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New N-Series from Isuzu

There’s a preview here of Isuzu’s latest version of its N-Series.From what we can see it looks a good modern take on the retail lightweight genre, a market sector that seems to have come from nowhere over the past decade or so. Not sure if it’s just me, but it does bear some similarity – light clusters - to the Cabstar offered by Nissan and Renault.But it’s to May that we’re looking, and the launch of the new F-Series.

Volvo CNHTC Deal Set to Dissolve.

This report says that Volvo may have to end its JV with Chinese-OEM CNHTC as a result of its relationship with new-best-friend DongFeng. CNHTC is to file a listing application with the Hong Kong stock exchange next month. At the end of 2006, it projected sales of 60,000 units, and revenues of RMB 21 billion (£1.38 / $2.71 / €2.08 million). This all rather suggests that (1) the Chinese are getting ready to go it alone and (2) they’re not just thinking about China.

LDV Heads to India?

Interesting to see here that GAZ has signed an agreement with Ural India. What could this be for, we wonder. UralAZ has an existing relationship with Iveco, and GAZ wants to take over the world.LDV for the Indian market? Certainly a thought.

Paccar. Needs Watching.

Paccar’s 2006 results are in, and, as we have come to expect from the Bellevue, Washington-based owner of the DAF, Kenworth and Peterbilt brands, they’re good.But ......

Volvo looking at MAN - rumour.

The rumour mill is working overtime at the moment. The latest from investorland is a mooted takeover of MAN by Volvo. Quoted in some reports is Equinet Securities AG Thomas Nagel, who says that there are: "Rumors Volvo AB might bid 90 euros apiece are boosting MAN shares.'' Unlikely, we’d suggest.

Applying the Brakes to Globalisation

This piece of analysis from Morgan Stanley catches the eye. It’s not about trucks per se, but more a counterpoint to the current globalisation debate.The author muses on the possibility of a return to what he terms ‘localisation’, and the impact thereof. And, given that the automotive industry has rushed headlong into a global world, what he has to say is not without significance. Bush is already adopting a quasi-isolationist posture – what happens if the rest of the world follows?

Week of Reckoning for Navistar

There’s an interesting report here concerning Navistar’s continuing woes.Tomorrow – Tuesday – it meets with NYSE officials with a view to postponing its mooted delisting from New York’s major exchange. If it gets dumped, then Navistar shares will be moved to the Pink Sheets.

Volvo Adds Nightshift to Gent Plant

Despite the mooted downturn in the EU truck market this year, Volvo is to add a nightshift at its Gent plant, and, in the process, is looking for 400 additional staff, according to local radio reports.A Volvo spokesman confirmed the move, adding that the company is eliminating overtime and the use of the Time Bank process.Is this a case of under-capacity, or is it a case of manufacturing consolidation? Apparently, this is move is aimed at bumping up FH/FM production, so obviously Volvo is optimistic about the prospects for 07. Or so it would seem.