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New pallet network GPS suspends operations

Global Pallet System (GPS) is suspending operations for four weeks to “regroup and re-establish the network”.Managing director Graham Thomas says the move was confirmed yesterday morning, and the network’s members informed shortly after.In an email sent to GPS’ membership, Thomas outlines the need for “a period of consolidation”, saying that an infrastructure was needed “which to date has not been put in place”.

Scania offers 'Total Transport Solutions'

Scania is launching a 'Total Transport Solutions' package at the CV Show. The idea is to provide operators with a single source of supply for every transport need, from complete vehicles to alternative fuels. The package currently comprises 29 separate products and services.More stories from the CV ShowRoadTransport TV – the daily webcast from the showCV Show blogs 

Industry misjudged demand for Euro 4 & 5 trucks

The industry severely underestimated the demand for Euro 4 and Euro 5 trucks, according to Renault Trucks UK MD Laurent Farman, who says this is to blame for the lengthy lead times currently experienced by most truck makers."We all made a mistake," he admits. "We didn’t anticipate that demand for Euro 4/5 would be so high, so didn’t forecast the right level of demand."Farman says while demand for trucks in the UK is just beginning to pick up, it is incredibly strong elsewhere in Europe.

Japanese invasion of new models at CV Show

Japanese truck manufacturers had a stronger presence than ever at the show with new models from both Hino and Isuzu.“This is definitely the year of the Japanese,” says Isuzu UK boss Nikki King, who was joined on the stand by CV senior executive officer Kazuharu Shimizu (pictured).

Peugeot reveals 207 van at CV Show

Peugeot has unveiled its stylish 207 van complete with an expanded engine line-up. Set to launch in July it replaces the previous 206 model and comes with either a 1.4-litre petrol or turbo-diesel unit – a 1.4HDI with 70hp and a 1.6HDI boasting 90hp. Load volume is 1.1m3 and payload is 450kg with standard equipment including ABS, electric windows and four airbags.

Police appeal for help over Midlands tyre theft

Police are looking for witnesses after thieves stole an LGV and its load of Continental car tyres.A Polish driver was parked up in Erdington near Birmingham in the early hours of Monday night, when he saw two men unloading tyres from his trailer.

Renault Trucks shows new Maxity at CV Show

Renault’s partnership with Nissan continues to bear fruit as the French launch their new Maxity at the NEC. On the stand are Maxitys in several guises but centre stage is the Nissan-built 2.5-litre DXi 110.35 Euro-4 exhaust gas recirculation version with factory-built dropside body and a three-seater day cab. It means the French are able to offer both EGR and SCR vehicles at the bottom end of its weight categories along with Master van and Mascott chassis-cab.

DAF launches 'one-stop' bodied trucks

DAF Trucks is entering the ‘one-stop-shop’ market with box and curtainsider 7.5-tonners. The bodies will be added to the trucks at Leyland, where the LF is produced, and meet the demand of operators who need vehicles quickly rather than having to wait for body manufacturers to complete its order after taking delivery of the chassis cab from the truck manufacturer. DAF expects the vehicles to have an eight week turn around time as the bodies will be added to the body on the production line.

Vauxhall show concept Corsa and Astra vans

Vauxhall is testing the water at the CV Show with a pair of concept vans, either of which could make it into production. The Corsavan Sportive is powered by an 89hp version of the existing 74hp 1.3CDTi engine. Finished in silver metallic paint, it features numerous cosmetic enhancements together with 15in alloy wheels, fog lights, air conditioning and sports seats.The Astravan Sportive SE follows a similar theme, with deep front spoiler and side skirts, and colour-coded roof rails.

Transaid gets the proceeds from Schmitz trailer

Logistics industry charity Transaid has been presented with a specially commissioned refrigerated Schmitz Cargobull trailer to raise money for sub-Saharan Africa. The multi-temperature refrigerated trailer, which is fitted with a Carrier refrigeration unit, will be operated by logistics services company Wincanton.