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Someone Buys and Someone Sells a Bit of Scania

So who has taken this stake in Scania?We don't know, but if someone's just brought 1.1 per cent of the company, then, by extension, someone has just sold 1.1 per cent of the company. Interesting times.

Freightliner: Market to Boom in 2008.

Here's news from Freightliner CEO Chris Patterson, who posits that the market will boom in 2008, exceeding that of 2006.Which market? Surely he is not talking about the post-nuclear holocaust landscape that is the US - it is on its knees, the economy is soon to be acquainting itself with depths previously unplumbed, and everything is very far from nice.A booming truck market? Presumably he refers to the major market that is St Helena. Or the Aleutians. But not, we fear, the United States.

Kamaz Delays IPO by a Year

We reported - some time ago - on Kamaz's intentions to float on the London exchange in 2008.Now here's news that it's postponed the move by at least a year, and we wonder why. Does Kamaz have pockets deep enough to push forward without an IPO windfall, or is it worried that the issue might not attract much by way of excitement in a market aware of troubled times for truck makers.Or is it talking to someone else?

New Stralis, Iveco to Sell vans in the US

We've had confirmation from Iveco that the Italian OEM is in advanced discussions with a US-based partner with a view to launching the Daily van range in NAFTA. More anon, no doubt - we reckon Navistar - but here's a somewhat sideways pic of the new Stralis - launched, as we predicted a while back - as a Euro 5 only product in many European markets.

Scania,VW,MAN and Kebabs.

Show me a truck industry merger - effected over the past three decades - that has worked.Iveco: proves that you can add five things together and create an aggregated value of approximately 20 per cent of the whole. Top stuff. Gestalt accountancy.DCAG and Fuso: another purler - a bravura performance consisting of oodles of due diligence incompetence, Fisher-Price management and a mission statement based around the notion of losing money. Superb.Volvo and Renault: an absolute corker.

Where Next for the Global Truck Business?

"Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem," asserted William of Ockham a few years ago. For those lacking in a classical education - or for whom Latin described the void between Economics and English Lit in the school timetable, this translates - so we are led to believe - to a view that: "Entities should not be multiplied beyond necessity." In other words, should it walk like a duck, and quack like a duck, do not bet the farm on it being The Bishop of Bath and Wells. AKA the simplest explanation tends to be the most appropriate one.

Navistar,Ford and the Illinois Judiciary.

Now the judiciary has got involved in the Ford-Navistar dispute.Earlier today, Oakland County, Illinois Circuit Judge John McDonald granted Ford's motion for a TRO requiring Navistar to resume producing and shipping diesel engines to the truck plant in Louisville. However, the same judge also ordered Ford to pay Navistar for all engines received.Suggesting that there's a bit more life in this dispute yet.