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Nedcar Courts Asian Truck OEMs?

There is a piece here in the Dutch press that tells of the Nedcar management's travel plans.They're off to Asia, so the article tells us, and are speaking to two or three different interested parties - including Tata and FAW - of whom it is mentioned that trucks feature largely in their output.Make of this what you will.

South African Truck Sales Continue Strong in March

18,619 new commercial vehicles were sold in South Africa during March 2007, an improvement of 2,548 units, or 15,9 per cent on the 16,071 sales during March 2006. There's further information here.

Tata's March Sales

News here of Tata's March sales, and also some year-to-date numbers: the Indian market calculates on an April to April basis, so these represent eleven months of 2006-2007.Tata's domestic sales of Commercial Vehicles (CV) in March were up 13 per cent at 30,720 vehicles as against 27,289 vehicles in March last year. Medium and Heavy Commercial Vehicles (M&HCV) sales stood at 17,673 units, up eight per cent over March last year.

GAZ in 400 Bus Deal

We don't know much about buses.But GAZ does - it's just sold 400 of the things to Nizhegorodpassengerautotrans in a RUB1.075 billion ($41.1 / €3.1 / £2.1 million) deal

Kamaz Profits Up by 440 Per Cent in 2006

Kamaz has announced a 440 per cent rise in profits for FY2006, and aims to boost its sales by nearly 20 per cent during 2007. The company is planning an IPO in 2008.Net profit rose to RUB721.2 million ($27.7 / €20.77 / £14.04 million) according to accounts calculated to the Russian Accounting Standard.

Japanese Trucks Sales Remain Flat.

Or worse in fact.Here are the March figures from the Japan Automobile Dealers' Association, which show that Truck sales declined 13.8 per cent to 64,001 vehicles year-on-year. By brand, Volvo-owned Nissan Diesel Motor posted the biggest percentage fall in the month with a drop of 29.3 per cent.

Ford: No Better

How much worse can it get for Ford? Last year, it managed to lose $400 per second - a stellar achievement even by Detroit standards.Now there's news that there are new depths to plumb: Ford US sales fell nearly 14 per cent in February, with - very worryingly for the Blue Oval - sales of its F-Series down more than 12 per cent.

Anti-Kyoto Global Warming Denier Lambastes SCR for EPA 10

There's a bit of pot stirring going on at the Heartland Institute at the moment.Describing itself as "a nonprofit organization devoted to discovering and promoting free-market solutions to social and economic problems", the institute isn't keen on the EPA's approval of SCR for the EPA 10 emissions protocol. For reference, Global Warming isn't an issue either.