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Paccar Opens Second China Office.

US-based OEMs have been somewhat reticent on the subject of China. But that now looks about to change, with the announcement by Paccar of the establishment of a second Chinese office in Shanghai. Paccar has maintained a sales office in Beijing for the past 15 years.But what is the Seattle-based manufacturer going to do with its new facility? Interestingly, the press release speaks only of a growing ‘demand for high-quality, reliable commercial vehicles’.

Volvo sets out Indian Plans

Reports in the Economic Times clarify in part Volvo’s plans for its Indian operations. India is to become a sourcing hub for its world-wide operations, and, as a result, Volvo plans to increase its Indian R&D and engineering design activities, IT services and auto components sourcing. Last year, the Swedish OEM sourced €70 / $91.97 / £46.95 from India. Initially, Volvo will increase the headcount at its engineering design office.

Tata, Iveco and now Renault?

More mystery surrounds the exact nature of the relationship between Tata and Iveco as a result of this piece in the Times of India. The report, which suggests that Tata is to use Renault’s Trafic van platform in order to produce a three tonne passenger / commercial range, allowing it to plug the gap between its recently launched Ace one tonne product and the heavier duty 407 van.The three-way alliance between SAIC, Tata and Fiat becomes yet more confused.