China in 2007: Be Afraid?

The future direction of the Chinese truck business is discussed in this article published by China Economic Net.It makes a number of seemingly valid points, which, when combined, suggest that 2006 was the year that the Chinese truck industry matured – from the perspectives both of the manufacturer and the buyer. Weights are increasing – witness the decline in quasi-heavy or medium duty products – and the corresponding rise in heavy duty.But the most interesting observation is, for us, that which concerns emissions. Essentially, he who has the lead in National Phase III Motor Vehicle Emission Standard will lead the market as a whole.Mention of western JV partners is not made. Not entirely true, Iveco, Cummins and Steyr all get through the censor, but of M-B, Volvo and the like, there is nothing. We suspect that this is further evidence that the indigenous Chinese OEMs have now had their technology transfer, and have no further need for Western input. If this is the case, 2007 may not just prove to be the year of the Pig, but also of the lifted leg.

Daf's new telematics and infotainment system

Daf's new telematics and infotainment system will be available from mid-2007 as an integrated solution on its CF and XF models, with a further version for the LF and other vehicle makes being introduced later the same year, says the truck maker.

The new web-based system will incorporate two-way messaging and mobile phone integration, navigation and traffic information, vehicle tracking with geofencing and performance monitoring reports, and a variety of third-party applications, says Daf.

The navigation and messaging functions will be linked, allowing back offices to send preferred routes directly to a driver for automatic display on the in-cab screen. The system can also be integrated with onboard cameras and can optionally include load temperature monitoring, power take-off monitoring and security information, says Daf.