the 2015 F-150 on Tuesday)
Dearborn,MICH,USA -The Detroit News, by Michael Martinez -22 July 2014: -- Ford Motor Co. on Tuesday revealed details about the engines that will power the aluminum-body 2015 F-150, and showed the pickup is lighter than originally estimated... The new truck will be offered with a base 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V-6 engine, or a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6. And in a direct comparison with a steel-body 2014 F-150, Ford showed a 732-pound weight difference — more than the 700-pound estimate given when the 2015 pickup was revealed at the 2014 North American International Auto Show... Pricing for truck with the base 3.5-liter V-6 and optional engines was not released...

* Michigan -  Eaton to supply Navistar’s heavy-duty remanufactured transmissions

Galesburg,MICH,USA -Today's Trucking -Jul 22, 2014: -- Truck maker Navistar has chosen Eaton as their new supplier of heavy-duty remanufactured transmissions... Deliveries to Navistar’s roughly 350 North American dealers started July 1 and are mostly of Eaton Flex Reman transmissions... The Flex Reman transmissions ticketed for Navistar will include a customized design with shift bars in a forward configuration on the housings. Ten part numbers will be available with the design...



TRUCKMAKERS NEWS * USA: Daimler TNA's / Paccar's

* North Caroline - Daimler Trucks North America cranks up new HQ in Portland, Ore.

(Photo: Daimler Trucks has 5,200 employees in the Charlotte region) 
Charlotte,NC,USA -The Charlotte Business Journal, by Ken Elkins -21 July 2014: -- Daimler Trucks North America last week began construction of its new $150 million headquarters in Portland, Ore., according to the Portland Business Journal... Daimler Trucks is the largest manufacturer in the Charlotte region, with 5,200 employees in the metro area. The company operates Freightliner plants in Mount Holly, Gastonia and the Rowan County town of Cleveland. It also has an administrative office in Fort Mill... 

* Washington - Truck maker poised to outperform regardless of takeover rumor

Seattle,WASH,USA -Seeking Alpha -Jul. 20, 2014: -- Recent takeover rumors created buzz around PACCAR... Accounting for the majority of PACCAR’s revenue, the North American heavy-duty truck market is forecasted to grow substantially, providing a solid backdrop for the shares to outperform the broader market... PACCAR Inc. is a manufacturer of the PeterbiltKenworth, and DAF branded trucks established in Seattle, Washington in 1905. On July 3rd, the stock gapped 5% upward after rumor of a takeover bid from Volkswagen surfaced... The rumor was speculated by competitor Daimler Trucks' chief executive Wolfgang Bernhard, who mentioned to analysts that "serious, multiple sources" suggest to him that Volkswagen was interested in purchasing PACCAR next year. Volkswagen has since denied the rumor. However, considering Bernhard's status in the industry and the fact that he served on Volkswagen's management board from 2005 to 2007...




* Illinois - Navistar first Vocational Trucks ship with 9.0L, 10.L SCR engines

(Photo from Navistar: 2014 International WorkStar with dump body) 
Warrensville,ILL,USA -Work Truck Magazine -July 15, 2014: -- Navistar Inc., started customer shipments of its first International DuraStar and International WorkStar vehicles with the company’s 9.0L and 10.0L engines with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) emissions technology. The company’s internal testing shows these products are delivering up to 8 percent in fuel-economy improvement over the previous generation... Built on Navistar’s proven I-6 platform, the company’s 9.0L and 10.0L engines bring 9.3-liter displacement and 860-1,150 lb.-ft. torque in a weight-saving medium-duty package. The company conducted field tests in extreme environments such as Alaska, Colorado, and Arizona. These tests included a variety of vocational duty cycles from garbage packing and utility trucks to dump trucks and sewer pumpers...



TRUCKMAKERS NEWS * Germany / USA: Vokswagen & Paccar

* Germany - Volkswagen eyes US truckmaker Paccar ?

Wolfsburg,Germany -International Bulsiness Times, by M Rochan -July 3, 2014: -- Volkswagen is preparing to initiate a takeover bid for US truck maker Paccar in 2015, according to Daimler Trucks chief Wolfgang Bernhard... At an analysts briefing hosted by Daimler Trucks, Bernhard insisted that "serious, multiple sources" informed him that VW will bid for Paccar in 2015... Volkswagen categorically denied rumours, that it proposes to initiate a takeover bid for US truck maker Paccar in 2015, a day after news of a likely bid by the German firm surfaced... A spokesman at VW's Wolfsburg-based headquarters denied the rumours, calling them "complete rubbish", Reuters reported, snubbing comments made by Daimler Trucks chief Wolfgang Bernhard... Pursued by the news agency, Daimler refused to comment while Paccar was not available for comment...

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* Virginia - Volvo Trucks plans $69m investment in Dublin plant 

((Photo: WAW !! ... what a job for only one VOLVO truck !!... ) 
Dublin,VA,USA -AP -26 June 2014: -- Volvo Trucks North America says it will invest $69 million in improvements at its New River Valley plant in Dublin... Improvements announced Thursday include upgrades to the truck assembly plant's paint facility and a redesign of various work areas. New racking and storage systems, docks and lifting devices also are planned... The company says in a news release that the enhancements will improve manufacturing efficiency and vehicle quality...




* North Carolina - Mack puts $26M into truck plant 

(Photo: Mack truck, Cars 2/6)
Greensboro,NC,USA -Overdrive -June 18, 2014: -- Mack Trucks announced this week a $26 million upgrade project to its truck assembly plant in Macungie, Pa., that will “improve the plant’s efficiency and help it deliver even higher quality trucks” to buyers, the truck and engine maker said... The investment includes a realignment of sub-assembly and material handling to more efficiently support the main vehicle assembly lines. The plant will also implement new processes and install new equipment to improve its post-production inspection and testing of completed vehicles... The plant also is installing two new dynometers... 

* Oregon - Daimler SuperTruck hits target a year ahead of schedule

(Photo: Daimler Supertruck sideview. The SuperTruck program has enabled participating companies to take a "clean slate" approach to aerodynamic) 
Portland,ORE,USA -Truck News -June 19, 2014: -- Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has achieved the goals set out for it during the Department of Energy’s SuperTruck program, a full year ahead of schedule... The truck maker announced today it has demonstrated a 50% improvement in overall freight efficiency over a 2007 baseline tractor-trailer combination. Daimler also achieved more than 50% engine brake thermal efficiency... According to Derek Rotz, principal investigator for SuperTruck, DTNA, conducted a series of fuel efficiency, HVAC and thermal tests on a prototype vehicle, including two different on-highway routes in Oregon and Texas, which measured 52% and 61% fuel economy improvement respectively. The combined tractor-trailer weighed in at 1,500 lbs less than the baseline. Plans to complete and test a final demonstration vehicle with additional fuel and weight savings measures are scheduled for late 2014, Daimler announced... Many of the technologies demonstrated on the SuperTruck are viable today, including an integrated powertrain, 6×2 axle configuration and advanced aerodynamics...




* Tennessee - Volvo to build US parts center 

Memphis,TENN,USA -Transport Topics -12 Jun 2014: -- Swedish truck maker Volvo Group said it is building a 1 million-square-foot parts distribution center in Byhalia, Mississippi... The facility will support the company’s Mack, Volvo and UD truck brands as well as Volvo Construction Equipment and Volvo Penta... The operation in the Memphis suburb will employ about 250 people, the Associated Press reported... According to Volvo, based in Gothenburg, Sweden, the new facility will support primarily North American customers, but being part of the Memphis logistics hubs also puts it in position to export parts...




* Michigan - Chrysler will perform update pickup trucks to solve programming problems

(Photo from The Chrysler Group: 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. Chrysler will perform a free update to some Ram pickup trucks to fix problems stemming from programming bugs) 
Auburn Hills,MICH,USA -The Christian Science Monitor, by Tom Torbjornsen -June 2, 2014: -- Chrysler said it will perform an update on some Ram 1500 and 2500 pickup trucks to fix problems from software glitches. Chrysler said the problems affect the trucks' remote access, keyless entry, and tire-pressure monitors... Chrysler will perform a free update to some Ram 1500 and 2500 pickup trucks to resolve a handful of problems stemming from programming bugs... The customer satisfaction campaign is not an officially mandated recall. It affects the vehicle's remote access, tire-pressure monitor system (TPMS), and some starting issues... Chrysler engineers have come up with a software fix for this problem. The truck's radio frequency hub module must be flashed with new software to correct the problem. The repair will be covered under the provisions of the new car warranty...

* Michigan - Hino Partners with Telogis in telematics deal

(Photo courtesy Hino trucks) 
Farmington Hills,MICH,USA -Transport Topics -4 June 2014: -- Medium-duty truck maker Hino Trucks has partnered with technology supplier Telogis to provide its next-generation telematics platform... The new platform, named Hino Insight 2.0 powered by Telogis, will provide Hino customers with access to Telogis’ applications for route optimization, real-time work order management, truck-specific navigation, telematics and mobile integration services, the companies announced June 4... Insight 2.0 will be standard on Hino’s 2015 model year 195h and 195h-DC hybrid cabover models. It will be available as an option for its 195 and 195-DC diesel cabovers and on Hino’s full conventional truck lineup...




* Illinois - Oshkosh Corp. works to develop driverless military trucks

Oshkosh,ILL,USA -The Journal Sentinel, by Rick Barrett -May 12, 2014: -- Oshkosh is displaying some of its autonomous vehicle technology — such as sensors and computer systems that can control driverless trucks — at a trade show in Orlando, Fla., sponsored by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International... The truck manufacturer is working with the U.S. Office of Naval Research to produce an unmanned vehicle that would be used by the Marines Corps in supply-line convoys, including trips into combat zones... Ground-penetrating radar and other mine detection systems are being incorporated into the vehicle to counter the threat of roadside bombs that have killed many troops in Iraq and Afghanistan... The Pentagon wants the unmanned vehicles, often at the front of a convoy, to detect — or absorb the damage from — improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, saving the lives of troops in vehicles that follow...

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* Illinois - Record sale of International Trucks to Celadon

(Responsability video, from Navistar) 
Warrensville,ILL,USA -TruckingInfo -May 8, 2014: -- Navistar has completed its largest one-time sale of International LoneStar trucks to the truckload fleet Celadon Trucking Services... It purchased nearly 500 of on-highway tractors equipped with Cummins ISX15 engines, according to the Illinois-based truck maker... Celadon is also one of the fleets using OnCommand Connection, which provides access to real-time fault codes, vehicle locations, nearby dealer locations and fault code actions plans. Today, the company supports nearly 50,000 vehicles through OnCommand Connection, including all makes...



TRUCKMAKERS NEWS * USA - Daimler & Volvo´s / Mack´s - Odyne´s

* New York - Daimler Trucks profit doubles, Volvo swings back to profitability 

New York,NY,USA -Truckinginfo -April 30, 2014: -- Profit for truck, engine and carmaker Daimler AG soared in the first quarter of the year, while competitor Volvo has reported a profit following a loss a year ago... Unit sales of 108,500 vehicles in the first quarter by Daimler Trucks were 7% above the prior-year level. Revenue increased by 1% to €7.1 billion or $9.85 billion. Daimler Trucks’ earnings before interest and taxes of €341 million, or $473 million, was substantially higher than in the prior-year period at €116 million, or $161 million... Meantime, profit for rival AB Volvo of Sweden are also way up, with sales in the quarter were 65.65 billion kronor, up 13% from 58.34 billion kronor a year earlier... The company, which sells trucks and engines under the Mack and Volvo names, says truck orders worldwide fell 10% during the quarter, but were up 22% in North America. European orders fell 26% due to new emissions rules, according to the company... Worldwide, Volvo delivered a total of 47,845 trucks in the first quarter of the year, which was 25% more than in the first quarter of 2013 but 22% fewer than in the fourth quarter of 2013... 

* North Caroline - Mack Trucks previews new LR Refuse series

(Photo: A new L-R Mack Truck)
Greensboro,NC,USA -Truckinginfo -April 30, 2014: -- Mack Trucks previewed the new Mack LR series of low-entry cabover refuse trucks designed with the driver, customer and demands of the rigorous job in mind. Initially available in three-axle 6x4 configurations and powered either by diesel or natural gas, the Mack LR series will be available in 2015... The Mack LR model will be spec’d with a Mack MP7 11-liter diesel engine with 325 to 345 horsepower and torque ratings from 1,200 to 1,280 pounds-feet. The Cummins Westport ISL G natural gas engine will also be option. All LR models are will be equipped with an Allison RDS five-speed or six-speed automatic transmission... 

* Wiscosin - $ 45.5 Million DOE Contract for plug-in hybrid trucks

Waukesha,WIS,USA -Work Truck Online -April 29, 2014: -- Odyne Systems of Waukesha, Wis., and Inland Power Group of Butler, Wis., have teamed up to deliver on a $45.4 million contract from the Department of Energy, administered through the Electric Power Research Institute, to install more than 120 Odyne plug-in hybrids systems on work trucks to be deployed throughout North America... Odyne was selected for the award in the medium- and heavy-duty truck category because its plug-in hybrid system is the only one on the market that reduces fuel consumption both while driving and at the work site, enabling companies and government fleets to reduce operating costs, while also better meeting sustainability objectives. The Odyne hybrid system, featuring Johnson Controls lithium-ion batteries and a Remy advanced electric propulsion motor proven in over 2 billion road miles, can reduce fuel consumption by up to 50 percent or greater depending upon the duty cycle, lower emissions and allow large work vehicles to operate quietly at a work site... Together, Odyne Systems and Inland Power Group will be delivering some of the newest technologies to commercial truck users across the country...



TRUCKMAKERS NEWS * USA & China: Cummins´/ Foton

* Indiana - Cummins, Foton launch engine joint venture for China

(Photo: Cummins-designed ISG11 and ISG12 diesels will be built in Beijing for use in Daimler-Foton Auman GTL heavy-duty trucks) 
Columbus, Ind,USA -Truckinginfo, by Tom Berg -April 09, 2014: -- The world’s largest independent engine maker, Cummins Inc., is partnering with the biggest truck builder, Beiqi Foton Motor Co. Ltd. of China, in a joint venture that will see Foton use Cummins ISG diesels in a new truck series developed with Daimler of Germany... At an April 8 event in the Cummins Technical Center in Columbus, Ind., representatives of Cummins and Foton officially launched the deal, and explained to reporters how they’ve been working together for the past five years on the new heavy-duty engine series, called ISG...
(Photo: Jointly developed by Foton Motor and Daimler AG for sale in the huge China market, Auman GTL cabovers and their Cummins ISG diesels were tested in China, Tibet and the U.S,) 
Foton worked with Daimler AG for seven years on development of the Auman GTL “Super Power” heavy duty truck that will employ the Cummins engines...

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TRUCKMAKERS NEWS * USA: Ford´s - Fuso's - Navistar's

* Michigan - Here are the February 2014 'Big 8' US auto sales 

(Photo from Reuers - Chrysler Plant Worker: Chrysler assembly worker Brenda Williams checks under the hood of a 2014 Dodge Ram pickup truck for quality control at the Warren Assembly Plant in Warren, Michigan December 11, 2013)
Warren,MICH,USA -Internatinal Business Times, by Angelo Young -March 3, 2014: -- The world’s “Big 8” automakers are releasing February U.S. monthly sale figures throughout Monday. Forecasts point to about 1.2 million unit sales, up slightly from the year-ago period. The seasonally adjusted annualized rate is expected to be around 15.4 million, up from 15.2 million in January... The unusually cold and stormy winter weather in much of the country is being blamed for the lackluster performance in new-auto sales since the start of the year...
 * Chrysler, which is majority-owned by Fiat SpA of Italy, reported its sales rose 40% in February to 133,521 vehicles. Its truck sales rose 21% from a year earlier, while car sales more than doubled.
 * Ford Motor Co. weighed in with a 14% rise, to 178,644 cars and light trucks.
 * General Motors Co. increased 1%, to 209,306 vehicles. Deliveries of its Chevrolet brand rose 5.8%, helped by its Sonic and Cruze small cars.
 * Nissan Motor Co., which has been affected less by last year's production disruptions said its February U.S. sales increased 15.5%, to 106,731 vehicles.
 * Toyota, meanwhile, said its U.S. auto sales rose 12% in February as Camry and Prius models booked double-digit sales gains, though truck sales slipped. Toyota reported it sold 159,423 vehicles in the U.S. last month, up from 141,846 a year earlier and 18% above January's total.
 * Honda's U.S. vehicle sales rose 12% in February, led by strong Civic and CR-V sales. The Japanese auto maker reported it sold 110,157 vehicles in February, up from 98,059 a year earlier and 33% above January's total. Its car sales were up 13%, while truck sales rose 11%.
 * Sales by South Korea's Hyundai Motor Co.  rose 17% from a year ago, to 51,151 vehicles.

* Michigan - Ford shifts truck production North of the border to Ohio

(Photo by Sam VarnHage - Ford Motor Co. Joe Hinrichs, Ford's President of the Americas, at Friday's event).
Dearbon,MICH,USA -IdeasStream, by Brian Bull -March 10, 2014: -- Car maker Ford is shifting production of medium-duty trucks from Mexico to its Avon Lake, Ohio plant... Last January, it looked as if hundreds of jobs could be trimmed at Avon Lake for a retooling process to accommodate the new line of trucks... The Ohio Assembly Plant will take on production of all-new Ford F-650 and F-750 trucks beginning in early 2015... In turn, Ford’s E-Series Cargo and passenger van production will cease by year’s end... UAW Local 2000 president Jerome Williams could not be reached for comment. But Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur says the truck production shift from Mexico to the Ohio Assembly Plant was arranged through a collective bargaining agreement between Ford and the UAW in 2011...

* Indiana - Mitsubishi Fuso unveils updated Canter

Indianapolis,IND,USA -Transport Topics -10 March 2014: -- Mitsubishi Fuso has introduced a new Class 3 Canter model that offers higher payload and gross vehicle weight rating than the model it replaces... An increase of GVWR 12,500 pounds to 13,200 pounds required no upgrades to the truck’s underpinnings, company executives said, and gives buyers an additional 700 pounds of payload. The front axle rating on the new truck is 5,360 pounds, and the rear axle rating is 9,880 pounds. The truck’s four wheelbase lengths —110.2”, 133.9”, 151.6” and 169.3” — remain, the truck-maker said... The truck's 3.0-liter diesel keeps its power ratings of 161 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, but the 6-speed automatic transmission gets new calibration to improve acceleration Mitsubishi Fuso CEO Todd Bloom said...

* Illinois - Navistar loses $248M, looks to regain market share

(Photo by Bill Lackey - Navistar employees work on the truck assembly line in the Springfield plant on Thursday, Dec. 19)
Warrensville,ILL,USA -Dayton Daily News, by Matt Sanctis -March 5, 2014: -- Navistar lost $248 million in its first quarter — more than double what it lost during the same time last year — due in part to earlier problems getting approval of its engine technology and a decline in military sales. Some analysts said the results released Wednesday show the truckmaker that employs more than 800 people in its Springfield plant and has thousands of local retirees continues to face financial woes, while the manufacturer and others said Navistar remains competitive and is well-positioned to improve its revenues as the economy grows. The truckmaker is one of Clark County’s most prominent employers and has grown since 2010 when it had as few as 300 employees at its Springfield manufacturing plant... Navistar officials said they have made progress in reducing costs and are focused on rebuilding their market share this year...



TRUCKMAKERS NEWS * USA: Tighter fuel-efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks

* Maryland - Obama draws mixed response to fighter fuel standards for heavy trucks

Upper Marlboro,MD,USA -Forbes, by Robert Bowman -21 Feb 2014: -- President Obama is drawing a mixed response from industry to his recent call for tighter fuel-efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks... He called EPA and DOT to work with industry on developing new technologies for meeting whatever standard might emerge, including  improvements in engine efficiency, aerodynamics, truck weight and tire-rolling resistance. In addition, manufacturers could deploy new systems for automatic engine shutdown, more efficient air conditioning and hybrid power... Heavy-duty trucks, defined as having a gross vehicle weight exceeding 26,000 pounds, make up just 4 percent of all vehicles on American highways. Yet they are responsible for 20 percent of the carbon pollution produced by the nation’s transportation sector, said Obama... Jason Mathers, senior manager with the Environmental Defense Fund, estimated that the first generation of rules will save shippers around 9 cents a mile in freight costs. Fuel accounts for 40 percent of the cost of moving a truck, he said... That the President’s message was endorsed by an environmental group should come as no surprise. But major trucking interests appear to be on board as well. Engine manufacturer Cummins Inc. and truck maker Peterbilt Motors Co. (part of PACCAR) have embraced the U.S. Department of Energy’s SuperTruck program, launched to improve the efficiency of the heaviest trucks on the road. A joint demonstration last month by the two companies showed off a tractor-trailer that got 10.7 miles to the gallon in real-world driving conditions. Most heavy trucks today get around 6 MPG...

* North Carolina - Volvo’s North America truck deliveries jump

(Photo: TT file) 
Greensboro,NC,USA -Transport Topics -20 Feb 2014: -- Volvo Group’s truck deliveries in North America jumped 113% in January over a year earlier... The Volvo brand’s deliveries increased 209% to 2,433 vehicles, the truck maker said Feb. 20. The change was largely due to two “down-weeks” in January 2013, resulting in only 788 deliveries... Mack Trucks delivery 1,733 vehicles in North America in January, a 53% increase, Volvo reported... Globally, Volvo’s deliveries grew 26% over last year to 13,612 units. The increase was led by heavy-duty trucks, which saw a 35% gain, while light- and medium-duty trucks both decreased... The Volvo brand saw the largest rise globally, a 51% increase to 8,422 units, the company said. Volvo has decreased European production, predicting a drop-off in demand because customers pre-bought trucks before a January 2014 emissions standard took effect...

* Illinois - Navistar to shift production from Alabama to UAW plant

Warrensville,ILL,USA -Daily Kos, by Short Bus -FEB 21, 2014: ... Navistar just announced that they will be shifting production of their mid-range engines from their non-union Huntsville, Alabama plant to their UAW plant in Melrose Park, Illinois... Commercial truck maker Navistar International Corp., will close an engine plant in Alabama this summer as it moves to eliminate excess production capacity and consolidate its engine lineup for medium-size trucks... The closure of the plant in Huntsville will result in the loss of about 280 jobs and generate savings of about $22 million a year. Production at that plant will be shifted to an engine plant near Chicago, which will add about 75 workers... Of course, neither the WSJ article cited, or other sources I checked, mentioned the union status of the facilities. Probably because labor costs aren't the driving factor in many business decisions and wasn't related to the issue being discussed. However, if the story was about production being shifted to the South, we know what the headlines would be screaming, relevent or not...

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TRUCKMAKERS NEWS * USA: Volvo's - Toyota - Oskosh

* North Carolina - Truck builders and their suppliers seem to be bullish on North American demand in 2014

(Photo: The Pinacle, Mack's truck) 
Greensboro,NC,USA -AMM -10 Feb 2014: -- Volvo AB, GothenburgSweden, for example, expects North American heavy-duty truck registrations to reach 250,000 vehicles this year, up nearly 5.8 percent from 2013... Volvo’s latest Mack Trucks model, the Pinacle, is built with a galvanized steel cab, aluminum or steel fuel tanks, aluminum battery box cover, stainless steel hood latches and cab skirts, steel bumpers, aluminum torque rod, steel brackets on the chassis, steel pistons, aluminum transmission casing and aluminum parts in the engine...

* Michigan - Big Three auto makers agree to adopt standard towing capacity ratings

(Photo : REUTERS/Rebecca Cook - American car companies were reluctant to adopt the new standard)
Detroit,MICH,USA -Design & Trends, by Pete Calautti -Feb 11, 2014: -- A towing capacity standard, known as SAE J2807, will be adopted by the Big Three American auto manufacturers for light duty pickups beginning with the 2015 model year... The standard was devised in 2009, but was never adopted after a series of delays from the Detroit automakers... The standard, if adopted, would have seen the officially published towing capacities of light duty trucks dip approximately 300 to 400 pounds. Toyota adopted the standard in 2011 and saw a roughly 400 pound drop in the official towing capacity. Up until this agreement, it was the only manufacturer to test to the official SAE standard...

* DC - Lawmaker holds stock in defense contractor he champions

(Photo by Gary C. Klein / Sheboygan Press Media - Rep. Tom Petri, R-Wis., owns hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of shares in military truck-maker Oshkosh Corp) 
Washington,DC,USA -Defense News, by DONOVAN SLACK -Feb. 10, 2014: -- Congressman Tom Petri has long been an enthusiastic booster in Washington for Oshkosh Corp., a defense contractor in his Wisconsin district, but he not only has a political stake in the company's success, he has a personal one as well. To the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars... Since 2006, he has purchased between $265,000 and $650,000 worth of shares in the company, which makes tactical vehicles for the military, a Gannett Washington Bureau review of financial disclosure reports found... He and others say that regardless of whether or not Petri's advocacy passes muster with the committee, his actions show that more needs to be done to rein in congressional trading of stocks... Some want them to stop trading, period...



TRUCKMAKERS NEWS * USA: Chrysler's RAM & Chevy's City Express small van

* Michigan - EcoDiesel 2014 Ram 1500 earns 28 MPG rating 

Auburn Hills,MICH,USA -Business Fleet -4 Feb 2014: -- The EcoDiesel-powered 2014 Ram 1500 has earned a 28-mpg rating from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to Chrysler. This rating exceeds the EPA highway rating for the top-ranked small pickup... These results mean Ram keeps the half-ton fuel-economy record set last year by the 2013 Ram 1500, says Chrysler. Equipped with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 gasoline engine, the truck earned 25 mpg highway, a rating that stands for model-year 2014... According to Chrysler, the EcoDiesel is the first and only advanced-technology turbo-diesel offering in the half-ton pickup segment. It also delivers torque of 420 lbs.-ft...

* Michigan - Chevy targets small businesses with City Express van

(Photo from GN: The 2015 Chevrolet City Express, which debuts today at the Chicago Auto Show, will be available in dealerships in U.S. and Canada in the fall) 
Detroit,MICH,USA -The Detroit News, by Melissa Burden -February 6, 2014: -- General Motors Co. will debut Thursday at the Chicago Auto Show its 2015 Chevrolet City Express small van and a version of the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD that runs on compressed natural gas or gasoline... Chevy expects the City Express to be popular with small-business owners. The van is based on the Nissan NV200, but looks “entirely Chevrolet” from the front. But there are more differences between the two: The Chevy comes with standard tie-down straps, side glass options and more interior lighting. It has 122.7 cubic feet of cargo space... Chevy and Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. announced in May 2013 that Chevy had contracted with Nissan to build the van in Mexico...

* Oregon - Daimler's DT12 transmission now available with DD16 engine

(Photo: A Freightliner Cascadia truck)
Portland,ORE,USA -Truck News(CAN)-5 Feb 2014: -- Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has announced its Detroit DT12 automated mechanical transmission is now available with the DD16 engine in Freightliner Cascadia trucks... Both sleeper and day cab Cascadias can be spec’d with the DT12/DD16 pairing, which covers all horsepower and torque ratings available from Detroit engines, the company announced... The DT12 when mated to the DD16 offers a dual plate clutch to handle the big bore power of the 15.6-litre engine. The transmission will only be offered with overdrive gearing...

* South Carolina - Western Star adds Allison 4700 RDS

(Photo courtesy of Western Star) 
Fort Mill,SC,USA -Fleet Owner -Feb. 5, 2014: -- The Allison 4700 Rugged Duty Series (RDS) series automatic transmission is now available as an option for the Western Star 4700 model; a transmission designed for rugged off-road and vocational applications such as construction, dump and oil field operations... One feature of the 4700 RDS transmission highlighted by Allison is its “second reverse” gear, designed as a “deep reverse” mode in addition to the standard reverse to provide greater control and engine braking during operation on steep grades...




* Washington - Paccar posts higher Q4 profit, lifted by European truck demand

(Photo: Kenworth truck) 
Bellevue,WASH ,USA -Reuters -Jan 31, 2014: -- Paccar Inc reported higher quarterly profit on Friday as the maker of commercial trucks and engines benefited from recovering demand in Europe... The company, which makes vehicles sold under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF brand names, posted a fourth-quarter net profit of $334.2 million, or 94 cents a share, up from $253.5, or 72 cents a share, last year... Sales of trucks, engines and accessories as well as revenue from financial services rose 15 percent to $4.6 billion...

 *  Nevada - Mack Trucks unveils air disk brake option for vocational trucks at World of Concrete

(Photo: Mack brake) 
Las Vegas,NV,USA -Overdrive/Better Roads, by AMANDA BAYHI -JAN 21, 2014: -- Mack Trucks unveiled an air disc brake option for it’s vocational trucks Tuesday at World of Concrete... The new brake option is designed to offer better stopping power and resistance to fade, as well as less maintenance compared to conventional S-cam designs... Mack’s air disc brake design uses two pistons to drive the pad against the rotor, delivering better balanced pressure and even wear. The flat rotor prevents heat distortion, increasing service life...

* DC - Pentagon giving away 13,000 armored trucks. And that's bad news for defense contractors

(Mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles -MRAP) 
Washington,DC,USA -MSN Money Partner/AP, by Alice Keeney/The Wall Street Journal, by Bob Tita -Jan 23, 2014: -- The Pentagon wants to give away 13,000 mine-resistant, ambush-protected trucks because the vehicles, which cost about $500,000 new, have outlived their original purpose, officials say... Unclaimed trucks are probably destined for the scrap heap -- bad news for the defense contractors that keep the vehicles supplied with suspensions, engine parts and transmissions. Truck makers are cutting jobs as revenue drops... Although the trucks' armored bodies are credited with protecting U.S. troops from roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan, military planners want more-versatile vehicles that can be deployed quickly as troop levels decrease. A full-size MRAP weighs about 40,000 pounds, stands 10 feet tall and costs the Pentagon about $500,000 new...



TRUCKMAKERS NEWS * USA: SC fire truck maker American LaFrance

* South Caroline - American LaFrance closes down unexpectedly

(Photo: an American LaFrance "Pumper") 
Charleston,SC,USA -WBTV -20 January 2013: -- American LaFrance, a fire truck maker that has been in business since 1873 and was based in Moncks Corner, closed for good this week... According to several sources, employees were told at 5:00 p.m. Friday not to return to work this week... There are an estimated 150 employees at that branch of the company... The company has released a statement confirming the closure... The company blames its "unexpected current financial condition" for the closure, but didn't offer specifics...