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MAN. Scania. WTF?

What on earth is going on here?Remember MAN? Small German truck builder, pretensions of greatness, attempted to buy Scania, got given the finger - yes, that MAN.Take a gander at this comparison between its stock price and that of Scania.

Thailand Wobbles and We Worry

This news from Thailand is a bit of a worry.Thai auto sales continued to plunge in March, dropping 15 percent from a year earlier on sluggish consumer confidence and rising oil prices.Sales of one-tonne pick-up trucks in March fell in March by almost 17 per cent year-on-year. Sales of passenger cars were down 14.7 per cent.In the 5-10 tonne truck sector, things are looking very ominous.

Freightliner Workers Vote on New Terms

Staff at Freightliner's biggest US plant - Rowan County plant in Cleveland NC - are to vote on a new contract on Wednesday this week.The contract - which has been endorsed by the United Steelworkers Union which represents more than half of the four thousand workers at the site - has been put forward as Freightliner seeks to lay off around 2000 workers in North CarolinaDetails of the contract haven't been released, but union officials say the agreement includes a signing bonus and protected health benefits.

Eaton's Q1 Results

Eaton's Q1 results are in, and they reflect the turning of the tide in the NAFTA truck market.The Truck segment posted sales of $576 million, down five per cent compared to the first quarter of 2006. NAFTA heavy-duty truck production in the first quarter was down 23 per cent compared to 2006, whilst medium-duty truck production was down 18 per cent. European truck production was down seven per cent; Brazilian vehicle production was up four per cent.You can read Chairman and CEO Alexander M.

Isuzu Establishes Canadian Distribution Network

Confirmation that Isuzu is taking the North American market very seriously indeed.As we reported last week, it is returning to the US as a truck manufacturer, having purchased a large lump of land in Alabama.Now here's news of its intentions to establish a Canadian distribution operation, complete with dealerships, and a goal of 2000 unit sales by 2010.And just for good

More on the KamAZ Tour

Those boys from KamAZ are certainly getting around.Last week they were in Pakistan extolling the virtues of a new JV there.This week, they're in Bangladesh, where they seem to like the look of things:"Bangladesh is quite an attractive place for transport sector investment. So, we consider investing in Bangladesh to establish Kamaz's truck and bus assembling plant here.

The Chinese in Texas

Interesting piece in Automotive News concerning the goings-on at Dallas-based JM Family Enterprises LLC, and its Tiger Truck brand.It has been importing, modifying and selling pickups from China's Changan Automobile Co - a good friend of Ford, coincidentally - for eight years. Last year JM sold about 800 vehicles.Now Tiger Truck is off to Jasper, TX.

Mitsubishi-Fuso Invests in Japanese Service Network, Staffing Levels

The Japanese end of Mitsubishi Fuso is to start servicing trucks in the evenings and at weekends and will add mobile service vehicles, in a bid to gain more customers.The company - of which DaimlerChrysler own 85 per cent - will also increase the number of service staff holding the highest available technical certification by 70 per cent.Mitsubishi-Fuso's well-documented quality problems recently led to two executives - including CEO Harold Boelstler - being fined a percentage of t

Iveco and Cummins Collaborate: HD CNG Mixer - Report

Here's a tale of an Iveco-Cummins CNG concrete mixer fleet in operational trials in Australia.It's interesting on a couple of levels: a Cummins engines as a line fit option, and the quotation from the Australian Greenhouse Office report which indicates CNG engines offer carbon dioxide emission reductions of up to 40 per cent compared with low sulphur diesel engines.But of most note is the fact that Ive