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Navistar: 30 Minutes Better Spent Elsewhere.

In a fit of enthusiasm, we head off to the Navistar press conference, it offering - to our way of thinking - a bit of potential for some larks. Here after all is a company that has - in the last few weeks - been hoofed off the NYSE as a result of not being able to employ an accountant capable of counting to three, and has managed to get a judge to find against it in terms of a non-paying customer - namely Ford. A class act all round.So we were rather looking forwards to the any questions bit with Dan Utsian. But he's not here - he's in Chicago - apparently delayed by strong winds.

ArvinMeritor: Global Ambition, Confusing Pens

We had a bit of a chat with Chip McClure last night - he being the CEO of ArvinMeritor, a company that has been the recipient of some causticity from this direction in the past.So Chip, we says to he. Now that you've sold off the Emissions Technology business, will you not simply revert to being an old fashioned metal basher, knocking out springs for the masses at an acceptable price?Not a bit of it, says he. ArvinMeritor has big ambitions - big global ambitions, and sees future revenues coming one third from the US, one third from Europe and one third from Asia.

Volvo: Not Much to Report

And so to the Volvo press conference, of which we had few expectations and thus came away from entirely satisfied.We learned that VEST - Volvo Enhanced Stability Technology - is to be made standard for Volvo's VHD concrete mixer range, and that the Volvo Link Sentry system has now been extended to provide a fleet management function.

Cummins Gets to 600 BHP

This will please the Editor in Chief, who has a thing for Big Bangers. Well, it might - it's a big engine.Cummins latest variation of the ISX now tops out at 600 bhp and 2050 lb-ft of torque. The new rating is designed for heavy-haul customers, fleets and owner/operators who specialize in expedited freight, and performance enthusiasts in the trucking industry. This from the Press Release.

Paccar: The MX Conundrum

We know what this is. It's a Paccar MX engine, soon to be manufactured in Paccar's new engine facility in the Southern US, and on display at the Mid America show.What we don't know is how many - if any - of the same US built MX's will find their way back to Europe.

Paccar: Everything is Tip Top.

Remember that Joe McAleese, who regards 2007 as being a year that the business will want to forget?According to Bob Christensen, Kenworth general manager and PACCAR vice president, he's talking through his hat. "The economy is sound, and freight is at near record levels," he tells a bemused press conference. Then, just for good measure, Bill Jackson, GM at Peterbilt and VP Paccar - otherwise known as Christensen's twin - confirms this view.

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.