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Winterkorn Preaches Peace, Love and Mergers.

Interesting piece here about new VW boss Martin Winterkorn’s view of the MAN-Scania-VW fiasco. He suggests that the only way to bring the three together is within a framework of mutual respect and so on. We question how this might be achieved. Hey Hakkan, you just tried to burn my house down, but what the hell, come in, have a cup of tea and take a load off. Just keep away from the matches. Cojones we say.

Options for DaimlerChrysler

More talk of DaimlerChrysler dropping its last two syllables here. In truth, we rather like the idea of DC spinning off its truck business into a separate company. It makes money – even with Fuso – and could probably do a better job by itself than in its current position - which necessitates having to pony up to support the other ailing bits of the DC empire.Such a move has been spoken of in the past – and at some length – but we wonder if the time isn’t now right to turn words into actions.

DAF Hikes Capacity at Eindhoven

DAF’s long-running capacity issues are to be addressed by the investment of €25 / £16.64 / $32.4 million in the Eindhoven plant, a move that will see daily capacity move from 180 to 300 units per day.A pattern is beginning to emerge here: not so long ago Volvo announced a hike in its Ghent plant’s capacity, and now DAF is doing the same.

Maier Gets Smart.

We like Klaus Maier, the ex-boss of Mercedes-Benz trucks. An all-round good egg with his eye on the ball, and one who is greatly missed at MB truck press conferences.Conceive, therefore, of our delight in reading that he is likely to be leaving current position as sales boss of Mercedes-Benz passenger cars to head up the entire Smart Car unit, a career path very similar to that followed by current DaimlerChrysler truck supremo Andreas Renschler – incidentally another splendid fellow.Will Maier get the top job at DC trucks when Renschler moves up a peg?

Cummins Goes to India. Passes Business Confidence on its Way Out.

Good to see that the Cummins Inc Board of Management is getting out and about a bit, and is currently enjoying some R&R in India, from which many good things are predicted to emerge, and where the US Engine builder already has a considerable presence.One does hope that the Economist was not one of the proffered publications on the plane from Indiana to Mumbai.

More BioDiesel Nonsense

If that Lord High Priest of Grumpiness, Viscount Weatherly, DSO, Bart is allowed to vent his prejudices within the halls of - mostly, but not, I suspect, uniquely concerning oversized American pick up trucks, - then I feel it only reasonable to kick off with one of my own pet hates.Bio Fuels. A nonsense if ever there was one, and yet touted by those who should know better as being the saving of us all.

MAN, Scania, zzz...zzz...zzz...zzz

Can it get worse?Evidently: now Investor AB has begun to stick its oar in once again, telling Handelsblatt that it would like to talk to either MAN or VW – the key word here is ‘or’ - about Scania’s future. One has to laugh at Investor's stated desire to keep discussions off the front pages of the newspaper - well, it amuses me at any rate.This is fast turning into a Rocky Horror Picture Show for 21st Century truck manufacturing.

Piech to Head MAN?

Make of this what you will, but it seems like Dr. Piech is angling for the top spot on MAN AG’s supervisory board. Given that he has run Porsche with not so much an iron as a Hafnium Carbide fist, the Munich Job Centre might be well advised to cancel holiday entitlement for the forseeable future.Can it get worse?