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Dec 27, 2013

TRUCKMAKERS NEWS * Japan: Toyota's: A first for any automaker

Toyota Motor Corporation on track to manufacture 10 Million vehicles in 2013.

(Photo: Hino trucks) 
Toyota-Cho, Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan -IBTimes, by Angelo Young -December 26 2013: -- Toyota Motor Corporation is on track to produce more than 10 million vehicles in 2013, a first for any automaker... The world’s largest passenger car and light truck manufacturer released its global sales and production figures on Wednesday. The maker of the Camry sedan, the world’s top-selling car, is benefitting from robust domestic demand ahead of a consumption tax hike in April. A booming U.S. auto market is also helping to fuel manufacturing demand... Including Toyota subsidiaries Daihatsu Motor Co., which manufactures low-cost vehicles primarily for Asian emerging markets, and Hino Motors, which makes buses and trucks, Toyota Motor has manufactured almost 9.34 million vehicles between January and November, including 1.12 million units produced by the two subsidiaries, a 0.9 percent increase from the same period last year...


TRUCKMAKERS NEWS * USA & Canada: Why PACCAR Inc. Shares Popped 34% in 2013 ?

* Washington - ... and why you can expect bigger gains next year

(Image source: PACCAR) 
Kirkland,WASH,USA -The Motley Fool, by Neha Chamaria -Dec 27th 2013: -- Truck maker PACCAR has had a good ride in 2013, with shares gaining 34% so far. Greater housing starts, freight tonnage, and replacement demand boosted the trucking industry this year. PACCAR is a key beneficiary of healthy trucking trends, thanks to its solid foothold in the U.S. truck market. Well-established brands like Kenworth, Peterbilt, and DAF, and long-standing relationships with leading diesel-engine maker Cummins and the innovator in natural-gas-engine technology, Westport Innovations , are among PACCAR's major strengths...

* Washington - Gord Cooper, Pierre Aubin talk about their Kenworth restorations

(Photo: Gord Cooper's restored 1935 Kenworth Model 89) 
Kirkland,WASH,USA -Truck News -Dec 23, 2013: -- As Kenworth celebrates its 90th anniversary, the truck maker took time recently to recognize the truck restorations completed by a couple of its biggest Canadian fans... Highlighted in a recent release were Gord Cooper of Calgary, Alta., who restored a 1935 Kenworth Model 89 and Pierre Aubin of Ste.-Catherine, Que., who brought a 1986 K100 back to life...


Dec 21, 2013


* Sweden - The Van Damme Dividend? Volvo Truck sales rise
Gothenburg, Sweden -The Wall Street Journal (NY,USA), by Christina Zander -December 18, 2013: -- Volvo Truck continued to report healthy demand last month for its core Volvo brand of heavy vehicles Wednesday even as its other brands stagnated, but it is unclear at this point if the company’s recent round of attention-grabbing YouTube ads is having much to do with its success... Volvo Truck, one of four wholly owned truck brands in the Volvo Group, delivered 31% more trucks in November than it did in the prior year, representing a sizable gain for a company selling high-dollar goods in economic times that remain challenging. Deliveries for the group’s Mack, Renault and UD truck brands remained largely flat compared with last year... Volvo retooled its portfolio for better performance, including better steering, faster breaking and improved efficiency. So the goal was to get the general public talking about a brand that sells to a relatively narrow pocket of consumers, truck buyers want to purchase vehicles seen as innovative... The Volvo Group said that all though the commercial has attracted a massive amount of attention, it is still too early to say what sort of impact it has had on its customers. Instead it names a pre-buy effect ahead of more stringent emission regulations, which take effect in January, as the main reason behind the up-tick in November deliveries... The YouTube spot featuring Mr. Van Damme was by far the most popular of the firm’s Volvo creations — attracting awards and more than 60 million viewers — it was the sixth in a series of commercials meant to tout new technologies...

* Sweden - UD Trucks delivers first Quester units

Gothenburg,Sweden -Construction Week -Dec 20, 2013:  --  UD Trucks has delivered the first units of its new heavy-duty Quester range to Asia Group, a concrete pile manufacturing business... The deal comprises 15 units in total, and includes the signing of a three-year maintenance and repair contract... Part of AB Volvo since 2007, UD Trucks has recently geared up its manufacturing and distribution operations in Thailand... The Quester truck range features a built-in, real-time ‘Fuel Coaching’ system, which provides instant feedback and assistance to help users drive as economically as possible. According to its designers, this system offers fuel savings of up to 30%. The Quester also offers Telematics Hardware: a wireless communication tool that collects information from the vehicle whilst it’s on the road...

* Russia - Truckmaker Kamaz expects 2014 production decline 

Moscow,Russia -Reuters -Dec 18, 2013: -- Russian truckmaker Kamaz , facing falling demand, said on Wednesday its board had approved targets for next year, including producing 43,000 trucks compared with 43,500 expected this year... Kamaz, in which German autos group Daimler has an 11 percent stake, said in a statement that it expected profit of 3.35 billion roubles ($101.61 million) in 2014... In January-July Kamaz sales fell 11.3 percent to 20,400 trucks because of slowing economic growth in Russia...

* USA - Navistar misses the street on broad sales declines

Lisle,ILL,USA -FOXBusiness, by Matthew Rocco -December 20, 2013: -- Navistar International (NAV) reported a wider-than-anticipated loss in the fourth quarter, as the truck maker’s revenue dipped on weakness across all business segments... The company said Friday its loss narrowed to $154 million versus a year-ago loss of $2.77 billion, which included a $2 billion charge related to deferred tax valuation allowance... The Lisle,ILL-based company has been stuck in the red as a result of its engine troubles. Navistar has incurred significant costs for warranty claims on a new 13-liter engine, in addition to the expense of adopting a new emissions treatment system... Last year, Navistar implemented the same treatment system used by the rest of the industry after failing to meet tougher U.S. emissions standards for about three years...