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Modul-System launches racking systems at CV Show

Racking company Modul-System will launch three new products at the CV Show this week (stand 4334): Future Concept, a secure mounting system minimising corrosion; Mobile Concept, a universal cart for moving tools, machinery and materials, with a electronic lift; and Safety Programme, a coated screw to improve the surface area between van and fitted racking system.

Volvo to show 540hp version of FH16

Volvo Trucks will display its recently-launched 540hp version of the FH16 at the CV Show this week. It will be complemented by new FL and FE products, which were launched last summer. The FH16-540 will be a 4x2 with the Globetrotter XL decked out in Prestige trim featuring leather upholstery, heated and vented seats and climate control.

CAT North American On-Highway Business Plunges 53 Per Cent.

This is rather bad.CAT's on-highway engine business has had its bed pushed even nearer the door with the announcement that its Q1 2007 figures - which otherwise look pretty good - have taken a kicking from the North American truck business.Engine sales were down 53 per cent - at the start of the downturn - whilst revenue dropped by $114 million - or nine per cent.

The KamAZ IPO

Confirmation here that the Russian government is to sell its shares in KamAZ during Q3 2008.

MB Trucks at Auto Shangahi 2007

DaimlerChrysler's Truck Group is showing four heavy-duty trucks at at Auto Shanghai 2007. Three versions of the Actros are on view, including a tractor unit, recovery vehicle and a concrete pump chassis. Also on display is an Axor tractor unit, which is being pitched to the Chinese as a "more economical solution for construction and utility usage".Mercedes-Benz currently leads the Chinese market in terms of vehicles imported from Western Europe, boasting 44 per cent market share.

Freightliner Unveils Coronado to South African Market.

Some news from Freightliner that doesn't involve Industrial Relations.Freightliner South Africa is to offer a 112 BBC version of the Coronado model throughout its southern African dealer network - an area that includes Namibia and Botswana as well as South Africa.

Diesel thieves hit truck dealer

Nearly 20 trucks were drained of diesel in a fuel-syphoning raid on a Shropshire CV dealer last week. The gang broke into the premises of West Pennine Trucks, on the Mile Oak Industrial Estate in Oswestry. They were disturbed and fled the scene, but not before they had taken fuel from 17 vehicles. Manager Darren Counsell says the company's site is fully fenced and is covered by CCTV. "It's hard to see what more we can do but we think this was a gang that has been operating in the area for a while, so hopefully the police will catch someone soon," he adds.

Most parking specialists at show rejected road charging to beat jams

Nearly two thirds of specialists in the transport and parking technology industry have come out against the imposition of road-user charging as a way to cut congestion, according to a survey.As many as 64% of trade visitors and exhibitors at the Traffex/Parkex exhibition which was staged at Birmingham's NEC on 19-19 April voted against the government's plans to charge vehicles by the mile in order to free up our congested roads and reduce environmental damage.

Tesco drivers to be balloted on strike action over 'changes'

Drivers BASED at Tesco's Livingston distribution depot are voting this week on whether to strike over alleged changes to their pay and conditions.Their union, the Transport & General Workers Union (T&G) says it fears that changes affecting the 250 drivers at Livingston would be the "first step" in a larger plan by Tesco to change drivers' working conditions nationally.Ron Webb, national secretary for transport at the T&G, reports that shop stewards based in other areas "saw the attack on their colleagues in Scotland as a first step by Tesco against all the plants".

Emissions regulations hit heavy truck sales in US

US heavy truck sales have fallen more than expected following the introduction of stricter emission regulations.According to the Commercial Transportation Research Company, Class 8 sales for January-March 2007 were down 72% on the first quarter of 2006. Mirroring what happened when the UK switched to Euro-4, US hauliers bought large numbers of new vehicles before the January 2007 introduction of the new regs.