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June 10, 2014

Hankook Tire Building High-Tech R&D Center

Hankook Tire held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuedsay for its new research and development center, the Hankook Technodome, at a construction site in Daejeon, Korea, a key part of its strategic R&D vision of becoming a global top-tier tire brand/

June 9, 2014

Scania: Sleeping Giant in Emerging VW Truck Portfolio?

Volkwagen's takeover of Scania may seem like it should only matter to Europeans, but the German automaker's goal is to be able to compete in commercial vehicles alongside global rivals Volvo and Daimler. North America is likely in its game plan.

June 9, 2014

Scania, VW Key to Commercial Truck Growth

Last month, Volkswagen, which already controlled more than 89% of the voting rights in the Swedish truck maker Scania, made a 6.7 billion euro ($9.2 billion) takeover bid. VW's goal is to combine Scania with its Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles business and the German truck maker MAN. VW gained full control of MAN last year after taking a majority stake in 2011. This is a big step in the German automaker's plan to create a massive trucks alliance to compete in global markets against rivals Volvo and Daimler – both of which have U.S. truck operations as well. Read more about Scania here.

May 23, 2014

Meritor Developing Fuel-Saving Drive Axle

CAMERI, ITALY -- Meritor is developing a new drive axle intended to save fuel by reducing parasitic power losses resulting from oil churn. The company shared its plans for the new fuel-efficient drive axle at a press event for North American trade journalists.

May 22, 2014

Family Day at Meritor's Italian Axle Plant

Meritor is original equipment supplier to many of the biggest truck makers and sponsors of the FIA European Truck Racing series. Many of the race trucks over the last few seasons have featured the Meritor 145 race axle, which is made at the plant here in Cameri, Italy. Because the first FIA race of the season takes place at the Misano World Circuit on Italy’s Adriatic coast, just a short drive from Cameri, Meritor held a family day at the plant for the workers and their families to come out and see the race trucks and meet the drivers.

April 9, 2014

Cummins, Foton Launch Engine Joint Venture for China

The world’s largest independent engine maker, Cummins Inc., is partnering with the biggest truck builder, Beiqi Foton Motor Co. Ltd. of China, in a joint venture that will see Foton use Cummins ISG diesels in a new truck series developed with Daimler of Germany.

December 13, 2013

Epic Numbers for Volvo's Epic Split Video

Volvo Trucks has had good success with its series of viral videos illustrating the precision steering on its European trucks, but it hit the ball out of the park with its most recent effort, "The Epic Split," which became the most viewed automotive commercial on YouTube ever.

December 3, 2013

Photo Gallery Offers Glimpse into Bi-Annual Tokyo Motor Show

The 43rd Tokyo Motor Show, which ran from Nov. 20 to Dec. 1, showcased international manufacturers’ latest technology in trucks, buses, cars, motorbikes and accessories. Get a feel for the show with this photo gallery from HDT International Editor Sven-Erik Lindstrand.

December 2, 2013

Tokyo Motor Show: Commercial Vehicles Are Back to Basics

The 43rd Tokyo Motor Show, which ran from Nov. 20 to Dec. 1, showcased international manufacturers’ latest technology in trucks, buses, cars, motorbikes and accessories. HDT International Editor Sven-Erik Lindstrand returned with this report.

December 2, 2013

2013 Tokyo Motor Show

The 43rd Tokyo Motor Show, which ran from Nov. 20 to Dec. 1, showcased international manufacturers’ latest technology in trucks, buses, cars, motorbikes and accessories. Get a feel for the show with this photo gallery from HDT International Editor Sven-Erik Lindstrand.

November 18, 2013

Daimler Bullish on Mexican Market

GUADALAJARA, MEXICO -- With a display reminiscent of the parent company's dominating presence at the giant IAA commercial vehicles exhibition in Germany, Daimler Mexico made its intentions clear at last week's Expo Transporte, the bi-annual Mexican truck show.

November 17, 2013

Take a Virtual Stroll Through a Mexican Trucking Show

GUADALAJARA, MEXICO -- At first glance the photos of this trucking show may look a lot like what you will see at major events in the U.S. But look a little closer at the Spanish writing in the background. These photos were shot in Guadalajara, Mexico, last week during the nation’s largest truck and bus show, Expo Transporte.

October 16, 2013

Volvo Restructuring Truck Manufacturing in Europe

The Volvo Group will restructure its truck-manufacturing activities in Europe over the next two years, improving efficiency and cutting its workforce, as it implements part of a new group-wide efficiency program.

October 15, 2013

Transporting the World's Largest Wind Turbine

This Siemens video shows how the world's largest wind turbine blade -- 75 meters -- was made ... and the largest challenge, transporting it! See it wind along Danish roads.

October 8, 2013

European Rally Promotes Natural Gas as Fuel

In Europe, they're partway through the seventh Blue Corridor Natural Gas Vehicle Rally, where natural-gas-powered vehicles are driving from St. Petersburg, Russia, around the Baltic Sea with stops along the way in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to demonstrate the benefits of using natural gas in transportation.

September 16, 2013

Cummins Introduces New Global Engine Platform

Cummins Monday announced a new global heavy-duty engine platform. The G Series platform is an in-line six cylinder engine, and will be available in 10.5- and 11.8-liter displacements to meet a broad variety of on-highway and off-highway global market requirements and emissions standards.

September 11, 2013

Daimler, Renault-Nissan Collaboration Venturing into CV

The chief executives of the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler AG say their companies' partnership is advancing quickly, and the scope of the collaboration is increasingly global.

September 11, 2013

Volvo FH Gets Truck of the Year Award in Europe

At the Comtrans Truck Show in Moscow, Russia, this week, the Volvo FH was awarded the Truck of the Year award by European trucking journalists.

September 4, 2013

Coming to a highway near you: Driverless vehicles

Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge notes that she's now old enough that stuff from the science fiction books she read as a kid are increasingly becoming reality. No flying cars yet, but driverless cars are being tested, and trucks may lead the way -- literally.

September 3, 2013

Volvo Trucks' European Head Stars in Latest Viral Video

Those crazy folks at Volvo Trucks in Sweden are at it again, going to great lengths -- or should we say heights -- to create a video they hope will go viral.

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